The Withers Pinot Noir English Hill 2016

The Withers Pinot English Hill

“English Hill Vineyard” is under ten miles from the Pacific, outside Occidental. Cool-climate and windy. The Withers Pinot Noir English Hill reminds me of a Santa Lucia Highlands style with its exceptional concentration and richness for a cool climate Pinot. Could be the thick skins from the wind. I get ripe, slightly liqueur-ish red cherry […]

THE WITHERS Bel Canto 2016

The Withers Bel Canto

Blend of 73% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah. Very pretty, high-toned aromas of strawberries, raspberries, lavender, black pepper and crushed garden herbs. Fruit, spice and herb play nice together on the palate…all have a voice. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and pomegranate sneak into the taste too. Finish is more about the peppercorn, lavender, bay […]

KRUGER RUMPF Pinot Noir Rosé 17

Kruger Rumpf Rose

Lovely, fruit-driven, bright acidity Rose from Germany’s Nahe region (not as well known as Mosel, but equally good). Smell and taste watermelon Jolly Ranchers, wild strawberries (including the stem), orangy citrus and fresh violets. I really like the bright acidity and the ideal ripeness of the 2017 Kruger Rumpf Pinot Noir Rose. This is a […]

SELBACH OSTER Riesling Himmelreich Halbtrocken 2016

Selbach Oster Riesling Himmelreich

I tasted this wine amongst a hundred different wines of every type within 2 hours, so my notes are limited. I scribbled down one word: perfect. Not a perfect wine per se, but is perfect for what it is. And that is, fruit galore (lemon-apple-peach-kiwi), high acidity, a little residual sugar to balance the tangy, […]

VINCENT DAMPT Chablis 2015

Vincent Dampt Chablis 2015

Pretty, aromatic nose of lemon blossoms, Meyer lemon, mango and lime precedes flavors of the same plus butter pastry, lemon tea and white chalky earth. Has lively acidity, fresh fruit all over the place and just enough “taste of the land” to make it interesting. Undeniably tasty and versatile: good drinking by itself and particularly […]

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel Rosé “Triple Zero”

Jacky Blot Rose Triple Zero

An ever-so-subtle smell of flavor of red currant and sun-dried cherry clings to grapefruit, lime and crushed rock in this perky, super-refreshing “Pet-Nat” (single fermentation wine that finishes in bottle). A delicious, very dry sparkler that balances, just so, its fruit, high acidity and lees-aged character. A delicious, unique wine that is a steal for […]

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel “Triple Zero”

Jacky Blot Triple Zero

100% Chenin Blanc. Crisp and brooding nose of bright citrus, pears, white spring flowers and chalk. Taste is 2 parts soil, 1 part fruit: river rocks, oyster shells, lemon-apple, quince. The concern is that this will be dry to the point of being mean, but not so. The lees-aging in barrel gives just the right […]

PLANET OREGON Pinot Noir 2016

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

Deep, rich color (especially for a value-priced Willamette Vallley Pinot Noir). Ripe, slightly liqueur-like dark cherry flavors with support of cinnamon stick, rosewater and cola. Has polished tannins (i.e. smooth!), making for a nicely rip, silky finish. There is lots and lots of pleasure here! Noting the AVA on the bottle is Oregon, the 2016 […]

VINCENT DAMPT Chablis “Cote de Lechet” 2015

Vincent Dampt Chablis Lechet

I’ve quickly become a big fan of Vincent Dampt’s Chablis wines. His Cote de Lechet, from 55 year old vines growing in limestone and marl (Kimmeridgian soil) is classy, bright, perfectly ripe and earthy (especially on the finish). Get preserved lemons, apple butter, fresh sweat, chalk, lemon thyme and green tea. Round and tingly on […]