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Soft-textured and Plush: Troon Vineyards Blue Label Malbec

2013 Troon Vineyards Blue Label Malbec, Rogue Valley, Oregon In the past two decades, Malbec’s popularity has risen in leaps and bounds. Sure, the grape has been around forever, but it was the Argentinians who brought Malbec into the lives of most wine enthusiasts. (more…)

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Fruit Forward: Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia (more…)

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Seductive Sensuality in a Glass: Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir

2013 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon  (more…)

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Not Your Typical Petite Sirah: Chronic Cellars Suite Petite

2014 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite, Paso Robles, California This is not a typical Petite Sirah, nor are any of the Chronic Cellars wines typical. I guess that’s what makes them so desirable to a lot of wine consumers; well that and the art work on the label. (more…)

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In Your Face Finish: Balletto Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Chardonnay Russian River, Sonoma County, California The aromas are unique and aggressive, like you just walked into a kitchen where a freshly baked apple pie is cooling, and the chef just torched the sugar crust on a lemon Crème brulee.  (more…)

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“Go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay: Artesa

2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California I used to have a “go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay from Carneros that I recommended to anyone who was looking for a big lush wonderful Chardonnay, but that recommendation now belongs to Artesa. (more…)

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