Wine Reviews

4311043109ChileGood for Valdivieso that they are willing to experiment with a Mourvèdre-led blend that also contains Carignan and Syrah. This is racy and a bit tangy, with plenty of old-vines acidity making the wine a bit jumpy and scouring. Probably best with food; it's a bit astringent on its own.Eclat8625Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso 2005 Eclat Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendValdivieso
4308143080FranceSo soft, the wine is gently fruity, a hint of its chalk soil through a mineral edge. Fresh and tasting of lime and apple fruits, it is ready to drink now.8525BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine L. Chatelain 2010 ChablisChardonnayDomaine L. Chatelain
4308243081USDefinitely on the sweet side, like iced strawberry tea with white sugar. But It's clean and crisp and bubbly.Brut8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFour Paws & A Tail NV Brut Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendFour Paws & A Tail
4308343082USSmooth, lusty and sweet in fruit, this Zin brims with jammy flavors of cherries, blackberries and currants. The cinnamon and pepper spices suggest drinking with spicy meat and poultry dishes.Red Label Diamond Collection8516CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFrancis Coppola 2009 Red Label Diamond Collection Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelFrancis Coppola
4308443083ChileFull and rubbery on the nose, with berry, prune and foresty aromas. Quite tannic and biting on the palate, with espresso, stewed prune and bitterness to the flavor profile. Finishes hard and unyielding, with a lasting note of coffee-like bitterness.Hacienda Araucano Reserva8513Lolol ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFrançois Lurton 2010 Hacienda Araucano Reserva Syrah (Lolol Valley)SyrahFrançois Lurton
4308543084USThis 50-50 blend of Malbec and Merlot is dry and rustic. Despite some deeply concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors, it has a tough texture that seems unlikely to age out.Double M8528CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastGalante 2009 Double M Red (Carmel Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendGalante
4308643085ItalyVintner Gianni Zonin was instrumental in pushing for the enlargement of the Prosecco production zone and this wine is made under the terms of those new rules. It's an easy, informal apéritif wine with aromas of dried hay and citrus.Cuvèe 18218515VenetoProseccoZonin NV Cuvèe 1821 (Prosecco)GleraZonin
4308743086ArgentinaFairly mute on the nose, with an oily note and peachy aromas. Basic in the mouth, with good weight and balance along with oily flavors of peach and melon. Sweet and waxy on the finish, with the flavor of green banana.8510Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVintage Sun 2010 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayVintage Sun
4308843087ArgentinaTropical and a bit briney on the nose. The palate is healthy in feel, with sweet white fruit flavors, a pinch of lemon and creamy oak. Finishes quick, with a nice feel and adequate acidity; will do best if well chilled.8511Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Elena de Mendoza 2010 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayBodega Elena de Mendoza
4308943088USWhile a tad pulpy and overripe on the nose, there's a purity to the dark red fruit on the palate of this Virginia Cab Franc that penetrates amidst notes of fresh green leaves and herbs. Full bodied in style with just a hint of green bramble on the finish.8522VirginiaVirginiaAnna Lee C. IijimaBogati 2010 Cabernet Franc (Virginia)Cabernet FrancBogati
4309043089ChileA touch green and vegetal on the nose, with hints of canned peas and bell pepper. Fortunately there's enough lime and minerality to keep it fresh. Feels crisp, tight and wet, with green notes pervading core citrus flavors. Finishes pithy and zesty, with mild bitterness.El Delirio859Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBotalcura 2011 El Delirio Sauvignon Blanc (Maule Valley)Sauvignon BlancBotalcura
4309143090ItalyThe attraction here is the beautiful packaging. Embedded with sparkling crystals that spell Bottega, this showcase wine will appeal to a young crowd. The sparkler is Pinot Noir, made as a white wine, with a floral bouquet and a lean mouthfeel.Bottega (Crystals) Brut85VenetoVenetoBottega NV Bottega (Crystals) Brut Pinot Nero (Veneto)Pinot NeroBottega
4309243091ItalyThis Brut Prosecco opens with bone-dry aromas of talc powder and white mineral followed by slight hints of peach and citrus. It closes with steely, sharp effervescence and a hint of bitter almond.Brut8517VenetoProseccoCantina Progettidivini NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraCantina Progettidivini
4309343092ItalyLightly fizzy and luminous in appearance, this sweet Moscato sparkler would pair with moist sponge cake or fruit tarts. Very sweet flavors of lavender honey and ripe summer peach accent the close.Stella Rosa Imperiale85PiedmontPiedmontIl Conte d'Alba NV Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato (Piedmont)MoscatoIl Conte d'Alba
4309443093USWhat a disappointment. This isn't the Artist Series it used to be. It's okay for an everyday Cab, but is simple, with watered-down blackberry and cherry jam flavors. Not ageable, so drink up.Artist Series8570CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKenwood 2007 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonKenwood
