Cuna de Reyes 2009 Rioja Crianza (Spain)

Aged for a year in French and American oak,  this wine is mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha and Mazuelo. Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Nájera,  in the southern edge of Rioja Alta. The wine shows a great deal of finesse, showing classic Rioja vigor.  Aromas...

Michele Satta 2005 Cavaliere (Super Tuscan)

A voluptuous Sangiovese with a slight salinity that veers to black olive but pulls back into a beautiful layered expression of chocolate. A glass-staining beauty with plump blackberry and kirsch notes, and just a whiff of Cuban tobacco in the mid palate. One of the...

Passitivo 2010 Primitivo, Puglia (Italy)

Judging wines isn’t a linear job.  It’s not really about grading all wines as a spectrum of quality. We don’t judge a Red Zinfandel from Russian River next to a bottle of Lafite Rothschild. They may get the same 90-point rating, but that...

Chateau Ramage La Batisse 2005 Haut Medoc (Bordeaux)

A finely honed bottle, with eucalyptus and wet stone aromas that edge into black fruit and crème de cassis. Full bodied and velvety, the palate offers fresh red fruit, black tea, and a bracing minerality that finishes like a teacher’s desk: notes of pencil...