Wine Reviews

5250152500USCrisp green apple, fresh citrus and caramel coat the palate before delving into nutmeg and Tahitian vanilla, the wine's fruit ripe and in balance. Bright acidity refreshes throughout the glass, finishing in a splash of minerally spice.8830CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTruchard 2013 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayTruchard
5250252501PortugalThis wine combines freshness and structure. It's full of acidity and bright berry fruits. At the same time, the solid structure gives the wine balance and a fine future. Wood aging offers further support to the fruitiness of this ageworthy wine. Drink from 2017.Andreza Reserva8818DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Andreza Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
5250352502AustraliaMade in a lighter, more delicate style than many of its brethren, this is nevertheless fresh and flavorful. Pear, melon and white peach notes are framed by hints of toasted brioche, which takes on a slightly mocha-like character on the finish.8835VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYeringberg 2013 Chardonnay (Yarra Valley)ChardonnayYeringberg
5250452503USVanilla wraps itself around cherry, cranberry and pomegranate to open with a ripe bang before this wine delves into darker tar notes and big tannins. Powerfully dense and concentrated, it maintains an herbal overtone that suggest further potential over time.Reserve8827CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneVanderbilt 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet FrancVanderbilt
5250552504ItalyBright and easygoing, this features aromas of red berry, wildflower and a touch of alpine herb. The silky, lightly tannic palate doles out crushed raspberry, a hint of baking spice and an herbaceous note.8820Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViticoltori Alto Adige 2012 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroViticoltori Alto Adige
5250652505ItalyThis radiant red opens doles out succulent sour cherry, crushed strawberry, orange zest and a nuance of almond alongside bright acidity and delicate tannins. It delivers easy-drinking pleasure, so enjoy soon.8815Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAbbazia di Novacella 2013 Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaAbbazia di Novacella
5250752506USThis light, elegant wine is the introduction to the estate Pinots. At almost five years of age when reviewed, it is drinking in its prime, with precise flavors of strawberry pastry and a touch of nougat.8830OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amalie Robert 2010 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAmalie Robert
5250852507ItalyAromas of toasted nut and dried stone fruit lead the nose on this structured white. On the palate, dried herb and a mineral note accent the core of yellow apple and citrus. Fresh acidity generates a clean finish.8832Northeastern ItalyFriuli IsonzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBorgo San Daniele 2013 Friulano (Friuli Isonzo)FriulanoBorgo San Daniele
5250952508ItalyHere's a poised, refreshing white that opens with enticing aromas of spring blossom and stone fruit. The luminous palate offers fresh peach, Granny Smith apple and nectarine alongside crisp acidity. A hint of Alpine herb enhances the clean finish.8817Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBottega Vinaia 2014 Pinot Grigio (Trentino)Pinot GrigioBottega Vinaia
5251052509ItalyDelicate orange blossom and pear aromas waft from the glass. The linear palate offers crisp apple, juicy peach and a bitter almond note coupled with brisk acidity.San Michele8815VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' Rugate 2013 San Michele (Soave Classico)GarganegaCa' Rugate
5251152510ItalyAromas of white flower, green pear and flinty mineral mingle in the glass. The bright palate offers creamy Granny Smith apple, nectarine, sage and a light mineral note. Bright acidity gives it a clean finish.Le Cigliate8829Southern ItalyCampi FlegreiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Farro 2013 Le Cigliate Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)FalanghinaCantine Farro
5251252511ItalyMade with 100% Schiava Gentile, this conveys subdued aromas of red berry and fragrant blue flower. The vibrant palate offers wild cherry, nectarine and a nutty note alongside bright acidity and sleek tannins. Enjoy soon.Bischofsleiten Lago di Caldaro Classico8820Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastel Sallegg 2013 Bischofsleiten Lago di Caldaro Classico Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaCastel Sallegg
5251352512ItalySubdued aromas of red berry and rhubarb take shape in the glass. The reserved palate offers up crushed cherry, green tea and a hint of vanilla alongside fresh acidity and slightly astringent tannins.Glener8821Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelfeder 2012 Glener Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroCastelfeder
5251452513PortugalThis tight, stalky, still-young wine has a firm structure of tannins over the blackberry fruits. Wood aging has softened some of the harder edges and has also given the wine a chance to mature. Drink from 2017.Catedral Reserva88DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2012 Catedral Reserva Red (Dão)Portuguese RedCaves Velhas
5251552514ItalyPretty aromas of spring blossom and orchard fruit waft out of the glass. The bright palate offers juicy white peach and green apple alongside lively acidity. It closes with white almond.Cento Filari8824LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCesari 2014 Cento Filari (Lugana)TurbianaCesari
