Tasting Notes

2010 Vigna Traverso Schioppettino, Friuli Colli Orientali DOC ($30): This is a star red wine for Don Chigazola, and one that no serious wine lover should miss! The cold-climate aroma of black pepper and violets expands with air to show off dried blac… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2013 Iron Horse Pinot Noir, Green Valley, North Block ($85): Of all the sensational Iron Horse Pinot Noirs from this just-released vintage, this bottling is the most complex with astounding aromatics that include dark fruit, cherry and r… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 2012 NXNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills (dry), normally $16. King estate is one of Oregon’s top wine producers, with a national reputation for excellent Pinot Gris. In 2005, the company expanded into Washington state, opening… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

Tasting Notes – XIX 42

Exceptional 2014 Sebastian Dampt Chablis Premier Cru, “Les Vaillons” ($30): Chablis may be out of favor on the West Coast, but one sniff and one sip of this all-Chardonnay wine speaks volumes, especially to those who prefer classic, subtle French White Burgundy. The faint slate/mineral notes, dried lime peel, and hint of fresh anise lead … Continue reading “Tasting Notes – XIX 42”

Unsolicited Samples

I was once told by an editor that journalists do not talk about how they do their work. “Just do the reporting and leave the ‘how’ out of the story,” he said. This case is a bit different: It’s about how difficult, time-consuming and aggravating it is to find wines to write about in our … Continue reading “Unsolicited Samples”