Chateau Grand Terrier Des Eyriaux 2011 Bordeaux

My local wine shop’s buyer has recently been trying to bolster the French section of the store. Ever since trying the 2006 Chateau Haut-Mayne I’ve had a hankering to find other Bordeaux to sample and was thrilled to hear more would be coming in locally. They brought this in for an event they poured at but decided to sell…

Tommasi 2012 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo: A “Baby” Super Tuscan

Everyone is searching for the next big up-and-coming wine region to get into. Often when this exciting new region is discovered there is an influx of investment trying to get a proverbial “piece of the pie”. Many famous regions have been through this, from Prosecco in northern Italy to Willamette Valley in Oregon to the…

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: from Paso Robles

My reviewing habits tend to be pretty scattered. Looking back over past few years of reviews there is a frequent switch between regions and varieties. Rarely do I drink wines from the same producer back to back but these past few weeks I did just that. It was more coincidental than purposeful as I bought this waiting for the…

Sebastiani Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County: California Cab

Here is another Cabernet Sauvignon to add to the California Cab series. This one comes from Sonoma, more specifically from the American Viticulture Areas (AVA) of Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill. Since it is sourced from multiple AVAs the bottle says Sonoma County, the general AVA for the whole region. Sebastiani has a long history…

Chateau Haut-Mayne 2006: Bordeaux Blend from Graves

I have always found Bordeaux intimidated. It could be the typically high price, the complicated classification system, or the cheap and tasteless bottles I’ve had before that deterred me. Whatever the reasons, I have tried very little of it. When I saw this bottle, with a single subregion on the label as opposed to the catch-all “Bordeaux” designation, I couldn’t wait to…

Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is the last Cabernet Sauvignon from California I’ll be doing for a while. I’ve enjoyed writing all these reviews as it reminds me that each wine is very different and should be approached individually without bias. I look forward to writing about some of my other favorites varieties and wines in the near future. This wine…

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

In the pursuit of good valued California Cabernet Sauvignon I picked this up to try out. Being $16.00 I didn’t have high hopes for it’s quality, but in the end it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Most of the California Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve had to date have been more savoury than fruity, but this one is…

Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Today we have another Cabernet Sauvignon from California but this time from Napa Valley. Napa Valley has become known as a luxury wine region catering to many high end customers with their cult wines. This wine tries to buck the trend of highly expensive wines while maintaining a good level of quality. The story of…

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Beringer Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in California having been established in 1868 by the Beringer brothers. Originally from Germany they moved to the Napa Valley when they heard it was ideally suited for growing grapes similar to their birthplace. Though the winery has now been owned by several different companies it still…

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Alexander Valley in the northern area of the Sonoma County. Not as popular as its neighbour, Napa Valley to the east, the wines from Sonoma tend to be a better valued though still very high quality. Geyser Peak Winery is one of the oldest in the area and receive…

Bridlewood Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Having read a bit about California wines in my Wine Bible I thought I’d try out a few Cabernet Sauvignons from the region. This one is from Paso Robles in the Central Coast wine region, north a couple hours from Los Angelos. Being so far south in California the grapes had until late November to…

Bodegas Santa Ana Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 La Mascota

Argentina is most famous for its production of Malbec wines. They do a great job of producing fruity and approachable Malbec that most people find very drinkable. I’ve had my share and have a few favorites I shall write about, but this wine is not one of them. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza….