Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the fourth Friday of each month. This month, four post-modern wines.
• Anthony & Dominic Pinot Noir 2017 ($15, sample, 13%): California red from Scotto Family Wines that has way past ripe cherry fruit and that hard-to-miss buttery, Cracker Jack caramel flavor. About as far from pinot noir as I have tasted in years.
• Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut NV ($13, purchased, 12%): This Washington state sparkling wine used to be a dependable, well-made grocery store bottle that you could pick up in a pinch and never worry about. I guess those days are gone. This bottle was flat, bitter, and thin, and offered no reason to do anything other than pour it down the drain.
• Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages 2017 ($11, purchased, 13%): This French white, made with chardonnay, was bland and barely chardonnay, with watery apple fruit and lots of bitterness in the finish. It bore almost no resemblance to the fresh, crisp chardonnays from the Macon region. Imported by Kobrand
• Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($12, purchased, 13.5%): It’s hard to believe that this California red is made by the same producer that does the lovely Angels & Cowboys rose. The Cannonball has gone over to the dark side, loaded up with chocolate cherry fake oak that mostly covers up the fruit. This is fine if you want to get drunk at a frat party, but not if you want a glass of wine with dinner.