Wine Reviews

4269142690USElegant and crisp, with a cherry-berry nose that gives way to strawberry and lingonberry in the mouth. The medium finish shows nice earth and cherry flavors set in a bed of fine tannins. Drink 1 to 2 years.8425New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesDamiani 2007 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirDamiani
4269242691SpainLeathery and rubbery at first, with aromatic accents of celery seed, barnyard and melted tar. The palate is lighter than the nose, with herbal plum flavors and a lean, strained body. Thin and fresh, but nothing special.8417Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Lozar 2007 Ribera del DueroTempranillo BlendDe Lozar
4269342692USFriendly, appealing flavors fo pear, lychee, apple and spice give this Riesling a fun character. Fresh with a touch of sweetness, the wine is balanced by its acid and offers a pretty, lingering finish.Reserve8412OhioGrand River ValleySusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDebonné 2008 Reserve Riesling (Grand River Valley)RieslingDebonné
4269442693USSuper-fruity, with jammy flavors of pineapples, green apples, peaches and spicy golden mango. A bit sugary sweet, too.Estate Vineyard8426CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaGundlach Bundschu 2007 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)ChardonnayGundlach Bundschu
4269542694USSimple, soft and sweetly fruity, with jammy flavors of cherries, raspberries, chocolate and black pepper. Seems pricey for what you get.8345CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGrizzly Republic 2006 Shiraz (Napa Valley)ShirazGrizzly Republic
4269642695USLightly oaked, this Chardonnay is sweet and forward in pineapple jam, buttered popcorn and caramelized flavors. It's balanced with crisp, Central Coast acidity.8315CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastTwo Angels 2008 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayTwo Angels
4269742696USSimple and sweet. Tastes like canned juices of pineapples, peaches and pears, with a hint of vanilla and smoke.Casa Azul Vineyard Dijon8312CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherWatts 2007 Casa Azul Vineyard Dijon Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayWatts
4269842697SpainLeans toward burnt and acrid on the nose, yet the palate is fresh but tight and scouring. Raspberry and red plum account for the flavors, while the finish is quick and fades off quietly. Tart and innocuous, but not problematic.Royal8310Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Franco-Españolas 2007 Royal (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Franco-Españolas
4269942698USSimple, sweet and direct, with honeyed flavors of raspberries, crunchy vanilla granola, vanilla pastry and cocoa. Make it drier, and it would score higher.Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Series8318CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2006 Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Series Merlot (Central Coast)MerlotClos La Chance
4270042699USFruity and simple, with jammy flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, cocoa and sweet, smoky oak. Made in a soft, modern style to appeal now.Crimson Topaz8318CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2007 Crimson Topaz Meritage (Central Coast)MeritageClos La Chance
4270142700USStrongly herbal, with thin, very tart, acidic cranberry flavors.Estate8323OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cubanisimo Vineyards 2007 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCubanisimo Vineyards
4270242701USThin, dilute, with a minty, unripe character, and hard-as-nails tannins.Estate8335OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Johan Vineyards 2007 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirJohan Vineyards
4270342702USSweet and sugary, with flavors of pineapple, pear and apricot jam. Crisp acidity provides fresh balance.Reserve838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherOak Grove 2008 Reserve Viognier (California)ViognierOak Grove
4270442703USA bit crude in tannins and with some green flavors, but not bad for this price. Gives enough blackberry, licorice and cedar flavors to satisfy, and the finish is dry.837CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherPepperwood Grove 2007 Syrah (California)SyrahPepperwood Grove
4270542704USA good value in a super-oaky Chardonnay, brimming with pineapple, vanilla and butterscotch flavors that finish sweet and clean.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSnap Dragon 2007 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnaySnap Dragon
4270642705USSoft and simple, with chocolaty flavors of blackberry and cherry jam. With low acidity, the tannins provide the only opportunity for balance.8315CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaAquinas 2007 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotAquinas
4270742706USA simple, everyday wine. Tastes grapey and jammy, with blackberries, cherries and raspberries that are distinctly sweet.839CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherButterfield Station 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonButterfield Station
4270842707USLemon and mineral tones dominate and show more intensity and definition on the nose than the palate. Turns a bit tart on the finish. This is a wine that screams for raw oysters.Old Vines8325New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesHeron Hill 2005 Old Vines Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingHeron Hill
