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Honest Pinot For the People

Honest Pinot For the People

Pike Road Pinot Noir   I am consistently impressed by the quality and variety of wine coming from Oregon – without any hesitation I call Oregon the best place in the US to get wine from – the sticking point is price since the cheap seats start in the twenties and quickly go up from there. So, it was nice...
Attention! Achtung!

Attention! Achtung!

Weingut Loimer - Muskateller mit Achtung!   When you are a winemaker of high stature, like Fred Loimer, it takes a lot of gumption to risk making a wine that is all about time and tension – a wine made without modern winemaking techniques and with high probability of failure. This is, however, what Loimer did and this is that wine …...
Fongoli - Fracanton Montefalco Sagrantino

Fongoli - Fracanton Montefalco Sagrantino

Unassuming and Excellent - A Wine to Cellar   Sagrantino is the quiet and unassuming powerhouse of Italian wine. It doesn’t garner the lavish praise and attention that Nebbiolo or Sangiovese does. Sometimes that deters people from trying the grape but it also means that the regions prices have been kept artificially low. Sagrantino, when young like this one is, can be...
A Wine To Age

A Wine To Age

  Knoll - Grüner Veltliner Loibenberg Smaragd   The perfect counterbalance to all the easy drinking white wines in the world: this is bold, dense, and packed with minerally goodness and is built for long aging. The wine is challenging in its austerity but with faith and with age this wine will transform into a true thing of beauty.  ...