Wine Reviews

5184151840SpainA heavily charred opening emphasizes surface-level oak and baking spices more than fruit. A heavy, jabbing, grabby palate tastes herbal, with stewed berry and prune flavors. A burnt-oak flavor and severe tannins are found on the finish of this muscled-up Tempranillo. Drink through 2020.Selección Reserva8925Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachRamirez de la Piscina 2011 Selección Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloRamirez de la Piscina
5184251841HungaryThis Hungarian rosé is a blend of 33% Kékfrankos, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 5% Pinot Noir and 3% Syrah. It has aromas of strawberries, freshly sliced apple and fresh cherry juice. It flavors are those of bright cherry and red raspberry with a pleasant tartness on the finish.8919VillányJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysSauska 2014 Rosé (Villány)RoséSauska
5184351842LebanonDark cherry red in color, this blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Tempranillo features a bouquet of cherry with a hint of green pepper. Flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, orange peel and spearmint are set in a web of soft tannins that fully announce themselves at the mouth-coating, minty finish.Le Colombier8913Bekaa ValleyMike DeSimone@worldwineguysMassaya 2013 Le Colombier Red (Bekaa Valley)Red BlendMassaya
5184451843USFrom White Hawk Vineyard near Los Alamos, this wine has a nose that is both edgy with tangerine rind and ripe with warmer crème brûlée notes. The palate plays the same trick, welcoming with broad white peach, Japanese pear and vanilla-cream flavors, yet clinging to a zesty line of lime pith throughout.8924CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNagy 2013 Viognier (Santa Barbara County)ViognierNagy
5184551844MoroccoDark red-violet in the glass, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Grenache has a nose of black cherry, green pepper and cocoa. It may be a little too cool for some tastes, but bright fruit and slightly luxurious tannins make up for the fennel and eucalyptus flavors that are joined on the palate by cherry, pomegranate and orange zest. The smooth finish goes completely cool for a second but winds up in a burst of bright fruit.8915ZenataMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOuled Thaleb 2013 Red (Zenata)Red BlendOuled Thaleb
5184651845ItalyA blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, this has aromas of red currant, green bell pepper and clove. The bright palate delivers cassis, cedar and espresso framed in polished tannins.Poggio Colombi8915TuscanyMaremma ToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePepi Lignana 2013 Poggio Colombi (Maremma Toscana)Red BlendPepi Lignana
5184751846ItalyHere's an easygoing red that opens with aromas of rose water, wild berry and aromatic herb. Made entirely with Sangiovese, the palate offers ripe dark cherry, raspberry and savory herb, while live acidity and polished tannins provide support.Cerida8914TuscanyMaremma ToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePepi Lignana 2014 Cerida (Maremma Toscana)SangiovesePepi Lignana
5184851847FrancePartly aged in wood, this ripe, full wine has rich cherry fruits and some balanced tannins. It's a structured wine while also juicy and with good acidity. It needs to age another few months, so drink from the end of 2017.8925Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Morin 2014 SancerrePinot NoirPierre Morin
5184951848ItalyMade from a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Alicante, 10% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of black currant, bell pepper and clove. The palate offers mature black cherry, ginger and a hint of vanilla while firm tannins grip the finish.Dròmos8949TuscanyMaremma ToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio Verrano 2009 Dròmos (Maremma Toscana)Red BlendPoggio Verrano
5185051849ItalyDelicately fragrant, this opens with scents of chopped herb, elderflower, hay and citrus. On the crisp palate, a hint of vanilla underscores peach and grapefruit while a light mineral note backs up the finish.8915TuscanyMaremma ToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrelius 2014 Maremma ToscanaCabernet SauvignonPrelius
5185151850ItalySpanish broom, dried lychee, aromatic Mediterranean herb and balsamic notes are just some of the aromas of this multifaceted wine. The linear palate shows compelling depth, delivering layers of mature yellow apple, Bartlett pear, thyme, salvia and energizing mineral alongside still-bright acidity. This wine could go on for another several years at least. Drink through 2021.Pietramarina Bianco Superiore9375Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBenanti 2006 Pietramarina Bianco Superiore (Etna)CarricanteBenanti
5185251851USIntensely aromatic, this is Oregon Pinot at its most lush. Seductive scents lead into lengthy, balanced flavors of cherry and red plum, highlighted with green tea and tobacco notes. Tannins are smooth and proportionate, and the overall structure suggests aging this wine through 2025–2030.Shea Vineyard9365OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Penner-Ash 2012 Shea Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirPenner-Ash
5185351852FranceThis is rich, full of spicy fruit, apricot juice and white peaches. The fruits are topped by an unctuous honey character that pushes the wine towards sweetness while keeping a fresh flavor in the background. Drink from 2017.Steinert Grand Cru9338AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerRieflé 2012 Steinert Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisRieflé
5185451853IsraelDark violet-red in color, this is a blend of 40% Petite Sirah, 35% Petit Verdot and 25% Shiraz. A bouquet of cherry, violet and mesquite lay the groundwork for a winning mélange of savory fruit flavors—think cherry, strawberry, smoke, flint, jasmine and orange peel. Smooth tannins lead the way to an orange-rind finish, with a hint of smoke and a slight umami feeling on the palate.Legend9340Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysShiloh Winery 2010 Legend Red (Judean Hills)Red BlendShiloh Winery
5185551854ItalyAromas of blue flower, wild berry, a hint of leather and brimstone lead the nose on this full-bodied wine. The palate delivers black cherry, crushed raspberry, grilled herb, oak, mineral and a hint of vanilla alongside firm, polished tannins that need to unwind. Drink 2017–2022.Santo Spirito Rosso9340Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta delle Terre Nere 2012 Santo Spirito Rosso (Etna)Red BlendTenuta delle Terre Nere
5185651855FranceWhile maturing well, this wine still promises a considerable future. It is sweet and rich, honeyed almost while allowing room for a touch of dry spice and pepper. It's a ripe wine with depth of flavor and density. Drink from 2016.Pfersigberg Grand Cru93AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Ehrhart 2011 Pfersigberg Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisHenri Ehrhart
5185751856USThere's a touch of forest floor funk on this wine, but the nose also shows lots of stewed black cherries, chemise and mint-chocolate chip. The palate is deep and rich but not overly ripe, with raspberry and elderberry fruit cut by herbal seasonings of oregano, thyme, marjoram and mint.Hunter's Cuvee9340CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHolman Ranch 2010 Hunter's Cuvee Pinot Noir (Carmel Valley)Pinot NoirHolman Ranch
5185851857USA complete wine in every way, this limited (three barrel) reserve opens with solid bass notes of thick wood and dark fruit. That platform of black cherry and cassis is adorned with light touches of pepper, vanilla, mocha and the streak of iron that seems to characterize many McMinnville wines. Drink 2015 through 2030.Founders' Selection93100OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyland 2012 Founders' Selection Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirHyland
5185951858USThere's something special about this Zin, given a handful of Petite Sirah for aromatic depth. It opens with supple, high-toned raspberry and cherry before delving into a layering of dusty, cinnamon spice. Juicy, alive and fresh, it delivers a cherry-vanilla finish.Timber Crest Vineyard9332CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKokomo 2012 Timber Crest Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelKokomo
5186051859FranceThis is a rich wine, labeled sweet but with a firm core of dryness that gives considerable texture. It reveals pure, ripe fruits coming from the biodynamically grown grapes, adding to a depth of flavor. It's ready for some good aging, so wait to drink until 2017.Pfersigberg Grand Cru9359AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerKuentz-Bas 2012 Pfersigberg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerKuentz-Bas
