Wine Reviews

5166151660ItalyAromas of apple, crushed stone and thyme come together on this vibrant white. The medium-bodied palate offers green pear, juicy nectarine, dried herb and flinty mineral alongside lively acidity. A note of bitter almond fills in the finish.8928Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDecugnano dei Barbi 2014 Orvieto Classico SuperioreWhite BlendDecugnano dei Barbi
5166251661SpainInky, earthy berry aromas come with a hint of animal. This feels grabby but solid, with firm tannins. Standard plum and berry aromas are the slightest bit stalky, while flavors of roasted black fruits and coffee are bolstered by hard tannins on the finish.Crianza8914Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Cantabria 2011 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloSierra Cantabria
5166351662USAromas of gun smoke, blue fruit and herbs are followed by palate-coating cherry and chocolate flavors. The finish is impressive.Estate Vineyard8940WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Estate Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahWalla Walla Vintners
5166451663AustriaFresh pear notes mix with creamy hints of white flowers, there's a little pear drop, too. The palate is zesty and fresh, light and comes with the slightest, refreshing fizziness. This is light, easy and fun.8915WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeingut Frank 2015 Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerWeingut Frank
5166551664AustriaHints of spice and marzipan accompany the mandarin fruit of this ripe, rounded, linear but dry Riesling. There is quite some power here, you can feel the edges of heat. There is serious palate weight but ample fruit: of apricot and ripe citrus.Vienna Hills8920ViennaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWieninger 2015 Vienna Hills Riesling (Vienna)RieslingWieninger
5166651665USPristine red apple and raspberry flavors lend fresh, fruity exuberance to this classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Its fine, mouthfilling mousse and delicate pétillance are quite elegant, edged by touches of bramble and smoked nut that linger on the palate.Topaz Impérial8937New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSparkling Pointe 2013 Topaz Impérial Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)Sparkling BlendSparkling Pointe
5166751666ItalyMade with the Albana grape, this opens with scents suggesting thyme honey, yellow stone fruit and a whiff of toasted nut. The bright, medium-bodied palate offers dried apricot, lemon drop and bitter almond while a mineral note adds energy.Interra Bianco8938Central ItalyForlìKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta La Viola 2015 Interra Bianco Albana (Forlì)AlbanaTenuta La Viola
5166851667SpainMelon and apricot aromas are solid and clean. A juicy, stony, fresh palate with mixed citrus and mineral-like flavors finishes with a riot of citrusy acidity, which creates extended length.Sensación8915GaliciaRibeiroMichael Schachner@wineschachTerra do Castelo 2014 Sensación White (Ribeiro)White BlendTerra do Castelo
5166951668ItalyA blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Petit Verdot, this offers aromas of toast, mature black-skinned berry, scorched earth, espresso and clove. The evolved palate delivers dried black currant, licorice, roasted coffee bean and tobacco alongside close grained tannins.Cratere8924Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerrazze dell'Etna 2011 Cratere Red (Sicilia)Red BlendTerrazze dell'Etna
5167051669AustriaNomes est omen: the easy joy of crunchy red, ripe cherries is embodied by this easy-drinking, peppery and fruit-driven red. Fruit abounds on the slender, spicy, fresh but generous and balanced body. What's not to like?Austrian Cherry8913NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoThe Dot 2015 Austrian Cherry Zweigelt (Niederösterreich)ZweigeltThe Dot
5167151670USThis wine has aromas like toasted oak and baking spices, plus flavors like rich blackberry and boysenberry jam. It's also nicely dry and has a good gripping layer of tannin in the texture.8922CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThe Federalist 2014 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelThe Federalist
5167251671AustriaThe gentle mix of red apple and strawberry play aromatically around nose and palate. There is ample fruit and ample citrus freshness. The palate is light, dry but focused and very refreshing.Rosi Mosi8917NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHermann Moser 2015 Rosi Mosi Zweigelt (Niederösterreich)ZweigeltHermann Moser
5167351672AustriaSavory notes of yeast and miso hover over the glass. The palate is of a transparent lightness, just tinged with lemon freshness and that yeasty overtone which becomes more apparent and central on the finish.Kammern8930KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHirsch 2015 Kammern Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerHirsch
5167451673AustriaHints of stone and fresh pear juice on a superslender, light-footed body create an immensely inviting, easy-drinking but very fruity white which has mass appeal. What's not to like? Lightness, full fruit and freshness that finishes with a moreish grapefruit-zesty lick.8917BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHöpler 2015 Pinot Blanc (Burgenland)Pinot BlancHöpler
5167551674USBlackberry, dill, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, roasted fennel and the slightest touch of green pepper show on the nose of this well-aged bottling. Similar elements extend to the palate, where the herbal influence gives intrigue to a backdrop of blackberry and elderberry fruit. Strong acidity ensures even more life.8930CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJade Moon 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonJade Moon
