Wine Reviews

4482144820USThe aromas bring generous notes of botrytis, chamomile, flowers, peach, ale and green apple. It drinks off dry, with well-balanced stone fruit and floral flavors that linger.Lewis Estate Vineyard8820WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDunham 2014 Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingDunham
4482244821USTart, acidic red fruit—pomegranate, sour raspberry—is given some sweet spice and sandalwood from barrel aging. The all-too-typical earthy/herbal aromas that plague so many Oregon Pinots are out in force. The wine sits in the mouth, sour and tight, without enough weight or texture to hint at future pleasure.Meyer Vineyard8665OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dobbes Family Estate 2005 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirDobbes Family Estate
4482344822ItalyCitrus blossom, apricot, peach, minerals and white peppercorn emerge from the nose of this attractively priced Chard. It boasts medium build and persistency with nice acidity and a spice-filled finish.Farneto Valley869Central ItalyTerre di ChietiFarnese 2006 Farneto Valley Chardonnay (Terre di Chieti)ChardonnayFarnese
4482444823USSoft and honeyed, with vanilla-tinged flavors of all sorts of tropical fruits that finish with a spicy hit of butterscotch. A blend of Chardonnay, Muscat and Chenin Blanc.Ménage à Trois White Table Wine8610CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFolie à Deux 2006 Ménage à Trois White Table Wine White (California)White BlendFolie à Deux
4482544824ChileThis is a new wine from the Lurton brothers, and it's got good weight, color and integrity. It also shows a lot of hickory and pickle from the oak and some wayward vanilla on the juicy, jumpy palate. Not a refined wine but pretty good for size and zip.Hacienda Araucano8614Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachJ. & F. Lurton 2006 Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir (Central Valley)Pinot NoirJ. & F. Lurton
4482644825USBright and colorful, somewhere between a salmon pink and a light copper, this fresh rosé tastes of strawberries and wild raspberries. The finish is lightly spicy and showing just a hint of milk chocolate.Rosato8617OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ponzi 2006 Rosato Rosé (Willamette Valley)RoséPonzi
4482744826AustraliaYou might not know it from the name, but this is a bit of a critter wine, as Bulldozer is a nickname for the hairy-nosed wombat. In any event, it's a step up from much of the competition, offering sturdy cassis flavors tinged with pepper and herbs and a clean, mouthwatering finish. Imported by MHW, Ltd.Nelwood Station Bulldozer8612South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzNelwood Wines 2004 Nelwood Station Bulldozer Red (South Australia)Red BlendNelwood Wines
4482844827ItalyThis Grechetto-based wine has a pretty straw appearance and definitely puts an emphasis on nuts, melon and stone fruit. Thanks to a smooth mouthfeel and spicy finish, it does liven up in the mouth.Poggio della Costa8620Central ItalyCivitella d'AglianoSergio Mottura 2005 Poggio della Costa (Civitella d'Agliano)GrechettoSergio Mottura
4482944828ItalySpicy, fruity and nicely rounded, this wine boasts great flavor intensity without the sharp points sometimes associated with Montepulciano. It's an easy, approachable wine perfect for everyday dining with solid tannins and good length.8610Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoMasciarelli 2003 Montepulciano d'AbruzzoMontepulcianoMasciarelli
4483044829ItalyIf you are not familiar with the hearty Montepulciano grape variety from central Italy but adore modern, structured, New World reds, you should considered adding this wine to your weekly shopping list. Thick in power, extracts and color, Montepulciano has rock-solid tannins and blockbuster aromas of blackberry, prune, chocolate, spice and toast that appear naturally, even without wood aging. This is a big value wine that should pair with a big value meal of barbecued baby back ribs in smoked sauce and spicy potato salad.Valori8611Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoMasciarelli 2005 Valori (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoMasciarelli
4483144830ItalySmoky cola and plum flavors feature some intriguingly briary notes, but also veer toward prune and cooked fruit. Tannins are soft, but the wine is surprisingly tart on the finish. With its crisp acidity, expect it to pair well with tomato-based sauces.Sasseo8615Southern ItalySalentoMasseria Altemura 2005 Sasseo Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoMasseria Altemura
4483244831USHoneysuckle scents and flavors of pear, papaya and cucumber lead into a fresh and delicate wine, with plenty of acid behind the crisp fruit.Christine Lorraine Vineyard8625OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gypsy Dancer 2006 Christine Lorraine Vineyard Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisGypsy Dancer
4483344832USHere's a solid value that shows true Napa style. Dry and balanced, it offers up rich flavors of cherries, blackberries and spice, wrapped into smooth tannins.8612CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaLeaping Lizard 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLeaping Lizard
4483444833ChileEarly aromas are earthy, sort of like coffee grinds mixed with baked fruit. The palate hits with a dose of creamy milk chocolate, while later on berries and vanilla rise up. More of a plump, sweet and unctuous wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Imported by North Lake Wines.Escudo Rojo8515Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBaron Philippe de Rothschild 2004 Escudo Rojo Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendBaron Philippe de Rothschild