5186151860USPretty red fruit leads the nose on this blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, along with brown spices, anise and chopped herbs. The forest flavors are strong, with pine sap and eucalyptus, as riper boysenberry fruit emerges with chopped oregano and thyme.Wanderlust9335CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZenaida Cellars 2011 Wanderlust G-S-M (Paso Robles)G-S-MZenaida Cellars
5186251861USThis vineyard, first planted in 1982, was recently acquired by Jason Lett. A steely, earthy core provides the spine, wrapped in tart red currant fruit. Firm and focused, it's a multi-dimensional effort that still shows well after being open for three full days. Berries, smoke, dark chocolate, a whiff of curry and a saline finish are all in play.Outcrop Estate9355OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Eyrie Vineyards 2012 Outcrop Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirThe Eyrie Vineyards
5186351862USThis wine comes from a partnership between winemaker David Galzignato of Jada Winery in Paso Robles, and Mark McWilliams of Arista Winery in Healdsburg. A devotion to Sauvignon Blanc, it succeeds with this sophisticated expression of lemon chiffon and mandarin orange that's bright and complex. With two handfuls of Sémillon to the mix, it's medium in body and length, with just the slightest suggestion of caramel-vanilla oak.Transitus9334CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMark David 2013 Transitus Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon BlancMark David
5186451863ArgentinaThe curtain rises to smooth, lightly balsamic aromas of blackberry, black cherry and cedar. On the tongue, this Malbec is plush, smooth, chewy and a touch creamy. Elevated berry, mocha and vanilla flavors are oaky but not overdone. The finish is pure, succinct and deep, with lasting black-fruit echoes. Drink through 2019.Nazarenas Vineyard9340Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMelipal 2011 Nazarenas Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMelipal
5186551864USToasted oak and caramel apple mark the entry of this wine, from a coveted and steady source of Carneros fruit. Lush and hedonistic in Golden Delicious apple and pear, it retains a core of minerality throughout, finishing clean and bright.Sangiacomo Vineyard9345CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAcacia 2012 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayAcacia
5186651865FranceThis beautiful wine is already so balanced and ripe. Rich tropical and yellow fruits are lightly spiced and given a lift with the acidity. Along with that, it offers a more complex texture and mineral character. Drink from 2017.Zotzenberg Grand Cru9342AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerBoeckel 2013 Zotzenberg Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisBoeckel
5186751866USThe aromatics immediately capture your attention, mixing baking spices with fennel, wet rock, and ginger cake. Compact, young, fresh fruit flavors suggest pomegranate, wild raspberry and very tart cherries. This is an acid-lover's wine, with the structure to age for decades.Basalt Block9348OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brittan Vineyards 2012 Basalt Block Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirBrittan Vineyards
5186851867PortugalWonderfully floral, this wine is rich while also having great fruits, a fresher edge and tannins that caress. From the Croft home vineyard, it shows fullness and structure. The aftertaste is so fruity and fragrant, it's almost drinkable now. Wait, though, until 2020.Quinta de Roêda Vintage9348PortRoger Voss@vossrogerCroft 2012 Quinta de Roêda Vintage (Port)PortCroft
5186951868ItalyA medley of pretty aromas, including blue flower, perfumed berry, carob and Mediterranean herb all mingle in the glass. On the smooth, almost creamy palate, savory notes of clove, orange zest, white pepper and licorice add depth to the juicy blackberry core, while polished tannins provide the framework.Fontanelle9329Sicily & SardiniaEloroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCurto 2010 Fontanelle Nero d'Avola (Eloro)Nero d'AvolaCurto
5187051869IsraelDark violet-red in color, this wine has aromas of black cherry, lavender and confectioner's sugar. Cool and bright notes play off each other, with flavors of ripe black cherry, anisette, cranberry and sage. Soft tannins lead to a finish that is long-lasting but doesn't overstay its welcome.Oak Aged9325SamsonMike DeSimone@worldwineguysDalton 2012 Oak Aged Petite Sirah (Samson)Petite SirahDalton

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