Wine Reviews

3811038109AustraliaFilled with scents and flavors of black earth, cedar and dark fruit, this impressively full-bodied wine demands to be served with something similarly big and meaty. Despite its size, it's open-knit and accessible, with just enough coarse tannins on the finish to cut the richness of beef steaks or braises.The Laughing Magpie8929South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzD'Arenberg 2009 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier (McLaren Vale)Shiraz-ViognierD'Arenberg
3811138110AustriaThe second of the two Zweigelts produced by Reeh, this is more structured. It is dark and dense, full of firm tannins and with a mineral texture. The mouthfeel is chewy, with fine acidity shooting through from the background. Best for aging over 1–3 years. Screwcap.8932NeusiedlerseeRoger Voss@vossrogerHannes Reeh 2011 Zweigelt (Neusiedlersee)ZweigeltHannes Reeh
3811238111USThis is a sneak peak at Hanzell's estate Chardonnay of the vintage, yet to be released. With a bit of oak, it's dry, rich and creamy, displaying forward pineapple, Meyer lemon and lime fruit flavors for drinking now.Sebella8936CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaHanzell 2011 Sebella Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)ChardonnayHanzell
3811338112AustriaComposer Joseph Haydn was the court composer for the Esterházy family which still owns this winery. This strongly wood-aged wine has its own elegance and style with fruit coming through strongly from under the darker exterior. Give this finely structured wine time and drink from 2017.Haydn90BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerEsterházy 2009 Haydn Merlot (Burgenland)MerlotEsterházy
3811438113GermanyMineral tones reverberate through this delicate, light-footed kabinett. It's sweet, with sun-ripened peach and apricot flavors, but ever-so-dainty on the palate, with refreshingly tart tangerine acidity. Drink now for its fresh, revitalizing feel with spicy Thai or Vietnamese fare.Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett9040MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Thanisch) 2011 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Thanisch)
3811538114AustraliaMint notes accent blueberry and plum fruit, while hints of tar and black olive add a savory edge. This medium- to full-bodied Shiraz is creamy on the midpalate, but firms up enough on the finish to pair well with burgers or steaks. Drink now–2020.Regional Vineyard Series9015South AustraliaBarossa ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGotham 2010 Regional Vineyard Series Shiraz (Barossa Valley)ShirazGotham
3811638115SpainBold black-fruit aromas are pure and inviting. ?Overall, this blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is flush in feel, balanced and full of wild berry ?and plum flavors. On the finish, fully present acidity ?supports oak and chocolaty notes. This an exemplary ?large-production Spanish red.Crianza9015Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2010 Crianza Red (Navarra)Red BlendPríncipe de Viana
3811738116GermanyWhiffs of smoke dissipate with aeration on this delicately off-dry Riesling, revealing a lush wine, with yellow peach and nectarine flavors. Roundness on the midpalate is tightened by a shock of citrusy acidity that lingers long on the finish.9017MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaSchmitges 2011 Riesling (Mosel)RieslingSchmitges
3810138100USA very pretty expression of Cabernet Franc with notes of cherry, chocolate and floral notes. It's elegant in style with a textured, satiny mouthfeel and a tart, lingering finish.Weinbau Vineyard8935WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJanuik 2010 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet FrancJanuik
3811838117SpainThis mature Montsant smells like a classic aged Spanish wine: there's a mix of vanilla, earth and raisin. In the mouth, it's a bit tired and stewy but not overly so. Flavors of baked berry, prune, tobacco and spice are warm and earthy, while the finish is rich and soft. Drink immediately.9035CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachTossals 2006 Red (Montsant)Red BlendTossals
3810238101IsraelLively and balanced, this shows a wonderful interplay between the rich fruit flavors of grilled pineapple and lightly baked red apple and the oaky tones of sweet spice, toasted cedar and peach pit nuttiness. The medium-weight mouthfeel is filling, but the medium acidity keeps the palate fresh and the finish bright.8924Judean HillsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzTzuba 2011 Chardonnay (Judean Hills)ChardonnayTzuba
3811938118AustraliaEvaluating young Eden Valley Rieslings isn't easy, as they often don't show their full potential for several years. The 2012 Bin 51 is tight and linear, crisply focused and a bit one-dimensional at this age. But the lime-driven fruit is potent and the finish beautifully clean and long. It should develop well over the next 7–8 years or more.Bin 519040South AustraliaEden ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPenfolds 2012 Bin 51 Riesling (Eden Valley)RieslingPenfolds
3812038119USSourced from vines over 103-years old, this wine has unusual concentration of flavor, in the form of black and red raspberries and Dr. Pepper. The wine showcases Zin's briary, brambly spiciness, as well as firm but drinkable tannins. Drink now–2016.Dolinsek Ranch Old Vine9046CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaPortalupi 2011 Dolinsek Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelPortalupi
3810338102AustraliaAs a straightahead Aussie Riesling for drinking young alongside raw oysters, this has few equals. Scents of petrichor and fresh flower-shop greenery mingle easily on the nose, while the crispness of the high-acid backbone resounds on the palate, ending on a talc-like note.Rocky Gully8925Western AustraliaFrankland RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFrankland Estate 2012 Rocky Gully Riesling (Frankland River)RieslingFrankland Estate
3812138120ItalyThis opens with aromas of oak and espresso. The palate is more interesting, with ripe blackberry and spice in the forefront followed by a warm palate accented with menthol and white pepper notes. It's powerfully structured with noticeable warmth.90Central ItalySagrantino di MontefalcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca di Fabbri 2008 Sagrantino di MontefalcoSagrantinoRocca di Fabbri
