Wine Reviews

4532545324USA handful of vineyards and additions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot make up the whole of this wine, a cool-climate style accented in spicy red currant, cherry and woody tannin. With an earthiness of compost and wood, it shows a touch of reduction as it finishes.Heritage Reserve8860CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSchug 2013 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSchug
4532645325USVelvety smooth, and brimming with ripe berry flavors, this wine feels broad and rich on the palate, carrying flavors like black plums and boysenberry jam. So ripe it's almost sweet, the wine is nothing if not generous and fruity. A 7% addition of Port-style sweet wine gives it that extra dimension.InZinerator8820CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsScott Harvey 2013 InZinerator Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelScott Harvey
4532745326USThis brand reliably produces varietally correct, down-the-middle wines, and this is no exception, starting with aromas of Anjou pear, underripe honeydew, tight white-flower buds and freshly cut key lime. The ripe stone-fruit flavors on the sip are cut by citrus and wet cement, offering all the elements to please many a Sauv Blanc fan.8812CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeaGlass 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Sauvignon BlancSeaGlass
4532845327USLight and lean on entry, this wine builds up steam and power as it develops in the glass, becoming a robust exploration of rhubarb and cranberry. The texture on the palate is velvety and moderately rich, dotted in sultry spice.Roberts Road Vineyard8848CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSean Minor 2015 Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirSean Minor
4532945328USThis full-bodied and beautifully flavored wine goes deep in terms of ripe fruit and subtle spices, and has a calm, composed character and ultrasmooth, slightly restrained texture. Delicious black-cherry and currant notes come out in the bouquet, weave through the palate and linger on the finish.Gowan Creek Vineyard9382CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGoldeneye 2013 Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirGoldeneye
4533045329USThe Daou brothers' heady blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon is very dark in the glass, offering blueberry, espresso, cream and dark chocolate ganache on the lush nose. Blackberry jam, tobacco, pencil lead and oregano show on the palate, where firm structure and juicy acidity leaves the mouth uplifted.Micho9365CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDaou 2013 Micho Red (Adelaida District)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDaou
4530145300USThis blend of 57% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne and 3% Grenache Blanc manages to be very light and crisp on the nose, with aromas of underripe nectarine and apricot as well as lemon peels and crushed white rocks. There is a defined grip to the sip, with lemon and nectarine flavors.T'aya Camp 4 Vineyard8822CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKitá 2015 T'aya Camp 4 Vineyard White (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style White BlendKitá
4530245301SpainLight apple and pear aromas are clean and basic. This wine feels refined and elegant, with apple, peach and leesy flavors suggestive of mild oak. A friendly but standard finish concludes this easy-drinking Albariño.Albariño8818GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Caña 2016 Albariño Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoLa Caña
4530345302FranceThis wine is toasty and rich upfront, with decadent aromas of cedar-grilled apple and peach pit that are graced with hints of garribue and gardenia. The floral character gains intensity on the palate, before giving way to fresh fruit flavors of apple slices and lemon pith. It's well balanced and clean on the close; drink now.Le Prestige8815Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLes Collines du Bourdic 2016 Le Prestige Chardonnay (Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayLes Collines du Bourdic
4530445303FranceWhile the wine is dry from the austere tannins, it also has a core of ripe berry fruits that are laced with acidity. It should develop some more and the tannins will soften, although they will always be very present. Drink from early 2018.Cuvée G8823ProvenceBandolRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignobles Gueissard 2014 Cuvée G Red (Bandol)Provence red blendLes Vignobles Gueissard
4530545304USThis blend of 67% Stonetree Vineyard Syrah and 33% Arianses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. delivers vanilla, baking spice and dried cherry notes. Its fruit flavors are sweet but seem dried out. Drink now.8835WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLobo Hills 2012 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)Syrah-Cabernet SauvignonLobo Hills
4530645305SpainSolid white-fruit aromas blend with a grassy note of hay as well as dusty floral scents. A smooth mouthfeel is devoid of edginess, while friendly white peach, melon and apple flavors are round on the finish.Brut Reserva Selección de la Familia8816CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachLonia NV Brut Reserva Selección de la Familia Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendLonia
4530745306USThis is a very wood-driven bottling, starting with strong cigar box on the nose alongside broad lilac, baked blackberry, spearmint and slate aromas. Cedar spice dominates the palate, allowing just hints of blueberry and wild herbs to emerge. It presents balanced tannin and acidity.Barrels 12, 13 and 148845CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLorenzi Estate 2013 Barrels 12, 13 and 14 Petite Sirah (Temecula Valley)Petite SirahLorenzi Estate
4530845307FranceThis is ripe and fruity with attractive red-fruit flavors and a touch of tannins to keep it all in place. The wine is soft with just a layer of tannin and plenty of red cherries at the end.8828BurgundyMarsannayRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2015 MarsannayPinot NoirLouis Latour
