Wine Reviews

4188141880USWoody tannins bring astringency to this wine, which presents a smoky undercurrent of char and oak. Tart red fruit provides a nuanced fruit component.Munselle Vineyard8560CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneParmeson 2014 Munselle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonParmeson
4188241881FranceThis crisp, simply fruity wine is light, bright and bursting with lemon and crisp apple flavors. It is direct, full of juicy acidity and ready to drink.Bernier8514Loire ValleyVal de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Frères Couillaud 2016 Bernier Chardonnay (Val de Loire)ChardonnayLes Frères Couillaud
4188341882USSharp, hard and stiff, this high-alcohol wine offers plenty of power, but little in the way of charm .A tight streak of burnt rubber runs through the core of black fruit.8528OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spangler 2014 Zinfandel (Oregon)ZinfandelSpangler
4188441883ItalyThis easygoing sparkler offers subdued aromas suggesting white flower and a whiff of white stone fruit. The simple lively palate offers yellow apple and a slightly candied citrusy note alongside firm acidity and vivacious steely bubbles.Extra Dry8517VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Polvaro NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraTenuta Polvaro
4188541884ItalyFun and refreshing, this über-simple sparkler offers green apple and grapefruit sensations. Racy acidity and vivacious bubbles keep it crisp and informal.Le Bollicine8515VenetoProsecco TrevisoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeThe Vinum NV Le Bollicine (Prosecco Treviso)GleraThe Vinum
4188641885USTart, tangy lemon flavor meets green apple and quince in this lush, oaky wine. Its texture is robust.8526CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTy Caton 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Valley)Sauvignon BlancTy Caton
4188741886SpainPickled aromas are a touch funky and muted on the nose. Green, grassy flavors of lime and bitter melon are just good enough.Brut Reserva8515CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachVilarnau NV Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendVilarnau
4188841887SpainBriny citrus and petrol aromas are unusual for Macabeo. This basic white tastes like lemon-infused water. Yeasty, leesy white-fruit flavors are low on steam. Drink Now.Luzón Blanco858LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Luzón 2014 Luzón Blanco Macabeo (Jumilla)MacabeoBodegas Luzón
4188941888CanadaLight in both alcohol and concentration, this seems to have a hint of residual sugar, perhaps intent on masking the acidity. It offers little indication of ripe fruit or varietal character. It's a dilute, plain, generic white wine.8518OntarioLake Erie North ShorePaul Gregutt@paulgwine North 42 Degrees 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake Erie North Shore)Sauvignon BlancNorth 42 Degrees
4189041889USA rounded mouthfeel and plenty of fruit flavors, like apple and honeydew, make this medium-bodied wine user-friendly. The acidity is soft, and the flavors drop off quickly on the finish.8514CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPomelo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancPomelo
4189141890USVery light in the glass, this bottling is fruit punch-like, with prominent pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry notes, alongside cola aromas. The palate is reminiscent of cran-raspberry soda: simple, light and easy, with a touch of licorice to spice it up.8517CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannToad Hollow 2016 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)Pinot NoirToad Hollow
4189241891USThis expands the winery's portfolio with a nod to the $20 pricepoint that's become a defining limit to affordable Oregon Pinot. This wine is hard, slightly burnt and bitter in the finish, with simple candy cherry-fruit flavors.Straight Shooter8520OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maison L'Envoyé 2015 Straight Shooter Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirMaison L'Envoyé
4189341892ItalyAromas of ripe orchard fruit lead the nose on this easygoing sparkler. The bright simple palate offers green apple and lemon zest alongside fresh acidity and lively bubbles.Canaletto Brut8518VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa Girelli NV Canaletto Brut (Prosecco)GleraCasa Girelli
4189441893ArgentinaPlump tropical fruit aromas show on the nose. A fruity but not complex palate deals short melon and tropical-fruit flavors prior to a briny finish.Cameleon Made With Organic Grapes8514Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Bousquet 2017 Cameleon Made With Organic Grapes Chardonnay (Tupungato)ChardonnayDomaine Bousquet
4189541894ItalyAromas of hazelnut and mature yellow apple follow over to the no-frills off-dry palate along with a confectionery note. Crisp acidity and brisk bubbles provide a zesty backdrop.Extra Dry8516VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCanella 2016 Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraCanella
4189641895USMade from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this is a big, juicy wine with high acidity and a taste of crisp, red fruit. Substantial tannins suggest cellaring through 2018–2020 to elongate the young, puckering finish.Eminence9059CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBougetz 2012 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBougetz
4189741896FranceNow developing into a delicious wine, this is ripe, full and perfumed. It is rich with yellow fruits, spice and red apple flavors. The wine still has hints of the intense youthful steeliness although it is now balanced, full in the mouth and ready to drink.Les Deux Cailloux9027Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2013 Les Deux Cailloux (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
