What I’m Drinking

Following along with the wines that I’m drinking from my sponsors the Wine Spies

DRNK Russian River chardonnay

DRNK Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

DRNK Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley is an everyday chardonnay that doesn’t assault the mouth with butter and oak, forcing you to call the Malo Police.

Nouveau Ridge Zinfandel, Chateau Diana, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Nouveau Rouge Zinfandel, Chateau Diana, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

When the good folks at The Wine Spies sent this wine for me to try, I was hesitant at first. As you probably surmised from my glowing review of the Beekeeper Zinfandel, I like my zins spicy, not syrupy. So when they told me, “this is not an intellectual wine,” I took it as code for, “this is not a good wine.”

Gravel Bed Red is featured on the Pairs With Life Wine Blog

2016 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red, Sonoma County

There’s a reason Parker gave this 93 Points. This is not a deeply intellectual wine. It’s more like a “crush this with a cheeseburger” kind of wine. And then feel really good about it afterward.

2017 Sans Maison Transporter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Sans Maison 2017 Transporter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

I hate the term “drinkable,” as in, “this wine is so drinkable.” It’s not like we use the word “edible” to describe food. “Wow, this chicken is so edible.” But if the term has come to mean, “I can drink this today and don’t have to wait five years,” then I’m going to go for it.

2016 Altocedo Gran Riserva La Consulta Mendoza Malbec

Altocedro Malbec Gran Riserva “La Consulta”

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The 2016 Altocedro Gran Riserva Malbec es muy loco, but in all the good ways. To start, Altocedro harvests from 70-year-old vines from a 107-year-old vineyard. Not unusual, especially for Mendoza malbec. BUT, then they take the harvested Malbec in whole clusters and barrel co-ferment with 4% Semillon in French oak.