Bodega Triton 2009 “Tridente” Tempranillo

  What is this curious label? The wine region listed is “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon”, a reference to a huge — and unremarkable — wine region in central Spain. What it doesn’t tell you is that the source for this bottling is...

Reserva de la Tierra 2008 Vega Escal

Reserva de la Tierra, a Spanish wine cooperative, has been working with a US importer for several years to craft a wine for the American market. The result is Vega Escal, an opulent offering at a very reasonable price. The juice is sourced from vineyards around the...

Nieto Senetiner 2012 Reserva Torrontes

Nieto Senetiner is an ancient winery by New World standards: it was founded over a century ago in the La Rioja region of Argentina. While their early work is lost to history, the past decade has shown consistent skills in winemaking. Their wines are a solid bet for...

Tenuta La Marchesa 2011 “Gold Label” Gavi

Northeastern Italy wine review The wine region of Gavi has had its ups and downs. Quality hit  a significant low in the nineteen-nineties with the push toward mass-production.  We are now seeing a new high, after a decades-long push to rehabilitate the...

Terre da Vino 2009 “La Casa in Collina” Barbaresco

Lange wine review I am always looking for good values for Nebbiolo. The high quality $20 bottle is a rare and wonderful thing.  Typically that takes me to the larger Langhe region, plus Gattinara and Roero. The well-known regions of Barolo and Barbareso are rarely...