Wine Reviews

3087130870ItalyMelini's Riserva, from a 98 acre vineyard in Radda in Chianti, is still firmly traditional in character. With its firm, dry bitter cherry fruit flavors and just a light touch of wood, it shows how classic Chianti winemaking still has a place, provided it is used in the right way.Riserva La Selvanella8723TuscanyChianti ClassicoRoger Voss@vossrogerMelini 1998 Riserva La Selvanella (Chianti Classico)SangioveseMelini
3087230871USA bit shy on the nose now, showing herbal, vegetal notes, including tomato and beetroot, accompanied by flamboyant oak. It's unyielding on the palate, too, with some solid tannins to shed. Could blossom after 2003, so give it time in the cellar.Temperance Hill8722OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyWestrey 1999 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirWestrey
3087330872USA touch of the veggies, particularly asparagus and bell pepper, mix with citrus in this fuller-bodied white. While it isn't exactly a heavyweight, the ample body is weighed down by lower than average acidity. On the back end, the long, persistent finish is adequate, but the green element that's so present up front comes back in force.8715CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaWhitehall Lane 2000 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancWhitehall Lane
3087430873SpainA big step down from the past two vintages. This Verdejo lacks fortitude and clarity; it's grassy and flat on the nose, then cloying on the palate. Flavors of bland citrus are disjointed and underwhelming. Finishes grassy and green.8210Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachCantarranas 2011 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoCantarranas
3087530874SpainGrassy on the nose, then foamy and abrasive on the tongue, with a mix of oxidized flavors, bitter citrus and grassy accents. It finishes pithy tasting and citrusy.Brut8210CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Caralt NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendConde de Caralt
3087630875SpainOxidized citrus aromas are flabby, as is the palate. Flavors of apple and peach are basic, while the finish feels dull and dried out, with no kick or lasting flavor other than mild bitterness.8219GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachValtea 2011 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoValtea
3087730876ArgentinaThe nose is minty, herbal and strangely exotic, while the palate falls flat in delivering strongly herbal, tomato-based flavors.Estate8229Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlpamanta 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonAlpamanta
3087830877SpainThis is one unusual wine. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Tempranillo and Garnacha, but it smells like a root-based perfume mixed with herbs and tobacco. It's over the hill in feel and green and herbal in flavor, with a raisiny aftertaste.Jaloco8230Central SpainExtremaduraMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Medina 2005 Jaloco Red (Extremadura)Red BlendBodegas Medina
3087930878ArgentinaThis is cloudy to the eye, with a mix of vinegar, briny plum and milk chocolate on the nose. The mouthfeel is blowsy, while the flavors are briny and pickled.Pianissimo Made with Organically Grown Grapes Malbec8212Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCaligiore 2011 Pianissimo Made with Organically Grown Grapes Malbec Rosé (Mendoza)RoséCaligiore
3088030879USThis is a simple, one-dimensional Chardonnay. It's dry in style with thin citrus and apricot flavors and just a hint of oak.8212CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCarmenet 2011 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayCarmenet
3088130880SpainThis wine is raisiny on the front end, heavy and prune-driven in the middle, and even more raisiny on the finish. Overripe in style with 60% Garnacha and 40% Tempranillo.Propiedad8245Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPalacios Remondo 2008 Propiedad (Rioja)Red BlendPalacios Remondo
3088230881USDry and gritty with cherry and raspberry flavors that finish thin and peppery. Nothing particularly wrong, just a simple little Pinot Noir.8221CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaParkers Estate 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirParkers Estate
3088330882SpainPazo Señorans generally makes great wine, but this aged Albariño is past its prime. The nose is soft and smells mostly of toffee and vanilla, while the wine has a maderized tint and stalky, geriatric flavors of bland apple and oxidized citrus. This wine should have been drunk five years ago.Selección de Añada8275GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPazo de Señorans 2005 Selección de Añada Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPazo de Señorans
3088430883ArgentinaJuniper and onion aromas are not inviting, and there's little fruit to back them up. The mouthfeel is oily, while flavors of briny citrus lead to a pickled-tasting finish. Tasted twice, with consistent results.Reserve8220Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSalentein 2011 Reserve Chardonnay (Uco Valley)ChardonnaySalentein
