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: …

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…

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…