Archive for the ‘Cellar Treasures’ Category

“What’s the best/most expensive wine you have ever had?”

Monday, February 6th, 2017 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Expensive, On Somebody Else's Tab, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

I used to like beer. I used to drink it a lot. But then the whole IPA thing started happening about a decade ago and quite frankly, got completely out of hand. Every craft brewer was trying to out-hop the ...

Cellar Treasure: Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Crest 2003 Red

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot, Washington State | No Comments »

This bottle has been laying about my family's cellars for well over a decade. First in my father's basement, and eventually mine, as my folks sold the family home earlier this year and the goods were distributed among the kids ...

Smart Bombs and Cellar Treasures: Cameron Hughes Lots 444 & 469

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa, Unknown! | 1 Comment »

Twenty-some years ago we all watched astounded on CNN as a war halfway around the world displayed some shocking technology: The Smart Bomb. Our grandfathers dropped dumb bombs on each other, and it resulted in entire cities being destroyed when ...

Dumas Station 2012 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Dumas Station is one of my personal treasures in the wine world. I stumbled upon them at a local eatery in my small town. By habit I tend to scroll right past the standard reds right to the "interesting reds" ...

Go-to Tempranillo: 2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

In 2009 I discovered this classic Rioja via a segment on the radio show/podcast "Tasting with Tom" when he had a guest from bestwinesonline.com, now known as the Wine Exchange. I bought two bottles based on the review and the ...

Cameron Hughes Lot 460, 2013 Oakville Napa Valley Merlot

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Merlot may have suffered a bit sales ways from a single throw-away punchline in Sideways, but as a varietal it remains one of the Crown Jewels of Bordeaux, and it's North American outpost of Napa Valley. For a bargain-hunting gourmand ...

Too much of a good thing. Kenwood Vintage Red Wine, 1990

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Gamay, Sonoma, Zinfandel | No Comments »

   I've written a lot recently of the benefits to be found in cellaring cheap wines for a few years. The key is to buy more wine than you can possibly drink, and have a cool dark place to store them. ...

Super Tuscan, lives up to its name, finally.  Cameron Hughes Lot 374

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cellar Treasures, Italy, Merlot, Sangiovese | No Comments »

   Cameron Hughes Lot 374, 2007 Super Tuscan.  I've had this wine in my cellar since it arrived back in 2009 or so. Originally I had three bottles, and as is my wont, one of them was likely consumed soon after arrival. ...

Cameron Hughes Lot 348 – 2009 California Field Blend

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo | No Comments »

I recall hearing Tom Leykis once state that it is a crime to open a Tempranillo before it is ten years old. I'm only four years short of that and it is only 32% Tempranillo, so perhaps this was just ...

Deep Dish Sicilian: Cameron Hughes Lot 315. 2009 Nero d’Avola.

Monday, July 27th, 2015 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Italy, Odds, Ends & Blends, Uncategorized | No Comments »

   No mafia or Godfather jokes will appear in this post. I promise.  A cellar treasure that has been resting in my basement for quite a while, I pulled this one randomly two nights ago. Upon opening it was still tannic and ...