Wine Reviews

4280442803USThis wine is a blend of Grenache, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Salmon colored, it offers light notes of red apple, melon and a hint of strawberry. The flavors are dry and generous, with a broad feel bringing a lot of appeal.Love Birds9015WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSoDo 2015 Love Birds Rosé (Washington)RoséSoDo
4280542804AustriaTender, friendly hints of juicy pear beckon. The palate follows with more oomph and lots of lemon freshness. There is a lovely textural element to the crisp midpalate and edges of peppery herbs everywhere that haunt you long after the lip-smacking finish.Lion9024NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSohm & Kracher 2015 Lion Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerSohm & Kracher
4280642805USWinemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus of Chappellet works here with the great Sangiacomo family to make an affordably impressive wine, from the oldest blocks he can get. He coaxes toasted oak and nougat from a darkly colored, viscous texture and intensity of ripe apple and baked apricot, the ending rich and rewarding.Sangiacomo Vineyard9027CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma-Loeb 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnaySonoma-Loeb
4280742806AustriaSlight notes of grass and stone fruit on the nose become more pronounced on the light but intensely flavored palate which bursts with zesty freshness and leaves the mouth bathed in green, leafy aromas forever.Classic9018SüdsteiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStrauss 2015 Classic Sauvignon Blanc (Südsteiermark)Sauvignon BlancStrauss
4280842807AustriaNotes of peppery blueberry fruit are faint on the nose but present themselves with a disarming honesty on the fresh, sprightly palate. There is a gently drying tannic structure and a great purity of dark berry which gives this an appetizing, brooding aspect. Lovely.Classic9016BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStrehn 2014 Classic Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischStrehn
4280942808USA sly, subtle wine delicate in profile and character, this has acidity as its main star, and also playing a few supporting parts. Rhubarb, cranberry and orange lie atop more savory specks of cardamom and tea.Peters Vineyard9044CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Withers Winery 2014 Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirThe Withers Winery
4281042809USThis wine is expansive and juicy on the palate. A tight grip shows its youth while the underlying softness on the texture reflects the relative coolness of the growing spot. It imparts Napa's robust ripeness in its depth of cassis, chocolate and black pepper.9060CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrefethen 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll District)Cabernet SauvignonTrefethen
4278142780USOffering pronounced aromas of apricot fuzz, this is a pungent, slightly flabby white with a layer of unbalanced sweetness on the midpalate that lingers a long time.Estate Grown8215CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneZagan's Fire 2012 Estate Grown Verdelho (Lodi)VerdelhoZagan's Fire
4278242781USThis white is overtaken by alcohol, giving it a sharp taste of weight and oak over slight wafts of sour apple and honey.Buttner Sunol Vineyard8228CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneLas Positas 2012 Buttner Sunol Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Livermore Valley)Pinot BlancLas Positas
4278342782USThis Merlot is okay for everyday drinking, but it's pretty simple. It has modest cherry flavors, with some green, vegetal notes.8210CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2011 Merlot (California)MerlotBogle
4278442783USYour basic everyday Zinfandel, with candied raspberry and cherry fruit, toast and pepper flavors, as well as a streak of green unripeness.Old Vine8211CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelBogle
4278542784ArgentinaThis shows oxidation and nuttiness on a pulpy, fleshy, cheesy-smelling bouquet. As Chardonnay goes, this is heavy and breaks down on the palate. Flavors of orange and mango finish wheaty and oxidized.8222Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCicchitti 2012 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayCicchitti
4278642785USCandied flavors of blackberries and cherries mark this dry, full-bodied Cab. It's an everyday sipper for easy fare, like burgers or pizza.828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDomino 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonDomino
4278742786SpainBriny, pickled, stalky red-berry aromas are sketchy. This feels tannic and raw, while the flavors are more weedy, green and bitter than fresh and exciting.Crianza8212Central SpainValdepeñasMichael Schachner@wineschachMarques de Moral 2008 Crianza Tempranillo (Valdepeñas)TempranilloMarques de Moral
4278842787USWhile perfumed on the nose with aromas of rose petal and peach, a vein of green lingers throughout this blend of Muscat and Malvasia. It's dry and medium bodied in style, but delicately concentrated with soft, yielding acidity.Aromatico8225New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPalmer 2011 Aromatico White (North Fork of Long Island)White BlendPalmer
