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What wine reviewers do you like?

Posted on November 17, 2018 at 10:10:16

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Location: SF Bay Area
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...let's take James Suckling, for example.

I stopped by Total Wines yesterday for their one cent wine tasting.

The guy from Amici Winery was there with 5 wines, 2 of them from Olema, their second label.

All had description cards with James Suckling review scores.

First 2016 Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - $16 - light with a little fruit, but not much complexity with a little acid to balance - I'd give it an 87. J. Suckling 91pts.

Next was 2016 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir - $17 - light and a little fruit forward without much else - I'd give it an 87. J. Suckling 92pts.

Then 2017 Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - $40 - the best wine of the group - nice body and fruit with good balance - I'd give it a 90. J. Suckling 92pts.

2016 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - $23 - reminded me of the pinot noir a little - light and fruit forward with some body but not much going on for a cabernet, ready to drink now - I'd give it an 88. J. Suckling 92pts.

Finally 2015 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - $45 - fruit balanced with oak and tannins - not bad but could use a little bottle age - I'd give it an 89. J. Suckling 92pts.

All rated 91 or 92 points. I wonder how much they paid him :-)

Personally I prefer Wine Spectator ratings but they aren't as consistent as they used to be.


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