Wine Reviews

4548145480USThis soft, easy-drinking wine smells spicy, almost like tobacco, and tastes plummy and pruney. It has a good, smooth texture and lingering finish.8814CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJosh Cellars 2014 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelJosh Cellars
4548245481USFleshy black plum and cherry flavors are offset by leafy, green layers of herb and stem in this luscious but balanced red blend. Its intense fruitiness makes it approachable and juicy but crisp acidity and fine penetrating tannins keep things in check. Drink now through 2021.Anemometer8850New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaKontokosta 2012 Anemometer Red (North Fork of Long Island)Red BlendKontokosta
4548345482USThis structured, generously full-bodied wine offers deep layers of black raspberry and cinnamon, with an additional length of subtle black pepper and leather. It builds strength toward the finish before finishing surprisingly light and balanced.88125CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKristodd 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonKristodd
4548445483USThis wine doesn't appear to have fully come out of its shell, with light aromas of plum, tire rubber, pomegranate, herb and a dusting of spices. The flavors display a pleasing sense of purity, with lightly grainy tannins providing support.Minnick Hills Vineyard8830WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLagana 2014 Minnick Hills Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahLagana
4548545484GeorgiaDeep red violet in the glass, this wine has a nose of blueberry and coffee bean. The bold flavor of black cherry holds its own against notes of white chocolate, smoke and eucalyptus. Grippy tannins hold sway on the palate right through the enduring smoky finish.Kvareli8815KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysMarani 2009 Kvareli Saperavi (Kakheti)SaperaviMarani
4548645485UruguayOaky aromas rest on top of raisin, blackberry and dried-cheese scents. This feels full and tannic, with saucy, herbal, tomato, plum and berry flavors. On the finish, oak-based flavors of graphite and charcoal vie with ringing acidity and edgy tannins.Reserve Collection8820CanelonesMichael Schachner@wineschachMarichal 2013 Reserve Collection Tannat (Canelones)TannatMarichal
4548745486GeorgiaA blend of two grapes native to Georgia, this wine offers aromas of blueberry, clove and anisette. Its subtle sweetness provides a palate for flavors of blackberry, licorice, blueberry, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tannins seem soft from first sip to finish, yet a sense of chalkiness remains on the post palate, even outlasting closing notes of mint and tart cherry.Khvanchkara Semi-Sweet8822KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysWine Man 2013 Khvanchkara Semi-Sweet Red (Kakheti)Red BlendWine Man
4548845487FranceThis is an attractively perfumed dry Muscat. Very floral, deliciously decadent in its richness, it has a crisp bite of spice and pepper. Drink the wine from 2017.Parcelle C2818838France OtherIle de BeautéRoger Voss@vossrogerYves Leccia 2015 Parcelle C281 Muscat (Ile de Beauté)MuscatYves Leccia
4548945488USLuxuriously ripe black currant and plum flavors are layered in savory tones of beetroot, herb and green leaves in this full-bodied Cabernet Franc. Brisk acidity and ripe tannins frame the palate neatly. It's approachable yet nuanced, finishing with subtle hint of violet candy.East End8817New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaJamesport 2013 East End Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet FrancJamesport
4549045489SpainPear and apple aromas are slightly minerally. This is round, fresh and easy to like due to its juiciness and pithy citrus flavors. Citrus notes are lasting on a competent finish.8819Northern SpainValdeorrasMichael Schachner@wineschachGaba do Xil 2015 Godello (Valdeorras)GodelloGaba do Xil
4549145490USA deep color and ripe, gushing fruit aromas lead to generous dark cherry and blackberry flavors in this wine. Firm tannins are loosened by a sugary element that lingers on the finish.Authentic Black8812CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGnarly Head 2014 Authentic Black Red (Lodi)Red BlendGnarly Head
4549245491USA deep gold-orange color and floral aromas lead to rich, broad peach and apricot flavors that are moderately sweet and nicely concentrated. Lighter than some late-harvest wines, it has more vivid fruit and better balance than others.Solstice8834CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellars2Plank 2013 Solstice Viognier (El Dorado)Viognier2Plank
4549345492USMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah take the lead on this blend. Aromas of wood spice, café au lait, cherry and spice box are followed by tobacco and cherry flavors. There are good things going on but the wood gets a bit out front.Estate Grown Envoy8835WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmbassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Envoy Red (Red Mountain)Red BlendAmbassador Vineyard
4549445493USAromas of herb, citrus and mineral are followed by tart, racy citrus flavors. It provides a lot of appeal.Boushey Vineyard8822WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmbassador Vineyard 2015 Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)Sauvignon BlancAmbassador Vineyard
4549545494USThe aromas bring notes of dried and fresh herb, citrus twist, baking spice, wood spice and cherry. The cherry and pencil lead flavors show a sense of poise and polish.Estate8836WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBasel Cellars 2012 Estate Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancBasel Cellars
