Wine Reviews


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33913390SpainLightly floral aromas are dilute while hinting at quince jelly. There's not a lot of vitality to the palate, while tangerine and nectarine flavors are watery. Pithy citrus notes carry the finish before it putters out.Hoya de Cadenas Organic849Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2014 Hoya de Cadenas Organic Verdejo (Spain)VerdejoVicente Gandia
33923391ArgentinaTropical aromas revolve around lemon-lime. This is acidic without much body. Flavors of lemon, melon, mango and green apple are lean and finish with tangy, pithy citrus flavors.Ampakama8411OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Montes 2014 Ampakama Chardonnay (San Juan)ChardonnayCasa Montes
33933392SpainBland aromas suggest applesauce. This varietal Xarello feels plump but flat. Candied, generic white-fruit flavors are nonspecific, while this offers up citrus notes and pyrazines on the finish.XA8414CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachAlbet I Noya 2014 XA Xarel-lo (Penedès)Xarel-loAlbet I Noya
33943393USFrom the producer's Old Vineyard Block, and blended with 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Syrah, this wine has a rustic barnyardy quality. It offers a tightness of dried herb around broad, sweet tannins, strawberry jam and chocolate.Mountain Cuvée Estate8424CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGustafson Family 2012 Mountain Cuvée Estate Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelGustafson Family
33993398USPruney and somewhat reduced, this thick offering of chocolate and blackberry jam needs food to mellow it out, preferably meat covered thickly in sauce.8432CaliforniaNapa County-Sonoma CountyNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMichael-Scott 2013 Zinfandel (Napa County-Sonoma County)ZinfandelMichael-Scott
33953394USMeant to provide value, this wine also offers big oak, smoke and a bittersweet taste of black-tea tannins. Shy in fruit, this has a slightly reduced effect on the finish.High Roller8420CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJAQK Cellars 2013 High Roller Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirJAQK Cellars
33963395USApple skin and guava rise out from a more buttery aroma that leads to oak on the palate. Light bodied, the wine finishes tart in lemon and lime.Suzanne's Blend8436CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGracianna 2014 Suzanne's Blend Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayGracianna
33973396ArgentinaLeafy, green aromas suggest eucalyptus and a briar patch. A lean palate offers aroma-matching flavors of green herbs along with plum, cherry and clay notes. This is oaky and resiny tasting on the finish, and hot as well.8420Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAngulo Innocenti 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (La Consulta)Cabernet SauvignonAngulo Innocenti
34003399ArgentinaWiry, briary currant and herbal aromas announce a hard but juicy wine with buttery oak, salty red fruit flavors and a loud herbal angle. This is both briny tasting and a touch weedy on the finish.Valle Las Acequias8415Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Segundo Correas 2013 Valle Las Acequias Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonLuis Segundo Correas
33983397USThis is on the light side, with simple flavors and a juicy, soft texture that shows very little tannin. Aromas and flavors recall cherries and strawberries.8413CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCable Car 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Cabernet SauvignonCable Car
34013400PortugalThis is a rich, full wine that has red fruits and soft tannins. With balanced acidity, only a hint of tannins, it is ready to drink.Montaria Tinto848AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2014 Montaria Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedParras Vinhos
34023401PortugalThis is a gentle, ripe wine that has pineapple and peach flavors and fresh fruitiness. It is smooth with balanced acidity and a zesty aftertaste. Drink now.Quartilho Branco8413TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2014 Quartilho Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Branco
34033402PortugalA young, fresh blend of Arinto and Fernão Pires, the wine is fruity, light and with a crisp, bright aftertaste. Drink now.8410TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Monteiro 2015 White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Monteiro
34043403USSomewhat disjointed flavors mix subtle red fruits with cracker, licorice and coffee. So far the components have not smoothed out. It's a flavor jumble.8440OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Schmidt 2012 Pinot Noir (Applegate Valley)Pinot NoirSchmidt
34053404USFaint notes of yuzu rise over underripe peach in this unoaked Chardonnay. The light-bodied palate shows a mild concentration of lemon leading to a short but clean finish.Unoaked8432MichiganLake Michigan ShoreAlexander PeartreeThree Fires 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay (Lake Michigan Shore)ChardonnayThree Fires
