Wine Reviews

3114131140ItalyLa Gerla always strives to preserve the territorial characteristics of its wines. Yet, beyond the distinguishing characteristics of Sangiovese—the bright red fruit and the tangy acidity—is a modern wine that is interpreted within a context of oak spice, dark extraction and a sweet chocolate finish.9245TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoLa Gerla 2008 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoLa Gerla
3114231141USA dazzling Merlot, rich and complex, offering immediately appealing waves of cherry pie, red currant, cola, mocha, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet oak. Even though the tannins are thick, they're as soft as velvet. The structural integrity of this wine is pure Napa Valley and makes the wine particularly fine.9255CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaLa Jota Vineyard 2008 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotLa Jota Vineyard
3114331142ItalyWith a deep, dark color and broad aromatic delivery, this is a wine that evolves beautifully in the glass. You are greeted by ripe tones of black fruit, plum cake, prune, leather, licorice stick and Spanish cedar. The tannins are polished and bright, rendering a touch of elegance on the close.Riserva92TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoDonna Olga 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoDonna Olga
3114431143FranceAn attractively ripe and mature wine with a great balance between the orangy citrus fruits and a tight, taut, mineral texture. The wine is rich in its dosage and fruitiness while showing signs of maturer toast and almond flavors. However, it could still age.Clos des Bouveries Brut9275ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDuval-Leroy 2005 Clos des Bouveries Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayDuval-Leroy
3114531144ItalyDark fruit and a meaty consistency make for a bold and delicious first impression. The wine delivers layers of cherry, blackberry spice, leather and spicy tobacco. The wine shows some modern oak touches of vanilla softness, but by no means in an exaggerated fashion.Agricola Centolani Riserva92TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoTenuta Friggiali 2007 Agricola Centolani Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoTenuta Friggiali
3114631145ItalyThe 2008 “annata” Brunello from this same producer is one of the best wines made that vintage. Its 2007 riserva (released at the same time) shows dark berry, tobacco and spice. The wine is soft and plush with bright acidity and finely textured tannins. Pair this with succulent cuts of red meat.Riserva92125TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoUccelliera 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoUccelliera
3114731146ItalyHere is a balanced and generous expression from the wonderful 2007 vintage that shows integrated oak tones against ripe cherry, blackberry and prune. There's a dusty background note of brimstone and wet river stone that gives this Brunello riserva an extra touch of sophistication. Elegance is this wine's strong suit.Riserva92TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoVilla Poggio Salvi 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoVilla Poggio Salvi
3114831147ItalyFrom one of the most beautiful wine properties in Tuscany (owned by artist Sandro Chia and managed by his son Filippo), this gorgeous Brunello shows elegance, pedigree and quality fruit. Blackberry and bright cherry are backed by warmer tones of tobacco and cigar box. There's ageworthy structure and freshness too.9250TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoCastello Romitorio 2008 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoCastello Romitorio
3114931148FranceAttractively ripe, this second wine from Château Léoville las Cases is initially fruity. The structure comes through only slowly to reveal itself.The wine is ripe yet shot through with acidity. Likely to develop quickly.Le Petit Lion92100BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Léoville Las Cases 2010 Le Petit Lion (Saint-Julien)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Léoville Las Cases
3115031149USThis Cerise Vineyard Pinot is rich and bright and as delicious as a cherry tart. Silky and substantial, the finish has a pleasant herbal undertone that almost delves into leather. A great food-pairing wine, enjoy it with pork tenderloin or bacon-wrapped figs or dates.Cerise Vineyard9260CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneChronicle 2010 Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirChronicle
3115131150USThis wine is so silky, it glides over the palate like a cool stream. Then the flavors kick in—fabulously rich in raspberry and cherry jam, vanilla and spicy sandalwood, brightened by crisp acidity. The verdict: A beautiful Pinot Noir, lush and fine, for drinking over the next four years, especially with something that includes mushrooms.Van der Kamp Vineyard9245CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaDe Loach 2010 Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain)Pinot NoirDe Loach
3115231151ItalyThis darkly concentrated wine delivers rich flavors of black fruit, prune, leather, rum cake and cured meat. The wine is layered and complex, with touches of acidity and smoky oak flavors that give the wine momentum in the mouth.Riserva Gemini92105TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoLa Serena 2007 Riserva Gemini (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoLa Serena
3115331152USIt's impossible to exaggerate the yummy factor of this silky, fruity Pinot Noir. While it has pleasant acidity, it's the raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and brown-sugar flavors that make it so appealing to drink now.9235CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMerryvale 2010 Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirMerryvale
3115431153ItalyHere's a traditional and pristine interpretation of Sangiovese Grosso with bright fruit, leather, blue flower and dusty mineral tones at the back. Perfect to pair with red meat or pasta and home made meat sauce, this food-friendly Brunello shows the bright acidity needed to cut through those foods.Pian di Conte Riserva9280TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoTalenti 2007 Pian di Conte Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoTalenti
3115531154USAnother voluptuous Cabernet from Terlato, this is rich and savory with black currant and mocha flavors. Smoky oak and soft but penetrating tannins add complexity. A beautiful, festive wine to drink now or over the next 4–5 years.9272CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaTerlato 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonTerlato
3115631155USSpice rules this pure, estate-grown Syrah, which boasts a classic nose with streaks of compost, cured meats and oolong tea. Though the stem and herb flavors are abundant, they are swaddled in ripe black fruits and highlighted with licorice and coffee grounds from 22 months in barrel.Estate9248WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Va Piano 2009 Estate Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahVa Piano