5251652515SpainBerry and plum aromas are concentrated but also medicinal. This has syrupy weight to the palate and a sticky mouthfeel. Flavors of baked berry, candied cherry, oak and cough medicine finish jammy, woody and a bit hot.Font de la Figuera8840CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachClos Figueras 2011 Font de la Figuera Red (Priorat)Red BlendClos Figueras
5251752516SpainA typical aromatic trio of apple, peach and minerals gives way to a balanced palate. Pithy melon is the key flavor on this “patio-style” white. Melony flavors carry onto a finish that flattens out fairly quickly.8714Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachViore 2015 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoViore
5251852517USThis rosé is done by saignée, which means bleeding the juice from the primary fermentation before it has acquired more than a touch of color. It's fully ripened and a little coarse, with some stiffness to the tannins. The strawberry and cherry fruit component is full-bodied, with medium acidity.Rosé of8722OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Winter's Hill 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirWinter's Hill
5251952518USThis smooth and fruit-driven wine was blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah, a combo unlikely to appear elsewhere on the globe. The vivid fruit flavors and light tannins lend a nice impression of sweetness.Wisdom of Wise8732CaliforniaPlacer CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWise Villa 2014 Wisdom of Wise Red (Placer County)Red BlendWise Villa
5252052519FranceA blend dominated by Pinot Noir gives this ripe, pink rosé its rich character. It is soft with some sweetness from the high dosage that makes it immediately accessible and easy to drink. In its cheerful bottle, it is definitely a party wine.Nocturne Rosé Sec8795ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerTaittinger NV Nocturne Rosé Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendTaittinger
5252152520SpainSpunky aromas of red plum and red-berry fruits are fresh. This wine feels dry, chalky and tannic. Berry and plum flavors come with a hint of chocolate and spice on a choppy finish.Cala N.18715Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachTinedo 2014 Cala N.1 Red (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Red BlendTinedo
5252252521PortugalA ripe, smooth and richly fruity wine that has a well-integrated structure. Flavors of generous blackberry and red plums are lightly touched by acidity. The wine is ready to drink.Bridão Clássico877TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo 2013 Bridão Clássico Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo
5252352522FranceA restrained nose only reveals faint hints of baked apple. The palate comes in with ripe red apple and a rather bitter edge of almond. The body is light but balanced while the finish is dry and poised.Brut8720AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz NV Brut Auxerrois (Alsace)AuxerroisHenri Schoenheitz
5252452523SpainA hint of lemon-lime characterizes an otherwise neutral nose. This definitively sweet Cava is a bit heavy and sticky but not out of shape. Candied apple, confection sugar and cinnamon flavors finish with baking-spice notes.Sweet Reserva8715CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachJuvé y Camps NV Sweet Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendJuvé y Camps
5252552524SpainOaky, slightly odd aromas of clove and baking spices show more black fruit the longer this breathes. Tannic, drawing and hard across the palate, this tastes of savory, saucy plum and blackberry. On the finish, rubbery tannins and flavors of baking spices and tomato sauce take control.Crianza8722Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachLecco 2012 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloLecco
5252652525FranceThis small producer, based in the Marne Valley, has a strong predilection for Pinot Meunier, which forms 70% of this blend. It gives a soft, ripe character to the wine while allowing plenty of space for crisp apples, lemon and minerality. This bottling is young and should mature for a few more months before drinking in 2017.Brut8749ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLiebart-Régnier NV Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLiebart-Régnier
5252752526SpainApple, spice and mild yeast aromas are composed and hint at complexity. This feels complete, with a layer or two of depth. Dry flavors of apple and apricot are clean and direct.Federico Paternina Banda Azul8710CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de la Concordia 2013 Federico Paternina Banda Azul Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMarqués de la Concordia
5252852527ItalyAromas of grilled herb, French oak, sage and a balsamic note lead the nose while the firm palate shows tart red cherry, licorice and toasted notes. It's still tightly wound, with bracing, astringent tannins. Give the tannins a few years to unfurl then drink up.Tresuri8743PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Sebaste 2012 Tresuri (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste
5252952528ItalyCitrus, chopped herb and baked bread aromas float out of the glass. On the soft palate, foaming bubbles cushion creamy yellow apple while hints of ginger and nectarine zest add interest.Satén8738LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonogram NV Satén Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendMonogram
5253052529USA blend of four varieties, this is a full-bodied, plush-textured wine with easy-to-like fruit and spice flavors and a lingering finish.Mamma Mia Estate Grown, Produced and Bottled8723CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2015 Mamma Mia Estate Grown, Produced and Bottled White (Sierra Foothills)White BlendNaggiar

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