Wine Reviews

5256152560USAmerican oak stands out on the nose, before this wine offers bright red raspberry, blackberry and an unexpected crispness. A follow-up of orange peel and clove confuses in pleasant ways, before the finish repeats the oak. Still young, this wine will benefit from airing.8726CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCa' Momi 2013 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelCa' Momi
5256252561PortugalThis big, bold and fruity wine highlights the juicy quality of ripe Castelão. The tannins are just there, forming the base for the ripe red fruits and warm structure. It could do with just a few more months, so drink from late 2015.Eximius87LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2013 Eximius Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
5256352562USDusty and jammy, this has layers of red cherry and blackberry that integrate well with the oak in this proprietary blend of 47% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Syrah and 3% Carmenère. A bit heavy on the palate, it finishes thick and rich, reflective of very ripe fruit.Estate8770CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChalk Hill 2011 Estate Red (Chalk Hill)Red BlendChalk Hill
5256452563PortugalThis big, bold wine blends local grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. It has red fruits and rounded tannins that are well integrated with the fruitiness. Full in the mouth and with delicious acidity, it is ready to drink.Monte das Servas Escolha8715AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade das Servas 2013 Monte das Servas Escolha Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade das Servas
5256552564PortugalDry and stalky, this wine from the eastern Alentejo is structured and firm. It has ripe black fruit flavors along with acidity, both of them dominated by tannins from the fruit. The wine needs to age; drink from 2017.Santos Jorge8713AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Machados 2013 Santos Jorge Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Machados
5256652565USPeppery aromas of roast beef crust, strawberry-balsamic reduction and grape candy introduce this bottling, one of the winery's smaller batch offerings. The candied element is strong on the palate, with licorice and a spearmint character giving herbal lift.Gesture8730CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2012 Gesture Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahJ. Lohr
5256752566USTight and tannic, this majority Cab wine is distinguished by a thickness of black fruit and herbaceous back palate that gives it density, separated by bursts of vanilla and oak. Give it time to open and notes of mocha chocolate should also come through.Vintner's Reserve8724CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKendall-Jackson 2012 Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonKendall-Jackson
5256852567USIan Brand's stab at this grape shows a lot of black rock minerality and bloody meats on the nose, layered across blueberry syrup and sour cherry elements. The palate is much lighter than other takes on this varietal, showing menthol-laced flavors of blackberries and tobacco.8722CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLe P'tit Paysan 2012 Petite Sirah (Monterey County)Petite SirahLe P'tit Paysan
5256952568ItalyMade with 90% Schiava and 10% Lagrein, this approachable wine conveys subdued aromas of red berry and underbrush. The palate offers crushed strawberry, sour cherry plus hints of tangerine and almond. Soft tannins and bright acidity provide the framework.Morit St. Magdalener Classico8714Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLoacker 2013 Morit St. Magdalener Classico Red (Alto Adige)Red BlendLoacker
5257052569ChileHerbal, brushy aromas of raspberry and plum include notes of leather, coffee and cedar. This Carignan is tannic, chunky and muscular, with lightly herbal, green-leaning flavors of plum and berry. A texturally sound finish holds onto the wine's mild green character.Maucho Reserva8713Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casas Patronales 2011 Maucho Reserva Carignan (Maule Valley)CarignanViña Casas Patronales
5257152570USTight and tannic, this 99% Cabernet Sauvignon also has 1% Petit Verdot, which provides a faint floral note to the bouquet that is otherwise punctured by ripe swirls of cherry, vanilla and coconut, themes that repeat on the palate. Hard to penetrate fully, the wine needs time to open in the glass to reveal its charms.Little Sister8765CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWallis Family Estate 2011 Little Sister Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonWallis Family Estate
5257252571GermanyWhiffs of nuts, pollen and earth are savory on the nose, but the palate is full of pristine lemon and tangerine flavors. Zesty and refreshing, it has a touch of honey to soften the finish.8713GermanyAnna Lee C. IijimaLouis Guntrum 2013 Riesling (Germany)RieslingLouis Guntrum
5257352572ItalyAromas of strawberry, espresso, dried herb and toast lead the nose. The palate offers dried red berry, rhubarb, dill and coffee bean alongside smooth but rather fleeting tannins. Drink soon to capture the remaining fruit.8743Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNiedrist 2011 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroNiedrist
5257452573ItalyA 50-50 blend of Inzolia and Chardonnay, this has pleasant aromas of yellow flower and a whiff of tropical fruit. The fresh, simple palate shows white peach and citrus while bright acidity gives it a clean finish.Bianca di Corte8613Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrincipe di Corleone 2015 Bianca di Corte White (Sicilia)White BlendPrincipe di Corleone
