Wine Reviews

4525745256ItalyNew oak, chopped herb, dark spice and menthol aromas lead the nose. The tense linear palate offers raspberry, dried sour cherry, star anise and a minty note alongside bracing close-grained tannins that grip the finish. Give the tannins time to unwind. Drink after 2020.Starderi89100PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Spinetta 2013 Starderi (Barbaresco)NebbioloLa Spinetta
4525845257FranceThis blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Roussanne and 10% Clairette is medium-bodied and silky in texture. The nose features hints of crushed stone, underripe pear and melon, then fills out with slightly riper notes on the palate. Drink now.8982Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMas Saint-Louis 2013 White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendMas Saint-Louis
4525945258USLight in color, this wine brings brooding aromas of red fruit, herb, spice and tire rubber. The red-fruit flavors are light and elegant, pulling up toward the finish.Corfu Crossing Vineyard8965WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlleromb 2014 Corfu Crossing Vineyard Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheAlleromb
4526045259USWhiffs of bramble meld into raspberry and white-cherry flavors in this dry white wine made from red Pinot Noir grapes. It's brisk in acidity and spry in mouthfeel but finishes with a luscious cling of ripe red-berry flavor.White Pinot Noir8919New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Nappa 2016 White Pinot Noir Rosé (New York)RoséAnthony Nappa
4526145260USBlossomy and perfumed, this exuberant Viognier offers loads of juicy cantaloupe and tangerine flavors. It's uncharacteristically light in body, lacking the variety's typical heft and unctuousness, but its crisp refreshing style makes it quite quaffable.8940New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2015 Viognier (North Fork of Long Island)ViognierBedell
4526245261SpainBriary, oaky, stalky berry aromas lead to a full-bodied palate with tomatoey acidity. Savory plum and berry flavors include notes of oak grain and tomato that lead to a steady finish. Overall, this is a classic Rioja from an excellent vintage. Drink through 2022.Conde de Valdemar Reserva8926Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2010 Conde de Valdemar Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Valdemar
4526345262ItalyAromas of blackberry, violet and cooking spice lead the nose. On the vibrant palate, hints of clove and almond accent black cherry while smooth tannins provide easygoing support. Enjoy soon.8920PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBorgogno 2015 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoBorgogno
4526445263ItalyA blend of 60% Barbera, 20% Pinot Nero, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with aromas of black-skinned fruit and leafy underbrush. The firm palate delivers blackberry, nutmeg and cinnamon alongside fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Enjoy through 2019.Bacialè8922PiedmontMonferratoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBraida di Giacomo Bologna 2015 Bacialè Red (Monferrato)Red BlendBraida di Giacomo Bologna
4524145240GermanyThis is a peachy, plump Riesling that's mouthfilling yet not overly soft. The fruity flavors of peach and melon carry a touch of citrus and mineral on the finish. For drinking now and over the next several years.Nierstein Trocken9033RheinhessenJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKühling-Gillot 2009 Nierstein Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingKühling-Gillot
4524245241ItalyOne of the best Ripasso wines made today, I Progni opens with rich density and soothing aromas of milk chocolate, espresso, ripe cherry, cinnamon spice and toasted almond. The wine show medium, but firm, consistency and a touch of black pepper on the close.I Progni9035VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoLe Salette 2008 I Progni (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLe Salette
4524345242ItalyMade with 100% native grape Cortese, this opens with aromas of apricot, white spring flower and a hint of beeswax. The medium-bodied palate delivers white peach, honeydew melon and a hint of white almond alongside bright acidity.del Comune di Gavi8920PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFontanafredda 2015 del Comune di Gavi (Gavi)CorteseFontanafredda
4524445243USWell-modulated fruit and spice flavors rest on a moderately tannic and velvety texture, giving this dry wine a suave feel despite being full bodied. Blended with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Petite Sarah, it's also one of the best values in a big, beefy Cabernet.Estate Bottled8915CaliforniaDunnigan HillsCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMatchbook 2015 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Dunnigan Hills)Cabernet SauvignonMatchbook
4524545244USBlended with 13% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromas offer notes of herb, cherry and spice. The palate shows a very pretty, elegant styling that carries through the finish. It shows a touch of greenness and finishes a bit warm.8955WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMatthews 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotMatthews
4524645245USBlended with 11% Sémillon, this wine brings lightly styled aromas of citrus, herb and spice, along with barrel spice and whiffs of tropical fruit. Kiwi and citrus flavors fill out the palate, which shows a sense of sophistication.8925WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMatthews 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancMatthews
4524745246ItalyFunky aromas of game, truffle and a faint whiff of barnyard carry over to the medium-bodied palate along with black cherry jam, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. A salty note closes the finish. It's surprisingly ripe for the vintage, with chewy tannins and an immediate if somewhat rustic charm.Roere di Santa Maria8954PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonchiero 2013 Roere di Santa Maria (Barolo)NebbioloMonchiero
4524845247Just a whiff of citrus shows on the restrained nose. The palate is very crisp, even lean, disclosing slight spritz. Some riper fruit waits at the core but you have to savor the midpalate to find it. The wine is light and very refreshing.Steirische Klassik8925Anne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNeumeister 2016 Steirische Klassik Sauvignon BlancSauvignon BlancNeumeister
