Wine Reviews

4218142180USFlat and somewhat disjointed, this wine offers a strong taste of eucalyptus in a light-bodied, simply structured frame.8210CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKirkland Signature 2014 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirKirkland Signature
4218242181SpainA briny-smelling nose is lacking in ripe appealing fruit. This feels pithy and oily, while bitter briny flavors come up short on fruit and friendliness. Pyrazines and bitterness control the finish.Lenda8213GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPazo Pondal 2015 Lenda Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPazo Pondal
4218342182SpainAromas of rhubarb and red-apple skins lead to a flat, fading palate. This tastes saucy, with no vibrancy or fruit character prior to a dying yeasty finish.VII Tempranillo8212Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Faustino 2015 VII Tempranillo Rosado (Rioja)RosadoBodegas Faustino
4218442183SpainBroken-down aromas of haystack and sulfur are sketchy. This feels pinched, citric and rubbery, while salty sour flavors fail to suggest any particular fruit. As a whole, not much good is going on with this Chardonnay.Ocho y Media829Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca La Estacada 2015 Ocho y Media Chardonnay (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)ChardonnayFinca La Estacada
4218542184SpainFunky horsey murky aromas suggest compost and sweaty animal. A blocky grabby palate and disjointed woody and weedy flavors finish with foxy notes. Nothing about this organic wine impresses.Organic Wine8220Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2015 Organic Wine (Rioja)Red BlendMarqués de Cáceres
4218642185SpainStrained aromas are slightly volatile and vinegary. This feels chunky and lacking in shape. Bitter flavors are fruitless and a touch spoiled. The finish is not convincing.Cune8213Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2016 Cune Rosado (Rioja)RosadoCVNE
4218742186SpainThe electric-purple color and foxy aromas of syrupy berry fruits and yeast should put you on red alert. In the mouth, this is heavy, overly acidic and rock-hard in terms of tannins. Grapy sour stunted flavors match the color, aromas and mouthfeel.Granza Made From Organic Grapes8215Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMatarromera 2016 Granza Made From Organic Grapes (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloMatarromera
4218842187USPerfumed with leather and black pepper, this wine is ultimately overly tart and flatly structured.8231CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePeter Cellars 2014 Syrah (Sonoma Valley)SyrahPeter Cellars
4218942188USThis medium-bodied wine has a light color, earthy and herbal scents, a tart cherry flavor and a dry finish.8215CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSola 2015 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirSola
4219042189SpainGold in color then flat and oxidized on the nose, this chunky soft blend of Albariño, Treixadura and Loureira is over the hill. Oxidized stale yeasty flavors are fruitless on the finish.Señor da Folla Verde8226GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vizhoja 2015 Señor da Folla Verde White (Rías Baixas)White BlendMarqués de Vizhoja
4219142190SpainColor doesn't always mean a lot, but in this case a burnished gold-meets-tan color indicates that this is tired and fading. Aromas of commercial apple juice are sweet but bland. This feels a bit citric but without bounce. The mix of spent lees and cidery flavors finish bready.8222Northern SpainGetariako TxakolinaMichael Schachner@wineschachAidura 2015 White (Getariako Txakolina)White BlendAidura
4219242191ArgentinaClove and clam shell aromas are strange and not enticing. This feels grabby and scratchy, with a strong covering of clove on top of dry tomato and tart berry flavors. A raw finish is abrasive in feel.818Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRegion 1 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonRegion 1
4219342192SpainRight from the start, this is all about oak and not about quality fruit, balance or subtlety. Aromas of wood resin, milk chocolate and char lead to a rugged rough palate. Flavors of burnt wood and stewed fruit finish resiny. Year after year, Fagus smells and tastes like this: it's time for a reboot.Fagus Selección Especial8121Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachCoto de Hayas 2013 Fagus Selección Especial Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaCoto de Hayas
4219442193ArgentinaReedy weedy aromas include notes of motor oil and leafy berry fruits. This tastes as weedy as it smells, with underripe herbal berry flavors that never shed an overriding green essence.Sensual8112Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachValentin Bianchi 2015 Sensual Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonValentin Bianchi
4219542194SpainPinched austere aromas of cat pee and oily sweat are extreme and unusual for a Rías Baixas wine. A citric and raw palate tastes like this smells. Fresh acidity is about all this underripe, sour and bitter blend of Albariño, Treixadura and Loureira has going for it.Más Que 28019GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Val 2016 Más Que 2 White (Rías Baixas)White BlendLa Val
