Wine Reviews

4002140020USIn this wine a deft mix of brambly berries and bitter green herbs balances against firm, earthy tannins. The supporting acids are ample but not intrusive.8724OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTorii Mor
4002240021FranceRipe and juicy, this is a warm, red-fruited wine. With plenty of acidity, it is fresh, although the big attraction here is the fresh fruit balanced by the firm, smoky tannins. Drink from summer 2016.La Chenevière8715BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Bel Air 2014 La Chenevière (Morgon)GamayVignerons de Bel Air
4002340022ItalyAromas of mature plum, dark berry and violet lead the way. On the straightforward palate, hints of toast and espresso add a bit of depth to the dried cherry core. Dusty but fleeting tannins lead to a slightly raspy finish.Piegaia Riserva8725TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Calcinaia 2012 Piegaia Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseVilla Calcinaia
4002440023ChileThis reddish-pink rosé of Syrah is clean up front, with touches of yeast, chewing gum and red fruits on the nose. Fairly full-bodied as rosé goes, this tastes fruity but nondescript, while the finish is similar before showing some sweetness.Cefiro Reserva Syrah8712Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2015 Cefiro Reserva Syrah Rosé (Casablanca Valley)RoséViña Casablanca
4002540024USQuite pale in color, this is an aromatically expressive, very varietal wine, with notes of forest floor, sarsaparilla and cherry. The flavors are light—not delivering on the aroma's promise—but still having richness, with nervy acids keeping it energized.8716OregonOregonOregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWindy Bay 2013 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirWindy Bay
4002640025AustraliaThis medium-bodied wine offers an elegant, silky mouthfeel. Some yeasty-dough aromas add interest to the pineapple and tangerine flavors, which linger delicately on the finish.Generation Series Cold Chalk8729South AustraliaAdelaide HillsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMr. Riggs 2013 Generation Series Cold Chalk Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills)ChardonnayMr. Riggs
4002740026SpainStandard aromas of cantaloupe and lees feed into a bright, lively palate with bracing acidity and good overall balance. Nectarine and citrus flavors are basic but hang in there on a lasting finish.8713Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMuga 2014 Rosé (Rioja)RoséMuga
4002840027SpainAromas of peach, red apple skins and cantaloupe come with powdery, soapy notes. This feels fresh, with vivid flavors of stone fruits and peach pit. A steady, clean finish renders this proper for immediate consumption.Clos de Torribas8712CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord 2014 Clos de Torribas Rosé (Penedès)RoséPinord
4002940028USIt's quite different from the winery's inaugural 2005 Sangiovese, with more sweet cranberry fruit and chewy, peppery tannins. It's got both muscle and spice, with a sweet, cotton candy core that is buttressed with the power of the lengthy finish that adds layers of fat and cocoa.8720WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trio Vintners 2006 Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangioveseTrio Vintners
4003040029GreeceA fine example of how integrated the Xinomavro grape can be. Earthy, Mediterranean nosings of eucalyptus, olive and clove lead into balanced, simply attractive flavors of spice and fruit that are robust but refined. A great choice for a spiced meat entree—think grilled lamb kebabs. Tannic but smooth.Epilegmenos Reserve8716NaoussaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaTsantali 2003 Epilegmenos Reserve Xinomavro (Naoussa)XinomavroTsantali
4003140030ItalyHere is a luminous single-vineyard bubbly with steady and persistent perlage and pristine aromas of acacia flower, orange zest and peach. Thanks to small percentages of Verdiso and Perera, it is a very fruit-forward wine with great balance and drying mineral tones.Dirupo Brut8716VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneAndreola Orsola NV Dirupo Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoAndreola Orsola
4003240031ItalyThis Prosecco Brut (made with 5% Chardonnay for extra smoothness) delivers floral aromas of dried lavender and rose backed by mineral tones and pulpy peach. It's a lively and generous wine made by Franco Adami, one of the most charismatic and enthusiastic producers in Prosecco land.Bosco di Gica Brut8718VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneAdami NV Bosco di Gica Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoAdami
4003340032USConsumers need to be warned that this Zin has 16.3% alcohol, which puts it nearly in Port territory. That aside, it's a good example of its style, which lots of people like. Dry and well-structured in acids and tannins, it shows rich flavors of red and black currants, anise, cola and crushed pepper.Monto Rosso Vineyard Viñas Antiguas8755CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaAmapola Creek 2005 Monto Rosso Vineyard Viñas Antiguas Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelAmapola Creek
4003440033ItalyBelcanto di Bellussi is a soapy, fragrant expression of Prosecco with frothy cream and pretty aromas of fruity pulp and peach. This sparkler has a creamy mouthfeel and a generous sweet spot in the form of honey and melon.Belcanto Extra Dry8714VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneBellussi NV Belcanto Extra Dry (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoBellussi
4003540034USMade in a spare, angular style, this has citrus zest, mineral and pear flavors, brightened by acidity. It's an elegant wine with a creamy, buttery texture.Savoy Vineyard8735CaliforniaAnderson ValleyBreggo 2006 Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)ChardonnayBreggo
