Wine Reviews

48614860ItalyMade with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Mammolo, this shows aromas of black cherry, grilled herb and a whiff of orange peel. The soft, easygoing palate offers red plum and a hint of clove alongside rounded tannins.8715TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute del Cerro 2014 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendTenute del Cerro
48624861PortugalThe style of this wine is fruity with blackberry flavors giving a bright and lively character. Black currant acidity joins in the fruitiness while allowing room for some structured tannins. The wine will be ready to drink from late 2016.Terra d'Alter8710AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerras de Alter 2015 Terra d'Alter Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedTerras de Alter
48634862USMade in a thick, oaky style, this shows burned caramel, fudge and hints of dried mint and oregano on the nose. The palate is rich with blueberry and dark chocolate, wrapped in a veil of oak smoke, with chunky, chewy tannins and a purple-flower nuance.Lone Tree8735CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHearst Ranch 2013 Lone Tree Cabernet Franc (Paso Robles)Cabernet FrancHearst Ranch
48644863PortugalThis is a rich, ripe and full-bodied blend that includes Alicante Bouschet to give the dark color. It has structure and juicy blackberry fruits. The tannins, integrated with the fruitiness, are supple and generous. This is a wine to drink soon, from late 2016.Audaz Reserva8713AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade Grande 2013 Audaz Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade Grande
48654864USJuicy acids brighten up the mouthfeel, with pineapple, citrus and black-cherry-cola flavors commingling. This was aged nine months in 20% new French barrels.8718OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kings Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirKings Ridge
48664865USMade from vines well over 100 years old on the Kunde Estate, this wine is tight and youthful in dry, dusty and grippy tannin, with thick, extracted flavors of red berry and cherry. A streak of pencil lead and fig provides further intrigue and complexity around a full-bodied elegance.Reserve Century Vines8750CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKunde 2013 Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelKunde
48674866PortugalMade to be consumed young, this is fresh and fruity. It has a layer of tannins that support the red berry and plum fruit tones. The aftertaste is fresh and fruity. Drink now.Tinto8713DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerEvel 2012 Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedEvel
48684867USVery deep black plum, smashed red berries, concentrated cola and coffee liqueur aromas entice the nose on this blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Zinfandel and 20% Grenache. It's very spicy and lively on the palate with an almost biting, explosive acidity. Flavors of espresso and deep red fruits are noticeable.Aeolus Estate8750CaliforniaTemeculaSouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannGershon Bachus 2008 Aeolus Estate Red (Temecula)Red BlendGershon Bachus
48694868USThis has a rather deep red color and a slightly smoky rim. It offers profuse aromas of black cherry and blackberry, medium to full body and a generous texture. It's enjoyable for the fruit flavor, and easy to drink due to the soft texture. The finish is lingering and almost sweet.Estate Bottled8730CaliforniaMendocino RidgeJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGreenwood Ridge 2013 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge)Pinot NoirGreenwood Ridge
48704869SpainWith a light salmon color and aromas of citrus, apple, spiced pumpkin and minerals, this is tangy and citrusy on the palate, with flavors of orange and pink grapefruit. A fresh, solidly composed finish provides for a healthy conclusion.Sant Sadurní d'Anoia Rosé8722CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Vida al Camp NV Sant Sadurní d'Anoia Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendLa Vida al Camp
48714870USQuite a bit of Tempranillo is being planted in southern Oregon, and it shows considerable promise. The flavors here suggest cherry cobbler, with ripe fruit at the center. There are streaks of citrus and a touch of toast in the mix, with drying tannins.8726OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Melrose 2012 Tempranillo (Umpqua Valley)TempranilloMelrose
48724871ItalyMade from Nerello Mascalese, this bright sparkler offers aromas of white and yellow flower and dried fruit. The palate doles out candied nectarine, toasted bread crust, ginger drop and a hint of walnut alongside tangy acidity.Extra Brut Metodo Classico8730Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMurgo 2007 Extra Brut Metodo Classico Nerello Mascalese (Vino Spumante)Nerello MascaleseMurgo
48734872USVeteran producer Oak Knoll remains one of Oregon's most underrated value wineries. This full-bodied, super-fruity Riesling offers bright, off-dry, well-balanced flavors of citrus, honey and tea.Semi-Sweet8710OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Oak Knoll 2013 Semi-Sweet Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingOak Knoll
48744873ItalyUnderbrush, dark berry and pressed violet aromas waft out of the glass. On the simple, easy-drinking palate, notes of cooking spice accent the black cherry core. Soft tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink soon.Quadrato8712TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOT 2013 Quadrato Red (Toscana)Red BlendOT
48754874GreeceThis is a great example of a variety Americans are still learning to embrace. Plum and cherry aromas and flavors are approachable and soft, but the wine has good tannic structure which shows potential to age. This would be great with lasagna, steak or vegetarian cuisine.Single Vineyard Selection8725NemeaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPalivou 2012 Single Vineyard Selection Agiorgitiko (Nemea)AgiorgitikoPalivou