4483544834ItalyTwo native Sicilian grapes—Catarratto and Inzolia—are blended here to produce an easy, well-priced drinking wine with fresh aromas of citrus, peach and stone fruit. The wine is light in color and consistency and would make an excellent informal luncheon companion.Sapìri8511Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCapocroce 2005 Sapìri White (Sicilia)White BlendCapocroce
4483644835USA little simple in citrus flavor, but for the price, a pretty nice wine. It's the kind of crisp, dry white I've had many times at gallery openings and such, inexpensive, but with enough panache to satisfy a picky crowd.Private Selection8511CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRobert Mondavi 2006 Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancRobert Mondavi
4483744836SpainDusty applesauce aromas lead to a pulpy, medium-bodied palate in this pure Xarello. It tastes of bitter grape skins , papaya and green melon, its tropical notes offset by grassy and briny hints on the finish.8414CataloniaAlellaMichael Schachner@wineschachRaventós de Alella 2015 Pansa Blanca (Alella)Pansa BlancaRaventós de Alella
4483844837ChileThis yellow-looking Chardonnay smells briny and like oily popcorn. The palate is both watery in feel and resiny. Nutty, salty flavors of popcorn crowd out apple notes, while the finish is dilute.Supertuga Block8430Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRitual 2015 Supertuga Block Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayRitual
4483944838ItalyMade entirely with the native grape Bombino Nero, this informal light-bodied wine has subdued aromas of wild cherry and a hint of crushed herb. The aromas carry over to the über-simple palate along with a hint of pink grapefruit.8410Southern ItalyCastel del MonteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRivera 2016 Rosé (Castel del Monte)RoséRivera
4484044839USThis wine is reduced and somewhat flat in tone, with simple, light-bodied ripeness and plum and raspberry flavors.Two Range8425CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Ranch 2014 Two Range Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendRutherford Ranch
4484144840PortugalThis blend of Syrah and Touriga Nacional is rustic with some hard tannins and intense acidity. Since it is still young, the wine could soften but it seems to be more about its structure than its fruit.Quinta da Cidadoura8413LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerSantos & Santos 2015 Quinta da Cidadoura Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedSantos & Santos
4484244841USAs peppery as a jalapeño, with persistent spiciness, this wine offers high-octane ripeness and a healthy cradling of oak, finishing with a touch of heat.8418CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Federalist 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayThe Federalist
4484344842ChileEarthy mossy spicy aromas are the high point on this edgy rubbery amped-up Carmenère. This is blocky and chunky on the palate, with blueberry and leathery flavors. Lively but rough feeling on a peppery, herbal finish.Twelvestone8410Lontué ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Fortuna 2013 Twelvestone Carmenère (Lontué Valley)CarmenèreViña La Fortuna
4484444843USThe white wines in the Wine By Joe portfolio are fresh, well-made and offer exceptional value. It's tougher to do with Oregon Pinot Noir. This thin, disjointed and simple wine has aggressive vegetal character and unappealing earthiness.8419OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Wine by Joe 2014 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirWine by Joe
4484544844ChileAromas of animal hide, rubber and herbal berry fruits are not lovable. This has a heavy scratchy mouthfeel and lightly green flavors of berry fruits mixed with unabsorbed oak. This tastes toasty and blackened on an abrasive finish.Reserva8420Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2015 Reserva Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreSanta Rita
4484644845SpainIn this Verdosilla, an obscure white variety from the Valencia region, yeasty, bready aromas are mild and slightly floral. Its palate is watery and not very crisp, with dry apricot flavors that have no zing.8417LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachOstras Pedrin 2016 Verdosilla (Valencia)VerdosillaOstras Pedrin
4484744846SpainThis flat, watery wine has yeasty, generic stone fruit flavors and salty, bitter grape skin flavors. It's round in mouthfeel but inexact on the finish.Brunus8416CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachPortal del Montsant 2015 Brunus Rosé (Montsant)RoséPortal del Montsant
4484844847ChileBland apple and citrus aromas are oaky, with a note of popcorn. This feels plump and short on core acidity. Melon, applesauce and oak-resin flavors finish flat and with a flavor note of fresh butter.Reserva8412Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2016 Reserva Chardonnay (Leyda Valley)ChardonnaySanta Carolina
4484944848ItalyAromas of orange blossom and wild berry lead the way. The bright simple palate is on the slender side, offering suggestions of strawberry and cherry alongside vibrant acidity.Infinito8413VenetoBardolino ChiarettoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanti 2016 Infinito (Bardolino Chiaretto)RosatoSanti
4485044849PortugalThere is plenty of juicy acidity in this wine even though the fruit has a strangely steely character. The tannins give it a firm character that needs to soften.Herdade da Fonte Coberta Ouro do Monte Reserva8412AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerSantos & Santos 2013 Herdade da Fonte Coberta Ouro do Monte Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedSantos & Santos

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