May 5, 2020 by PWM


One of the great estates of Piedmont region of Italy who is rarely seen in the states.  The Gambero Rosso Magazine’s Tre Biccieri (Three Glasses) is rewarded to the top #100 wines in Italy.  The Tacchino winery has been producing wine for more than three generations. The 25 hectare estate is located in Piedmont among the beautiful hills of the Monferrato area. The sun exposure is south/south–east, the altitude about 300m above sea level, while the "white soil" and natural environment provide the necessary shelter against the winds from North. Yields are kept low which helps produce quality wines.

Fruit for the 2015 Dolcetto d’Ovada is sourced from vineyards planted around the winery.  . Most of this site is planted to Nebbiolo, but a small part is dedicated to Dolcetto. The vines are 60-years-old and the clusters are very small in size and concentrated in flavor. You definitely taste that extra intensity here. Dolcetto has a tendency to taste jammy in the hot years, Alessio Tacchino tells me, but these older vines ripen later than average and this risk is reduced. This vintage delivers good layering with a bold and almost impenetrable wall of dark berry fruit at the front. – 91 points Vinus (@$22.00)

PWM PRICE: $10.00 BTL.


2010 WYNDHAM ESTATES CABERNET SAUVIGNON (SE AUSTRALIA)                                          

This is for adherents to the Credo Affumato of the Holy Conclave of Smoke & Violets, Reformed:  A well aged Cabernet Sauvignon from one of Australia’s oldest producers.  Deeeep dark black cherry, cassis, ripe plum aromas that are echoed on the palate.  Smooth, rich & Classy.  WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED??  How does $ 8.50 by the 6-pack grab ya!?     $9.95 BTL./$51.00 6-PK




WAS $18!  A Zinfandel specialist.  $9 a bottle for a Peachy Canyon Zinfandel?  Is this Pleasantville or something?  The 2016 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel is charming and seductive. Floral, blueberry, and blackberry scents soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-tinged offering. It is a full-bodied, layered, rich, layered, impressively constituted Zin that should drink nicely for 6-8 years.  89 pts. Wine Enthusiast.  $9.00 BTL.



Was $20 before Liberation! Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir is the most sensitive to its terroir. District 7 works hard each vintage to get it right in the vineyard so that when the grapes are harvested and arrive at the winery, they can step aside and allow the fruit to speak for itself. The cool temperatures of District 7 present ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Each afternoon, the reliable winds from the Monterey Bay come howling down the valley, keeping the estate vineyards at a moderate temperature.

Aromas of cherries, raspberries, pomegranates with hints of vanilla and mocha. Medium bodied, soft tannins, bright red fruit with a lingering subtle sweet oak note. An elegant, balanced offering that is the ultimate food wine. Try it with grilled salmon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or soft-ripened cheeses. 89 pts. – Wine Enthusiast.  $10.00 BTL.



90 POINTS – WINE ENTHUSIAST @$19!  Six years of age has done wonders to this Cabernet Sauvignon.  District 7 is actually a label created by a major California estate for cash flow purposes.  Cabernet Sauvignon under their own label fetches upwards of $45 a bottle.  “Concentrated blackberry and black raspberry flavors are framed by well-integrated tannins. The District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon finds the sweet spot where the power and structure of this classic varietal meet elegance and finesse. The balance of fruit, acidity and moderate tannins makes this wine a perfect companion to fine cuisine.”    This wine is also the ‘Official’ wine of the Monterey Jazz Festival.  We should have their Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills fruit as soon as the warehouse can find the 56 cases they misplaced!?!  $10.00 BTL.