48764875GermanyDusty mineral and white blossoms perfume this off-dry Scheurebe. It's ethereally light in body, but white grapefruit flavor penetrates the palate. Finishes crisp and dry.Kreuznacher8713NaheAnna Lee C. IijimaPaul Anheuser 2013 Kreuznacher Scheurebe (Nahe)ScheurebePaul Anheuser
48774876ItalyAromas of pencil shavings, black currant and cedar lead the nose of this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The ripe, forward palate delivers dried cherries, green bell pepper and clove alongside assertive, grippy tannins. Drink soon to capture the remaining fruit richness.Lippo8728TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePieve Santo Stefano 2012 Lippo Red (Toscana)Red BlendPieve Santo Stefano
48784877USSlightly sour and funky in earth, this is a restrained white aged in a majority of stainless steel, in addition to smaller percentages of oak and acacia. Crisp and minerally, marked by stone fruit as well as citrus, it finishes rich in caramel and vanilla.8738CaliforniaCoombsvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePrime 2013 Chardonnay (Coombsville)ChardonnayPrime
48794878ItalyA 50-50 blend of Ciliegiolo and Sangiovese, this opens with aromas of blackberry extract, espresso, tilled soil and a balsamic note. The palate offers dried black cherries accented with mint, menthol and licorice alongside drying, woody tannins. Drink before 2018 to capture what remains of the fruit.Le Cataste8737TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeQuercia al Poggio 2008 Le Cataste Red (Toscana)Red BlendQuercia al Poggio
48804879PortugalThis is a hard, edgy and tannic wine that has a bitter edge overlaying the fruit. It seems tough, although there are hints of ripe berry fruits that are hiding away. Some softening over the next year will offer integration. Drink from 2016.Tinto8717DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta dos Aciprestes 2011 Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta dos Aciprestes
48814880ItalyAged in new barriques, this opens with aromas of oak and oak-driven spices and a whiff of savory herbs. The palate is dominated by oak, vanilla and coffee that muffle the dried dark-cherry and mineral flavors. It has a linear quality but lacks fruit richness and is still in the vice-like grip of wood tannins.Inferno Riserva8740LombardyValtellina SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRainoldi 2010 Inferno Riserva (Valtellina Superiore)NebbioloRainoldi
48824881ChileBlack cherry, black currant and spice notes are nicely integrated. This has a narrowly defined palate that sings of ripe fruit. Dark, toasty, slightly bitter blackberry is the core flavor on this oaky, peppery, voluminous Carmenère.Gran Reserva de Los Andes8715Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2012 Gran Reserva de Los Andes Carmenère (Maipo Valley)CarmenèreSanta Alicia
48834882ChileRubber, menthol, black olive and dusty oak aromas dominate the nose on this stable Carmenère. Olive, blackberry and herbal flavors are typical of the variety, while the finish is clean, powerful and in good shape.Reserva Estate Bottled8712Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Batuco 2012 Reserva Estate Bottled Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreSierra Batuco
48844883GermanyFresh cantaloupe aromas shift to savory pressed apple and pear on the palate of this juicy, easygoing Riesling. Semidry in style, it's pleasantly slick and sweet, accented by spice and honey notes. Drink now.Erdener Treppchen Spätlese8720MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaThomas Halby 2011 Erdener Treppchen Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingThomas Halby
48854884GreeceWhite peach, tropical fruit and citrus typify this curvy white punctuated by fragrant Viognier. The rounded fruit is buoyed by Assyrtiko's brisk acidity.Claudia Viognier-Assyrtiko8725ChalkidikiSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaClaudia Papayianni 2013 Claudia Viognier-Assyrtiko White (Chalkidiki)White BlendClaudia Papayianni
48864885SpainStandard red-berry, rubber and spice aromas are straightforward. This is active on the palate, with pinching tannins, snappy acidity and rawness. Tomato, dry oak, currant, red plum and dusty spice flavors finish with firm tannins and moderate heat and burn.II Crianza8714Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCovila 2010 II Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloCovila
48874886ItalyThis vibrant sparkler opens with aromas of ripe red berry and spice. Made from Frappato, the lively palate doles out wild strawberries, crushed cherries and just a hint of white pepper alongside firm acidity and persistent bubbles.Luna Nascente Rosé Extra Dry8713Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVigna di Pettineo NV Luna Nascente Rosé Extra Dry Frappato (Vino Spumante)FrappatoVigna di Pettineo
48884887USFirm, well-modulated and medium-bodied, this estate-grown wine brings a mix of apple flesh and skin, along with a strong scent of biscuit. and hint of vanilla. Overall it's staunchly varietal, though not especially complex.Estate8730OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayWillamette Valley Vineyards
48894888USFresh red cherries, strawberries and cranberry greet the nose on this widely available wine that also shows mocha and charred chaparral. The palate is lively and also boasts some decent tannins, offering flavors of plum and pomegranate juice, crushed marjoram and licorice.Coastal Collection8717CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWilliam Hill Estate 2013 Coastal Collection Merlot (Central Coast)MerlotWilliam Hill Estate
48904889USMilk chocolate and dark plum combine to nice effect in this majority-Merlot, blended with almost 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dry, savory and spicy in cinnamon and clove, the wine is substantially dense and thick on the palate.Mat Kearney8722CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVerse & Chorus 2012 Mat Kearney Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendVerse & Chorus

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