Richard Bruno 2017 Cab Sauv

Winery: Richard Bruno Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Paso Robles State or country: California Price: $24 ABV: 14.0% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 points Review date: Feb 27, 2019 About the Winemaker:  By his own account, Richard…

An Introduction to Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world. The versatility of the grape and the large flavor profile of the finished product make it a favorite of many. Terroir and climate are important for imbuing flavor into the wine, however Chardonnay is easily and effectively molded by a winemaker’s vision. The result is…

The Pinot Noir Grape

The Pinot Noir grape originates from the Burgundy region of France.  In France, wine made with Pinot Noir is labeled after the region.  It is one of the most popular wine grapes in the world and is grown in all major wine regions. Pinot Noir is a small dark grape that has a thin skin. …

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…