Apr 23, 2024 By Walter Hartman

This is a beautiful wine and a knockout Super Tuscan at this price point. Cabernet Franc is the parent of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and along with them is among the main grapes used in French Bordeaux blends; it lends savory elements and a touch of higher acidic brightness to this dark-fruited, bold red wine. Give this wine some time to open up or consider decanting before drinking....

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Feb 05, 2024 By Walter Hartman

A dense ruby-purple and highly aromatic, this wine has a deep, concentrated core of dark fruits, cracked pepper, smoked meat and a touch of vanilla on the finish. The palate is full-bodied with medium-grained tannins and builds to a long perfumed finish. Despite the concentration of dark fruits, the wine has a bracing line of acidity and maintains freshness throughout. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now for its lifted aromatics and primary fruit or aged for one or two decades to reveal its more earthy notes....

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Jan 31, 2024 By Walter Hartman

A shimmering dark ruby color, this wine is captured by Giuseppe Vaira, who’s family produces this wine, describing it as “crisp like the sound of a Telecaster, straight and electric.” Intense red fruit aromas waft from the glass, backed by alpine mint and hints of citrus zest. On the palate, the wine offers a soft texture at first, then with time expands to deliver concentrated dark fruits, rose petals, crushed stone, and salinity, with very chiseled tannins trailing away on the palate. ...

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Jan 24, 2024 By Walter Hartman

In any vintage, no matter how challenging, some winemakers will manage to make compelling wine. But there is no question that when Mother Nature gives a wine region perfect weather through the end of the harvest, all winemakers in the region will shine, and the best will make wines that are exceptional....

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Jan 10, 2024 By Walter Hartman

A panoply of dark fruit aromas draw you deeply into the glass, with sweet bacon and orange peel deep on the nose. It’s easy to get lost in contemplation, as if the vines of this wine’s deep-driving roots are pulling you into the soul of Priorat. Take a sip, and the wine leaps onto your palate – muscular yet poised like Baryshnikov taking the stage at the Met, commanding, then remarkably covering every corner of the palate with deep layers of flavor before trailing off to a very long – and always perfectly poised – multilayered finish....

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Jan 02, 2024 By Walter Hartman

A lovely nose of orchard fruits expands on the palate, revealing bright citrus, a distinct minerality, and notes of toasted almond on the lingering finish. This is a dynamic great-quality wine that you’ll almost never find at this price....

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Dec 11, 2023 By Walter Hartman

A lovely nose of orchard fruits expands on the palate, revealing bright citrus, a distinct minerality, and notes of toasted almond on the lingering finish. This is a dynamic great-quality wine that you’ll almost never find at this price....

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Nov 22, 2023 By Walter Hartman

A lovely nose of orchard fruits expands on the palate, revealing bright citrus, a distinct minerality, and notes of toasted almond on the lingering finish. This is a dynamic great-quality wine that you’ll almost never find at this price....

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Oct 06, 2023 By Walter Hartman

Calling all lovers of Marlborough sauvignon blanc! This wine from Greywacke knocks it out of the park. The aromas you’d expect from Marlborough sauvignon blanc...

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May 01, 2023 By Walter Hartman

We enjoy good wine. We make an effort to make sure we have only good wine experiences. So when I know I’m going to be out with guests and making a wine selection off a menu...

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