Wine Reviews


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3417134170USSoftly tannic and ripe. Offers flamboyant blackberry, raspberry, cherry and chocolate flavors, generously spiced, with a soft, sweet finish. A good everyday, multi-purpose Zin.Nova Vineyard8420CaliforniaLake CountyX 2008 Nova Vineyard Zinfandel (Lake County)ZinfandelX
3417234171GermanyVoluptuous and broad, this richly textured auslese suggests soft yellow apples and fleshy tangerines. It's a bit fat on the palate, but sunny acidity lends some freshness on the midpalate. Drink now.GAu-Bischofsheimer Herrnberg Kerner Auslese8616RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaFritz Windisch 2014 GAu-Bischofsheimer Herrnberg Kerner Auslese Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingFritz Windisch
3417334172ItalyThis has subdued aromas of French oak as well as whiffs of orchard fruit and pressed acacia flower. On the palate, oak-driven spice, toast and bitter almond take center stage while notes of citrus zest and a hint of lemon drop peak through.Ori Riserva8614TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Palagione 2015 Ori Riserva (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)VernacciaIl Palagione
3417434173SpainCandied berry fruits are earthy but come with a note of sweet plastic. This feels grabby and firm, with palpable acidity. Salty plum and berry flavors finish warm and long due to lively acidity.Monte Oton868Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2015 Monte Oton Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaBorsao
3417534174SpainHorsey blackberry and cherry aromas come with a note of latex. In the mouth, this is choppy and abrupt. Raw berry flavors finish with a mild sensation of heat.Tocado8511Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2015 Tocado Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaBorsao
3417634175SpainFloral and tropical aromas are wan. This feels O.K., while slightly bitter flavors of green melon rapidly disappear on a mild finish. Everything about this amounts to basic.8513Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachLegado del Moncayo 2015 Garnacha Blanca (Campo de Borja)Garnacha BlancaLegado del Moncayo
3417734176USStrong aromas of charred oak and equally boisterous smoked meat flavors give this wine a rowdy personality. It has medium body but full-throttle aromas like rubber tires and flavors like Concord grapes.Red Velvet8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCupcake 2014 Red Velvet Red (California)Red BlendCupcake
3417834177USAfter starting out quite reduced on first pour, this wine reveals slightly sweet black-fruit flavors. A light grip of tannins provide support.8512WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDrumheller 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotDrumheller
3417934178PortugalThis is a soft wine, its acidity melded into the ripe berry fruit flavors. The texture is soft with just a bite of tannin at the end. With its open fruitiness, the wine is ready to drink.Babu857TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2015 Babu Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedFiuza
3418034179USA majority of Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 22% Merlot in this woody, somewhat herbal and robustly intense red, impacted in subtle ways by oak. The finish is meager.8548CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKelly Family Vineyards 2013 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendKelly Family Vineyards
3418134180ChileThis spunky rosé relies mostly on Itata Cinsault, but also Colchagua fruit. The nose is alert but simple, with tangerine and peach-pit aromas. This feels round yet lively, while briny stone-fruit and citrus flavors finish salty and a bit sulfuric.Le Rosé8521ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachLapostolle 2016 Le Rosé Rosé (Chile)RoséLapostolle
3418234181USThis wine seems quite evolved for its age, with aromas of leather and dried cranberry. It's light bodied with gritty tannins.M Series Reserve85107WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMellisoni 2011 M Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMellisoni
3418334182USThis seems like it came from a considerably cooler vintage and also like it has had some age. Light aromas of herb, wood spice, medicine cabinet, leather and mesquite are followed by tart light-bodied cranberry flavors. The tannins bring a slight sense of astringency.M Series Reserve85107WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMellisoni 2013 M Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMellisoni
3418434183USThis is an unusual example of this variety, with aromas of exotic spice, flowers and herb. The palate has tart cranberry flavors that seem lacking in concentration.Alder Ridge Vineyard8525WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRam 2014 Alder Ridge Vineyard Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecRam
3418534184ChilePrickly and varietally correct on the nose, this opens with grassy aromas and a pop of citrus. A standard mouthfeel with adequate acidity projects salty citrus and green flavors, while grapefruit pith and lime notes work the finish.858Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRayun 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancRayun
