Wine Reviews

3615136150ItalyAromas of spiced plum, dark-skinned berry, leather and a balsamic note waft out of the glass. The firm palate delivers juicy wild cherry, white pepper, game and aniseed alongside firm but polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2015–2020.Riserva9240TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCanneto 2010 Riserva (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)Red BlendCanneto
3615236151ItalyViolet, iris, leather, tobacco, vanilla and savory herb aromas lead the nose on this full-bodied wine. The structured palate delivers juicy morello cherry, crushed black cherry, anisette, black pepper and tobacco. It's brightened by firm acidity while bracing tannins provide support. It finishes on a licorice note. Give this time to unwind and develop complexity. Drink 2018–2025.Gran Selezione92100TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Radda 2010 Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastello di Radda
3615336152USMade from a barrel selection of Keefer Ranch grapes, this wine flirts in juicy grenadine and red licorice on the nose, before developing into a more complex expression of supple tannins and likable acidity. Ripe and blood-orange sweet on the finish, it delivers elegance and finesse without holding back on the appellation's exuberance of fruit.Katie's Cuvée9245CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCellars 33 2013 Katie's Cuvée Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirCellars 33
3615436153USMade from a single-vineyard source of Pinot Noir grapes, this lovely pinkish-red wine is a celebration of wild strawberry. Dry, crisp and refreshing, it offers a twist of citrus on the finish and a floral backbone of honeysuckle.Endless Crush OGV Estate Rosé of9225CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneInman Family 2014 Endless Crush OGV Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirInman Family
3615536154USThis wine is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Syrah. It offers roasty-toasty aromas of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, char and cherry. The palate is appealing and silky in texture, showing elegant styling but with a lot of flavor intensity, followed by a lengthy finish. It's a pleasing mix of grace and power, barrel and fruit.Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard9260WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJ. Bookwalter 2012 Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendJ. Bookwalter
3615636155USPreserved lemon and lemon curd combine for dramatic effect in this wine sourced from three estate-grown vineyard sites. Fleshy on the palate, it continues the lemon theme throughout, with weighty additions of oak and crème brûlée that hit their peak on the finish.Strata9238CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ Vineyards & Winery 2013 Strata Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayJ Vineyards & Winery
3615736156USSilky in blueberry and boysenberry fruit, this is a balanced Pinot, tending toward black and blue fruit over red, with a bouquet of rose petals and truffled earth. With just a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg, it develops spiciness on the palate, finishing light and bright.Meredith Estate9257CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMerry Edwards 2012 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMerry Edwards
3615836157USWinemaker Justin Mund worked at Laetitia for four years, so he knows the blocks, and picks this one well. The nose shows blackberry fruit but the unique parts are the beef blood and gamy pork aromas. It's sanguine on the palate at first, then opens to Bing cherries and eucalyptus oil.Element 1199240CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOrfila 2013 Element 119 Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirOrfila
3615936158USExtremely pungent yet not overdone aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tropical flowers and passion-fruit juice show on this great interpretation of the often sweet-leaning grape. Despite the showy nose, it's quite tight and dry on the palate, with flavors of pear and apple skins, lime rinds and yellow grapefruit.Larner Vineyard9226CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPalmina 2013 Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca (Santa Ynez Valley)Malvasia BiancaPalmina
3616036159USWild berry and vanilla rise to the fore on this rose-petal-piqued vineyard-designate, the site planted by this producer. There's some girth on the midpalate, and depth of flavor, along with a supportive structure of oak and tannin, the entirety teased in complexity. It finishes juicy and refreshing in pomegranate, wild mushroom and spice.Horseshoe Bend Vineyard9245CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePaul Mathew 2012 Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirPaul Mathew
3616136160FranceThis powerful, dense wine has a good, long journey to travel. The 20% wood aging has given a surprising amount of toastiness to the black plum fruit and intense acidity. It needs to age, so drink from 2020.Vieilles Vignes9275BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2012 Vieilles Vignes (Gevrey-Chambertin)Pinot NoirRoche de Bellene
3616236161USThis wine doesn't hold back from the representative California-style on its rich and strong nose: candied apples, browned butter, vanilla candies, sea salt caramel, browned marshmallow, even some Olroso Sherry tones. Yet the palate brings it all into focus, with bitter peach skin, pithy lime and grippy apricot playing the foil to vanilla bean and butter. It's a bold yet expertly restrained wine.La Rinconada Vineyard9240CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSanford 2011 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnaySanford
3616336162USHailing mostly from renowned Les Collines (44%) and Lewis (41%) vineyards and rounded out by up-and-comer Stoney Vine, this wine isn't fully ready to reveal its aromatic charms. Notes of dried herb, green olive, licorice, earth and boysenberry are out in front of brooding blue and red fruit. The flavors, however, are in full bloom, with palate-coating, focused and almost creamy cherry and plum notes that persist on the finish.Levitation9245WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSleight of Hand 2012 Levitation Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahSleight of Hand
3616436163ItalyA blend of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this structured wine opens with aromas of dried blue flower, leather, game, graphite, mature black fruit and baking spice. On the palate, velvety tannins support ripe blueberry, spicy plum and licorice. Drink through 2023.92170TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCampo alla Sughera 2008 Red (Toscana)Red BlendCampo alla Sughera
