Chateau L’Ermitage 2012 “Sainte Cecile” Costieres de Nimes White

Chateau L’Ermitage is the classical type of French winery. Nothing exciting except the wines they produce. For the past thirty years, Michel and Jérôme Castillon have owned the winery and made the wine.  Their vineyards span 80 hectares through the Nimes region,...

Novy 2010 Syrah, Napa Valley

The nose in this Napa Valley Syrah offers copious aromas of black fruits –black cherry, currant, and blackberry– and a thread of smoky licorice.  On the palate, it is lush and delicious. The black fruit comes forward, ripe and plump, and stays at the...

La Conreria d’Scala Dei 2007 “Les Brugueres” Priorat

  Priorat is a rare wine, but a white wine from the region is much rarer still. Sourced from a terraced vineyard at the northernmost point of Priorat, a spot that is dwarfed by the Monstant mountain range. It’s one of the most beautiful vineyards I have...

Schug Pinot Noir 2010 Carneros

Schug winery is a major player in Northern Cali’s cool wine region of Carneros. Nestled at the bottom of Sonoma and Napa, Carneros has always been prime vineyard territory. Now, it’s reaping the benefits from three generations of serious Pinot Noir cultivation. There...

Barrel 27 2010 High on the Hog White

Tucked between a self storage park and a recycling plant in a correlated office park in Central California sits this winery. Looks can be deceiving, as this is actually a side project of the stellar winemaker McPrice Myers, known for his self-named label. Then again,...