Monthly Archives: January 2017

Opus One

This wine needs no introduction. This is the Muhammad Ali of wine, the prize fighter who’s reputation arrives with prestige and merit. An icon since 1979. This wine is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, and is the Napa Valley love child of houses Mondavi (US) and […]
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Beautiful. Ocean after ocean of flavor hits you. If this is a battle for your tastebuds, then it’s one I gladly surrender and give in to. Marvelously complex, and extraordinary long finish. Ripe juicy plum, candied black cherry, jammy cassis, leather, chocolate, vanilla. One impressive wine with a singular name and a multitude of surprises. […]
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2 Pi r Priorat, Grata Vinum

Instant Classic. This little lovely had me at first sip, and all its heavenly goodness makes me approach this with reverence. Priorat in Catalunya, Spain is producing amazing wine. The unique licorella soil imparts a rich licorice flavor. Dark jammy fruit like cassis and blackberry start, followed by licorice, coffee, and vanilla with excellent length […]
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Virginia Pinotage Blend

Yes, you heard that right. Let me start by saying that this is a whimsical wine. Wine has no ego, so no reason to be judgemental and serious, open the mind, and go with the flow. As I’ve written before, I admire that Virginia winemakers are currently quite adventurous and experimental. This is a Viginia […]
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Virginia Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a minor grape used in Bordeaux blends. What I like about the spirit of Virginia winemakers these days is their sense of adventure and experimentation. Having never seen or tried Petit Verdot as a single varietal, I jumped on the adventure train. As an experiment, this wine is interesting. Tart red raspberry, […]
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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

This is my standard for California Cabernet Sauvignon. Consistent high quality at less-than-outrageous prices. Beautiful juicy plum and blackberry with vanilla and coffee on the finish. A great introductory wine to explore Napa Valley Cabernet. Splurge on a bottle for dinner with your best friend.

Chateau Boyd-Cantenac, Bordeaux

Left bank Bordeaux exhibiting classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics. Black currant, earthy forest floor, tobacco finish. Chateau Boyd-Cantenac is classified as a 3rd Cru in Bordeaux, which I found at great value in the Paris Duty Free.

Crozes-Hermitage, E. Guigal

Perfect with grilled lamb fillets. 100% Syrah, structured with good acidity. Bright red cherry and currant fruits with a bit of savory herbs, rosemary.

Pol Roger, Blanc de Blancs

This is a masculine champagne. There is a distinct smokey flint finish to it that begs for leather seats and cigars. 100% Chardonnay, bright lemon peel, creamy mousse.

Roda Reserva

Rioja Spain, Tempranillo grape. “Reserva” for this area designates that this wine has been aged for at least 3 years with a minimum of 1 year in oak. This is a versatile wine for red meat in general having good lush black and red fruits, medium body, tannins aren’t too high, good acidity, and a touch […]
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