3616536164AustriaDistant woodsmoke, ripe blueberry and notions of amarena cherry create an aromatic opening. The palate is toned and has an enticing, fresh-faced but sophisticated red cherry fruitiness in a taut structure. While this wine is concentrated, it also shows poise and a light-footedness. Elegance, aroma and finesse—all in one sip.9220EisenbergAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJalits 2013 Blaufränkisch (Eisenberg)BlaufränkischJalits
3616636165USHere is a generous, full-throttle, high-octane Zin, with lots of rich oak accents and a touch of sweetness. Aromas of strawberry jam, maple syrup and hickory-smoked bacon are followed by rich fruit flavors, full body, light tannins and a jammy finish.Epicenter Old Vines8820CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMettler Family Vineyards 2011 Epicenter Old Vines Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelMettler Family Vineyards
3616736166USFlowery and balanced in crisp, dry flavors of lemon and pear, this wine takes its designation from the French word for fog, a nod to its cool-climate environs. Supple tannins and refined acidity round out the deal.La Brume8832CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMichel-Schlumberger 2012 La Brume Chardonnay (Dry Creek Valley)ChardonnayMichel-Schlumberger
3616836167ItalyHere's a straightforward and fruity Nero d'Avola that offers delicious blackberry and black cherry flavors that are accented by a hint of Mediterranean herbs. The ripe palate is brightened by just enough fresh acidity.8818Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMorgante 2012 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaMorgante
3616936168GreeceThis rounded white starts with aromas of lemon peel, orange jam, spice and flowers, followed by appealing flavors of citrus and white fruit. It has body and structure, and will temper spicy food well: think Indian, Szechuan.Dry White8815PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaMy Big Fat Greek Wine 2012 Dry White Moschofilero (Peloponnese)MoschofileroMy Big Fat Greek Wine
3617036169USBristling in acidity and steely in wet stone, this SB is crisp and layered in lemon, with more lemon on the finish. It yearns for shellfish.Redwood Ranch8822CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneOusterhout 2013 Redwood Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancOusterhout
3617136170SpainEarthy, dried-fruit aromas are dessicated, while oaky scents of vanilla and licorice offer complexity. This Garnacha-led blend feels jammy in structure; flavors of plum and raspberry come with herbal notes, while the finish is tangy due to pointed acidity, with strawberry flavors in support.Propiedad8845Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPalacios Remondo 2010 Propiedad (Rioja)Red BlendPalacios Remondo
3617236171USOnly the faint smell of grass emerges from this wine, but the palate is another story, with fresh squeezed lime and brisk nectarine flavors. The mouthfeel starts rich and then zips up tight with nice acidity. This vibrant wine needs food that's both rich and exotic, so try Chinese or Indonesian.Reserve Estate8841CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRideau 2012 Reserve Estate Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)ViognierRideau
3617336172USA Cabernet with 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot blended in, all from Sonoma Valley's Rancho Salina Vineyard, this wine is medium in weight and viscous. A nice mix of cedar and herbs play against savory cranberry and tobacco. The balanced acidity gives it a lift.Heritage Reserve8850CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSchug 2010 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSchug
3617436173ItalyThis opens with aromas of toast, plum and chocolate that are accented by whiffs of blue flower, tilled soil and leather. The palate offers black cherry, plum, nutmeg and clove alongside racy acidity and astringent wood tannins that dry out the finish.Hero8824Southern ItalyTerre del VolturnoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSelvanova 2011 Hero Pallagrello Nero (Terre del Volturno)Pallagrello NeroSelvanova
3617536174TurkeyAlmost blue-black in color with a red-violet rim, this Syrah presents aromas of blackberry, mocha and a hint of green pepper. Simultaneously refreshing and well-rounded, it has pleasant flavors of blackberry, orange rind and chocolate-covered espresso bean.Denizli-Güney Plateau8817AegeanMike DeSimone@worldwineguysSevilen 2011 Denizli-Güney Plateau Syrah (Aegean)SyrahSevilen
3617636175USExuberant on the nose with aromas of ripe red cherries, peppery spices, herbs and just a touch of funky earth tones, there's a pleasurable rusticity to this Cabernet Franc. It's boldly structured with rich body and dense, drying tannins that hug the finish. It's lovely now, but should continue to evolve well over the next 3-5 years.8817New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSwedish Hill 2011 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancSwedish Hill
3617736176ItalyMade with Nero d'Avola, this bright, pretty wine offers juicy red cherry, strawberry and blackberry sensations along with notes of black pepper and mineral. Fresh and savory, this is made to be enjoyed young.Regaleali8815Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTasca d'Almerita 2012 Regaleali Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaTasca d'Almerita
3617836177ItalyMade by blending 60% Corinto, 20% Nero d'Avola and 20% other varieties, this opens with aromas of underbrush, game, leather, spice and mature black fruit. The warm palate delivers smooth tannins and flavors of blackberry, prune and black pepper. This isn't an ager, so drink soon.Nero Ossidiana8830Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta di Castellaro 2011 Nero Ossidiana Red (Sicilia)Red BlendTenuta di Castellaro
3617936178ItalyHere's a unique blend of two of Campania's little known grapes, Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero. It opens with a pretty fragrance of blue flower, ripe berries and spice. The soft, round palate offers red berry and fleshy blackberry accented by cinnamon-toast notes. Drink soon.Castello delle Femmine8840Southern ItalyTerre del VolturnoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre del Principe 2012 Castello delle Femmine Red (Terre del Volturno)Red BlendTerre del Principe
3618036179ItalyThis structured Nero d'Avola opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, vanilla and hints of toasted oak. The juicy palate delivers blackberry, raspberry, black pepper, licorice and espresso alongside bracing tannins. You'll also notice the warmth of alcohol on the finish.Kuntari8819Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre di Giurfo 2012 Kuntari Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaTerre di Giurfo

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