Wine Reviews

3302933028ItalyYou can't beat the low price and overall good cheer of this fresh Italian Chardonnay in a screwtop bottle. The golden-colored wine reveals a soft and smooth texture accented by pretty aromas of stone fruit, honey and almond nut.8711Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieLagaria 2008 Chardonnay (Delle Venezie)ChardonnayLagaria
3303033029FranceHere's an 100% unoaked Chard that offers ripe tropical notes of mango and pineapple alongside flavors of rich red apple and canteloupe in the round mouth. Softly prickling acidity leads nicely into the fruity finish.8712Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLe Drunk Rooster 2008 Chardonnay (Vin de Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayLe Drunk Rooster
3300133000FranceThis blend of Loin de l'Oeil and Sauvignon Blanc gives a crisp, lightly textured wine, floral in character with flavors of white peach and plum. Ready to drink.Gouleyant8512Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2012 Gouleyant White (Gaillac)White BlendGeorges Vigouroux
3300233001ArgentinaPiercing, jabbing aromas of wood and berry fruits lead to a juicy, acidic, fresh feeling palate with light, oaky, generic flavors of minty berry, herbs and oak. A modest, oaky finish is undistinguished.8518Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLagarde 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonLagarde
3300333002USWith a translucent ruby color, this wine shows nice Pinot Noir character. It has a light, silky texture and flavors of sour cherry and raspberry candy, Dr. Pepper cola and sandalwood.8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMasked Rider 2011 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirMasked Rider
3300433003ArgentinaInitially this smells burnt and gritty, with leafy aromas and a whiff of tar. The mouthfeel is grabby, while flavors of roasted berry, burnt leaves and leather finish rustic and hard.8517Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachOld Winery 2011 Red (Mendoza)Red BlendOld Winery
3300533004ArgentinaPushy, smoky, forceful aromas of roasted blackberry and campfire set up a sticky feeling, slightly gummy palate that's full of berry, plum and rubbery flavors. On the finish, this flattens out and becomes heavier.Reserva8512Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Origen 2011 Reserva Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecFinca El Origen
3300633005SpainDense, stewy, baked aromas of blueberry and Graham cracker lead to a blocky, flabby palate with earthy flavors of stewed berries and prune. In many ways this registers as overripe and raisiny.Roble8522Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachVallemon de Sardilici 2009 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloVallemon de Sardilici
3300733006USThe core dark-cherry and raspberry scents are set off by smoky oak, licorice and spearmint subtleties. Medium in body, this feels open and pliant, yet the acids make the finish succulent.Divino8532New MexicoNew MexicoVivác Winery 2008 Divino Red (New Mexico)Red BlendVivác Winery
3300833007USBrisk acidity gives this Sauvignon Blanc a mouthwatering quality, but it's pretty ripe, with flavors of white sugar, lemons and pineapple. Will pair well with salty, savory foods like sausages, ham or teriyaki chicken.8517CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastSanta Barbara Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Barbara Winery
3300933008ArgentinaAlthough Argentina is hardly Pinot Grigio country, this is a tropical-style quaffer with good balance and enough acidity to avoid coming across heavy. Creamy aromas of melon and lychee set up flavors of nectarine and tangerine. A lasting but modest finish is fair and appropriate.Oak Cask8510Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrapiche 2012 Oak Cask Pinot Grigio (Mendoza)Pinot GrigioTrapiche
3301033009USThe winery turns to this Monterey appellation to up their Chardonnay games. The wine is lush and oaky, with intensely ripe tangerine and apricot flavors.8519CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastVina Robles 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayVina Robles
3301133010USHailing from the cool 2011 vintage, it's light in style with notes of red currant, herbs and olive with little apparent oak influence. A straight-forward easy quaffer.8513WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHyatt 2011 Merlot (Rattlesnake Hills)MerlotHyatt
3301233011FranceA light style of Pinot Gris, softly ripe and rounded. There are touches of spice, peach and peppered apples, an attractive balance of acidity to finish.85AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Becker 2011 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJean Becker
3301333012USSome unripe vegetal flavors mar this blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. It's softly tannic, and what fruit there is suggests sweetened cherry pie.The Devious Woman8534CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJR Wine 2011 The Devious Woman Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendJR Wine
