Wine Reviews

4425144250SpainThis is a serious Toro wine with smooth, dark, leathery aromas along with hints of wintergreen, licorice and berry pastry. It feels rich and layered, with complex flavors of licorice gum drop, nutmeg, chocolate and blackberry. Almost decadent but not over the top or too tannic. Drink now–2016.9275Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachQuinola 2008 ToroTinta de ToroQuinola
4425244251USThis bottling always strives to avoid a heavy hand and express more of a terroir-driven Chardonnay. This is bone dry, tart in mouthwatering acidity and complex in citrus, tropical fruit and herb flavors. It's not an opulent attention getter, but instead prefers to seduce through subtlety and nuance.Reserve9240CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaRobert Mondavi 2010 Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayRobert Mondavi
4425344252ItalyRoccato is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon that's packed with aromas of blackberry, leather, tobacco and chocolate. It's velvety and rich, with a delicious touch of cherry and cinnamon on the long finish.Roccato9260TuscanyToscanaRocca delle Macìe 2009 Roccato Red (Toscana)Red BlendRocca delle Macìe
4425444253ItalyA cheerful super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows a very elegant and sophisticated side. It is modern, plump and extracted, but it also delivers fine aromas of cherry, vanilla, spice and pipe tobacco.Ser Gioveto9250TuscanyToscanaRocca delle Macìe 2009 Ser Gioveto Red (Toscana)Red BlendRocca delle Macìe
4425544254USDry, rich and intricate, this is clearly capable of aging. The tannins are still pretty fierce, and buried under them is a dense core of blackberry and currant fruit—a testament to the near-perfect vintage conditions. The Bordeaux-style blend is mainly based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Give it until 2016.9275CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaSuper Sonoman 2007 Meritage (Sonoma County)MeritageSuper Sonoman
4425644255ItalyAromas of dark-skinned berry, blue flowers and a whiff of baking spices lead the nose on this vibrant red. The juicy palate doles out black cherry, red raspberry, white pepper and star anise alongside vibrant acidity. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.8820PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePaolo Scavino 2014 Barbera d'AlbaBarberaPaolo Scavino
4425744256FranceExquisitely fresh and fruity, this delicious rosé has crisp red currant fruits that are tangy, bright and tight. It is very refreshing now, although in a few months the almost shocking acidity will soften. Drink from mid-2016.Anciennes Vignes8826Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerPatient Cottat 2014 Anciennes Vignes Rosé (Sancerre)RoséPatient Cottat
4425844257USFrom 86% Syrah and 14% Zinfandel grapes, this is a dark wine, burgundy-orange in color and equally dense at first on the palate. It picks up freshness as it opens, disrobing flavors of wild strawberry and grapefruit, along with an intensity of blackberry. Bright, it finishes dry.Ivy Rosé de8823CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePech Merle 2014 Ivy Rosé de Syrah (Dry Creek Valley)SyrahPech Merle
4425944258USCherry liqueur akin to kirsch rises aromatically, along with a lavender perfume. Light and high-strung, this is a tightly wound wine, punched in acidity and savory tea. The finish displays bold swathes of oak.8832CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePortalupi 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPortalupi
4426044259South AfricaThere's a pleasingly tart green character to this wine, with crisp, refreshing aromas and flavors of green pear, plum, melon rind, grapefruit peel and pineapple core. The fruity mélange is easy and juicy on the palate, finishing lively and mouthwatering. Drink now.8818Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzProtea 2014 Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)Chenin BlancProtea
4426144260USPeppery, rich and low in pronounced oak, this estate-driven Cab has softened tannins and is most definitely drinkable now, with pungent, bright fruit and a lengthy, leathery finish.Pestoni Family Estate8855CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Grove 2010 Pestoni Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonRutherford Grove
4426244261USAll of the fruit for this wine comes from Clifton Hill Vineyard. Aromas seem a bit green and woody while the high-octane flavors are rich but don't have the structure to stand them up.Reserve8840WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRyan Patrick 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet SauvignonRyan Patrick
4426344262USWhite flowers, nectarine, red apple and a steely minerality greet the nose on this entry-level wine from Rajat Parr. A bright and racy acidity frames the energetic palate that shows delicate flavors of yellow apples, lemon juice and honeysuckle.8833CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSandhi 2013 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnaySandhi
4426444263ItalyAromas of leafy forest floor, damp soil, espresso, dark berry and chopped herbs lead the way. The racy palate delivers raspberry, tart cranberry and powdered sage alongside a backbone of electrifying acidity and fine-grained tannins.8842PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSandrone 2013 Barbera d'AlbaBarberaSandrone
4426544264USReserved aromas of Rainier cherry, strawberry preserves, herbs and fig lead to plump, silky fruit flavors. It's a very pretty representation of the vintage.Underwood Mountain Vineyard8832WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSavage Grace 2013 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge (WA))Pinot NoirSavage Grace
