Wine Reviews

3390133900SpainPlum and blackcurrant aromas are rustic, dark and leathery. In the mouth, this strikes the right notes courtesy of good body weight and solid overall balance. Lightly oaked, medicinal flavors of plum and raspberry finish with juicy acidity and a reasonable amount of oak.Roble8916LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachGenio Español 2013 Roble Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellGenio Español
3390233901USAromas of baking spices, clove, vanilla and dark fruit lead to a nuanced palate with fruit and barrel flavors and a light grip of tannins. The alcohol shows through a bit but overall it holds it.Estate8929WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGolden Ridge 2012 Estate Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotGolden Ridge
3390333902ItalyRipe plum, scorched earth, espresso, warm spices and toast aromas come together in the glass. The concentrated palate offers dried black cherry, chocolate, anise, baking spice and vanilla alongside firm tannins and soft acidity. Drink through 2016.Italo Riserva8916TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAgricola Tamburini 2011 Italo Riserva (Chianti)Red BlendAgricola Tamburini
3390433903USHigh-toned aromas of dried herbs, cocoa, licorice, woodspice and blackberry lead to full-bodied yet elegantly styled black fruit flavors, with the tannins showing some grit.Scarline Vineyard8990WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlleromb 2011 Scarline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonAlleromb
3390533904ItalyThis linear blend of Sangiovese and 15% Colorino, Canaiolo and Mammolo opens with a subtle fragrance of violet, red berry and licorice. The focused palate offers dried plum, ripe black cherry, leather and grilled herb alongside fine-grained tannins.8935TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBoscarelli 2012 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoRed BlendBoscarelli
3390633905ItalyThis opens with earthy scents of scorched soil, underbrush and a hint of game. Made with 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and Mammolo, the chewy palate offers dried black cherry, ripe plum and ground pepper alongside tightly woven tannins. Drink 2016–2019.8950TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasale Daviddi 2011 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoRed BlendCasale Daviddi
3390733906ItalyHere's a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Ciliegiolo that opens with aromas of dark skinned fruit, underbrush and a whiff of leather. The easygoing palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, crushed black cherry, savory herb and a balsamic note alongside fresh acidity and smooth tannins. There's not a lot of complexity but it is delicious.Ellera8929TuscanyChianti Colli SenesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastel di Pugna 2012 Ellera (Chianti Colli Senesi)Red BlendCastel di Pugna
3390833907ItalyClassic aromas of fragrant blue flowers, ripe plum and sweet baking spice lead the nose. The polished palate delivers dried cherry, crushed raspberry, anise, clove and grilled herb alongside smooth tannins that make this already extremely accessible. Drink through 2018.Vigneti di Campomaggio Riserva8937TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastellani 2010 Vigneti di Campomaggio Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastellani
3392733926ItalySimple but well made, this offers aromas and flavors of citrus, pear and a hint of bitter almond. Bright acidity gives it clean finish.Villa Bianchi8610Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeUmani Ronchi 2015 Villa Bianchi (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioUmani Ronchi
3390933908ItalyBlack plum, ripe dark berry, dried herb and menthol aromas lead the nose along with a whiff of leather. The firm palate delivers dried black cherry, prune, mocha and orange zest alongside compact tannins and soft acidity. A licorice note signals the finish. It's at its ideal drinking window so enjoy sooner rather than later.Cerretello8921TuscanyChianti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePieve de' Pitti 2011 Cerretello (Chianti Superiore)Red BlendPieve de' Pitti
3392833927ItalyThis has aromas of hay, tropical fruit and a whiff of tomato vine. The bright, straightforward palate offers fruity flavors suggesting honeydew melon, white peach and citrus alongside zesty acidity.Valle delle Lame8612Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di JesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVignamato 2015 Valle delle Lame (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)VerdicchioVignamato
3391033909ItalyAromas of black-skinned fruit, menthol, blue flowers and spice lead the nose. The fresh palate offers dried black cherry, plum, aromatic herb and clove. It's balanced, with firm, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity.8919TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Capaccia 2012 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendPodere Capaccia
3392933928USThe clonal selection related to the regional pioneer is the most interesting thing about this bottling, which is incredibly light and delicate, so much so that there is not tons of flavor. The nose shows very faint apple skins and key lime, and the palate barely offers pear skins and slate, though there is an intriguing texture.Randall Grahm Clone8635CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCooper-Garrod 2014 Randall Grahm Clone Viognier (Santa Cruz Mountains)ViognierCooper-Garrod
3391133910IsraelAromas of apricot and cantaloupe pave the way for flavors of apricot, apple and smoked meat with a touch of river rocks. This wine feels a little stiff at first sip, but as it opens up to a pleasing combination of fruit and savory flavors that lead to a soft guava finish.8917GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysRecanati 2013 Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayRecanati
