Domaine De La Bastide Blanche 2009 Bandol

For sheer force of fruit and a delivery system of nitro-fueled tannin, nothing matches a Bandol. Creme de cassis, mocha, and sandalwood flavors are beautiful, and temper the argressiveness of this wine a bit. A finish of cigarettes, garrique and grilled meats turn...

Quinta de Maritavora 2007 Touriga Nacional, Douro

Portugal is the last great undiscovered wine country. With wines like this coming into the market, that may soon change. Fresh bright cherry and a steep mineral streak cut through the core of this wine, and flavors veer toward baking spices. A soft fleshiness manages...

Pierre Amadieu 2009 “Romaine Machotte” Gigondas

Gigondas is one of the most complex wine regions in France, terroir-wise. Some in the valley are remarkably similar to the princely Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Some have the imposing structure of the Hermitage. A few have the delicate filigree of Burgundy. Coming from a...

Terre Da Vino 2005 “Essenze” Barolo

This is a under-the-radar barolo negotiant that deserves a bit of attention. The pricepoint is excellent for this level of Barolo. Blended from a few of the top vineyards in the region, including Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, Annunziata in La Morra, Ravera in Novello, La...

Cougar Crest 2006 Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla

The origin of this winery was 50 acres and a booth at the local airport. No, it wasn’t a grand or impressive start. What it did have, and continues to posses, is un-hyped awesomeness to a degree of ridiculousness. The wine is like authentic mincemeat pie in a...