Wine Reviews


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4803148030USScents and flavors suggest dried grain and cracker, along with black cherry fruit. At first, the wine flattens out in the midpalate, but ample breathing puts more fruit and flesh on its frame.8736OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Schmidt 2012 Syrah (Applegate Valley)SyrahSchmidt
4803248031USChewy and tannic, this has plenty of barrel flavors, but is light on the fruit. Coffee, caramel and toasty components are all here, seeming to smother any ripe fruit that might fill out the middle.Wooldridge Creek Vineyard8732OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Soléna 2014 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Merlot (Applegate Valley)MerlotSoléna
4803348032ItalyStraightforward and fresh, this opens with aromas of jasmine and exotic fruit. The round, juicy palate is reminiscent of citrus, pineapple and pear while a note of bitter almond adds interest.F8713Southern ItalyFalanghina del SannioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTaba 2015 F (Falanghina del Sannio)FalanghinaTaba
4803448033USSeared yellow apple, lemon rinds and pressed white flowers show on the nose of this bottling from the pioneering winery, which was recently acquired by the Gallo family. The texture is quite steely with bountiful acidity, but the flavors are a little flat on the sip, where stone fruit and squeezed citrus show.Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard8728CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalbott 2014 Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayTalbott
4803548034USMade from mostly Merlot grapes that went direct-to-press to preserve color and tannin, this is a dark, pink and nutty wine, full-bodied and somewhat intense. While dry, the fruit leans toward the tangy end of the spectrum. It's food friendly and thirst quenching.Bell Mountain Estate8727CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMedlock Ames 2015 Bell Mountain Estate Rosé (Alexander Valley)RoséMedlock Ames
4803648035ArgentinaThe welcoming aromas of red berry and cherry are slightly smoky and spicy. Showing good body, this has light tannins, with flavors of toasty plum, berry, chocolate and spice. It's round, mellow and easy on the finish.8710Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSalvatore Principe 2011 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecSalvatore Principe
4803748036ItalyPart of a wine series made from indigenous varieties of northeast Italy, this easy-going effort shows medium structure, with a creamy fullness. The finish has bright endnotes of cut grass, lime and honeydew. It's perfect for appetizers or light summer lunches.8719Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaSirch 2011 Pinot Grigio (Venezia Giulia)Pinot GrigioSirch
4803848037ItalyA drying touch of talcum powder or crushed white pepper is followed by beautifully intense notes of peach, apricot and honey. This has extra sweetness and softness on the finish.Millesimato Dry8717VenetoAsolo Prosecco SuperioreBele Casel 2010 Millesimato Dry (Asolo Prosecco Superiore)GleraBele Casel
4803948038ArgentinaThis delivers a solid mix of red fruits, herbs and spices on the nose. The palate feels a little jagged, but it's forward and contains lively flavors of cherry, plum, nutmeg and brown sugar. It's fruity on the finish, with a dash of cocoa.8717Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasarena 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonCasarena
4804048039USWith a soft, velvety mouthfeel, this bi-county Cabernet offers lush blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and spice flavors that are gently touched by smoky oak. This earns extra points for elegance and sipability.8713CaliforniaNapa County-Lake CountyNorth CoastJade Mountain 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County-Lake County)Cabernet SauvignonJade Mountain
4804148040ItalyBright fruit tones of peach, melon and Golden Delicious apple sit with the soft, creamy perlage. Overall, there's a feminine, delicate quality to this sparkler.Extra Dry87VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreLa Farra NV Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraLa Farra
4804248041FranceA fruity wine—this is full of strawberry flavor, with enough acidity and soft, warm tannins to give it shape. While it can age, it is ready to drink now.Domaine de la Créa Sous Roche87BurgundySaint-RomainRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Max 2009 Domaine de la Créa Sous Roche (Saint-Romain)Pinot NoirLouis Max
4804348042USPours atypically dark for a Pinot Noir, and the color is reflected in the mouth, where the wine turns as heavy and full-bodied as Grenache. It's a good wine, hearty and flavorful in berries and cola, but lacks Pinot Noir's signature delicacy.Estate Block 38746CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMcIntyre Vineyards 2010 Estate Block 3 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirMcIntyre Vineyards
4804448043ItalyArguably one of the best value wines from Italy this year, this has beautifully intense aromas of jasmine, honey and exotic fruit. It's simple and well made, with a sweet softness and a fruity succulence on the finish.879Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiMezzacorona 2011 Moscato (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)MoscatoMezzacorona
