Wine Reviews

3548335482USLightly creamy in the mouth, tasting of wet stone and crushed apple, this young wine seems to gain weight as it runs through the palate. The scent and flavor of peanuts permeates the finish. Showing fine definition and length, it should continue to improve with an additional year or two of bottle age.9023OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Eyrie Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)Pinot BlancThe Eyrie Vineyards
3548435483ArgentinaMatias Riccitelli keeps the hits coming with this concentrated, extracted Malbec that looks like crude oil and smells like baked black fruits. Chunky, tannic and massive on the palate, this tastes of prune, black tea and licorice. A ripe medicinal finish with controlled heat is tannic and a bit tough to wade through. Drink through 2020.República del Malbec Partida Limitada9075Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachMatias Riccitelli 2014 República del Malbec Partida Limitada Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)MalbecMatias Riccitelli
3548535484USThis is a well-made blend of 53% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It is among the producer's “curious blends,” created from estate properties in different styles. Here, firm, structured and present tannins dominate an otherwise concentrated and spicy mix of black licorice, clove and tobacco.Frog Prince9035CaliforniaNapa CountyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKuleto Estate 2013 Frog Prince Red (Napa County)Red BlendKuleto Estate
3548635485ItalyIntense aromas of mature black cherry, licorice, leather and a balsamic note lead the nose and follow over to the palate along with cranberry and a note of pipe tobacco. Tightly packed, rather austere tannins provide firm support and need time to unwind. Drink after 2012.San Pietro Riserva90120PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViberti 2010 San Pietro Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloViberti
3548735486SpainHeady raisiny aromas smell sweet, savory and a bit like animal fur. This is pinching and hot on the palate, which shouldn't surprise at 15.5% abv. Savory roasted blackberry and baking-spice flavors end with peppery heat and hard tannins. Drink this sizzling varietal Monastrell through 2023.El Telar9078LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachVinessens 2012 El Telar Monastrell (Alicante)MonastrellVinessens
3548835487AustraliaA fresh, fruity and fun rendering of Pinot Noir, this medium-bodied wine features lightly floral aromas, red cherry and raspberry fruit and a silky, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2020.9017South AustraliaAdelaide HillsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2015 Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)Pinot NoirWakefield
3548935488USThis expansive wine is generous on the palate in dusty tannin, currant, pencil and tobacco, more savory than sweet. Firm texture and structured acidity provide a classic edge to this 100% varietal wine that will do well at the table.Benchland Series9060CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilliam Hill Estate 2013 Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWilliam Hill Estate
3549035489GermanyHints of smoke, crushed mineral and pollen lend an earthen dimension to pristine white grapefruit and tangerine in this elegant off-dry Riesling. Juicy citrus flavors are satisfying and thirst quenching, accentuated by zesty acidity and a pleasant touch of astringency on the finish. Drink now through 2021.Charta Kabinett9035RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2013 Charta Kabinett Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen
3546135460ArgentinaOaky, smoky aromas are New World all the way. Heavily toasted and creamy on the palate, this hefty full-bodied Chardonnay tastes of wood resin, spiced apple and peach. Solid acidity keep this in line, while a lasting wave of toasty oak pushes the finish.Bramare Marchiori Vineyard9046Mendoza ProvincePerdrielMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Cobos 2015 Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay (Perdriel)ChardonnayViña Cobos
3546235461GermanyFragrant notes of tangerine and yuzu peel abound on this citrusy dry Riesling. The palate is cutting and fresh, full of juicy white grapefruit and lime flavors. Light bodied yet satisfyingly thirst quenching, it finishes long with invigorating minerality.Apollo Dry9029MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaVon Schleinitz 2015 Apollo Dry Riesling (Mosel)RieslingVon Schleinitz
3546335462ItalyMade with slightly overripe grapes, this has aromas of menthol, exotic spice and baked plum. The structured palate offers dried black cherry, clove, star anise and a tarry note alongside firm tannins and fresh acidity.Sassella Ultimi Raggi90105LombardyValtellina SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArpepe 2007 Sassella Ultimi Raggi (Valtellina Superiore)NebbioloArpepe
3546435463USFrom old-vine blocks planted in 1934, this vineyard-designate also contains 4% Carignane. Full bodied and richly concentrated, it has pillowy tannins, and aromas and flavors defined by mint, dill, black licorice and leather. Layers of deep, dark blackberry and black cherry give it a pleasing fruitiness as well.Collins Vineyard9036CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArtezin 2014 Collins Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelArtezin
3546535464USThe variety is unmistakable, with notes of dried herb, dark cherry and espresso. The jammy fruit flavors are rich, with lightly grainy tannins and coffee notes on the finish. It shows a fine sense of balance.Signature9017WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarnard Griffin 2014 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonBarnard Griffin
3546635465USJust one barrel was produced from the own-rooted vines planted almost 50 years ago. It's earthy and scented with a menthol/eucalyptus note, that carries on through. Cranberry flavor reflects the rather low alcohol, but there is no hint of unripeness or any vegetative character.Chehalem Mountain Vineyard9085OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Beacon Hill 2013 Chehalem Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirBeacon Hill
3546735466FranceThe 45% Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine gives it structure and aging potential. It is a ripe wine that is also stylish with attractive acidity and plenty of black-currant fruitiness. The wine is developing well and it should be ready to drink from 2018.La Sérénité des Grands Chênes9030BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerBernard Magrez 2012 La Sérénité des Grands Chênes (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBernard Magrez
