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Paul Burt

Paul Burt

Red Blend

Saved Red Blend 2012

California, United States
2180 days ago

Paul scored this wine: 88/100

The winemaker's notes call this a big powerful wine. Not so much. It does open to add depth and some strength, but it takes a good 45-60 mns. to open fully and the end result was a red berry driven wine with medium tannins, smallish pepper notes and a decent ending acidity. Honestly don't think this worth the nearly $25 it takes to buy locally. Paul

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States
2229 days ago

Paul scored this wine: 91/100

A much more complex and integrated cabby than the price point implies ($14US). Loads of blackberry, dark currant and plum, with spice and and mocha leading to a medium tannic finish, add to that a good acidic, juicy aftertaste and you have a cabbie worth everyday drinking. drnk now - Paul

Ruffino Chianti 2012

D.O.C.G. Tuscany, Italy
2229 days ago

Paul scored this wine: 84/100

Another Super One selection and for the area and the population it serves it will sit well for Italian night pasta feeds. Just a little zest to the cherry and blueberry fruit with earth and spice for accent. The body is sort of lithe - and the aftertaste is extremely short - which makes you want another. Drink now

Vintner's Reserve

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2013

California, United States
2229 days ago

Paul scored this wine: 89/100

Another good showing for the style and price point. Green apples, vanilla and a slight nutty profile are front and center, but as it warms a citrus presence shows itself - a slightly creamy viscous back palate creates a medium aftertaste.

Shingleback Winery

Red Knot Shingleback Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Mclaren Vale, Australia
2229 days ago

Paul scored this wine: 87/100

This was really good for the price point. Plenty of blackberry and Damson plum, wood, chocolate and chewy tannins combined with juicy acidity give a better than average everyday drinking experience - which is exactly what you could do at this price. Drink now.

Paul Burt

Memorable Wine

To many to count.


First Wine

1973 Hunter Valley Semillion was my epiphany wine.


Unusual Wine Experience

Drinking a 1962 Petrus in Maldive Island in 1978.


Current Fav Wine

With the exception of a small percentage of stinkers - it's usually the one in my hand. I do love the syrah grape, however.





Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award