Wine Reviews

4736447363USJarvis has assembled a great record with this bottling over the years. The 2012 fulfills all the basic California requirements for impressive Chardonnay, with ripe, flamboyant tropical fruit, pear and pineapple flavors, along with lots of sweet, buttery, vanilla-accented oak. This is one of the most decadent Chardonnays of the vintage, and while it's a little soft, it is flashy.Finch Hollow Estate Grown93115CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJarvis 2012 Finch Hollow Estate Grown Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayJarvis
4736547364AustriaAromas of flint and meadow flowers mingle in this mineral but juicy and joyous wine. Grapefruit zest underlines the lively acidity. If you are after concentrated, zippy linearity, this is it.Käferberg Reserve93KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJurtschitsch 2012 Käferberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerJurtschitsch
4736647365USThe tannins are mountain tough, the acidity is just fine, and the flavors, well, how can you describe their power? Massive in blackberry essence and cassis liqueur, it has a tangy, minerally lick of granite that must come from the soil. Start enjoying it in 2018.Reserve9398CaliforniaSpring Mountain DistrictNapaKeenan 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonKeenan
4736747366USAlpha is a new offering from Market Vineyards, and boosts the flavor meter past the winery's excellent, value-priced Benchmark Merlot. Tightly-structured and showing a barrel-heavy mix of dark, toasted flavors, this complex effort brings lead pencil, clove, charred meat and black fruits into play. Enjoy it with your thick grilled steak, or tuck it away until 2020–2022.Alpha9352WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Market Vineyards 2010 Alpha Merlot (Red Mountain)MerlotMarket Vineyards
4736847367AustriaCrushed camomile leaves and fresh apricots beckon with ethereal lift. The palate oscillates between austerity and thrill with its uncompromising acidity. This is ready and open now but will continue to age.Senftenberger Hochäcker Reserve93KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNigl 2012 Senftenberger Hochäcker Reserve Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingNigl
4736947368USA bright, fresh Syrah delicious in restrained blackberry and blueberry fruit, it has a luscious mouthfeel, plenty of acidity and an undercurrent of wild herb. Stark managed to do good things with many varieties in 2011. This wine is a standout, ready to pair with something gamey dribbled in black pepper sauce.Eaglepoint Ranch9338CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneStark 2011 Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah (Mendocino County)SyrahStark
4737047369FranceA hugely concentrated wine, it has a dark feel to it, mineral and structured. It shows spice, suggestions of the wood aging and always the ripest fruit. Drink from 2018.9358BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Gaffelière 2011 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Gaffelière
4734147340ItalyThis fresh, enjoyable white has passion fruit, citrus and saline aromas and flavors. It's simple, with a clean, fresh finish.Fiordiligi8515Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAssuli 2015 Fiordiligi Grillo (Terre Siciliane)GrilloAssuli
4734247341USThis medium-bodied wine opens with a squeeze of acidity and follows through with simple and straightforward citrus flavors.Berry Lane Vineyard8538CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneAuburnJames 2014 Berry Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayAuburnJames
4734347342USThis wine is a very pale peach color. Aromas of strawberry candy, watermelon and citrus peel lead to light dry-fruit flavors. The concentration seems a bit lacking.Grenache8517WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrowne Family Vineyards 2016 Grenache Rosé (Columbia Valley (WA))RoséBrowne Family Vineyards
4734447343SpainOaky resiny spicy aromas are an indicator of what's to come. This has a scratchy mouthfeel and resiny notes akin to licking a plank of wood. A heavily oaked flavor profile tastes mostly of dry wood and clove. On the finish, wood-spice flavors and drying tannins are in control and don't let go.8515Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachBatán de Salas 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Somontano)Cabernet SauvignonBatán de Salas
4734547344ArgentinaAromas of baked berry fruits, rubber band and forced oak struggle to be taken seriously. A grabby drawing palate offers stewed berry flavors in front of a finish that's pushed by rubbery tannins.5058512Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasarena 2014 505 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecCasarena
4734647345SpainThis is raisiny and jammy on the nose. That's followed by a scratchy palate with rough tannins. Roasted grapy flavors are just pleasant enough, while a gravelly finish is ruled by residual hard tannins.Roble8512Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachCantaburros 2015 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloCantaburros
4734747346FrancePale orange-salmon colored, this wine has a really soft character. Its flavor is as light as its color: acidity and raspberry fruit in soft focus. Drink this refreshing wine now.Domaine de la Vivonne Cuvée X8514ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Vivonne 2016 Domaine de la Vivonne Cuvée X Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau la Vivonne
4734847347USSmooth and easy-drinking, this medium-bodied wine has the attributes many people enjoy: vanilla and coconut aromas, lightly sweet apple flavors that coat the palate, and a pear syrup quality that lingers on the finish.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDark Horse 2015 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayDark Horse
4734947348FranceA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has produced a fruity wine, full of red fruits and with a touch of caramel. It is stylish, crisp and with fine bright acidity. Drink now.Rosé de Pressée8515Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Guillaman 2016 Rosé de Pressée Rosé (Côtes de Gascogne)RoséDomaine Guillaman
