Review: 2018 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The good folks at Louis Martini are back with another bottling of the brand’s classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most reliable, bang-for-the-buck cabs you’ll find. This 2018 expression is ripe and fruity, offering gentle notes of chocolate sauce, pomegranate, and blackberry jam. Currants linger well into the juicy finish, featuring just enough…

Review: El Sativo Single Estate Tequila Reposado and Anejo

We brought you coverage of El Sativo’s organic, “single estate” Lowlands blanco earlier this year — which we loved. Now we’re back with reviews of its other expressions, a reposado and an anejo, both of which launched months later. Ready to dive in? Both expressions are 80 proof. El Sativo Single Estate Tequila Reposado – Aged…

Review: 2019 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

J’s Russian River pinot noir remains a workhorse of the style in this 2019 vintage: Agreeable, somewhat beefy, and layered with notes of black cherry and a pinch of spice. There’s less overt fruit here than in previous expressions, with notes of tea leaf and cola building toward the relatively gentle finish. Hints of pencil…

Review: Jura 12 Years Old

Did you know that as of 2020, Jura was the fastest growing single malt brand in the U.S.? Neither did I, and I’ll savor that morsel of trivia while sipping on the brand’s newest expression, a 12 year old offering that fits in the lower-middle spot alongside Jura’s 10 year old, Seven Wood, and 18…

Drinkhacker’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

Ready for Christmas? Ready for Christmas 2023, maybe? Our long day’s journey into night may have continued unabated this year, but we’re hopeful you’ve at least found some ability to get out of the house, maybe take a trip, and reconnect with friends and family this season. Naturally, you’re still not going to be able…

Review: 2018 Hook or Crook Field Blend and Zinfandel

Hook or Crook is a “quiet little winery” in California’s Lodi region, where it produces a range of wines typical to the area — think zinfandel plus the usual Cali suspects — all at extremely reasonable prices. We received a pair of recent bottlings for review. 2018 Hook or Crook Cellars Field Blend Red Wine…

Review: East Brother Double IPA

East Brother’s latest is a big fat double IPA, clocking in at 8% alcohol and loaded with Simcoe and Azaaca hops. It’s hugely creamy but surprisingly a little bit sour, a mango-laced body countered by notes of grapefruit peel, piney hops, and a touch of white wine vinegar. Some baking spice  gives the finish a…

Review: Bird of Courage Roasted Turkey Flavored Whiskey

Tamworth Distilling, New Hampshire’s strangest distillery and the outfit responsible for such oddities as Deerslayer Venison Flavored Whiskey, turns in another unusual non-vegan whiskey release, House of Tamworth Bird of Courage. Per the company, “The roasted turkey flavored whiskey is limited-edition and birthed from a barrel of 5-year-old Bottled in Bond bourbon steeped with a…