3301433013USThis fruity wine is a sugary mix of bubble gum, mint and syrupy peaches. It consists of bold flavors, but lacks the delicacy that Riesling can show in many vintages.Katie Mae Zillah Ranch Vineyard8514WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kana 2012 Katie Mae Zillah Ranch Vineyard Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingKana
3301533014FranceDominated by Sylvaner but with some fragrant Muscat also in the blend, this is a perfumed wine, fresh while soft. It's delicate, balanced, cut neatly with acidity. A great apéritif wine.8512AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerKuentz-Bas 2011 White (Alsace)White BlendKuentz-Bas
3301633015USJust 75% Cabernet, the rest a mix of Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, this turns generic, with bitter berry flavors. There's a little toastiness backing the tannins but a short finish, overall.8524WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMercer
3301733016USA mouthful of ripe, fruity jam and baking spice from a vineyard also sourced by the producer for Cabernet Sauvignon.Wackman Ranch8418CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMcConnell Estates Winery 2008 Wackman Ranch Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelMcConnell Estates Winery
3301833017USThis Merlot is as pale as a Pinot Noir, which suggests how light bodied it is. It's silky and dry in the mouth, with pleasant cherry, cola and sandalwood flavors.8412CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMontoya 2010 Merlot (Monterey County)MerlotMontoya
3301933018USThere's lots of mouthwatering acidity in this Chard, but it's also jammy with simple apricot, orange, peach and oak flavors. The result is like a Lifesaver candy, a little bit sweet and sour.Split Oak Estates Sur Lie8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMorro Bay 2011 Split Oak Estates Sur Lie Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayMorro Bay
3302033019USThis is a lush, rich Chardonnay with especially ripe pineapple, peach and lime flavors, as well as a coating of oaky, buttered toast.Signature Selection8414CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPedroncelli 2012 Signature Selection Chardonnay (Dry Creek Valley)ChardonnayPedroncelli
3302133020FranceA Bordeaux blend with some Tannat thrown into the mix, this is a juicy, very fruity wine. It has fresh berry flavors, a touch of spice and soft tannins. Drink now.84Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerRieutort 2011 Red (Côtes de Gascogne)Red BlendRieutort
3302233021USStrong, caramelized oak stars in this dry, rather one-dimensional Cabernet. Despite some black currant, anise and mocha flavors, it's like drinking toothpicks.Winemaker's Reserve8440CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaSouverain 2009 Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSouverain
3302333022FranceThis rosé from the Côtes du Rhône is ahead of the pack, with intense cherry and spice character, a dry, crisp palate and a lovely strawberry finish that hangs around just long enough.8714Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneE. Guigal 2008 Rosé (Côtes du Rhône)RoséE. Guigal
3302433023ArgentinaNicely aromatic, with all that's good about affordable Malbec from Argentina: bold fruit, depth and some richness. The palate is plump and stocked with tasty blackberry, plum and raisin flavors, while the finish is sturdy and subtle. A good wine that should not offend anyone.Reserve8711Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2008 Reserve Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTrivento
3302533024ArgentinaShows pretty good concentration and depth on the nose, where it only slightly hints at the herbal character that comes later. The palate is a touch astringent, with cola, blackberry and herbal flavors. Persistent on the finish, but also herbal and not overly complex.Malbec Reserva8714Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVila 2007 Malbec Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecVila
3302633025ChileNice Pinot, with light tomato, mint, lemon peel and red plum aromas. The palate is dry and refreshing, with purity and citrusy raspberry/cherry flavors. Shows more weight and stuffing toward the finish, but stays narrow in terms of flavor. One of Chile's most expensive Pinot Noirs.Ventolera8732Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Litoral 2008 Ventolera Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirViña Litoral
3302733026FranceThe nose beguiles, with scents of vanilla, freshly baked bread and wet stones that give way to tones of lemon and apricot on the tongue. This wine is light-bodied and crisp, a good summer sipper. Drink up over the next year, perhaps with a piece of grilled fish.8715AlsaceAlsaceW. Gisselbrecht 2007 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingW. Gisselbrecht
3302833027ItalyHere's a clean and well-balanced rosé with a fresh bouquet of fruity and floral aromas, followed by a crisp, tonic mouthfeel. This is exactly the kind of wine that is appropriate to serve at outdoor picnics or with friends at lunch. Very nice.Cerasuolo Rosato87Central ItalyMontepulciano d'Abruzzo CerasuoloLa Valentina 2008 Cerasuolo Rosato (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo)RoséLa Valentina

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