Wine Reviews

4575145750South AfricaA little browning at the rim combined with stewy and baked aromas confirm age. Oaking shines through with notes of char, cedar, and smoke over meaty-tasting, but thin fruit and dried herbs.Unfiltered8423Coastal RegionFleur Du Cap 1998 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon (Coastal Region)Cabernet SauvignonFleur Du Cap
4575245751USAn unbalanced wine despite some pretty apple and peach flavors, an overlay of oak, and a creamy smooth texture. The parts are nice but somehow they don't knit together and the wine feels disjointed. Turns quite bitter on the finish.Sattui Family8415CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaV. Sattui 2001 Sattui Family Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayV. Sattui
4575345752USReview not available at this time.8413New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPeconic Bay Winery 2001 Riesling (North Fork of Long Island)RieslingPeconic Bay Winery
4575445753AustraliaThough it's 100% Chardonnay, this wine doesn't taste particularly Chard-like: it has light floral and stone fruit notes more akin to a Riesling. It's a lightweight in the mouth, rounded out by a little creaminess. A decent, economical choice to quaff on a hot day.847Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaBlue Tongue 2002 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)ChardonnayBlue Tongue
4575545754SpainMeaty in the nose, with leathery aromas. The fruit flavors are in the plum class, and there seems to be a poached-fruit element there as well. The finish feels hefty and disparate; it has no real direction. Which basically describes this wine. It's full and tannic, yet it doesn't seem to have a goal, much less a path to travel upon.Roble8413Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPradorey 2000 Roble (Ribera del Duero)Tinto del PaisPradorey
4575645755AustraliaA simple but good wine, with toast and golden apple flavors. Has nice apple and olive oil aromas, and a mouth-puckering herb and white pepper finish.8412South AustraliaSouth AustraliaWolf Blass 2001 Chardonnay (South Australia)ChardonnayWolf Blass
4575745756New ZealandPiny and minty, which combine to give the pineapple fruit a decidedly medicinal edge. It's lightly sweet, balanced by healthy acidity, so might work well with herb-scented desserts, like lavender sorbet.Falcon Vineyard - Late Harvest8317MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLake Chalice 2001 Falcon Vineyard - Late Harvest Riesling (Marlborough)RieslingLake Chalice
4575845757AustraliaThis Chard is smooth in the mouth, with white stone fruit on the palate, plus white pepper and mineral notes that extend through the finish. What's here is pleasant enough, but more of these good things wouldn't hurt.837South AustraliaSouth AustraliaCockatoo Ridge 2001 Chardonnay (South Australia)ChardonnayCockatoo Ridge
4575945758USSpicy and green at first, with an aromatic resemblance to salsa and bell peppers. In the mouth, that bell pepper character never goes away, but with time it becomes more subdued as powerful berry fruit and chocolate come on strong. The finish, however, is hard as nails, courtesy of fierce tannins, thus an affinity for tannin is required to get much from this unusual wine.Mescolare - lot 128319OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonMichael Schachner@wineschachWeisinger's of Ashland NV Mescolare - lot 12 Red (Rogue Valley)Red BlendWeisinger's of Ashland
4576045759USTastes like a little country wine you came across while traveling the back roads. Rough in texture, with berry flavors, and very dry, it's a little like a rustic Cabernet.8320CaliforniaCienega ValleyCentral CoastDeRose 2001 Negrette (Cienega Valley)NegretteDeRose
4576145760USStumbles where Santa Barbara Cabs have historically fallen, with green, unripe flavors and tannins and a dry, bitter finish. This wine was not helped by the cool vintage.8318CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastFirestone 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFirestone
4576245761USRough and awkward, with some cherry flavors and greener ones of stems and herbs. Drinks dry and fairly tannic. Perfectly acceptable as an inexpensive chugger.8314CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherHawk Crest 2000 Merlot (California)MerlotHawk Crest
4576345762USGreen and earthy in the nose, with more vegetal aromas than fruity ones. The palate is tangy and also vegetal, while full tannins and some bitterness dominate the finish. Parts of this wine seem to be in shape while others are not. As a whole, it lacks ripeness and overt appeal.Murto Vineyard8324OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRaptor Ridge 2000 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirRaptor Ridge
4576445763AustraliaYellow fruit dominates the palate, which also has an unusual powdery mouthfeel. The yellow fruit on the finish is a little dilute. Nose is smoky, almost barbecuey, with a petrol note.83South AustraliaEden ValleyAntipodean 1999 Chardonnay (Eden Valley)ChardonnayAntipodean
