Summers “Two-Acre Zin” (Napa) 2013 review by (PB)

Nice dark black cherry hue with aromas of spicy black berry, stewed tomatoes, and a touch of cedar. Palate–Textured tannins, intense dark ripe fruit, nice spice, lingering tarry black berry finish This Calistoga Zin is a new one to me and my wife bought it for Father’s Day paying $20. To be fair, I am…

Fetzer Flatbed Red 2016 review by (PB)

Nice deep black cherry hue with aromas of savory spiced dark berries, cedar, sweet blackberry Palate–Big bold, intense dark fruit bombish, with a bit of pucker, rich spicy, blackberries, tar, and a lingering finish. This was reduced to $7 (from $10) and I grabbed it because of the reliability over many decades of Fetzer’s productions. …

Bodegas Belgrano Malbec (NV) review by (PB)

Bricking around the rim with browning all around The bouquet is obviously an aged one with interesting aromas of both sweet fresh fruit and aged spicy fruit with a touch of stewed prunes also the mark of an aged red bouquet. Palate–A touch tart but with saving graces of creamy prune whip with sweet spiced…

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) 2016 review by (PB)

Straw hue with large bouquet of classic grassiness, guava paste, ripe pineapple, tropical fruit compote, hint of vanilla and citrus. Palate–Minerally front with sharp acidity, wet stone, guava paste, creamy texture, lingering finish of tropical fruit. Astrolabe is a reliable producer of fairly vibrant Sauvignon Blanc at a great price point. The acidity in this…

Lou Dumont Bourgogne 2013 review by (PB)

Slightly tinge of amber at the rim showing a touch of age. Bouquet definitely has a twinge of age but just the slightest touch. Ruby red grapefruit aroma up front with nice varietal fruit and a whiff of menthol and cocoa cream. Palate–The touch of age is also evident on the palate so it is…

Luna Cabernet Sauvignon (California) 2014 review by (PB)

Opaqueish garnet hue with some depth and aromas of spiced cocoa, a hint of cedar, and sweet blueberries. Palate–Ripe berry fruit, with nuances of chocolate reminding me more of a Washington State Cab, with surprisingly rich front palate with loads of savory spice and a finish that actually has some last to it. My wife…

La Lecciaia Lupaia Toscana 2014 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Spicy cherry and earth on the nose Full bodied on the palate Finishes with layered cherry, licorice, spice, and earth Summary: I paid just $8 for this beauty. It’s hard to find a wine at that price which really shows its origin and sense of place. In this case, Tuscany comes through in…