Wine Reviews

3917939178ItalyAged leather, eucalyptus and a whiff of cellar floor lead the nose, while the linear, lean palate offers sour cherry, sage, espresso and star anise flavors. Grainy tannins and racy acidity give it an austere structure.Santa Caterina8829TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTrerose 2013 Santa Caterina (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)SangioveseTrerose
3918039179USIt's rare to find Willamette Valley fruit (70%!) included in a Pinot Noir at this price. This well-made wine offers red-plum fruit, annotated with lemon, orange and tangerine. The impression is of substantial acidity, in a tasty young wine that punches through the palate with authority and verve.8818OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jezebel 2015 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirJezebel
3915139150USJuicy red fruit that flirts in cherry and vanilla opens this complex, florally aromatic wine from the Rudd Vineyard on Mount Veeder. Thick, integrated tannins support a concentrated structure, marked by herb and cedar, finishing dry and lean.8860CaliforniaMount VeederNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePeter Paul Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonPeter Paul Wines
3915239151USNamed after the traditional boat used on the Douro River, this dessert wine, made from 50% Tempranillo, 34% Touriga Nacional and 16% Tinta Cao, is a muddy brown-red color and shows aromas of concentrated raisin and turned earth. Pipe smoke, prunes, kirsch and caramel flavors combine for a very lasting finish, allowing this to function much like Scotch and work well with cigars.Rabelo Pierce Ranch8830CaliforniaSan Antonio ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannQuinta Cruz 2008 Rabelo Pierce Ranch Port (San Antonio Valley)PortQuinta Cruz
3915339152USEntirely stainless-steel fermented and aged, this wine offers a tremendously fair deal. Peach and apricot form the core of this light, subtle white that has a solid backbone of acidity and is finished in a taste of lemon verbena.8815CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneQuivira 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancQuivira
3915439153South AfricaThis pretty Cab Franc opens with vibrant notes of red cherry and blackberry that are infused with spicy notes of green pepper, fynbos and fresh minty herbs. Fine yet structured tannins feel green and woody, while flavors of plum and cherry skin unfold on the finish. Drink now–2018.Dolomite8820StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzRaats Family 2013 Dolomite Cabernet Franc (Stellenbosch)Cabernet FrancRaats Family
3915539154USConcentrated red cherry, black tea leaf and a touch of minerality show on the nose of this blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. A line of concentrated blackberry powers the palate, which also offers woody mint and rose-petal flavors.Cellar Select8830CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRancho Sisquoc 2012 Cellar Select Meritage (Santa Barbara County)MeritageRancho Sisquoc
3915639155ItalyHeady aromas of peach blossom and jasmine lead the way on this vibrant sparkler. The refreshing palate brings bright acidity and an invigorating perlage, with green apple and citrus notes.Brut Millesimato8816VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRaphael Dal Bo 2014 Brut Millesimato (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraRaphael Dal Bo
3915739156ItalyFragrant and foaming, this opens with delicate aromas of wisteria, hawthorn and orchard fruit. The luminous palate offers green apple, pear and candied lemon drop supported by racy acidity and small, vivacious bubbles.Extra Dry Millesimato8816VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRaphael Dal Bo 2014 Extra Dry Millesimato (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraRaphael Dal Bo
3915839157USRich, thick and dense, this is a powerfully concentrated wine, blended with 4% Viognier in a Northern Rhône style. The grapes are grown in Oak Knoll from dry-farmed vines that yield very little. Black plum, tar and cooked meat combine for complexity atop the high alcohol.Estate Grown and Bottled Unfiltered8890CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSignorello 2012 Estate Grown and Bottled Unfiltered Syrah (Napa Valley)SyrahSignorello
3915939158USLemon-honey candy, chopped garden herbs, sliced spring onions and appealing aromas of cut tennis balls show on the nose of this wine from an extreme coastal vineyard near Cambria. Lively green flavors power the palate, with chive, dill, apple-skin bitterness and a detectable salinity.Estate8825CaliforniaSan Luis ObispoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStolo 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (San Luis Obispo)Sauvignon BlancStolo
3916039159ItalyFragrant and refined, this opens with aromas of spring flowers and Bartlett pear. The luminous palate doles out green apple, white peach and citrus alongside bright acidity and a soft mousse.8819VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Cà Bolani NV ProseccoGleraTenuta Cà Bolani
3916139160ItalyDried yellow flowers, chamomile, acacia and ripe pear aromas lead the nose. The firm palate delivers yellow apple, hazelnut and a mineral note alongside bright acidity and a refined perlage.Rive di Collato8818VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta degli Ultimi 2013 Rive di Collato (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)Sparkling BlendTenuta degli Ultimi
3916239161FranceIn this pale colored rosé, the palate is as light as the color. It is crisp and fresh while the dosage gives a soft, ripe strawberry flavor. The wine is in balance, with a touch of tannin from the Pinot Noir used to make the rosé. The bottle needs no aging.Brut Rosé88ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Maillart NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendNicolas Maillart
3916339162FranceThis attractive, finely textured wine has had five years cellar aging and is ready to drink. With ripe balance between apricot, pear and crisp citrus, this is a delicious, refreshing wine to drink now.Alexandre Premier Cru Brut8850ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerSoutiran NV Alexandre Premier Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendSoutiran
