Mastroberardino 2007 “Radici” Taurasi

Mastroberardino produces a range of great wines, but it truly excels with its Aglianico bottlings. The grape is an ancient varietal that dates back to antiquity. It’s sometimes cited as being the grape of  falernian, one of the great wines of ancient Rome....

Frank Family 2010 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

If you are a grape junkie looking to score some top-grade Napa Cabernet, this is a bottle that will ease your pain. If you haven’t experienced something like this before, allow me to offer a bit of an explanation. The high-end world of Napa Cabs is a place unto...

Domaine Pradelle 2010 “Courbis” Crozes-Hermitage

In the summer of 2012, after a stunning cellar tour at one of  the great wineries of  Hermitage, M. Chapoutier, I sat down at  a little cafe in town.  A number of bruised-knuckled Frenchmen came in–we were in rural France, after all– and started laughing...

Durigutti 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserva, Mendoza

I am very happy to see a bottle of Cabernet Franc coming out of Argentina. This grape varietal is grown in limited quantities in South America,  and it’s mostly used in blends. For those not familiar with Cab Franc, it is one of the least famous of the Bordeaux...

Chateau Saint Jean 2010 Chardonnay, Belle Terre Vineyard

This is an American classic Chardonnay.  Imagine a big ole’ honey bear of a wine, dressed up in a tuxedo, but passed out on a feather bed. Golden and glossy in the glass,  it starts off with a perfumed aroma: ginger, fresh butter, and wild flowers.  On the...