Pascual Toso Alta Syrah – Argentina – 2017

War of the gargantuas turns into slap-fight – part 1. The nose was very flat, with some earth notes and blackcurrant, but just barely. On the palate, more blackcurrant came through, along with some spices and black pepper. Improved slightly with pairing. Read...

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling – Germany – 2021

Younger twin matches brother’s aptitude. A dead tie for the 2020 vintage, and nearly identical in notes. Perhaps a bit more tang, but only slightly so. This is of the German “Qualitatswein” level of labeling, indicating a more varied and less...

Osado Blend de Tintas – Argentina – 2017

Faded photos from a vacation you already forgot. So-so, cheapo red blend from Argentina. Color was a bit brown which made me worry for heat damage, but didn’t translate to the taste. Main notes are black cherry, a bit of vanilla and some smoke. Overall not...

Appetit de France Chardonnay – France – 2020

Local carpenter winds up being an artesan. French table wine proves the French must make great tables. This cheap-o, appellation-free chardonnay nevertheless beats so many of those pretentious California poseurs. Crisp but not tart, this is smooth pear and baked...

Domaine Saint Germain Persan – France – 2020

If this painting is fake, it was done by a master. Wine was delivered without foil or seal, so suspicion was high. Cork appeared fine, and after tasting all fears dissipated. Nose is black cherry with some earth. On the tongue it’s fruity AF but not at all...

Philippe Dreschler Riesling – France – 2019

Leather elbows on a tweed coat, is that the best you can do? Far too slate-y with weird citrus notes makes this closer to a Sauvignon Blanc than an Alsace Riesling. I had to check the label to make sure I had poured the right bottle. Some slight slice notes save this...

Cicchitti Red Blend – Argentina – 2016

But, sir, this passport is genuine. This Argentino Bordeaux blend may have you suspecting “cabernet fauxvignon” but it’s very good. Nose upon decorking was shoe leather, but flavor notes included blackcurrant, spice and licorice. Label says it was...

Matayac Malbec – France – 2019

November spawned a monster. Nose has earth, soil, bell pepper and eucalyptus. Flavor notes include basement must, black cherry. Super smooth tannins shows just how France does Malbec as compared to California cousins of the same age. Witchcraft maybe? This is a...