3916439163USAll five Bordeaux grapes are in the blend, roughly 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot dominating the flavors. The vines average 30+ years. Tart purple fruits are set against spicy barrel flavors. The wine, still quite young, should continue to improve with bottle age. It's balanced and pleasant, though it pulls up a bit short.Old Vine8835OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Troon 2012 Old Vine Meritage (Applegate Valley)MeritageTroon
3916539164USA big, brawny version of the variety, this is tight and tannic, steeped in leather pouch, black pepper and garrigue. Swirl around in the bottle or glass before sipping, or pair it with braised, leathery meats. A core of acidity helps lift the finish.8836CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2012 Syrah (Napa Valley)SyrahV. Sattui
3916639165ItalyAromas of chamomile flowers, pineapple and a whiff of bread crust lead the way. The bright palate offers ripe golden apple, toasted almond, light pastry cream and a hint of aromatic herbs alongside a soft mousse.Opere Serenissima Metodo Classico88Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Sandi 2012 Opere Serenissima Metodo Classico Sparkling (Vino Spumante)Sparkling BlendVilla Sandi
3916739166FranceA refreshing, crisp wine from the owners of Château de Fuissé, this has delicious acidity along with lemon and yeast flavors. A tangy, mineral character brings out the elegant texture of the fruit. It is ready to drink.Vincent Brut8820BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerVincent NV Vincent Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)ChardonnayVincent
3916839167FranceThis wine is crisp, fruity and refreshingly textured. With white fruit flavors and tight acidity, it is on the dry side, with a softer aftertaste that brings in ripe pear flavors. Drink now.Comte Audoin de Dampierre Cuvée des Ambassadeurs Brut8870ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerComtes de Dampierre NV Comte Audoin de Dampierre Cuvée des Ambassadeurs Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendComtes de Dampierre
3916939168PortugalThis is a rich, full-bodied and generous wine. It has great red berry flavors that are supported by a light oak character and freshened with acidity. Although young, it is ready to drink.8814TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Tejo)Cabernet SauvignonFiuza
3917039169PortugalThis wine is a rich, dense wine that is maturing well. It has solid spice, wood and black currant flavors that are packed into a firmly tannic structure. It is ready to drink now–2020.Quadrus8820DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCARM 2010 Quadrus Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCARM
3917139170FranceThis wine is ripe and fruity, with a soft texture. Made in the northern Burgundy region of Saint-Bris, it conveys an attractive cool feel, emphasizing apples, lemon and a fresh, crisp aftertaste. Drink now.Paul Delane Brut Réserve8823BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerBailly-Lapierre NV Paul Delane Brut Réserve (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendBailly-Lapierre
3917239171ItalyAromas of apple, delicate white flowers and a whiff of chopped herbs lead the way. The round palate offers creamed pear, yellow peach and candied lemon drop alongside firm acidity and a creamy mousse.Belcanto Dry8829VenetoValdobbiadene Superiore di CartizzeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBellussi NV Belcanto Dry (Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze)GleraBellussi
3917339172USFleshy and floral, this is a delightfully light, dry and tropical wine, with primary characteristics of apple and lime. Refreshing, it'll serve well as a versatile companion on the table or as as worthy apéritif, finishing in grassy fig and pear.Limited Release8826CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBlack Stallion 2014 Limited Release Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley)Pinot GrigioBlack Stallion
3917439173SpainWoodsy, briary aromas of leather, sagebrush and black cherry set up a firm, clampy palate. Flavors of vanilla, dill, raspberry and salt are honest and traditional for Rioja, while light oak and vanilla flavors along with scratchiness drive a crisp finish to conclusion.Viña Zaco8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Bilbainas 2012 Viña Zaco (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Bilbainas
3917539174USGrapefruit blossoms, scratched pink grapefruit skin and Granny Smith apples show on the delicate nose of this blend of 54% Sémillon, 43.5% Sauvignon Blanc and 2.5% Orange Muscat. It's light, bright and easy on the palate, with cut green apple and lime juice flavors, making it perfect to pair with plenty of lighter foods.Gravitas8816CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBonny Doon 2014 Gravitas White (California)White BlendBonny Doon
3917639175ItalyWisteria, peach blossom and a whiff of peach lead the nose. On the linear palate, bracing acidity frames apple, pear and dried thyme notes alongside vibrant, persistent bubbles.Rive di Collalto Brut8820VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBorgoluce 2014 Rive di Collalto Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraBorgoluce
3917739176USFrom Mount Veeder comes this blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Cherry and vanilla dominate atop a thickness of oak and soft, smoky tannins. Juicy on the finish, it may need more time to come around, the grapes 100% estate grown.Henry's Keep Proprietary Red Wine8898CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBrandlin 2012 Henry's Keep Proprietary Red Wine Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBrandlin
3917839177USThis wine's light and refreshing nose cuts between orange-blossom ripeness, lime-juice sharpness, chalky minerality and a touch of milk fat. There is good energy on the palate, powered by tart green apple rinds and citrus zest.8819CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayFess Parker

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