Wine Reviews

5304153040ChileCommon apple, melon and other green, zesty aromas work the nose, which is slightly more reserved than outright pungent. The palate is flashy but a touch lean, with blazing acidity pushing tart, crisp, focused flavors of green apple and citrus. Not out of the ordinary, but quite well made and cleansing.T.H.8822Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2008 T.H. Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
5304253041USPlenty of flavor in this extremely ripe wine. Bursting with blackberry and cherry pie filling, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors, it's clearly delicious. Yet it's a very soft wine. Makes you wish it were firmer in structure, to support all that decadent flavor. Made entirely from the Stagecoach Vineyard, and the alcohol is 15.5%.Versa88150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVice Versa 2005 Versa Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVice Versa
5304353042ItalyFresh, cool, crisp and packed tight with aromas of citrus, exotic fruit and fragrant flowers, this is a wonderful Sauvignon from northeast Italy. Pair it with leek quiche or lightly fried zucchini flowers to maximize the wine's natural acidity.8834Northeastern ItalyCollioVilla Russiz 2007 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonVilla Russiz
5304453043USSmoky new oak dominates the aromas and flavors of this Pinot Noir, giving a toasty, roasted note. Yet the underlying wine doesn't have the power to support all that wood. Despite the pleasant cherry and raspberry flavors, the oak rules.Vista Verde Vineyard8854CaliforniaSan Benito CountyCentral CoastWilliams Selyem 2006 Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Benito County)Pinot NoirWilliams Selyem
5304553044ItalyHere's an oak-aged Pinot Bianco from Tuscany that exudes power and warmth. The aromas are intense and mature and revolve around peach, melon and almond nut. The wine tastes dense in the mouth and would pair well with roasted chicken or creamy mushrooms.Strale8835TuscanyToscanaGualdo del Re 2006 Strale Pinot Bianco (Toscana)Pinot BiancoGualdo del Re
5304653045FranceThis wine appears to need a bit more time to come fully into its own. Tight and dark with notes of blackberries, plum skin, burnt coffee residue and herbs, the full mouth is overcome by firm tannins on the finish, preventing much else from coming through on the end. Some aging (try at least a year) should bring things into balance.8717Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzAbbaye De Tholomies 2005 Red (Minervois)Red BlendAbbaye De Tholomies
5304753046AustraliaShows varietally correct grassiness and herbal notes on the nose, followed by round, honeyed fruit flavors that turn racy and grapefruity on the finish. Suitable as an apéritif or paired with slightly weighty fish dishes.8725South AustraliaAdelaide HillsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlta 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills)Sauvignon BlancAlta
5304853047South AfricaThis stylish white offers delicate peach and lemon aromas and a combination of zippy citrus and warming spice on the palate. Approachable but complex, the wine offers power and grace.Babylons Toren8730PaarlSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaBacksberg 2005 Babylons Toren Viognier (Paarl)ViognierBacksberg
5304953048ItalyBortoluzzi's Friulano is fresh and immediate with a nice level of aromatic intensity. The wine delivers peach blossom and vanilla bean over a creamy and rich consistency. It lasts long on the palate with spicy crispness on the close.8721Northeastern ItalyCollioBortoluzzi 2007 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoBortoluzzi
5305053049New ZealandEven from a difficult Marlborough vintage for Pinot Noir, this bottling offers plenty of flavor intensity—there's lots of crisp cherry fruit—underlain with some earthy complexity. Acids are firm and will likely always remain so; it's probably best to drink this one young before the fruit fades.Terraces8728MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBrancott 2006 Terraces Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirBrancott
5305153050ItalyHere's a Riserva Verdicchio with very enjoyable layers of intensity and complexity. Aromas include mature peach, cantaloupe melon, almond nut and butterscotch. The wine's texture is full and dense and it offers a soft, palate-pleasing finish.Villa Bucci Riserva8755Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoBucci 2005 Villa Bucci Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioBucci
5305253051ItalyHere's a pretty Riserva Salice Salentino (a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera) with vibrant tones of spice and mature fruit. The wine's flavors are chewy and dense and fuel the wine's lush texture.Riserva8712Southern ItalySalice SalentinoCantele 2004 Riserva Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendCantele
5305353052ItalyPecorino is an interesting and otherwise unknown native grape of Central Italy that offers syrupy tones of cola, mature apricot and resin. The wine has good density, persistency and lasts long on the finish.87Central ItalyTerre di ChietiCantina Tollo 2007 Pecorino (Terre di Chieti)PecorinoCantina Tollo
5305453053ItalyEnriched by the strong Tuscan sunshine, this soft Trebbiano offers notes of pear, peach and Golden Delicious apple. It has good density and persistency and would pair well with cheesy pasta sauces.Conte Contini Bonacossi87TuscanyToscanaCapezzana 2003 Conte Contini Bonacossi Trebbiano (Toscana)TrebbianoCapezzana
5305553054ItalyHere is an easygoing Chardonnay with measured aromas of peach, almond milk, toasted bread and a touch of citrus zest on the close. The wine has a clean, no-fuss approach that is well suited to pasta and pizza.8712VenetoPiaveCescon Italo Storia e Vini 2007 Chardonnay (Piave)ChardonnayCescon Italo Storia e Vini
5305653055FranceShowing the rustic edge that sometimes characterizes wines from Listrac, this still offers smooth new wood and tight blackberry fruit flavors. It is still developing, with the wood probably too prominent.87BordeauxListrac-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fourcas Hosten 2006 Listrac-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Fourcas Hosten