3418634185FranceDespite its Vin de France designation, this is a typical wine from the Gascony area. With its crisp, lightly herbal character and deliciously light texture, it's fruity with citrus and red currant notes. Drink now.8510France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerRubus 2015 White (Vin de France)White BlendRubus
3418734186AustraliaThis was a perplexing wine to evaluate. The aromas feature toasted hazelnuts, lemon curd, pineapple and more than a hint of banana bread. The flavors follow in a similar vein, but are exaggerated, coming across as strongly tropical and confected, then drawing to a crisp finish.Frasca's Lane Vineyard8520VictoriaKing ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzNugan Family Estates 2015 Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (King Valley)ChardonnayNugan Family Estates
3418834187ChileThis Sauvignon Blanc is neutral on the nose except for a smack of lime. Mild on the palate, this tastes of briny, salty citrus fruits and peels. A fresh finish confirms that this is straightforward but enjoyable.120 Reserva Especial858Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2016 120 Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Rita
3418934188FranceThis wine comes from the only Burgundy region to grow Sauvignon Blanc. It's soft in style, more nutty than herbal, with almond and white fruit flavors. Immediately drinkable and refreshing, it's ready to go now.8515BurgundySaint-BrisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2015 Saint-BrisSauvignon BlancSimonnet-Febvre
3419034189USThe bourbon barrel aging of this bottling is not immediately apparent. Indeed, it is quite herbal on the nose rather than caramelly, with dill prevalent amidst the black plum. The palate packs wet oregano, thyme and licorice against juicy red berries.Bourbon Barrel Aged85CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStave & Steel 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonStave & Steel
3419134190PortugalSimple and fruity, this is an immediately approachable wine. Crisp with apple and citrus fruits, it has a light mineral texture and refreshing final acidity. Drink now.8515TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2016 Arinto (Tejo)ArintoTerra Silvestre
3419234191USAromas of Bosc pear and candle wax lead to off-dry fruit flavors. It brings some easy-drinking appeal but lacks a sense of clarity.Hot to Trot8510WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2015 Hot to Trot White (Columbia Valley (WA))White Blend14 Hands
3419334192USAromas of white flowers, lychee and grapefruit peel lead to dry fruit flavors that seem to lack concentration, with a bitter note on the finish.The Reserve Dry8522WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2015 The Reserve Dry Gewürztraminer (Horse Heaven Hills)Gewürztraminer14 Hands
3419434193PortugalCoudel Mor, the title of a medieval Portuguese cavalry captain, is the naming inspiration for this fruity bright wine. With red berry fruits and plenty of attractive acidity, it is a lively wine, lightly perfumed and with hints of wood aging. Drink now.Coudel Mor Reserva85TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo 2014 Coudel Mor Reserva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo
3419534194USAromas of herb and red fruit lead to dried out but lightly gamy fruit flavors.Estate Double River Vineyard8532WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBasel Cellars 2013 Estate Double River Vineyard Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotBasel Cellars
3419634195USComing in a frosty, flask-shaped bottle (aimed at which demographic is unclear), this bottling shows snappy blackberry and damp earth on the nose. Generic berry flavors, dried meat and a touch of leather show through the chalky mouthfeel, with a decently fruity finish.85CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBlacklist 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonBlacklist
3419734196USThis wine is a blend of Riesling (70%) and Gewürztraminer. It brings aromas of pear, lychee and white flowers that are followed by an off-dry palate. It needs some more acidity to pull it all together.45 Degrees8545WashingtonLake ChelanColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMellisoni 2016 45 Degrees White (Lake Chelan)White BlendMellisoni
3419834197PortugalNamed after the valley where the vineyard is situated, this red-fruited spicy wine is crisp. There are soft tannins and attractive acidity. Drink now.Vale das Donas859TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Cavalinho 2014 Vale das Donas Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta do Cavalinho
3419934198ItalyThis simple white has subdued aromas of white spring flower and white stone fruit. The no-fuss, rather diluted palate offers hints of white peach, green apple and a whisper of white almond.8518TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSignano 2015 Vernaccia di San GimignanoVernacciaSignano
3420034199PortugalBlending Touriga Franca, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet, this is an attractive young wine. With both acidity and tannins already integrated into the ripe black fruit, it is a wine to drink young.8515TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2015 Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedTerra Silvestre

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