34063405USMuddled aromas of tangerine, grapefruit and papaya seem a bit soapy in character. The palate feels a bit underripe, showing milky florals upfront and unconcentrated citrus on the back.Dry8418MichiganLeelanau PeninsulaAlexander PeartreeVerterra 2014 Dry Gewurztraminer (Leelanau Peninsula)GewürztraminerVerterra
34073406PortugalThe wine is fresh with red berry flavors and a stalky tannic core. It's lightly perfumed, light in texture and ready to drink.Bastardo! Black Edition Tinto8425TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWine with Spirit 2013 Bastardo! Black Edition Tinto Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedWine with Spirit
34083407PortugalThere is an attractive, light prickle on the tongue of this fresh, crisp and fruity wine. It is dry, tensely tangy with a green, zesty character. Drink now.Seafood & Co8412Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerWine with Spirit 2014 Seafood & Co White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteWine with Spirit
34093408SpainOily aromas of orange peel are inoffensive. A shearing palate offers little textural pleasure or complexity. Flavors of lemon and blood orange finish with a sour note of underripe pineapple.8311Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Salazar 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Sauvignon BlancFinca Salazar
34103409USThis somewhat indistinctive wine has a wealth of minty aroma on the nose, a characteristic that doesn't shake off on the palate, the body full and a touch hot.Private Reserve8340CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuena Vista 2013 Private Reserve Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelBuena Vista
34113410SpainYeasty aromas are devoid of fruit, commitment and minerality, and instead smell oddly floral and unconvincing. A waxy, wan palate and oaky flavors of clove finish with resiny, pushy spice notes. This tastes overly oaky and resiny, like the winery's Rioja white called La Capellanía but without the goods.La Comtesse8360GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPazo de Barrantes 2012 La Comtesse Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPazo de Barrantes
34123411PortugalThe wine is fruity, although with a yeasty character that leaves a bready taste. It has acidity, ripe yellow fruits and the fruitiness may come to dominate although that is not certain.Monsaraz Branco839AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Reguengos de Monsaraz 2014 Monsaraz Branco White (Alentejo)Portuguese WhiteCooperativa Reguengos de Monsaraz
34133412USThere's something mushroomy and feral about this wine, which finishes with sour cherry.The Pintail8355CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneArmanino Family Cellars 2013 The Pintail Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirArmanino Family Cellars
34143413PortugalA blend of Moscatel and Arinto, this is light and thin with only the vaguest hint of citrus fruit acidity. It should be drunk now.Castelo do Sulco Colheita838LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2014 Castelo do Sulco Colheita White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteParras Vinhos
34153414ItalyThe nose isn't very expressive but you can detect whiffs of adhesive bandage, medicinal herb, apple skin and mineral that carry over to the diluted, rather bitter palate. Brisk acidity underscores the wine's lean character.Drago8316Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2014 Drago Pinot Grigio (Trentino)Pinot GrigioLechthaler
34163415USWhile very flavorful, this wine is more of a dessert drink than a lunch or dinner wine. It smells sweet and earthy, feels unctous and tastes sweet, especially on the finish.839CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCoast 2013 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayCoast
34173416SpainCandied raspberry aromas and a racy, acidic, crisp feel tell you what's coming: pie-cherry tartness and then a sizzle-and-pop finish that's fresh but astringent.Altos de Tamaron8311Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPagos del Rey 2014 Altos de Tamaron (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloPagos del Rey
34183417USBalsamic aromas and strong pruney flavors combine for a heavy-handed taste in this full-bodied wine. It seems to be well-aged already, so drink it soon if you like this style.England-Shaw Vienyard8324CaliforniaSolano CountyNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPat Paulsen Vineyards 2013 England-Shaw Vienyard Syrah (Solano County)SyrahPat Paulsen Vineyards
34193418USEarthy and stemmy in dark black fruit, this wine contains 2% Syrah from Dunnigan Hills, though it's unclear how that contributes. Thin on the palate, it has a medicinal, minty flourish on the finish.8325CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMossback 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMossback
34203419USAromas of blueberries, beef roast and fudge give way to a light, straightforward palate of purple fruit. It's a clean wine, but not very complex.Especial8640CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPeachy Canyon 2012 Especial Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelPeachy Canyon

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