Wine Reviews


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37813780USWhiffs of smoke lend a savory feel to pressed apple notes on this dry, delicately framed wine. The palate bristles with lemon-lime acidity and finishes long and lean with a hint of wet stones.A&D Vineyard Dry8622New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBellwether 2012 A&D Vineyard Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBellwether
37823781New ZealandA rather pungent, slightly sweaty nose presages a wine that offers loads of passion fruit flavor. While it lacks a bit of dimension and complexity, this medium-bodied offering will work fine alongside citrusy ceviches and the like.8616MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWairau River 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancWairau River
37833782USA straightforward wine with notes of plum, currant and herbs. The flavors are lighter in style supported by firm tannins.8612WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWild Meadows 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWild Meadows
37843783FranceTypically spicy, this wine is all about intense perfumes. Very soft, ripe and rounded, it will be better as a sweet apéritif than with food.8620AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Schoenheitz 2012 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerHenri Schoenheitz
37853784USThe aromas of this rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are direct and reminiscent of red currant jam on toast. Medium bodied and broad in feel, this has acids that offer plenty of cut, plus a touch of grapefruit zest that adds interest.8614VirginiaMonticelloTrump 2012 Rosé (Monticello)RoséTrump
37863785ItalyMuddled sensations of overripe lemon/lime, mature exotic fruit and smoked ham are accented with intense mineral and notes of balsamic herbs.Particella 92886Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina del Barone 2012 Particella 928 (Fiano di Avellino)FianoCantina del Barone
37873786ItalyMade from the native Albanello grape, this concentrated wine has yellow flower and exotic fruit aromas. The dense, slightly sweet and one-dimensional palate offers lemon drop, mature apricot and nectarine flavors that end on a sugary note.Pretiosa8620Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Gulino 2012 Pretiosa Albanello (Terre Siciliane)AlbanelloCantine Gulino
37883787USNow for something completely different. Wild strawberry leads the way aromatically on this lean, high-toned Cabernet, lower in alcohol than most of its peers. The fruit is tight and structured, the wine angular and soft, with a seasoning of herb on the finish.D'Alliard Vineyard8840CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSheldon 2012 D'Alliard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSheldon
37943793USIn just a few years 14 Hands Riesling production has jumped from around 15,000 to more than 700,000 cases. Clearly the brand is doing something that consumers love. This is a fairly dry style, with forward, fruity flavors of ripe orange, apple and apricot. The length and concentration are spot on.8810WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine 14 Hands 2013 Riesling (Washington)Riesling14 Hands
37953794USScents of violets and savory herbs add complexity to tart, juicy red cherries and plums on this crisp, elegantly framed Cabernet Franc. A touch of menthol highlights a cool, acidic edge on the palate. Finishes moderately long with a murmur of fine-grained tannins.8820New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBenmarl 2012 Cabernet Franc (Seneca Lake)Cabernet FrancBenmarl
37963795USThis is all estate-grown from the original (2004) planting. Tannins are smooth and the wine has a pleasing chocolate streak upon entry. Peppery and herbal highlights come into play through the finish, which firms up nicely.Murray8820WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hightower 2011 Murray Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahHightower
37973796ItalyWild cherry, violet, underbrush and spice aromas lead the nose on this bright red. The palate is still tight and tannic but offers juicy black cherry, raspberry, white pepper and cinnamon alongside vibrant acidity. Best after 2015.Riserva8820TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Grillesino 2010 Riserva (Morellino di Scansano)SangioveseIl Grillesino
37983797ItalyDelicious and easy-drinking, this straightforward wine opens with aromas of violets, wet soil and perfumed berries. On the palate, notes of white pepper and cinnamon add interest to the juicy, cherry-berry fruit. Fresh and smooth with silky tannins, it's best through 2015.Sabazio8815TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Braccesca 2012 Sabazio (Rosso di Montepulciano)Red BlendLa Braccesca
37993798ItalyBright aromas of red berry, rose, orange peel and eucalyptus lead the nose and carry over to the straightforward, savory palate along with a hint of allspice. The juicy fruit is balanced by supple tannins. Drink soon.8833TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Poderina 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseLa Poderina
38003799ItalyFull-bodied but easygoing, this opens with aromas of underbrush, meat juices and ripe berries. The soft, warm palate delivers juicy raspberry, crushed black cherry and baking spices alongside big, round tannins. It's extremely accessible so enjoy now. Petit Pois, Siena Imports.8835TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLambardi 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseLambardi
38013800USPert and fresh with white floral and lemon tones, this dainty Chardonnay balances reverberating acidity with juicy tangerine and pineapple flavors. Refreshing and sprightly, it's the perfect year-round apéritif.Early Wine8817New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMacari 2013 Early Wine Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayMacari
38023801ChileDark berry aromas are dense and a touch rubbery. This is a full, chunky, bold Cabernet with wild berry, cassis and woody flavors that meld together well. Finishing flavors of mint, licorice and oak are generous.8810Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMáscara de Feugo 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMáscara de Feugo
38033802USJust a smidge over the edge into off dry, this is a big, juicy wine with a luscious mix of tropical candy fruit flavors. It's like tasting an entire roll of tropical Life Savers all in a glass. The residual sugar is offset with balancing acidity, and it's a versatile wine that can accompany a wide range of slightly spicy foods.8812WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2013 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingMercer
37893788USMostly rich and broad in mouthfeel, this offers light, savory aromas of dried herb and sunbaked earth plus solid plum and red berry flavors. It features a full body, firm texture and flavor complexity.Estate8828CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSol Rouge 2011 Estate Zinfandel (Red Hills Lake County)ZinfandelSol Rouge
37903789AustriaGentle aromas of apple and fresh citrus give way to some autolytic yeastiness. Altogether, this is a very restrained but elegant sparkler, with soft mousse and a refreshing streak of acidity.Edition Adele Blanc de Blancs Brut8825Österreichischer SektAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSzigeti 2011 Edition Adele Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling (Österreichischer Sekt)Sparkling BlendSzigeti
37913790USThis was fermented from dried Barbera, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo grapes, concentrating the flavors yet retaining an elegant lightness that belies its high alcohol. Mixed fig, raisin, soy and chocolate components lend extra complexity. It's drinking well and is perfect for near-term consumption.Seccopassa8860WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tre Nova 2009 Seccopassa Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendTre Nova
37923791USWell-made in an opulent, hearty style, this vineyard-designated Chardonnay is barrel-rich and full-bodied. Floral on the nose, and tasting of oak, crème brûlée and vanilla extract on the palate.Carsi Vineyard8832CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2012 Carsi Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayV. Sattui
38043803USThis new vintage is head and shoulders better than the previous effort. Light and pretty, with a delicate mix of citrus, melon, tangerine, lemon and lime, it's showing good length and impressive detail.8810WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer Canyons 2013 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingMercer Canyons
37933792ItalyThis structured Rosso has pretty aromas that include nectarine peel, black plum, red berry and violet. The palate delivers black cherry, crushed raspberry and licorice alonside firm tannins. It has a warm midpalate and is extremely accessible so enjoy now.8845TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio Antico 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovesePoggio Antico
38053804ItalyAromas of plum, black berry, orange peel and a hint of eucalyptus waft over a thick layer of juicy, dark cherry accented with sweet baking spices. It's straightforward, round, ripe and ready. Enjoy this soon.Paolus8820TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMolino di Sant'Antimo 2012 Paolus (Rosso di Montalcino)SangioveseMolino di Sant'Antimo
38063805SpainBready, yeasty, oxidized aromas open this up. In the mouth, this is elegant to an extent, with residual acidity keeping things alive. Flavors of white grapefruit finish round and smooth.Reserva Brut8815CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMont-Ferrant 2008 Reserva Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMont-Ferrant
38073806USThere's a pleasant sweetness to the nose, a mix of white flowers and fragrant apples. On the palate, green banana, apple juice and papaya rise to the occasion. A strong minerality holds through the finish.2428813CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNoble Vines 2013 242 Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey)Sauvignon BlancNoble Vines
38083807USVery fruity, fresh and easy to enjoy, this has the smoothness of barrel age but little overt oak flavor. It features bright red cherry and raspberry aromas, juicy berry flavors and a texture with just enough bite to be appetizing.8812CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAvalon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonAvalon
38093808SpainUnusual aromas of blue fruits are matched against cardamom and cumin scents. The palate is blocky yet dominated by acidity, while flavors of plum, black currant and woodspice are exotic. A hard finish shows hickory and barrel flavors along with wiry acidity.Reserva8844Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBaigorri 2007 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloBaigorri
38103809ChileRipe blackberry aromas carry notes of prune and raisin. For a ripe, dark wine, this is juicy and well balanced. Oaky, toasty flavors lean toward dark fruits and blackberry, and the finish keeps the dark-fruit theme going while folding in bitter coffee notes.Reserva8812Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBalduzzi 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maule Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBalduzzi

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