Wine Reviews

3549135490USAromas of pear and yellow apple are at the fore. It drinks off dry with full feel. There's enjoyment to be had but the varietal is hard to discern.Shorebird Conner Lee Vineyard8325WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWestport Winery 2013 Shorebird Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayWestport Winery
3549235491FranceLight and juicy, this cool, bell pepper-flavored wine has intense acidity. There is little in the way of tannin, it's all fruit, very crisp and lean.Château Pierrouselle83BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerGinestet 2013 Château Pierrouselle (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendGinestet
3549335492FranceThis bright, pink-colored wine is full of caramel and vanilla flavors that give a fat, dull character to the taste. It is dry, touched by bitter almonds and with a sharp aftertaste of acidity.8313BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Hauts de Lagarde 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséLes Hauts de Lagarde
3549435493USThis wine shows aromas of green olive, herbs, flowers and tire rubber. Flavors are sweet with a light spritz and chalky mesquite notes.8224WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportVoila! 2013 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancVoila!
3549535494FranceVery pale in color, this is a wine that has memories of fruitiness rather than the fruit itself. It is neutral, soft with acidity at the end and dull.82BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Au Grand Paris 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Au Grand Paris
3549635495USA minty strangeness permeates this wine, which comes off as artificial in flavor. Rumblings of cherry grenadine try to emerge from the muddled midpalate, which otherwise lacks flavor. The quick finish is medicinal and sweet.8210CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKirkland Signature 2013 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirKirkland Signature
3549735496AustriaDespite its slenderness, this Welschriesling (no relative of Riesling) fizzes with refreshment and verve. Its slim body carries fresh lemon flavors and treads lightly. Drink soon—for best results, on a sweltering day.8215SüdsteiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLackner Tinnacher 2014 Welschriesling (Südsteiermark)WelschrieslingLackner Tinnacher
3549835497FranceThis wine is so soft it is almost without taste. Only the acidity remains.La Vache82BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2014 La Vache Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséMaison Bouey
3549935498SpainPickled and briny smelling up front, this semisweet wine doesn't open well. A cloying, low-acid palate is another strike against it, while flavors of candied apple, canned peaches and vanilla finish sticky.Satinela Semi Dulce8210Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2014 Satinela Semi Dulce Malvasia-Viura (Rioja)Malvasia-ViuraMarqués de Cáceres
3550035499USA rustic, barnyard aroma greets one on the nose before a basic taste of stewed prunes waltzes in.Kinneybrook8217CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKunde 2012 Kinneybrook Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotKunde
3550135500USSweetly overripe with a briny backwash of green olive, this is a plain, weighty white wine that's indistinct.8215CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGoyette 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayGoyette
3550235501USThis has sharp, tangy aromas, tart cranberry flavors, a lean texture and drying tannins that seem to coat the teeth. Difficult to enjoy on its own, it needs to pair with very rich, fatty food to tame the tannins.Estate Grown Organic Grapes8218CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBarra of Mendocino 2012 Estate Grown Organic Grapes Sangiovese (Mendocino)SangioveseBarra of Mendocino
3550335502FranceTight and sharp, this is an herbaceous wine with a strongly citrus character. The aftertaste has some spice.Perles8228BordeauxCrémant de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Piote 2012 Perles (Crémant de Bordeaux)Sparkling BlendChâteau de Piote
3550435503FranceDeep pink in color, this is a caramel-flavored, heavy wine. It is fat, very full and bitter at the end.82BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Queyssard 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Queyssard
3550535504FranceRipe and fat, this wine is about caramel and vanilla flavors as much as fruit. It has a bitter character that lacks charm. The aftertaste is fresh, while still bitter.Les Hauts de Massonne du Château Pilet82BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pilet 2014 Les Hauts de Massonne du Château Pilet Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Pilet
3550635505USA burnt, reduced quality mars the fruit in this wine, made in a big style with full-bodied power and density.Cellar Club8235CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSterling 2013 Cellar Club Zinfandel (Calistoga)ZinfandelSterling