4576545764USBright gold in color, with creamy custard and caramel aromas. The palate is soft, with banana, baked apple and corn-like flavors, while the finish is heavy and rather mute. Very thick and heavy given the level of balance, acidity and fruit pedigree.Estate Vineyard8322OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachWillamette Valley Vineyards 1999 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayWillamette Valley Vineyards
4576645765USThin going here, with citrusy flavors and big, fresh Monterey acids. Seems to have some oak in it. Finishes dry and tart.Estates8311CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastRaymond 2001 Estates Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayRaymond
4576745766USTastes hot and strong, a heavy wine with earthy, tobacco flavors softened with a hint of briary berry. Totally dry, with an astringent finish.Ultra Violet8324CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastCasa de Caballos 2000 Ultra Violet Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotCasa de Caballos
4576845767AustraliaFans of toast, butterscotch and butter will gulp this down happily, but these reviewers are sad to see the wine's fruit get lost beneath it all. Finishes like caramel candy; smells like buttered whole wheat toast. Will certainly have its appeal, but we'd like to see the fruit center stage next vintage.Reserve8316South AustraliaLimestone CoastHeathfield Ridge 2000 Reserve Chardonnay (Limestone Coast)ChardonnayHeathfield Ridge
4576945768USThis wine doesn't quite know what it wants to be when it grows up. It vacillates between an intensity of oak, matchstick flintiness and a misplaced sense of austerity.8318CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma Cuvée 2014 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnaySonoma Cuvée
4577045769ChileHorsey, grassy berry aromas are unconvincing. This is plump but also edgy in feel, with a pronounced but weird buttery oak flavor and marginal fruit character. A leafy, oaky finish includes notes of stalky berry and plum.8310Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKenos 2013 Carignan (Curicó Valley)CarignanKenos
4577145770USIt's hard to get around the slap of high alcohol in this wine, beginning with its diesel-oak nose and ever-present persistence of drying tannins. Bitter tea, cedar and leather add to the bombastic nature of this powerhouse.Bear Crossing83130CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDelectus 2012 Bear Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDelectus
4577245771USNo vintage is listed on the label, but the winery says the grapes are all from 2013. This rough and tumble, 50/50 Merlot and Tempranillo blend shows flavors of dirt and mushroom, with light and generic red fruit.Drop Dead8224OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hip Chicks NV Drop Dead Red (Umpqua Valley)Red BlendHip Chicks
4577345772USSweet candied apple overpowers this oddly textured and flavored wine.Truchard Vineyard8245CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTedeschi Family 2014 Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayTedeschi Family
4577445773USThis clean-tasting, nearly neutral-flavored wine is dry and medium bodied. Traces of cucumber and white pepper can be detected with effort, but it mostly offers just simple refreshment.8219CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPrevious 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancPrevious
4577545774USSlightly tawny, with powdery floral flavors and a musky, pungent aroma, this goes in wildly conflicting directions. Cotton-candy sweetness along with that musky, odd fruit never comes into focus.8216OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hip Chicks 2014 Müller-Thurgau (Umpqua Valley)Müller-ThurgauHip Chicks
4577645775FranceJudged even by its high alcohol, this is not a fresh rosé. While it does have fruit, it is dragged down by its weight. Super-ripe strawberry fruits and pepper complete the overdrawn picture.Bouquet de Cavagnac8210Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Cause 2015 Bouquet de Cavagnac Rosé (Côtes du Lot)RoséDomaine de Cause
4577745776SpainHorsey aromas of stewed, mulchy berry fruits include a shot of iodine. This is high in acidity and grating. Flavors of chocolaty oak on top of plum and salt amount to nothing impressive, while this finishes with a popcorn note and jagged, harsh tannins.Villalar Oro8216Northern SpainVino de la Tierra de Castilla y LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Mejorada 2009 Villalar Oro Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)TempranilloLa Mejorada
4577845777USAn aroma like canned fruit and rather lean flavors make this a basic wine with a narrow profile.8210CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRotation Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayRotation Vineyards
4577945778USNot close to ripe at 12% alcohol, this thin, woody wine has no trace of varietal character.8224OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hip Chicks 2013 Tempranillo (Umpqua Valley)TempranilloHip Chicks
4578045779SpainSweaty citrus aromas are neither focused nor friendly. This feels flat and greasy, while it tastes like chicken fat and bitter citrus fruits. Nothing on the finish brings it around.8112Northern SpainCigalesMichael Schachner@wineschachVal de Los Frailes 2014 Rosado (Cigales)RosadoVal de Los Frailes

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