Wine Reviews

3030130300ItalyFrom the newly created Vittoria appellation in Sicily, this bright white wine opens with citrus, crushed almond, peach and exotic fruit. The mouthfeel is fresh, compact and tight.8721Sicily & SardiniaVittoriaValle dell'Acate 2010 Insolia (Vittoria)InsoliaValle dell'Acate
3030230301USImpressive from the start for its rich blackberry and dark chocolate flavors, thick tannins and sweet overlay of smoky oak. Could be an ager, but some bitterness in the middle suggests the fruit will fall out before the tannins resolve.8765CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVellum 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVellum
3030330302ChileAbout as typical and pleasant as you'll find in this price range. The nose is snappy, with aromas of fresh peas, bell pepper, citrus and wild herbs. Feels light and fresh, with flavors of lime and apple alongside tangerine.Reserva8710Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancVentisquero
3030430303ItalyThis informal red wine is the kind of bottle you'll want to stash away in the kitchen for easy pairings with weekday family dinners. The bouquet presents red berry, almond and cola nuances.8716Sicily & SardiniaAlcamoCantine Rallo 2009 Nero d'Avola (Alcamo)Nero d'AvolaCantine Rallo
3030530304ItalyScurati is a balanced and firm wine with a bright, almost crunchy quality to the fruit and easy notes of leather and spice on the close. Pair it with barbecued grilled sausages or hamburgers.Scurati8719Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCeuso 2008 Scurati Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCeuso
3030630305FrancePale orange-pink in color, this is fruity and light. It coveys a bright, fresh character that is both refreshing and very crisp. Drink now.85BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la France 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau la France
3030730306FranceThis delicious, fruity wine is full of acidity and crisp fruit. Light, bright and dominated by green and citrus fruits, it is ready to drink now.8511BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vircoulon 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Vircoulon
3030830307USThis well-made wine in a rich style smells like ripe pears and melted butter, and tastes soft and almost sweet, resembling pear and peach juice. The texture is smooth and soft and the body is medium, so it's easy to enjoy.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDark Horse 2013 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayDark Horse
3030930308ItalyThis ripe, easygoing red offers fruity yet fleeting aromas and flavors of fleshy black cherry and baked plum. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy now.8516TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Petriolo 2012 ChiantiRed BlendFattoria Petriolo
3031030309USIn this straightforward quaffer, aromas of pear, melon and apple lead to off-dry fruit flavors with a full feel. The flavor concentration is light but it still provides easy drinking enjoyment.Estate Bottled8516WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGoose Ridge 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley (WA))Pinot GrisGoose Ridge
3031130310USAromas of ripe apple and poached pear are accented by spice. It drinks medium sweet with mandarin-orange flavors that linger.856WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTwo Vines 2013 Riesling (Washington)RieslingTwo Vines
3031230311FranceThis blend of two-thirds Syrah and one-third Mourvèdre is fresh and aromatic, showing some peppery-gingery spice to go with watermelon and strawberry notes. It's medium in body, with an abbreviated finish.Cape Bleue8513France OtherVin de Pays de la MéditerranéeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJean-Luc Colombo 2013 Cape Bleue Rosé (Vin de Pays de la Méditerranée)RoséJean-Luc Colombo
3031330312USBright copper in color, this substantial wine offers light strawberry and plum aromas, ripe plum and pear flavors and a creamy texture. Fruit flavors come out and linger on the taste buds with the help of the soft texture and somewhat sweet finish.Estate8521CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Estate Rosé (Sierra Foothills)RoséNaggiar
3031430313USLight aromas of ripe pear and jasmine precede medium-sweet, somewhat oily-feeling flavors. It doesn't all come together but still provides enjoyment.8517WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSan Juan Vineyards 2014 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingSan Juan Vineyards
3031530314ItalyThis informal red opens with aromas of red berry and a whiff of cellar floor. The simple palate offers black cherry and orange peel alongside zesty acidity and dusty tannins. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.858TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSorelli 2013 ChiantiRed BlendSorelli
3031630315SpainThis opens with an aromatic note of wet dog along with wild berry and plum. The palate is spunky, jumpy and lively, while flavors of plum, raspberry and berry skins finish short and simple.8513Northern SpainCalatayudMichael Schachner@wineschachAcentor 2013 Garnacha (Calatayud)GarnachaAcentor
