Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for December 4, 2023

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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), so you can get right to the point and decide if they’re for you (or not). Cheers!

  • 2020 Adega de Redondo ‘Porta da Ravessa’ Special Edition Branco (Alentejo): Grill the scallops, pour some of this, have fun. $NA B
  • 2019 Bacalhoa Quinta do Carmo Tinto (Alentejo): Very fruity, very dark, very structured, & very good for the money! $30 A-
  • 2021 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio (Douro): Just about equal parts elegant and powerful. $25 A-
  • 2015 Castello Banfi Poggio all’Oro Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino): Just a hint of forest floor reveals its age; otherwise, this is still a youngster with greatness potential written all over it. $200 A
  • 2016 Westside Crossing Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Lots of ripe stone fruit, lots of earth, lots of tastiness… $28 B+
  • 2022 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Rose of Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Wild strawberry action that’s ?? heart-eyes emoji ?? worthy. $20 A-
  • 2022 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Elegant, and brimming with bright red fruits and minerality. $60 A-
  • 2022 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Very well crafted. Peachy, a bit voluptuous, and round in the middle. $28 B+
  • 2022 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Gorgeous. Wears its heft with grace and brambly aplomb. $35 A-
  • 2016 Simonsig Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch): Meaty, large,having a strong coffee & very much in charge with its juicy, powerful , leathery, smokey, gamey demeanor. $38 A-
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