Wine Reviews

4152141520ItalyMade of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this has black-skinned fruit, game and scorched earth aromas. The dense palate delivers ripe black plum, toast and tobacco, its assertive tannins lending a rather astringent finish.8746TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Prospero 2013 BolgheriRed BlendPodere Prospero
4152241521ItalyMade of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, this opens with rose and baking spice scents. The straightforward palate shows red plum and clove flavors, held firm with solid tannins. Drink through 2018.8716TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio al Chiuso 2015 ChiantiRed BlendPoggio al Chiuso
4152341522ItalyThe nose of this 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino Chianti shows muted black-skinned fruit and cooking spice aromas. The palate is easygoing, displaying black cherry, clove and vanilla flavors enveloped in mellow tannins. Enjoy soon.8720TuscanyChianti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggiotondo 2014 Chianti SuperioreRed BlendPoggiotondo
4152441523ItalyThis blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino shows delicate plum and underbrush aromas. It's medium-bodied, approachable and smoothly tannic, delivering prune and clove flavors. Drink through 2018.8715TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggiotondo 2015 ChiantiRed BlendPoggiotondo
4152541524USFresh and zesty on the nose, this bottling offers lemongrass, lime peel and kiwi scents, with floral jasmine undertones. The palate delivers loads of zing—an almost effervescent energy and verve—with Bosc pear, apple and honeysuckle flavors.8718CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Hall 2015 Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierRobert Hall
4152641525ItalyGrilled herb, dark spice, toast and leather aromas lead the nose. The palate is vigorous, marked by orange zest, dried cherry and thyme notes held together by tightly wound tannins.8717TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSalcheto 2015 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendSalcheto
4152741526USYou'll have to look in the very lower left hand corner of the back label to spot the vintage on this bottle (2014). The soft cherry fruit has a buttery mouthfeel. The wine is lightly toasty and eminently accessible. Drink now through 2020.8717OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stolen Identity 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirStolen Identity
4152841527ItalySubtle stewed black-skinned fruit, grilled herb and licorice aromas lead the nose. The subdued, lean palate offers raw cherry and espresso notes framed by close-grained tannins that grip the finish.8723TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute del Cerro 2013 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoSangioveseTenute del Cerro
4152941528USThis wine shows power and ripeness on the palate, with an oaky nuttiness on the nose. Lemony pear and stony minerality combine with a graham cracker creaminess, providing weight and length.Lower Slope8744CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMedlock Ames 2014 Lower Slope Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMedlock Ames
4153041529SpainJumilla is a red-wine region, but this Sauvignon Blanc is a citrusy example of a tastyquaffable white from the area. Aromas of citrus peel are mildly pyrazinic, while this feels plump and balanced, but with spritz. Core citrus flavors come with a sprinkle of salt.Blanco8714LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMonterebro 2015 Blanco Sauvignon Blanc (Jumilla)Sauvignon BlancMonterebro
4153141530AustraliaFrom a warm, inland region, this is nevertheless a fine value. It's rich and full-bodied without being over the top, offering spice-accented notes of peach, apricot and pineapple. Drink now.Third Generation8712Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzNugan Family Estates 2015 Third Generation Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)ChardonnayNugan Family Estates
4153241531USRoasted meats, dried herbs and plummy fruits show on the nose of this bottling, which presents a more old-California take on Petite Sirah. The palate is lighter weight than usual for the grape, delivering minty herbs more than the dried red fruits.8833CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRussian Ridge 2014 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahRussian Ridge
4153341532PortugalSmoothly textured with a balancing edge of tannin, this ripe—never too sweet—Port is full of dried fruits, an edge of spirits and a dry aftertaste. The wine, from one of the classic Port houses, is intense, concentrated, ready to drink now.Late Bottled Vintage8830PortRoger Voss@vossrogerSandeman 2012 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortSandeman
4153441533ChileBlackberry, prune and pencil eraser aromas are oaky and forced. A heavy, grabby palate with noticeable oak resin delivers chocolaty, oaky berry flavors that taste a bit artificial. In the grand scheme of things, this is more than fair for the price; but prior years were better.Medalla Real Gran Reserva8820Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2013 Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSanta Rita
4153541534USThis dessert-style wine is very fruity, quite sweet and boosted in alcohol. It has a spicy, earthy aroma, lots of plum and prune flavors, a rich mouthfeel and lingering finish.Black Muscat8812CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsShenandoah Vineyards 2013 Black Muscat Muscat Hamburg (Amador County)Muscat HamburgShenandoah Vineyards
4153641535AustraliaRipe grape jelly notes lead this big-boned Shiraz, followed by licorice and dry, brittle oak. The acid and tannins are in balance on the palate, while the oak is a little prominent. Despite that, plenty of juicy fruit follows through to the finish. Drink now–2022.Palm Block8817South AustraliaBarossa ValleySophie's 2015 Palm Block Shiraz (Barossa Valley)ShirazSophie's
