Wine Reviews

4332143320New ZealandThis is a pleasant, medium-bodied Pinot Noir from one of the most famous Pinot blocks in Marlborough. The palate is filled with bright, tart cherry fruit leading to a decently long finish.Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection87MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiesen 2012 Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirGiesen
4332243321ItalyAromas recall yellow flower, stone fruit and Mediterranean brush. The bright palate doles out yellow peach and citrus zest alongside crisp acidity.Belguardo8716TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMazzei 2013 Belguardo Vermentino (Toscana)VermentinoMazzei
4332343322FranceThis presents a rounded style, but still fresh with red fruits and soft acidity. It is light and fruity, with a bite of spice in the aftertaste.Frais et Fruité87ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerMoncigale 2014 Frais et Fruité Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséMoncigale
4332443323ItalyA blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes, this features aromas of bright berry, spice and violet. The vibrant, easy-drinking palate offers black cherry, red currant and black pepper alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity.8717TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMorisfarms 2013 Morellino di ScansanoRed BlendMorisfarms
4333843337New ZealandThis is a soft, open-knit wine that's ready to drink. Faintly herbal notes of damp moss and fresh mushrooms accent dark cherry and mocha shadings that glide to a plush finish.8730MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMahi 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirMahi
4332543324AustriaA subdued nose of citrus leads to a pleasantly round, fresh palate that is enlivened by a little spritz. Subtle citrus notes linger. Well-chilled, this will make for easy, light-bodied refreshment.Classic8714CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2014 Classic Grüner Veltliner (Carnuntum)Grüner VeltlinerNetzl
4332643325ArgentinaEvident aromas of prune and raisin announce extreme ripeness. Like the nose, this feels ripe and chunky, with hard tannins. Jammy, extracted flavors of raisin and black plum are oaky and peppery prior to a pushy finish with heat.The Soul of Argentina Reserve8717Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachNuna 2012 The Soul of Argentina Reserve Bonarda (Mendoza)BonardaNuna
4332743326USSmoked meat, olives and mushroom lend a distinctly rustic flair to this late-release Merlot. Blackberry and cherry flavors are pristine and concentrated, but accented by hints of barnyard and astringent tannins that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2017.Reserve8735New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaOsprey's Dominion 2010 Reserve Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotOsprey's Dominion
4333943338ItalyMade with Sangiovese and 10% Montepulciano, this has aromas of dark-skinned fruit, tilled soil and a hint of graphite. The simple, straightforward palate offers dried berry, black cherry and a hint of thyme alongside round but not very persistent tannins.Mozza Piedi8720TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColle Spinello 2013 Mozza Piedi (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendColle Spinello
4332843327ItalyEnticing aromas suggest white spring flower and peach. The bright palate offers nectarine zest, crunchy Granny Smith apple and wild herb alongside fresh acidity.Terre Vineate8713Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePalazzone 2014 Terre Vineate (Orvieto Classico Superiore)White BlendPalazzone
4332943328USTypical aromas of ripe peach, melon and white flowers are elevated on the nose. A slightly oily palate houses floral tones up front, leading to juicy nectarine on the midpalate. A playful, fuzzy feeling round out the finish.Vinecroft Vineyard8725VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreePearmund 2013 Vinecroft Vineyard Viognier (Virginia)ViognierPearmund
4334043339USThis wine displays aromas of green herbs, black and green olive, vanilla and sweet plum. The black and blue fruit flavors are sweet, backed by blocky, dry tannins.8716WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonColumbia Winery
4333043329ItalyThis lively white features aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and white flower.s The bright, round palate doles out fresh peach, juicy pineapple and crisp apple alongside zesty acidity.Poggio Verde8717Central ItalyFrascati SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrincipe Pallavicini 2014 Poggio Verde (Frascati Superiore)White BlendPrincipe Pallavicini
4333143330USThe aromas on this wine are quite unusual, with notes of wet copper penny, fresh sage and raspberry. Meanwhile the cranberry and cherry flavors are sweet and concentrated, creating an uneasy juxtaposition.Boushey Vineyard8740WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRoss Andrew 2010 Boushey Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahRoss Andrew
4334143340FranceWith some concentration and ripe green fruits, this complex wine has a mineral structure, tangy acidity as well as a bright, crisp aftertaste. It's going to develop into a serious wine over the next two years. Drink from 2016.Les Grandes Vignes87BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chenevières 2013 Les Grandes Vignes (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Chenevières
4333243331USLight in color, this blend of 51% Syrah, 42% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon is perfumed with orange peel, coffee, plum and herbs. It drinks off dry, quite light and elegant in style with grainy tannins.Riverbed8710WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSagelands 2013 Riverbed Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendSagelands
4334243341FranceThe lighter wine from Domaine de Beaupré, this is fruity, gently textured and softly ripe. Aromatic, it offers red fruits, crisp apple and white berries. The aftertaste is full of the brightest acidity.D28718ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Beaupré 2014 D2 Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséDomaine de Beaupré
4334343342FranceProduced from young vines, this is a soft and fruity wine. Wood aging has added richness to the yellow fruits and balancing apple acidity. It's perfumed, opening out with ripe apricot and white peach flavors at the end. Drink from 2016.Les Charmes Dessus8758BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Bellene 2012 Les Charmes Dessus (Santenay)ChardonnayDomaine de Bellene
4333343332USA smokiness rises to the fore initially in this wine, a toasted oak accent that marks its character. From there, sour cherry and grenadine mix for an earthy celebration of red fruit before this full-bodied wine presents its tannins on the finish.Owsley Vineyard8746CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma-Cutrer 2012 Owsley Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSonoma-Cutrer
4334443343USStewed black plum and tangy black cherry fruit meet baking spice and cola on the nose of this bottling from Lompoc-based Brian Loring. The palate is tangy with black cherry and cranberry, with a touch of herbs and forest floor.Kessler-Haak Vineyard9154CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLoring Wine Company 2015 Kessler-Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirLoring Wine Company
4333443333AustriaA fresh but subdued nose leads to an easy-drinking, lightweight palate dominated by fresh, zingy citrus flavors. There is just a hint of that Sauvignon Blanc grassiness.Classic8720SteiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStrauss 2014 Classic Sauvignon Blanc (Steiermark)Sauvignon BlancStrauss
4334543344USThis contends for the best $10 Riesling in the country. It's off dry, with 30g/L of residual sugar, but not too sweet for some Asian noodle entrées. The mouthfeel is thick and borders on syrupy, with penetrating flavors of mango, papaya and peaches. It could also be served after dinner with fruit and soft cheeses.9110OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lujon 2015 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingLujon
4333543334USJuicy ripe blackberry and raspberry form the basis of this brambly, fruit-forward Zin that offers a low output of tannin and oak presence. Refined on the palate, it finishes with a swat of wild licorice and dried herb.Visionary8729CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Federalist 2013 Visionary Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelThe Federalist
4334643345USThis is an expertly balanced wine from Temecula, showcasing region's potential for Grenache. Rosewater, cherry juice and cherry blossom aromas are lifted by herbal touches of marjoram and crushed peppercorn. Fennel, thyme and oregano flavors kick off the palate, where strong acidity carries raspberry and red berry flavors into a complex and elegant finish.9148CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPalumbo Family Vineyards 2013 Grenache (Temecula Valley)GrenachePalumbo Family Vineyards
4333643335New ZealandThis medium-bodied wine doesn't reveal a lot of richness on the palate, yet still offers fruit-driven notes of Bing cherries and fresh greens. It's clean and refreshing on the finish.Wairau Valley8726MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGoldwater 2012 Wairau Valley Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirGoldwater
4333743336ArgentinaJumpy, bright berry and currant aromas come with a scent of wet dog fur. This is fresh but shallow, with simple, lively cherry and plum flavors. On the finish, this is easy and friendly but it evaporates quickly.Serie A Santa Rosa8715Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachZuccardi 2013 Serie A Santa Rosa Bonarda (Mendoza)BonardaZuccardi
4334743346USWhile light-bodied, gentle and intricate, this wine offers plenty of flavor nuances. Cranberry and herb tea aromas mark the nose, while the mouthfeel is at once soothing and tangy, with mulled cherry and clove aromas that slowly emerge and persist on the finish. It's a treat to sip and savor.Boontling9139CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPhillips Hill 2015 Boontling Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirPhillips Hill
4334843347USInspired by co-winemaker Eli Parker's trips to Australia, this is simply a fun and tasty sparkling red, with rose, clove, black plum, and graphite notes on the nose. Ripe berry flavors round out the palate, but tangy plum skins and a slate-driven mineral tension keep it serious.Sparkling9137CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSibling Bubblery 2014 Sparkling Grenache (Santa Barbara County)GrenacheSibling Bubblery
4334943348USThis wine has rich blueberry aromas, a softly tannic texture and and black currant flavors that open more with each sip. Concentrated and full in body, it's a luxurious-feeling and abundantly flavored wine that lingers long on the palate.9129CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsStraight Line 2013 Tempranillo (California)TempranilloStraight Line
4335043349USPlush blackberry, fennel, mocha, char and peppercorn aromas show on the nose of this bottling from longtime friends Paul Quinn and James Schreiner. Dried plum skin, cherry and elderberry flavors show on the palate, which is layered with tannins and turns savory with charred beef, charcoal and tobacco flavors.Straight Cab9164CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannT.W. Fermentation 2013 Straight Cab Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonT.W. Fermentation

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