Wine Reviews


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4812148120FranceThis is a ripe and structured wine of red fruits and fine acidity. With its tannins and tangy edge, it has a dry core that gives it a great chance with food.8918BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Marrans 2015 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine des Marrans
4812248121FranceThis fine producer, based in Morgon, has made a rich and structured wine. With its perfumed red-berry fruits and balanced acidity, it is a savory wine that is ripe and ready to drink.89BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Dominique Piron 2015 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaines Dominique Piron
4812348122FranceThe floral perfume of this wine is subdued, while the palate has the grip of fir honey and citrus pith along with softer notes of blossom and gentle yellow plum. These are balanced so well by bitter elements that this medium-dry wine almost finishes dry. Matched with ripe, washed-rind cheeses it will be a triumph.Tradition8933AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Pfister 2012 Tradition Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Pfister
4812448123USFresh-pressed blackberry, cedar, dark-chocolate shavings, charcoal and espresso grounds show on this slightly wound up, extremely dark wine. Coffee flavors come through strongly on the thick and sticky palate, where powerful acidity unleashes blueberries and dried herbs. It's a mouthful for certain.Rodney's Vineyard8932CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2013 Rodney's Vineyard Petite Sirah (Santa Barbara County)Petite SirahEpiphany
4812548124ChileOne of the major growers in Leyda also makes classic cool-coast SB. This is briny and tight on the nose, with a hint of asparagus. A lean, juicy palate is tight as nails, while this tastes of briny, salty lime and melon. A lean, chalky finish shows strong grip.Boya8918Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachGarces Silva 2015 Boya Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancGarces Silva
4812648125USCitrus, wet stone and tropical fruit aromas provide intrigue and lead to dry, lightly creamy fruit flavors. The concentration at times seems light, but what's there is pretty.8925WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTwo Vintners 2015 Grenache Blanc (Yakima Valley)Grenache BlancTwo Vintners
4812748126SpainFeline aromas—nothing unusual for Rueda Verdejo—are coupled with notes of briny apple and citrus. Fresh and easy on the palate, green-leaning citrus flavors finish tangy and slightly salty.Flor de Vetus Old Vines from Segovia8918Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachVetus 2015 Flor de Vetus Old Vines from Segovia Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoVetus
4812848127FranceOn the nose, the ripe pear fruit notes are subdued but they play on the fresh palate with force. This wine is rounded and super-juicy. Drink soon to make most of all this fruit.Tradition8926AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoVieil Armand 2015 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisVieil Armand
4812948128USThe herb, wet stone and green-apple-skin aromas are light but provide intrigue and lead to a dry palate with well-balanced, juicy acids, a compelling feel and a spot on sense of balance. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.Underwood Mountain Vineyard8920WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportW.T. Vintners 2015 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner (Columbia Gorge (WA))Grüner VeltlinerW.T. Vintners
4813048129FranceAlthough the nose of this wine is subdued, it sends out appealing hints of red apple and yellow pear. The palate is fresh and has real mouthfeel. This is appetizing and full of defined apple and pear notes. The lip-smacking finish makes you long for more.8920AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWolfberger 2015 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisWolfberger
4813148130USLight red-cherry aromas meet with wild sagebrush and graphite on the light and easy nose of this wine from a family vineyard that recently came under new management. The palate offers cranberry juice lifted by crushed thyme and anise.Zoto8930CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZotovich Cellars 2014 Zoto Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirZotovich Cellars
4813248131FranceMedium-intense notes of black plum, currant and cherry swirl in the bouquet, with supporting tones of wood spice and fudge. It's young and somewhat gripping now, with firmly structured tannins and full black-fruit flavors that linger long on the close. Try after 2018.Vin Doux Naturel8929Languedoc-RoussillonBanyulsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzM. Chapoutier 2012 Vin Doux Naturel (Banyuls)Rhône-style Red BlendM. Chapoutier
4813348132FranceA tropical hint of passion fruit hits the nose before more definite notions of tart apple and citrus appear. There is concentration on the midpalate and lots of freshness, with a clean, dry finish.Linsenberg8920AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz 2014 Linsenberg Riesling (Alsace)RieslingHenri Schoenheitz
4813448133FrancePeach and pear make appearances on the nose, gently framed by a soft creaminess that continues on the palate. Hints of fresh citrus guide flavors towards freshness. Totally and charmingly balanced, the wine is just off dry.8920AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz 2014 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisHenri Schoenheitz
4813548134FranceThe flinty whiff of reduction still clings to this wine, marking it out for longevity. On the palate it's uncompromisingly dry and wonderfully bracing, with a tart, bright streak of lemon at its citric core. Lithe and slender, it delivers a clean finish.8918AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz 2015 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingHenri Schoenheitz
4813648135USLight but inviting aromas of lemon juice, apple flesh, ripe nectarine and crushed white rocks show on the nose of this bottling from Malibu. Sea-salt flavor appears throughout the palate, where pear and nectarine flesh meet with vanilla-butter-on-toast flavors. Nicely textured it's quite mouthwatering.8932CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHoyt Family Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayHoyt Family Vineyards
