Wine Reviews

3933139330ChileAromas of olive, mushroom and berry fruits are lightly herbal. This Cabernet feels scratchy, abrupt and edgy, while herbal raspberry and plum flavors finish solid and with a slight note of pickle.Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada8718Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2015 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonConcha y Toro
3933239331ItalyAromas of toasted almond, white flower, dried herb and orchard fruit lead the way. It's round and fresh, with flavors evoking mature yellow apple, candied nectarine and a hint of thyme.Cromalgo8719LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte Sermana 2015 Cromalgo (Lugana)TurbianaCorte Sermana
3933339332FranceThis is a dry style of rosé. Packed with red currant and berry fruits, this blend of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau has a touch of spice to add extra interest. It is perfumed, crisp and ready to drink young.8714Loire ValleyRosé de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Petit Clocher 2016 Rosé de LoireRoséDomaine du Petit Clocher
3933439333FranceFrom the cru village of Boudes, this wine is now mature with its soft red fruits and juicy acidity creating a fruity refreshing wine. The wine, produced on the edge of France's central mountains comes from vineyards that are just a couple of mountain ranges away from Beaujolais in a direct line to the east.Les Demoiselles8715Loire ValleyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sauvat 2015 Les Demoiselles GamayGamayDomaine Sauvat
3933539334FranceMuddy, earthy notes enter the fruity fray of peach on the nose. The palate comes across as clean and zesty. The body is fresh, fruity and easy with an off-dry finish.Cuvée René Dopff8722AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff & Irion 2016 Cuvée René Dopff Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDopff & Irion
3933639335GeorgiaLight straw in color, this wine has a bright nose of pineapple and grapefruit. It fills the mouth with flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with a touch of quince. The finish is a tad tart, with a pleasant note of passion fruit.8715GeorgiaMike DeSimone@worldwineguysDoqi 2015 Rkatsiteli (Georgia)RkatsiteliDoqi
3933739336USThough labeled as Merlot, this smells more like Syrah which makes up 20% of the blend, with aromas of blue and purple fruit along with whiffs of smoked meat and dried herb. The fruit flavors are sweet and plump, backed by soft, luxurious tannins. It's enjoyable but doesn't seem varietally correct.8712WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDrumheller 2015 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotDrumheller
3933839337USStill a bit fragmented, this offers a core of tight apple and peach fruit. It was barrel fermented (10% new) and that shell of barrel flavors has not yet smoothed into the fruit. Give it brisk aeration or another year in the bottle.Five Faces8733OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Fullerton 2015 Five Faces Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayFullerton
3933939338SpainThis Monastrell's cherry and cassis aromas show a rough, oaky burn. It's grippy and a touch raw on the palate, with roasted berry and plum flavors that linger into the finish.Luzón Roble8712LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Luzón 2013 Luzón Roble Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellBodegas Luzón
3934039339AustraliaCombine masses of American oak with high ripeness and the result is this warm woody wine oozing with vanilla, molasses and cedar. It's full and plush, but lacks complexity and cellaring potential. Drink it now.Enchanted Path8775South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMollydooker 2014 Enchanted Path Shiraz-Cabernet (McLaren Vale)Shiraz-CabernetMollydooker
3934139340SpainThis wine's suntan lotion aromas and mild volatility are a bit disconcerting. On the palate, it's full and dark, with abrasive, rubbery tannins and jammy currant and black cherry flavors that finish strong.Los Bohemios879Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachJardín de Lúculo 2015 Los Bohemios Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaJardín de Lúculo
3934239341SpainEarthy but basic berry and plum flavors introduce this bumpy, rugged Tempranillo. Its tight mouthfeel is governed by rough tannins and tomato-like acidity, its lightly herbal, salty plum and berry flavors finishing choppy, rugged and abrasive.Pruno8720Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Villacreces 2014 Pruno (Ribera del Duero)Tempranillo BlendFinca Villacreces
3934339342USLight aromas of lemon, apple, pineapple, toast and spice lead to just off-dry flavors. It drinks a little sweet for a brut but still delivers enjoyment—a straightforward crowd pleaser.Brut Méthode Champenoise8715WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands NV Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling (Columbia Valley (WA))Sparkling Blend14 Hands
3934439343USA relatively light-tasting wine from a sometimes heavy grape variety, this shows a mix of savory and fruit flavors, including cucumber, celery and white pepper. It tastes dry and almost austere, which is appealing in the right pairing, such as with goat cheese on toast.8724CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAcquiesce 2015 Viognier (Lodi)ViognierAcquiesce
