Wine Reviews

4047140470ItalyEnticing aromas of mature plum and woodland berry unfold in the glass as do dark spice and balsamic scents. The full-bodied palate delivers steeped cherry, black raspberry flavors and a licorice note while firm, closely-knit tannins provide the framework. Drink 2016–2021.Memini91Southern ItalyIrpiniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGuastaferro 2011 Memini Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoGuastaferro
4047240471AustriaThe nose does not want to give more away than fresh yeast but the palate shines: there are distinct ripe lemon flavors, almost lemon confit, with subtle edges of white pepper that practically tickle the palate. A subtle but rewarding wine with a slender palate.Lamm Reserve9160KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHirsch 2014 Lamm Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerHirsch
4047340472USDespite its light-as-a-feather demeanor, a crush of bright red cherry and cranberry flavors pulsate from this dazzling Cabernet Franc. It's refreshingly thirst quenching, yet elegant enough to savor through a long, herb and bramble-toned finish. Drink now through 2016.9119New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Lake Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancKeuka Lake Vineyards
4047440473New ZealandLike the other 2013 Chardonnays from Kumeu River, this boasts crisp acids. Melon and lime notes dominate at first, slowly being overtaken by zesty pineapple fruit on the finish. Quaffable now, but sure to deepen and round out with a few years of aging. Drink now–2020.Hunting Hill9149KumeuJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKumeu River 2013 Hunting Hill Chardonnay (Kumeu)ChardonnayKumeu River
4047540474USMade from 75% Chardonnay and 25% Viognier, Una is thick in caramel and vanilla tones throughout. It conveys a distinct taste and aroma of burnt sugar, like pecans roasting over an open fire. Complex, it works as a well-adjusted, finely made sweet wine, ready to be paired with fruity desserts.Una Betsy's Vineyard Late Harvest9136CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLawer 2014 Una Betsy's Vineyard Late Harvest Chardonnay (Knights Valley)ChardonnayLawer
4047640475USThis wine explores the variety's savory side, with aromas of fresh herbs, green pepper and dried tobacco followed by flowers and cherry. It brings suppleness and richness of flavor but also exceptionally well-balanced acidity with length to match, with cedar notes on the finish.Sonas9125WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOS Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)Cabernet FrancOS Winery
4047740476USCabernet Sauvignon (71%) makes up the majority of this blend, which also includes Merlot (25%) and pinches of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Complex aromas of potting soil, green pepper, graphite, herbs, blackberry, licorice and barrel spices are followed by focused black-fruit flavors with light coffee accents.JRG9130WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPamplin 2012 JRG Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendPamplin
4047840477AustriaSome reduction still swings on the nose in the form of flinty smokiness, once this wears off, pure, taut, zesty lemon comes to the fore and remains the central feature of this streamlined, slender wine. There is midpalate texture and whistle-clean length.Hasel Alte Reben Reserve9115KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllram 2014 Hasel Alte Reben Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerAllram
4047940478USAromas of cocoa, herb, woodspice and blue and black fruit lead to lush, palate-coating dark fruit flavors that display depth and richness, backed by a dry lick of tannins.9132WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmavi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonAmavi
4048040479USThis is a Merlot-dominant blend, with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc blended in. It offers cooler-climate elements of dried herb, cedar and currant, with the tannins sleek and polished. The finish flirts with a taste of coconut. Drink now through 2021.Arise9154CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBlackbird Vineyards 2013 Arise Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendBlackbird Vineyards
4048140480FranceTypical of early-maturing, Merlot-based wines from this vintage, this is rich, swirling with black-berry fruits and generous tannins. The fresh, almost crisp aftertaste is already attractive. Drink from 2019.91BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Dassault 2013 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Dassault
4048240481FranceMade by the team from Château Lynch-Bages, this estate crafts wines in the same generous style. A firm, tannic edge gives structure to the juicy acidity and black currant flavors. Drink from 2018.91BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Ormes de Pez 2013 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Ormes de Pez
4048340482FranceThe second wine of Château Meyney comes from one of the top estates of the appellation. From selected parcels and barrels of wine, this shows the same sense of structure as the top wine, while the fruitiness is developing more quickly. The black currant and plum-juice flavors are already bursting from the tannins. Drink from 2017.La Chapelle de Meyney9140BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Meyney 2010 La Chapelle de Meyney (Saint-Estèphe)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Meyney
4048440483USAromas convey cedar, savory herb, earth, black licorice and cherry. The dark flavors are reserved in style but still display richness, supported by fine-grained tannins.Edouard9162WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Rollat 2011 Edouard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonChateau Rollat
4048540484USA big, burly, hedonistic wine, this offers layers of pronounced baked apple, pear and caramel. The oak wraps itself around in cinnamon-toast waves, with sizable power on the palate. The joy ride ends with a balanced sense of wet stone, fresh and refined.9160CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDella 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayDella
4048640485USMade in smaller amounts than its sister label, Starmont, this wine has more complexity and layering of flavors and textures. It opens juicy and exuberant, almost brawny, in black cherry and berry. Oak, currant and clove provide a spicy flair midway through and on the finish.9138CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMerryvale 2013 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirMerryvale
4048740486USFrom four of the producer's vineyards, this is a sublimely layered and intriguing wine, pretty and floral on the nose in citrus peel and jasmine. Weighty and plush on the palate, it traffics in caramel and honey, settling into harmony on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2021.Estate Vineyards9140CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneStonestreet 2013 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayStonestreet
4048840487USIt's rare to find a pure varietal example that all comes from a single site. This one offers aromas of flowers, moist soil, purple fruit and exotic spice followed by a dense, almost impenetrable palate that offers freshness and length. It's a standout example of the variety.McClellan Estate Vineyard9135WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSeven Hills 2013 McClellan Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Petit VerdotSeven Hills
4048940488USThe fruit for this wine comes nearly equally from Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills (Alder Ridge, Force Majeure and Heart of the Hill vineyards). Jammy raspberry and plum aromas lead to rich, full flavors. It brings plenty of fruit-filled appeal, though the variety's wild side seems tamed.9130WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSyncline 2013 Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))MourvèdreSyncline
4049040489AustriaHow unusual—a Pinot Noir from Wachau! Appetizing notes of fresh red currants give this a delicate, light-bodied aspect. The tart berry fruit is again reinforced on the palate where red currants are joined by cranberry. White pepper fizzes around the edges and makes for a lot of charm on a slender, smooth and translucent body.9132WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTegernseerhof 2013 Pinot Noir (Wachau)Pinot NoirTegernseerhof
4049140490USFrom the winery that first popularized Petite Sirah in California, this vintage has vivid black-pepper aromas and a deep, inky color. Rich and concentrated flavors suggest pomegranate juice, blackberries and clove. Lavish and layered tannins give the texture an almost thick viscosity that coats the mouth for a lasting impression.Reserve9140CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsConcannon 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahConcannon
4049240491New ZealandBlueberries and spice—think baking spices and cracked pepper—mingle easily in this medium-bodied, velvety-textured Syrah. Vanilla oak makes an appearance as well, but overall the wine is savory, with ample spice and structure. Drink now–2020.9125Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCypress 2013 Syrah (Hawke's Bay)SyrahCypress
4049340492AustriaFresh, fragrant and aromatic, this is a clean, clear, limpid wine. Its white fruit flavors are refreshingly crisp, offering delicious acidity. Finishes with a lively citrus aftertaste. Screwcap.Steinterrassen8928KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerStadt Krems 2012 Steinterrassen Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingStadt Krems
4049440493AustriaThe Sandgrube vineyard is one of the most familiar names in Krems and produces warm, fruity wines like this. The wine has weight, a dense texture and green-fruit acidity, laced with pepper. It's very young and should be kept for 2–3 years. Screwcap.Kremser Sandgrube8918KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerThierry-Weber 2012 Kremser Sandgrube Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerThierry-Weber
4049540494USThis new cuvée features grapes from both Tokar and Yellowbird vineyards, located out in the Mill Creek region east of downtown Walla Walla. It's close enough to the Blue Mountains to allow for this experiment in dry-farmed (non-irrigated) grapes. Flavors are distinctive, showing wild berries, cola, grain and herb.Dryland8942WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tulpen 2009 Dryland Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonTulpen
4049640495ItalyThis Barolo offers tobacco leaf, porcini mushroom, roasted coffee bean and espresso aromas. The palate delivers ripe plum and coffee notes, and ripe, round tannins. This isn't a very typical expression of Barolo, but it's enjoyable. It's already approachable. Drink it now and over the next few years.Torriglione8960PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMario Gagliasso 2009 Torriglione (Barolo)NebbioloMario Gagliasso
4049740496AustriaA ripe, creamy wine with a fragrant apple core, this is a full bodied, forceful blast of fruit and soft acidity. Finishes rich with hints of spice. Screwcap.Seeberg88BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerPrieler 2012 Seeberg Pinot Blanc (Burgenland)Pinot BlancPrieler
4049840497AustriaThis is a ripe, open and fruity wine, that's still very fresh and crisp. It has fragrant apple flavor, soft texture and a bright and juicy core that radiates a rounded character with finishing acidity. Screwcap.8828KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerStadt Krems 2012 Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerStadt Krems
4049940498AustriaOn the rich side, this is a full-bodied wine with pure green and white fruits. Acidity cuts through this richer texture, a lively fruity wine that is also full of ripe fruits. At the end, a more steely, mineral character emerges. Screwcap.Kittmansberg Reserve8839KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerSteininger 2011 Kittmansberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
4050040499AustriaLively and crisp, this wine hints more at fragrant red berries and red fruit than the tannins of Cabernet. The structure is there, but in the background, giving the wine a chance at a couple of years' bottle aging.Rosé Sekt8832Österreichischer SektRoger Voss@vossrogerSteininger 2011 Rosé Sekt Cabernet Sauvignon (Österreichischer Sekt)Cabernet SauvignonSteininger

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