Wine Reviews

31213120ArgentinaRecuerdo is the house brand from the Vines of Mendoza project, which is relying on young Tupungato vineyards that expand annually. This vintage shows floral berry aromas along with Middle East spice notes of cumin and curry. In the mouth, it's sharp and hollow, like an elevator that skips floors. Clipped flavors of boysenberry are acidic, while the finish lacks substance.8422Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRecuerdo 2011 Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecRecuerdo
31223121ItalyMade with Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet, this wine opens with dominant oak aromas that carry through to the palate alongside subdued notes of prune and fig. It lacks fruit richness and freshness to support the oak.8418Central ItalyMontefalco RossoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAdanti 2009 Montefalco RossoRed BlendAdanti
31233122FranceThis wine has a lean side that takes away from the bright acidity and fruitiness. With its berry fruit flavors, it should be rich, but lacks a middle.Réserve du Propriétaire8413BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Nadeau 2011 Réserve du Propriétaire (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Nadeau
31243123USA strong pineapple and mango imprint persists throughout this Chardonnay, along with bright acidity and a floral finish.8410CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneun4seen 2011 Chardonnay (Lodi)Chardonnayun4seen
31253124USMade from one of Port's best grapes, this wine is sweet and simple. It has sugary raspberry and vanilla flavors, with a sting of heat from high alcohol.8428CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastVinemark 2010 Touriga Nacional (Paso Robles)Touriga NacionalVinemark
31263125USA scent of fusel oil mixes into this lightly fruity wine, along with citrus rind and hints of almond.Estate8415OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Wetzel Estate 2011 Estate Pinot Blanc (Willamette Valley)Pinot BlancWetzel Estate
31273126USComing from the cool 2010 vintage, this blend of half Merlot along with four other Bordeaux grape varieties brings notes of toast, bittersweet chocolate, citrus and cranberry. It's tart and puckering with tightly wound tannins that need time to resolve.8435OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDel Rio 2010 Claret (Rogue Valley)ClaretDel Rio
31283127USThis isn't the most complicated Pinot Noir, but it is a clean, easy-drinking wine. With raspberry and cherry flavors wrapped into a silky texture, it will be fine to drink with burgers.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGrayson 2012 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirGrayson
31293128USWith sweet oak, buttered toast, vanilla, pineapple and mango flavors, this is an easy Chardonnay to drink now. The price is good for a Chard this rich and creamy.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGuenoc 2012 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayGuenoc
31303129USThis wine is medium bodied with spicy, brambly wild berry and tobacco flavors, as well as heady alcohol. It shows some unbalanced green notes. Drink now.8332CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastVinemark 2009 Primitivo (Paso Robles)PrimitivoVinemark
31313130USAt this price, and with a case production of 110,000, lots of Americans will consider themselves lucky to have a solid red wine like this. It's not terribly complicated, but offers easy flavors of cherries and oak.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2012 Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi
31323131Soft, fruity and juicy, this is a pleasant, simple wine that is a blend from different European countries. It is balanced and very drinkable for parties or barbecues. Screwcap.Partager83Roger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier NV Partager RedRed BlendBarton & Guestier
31333132SpainPeach and apple aromas are modest. The palate is juicy and citric in feel, while flavors of melon, apple and nectarine finish tangy, with a citrusy taste.Viña Tobía8311Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Tobía 2012 Viña Tobía White (Rioja)White BlendBodegas Tobía
31343133FranceLight, bright and fruity, this wine is full of citrus acidity and a ripe, herbaceous character. Lively and fresh, it is a Sauvignon-dominated wine.Grand Théatre83BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerUnivitis 2012 Grand Théatre (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendUnivitis
31353134FranceThis wine seems thin and rather tight. It has as much acidity as it does fruit, and a dry tannic structure. Not a wine for aging.83BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gréteau Médeville 2011 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gréteau Médeville
31363135AustraliaFull-bodied and firm, this dark-fruited Shiraz an be consumed now with rare beef or lamb, or cellared 2–3 years. Cola and blackberry fruit dominate, with notes of chocolate and cedar chiming in on the finish.8917Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWildberry Estate 2005 Shiraz (Margaret River)ShirazWildberry Estate
31373136ArgentinaEarthy, deep and true to its Uco Valley roots; this is a very good and fairly serious Malbec that doesn't try to overstep its natural limitations. It's not too extracted or oaky but instead delivers robust blackberry, plum and caramel flavors backed by a warm, mildly oaky finish with menthol and mocha. Drink now into 2010.Reserve8920Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSalentein 2005 Reserve Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecSalentein
31383137AustriaThis is beautiful, herbaceous Sauvigon Blanc, the signature grape of Styria, in a fine, ripe version, all rich fruits, green apple juice, fresh berries and lively acidity. Glass stopper.Steirische Klassik8925SüdsteiermarkRoger Voss@vossrogerSattlerhof 2006 Steirische Klassik Sauvignon Blanc (Südsteiermark)Sauvignon BlancSattlerhof
31393138AustriaA ripe, fragrant wine that also manages to retain fine crispness. There is some Grüner pepper and spice, but the freshness of the wine allows it to show grapefruit and other citrus characters as well as tense acidity.Brut8925KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerSteininger 2006 Brut Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
31403139AustriaFresh but rich, this young wine has structured edges, great purity of green currant fruits as well as fine concentration. The roundness of the palate is matched by its delicious acidity. Glass stopper.Steinhaus8918KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerSummerer 2007 Steinhaus Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSummerer
31413140USThe flavors of this Pinot, made from pre-Dijon clone Martini selection vines, are fine. They range from cherries and cola to sweet cured tobacco and buttered cinnamon toast to smoky vanilla. If the wine had a crisper, livelier mouthfeel, it would score a lot higher.Ferguson Block8944CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaRobert Stemmler 2005 Ferguson Block Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirRobert Stemmler
31423141USThis is spicy and varietally specific, with sharp, tight, bright red berry flavors and a peppery finish. Made in a forward, fruit-powered style, it should be enjoyed while the youthful exuberance is there in full bloom. In the very back of the finish are hints of smoked meat.8928WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tamarack Cellars 2005 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahTamarack Cellars
31433142USThe blend is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The result is a medium-bodied, softly textured red wine with flavors of black cherries, tobacco and vanilla that finishes velvety smooth. Drink now.8930CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastMurrieta's Well 2004 Meritage (Livermore Valley)MeritageMurrieta's Well
31443143USCoeur d'Alene Cellars does a fine job with Syrah. This has much the same satiny, sexy black fruit as the more expensive Opulence bottling, but it is more accessible and forward, with less power in the back end. Still, it's quite delicious, and the smoky tannins add some extra authority.Switchback Red8925WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur d'Alene 2005 Switchback Red Red (Washington)Red BlendCoeur d'Alene
31453144FranceTypical Beaune in its round, soft character. If the tannins are not particularly powerful, it still shows a generous nature, with super-ripe fruits supported by some dryness. The finish is jammy, ripe, a salad of red berries.Les Marconnets Premier Cru8941BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné & Fils 2005 Les Marconnets Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirBouchard Aîné & Fils
31463145USA dark and richly spicy wine, with penetrating varietal scents of pepper and berry. The wine is tart and youthful, and along with the tangy flavors of berry and spice there is a layer of graphite and a hint of cured meat reaching into the finish. It's sappy, racy and bright, but also layered and showing ageworthy potential. Tannins just hint at green tea.8930WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Whitman Cellars 2005 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahWhitman Cellars
31473146AustriaThis single-vineyard Grüner is powerful, with concentrated white fruit flavors, floral aromas and great, crisp, fresh acidity. The fruit is ripe, hinting at creamy, with a soft green aftertaste. Screwcap.Aussere Bergen8923NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerZull 2006 Aussere Bergen Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerZull
31483147USThis is a welcome return for this value Merlot after the 2004 vintage was skipped. The smooth and chocolaty flavors that consumers love are there, but they have been pulled back, letting more of the cherry fruit and subtle accents of forest floor, fungus and earth show through. It's textural, complex and thoroughly enjoyable.8922WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Helix by Reininger 2005 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHelix by Reininger
31493148ArgentinaTomero is a new line from the Carlos Pulenta group, and this one sings the tale of Salta with sincerity. You get telling acacia and lychee aromas, but none of the cheap perfume that can sometimes ruin the variety. The palate is lightly oily but linear, while the papaya, citrus and melon flavors just roll along.8912OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachTomero 2007 Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésTomero
31503149ArgentinaAn intense, forward style of Malbec. The nose oozes a mixture of mint, black-fruit extract and shoe polish, while the saturated palate is racy and just rich enough; the flavors of blackberry and plum are lively with coffee and mocha accents on the finish. A bit acidic and racy, but that won't hurt it if served with food.Golden Reserve8920Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2005 Golden Reserve Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTrivento

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