Wine Reviews

Posted by Keith Wallace

Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This vintage is limited and extraordinary: they only produced about half the usual volume due to the 2017 fires near the winery: dark fruit and baking spices with a Napa-lush texture.  For the fan of deep extracted wines, this is your bottle. 

WSoP Rating: 93 Points
‌Vite Colte 2016  " Luna E I Falo" Barbera D'asti Superiore

‌Vite Colte “Luna E I Falo” Barbera D’asti Superiore

A muscular Northern Italian red with significant oak influence. Aggressive tannins coupled with a pretty blue floral note are unique and compelling.  The mocha-vanilla-fig finish is a long study in deliciousness. 

WSoP Rating: 90 Points
‌Château Jérémie 2017 "Y"  Corbières Boutenac

‌Château Jérémie “Y”  Corbières Boutenac

Majority Carignan, with Syrah and Grenache filling in the gaps. Black cherry and dark chocolate with violet. A layer of crunchy red fruit keeps this bottle vibrant and elegant—just enough violet and mineral to put this into the luxury wine category, despite the low price. 

WSoP Rating: 91 Points
‌Nine Hats 2017 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley

‌Nine Hats Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley

The combination of Columbia Valley and Pinot Gris is a heady one. Honeycomb, basil, and oyster shell stitched into fresh lemon zest. Pure joy and light-footed, this works surprisingly well with crab cakes and old bay. 

WSoP Rating: 88 Points
‌Trefethen 2018 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley

‌Trefethen 2018 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Before the butterballs of the ’90s, Napa Chardonnays were more like this. Elegant layers of quince and hazelnuts are buoyed with bright apple and tomato skin. 

WSoP Rating: 91 Points

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