Rusty Mutt Conejo Joven Tempranillo 2018

This delicious wine is a McLaren Vale tempranillo fashioned in a “Joven” style and is the best wine of this producer’s current releases.  It has an aroma of bright red berries. The palate is medium to full bodied, with fresh acidity and a light on its feet impression.  Rating: Good.  Abv: NA.  Price: $35.  Website:  http://rustymutt.com.au/.  […]

Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

This is a heady Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It opens to spicy and peppery aromatics.  The palate is full bodied and the length on the finish medium. Spices, rosemary and some raisined, but savoury, fruit emerges with time.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0.  Price:  $20.  Website:  http://tardieu-laurent.fr/en/la-maison-2/.  Reviewed:  May 2020. 

Raen Royal St Robert Sonoma Coast 2016

Sonoma Coast is a large, cool climate viticultural region north of San Francisco.  Few of these wines make their way to Australia.  In the glass, this wine is very obviously pinot noir and, for Australian readers, resembles the Yarra Valley fruity pinot noir style.  It has aromas of cherry and spice.  The body is full […]

Benjamin Laroche l’Atelier Chorey-Lès-Beaune 2017

This is a restrained and elegant expression of village level Chorey Lès Beaune from Benjamin Laroche.  In the glass, it has a coiled aroma of minerals and cherries.  The palate has medium tannins, notes of refined cedar and an elegant finish.  Enjoyable now, or over the next 5 to 6 years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0.  […]

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2018

Curly Flat are a benchmark cool climate southern VIctorian producer.  Their 2018 chardonnay has aromas of stone fruit, ripe nectarine and restrained cedar.  The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length pleasingly long.  An excellent Chardonnay that is ready to drink now. Rating: Very Good.  Abv: NA.  Price: $45.  Website: https://curlyflat.com.  Source: […]

Felsina Chianti Classico 2017

This is an orthodox expression of Chianti Classico that would be a good choice for a blinding tasting.  It has a refined aroma of licorice and earth.  The palate has high acidity, medium tannins and medium length.  Perhaps lacking some stuffing, but elegant and pleasant.  Ready to drink now and over the next 5 years.  […]

Luccarelli Negroamoro 2018

A negroamoro from Puglia in southern Italy, this wine opens to an extravagantly rich nose of spices, garrigue and pepper.  The palate is full bodied and the fruit savoury, with medium tannins.  Raisin and currants emerge with air.  Suitable for current drinking and good value at $15.  Rating: Good.  Abv: NA. Price:  $15 .  Website: […]

Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac 2016

This is a delightful Pauillac from Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande’s second label, the Réserve de la Comtesse.  It has an aroma of blackcurrant and refined, unobtrusive cedar.  The palate is medium bodied, with subtle length and a refined bearing.  Ready to drink now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good.  Abv: 13.0.  Price:  […]