5305753056USDark golden-yellow in color, this offers tart apple and honey flavors and is light on the palate, not overdone in oak. It will pair well with seafood or bacon and eggs.Big Bend8924CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneR2 2011 Big Bend Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayR2
5305853057ItalyA straightforward wine for casual occasions, this opens with aromas of wild cherry, cinnamon, clove and nectarine peel that carry over to the palate alongside firm tannins. A licorice note signals the close.8920PiedmontLangheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRivetto 2012 Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloRivetto
5305953058USWhite flowers and a red apple candy reveal themselves on the nose, but the strongest aromas convey a concentrated pear-peach perfume. The palate is dominated by apple at first, but grapefruit carries the midpalate and finish, which shows good acidity and a bit of grip as well.Sran Vineyard Estate8922CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSan Simeon 2013 Sran Vineyard Estate Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierSan Simeon
5306053059USThis red is roughly split between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent time in 40% new French oak and shows density and grip. There are substantial acids, bright black fruits and a streak of black tea among the flavors.Artist Series #118930WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Soos Creek 2011 Artist Series #11 Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendSoos Creek
5306153060ItalyFruity and fragrant, this opens with aromas of red berries, violets and baking spices. Notes of white pepper and clove accent the crushed strawberry and wild cherry flavors that are supported by silky tannins.8918PiedmontNebbiolo d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSordo 2012 Nebbiolo d'AlbaNebbioloSordo
5306253061ItalyDark, dense and delicious, this inviting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and a tiny amount of Petit Verdot delivers ripe blackberry, dark cherry, cocoa, clove and cinnamon. Full-bodied but velvety tannins and soft acidity give a smooth texture, making this wine extremely approachable. Enjoy soon.Poggio ai Ginepri8920TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Argentiera 2011 Poggio ai Ginepri (Bolgheri)Red BlendTenuta Argentiera
5306353062ChileTarry dark-fruit aromas are piercing and slightly herbal. This is a staunch, rock-solid Cab with tannic bite and structural grip. Flavors of black fruits and oak finish spicy, with notes of licorice and woodspice. Freshness combined with ripeness and body weight conveys the wine's depth and overall quality.Sensaciones Single Vineyard8915Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChâteau Los Boldos 2012 Sensaciones Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet SauvignonChâteau Los Boldos
5306453063FranceA ripe and fruity wine with rounded tannins and fragrant acidity. The wine is juicy with red berries while soft at the end. It's delicious now, and will be even better from 2015.8918BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Boischampt 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine de Boischampt
5306553064FranceSmooth and round while also fruity, this is packed with cherry and fresh plum flavors. It has a rich texture, full and juicy, the acidity giving just the right amount of freshness. Drink now, or age until 2015.Vignes de 19408916BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dupré 2013 Vignes de 1940 (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayDomaine Dupré
5306653065ChileRubbery, herbal initial aromas yield to black-fruit and earthy qualities as this breathes and unwinds. The palate has a healthy, forward mouthfeel and flavors of herbal berry and cassis. A dry, rooty-tasting finish is spicy in flavor and medium in length and complexity.Max Reserva8920Aconcagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2012 Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Aconcagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonErrazuriz
5306753066ChilePopcorn and baked apple aromas are oaky but not overly woody. This feels fresh but with substance. Flavors of baked apple, woodspice and toast finish healthy, long and with acidic kick.Max Reserva8920Aconcagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2013 Max Reserva Chardonnay (Aconcagua Valley)ChardonnayErrazuriz
5306853067ChileBerry aromas are mildly herbal and a touch grating and abrasive. This Carmenère-led blend is chewy and concentrated, with baked blackberry, fig, chocolate and herbal flavors. A spicy, figgy, herbal tasting finish is lively and fairly deep. Drink through 2019.Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol8924Lolol ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFrançois Lurton 2011 Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol Red (Lolol Valley)Red BlendFrançois Lurton
5306953068USLabeled a “Super Tuscan-Style Blend” this is 36% Syrah, 45% Sangiovese and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Red Mountain vineyards. It opens gracefully with pretty raspberry and cherry fruit, then grounds itself in a base of mineral and earth, enlivened with natural acidity.Flying Colors8929WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Genoa 2011 Flying Colors Red (Red Mountain)Red BlendGenoa
5307053069USFully ripe, estate-grown fruit, 100% varietal, starts it on solid ground. It's soft and plummy, with purple fruits in abundance, and brings flavors of light chocolate threaded through smooth tannins. Just a little more acidity would elevate it further. Drink soon and enjoy.Estate8934WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gifford Hirlinger 2010 Estate Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotGifford Hirlinger

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