Wine Reviews

3430634305USThis is quite light, with a leafy character and barely ripe fruit flavors that hint at tomato paste. Some pineapple and vanilla flavors come in, making this a rather odd, though still interesting, budget bottle.8516WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Boomtown 2011 Syrah (Washington)SyrahBoomtown
3430734306USThis is a pretty good value for a Pinot Noir from one of California's better districts. The wine is dry and balanced, with fine acidity framing raspberry jam flavor.8514CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaCastle Rock 2011 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirCastle Rock
3429134290ChileThis Merlot smells rooty, with licorice and mint to boot. A wide, sort of flabby palate is, at its base, oaky as can be; there's also stewed plum and herbal blackberry flavors in front of a blocky, chunky finish.Alpha8625Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2011 Alpha Merlot (Colchagua Valley)MerlotMontes
3430834307FranceStrawberry flavor dominates this light and crisp wine. With its brisk acidity and slightly herbal character, it's fresh edging towards green.Rosé Brut8520AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg NV Rosé Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg
3429234291ChileEvery vintage this wine pulls the same score, so there's something to be said about consistency. This bottling is neutral on the nose, with hints of dust and melon. The palate is clean and citrusy in feel, with melon and green herb notes. An easy finish seems right given the precedings.Reserva8612Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPalo Alto 2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Maule Valley)Sauvignon BlancPalo Alto
3429334292GreeceViolet, crushed herb and mint aromas start this Agiorgitiko. On the palate, coca, vanilla, red berry and a savory spin give it depth. Fresh and friendly but substantive, this wine can age.Old Vines Single Vineyard8630NemeaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPapaioannou 2006 Old Vines Single Vineyard Agiorgitiko (Nemea)AgiorgitikoPapaioannou
3430934308ChileAfter a cheesy opening, the bouquet shows tropical fruits but little more. In the mouth, this is round and heavy, with very ripe flavors of tropical fruits and melon. A big, honeyed finish with vanilla and banana flavors is quite sweet.Vieilles Vignes8520Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChâteau Los Boldos 2012 Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay (Cachapoal Valley)ChardonnayChâteau Los Boldos
3429434293ChileInky, grapy aromas come across hard and reduced. This is pinchy and tannic on the palate, with dark berry, game and crusty flavors. On the finish, it's hard-driving, with heat and tannic grab.8519Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMaquis 2011 Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreMaquis
3431034309FranceBright, ripe strawberry and cherry flavors are contrasted with the firm tannins of wood aging. This is a very young wine, with layers of acidity, spice and toast. Drink from 2016.8530AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerClément Klur 2011 Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirClément Klur
3429534294USThis Chardonnay underwent aging in new French oak and sur lie battonage, yielding a wine that's certainly rich, but also jammy with flavors of pineapples, oranges and vanilla cream.Estate8526CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMidnight 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Paso Robles)ChardonnayMidnight
3429634295ItalyMarche's Passerina grape is known for making easy-drinking and enjoyable wines like this one. It has delicate pear and tropical fruit flavors, with a restrained mineral note on the finish. Perfect to match with light, everyday fare.8514Central ItalyMarcheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMuròla 2012 Passerina (Marche)PasserinaMuròla
3429734296ItalyOak and alcohol aromas dominate this wine made from 100% Montepulciano. The palate delivers café au lait and espresso, blueberry, chocolate and mint alongside the warmth of alcohol. It's starting to fade, so drink soon.Riserva Rossini8539Central ItalyConeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiantate Lunghe 2009 Riserva Rossini (Conero)MontepulcianoPiantate Lunghe
3431134310ItalyHere's a bright and easy-drinking wine made from Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino grapes. It has sensations of acacia flower, lemon and peach alongside vibrant acidity.8518Central ItalyFalerioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollevite 2012 White (Falerio)White BlendCollevite
3429834297ChileThere's a lot of oak on this value-priced Chard, to the point that any fruit aromas are blanketed. In the mouth, there's ample acidity affording good cut, while flavors of pear and apple are spiced up by aforementioned forceful oak. Fortunately a resiny tasting finish isn't too heavyReserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled8510Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2013 Reserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled Chardonnay (Maipo Valley)ChardonnaySanta Alicia
3429934298FranceDry and soft, this is a warm, creamy Pinot Blanc. It has pear and quince flavors, a touch of spice and delicate acidity. It is rich on the palate and ripe and ready to drink now.8515AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerSipp Mack 2011 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancSipp Mack
