Wine Reviews

3639136390USChalky tannins and dried herb mark the entry of this wine, which stays varietal despite the addition of 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sage, peppercorn and high-toned cherry complete the picture, with well-integrated, generous tannins framing the overall picture, finishing in swirls of cinnamon and vanilla.Estate Grown8842CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarkham 2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancMarkham
3639236391USSmoke, blackberries, black cherries, pencil lead and woody mints show on the nose of this wine from a label once owned by the California winemaking pioneer. The palate is heavily sprinkled with oregano, thyme and anise against a background of tart blueberry juice, and the tannins need some mellowing though 2017–2018, when it will drink even nicer.8860CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMartin Ray 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)Cabernet SauvignonMartin Ray
3639336392ItalyAcacia flower, toasted hazelnut and Bartlett pear aromas take shape in the glass. The palate delivers stone fruit, citrus zest and mineral alongside bright acidity.Radici8825Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMastroberardino 2013 Radici (Fiano di Avellino)FianoMastroberardino
3639436393FranceMichel Redde makes some attractive Sancerres, like this wine, across the river from its base in Pouilly. It is crisp and light as the vintage dictates. Green fruits, a touch of herbaceousness and lively acidity are well integrated already. Drink from the end of 2015.Les Tuilières8832Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Redde et Fils 2013 Les Tuilières (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancMichel Redde et Fils
3639536394FranceA classic Provence red: charming, light and fresh, with pretty red fruit and straightforward flavors of plum and bramble. There's a bit of tannin here but this is a wine to drink young, before the fresh fruit fades. Try with grilled spare ribs.8711ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceDomaine Houchart 2006 Red (Côtes de Provence)Red BlendDomaine Houchart
3639636395SpainPink meets orange in terms of hue, while the nose gives a nice blend of sweet and snappy berry and citrus. The palate has a little weight and heft along with dry, white-peppery flavors of nectarine and apricot. Pithy, citrusy and healthy throughout. Good wine for the money.Protocolo877Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachDominio de Eguren 2009 Protocolo Rosé (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)RoséDominio de Eguren
3639736396ItalyApart from an obvious emphasis on oak-related aromas of vanilla, spice and carpentry shop, this is a satisfying Rosso that would pair with roast chicken, potatoes, garlic and rosemary. The garlic and rosemary would take the edge off those wood tones.8720TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoFattoria Scopone 2008 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoFattoria Scopone
3639836397UruguayThe best wine from this bodega. It's focused and spicy, with black fruit and depth to the nose and none of the weird, rubbery, roasted characteristics that are sometimes found in Uruguayan wines. Round on the palate, with black cherry and cassis. A good option for grilled meats.Identity8715CanelonesMichael Schachner@wineschachGimenez Mendez 2008 Identity Cabernet Sauvignon (Canelones)Cabernet SauvignonGimenez Mendez
3639936398USFruity and spritzy, this fragrant, screwcapped Chardonnay is scented with apples, pears, a hint of grapefruit and spice. It's front-loaded, nicely balanced at 13% alcohol, and best enjoyed lightly chilled.8715OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine A to Z 2008 Chardonnay (Oregon)ChardonnayA to Z
3640036399USThis Grenache-based wine includes 10% Tempranillo, 4% Malbec and 2% Syrah in the sophisticated blend. Recently bottled, it's still tight, tannic, and hiding much of its fruit. The aromas give an indication of what's to come—cranberry fruit and lemony acidity, with some firm tannins.8722OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abacela 2008 Garnacha (Southern Oregon)GarnachaAbacela
3640136400FranceThis fresh and flavorful rosé is as easy to like as its gentle price tag. There's loads of youthful strawberry and peach fruit, propped up by a bright line of acidity that carries the flavors through to a medium finish. Pick this for your next warm weather gathering.8711ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceBieler Père et Fils 2009 Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséBieler Père et Fils
3640236401USVery tough and tannic now, and dry too, so that the ultimate impact is disagreeably harsh. That, despite a solid core of blackberries, black currants, violets, bacon and minerals. The question is one of ageability. The answer is that it's a gamble, as the wine, like the stock market, could go either way.Morehouse Vineyard8750CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastCarr 2007 Morehouse Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahCarr
3640336402USThis is a good, dry Chardonnay, marked by brisk acidity and a steely minerality. The fruit veers toward pineapples and apricots, while oak adds notes of buttered toast and caramel. Feels like it wants to be richer than it is, but it's elegant.Bien Nacido Vineyard8738CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCastello di Amorosa 2008 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayCastello di Amorosa
3640436403USOrganically grown and selected from a mix of specific vineyard blocks, Rex Hill's reserve is rather light in 2007, with tannins that are a bit out of proportion to the fruit. It's a carefully controlled effort, but thin and dilute, with strawberry/watermelon fruit and some tomato leaf creeping into the finish.Reserve8742OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Rex Hill 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirRex Hill
