Category: Older Vintages

Drinking the Past as California Burns

Light night, even as flames roared through the chaparral of Southern California, I attended a wine tasting event to benefit

Like Visiting an Old Friend: A Few Vintages of Chateau Musar

Sometimes drinking wine can be like spending time with your dearest friends. I suppose that any familiar flavor, enjoyed repeatedly

Flavors of a World-Changing Wine Event: Celebrating the Judgment of Paris

On May 24th, the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of perhaps the single most important event in the modern

Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey

In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn’t rank among the most storied, at least as far as the

25 Years in the Hills: A Seven Hills Winery Retrospective

We’re funny, us humans. We like to draw these imaginary lines on the earth and give names to the places

Château de Beaucastel: The Difficult Vintages

For most lovers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel needs no introduction. One of the largest, most storied, and most respected

Checking On Some Older CA Pinot Noir

Once upon a time, among the many criticisms leveled at California wine, there existed the notion that California wines did

Icon Wines of Napa: A Tasting

What would you do if someone offered to hold a tasting of all the best Cabernets in Napa according to

Hawke’s Bay Wines With Some Age On Them

With the clouds turning a peachy pink against the always-riveting-blue sky above Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, I found myself strolling

The Legendary Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes

Last weekend I had the singular pleasure of co-leading a tasting with the title Legends of Napa Valley. I wrote

2006 Peay Vineyards Roussane/Marsanne Blend, Sonoma Coast

As a wine reviewer who gets paid next to nothing for his work, I have the luxury of only reviewing

2001 York Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District, Napa

One of the most gratifying experiences I have as a wine lover and very, very small time wine collector involves

1988 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru, Burgundy

You don’t get very far in a journey towards being a wine lover without hearing the words “Romanée-Conti” spoken with

1983 Schloss Schonborn Rudesheimer Bichofsberg Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany

Wine is the closest we come to alchemy. And ironically, the most magical transmutation that takes place within wine is

1971 J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany

As you know, I think wine reviews should be more than just tasting notes and scores. They should be the

My Burgundy Nights: Tasting Notes from Les Trois Glorieuses

For seven or eight hours (the longest lunch you may ever have) more incredible wine is opened up than any

1957 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Blanco, Rioja, Spain

There are few wineries in Spain whose names conjure the heritage and prestige evoked by R. Lopez de Heredia. Don

2001 Thierry Allemand “Cuvee Reynard” Cornas, Rhone Valley, France

As much as I love wines from all over the world, and as open and welcoming as I am of

1997 Calera Wine Company “Mills Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA

Those of you who know me well understand the soft spot I have in my heart for iconoclastic winemakers. The