Wine Reviews

4224142240USPleasing aromas of fresh pear, tropical fruit, melted butter and vanilla are followed by rounded pear and vanilla flavors that show a light touch.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8925WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSaviah 2014 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnaySaviah
4224242241USThis bottling is adorned with one of the prettiest and most interesting label designs on the market right now. Tropical aromas of pineapple, jasmine and ripe white peach are leveled by squeezed tangerine and orange-blossom scents. Lime juice shows first on the sip, followed by waves of kiwi, green papaya and a touch of mango.8917CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSea Monster 2014 White (Central Coast)White BlendSea Monster
4224342242USThe 19th edition (the edition numbers serve a similar function to a vintage date) of this popular blend uses eight varieties, mostly aromatic, with no oak influence. The result is just a touch off dry (10 g/L residual sugar), low alcohol, and loaded with scents and flavors of flowers and fruits. A whiff of body powder moves into a midpalate nicely focused on peach and citrus flavors.Evolution Lucky No. 98915AmericaPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sokol Blosser NV Evolution Lucky No. 9 White (America)White BlendSokol Blosser
4224442243USThis wine is composed of five varieties, with none making up more than 21% of the blend. Fresh aromas of berry, cranberry, red currant and herbs are followed by fruit-forward cherry and berry flavors that bring appeal.River's Red Wine8914WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThree Rivers 2014 River's Red Wine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendThree Rivers
4224542244SpainSlightly foxy on the nose, with rubbery aromas of cherry and cassis, this offers a tight, tannic palate with hard, elastic tannins. Flavors of cherry and cassis are pleasant, while the finish is ripe, warming and healthy.Seis8918Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachLuberri 2011 Seis (Rioja)TempranilloLuberri
4224642245USThis wine is dry and rather full bodied, starting with fruity aromas like banana and coconut then seguing to more nutty, oaky, complex flavors and a rich texture. It's a serious dinner wine with heft and substance.Verdigris8930CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLas Positas 2014 Verdigris White (California)White BlendLas Positas
4224742246USBlossom and berry notes are accented by hints of smoked nut in this refreshingly light-bodied wine. Zesty and lithe on the palate, it's an ideal summer-to-fall apéritif or porch sipper. The moderately long finish is marked with a hint of waxy florals.Bridge Lane8918New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaLieb 2015 Bridge Lane Rosé (New York)RoséLieb
4224842247USA touch blossomy against a core of ripe raspberry and cherry perfume, the nose on this traditional-method Pinot Noir sparkler is particularly alluring. The palate is elegant and fresh, marked by fine, mouthfilling mousse and delicate raspberry-candy finish.Cuvée Gabriella Brut Rosé8935New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMacari 2010 Cuvée Gabriella Brut Rosé Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)Sparkling BlendMacari
4225042249USAromas of coffee, barrel spice and dark-blue fruit lead to rich, full-bodied blackberry and spice flavors. It's not for the faint of heart but delivers a lot of enjoyment.The Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard8942WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMilbrandt 2013 The Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahMilbrandt
4224942248AustriaAn earthy hint colors the pear notes which on the palate acquire a fresh, almost floral quality. The earthy tone of yeast and miso provides a counterpoint to the zesty, lime-peel freshness. The finish is clean-cut and very refreshing.Crazy Creatures8917KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMalat 2015 Crazy Creatures Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerMalat
4225142250USYellow pear, fresh-squeezed lime, light mint and wet-cement aromas show on the brisk nose of this bottling by veteran Adam Tolmach. A grippy texture and lively acidity frame the palate, where green apple and lime flavors show. It's clean, pure and easy.McGinley Vineyard8930CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOjai 2014 McGinley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancOjai
4225242251USThis Tempranillo-based pinkie is quite inviting and tightly textured, with aromas of orange shave ice, strawberry cream, watermelon and cement. It is extremely zesty and lively once sipped, offering easy-to-drink raspberry and melon notes. It's great for all sorts of food, from spicy to rich.Indie8924CaliforniaTempleton Gap DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannONX 2015 Indie Tempranillo (Templeton Gap District)TempranilloONX
4225342252USThe aromas of whole lime, flowers, jasmine and watermelon Jolly Rancher pop. It drinks off dry, with floral flavors that carry through the finish.Upland Vineyard8916WashingtonSnipes MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPomum 2014 Upland Vineyard Riesling (Snipes Mountain)RieslingPomum
4225442253USSmoky aromas and a bold apricot flavor give this dry and seemingly light-bodied wine a distinct personality. Fermented in small concrete egg-shaped vats, it's far from simple and fruity, and instead offers great acidity and a tangy, tempting, appetizing personality.Stepping Stones8927CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsProspect 772 2014 Stepping Stones Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Grenache BlancProspect 772