3640536404USRich in cherries, raspberries, licorice, cola and sandalwood, this Pinot finishes dry and spicy. It has a lovely, silky mouthfeel, yet is quite sharp in acidity, and a bit one-dimensional. Best now.Block 216 Clone 5 Pommard8748CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastSierra Madre 2008 Block 216 Clone 5 Pommard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirSierra Madre
3640636405USThis is a sharp, tart Pinot, scented with pine needles and showing wild strawberry fruit flavors and plenty of sharp acidity. In the mouth the fruit also reveals a cherry candy core, pretty but brief, and quickly winds down through a citrusy finish.La Colina Vineyard8750OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2008 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirTorii Mor
3640736406ItalyEarthy aromas of white mushroom and dried roses that are characteristic of Tuscan Sangiovese are what you notice first here. The wine then segues to fruit and spice aromas, although those berry notes are on the mature and jammy side. Fresh acidity and firm tannins suggest a pairing with red meat.87TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoVasco Sassetti 2005 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoVasco Sassetti
3640836407USFresh and straightforward, this stainless steel-fermented Pinot Gris has simple, pleasant pear fruit flavors, and just a suggestion of caramel running through it. Perfectly suited for every day quaffing.8713OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Illahe 2009 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisIllahe
3640936408ItalyA brambly note of forest floor or exotic spice emerges first from the nose of this ruby-colored Rosso and is followed by floral notes of violets and dried lavender. The wine is fresh, thin and offers easy informality overall.8720TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoLa Colombina 2008 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoLa Colombina
3641036409ItalyMocali's Fossetti estate delivers a fantastically crisp and easy white blend of Chardonnay, Moscato and Trebbiano with the natural creaminess, floral aromatics and freshness you'd expect of those three grapes respectively. It's the perfect fish or pasta salad wine.Fossetti8715TuscanyToscanaMocali 2009 Fossetti White (Toscana)White BlendMocali
3641136410USClean, brisk and balanced, with good varietal flavors of pineapples, limes, peaches and exotic tropical fruits, brightened with zesty acidity. This is a good price for a classic California Chardonnay.8713CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaIrony 2008 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayIrony
3641236411USLaced with baked apples, ginger and savory spices, there's something unique about the nose on this off-dry Riesling. On the palate, honeyed apples and pears combine with a tart lemon-lime acidity and a hint of bitterness on the finish.8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2009 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingKeuka Spring
3641336412USSoftly lush, a nice, fruit-forward Cabernet to drink now. Shows well-ripened blackberry and black currant flavors, finished with a touch of smoky oak. Good price for a Stags Leap Cab.Signature Series8719CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaKirkland Signature 2007 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
3641436413ItalyLean and compact with subdued aromas of cherry and wild berry, this is an informal Rosso to drink with roast chicken or home-cooked meatloaf. The wine is smooth and rich on the palate and it offers a cleaning touch of acidity on the finish.8723TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoLa Fornace 2007 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoLa Fornace
3641536414USCurrants, black and red, are the dominant flavors of this drily elegant wine. You'll also find notes of briary blackberries and dark, unsweetened baker's chocolate. Best in the next few years before it loses fruity freshness.8724CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaLake Sonoma 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLake Sonoma
3641636415USThe curve on this wine has been going up and up, and this '09 is their best yet. It's bone dry and savory in acids, with ultraclean citrus, mineral and white flower flavors. Just delicious as a cocktail sipper.8710CaliforniaLake CountyLine 39 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancLine 39
3641736416ItalyThis blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo offers a nose of berry fruit and light almond shadings backed by an easy, informal mouthfeel. Pair this fruit-driven red with pasta or pizza.Fossetti8712TuscanyToscanaMocali 2008 Fossetti Red (Toscana)Red BlendMocali
3641836417USAs always with Morgan's Pinot Gris, the 2009 is bone dry and ultracrisp in acidity, with mouthwatering citrus, apricot and green apple flavors. Great as a cocktail sipper, especially with shrimp cocktail.R&D; Franscioni Vineyard8717CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMorgan 2009 R&D; Franscioni Vineyard Pinot Gris (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot GrisMorgan
3641936418USClean and crisp in acidity, this polished PG features citrus fruit, pear, white flower and spice flavors. It's a racy, mouth-cleansing wine that's nice as an apéritif as the day comes to a close.8712CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMurphy-Goode 2008 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioMurphy-Goode
3642036419USHooray for Novy for producing this fine, inexpensive wine and for putting their name proudly on it, instead of hiding behind a second label. It's dry and crisp and totally drinkable, with pleasant berry, cherry and spice flavors.Four Mile Creek879CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastNovy 2008 Four Mile Creek Red (North Coast)Red BlendNovy

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