Wine Reviews


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3588135880USLots of tangy acidity in this Chard, and tannins too. It has a grainy, stubborn mouthfeel. Shows plenty of pineapple, orange, apricot and lime flavors, with sweet oak essence, but cant quite overcome that resistant tug. Drink now.Monument Tree Vineyard8739CaliforniaAnderson Valley32 Winds 2008 Monument Tree Vineyard Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)Chardonnay32 Winds
3588235881ItalyThree popular grape varieties, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, are blended to produce an easy, food-friendly wine with pretty berry tones and background renderings of exotic spice.Rosso8718TuscanyToscanaAltesino 2008 Rosso Red (Toscana)Red BlendAltesino
3588335882USLusty, rich and tannic, this rustic-chic Zin trades elegance and subtlety for sheer dynamic power. Its wild blackberry, cola and mulberry flavors tread the fine line between dry and off-dry, exploding in the mouth, then finishing in a scour of astringency.Tina's Block Maple Vineyards8748CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaArmida 2009 Tina's Block Maple Vineyards Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelArmida
3588435883USA fine, elegant Chardonnay for drinking now. It has rich, honeyed layers of buttercream, citrus and tropical fruits and spices, brightened with crisp acidity.8718CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastBabcock 2009 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayBabcock
3588535884USA lighter style of Pinot Noir, but lovely for drinking now. It has flavors of tea, cola, strawberry jam and dusty spices, and is dry and silky. Fresh and easy, at a good price.Rita's Earth8722CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastBabcock 2009 Rita's Earth Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirBabcock
3588635885SpainLight, fruity and clean smelling, with a touch of candy to the nose. The palate, especially for an $8 Garnacha rosé, is zesty and spunky, with cherry, plum and citrus flavors. Crisp and crackling through the finish.878Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2010 Rosé (Campo de Borja)RoséBorsao
3588735886USExtremely ripe, oaky and decadent, but all that richness comes at the cost of a certain absence of subtlety. Few wines are this rich in blackberries, cherries, raspberries and milk chocolate, but it's all front loaded. Turns somewhat tired and hot in alcohol after a sip or two.Estate8785CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaChalk Hill 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère (Chalk Hill)Cabernet Sauvignon-CarmenèreChalk Hill
3588835887USThere are some elegant floral highlights in the nose, leading into a fairly substantial mouthful of mixed citrus, apricot and peach fruit. Bigger than most Oregon Pinot Blancs, this has a round, fruity flavor with a hint of sweetness.Estate8712OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Château Bianca 2009 Estate Pinot Blanc (Willamette Valley)Pinot BlancChâteau Bianca
3588935888USWith a little Petite Sirah and Carignane blended in for depth and complexity, this is a nice Zinfandel for everyday drinking. It's dry and full-bodied, and while the tannins are strong, they're perfect for busting up rich barbecue. Shows all the fruity spiciness you expect from a lusty Zin.8724CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaDashe Cellars 2009 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelDashe Cellars
3589035889AustriaTight, mineral wine, with apple and spice flavors. There is some weight as well as clean green fruits. There is an attractive fresh feel here, very drinkable now, best with food. Screwcap.Bürsting Reserve87WeinviertelRoger Voss@vossrogerEbner-Ebenauer 2010 Bürsting Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerEbner-Ebenauer
3589135890USSome wines fall outside the tasting box, and this is one of those. Intense, rich and distinctive—it's not your father's Chardonnay. Spontaneous fermentation (through native yeast) contributes to the texture and density. Concentrated fruit suggests nectarines, Meyer lemon and candied oranges just on the edge of being overripe. Drink now through 2018.9130OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eisold-Smith 2014 Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayEisold-Smith
3589235891ItalyBread crust, citrus, chopped herb and orchard fruit aromas lift out of the glass. The vibrant palate offers lime, nectarine and toasted hazelnut alongside vibrant acidity. An elegant mousse carries through to the crisp, bone-dry finish.Roncà Pas Dosé Metodo Classico9142VenetoLessini DurelloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattori 2010 Roncà Pas Dosé Metodo Classico (Lessini Durello)DurellaFattori
3589335892USThis impressive wine is tangy in cherry, cranberry and evocative peels of orange zest that possess concentrated tannin and weight while maintaining a baseline of positive acidity. Lengthy and bold on the finish, it lingers in hits of spice.Sun Chase Vineyard9142CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFogline Vineyards 2012 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFogline Vineyards
3589435893ItalyA blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, this opens with aromas of red berry, baking spice and a pastry note. The bright palate shows strawberry, cherry, cinnamon and bread crust framed in a silky mousse.Freccianera Brut Rosé9143LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFratelli Berlucchi 2012 Freccianera Brut Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendFratelli Berlucchi
3589535894USThis white is barrel fermented and then aged further sur lie in a mix of French oak, stainless steel and concrete egg, with the goal of additional texture and complexity coming into play. It does, the wine intoxicating in floral apple blossom and honeysuckle, with a taste of crisp, refreshing lemon and grapefruit. Light bodied, it doesn't hold back on mouthfeel, offering richness without overripeness.Samantha's9130CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLancaster 2014 Samantha's Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancLancaster
3589635895USThis concentrated, full-bodied wine blends 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, all grown from the producer's Upper Bench blocks known for cobbly soils. Brick, tar and pencil shavings accent a considerable presence of tannin and toasty oak. It should show best from 2020 to 2022.Reminiscence Estate Grown91125CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLasseter 2012 Reminiscence Estate Grown Red (Sonoma Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLasseter
3589735896ItalyA blend of 70% Pinot Nero and 30% Chardonnay, this opens with aromas of toast, bread crust, ripe pear and a whiff of dried wild flower. The firm, elegant palate offers ripe Golden Delicious apple, tangerine zest, almond and a hint of ginger alongside a persistent perlage and fresh acidity.Dosaggio Zero Metodo Classico Riserva9167Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMaso Martis 2011 Dosaggio Zero Metodo Classico Riserva Sparkling (Trento)Sparkling BlendMaso Martis
3589835897USThis is an approachable, varietal wine, representative of the appellation in its dusty black cherry and vanilla. Succulently juicy on the palate, it offers more satisfyingly savory accents of leather and black pepper in a full-bodied, concentrated package.The Maverick9175CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMulvane Wine Co. 2013 The Maverick Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonMulvane Wine Co.
