The first pour tells you this is not Sangio–or one of their 90/10 Colorino blends. Black as night, thick and staining, this bottling is 50% the latter. And the nose also tells a rich story. Smelling quite *Californian*, it is RIPE and packed with concentrated berry. Concentratedly macerated, a generous…


Hard to believe our 13’s are 8! Prolific–and quite under-the-radar–Pinot producer TANTARA occupies numerous slots in my cellar, and it’s always supremely interesting to pull the cork on one. Barrel-tasting with Rick is a daunting experience, with lot after endless lot coming down the ladder in thief–along with plenty of…


Diggin into the 18’s again–and you should be buying as many of these as you can afford and store. And I LOVE the Blaye. And oh boy is this a beauty–especially for something well under 40 bucks. First of all: it SMELLS like Bordeaux. Which is an important distinction for…


Back in Arizona… but this is FAR from the Cottonwood/Jerome wine-region: this is practically MEXICO! Down in Willcox, but still at stupid elevations: this one clocks in at a cool 5200′. Take THAT, Sierra Foothills. And if you read my last little rant on personal acceptance of a region with…


Considerable pent-up bottle-funk on first pour. Not unpleasant, and a generous decant blows it off into a deep, tightly-structured wine with toasty roasted notes supporting the fruit: lavishly giving, but also tight with briar, herb and mineral. Very Cab-like, but asterisks of terroir immediately surface. WHERE would we place these…


This wine is sitting in EXACTLY the right spot: 5 years old and STILL available on the website. A little patina starting to peek through–both in the glass and on bouquet–dusty leather velvet massaging and polishing the vibrant–but characteristically smoky and rustic–fruit. Clear light ruby tapering out to a wide…


This is a very well-balanced wine–blended to near-boring levels–and with points of nuance pointing several directions. Like the DuBost Red Wine I reviewed last week, no indication of component on label–something I actually ENJOY, as it really causes almost-blind reflexes to be stimulated. …


Obliterating barnyard bottle-funk on initial pour, a shitty streak causing many upturned eyebrows of HOLY SHIT at the table. It blows off quickly, revealing a quite juicy, candied, almost Jolly-Rancher sort of bubbly fruit, hi-noted and cheery, and with more air morphs back toward earthy barnyard reduction: tapenade and wet…


This is really pretty stuff. An almost spritely texture on the tongue, tingling and tightening the pores which can’t help but absorb hundreds of delicate fruity sensations. The nose is a fresh-picked bouquet of lily and jasmine, natal plum and green nectarine. SOOOO ridiculously clean and bright–not unctuous or overwhelming–tiny…


This is a fun, juicy, fairly simple wine–as it SHOULD BE–and I have been a long fan of inexpensive house blends. No indication of blend on the label, but judging by color, I’d say Grenache and Tempranillo… or maybe Sangiovese. Probably a *mop the floor* blend of barrel- and tank-overruns…

Stephen McConnell

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