Glenelly Estate Reserve, Stellenbosch 2012

Deep ruby color; cherry, plum, blackberry, cedar, oak spice on the nose; black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, chocolate, tobacco, leather, smoke on the palate. Continue reading “Glenelly Estate Reserve, Stellenbosch 2012”

Chehalem Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley 2018

Medium ruby; cherry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry, earth, oak spice on the nose; cherry, raspberry, strawberry; blueberry, plum on the palate. Continue reading “Chehalem Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley 2018”

Dow’s 20 Year Tawny Port

Deep tawny color; honeysuckle, butterscotch, caramel on the intoxicating nose; dried cherry, caramel, oak, black plum, fig, honey, tobacco, chocolate, nuttiness on the palate. Continue reading “Dow’s 20 Year Tawny Port”

Cockburn’s No. 1 Special Reserve Porto NV

Deep garnet color; red cherry, strawberry, red plum on the nose; plum, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, chocolate, vanilla, caramel on the palate. Continue reading “Cockburn’s No. 1 Special Reserve Porto NV”

Champagne origin myths

Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon did not “invent” Champagne in the late 1600s. He did not exclaim “come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” Champagne’s story is older, more complicated, more interesting. Continue reading “Champagne origin myths”

Oak Farm Vineyards Albariño, Lodi 2018

Medium straw color; pear, green apple, lemon, wet stone on the nose; green apple, apricot, pear, grapefruit, lemon-lime, honeydew melon on the palate. Continue reading “Oak Farm Vineyards Albariño, Lodi 2018”

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Deep ruby color; black cherries, plum, cassis cedar, graphite, spice on the nose; black cherry, blackcurrant, plum, blackberry, chocolate, spice, vanilla, black pepper on the palate. Continue reading “Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016”