Elements of wine judging

On one level “judging wine” is distasteful. A lodestone of my approach to wine is drink what you enjoy and ignore supercilious pronunciamentos from wine snobs. Continue reading “Elements of wine judging”

Cleto Chiarli Vigneto Enrico Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco NV

Medium ruby color; black plum, blueberry, blackcurrant, cherry on the nose; plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, plum on the palate. Continue reading “Cleto Chiarli Vigneto Enrico Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco NV”

P+S Prats & Symington Prazo de Roriz Douro DOC 2017

Deep ruby color; cherry, raspberry, spice on the nose; red cherry, blackberry, raspberry, plum, dark fruits, oak, vanilla on the palate. Continue reading “P+S Prats & Symington Prazo de Roriz Douro DOC 2017”

Biltmore Estate Antler Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016

Deep ruby color; raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant plum, tobacco, leather on the nose; black cherry, blackberry, plum, licorice, vanilla, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Biltmore Estate Antler Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016”

Golan Heights Winery Gilgal Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee 2016

Deep ruby color; black cherry, plum, oak on the nose; black cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, plum, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Golan Heights Winery Gilgal Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee 2016”

Vintage variables

“Plant a radish. Get a radish. Never any doubt. That’s why I love vegetables; you know what you’re about,” goes the opening in a song from The Fantasticks. Continue reading “Vintage variables”

Dominio Fournier Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2016

Deep ruby, almost black color; black cherry, vanilla, freshly baked pastry on the nose; cherry, plum, fig, black olives, blackberries on the palate. Continue reading “Dominio Fournier Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2016”

Ron Rubin Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018

Medium gold color; apple, pear, vanilla on the nose; yellow apple, pear, white peach, pineapple, lemon, toasty oak on the palate. Continue reading “Ron Rubin Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018”

Bodegas Virxe de Galir Pagos del Galir Godello 2017

Medium gold color; white flowers, lemon-lime on the nose; peach, green apple, grapefruit, lemon-lime, mandarin orange, smoke, crushed gravel minerality-saline on the the palate. Continue reading “Bodegas Virxe de Galir Pagos del Galir Godello 2017”