Wine Reviews

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang & ReedNorth Coast Cabernet Franc2007 This wine is deep purplish red, like a liquid ruby. It's full on the nose, offering bramble fruits,…

Bewitching

Bewitching

        Bonny Doon VineyardSyrah "Le Pousseur"2006 I've had two wines recently that shook me up, then haunted me after. The first…

Château de Villegeorge

Château de Villegeorge

Château de VillegeorgeHaut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur2005 The wine is deep, inky purple, nearly opaque. On the nose it's intense: a little salty, a little…

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La TruffièreCôte du Rhône Villages2004 I was roasting chicken on a bed of leeks, carrots, lavender, and rosemary, so I asked my husband to…

Blood from Stones

Blood from Stones

Domaine le Sang des CaillouxCuvée Floureto2001 This beautiful Vacqueyras is still inky purple despite its age. When first poured it offers a sweaty funkiness,…

T Rose

T Rose

TegernseerhofRosé Zweigelt2008 It's a shame I didn't photograph the bottle full; the clear, bright pink tapers to nothing at the bottle's neck, drawing you…

Two As One

Two As One

I don't usually go for specialty ingredients. My food philosophy, such as it is, rests on the pure expression of individual elements: food as…

Clear and True

Clear and True

J. M. BoillotMontagny 1er Cru2007 We poured this white Burgundy into a Bordeaux glass, thinking it could take it. It can. Straw gold and…

Little Mars

Little Mars

Mas du SoleillaPetit Mars2006 This Coteaux du Languedoc AOC is 100% Syrah. It reaches up to you with a spicy, peppery nose suggesting violets…

Serpentine

Serpentine

Fèlsina BerardegnaI Sistri (Toscana IGT)2006 This 100% Chardonnay, unoaked, is pale greenish-gold, offering a bewitching nose of tulips, paperwhites, and warm stones. The first…

A Lovely Tocai Friulano

A Lovely Tocai Friulano

CantaruttiTocai Friulano Grave del Friuli2006 This lovely northern Italian is pale gold with a fresh, lightly floral nose. On the palate it's dry, with…

A Drouhin White

A Drouhin White

Joseph DrouhinPouilly-Fuissé2007 This white Burgundy smells of fresh linen and herbs. On the palate it's restrained, with lots of minerality, delivering a full Chardonnay…