4225542254ItalyCoffee, toasted oak, coconut and raspberry confiture aromas lead the way. On the dense palate, dark chocolate, oak and licorice accent fleshy black cherry while fine-grained tannins provide support.Rocche dell'Annunziata8989PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRevello Fratelli 2012 Rocche dell'Annunziata (Barolo)NebbioloRevello Fratelli
4225642255AustriaCreamy notes pear crumble make for a most attractive nose. The palate follows with gentle softness and concentration, supported by bright, fresh acidity. The creamy notes continue alongside notes of green and red apple and fresh pear. There is a lot of substance and body, so have this alongside a meal, the finish is superclean.Lage Modler89ThermenregionAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGebeshuber 2015 Lage Modler Zierfandler (Thermenregion)ZierfandlerGebeshuber
4225742256ItalyAromas of apricot and white spring flower lift out of the glass. The apricot note follows through to the palate, along with yellow peach, honeydew melon and almond, all framed in bright acidity. This one closes on a flinty note.Gold Label8915PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta La Marchesa 2015 Gold Label (Gavi)CorteseTenuta La Marchesa
4225842257USAromas of baking spice, clove and dried red fruit lead to full yet elegant flavors that coat the palate. It doesn't quite stand up on its own but should do well at the dinner table.Purple Sage Vineyard8928WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlmquist 2009 Purple Sage Vineyard Dolcetto (Wahluke Slope)DolcettoAlmquist
4225942258ChileA heavy dose of petrol is the aromatic greeting, and it comes with hints of rubber, latex and waxy white fruits. Feels tangy and fresh due to blazing acidity, while it tastes both of tropical fruits and diesel. Long and chiseled on the finish.8612Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMeli 2010 Riesling (Central Valley)RieslingMeli
4226042259ItalyThere's a raw, syrupy element to this wine. It suggests aromas of cherry liqueur, spice and roasted coffee bean, and finishes on a bright note.86Southern ItalyPugliaVilla Schinosa 2008 Primitivo (Puglia)PrimitivoVilla Schinosa
4226142260ChileYellow tinted, which announces that this wine was barrel aged. And that barrel character is huge on the nose, which smells of raw oak, vanilla and dried cheese. Feels creamy, but the acidity is lively as well. Shows flashes of brilliance but also fights to absorb all the wood that's been thrown at it. A quality wine but definitely not for everyone.Alfa Centauri8632Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachO. Fournier 2009 Alfa Centauri Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancO. Fournier
4226242261USFrom a mix of southern Oregon vineyards, this vintage was harvested at pretty low sugar levels (22.7º brix). It is light, and elegantly designed—definitely a wine for every day drinking. Along with spare berry fruit is a hint of nougat from a tiny percentage of new oak.8621OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abacela 2009 Tempranillo (Southern Oregon)TempranilloAbacela
4226342262ChileNeutral on the nose, with modest sweet berry aromas but not much more. Feels heavy and buttery, with baked berry flavors bolstered by loud oak that tastes buttery and creamy. Chunky, ripe, buttery and sweet on the finish.8630Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAmayna 2010 Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirAmayna
4226442263USA straightforward, well-priced wine with hints of cola spice, dark cherry and strawberry vanilla that'll go down easy and pair with all kinds of lighter fare. Made from organic grapes.8614CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneBonterra 2010 Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)Pinot NoirBonterra
4226542264PortugalLightly strawberry colored and flavored, this is a wine with a hint of tannin as well as bright, fresh fruit. While it could age for another year in bottle, it is a food-friendly sparkler that should pair well with rich seafood.Vertice Rosé8619DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Transmontanas 2010 Vertice Rosé Sparkling (Douro)Portuguese SparklingCaves Transmontanas
4226642265ChileCrisp apple aromas are light and minerally. Feels citrusy and lifted on the palate, with melon, apple and barrel spice flavors. Mildly oaked but not heavy on the finish, with a fresh overall approach.Reserva8613Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2010 Reserva Chardonnay (Maule Valley)ChardonnayChilcas
4226742266ItalyInalto's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo shows soft, almost sweet tones of ripe fruit, plum cake and honey-covered almond. It's simple and tight in the mouth with a fresh, clean close.8615Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoInalto 2009 Montepulciano d'AbruzzoMontepulcianoInalto
4226842267USPretty good price for such a nice Sauvignon Blanc. It's a little one-dimensional in ripe tangerine, mango and lime flavors, but the acidity is bright and clean, and the finish is long and spicy.8616CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastKoehler 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancKoehler
4226942268SpainRubbery, generic berry and red-fruit aromas are decent, nothing more. This Garnacha-Tempranillo blend feels fresh, lean and wiry, with raw flavors of plum and red-berry fruits. A high-toned racy finish is the opposite of plush.Excelsus8620Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Herminia 2014 Excelsus (Rioja)Red BlendViña Herminia
4227042269SpainRaw herbal crisp aromas of currant and red cherry are a touch green. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo is dry on the palate, with clamping tannins. Rooty spicy flavors of tomato and clove finish rough and with mild heat.Crianza8614Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachViñas del Vero 2012 Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo (Somontano)Cabernet Sauvignon-TempranilloViñas del Vero

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