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

Feb 242015
 
Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA $42 (S) – Rating 91

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011A blend of winemaking styles, barrel aged without buttery malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with a crisp mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess. The nose offers notes of Meyer lemon, tropicals and wet stone minerality. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemon, red apple, pear and a touch of white pepper spice. Just a hint of oaky vanilla caramel in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 242015
 
Alpha Omega ERA 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $250 (S) – Rating 95

Alpha Omega Era 2011This is a Napa Cabernet that is certainly worthy of your attention. Past ERA vintages have been a red Brodeaux blend but the 2011 is 100% barrel fermented Cabernet from the following famed Napa Valley vineyards, Beckstoffer To Kalon in Oakville, Beckstoffer, Missouri Hopper in Yountville, Stagecoach on Atlas Peak and Lyons. A robust nose of black cherry, blueberry, blackberry and spice. A rather plush mouth-feel with dusty tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to an integrated combination of flavors, including blueberry, black cherry, black fruit, a little briar, black pepper and dark spice with dark cacao on long finish. A spectacular wine. Buy This Wine (Available at tasting room only).

Feb 242015
 
Wine Guerrilla Rebel Cru 2012, Red Wine, Sonoma County, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 90

Wine Guerrilla Rebel Cru 2012A fun blend of 45% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Verdot, 13% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petite Sirah and 5% Alicante Bouchet, perfect for your next BBQ. Aromas of blueberry, smoke and spice. Soft tannins and balanced acidity on the palate offering flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry and dark spice. Dusty dark chocolate on long finish. Buy this Wine

Feb 242015
 
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine Zinfandel, Mendocino County, CA, $19 (S) – Rating 91

Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2012Blended from 83% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane and 2% Petite Sirah creating a rather balanced and fruit forward wine without being overly jammy. Aromas of red fruit, strawberry, raspberry and brown spice. Plush mouth-feel with balanced acidity and smooth tannins. Flavors abound of bing cherry, blackberry, briar, raspberry and ripe strawberry with notes of cinnamon and espresso in the finish. A better food pairing Zinfandel than most. Buy This Wine

 

Feb 192015
 
Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $68 (S) – Rating 92

Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012A bigger, more luxurious style than the delicious AO Unoaked Chardonnay. The nose is treated to a bouquet of apple, caramel, vanilla and spice. Plush on the palate with soft acidity. Robust flavors of red apple, caramel, vanilla, pear, tropicals and baking spice. Creamy vanilla caramel in the very long finish. Buy this Wine