4219642195ArgentinaThis smells confected—neither natural nor convincing. Vanilla and milk chocolate aromas recall a cheap ice cream sundae. This feels scattered and hollow. Plum and chocolate flavors taste artificial and forced.Alta809OtherTulum ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCallia 2015 Alta Cabernet Sauvignon (Tulum Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCallia
4219742196SpainThis yeasty funky Chardonnay is on its last legs. The mouthfeel is mealy and the flavors are dull, yeasty, generic and lightly oxidized on the finish.809Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachLove 2015 Chardonnay (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)ChardonnayLove
4219842197PortugalThis is the latest release of what has long been regarded as Portugal's iconic wine. And it is magnificent. The last vintage was the 2004 and the wait has now shown to be worthwhile. With its immense span and breadth of flavors and rich structure it is a superb manifestation of the great vineyards of the Douro Superior. Big bold fruits and acidity are matched by the tannins and concentration. Hold this for many years or at least wait until 2022.Barca-Velha100450DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Ferreirinha 2008 Barca-Velha Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCasa Ferreirinha
4219942198New ZealandGreen notes reminiscent of tomato leaves accent fig and melon flavors. It's only medium in body, but comes across as otherwise ripe in style, with a medium-length finish.8823MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAstrolabe 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancAstrolabe
4220042199ChilePlum and berry aromas are leathery and solid. This feels a bit wiry, but full of energy and sharp acidity. Loamy plum and blackberry flavors are boosted by tartartic acidity, while mild herb notes fade on the finish.Gran Reserva8817Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAutoritas 2013 Gran Reserva Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreAutoritas
4220142200USConcentrated aromas, generous fruit flavors and full body make this wine engaging and appealing. It has ripe fig and raspberry aromas, lush plum and berry flavors and a velvety texture that leads to to a long finish.8835CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRipken 2012 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelRipken
4220242201USA big, soft and expressive wine, this will appeal to a wide range of palates with its fair price and easygoing tannins and integrated oak. Between the juicy blackberry and blueberry, hits of espresso take it to more luxurious places.8825CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarkham 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotMarkham
4220342202USBarrel aromas of vanilla and graphite take the lead. The red-fruit flavors are ripe and jammy. There are plenty of good things going on but they don't quite all come together.8824WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2013 Merlot (Horse Heaven Hills)MerlotMercer
4220442203USTropical and stone-fruit aromas mix with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and other barrel spices. The palate is full bodied, with a rounded feel and a finish that carries. It shows some pleasing nuances.Reserve Zephyr Ridge Vineyard8830WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2014 Reserve Zephyr Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills)ChardonnayMercer
4220542204USCoffee, purple fruit and barrel-spice aromas lead to full-feeling blueberry and huckleberry-pie flavors. This wine offers a lot of immediate appeal.8820WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMurray 2013 Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahMurray
4220642205USAromas of lime leaf and citrus lead to sleek, dry fruit flavors, speckled with lime notes on the finish. Pair it with shrimp ceviche.8815WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorth by Northwest 2014 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingNorth by Northwest
4220742206USUnusual, high-toned aromas of green herbs, fresh flowers and pomegranate lead to smooth cherry and orange-peel flavors with abundant floral notes throughout. It provides lots of easy-drinking pleasure, though the floral notes at times seem overpowering.8815WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOS Winery 2013 Red (Yakima Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendOS Winery
4220842207USMandarin orange, jasmine and honeysuckle aromas leap up. It drinks medium dry with a broad feel and a floral lift on the finish. The palate wants a bit more acid but this wine is appealing.8811WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPacific Rim 2014 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingPacific Rim
4220942208USBristling lime acidity and savory tones of herb and smoke contrast ripe tangerine and cantaloupe flavors in this dry single-vineyard Riesling. It's a concentrated, powerful wine, but feels tart and tight still, suggesting aging till at least 2016 would be best.Humphreys Vineyard8822New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2014 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingKeuka Spring
4221042209USDrizzles of honey coat the bounty of sun-kissed tangerines, apples and pears in this lip smackingly sweet Riesling ice wine. Dusty mineral tones and a welcome bite of astringency frame a long, meandering finish.Ice8839New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2014 Ice Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLamoreaux Landing

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