4189841897ItalyJuicy, structured and delicious, this full-bodied wine doles out ripe blackberry, crushed raspberry, red cherry, white pepper, clove and licorice. Racy acidity and fine-grained tannins provide support.Priòra9030PiedmontBarbera d'Alba SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFratelli Alessandria 2013 Priòra (Barbera d'Alba Superiore)BarberaFratelli Alessandria
4189941898SpainReduced wild-berry aromas are granular but succeed in setting up a firm, tannic palate. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and prune end with cookie-like notes of Graham cracker as well as toast. As a whole, this Syrah-Garnacha-Cabernet Sauvignon blend is muscular, tannic and brawny; drink through 2020.Reserva9028LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Casa Lo Alto 2010 Reserva Red (Utiel-Requena)Red BlendFinca Casa Lo Alto
4190041899USThis wine makes a big impression with wild, earthy aromas and dense, fruit-laden flavors. It blends ripe plum, smoke, tart blackberry and rich black cherry notes on a base of firm tannins and fresh acidity. These are rich, complex and carry through to the lingering finish. It's made from 85% Mourvèdre, plus Syrah, Grenache and Counoise.Patriarche9032CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHolly's Hill 2013 Patriarche Red (El Dorado)Red BlendHolly's Hill
4190141900USJust-cracked, yeasty sourdough bread and dried lemon-skin aromas float off of this bottle-aged sparkler from an esteemed, longtime producer. Her winemaker son named this wine in honor of her birth year. An oxidative warmth gives bready depth to the palate, which shows lots of toast and lemon marmalade flavors.Twenty-Seven Blanc de Blanc9050CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKathryn Kennedy 2004 Twenty-Seven Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayKathryn Kennedy
4190241901USComplex tannins confound the palate at first, but mellow on the back side, inviting gregarious amounts of leather, black pepper and blackberry, a waft of cigar smoke in the mix, too. Fuller-bodied in style, the wine will benefit from time; cellar through 2020.9038CaliforniaRockpileSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeating 2012 Petite Sirah (Rockpile)Petite SirahKeating
4190341902ChilePlum, cassis, floral hints and spicy, charred aromas open this Syrah-led blend. Hailing from a warm year, this feels jammy, dense and full in body. Peppery, chocolaty blackberry flavors end dark and deep, with a strong aftershock of olive and herbal flavors. Drink through 2019.Kuyen9040Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAntiyal 2012 Kuyen Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendAntiyal
4190441903USCocoa, vanilla and baking spice aromas lead off this wine, along with plum. On the palate rich, textured dark fruit flavors intermingle with barrel spices. The fruit and oak have equal footing.Stonetree Vineyard9025WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLocus 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahLocus
4190541904USFrom grapes grown in the cool Oak Knoll District, this wine was given time in neutral oak for less than a year, providing a soft lushness on the palate. Tropical and just slightly grassy, it offers a long finish marked with sizzling acidity.9029CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMalk 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancMalk
4190641905USThis appellation remains a standout for the variety, as evidenced by this 100% varietal wine that's mouthwatering in stone fruit and cantaloupe flavors. The aromatics center around pretty jasmine and lime zest aromas, while the palate is structured, crisp and fruity, all in good measure.9032CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMatanzas Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Bennett Valley)Sauvignon BlancMatanzas Creek
4190741906USThis 100% varietal wine was aged for two years in American oak, half of it new. With a mouthful of clove, cinnamon and black currant, as well as leather, it remains juicy on the palate, though should take on additional complexity after cellaring. Drink now through 2020.Spitfire9049CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMeyer Family Cellars 2012 Spitfire Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonMeyer Family Cellars
4190841907ItalyBright and savory, this charming blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Teroldego doles out juicy wild cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper and crushed Mediterranean herb. It's easy drinking and delicious, with supple tannins and fresh acidity. Drink through 2016.Rosso9020TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMichele Satta 2012 Rosso (Bolgheri)Red BlendMichele Satta
4190941908USThis wine is immediately appealing with vibrant aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle, white peach and wet stone. It drinks off dry, with a fleshy feel and drawn-out fruit flavors that linger.The Estates Ancient Lakes9019WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMilbrandt 2013 The Estates Ancient Lakes Riesling (Ancient Lakes)RieslingMilbrandt
4191041909ItalyAromas of roasted coffee beans, baked dark fruit and baking spices lead the nose. The tightly wound palate delivers black cherry, mocha, espresso and a confectionary note while a hint of licorice closes the finish. It's still wound up with assertive tannins that need to soften.del Comune di Monforte90PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonti 2011 del Comune di Monforte (Barolo)NebbioloMonti

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