4524945248USCandied cherry and raspberry aromas introduce this dry but fruity rosé made from Merlot grapes. Medium bodied in style, it's a bit plush on the palate but with concentrated strawberry and maraschino-cherry flavors. The finish is pure and refreshing, ending with a kiss of cherry blossom.Merlot8920New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPalmer 2016 Merlot Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséPalmer
4525045249USThis wine is half Viognier, with the balance Roussanne (35%) and Marsanne. The aromas of wild flowers, pear, peach, almond and grape skin lead to sweet full-feeling stone fruit notes that are quite flavorful. It shows a pleasing sense of balance.Southern8932WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRôtie Cellars 2016 Southern White (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Rhône-style White BlendRôtie Cellars
4525145250USAromas of cigar box, green herb, asphalt and cherry are followed by sweet fruit flavors that display a very pretty sense of styling. It doesn't quite all come together but delivers plenty of intrigue, showing a fine sense of elegance.Estate Grown Katherine Corkrum8950WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSpring Valley Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Katherine Corkrum Cabernet Franc (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancSpring Valley Vineyard
4525245251USSmoky aromas, rich dark-fruit flavors and a plush mouthfeel add up to a powerful, concentrated wine. Made from Syrah, Mataró (Mourvèdre) and other Rhône grape varieties, it has a mouthcoating richness, nice depth to the blackberry flavors and a lingering finish.Old Vines Field Blend8918CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThree 2014 Old Vines Field Blend Red (Contra Costa County)Red BlendThree
4525345252USA whiff of spring blossoms introduces this lush richly textured Pinot Noir rosé. Its ripe and fruity, full of succulent berry, cherry and watermelon flavors, yet balanced neatly in acidity. Forward and fresh, it make for tempting summer guzzling.Stony Lonesome Estate Reserve Dry Rosé of8916New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThree Brothers 2016 Stony Lonesome Estate Reserve Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirThree Brothers
4525445253AustriaThe nose already hints at juicy ripeness, while the palate makes the promise manifest with an explosion of ripe and juicy red and black-cherry flavors. This wine is easy and fruit-driven, bouncing exuberantly on the palate. It can be chilled and would be fun at picnics where a lively but not heavy red with just a little grip is just the ticket.8913BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl 2015 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)Blaufrä
4525545254AustriaA touch of redcurrant plays on the lemony nose of this rather pale rosé. The zesty palate has an edge of white pepper and is both light and dry. Zippy with a crisp, appetizing finish, it's almost thirst-quenching.Zum Martin Sepp8915NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMartinshof 2016 Zum Martin Sepp Rosé (Niederösterreich)RoséMartinshof
4525645255GreeceThis wine has a brisk nose of lemon and lime and a palate that's full of tangy citrus and sea salt notes. Focused but full of character, this peppy wine will pair with myriad dishes from beef to grilled seafood.Idisma Drios8923DramaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaWine Art Estate 2016 Idisma Drios Assyrtiko (Drama)AssyrtikoWine Art Estate
4526545264USThis wine is a blend of Grenache (53%), Syrah (22%), Mourvèdre (17%), Counoise (5%) and Cinsault. Smoke, char and black pepper aromas are predominant along with notes of tire rubber, white pepper and red fruit. The red-fruit flavors are lighter in style, showing a pretty sense of styling.Byzance8938WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrian Carter Cellars 2013 Byzance Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
4526645265USThis wine comes from older vines at Conner Lee, Dionysus and Elephant Mountain vineyards. Light aromas of herb, dark plum, menthol and licorice lead to quite sweet full-bodied fruit flavors and a warm finish. It delivers a sense of hedonism and unabashed appeal, though the variety doesn't seem entirely clear.1RDRS48928WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJ. Bookwalter 2014 1RDRS4 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonJ. Bookwalter
4526745266FrancePeppery spice, cassis fruit and some savory notes sum up this medium-bodied wine. It's just not that complex or concentrated, but it remains an attractive wine for near-term consumption. Drink it with grilled meats to help balance the dry, dusty tannins that poke out on the finish.8973Rhône ValleyCôte RôtieJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Côte RôtieRhône-style Red BlendMaison Nicolas Perrin
4526845267GreeceViolet, blackberry and plums on the nose are followed by unctuous, dark berry flavors in his affordable red. The wine has body but is buoyed by good structure and acidity. A very god alternative to everyday reds, and with a more mysterious overall character.Mountain Fish8910PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaKatogi & Strofilia 2013 Mountain Fish Agiorgitiko (Peloponnese)AgiorgitikoKatogi & Strofilia
4526945268FrancePlan de Dieu is a broad, stony plain near Gigondas that's an underrated commune. This is a firmly built, medium-bodied wine, with lifted, floral aromas and bright cherry and raspberry fruit. chocolate notes emerge on the finish, which simultaneously shows some dusty tannins and mouthwatering acids. Drink now–2022.Domaine du Père Hugues Plan de Dieu8915Rhône ValleyCôtes du Rhône VillagesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLouis Bernard 2015 Domaine du Père Hugues Plan de Dieu Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)Rhône-style Red BlendLouis Bernard
4527045269FranceThis medium- to full-bodied wine is smooth in texture, not overly firm or tannic. Floral and peppery notes accent cassis-tinged fruit, which finishes in a flourish of supple tannins. Drink now–2022.8996Rhône ValleyCôte RôtieJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTardieu-Laurent 2013 Côte RôtieSyrahTardieu-Laurent

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