Wine Reviews

4275142750USBright and wound up tight, this single-vineyard entry offers nicely-focused raspberry and cherry fruit. Brief barrel aging has added a touch of chocolate around the tannins.Lenné Vineyard9155OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Owen Roe 2012 Lenné Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirOwen Roe
4275242751USThis leesy and creamy yet bracing wine reveals abundant melon, citrus and pear fruit flavors. Balance and finesse are on full display, as always the case in Luisa Ponzi's wines.9117OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ponzi 2013 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisPonzi
4275342752GermanyAromas of honey and freesia penetrate from start to finish on this fruity wine sourced from one of Prinz zu Salm's finest vineyard sites. Ethereal on the palate, it balances penetrating stone-fruit flavors with nervous lemon acidity and whiffs of orange rind and spice on the finish.Berg Roxheim Grosse Lage Spätlese9149NaheAnna Lee C. IijimaPrinz Salm 2012 Berg Roxheim Grosse Lage Spätlese Riesling (Nahe)RieslingPrinz Salm
4275442753GermanyFresh herb and green floral aromas lend a breezy, invigorating character to sweet yellow peach and honey flavors in this medium-sweet Riesling. Rich and fruity, yet bristling with tart tangerine acidity, it's a deeply satisfying sipper.Piesporter Goldtröpfchen GL Spätlese9146MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaReichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2012 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen GL Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingReichsgraf von Kesselstatt
4275542754USAnother excellent vintage from Saffron Fields, under the guiding hand of veteran winemaker Tony Rynders. Buoyed by aging in 50% new French oak, it's got more flesh than most Pinots from this cool vintage, along with generous amounts of sweet spices and barrel toast. The red fruits and complementary acidity are also here in abundance.9148OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Saffron Fields Vineyard 2011 Pinot NoirPinot NoirSaffron Fields Vineyard
4275642755USThe specs include 25% new oak, native yeast and partial malolactic to preserve acidity. On the nose it's barrel-rich, but surprisingly light in flavor, delivering a bright burst of citrus and green apple before deeper tones of honey and caramel settle in. It's smoothly textured, and the acidity provides good balance to the fleshy finish.Estate9139CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneAlder Springs 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Mendocino)ChardonnayAlder Springs
4275742756AustriaHints of passion fruit play appetizingly about the more usual pear aromas, and the palate displays a winning combination of fresh, zesty lemon and white pepper. It finishes with pleasant length.Fass 49129Wagram-DonaulandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBernhard Ott 2013 Fass 4 Grüner Veltliner (Wagram-Donauland)Grüner VeltlinerBernhard Ott
4275842757AustriaWhite currant, green pear and peppery arugula rule this crisp white. It bursts with very ripe sweet, juicy pears on the palate, making for savory sipping with lots of resonance, with or without food. Drink now.Gelbling9115NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBuchegger 2013 Gelbling Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerBuchegger
4275942758PortugalStrong wood aromas continue to the palate of this firm, dry wine. Underneath, there is enough juicy fruit to bring richness as well as structure. It still needs time. Drink from 2016.Brutalis9125LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerVidigal 2010 Brutalis Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedVidigal
4276042759PortugalA perfumed wine, it has a rich, rounded character packed with yellow fruit. Layers of wood add complexity and density. The wine is named for the white owl found in the nature reserve close to the vineyards.Companhia das Lezírias Tyto Alba9116TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Companhia das Lezírias Tyto Alba White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
4276142760AustriaFull-fruited peachiness is tempered by tangy lemon acidity with texture and concentration. It's fruity and refreshing, but also very precise and delicious.Gelbling9121KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHermann Moser 2013 Gelbling Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingHermann Moser
4276242761USThis is 100% Syrah from the Seven Hills vineyard, a firm and tannic effort with dark, rich flavors. Cassis, black pepper, coffee grounds and gravelly mineral flavors combine in a muscular wine with big bones and a finishing lick of citrus.9138OregonWalla Walla Valley (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tyrus Evan 2010 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))SyrahTyrus Evan
4276342762ItalyThis dry Riesling boasts intense apricot, yellow peach, citrus and smoky mineral sensations. The rich but polished palate is restrained by crisp acidity that leaves the mouth feeling fresh and clean.Montiggl9120Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2012 Montiggl Riesling (Alto Adige)RieslingCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
4276442763USRich and ripe, with some Chardonnay-like power, it's a lush mix of tropical fruit flavors—guava and banana and more. A lovely vein of caramel runs across the palate, and makes this simply irresistible.Renovação Estate9120OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coelho 2013 Renovação Estate Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisCoelho
4276542764PortugalThis pure Shiraz gives a wonderfully perfumed wine that is both spicy and packed with dark, dense fruits. Blackberries are supported by soft tannins and a touch of caramel from wood aging. It's solid, firm while also fruity and should age. Drink from 2016.Grand'Arte9113LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Grand'Arte Shiraz (Lisboa)ShirazDFJ Vinhos
4276642765USComing from the dramatic Lindsay's Vineyard, which rises from 500 to 1,000 feet in the Sta. Rita Hills, this highly nuanced wine overdelivers on multiple fronts. The nose mixes floral notes of violet and rose with an herbal tone of dried oregano, alongside fruity sour cherry. On the palate, there's graphite, espresso, purple flowers like lavender and a tad of tobacco, both fresh and smoked.9140CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoley 2011 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFoley
4276742766USIntense perfume and floral notes overcome ripe apple aromas. It's dry on the palate with flavors of savory apple and green herbs, but feels a bit flat and heavy in mouthfeel.8325New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPalmer 2012 Albariño (North Fork of Long Island)AlbariñoPalmer
4276842767FranceA wine that is hard right through, missing out on the fruit. It has a bitter extracted taste that brings out dark chocolate flavors. It's unlikely to soften much.83BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau L'Argilus du Roi 2011 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau L'Argilus du Roi
4276942768USFor eight bucks you get a decent Merlot. It's dry and medium-bodied, with jammy blackberry and cherry flavors. Fine to drink with burgers, tacos, pizza.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDomino 2012 Merlot (California)MerlotDomino
4277042769USThis unusual blend of white grape varieties (everything from Sauvignon Blanc to Gewürztraminer) is a bit savory on the nose and palate with flavors of pressed apple and caramel. It's bold in alcohol, but a bit demure in flavor concentration and finishes with a hint of green, reedy notes.Cinq8215New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaJamesport NV Cinq White (North Fork of Long Island)White BlendJamesport
4277142770USThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot doesn't seem to have fully ripened with prominent herbal notes that lean into the green, along with green olive and saline. It tastes quite sweet, giving the perception of lingering residual sugar.Skyline8214IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSawtooth 2011 Skyline RedRed BlendSawtooth
4277242771USSoft and simple, this Cab's cherry and kirsch flavors have a hot, alcoholic feel. The wine is marred by some vegetal notes.8234CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastSummerwood 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonSummerwood
4277342772ArgentinaAromas of haystack and oiliness lead into a stalky flavor profile that centers on bitterness and pithy citrus. Salty notes, green melon and more bitterness work the finish.Pietro Marini8212OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega El Transito 2013 Pietro Marini Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésBodega El Transito
4277442773ArgentinaAromas are soapy, while the wine is bulky and oily in feel, with pithy, bitter tropical fruit flavors and a pithy, melony tasting finish.82OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachTercos 2013 Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésTercos
4277542774USThis Merlot gets your basic dry, full-bodied red wine job done in an inexpensive way. It has raisiny flavors and lots of crunchy acidity.828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherTwisted 2012 Merlot (California)MerlotTwisted
4277642775SpainAlready past its sell-by date, this is a tired Verdejo, with light vegetal aromas and a melony, pithy palate. Flavors of melon and dried out citrus finish soft.Ducado de Altan8214Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachNaia 2011 Ducado de Altan Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoNaia
4277742776USThis is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership with musician Dave Matthews.8215CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneDreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast)Cabernet SauvignonDreaming Tree
4277842777ArgentinaHerbal aromas bring a whiff of compost and leather. A wiry, dilute palate shows green tannins, while flavors of buttery, almost greasy oak and cranberry finish weedy and weakly.8213Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachEspuela del Gaucho 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecEspuela del Gaucho
4277942778USThis is a tough wine to love, although the price makes it an everyday sipper. With blackberry, licorice and herb flavors, it's dry and tannic.8210CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFog Head 2012 Red (California)Red BlendFog Head
4278042779USThe main issue with this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is a streak of vegetal unripeness that accompanies the cherries and blackberries. The second problem is excessive softness. Drink up.Inspiration8262CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHeartfelt 2010 Inspiration Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendHeartfelt

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