Wine Reviews

3240132400PortugalProduced from the Dão's top white grapes, this wine is a beautiful combination of apricot-like fruitiness and taut texture. Full of crisp acidity and richer fruits, it will age well. Drink from 2018.Casa de Mouraz Branco9120DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerAntonio Lopes Ribeiro 2014 Casa de Mouraz Branco Encruzado (Dão)EncruzadoAntonio Lopes Ribeiro
3240232401USSan Francisco-based winemaker Ed Kurtzman heads to this famed vineyard south of Salinas to create this restrained bottling from a region where power and richness usually reign. Flint, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and grapefruit aromas show on the nose. The palate offers nectarine, white peach and Asian pear flavor, proving delicate but not shy.Rosella's Vineyard9138CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAugust West 2014 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayAugust West
3240332402USMeasured acidity lifts the generous green apple, pear, key lime and nutmeg flavors in this well-crafted vineyard designate from the cooler outskirts of Napa Valley. Subtle oak and weight allow the fruit to speak, seasoned with coconut flake accents.Maldonado Vineyard9149CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneB Cellars 2014 Maldonado Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayB Cellars
3240432403USThis is a big, bold and leathery red, its full-bodied tannic profile accented by blackberry and coffee notes. Grippy in texture, it shows dense fruit ripeness and classic underpinnings of earthy spice.9185CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBlack Cordon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBlack Cordon
3240532404ArgentinaOn first take, this smells a bit chunky and like stewed plum. The palate is firm and tannic, with roasted plum and berry flavors that are more savory than fruity. On the finish, a spicy beef-jerky flavor vies for attention with raw tannins. Drink through 2020.Finca Adalgisa9142Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Furlotti 2011 Finca Adalgisa Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)MalbecBodega Furlotti
3240632405USThis wine is a blend of Grenache (44%), Mourvèdre (22%), Syrah (14%), Cinsault (13%) and Counoise. It delivers aromas of red fruit, celery stalk, white pepper and herb that lead to ripe full-bodied dark-fruit flavors that offer a lot of enjoyment.Caislén an Papa Red Wine Blend Meek Vineyard9145WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCairdeas 2014 Caislén an Papa Red Wine Blend Meek Vineyard Red (Washington)Rhône-style Red BlendCairdeas
3240732406ItalyEnticing scents of apple, chamomile flower and peach float out of the glass and carry over to the smooth, concentrated palate along with lemon drop, mineral and a hint of vanilla. It's loaded with finesse while careful oak aging lends complexity. Drink through 2021.Sanct Valentin Riserva9138Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2013 Sanct Valentin Riserva Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige)Pinot BiancoCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
3240832407USThis wine has a glorious floral nose highlighted in honey and wildflowers, revealing richer gingerbread and toasted oak undertones as it opens. Its creamy texture provides a sense of unctuousness, complemented by tart green apple and lemon on the finish.Toyon Vineyard9155CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneDuckhorn 2013 Toyon Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayDuckhorn
3240932408USThis study of a low-yielding clone produced a compelling range of aromas and flavors. The nose leads with iodine, seaweed and coffee scents against a backdrop of tangy black fruit. The palate shows more nori, lavender, black pepper, asphalt and dried blackberry flavor, finishing on a lingering oaky note.Clone 1749130CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFirestone 2013 Clone 174 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahFirestone
3241032409USBig, bold and tannic, this layered and nicely ripe wine is an iron fist in a velvet glove. It smells like espresso and dark chocolate, tastes equally roasted and rich, but backs its darker flavors with blueberry and blackberry notes, finishing smooth. Best after 2019.Estate Grown Reserve9130CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIronstone 2013 Estate Grown Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sierra Foothills)Cabernet SauvignonIronstone
3241132410FranceThis rich and generous wine has weight, concentrated yellow fruit and citrus flavors. Full bodied, its rounded texture is cut by a mineral element that brings the crisp acidity of the vintage. Developing well, it will be best from 2018.9182BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Puligny-MontrachetChardonnayJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
3241232411USThis blends 64% Syrah with 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot to good effect, offering tomato leaf, leather, dried herb and lavender aromas. Savory, meaty and medium bodied on the palate, it pairs well with heavier fare.Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom9165CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneLobo 2014 Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendLobo
3241332412USExtremely ripe and approachable on the nose, this lush bottling shows lots of barrel-derived scents, from caramel, vanilla, and pound cake to brown sugar and maple. It's soft and luscious with caramel-laced dessert qualities on the palate, certain to make a strong impression, albeit it with noticeable sweetness.9145CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMCV 2014 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahMCV
3241432413PortugalMatured for 12 months in oak, this wine is full and ripe. It has juicy black currant fruits, plenty of firm tannins to balance and the typical minerality that comes from Douro schist. Drink this impressive wine now.Quinta do Pégo Grande Reserva9127DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerRozes 2012 Quinta do Pégo Grande Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedRozes
3241532414IsraelDeep garnet in the glass, this wine delivers aromas of black cherry and chocolate. There is a good mix of fruit and savory flavors in a bed of chewy tannins, featuring blackberry, plum, white chocolate, tobacco and anise. Bright fruit and light spice carry into the lingering finish.Legend9130Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysShiloh Winery 2013 Legend Red (Judean Hills)Red BlendShiloh Winery
