Wine Reviews

32463245USThis lightly colored wine blends Grenache (43%), Syrah (32%) and Mourvèdre. It brings aromas of red raspberries, currant and flowers. The palate is fresh and lighter in style, with the emphasis on fruit.Untamed Cuvée8620WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJames Wyatt 2013 Untamed Cuvée Red (Yakima Valley)Red BlendJames Wyatt
32473246FranceThere are flavors of peanuts as well as the more usual white fruits in this wine that is rounded and soft, with gentle acidity. The wine, fresh at the end, is ready to drink.Brut8656ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLiebart-Régnier NV Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLiebart-Régnier
32483247USThis tradition-bucking blend of 61% Chenin Blanc, 31% Viognier and 8% Roussanne offers soft aromas of sweet apple blossoms and peach, with a hint of barrel smoke. The palate offers a similar blend of peaches, pears and apples, warmed up with some oak influence.White Elephant8618CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannVinum 2013 White Elephant White (California)White BlendVinum
32493248ItalyAromas of toast, milk chocolate and black-skinned fruit lead the way. The soft, low-acid palate doles out crushed plum, fleshy cherry and mocha alongside drying, angular tannins that create an abrupt finish.Riserva8618TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViticoltori Senesi Aretini 2009 Riserva (Chianti)SangioveseViticoltori Senesi Aretini
32503249USA strong oak influence dampens the varietal character in this full-bodied, spicy wine. It smells like cinnamon and cedar, tastes slightly sweet and smoky, is full bodied and rich in texture. Nice and smooth, it shows only mild varietal character.Estate Grown8635CaliforniaPlacer CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWise Villa 2013 Estate Grown Sangiovese (Placer County)SangioveseWise Villa
32513250USThis is a substantial wine, concentrated in dark red berry color and flavor, from cherry to wild strawberry to more savory rhubarb compote. Muted on the nose, it has an underlying woody, herbal character that balances the vibrancy of the fruit.Rosé of8622CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacPhail 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirMacPhail
32523251FranceIf only this wine wasn't extracted so much (which gives bitterness), it would be ripe and fruity. As it is, it's hard to get past the tight, dry tannins. There are hints of juiciness and black currant fruits. It might soften by 2016.Château Lestruelle86BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2012 Château Lestruelle (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMaison Bouey
32533252FranceThis crisp, fruity wine has delicious acidity. Gray-pink in color, it is ripe with red berries that also impart attractive freshness. The wine is crisp, tangy and textured at the end.Le Rosé Gourmand de Lestruelle86BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2014 Le Rosé Gourmand de Lestruelle Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséMaison Bouey
32543253ItalyThis blend of Sangiovese and 10% Merlot opens with aromas of forest floor, ripe blackberry, cedar and menthol. The warm, evolved palate offers dried black cherry, licorice, mint, ground pepper and a gamy note alongside assertive, almost gritty tannins that leave an astringent finish.Ceppeto Riserva8631TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMannucci Droandi 2009 Ceppeto Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendMannucci Droandi
32553254USFlavors of berry, vanilla and tar form around thick, rich tannins, giving this wine a puckering quality that may benefit from opening before enjoying. The finish is sturdy and robust in leathery black pepper.Winemaker Selection8655CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRosenblum 2012 Winemaker Selection Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelRosenblum
32563255ItalyHere's a bright, informal red that offers sour cherry, red berry and a light note of cooking spice. Lively acidity and soft, rather fleeting tannins give it an easy-drinking quality.8613TuscanyChianti RufinaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTravignoli 2013 Chianti RufinaSangioveseTravignoli
32573256USThis 100% Merlot offers a lot of heat around its otherwise approachable lift of soft, smooth tannins and reasonable oak. Sage, cedar and tobacco provide a weedy aspect to the wine, offset by plenty of ripe blackberry and cherry.8630CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHanaiali'i 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotHanaiali'i
32583257USGrown in the southern section of the valley in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this rare varietal bottling from this appellation shows aromas of cranberry, raspberry and citrus, along with some hints of oxidation. It's tart and full in feel, not seeming entirely varietally correct.Breezy Slope Vineyard8635WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLagana 2013 Breezy Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Pinot NoirLagana
32593258USThis is an aromatically brooding wine with notes of herbs, pepper and brown spices. It drinks quite sweet with a lightly chalky feel.Minnick Hills Vineyard8630WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLagana 2013 Minnick Hills Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahLagana
32603259USThis is box wine taken seriously, even featuring a picture of winemaker Denise Wordenon. Fresh-squeezed blueberry fruit mixes with black rocks, milk chocolate and cedar on the nose, followed by an easy-to-quaff juiciness on the lightly bodied palate. It's not very complex, but perfect for summer barbecues or car camping.8630CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLoft 2013 Merlot (Monterey)MerlotLoft