4003640035ItalyThis Prosecco Extra Dry definitely boasts sweet, fruity tones of peach, melon and honey and backs those aromas with a creamy, frothy texture. It has piquant, lively effervescence and a crisp, citrusy finish. Col Vetoraz is located at the heart of Valdobbiadene's most celebrated cru.Extra Dry8718VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneCol Vetoraz Spumanti NV Extra Dry (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCol Vetoraz Spumanti
4003740036SpainWatermelon, cantaloupe and peach aromas are just as they should be, while the palate is whole, fresh and full of tangerine and nectarine. Compact, defined and complete, with a smooth, light finish. Nothing miraculous but great for summer sipping.Rosado8712Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Coto 2007 Rosado Rosé (Rioja)RoséEl Coto
4003840037ArgentinaThe ultimate patio/terrace wine has been found, and it's Urban from O. Fournier. True as can be, with lychee, acacia and green melon aromas and flavors, this wine is plump but refreshing, with honest Cafayate character. Maybe the best under-$10 white wine being made in Argentina.Urban878OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachO. Fournier 2007 Urban Torrontés (Cafayate)TorrontésO. Fournier
4003940038USFrom a vineyard in Philo comes this full-bodied rosé. Made by combining finished Pinot Noir wine with stainless steel-fermented free run juice, it has tart flavors of cherry skin, cherry juice and minerals.Philo Rosé8722CaliforniaAnderson ValleyStandish 2006 Philo Rosé Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirStandish
4004040039ArgentinaBig and strong, with full but easy black-fruit aromas. Ripeness is where it should be, as cassis and berry flavors work the consistent palate before giving way to a medium-long finish. Along the way there are hints of herbs, coffee and cherry cough drop.Select8711Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2006 Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonTrivento
4004140040ItalyHere's an elegant, drying Prosecco Brut (with 10% Bianchetta and 5% Verdiso) that delivers pretty mineral linearity backed by a beautiful embroidery of flowers and yellow fruit. The wine is clean and crisp with zesty lemon on the close.Brut87VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneLa Tordera NV Brut (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoLa Tordera
4004240041USFirm and minerally, with zippy acids framing oak-touched mango, pear and sautéed banana flavors. Not a big Chard, but an elegant, crisply dry one.Reserve8725CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMartin Ray 2006 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayMartin Ray
4004340042USYoung, elegant, spicy and still quite tight, this is showing lovely fragrances of rose and cherry. In the mouth it seems more elegantly feminine, less powerful than the Bruno's II blend. Syrah contributes black pepper, raspberry and red currant; the Bordeaux grapes put some tannic muscle into the back end.Bruno's Blend III Red Wine8723WashingtonColumbia Valley-Walla Walla ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Va Piano NV Bruno's Blend III Red Wine Red (Columbia Valley-Walla Walla Valley)Red BlendVa Piano
4004440043ItalyThere's a soapy, lavender-like quality that gives more prominence to its dry character, lingering mineral tones and uniquely dusty finish. Dense and more sophisticated than your standard Prosecco because the blend includes 10% Chardonnay that was aged in oak for six months.Cuvée del Fondatore8718VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneValdo NV Cuvée del Fondatore (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoValdo
4004540044ItalyThere are beautiful fruit tones here that recall a fresh fruit salad with green apple, kiwi and thin slices of banana. You'll love the intensity and persistence of this wine and its long, sweet fruit flavors.Dry Cuvée8719VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneVilla Sandi NV Dry Cuvée (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoVilla Sandi
4004640045AustriaSpicy wine, with its soft red stone fruits and bright tannins. There is a certain layer of dryness, and the acidity is fresh and gleaming. Being a Klassik style, there is a minimum of wood aging, and the wine just speaks of the fruit. Glass stopper.Blauer Klassik8717SüdoststeiermarkRoger Voss@vossrogerWinkler-Hermaden 2006 Blauer Klassik Zweigelt (Südoststeiermark)ZweigeltWinkler-Hermaden
4004740046AustriaThis intensely perfumed, delicate style, with some tight tannins from the fruit, is full of red currant and plum skin tannins, lifted by fresh acidity and finished with hedgerow fruit flavors.8740NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerZull 2004 Pinot Noir (Niederösterreich)Pinot NoirZull
4004840047AustriaOne of the new generation of Grüners, reflecting the terroir of the Weinviertel of Lower Austria. It is fresh, crisp, clean—maybe a little too clean—but certainly showing green apple and pepper flavors touched with white fruits. Screwcap.Weinviertel DAC8718WeinviertelRoger Voss@vossrogerZull 2006 Weinviertel DAC Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerZull
4004940048AustriaAn attractive, perfumed blend of Chardonnay and Muscat grapes, very summery, fresh and crisp. There's lively acidity, quince and pear flavors and a vibrant fruity aftertaste. Screwcap.Trie8715BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerGunter Triebaumer 2007 Trie White (Burgenland)White BlendGunter Triebaumer
4005040049AustriaVery light, elegant, fresh wine, crisp in the extreme, deliciously perfumed with its white flower aromas and hedgerow fruits. There is a green element here, shown in the fruit skin structure, which ends with an aftertaste of fresh, piercing acidity. Screwcap.8718KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerLoimer 2007 Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingLoimer

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