Wine Reviews

4624446243ItalyLight and luminous in appearance, this bright Rosso di Montalcino delivers subdued aromas of raspberry, cherry, cola and wet earth. None of these aromas are particularly intense, but they are balanced.86TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoGeografico Castello Tricerchi 2008 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoGeografico Castello Tricerchi
4624546244FranceSteely, mineral style, very crisp. The texture is bone dry, with grapefruit and lime flavors, a wine under tight tension. It has lightness and extreme freshness.Burg8630AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerGustave Lorentz 2008 Burg Riesling (Alsace)RieslingGustave Lorentz
4624646245USEasy-drinking and varietal, this displays fresh pear fruit cut with pineapple. It's forward and juicy, a wine to drink chilled with picnic foods.8615OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kramer 2008 Pinot GrisPinot GrisKramer
4624746246USThe underlying wine is thin in fruit, so what stars is oak, with its toasty, caramelized aromas and flavors. It's also fiercely tannic. You'll find some briary blackberries and blueberries, but the wine illustrates why Petit Verdot is best used as a blender.Central Park West Vineyard8650CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaTrinchero 2007 Central Park West Vineyard Petite Verdot (St. Helena)Petite VerdotTrinchero
4623146230ArgentinaA highly perfumed nose offers potent aromas of bath soap and lychee. The palate is chunky but kept on par by lively acidity. Lychee, melon and lemon flavors finish sweet yet briny. Drink now.8513OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlamos 2013 Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésAlamos
4624846247USLots to like in this creative blend of Vermentino, Verdelho, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. It's well acidified, with citrus, orange blossom, peach, apricot, buttercream and mineral flavors. Just a bit too sweet, though, with a sugary taste throughout.White4 Huerhuero8616CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastVina Robles 2009 White4 Huerhuero White (Paso Robles)White BlendVina Robles
4624946248USOff-dry with a candied orange character, this is indeed a mélange, including portions of seven different white wine grapes. It's an interesting wine, though might prove a bit challenging to match to food. Perhaps a curry?Mélange Blanc8615WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Waterbrook 2008 Mélange Blanc White (Columbia Valley (WA))White BlendWaterbrook
4623246231SpainThis spunky Garnacha smells like fruit punch with some green herbs mixed in. The palate is wiry and acidic in feel, with raspberry and plum flavors. It finishes fresh and zesty.Viña Zorzal8514Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachZorzal 2012 Viña Zorzal Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaZorzal
4625046249USHeavy tannins, which accentuate the acids, lock this wine down now, making it astringently dry and tart. Underneath all that are deep, earthy flavors of blackberries, coffee and pepper. Doesn't seem to be ageworthy, so drink up.Estate Grown8632CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaMounts 2007 Estate Grown Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahMounts
4623346232ItalySensations of white peach, apricot, citrus and mineral come alongside medicinal notes that leave a rather bitter taste.Tenute di Altavilla8521Southern ItalyGreco di TufoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Matilde 2012 Tenute di Altavilla (Greco di Tufo)GrecoVilla Matilde
4623446233USButtery and nutty notes are the lead aromas. The palate offers a succulent white-apricot note, and the acids become charged toward the finish.8524VirginiaMonticelloPippin Hill Farm 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Monticello)Sauvignon BlancPippin Hill Farm
4623546234USBlack cherry, orange oil, fruitcake and vanilla wafer notes lead onto the medium-full palate, which takes on a slight edge of desiccated black fruit. This blend of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Chambourcin has sturdy tannins and a finish of medium length.Bacchanalia Reserve8522VirginiaVirginiaOld House 2010 Bacchanalia Reserve Red (Virginia)Red BlendOld House
4623646235USA bit unripe, with a slight vegetal intrusion into the blackberries and cherries. Teeter-totters just on the edge of ripeness, but falls short. Otherwise, the tannins are pretty, and the oak is deftly applied.Fathom8650CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastBabcock 2008 Fathom Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBabcock
4625146250USSunny and warm on the nose with aromas of honey, roasted hazelnuts and a touch of petroleum, this medium-bodied dry Riesling surprises with an unexpected austerity in the mouth. It's an interesting transition, however, resulting in a sleek, steely wine with hints of chalk dust, bitter lime and canned pineapple flavors.Dry8617New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRavines 2008 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingRavines
4623746236ItalyThis is a powerful wine, both in terms of alcohol and aromatic intensity. You'll recognize tones of cherry liqueur, blackberry preserves and Indian spice. It's soft and sweeter than most other Rosso di Montalcino.Saporoia8625TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoBaccinetti 2007 Saporoia (Rosso di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoBaccinetti
4623846237SpainThe opening of smoke, rubber and black cherry comes across as being dark and good. The palate holds form with lively cherry, plum and currant flavors and finally a medium-long, somewhat warm and meaty finish. Good for an everyday, no-frills Garnacha.Viña Alarba Old Vines8610Northern SpainCalatayudMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas y Vinedos del Jalón 2008 Viña Alarba Old Vines Grenache (Calatayud)GrenacheBodegas y Vinedos del Jalón
4625246251FranceRaspberry and earth tones open this medium-weight Provence blend. There's cherry fruit and a moderate level of complexity on the palate but also a slightly funky note in the background. Tannins are forceful but polite; try with pork roast.Cru Classé8623ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRimauresq 2006 Cru Classé Red (Côtes de Provence)Red BlendRimauresq
4623946238USA bit coarse in the mouth, with a sandpapery tartness through the finish. On the plus side, the wine is fully dry and well-flavored, with black cherries, currants, spicy teriyaki beef and cedar. Drink now.Reserve8625CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastConcannon 2007 Reserve Merlot (Livermore Valley)MerlotConcannon
4625346252USMinty and sharp in acidity, and not offering much richness now, especially at this price, although it does feel stylishly dry and elegant. Shows proper cherry, cola and sandalwood flavors.8640CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaSonoma-Cutrer 2007 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSonoma-Cutrer
4624046239USA super-fruity, direct Pinot, rather one-dimensional in cherry, raspberry and mocha flavors. Dry and crisp, with a silky texture, it's a good wine to drink now.Appellations Series8630CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastCru 2008 Appellations Series Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirCru
4624146240USMade in an exaggerated tutti-fruity style, with candied raspberry and mocha flavors. The mouthfeel is nicely silky, with a brisk flourish of acidity. Drink now.Appellations Series8635CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastCru 2008 Appellations Series Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirCru
4625446253USBright with fresh apple and pear aromas, this off-dry style Riesling is a sunny, cheerful wine that melds the sweetness of tangerines with a high-toned acidity.8616New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBillsboro 2009 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBillsboro
4624246241USA serviceable Pinot Noir, rich in fruity raspberries and cherries, with a touch of sweet oak. Easy to drink with roast salmon, grilled sausages, or a nice, plump ham.Vineyard Montage8624CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastCru 2008 Vineyard Montage Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirCru
4625546254USYes, that is the correct spelling, as shown on the wine's label. A blend of 10% Merlot, 56% Syrah, and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is dark, plum-colored and dusty with scents of plum and prune. Soft and moving quickly into midlife, it drinks like an older wine, with soft tannins and a hint of supple leather.Bordheauxd Red8626OregonColumbia Valley (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cathedral Ridge 2007 Bordheauxd Red Red (Columbia Valley (OR))Bordeaux-style Red BlendCathedral Ridge
4624346242USDry, robust and gritty in tannins, this country-style wine also has a hefty dose of acidity. Its blackberry flavors are tinged with earthy notes of coffee and tobacco. Needs something rich and oily, like lasagna.8626CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastEberle 2008 Barbera (Paso Robles)BarberaEberle
4625646255USTart, with an acidic mouthfeel that intrudes on the ripe cherry, red currant and cola flavors. Could be a bit more mellow. May develop for a few years, but that sharpness isn't likely to go away.Biagini Vineyard8650CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastClos La Chance 2007 Biagini Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirClos La Chance
4625746256USNicely dry, acidic and minerally, with tart Meyer lemon, lime and pink grapefruit flavors. Suffers a bit from some green unripeness that suggests vegetable. Not too much, though, and pretty good for the price.Reserve8618CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastConcannon 2008 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey County)Sauvignon BlancConcannon
4625846257USA full, fruity, slightly hot Chardonnay. The barrel aging—all French, 60% new—brings the expected toastiness. This is a solidly made, fruit-forward style, immediately ready for drinking.8621WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine DaMa 2009 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayDaMa
4625946258USA bit thin on the blackberry fruit, and showing some veggie notes. Also pretty tannic. Might have seen its better days a year or so ago.8634CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaEhret 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonEhret
4626046259SpainKicks off with minty coconut aromas and prune, then a hint of creamy green. The palate shows proper acidity and tannin balance, so the framing for the wine's raspberry flavors is good. Grabby but fresh on the finish, with just enough grapey richness.8612Central SpainLa ManchaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Antigua 2007 Garnacha (La Mancha)GarnachaFinca Antigua

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