Veramonte 2009 “Primus” Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley

Veramonte is a large winery in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, clicking in at just under 500 hectares.  Since its founding, it’s been a US-centric winery, with over 80% of its wines bought by American wine drinkers. That is by design: these are wines that fit...

Mendoza Vineyards 2011 “1907” Malbec, Mendoza

Sometimes writing up a wine adds more questions than it answers. First of all, who is the winery?  Mendoza Vineyards is the winery on record, but they are a logistics and private label/control brand company. They make wine for other wineries, not themselves.  No...

Landmark Vineyards 2011 “Grand Detour” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

First of all, kudos to Landmark Vineyards for the awesome update to their labeling. It’s a great leap backward, and I mean that in the best way possible. This is a bittersweet vintage for Landmark. It was the year the winery was sold to Fiji Water for an...

Villa Mora 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco

With a grape as rare and wonderful as Sagrantino, a wine drinker may want to know a little more about its history. It’s been growing in a corner of Umbria for more than a century. It may have been brought into the region by ancient Greeks millennium ago, or...