Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for November 7, 2022

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

  • 2021 Piera Terre Magre Sauvignon Friuli Grave (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Grapefruit and herbs for days, yo! $NA B+
  • 2020 Trim Cabernet Sauvignon (California): They trimmed the finish, but not the wood or the jammy black fruit. $15 B-
  • 2018 Markham Vineyards Yountville Ranch Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley): Fruit bomb, sex bomb, bombshell, bomb-astic red. $55 A-
  • 2019 Markham Vineyards Merlot (Napa Valley): A smoldering stare across a smoky room, with some of that smoke getting blown in your face. $32 B+
  • 2019 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot (Napa Valley): Like a somewhat funky cover-version of an old classic. $55 A-
  • 2018 Cuda Ridge Wines Merlot (Livermore Valley): A plummy, spicy, dark painting with all the lines well-delineated.
  • 2016 Castoro Cellars Reserve Tannat (Paso Robles): Tantalizing, tangy and tinged with tobacco. $30 B+
  • 2020 United Ink Riesling (Columbia Valley): Not lacking in crowd-pleasing appeal, but doesn’t seem as enthused to be here as it should. $14 B-
  • 2020 Pascual Toso Malbec (Mendoza): Offering you just a little more spicy love than you deserve for the money. $12 B
  • 2020 Pascual Toso Chardonnay (Mendoza): The boat doesn’t get rocked, and sometimes it doesn’t need to be rocked. $11 B

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