Wine Reviews

Ratings Explained

84 & Below – Not Posted ‘cause we won’t drink it
85 + A good wine. Buy if the price is right
90 + A very good wine, in our humble opinion
95 + An awe inspiring wine – Possibly life altering

All wine reviews are based solely on the personal tastes of the authors.
Disclosure: Samples are designated by an “S” beside the wine reviewed.
We’re still objective. Robert Parker doesn’t buy his wines either

Aug 062013
2009 Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, CA, $75 (S) – Rating 92

A rich, dense and complex wine that needs at least 30 – 45 minutes of decanting to fully open allowing nuances to shine. An assertive nose of black cherry and ripe plum  with pleasant notes of leather and cocoa. Balanced acidity with full-bodied tannins prepares the palate for flavors of black cherry, black fruit, spice, smoke and espresso with hints of earthiness adding to the complexity and structure. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2012 Lynmar Estate Rosé of Syrah, Russian River Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

Lynmar’s first release of a Syrah rosé is a winner. Dry and tart, the nose is filled with the summer smells of cherry, strawberry and cranberry. Crisp acidity creates a multitude of food pairing possibilities. Flavors of tart cherry, strawberry, red berries and a definite spiciness blend flawlessly into an extremely enjoyable wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2012 Cakebread Cellars Vin de Porche Rosé, Anderson Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 91

This “wine for the porch” may be my favorite so far of the many 2012 dry Rosés reviewed. Made from 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Syrah it is perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or pairing with summer vegetables and lighter meats or fish. The nose is a basket of red berries, ripe strawberry and watermelon. Tangy flavors of strawberry, cherry, watermelon, a touch of cranberry and a bit of flintiness combine with balanced acidity for a great wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2012 Kramer Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 89

A lovely example of Oregon Pinot Noir rosé. Brightly colored and refreshing, the nose offers aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. Juicy acidity on the palate with flavors of ripe strawberry, tart cherry and cranberry with subtle notes of spice. Great as a sipper or paired with lighter summer fare. Buy This Wine