A bit late this week but its never too late for wine! Here are a few highlights:
1. Chehalem, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2017, $36.95. Oregon has had a string of high-quality vintages, and this is on the lower side for pricing. Drink now, scored 92 by Wine Spectator.
2. San Pedro, 1865 Select Carmenere, Maipo Valley, 2018, $19.95. For those that like carmenere this label has always over-achieved. Drink now, scored 92 by James Suckling.
3. Neil Ellis, Groenerkloof, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019, $17.95. A little more restraint in this South African white compared to those of New Zealand. Good value, drink now
4. Simonsig, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2019, $13.95. Chenin Blanc is the signature white grape of South Africa, and it comes so much cheaper than the wines of the Loire Valley. Drink now
5. Col D’Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, 2015, $54.95. 2015 is the latest signature year from Montalcino, along the lines of 2010, and 2006. This wine will need bottle aging, 2-3 years anyways. The 2006 are just rounding in to form now. Scored 94 by Wine Spectator.
6. Zingari, Tuscany, 2017, $19.95. A very inexpensive super-Tuscan. This is made up of merlot/sangiovese/petit verdot/syrah. Zingari scored 93 by Wine Spectator, and was their #29 in their 2019 top 100 list. Drink now, after decant
Please Enjoy and let me know your thoughts and suggestions!!
Wine review by Oliver Herbst