4530945308USThis wine combines fruit from several notable vineyards, including Goldrock Ridge, Thale's Estate and Wildcat Mountain. Together, they drive a focused expression of smoky dark fruit and tart, moderate acidity. The fruit shows a depth of ripeness that's intense, with a finish of spicy black tea.8834CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacRostie 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirMacRostie
4531045309FranceA round and generous wine, the pair of an equally rich red wine, this is full and ripely fruity. A soft, creamy texture underlines the broad fruitiness. The apple and melon fruit is softening and filling to give a delicious, ready-to-drink wine.8825BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Jessiaume 2015 BourgogneChardonnayMaison Jessiaume
4531145310SpainRooty aromas of licorice and sarsparilla are out front, followed by a big wave of barrel char. This wine feels good but a little abrupt and choppy. Savory flavors of barbecue and meaty berry fruits finish blackened and peppery, with a lasting note of charred wood.Conde de San Cristóbal8823Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vargas 2014 Conde de San Cristóbal (Ribera del Duero)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Vargas
4531245311SpainRoasted aromas of tomato and red plum are spicy. This has a chunky, blocky mouthfeel that's searching for its groove. Herbal plum and tomato flavors finish a bit raw in feel and salty in flavor.Crianza8817Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vargas 2014 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloMarqués de Vargas
4531345312USThis wine is brightly aromatic, with raspberry, mint, herb and woodspice notes. The palate is full of plush, plump fruit flavors that provide appeal, despite the prominent alcohol.Clifton Hill Vineyard8840WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2014 Clifton Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet SauvignonMaryhill
4531445313USIn this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, vanilla, carob, herb, green wood and dark fruit aromas are followed by fruit and oak-derived flavors in equal proportion. It shows restraint but doesn't come together.Reserve8860WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMatthews 2013 Reserve Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendMatthews
4531545314USThere is a lot of fruit in the aroma and flavor of this wine. That, along with a touch of floral influence, make this medium-bodied wine fresh and alluring. Notes like Anjou pear, jasmine, ripe peach and a hint of vanilla swirl softly around the palate.8810CaliforniaRiver JunctionCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMcManis 2016 Chardonnay (River Junction)ChardonnayMcManis
4531645315ItalyThis dark purple blend of 55% Ancellota and 45% Lambrusco Salamino has subtle mature grape and black-skinned berry aromas. The dry, foamy palate offers dried black cherry and raisin hints alongside bright acidity.Solo8820Central ItalyKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMedici Ermete 2016 Solo RedRed BlendMedici Ermete
4531745316USLighter in the glass, this bottling shows garrigue, rose petals and buds and bright pomegranate aromas on the nose. It's lighter bodied on the sip, and would be nice on a summer day with a slight chill, offering flavors of cranberry, raspberry, thyme and marjoram.8832CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMesa Del Sol 2013 Grenache (Monterey County)GrenacheMesa Del Sol
4531845317USAnise, barrel spice, clove, vanilla and plum scents lead to full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors in this wine. It shows some warmth on the finish, with lingering purple fruit and pepper notes.Ravenscliff Vineyard8845WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMilbrandt 2014 Ravenscliff Vineyard Malbec (Wahluke Slope)MalbecMilbrandt
4531945318USThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (17%) and Petit Verdot brings vanilla, baker's chocolate, woodspice, dried herb and cherry aromas. It's medium bodied on the palate, with cherry flavors and cinnamon accents throughout.Arianses Vineyard8830WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport:Nota Bene 2013 Arianses Vineyard Red (Wahluke Slope)Bordeaux-style Red Blend:Nota Bene
4532045319USCabernet Sauvignon (54%) takes the lead in this wine, followed by Merlot (31%) and Cabernet Franc (15%). The aromas are all high toned, including spice, dried dark fruit and herb notes. The black fruit shows depth, framed by lightly dry tannins and a gamy flavor that lingers on the finish.Ciel du Cheval Vineyard8840WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport:Nota Bene 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red Blend:Nota Bene
4532145320USFermented in neutral oak barrels and aged sur lie for 7 months, this wine, which includes 6% Viognier, brings herb, honeycomb, pear and orange peel aromas. It drinks dry, with sleek, citrusy flavors.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8823WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNovelty Hill 2015 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne (Columbia Valley (WA))RoussanneNovelty Hill
4532245321ItalyThis opens with oak, coconut, toast and camphor aromas while the tightly wound palate offers Marasca cherry, espresso, mocha and star anise flavors. It's still oak-dominated, with raspy tannins that grip the finish. Drink after 2021.Il Bricco88129PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePio Cesare 2013 Il Bricco (Barbaresco)NebbioloPio Cesare
4532345322ItalyThis has violet, black-skinned berry and herb aromas. The bright, savory palate offers juicy raspberry, star anise and clove flavors alongside velvety tannins and refreshing acidity. Enjoy through 2020.8816PiedmontBarbera d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere dei Brichhi Astigiani 2015 Barbera d'AstiBarberaPodere dei Brichhi Astigiani
4532445323FranceCrisp and bright, this wine has retained plenty of acidity even in this ripe vintage. Attractive and spicy, it offers citrus fruits as well as apricots. Drink now.Verchères8830BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerRijckaert 2015 Verchères (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayRijckaert

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