Wine Reviews

4509145090USAlsace specialist C&C; has a spotty track record with Pinot. This one is dry and crisp in acidity, with easy cherry, black raspberry, pomegranate, cola and spice flavors wrapped into a silky texture. At its best now and for a couple of years.Twin Creeks Vineyard8732CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastClaiborne & Churchill 2005 Twin Creeks Vineyard Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirClaiborne & Churchill
4509245091USThe winery makes one of the most consistent and food-friendly Gewürztraminers in the state, and the 2006 continues that tradition. Bone dry in the Alsatian style, it's high in zesty acidity, and shows spicy flavors of citrus fruits, apples and wildflowers.Dry8718CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClaiborne & Churchill 2006 Dry Gewürztraminer (Central Coast)GewürztraminerClaiborne & Churchill
4509345092South AfricaLively spice and minerals lead on the nose of this value white, with a play of fresh lemon citrus and acid offering refreshing character. The wine has body but is light. Perfect for seafood and solo sipping.8712DurbanvilleSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDurbanville Hills 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Durbanville)Sauvignon BlancDurbanville Hills
4509445093USBy calling it Fumé, instead of Sauvignon, Blanc, the winery telegraphs that the wine was aged in barrels. The wood has given a subtle, rich texture of smoky cream, while the yeast adds doughy notes to the citrus, fig and spice flavors.8717CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaFerrari-Carano 2007 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County)Fumé BlancFerrari-Carano
4509545094USWhat's so refreshing about this blush wine is its crisp acidity and the slight bitterness that makes it almost like a digestif. It has a wealth of fresh, green herb flavors, like sage and thyme, along with red cherryskin and white pepper. Complex and full-bodied, it can replace a red Pinot on hot summer nights.Sofia Pinot Noir8717CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFrancis Coppola 2007 Sofia Pinot Noir Rosé (Sonoma Coast)RoséFrancis Coppola
4509645095USA straightforward quaffer with off-dry notes of fresh herbs, whole bell pepper and black currant.8510WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSagelands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSagelands
4509745096FranceSauvignon Blanc, yes, but it's a round, tropical fruit style of Sauvignon. It gives a rich texture and and a warm feel to the wine, reinforced by its soft aftertaste. It's ready to drink now.Cuvée Jeanne8512Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerTortoise Creek 2013 Cuvée Jeanne Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Sauvignon BlancTortoise Creek
4509845097USThis is a meaty, brawny Cab, unexpected for a cool vintage from a cool pocket of the Napa Valley. In aromas and flavors, it is dominated by smoke and meaty bacon, with a side of coffee.Estate8560CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrefethen 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll District)Cabernet SauvignonTrefethen
4510445103ChileAromas suggest bath soap, peach and pear. The palate is friendly but blocky, while the flavor profile runs sweet, with a sugary dosage. Hints of nectarine and mango work the finish.Brut8512ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso NV Brut Sparkling (Chile)Sparkling BlendValdivieso
4510545104USDark toast and char lend a spicy woodsiness to this bold, beefy Cabernet Franc. It's concentrated on the palate, with plush plum and blackberry flavors accented by savory tones of earth and animal. Finishes with a thick blanket of velvety tannins.8515New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaPalaia Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc (New York)Cabernet FrancPalaia Vineyards
4510645105ChilePotent black-fruit aromas are forward. In the mouth, this is choppy and punchy. Flavors of mint, coconut and jagged black fruits finish oaky and grabby, with tartness. There are many disparate parts to this wine.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Maule8518San ClementeMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2012 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Maule Merlot (San Clemente)MerlotConcha y Toro
4510745106ChileRipe aromas of melon are flabby. This is both chunky yet citrusy in feel, while flavors of orange and lemon are basic. The finish is soft but shows just enough citric acidity to keep things going.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel8515Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2013 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnayConcha y Toro
4509945098USA pleasant, easy drinker with notes of red apple, melon and jasmine. It's fleshy in feel with some residual sugar sweetening the finish.Destiny Ridge Vineyard8514WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlexandria Nicole 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris (Horse Heaven Hills)Pinot GrisAlexandria Nicole
4510845107ChileBriny nectarine aromas set up a fresh palate. Standard stone-fruit flavors and apple notes finish steady and a touch sweet, with citric acidity.8510Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2013 Chardonnay (Central Valley)ChardonnayCousiño-Macul
4510045099ChileRipe in color and aromas, this chunky wine delivers heavy baked-berry and raisin aromas in front of a jammy, extracted palate. Raisin and cooked berry flavors finish plump, with earthy notes.Reserva8510Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBalduzzi 2012 Reserva Merlot (Maule Valley)MerlotBalduzzi
