J Cuvée 20 Brut NV Russian River Valley 90 12.5% 750ml $38
This straw-colored J Vineyards sparkling wine shows its even mix of red and white fruit with aromas of strawberry, lemon, green apple, lime pith. The complex nose also offers toast, dried ..
For decades, Alsace has been, for all intents and purposes, a white wine region. The distinctive characters of Alsace Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Blanc are international reference points. Until recently, Alsace Pinot Noi..
Napa Valley and its wines are so successful—and have been for decades—that it’s easy to forget how far the area has come from the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are very few Napa wineries which have been around for 40 years. Grgich Hills is among the pro..
Last year, at about this time, I was touring bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. One of my visits was with Bulleit at their historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery, just five miles from Louisville. Naturally, I sampled all three of the well-known Bulleit ..
In 2014, Byron changed directions to focus on vineyard-designates, primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from the top sites of Santa Barbara County. As of 2016, their assortment included 20 different vineyards. I met with winemaker Jonathan Nagy at ..
On April 27, I attended a lunch with new Luce technical director, Stefano Ruini and tasted through a number of past and current releases. My reviews of the latter are below. For my notes on the vertical tasting and more about the company’s history ..
2014 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 93 14.5% 750ml $75
This five-variety, Napa Valley blend is showing beautifully. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, gently toasted oak, caramel, scorched earth and milk chocolate rise effortless..
While we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the United States today, our friends in New Zealand are raising a glass to Sauvignon Blanc. Those two celebrations match up nicely. Here are some specific suggestions for pairing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ..
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily made from estate fruit coming from the hilly vineyard blocks near the winery, in the Stags Leap District AVA, and a much flatter estate vineyard, Borderline. It lies about 2 miles away, still in..
Yountville-based Stewart Cellars offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Bordeaux-variety wines from Napa Valley. Their three new, Spring releases came my way recently. They’re all good wines and my reviews are below. You can see m..