Winning over the critics (us)

When it comes to finding the right wines for you, call us curmudgeonly critics. More than a couple industry friends have compared us to the two guys in the balcony on The Muppets, Statler and Waldorf.

We save a special criticism for Italian grape varietals grown and made in Oregon and Washington: Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera. There has been a literal handful that we've thought were good enough to recommend to you. And this is the best Northwest Barbera we've ever tasted.   

Casa Smith Barbera Cervo 2014

$17.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($19.95 regular) 

Andy and I are rabid Barbera fans. We crave the stuff. In our years of tasting Northwest wines, we've not tasted an Oregon or Washington Barbera that we've wanted to drink a glass of. The best has been "okay red wine" and the worst, down the drain. But this juice, from the winemaking/marketing machine that is Charles Smith, is spot on. It tastes like Barbera. I repeat: it tastes like Barbera! The highest compliment, from a couple curmudgeonly critics. - Marcus

93 points Wine Advocate: "...easily the finest example of this variety I've tasted from Washington. Elegant, layered and concentrated, with a serious feel in its black cherry, lavender, underbrush and peppery herbs bouquet, this terrific effort is a real head-turner that readers should seek out!"

And while we're talking Italian varietals, don't miss these recent Italian hits!

Giacomo Ascheri Barolo 2012

$29.65 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($32.95 regular) 

94 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "Licorice, cherry and tar notes mark this intense, chewy red, packed with sweet fruit midpalate that offsets the dense, dusty tannins. Shows fine integration and length, with the aftertaste echoing licorice, cherry, tar and mineral details. Best from 2019 through 2035."  

Marco and Vittorio Adriano Barbaresco Basarin 2012

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular)

93 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "Sweet strawberry, cherry and currant fruit weaves throughout this elegant, intense Barbaresco. The structure is assertive, yet this stays fresh and vibrant on the long finish. Floral and leafy underbrush notes add depth. Best from 2018 through 2030."

We look forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for your support! 

Marcus & Andy (AKA Statler & Waldorf)