5257552574USSliced green pears, honeysuckle, jasmine, cut limes and a touch of apple-flavored bubblegum show on the nose of this bottling. The texture is nicely cut with steely grip, releasing flavors of sour apple, ripe nectarine and honeydew.8618CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Hall 2015 Chardonnay (Paso Robles)ChardonnayRobert Hall
5257652575USThe aromas of this light-bodied wine are herbal and savory, while the flavors resemble melon and celery. It has a smooth style, with more of a ripe texture than a tart one.8616CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThe Winery SF 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (North Coast)Sauvignon BlancThe Winery SF
5257752576USMade in a cooler, lighter-bodied style, this wine appeals with cedar and wild strawberry, integrating the oak and letting the tannins mellow in the background.Scherrer Vineyards8629CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGreenwood Ridge 2014 Scherrer Vineyards Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelGreenwood Ridge
5257852577USThin fruit flavors seem overtaken by the barrel flavors. The wine spent nine months in one third new French oak—not excessive by any means, but the fruit just isn't up to it at the moment. More bottle age may bring up the light apple into more substantial focus.8645OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyland 2014 Chardonnay (McMinnville)ChardonnayHyland
5257952578AustraliaYou could do a lot worse at the U.S. Open than to sip a glass of this. Keeping it well-chilled will help rein in the broad, weighty notes of peach and melon and allow hints of peppery spice to emerge on the finish. Drink now.Classic869Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJacob's Creek 2015 Classic Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)ChardonnayJacob's Creek
5258052579SpainSaucy aromas are more earthy and herbal than fruity and rich. This feels chunky, clunky and tannic, while flavors of blackened spices, herbal berry fruits and tomato sauce finish tannic but also low on acidity.8657Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachValtravieso 2011 Ribera del DueroTinto FinoValtravieso
5258152580FranceThis fresh, crisp wine has a light salmon-pink color. It bursts with attractive red and citrus fruits to give a bright character plus tight acidity. Drink now.Château Merlet8610BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Bonhur 2015 Château Merlet Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséVignobles Bonhur
5258252581GermanyFresh lemon and lime flavors are juxtaposed by dusty bramble and herb notes in this savory off-dry Riesling. Finishes briskly with a touch of green herb. Drink now through 2018.8612MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaCarl Graff 2014 Riesling (Mosel)RieslingCarl Graff
5258352582FranceRed plum and strawberry compote rise faintly from the glass. The palate is fruity but dilute, easy and clean. Drink soon and possibly chilled a little to accentuate the freshness.Rodern8626AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Ribeauvillé 2013 Rodern Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirCave de Ribeauvillé
5258452583RomaniaAromas of black plum, black cherry, green bramble and a touch of eucalyptus precede flavors of blackberry, raspberry and red plum.Legendary Estate Series869RomaniaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCramele Recas 2014 Legendary Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Romania)Cabernet SauvignonCramele Recas
5258552584RomaniaPineapple, citrus blossom, and white peach aromas prepare your palate for tastes of green apple, lemon zest and apricots. The finish is crisp and acidic.Legendary Estate Series869RomaniaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCramele Recas 2014 Legendary Estate Series Pinot Grigio (Romania)Pinot GrigioCramele Recas
5258652585RomaniaAromas of black berry and black cherry lead to flavors of cherry vanilla and red plum before a soft tannic finish.Dreambird867RomaniaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCramele Recas 2015 Dreambird Merlot (Romania)MerlotCramele Recas
5258752586ChileOrange rind, leather and black cherry aromas are a touch funky. This dark-colored Pinot is big in body and bulky. Black plum, tea and berry flavors are drawing on the finish.Reserva86Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCucao 2015 Reserva Pinot Noir (Limarí Valley)Pinot NoirCucao
5258852587FranceA closed nose gives little away of the conifer and pine notes that seem to spice this wine. It has aromas of oak and some cinnamon but fruit never makes it to the fore.Tradition8619AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Fernand Engel 2014 Tradition Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirDomaine Fernand Engel
5258952588USHeavy smoke aromas mesh with red berries on the nose of this blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Smoked meat, blackberry fruit, the tang of anise and roasting herbs arise on the palate.Reserve8630CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEstancia 2013 Reserve Meritage (Paso Robles)MeritageEstancia
5259052589ItalyYellow flower, hay and orchard fruit aromas lead the nose. The bright, straightforward palate provides lemon, lime zest and a hint of pineapple alongside fresh acidity.Calebianche8625Sicily & SardiniaEriceKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFazio 2015 Calebianche Catarratto (Erice)CatarrattoFazio

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