Wine Reviews

4104141040ItalyPretty aromas of wild strawberry and a hint of baking spice take shape in the glass. The luminous palate delivers red cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and a cedar note brightened by fresh acidity. It's balanced with silky tannins. Drink through 2017.Pigeno8938Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStroblhof 2012 Pigeno Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroStroblhof
4104241041ItalyFermented in oak barrels, this has aromas that recall white flower, toasted oak, baked pear and dried apricot. The palate offers butterscotch and mature Golden Delicious apple alongside fresh acidity. Toasted hazelnut signals the finish.Gris8928Northeastern ItalyFriuli IsonzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLis Neris 2012 Gris Pinot Grigio (Friuli Isonzo)Pinot GrigioLis Neris
4104341042ChileFresh aromas of stony minerals, white grapefruit and passion fruit are a proper opening for a zesty, cutting palate that's loaded to the brink with citric acidity. Flavors of wet stones, lime, lemon and green apple finish long, zesty and without a stumble.Coastal Cool Climate Estate Bottled8917Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLomas del Valle 2014 Coastal Cool Climate Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancLomas del Valle
4104441043ItalyAromas of pressed white flower and orchard fruit waft from the glass. On the palate, a nutty note of toasted hazelnut and a mineral vein add depth to the dried apricot, baked yellow peach and citrus flavors. Enjoy soon.Il Rintocco8926LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarangona 2011 Il Rintocco (Lugana)TurbianaMarangona
4104541044ItalyAromas of pressed white flower, citrus and beeswax unfold in the glass. The palate offers citrus zest, dried apricot and lemon drop. It has nice depth but drink soon to capture the remaining fruit.Riserva89LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarangona 2011 Riserva (Lugana)TurbianaMarangona
4104641045ItalyAromas of pear, pressed white flower, exotic fruit and hints of toasted oak lead the nose. The round palate offers nectarine zest, apricot, dried herb and vanilla alongside soft but refreshing acidity.Molamatta8923Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarco Felluga 2012 Molamatta White (Collio)White BlendMarco Felluga
4104741046ItalyAromas of candied fruit, toasted oak, vanilla and a balsamic note lead the nose. The palate offers dried apple, dried apricot, almond and a honey note alongside soft acidity. It closes on a note of roasted coffee bean. The fruit is already fading so enjoy soon.More Maiorum8917Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMastroberardino 2009 More Maiorum (Fiano di Avellino)FianoMastroberardino
4104841047ItalyMade with organically farmed grapes, this opens with aromas of honeysuckle and peach blossom. The palate doles out juicy peach, tart apple, white almond and a mineral note. It's balanced with bright acidity.Catulliano8916LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePratello 2014 Catulliano (Lugana)TurbianaPratello
4104941048USA scent of leathery funk inhabits this wine, yet never overtakes the balanced flavors. A mix of blueberry and cherry fills the palate with lush flavors, and highlights of coffee, mocha and salted caramel add further interest. It drinks as a more mature wine than the vintage date might suggest.Pelos Sandberg Vineyard8942OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Iota Cellars 2012 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirIota Cellars
4105041049USFresh and creamy, this spent time in 80% neutral oak, which smoothed out the flavors. Pear and banana fruit flavors are textural and wrapped in lemony acidity. The creaminess is impressive.8920OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Keeler 2013 Pinot Gris (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot GrisKeeler
4105141050GermanySavory whiffs of clay and smoked nuts belie the pristine white peach and grapefruit flavors that flood the palate of this semidry Riesling. It's juicy and primary, but irresistibly so, finishing on a lingering note of spice and saffron.Piesporter Goldtröpfchen8916MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaLeonard Kreusch 2013 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling (Mosel)RieslingLeonard Kreusch
4105241051SpainThe immediate impression is that this wine is heavy, ripe and oaky. Sawdust and wood grain are the lead aromas. In the mouth, this chunky Priorat is hard, with grating tannins. Hickory and toasted berry flavors finish hot and resiny.8995CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachVall Llach 2009 Red (Priorat)Red BlendVall Llach
4105341052ItalyThis opens with aromas of toasted nut, pressed white flower, straw, exotic fruit and honey. The firm palate has a smoky, mineral quality that accents citrus zest, pineapple, toasted hazelnut and sliced apple. It's balanced and fresh, with tangy acidity.Tenute di Altavilla8922Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Matilde 2013 Tenute di Altavilla (Fiano di Avellino)FianoVilla Matilde
4105441053ItalyAromas convey pear, green apple and flint. The crisp palate delivers nectarine, Granny Smith apple, pineapple, mineral and tinge of Mediterranean herb. It's nicely balanced, with bright acidity.Ventidue8935Southern ItalyBeneventanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Raiano 2013 Ventidue Falanghina (Beneventano)FalanghinaVilla Raiano
4105541054USFrom a warm, ripe vintage, this reflects those characteristics with fruit-driven flavors of plum, berry and apricot. Round and full-bodied, it finishes with a lick of orange liqueur.Treehouse Estate8928OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Vista Hills 2012 Treehouse Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirVista Hills