3589935898USThis is a huge bear-hug of a wine, from the effusive dark-fruit aromas through the rich, layered texture and ripe fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It is full bodied, well oaked, spicy and complex, with a mouthcoating texture and long finish.Reserve Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled9137CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Reserve Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled Syrah (Sierra Foothills)SyrahNaggiar
3590035899USHere is a powerful mix of tart berry and pungent herb, that punches through with authority. It picks up fresh blackberry fruit and a lick of licorice as it powers through to a polished and persistent finish.Winemaker's Cuvée9130OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Panther Creek 2014 Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirPanther Creek
3590135900USFrom grapes grown at some of the Willamette Valley's highest elevations, this is a pungent mix of citrus oil, grapefruit, metal shavings and stone. The flavors persist along that path, crafting a sleek and distinctive wine that in many ways is the antithesis of the fleshy, jammy, fruit-forward style of many domestic Pinots.Aegrina Vineyard9165OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Penner-Ash 2014 Aegrina Vineyard Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirPenner-Ash
3590235901USFresh-pressed boysenberries and blueberries meet with lilacs, Vietnamese coffee and a touch of cedar on the ripe, showy nose of this blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The thick, coffee-laden palate is full of deep blueberry fruit, sure to be an attention-grabber yet serious enough with bitter espresso and sour-plum skins.Highs & Lows9170CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPulchella 2014 Highs & Lows Grenache-Syrah (Paso Robles)Grenache-SyrahPulchella
3590335902USFermented in 80% stainless steel and 20% barrel, this at first shows a touch of barrel reduction on the nose that dissipates into richly layered stone fruit and fresh lime. Lingering minerality provides freshness and perspective.Hi Vista Vineyard9119CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTin Barn 2015 Hi Vista Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Carneros)Sauvignon BlancTin Barn
3590435903PortugalThis Douro wine is a new venture for Lagoalva, which is based in Tejo near Lisbon. Fermented in open stone fermenters, the wine is rich, endowed with fine tannins that are integrated into the full-bodied black fruits. The finish has acidity, layers of wood and a smooth aftertaste. Drink now.Fazedouro by Lagoalva9120DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2012 Fazedouro by Lagoalva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
3590535904PortugalAged for a year in wood, this smooth, rich wine is structured and packed with ripe black-plum fruit. It is bold and generous with the fruits balanced by both acidity and dense tannins. The wine is just ready to drink although it will be better from 2017.Evel Reserva9135DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerReal Companhia Velha 2013 Evel Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedReal Companhia Velha
3590635905PortugalThis is a rich complex wine from a great vintage Port year. It has much of the same intense fruit as the vintage wines but with the advantage of longer aging in barrel to allow the rich dark plum and spice to be more ready to drink. It is bottled to be drunk now although another six months into 2017 will make it even better.Late Bottled Vintage9120PortRoger Voss@vossrogerRoyal Oporto 2011 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortRoyal Oporto
3590735906USSpicy, lemony acidity balances out a classic barrel imprint of oakiness and toast in this medium-bodied, concentrated wine. Silky-smooth on the palate, it rewards patience in the glass and will pair well with rich, creamy foods.Damaris Reserve9135CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLandmark 2014 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayLandmark
3590835907AustriaThe nose signals crunchy, crisp red apple, which also follows through on the sprightly, wonderfully foamy and fresh palate of exquisitely small bubbles. This is light but full-fruited, brimming with all the crunch of Red Delicious and Braeburn apples supported by just a little shortbread richness from the yeast. There is concentration and poise, utter freshness and quite a bit of length.Brut Rosé9132NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLoimer 2013 Brut Rosé Sparkling (Niederösterreich)Sparkling BlendLoimer
3590935908AustriaA lovely rich apple scent of Golden Pearmain pervades nose and palate of this fresh sparkler. The palate is fresh and light-bodied, yet characterized by an almost honeyed richness of apple notes and freshly baked apple crumble. The finish is wonderfully dry, full-fruited, fresh and long.Extra Brut9130NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLoimer 2013 Extra Brut Sparkling (Niederösterreich)Sparkling BlendLoimer
3591035909USRipe, rich fruit flavors and a handsome streak of spicy oak make this full-bodied Rhône-style blend luscious and tempting. Great fruit concentration and a nicely viscous texture team up with soft tannins and an almost-sweet finish.Le Grand-Pere Estate Grown9146CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Le Grand-Pere Estate Grown Red (Sierra Foothills)Rhône-style Red BlendNaggiar

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