Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 4, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

  • 2016 Weinkultur Preiss Ried Brunndoppel Chardonnay (Niederösterreich): Peaches and jasmine, both with assertive personalities. $NA B+
  • 2015 Wein-Genuss-Gut Siedler Alex Spiegeln Chardonnay “Barrique” (Niederösterreich): The stone fruits are ripe, the vanilla is creamy, and the heat is on. $NA B+
  • 2015 Bodegas Ollauri Conde de los Andes (Rioja): Packed all the way up to its toasty, tasty gills. $50 A-
  • 2015 Inama Carmenere Piu (Veneto): A little Bordeaux fruit, a little Chile spice, a lot of Italian soul. $19 B+
  • 2016 Gioacchino Garofoli ‘Podium’ Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore (Marche): Probably one of the better bargains in all of the Marche; but you need to like them old school, and you need to know what you’re doing! $26 A-
  • 2018 Travaglino ‘Campo della Fojada’ Riesling Oltrepo Pavese (Lombardy): Quince, lime rinds, and very stern disposition. $NA B+
  • 2017 Enrico Serafino ‘Picotener’ Langhe Nebbiolo (Piemonte): A structured, vibrant, and floral diamond-in-the-rough. $NA A-
  • 2016 Trefethen “The Cowgirl and the Pilot” Merlot (Oak Knoll District): Almost too deep, too big, and too profound. The operative word being “almost.” $90 A
  • 2017 ZD Wines Reserve Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Alright, butterscotch lovers, your ride home as arrived! $80 A-
  • 2017 ZD Wines Pinot Noir (Carneros): On point? Yeah. Toasty as all get-out? Also, yeah. Do they match up? Mostly, yeah. $56 A-

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