4105641055ArgentinaAromas of blueberry and raspberry are floral and exotic, which is usual for Cafayate wines. This has a chunky, grapy mouthfeel and fruit-cake flavors of stewed berry and plum along with spice notes. A jammy feeling finish is low on structure.Cuma Made With Organic Grapes8713OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2014 Cuma Made With Organic Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon (Cafayate)Cabernet SauvignonMichel Torino
4105741056USThis looks deep and dark, smells like Port and tastes almost as rich as that. However, it's dry and not too high in alcohol, although the aroma and flavor of superripe grapes is similar. While bold in flavor and relatively big in texture, it's pretty smooth overall.Estate8724CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2012 Estate Malbec (Sierra Foothills)MalbecNaggiar
4105841057ItalyAromas of leafy underbrush, cellar floor and crushed herb carry over to a palate of raw red cherry and dried sage. Astringent tannins give it a tongue-drying finish.Vecchie Vigne Sorì Paitin Riserva87PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePaitin 2010 Vecchie Vigne Sorì Paitin Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloPaitin
4105941058ItalyAromas of new oak, coconut, espresso and chopped herb lead the nose. On the palate, bracing tannins support dried red berry, raw cherry and a confectionary note. A lack of fruit richness gives it an astringent finish.San Cristoforo87PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePietro Rinaldi 2012 San Cristoforo (Barbaresco)NebbioloPietro Rinaldi
4106041059ItalyThis opens with aromas of red berry, coffee bean and toast aromas. The palate offers up tart sour cherry, espresso and chopped sage alongside tightly packed, astringent tannins.Gallina8754PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrinsi 2012 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloPrinsi
4106141060PortugalThis is a tense, textured wine that is still young. Bright, tangy acidity is balanced by apricot and pear flavors, bringing out a delicious yet refreshing character. The wine needs a few more months, so drink from 2016.Claudia's Branco8723DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuevedo 2014 Claudia's Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuevedo
4106241061ItalyDelicate aromas of lemon blossom and orchard fruit come together in the glass. Made with 85% Vermentino and 15% Nuragus, this is soft and round, with ripe yellow apple, juicy peach and a mineral note. It's brightened by just enough fresh acidity.Villa Solais8713Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Santadi 2014 Villa Solais (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoCantina Santadi
4106341062FranceA fruity, apple-driven wine, this has a creamy texture. It is soft, lightly spicy and with delicious acidity. The wine is fruity, fragrant and refreshing. Drink now, reveling in the fruit.8733BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerSeguin-Manuel 2013 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnaySeguin-Manuel
4106441063USThis vineyard-designate opens with a luxurious nose of cardamom and plummy blackberry seasoned with dried herb, and is seamless and soft on the palate. An oaky swathe of tannin dominates on the finish.Gallagher's Vineyard8740CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSmith Wooton 2012 Gallagher's Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancSmith Wooton
4106541064USA tight, concentrated wine made in larger quantities than many of the producer's other Cabernets, this is approachable and medium bodied, featuring aromas and flavors of savory black tea and olive.Estate Bottled8735CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSt. Supéry 2012 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSt. Supéry
4106641065ArgentinaFloral blackberry aromas are concentrated. The saturated palate is somewhat narrow in breadth, while boysenberry and minty oak flavors rank as dark. A wiry but juicy finish is lasting and offers a note of chocolaty oak.8710Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTilia 2014 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTilia
4106741066GermanyEarthy saffron and fennel notes waft throughout this plush, sun-kissed Riesling, lending a savory cast to plump yellow peach and mango flavors. Zesty acidity brightens the mid palate, leading to a moderately long finish. Drink now.Bin 1698712MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaTwisted River 2014 Bin 169 Riesling (Mosel)RieslingTwisted River
4106841067PortugalSpanish producer Vicente Gandia continues its venture into Portugal with this ripe, spicy and toasty wine. Wood flavors mingle with the red fruits and bright acidity. It is rich, full and ready to drink.Boâbrisa8710AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerVicente Gandia 2013 Boâbrisa Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedVicente Gandia
4106941068USThis full-bore wine smells like strawberries and cherries, and tastes jammy and chocolaty. The rich, almost thick texture hangs on to all that ripeness on the finish. This should pair well with salty cheeses or a chocolate dessert.Old Vine8715CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVictor Vineyards 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelVictor Vineyards
4107041069USA bright copper color, this is done in a French style, with an emphasis less on freshness than on more mature flavors. Impressions of rose water, cracker and orange liqueur contribute to the mix. This wine should be consumed now through 2016.Rosé of8718OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Weisinger 2013 Rosé of Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahWeisinger

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