Tasting Notes

Wine Reviews

Eighty Four Malbec

The palate is huge, with fresh and dried black cherries, blueberries, espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and cloves. Tannins are powerful and smooth, mouth feel big and meaty. Drink with well-marbled ribeye to tame the big tannins and let the fruit flow. Very Highly Recommended. 95 points.

CK Mondavi Family wines

Recently I’ve been tasting through the new range of CK Mondavi and Family wines. Inspired by the 2016 Chardonnay – and by the excellent line pricing of these wines – I asked to see more of them. First of all...

Ben Marco Expresivo Red Blend

Blueberry and boysenberry explode on the palate, violets, licorice, and unsweetened chocolate follow. Violets linger forever. Drink with mojo-marinated skirt steak. Highly Recommended. 94 points.

Ben Marco Malbec

Pomegranate, then strawberry, lead a fresh, bright palate, backed with roses and white chocolate. This is a very pretty wine. Drink with skirt steak with salsa criolla. Highly Recommended. 91 points.

Ridge Estate Merlot

Bing cherry, raspberry, hints of licorice and espresso come through in a well-knit supple wine. Drink with seared duck breast. Highly Recommended. 92 points.