Domaine de Vedilhan Vionier 2016 review by (PB)

Light amber hue with aromas of Perfumy, powdery, citrus with vanilla with lemon drop hard candies and canned pears. Palate–Razor sharp acidity carries this palate cleansing, juicy Meyer lemon curd and creme brulee, fruit forward palate cleansing delight. Finishes quickly. This a big wine and great buy at the $10 price point. Chill this down…

Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2015 review by (PB)

Pretty garnet hue with aromas of cigar ash and dust, blackberry with a smidge of red raspberry, Palate–Plush texture with an elegant presentation of vibrant, if not stern red berry, classic Zin flavors. Finishes with a nice somewhat complex fruit and forest floor flavors. Napa Cellars makes good wine–Might sound stupid but some vintners just…

Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2015 review by (PB)

Nice pigmented black-cherry hue with aromas of Rustic, course, cherry-berry fruit up front on a foundation of dusty spices Palate– dry dusty tannins with subdued dried crushed cherry powder, and a fleeting finish. This mostly Tempranillo Rioja is pretty decent considering I think I paid well under $10 for it.  At the normal price point…

Castle Rock Pinot Noir 2016 (Mendocino Co) review by (PB)

Jewel like garnet hue with aromas of strawberry fruit drink, Chinese five spice, pie spices and a seductive overall presence that is quite wondrous. Palate–Clean, pure red fruit flavors with loads of structure with elegant sweet spices. Castle Rock just excels at its uber-value pinots this one being another gem of a value. This is…

Masion Nicolas Pinot Noir 2017 review by (PB)

Light purple hue with faint aromas of spice and a touch of fruit. Palate–watery texture, watery, dilute flavors in sparse amounts. Basically plonk but then again ya get what you pay for which wasn’t much.  I paid maybe $6 so but seems to be more around the $10 price point.  At $6 I might serve…

Quarles Harris Porto 2011 review by (PB)

Dark Plum hue with aromas of cedar, mint and minced meat pie with sweet pie spices, with a subtle rich blueberry syrup at the end Palate–a gloriously thickish texture, with velvety rich, deep flavors of intense dried plum, raisin and savory spiced flavors on the end with a finish that hangs on. This ultra value…

Henri Gouges Nuits-Saint-Georges 2015 review by (PB)

Cherry hue with aromas of creamy milk chocolate (fleeting) and strawberry/red raspberry bonbons. Sweet spices are prominent with dusty mineral hint at the edges. Palate–a bit tightly wound with a citrusy impression mid palate, hopefully it will open. OK I am not very experienced with Burgundy ($$$) and this is not an expensive one ($60…