Wine Reviews


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4350143500USDried black cherries, cola, root beer, black rocks and a hint of tarragon swirl into a lovely nose on this rarely used varietal. The palate offers clean blackberry and plum juice, with a minty lift reminiscent of camphor and eucalyptus.Di Domenico9033CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLe Vigne 2012 Di Domenico Tannat (Paso Robles)TannatLe Vigne
4350243501USThe partnership between vintner Bill Price and winemaker Gavin Chanin, Lutum continues to impress, aiming for elegance without giving up flavor or body. Tightly wound, a signature perhaps of the vintage, this wine is still subtle, suggesting rhubarb and cherry atop forest floor. Smooth, it hides elusive power on the significant finish.Durell Vineyard9060CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLutum 2013 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirLutum
4350343502USThis wine highlights heady new-oak tones of spice, vanilla and cedar, yet maintains elegance from nose to finish. Ripe black cherry and plum flavors penetrate on the palate, with a framing of soft tannins and bright cranberry acidity. The finish is long and a touch mineral.Reserve9030New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirMcGregor
4350443503ItalyA blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this opens with aromas of mature plum, blackberry, mint, spice and underbrush. The palate delivers espresso, mocha, toasted oak, licorice and dried blackberry alongside firm tannins.Piastraia9045TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMichele Satta 2011 Piastraia (Bolgheri)Red BlendMichele Satta
4350543504USLivelier than usual in texture and popping with bright citrus aromas and flavors, this light-bodied and barrel-fermented wine is a great palate-cleanser and will pair beautifully with dishes like raw oysters and herbed goat cheese. It smells and tastes like lemon, lime, green apple and kiwi, and has great balance.9015CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMonte Volpe 2013 Pinot Grigio (Mendocino)Pinot GrigioMonte Volpe
4350643505ItalyAromas of red berry, rose and cake spices lead the way on this ripe, forward Barolo. The round palate offers black cherry, raspberry, licorice and white pepper alongside polished tannins. It's already extremely accessible, so don't leave it in the cellar for too long. Drink 2016–2021.Ornato9065PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePalladino 2011 Ornato (Barolo)NebbioloPalladino
4350743506USRipe black cherry and vanilla swirl around notes of cedar and dusty tannins, combining seamlessly on the palate. From an appellation not known for the variety, it does justice to mountain fruit and power, finishing with substance.Rockpile Vineyard9065CaliforniaRockpileSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneParadise Ridge 2012 Rockpile Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rockpile)Cabernet SauvignonParadise Ridge
4350843507USAged in a mixture of French and American oak (33% new), this wine shows a combination of fruit and barrel, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, pencil lead, cocoa and blue fruit. It's soft in feel, showing plenty of richness.The Reserve90WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Merlot (Horse Heaven Hills)Merlot14 Hands
4350943508ItalyHere's a wine that sneaks up on you, offering aromas of baked earth, leather, dried berry and a whiff of black olive that slowly emerge after a few minutes in the glass. On the palate, notes of licorice and cooking spice notes accent a core of mature black cherry alongside polished tannins.9039PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Rocca 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloAlbino Rocca
4351043509ItalyAromas of purple flower and wild berry lead the nose on this blend of 60% Sangiovese, 22% Merlot, 10% Canaiolo 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Colorino. The easy-drinking, chewy palate doles out black raspberry, Morello cherry, black pepper and baking spice alongside polished tannins. Drink through 2017.Birbanera9038TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmantis 2011 Birbanera (Montecucco)Red BlendAmantis
4351143510USThe dark raspberry, plum, herb, vanilla and spice aromas and flavors are rich and high octane. It's not for the faint of heart but offers plenty of appeal.Estate Grown Attache9024WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmbassador Vineyard 2012 Estate Grown Attache Grenache (Red Mountain)GrenacheAmbassador Vineyard
4351243511USA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (39%) and Petit Verdot, this wine offers aromas of café au lait, dried herbs, butterscotch, woodspice and cherry. The barrel flavors provide much of the appeal, along with a silky feel.Provocant Heritage Series9025WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAncestry 2012 Provocant Heritage Series Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendAncestry
4351343512USAromas of black and white pepper and raw meat are redolent on this wine. The palate is all about feel, freshness and texture, without a trace of new wood in sight and a finish that lingers. It's a unique example of the variety that focuses on subtlety and nuance.Lonesome Springs Ranch9040WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportArdor 2012 Lonesome Springs Ranch Mourvèdre (Yakima Valley)MourvèdreArdor
4351443513USThis wine is 29% each Mourvèdre and Syrah with the rest equal parts Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache. Aromas of vanilla, coconut and red and black fruit lead to a full-bodied, creamy palate that mixes fruit and barrel flavors. The wood influence is strong but the fruit largely stands up to it.Lia9036WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBunnell 2010 Lia Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendBunnell
4351543514USFully ripe, saturated fruit aromas lead to deep, lush flavors and a smooth, moderately tannic texture. The wine lets dried plum flavors shine through without a lot of oak tones, so it tastes focused and pure. It keeps improving with each sip. Best now through 2019.Estate9029CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCedarville Vineyard 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (El Dorado)Cabernet SauvignonCedarville Vineyard
4351643515USCopper-pink in color, this sparkling blend of half Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 8% Pinot Meunier is coy on the nose, pulled back and restrained in apple and lime aromas. Flavor-wise, it offers a medium-build up of strawberries and cream.Étoile Rosé9050CaliforniaSonoma County-Monterey County-Napa CountyCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneChandon NV Étoile Rosé Sparkling (Sonoma County-Monterey County-Napa County)Sparkling BlendChandon
4351743516FranceThis blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from just north of Saint-Émilion is still structured and firm. Big tannins and smoky flavors give a dense character. The black fruits still need time to round out and show smoothness. For now decant, or wait until 2017 to drink.9015BordeauxLussac Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Tabuteau 2012 Lussac Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Tabuteau
4351843517FranceThis is a rich, toasty white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Notes of honey, melon and pineapple mark the nose and palate, while the finish is warm and long, with lingering hints of popcorn and roasted nuts.Trésor des Papes9050Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau Maucoil 2014 Trésor des Papes White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendChâteau Maucoil
4351943518FranceNamed after the French practice of taking a cubitainer to a cooperative and filling it up “en vrac,” this is the sort of fruity, easy-drinking wine that those French would enjoy. It has red fruits, a gentle texture and great final acidity.Vrac8411ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Rouët 2014 Vrac Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau du Rouët
4352043519FrancePure pink in color, this ripe wine is soft with rich red fruits. It is attractive and fruit-driven, delicious as an apéritif.Les Abeillons8427ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Thuerry 2014 Les Abeillons Rosé (Coteaux Varois en Provence)RoséChâteau Thuerry
4352143520FranceThis wine is so light, it is almost insubstantial. Hints of white fruit float across the surface, backed up by acidity and a gentle, fresh character. It is ready to drink.Premier Cru8430BurgundyMontagnyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Michel-Andreotti 2013 Premier Cru (Montagny)ChardonnayDomaine Michel-Andreotti
4352243521USDark color and a severe tartness make this wine challenging on the palate. It's overripe in terms of tropical fruit and bogged down by a sourness that's hard to shake. Let it open and pair it with creamy foods like goat cheese to get it to behave.Estate8424CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneEnvy 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Calistoga)Sauvignon BlancEnvy
4352343522USVibrant pink in color, this rosé of Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is light bodied and easy to drink, driven by tart watermelon.8423VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeRappahannock Cellars 2014 Rosé (Virginia)RoséRappahannock Cellars
4352443523USThis is a slightly grassy, green white wine that fans of this style may enjoy; others not so much. Light in alcohol, it has medium body and crispness.8418CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Ranch 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancRutherford Ranch
4352543524USThere's plenty of appeal to this well-priced wine with its aromas of flowers, pear and ice tea. It drinks off dry, with the flavor concentration lighter in style.Estate Grown849WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportStoneCap 2013 Estate Grown Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingStoneCap
4352643525FranceThere's a fine texture to this simple, fruity wine. It has fresh acidity and a creamy character. A yeasty element doesn't quite fit with the rest of the wine and leaves a bitter taste.Egalité8418BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerVeuve Ambal NV Egalité (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendVeuve Ambal
4352743526FranceSoft and fruity, this is a gentle, creamy wine. Almond and quince flavors are spread generously over the ripe texture. Drink now.Buissonier8417BurgundyMontagnyRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buxy 2013 Buissonier (Montagny)ChardonnayVignerons de Buxy
4352843527USAromas of citron and toasted peanut shells on the nose lead to a streamlined lemon-zest palate. Creamy tropical fruit tones timidly emerge, with brisk acidity driving to the finish.South River Vineyard8425VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreePearmund 2013 South River Vineyard Petit Manseng (Virginia)Petit MansengPearmund
4352943528FranceThis attractive, light and fruity wine is made from grapes from different vineyards. It has the freshest fruit and a light, open texture that offers pleasant acidity and raspberry flavors. Drink now.Florette8413ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2014 Florette Rosé (Coteaux Varois en Provence)RoséRavoire et Fils
4353043529FranceThis is seaside Provence rosé right down to the traditional shape of the bottle. It is fresh and bright, with berry fruits and lively acidity. Drink as an apéritif.Manon8415ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2014 Manon Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséRavoire et Fils

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