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”

The Actual Varietal Sense of Cabernet

Over the last quarter century, scores have dominated the wine scene in terms of the public’s perception of wine quality–as if quality is the most important aspect of a bottle of wine. (In my view, it is not. Since quality is so subjective, a far m… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “The Actual Varietal Sense of Cabernet”

And…

Tip of the Week We have always been fascinated wandering through wine sections of grocery stores, wine shops, and any place that carries wine because we have a passion for interesting closeouts and other kinds of vinous oddities. As we move for… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “And…”

Róse Hits New Heights

It is now possible to find sensational dry rosés from almost every region in the world, and many of them with such amazing character that you’ll be amazed by the quality of fruit, precision of wine-making skill, and structural balance you’re getting … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Róse Hits New Heights”

Re-Energizing Carneros

The Carneros region of is still one of California’s most important wine regions, but it is rapidly changing, possibly faster than any other wine region in the country. It isn’t evident to most consumers, and possibly not even to most wine writers … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Re-Energizing Carneros”

Regional Character

A discussion few Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon makers want to have is that of regional character. And especially sub-regional character. To them, the brand is Napa Valley. The image is Napa Valley. The entire raison d’être for this red wine is to… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Regional Character”