Wine Reviews


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4539145390USA strong, smoky, grilled-sage aroma and similar flavors give this wine plenty of personality. It's medium bodied, dry and shows the herbal side of the variety, with a lively mouthfeel and light tannins.Durant Ranch8614CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFive Rows 2015 Durant Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Cabernet SauvignonFive Rows
4539245391ItalyMade from Sangiovese, this opens with delicate aromas of red berry and baking spice. The fresh simple palate presents red plum and clove alongside easygoing tannins. Enjoy soon.8610TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Bastardo 2015 Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseIl Bastardo
4539345392USVery mellow and mature tasting, this full-bodied wine leaves no rough edges or elbows sticking out, so sipping it is a pleasure. Aromas are savory, herbaceous and lightly earthy rather than fruity, and the flavors follow the same path.Old Vine8628CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIron Hub 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelIron Hub
4539445393USBlack plum, mulberry and a touch of graphite show on the nose of this bottling. Ripe cranberry and pomegranate juice form a tangy fruit base on the palate, enhanced by oregano, cinnamon and, on the finish, some juniper.Black8616CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannIrony 2014 Black Pinot Noir (Monterey)Pinot NoirIrony
4539545394New ZealandThis is somewhat generic and oaky, with its modest cherry fruit overwhelmed by baking spices, yet supple and superficially attractive. Drink now.Vine Velvet8613MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKate Radburnd 2014 Vine Velvet Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirKate Radburnd
4539645395ItalyA blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with aromas of underbrush, scorched earth and espresso. The evolved palate offers coffee, toast and dried black cherry set against mouth-puckering tannins that grip the finish.Orto di Boccio Riserva8630TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Patrizia 2009 Orto di Boccio Riserva (Montecucco)Red BlendVilla Patrizia
4539745396ItalyMade with 80% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has subdued aromas suggesting espresso and toast. The palate is rather lean in terms of fruit richness, offering red currant, clove and a hint of vanilla alongside close-grained tannins that lead to a mouth-puckering close.Riserva8627TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollemassari 2013 Riserva (Montecucco)Red BlendCollemassari
4539845397ChileApple aromas are standard, clean and direct. This everyday Chardonnay feels plump, with modest acidic boost. Peach, melon and mild salty flavors finish solid, with no added complexity.8610Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2015 Chardonnay (Maipo Valley)ChardonnayCousiño-Macul
4539945398ChileAromatically speaking, this is shaky due to murky earthy berry aromas that suggest peanut butter. In the mouth, this is compact and fairly full. Collapsed berry and plum flavors include notes of gritty earthy spice, while this is blocky and pounding on the finish.Legado Reserva8615Choapa ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Martino 2013 Legado Reserva Syrah (Choapa Valley)SyrahDe Martino
4540045399ItalyMade with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has shy aromas that recall violet and red berry. The simple palate shows suggestions of sour cherry and black tea alongside fleeting tannins. Drink soon.8520TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAssolati 2014 MontecuccoRed BlendAssolati
4540145400USBaked strawberry, burnt orange and rose petal combine aromatically and on the palate in this moderately flat wine.8530CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCalstar Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirCalstar Cellars
4540245401USComprised 100% of this rare variety, this wine was given time to ferment and age in French oak, half of it new. Ashy red fruit meets a mild structure and considerable tannic grip; only a tiny amount was made.Moonlight Sonata8575CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCerridwen 2012 Moonlight Sonata Abouriou (Russian River Valley)AbouriouCerridwen
4540345402Basic cherry aromas turn more earthy and soupy with air. A crisp pulling palate holds flavors of tomato and spiced plum, while this is mild, with nothing much to speak of on the finish.Reserva Estate Bottled8512Michael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2015 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot NoirPinot NoirChilcas
4540445403ItalyMade with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this has aromas of underbrush and scorched earth. The evolved palate shows dried black cherry, raisin and clove alongside rather tired tannins. Drink soon.8515TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeImpostino 2011 MontecuccoRed BlendImpostino
4540545404USPerfumed in rose and violet, this full-bodied wine is leathery and somewhat dull on the palate, opting for savory elements over fruit.Steffensen Vineyard8570CaliforniaCoombsvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ. Moss Wines 2012 Steffensen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville)Cabernet SauvignonJ. Moss Wines
