The Sangiovese Grape

Sangiovese is a red wine grape from Italy.  Grapes for the most sought-after Sangiovese wines are grown in Tuscany where warm weather, clay like soil, and topography are favorable to growing conditions.  Sangiovese is used in many of Italy’s most appreciated wines.  American wine makers also grow Sangiovese and are getting much better in producing…

Caduceus Cellars 2010 Sancha

Winery: Caduceus Cellars Vintage: 2010 Wine Name/Vineyard: Sancha Wine Category: Tempranillo Focused Red Blend Grape blend: 92% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Cochise County State or country: Arizona Price: $50 (price of a current release) ABV: 14.9% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points Review date: Feb 17, 2019 Color: …

Four Roses 130th Anniversary Edition

Distiller: Four Roses Release: 2018 Bourbon: Four Roses 130th anniversary edition Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Price: $140 Proof: 108 Age: Mix of 10, 13,14, and 16-year barrels The Barrel Cellar Score: 96 Review Date: 2/16/2019 Color: Deep Amber Nose: Cinnamon, leather, vanilla, cocoa, oak Taste: Medium bodied, velvety, has a slight oily mouthfeel. First taste (poured…

Should I Cellar and Age my Wine?

A vast majority of wine sold is meant to be consumed sooner rather than later. Many wine makers produce wine with that in mind; the sooner you drink the wine and enjoy it, the sooner they can sell you more! There is, however, plenty of wine that will benefit with additional time in the bottle…

What are Tannins?

I love tannins so I gravitate towards tannic wines.  If you’ve read my reviews, you know I refer to tannins quite a bit.   So, what are tannins?  Why are they in wine? What do they taste like?  Does all wine have tannins?  Understanding what tannins are doesn’t make you a wine snob, but it can…

CS Substance Cabernet

Winery: Charles Smith Wines Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Substance Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Columbia Valley State or country: Washington Price: $17 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points Review date: Feb 10, 2019 Color:  Up Maroon (it’s a real color), Redwood…

Double Bastard in the Rye

Region: California and/ or Virginia Brewery: Arrogant Brewing Release: 2016 Beer: Double Bastard in the Rye Style: Bourbon barrel aged ale Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 13.5% IBU: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 5 Points Review Date: February 2019 Availability: Special release Brewer notes: This beer is a close relative of southern charred: Double Bastard Ale’s bourbon barrel bolstered incarnation.  This one is just as mind…

Elijah Craig Small Batch 1789

Distiller: Elijah Craig Release: 2018 Bourbon: Elijah Craig Small Batch 1789 Region: Bardstown, Kentucky Price: $30 Proof: 94 Age: Not Available The Barrel Cellar Score: 87 Review Date: 2/6/2019 Color: Russet Nose: Green apple, leather, butter, brown sugar (neat).   Burnt sugar (2 cubes). Taste: Medium to full bodied, has a slight oily mouthfeel. First taste…

2012 Cyrus

Winery: Alexander Valley Vineyards Vintage: 2012 Wine Name/Vineyard: Cyrus Wine Category: Red Blend Grape blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Malbec Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Sonoma State or country: California Price: $59 ABV: 14.3% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 93 points Review date: Feb 2,…

Italian Inspired Columbia Valley Wine

Winery: G. Cuneo Vintage: 2012 Wine Name/Vineyard: Bonatello Riserva Wine Category: Sangiovese Grape blend: 100% Sangiovese Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Columbia Valley State or country: Washington Price: $60 ABV: 15.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 88 Review date: Feb 2, 2019 Color:  Plum, soft pink rim Nose:  Cherry and floral notes Taste: …