Wine Reviews

5233552334USThis easy-drinking, estate-grown, Bordeaux-style blend tilts more toward Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon in this new vintage. Medium-bodied and fully ripe, it falls just a little flat on the midpalate, and finishes with a suggestion of alcoholic heat.Out of Line Red8725WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hightower 2009 Out of Line Red Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendHightower
5233652335New ZealandSlightly herbal in style, with hints of tomato leaf accenting black cherry fruit. This is a crisp, fresh—even tangy—red that perhaps needs a few months to settle down and smooth out. Try it later this year; it should cellar well through 2018.Cellar Selection8730MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVilla Maria 2009 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirVilla Maria
5233752336SpainStarts out somewhat fiery, with a dose of aromatic horseradish. After airing out, this varietal Tempranillo is fresh, juicy and crisp on the tongue, with flavors of baking spices, tomato, roasted plum and earth. Feels juicy on the finish, maybe a bit lean, and overall it's cut from the classic cloth.Reserva8720Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bujanda 2006 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloViña Bujanda
5233852337USYorkville has been making this blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc (for this vintage it's 60% the first and 40% the latter), for many of its 25 years, and it achieves a nice balance, the Sémillon there for richness, texture and color, the SB for acidity and the wine's citrus and herb finish. Made from organic grapes.Eleanor of Aquitaine8725CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneYorkville Cellars 2010 Eleanor of Aquitaine White (Yorkville Highlands)White BlendYorkville Cellars
5233952338ItalyThis informal red wine is the kind of bottle you'll want to stash away in the kitchen for easy pairings with weekday family dinners. The bouquet presents red berry, almond and cola nuances.8716Sicily & SardiniaAlcamoCantine Rallo 2009 Nero d'Avola (Alcamo)Nero d'AvolaCantine Rallo
5232152320ItalyPlaneta has done a terrific job of communicating the merits of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to wine drinkers around the world. This light, ruby-colored red wine is packed with bright fruit nuances and a crisp mouthfeel. It makes an ideal pairing partner to the best Italian pasta recipes.8724Sicily & SardiniaCerasuolo di VittoriaPlaneta 2010 Cerasuolo di VittoriaRed BlendPlaneta
5234052339ItalyScurati is a balanced and firm wine with a bright, almost crunchy quality to the fruit and easy notes of leather and spice on the close. Pair it with barbecued grilled sausages or hamburgers.Scurati8719Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCeuso 2008 Scurati Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCeuso
5232252321PortugalA sweet style of white Port, almost tawny in character, with nuts, acidity and old fruit flavors. Crystallized red fruits add an extra element. Drink by itself, or as long cocktail with tonic.Porto White Reserva8712PortRoger Voss@vossrogerRozes NV Porto White Reserva (Port)PortRozes
5234152340PortugalWith a few months aging, the baby freshness of this wine has turned into ripe fruit with fresh apricot as well as citrus flavors. It's a bright wine, of course, full of lively acidity while having this extra layer of richness that comes from ripe Alvarinho. Drink now.88Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerDom Ponciano 2014 Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)AlvarinhoDom Ponciano
5232352322USThis is made from declassified barrels originally intended for Stevens 424. It's sharp-edged and spicy, not yet wellintegrated, but substantial, with wild berry flavors and slightly green tannins. A good quaffer, or pair it with a flank steak.YesOuiSi Red8718WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stevens 2009 YesOuiSi Red Red (Yakima Valley)Red BlendStevens
5232452323USKlipsun vineyard grapes are fermented in stainless steel to produce this crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. In 2010, a cool vintage even at this Red Mountain site, the grassy side of the grape is in the spotlight. A little sweatiness blows off with airing, then the lemongrass and light melon flavors come through, with plenty of acid backing.AnArtisticThought8719WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stevens 2010 AnArtisticThought Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)Sauvignon BlancStevens
5232552324ItalyFrom the newly created Vittoria appellation in Sicily, this bright white wine opens with citrus, crushed almond, peach and exotic fruit. The mouthfeel is fresh, compact and tight.8721Sicily & SardiniaVittoriaValle dell'Acate 2010 Insolia (Vittoria)InsoliaValle dell'Acate
5232652325USImpressive from the start for its rich blackberry and dark chocolate flavors, thick tannins and sweet overlay of smoky oak. Could be an ager, but some bitterness in the middle suggests the fruit will fall out before the tannins resolve.8765CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVellum 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVellum
5232752326ChileAbout as typical and pleasant as you'll find in this price range. The nose is snappy, with aromas of fresh peas, bell pepper, citrus and wild herbs. Feels light and fresh, with flavors of lime and apple alongside tangerine.Reserva8710Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancVentisquero
5232852327ItalyHere's an elaborate expression of Grillo that shows more density and richness than you normally see with this Sicilian native white grape. The wine offers peach, apricot and almond flavors.Carolina Marenga8721Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudi del Pisciotto 2008 Carolina Marenga Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloFeudi del Pisciotto
5232952328ItalyIf you are staging an informal outdoor barbecue with franks and burgers, this value wine will meet all your pairing needs. It's soft, plush and round, with exotic spice, ripe fruit and black pepper.Stemmari8710Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudo Arancio 2010 Stemmari Cabernet Sauvignon (Sicilia)Cabernet SauvignonFeudo Arancio
5233052329IsraelThere's a bit of warmth to the nose of this wine, but forest berry and red cherry aromas and flavors keep things vibrant and flavorful. It's approachable now with soft tannins and an easygoing structure, ending with a hint of milk chocolate.Classico87IsraelLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFlam 2009 Classico Red (Israel)Red BlendFlam
5233152330FranceIntense acidity and a mineral texture show the northern origins of this wine. It is all citrus and grapefruit, the green apple flavors adding a tense texture.8729BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerGarnier et Fils 2010 ChablisChardonnayGarnier et Fils
5233252331USFragrant white florals and concentrated flavors of juicy pink pomelo are effortlessly decadent on this semidry Riesling. While soft and supple on entry, there's a nervy edge of Meyer lemon pith accentuated by a long, mineral-laced finish.8716New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2010 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingGlenora
5233352332USEasy to like for its orange and pear soda, vanilla cream and buttered toast flavors that are heightened and brightened with acidity. Shows real richness and class for the price in a popularly appealing Chardonnay.Artisan Collection8713CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherHandCraft 2010 Artisan Collection Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayHandCraft
5233452333USLight in body and silky in texture, this easy Pinot Noir offers plenty of varietal character. The raspberry and cherry flavors are spicy and sweet.Artisan Collection8713CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherHandCraft 2010 Artisan Collection Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirHandCraft
5234252341FranceThis is an attractive, perfumed wine that has fresh acidity and a crisply herbal flavor. It's bright with tangy citrus and refreshing, delicate apple and grapefruit flavors. The aftertaste is all fruit.Les Duchesses8828Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laporte 2014 Les Duchesses (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Laporte
5234352342PortugalWith apricot and floral perfumes, this is a ripe wine, full in the mouth and with a subtle mix of fresh acidity and rich yellow fruits. It is still a little young and will be better from late 2016.8816AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDona Maria-Júlio Bastos 2014 Viognier (Alentejano)ViognierDona Maria-Júlio Bastos
5234452343GermanyZesty aromas of tart pineapple and tangerine, slate and chalk contrast the luscious peach and red apple fruitiness of this off-dry Riesling. It's a refreshingly crisp and thirst-quenching wine for youthful consumption.Rüdesheimer Feinherb8815RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Nägler 2014 Rüdesheimer Feinherb Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDr. Nägler
5234552344ItalyAn enticing fragrance of wildflower, peach blossom, berry and a hint of white pepper lead the nose. The lively, linear palate offers green apple, pear and toasted almond alongside vibrant acidity.8830Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDraga 2014 Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioDraga
5234652345USEola Hills is one of a handful of value players among Oregon wineries. This excellent Chardonnay is lightly toasty, with pretty apple fruit that is gently spicy. The fruit is ripe enough to suggest a bit of papaya as well.8813OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eola Hills 2014 Chardonnay (Oregon)ChardonnayEola Hills
5234752346ItalyFragrant white flower, honeydew melon, tomato vine and hay aromas all come together in the glass. The vibrant palate shows pink grapefruit and tangerine alongside a vein of mineral.Tenuta Sant'Elena8823Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFantinel 2014 Tenuta Sant'Elena Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonFantinel
5234852347ItalyScents of cut grass, tomato vine and a hint of honeydew melon emerge on this tangy white. The crisp palate doles out yellow peach, apple, grapefruit and an almond note accompanied by zesty acidity.8819Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerruccio Sgubin 2014 Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioFerruccio Sgubin
5234952348USPlump blackberries, sweet violets and a slight brushing of tar show on the nose of this straightforward, everything-you-expect Syrah. Bright acidity contains the dark fruit on the palate, with dense blackberries and elderberries dusted by black pepper and a touch of thyme.8828CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2012 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahFess Parker
5235052349USTouches of tangerine decorate a brisk nose that's also redolent with mineral elements of chalk and wet river stone. Flavors of mandarin-orange peels, cut grass and wet cement skip across the tongue, winding into a finish that leaves a menthol-like sensation, though not flavor, on the tongue.8814CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFirestone 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancFirestone

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