Wine Reviews


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4716147160USWith this bottling, Marimar Estate confirms itself as one of the two best, most consistent producers of Albariño in California, along with Longoria. The wine is brilliant, with brisk acidity, dryness, modest alcohol and complex flavors of citrus fruit and zest, minerals, white tobacco and ripe figs.Don Miguel Vineyard9232CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMarimar Estate 2011 Don Miguel Vineyard Albariño (Russian River Valley)AlbariñoMarimar Estate
4716247161AustriaA rounded style of Sauvignon Blanc that has a full feeling to it. Yes, there is plenty of herbaceous and citrus character but this is just a part of a rich medley of riper fruits all in a steely texture. Worth aging for 2–3 years.Klausen92SüdoststeiermarkRoger Voss@vossrogerNeumeister 2011 Klausen Sauvignon Blanc (Südoststeiermark)Sauvignon BlancNeumeister
4716347162USConcentrated and elusively complex in cherry, red currant and sandalwood flavors, with a hint of red tomato and bloody red meat that testifies to the cool vintage. It's a big, dense wine, but also quite tannic, and a little high in alcohol, giving it a full body. A bit ungainly now, but impressive nonetheless for sheer power. Give it six years in the cellar.Nugent Vineyard9244CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaStemmler 2010 Nugent Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirStemmler
4716447163USThis is a huge, complex wine, filled with currant, cocoa and dried herb flavors wrapped into dusty tannins. It's dry, elegant and even ageworthy. The richness is balanced by crisp acidity, like a squirt of lime juice that makes the dark fruit dance. Drink now–2017.LPF9260CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastThe Farm Winery 2009 LPF Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc (Paso Robles)Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet FrancThe Farm Winery
4716547164USAs delicious and succulent as anything out there, with black currant, blueberry and chocolate flavors that are vastly deep and long on the finish. Fortunately, there's brisk acidity and fine tannins, and despite the luscious fruit and oak, it's dry on the finish. This blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is fully drinkable now.The Big Game9275CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastThe Farm Winery 2009 The Big Game Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendThe Farm Winery
4716647165USMade in a fine, accessible style, this 100% Cab is delicious now with blackberry jam, chocolate and cassis flavors. It has classic Napa Valley tannins that are rich and ripe. This is a fancy wine, that's soft yet complex, and at this price, a good investment.Elodian9245CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaTom Eddy 2009 Elodian Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTom Eddy
4716747166USA buzz is building around Calaveras County-based La Folia, and this lovely wine shows why. Opening with a subtle oaky aroma, it evolves to offer a lightness of color and texture, enveloped by delicious highlights of cherry and cranberry fruit. Well integrated and well structured, this Sangiovese ends with a long and satisfying finish of violet-inflected plum.9230CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneLa Folia Winery 2010 Sangiovese (Sierra Foothills)SangioveseLa Folia Winery
4716847167GermanyDark, smoky earth notes and savory dried herbs add fascinating complexity to intensely floral, sweet stonefruit and citrus flavors on this flavorful, yet delicately structured Riesling. Lime and tangerine acidity reverberate on the palate, leading a long, minerally finish.Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese9264MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Loosen 2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Loosen
4716947168FrancePressed carnation and violet lead the bouquet of this red blend, surrounded by notes of raw fennel, licorice root, cassis, boysenberry and black plum. It's a rich and ripe selection, but well balanced, with medium, gripping tannins that frame the lush black-fruit flavors. Hints of black tea and baking spice linger on the finish.Cap Insula9025Languedoc-RoussillonLanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2013 Cap Insula Red (Languedoc)Rhône-style Red BlendGérard Bertrand
4717047169FranceThis wine offers an attractive bouquet of yellow apple, peach, garrigue herbs and subtle toasted spice. Those notes continue through to the round, medium-weight palate, with additional flavors of melon and pear adding richness. Ample acidity shines through on the finish, along with a hint of dried apple-skin flavor.Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin9045Languedoc-RoussillonCoteaux du LanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2013 Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin White (Coteaux du Languedoc)Rhône-style White BlendGérard Bertrand
4717147170FranceThis is a big, bold, powerful white, a blend of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. Oaky aromas of toast, hazelnut and sweet spice abound throughout, gracing the fruit elements of honeydew, baked apple, peach pit, clove-spiked orange and buttered nuts. The mouthfeel is round and broad, but with ample acidic lift to the palate and through the finish to keep things fresh. A gingered peach-white tea flavor lingers on the close; try after 2017.Cigalus9050Languedoc-RoussillonAude HauteriveLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2014 Cigalus White (Aude Hauterive)White BlendGérard Bertrand
4717247171USSomehow this wine is bold, full bodied and superripe—yet balanced, sleek and structured. Tart, vibrant fruit aromas like raspberry and cranberry are followed by rich, almost sweet strawberry and red cherry flavors. A layer of fine tannins adds grip to the mouthfeel, and firm acidity keeps everything from being heavy.9019CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGraziano 2012 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)ZinfandelGraziano
4717347172USNearly equal parts Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend also features good handfuls of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that offer soft, velvety flavors of blackberry and blueberry. Lightly oaked, the tannins are grippy while the wine generates an herbal undertone on the nose.Hendry Vineyard9038CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHendry 2012 Hendry Vineyard Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendHendry
4717447173ChileDense, smoky aromas of well-toasted oak are lactic on impact, with blackberry and cassis scents in support. This is woody, resiny and tannic on the palate, which makes it rough now but bodes well for down the line. Charred, toasty oak and herbal blackberry flavors finish minty, with a speck of creosote. Drink through 2020.Edición Limitada9033Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLagar de Bezana 2013 Edición Limitada Syrah (Cachapoal Valley)SyrahLagar de Bezana
4717547174ChileAromas of spice and asphalt lend crispness to core blackberry scents. This blend of the three C's—Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc—is jammy in feel, with soft, easy tannins. Raspberry, plum, cinnamon and cocoa flavors finish mild except for a touch of heat. Drink now through 2018.Millantu9028Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2013 Millantu Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendSanta Alicia
4717647175ChileHerbal berry, cassis and mint aromas open this classic Maipo Cabernet. Racy acidity and firm tannins make for a structured mouthfeel, while plum, currant, spice and light herbal notes finish loamy. Drink now.Reserva de Familia9020Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2013 Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSanta Carolina
4717747176USA testament of Bellangelo's increasing winemaking prowess, this Cabernet Franc highlights fresh floral exuberance amidst a crush of concentrated sour cherry and cranberry flavors. While delicate in style and fringed by a whisper of tannins, its brambly, herbaceous complexities resonate through a long, meandering finish.9018New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBellangelo 2013 Cabernet Franc (Seneca Lake)Cabernet FrancBellangelo
4717847177ChileBriary, herbal berry aromas are dry, earthy, foresty and show a note of olive. This Cab is full of life on the palate, with energy and good overall balance. Spicy flavors of baked plum, olive, herbs and tobacco finish long, with amplified oak. Drink now through 2018.Tributo Single Vineyard9020Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCaliterra 2013 Tributo Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCaliterra
4717947178USHoneysuckle, mineral, honey and botrytis aromas lead the way. This drinks off dry with exceptionally well-balanced acidity that carries through the lingering finish.Cold Creek Vineyard9016WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingChateau Ste. Michelle
4718047179USPear and white flower aromas are light, while the palate is full of sweet brown sugar and honey flavors that persist on the finish. It's sweet, but well balanced, with ample acidity and a clean finish.Ice Wine White Bluffs Vineyards9040WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportClaar 2013 Ice Wine White Bluffs Vineyards Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingClaar
4718147180USCocoa, plum and vanilla aromas are followed by creamy-feeling blue-fruit flavors that display a mixture of fruit and barrel. The barrel influence is heavy, but it's delicious all the same.Grand Estates9012WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonColumbia Crest
4718247181USThis wine was aged 15 months sur lee in all-new French oak. The barrel aromas and flavors are in the lead, with notes of vanilla, butterscotch and spice followed by pear. It's creamy in feel but with an elegant styling.Reserve Estate Grown9026WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Crest 2013 Reserve Estate Grown Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills)ChardonnayColumbia Crest
4718347182RomaniaMade with 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot accompanied by 5% of the indigenous variety Feteasca Neagra, this wine offers a fruit-heavy bouquet of black cherry and damson plum. Dark plum and height of summer cherry flavors continue on the palate, aided by a refined note of graphite. A fine network of velvety tannins retreat as a splash of brightness makes its appearance on the finish.Flamboyant9058Dealu MareJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDavino 2010 Flamboyant Red (Dealu Mare)Red BlendDavino
4718447183FranceCigar-box aromas and a rich character give this wine a sense of perfumed concentration. It is young, with a stalky character still evident. The structure is firm, and the blackberry fruits still coming together. Give this wine until 2017 before drinking.9023ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerMas de Cadenet 2013 Red (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)Provence red blendMas de Cadenet
4718547184ItalyDark and dense, this opens with earthy aromas of underbrush, scorched earth, smoke and ripe black-skinned fruit. The firm palate offers ripe plum, blackberry, black cherry, black pepper and anise alongside velvety tannins.NOS Riserva9030Northeastern ItalyTeroldego RotalianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMezzacorona 2007 NOS Riserva (Teroldego Rotaliano)TeroldegoMezzacorona
4718647185HungaryEnticing aromas of pear and white peach set the stage for flavors of peach nectar and slightly tart white plum. This wine is full in the mouth with a bright citrus note on the finish.Dry Száraz9015TokajJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysPatricius 2013 Dry Száraz Furmint (Tokaj)FurmintPatricius
4718747186USBlack pepper and baking spices surround a full-bodied and structured core of raspberry and black cherry in this small-production wine. It finishes in balance and with a touch of elegance.9049CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePech Merle 2012 Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley)Cabernet FrancPech Merle
4718847187USA blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, this wine speaks to power, offering juicy, velvety texture around brawny components of leather, coffee and black plum. Concentrated and intense, it needs time to open in the glass before pairing with thick cuts of meat.Generations90125CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRaymond 2012 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonRaymond
4718947188USPineapple appears first on the nose and palate, followed by high-toned acidity and a back-up of lemon and lime. Medium bodied, the wine remains light and crisp throughout, finishing in a swirl of lemon zest and grapefruit pith.Charlotte's Home Estate Vineyards9017CaliforniaNorthern SonomaSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRodney Strong 2014 Charlotte's Home Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Northern Sonoma)Sauvignon BlancRodney Strong
4719047189ItalyAromas of crushed blue flower, perfumed berry, exotic spice and a whiff of charcuterie emerge on this bold red. The concentrated palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, licorice and ground pepper accompanied by firm, fine-grained tannins.9069VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Cassiano 2011 Amarone della ValpolicellaRed BlendSan Cassiano

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