Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva. Wow. How awesome is this stuff? Tons of stuffing and dry extract. Tons of acidity. Tons of earth and spice. Perfect balance and a finish for days. It also has this very alluring saline and savory taste that makes you smack your lips and reach for the glass right after you put it down. Stunner that cost $27 at release. I should have bought a full case.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.