Archive for the ‘Regions’ Category

Cru Bourgeois! Chateau Saint-Saturnin 2000 Médoc

Saturday, February 17th, 2018 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cheap and Red, France, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot | No Comments »

I bought six bottles of this 2000 Medoc for $9.99 each last year. Now I wish I bought a lot more! This isn't a grand cru, it is a garagiste really. I can't find much about it online, but what I ...

Peppery Carm! 2014 Casa Silva Los Lingues Vineyard Carmenérè

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 Posted in Carmenère, Cheap and Red, Chile | No Comments »

I love Carmenere. It has always been a go-to varietal for me. Consistently yummy. Great food wine. Almost always an exceptional value. For example, this single-vineyard example cost me less that $15. I popped the cork on it as I ...

Best of 2017: Cameron Hughes Lot 606 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Napa | No Comments »

Sure, it's only October, but I've found the best budget wine of the year, hands down. It is still available, and if you're smart, you'll go buy some now. It sells for $29/bottle, but I have to tell you, this ...

Finally, an actual, damn good Pinot Noir, for under $20.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 Posted in Cheap and Red, Oregon, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I've often said "Pinots are like Porsches. Good ones are expensive, and bad ones are also expensive." A truly great Pinot Noir is a treasure, but they are elusive, and usually expensive. In my experience "cheap" Pinot Noirs are often ...

Damn good wine for under $9!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 Posted in Cheap and Red, Grenache, Spain | No Comments »

[caption width="552" id="attachment_385" align="alignnone"] 2012 Espelt Garnacha Old Vines[/caption] I grabbed this wine a little less than a year ago from Wine Exchange. The price was $8.98, which is an incredible bargain for what this bottle represents. It isn't available there ...

Ain’t Life Grand? Cameron Hughes Lot 602, 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Napa | No Comments »

I think the first contemporary vintages of Napa Valley cabernets I ever tasted were from the late 70s, likely 1978/79. I was just a wee barbarian, drinking at the table of my father, whose wine exploits and palette I aspire ...

A Reliable Go-To: Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Washington State | No Comments »

I first tasted this wine at a local seafood & steakhouse. It is a great place and over the years I've become a "regular". The staff knows my name, and know what I like. I used to bring visiting business ...

Dusted Valley 2014 Cabernet Franc: Le Garçon Grand!

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Franc, Expensive, Washington State | No Comments »

[caption width="552" id="attachment_364" align="alignnone"] Big Boy Cabernet Franc[/caption] Life had me traveling abroad for a few weeks, so I indulged myself of local wines along the way. I didn't bother to blog about them as they were universally outside of the ...

Best Value Red of 2016/17: CH Lot 575, 2014 Red Blend, Red Mountain, Washington State

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Only in America will you find a winemaker who will mix a Rhone varietal into a classic Bordeaux blend. "America, Fuck Yeah!" This wine appeared in my autumn shipment mixed case from Cameron Hughes, and it was a revelation. After I ...

Speaking of Rioja: 2004 Viña Tondonia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 Posted in but not outrageous, Expensive, Grenache, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

I paid $36.98 for this 2004 Rioja about three weeks ago. Given that "a good Rioja" should be cellared a decade or so, it is nice to find one that is ready to drink after have been bottle-aged before purchase. ...