3934539344USThis brawny, dry wine has oak, tannin and body in big portions, its dark color leading to cut wood aromas, tart black cherry and blackberry flavors and a firm, somewhat drying texture. It needs rich food as a pairing or more time in the bottle to mellow.Speedster8752CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAuburnJames 2012 Speedster Red (North Coast)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAuburnJames
3934639345SpainThis standard Verdejo is light on acidity, which is reflective of a hot year. Its citrus and green herb notes are fresh and prickly while its melon and thyme flavors lose intensity on the slightly bitter finish.8714Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachBeronia 2016 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoBeronia
3934739346USAs if its electric pink color wasn't enough to attract attention, this medium-bodied wine has effusive candied fruit aromas and just-picked red fruit flavors. Flavor intensity and good acidity give it a lot of personality.Primitivo8716CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBoeger 2016 Primitivo Rosé (El Dorado)RoséBoeger
3934839347USDeep black plum aromas are enhanced by soy and crushed graphite on the nose of this bottling. It lands on the palate softly, with tangy plum and turned loam flavors, its tannins sticky and persistent.8718CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBridlewood 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonBridlewood
3934939348SpainOn the nose, this aging Chardonnay brings corn to mind. Its palate is neither exciting nor flawed, with melon and stone fruit flavors that are yeasty and short, finishing on a bready and slightly oxidized note. Not a great value for its price.Milmanda8765CataloniaConca de BarberàMichael Schachner@wineschachTorres 2013 Milmanda Chardonnay (Conca de Barberà)ChardonnayTorres
3935039349FranceThis crisp and fruity wine is bright with tight apple and grapefruit flavors. It is cool, with a strongly mineral streak and considerable youthful acidity. This bottling will be better from 2018.De Chanceny Brut87Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Saumur NV De Chanceny Brut Sparkling (Crémant de Loire)Sparkling BlendCave de Saumur
3935139350USThis is a well-proportioned, pleasantly balanced wine made from white Rhône grape varieties. It has plenty of fruit and a smooth, almost soft texture. Fresh apple and pear aromas meet nutmeg and vanilla flavors on the palate.The Betty8726CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCellars 33 2016 The Betty White (Lodi)White BlendCellars 33
3935239351USThis wine is so colorful it almost glows. The bright pink hue is a clue to the vivid raspberry and strawberry flavors that follow, giving an almost sweet, candied effect on the palate and finish.8718CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChacewater 2016 Rosé (Sierra Foothills)RoséChacewater
3935339352FranceOwner Michel Dietrich takes the vegan route with no animal derivatives in fining the wine. The wine is taut and tight, with a steely texture that needs to soften. All its fruit is there, muted by the herbal edge and nervy texture. Drink from late 2017.8716BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut-Rian 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Haut-Rian
3935439353FranceThis is a dry wine, with hints of yeast as well as spice and nutmeg flavors. The fruit is well integrated into this mix of flavors, giving a ripe wine that is ready to drink.87BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Penin 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Penin
3935539354FranceBalanced and crisply fruity, this refreshing wine has lively acidity and a tangy texture that brings out minerality. Drink now.8712BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte Marie 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Sainte Marie
3935639355USBaking spice and vanilla aromas are at the fore, followed by blue fruit and barrel spices. The barrel influence (71% new French and American) leads on the palate as well, with abundant vanilla flavors that wash over the fruit. There's some good fruit underneath, if you can get to it.Cold Creek Vineyard8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotChateau Ste. Michelle
3935739356SpainThis full, foamy and aggressive sparkler gives off peach and nectarine aromas with an odd hint of scrambled egg. It's dry on the palate, with modest stone fruit flavors that turn bitter on the finish.Brut Rosé8718CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachClos La Soleya NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendClos La Soleya
3935839357FranceCrisp, tight and full of fruit, this is a lively apéritif style of wine from Vignobles Siozard. A tangy texture gives the wine great lift and adds to its drinkability. Drink now.8713BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Claouset 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséDomaine du Claouset
3935939358FranceA touch of earthy peach appears on the nose. The palate repeats that earthy peach theme and adds some lemon freshness. This is aromatic, off dry and should be drunk while flavors are at their peak.8725AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Mersiol 2015 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Mersiol
3936039359FranceThis is a cool Pinot Noir with flavors both of red fruits and the wood aging. It is smooth with red-cherry fruit and gentle tannins and acidity. The wine, from vineyards on the slopes of Puy de Dôme mountains, is ripe and ready to drink.Nymphéa Prestige8720Loire ValleyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sauvat 2014 Nymphéa Prestige Pinot NoirPinot NoirDomaine Sauvat

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