4813748136FranceA light touch is conveyed by aromas of honeysuckle, while the off-dry palate is balanced by fresh, citric verve. This wine has a dancing, easygoing nature marked by freshness and lightness in equal measure. Asian food flavors suggest themselves for this super-balanced, playful white.Gentil8915AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHugel 2015 Gentil White (Alsace)Alsace white blendHugel
4813848137FranceThe nose gives little away but the palate is full of juicy, apple-scented freshness. This wine is easy and dry, with some midpalate concentration. The unusually slender body has a refreshing spring.Prestige8915AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Cleebourg 2014 Prestige Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisCave de Cleebourg
4813948138ChileEarthy, lightly roasted plum and cherry aromas are saucy. Firm and a bit tannic on the palate, this ripe Cab Franc is dealing oaky, saucy, savory plum and red-berry flavors prior to balanced, juicy finish whose oak character hangs around.Single Vineyard8919Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Maule Valley)Cabernet FrancChilcas
4814048139USTart acidity provides freshness and succulence to the palate of this vineyard-designate—a well-resolved expression of plum, cranberry and red currant. Plush and soft, it does the variety justice, making the case for complexity and approachability in one glass.Stout Vineyard9198CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneDuckhorn 2013 Stout Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotDuckhorn
4814148140USRoasted meats, black fruit, charcoal and tar show on the nose of this clonal selection from this pioneering winery that is now owned by Bill Foley. The medium-bodied sip shows roasted blackberries, boysenberries and black currants, with charred meat leading into a caramelized finish. The acid and tannin levels are solid right now and will age well too.Clone 1749140CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFirestone 2014 Clone 174 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahFirestone
4814248141New ZealandDespite coiming in at only 12.5% abv, this is fairly weighty. Restrained aromas of crushed stone set the stage, then bold peach and melon flavors take over, finishing with a bit of celery leaf. Drink now.The Doctors'9118MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzForrest 2015 The Doctors' Grüner Veltliner (Marlborough)Grüner VeltlinerForrest
4814348142FranceThis is the top cuvée produced from the Fournier's Pouilly-Fumé vines. It is rich while crisp, showing fine acidity and a mineral texture. The green fruits cut through the zesty texture of the wine giving concentration and depth of flavor. Drink this serious wine now.Grand Fumé9135Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2014 Grand Fumé (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
4814448143PortugalWinemaking at the aristocratic Santar estate is run by Global Wines. This rich wine, dominated by the high-quality Encruzado grape, is poised between crisp apple fruitiness and toast from wood aging. At two years old, the wine is just ready to drink although it will be better from 2018.Casa de Santar Branco Reserva9114DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2015 Casa de Santar Branco Reserva White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteGlobal Wines
4814548144USThis widely available and well-priced appellation blend shows dark aromas of black raspberry, elderberry, wet slate and crushed gravel on the nose. The wine makes a soft entry on the palate, where mulberry meets with Earl Grey tea and a pinch of anise.SLH9130CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHahn 2015 SLH Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirHahn
4814648145AustraliaThis bright pink-ruby rosé features attractive aromas of watermelon rind and cherries. It's medium in body, fresh and vibrant on the palate, bursting with crunchy fresh fruit reminiscent of raspberries and cherries. Drink now.9121South AustraliaBarossa ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHentley Farm 2016 Rosé (Barossa Valley)RoséHentley Farm
4814748146USPart of the limited edition vineyard designate series, this stands apart for its elegant, aromatic style. Beet root, pomegranate and chocolate suggestions come together on the midpalate, seemingly gaining concentration as it finishes. Fresh, clean and well balanced, it spent just the right amount of time in one-third-new French oak.Bradshaw Vineyard9155OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine King Estate 2014 Bradshaw Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirKing Estate
4814848147USThe delicate yet brilliant pink color of this rosé is stunning (Could it be protected by the darker glass, a rare packaging choice for the style?) and the wine inside matches up, starting with a brisk nose of red apple, white cherry, strawberry and lime. There's red plum and more strawberry to the sip. With a grippy texture and steadily rising acidity, this is one of the better pinks of the vintage.Camp 4 Vineyard Rosé of9118CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKitá 2016 Camp 4 Vineyard Rosé of Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley)GrenacheKitá
4814948148USTightly focused acidity is the star of this well-executed, estate-grown and unoaked white. Floral jasmine and apple blossom ride along the nose, while flavors of lemon peel and apple integrate seamlessly on the rounded palate.Acero Don Miguel Vineyard Unoaked9132CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarimar Estate 2015 Acero Don Miguel Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMarimar Estate
4815048149USThe aromas rise up from the glass, with notes of pepper, violet, cigar box, peat, smoke, braised meat and an earthy funk. The palate is considerably lighter in style than the aromas might suggest, bringing notes of cherry, earth and herb that linger, with citrus twist notes on the finish.9175OregonWalla Walla Valley (OR)Oregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNo Girls 2014 Tempranillo (Walla Walla Valley (OR))TempranilloNo Girls

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