Wine Reviews


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4281142810ItalyLeafy underbrush, leather, truffle, grilled herb and tilled soil aromas lead the way. The dense, forward palate doles out juicy black cherry, star anise, tobacco and an earthy hint of game while velvety tannins give it a smooth, polished texture. It has immediate appeal and will offer fine drinking for the next few years. Drink through 2020.Buon Padre9055PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViberti 2012 Buon Padre (Barolo)NebbioloViberti
4281242811USMilk chocolate, dark cherry, herb and floral notes are followed by silky smooth pit fruit flavors that linger.Cuvée9032WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Cuvée Red (Washington)Red BlendWalla Walla Vintners
4281342812USA blend of co-fermented Syrah (60%) and Viognier, this wine is a very pretty pale copper color with just a tinge of salmon. It offers nuanced aromas of pear, strawberry and white flowers. The palate is dry and fresh, sleek but with depth and texture to the fruit flavors.9018WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaters 2015 Rosé (Washington)RoséWaters
4281442813USRipe, rich blackberry and plum notes abound from nose to finish in this bold, deeply concentrated wine. The palate is velvety in texture, edged by a fine, chalky frame of tannins and lively cranberry acidity. Hints of pepper, dried herb and lavender lend nuance to a long finish.Lambardo9035New YorkLong IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2013 Lambardo Merlot (Long Island)MerlotWölffer
4281542814USFresh green herbs on the nose accumulate fruit and floral notes on the palate of this pretty but robust rosé. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, it offers intense red berry and watermelon fruitiness along with a pleasantly clingy, silken mouthfeel.Summer in Bottle9024New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2015 Summer in Bottle Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséWölffer
4281642815USGrapes are sourced from St. Helena and Oakville for this light-bodied, tart and slightly herbal wine, blended with 8% Sémillon. Ripe and round, it's both floral and fruity, highlighted by melon and pear.Napa Crest9032CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneYao Family Wines 2015 Napa Crest Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancYao Family Wines
4281742816USSourced from seven separate vineyard sites, this is a full-bodied, rich and concentrated white, given 15 months in 40% new French oak. The barrel comes through in supportive ways, complementing the freshness of apple and lemon spiked in acidity.9060CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDella 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayDella
4281842817FranceProduced in one of the newly designated Muscadet crus, this mature wine has spice, almond and toast flavors while still retaining a strong mineral character. It is a far cry from typical Muscadet with its rich, soft texture. Drink this unusual wine now.Mouzillon-Tillières9023Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Colombier 2007 Mouzillon-Tillières (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonDomaine du Colombier
4281942818AustriaThe deliciously tart notes of Cox Orange Pippin apples are heightened by lemon brightness. The palate shimmers with peach but zesty lemon keeps the upper hand in this concentrated, ripe but linear Riesling. The finish is just a little hot.Smaragd9028WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEder 2014 Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingEder
4282042819AustriaCherries galore on this easy, pretty red: the palate adds appetizing sprays of white pepper to the crunchy, moreish fruit, leaving you with a just about medium-bodied red of immense bounce and freshness. This embodies the fruity, joyful nature of Zweigelt perfectly and makes for effortless sipping.Classic9017BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEsterházy 2014 Classic Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltEsterházy
4282142820USOpulent fruit flavors and a good dose of vanilla and coconut give this full-bodied wine plenty of personality to go along with its heft and rich texture. Ripe pear, fig and melon notes mingle on a fresh, crisp structure.Silvaspoons Vineyards9016CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2014 Silvaspoons Vineyards Verdelho (Lodi)VerdelhoFenestra
4282242821USThis full-bodied wine gets more interesting with each sip, as generous cherry flavors gather light and almost sweet oak accents, and as fine-grained tannins build the texture. The flavors become mellow and more complex as they echo on the finish.9030CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBella Grace 2013 Barbera (Amador County)BarberaBella Grace
4282342822ItalyMade with Nerello Mascalese and a drop of Nerello Cappuccio, this offers earthy aromas suggesting ripe dark-skinned berry, tilled soil, game, truffle and leather. The gamy note follows through to the firm palate, along with mature Marasca cherry, anise and clove. A licorice note wraps up the finish.Rovittello9075Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBenanti 2012 Rovittello (Etna)Red BlendBenanti
4282442823ItalyAlluring aromas of Mediterranean herb, leather, berry, tangerine zest and menthol come together in the glass. The palate is youthfully austere, offering tart red cherry, strawberry, star anise and graphite alongside firm, fine-grained tannins that grip the finish. Give this a few years to let the tannins unwind then drink.Rosso9035Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBenanti 2013 Rosso (Etna)Nerello MascaleseBenanti
4282542824AustriaFresh citrus notes make this beautiful rosé smell like a zesty white wine. The palate, however, adds the fresh delight of ripe strawberry fruit. This adds up to a refreshing, superdry and elegant but fruitful pink summer wine.Rosé9014AustriaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBiokult 2015 Rosé Zweigelt (Austria)ZweigeltBiokult