4426644265USSwathes of evergreen lend elegance to this piercing, steel-toned Riesling. On the palate, touches of honey lend a sunny sweetness to cutting lemon and lime flavors. A slick of honeycomb extends the finish.Doyle Fournier Vineyard8825New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSilver Thread 2014 Doyle Fournier Vineyard Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingSilver Thread
4426744266USSoft and supple in lemon and melon, this 100% varietal white was given time in both stainless steel and neutral oak, the combination rewarding in a rounded, approachable mouthfeel that's both creamy and ripe. Stone fruit makes an appearance, before the wine finishes lean and tart.Symphony No 98828CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSilver Trident 2014 Symphony No 9 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancSilver Trident
4426844267ItalyAromas of scorched earth, coffee, plum and clove lead the nose on this full-bodied red. The round, soft palate doles out blackberry, black raspberry, licorice and a bitter note of walnut skin alongside velvety tannins. Drink soon to capture the fruit richness.Massucchi8835PiedmontBarbera d'Alba SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSordo 2011 Massucchi (Barbera d'Alba Superiore)BarberaSordo
4426944268ItalyAromas of espresso, underbrush and black-skinned fruit lead the nose. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, mature plum, clove, coffee and black pepper alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2018.Riserva8817TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSuberli 2011 Riserva (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendSuberli
4427044269SpainCandied red-fruit aromas are friendly but not that concentrated or dark. This medium-bodied Monastrell shows mild red-fruit flavors of cherry and plum. Candied plum and cherry flavors finish it off.Al-muvedre Tinto8815LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachTelmo Rodríguez 2013 Al-muvedre Tinto Monastrell (Alicante)MonastrellTelmo Rodríguez
4427144270ItalyToast, hazelnut and pastry aromas lead the way. The elegant palate delivers yellow apple, citrus zest and a hint of bread crust alongside small, persistent bubbles and fresh acidity.Spumante Metodo Classico8835PiedmontErbaluce di CalusoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Roletto 2009 Spumante Metodo Classico (Erbaluce di Caluso)ErbaluceTenuta Roletto
4427244271USMade by David Low of Anthill Farms in extremely small quantities, this is a new brand devoted to light-bodied wines from fine, cool-climate sites. Tight in dried cranberry and cherry, this is indeed a light and subtle undertaking, dusty and perfumed in rosewater fragrance.English Hill8846CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Withers Winery 2013 English Hill Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirThe Withers Winery
4427344272USThis wine leans into the green side of the variety, with aromas of garden herbs, green pepper, dark chocolate and cherry. The palate brings abundant savory flavors along with chewy tannins.8821WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThree Rivers 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonThree Rivers
4427444273USMostly from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards, this wine has aromas of cherry, green herbs, pepper and flowers, with the Petit Verdot (15%) showing through. It's brawny in feel, with coffee and cherry flavors, chewy tannins and mouthwatering acids.8839WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThree Rivers 2012 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahThree Rivers
4427544274USPinot Noir from Carneros forms the basis of this dry rosé that has seen no time in oak. Dark red-orange in color, it's a fresh, zingy take on raspberry and strawberry goodness, never cloying or annoying, that finishes in a burst of grapefruit.Eye of the Toad Dry Rosé of8815CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneToad Hollow 2014 Eye of the Toad Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirToad Hollow
4427644275FranceA blend of local grapes with Syrah, this fruity wine enfolds a core of tannins. Stalky, smoky flavors balance with a red plum-skin texture and crisp acidity. It is young, the fruit still developing, so drink from 2017.Domaine Vetriccie88France OtherCorseRoger Voss@vossrogerUnion de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté 2013 Domaine Vetriccie Red (Corse)Red BlendUnion de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté
4427744276USA rare find, this is a delightfully fun wine, black and inky. Exuberant red cherry and brioche play off one another on the nose and palate. Integrated tannins give it a softness, though it is in no way shy or lacking in power.Noir de Noirs Old Vines8830CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWellington 2013 Noir de Noirs Old Vines Alicante Bouschet (Sonoma County)Alicante BouschetWellington
4427844277USMore thickly structured and granular than the producer's vineyard-designates, this wine is medium in body and weight with a nice backbone of acidity. It veers into forest floor and sandalwood characteristics amid dense, dark cherry.8839CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWesMar 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirWesMar
4427944278SpainNettle and celery aromas come in front of a citrusy, tight palate housing lemony acidity. This tastes mostly of lime, green apple and green herbs, while the finish introduces a lettuce-like flavor to go with racy lasting acidity.8814Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschach12 Linajes 2014 Verdejo (Rueda)Verdejo12 Linajes
4428044279USThis attractive and medium-bodied wine smells a bit like ginger cookies. It tastes nicely dry, fruity and well structured with tannins and acidity. Nutmeg and ginger notes add extra interest to black cherry and pomegranate flavors.8810CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAlias 2013 Merlot (California)MerlotAlias

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