2009 Montes Chardonnay Alpha


He says: Not my favorite, and there are better values out there.

She says: The Montes was a more typical warm climate chardonnay with its strong tropical fruit notes and a wack of oak to chew on.

2008 Haras de Pirque Carménère Equus


She says: This wasn’t bad but I’d still prefer to drink a Cab Sauv if I had to drink a $20 Chilean red.

He says: It’s not quite there yet, and needs more time in the bottle to settle down, lose some oak, and tame the stewed fruit.

2008 Viña Cono Sur Carménère Visión


She says: This tasting left me uninspired by Carménère.

He says: I hate cork teases.

2006 Errazuriz Pinot Noir


She says: a good example that there are gems to found if only you look under the stones;

He says: This is a brilliant value and an excellent example of how New World Pinot Noirs are giving Burgundy a run for their money.

Wine truths

“Taste like a detective, argue like a lawyer.”
by Unknown Institute of Masters of Wine

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.