Jun
28

Dominus Estate 2001

Dominus takes a contrary approach to most Napa Valley Bordeaux blends. First off, Christian Moueix (also of Petrus) never discloses the cepage on the bottle. He also decries overripeness and

Mar
15

Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The rich, ripe Napa Cabernet has fallen out of fashion with many wine geeks and top sommeliers. Exemplified by the publication of books such as SF Chronicle wine critic Jon

Feb
18

Best’s Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Best’s is one of the oldest (and still classically styled) producers in Australia’s Great Western (a region that is now called Grampians, located in Western Victoria, near Melbourne). Founded in

Jan
27

Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 (aged at winery for 10 years)

I have just returned from a weekend trip to Arizona, certainly one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and home to some of the world’s greatest scenery. The

Aug
5

Branaire-Ducru St. Julien 2005

Bordeaux, the world’s most price inflated wine. But also one of the most underappreciated. How is this so? If you are not in the ranks of the most famous producers,

Nov
27

Spotlight on Sangiovese: Mauro Vannucci Piaggia Carmignano Riserva 2003

Sangiovese is la dolce vita of Italy. It is its soul and its face, its bravura and charm and easy loveability. Even the most traditional and profound wines are loveable

Nov
10

Spotlight on Sangiovese: Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2001

Aged Sangiovese is a rare treat and one that most drinkers have a hard time getting their hands on. Luckily this wine is currently avaiable in the market and is

Nov
4

Spotlight on Sangiovese: Querciabella Camartina 2005

A highly respected producer from Chianti, Querciabella also makes this top-of-the-line Super Tuscan IGT from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon – a wine I was quite excited to try. Clearly this

Oct
14

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Esporao Reserva Red 2005

With this wine we move into the Alentejo region in southeastern Portugal. Warm and dry, the Alentejo is home to large expanses of loam soils along with smaller parcels of

Sep
14

Long Shadows Pirouette 2004

Long Shadows was founded by Allen Shoup, former CEO of Chateau St. Michelle. Shoup has been building some pretty amazing projects in washington since the late 70’s, including the Antinori