Wine Reviews

3717137170FranceFruity and herbal, this fresh wine suggests ripe apples and white peaches. The crisp texture brings out the perfumed character of the fruit. The wine is ready to drink.Tradition8538BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerCloserie du Bailli 2014 Tradition (Côtes de Bourg)Bordeaux-style White BlendCloserie du Bailli
3717237171ChileHorsey aromas infringe upon basic cherry and tomato scents. This is lean on the palate, with scouring acidity. Tart, spicy plum and cherry flavors end on a crisp, dilute finish with that reverberates with sour plum and cherry notes.Casillero del Diablo Reserva8511ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2013 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Pinot Noir (Chile)Pinot NoirConcha y Toro
3717337172SpainBlackberry, cassis and dusty aromas get this full-bodied Syrah-Monastrell off to a great start. This is staunch and well built, with firm tannins and dark, masculine flavors of blackberry, black currant, pepper and a hint of salt. A gutsy finish is powerful but balanced. This is impressive for the price.Selección9137LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMonterebro 2011 Selección Syrah (Jumilla)SyrahMonterebro
3717437173USRipe with cherries, mocha, currants and oak, you'll be tempted to drink this now. Don't. While it's not a long-term ager, it will benefit from 4–5 years in a good cellar.Signaterra Three Blocks9149CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaBenziger 2010 Signaterra Three Blocks Red (Sonoma Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBenziger
3717537174USBrisk acidity, like a squeeze of lime juice, highlights the intense cherry, cola and spicy oak notes in this single-vineyard Pinot Noir. Widely likeable yet complex, it's a beautiful steak wine now, and should evolve positively for at least six years.Sierra Mar Vineyard9155CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastBernardus 2011 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirBernardus
3717637175USThis Chard competes well with others that are considerably more expensive. The palate exhibits the cool growing conditions of the vintage with tart acidity that brightens flavors of tropical fruit and orange. Notes of oak and lees lend complexity to this delicious wine.Bench Break Vineyard9132CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastCambria 2011 Bench Break Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayCambria
3717737176USThis ambitious Cabernet keeps up with the best of the 2010 vintage. Made by Beaulieu's longtime chief winemaker, it's ripe and pure with mocha, blackberry jam and sweet oak flavors. Give it 5–6 years to integrate.91135CaliforniaOakvilleNapaAiken 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonAiken
3717837177FranceThis wine is closed at this stage, offering just hints to its potential. At the core, there are ripe stone fruits, dark plums as well as blackberries. Fine and stylish tannins add balance. This is a fine wine with a future. Drink from 2016.9112BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cagnas 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Cagnas
3717937178FranceComplex and rich, this is an impressive, concentrated wine. It has great acidity that balances flavors of ripe white fruits and apple skins, and lends a tight, taut texture. The wine should be aged for at least six months before drinking.9114BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau Haut Rian 2012 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChateau Haut Rian
3718037179USRun, don't walk, to find this Sauvignon Blanc. It's delicious, and available for such a great price! The palate treads an exciting line between ripe peach, citrus, green apple and honey flavors, and a tangy, flinty minerality. The acidity is mouthwatering. Only 550 cases were produced, but it's worth a search.Nelson Vineyards9116CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaEl Roy 2012 Nelson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancEl Roy
3718137180USYou want to give this wine 5–6 years in the cellar, at the very least, to let its components come together. At the moment, it's quite dry, acidic and oaky. Primary fruit flavors of raspberries and cherries should begin to develop bottle complexity by 2017.Occidental Ridge9160CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFailla 2011 Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFailla
3718237181USTart with acidity but lush with fruit, this is a lovely Chardonnay to drink with shellfish dishes. Honeyed notes accompany flavors of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon and lime. Oak lends touches of vanilla and a creaminess that finishes clean.9134CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFailla 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayFailla
3718337182GermanyThere's a hint of fresh ramp that adds a curious dimension of umami to this otherwise bright, floral auslese. The palate is sweet and juicy, with flavors of apricot and peach and a striking tangerine acidity that penetrates through the finish.Abstberg Auslese Nr. 849154MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaMaximin Grünhäuser 2011 Abstberg Auslese Nr. 84 Riesling (Mosel)RieslingMaximin Grünhäuser
3718437183AustraliaThis is a lush, ripe Chardonnay from a cool subregion of the Adelaide Hills. Grilled peaches and toasted coconut elements lend an exotic edge to this full-bodied wine. Drink it over the next few years.9133South AustraliaPiccadilly ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPetaluma 2010 Chardonnay (Piccadilly Valley)ChardonnayPetaluma
3718537184ArgentinaThis is a dark, rich, modern Cabernet. The nose oozes sweet aromas of coconut and vanilla along with creamy oak and blackberry. The palate is full and chunky in feel, with dark-fruit flavors accented by molasses and pepper. A chewy finish shows grip and lasting acidity.Alta Collection9119Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTapiz 2011 Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonTapiz
3718637185GermanyIntense minerality penetrates through the nose and palate of this dry, remarkably bold Riesling, highlighting notes of fresh pineapple and white grapefruit. The mouthfeel is creamy and viscous, but bitter lemon pith and herb notes lend balance and complexity. Drink now through 2016.Saulheimer Probstey Trocken9146RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaThörle 2011 Saulheimer Probstey Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingThörle
3718737186USTruchard has produced a Roussanne for many years, but the quality seems to vary according to vintage. The 2012 is a very good wine. It's dry, yet honeyed, with orange, peach and white-flower flavors. The texture is creamy, but highlighted with brisk acidity. It would be a great accompaniment to rich, complex dishes, but a simple roasted chicken would be wonderful as well.9125CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2012 Roussanne (Carneros)RoussanneTruchard
3718837187USThis is a joy to drink. It's dry and silky, with savory raspberry, cherry and cola flavors that are accented by earthy notes of sautéed wild mushrooms, balsamic and soy sauce. It should improve even more with a few years in the bottle.Lone Oak Vineyard9150CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastLucienne 2011 Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirLucienne
3718937188USThis is Marimar's unoaked Chardonnay from the estate vineyard. In keeping with past vintages, it's so rich and savory, you won't even notice the absence of barrel influence. The wine is rich and complex in tangerine, apricot, lime, lemon and vanilla flavors, brightened by exquisite acidity.Acero Don Miguel Vineyard Unoaked9129CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMarimar Estate 2012 Acero Don Miguel Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMarimar Estate
3719037189USThis wine has just enough residual sugar to take it to the upper threshhold of dry. It's quite full flavored with a thirst quenching mix of citrus, apple and pineapple. Crisp acidity enhances the freshness and contributes a tangy, lemony kick to the finish.Dry9019OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lemelson 2012 Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingLemelson
3719137190USThis is the kind of Pinot Noir that's made the variety so popular. While it's not an ager, it gives you everything that Pinot has to offer—­vibrant acidity, a smooth, silky texture and rich flavors of raspberries, cherries and brown sugar, leading to a dry, spicy finish.Smith Vineyard9050CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastLucienne 2011 Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirLucienne
3719237191ItalyHere's a hearty blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot that opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, truffle, tobacco and meat juice. The lush palate delivers juicy black cherry, blackberry, spearmint and thyme alongside rippling but refined tannins.Riserva9045Central ItalyMontefalco RossoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMilziade Antano 2010 Riserva (Montefalco Rosso)Red BlendMilziade Antano
3719337192SpainAlthough a touch rough and stalky on the nose, any and all gritty aromas are offset by earthy, mature cherry and plum scents. Grabby but fair on the palate, this tastes of roasted plum, herbs and peppery spice. A dry, toasty finish with spice notes ranks as good.Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Classica 2008 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodega Classica
3719437193USThis wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Franc (43%) finished off with Merlot. A blend of Stillwater Creek and Stonetree vineyards, it leads with fresh herb, game, black cherry and barrel-spice aromas. The flavors are more reserved than the aromas suggest, pulling up toward the finish.The Wanted8837WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGuardian 2013 The Wanted Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendGuardian
3719537194USA milky aroma, creamy texture and nice butter, peach and vanilla flavors add up to a rich taste for this big, soft, mouthfilling wine.Buttner Vineyard8828CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLas Positas 2014 Buttner Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Livermore Valley)Pinot BlancLas Positas
3719637195FranceA blend dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay produces a crisp, herbal wine that has the background of a more creamy texture. From 20-year-old vines planted on granite soil, it has a tight, mineral edge as well as concentrated apple, citrus and fresh melon fruits. Drink now.La Fruitière Vignes Blanches8815Loire ValleyVal de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerLieubeau 2015 La Fruitière Vignes Blanches White (Val de Loire)White BlendLieubeau
3719737196USA collaboration between winemaker Austin Hope and Texas chef Tim Love, this yellow-pink bottling is light and delicate on the nose, with buttered croissant, lime and flinty aromas. The palate is light and very quaffable, with red apple and light pencil-lead minerality.8820CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLove & Hope 2015 Rosé (Paso Robles)RoséLove & Hope
3719837197SpainLeathery aromas include notes of raisin, plum, prune and vanilla. This feels full but a touch chunky and obtuse. Savory, roasted berry and plum flavors include notes of salt and spice, while the finish is spicy, savory and oaky in character.Lagunilla Reserva8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de la Concordia 2011 Lagunilla Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de la Concordia
3719937198USA percentage of Zinfandel plays nicely in this medium-bodied wine, aged almost two years in French oak. Spicy plum and vanilla surround supple tannin and a dry, lingering finish, accented in leather and black pepper.Maria8835CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMazzocco 2013 Maria Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahMazzocco
3720037199USAromas of plum and wood spice lead to plentiful blue-fruit flavors that show a fine sense of purity. The tannins provide a dry, lightly astringent squeeze.8824WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2013 Malbec (Horse Heaven Hills)MalbecMercer

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