New Year, More Wines! January 2014 Wine Tasting Notes

A New Year brings with it trying a bunch of new wines. This January’s selection reminds me of why France has ruled the wine world for so long. Forget the uber-expensive top-of-the-line stuff where France has long been the world’s best (or at least, most sought after). Even in the more affordable range, France produces excellent wine across a wide range of varietals. The 2011 … Continue reading New Year, More Wines! January 2014 Wine Tasting Notes

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 V

This is the fifth installment, in a series of five, catching up on providing tasting notes  of wines tasted in 2013. See here, here, here and here for the first four installments. This set is topped by some spectacular deals in world class wines that will not break the bank. The 2004 Cirillo Grenache 1850’s Old Vine from Australia comes from some of the oldest vines on earth, pre-phylloxera vines from the … Continue reading Wine, Wine and More Wine, Tasting Notes from 2013, Part V

Wine, Wine and More Wine, Tasting Notes from 2013, Part III

This is installment three, in what will be a series of four, catching up on providing tasting notes  of wines tasted in 2013. The nice thing about this installment is the large number of truly excellent, world class wines that are reasonably priced.  You almost cannot go wrong on any of the below wines. On the higher end, the NV Coessens Champagne Blanc de Noirs Brut … Continue reading Wine, Wine and More Wine, Tasting Notes from 2013, Part III

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

September 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

September was a good wine month.  I had plenty of wines, all outstanding and almost all reasonably priced. The highlights being one of the best Pinot’s I have had in years, and a handful of $20 or so wines that truly reach the designation of being world class. Like the 2009 Copain Pinot Noir “En Haut” Kiser I reviewed last month, this month brought me a … Continue reading September 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

August 2012 Wine Tasting Notes

Another month, another set of wines. Lots of California focus this month, including one of the best Pinot’s I have had in years (see the Copain below). The 2008 Pisoni Pinot below also is fantastic, one of the best from the Central Coast I have had. The Wind Gap Chardonnay below deserves special mention as I remain tired of most California based Chardonnay’s, but this one rises … Continue reading August 2012 Wine Tasting Notes