4278942788ArgentinaGold in color, with oxidized aromas of straw, almond skins, butterscotch and baked apple, this PG is fading fast. Flavors of apple and briny stone fruits finish with almondy notes and bitterness.Tolentino Winemaker's Selection8215Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Cuarto Dominio 2012 Tolentino Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio (Mendoza)Pinot GrigioBodega Cuarto Dominio
4279042789USInky black in color, this Petite Sirah is rather thin in flavor. It has diluted blackberry jam fruit, compromised by vegetal notes.8211CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2011 Petite Sirah (California)Petite SirahBogle
4279142790ArgentinaThis red-tinted, full-bodied rosé is strained on the nose, with a strong, distinct whiff of wet animal fur. The palate feels heavy and unfocused, while flavors of plum skins and nectarine finish bitter and without any crispness or cleansing properties.Alta Collection Malbec8215Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTapiz 2013 Alta Collection Malbec Rosé (Mendoza)RoséTapiz
4279242791USThis Petite Sirah is deeply black in color and otherwise satisfactory though a bit disjointed, with an off-aroma of rubber peeking through.Estate Bottled8135CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneLas Positas 2011 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahLas Positas
4279342792USWith small percentages of Syrah and Viognier, this Petite Sirah is simple and has a pronounced smoky personality.Hybrid8110CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vboonePeltier 2011 Hybrid Petite Sirah (Lodi)Petite SirahPeltier
4279442793USDespite an official alcohol level of 14.2% by volume, this Cab is so hot and overripe, it tastes like brandy. It's all about raisins, oranges, oak and acidity.Westside8132CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastDunning Vineyards 2011 Westside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonDunning Vineyards
4279542794USAn awkward wine, it's too ripe, with raisin flavors, and bitter, with raisin-skin tannins. Alcohol gives it a liqueur sweetness.8132CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastDunning Vineyards 2010 Meritage (Paso Robles)MeritageDunning Vineyards
4279642795USVegetal, unripe flavors mar this Pinot's otherwise attractively silky texture and raspberry fruit. Drink now.8128CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastFelten Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)Pinot NoirFelten Cellars
4279742796USSanguine, high-toned red fruit features prominently in this almost-equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Dusty tannin and a relatively light-bodied texture belie the power lurking beneath, the finish a hit of Red Hots and cherry cola.Dunfillan Cuvée9028CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKunde 2012 Dunfillan Cuvée Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendKunde
4279842797AustriaA fresh peachy note on the nose carries a tinge of earthy yeast and savoriness. The palate offers zesty concentration and more of that textured yeasty soy spice. This is fresh but rounded and shows ample backbone on its concentrated palate.Charming Reserve9030KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLaurenz V. 2014 Charming Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerLaurenz V.
4279942798FranceThis is a delicious, ripe wine that is packed with apricot, apple and pear fruits. It is tangy and freshly fruity. The bright, rich fruit continues right through this wine that is ready to drink now.Made From Organically Grown Grapes9013BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Hauts de Lagarde 2015 Made From Organically Grown Grapes (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendLes Hauts de Lagarde
4280042799USThe aromas of cocoa, raspberry, black tea, vanilla and cranberry are in full bloom. The cranberry and cherry flavors are ripe and full, backed by firm tannins. This wine is in a sweet spot. Drink now.9025WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLiberty Lake 2009 Merlot (Red Mountain)MerlotLiberty Lake
4280142800ItalyUnderbrush, grilled porcini mushroom, leather and a whiff of iris lead the nose. On the youthfully assertive palate, clove, star anise, orange peel and aromatic herb accent tart red cherry while firm tannins and fresh acidity provide the backbone.Rocchettevino9080PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Biagio 2012 Rocchettevino (Barolo)NebbioloSan Biagio
4280242801USHailing from McClellan, Seven Hills and Anna Marie vineyards, this wine opens with aromas of fresh and dried herbs, black licorice and dark cherry along with a toasty top note. It coats the palate with velvety fruit flavors, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen.9030WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSaviah 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSaviah
4280342802AustriaFerns, yeast and citrus come together in an appetizing trio of flavor. The palate is fluid and slightly rounded, but still light. There is a zesty, phenolic texture and lots of freshness on the concentrated palate. The finish is clean-cut and lip-smacking.Bisamberg-Kreuzenstein9015WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchwarzböck 2015 Bisamberg-Kreuzenstein Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerSchwarzböck

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