4735047349FranceThis blend of grapes from across the region is a simple fruity wine. There are plenty of red-fruit flavors as well as a soft creamy texture. A touch of spice gives the wine a lift at the end. Drink now.8514ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerEstandon 2016 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséEstandon
4735147350FranceThis soft wine has plenty of fruit, comfortably cushioned by a warm texture and a floral character. It is ripe, full bodied and smooth. The strawberry flavor gives the wine a soft aftertaste. Drink now.Domaine Carambole8515ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2016 Domaine Carambole Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséRavoire et Fils
4735247351SpainLight dusty aromas are mildly sweaty and green. This Verdejo-Viura blend is crisp and stony, without much body weight. Dry lime and citrus pith flavors are briny, while nopal and grapefruit flavors come into play on a bracing finish.Basa Blanco8516Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachTelmo Rodríguez 2016 Basa Blanco Verdejo-Viura (Rueda)Verdejo-ViuraTelmo Rodríguez
4735347352ItalyThis lean, simple white offers yellow flower, citrus zest and grilled herb flavors. It's bright, with a clean finish.8524Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Stella 2015 Ribolla Gialla (Collio)Ribolla GiallaTenuta Stella
4735447353FranceThe label and the name of this wine just exude summer sun. It is tight, packed with acidity as well as bright red fruits. A citrus streak shoots through this light fruity wine. Drink now.Note Bleue8514ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez 2016 Note Bleue Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez
4735547354AustriaPear, arugula, white pepper and apricots take turns in dazzling nose and palate. A serious, concentrated and mineral vein of power also courses through this sleek wine, which holds even more future promise.Gaisberg Reserve94KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllram 2012 Gaisberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerAllram
4735647355USA tiny-production Pinot by a new producer, it makes a stunning debut. Owners James Hahn and Mila Chanamé are childhood friends with longtime Anderson Valley vineyard manager Norman Kobler and the shared roots have clearly put them in sync. The wine is perfumey in lilac and violet with a lightly textured and seductive mouthfeel that's exotic in just-ripe cherry and raspberry.9445CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneChanamé 2011 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirChanamé
4735747356FranceContinuing its impressive development, Clerc Milon 2011 is a serious wine. It is elegant, stylish, its fruits well integrated with red berry and plum skin flavors. Powerful while round and fruity with a fine sense of weight, this wine will develop relatively quickly but will then stay at its peak for many years. Drink from 2017.9462BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Clerc Milon 2011 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Clerc Milon
4735847357ItalyOne of Italy's truly great 100% Merlots, this wine opens with aromas of plum, black currants and exotic spices. The opulent, smooth palate delivers blackberry, white pepper and a note of creamy milk chocolate alongside firm, velvety tannins. Soft and round, it's delicious now, but it will also develop for a decade or more. Drink 2016–2026.Redigaffi94350TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTua Rita 2011 Redigaffi Merlot (Toscana)MerlotTua Rita
4735947358AustriaInitially subdued, the fresh-fruited ripeness of yellow Mirabelle plums and almost an aloe-vera-like scent lead the way, on the palate there is a streamlined but nonetheless nutty,almost smoky, rounded richness with a pleasing lick of freshness. Hazelnuts, wet pebbles and yeasty lees provide an additional dimension to this concentrated, sophisticated wine. This has mileage and will develop over the coming five years.Bisamberg Alte Reben9322Wiener Gemischter SatzAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWieninger 2012 Bisamberg Alte Reben White (Wiener Gemischter Satz)Austrian white blendWieninger
4736047359ItalyMade by Angelo Gaja at his estate in coastal Tuscany, this blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc leads with aromas of plum, spice and warm toasted notes. The structured, elegant palate delivers restrained black currant and black cherry accented with notes of black pepper and coffee alongside polished tannins. It's still young and a bit nervous, so give it time to develop its potential. Drink 2015–2030.Camarcanda93170TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' Marcanda 2010 Camarcanda (Bolgheri)Red BlendCa' Marcanda
4736147360USCoombsville has emerged as the hottest appellation in Napa Valley, and Cameron Hughes is right there, doing his negociant thing. The Cabernet was blended with Malbec and Merlot, and the wine is fantastically satisfying. Its rich, sturdy tannins frame elaborate blackberry, blueberry, red currant and smoky oak flavors that are wonderfully complex, with an elegant, balanced finish. This is an unbelievable price for a Cabernet of this high quality.Lot 4519327CaliforniaCoombsvilleNapaCameron Hughes 2011 Lot 451 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville)Cabernet SauvignonCameron Hughes
4736247361AustriaA touch of flintstone, a hint of soy-sauce savoriness and the ripe but fresh scent of green pears all bode well for a grippy, concentrated wine. It features a zesty, refreshing core and a lovely notion of wet pebbles. The body is slender and tight.Oberfeld Alte Reben Reserve93KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUnger 2012 Oberfeld Alte Reben Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerUnger
4736347362AustriaSassy and refreshing, this Riesling bursts with lime, mandarin, Seville orange and Amalfi lemon on a clean-cut but concentrated palate.Gaisberg Reserve93KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHiedler 2012 Gaisberg Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingHiedler

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