4549645495FranceTypically crisp and fruity, this green-apple-driven wine has bright acidity and a tangy, citrus edge. It is bright, cool and refreshing, ready to drink now.Domaine la Combelle Apremont8817France OtherVin de SavoieRoger Voss@vossrogerBernard et Christophe Richel 2015 Domaine la Combelle Apremont Jacquère (Vin de Savoie)JacquèreBernard et Christophe Richel
4549745496USThis blend of 46% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Sémillon and 15% Viognier pleases in a light-bodied frame. Lychee meets lemon, lime and a lengthy complexity of wet stone on the finish.Baby Blue Blanc8824CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBlue Rock 2015 Baby Blue Blanc Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Sonoma Coast)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonBlue Rock
4549845497USGiven three years of barrel age and another in bottle, this mature wine offers baked fruit, cedar, clove and red-currant flavors, sizably robust in texture and weight. Thick tannins provide it with additional density.8848CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBoyle MacDonald 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBoyle MacDonald
4549945498USThis easy-drinking wine has a light spiciness like cinnamon in the aroma, good cherry flavors and a smooth but slightly tangy texture. Not too full bodied, it shows good balance.Quadriga Hopland Ranches Estate Bottled8826CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBrutocao 2012 Quadriga Hopland Ranches Estate Bottled Red (Mendocino)Red BlendBrutocao
4550045499ItalyAromas of dark berry, underbrush, baking spice and a balsamic note lead the nose. Showing structure and poise, the approachable palate delivers juicy wild cherry, raspberry and clove alongside polished tannins and vibrant acidity.88TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCaprili 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCaprili
4550145500USThis exuberantly aromatic ice wine leaps from the glass in plumes of mango, sweet citrus and caramel. Hints of mushroom and hay lend a slightly earthier tone to candied orange peel and apple flavors on the palate, but bright, citrusy acidity lends to a clean finish.Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine8840New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaCasa Larga 2010 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc (Finger Lakes)Vidal BlancCasa Larga
4550245501ArgentinaGritty aromas of creosote, campfire and road tar are dark, woody and oaky. A clampy, angular palate deals firm tannins and acid-driven flavors of plum, berry and minty oak. A tarry tasting, peppery finish is loud and rugged.Don Baltazar8817OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Montes 2013 Don Baltazar Cabernet Franc (San Juan)Cabernet FrancCasa Montes
4550345502USThis medium-bodied, nicely firm and approachable red shows cherry, cassis, tobacco and black olive along a juicy core of grippy texture.District Collection8895CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRaymond 2013 District Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)Cabernet SauvignonRaymond
4550445503SpainAppealing white-flower and apple aromas turn more dusty and briny with air. This feels tight and citrusy, just as Verdejo should. Flavors of orange, green herbs and pickle brine finish with a lot of life and zest.El Bufon8815Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachReina de Castilla 2015 El Bufon Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoReina de Castilla
4550545504USA ripe, almost sweet aroma and flavors recalling blackberry syrup and raisins make this wine rich and tempting. Firm tannins and full body clamp down on the finish.High Elevation Collection8820CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsShannon Ridge 2014 High Elevation Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County)Cabernet SauvignonShannon Ridge
4550645505ItalyYou'll find aromas of forest floor, toast, porcini mushroom, game and a balsamic note on this vibrant red. The smooth, dense palate offers tart red cherry, truffle, anise and a salty hint of cured meat alongside bright acidity and fine-grained tannins.8830TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTassi 2013 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseTassi
4550745506FranceThis crisp, fruit-driven wine is full of sliced apple and bright acidity. It has a touch of pepper and a juicy aftertaste of squeezed blood orange. Drink now.Clos les Montys Sur Lie8816Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerJérémie Huchet 2015 Clos les Montys Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonJérémie Huchet
4550845507FranceThere is just a hint of the structure normally associated with the appellation. Otherwise, the wine is broad and soft with rounded berry and cherry flavors. It comes from vines on the flatter vineyards in the valley. It's a wine that will mature quickly. Drink from 2018.Collection8883BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2015 Collection (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirL. Tramier & Fils
4550945508USWhile lemony-fresh with a streak of crushed-stone minerality, this medium-bodied white lacks the exuberance and spice expected of Gewürztraminer. It's refreshing and pleasing nonetheless, with a spray of lingering white blossom perfume on the finish.Doyle Vineyard8522New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSwedish Hill 2013 Doyle Vineyard Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerSwedish Hill
4551045509USFor the first release of this wine, the oak unfortunately is almost completely overwhelming. Vanilla, green wood, mocha and mint overpower almost any sense of varietal aroma and flavor.8520WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThurston Wolfe 2012 Touriga Nacional (Yakima Valley)Touriga NacionalThurston Wolfe

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