Review: 4 Wines from Ribera del Duero and Rueda, 2020 Releases

Today it’s a look at a quartet of Spanish wines, all from the Ribera del Duero region and nearby Rueda. Ribera is home to red wines, Rueda is for whites. For the most part, these wines are more affordable than those in Rioja, a bit further to the east. Let’s dive in to the four…

Read More about Review: 4 Wines from Ribera del Duero and Rueda, 2020 Releases

Review: Old Pulteney Huddart, 12, 15, and 18 Years Old (2020)

Old Pulteney recently (well, in mid-2018) revamped and relaunched its core lineup, bringing its core to three age-statemented releases and a single NAS release. They’ve been slow getting to the U.S., but we’ve finally tracked down all four for review. (A harder-to-find 25 year old expression is also in the standard lineup, which we reviewed…

Read More about Review: Old Pulteney Huddart, 12, 15, and 18 Years Old (2020)

Review: 2017 Wente Pinot Noir Riva Ranch and Cabernet Sauvignon Wetmore

Here’s a pair of wines from Wente, two big reds built for the winter. 2017 Wente Pinot Noir Riva Ranch Vineyard – This Arroyo Seco (Monterey) sourced wine is quite intense and rich, a punchy wine that builds on a rather jammy base to showcase notes of fresh raspberry, some violets, and a touch of…

Read More about Review: 2017 Wente Pinot Noir Riva Ranch and Cabernet Sauvignon Wetmore

Review: Laphroaig 30 Years Old – The Ian Hunter Story, Book One: Unique Character (2019)

In 2016 Laphroaig brought its 30 year old whisky to the U.S. for the first time. That expression is long since gone, but the Islay icon has recently brought a new 30 year old to our shores, part of a new collectible series that celebrates the founders and key characters of Laphroaig. This first release,…

Read More about Review: Laphroaig 30 Years Old – The Ian Hunter Story, Book One: Unique Character (2019)

Review: 2018 Alamos Malbec Mendoza

Budget malbec doesn’t get much better than this (as we’ve previously noted), and the 2018 bottling is an earthy but balanced wine with notes of currants and cola, but tempered with black pepper, beef char, and a smattering of savory spices. A slight note of sweet tea hits on the finish. Widely available for less…

Read More about Review: 2018 Alamos Malbec Mendoza

Review: Liquore Strega

Strega has been eking its way back into the cocktailverse in recent years, though it’s still on the obscure side of things in the U.S. Strega — “the witch,” in Italian — hails from the city of Benevento, where legend has it witches used the liqueur “to disguise themselves as beautiful maidens and mix a…

Read More about Review: Liquore Strega

Review: Chalk Hill 2018 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Estate Red

Sonoma’s iconic Chalk Hill Winery recently dropped two new releases, both from the Chalk Hill AVA from which the winery draws it’s name. We’re happy to delve into here following our delightful, recent tour and lunch on the property. Let’s give them a whirl! 2018 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc Chalk Hill AVA – This…

Read More about Review: Chalk Hill 2018 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Estate Red

Tasting the Wines of Fontanafredda, 2020 Releases

Fontanafredda is one of the most iconic producers of Barolo wine, its history dating back to 1858 (complete with a rather juicy story that involves the King of Italy, his underage mistress, and a gift of vineyard land). Fontanafredda has changed hands on multiple occasions, and as of 2009 it is again locally owned by…

Read More about Tasting the Wines of Fontanafredda, 2020 Releases