Monthly Archives: December 2016

Joseph Phelps Insignia

Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley: the marriage of Old and New World in a most powerful expression. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit Verdot and Merlot, this wine packs a huge punch. Blackberry cobbler, cassis, licorice. While pricey, I find this to be a savvier, better value, and just a better wine than more porn iconic […]
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Caymus Special Selection

Big California Cabernet Sauvignon. It is immediately evident that these grapes are so sun-kissed, as the wine almost has an Amarone-type characteristic to it–raisiny, dense, rich. Black cherry pie, chocolate, vanilla. Silky. Treat yourself on a special occasion with this wine. Promotion, reunion, or simply to pat yourself on the back.

Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir

This is an awesome expression of California Pinot Noir at a reasonable price point. Paul Hobbs is a flagship house. This Pinot is a little jammy, and more Medium+ body reflecting it’s New World style. It’s loaded with ripe fruit, juicy plums, black cherry, and a touch of spice.


If it’s hard to say the grape’s name, it may be even harder to get your head around this wine. Gewurztraminer is one of the noble grapes of the Alsace Lorraine region. It has a highly aromatic bouquet, almost perfumed, and can have a dense unctuous or oily consistency. This is a funky one to […]
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Vinya del Vuit “El 8”

El Ocho. Scarce, artisanal, prestigious. In the heart of Priorat in Catalunya, this wine is a dense flavor bomb of cassis, licorice, vanilla. Cariñena and Garnatxa blend. Get your hands on a bottle…if you can find it. Less than 100 cases of wine produced per year.

Eagle Harbor “Raptor”

I love this guy’s wines. Hugh Remash from Eagle Harbor winery is an exquisite piece of art, reflected in his amazing wines. I randomly walked into his tiny tasting room on Bainbridge Island, Washington and was blown away. When Hugh told me about his methodolody, experimenting with New and Old World grapes, unfined wines to […]
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Antinori Solaia “Super Tuscan”

Solaia / IGT Tuscany / Super Tuscan Blend / Marchesi Antinori: Full body, rich. Black cherry, coffee, chocolate. I was originally skeptical of Super Tuscan wines. It was a marketing ploy in the 1970’s, they are made with grapes not indigenous to this region in Italy, and they are technically classified as table wine. I […]
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Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” / South Rhone France / South Rhone Blend / Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe: Full body, spice. Baked black cherry, blueberry jam, garigue. Big jammy wine. The best house, the best vineyard plot, the top area within the South Rhone Valley. If you like Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines, splurge once on this one. Best enjoyed […]
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Baron de Chirel Rioja Reserva

Baron de Chirel Reserva / Rioja Spain / Tempranillo / Marques de Riscal: Full body, spice. Blackcurrent, ripe plum, tobacco. In the early 2000’s I did not have a very high opinion of Spanish wines. This is the one that opened my eyes and blew me away, so rich, smooth, and elegant. This is a very […]
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Dom Perignon Brut Rosé, 2003

Special edition limited release gift box by Iris van Herpen. A beautiful champagne as complex as all of the words I just said. This champagne literally tastes of strawberries and cream and rose petals. Romance in a bottle. Make sure you save this for only the most special of occasions.