3115731156USOnly estate-grown grapes go into this blend that's one third each Cab Franc and Merlot, plus one third a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It's already drinking well, with super fruit concentration bringing raspberry, blueberry and cherry together in a wine finished with luscious chocolaty oak flavors. Smooth and forward, it gathers itself and focuses through an engaging finish.Estate Uniti Red9248WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Va Piano 2009 Estate Uniti Red Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendVa Piano
3115831157USCrisp and very floral, this is a beautiful showcase of Anderson Valley's cool climate and commitment to Alsatian varieties. There's a great depth of flavor here—fig, grapefruit, lime and orange peel—not to mention tremendous minerality. This is a wine that can be sipped all day long or enjoyed with fish, poultry or an onion tart.Helluva Vineyard9220CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneHandley 2011 Helluva Vineyard Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley)Pinot GrisHandley
3115931158ItalySoft oak tones of toast, cinnamon, dark chocolate, espresso, licorice and cassis are seamlessly integrated with harmony and focus. The wine shows velvety softness with smooth tannins, a long finish and a bright point of acidity that keeps the palate refreshed. The style is modern and bold.Vigna delle Raunate9255TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoMocali 2008 Vigna delle Raunate (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoMocali
3116031159USRight off the bat, this Pinot impresses for sheer depth of fruity flavor. It's rich and showy with plums and cherries, spicy notes of tobacco and pine, and toasty, new oak. The tannin-acid structure is impeccably balanced. Delicious to drink now, but should also mature beautifully. A majority of the grapes come from the winery's Wayfarer Vineyard, in the new Fort Ross-Seaview appellation.9275CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPahlmeyer 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPahlmeyer
3116131160ItalyDon Tommaso is a beautiful wine with ripe fruit aromas of blackberry and cherry backed by leather, spice and tobacco. The wine is super fine and silky with power and determination on the close.Don Tommaso9248TuscanyChianti ClassicoPrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti 2007 Don Tommaso (Chianti Classico)SangiovesePrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti
3116231161USThis is classic Dry Creek Zin—robust, heady, rich in tannins, spicy and insanely flavorful. Explodes with briary, brambly wild berries, mocha, tobacco, anise, dried pine needles and exotic sandalwood notes. Really delicious now, and should age well over the next 10 years, gradually mellowing and shedding fruit and tannins.Teldeschi Vineyard9235CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaRavenswood 2010 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelRavenswood
3116331162USThe pedigree and vintage of these impeccably grown grapes are apparent in this wine. It's dry in style, but rich and concentrated with black cherries, cola, exotic spice and anise flavors, balanced with fine acidity and tannins. It's a big wine, and should develop bottle complexity over the next 5–6 years.9238CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastRyan Cochrane 2011 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirRyan Cochrane
3116431163USThis Pinot is so fabulous, it's easy to fall in love with. It comes as no surprise that this wine hails from the wonderful Talley-Rincon Vineyard. Light and silky, it's bright in citrusy acids. Dry on the palate, but with juicy raspberry and cherry flavors, and hints of mineral, spice and smoky oak for complexity. What a nice wine for drinking now.Talley-Rincon Vineyard9240CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastSinor-LaVallee 2010 Talley-Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirSinor-LaVallee
3116531164USA distinguished Pinot Noir that shows its coastal origins in brisk tannins and citrusy acidity. Beneath the astringency and tartness are impressive cherry, currant, cola, sweet tobacco and sandalwood flavors that finish with great complexity and style. Certainly seems like a wine for the cellar. Your window of drinkability is 2015–2019.The Ringneck9255CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaArmanino Family Cellars 2011 The Ringneck Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirArmanino Family Cellars
3116631165ItalyAromas of toast, scorched earth, black plum, espresso and mocha lead the nose on this robust, savory wine. The concentrated palate offers mature black cherry, ripe blackberry, raspberry jam, licorice and black pepper alongside chewy tannins and fresh acidity. The fruit richness seamlessly supports the hefty alcohol.Conca Tre Pile9035PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Conca Tre Pile (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaPoderi Aldo Conterno
3116731166EnglandRusset and Red Delicious apples set the aromatic tone, edged by rhubarb and pink grapefruit zest. The fine, fizzing mousse accentuates both powdery dryness and the earthy, resonant notes of autolysis. This is elegant, dry, whistle-clean, lasting and will make a perfect, sophisticated apéritif.Rosé de Noirs9050EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoRidgeview Estate 2010 Rosé de Noirs Sparkling (England)Sparkling BlendRidgeview Estate
3116831167USMost of the fruit for this wine comes from this vineyard's 1975 plantings. It brings nuanced aromas of pear and mineral, drinking just a hair off dry, with more than ample acidity to balance out the fleshy flavors. The finish lasts a long time.Celilo Vineyard9021WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRoss Andrew 2014 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris (Columbia Gorge (WA))Pinot GrisRoss Andrew
3116931168ChileDespite mild high-tone and mulchy notes, the nose on this Carmenère deals woody aromas, a touch of tree bark and earthy berry scents. A plush, fleshy palate is moderate in structure, with earthy raspberry and black-plum flavors that finish meaty and savory. Drink now.1865 Single Vineyard9020Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2012 1865 Single Vineyard Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreSan Pedro
3117031169USPlump mulberry, asphalt, lavender and cola aromas power the good though slightly curious nose on this wine from a renowned vineyard. The distinctive palate is very aromatic and violet-like, with strong fennel elements alongside boysenberry and herb-laced cherry cola flavors.Denner Vineyard9036CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeven Angels 2010 Denner Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahSeven Angels

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