4153741536USThis is a blend of 96% Zinfandel with 3% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignane. Big, ripe and brawny, it features a generous helping of berry-cherry flavor that turns jammy and broad. Black pepper and cedar add context and contours to the rich experience.Take It Easy8845CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTank Garage 2015 Take It Easy Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendTank Garage
4153841537FranceThis blend of Niellucciu, Sciaccerellu and Syrah is both rich and stalky. That gives acidity, black currant fruit and a youthful texture. It's balanced with rich tannins which will allow it to age further. Drink from late 2018.Domaine Vetriccie8815France OtherCorseRoger Voss@vossrogerUnion de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté 2015 Domaine Vetriccie Red (Corse)Red BlendUnion de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté
4153941538USThis is a seldom-seen variety in the state. The aromas are brooding, with high-toned notes of dried herb, barrel spice and potpourri along with red fruit. The fruit flavors are tart and plump, soft and sumptuous, showing a pleasing sense of purity. One wants a bit more aromatically but there's still much to enjoy.Mary Evelyn Vineyard8823WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWilridge 2015 Mary Evelyn Vineyard Touriga Nacional (Yakima Valley)Touriga NacionalWilridge
4154041539ChileStrong but pleasant oak-based aromas of sandalwood complement lightly herbal plum and berry notes. This feels wiry and intense, with rugged tannins. Herbal, oaky berry flavors finish with scratchy tannins and a distant note of green.Gran Terroir Estate Grown La Huella Vineyard8818Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAgustinos 2015 Gran Terroir Estate Grown La Huella Vineyard Malbec (Bío Bío Valley)MalbecAgustinos
4154141540ItalyAromas of black-skinned berry and exotic spice set the tone on this blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. The dense palate delivers ripe black cherry, clove and a touch of white pepper alongside smooth tannins. Enjoy through 2021.8820VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Armani 2015 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRed BlendAlbino Armani
4154241541ItalyAromas of berry, dark spice and a whiff of grilled herb lift out of the glass. It's light bodied and savory, with strawberry, red cherry, black pepper and clove flavors set against lithe tannins. Drink soon.8817VenetoBardolinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Piona 2016 BardolinoRed BlendAlbino Piona
4154341542USThe aromas bring notes of herb, dark fruit and spice, seemingly a bit muddled. The palate packs a big mouthful of fruit and savory flavors that show a sense of purity, while bringing a lightly tacky feel. A lack of aromatic clarity holds it back.Ciel du Cheval8840WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAndrew Rich 2014 Ciel du Cheval Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))MourvèdreAndrew Rich
4154441543USHigh-toned aromas of herb, cigar box and spice are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors backed by lightly gritty tannins. The bright acidity keeps the interest high. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.88WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAnimale 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAnimale
4154541544USThis full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend is hardly simple and fruity. It has earthy spicy leathery aromas along with raspberry flavors tinged by earth and tobacco, plus moderate tannins for a pleasantly grippy texture.Tatr8843CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBel Vino 2014 Tatr Red (California)Red BlendBel Vino
4154641545USClean and crisp aromas of Asian pear, lemongrass, honeysuckle, passion fruit and green plum show on the nose of this blend of 64% Sémillon and 36% Sauvignon Blanc. The palate would go down very easy on a hot day, with just a touch of acid-carrying flavors of gardenia, guava, mango and kaffir lime leaf.De Propio Gravitas8816CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBonny Doon 2015 De Propio Gravitas White (North Coast)White BlendBonny Doon
4154741546PortugalRipe, rich and creamy, this is a dense wine from the lees aging. Spice and a touch of toast come from the wood aging that smooths the wine and gives it extra complexity. This is a rich wine, with a tangy aftertaste, that is ready to drink.Reserva8812DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges 2015 Reserva White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteBorges
4154841547PortugalThis is a young tawny (in this case, on average five-years-old) that has kept all its fruit and just added perfumed dried fruits and touches of spice and attractive oxidation from the wood aging. The wine is soft, ripe and easy to drink.Reserva Tawny8814PortRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges NV Reserva Tawny (Port)PortBorges
4154941548ChileMinty, leathery berry fruit aromas are herbal and foresty. This is flush and solid in feel, with controlled tannins. Roasted, herbal black plum and berry flavors are what you'd expect from Colchagua Valley Carmenère, while this feels meaty and tastes blackened on the finish.Los Lingues Vineyard8820Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2015 Los Lingues Vineyard Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreCasa Silva
4155041549FranceRipe and fruity, with delicious red berry flavors, this wine is attractive now. It also has some firm tannins built for aging, giving structure to the juicy fruit. Drink from 2019.8818BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Crusquet Sabourin 2015 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Crusquet Sabourin

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