A Good Wine at a Great Price

Winery: Dave Harvey Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Cabernet Franc Wine Category: Cabernet Franc Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Franc Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Columbia Valley State or country: Washington Price: $19 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 points Review date: Mar 2, 2019 About the Winemaker:  Dave Harvey has been winemaking…

Ken Wright 2015 Pinot Noir

Winery: Ken Wright Cellars Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Pinot Noir Wine Category: Pinot Noir Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Willamette Valley State or country: Oregon Price: $22 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: 15,000 The Barrel Cellar Score:  87 points Review date: Mar 1, 2019 About the Winemaker:  Ken Wright has been…

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…

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: …

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…

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: …

Central Coast Pinot Review

Winery: Fess Parker Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Sta. Rita Hills Wine Category: Pinot Noir Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $30 Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 87 Review date: Feb 1, 2019 Color:  Deep purple, however after tilting the glass to allow…

The Benefit of a Wine Club

I had appreciated wine for quite some time prior to moving back to the Chicago suburbs approximately 12 years ago.  I was pleased to find a new local wine shop near my home town that offered free wine tasting on Friday nights.  That was incentive enough for me to frequent the place.  I was pleased…