“A beautiful, unoaked Chardonnay (which is how most Chardonnay should be). Fresh and fruity, this lemon-heavy wine percolates up notes of cinnamon-spiced applesauce, guava, and a touch of pineapple. Amazingly drinkable, and a ridiculous value at this price.” (A)
“Somewhat overblown, this montepulciano is a bit of a fruit bomb, its cherry and raspberry notes bursting on the palate. Things settle down with a little time, letting the wine show off some graphite and licorice notes, but even then the wine never really approaches elegance… though few would expect such from a 10 dollar wine.” (B)
“Extremely dry and highly acidic, with a melon tone that recalls sake. Bold grapefruit notes and a touch of pineapple offer a fruity core, with a throat-clearing finish. Altogether, this is an uncomplex yet clean and fresh aperitif wine — and you can’t beat the price.” (B+)
“This is another solid Ferzo wine, expertly made from the montepulciano grape. A surprisingly dark wine, this expression offers an incredibly rich fruit character, loaded with notes of plum, cherry, and currants, with hints of licorice candy and a light chocolate note on the back end. Dense but balanced, it’s another winner that offers a soulful, sultry body with just enough acid to temper all that fruit. Great stuff.” (A)
“Pecorino is a widely-grown but poorly understood grape, and that’s a shame. This bottling is instantly engaging, a lively wine with lots of acidity, but also an ample body that features loads of fresh fruit — peaches, green apples, and apricots — and a twist of spice on the back end. It’s a beautiful companion to seafood particularly.” (A)
“…This whisky spends 20 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, which give it a depth of flavor and density …The nose offers some curious hospital character, with slight mushroom and forest floor notes. The body has some of this brooding wet earth character, mixed in with notes of heather, dark chocolate, walnuts, and savory spices. The finish recalls a bit of that Listerine character and more granary notes.” --> B+
“Bolder, as one would expect, but with remarkably different character. Distinctly tropical on the nose with a pronounced tangerine note, the whiskey kicks things off with a fruit bomb. On the palate, the traditional honey notes come on after the citrus character fades a bit, with the finish offering curious notes of graham crackers and brewed tea. A-."
“A blend of grains; aged at least 6 years. A fairly standard Irish, this light-bodied whiskey features notes of rich honey, coconut, and banana, plus overtones of walnuts. Gentle baking spices emerge with time, but so does a bit of acetone influence. The finish offers a touch of red pepper on the tongue — thanks in part to the slightly higher proof — but otherwise makes a callback to those initial honey notes. B+."
“…There’s plenty of grain to go around here, but it’s tempered by nice honey notes on the nose and body, some butterscotch, and an overall gentle hand that blends toasty wood notes with its barley base. It’s not something I’d drink solo but it’s a totally fair base for mixing.” --> B-
“…No real hints at Burgundy here, rather it’s a whisky loaded with honey, vanilla, and baking spices that weave in and out of the spirit. There’s an awful lot to like here, with various notes offering cake frosting, strawberry, and malted milk. A fun little whisky to sip on, it manages to use its youth to its advantage.” --> B+