5167651675SpainPlum, cherry, cassis and earth aromas are as is, with little nuance or complexity. In the mouth, this is plump, maybe a bit chunky. Quiet, ripe plum and spice flavors finish with more of the same and little to no change. Drink now.Reserva8918Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViñestral 2009 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloViñestral
5167751676USWhiffs of talcum powder and orange blossom perfume this bright, brisk wine. Crisp white peach and melon flavors are penetrating on the palate, finishing on a clean, slightly mineral tone. Drink now through 2017.Reserve8926New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaLieb 2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)Sauvignon BlancLieb
5167851677USBright aromas of plum, herb and abundant wood spices are followed by plump, fresh dark fruit and barrel flavors backed by a light grip of gritty tannins.Daily Double8950WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLove That Red 2013 Daily Double Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonLove That Red
5167951678SpainEarthy, moderately complex and mature aromas of lemon peel, dried red-berry fruits and sandalwood set up a tannic palate with vitality given that this is now nine-years-old. Earthy cherry and plum flavors are uncomplicated and finish tannic, with mildly leafy berry undertones. Drink through 2018.Viña Alarde Gran Reserva8927Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de la Concordia 2007 Viña Alarde Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de la Concordia
5168051679USLayers of butter and spiced caramel accentuate the richness of this sumptuously ripe, full-bodied wine. Fresh, crisp apple and pear flavors freshen the midpalate, leading to a lingering sweet-spice finish.Estate Reserve8927New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMartha Clara 2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayMartha Clara
5168151680USSoft strawberry and cherry aromas, ripe fruit flavors and a sense of lushness make this a mouthfilling and full-bodied wine. It oozes fruit flavors that spread across the tongue and linger almost like jam on the finish.Estate Vineyard8945CaliforniaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMasút 2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirMasút
5168251681USFresh, fruity flavors of sun-ripened blackberries contrast with savory notes of smoked nut and granite in this elegant wine. Nervy acidity and a clean, mineral edge makes it refreshing and quaffable through the summer, but it's also substantial enough to enjoy with food well into autumn.Marjorie's Rosé Corchaug Estate8918New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMcCall 2015 Marjorie's Rosé Corchaug Estate Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotMcCall
5168351682USFairly light in the glass, this bottling shows sharp pomegranate aromas with a gunmetal edge and a touch of cracked-pepper spice. Pomegranate also arises on the palate as does orange rind, tart cherry and an intriguing potpourri and lavender element, altogether light and easy to drink.Riverbed8932CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMercy 2013 Riverbed Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco)Pinot NoirMercy
5168451683USFresh, bright and subtly floral in flavor, this dry and medium-bodied wine combines richness with good acidity for beautiful balance and a refreshing personality. It's not too fruity, not too thin, but just right.8915CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMonte Volpe 2014 Tocai Friulano (Mendocino County)Tocai FriulanoMonte Volpe
5168551684USThis 100% Grenache was aged in neutral French oak. It's dry in style, but rich, with flavors of raspberries, strawberries, cherries and toast. An edge of acidity adds verve.8618CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastArchium 2012 Rosé (Santa Ynez Valley)RoséArchium
5168651685USCrisp, steely and linear with grapefruit and pineapple flavors, this is a refreshing Pinot Gris from one of Lake County's newer sub-appellations. It's an interesting contrast to the winery's upfront and fruity Pinot Grigio. On the finish there's a hint of tree nuts.High Serenity Ranch8622CaliforniaHigh ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneBrassfield 2012 High Serenity Ranch Pinot Gris (High Valley)Pinot GrisBrassfield
5168751686USAs luscious as this Viognier is with tropical fruit, green apple, apricot and honey flavors, it's so ripe and rich that repeated sips become cloying. Brisk acidity helps to balance things out.8630CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2012 Viognier (Mt. Harlan)ViognierCalera
5168851687ItalyMade from the native Pecorino grape that is being revived in central Italy, this wine offers aromas of white and yellow flowers accompanied by citrus notes. The palate delivers flavors of pineapple, tangerine peel, lemon zest and a hint of butterscotch.8620Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Novelli 2012 Pecorino (Umbria)PecorinoCantina Novelli
5168951688ItalyThis easy-drinking blend of Montepulciano, Merlot and Sangiovese opens with aromas of scorched earth and prune that carry over to the palate alongside flavors of raspberry and licorice. It's already reached its ideal drinking window, so enjoy soon.Mi.Mo.So.8625Central ItalyOrvietoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Montegiove 2009 Mi.Mo.So. (Orvieto)Red BlendCastello di Montegiove
5169051689USThe lightly floral, soapy aroma of this wine shows some varietal character. The palate is buttressed with flavors of talc and a wash of rose water. The complexity stops there, and this seems to be a wine that should be consumed within the first year or two.8610OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Château Bianca 2012 Gewurztraminer (Willamette Valley)GewürztraminerChâteau Bianca

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