Review: 2022 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros

Now that Rombauer is ensconced in the Gallo empire, what changes await its flagship wine: Chardonnay, harvested in Carneros? Well, it’s every bit as unctuous as you remember, kicking things off with bold notes of coconut and vanilla, to the point where you might feel like dessert is being served. The good news is part…

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Review: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Triumph Rye

There’s a pretty simple sales pitch for this latest Master’s Keep release: At 10 years old, it’s the oldest age-stated rye whiskey that Wild Turkey has ever released. During a Zoom-based tasting, Eddie Russell guided a handful of journalists through a quick history of the Wild Turkey distillery, his own personal taste profile, the reason…

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Review: NV Berlucchi ’61 Extra Brut Franciacorta

The name of this wine is admittedly a bit confusing: the year listed does not refer to when it was bottled. Franciacorta first became a Designation of Origin in 1967, but it was a few years earlier, in 1961, when Berlucchi vineyards succeeded in making an outstanding vintage of sparkling wine in the French style.…

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Review: Napa Valley Brandy Co. Solera Gold

Solera Gold is a new brandy from Napa Valley Brandy Co., which in itself is a new entrant into the burgeoning world of California brandy. What, with all the grapes being grown here, they needn’t all end up in table wine, right? The brandy is unusually made from cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes, harvested from…

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Review: 2021 La Crema Pinot Noir Sealift Vineyard

La Crema produces excellent Pinot Noirs from several different regions, but their home base is in Sonoma. Today we are trying one of their higher end expressions, which comes from the Sealift Vineyard, very close to the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sonoma. Before bottling, the wine was aged for nine months in French…

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Review: Broken Barrel Honey Smoke Reserva American Whiskey

We’ve been chronicling the releases of Broken Barrel Whiskey Co. for years — with plenty of winners and losers recorded over that time. This latest limited edition of 1900 bottles is an update to its 2022 Honey Smoke release, a single barrel expression of Kentucky-distilled American whiskey (99% corn, 1% malted barley), aged for 6…

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Review: 2022 Domaine Nico Grand Mere and Grand Pere Pinot Noir

Hard as it is to believe, Laura Catena has managed to squeeze in working on the family wines, running a medical clinic, the La Posta and Altaland lines, and who knows what else to establish a line of Pinot Noirs. With a name dedicated to both her daughter and great-grandfather (founder of Catena Zapata), Domaine…

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Review: Remy Martin VSOP and Tercet

We’re backfilling some forgotten expressions in the Remy Martin Cognac lineup today, with belated reviews of Remy’s VSOP and Tercet expressions. Details follow, along with some opinions. Remy Martin VSOP – A big blend of eaux de vie from all over Cognac — Grande Champagne, Fine Champagne, and Petite Champagne. A simpler expression of brandy,…

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