Wine Reviews

4608146080GermanySpice and smoke aromas contribute to a slightly earthy, savory opening on this sweet-tart Riesling full of brisk tangerine and grapefruit flavors. Nervy acidity and intense mineral tones extend through the moderately long finish.Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett8822MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) 2012 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef)
4608246081ItalyA structured Pinot Grigio, it discloses aromas of fragrant white flowers, apple, pear and a hint of beeswax. The lively palate offers Granny Smith apple and citrus alongside zesty acidity. A subtle mineral note marks the close.8820Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMuri-Gries 2012 Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)Pinot GrigioMuri-Gries
4608346082AustriaCitrus scents mingle with green pear peel. A textural vestige of phenolics suggests that this wine belongs on the table.8815CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Carnuntum)Grüner VeltlinerNetzl
4608446083USFrom a dry-farmed vineyard and treated to wild yeast and minimal new French oak, this Petite is chewy in leathery tannins, a definite crowd pleaser for Petite fans. Blackberries, coffee and pepper commingle impressively.King Vineyard8838CaliforniaSuisun ValleyNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneOlabisi 2008 King Vineyard Petite Sirah (Suisun Valley)Petite SirahOlabisi
4608546084AustriaThis barely salmon-colored charmer offers citrus freshness in a delicate frame. It makes a light sundowner-sip and ideal apéritif.8813NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPratsch 2013 Rosé (Niederösterreich)RoséPratsch
4608646085PortugalRounded and ripe, this attractive, rich wine shows wood aging, ripe tannins and a firmer, drier core. Solid and dense, it has good acidity as well as a tight texture. The wine will need further aging, so don't drink before 2016.Cardal8814TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2012 Cardal Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta da Alorna
4608746086ItalyA blend of Pinot Bianco, Friulano, Sauvignon and Ribolla Gialla, this structured but elegant wine offers Golden apple, dried apricot, citrus and subtle oak along with a hint of butterscotch.Col Disôre8837Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRussiz Superiore 2011 Col Disôre White (Collio)White BlendRussiz Superiore
4608846087USAn intense, impactful Malbec strong in tannin and power, teeth-staining and suggestive of a leathery saddle. Amidst the wine's manliness there is also ripe dark cherry, tobacco and plenty of soft vanilla. This is a big meat wine.Betsy Vineyard8845CaliforniaHigh ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneShannon Ridge 2010 Betsy Vineyard Malbec (High Valley)MalbecShannon Ridge
4608946088ChileWarm, loamy, baked berry and cherry scents are the lead aromas on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah that also brings a green character into play. Hard acidity makes for a rough palate, while heavy oaking has created flavors of cheese and vanilla as well as spiced berry. Edgy tannins, leftover grit and green notes conclude things.Gran Crucero Limited Edition8829Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2010 Gran Crucero Limited Edition Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendSiegel
4609046089USOn the paler side of the the Chardonnay scale, the nose is subtle, with light touches of cream, butterscotch and smoke. There is a decent tension between ripe, lemongrass-like fruit and a bitter, grapefruit rind acidity in this wine from the team at Terravant Wine Company in Buellton.8816CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSilver Spoon 2011 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnaySilver Spoon
4609146090ItalyOpening aromas include stone fruit, pear and nut. The savory palate offers white peach, green apple and mature Bartlett pear accented with bitter almond and mineral notes alongside fresh acidity.8819Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSirch 2013 Friulano (Colli Orientali del Friuli)FriulanoSirch
4609246091ItalyIt offers intense aromas of tomato leaf, grapefruit and dried hay. The vibrant, linear palate delivers apricot, pineapple, yellow pepper and a note of sage alongside racy acidity. It's zesty and refreshing without rough edges.8819Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSirch 2013 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonSirch
4609346092AustriaA little lemon, a little pear and a little spritz on the palate are backed by wonderful texture. This will be even better when served with food, even though the lemony acidity on the round body makes for easy drinking.Hengstberg88Wagram-DonaulandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSoellner 2013 Hengstberg Grüner Veltliner (Wagram-Donauland)Grüner VeltlinerSoellner
4609446093USThis interesting rosé mixes 78% Pinot Noir with 22% Pinot Gris. It's a pale copper with a hint of rose, and the nose carries suggestions of rose petals as well as strawberries. It's tart and medium-bodied, with some citrus snap to the acids.Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir8816OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spindrift Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir Rosé (Willamette Valley)RoséSpindrift Cellars
4609546094FranceThe aromas are rather shy on the nose—there is just a mere floral whiff. The palate is dry and lets us see subtle varietal aromas: golden peach, a touch of honeysuckle spice, a hint of jasmine, aromatic orange zest. This is a restrained, streamlined and elegant varietal expression. Drink now through 2030.9327AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTrimbach 2014 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerTrimbach
4609646095USThis blend of 32% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Alicante Bouschet, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah truly sings, as the name implies. A strong boysenberry pie aroma is lifted by purple flower scents on the nose, and the palate's lush black cherry, vanilla and mocha spice flavors are reminiscent of a dessert wine without being sweet.Chorum9325CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannVilla San Juliette 2013 Chorum Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendVilla San Juliette