3393033929ItalyAromas of citrus, herb and black locust flower lift out of the glass. The taut, racy palate offers lime, crisp Granny Smith and steely mineral alongside bracing acidity.La Rocca8617PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCoppo 2014 La Rocca (Gavi)CorteseCoppo
3391233911USLight aromas of flowers, dried herbs and barrel spices lead to velvety cherry and chocolate flavors that have a fine sense of presence, but could use a bit more tannic structure to stitch them together.Block 13 Clone 2 Weinbau Vineyard8952WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRevelry 2012 Block 13 Clone 2 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet FrancRevelry
3391333912USComing from a who's who of valley vineyards that includes McClellan, Anna Marie and Summit View, this wine shows restrained aromas of vanilla, cocoa, herbs, tobacco and toasty barrel spices. The soft cassis and cherry flavors are considerably more generous though elegantly styled, leading to a spice-filled finish.8930WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSaviah 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSaviah
3391433913USLees aromas mix with notes of custard, poached pear, cinnamon and well-integrated barrel accents. The palate shows a sense of finesse and grace that carries through the finish.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8925WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSaviah 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnaySaviah
3391533914AustriaA very restrained nose of rounded ripeness belies the aromatic nature of this grape variety, but the palate shows the verve and zing we are accustomed to. The greenish notes are mere glints in the background but refreshment is guaranteed.Steirische Klassik8920SüdsteiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTement 2014 Steirische Klassik Sauvignon Blanc (Südsteiermark)Sauvignon BlancTement
3391633915FranceCinsault, at 53%, is the major player in this soft, tangy wine. It has a good balance of red fruits, citrus acidity and crisp apple. The wine is ripe, poised with an attractively fruity aftertaste.Château Saint-Honoré8618ProvenceCôtes de Provence La LondeRoger Voss@vossrogerFabre en Provence 2015 Château Saint-Honoré Rosé (Côtes de Provence La Londe)RoséFabre en Provence
3391733916SpainOily, stalky, bready aromas are a bit tired. This has a chunky feel offset by citric acidity. Briny, salty flavors of citrus fruits and lees are lasting. For varietal Tempranillo Blanco, this isn't bad.Colección Monovarietales8612Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachNivarius 2014 Colección Monovarietales Tempranillo Blanco (Rioja)Tempranillo BlancoNivarius
3391833917USGood balance and slightly lean fruit and spice flavors make an agreeable combo in this medium-bodied and nicely tangy wine. Whiffs of cinnamon and earth go with cherry and rhubarb flavors.Hybrid8610CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPeltier 2014 Hybrid Pinot Noir (Lodi)Pinot NoirPeltier
3391933918ItalyRestrained aromas of white flower lead the way on this fresh, straightforward white. The round, simple palate shows light notes of peach, apple and a hint of bitter almond on the close.Black Label86PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Scolca 2015 Black Label (Gavi)CorteseLa Scolca
3392033919FranceIn its Provence skittle bottle, this wine is a bright mouthful that is as easy on the palate as its pale color is easy on the eye. It is lightly crisp with red fruits and citrus, and is very ready to drink.Le Provençal8614ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Vidaubanaise 2015 Le Provençal Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLa Vidaubanaise
3392133920FranceA light, mineral-textured wine, this is bone-dry while also packed with fruit. As its name suggests, it's a happy wine while having just a bit more of intensity. The aftertaste brings out the fruitiness.8618ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Bonheur 2015 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLe Bonheur
3392233921USThe wine has tempting aromas like marzipan and pineapple, generous fruit flavors and just enough acidity for balance. It's medium-bodied and feels bright and flavorful in the mouth.8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLeese-Fitch 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayLeese-Fitch
3392333922FranceFrom the foothills of the Provence Alps, this is a soft, fruity wine with easygoing apple and red currant flavors. Light and gently textured, it has acidity and spice to balance the natural fruitiness.Lavendette8612ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vins Bréban 2015 Lavendette RoséRoséLes Vins Bréban
3392433923ItalyThis opens with delicate scents of white wild flower, herb and a whiff of smoke. The bright, straightforward palate offers suggestions of tropical fruit, mineral and a note of toasted almond alongside bright acidity. It's refreshing but rather lean.Ghercina del Comune di Novello8618PiedmontLangheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Silvestro 2014 Ghercina del Comune di Novello Nascetta (Langhe)NascettaSan Silvestro
3392533924USA light-bodied wine that is blended with 8% Carignane and 4% Petite Sirah, the whole aged nearly two years in French and American oak. There's a thread of minty eucalyptus lurking in this wine, which is lean on the palate, with a suggestion of raspberry and blackberry.Zin Master8635CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpicy Vines 2013 Zin Master Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelSpicy Vines
3392633925USA crush of fresh berries and rose petals mark this light-bodied red made from Marquette grapes, a hybrid of European and American varieties. It's a zippy wine, almost puckering on the palate, but tannins are soft and easy.8617New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaThousand Islands Winery 2013 Marquette (New York)MarquetteThousand Islands Winery

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