Wine Reviews


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4815148150ItalyMenthol, aromatic herb, purple flower and new leather scents meld together in this wine. On the firm, focused, palate, clove, star anise and espresso hints back up Marasca cherry and cranberry flavors while tightly knit but refined tannins and bright acidity provide support.9145PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOddero 2013 BaroloNebbioloOddero
4815248151FranceThis is a ripe and fat wine. That combination gives it a rich character and a full-bodied texture. The spice and the yellow fruits enhance the concentration and the generosity of this rounded wine. Drink now.Corty Artisan Caillottes9125Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerPatrice Moreux 2015 Corty Artisan Caillottes (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancPatrice Moreux
4815348152PortugalAfter 14 months in large wood barrels, this wine is full of spicy flavors that go with the rich yellow fruits, generous apricots and peaches, and delicious acidity. This ripe wine is ready to drink.Grande Reserva Branco9116DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuanta Terra 2014 Grande Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuanta Terra
4815448153USFairly shy aromas of blackberry juice, uncracked peppercorns and dried lilacs show on the nose of this bottling by Ryan Render. Cooked meat flavors are evident on the sip, including bacon fat and charred beef, and there is a rich blackberry-sauce component as well. Cracked pepper also arises, making this a Syrah that will please many palates.The Lost Ones9134CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRendarrio Vineyards 2014 The Lost Ones Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahRendarrio Vineyards
4816348162USSur Peaux translates to “on the skins”—a maceration process that gives this wine its burnished copper hue. More importantly, it's crazy good: soft, supple, delicately spicy yet bone dry, with a buttery mouthfeel.Sur Peaux9145OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Aubichon Cellars 2015 Sur Peaux Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisAubichon Cellars
4815548154ItalyRose, eucalyptus, espresso and exotic spice aromas lead into a linear, structured palate offering sour cherry, pomegranate star anise and roasted coffee flavors in this wine. Close-grained tannins leave a firm, tight finish. Drink 2023–2033.Ravera di Monforte9145PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca Giovanni 2013 Ravera di Monforte (Barolo)NebbioloRocca Giovanni
4815648155FranceAn intense wine, this is all crisp green herbs and tight citrus flavors. With acidity and minerality, it is a complex wine from vineyards in Bué. It could age for another few months and will be better from 2018.Domaine de Terres Blanches Bellechaume9155Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerSaget la Perrière 2015 Domaine de Terres Blanches Bellechaume (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancSaget la Perrière
4815748156USSaldo comes from the folks who brought you The Prisoner. Admirable ripeness and lushness carry this full-bodied, dark-colored and densely fruity wine from a smoky aroma through jammy dark-fruit flavors to a lingering finish that has a drop of baking-spice sweetness.9130CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSaldo 2014 Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelSaldo
4816448163USCrisp and tart in lemon peel and grapefruit, the loveliest aspect of this lightly ripe wine is its sublime texture, an earthy velvety expression of fineness and elegance that persists in its delicacy.Lumiere Laughing Raven Vineyard9122CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBarber 2016 Lumiere Laughing Raven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancBarber
4815848157ArgentinaAromas of tar and rubber give way to rich black fruits and toasty oak. A hard, tannic palate means this needs air or meaty foods. Oaky, resiny berry and cassis flavors finish chocolaty, with intense tannins. Drink through 2021.Reserva Barrancas Vineyards9125Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachPascual Toso 2014 Reserva Barrancas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonPascual Toso
4816548164USBlended from a range of vineyards, this tasty, toasty wine cloaks its raspberry fruit in chocolate malt-like flavor. Its components are clearly defined, fresh and appealing, and it showcases the sophisticated house style in a more widely-distributed, less expensive offering.Cumberland Reserve9142OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bergström 2014 Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirBergström
4815948158USAlways a top wine in this winery's broad portfolio of estate Pinot Noirs, this is spicy and lightly peppery, with a mix of bitter herb, cranberry and blackberry flavors and bright, supporting acidity. Its pleasing mineral backdrop provides an easy landing for the extended finish. Drink 2022 to 2030 for maximum enjoyment.Goosepen Block9180OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sokol Blosser 2014 Goosepen Block Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirSokol Blosser
4816648165USSnappy black raspberry and fresh plum combine for an almost effervescent experience on the nose, which also benefits from smoked beef and carnation aromas. The palate is also very energetic with black-plum and orange-juice flavors, finishing with strong acidity. This will last for years, but needs at least another year to fully integrate.Garys' Vineyard9165CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBernardus 2015 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirBernardus
4816048159USImpenetrably dark in color, this potent wine marries black fruit to ample barrel accents of smoke and char. Though aged in just 5% new French oak, those dark scents and flavors permeate the wine. It's a style with broad appeal.Barrel Select9130OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Malbec (Umpqua Valley)MalbecAbacela
4816748166USThis bottling's extremely fresh aromas of lime meet with a rounded clarified butter, drawing one in for sip after sip. That vibrancy extends to the lightly presented palate, where flavors of lime juice, lemon peels and crisp pear ride a rising wave of acidity across a tightly wound texture.Rosella's Vineyard9140CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBernardus 2015 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayBernardus
4816848167USThis puts the spotlight on a single Dijon clone and delivers polished cherry fruit. It follows through with hints of graphite and the underlying minerality that is characteristic of this AVA. The wine is young and should be decanted, having spent just nine months in barrel prior to bottling.Dijon 1159165OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyland 2015 Dijon 115 Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirHyland
4816948168USThickly concentrated, this wine offers a wealth of crème brûléee richness and complexity, dotted in golden honey and a twist of lime. Supple and medium in build, it integrates the oak and ripeness at its core, finishing with a brightness of acidity that refreshes.Wild Yeast9150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMiner 2014 Wild Yeast Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayMiner
4816148160USSmooth as silk, this widely-available cuvée brings ripe strawberry, cherry and dark chocolate flavors into play. Aged for 10 months in one quarter new French oak barrels, it's seamlessly melded and shows both power and grace.9132OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Adelsheim 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAdelsheim
4817048169SpainThis is a particular style of Albariño. Aromas of white flowers distant mineral and green melon set up a plump, layered palate, with core acidity but also flatness that will only increase the longer it goes. Flavors of nectarine, orange and melon register as citric but also creamy. This is a unique Galician white that's stylish but won't last forever; drink immediately.Gran Vinum Selección Especial9027GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachAdegas Gran Vinum 2012 Gran Vinum Selección Especial Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoAdegas Gran Vinum
4817148170ItalyThis bold wine opens with intense aromas of mature black fruit, black cooking spice, mint, blue flower and leather. The savory palate offers juicy black cherry accented by sage, thyme and black pepper. Racy acidity and bracing tannins need time to tame. Drink 2016–2026.Cunto-Murella9050Southern ItalyTerre del VolturnoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlois 2011 Cunto-Murella Pallagrello Nero (Terre del Volturno)Pallagrello NeroAlois
4817248171USRather than pungent green aromas, this bottling tends toward a sweeter aromatic profile, with limeade, mandarin orange and tangerine scents. On the palate, there is a slight creaminess and a nod toward bell pepper, but the tart, bitter and acidic elements of apple and lime pith combine memorably.9018CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCarr 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancCarr
4817348172USIn crafting his first Pinot Noir for Heintz, winemaker Hugh Chappelle has delivered a wine that's pretty and delicate, softly adorned in velvety texture and faint, balanced cranberry and cherry. Riding a perfect wave between savory and sweet, it would be delicious with grilled salmon.9048CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCharles Heintz 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirCharles Heintz
4816248161USLight in color, this offers alluring peat, white pepper, herb, earth and raspberry aromas. It dances on the palate, showing elegance and sophistication and bringingplenty of intrigue.Reserve9145OregonOregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAubichon Cellars 2015 Reserve GrenacheGrenacheAubichon Cellars
4817448173GreeceCinnamon, plum, and mellow cherry aromas give this wine a poised start. On the palate, the wine is balanced and offers delicious waves of bitter almond, spicebox, sour cherry and cinnamon. Pair with grilled lamb and burgers.Kyklos9012PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaVoyatzis 2011 Kyklos Agiorgitiko (Peloponnese)AgiorgitikoVoyatzis
4817548174USThe vineyard is planted to Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. The result is a concentrated, plush wine, herbal and savory with tightly hewn tannins, a tartness of cranberry and rhubarb, and a substantial finish of cinnamon, clove and darker fruit. The balance between the wine's richness and more ethereal components is nicely drawn.Castelli-Knight Ranch9040CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArmida 2012 Castelli-Knight Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirArmida
4817648175SpainLoamy, ripe, earthy aromas of black cherry suggest raisin and stewed berry. The palate is full and mostly balanced for a warm-vintage, very ripe wine such as this. Flavors of berry, roasted plum and earth finish with raisiny richness and just enough zesty acidity to keep things upright and afloat. Drink through 2018.Selección9042Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachArrocal 2009 Selección (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloArrocal
4817748176ItalyThis finessed and delicious blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio delivers creamy strawberry, Morello cherry, white pepper and clove sensations, with hints of Mediterranean herbs. The silky palate is balanced by bright acidity.Rossodiverzella9025Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBenanti 2012 Rossodiverzella (Etna)Red BlendBenanti
4817848177FranceFrom a parcel of vines in the Meursault village appellation, this attractive, soft wine has ripe grapefruit and pear flavors to go with the crisp acidity and the lightest touch of wood. Drink from 2015.Les Clous9055BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Père & Fils 2011 Les Clous (Meursault)ChardonnayBouchard Père & Fils
4817948178USFrom a field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah, this wine is brick-red and earthy, inviting in dark, brambly fruit and just-right spice. With soft tannins and a long finish, it's classic Sonoma County Zin, fruity and in balance.Karma Zin Bastoni Vineyard9033CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCarol Shelton 2010 Karma Zin Bastoni Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelCarol Shelton
4818048179FranceFrom a five-acre vineyard, the wine has some clean steeliness layered with ripe citrus and white fruits. Acidity brings out apple and crisp pear skin flavors. Drink this immaculate wine from 2015.Clos Varambon9029BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Rontets 2011 Clos Varambon (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayChâteau des Rontets

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