3088530884SpainGritty, piercing aromas of herbal, leafy red fruits do little to set this wine on course. In the mouth, it's high-toned and acidic, and thus the flavors are tart, choppy and short.8211Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachSinfonía 2011 Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloSinfonía
3088630885ArgentinaOverall this is a weak wine with resiny aromas of varnish followed by woody flavors of banana and vanilla. The finish is more or less the same, only less potent.Alta Collection8219Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTapiz 2011 Alta Collection Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayTapiz
3088730886USWith its raisiny aroma that hits the nose first, this lacks desirable freshness. On the light- to medium-bodied palate, a strawberry note surfaces, which leads into the short-lived finish.8214VirginiaMonticelloTrump 2011 Rosé (Monticello)RoséTrump
3088830887USThe dominant dark-cherry aroma smells bitter and high pitched. The palate feels supple and medium bodied, and it tastes a touch confected, like blackberry jelly used to fill donuts.Reserve8225VirginiaVirginiaIngleside 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Virginia)Cabernet SauvignonIngleside
3088930888USFeeble scents of tropical fruit and rose petal mark the nose of this wine, which leads into the light- to medium-bodied palate that offers bright acids, soft flavors and a delicate, tapering finish.8218VirginiaVirginiaChateau Morrisette 2010 Chardonnay (Virginia)ChardonnayChateau Morrisette
3089030889USA Mendocino Sangiovese with odd vanilla notes that's stingy in fruit and tannin.8213CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneGirasole 2010 Sangiovese (Mendocino)SangioveseGirasole
3089130890USWhile the nose is overall a bit soapy, the aromas of berry and banana are Gamay-like in character. The wine feels flat on entrance, but the acids pick up pace toward the midpalate. It finishes short, ending on a mocha note.8216VirginiaVirginiaStanburn 2011 Cabernet Franc (Virginia)Cabernet FrancStanburn
3089230891ArgentinaThe nose deals a mix of exotic aromas along with offputting sweat, compost and funky cheese. The palate is pasty feeling and tannic, with lactic flavors of oak, licorice and medicinal berry. On the finish, clove and spice notes dominate.Roble8213Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTelteca 2010 Roble Merlot (Mendoza)MerlotTelteca
3089330892ArgentinaTropical fruit aromas are the lead-in, but upon airing the wine's pineapple and mango scents turn austere and prickly. The mouthfeel here is astringent and acidic, and the flavors are briny, even pickled.Don David Reserve8217OtherCalchaquí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2012 Don David Reserve Chardonnay (Calchaquí Valley)ChardonnayMichel Torino
3089430893SpainThis basic wine opens with earthy red-berry aromas. The palate offers choppiness and green-leaning flavors of berry and tea. The finish is scratchy and hollow. An OK Garnacha on its best day.Cátulo8212Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas la Casa de Lúcolo 2010 Cátulo Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaBodegas la Casa de Lúcolo
3089530894SpainMaderized aromas of applesauce and dust are not terribly welcoming. Meanwhile, the palate is mild and tastes nutty, like soft apples and spice. This is acceptable barrel-fermented Viura but it lacks freshness and character.Conde de Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria8215Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2011 Conde de Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria Viura (Rioja)ViuraBodegas Valdemar
3089630895SpainPeach and melon aromas come with accents of vanilla and honey. The palate on this Garancha Blanca is chunky, without much acidic cut. Flavors of grapefruit and orange are flabby, pithy and dull, while bitterness controls the finish.Menguante8224Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachViñedos y Bodegas Pablo 2011 Menguante Garnacha Blanca (Cariñena)Garnacha BlancaViñedos y Bodegas Pablo
3089730896USThere may be an interesting wine lurking in the dark shadows here, but the oak and alcohol are overpowering in ways that mask the plummy cinnamon within.Estate8230CaliforniaSouth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneOrfila 2010 Estate SangioveseSangioveseOrfila
3089830897USNot quite ripe, with earthy, green tomato, raspberry Newton cookie and spicy oak flavors. Drink now.Huntington8222CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastPali 2011 Huntington Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirPali
3089930898SpainScratchy, candied aromas of red fruits get things off to a rough start. The wine is acidic in feel, with tart, herbal red-fruit flavors. And it finishes pickled, with an herbal sharpness.82Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachAbrazo 2011 Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaAbrazo
3090030899FranceA lean wine with some austerity. It has a firmly tannic character while missing the fruit for the future.8215BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Brethous 2010 Cadillac Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Brethous

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