My Top Wines of the Week

Here are my thoughts on some of the fantastic wines I’ve tasted recently.    As published in Drink Me Magazine.



2011 Domaine Paul Blanck –  Pinot Blanc    –    Alsace, France     –   $15 A lovely charismatic Alsatian where tart lemon meets creamy golden apples on a base of chalky minerals.  Straightforward with charming flavor density and uplifting acidity, notes of white flowers and grapefruit peel lead into a long zesty finish.   –  JA


2012 Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot – Poulsard Vieilles Vignes  –   Jura, France   –  $25

Like Leon Phelps from The Ladies Man, this is funky, gamey, and just plain ballsy.  Venison, paprika, raspberry, and cherry boogie into the nose as smooth polyester tannins and subtle effervescence reel in rustic flavors of mushroom and clove.  Rawr!   – JA


2011 Flowers Winery – Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir –  Sonoma Coast, CA   –  $70       

Where ocean and forest collide are celestial sensations of black raspberry, balsamic strawberry, and black forest ham.  Fairy dust tannin and juicy fruit unveil a silhouette of lavender and cocoa powder creating an enticing longevity on the palate.  – JA


2011 Ojai Vineyard –  Puerta Del Mar Chardonnay  –  Santa Barbara County, CA  –   $33

A Spanish-style sonnet with quixotic ambiances of seagrass, peach, saline, and cashew oil.  Slices of apple and lemon invigorate the palate’s crispness while its divine body structure and minerality prolong the wine’s lingering impression.  – JA



2012 Drew Family Cellars – Valenti Vineyard Pinot Noir  –  Mendocino Ridge, CA –  $45                                           

Resembling a John Muir exploration with natural scents of strawberry, red cherry, lavender, and sage climbing out of the glass.  Wonderful extraction of supple tannins alongside vibrant fruits, florals, and a finish of toasted wood and almonds.    –JA


Roederer Estate  –  NV Brut  – Anderson Valley, CA –   $25

Like Don McLean’s legendary song, this American Pie plays tunes of baked apples, pears, vanilla cream, cinnamon and toasted piecrust.  Its fluffy mousse and heartening texture are further dolled up by its bouncy acidity and tasty autolytics.    – JA 

Andre Brunel


2007 André Brunel  –  “Les Cailloux Centenaire” –  Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France   –  $130  

Like a bearded mountain man in an Armani suit.  Burly notes of meat sauce and rural barnyard evolve into a sleek interior of velvety tannin and perfumes of prune, dried redcurrant, violet, and brown sugar.  -JA


2010 Kenzo Estate  –    Murasaki Red Blend  –   Napa Valley, CA  –    $250

With attributes of Japanese watercolor art, its tranquility is harmonized with a powerful romanticism of black cherry, wood dust, and rose petals.  Its silky tannin and animated acidity are exquisitely painted with notions of thyme, cola, and plum.    ­–JA


2006 Ackerman Family Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon   –   Coombsville, CA   –  $105

Like Paul Newman’s acting career, this seductively maturing Cab is debonair with a suave velvety touch. Its strapping body releases a cologne of blackberry, violet, meat, and fennel while dark chocolate, tobacco, and charcoal finish the palate.   – JA


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