Wine Tasting Notes from Fall 2013

Fall brought many outstanding wines my way. Nothing truly mind-glowingly great, but very few misses. The 2007 Alban Reva, from Rhone Ranger pioneer John Alban, is as black and thick of a wine one can imagine; the classic definition of a BIG new world wine. Yet, it remains well balanced and a taste powerhouse. Fred Scherrer knocks it out of the park with his no … Continue reading Wine Tasting Notes from Fall 2013

Wine, Wine and more Wine – Tasting Notes from 2013, Part II

As mentioned in this article from a week or so ago, I am nearly a year behind in posting tasting notes and intend to catch up in the next few weeks. This is installment #2, covering wines tasted early in 2013. Some pretty damn high end wines on the list, some of which performed as they should considering the price. Especially the 1989 Château de Beaucastel … Continue reading Wine, Wine and more Wine – Tasting Notes from 2013, Part II

Wine, Wine and more Wine – Tasting Notes from 2013

It has been since September 2012 since I last posted tasting notes, so the list of wines consumed since then is quite long! So long, that I will provides notes in installments over the coming weeks.  This is installment #1, in which there are only a couple of really outstanding wines (the Schrader especially, though also Saxum and Copain should be called out), but quiet … Continue reading Wine, Wine and more Wine – Tasting Notes from 2013

May 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

Another month, another set of wines!  I always enjoy wine in May. The summer in Phoenix is blazing hot which tends to put a damper on red wine drinking, especially Cabernet’s and Syrah’s. May, on the other hand, brings perfect weather for all wines. I was able to go through a reasonable number of wines this past month having attended a formal tasting and also spending … Continue reading May 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

February/March 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

I have been spending the last few months trying to find good QPR’s (quality to price ratios), keeping the wine budget down since I have picked up a few collectible books.  As in the past when I have done this, I have been pleasantly surprised. Often times, going off the beaten track searching out good values leads to finding gems in the rough; honest wines … Continue reading February/March 2012 Wine Tasting Notes