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San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino

Winery: San Filippo Vintage: 2004 Wine Name/Vineyard: La Lucere Wine Category: Brunello di Montalcino Grape blend: 100% Sangiovese Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Montalcino, Tuscany State or country: Italy Price: $84 ABV: 14% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  92 points Review date: Mar 13, 2019 About the Winemaker:  San Filippo was recently purchased…

2016 la Strada Red Blend

Winery: David Akiyoshi Vintage: 2016 Wine Name/Vineyard: la STRADA Wine Category: Red Blend Grape blend: N/A Italian style blend Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $22 ABV: 14.8% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  85 points Review date: Mar 7, 2019 About the Winemaker:  David Akiyoshi 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 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: …

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…