4804548044New ZealandThis seems to be hurrying along its aging curve, showing a burnished gold color. It's smoky and intense, with citrusy fruit that's more like grapefruit than anything else, plus plenty of weight and bright acidity. Drink up.Valhalla8730Waiheke IslandJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMan O' War 2009 Valhalla Chardonnay (Waiheke Island)ChardonnayMan O' War
4804648045USThis is a straightforward, clean, fruity wine, with a green apple flavor.8713OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eola Hills 2010 Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisEola Hills
4804748046USOaky and tart, this is anchored by a bright raspberry flavor. There is a firm, toasty edge to the tannins, and plenty of buoyant acidity.Estate8730OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Folin Cellars 2008 Estate Tempranillo (Rogue Valley)TempranilloFolin Cellars
4804848047ItalyCitrus, pear and peach open the bouquet. The palate shows a soft, creamy perlage, with a tangerine note and even a touch of crushed clove, giving this sparkler a unique personality.Extra Dry8719VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreGregoletto NV Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraGregoletto
4804948048USA very sweet wine, this has a residual sugar of 11.9%. The sweetness of white sugar dominates the orange and apricot fruit.Violetta Late Harvest8785CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGrgich Hills 2009 Violetta Late Harvest White (Napa Valley)White BlendGrgich Hills
4805048049ItalyA playful touch of sweetness appears in the mouth, giving this an added sense of softness and dimension. Its momentum is carried forth thanks to soft tones of peach, honey and jasmine.Extra Dry8714VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreTerre di San Venanzio Fortunato NV Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraTerre di San Venanzio Fortunato
4805148050USTastes soft and high in alcohol, with flavors of chocolate, cherry pie filling and spice. An appealing wine that's for drinking now.La Storia Cuvée 328725CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaTrentadue 2009 La Storia Cuvée 32 Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendTrentadue
4805248051ItalyFresh and citrusy, this is heavy on tangerine and grapefruit aromas. It offers steady, foamy perlage that gives the wine softness and richness on the finish.V Brut8719VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreVettori NV V Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraVettori
4805348052ItalyLight in color and bright in floral intensity, this delivers flavors of citrus, stone fruit and apple, with a subtle endnote of chopped mint or basil.Brut8722VenetoProsecco di Valdobbiadene SuperioreBorgoluce NV Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore)GleraBorgoluce
4805448053ItalyCrisp, fresh and firm, this opens with steely effervescence and etched notes of flint, white pepper and delicate spring flower. The finish is dry and bright.Maschio dei Cavalieri Brut Rive di Colbertaldo8719VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreCantine Maschio NV Maschio dei Cavalieri Brut Rive di Colbertaldo (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraCantine Maschio
4805548054USThis smells of subdued strawberry and raspberry, with a twist of violet. It is tightly structured, tasting of brick and tar, and its finish is ripe, brambly and bittersweet.Valenti Ranch8724CaliforniaMendocino RidgeVirginie Boone@vbooneClaudia Springs 2009 Valenti Ranch Zinfandel (Mendocino Ridge)ZinfandelClaudia Springs
4805648055FranceWood-influenced aromas set the scene, with the wine's toast character partnered with ripe red fruits and taut acidity. It needs at least three years to balance out.Les Ecusseaux Premier Cru8746BurgundyAuxey-DuressesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2009 Les Ecusseaux Premier Cru (Auxey-Duresses)Pinot NoirDomaine Jessiaume
4805748056FranceCalled “Apiana” because Muscat is attractive to bees, this is very dry and lightly perfumed. It has great fresh acidity to complement the grape and spice character.Uva Apiana87AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Stoeffler 2010 Uva Apiana Muscat (Alsace)MuscatDomaine Vincent Stoeffler
4805848057FranceA wine that hints at spice, this is mainly floral, with a yellow fruit flavor and a ripe, full-bodied feel.87AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Stoeffler 2011 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Vincent Stoeffler
4805948058New ZealandThis pretty Pinot is less concentrated than those in Palliser's The Great... series, but the fruit speaks louder nonetheless. Bright cherry fruit retains Martinborough's savory, earthy edge while finishing crisp, with a hint of tea leaf. Drink now.8728MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPalliser Estate 2008 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirPalliser Estate
4806048059ItalyThis bright sparkling wine delivers a touch of sassy spice in front of softer aromas of stone fruit, white flower and dried herb. Pair this with cocktail snacks, like potato chips or green olives.Extra Dry8713VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreProgettidivini NV Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraProgettidivini

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