Category: santa

2016 Barberani Polago Rosso Umbria IGT

Christmas is right around the corner and I am supes excited! Celebrating with this fun Umbrian juice. Cherries, plums, and young wood on the nose. Cherries, plums, and bramble on the palate. Fun stuff!

3/5 bones


Sangiovese, Montepulciano

13% abv

Umbria, ITALY

2015 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault

Hanging out with furry Santa rowing a boat, minding my lovely white Burgundy. Super mineral on the nose with chalk and saline notes, lemon crème, apples, tarragon, and martini olive. Apples and lemon crème on the palate with tarragon and chalk. 

4/5 bones



13% abv

Meursault, Côte de Beaune (Burgundy), FRANCE

2013 Sine Qua Non “Male” Syrah

Breaking open the good stuff for Christmas Day because, you know, the big man visited me last night and all. Decadent on the nose with blackberries, black cherry compote, and fruit leather. Macerated blackberries and black fruit, pie innards, cinnamon, and brown sugar on the palate. High alcohol and high acidity to this stunner. Merry Christmas, all! 

5/5 bones



15.5% abv

California, USA

2013 Rio Madre Graciano

Who’s this Santa guy?! Oh well, I have some Rioja on hand, so can’t complain… Spicy, peppery red and black plums on the nose with a hint of Zinfandel notes and pine tar. Tart blackberries and cherries on the palate. More interesting on the nose than on the palate. 

3/5 bones



14% abv

Rioja, SPAIN

2013 Domaine Chignard Juliénas Beauvernay

Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like an excellent Gamay. And this is one. Small blackberries, raspberries, purple and red flowers, and twigs on the nose. Tarter on the palate with cherries and underripe raspberries and sapling. 

4/5 bones



12.5% abv

Juliénas (Beaujolais), FRANCE