3031730316SpainSimple aromas of apple cider come with a hint of match stick and brine. This feels round and fleshy, like an unfiltered apple cider. Flavors of generic citrus and apple juice finish pulpy and round. Drink now.859Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachArrumaco 2014 Verdejo (Spain)VerdejoArrumaco
3031830317SpainMild peachy aromas are friendly but nothing serious or intense. This varietal Macabeo feels citrusy, while lightly bitter flavors of almond skins, citrus pith and green melon finish with simplicity and a note of nectarine.Castillo de Alicante Gran Selección859LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachBocopa 2014 Castillo de Alicante Gran Selección Macabeo (Alicante)MacabeoBocopa
3031930318SpainCherry and berry aromas are earthy, leathery and a touch stalky, with a note of compost. A round, fairly full mouthfeel and lightly oaked, medicinal flavors of black plum and berry fruits finish short.Vendimia Seleccionada8514Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Muriel 2012 Vendimia Seleccionada (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Muriel
3032030319ItalyThis opens with aromas of dark berry, violet, toast, menthol and a whiff of cellar floor. The one-dimensional palate offers crushed plum, blackberry, vanilla and a confectionary note alongside drying, astringent tannins.Riserva8519TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Ravazzi 2011 Riserva (Chianti)Red BlendCantine Ravazzi
3032130320FranceBright, lightly-smoked red currant and berry fruits dominate this juicy, fresh wine. A plum-skin texture leads on to some firm tannins. The aftertaste is fruity and light.Augey8510BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Rauzan 2014 Augey (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCave de Rauzan
3032230321FranceThis soft, ripe wine by the Blaye sister-brother team of Marie-Pierre et Pierre-Charles Dartier has caramel flavors integrated into the red fruits. A crisp side comes from red currant flavors, while a smooth aftertaste keeps it rich while not losing the acidity.Villa Cailleteau Bergeron8515BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cailleteau Bergeron 2014 Villa Cailleteau Bergeron Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Cailleteau Bergeron
3032330322FranceThis wine has some bitter extraction giving it a hard edge. The fruit is lost in the dry, tannic structure. That hard edge will be tough to shift. Try drinking from 2017.85BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Garreau 2011 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Garreau
3032430323FranceSmoky and obviously wood-aged, this toasty, spicy wine has extracted black-coffee flavors that mask the black currant fruits. That leaves a wine that seems austere and with a bitter aftertaste. Drink from 2017.85BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Roque de By 2011 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Roque de By
3032530324FranceWith a sense of tannic structure and a dry background, this is a firm wine. It has some weight, although the texture and the black currant fruits are light and stylish rather than dense. Drink from 2016.8513BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Ancres 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Ancres
3032630325FranceBright pink in color, this rosé is full in the mouth with red berry flavors and intense acidity. A touch of bitterness gives a sharp aftertaste.Audace Brut Rosé8540ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Josselin NV Audace Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Champagne)Pinot NoirJean Josselin
3032730326USPear, dried flower and ripe green apple aromas lead to lighter-styled, dry, mouthwatering stone-fruit flavors. This brings interest but the concentration doesn't seem all there.Reserve8525WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKennedy Shah 2013 Reserve Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingKennedy Shah
3032830327SpainChunky aromas of apple cider, pineapple, pine and juniper are challenging. This feels juicy, with sharp acidity. Nectarine is the lead flavor, while apple and pithy bitterness push the finish.Xión8520GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachAttis 2013 Xión Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoAttis
3032930328USDried herb, tobacco, plum and woodspice aromas are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors that have a lick of dry tannins behind them. There's plenty of interest but this wine needs food to combat the tannins.8530WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCana's Feast 2012 Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseCana's Feast
3033030329FranceWith no oak aging, this wine offers black currants and stalky tannins. Juicy fruitiness and a ripe character reflect the vintage. The aftertaste, with acidity, is fresh and always fruity. Drink from 2016.Château Campot Lafont8513BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerCave du Marmandais 2014 Château Campot Lafont (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCave du Marmandais

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