4540645405ChileThis low-sizzle Chardonnay opens with little to nothing in the way of fruit aromas. The palate is chunky, with squash and bready flavors. A lightly vegetal, bitter finish is plump but low on intensity.Legado Reserva8520Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Martino 2014 Legado Reserva Chardonnay (Limarí Valley)ChardonnayDe Martino
4540745406USThis blend of 53% Grenache, 23% Petite Sirah, 20% Syrah and 4% Viognier offers cinnamon spice, red cherry and slight pomegranate on the nose. The palate shows tangy cranberry fruit, a bit of baking spice and a very clay-like minerality and texture.CdR8518CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPull 2012 CdR Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendPull
4540845407USWhile grapefruit and lychee aromas are fresh and clean on the nose, the palate of this full-bodied Gewürztraminer is a bit muted by comparison. It's texturally rich, but flavors suggest pressed apple and pear accented by hints of ginger and spice. Drink now through 2018.Estate8518New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRooster Hill 2015 Estate Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerRooster Hill
4540945408FranceCherries, leather and earth all mingle on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied wine. It's a pleasant, easy-to-drink offering, even if it's not terribly concentrated or complex. Drink now.8516Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSélection Laurence Féraud 2013 Red (Costières de Nîmes)Rhône-style Red BlendSélection Laurence Féraud
4541045409USWhile fresh lemon and lime notes are invigorating, there's a slightly savory tone to this dry Riesling suggesting hints of grain and milled corn. Its spry light-bodied style is thirst quenching, however, and the finish wraps up brisk and clean. Drink now through 2018.0 Degrees of Riesling Dry8516New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThree Brothers 2015 0 Degrees of Riesling Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingThree Brothers
4541145410USAll five Bordeaux red varieties are represented in this wine that puckers in sizable tannin and oak. Tobacco and pencil shavings add savory character to its full-bodied concentration.Rutherford8585CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilliam Harrison 2012 Rutherford Red (Rutherford)Bordeaux-style Red BlendWilliam Harrison
4541245411ChileBasic white-fruit aromas are pleasant and uncomplicated. A solid,pithy mouthfeel and flavors of peach, green banana and green herbs conclude with a detectable note of grape skins and citrus pith. This is 85% Viognier and 15% Chardonnay.Estate8516Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEstampa 2015 Estate Viognier-Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)Viognier-ChardonnayEstampa
4541345412USSmooth, medium bodied and agreeable, this wine is plummy in flavor and easy on the palate. It is good and user-friendly.8514CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsQ & A NV Red (California)Red BlendQ & A
4541445413USSlightly muted tones of pressed apple and pear waft from this light-bodied Vidal Blanc. It's not a deeply concentrated or persistent wine but bright and quaffable. Sunny tangerine acidity brightens a brisk finish. Drink now through 2019.Dry8514New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaStanding Stone 2015 Dry Vidal (Finger Lakes)VidalStanding Stone
4541545414ItalySimple and lean, this opens with whiffs of Mediterranean herb, lead pencil and a whisper of blue flower. The short rather diluted palate shows raw sour cherry and a hint of dark spice alongside fleeting tannins.I Massi8523TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMassi di Mandorlaia 2014 I Massi (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendMassi di Mandorlaia
4541645415ChileAromas of white flowers are light yet clean. This feels basic, while the flavors are greener and more pyrazinic than the nose indicates, especially on the finish, which tastes of bell pepper and white fruits.8515Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMayu 2015 Pedro Ximénez (Elqui Valley)Pedro XiménezMayu
4541745416ItalyAromas of violet, woodland berry, a hint of coffee and a whiff of adhesive bandage carry over to the simple palate. It's a bit lean and diluted, with fleeting tannins.8517TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMocali 2014 Morellino di ScansanoRed BlendMocali
4541845417ItalySubdued aromas of spirits, raisin, menthol and resin emerge on this. The bulky palate shows blistering alcohol and a hint of raisin but it lacks fruit richness. Grainy tannins leave a raspy finish.8565TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Fornace 2011 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseLa Fornace
4541945418ItalyThis is a sophisticated effort that opens with lively aromas of butterscotch, candied fruit, papaya, pineapple, vanilla and ripe apricot. It's a beautiful wine, with a bold and opulent mouthfeel and a finish that lasts minutes.W.... Dreams9276Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaJermann 2008 W.... Dreams Chardonnay (Venezia Giulia)ChardonnayJermann
4542045419SpainA full, ripe and generous Tempranillo, with rich aromas of prune and blackberry offset by balsamic notes and tobacco. It feels lush and smooth, with concentrated flavors of roasted berry, coffee, chocolate and tobacco. Huge and lasting on the finish, has subtle tannins and complexity. Drink now through 2016.Leda Viñas Viejas9245Northern SpainVino de la Tierra de Castilla y LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Leda 2008 Leda Viñas Viejas Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)TempranilloBodegas Leda

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