3550735506USBarrel notes take the lead with aromas of char, butterscotch and spice overrunning the fruit. There's a pleasing creamy feel to the sweet fruit flavors but the variety is near impossible to find.Evergreen Vineyard8225WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWedge Mountain 2014 Evergreen Vineyard Viognier (Ancient Lakes)ViognierWedge Mountain
3550835507SpainWaxy, yeasty aromas are not very fresh. A citric mouthfeel lacks clarity and foundation, while orange and nectarine flavors are briny. This tastes pickled on the finish.Royal829Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Franco-Españolas 2014 Royal Viura (Rioja)ViuraBodegas Franco-Españolas
3550935508USEarth, mint and blackberry flavors make this full-bodied and firmly-tannic wine both flavorful and eccentric. As the wine sits in the glass for several minutes the aroma become like beef bouillon and the texture on the palate is a bit astringent.Private Reserve8235CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGarré 2010 Private Reserve Merlot (Livermore Valley)MerlotGarré
3551035509SpainHeavy oak on top of cherry aromas results in a chemical-driven, woody bouquet. This feels high in acid, with an oaky, resiny offset. Sour plum, vanilla and resiny flavors finish short, lean and citric.8112Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachTramuz 2013 Ribera del DueroTempranilloTramuz
3551135510FranceA bitter, caramel-flavored wine, this is tight and peppery. A lean character leaves a sharp aftertaste.Jean Faux81BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jean Faux 2014 Jean Faux Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Jean Faux
3551235511FranceThis neutral-tasting wine has little flavor. It is soft and fat.81BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lalande Méric 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Lalande Méric
3551335512USThe aromas of blueberry, milk chocolate and tire rubber are pleasant enough but the palate distracts with sweet, lightly spritzy blue fruit flavors backed by chalky tannins.8111WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWild Meadows 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWild Meadows
3551435513SpainThe aromas of this wine are gummy and candied on the nose. Weird flavors of pastry, mulched earth and clay are devoid of clean fruit and finish jumbled and flat.Unus Old Vine8012Northern SpainCalatayudMichael Schachner@wineschachAgustín Cubero 2013 Unus Old Vine Garnacha (Calatayud)GarnachaAgustín Cubero
3551535514SpainRusty in color, with rubbery cherry and raspberry aromas, this is a sticky, candied rosé with a low freshness quotient. Candied, sugary flavors finish sweet and gooey.Alone808LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachBocopa 2014 Alone Rosé (Alicante)RoséBocopa
3551635515USThis wine is flawed, with rustic leathery undertones that veer into Band-Aid, and an intensely sour note. Multiple bottles tried over several months.Carneros Estate8030CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePeter Cellars 2011 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirPeter Cellars
3551735516USThis Merlot has not fully ripened, with aromas of bell pepper, green herbs and savory notes overriding any sense of variety. Flavors are faint and lighter in style, trailing on the finish.8020WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJames Wyatt 2013 Merlot (Horse Heaven Hills)MerlotJames Wyatt
3551835517ItalyOne of Italy's most iconic bottlings, the 2012 Sassicaia is drop-dead gorgeous. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, it boasts sensations of blue flowers, cedar, juicy red currants, ripe raspberries, white pepper and a balsamic note. Structured, radiant and loaded with finesse, it delivers everything you'd expect from a world-class wine and more. Drink 2018–2032.Sassicaia99235TuscanyBolgheri SassicaiaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta San Guido 2012 Sassicaia (Bolgheri Sassicaia)Red BlendTenuta San Guido
3551935518USLike a pastry shop in a glass, this rare treat of a well-aged bubbly smells of cream, butter and nutmeg, and tastes like baked apples, almonds and vanilla. Although not sweet, its generous fruit, spice and nut nuances build on the crisp but smooth texture and linger on the finish. From a cool vintage that produced long-lived wines, this is irresistible now but should keep through 2020.J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged97175CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSchramsberg 1999 J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged (North Coast)Champagne BlendSchramsberg
3552035519ItalyThis stunning expression of Solaia opens with ample aromas of exotic spices, tilled soil, mature black-skinned fruit and an underlying whiff of fragrant blue flowers. The vibrant, elegantly structured palate doles out high-toned black cherry, ripe blackberry, white pepper, cinnamon, clove and Mediterranean herbs alongside a backbone of firm, polished tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2017–2032.Solaia97325TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi Antinori 2012 Solaia Red (Toscana)Red BlendMarchesi Antinori

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