3546835467USThis wine is a blend of Sangiovese (66%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Syrah. The aromas are brooding, with notes of earth, toast, red fruit and spice. The palate brings tart tangy cranberry flavors that linger on the finish.Tuttorosso9034WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrian Carter Cellars 2012 Tuttorosso Red (Yakima Valley)Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
3546935468USThe nose of this wine combines this grape's best attributes: bright, crisp citrus redolent in grapefruit and Key lime, but with a tropical touch of guava and pineapple. The palate is broad and ripe but restrained enough, with plush mango and guava laid against a chalky backbone.9022CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannButtonwood 2015 Grenache Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Grenache BlancButtonwood
3547035469ItalyThe nose is initially shy but a few swirls of the glass release scents of pressed rose, aromatic herb, woodland berry, kitchen spice and a whiff of tar. The tightly wound and structured palate offers dried red cherry, white pepper and anise carried by a vein of mineral. Assertive but polished tannins provide the framework. Drink 2018–2026.I Porfidi9052PiedmontBramaterraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute Sella 2009 I Porfidi (Bramaterra)Red BlendTenute Sella
3547135470USMade for broad release, this wine impresses for its rounded, approachable layers of dried herb and anise, the tannin and oak lightly applied. Blended with 10% Merlot, it finds a jolt of richness on the finish, a showcase for notions of chocolate, cherry and blackberry.9025CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDecoy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonDecoy
3547235471GermanyInitially demure notes of pressed apple and pear are amplified on the palate of this deeply fruity Gewürztraminer. Medium sweet in style, it's unctuously citrusy, but marked by exotic hints of tea leaf and potpourri. A lingering, slightly sugary note marks the finish. Drink now through 2020.Auslese Sweet9017RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaDesire 2015 Auslese Sweet Gewürztraminer (Rheinhessen)GewürztraminerDesire
3547335472USAn honest-to-goodness traditional style of California wine, this smells like very ripe grapes and black pepper. Flavors are complex, a little earthy but well structured with sturdy tannins and echoing some of that ripe, raisiny fruit. The high-alcohol level suggests sipping it after dinner.9039CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDomenico 2011 Primitivo (Amador County)PrimitivoDomenico
3547435473SpainEarthy aromas of dried plum, baking spices, chocolate and cassis are impressive. A crisp, snappy, almost tomatoey palate with lightly herbal flavors of tomato sauce, vanilla and spicy red plum make sense for a Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend. A steady finish offers no drastic detours. Drink through 2019.Secua9028Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca La Estacada 2011 Secua Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahFinca La Estacada
3547535474SpainA malty earthy woody nose with berry, vanilla and tobacco aromas is complete and generous. This is a bit tough and acidic, but that bodes well for the future. Flavors of marzipan, vanilla, coconut, mocha, black plum and raisin finish with depth and length. Drink through 2023.14 Meses en Barrica9022Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMonteabellón 2013 14 Meses en Barrica (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloMonteabellón
3547635475AustraliaThis is MLG's entry-level Shiraz, but it's no slouch. Plum and blackberry fruit, hints of black olive and espresso, decent weight and dusty tannins provide plenty of bang for the buck. Drink now–2020.Billi Billi9016VictoriaVictoriaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Langi Ghiran 2013 Billi Billi Shiraz (Victoria)ShirazMount Langi Ghiran
3547735476USIt's rare to see a vineyard-designated bottle of Pinot Gris from the state. This one brings light aromas of apple and pear that are followed by dry fleshy fruit flavors. It hits all the right notes.The Benches Vineyard9014WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNine Hats 2015 The Benches Vineyard Pinot Gris (Horse Heaven Hills)Pinot GrisNine Hats
3547835477SpainYeasty, melony aromas come with a note of sourdough bread. This feels round, citric and tight, with lime, orange and bready flavors. A crisp citrusy finish exudes a sense of elegance along with freshness.Brut Reserva9022CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachParxet 2014 Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendParxet
3547935478PortugalThis wine is ripe and fruity, with solid tannins and juicy red-fruit flavors. Solid and concentrated, it is a dense wine that is still maturing. Drink from 2020.9026DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de São José 2014 Touriga Nacional (Douro)Touriga NacionalQuinta de São José
3548035479PortugalThis wine is fruity, with attractive supporting tannins and the concentration of old vines. Berry fruits are developing well, giving a wine that will be generous and full bodied. The aftertaste introduces layers of acidity. Drink from 2019.Quinta Dona Mafalda Vinhas Velhas9023DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Castelinho 2014 Quinta Dona Mafalda Vinhas Velhas Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta do Castelinho
3548135480PortugalThe second wine of this legendary Douro estate is rich and full bodied. It has dark tannins along with generous red-berry fruits and juicy acidity. It will develop into a full, while accessible wine. Drink from 2020.Pombal do Vesuvio9028DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Vesuvio 2014 Pombal do Vesuvio Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta do Vesuvio
3548235481USWinemaker J. P. Valot, who is from Argentina, shows a confident touch with this grape. Mixed fruit flavors of red plum, golden raisin and fig bring a unique character to this well-balanced wine. Solid through the midpalate, it carries into a generous, lightly chocolaty finish.9026OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Silvan Ridge 2014 Malbec (Rogue Valley)MalbecSilvan Ridge

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