4510945108FranceWhile the wine is dominated by youthful acidity, it's red fruits and light structure promise an attractive future. It's fresh and very fruity, with spice and smokiness at the end.Perle de Granit8541BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Colonat 2013 Perle de Granit (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayDomaine de Colonat
4510145100FranceWith its intense acidity, this wine is still too young to drink. It has plenty of fruit, a cool texture and a crisp, berry fruitiness. Give it until mid-2015 to round out and be less acidic.85BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marc Burgaud 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayJean-Marc Burgaud
4511045109FranceThis is a bright and fruity wine, fresh and full of strawberry, cherry and red stone fruits. Plenty of acidity is well integrated into the general fruitiness. Drink now.8515BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dupeuble Père et Fils 2013 BeaujolaisGamayDomaine Dupeuble Père et Fils
4510245101USGenerous in toasty barrel characteristics of smoky oak and apple crisp, crème brûlée and caramel, this is true to its 100% barrel fermentation and big-boned style.8530CaliforniaLos CarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2012 Chardonnay (Los Carneros)ChardonnayV. Sattui
4511145110FranceThis is a soft and perfumed wine, the red fruits hanging out easily with the acidity and gentle structure. It has a juicy character, hints of banana in the background and a fruity aftertaste.Les Merrains85BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerFerraud et Fils 2013 Les Merrains (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayFerraud et Fils
4510345102ChileCitrus and apple aromas are dusty. This is easygoing and just juicy enough, with apple, orange and tangerine flavors. A clean finish turns softer and more mealy the longer it sits.8511Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancValdivieso
4511245111USA blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this has strong notes of barnyard that take over the wine, with the flavor concentration not able to stand up to it. Tasted twice with consistent notes.Tribute Riverbend Vineyard8532WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFielding Hills 2011 Tribute Riverbend Vineyard Red (Wahluke Slope)Red BlendFielding Hills
4511345112USWhile the nose is slightly savory with whiffs of dried herbs and stems, the palate on this Sauvignon Blanc is ripe with juicy white grapefruit and peach flavors. Sunny tangerine-lime acidity keeps the mid palate pert.8518New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Finger Lakes)Sauvignon BlancHazlitt 1852 Vineyards
4511445113FranceThere is a strong steeliness to this wine although it doesn't lose out on fruitiness either. Crisp apples are tempered with pineapple to give a ripe feel, while the end is fresh and mineral.8515BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerHenry Fessy 2012 Beaujolais BlancChardonnayHenry Fessy
4511545114USA bit thin on the nose, this has buttery apple juice aromas. The acidity is a bit off, both tart and mixed with vanilla creaminess, and the flavors are slight with apple candy and tart lemon.Highlands Bench8525CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2012 Highlands Bench Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayJ. Lohr
4511645115New ZealandSparkling Sauvignon Blanc—what more need be said? Since the bubbles aren't derived from a second fermentation, the wine tastes like a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with bubbles. Pineapple and passion fruit notes finish clean but short.One Estate Brut8515MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAra NV One Estate Brut Sauvignon (Marlborough)SauvignonAra
4511745116USAn appealing quaffer with notes of passion fruit, papaya and citrus. It drinks a hair off dry (1.2g/L residual sugar), with moderate concentration, and goes down easy.Fish House8510WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2013 Fish House Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancOriginal House Wine
4511845117USEarthy, dusty notes blow off on this easy-drinking Riesling to reveal a bouquet of ripe yellow peaches, citrus peels and flowers. It's off dry in style, with a creamy, concentrated palate that's abundant with stone fruit and tangerine flavor.Blue Waters8514New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSwedish Hill NV Blue Waters Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingSwedish Hill
4511945118USDried, concentrated red fruit and raspberry syrup aromas combine for a delicious smelling nose on this wine from southern Monterey County, near Paso Robles. It is surprisingly thin and rough on the palate, with modest blueberry flavor and peppery spice.Lockwood Oaks Vineyard8518CaliforniaSan Antonio ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSwirl 2011 Lockwood Oaks Vineyard Malbec (San Antonio Valley)MalbecSwirl
4512045119ItalyThis opens with sensations of underbrush, tobacco, espresso and toasted notes. The extracted palate displays stewed fruit sensations, oak, vanilla, roasted coffee bean and searing alcohol. It's already evolved and ends on an almost sugary-sweet note.8525TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Vitanza 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseTenuta Vitanza

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