32613260SpainRough, animal-like aromas wrestle with piercing, fairly hot plum and berry scents. Rubbery, blackened, peppery plum and raspberry flavors finish oaky, mildly bitter and tannic.El Picaro8615Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachMatsu 2013 El Picaro (Toro)Tinta de ToroMatsu
32623261AustriaThe nose here is not quite as clean-cut as it could be, while the palate shows a little more focus. Crisp and zesty, if a little short.8612CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNadler 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Carnuntum)Grüner VeltlinerNadler
32633262USA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this offers aromas of raisinated cherries, herbs, bittersweet chocolate and a whiff of barnyard. Medicinal flavors are backed by chalky tannins.Ciel du Cheval8640WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport:Nota Bene 2011 Ciel du Cheval Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red Blend:Nota Bene
32643263New ZealandAt this scale (170,000 cases imported), the quality is remarkable. Leafy notes accent pink grapefruit aromas and flavors, coming together in a harmonious, easy-drinking finish.8615MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOyster Bay 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancOyster Bay
32653264FranceRounded, soft and smoothly creamy, this is a ripe wine dominated by Pinot Meunier. It's an open wine, fruity and ready to drink.Tradition Brut86ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPiot-Sévillano NV Tradition Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendPiot-Sévillano
32663265FranceWell-crafted and fruity, this has a fresh character that allows room for red berry flavors. It's a ripe wine, keeping freshness while bringing in a warmer, caramel character.8611BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerQuai de la Lune 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséQuai de la Lune
32673266SpainEarthy notes of saline and cheesy leather accent plum aromas on this tight number with rubbery tannins. Plum, cherry and herbal flavors carry some bitterness onto a finish with medicinal plum notes.Viñadrian8615Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Berceo 2013 Viñadrian (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Berceo
32683267ItalyMade with Sangiovese and a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with aromas of coconut, toast and oak-driven spice. The evolved palate offers coconut, clove and ground black pepper but the fruit richness has almost dried up entirely, leaving an astringent finish.O'Leandro Riserva8645TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCennatoio 2011 O'Leandro Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendCennatoio
32693268FranceIntense with acidity and young fruitiness, this wine needs some time. The potential of the white and citrus fruit is there, with an herbaceous character that needs to soften. Drink from late 2015.8614BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Buisson-Redon 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Buisson-Redon
32703269USThis wine made from Muscat Canelli grapes is slightly spritzy and sweet, pungent in apricot fuzz and grass, a mélange of tropical goodness from there on out. Mango, kiwi and pineapple fill the medium-weight waves of viscous texture, concluding in a vanilla-tinged, light, fresh finish.Estate Grown8625CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSt. Supéry 2014 Estate Grown Moscato (Napa Valley)MoscatoSt. Supéry
32413240USA gentle wine, this has warm, fruity aromas, ripe red cherry and raspberry flavors, a soft texture and fine-grained tannins. Medium to full bodied and almost sweet in balance, it's easy to enjoy.8615CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellars401K 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet Sauvignon401K
32423241USA mix of Sauvignon Blanc (77%) and Sémillon, this wine comes from three separate vineyards in the Columbia Valley. It shows plenty of Sauvignon's herbal character while also displaying the ripeness of the vintage, with lightly spritzy tropical fruit and fig flavors that possess a fleshy feel.Fumé Blanc Dry869WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarnard Griffin 2014 Fumé Blanc Dry Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancBarnard Griffin
32433242USThis wine doesn't seem to have fully ripened, with green, reedy aromas along with notes of cranberry and cherry Jolly Rancher. The full-bodied palate delivers more but seems disconnected with tart, tangy cranberry flavors.Northridge Vineyard8630WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCana's Feast 2013 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo (Columbia Valley (WA))PrimitivoCana's Feast
32443243ItalyAromas of toast, oak, espresso and a whiff of smoke lead the nose. The palate offers oak extract, coconut, coffee and vanilla but there's not enough fruit richness to support the oak. It's already reached its ideal drinking window so enjoy sooner rather than later.Da Vinci Riserva8623TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Leonardo Da Vinci 2010 Da Vinci Riserva (Chianti)Red BlendCantine Leonardo Da Vinci
32453244USA stamp of smoke and toasted oak mark the entry into this wine, followed by chewy tannins that wrap themselves around dark layers of chocolate and tobacco leaf, the structure at first impenetrable. The finish is relaxed and somewhat short.8655CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHill Family Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHill Family Estate

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