3431234311USHints of nuts add a savory tone to subtle apple flavors on this dry Chardonnay. Tart, crisp lemon and lime acidity on the midpalate makes it effortlessly refreshing, leading to a pleasant honey and floral note on the finish.8511New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaStanding Stone 2011 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayStanding Stone
3431334312USSpicy and fruity on the nose, with scents of black cherry pie, this Finger Lakes Barbera balances lush cassis and vanilla flavors, with a shock of lemony acidity. There's a faint note of tomato leaf throughout, but it finishes moderately long, with a flurry of soft tannins.Estate Reserve8516New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaStony Lonesome 2010 Estate Reserve Barbera (Finger Lakes)BarberaStony Lonesome
3431434313FranceA coppery orange color, this opens with aromas of mealy melon, peach and strawberry. The palate is a departure from the nose—surprisingly astringent in tart currant and red-plum skin flavors that finish sharp and fast.Les Landes8414Languedoc-RoussillonSaint-ChinianLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzTerre de Loups 2015 Les Landes Rosé (Saint-Chinian)RoséTerre de Loups
3430034299ChileStandard on the nose, with apple, pear and spice aromas, this is a fruity Viognier with sweet flavors of peach and nectarine in front of a finish that starts out juicy but falls off quickly. Expect lots of sweet, basic white-fruit character from this warm-vintage wine.Tama Vineyard Selection8515Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2012 Tama Vineyard Selection Viognier (Cachapoal Valley)ViognierAnakena
3431534314ChileThis opens with grassy, green aromas of candied raspberry. A chunky palate delivers candied, caramelized, slightly weedy red-fruit flavors. Not a lot besides acidity and heat is driving the finish.Reserva8410Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAgustinos 2015 Reserva Pinot Noir (Bío Bío Valley)Pinot NoirAgustinos
3431634315PortugalThis wine is soft and creamy with melon and green apple flavors. Light, fruity and crisp, it is ready to drink.Bonavita8410LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Bonavita White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteCasa Santos Lima
3430134300ChileDusty apple and pear aromas are likable. This feels soft, leesy and creamy as young Chardonnay goes, with stalky, slightly mealy flavors of corn and apple. On the finish, things taste salty and briny.Enco Reserve8514Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2013 Enco Reserve Chardonnay (Leyda Valley)ChardonnayAnakena
3431734316FranceHerbal tones of bay and rosemary are upfront on the nose of this copper-pink rosé, grounded by notes of small red berries, currants and watermelon rind. It's light and easy, with fleeting flavors and a quick close. Drink up.Senhal d'Aric8420Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Ribaute 2015 Senhal d'Aric Rosé (Corbières)RoséChâteau Ribaute
3430234301ItalyNotes of toasted oak and vanilla are the opening notes of this wine. The palate has ripe plum and blackberry that are overwhelmed by oak, espresso, coffee and sweet vanilla bean. Too much oak and too little fruit.Riserva Stile Libero8532Central ItalyConeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAngeli di Varano 2010 Riserva Stile Libero (Conero)MontepulcianoAngeli di Varano
3431834317ItalyThe nose is shy, offering whiffs of moist, weedy underbrush, blue flower and walnut. The diluted palate offers suggestions of red berry alongside bracing acidity. A salty note gives it a quick, drying finish.8420TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollemattoni 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCollemattoni
3430334302USAs the name suggests, this is an elemental Cabernet, offering pleasant blackberry, cherry and oak flavors. Rich and ripe in California sunshine fruit, it's smooth in tannins and easy to drink.Elements8518CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaArtesa 2011 Elements Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonArtesa
3431934318FranceA soft and light-footed rosé, this offers notes of melon rind, tart cranberry and pithy citrus that are laced with an herbal overtone. Ample acidity helps to keep the palate fresh and the finish short yet clean.Pinot Noir84Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzD'Autrefois 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséD'Autrefois
3430434303USForward fruit and oak flavors mark this clean, swift Chardonnay. The palate boasts apricot, papaya and buttered toast flavors, balanced with crisp acidity.8520CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaArtesa 2012 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayArtesa
3430534304USThere's lots of youthful, jammy fruit and rich tannins in this Syrah. But then it turns hot with alcohol, and the finish is overripe and raisiny. Your best bet is to drink it soon with stews and barbecue.8517CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastBianchi 2010 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahBianchi
3432034319FranceThis is a banana and red-cherry-flavored wine, that has a light tannic structure to contrast with the fruitiness. It is ready to drink.8414BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Boischampt 2015 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine de Boischampt

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