4282642825FranceThis is a tight, mineral single-vineyard wine coming from layered granite soil. Produced from organic grapes, it is crisp, tangy with lemon zest and light spice flavors and a strongly aromatic aftertaste. Drink this concentrated wine from 2017.Les Dabinières Sur Lie9015Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerBonnet-Huteau 2015 Les Dabinières Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonBonnet-Huteau
4282742826USShows the exotic side of Viognier, with tangerine preserve, apricot, tobacco, white flower, golden currant and white pepper flavors that finish absolutely dry and crisp in acidity. Elegant and clean, an interesting wine to pair with a wide variety of ethnic foods.Curtis Vineyard8918CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral Coasta-non-ah-mus 2009 Curtis Vineyard Viognier (Santa Barbara County)Viogniera-non-ah-mus
4282842827USRich and unctuous, this Syrah flatters for sheer decadence. It's soft and fruity, offering waves of blackberry and cherry jam, mocha, bacon, black pepper and smoky cedar flavors, wrapped into firm but finely ground tannins. Finishes a bit hot in alcohol. Drink now.Latitude Colson Canyon8930CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastBernat 2008 Latitude Colson Canyon Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahBernat
4282942828USA lot selection; achingly dry but not just simple lemon juice. There's good concentration and a mix of mineral, rind, light citrus flesh, with excellent length and a finishing hint of honeysuckle.Ara8925OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brooks 2009 Ara Riesling (Eola-Amity Hills)RieslingBrooks
4283042829FranceHints of smoky bacon and wood are now giving this wine some maturity. It has firm tannins still, but also a rich texture, with some red berries still present.Cuvée de la Lure8920BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Terrière 2008 Cuvée de la Lure (Moulin-à-Vent)GamayChâteau de la Terrière
4283142830USDry and crisp in coastal acidity, this Pinot Noir shows the full-bodied sturdiness reflecting its appellation, in the foothills above the Salinas Valley. It's quite rich in berry, cherry, cola and spice flavors, with firm tannins. Give it a few months in the bottle to calm down.8962CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastDavid Family 2007 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirDavid Family
4283242831AustriaFull and ripe, classic Grüner. It has spice, with red apple and pear fruits and a rounded, just oily texture, giving zest with the taut acidity. Drink now, especially with food. Screwcap.Ried Neuberg8917WeinviertelRoger Voss@vossrogerDürnberg 2010 Ried Neuberg Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerDürnberg
4283342832FranceThis joint venture between Nicolas Jaboulet and the Perrin family is turning out some good examples from the Northern Rhône, like this Côte Rôtie, which is plummy, yet at the same time loaded with savory notes of cured meat and smoke, even a hint of bacon fat. Silky tannins frame the finish. Drink now–2017.8972Rhône ValleyCôte RôtieJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaison Nicolas Perrin 2007 Côte RôtieSyrahMaison Nicolas Perrin
4283442833FranceLeathery, earthy and spicy, with dried fruit flavors framed by soft tannins. This full-bodied offering from the new négociant venture between Nicolas Jaboulet and the Perrin family is reasonably complex and mouthwatering on the finish. Drink now–2020.Ermitage8988Rhône ValleyHermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaison Nicolas Perrin 2007 Ermitage (Hermitage)SyrahMaison Nicolas Perrin
4283542834USA pretty, fruity, forward Viognier, with appealing orange blossom, citrus and light tropical fruit. Nicely balanced, with just the right amount of acidity, a full midpalate and excellent concentration through the finish.8918OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Melrose 2010 Viognier (Umpqua Valley)ViognierMelrose
4283642835SpainNice on the nose, with layers of blackberry, earth, lemon peel and herbs. The palate is grabby and clacky but healthy, with forward black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. Finishes full and long, with coffee and toast notes. A generous wine to drink now through 2015.Elite8929Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPradorey 2006 Elite (Ribera del Duero)Tinta FinaPradorey
4283742836ItalyFrom an older vintage, this edition of Libatio shows some tertiary aromas of licorice and mineral backed by chocolate fudge and dusty hazelnut. Drink now.Libatio89TuscanyToscanaSant Agnese dei F.lli Gigli 2004 Libatio Red (Toscana)Red BlendSant Agnese dei F.lli Gigli
4283842837USA shade off from the past few vintages, but still a nice Pinot Noir. Showing crisp acidity and some firm tannins, it's sweet and forward in black raspberry, cherry, cola and spice flavors. Drink over the next 2–3 years.Dutton Ranch8945CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaSequana 2009 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir (Green Valley)Pinot NoirSequana
4283942838ItalyHere's a bigger, concentrated expression of Vino Nobile that delivers ripe fruit aromas of blackberry jam and spicy fruit. There's a touch of ripe strawberry at the back and although the fruit does taste mature here, you'll enjoy the softness and richness of the mouthfeel.89TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoTenuta di Poggio Uliveto 2008 Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoPrugnolo GentileTenuta di Poggio Uliveto
4284042839FranceTight and tannic, the wine reveals acidity, structure and red cherry juice flavors. There is a definite minerality here, giving the wine an austere feel. It needs a year or two to be at its best.Grand Cras Vieilles Vignes8918BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerLaurent Gauthier 2010 Grand Cras Vieilles Vignes (Morgon)GamayLaurent Gauthier

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