Wine Reviews

5307153070FranceThis superrich wine has luscious plum fruits, cushioned tannins and a ripe character. Full black cherries bring out the density and the solid backdrop. It can be drunk now, but will be better from 2016.8922BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerHenry Fessy 2012 Moulin-à-VentGamayHenry Fessy
5307253071USA delicious fruit bomb, this has all the jammy goodness of blackberry syrup, with just enough tannin and acidity to keep it from being sweet. Smooth on the palate, it's full-bodied, uncomplicated and tasty.Avant8917CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsKendall-Jackson 2012 Avant Red (California)Red BlendKendall-Jackson
5307353072USSun-baked pineapple and mango aromas abound on this ripe, tropical Riesling. The palate is juicy and a touch sweet with yellow peach and quince flavors. Despite it's dainty, sprightly body, it's slick and silken in texture with a lingering honey finish.8917New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2013 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingKeuka Spring
5307453073ChileFloral red-berry aromas show well. This is zesty and energetic on the tongue, with oaky flavors of raspberry and cherry. This is from a warm year, so it has some sweetness to go with fuel-worthy acidity. Just 160 cases made.Alazan8932Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKingston Family 2012 Alazan Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirKingston Family
5307553074USWith fruit hailing mostly from Sonoma (83%), this Overlook also sources from Monterey (11%) and Santa Barbara counties (6%) to craft a barrel-influenced wine that's intense in caramel, lemon and vanilla sugar, rich yet balanced.Overlook8923CaliforniaSonoma County-Monterey County-Santa Barbara CountyCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneLandmark 2012 Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County-Monterey County-Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayLandmark
5307653075ItalyMedium-bodied, this delivers sensations of mature black plum, blue flower and sweet baking spices. The juicy fruit is supported by lithe tannins and just enough fresh acidity. Enjoy throughout 2015.8920TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Bèrne 2012 Rosso di MontepulcianoSangioveseLe Bèrne
5307753076FranceWhile this may not be the strongest Clos de Sixte the Jaume family has made, it's still a very good effort. The red fruit aromas and flavors seem slightly confectionary, but carry enough pie-cherry flavors to see them through, backed by hints of dark chocolate. The tannins are supple, turning to a cocoa-powder texture on the crisp finish. Drink now–2018.Domaine du Clos de Sixte8930Rhône ValleyLiracJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlain Jaume et Fils 2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Red (Lirac)Rhône-style Red BlendAlain Jaume et Fils
5307853077AustriaAt first, this displays an almost grassy freshness, then fine bubbles bring out a certain savouriness on the palate that would work incredibly well with seafood, tempura or any number of lighter foods. If you are planning a dinner around sparkling wine, put this one on your list. The dry but rich and spicy finish call out for food.Brut8922Österreichischer SektAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBründlmayer 2010 Brut Sparkling (Österreichischer Sekt)Sparkling BlendBründlmayer
5307953078ItalyMedium-bodied, this opens with a fragrance of crushed wild flowers, woodland berries, pine forest and a whiff of leather. The savory palate delivers dark cherry, raspberry, mocha and sweet baking spices alongside brawny but round tannins. Drink soon.8919TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCampogiovanni 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCampogiovanni
5308053079ItalyDense and savory, this brings together sensations of ripe wild cherry, black raspberry, crushed strawberry, blue flower, cinnamon and white pepper. It's round, soft and ready; enjoy now for the juicy fruit flavors.8935TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCanalicchio Franco Pacenti 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCanalicchio Franco Pacenti
5308153080ChileHerbal, green-leaning aromas of red berry fruits and coffee grinds come in front of a tight, restricted, rubbery feeling palate. Flavors of red plum, herbs, spice and olive finish with green-tobacco notes and raw tannins. Drink this blend of Cab Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Cab Franc through 2020.D8990Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Donoso 2011 D Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendCasa Donoso
5308253081FranceBig ripe, fruity aromas promise a powerful wine. It does have weight, but it also offers fruity elegance that's borne up by firm tannins. With this good balance, it will age well, its black fruits bursting with attractive acidity.Ancestral8923Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Armandière 2012 Ancestral Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Armandière
5308353082FranceThis is an attractive, fruit-driven Syrah at an approachable price. Violets and pepper mark the blueberry-scented nose, while the flavors bit up darker notes of blackberry and licorice on the finish. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next few years.17538915Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau de Campuget 2011 1753 Syrah (Costières de Nîmes)SyrahChâteau de Campuget
5308453083SpainEarthy, roasted berry aromas are matched by tobacco, cedar and rooty notes. This feels chunky and tomatoey. Flavors of earthy, stewed berry fruits are mature and carry a stalky accent. The finish is medium-long and peppery, with a fading fruit character.Viña Real Gran Reserva8959Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2007 Viña Real Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendCVNE
5308553084USThere are tarry and deep purple, almost black fruit flavors to this blend of 70% Petite Sirah-16% Tempranillo-14% Tannat. Once sipped, olallieberry emerges as the dominant fruit flavor, with espresso and tar complementing the thick tannins.Daou Unbound8946CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDaou 2012 Daou Unbound Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendDaou
5308653085FranceThis is significantly young, tight and firm. Coming from one of the best sites in Fleurie, it has structure and tannins that dominate the rich red cherry fruits. Drink from 2016.La Madonne8921BeaujolaisFleurieRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chaintreuil 2013 La Madonne (Fleurie)GamayDomaine Chaintreuil
5308753086ItalyTropical fruit, aromatic herb and tomato vine scents jump out of the glass. The palate is focused, albeit a bit lean, offering green melon and white grapefruit flavors, with crisp acidity.8826Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSchiopetto 2015 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonSchiopetto
5308853087AustriaA touch of flint accents this wine's blossom and citrus scents. The palate is light and dry, carrying its lifted aromatics with citrusy freshness and ease.88NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchwarzböck 2016 Gelber Muskateller (Niederösterreich)Gelber MuskatellerSchwarzböck
5308953088USGrenache (52%) takes the lead on this wine followed by Mourvèdre (31%) and Counoise. Light in color, it displays aromas of strawberry, coriander, herb and baking spice. The palate brings plentiful cranberry flavors that possess a lightly creamy feel.Spicebox8828WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTamarack Cellars 2014 Spicebox Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendTamarack Cellars
5309053089USThis region is known for producing lean whites from grapes that tend to be blousy in warmer zones, and this bottling is no exception. It shows crushed chalk, pomelo and gardenia aromas on the nose and is tense on the palate, its grippy white rock flavors accented with Granny Smith apple notes.Paragon Vineyard8817CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTangent 2014 Paragon Vineyard Viognier (Edna Valley)ViognierTangent
5309153090USSagebrush and faint anise hints decorate the red cherry and ripe raspberry fruit in this appellation blend. The palate is lively if fairly simple, with fresh red berry flavors and a touch of garrigue.8848CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2015 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirTestarossa
5309253091USCrushed stone and fresh lemon persist from nose to finish on this revitalizing off-dry Riesling. It's brisk and thirst quenching, offering loads of crisp-tart peach and tangerine flavors. The finish is long and refreshingly citrusy.Doyle Family Vineyards Reserve8825New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTimothy Moore 2015 Doyle Family Vineyards Reserve Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingTimothy Moore
5309353092USThe cherry cola, herb, menthol and barrel-spice aromas seem a bit more evolved than their age might indicate. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with plump tannins providing support.A Stone's Throw8848WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTrust 2013 A Stone's Throw Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonTrust
5309453093USA very appealing pale peach color, this wine brings aromas of strawberry and cherry. The flavors are tart and decisive, with a lingering finish.And Why am I Mr. Pink? Rosé of8812WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportUnderground Wine Project 2016 And Why am I Mr. Pink? Rosé of Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseUnderground Wine Project
5309553094AustriaLovely green notes of lime zest and greengage rise from the glass in this wine. The palate is light, juicy and fresh, with a dry and zingy finish. Ready for a summer party.Q8818KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUnger 2016 Q Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerUnger
5309653095AustriaLight bodied and fruit-driven, this wine leads with refreshing, easy citrus notes and friendly red apple nuances. It finishes dry.Zweigelt8818NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUnger 2016 Zweigelt Rosé (Niederösterreich)RoséUnger
5309753096ItalyThis has a rather subdued nose, while the palate offers citrus, pear and chopped herb notes. It's elegant and linear but a bit lean, with an energizing mineral finish.Aipierti8838Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVadiaperti 2015 Aipierti (Fiano di Avellino)FianoVadiaperti
5309853097FranceIt is rare to find a wine this old as a new release. In fact, it probably should have been released a few years ago. Because its browning color, old tannins and acidity all suggest a wine that has gone past its peak. As a curiosity this is definitely right there and, for that, drink it now. Two bottles tasted.Château Montus XL88115Southwest FranceMadiranRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Brumont 1996 Château Montus XL Tannat (Madiran)TannatVignobles Brumont
5309953098USSoft and perceptively sweet, this densely built, full-bodied and intensely ripe wine layers brown sugar and baked plum notes, with a lingering taste of cola.Treborce Reserve8852CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilson 2014 Treborce Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelWilson
5310053099ItalyThis creamy, fresh wine opens with orchard fruit, citrus and banana scents. The medium-bodied palate delivers white peach and nectarine flavors, with bright acidity that leaves a tangy finish.San Benedetto8816LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZenato 2016 San Benedetto (Lugana)TurbianaZenato

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