Wine Reviews

3522135220USThis elegant, dry bubbly has a light-gold color, aromas like peach skin and white cherries, and flavors that are crisp, fruity and vivid. It starts out reserved before opening up to riper, richer tones, partly due to 15% reserve wine in the blend. Not just for toasting, it will make a very good match with seafood.Mirabelle9127CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSchramsberg NV Mirabelle Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendSchramsberg
3522235221USThis especially firm and well-structured wine was aged longer than usual in mostly new French barrels. It tastes great now but should improve through 2020. Cranberry and black-tea aromas give way to bold cherry and pomegranate flavors, and a layered texture of fine-grained tannins and good acidity.Weir Vineyard9165CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTalisman 2012 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)Pinot NoirTalisman
3522335222ArgentinaSmells volatile and balsamic, much like salad dressing. There's no doubting this wine is Cab Franc—it's herbal and foresty, with a soft mouthfeel and herbal berry flavors topped off by oregano and basil. A rustic wine that's probably too herbal for most palates.Gran8340Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachPulenta Estate 2008 Gran Cabernet Franc (Luján de Cuyo)Cabernet FrancPulenta Estate
3522435223USWith fresh, jammy blackberry and cherry fruit, this Cab tastes like it's right out of the fermenting tank. It's bright in acidity and simple, but gets the job done.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRedwood Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonRedwood Creek
3522535224USSimple and sweet in cola, blackberry and oak flavors. At this price, it's suitable for big parties.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRound Hill 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonRound Hill
3522635225ChileNeutral smelling, with mild apple and briney aromas. Feels heavy, flat and on the thick side, with average flavors of melon but little to no citrus or smack. Melony, soft and bitter on the finish.Crucero8310Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2011 Crucero Sauvignon Blanc (Curicó Valley)Sauvignon BlancSiegel
3522735226ItalyThis pink sweet sparkler (made with fragrant Moscato grapes) opens with an intense bouquet of raspberry, jasmine and honey. It's a blush wine with a soft, foamy finish.Rosato83PiedmontPiedmontTosti NV Rosato Moscato (Piedmont)MoscatoTosti
3522835227USHints of spice and Morello cherries entice on the nose of this pleasantly dry rosé made from Merlot grapes. The palate is clean with decent red fruit flavors, but there's a hollowness overall, and a hint of tomato water on the finish that detracts.8315New YorkThe Hamptons, Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaDuck Walk 2010 Rosé (The Hamptons, Long Island)RoséDuck Walk
3522935228ItalyThis dry rosé sparkling blend would pair with easy appetizers or fried vegetable tempura. The wine is sharp and crisp, with a steely effervescent close. Bardolino Chiaretto is from the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy.Rosé83VenetoBardolino ChiarettoVigneti Villabella NV Rosé (Bardolino Chiaretto)Sparkling BlendVigneti Villabella
3523035229ItalyA perfect mixing agent for Campari or peach cocktails, this bright Prosecco delivers stone fruit, lime and honey. Or, drink it on its own with spicy chicken wings.Brut8313VenetoProseccoCanella NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraCanella
3523135230ChileLight and prickly in style, with citrus aromas along with tight cherry and plum scents. Runs lean in the mouth, with short, tart red fruit flavors in front of a crisp, sheer finish.8310Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCono Sur 2010 Pinot Noir (Central Valley)Pinot NoirCono Sur
3523235231USA blend of Viognier and Roussanne, this wine is way too sweet. Tastes like a sugared orange and pineapple fruit juice drink. Smoky, caramelized oak makes it even sweeter and cloying.Heritage Blanc8320CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCurtis 2010 Heritage Blanc White (Santa Barbara County)Rhône-style White BlendCurtis
3523335232PortugalAcidity, almonds and firm tannins are present, but the wine is dry and very light, with an awkward, unbalanced citrus character.Reserva Medium Dry82PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Infantado NV Reserva Medium Dry (Port)PortQuinta do Infantado
3523435233USA simple, sweet wine, with sugary cherry, chocolate and anise flavors. There's a curious, disagreeable charred taste, like a cigarette butt.Annadel Estate Vineyard8232CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaAnaba 2009 Annadel Estate Vineyard Mourvèdre (Sonoma Valley)MourvèdreAnaba
3523535234ArgentinaHigh-toned citrus aromas lead to a sharp, spritzy palate with pithy flavors and lots of zest. Doesn't taste like much besides tangy lime and citrus.Amado Sur8215Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2010 Amado Sur Torrontés (Mendoza)TorrontésTrivento
