Destroying Character:

Part 2 of a Three-Part Investigation By Dan Berger (Editor’s Note: In our last issue we spoke about this being a two-part series. Because of length, it has been expanded into three parts. Next issue is the conclusion.) There may be worse thi… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Destroying Character:”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 Pfendler Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45): This dramatic red wine from a relatively new project based in the Petaluma gap has explosive “Gap” aromatics that include a trace of earth and a beautiful Burgundian component that today is… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 B. Kosuge Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($35): The citrus and spice components in the aroma of this sensational, beautifully structured wine add measurably to its initial appeal. But after swirling in a glass for nearly an hour, what s… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Bargain of the Week

2016 B. Kosuge Gamay Noir, Carneros ($25): The precursors of pepper and red currant fruit indicate a perfect marriage between location and variety. It is far more substantial than a typical Beaujolais and has good mid-palate weight. It is truly moder… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Preface to a Two-Part Investigation

By Dan Berger When you purchase an expensive bottle of wine, what expectations do you have? In many cases, as far as I can tell, people do not ask themselves this question. Using a high score or a high price (or both) as the main justification,… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Preface to a Two-Part Investigation”

How Terroir Once Counted

It has been at least a decade since I attended a tasting/evaluation of Cabernet Sauvignons from the Rutherford AVA, approximately 30 wines that were, for the most part, pretty good – if you overlooked the prices for most them. Back then, the cheapes… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “How Terroir Once Counted”