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Jul
9

Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole Trinoro 2014

Andrea Franchetti’s project Tenuta di Trinoro helped redefine the potential for Bordeaux Blends in Tuscany. In particular, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot do very well at Franchetti’s site, which allows

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Jan
29

Chateau La Providence Pomerol 2012

Perhaps I am too skeptical, but I reject providence. Instead I prefer greater emphasis on deontology. I subscribe to the consequences of choices and actions over outcomes. I am repeatedly

Jan
3

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Ama Riserva 2009

With this article we move north from Castelnuovo Berardenga to the commune of Gaiole and one of Chianti’s oldest, most famous producers. Castello di Ama is also fairly controversial for

Aug
25

Bodega Noemia J. Alberto 2012

I haven’t had an Argentinian wine in at least two years. The country has fallen off my map for lack of truly distinctive, site driven wine. Indeed, Argentina and Chile

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

Mar
18

Matanzas Creek Bennet Valley Merlot 2004

Matanzas is turning out to be a steller good value producer here in California. Based in Sonoma, Matanzas is producing some seriously well balanced and thoughtful budget wines that blow

Jan
11

Pride Mountain Merlot 2006

My first bottle of wine in California had to, appropriately, be from this lovely state. I chose Pride Mountain because I have been hankering to try these guys for a

Nov
18

Beringer Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain Merlot 1997

I first had this about one year ago. In fact it was one of my first reviews and was my first reviewed wine at my highest rating. So, it was

Oct
13

Henschke ‘Abbotts Prayer’ Vineyard Merlot 2001

A relatively young-vine Merlot from the legendary Australian producer. A Lenswood wine, this merlot was Brownish-red in the glass. A HUGE nose of plum, cherry and cassis developed into a