Two of our wines were recently reviewed by Michael Alberty of Wine Enthusiast: 2019 Storm Front Red Blend and 2021 Virga Red Blend. Wine Enthusiast uses a 100-point scale with 90-93 points being “excellent-highly recommended”. Both wines fell into this range, with the Virga also receiving an “Editor’s Choice” designation. This is for “products that offer excellent quality at a price above our Best Buy range ($20 or less), or a product at any price with unique qualities that merit special attention.” Thank you to Wine Enthusiast and Mr. Alberty for the great reviews:
2021 VIRGA (92 Points and Editors Choice): “This Mourvèdre-Syrah-Grenache blend erupts with the aroma of blackberry pie, complete with a nice bit of sugary spillover crusting around the rim. Then black cherry, clove, orange and black tea seal the deal. Serve with barbecue ribs for a little “Rhônes and bones” action.”
2019 STORM FRONT (91 Points): This nicely balanced Merlot-driven blend leads with dark plums and orange zest aromas that play nicely with a salty/tangy hoisin sauce note. The cherry and chocolate covered almond flavors are flanked by a tiny cedar note. The wine’s tannins are plush and its acidity slightly elevated”.
Wine Enthusiast magazine has been reviewing and rating wines since 1988. The company has an audience of 5.1 million consumers across all platforms. The reviewer tastes the wines blind in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples (for example, all Merlots). Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection.