Wine Reviews


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3903139030SpainThe nose on this Garnacha Blanca is funky and blends aromas of cured ham and salami with lees and citrus. The palate feels right, with solid acidity. Flavors of tangerine, gooseberry and nectarine end pulpy and citric, with a touch of green herbs.Garnatxa Blanca8717CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachZerran 2012 Garnatxa Blanca Garnacha Blanca (Montsant)Garnacha BlancaZerran
3904139040FranceDelicate and dainty, this pretty selection boasts soft aromas and flavors of white cherry, bergamot tea, orange rind and hard peach. Light weight and refreshing, the lively acidity keeps the palate brisk and the fruit flavors fresh.Coast Select Grenache8711Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFortant 2012 Coast Select Grenache Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséFortant
3903239031ItalyOak dominates this blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. Aromas of toasted wood, butterscotch, lemon zest and walnut carry over to the palate alongside yellow apple.Riserva8737Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZuani 2011 Riserva White (Collio)White BlendZuani
3904239041USA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, this well-made wine offers aromas of campfire and cedar, plus a taste of black currant and leather. With tightly wound tannins, it's rich and full, with a long-lingering finish. It will stand well against burly meat dishes.Diablo Royale8730CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneGlennhawk 2010 Diablo Royale Red (Contra Costa County)Red BlendGlennhawk
3903339032USBurgundian in its earthy, feral aromas, yet simultaneously jammy in flavor, this boasts gamy undertones and a soft texture. The producer recommends decanting an hour minimum before serving, and this will most likely help to blow off the wine's rustically wild side.8735CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneCarpe Diem 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirCarpe Diem
3904339042USYoung and fresh, it has excellent minerality. The fruit is light and lively, leaning toward grapefruit, green apple and a smidge of just-ripe melon. It's a lovely summer sipper, with a few good years of life ahead.8716OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hawkins Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisHawkins Cellars
3903439033PortugalSpicy and ripe, it's immediately attractive. Dry tannins are easily balanced by the rich berry fruits and acidity. It's a polished wine, ready to drink now.Opaco87LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2011 Opaco Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
3904439043ChileTomato and earthy, soupy notes run alongside blackberry and plum aromas on this mostly fruity, ripe wine. A solid grip and staunch tannins make for a firm mouthfeel, while rubbery, earthy flavors of blackberry and herbs finish lightly bitter and dark.Santa Digna Reserva8714Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMiguel Torres 2011 Santa Digna Reserva Syrah (Central Valley)SyrahMiguel Torres
3903539034ItalySubtle aromas of white flower lead to a straightforward palate that delivers yellow flower, lemon peel and a note of cream. Fresh acidity generates a clean finish.8725Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColutta 2013 Ribolla Gialla (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Ribolla GiallaColutta
3904539044GermanyA musky perfume accents fresh lemon and tangerine aromas on this off-dry wine. It's ripe and rich on the palate with flavors of quince and yellow peach. Zesty with lime, it finishes moderately long with a hint of savory herbs.Platinum879RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaPeter Mertes 2012 Platinum Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingPeter Mertes
3904639045PortugalSmooth and ripe, it shows plenty of fruitiness with perfumed berry flavors, acidity and touches of wood. Although it lacks a bit in character, it is certainly an easy, rich wine to enjoy soon. Drink from 2015.87TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2011 Touriga Nacional (Tejo)Touriga NacionalQuinta da Alorna
3904739046USTan spice, like sandalwood, plays a leading role, along with a touch of Meyer lemon and marshmallow. Stone fruit notes are currently in the background, but may emerge more with time.8713CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRed Pony Ranch 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayRed Pony Ranch
3904839047USLight in color and texture, this is an interesting, grippy Pinot Meunier. The variety is a rare find in California where, as in France's Champagne, it is used as a blender in sparkling wine. On its own it is interesting, peppery and fruity.8719CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneSaint Gregory 2011 Pinot Meunier (Mendocino County)Pinot MeunierSaint Gregory
3904939048AustriaRoundness and spice feature strongly here. A phenolic midpalate gives backbone and suggests that this is best had with food where its structure will come into play.Wogenrain87Wagram-DonaulandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSoellner 2013 Wogenrain Grüner Veltliner (Wagram-Donauland)Grüner VeltlinerSoellner
3903639035ItalyCrisp and steely, it has aromas of freshly cut grass, hay and tropical fruit. The palate delivers white grapefruit, pineapple and white peach lightly accented with aromatic herbs. Pair with pasta topped with pesto.8720Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColutta 2013 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonColutta
3905039049USSavory and herbal, this Roussanne is given more time on lees and made to be rich and complex. It accomplishes those goals, providing medium body and high acidity, a texture that is dry, and wild in honey and dried apricot. Pair with lobster.Reserve8740CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneTerre Rouge 2011 Reserve Roussanne (Sierra Foothills)RoussanneTerre Rouge
3903739036ItalyThis bright, savory wine offers yellow peach, citrus and green melon sensations accented with a light almond note. Crisp acidity gives a refreshing, clean finish.8711Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCormòns 2013 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoCormòns
3903839037ItalyFruity and exuberant, it's loaded with tropical fruit, yellow peach, apricot and honeydew melon sensations. The round, juicy palate is energized by fresh acidity.8711Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCormòns 2013 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonCormòns
3903939038PortugalAlvarinho and Chardonnay are the chosen grapes for this blend. As its name suggests, a salty taste from the ocean spices up the ripe yellow and green plum fruits. It's soft with a fine balance of acidity and a soft honey touch at the end.Point West879LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Point West White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
3904039039PortugalThe wine is rich, firmly textured with layers of strong, dusty tannins. It is drily structured although the bright black currant fruit is developing well. Refreshing fruity acidity marks the end.87LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerFélix Rocha 2012 Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedFélix Rocha
3905139050USThere are said to be fewer than 100 acres of Teroldego in California, so this one is worth trying. Midweight and fruity, it has lavender, anise and leather lightly folded into the mix. A good wine to start the evening and enjoy by the glass.Holland Landing Vineyard8724CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneUrban Legend 2010 Holland Landing Vineyard Teroldego (Clarksburg)TeroldegoUrban Legend
3905239051ChileThis has a powdery nose and melony, tropical fruit aromas. The mouthfeel is pleasant and round, with vital acidity. Flavors of baked apple, buttercup and briny apricot finish smooth, with a pinch of salt.La Joya Gran Reserva8715Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2013 La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier (Colchagua Valley)ViognierViña Bisquertt
3905339052ChileBlackberry, spice, horseradish and oak aromas filter onto a tight, raw feeling palate. This tastes oaky and lemony up front, with berry flavors forming a solid base. Plum, blueberry and herbal flavors drive a tangy, juicy, high-acid finish. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.Potro de Piedra Family Reserve Single Vineyard8730Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Requingua 2011 Potro de Piedra Family Reserve Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc (Curicó Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet FrancViña Requingua
3905439053USThis is an intriguing combination of 59% Chenin Blanc, 25% Roussanne and 16% Viognier from a range of California regions, including Clarksburg, Santa Barbara and Sonoma County. Barrel-fermented and given some time in used French oak, it offers a tasty mélange of fig, guava and vanilla custard, a viscous mouthfeel and a crisp, complex finish.White Elephant8720CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneVinum Cellars 2012 White Elephant White (California)White BlendVinum Cellars
3905539054USThough hailing from the warm, dry 2012 vintage, this wine remains quite restrained in style with its notes of wild strawberry, freshly rubbed mint and cola. It doesn't quite have the concentration to deliver all that the aromas promise.Blue Chip8725OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWy'East Vineyards 2012 Blue Chip Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge (OR))Pinot NoirWy'East Vineyards
3905639055PortugalRipe and juicy, this concentrated wine also has good freshness. It's rounded, rich, full of black currant fruitiness. Drink now or age until 2018.Terras d'Uva8712AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHenrique José de La Puente Sancho Uva 2012 Terras d'Uva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHenrique José de La Puente Sancho Uva
3905739056PortugalA golden-colored wine, it's perfumed and rich. The wood aging shows strongly along with the delicious, fragrant fruits. Toasty and ripe, the wine is ready to drink.Julia Kemper Branco Reserva8722DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerJulia Kemper Wines 2011 Julia Kemper Branco Reserva White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteJulia Kemper Wines
3905839057USExperimenter-in-chief Kenneth Volk tackles this Mediterranean grape of ancient origins. Stone fruit dominates the nose, suggesting peach pie, peach jam, even peach pudding, with some sweet Stargazer lily floral notes as well. The peach transforms to melon, apple and caramel on the palate.San Bernabe Vineyard8724CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKenneth Volk 2012 San Bernabe Vineyard Malvasia Bianca (Monterey County)Malvasia BiancaKenneth Volk
3905939058USThough this bottling is Peter Hunken's least-expensive Syrah, it gives his single-vineyard expressions a serious run for the money for best of vintage. Amazing aromas of chipped asphalt, smoked beef, dense boysenberry, soy, cedar, sandalwood and soy drop into a palate of peppery berry juice, beef jerky, underripe blackberry and elderberry, and pepper-crusted teriyaki beef.9532CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHolus Bolus 2013 Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills)SyrahHolus Bolus
3906039059AustraliaThe Taylor family selected Clare Valley for its Cabernet affinity, but this Shiraz is a knockout. Yes, it's oaky—full of menthol, vanilla and toasted coconut—but there's just enough black cherry and plum fruit to support the wood. It's a plush, full-bodied wine with immense appeal, for drinking now–2025.St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release9560South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2013 St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release Shiraz (Clare Valley)ShirazWakefield

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