Wine Reviews


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3069130690USThis 100% varietal wine is lightly aromatic with notes of fig and fresh spun cotton. It's medium bodied in feel with lemony acids but wants a bit more concentration to keep it together.8522OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPyrenees 2011 Semillon (Umpqua Valley)SémillonPyrenees
3069230691USA good, rustic Merlot, this is dry and smooth, with cherry, chocolate, anise and spice flavors. Fine for drinking now.8528CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastRecord Family Wines 2010 Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotRecord Family Wines
3069330692USA useful, all-purpose Chardonnay for parties. Gets the job done with a creamy texture and hints of vanilla, buttered toast, Asian pears and green apples.8514CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSix Degrees 2011 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnaySix Degrees
3069430693USThis wine is slightly spritzy and sugary, with simple yet clean apple flavors. The finish is sweet, quick and pleasantly quaffable. Best to chill it down before drinking.Estate Grown8510WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine StoneCap 2011 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayStoneCap
3069530694USThis has a strong start with aromas of black fruits and licorice. It's rather light in color, with fruit flavors of ripe raspberry and a little funk in the finish.Estate Grown8510WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine StoneCap 2011 Estate Grown Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahStoneCap
3069630695USSlightly soapy in the nose, this enters softly, then turns sharp and slightly bitter. Hints of melon and butter emerge, but the mouthfeel is somewhat disjointed and the flavors not yet fully integrated.8520OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2011 Pinot BlancPinot BlancTorii Mor
3069730696SpainThe overriding character of this basic Rioja is raisiny, ripe berry fruit; it's on the nose, palate and finish. Alongside these notes are mild tannins, some rubbery weight and chunky friendliness.Crianza8514Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Cerrada 2009 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloViña Cerrada
3069830697SpainA waxy nose with aromas of dried pit fruits including apricot is more stalky smelling than overtly fruity. A grabby mouthfeel shows weight and waxiness, while stalky, baked flavors of squash, pumpkin and papaya finish with a touch of oxidation. Drink now before this loses its vitality.Selección8530Northern SpainValdeorrasMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Somoza 2011 Selección Godello (Valdeorras)GodelloViña Somoza
3069930698USThis is a little jammy with fruit, while also a little hot, but pretty good for the price. Marked by flavors of raspberry jam and red currants, it's a nice, medium-bodied and balanced wine.South Ridge8515CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2010 South Ridge Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahJ. Lohr
3070030699USThe blend is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 24% Syrah and 5% Sangio. It's a sturdy, all-purpose red, diffuse but with simple raspberry and cherry fruit as the focus of a somewhat grapey, slightly sweet core.Rock Lake8516WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kamiak 2009 Rock Lake Red (Washington)Red BlendKamiak
3070130700USIt's hard to fall immediately in love with this Cabernet, despite the fancy Oakville address, as the tannins are so firm. But it's dry and clean, and although the tannins are the star—bold and astringent—there's black fruit there, too, to help it along. Drink now.Signature Series8519CaliforniaOakvilleNapaKirkland Signature 2010 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
3070230701USThis is a good Cab for drinking with everyday fare, like burgers or tacos. It's softly tannic and sweet with blackberries, cherries and toasty oak.858CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherKirkland Signature 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
3070330702USEven though the alcohol is a high 15.3% abv, this Cabernet tastes like it still has some residual sweetness. It's as rich and ripe in blackberries, but awkward, and doesn't seem capable of aging.Estate8580CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastL'Aventure 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonL'Aventure
3070430703SpainRaspberry, chocolate and plum aromas form a basic bouquet. This shows tight grip along with flavors of baked berry fruits, leather and earth. The finish tastes a bit rubbery, and then heat and dry, peppery notes take over.Crianza8516Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Legarda 2008 Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Legarda
3070530704SpainGold in color, this high-end Viura is cheesy, cidery and dense on the nose. Plump and resiny in feel, it offers woody flavors of baked white fruits. Hailing from a warm vintage, this goes back and forth between ripe, mealy and oaky and tense and nervy. If drinking now, expect more oak than fruit.Capellanía8928Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Murrieta 2009 Capellanía Viura (Rioja)ViuraMarqués de Murrieta
3070630705USStill young and lightly spritzy, this fruity and well-rounded take on Pinot Gris seems to have more than a subtle hint of sweetness. The pretty pear and apple fruit is lightly spicy and spent four months sur lie, all stainless.8813OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lujon 2013 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLujon
3070730706ItalyMade entirely with Pinot Nero, this opens with aromas of rose, McIntosh apple and red berry. The palate offers up raspberry, cranberry, nectarine and candied ginger backed up by brisk acidity. It ends on a walnut note.Altera Rosé8842LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMajolini NV Altera Rosé Pinot Nero (Franciacorta)Pinot NeroMajolini
3070830707FranceRetaining a good sense of structure, this is also a relatively light and fresh Gevrey-Chambertin. It has plenty of raspberry and red plum flavors and lively acidity at the end. Drink from 2015.8870BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2011 Gevrey-ChambertinPinot NoirManuel Olivier
3070930708FranceA ripe and full-bodied wine, this has good depth of flavor from its lees and wood aging. A creamy texture comes along with a tangy cool fruitiness that has lemon and bitter orange flavors. It could be drunk now, but with its still crisp acidity, it will be better from the end of 2015.8827BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2012 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsChardonnayManuel Olivier
3071030709FranceA ripe wine, this is full in the mouth and full of fruit. Apricots and lemons go well together for a rich while crisp mouthful. The wood aging over 18 months only shows fleetingly, leaving fruit as the main thrust. It finishes with plenty of fresh acidity. Drink from 2016.8850BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2012 MeursaultChardonnayManuel Olivier
3071130710USThis saignée-style rosé is 100% Pinot Noir; a small percentage was fermented in neutral oak. Light and pretty, it offers tart raspberry fruit with a bit of pie cherry also. Generously acidic, it's an excellent meal-starter or accompaniment to light poultry dishes.8819OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Adelsheim 2013 Rosé (Willamette Valley)RoséAdelsheim
3071230711ArgentinaBaked, earthy aromas of raisin, fruitcake, ink and oak require plenty of air to show their best. A jammy, creamy, oaky palate is home to resiny flavors of vanilla, spice and berry fruits. The finish is woody, resiny and pasty, with ripe yet generic flavors in reserve.Reserva Tonel 468816Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Toneles 2011 Reserva Tonel 46 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonBodega Toneles
3071330712ItalyAromas suggest prunes, black cherries, resin and a whiff of exotic spices. The straightforward palate delivers raisins, dried cherries marinated in spirits and roasted coffee bean alongside assertive tannins.8845VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBolla 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendBolla
3071430713GermanyWisps of smoke offer a savory introduction to this semi-sweet Riesling full of honey and yellow peach flavors. It's straightforward in style, yet unabashedly tasty with ripe, lush fruit countered by a shock of tangerine acidity. Finishes moderately long with lingering hints of pollen and honeysuckle.Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese8818MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaBollig-Lehnert 2012 Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingBollig-Lehnert
3071530714ItalyThis opens with aromas of raisin, tobacco leaf, underbrush, grilled porcini mushroom and leather. The extracted palate delivers black pepper, clove, dried sage, prune and licorice supported by teeth-coating tannins. The heat of searing alcohol on the finish throws the wine off balance.Riserva88249VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBuglioni 2007 Riserva (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendBuglioni
3071630715SpainRipe, woody, heady aromas of balsam wood and cedar cigar box set up a pushy, thick, syrupy palate that delivers a mix of raisin, berry, stewed plum and licorice flavors. A chewy feeling, stewy-tasting finish is full and blocky.Roureda Llicorella Clàssic8825CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachCellers Unió 2010 Roureda Llicorella Clàssic Red (Priorat)Red BlendCellers Unió
3071730716USToasted oak integrates nicely with fresh fruit aromas. The flavors are more hidden, with subtle strawberry, black tea tannins and just enough acidity making for an even, well-priced wine.Estate Tolsosa Vineyard8832CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTolosa 2012 Estate Tolsosa Vineyard Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirTolosa
3071830717SpainMelon, peach and vanilla aromas don't display much oak while coming across clean and ripe. This feels juicy, with orange, tangerine and nectarine flavors. The finish is spunky and acidic but not overly deep or complex. This is 95% Viura and 5% Malvasia.Blanco Fermentado En Barrica8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachValserrano 2013 Blanco Fermentado En Barrica White (Rioja)White BlendValserrano
3071930718PortugalVery light wood aging gives a complex dimension without losing the ripe yellow fruits that give the wine its rich character. Fresher acidity is integrating well with the spice and vanilla. Drink in 2016.Colheita Seleccionada8816AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade Grande 2013 Colheita Seleccionada White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteHerdade Grande
3072030719PortugalThis is fragrant, fresh and full of the original fruitiness of the wine. The wood aging, mainly in small barrels, has smoothed the wine out while leaving a hint of toastiness. At the end, the acidity is both delicious and refreshing.10-Year-Old Tawny88PortRoger Voss@vossrogerAndresen NV 10-Year-Old Tawny (Port)PortAndresen

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