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

Oct 092014
Drnk Wines Pinot Noir Cavers Cuvée 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $32 – Rating 93

DRNK_Label_PN-RussianRiver_2012-FrntThis Pinot just keeps racking up awards, recently a Double Gold at the 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Aromas of blackberry, ripe strawberry, raspberry, red cherry and plenty of brown spice. Plush on the palate with balanced acidity. Flavors of black cherry, red cherry and a little blackberry with a touch a of white pepper in the finish. Cherry and red licorice on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 092014
Thralls Family Cellars Pinot Noir Roma’s Vineyard 2012, Anderson Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 92

Thralls Family Cellars Pinot Noir Roma's Vineyard 2012100% Pommard clone from a Anderson Valley. Enticing aromas of black cherry and herbs with hints of leather and spice. A lush mouth-feel, balanced acidity and soft tannins. Integrated flavors of blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb and black cherry with spicy notes of white pepper. Black cherry and saddle leather on the finish. Very small Production of 76 cases…Get it while you can! Buy This Wine

Oct 092014
Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010, Lake County, CA, $65 (S) – Rating 94

Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010100% Cabernet and Biodynamically farmed, this is a big Cabernet Sauvignon. A round mouth-feel with chewy tannins and balanced acidity. A nose of black cherry and blackberry with hints of raspberry and intriguing campfire smoke. On the palate, the wine offers flavors of black cherry and blackberry with subtle notes of ripe strawberry and cacao to add complexity. Espresso on the long finish. In the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, this wine took Best of Show for Red Wines; Best of Class for Cabernet Sauvignon and the Platinum medal! Buy This Wine

Oct 092014
Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013, Sonoma County, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013All stainless steel and cold fermented. On the nose, aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, citrus and minerality. A crisp mouth-feel with bright acidity. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, citrus and wet stone complimented with white spice on the finish. Pair with summer salads or grilled white fish. Buy This Wine

Oct 092014
Joseph Jewell Wines Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County 2012, CA, $34 (S) – Rating 94

Joseph Jewell Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012An exceptional Pinot Noir at an excellent price. Blended from three vineyards, the nose offers a bouquet of dark cherry with notes of ripe strawberry and plenty of spice. A round mouth-feel balanced with juicy acidity and supple tannins. Bright fruit flavors including black cherry, plum, ripe red fruit, oaky vanilla and baking spice with subtle hints of earthiness. A long spicy finish completes the wine. Buy This Wine