4270942708FranceAnother tiny cuvée from Amoureuses (80 cases produced), this one blends 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 25% Merlot. Toasted-coconut oak scents lead the way, followed by oodles of black plums and cherries, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. It's full bodied and velvety textured; rich, like dessert without sugar. Drink now–2025.Terres des Amoureuses Sublime9230Rhône ValleyArdècheJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChateau Les Amoureuses 2012 Terres des Amoureuses Sublime Red (Ardèche)Rhône-style Red BlendChateau Les Amoureuses
4271042709SpainGrilled aromas of fresh asphalt and slightly murky berry fruits improve with airing, as does a full-bodied palate with big tannins. Toasty, spicy flavors of herbal berry and cassis show good complexity but are far from tame. Finishing flavors of chocolate and pepper are dry and woody. Drink through 2027.12 Crianza9232Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachGarcía Figuero 2011 12 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloGarcía Figuero
4271142710AustriaWhile the nose is slow to express itself, the palate immediately bursts with crisp, tart apple, with fresh, green pear, with ripe but zesty citrus. There is an innate lightness and lovely depth in this unforced, honest and utterly refreshing wine. It comes on light feet and draws you in with its fresh-faced authenticity. More please.Braitenpuechtorff Gemischter Satz9222NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoIngrid Groiss 2015 Braitenpuechtorff Gemischter Satz White (Niederösterreich)Austrian white blendIngrid Groiss
4271242711USThis annual study of Pomerol by the longtime California producer is a bit reserved and nearly austere on the nose, slowly revealing black coffee bean, tar, elderberry and herbs. Crushed herbs and bittersweet chocolate show once sipped, giving slight spice to the dense elderberry and blueberry fruit. It's still a bit wound-up, so drink 2018–2028.Cuvée Pom9250CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2012 Cuvée Pom Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJ. Lohr
4271342712AustriaAromatic hints of creamy stone fruit swirls about the nose. There are hints of Mirabelle plums and yellow pear but on the palate very fine, smoky and exquisitely integrated notes of French oak appear. There is rich vanilla and cream but with a counterpoint of fresh, bright lemony acidity. While stylistically unusual this barrique-aged Grüner certainly is a delicious, creamy and serious wine. You'd never even guess it's already four-years-old. Ready now but will evolve. Drink 2016–2022.Four9260NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLaurenz V. 2012 Four Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerLaurenz V.
4271442713ItalyRaspberry compote, star anise, grilled herb and sun baked earth and a whiff of leather are some of the aromas you'll find on this structured Barolo. On the full-bodied palate, chopped mint, licorice and tobacco accent ripe Morello cherry and juicy raspberry. Give this time to fully develop. Drink 2020–2028.Cerretta9275PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuigi Baudana 2012 Cerretta (Barolo)NebbioloLuigi Baudana
4271542714ItalyAromas of exotic spice, iris, leather, forest floor and a balsamic note are some of the scents that lift out of the glass. On the palate, star anise, clove, chopped herb and a sprinkling of tobacco add depth to a core of dried cherry. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide structure while a cranberry note gives it a tart finish.Rocche dell'Annunziata9269PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Veglio 2012 Rocche dell'Annunziata (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Veglio
4271642715USStewed dark strawberry, cocoa, rust, muddy earth, crushed rocks and fennel brush show on the nose of this blend of 45% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Once sipped, flavors of red plum, mulberry and strawberry-balsamic reduction are prominent though delicate, edged with grippy tannins and touches of bittersweet chocolate.Songs of Its Own Glenrose Vineyard9248CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPaix Sur Terre 2014 Songs of Its Own Glenrose Vineyard Red (Adelaida District)Rhône-style Red BlendPaix Sur Terre
4271742716ItalyBright berry, rose and baking spice aromas unfold in the glass. The polished palate offers raspberry compote, juicy cherry, licorice, tobacco and chopped herb alongside smooth, velvety tannins. It's already extremely tempting. Drink 2018–2023.Bricco San Biagio9280PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Biagio 2012 Bricco San Biagio (Barolo)NebbioloSan Biagio
4271842717USA bright ripe fruit aroma like pineapple and ripe, luxurious fig, vanilla and almond flavors combine for an explosion of delicious power on the palate. This full-bodied wine has lots of depth and breadth in texture, plus a long, lingering finish.9224CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSkinner 2014 Viognier (El Dorado)ViognierSkinner
4271942718USSqueezed lime, tangerine rind and juice and yellow-grapefruit zest show on the sharply citrusy nose of this bottling, which is expertly rounded out by white peach and chalk. Light stone-fruit flavors of nectarine and apple blossom show first on the palate, which is cut by lemon juice and green grapefruit, and warmed up with sea salt, toast and walnut-oil touches.Zotovich Vineyard9248CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTantara 2014 Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayTantara
4272042719USAn expert blend of white Rhône varieties, this mix of 54% Grenache Blanc, 22% Viognier, 13% Picpoul Blanc and 11% Roussanne balances richness with sharpness perfectly. Aromas of honey, tangerine, creamy lily, tuberose and lemon blossoms lead into a palate full of yellow melon, yellow apple, sea salt, honeydew and even mango, all hung on a tense structure.Anna's9235CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAdelaida 2014 Anna's White (Adelaida District)Rhône-style White BlendAdelaida

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