4609746096USThe dynamic nose of this bottling from a longtime ranching family in Monterey County pops with black raspberry, candied pomegranate and rose petal aromas. Fresh red fruit as well as darker baked raspberry flavors show on the palate, which is lifted by white pepper touches.Estate9342CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBoekenoogen 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirBoekenoogen
4609846097USGrown in a south-facing site on limestone soil a mile east of Carmel Valley Village, this wine is dark and silky in the glass, with thick but not overripe blueberry and elderberry aromas, enhanced with sarsaparilla, smoked beef and crushed walnut notes. The palate is lush but vibrant with acidity, blending dark berry flavors with toasted oak, earth and cocoa spice.Saunders Vineyard9340CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBoete 2014 Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Carmel Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBoete
4609946098USFrom Josh Jensen's 4.4-acre vineyard, this bottling offers black plum and mulberry aromas laced with crushed gravel and lavender notes. There is a powerful minty character to the palate, which helps enliven the hearty ripe cranberry and hibiscus elements. A thought-provoking and earthy wine.Reed9370CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCalera 2014 Reed Pinot Noir (Mt. Harlan)Pinot NoirCalera
4610046099FranceVery pure and totally appetizing notes of ripe pear and juicy Golden Delicious Apple fill the nose. The same insistent lively fruitiness pervades the taut, dry and very juicy palate alongside a blazing vein of lemon freshness. This is full of fruit, life and freshness. The finish has a lifted touch of conifer and is totally refreshing and whistle clean.Racines & Terroirs9335AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave du Roi Dagobert 2015 Racines & Terroirs Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCave du Roi Dagobert
4610146100USThough golden-hued in the glass, this is rather mellow on the nose, with soft lemon cream, toasted apple and marzipan aromas. The palate shows intense acidic energy, with zippy, tight and clean nectarine sorbet and Meyer lemon rind flavors.9335CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCenter of Effort 2014 Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayCenter of Effort
4610246101USFleshy, dense and bright with cassis and vanilla notes, this 100% varietal estate wine is lovely and elegantly restrained, showing compact oak and firm tannin. Raspberry, tobacco and cedar round out the nuanced flavors that open over time.Estate9385CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneD.R. Stephens 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonD.R. Stephens
4610346102FranceThe exquisitely restrained nose has just a touch of honeysuckle perfume—just a hint of that spicy headiness. These aromas also color the fine, ripe and juicy peach fruit on the palate that vies with fine citrus zestiness for attention. Slight residual sweetness caresses the fruit on the palate but this is very subtly done. The finish is off dry, but utterly balanced. This is a very beautiful, elegant and fresh Gewurztraminer. Drink now through 2030.Rosenberg9327AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Barmès-Buecher 2014 Rosenberg Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Barmès-Buecher
4610446103FranceVery pure notes of Conference pear rise from the glass and promise freshness. The palate reprises the same fruitiness but streamlines it with grapefruit zest and juicy bone-dry concentration. This is bright and sprightly, energetic and invigorating, slender but packed with flavor. The finish is uncompromisingly fresh and dry.Les Élements9324AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2014 Les Élements Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Bott-Geyl
4610546104USThis excellent blend of 70% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon shows caramelized black cherry, mint chocolate chip and a bit of smoke on the dense nose. The palate's soft mouthfeel is held up by firm tannins that last deep into the finish, presenting rich cherry juice flavors, along with caramel, milk chocolate and pleasant oak character.Insider9349CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannÉcluse 2014 Insider Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendÉcluse
4610646105USCandied lemon peel, Asian pear and marzipan hints show on the slightly oxidative nose of this bottling from Jim Clendenen. Ripe apple and pear flavors mark the palate, along with a warm toast component, but a Meyer lemon tang and bitter orange accents cut the richness.Nuits-Blanches au Bouge9335CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAu Bon Climat 2013 Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayAu Bon Climat
4610746106GermanyBold, ripe black-cherry and berry flavors pulsate from the core of this voluptuous Pinot Noir. It's a densely concentrated, full-bodied wine but neatly integrated, nuanced by subtle shades of spice, dark toast and bramble. Crisp cranberry acidity freshens the finish. Drink now through 2030.Cuvée Max Trocken93116RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaAugust Kesseler 2013 Cuvée Max Trocken Pinot Noir (Rheingau)Pinot NoirAugust Kesseler
4610846107SpainFull-throttle oak, vanilla, tobacco and smoky blackberry aromas feed into a full, grippy but surprisingly fresh palate. Toasty oak, blackberry and spice flavors finish long and steady. Drink this excellent Tempranillo from a powerful vintage through 2025.Gran Reserva9377Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachProtos 2011 Gran Reserva (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloProtos
4610946108PortugalIn terms of aged vintage tawnies, this beautiful wine is relatively young. That means the fruit is still there, hinting at bold red fruits as well as the dried fig and sultana flavors that have also emerged. The wine is finely balanced with its rich texture and poise coming in between dry and sweet. Drink now.Colheita Tawny9360PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Noval 2003 Colheita Tawny (Port)PortQuinta do Noval
4611046109USThis Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre rosé is a stunning marriage of flavors and textures. Salmon in color, it invites with apricot, peach and Meyer lemon fruit, zesty acidity underlying its flavor, complexity and length.Wine Creek Ranch9322CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneQuivira 2016 Wine Creek Ranch Rosé (Dry Creek Valley)RoséQuivira

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