3810438103AustriaFrom vineyards around the Hardegg castle, this is a ripe, soft Riesling that has both delicious acidity and a round character. Lemon, pineapple and white fruits come together in a wine that only just hints at a steeliness. Screwcap.Vom Schloss89NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerGraf Hardegg 2012 Vom Schloss Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingGraf Hardegg
3810538104USThis is an easy to drink Chardonnay made for drinking now. It's forward in buttered toast, honey, pineapple jam and butterscotch flavors.Bar Lazy S Ranch8945CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastFoley 2010 Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayFoley
3810638105USThis Foursight Pinot is one of two, in amount of oak used (40% new oak in this case).This is light in color, earthy with mushroom-y spice tones and a darker fruit and oak expression than other, lighter-styled Anderson Valley Pinots. The vineyard is closer to Boonville and thereby typically warmer than the valley's Deep End.Charles Vineyard8946CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneFoursight 2010 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirFoursight
3810738106AustriaThis intensely juicy wine is packed with red berry fruits, soft tannins and a light touch of wood. It is already a delicious, forward wine that's ripe and full bodied. It could age well for another 2–3 years.Altenberg8925CarnuntumRoger Voss@vossrogerGlatzer 2011 Altenberg St. Laurent (Carnuntum)St. LaurentGlatzer
3812238121USSourced from two low-yielding vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, this Zin is heady and delicious with flavors of wild cherry, red currant, cola, thyme, white pepper and sandalwood. There's a glyerine feel from high alcohol, but the palate is balanced with acidity and a dry finish. This just might be the best barbecue wine of the vintage.Cortina9038CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaSeghesio 2011 Cortina Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelSeghesio
3812338122USThis 100% Cabernet is the winery's best amongst their new releases. It's rich and ripe with blackberries and cherries, along with lots of new French oak. It's also very tannic, but the wine isn't likely to improve in the long haul, so enjoy it now and over the next few years.Fay90110CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaStag's Leap Wine Cellars 2010 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonStag's Leap Wine Cellars
3810838107USAngeline has a track record for producing savory, delicious Sauvignon Blanc at an inexpensive price. The wine is dry, but rich in honey, papaya and gooseberry flavors, brightened by brisk acidity.8915CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAngeline 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancAngeline
3812438123ItalyThis opens with aromas of prune, fig, raisin and espresso. The palate offers ripe blackberry, cherry, and black pepper layered with intense mint, thyme and licorice sensations. It's young but well balanced, with just enough freshness to support the bracing tannins.Colle alle Macchie9077Central ItalySagrantino di MontefalcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTabarrini 2008 Colle alle Macchie (Sagrantino di Montefalco)SagrantinoTabarrini
3810938108USAlways a fine value, Barnard Griffin's Merlot is a brightly fruit wine with tart red and purple berry flavors. Tannins are still a bit stiff, but proportionate and ripe enough, with hints of café mocha in the finish.8917WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Barnard Griffin 2010 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotBarnard Griffin
3812538124ItalyThis opens with a bouquet recalling blue flowers, berries and white pepper. The palate delivers concentrated dark cherry and blackberry fruits as well as accents of espresso and orange peel. The aggressive tannins, typical of the grape, are balanced by a vein of fresh acidity.Colle Grimaldesco9055Central ItalySagrantino di MontefalcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTabarrini 2009 Colle Grimaldesco (Sagrantino di Montefalco)SagrantinoTabarrini
3812638125AustriaThis is a delicious and juicy, yet structured wine. It has black plum and berry flavors that are fully ripe and burst from the glass. A firm texture, solid tannins and acidity balance out the fruit and extend the wine's ability to age. Drink from 2015.Classic9022BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerTinhof 2010 Classic St. Laurent (Burgenland)St. LaurentTinhof
3812738126USFar from a fruit bomb, this is an elegant Cabernet with modest but complex currant, black cherry, cola and herb flavors. The tannins are considerable, and so is the acidity. Drink now after decanting for several hours, or allow it to develop over the next eight years.9038CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Carneros)Cabernet SauvignonTruchard
3812838127USLime and pink grapefruit flavors are etched with refreshing minerality, and the leesy, textural mouthfeel keeps this wine feeling light, despite alcohol over 14%. Drink now and over the next five years.Estate Grown9021OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine WillaKenzie Estate 2012 Estate Grown Pinot GrisPinot GrisWillaKenzie Estate
3812938128USClassic, elegant Pinot Noir aromas introduce this delightful wine. Whiffs of flowers, citrus and fresh herbs accompany a tart, pretty palate with nuanced rhubarb, cranberry and raspberry flavors.Dundee Hills Vineyards9038OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Winderlea 2011 Dundee Hills Vineyards Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirWinderlea
3813038129AustriaThere is as much perfume as sweetness in this rich, opulent wine. It has an oriental-spice character along with rosewater and honey notes. The wine needs to be aged so drink from 2016.Zwischen den Seen Nummer 2 Trockenbeerenauslese90BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerKracher 2010 Zwischen den Seen Nummer 2 Trockenbeerenauslese Muskat Ottonel (Burgenland)Muskat OttonelKracher

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