Wine Reviews

Posted by Keith Wallace

Bodegas Ego “Goru Gold” Red, Jumilla

Those seeking chewy reds for a great price need to search no further. Like most wines from this Spanish region, the wine is primarily Monastrell with some Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.

Impressive tannins with a cut of minerality and a full-bodied framework. This is delicious, driven by dark lush fruit and glossy oak.

Wine Rating | 90 Points

Bodegas Ego 2017 &Quot;Goru Gold&Quot;  Red, Jumilla
Bodegas Ego 2017 “Goru Gold” Red, Jumilla

1881 Napa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018
1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018

Napa Cab is a style, and this has it.

Reminiscent of the Silver Oak oeuvre, this is aged in American oak and sports big and brawny textures layered with fan-favorite flavors.

Plum reduction and baking spices are buoyed with fresh fruit. Chocolate and cherry dominate the mid-palate. On the finish, velvety tannins slide into a vanilla bean.

Wine Rating | 91 Points

Oliviero Toscani “OT” Toscana

A Super-Tuscan from the original home of Super-Tuscans: the Italian coast south of Livorno.

This bottling is half Syrah, and it shows with a distinct varietal note of white pepper and game. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot fill in the blend without much fanfare.

This wine offers lush tannins, a dense fruit profile, and an impressive oak regimen. Think full-on boysenberry and black currant. Oak contributes Belgian chocolate and Asian five-spice.

There are some complex earthen notes under the luxurious flavors on display here, but subtlety isn’t what this wine is about.

Wine Rating | 92 Points

Oliviero Toscani 2012 &Quot;Ot&Quot; Toscana
Oliviero Toscani 2012 “OT” Toscana

Firriato “Chiaramonte” Nero d’Avola, Sicilia

Firriato Chiaramonte 2017 Nero D'Avola, Sicilia
Firriato Chiaramonte 2017 Nero d’Avola, Sicilia

Over the past decade, Sicilian winemakers have done the impossible, They elevated Nero d’Avola from its lowly status as a blending grape into a world-class fine wine.

This bottling is a value-priced behemoth draped in Slavonian oak. Chocolate ganache and toasted anise are balanced with a core of beef jerky and wild mint. Full-bodied with a lush finish of blueberries and burnt earth. Perfect for a grilled steak with chimichurri.

Wine Rating | 92 Points

Buty Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley

This is a complex white with surprising depth and richness. On the nose, it smells of peach skin and French pastry. Flavors of honeysuckle, fresh fig, and lemon curd are wrapped in a medium-bodied framework.

There is a touch of earth on the finish, with ripe exotic fruits on the finish. This bottle is best suited as a counterpoint for rich young cheeses like Époisses.

Mostly Semillon, with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, this blend is a callback to classic white Bordeaux.

Wine Rating | 91 Points

Buty 2017 Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley
Buty 2017 Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley

Raats “Unwooded” Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

Raats 2019 &Quot;Unwooded&Quot; Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
Raats 2019 “Unwooded” Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

Great Chenin Blanc tends to achieve a balance of florals, fruits, and minerality. The Raats pulls off that hat trick.

The fruit here is a blend of crushed orange and papaya. The florals are pure jasmine, and the mineral notes are an ocean breeze.

The unoaked version of this venerable South African winemaker pairs very well with rainbow trout almondine. If that too much of a bother, try it with fresh salted popcorn.

Wine Rating | 91 Points

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    Tania and Vincent Careme
    Terre Brulee Le Blanc Chenin Blanc Swartland 2019
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    Absolutely crushes the Raats
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