Decanting do’s and don’ts

As veteran readers know, I am an advocate of decanting. But this is wine, so when it comes to how to decant and when to decant, things can get problematic. Some guidelines. Continue reading “Decanting do’s and don’ts”

Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne DOCG 2018

Deep ruby color; red and black fruits, blackcurrant, cherry, violets, tobacco on the nose; tart black cherry, blackberry, raspberry; licorice; blackcurrant; black, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne DOCG 2018”

Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018

Medium gold color; pear, tropical fruit, apple, toasted oak on the nose; crème brûlée, pear, buttered toast, candied pineapple, baked apple, oak, vanilla on the palate. Continue reading “Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018”

Stags’ Leap Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2018

Pale-medium gold color; grapefruit, citrus, pear, melon, lemongrass, flowers on the nose; Meyer lemon, grapefruit, honeydew melon, white peach, pear on the palate. Continue reading “Stags’ Leap Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2018”

River Road Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley, Sonoma County 2018

Deep gold color; yellow apple, vanilla, honeysuckle, oak on the nose; yellow apple, pear, lime, oak on the palate. Continue reading “River Road Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley, Sonoma County 2018”

Trinchero Napa Valley Mary’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw color; honeydew melon, white peach, orange blossom on the nose; grapefruit, lemon, honeydew melon, white peach, minerality on the palate. Continue reading “Trinchero Napa Valley Mary’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019”

Primus The Blend, Apalta, Colchague Valley 2017

Deep ruby color; black fruits, cherry, plum, blackberry, tobacco on the nose; cherry, plum, raspberry, blackcurrant, cranberry, oak spice, vanilla on the palate. Continue reading “Primus The Blend, Apalta, Colchague Valley 2017”

Gioacchino Garofoli Macrina Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classsico Superiore DOC 2019

Medium straw-gold color; peach, nectarine, citrus, melon, beeswax, white flowers on the nose; peach, pear, apricot, tangerine, lemon, white almond, minerals on the palate. Continue reading “Gioacchino Garofoli Macrina Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classsico Superiore DOC 2019”

Science vs. tasting notes

Wine tasting descriptions, whether by wine pros or the supercilious jerk next to you in the wine bar, are a fertile field for bloviating blather. Truth is, there is hard evidence we all taste things differently. God made us that way. Continue reading “Science vs. tasting notes”