Wine Reviews

3831138310New ZealandUnabashedly New World in style, Peregrine's 2009 combines lusty fruit with ample oak accents to create a moderately complex, silky-textured Pinot Noir. The cherry fruit is accented by hints of vanilla, graham cracker and a delicate wreath of smoked meat. Drink now–2017.9032Central OtagoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPeregrine 2009 Pinot Noir (Central Otago)Pinot NoirPeregrine
3831238311ItalyThis wine shows pristine aromas of cherry and forest fruit, followed by well-etched tones of spice and tobacco. This has a focused, tight personality, with supple, polished tannins.Pian di Staffa Riserva9043TuscanyMontecuccoPoggio Stenti 2007 Pian di Staffa Riserva (Montecucco)SangiovesePoggio Stenti
3831338312ItalyThe beauty of this wine is that it shows seductive power and personality. Nothing is over the top. Cortevecchia Riserva doles out carefully measured aromas of forest fruit, spice, toasted nut and tobacco. It feels linear, bright and tight, but it is also elegant and soft.Le Corti Cortevecchia Riserva9048TuscanyChianti ClassicoPrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti 2008 Le Corti Cortevecchia Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangiovesePrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti
3831438313ItalyLe Corti is a bright, slender expression of Chianti Classico compared to Principe Corsini's more austere Cortevecchia Riserva. This selection shows mild touches of tobacco and chocolate set over rich notes of red fruit and cherry. To maintain its freshness of fruit, this is partially aged in oak barrels, with the rest kept in cement vats.Le Corti9028TuscanyChianti ClassicoPrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti 2009 Le Corti (Chianti Classico)SangiovesePrincipe Corsini Fattoria Le Corti
3831538314ItalyThis pretty riserva from the up-and-coming Montecucco area of coastal Tuscany, which is located roughly between Bolgheri and Montalcino, shows deep nuances of cherry, blackberry and cassis, followed by notes of leather and tobacco. The palate is velvety and fresh.Riserva9025TuscanyMontecuccoCollemassari 2009 Riserva (Montecucco)Red BlendCollemassari
3831638315IsraelFleshy black plum and berry aromas open the bouquet of this vibrant wine, and follow straight through to the juicy palate. Hints of tobacco and sweet yet peppery spice add nuance to the medium-weight mouth, while the structured tannins keep the ripe fruit flavors grounded. Drink now–2016.Secret Reserve9040Judean HillsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzShiloh Winery 2010 Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)Cabernet SauvignonShiloh Winery
3831738316New ZealandVilla Maria's upper-level Pinot Noirs have always been big and bold, but with this release the wines seem to have taken a turn toward more finesse and elegance. The 2010 Cellar Selection features a plushly textured palate, refined aromas and flavors of cherries, earth and cedar, and a long, softly dusty finish. Drink now–2018.Cellar Selection9030MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVilla Maria 2010 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirVilla Maria
3831838317FranceThis wine has equal amounts of ripe berry fruit and structure. There is a smoky character, wood and spice notes, balanced acidity and a leather-like touch to the texture. It is slowly developing, and it has the potential to be rich. Age this for 6–8 years.Domaine du Clos Frantin90BurgundyVosne-RomanéeRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2010 Domaine du Clos Frantin (Vosne-Romanée)Pinot NoirAlbert Bichot
3832138320ItalyThis blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc shows soft tones of milk chocolate and plush cherry, backed by a tangy spice note. The fruit feels ripe and round, although the palate remains firmly structured thanks to the polished tannins.Peàn9025TuscanyBolgheriBatzella 2009 Peàn (Bolgheri)Red BlendBatzella
3831938318USThis single-vineyard 100% Cabernet Franc is firm, juicy and focused. It has a phenolic bite at the back end, along with lemony acids. The concentration of fruit and herb flavors is excellent, which makes it a fine steak wine and also a bottle to stow away for a few more years.Conner Lee Vineyard9022WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Arbor Crest 2010 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancArbor Crest
3832038319USThis selection is from Terravant Wine Company, a custom-crush facility in Santa Barbara County. Dry and tannic, it shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon character. It has a smoothness often associated with Napa Valley wines and flavors of blackberry, black currant and oak.9013CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBarrel Ranch 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Ranch
3832238321New ZealandThis label has had its ups and downs over the years. The 2010 Pinot Noir is one of the successes, and it boasts an effusive nose of roses, cherries, dusty earth and mocha. It's medium to full in the mouth, delivering cherry fruit and underpinnings of earth and spice. The finish is long, spicy and firm without being hard.9019Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzThe Crossings 2010 Pinot Noir (Awatere Valley)Pinot NoirThe Crossings
3832338322ItalyMade with 70% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah, this opens with aromas of black-skinned fruit, underbrush and baking spice. The straightforward palate delivers ripe plum, clove and a hint of rosemary alongside smooth tannins.Mamb-o Dominante8720TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Bellini 2013 Mamb-o Dominante Red (Toscana)Red BlendCantine Bellini
3832438323FranceWith touches of botrytis, apricot and bitter orange flavors and perfumed sweetness, this is a textured wine that has plenty of the acidity of the year. It is ripe, still with its primary fruitiness intact. Drink from 2019.Réserve8713Southwest FranceMonbazillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bélingard 2013 Réserve (Monbazillac)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Bélingard
3832538324USBright aromas of rose petals and lychee are followed by lightly spritzy, off-dry fruit flavors. It delivers easy-drinking appeal.879WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Gewürztraminer (Columbia Valley (WA))GewürztraminerChateau Ste. Michelle
3832638325FranceThis is a second wine of Château Tournelles. Soft and generously ripe, it has attractive tannins that just give the bright fruit a support. The wine, a blend of Bordeaux grapes typical of this appellation, is ready to drink.Voluptabilis8715Southwest FranceBuzetRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tournelles 2014 Voluptabilis Red (Buzet)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tournelles
3832738326Portugal15% Alicante Bouschet gives this wine its dark color and rich, plummy texture. It has weight, ripe, bold fruit and soft tannins and is ready to drink.Portas da Herdade Tinto8710AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2015 Portas da Herdade Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCompanhia das Quintas
3832838327USCompost and pencil shaving scents meet reductive mushroom-like notes on the nose of this grippy, full-bodied wine that includes small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Bittersweet chocolate rounds out the finish.Anthology8755CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneConn Creek 2013 Anthology Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonConn Creek
3832938328IsraelAromas of lemon, grapefruit and white flowers give way to flavors of white peach, honeydew melon and rose petal. This wine is soft in the mouth, with lingering acidity and a soft floral finish.20th Anniversary Limited Edition 1/66008730GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysDalton 2014 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 1/6600 White (Galilee)White BlendDalton
3833038329FranceEqual parts Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, this is vinified in a combination of concrete eggs, stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels. Pineapple and melon aromas and flavors dominate this warm, broad wine, picking up a slightly bitter edge on the finish.Cuvée à Tempo87250Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine du Pegau 2015 Cuvée à Tempo White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendDomaine du Pegau
3833138330USFresh lemon and tangerine brighten slightly savory, pressed apple and pear flavors in this full-bodied Chardonnay. Zesty acidity and sharp tangy wood notes lend angularity to the midpalate and drive a brisk finish.8715New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2014 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayDr. Konstantin Frank
3833238331South AfricaThis leads with bright aromas of orange blossom, just-ripe red apple and firm nectarine. The medium-weight palate offers ample acidic lift that complements the apple and citrus flavors. Though the finish is short, it's clean, and the wine is just so easy to like and drink. Enjoy now.8710RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzExcelsior 2016 Chardonnay (Robertson)ChardonnayExcelsior
3833338332IsraelDeep garnet in color, this wine has a bouquet of elderberry, raspberry, and lilac. It is slightly too tart, with flavors of cherry and pomegranate that are boosted by notes of eucalyptus that recede during the zesty finish.Reserve8755GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysFlam 2012 Reserve Merlot (Galilee)MerlotFlam
3833438333PortugalA rich, gold color hints at the red Touriga Nacional that comprises this creamy, fruity blanc de noirs. It has weight, a touch of tannic dryness and yeasty acidity. Mature with bottle age, it's ready to drink.Cabriz Blanc de Noirs8719DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2012 Cabriz Blanc de Noirs Sparkling (Dão)Portuguese SparklingGlobal Wines
3833538334USTightly wound blueberry, black plum and barnyard aromas show on the nose of this Bordeaux blend. Presented with judicious acidity, the palate combines its fruit flavors with savory touches of smoked meat and licorice, finishing on a salted caramel note.8730CaliforniaSouth CoastSouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHawk Watch Winery 2013 Meritage (South Coast)MeritageHawk Watch Winery
3833638335USHoneysuckle and jasmine punctuate the pretty aromas on the nose of this wine, which is tart and lemony on the palate. Intensely flavored, the oak is subtle and supportive.Hopkins River Ranch8732CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneHawley 2015 Hopkins River Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayHawley
3833738336ItalyHere's an enjoyable straightforward white that offers aromas and flavors of ripe apple, peach and a hint of nectarine zest. A white almond note closes the finish.Il Selese8714VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Stefanini 2015 Il Selese (Soave)GarganegaI Stefanini
3833838337FranceFrom vineyards owned by the Gagey family, this wine is ripe, easy to drink and full of fruit. Its strawberry and red cherry flavors are lifted by acidity and grounded in balancing tannins. It is made to be drunk young and will be ready from late 2017.Le Chapitre8738BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2014 Le Chapitre (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirLouis Jadot
3833938338USGolden honey and banana flambée aromas make for an inviting if quite rich introduction to this wine from Kamasutra-themed LXV. Baked apple and poached peach flavors meet with vanilla dust and salted caramel on the palate, which is rich and creamy with a balance of tension.Summer Satine8735CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLXV 2015 Summer Satine Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierLXV
3834038339FranceRipe and soft, this is a fruity wine with refreshing lemon and apple flavors. Its rich texture is balanced by good acidity—unsurprising since the grapes grow near the white wine vineyards of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.87BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Champy 2015 BourgogneChardonnayMaison Champy

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