Scott Kelley 2018 Pinot Gris

Vintage: 2018 Wine Name/Vineyard: Scott Kelley Wine Category: Pinot Gris Grape blend: 100% Pinot Gris Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Willamette Valley State or country: Oregon Price: $18 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points Review date: February 05, 2020 About the Winemaker: Wine Maker Scott Kelley has been making wine for over a decade as a winemaker for multiple well-known producers.  He…

Lu 2017 Marsanne

Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Marsanne Wine Category: Marsanne Grape blend: 100% Marsanne Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $17 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  85 points Review date: June 17, 2019 About the Winemaker: Winemaker Yuan Li created this wine with the intent of praising her family name and making a wine that celebrates some of her…

Jac Cole 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay

Vintage: 2018 Wine Name/Vineyard: Unoaked Chardonnay Wine Category: Chardonnay Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Sonoma State or country: California Price: $24 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 points Review date: July 22, 2019 About the Winemaker: Wine Maker Jac Cole has been making wines since the early 1980’s after earning a Master’s degree in Enology.  He has worked at…

An Intro 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…

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…

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…