4309543094ChileRubbery and earthy smelling on first take, with bulky, dark berry aromas mixed with herbal notes. Shows tannic bite and grab along with standard, herbal flavors of blackberry and black olive. Finishes similarly. Good Cab for $7.857Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Playa 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLa Playa
4309643095ItalyHere's a simple, straightforward Prosecco with delicate aromas of dried grass, citrus, pear and stone fruit. Flavors of dried herb linger over the wine's naturally creamy perlage.Dry85VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreLa Riva dei Frati NV Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraLa Riva dei Frati
4309743096USAs sweet as raspberry tea sweetened with a couple spoons of white sugar. Alcohol provides a pleasant burn. If this sweeter style of Zin is your thing, it's quite a nice wine.8514CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyLapis Luna 2007 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelLapis Luna
4309843097FranceA ripe and rounded wine, with friendly apricot and lemon flavors, richly toasty, leaving great acidity and bright fruits at the end.8517BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Chevallier 2009 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayLouis Chevallier
4309943098ItalyFrom the Treviso area of Prosecco, this luminous sparkler offers steely effervescence and sharp aromas of white flower and dried grass. There's also a touch of bitter almond on the crisp finish.Extra Dry85VenetoProseccoMaccari Spumanti NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraMaccari Spumanti
4310043099ArgentinaGrassy red berry and plum aromas lead to a lean, somewhat high-acid palate with herbal, oaky flavors of raspberry and plum that don't last that long. Fresh and healthy feeling on the finish, but tasting more of oak and spice than fruit.Andean Culture8513Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMaipe 2010 Andean Culture Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMaipe
4310143100USStriking acidity adds freshness to more rustic characteristics of cooked red fruit, caramelized sugar and hay on this medium-bodied Pinot. Brambly on the palate with hints of mushroom and foliage, it finishes clean with just a trace of tannins.LUST8426New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaInspire Moore 2009 LUST Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirInspire Moore
4310243101ItalyThis is an extremely aromatic and floral Sauvignon that delivers an intense bouquet of sage, exotic fruit and tomato leaf. It earns high marks for personality and good cheer and offers zesty lemon flavors on the finish.Tentazioni d'Aba8610Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveBanear 2007 Tentazioni d'Aba Sauvignon (Friuli Grave)SauvignonBanear
4310343102USA nice, easy Syrah made for immediate drinking. It's dry and balanced, with rich flavors of black currants, cherries, cocoa, leather, tobacco and pepper flavors.8628CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsBodega del Sur 2005 Syrah (Calaveras County)SyrahBodega del Sur
4310443103ItalyFragrant and aromatic with soapy, floral intensity and notes of mango and papaya, this is a vibrant Traminer that would pair well with spicy, exotic foods. It has a lean feel and ends with bright fruit flavors.Traminer Aromatico8615Northeastern ItalyFriuli AquileiaCa'Tullio 2007 Traminer Aromatico Traminer (Friuli Aquileia)TraminerCa'Tullio
4310543104USA bit herbal and earthy, with some green tannins, this 100% Cab was mostly grown in the Mayacamas Mountains overlooking Sonoma Valley. It's dry and soft, with suggestions of cherries, blackberries and currants.Las Pasiones8639CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaCharles Creek 2004 Las Pasiones Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCharles Creek
4310643105USDry, crisp and with no oak influence, this stainless steel-fermented wine is rich in apricot, nectarine, pineapple, vanilla, macadamia nut and honey flavors. It's a nice, versatile white wine to have with a variety of food.8618CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsIndian Rock 2006 Vermentino (Calaveras County)VermentinoIndian Rock
4310743106USLakewood hits the mark with this affordable Cabernet Franc. Earthy, attractive aromas of spice and pepper unfold into flavors of raspberry, cherry and more pepper. The wine has depth and weight without being heavy, thanks to a decent amount of acid. The finish is slightly weak but overall, a good wine and friendly.8616New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLakewood 2006 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancLakewood
4310843107USA Rhône blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this wine is softly attractive in spicy fruits and berries. The flavors are very ripe, suggesting mashed cherries, raspberries, currants, cola, root beer and licorice.Cotes du Calaveras8618CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsLavender Ridge 2005 Cotes du Calaveras Red (Sierra Foothills)Rhône-style Red BlendLavender Ridge
4310943108USBravo to Long Point for making a Cabernet that counts in a cool climate. Rich aromas of anise, mocha and tobacco lead into structured, complex flavors of red berry, cigar and cassis. Spicy but balanced and slightly big, the wine will be great with grilled meat and stew.8624New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLong Point 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (New York)Cabernet SauvignonLong Point

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