3523635235USSoft in texture and semi-sweet, this simple Merlot has sugary cherry and blackberry flavors.828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2010 Merlot (California)MerlotWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi
3523735236ChileTomato, red fruit and resiny oak aromas don't exactly scream “fresh.” Feels rustic and scratchy, with herbal, sawdust and vanilla flavors clouding out any quality fruit that might exist. Not much here, really.829Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Elias 2010 Merlot (Central Valley)MerlotSan Elias
3523835237ItalyThere's a slightly pungent note on the bouquet that masks some of the fresh floral and fruity aromas inherent to Prosecco. Certified organic, the wine is fresh, clean and crisp in the mouth.Extra Dry82VenetoProseccoLa Jara NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraLa Jara
3523935238ChileMuddled aromas break up with airing and fade from citrus and grass to vegetal and a bit dirty. The palate has gaps in it, while the flavors are a sketchy mix of bland citrus and mealy apple. Acceptable but not convincing.8213Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachManiña 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancManiña
3524035239USA small Cabernet, with a dry, pinched feeling, and flavors of cherries that are compromised by unripe green mint.Old Vine Street8220CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaParkers Estate 2010 Old Vine Street Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonParkers Estate
3524135240USCrisp red plum and cherry flavors accented with ripe, brambly wood notes are pleasant, but coarse tannins combined with a slightly craggy acidity make this Long Island Cab Franc less than harmonious on the palate.8220New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPellegrini Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet FrancPellegrini Vineyards
3524235241USThis overpriced Merlot is tough and coarse. It has sweet berry and licorice flavors, with a bitter finish.8219CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherPlatform 9 2010 Merlot (California)MerlotPlatform 9
3524335242USA tough, gritty wine, with overripe, pruny flavors. It's quite dry and tannic, and will not age. Basically a Bordeaux blend with Zinfandel and Syrah.Explorer The Illegitimate VGS8229CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaChâteau Potelle 2007 Explorer The Illegitimate VGS Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendChâteau Potelle
3524435243USEarthy 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
3524535244ItalyThis uber-informal wine has faint aromas that recall pressed wildflower and a whiff of pear. The simple, diluted palate shows hints of apple skin and a bitter medicinal note alongside brisk acidity.Torre di Luna8312Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2014 Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio (Trentino)Pinot GrigioLechthaler
3524635245USThis is subdued, almost invisible, with herbal flavors accented with bitter greens. Barely ripe red fruit leaves a flat taste, with no life in it. Two bottles tasted.Beacon Hill Vineyard8335OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Zimri Cellars 2013 Beacon Hill Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirZimri Cellars
3524735246USThe earthy aromas of this medium-bodied wine will not be to everyone's liking, but it follows up with very ripe fruit flavors and a smooth texture.8313CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChime 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonChime
3524835247USRaspberry preserves with whiffs of violet and white pepper mark the nose. A medium-bodied palate of red currant and blueberry meet twiggy flavors, carried by sharp acidity and grainy tannins.La Blonde Chris Glenn Vineyard8350MichiganLake Michigan ShoreAlexander PeartreeNathaniel Rose 2013 La Blonde Chris Glenn Vineyard Syrah (Lake Michigan Shore)SyrahNathaniel Rose
3524935248ArgentinaThis murky Malbec has odd, horsey, berry aromas. It's rough and raw on the palate, with leafy, herbal plum flavors that finish rugged and with a dull spiciness.Silver Series8310Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRestivo 2015 Silver Series Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecRestivo
3525035249USBrown-pink in color, like a burnt rosé, this wine conveys strong caramel aromas reminiscent of brandy, cognac and bourbon. The palate is thick and treacly with strong flavors of wood and cherry-laced caramel, with a raisiny finish.Daybreak Signature Solera Library Selection8328CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSouth Coast NV Daybreak Signature Solera Library Selection Muscat Canelli (Temecula Valley)Muscat CanelliSouth Coast

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