3241632415USGenerous and flavorful, this is one of the best California AVA wines available. It's concentrated and tannic, with medium-full body, a hint of sweetness and layers of dark cherry and plum fruit. Baking spice nuances linger on the finish. Best after 2019.9116CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSlow Press 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonSlow Press
3241732416USStonestreet consistently delivers complex, refreshing renditions of Sauvignon Blanc. Grassy on the nose, with an exotic tease of pea shoot, it seemingly vibrates on the palate with lemon, grapefruit and apricot flavors.Estate9135CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneStonestreet 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancStonestreet
3241832417ItalyPipe tobacco, fruit cake and baking spice aromas come together on this vibrant red while the structured palate offers red cherry, cranberry, coffee bean and star anise. A zesty note of orange peel closes the firm finish while tightly wound fine-grained tannins provide the backbone.Ugolforte9160TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta San Giorgio 2012 Ugolforte (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseTenuta San Giorgio
3241932418PortugalThis powerful and tannic wine impresses with its concentration, dark black fruit and dry core, proving it's made for long-term aging. A field blend of old vines, it shows both density and a minerality that comes from the vineyard's schist soil. Drink from 2019.Quinta da Gaivosa9155DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerAlves de Sousa 2011 Quinta da Gaivosa Red (Douro)Portuguese RedAlves de Sousa
3242032419ItalyEnticing scents of chamomile, white spring flower and white stone fruit mingle together in the glass. The creamy full-bodied palate doles out ripe honeydew melon, juicy yellow pear and nectarine zest while a ginger note adds depth. A far cry from the many bland Pinot Grigios that flood the market, this one is loaded with personality.Anger9124Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2015 Anger Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)Pinot GrigioCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
3242132420IsraelDark violet-red in the glass, this wine's bouquet is marked by notes of black plum and cocoa powder. It is surprisingly bright in the mouth considering its fairly strong tannins, and the fruity flavor profile is dominated by red plum and black cherry with soft spice flourishes. Bright berry notes linger into the finish, matched by equally prominent tannins.Kayoumi Vineyard9135GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysCarmel 2012 Kayoumi Vineyard Shiraz (Galilee)ShirazCarmel
3242232421PortugalProduced in the Baja region of southern Alentejo, this blend of Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is structured and firm. It has robust tannins, rich spice from wood aging and a serious, firm structure. Drink from 2019.Grande Reserva Tinto9126AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santa Vitória 2014 Grande Reserva Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCasa Santa Vitória
3242332422ItalyAromas of baked plum, new leather and pipe tobacco emerge in the glass. The big muscular palate offers fleshy black cherry, prune steeped in spirits, licorice and vanilla alongside the heat of evident alcohol. Firm velvety tannins provide the framework.Riserva9175TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelli Martinozzi 2010 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseCastelli Martinozzi
3242432423SwitzerlandThis wine has a bouquet of tart cherry with a whiff of petrol. Soft in the mouth, it has flavors of slightly tangy cherry cobbler, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a balanced, persistent finish.89160SwitzerlandJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysGantenbein 2012 Pinot Noir (Switzerland)Pinot NoirGantenbein
3242532424ItalyThis full-bodied red opens with aromas of ripe plum, vanilla, toast and mocha. The chewy palate doles out ripe blackberry, juicy black cherry, licorice, baking spice and a confectionary note alongside velvety tannins. It's already accessible so enjoy soon.Arbòre8945Sicily & SardiniaCannonau di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiuseppe Gabbas 2011 Arbòre (Cannonau di Sardegna)Red BlendGiuseppe Gabbas
3242632425USHigh-toned citrus stars in this mineral-driven wine that harmonizes acidity and fruit. Lime and grapefruit lean into richer elements of vanilla and caramel on the finish, balancing each other out.Estate Grown8930CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayGloria Ferrer
3242732426ItalyThis blend of 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit and ground spice. The concentrated, one-dimensional palate doles out fleshy blackberry, black cherry and black pepper alongside velvety tannins.Montessu8931Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAgricola Punica 2013 Montessu Red (Isola dei Nuraghi)Red BlendAgricola Punica
3242832427ItalyThe nose is initially closed but eventually reveals aromas of ripe berry, scorched earth and game. The palate is more expressive, showing fleshy black cherry, crushed raspberry and white pepper alongside tightly packed tannins that need to unwind. Drink 2018–2030.Montersino89PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Rocca 2012 Montersino (Barbaresco)NebbioloAlbino Rocca
3242932428ArgentinaThis shows patented bold blackberry aromas of Cabernet but also herbal, spicy, leafy notes as well. A crisp but thorough palate features pointy acidity, while herbal flavors of cassis, plum, spice, pepper and chocolate finish crisp and a bit sharp. Drink through 2022.Altitud8925Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachAndeluna 2012 Altitud Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato)Cabernet SauvignonAndeluna
3243032429ItalyThis opens up with an alluring fragrance of rose, violet, ripe berry and wild herb. The succulent palate delivers juicy raspberry, black cherry, licorice and black pepper alongside lithe tannins. Enjoy soon.Perdera8915Sicily & SardiniaMonica di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArgiolas 2012 Perdera (Monica di Sardegna)Red BlendArgiolas

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