Wine Reviews


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53505349ItalyThis full-bodied Viognier opens with aromas of toasted oak, butterscotch, vanilla and mature apricot. On the richly textured palate, notes of vanilla, nut and toast precede creamy white peach and lemon drop.Giovin Re8950TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMichele Satta 2013 Giovin Re Viognier (Toscana)ViognierMichele Satta
53515350USThis is a really well-made, traditional and tasty wine with flavor complexity, nice balance and the kind of firm texture that pairs well with grilled and roasted meats. The fruit characteristics of the grape—cherry and cranberry—meld easily with a modest touch of spicy oak from aging in barrels.18468930CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNottingham Cellars 2012 1846 Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)Cabernet SauvignonNottingham Cellars
53525351USJuicy brambleberries, red currants, black pepper and a touch of asphalt greet the nose on this stylishly packaged wine made by Andrew Murray. Dried anise seeds and minty blueberry show on the somewhat lean and lithe palate.8930CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannReaper 2013 Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Red BlendReaper
53535352USThere's a slightly reductive barnyard funk on the nose of this blend of 53% Syrah, 34% Grenache and 13% Petite Sirah, as well as damp morel mushrooms and concentrated blackberries. It's tarry on the palate, with more blackberries in a slightly burned balsamic-reduction sauce.8934CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRefugio Ranch 2012 Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendRefugio Ranch
53545353AustriaThis slender, barely-there wine offers almost weightless lightness, fresh citrus notes and a soft finish of lime zest. It delivers simple, clean refreshment.Franciscus Messwein8921KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSalomon-Undhof 2014 Franciscus Messwein Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerSalomon-Undhof
53555354New ZealandI've always thought of Seifried—perhaps because of Hermann's Austrian heritage—as a white-wine producer, but this Pinot Noir is a strong effort. The palate brings Bing cherry and faint herbal notes, with a taut, medium body and a long, mouthwatering finish showcasing fine fruit. Drink now–2018.8925NelsonJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSeifried 2013 Pinot Noir (Nelson)Pinot NoirSeifried
53565355New ZealandAlready showing a bit of fading color at the rim, this is relatively lightweight and silky in feel—seemingly destined for immediate consumption. Notes of ripe cherries, roasted beetroot and fresh greens are suitably complex, ending on a slightly dusty note. Drink now.8920Waipara ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSherwood Estate 2013 Pinot Noir (Waipara Valley)Pinot NoirSherwood Estate
53575356USA bit restrained on the nose, still young, this wine expresses raspberry and strawberry notes curled around a soft, medium-bodied core. Subtle in oak, it builds aroma and flavor in the glass, suggesting that it's worth the time to open before enjoying.8930CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma-Cutrer 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSonoma-Cutrer
53415340FranceThis is very fresh, with light acidity and a touch of caramel. Its round character is contrasted with tangerine crispness.Sables d'Azur8714ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gassier 2011 Sables d'Azur Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Gassier
53585357AustriaWith overtones of reduction, this wine needs a lot of air at first but then proceeds to show an elegant, supple and soft Zweigelt. There are welcome edges of white pepper and very supple, soft cherry fruit, creating elegance but no heaviness. This is a very good and smooth choice to partner subtle dishes.8924BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUmathum 2013 Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltUmathum
53595358USA waft of Nilla Wafer opens the bouquet of this light, well-composed wine, followed by fruity notes of lemon and orange, a floral component at its core. Zingy, it remains balanced in the glass, lightweight with plenty of fruit.8918CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWaterstone 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancWaterstone
53605359AustriaThis shows the greenish scent of conference pear peel and its juicy, tart but ripe flesh. After up-front fruit, it refreshes with a superlight, lemony-fresh body. If you are looking for featherlight refreshment, the Grüners from the 2014 vintage will deliver zippy fruit.Strassertaler8915KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllram 2014 Strassertaler Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerAllram
53615360USAll aged in single-use French oak, this offers pleasing nuances of corn on the cob, spice, mineral and chamomile. The prickly pear flavors are both elegantly styled and well balanced.Celilo Vineyard8945WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAshan 2013 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Gorge (WA))ChardonnayAshan
53625361ItalyThis deeply colored wine unfurls with aromas of dark berry, juniper flower and a hint of vanilla. The concentrated palate delivers sour cherry, plum and pipe tobacco alongside firm but fine-grained tannins.I Vasari Old Vines8925Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarba 2011 I Vasari Old Vines (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoBarba
53635362USThis wine was barrel-aged for 36 months and saw additional time in bottle prior to release. It displays brooding aromas of vanilla, cranberry, cherry, woodspice and light meaty notes. The palate is densely packed with tart cranberry flavors backed by firm, somewhat dry tannins.Reserve8945WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFlying Dreams 2011 Reserve Tempranillo (Columbia Valley (WA))TempranilloFlying Dreams
53645363New ZealandDark and earthy in style, this wine's plum and black cherry fruit is framed by firm tannins and a base of wet stone. Give it another year or two in the cellar and see if it loosens up.Hope89NelsonJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGreenhough 2011 Hope Pinot Noir (Nelson)Pinot NoirGreenhough
53425341FranceThis has superrich fruit, spice and a touch of pepper, revealing a wine that is powerful for a Provence rosé. This is impressive and finely made.Patricia Ortelli87ProvenceCoteaux VaroisRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau La Calisse 2011 Patricia Ortelli Rosé (Coteaux Varois)RoséChateau La Calisse
53435342FranceA caramel- and lemon-flavored wine that's both fresh and soft. It has an attractive perfumed character and a warm and round texture. This is made from old vines, which lends it extra concentration.Perle de Rosé8720ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Réal Martin 2011 Perle de Rosé Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Réal Martin
53445343USA rustic, earthy and soft Zinfandel that's priced attractively. It has the right amount of blackberry fruit and fistfuls of bacon and toasty oak.8715CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneChessman 2010 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelChessman
53455344ItalyThis pretty Pinot Grigio opens with creamy aromas of melon, stone fruit and pear. It has a full, generous and persistent personality.8724Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliConte d'Attimis-Maniago 2011 Pinot Grigio (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Pinot GrigioConte d'Attimis-Maniago
53465345ItalyThis lovely Sauvignon is redolent of tangerine skin, wild salvia, pink grapefruit, white almond and stone fruit. The wine is expressive and bold with a tangy, sharp edge to the close.8724Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliConte d'Attimis-Maniago 2011 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonConte d'Attimis-Maniago
53475346USTighter blackberry and blueberry fruits meet with a touch of fennel on this nose of this appellation blend by Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. Flavors range from refreshing blackberry soda to root beer and cola, achieving a measure of elegance thanks to dill, tomato leaf and a tannic grip.72008938CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoxen 7200 2012 7200 Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)Cabernet SauvignonFoxen 7200
53485347AustriaSpicy yeast notes rather than fruit or citrus take over and make for a light-bodied, fresh but rounded white that will be best with food, presenting savory notes that will echo any spiciness. It's a versatile, peppery white with lots of Grüner spice.Kies8915NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoKurt Angerer 2014 Kies Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerKurt Angerer
53495348AustriaThe 2014 vintage was cool and difficult in Austria but conscientious winemakers delivered wines of incredible refreshment and verve. This bottling offers citrus, white pepper, lemon zest and a touch of green pear. If you like it slender, sleek and refreshing, grab this now.8919KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMalat 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerMalat
53655364USGreen melon, lime and lemon flavors ring fresh and pure in this unoaked Chardonnay. It's anchored by a bracing backbone of acidity, but the palate builds in richness and mouthfeel, finishing on a riper, slightly tropical fruit note.Unoaked8916New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayHazlitt 1852 Vineyards
53665365ArgentinaCedar, tobacco and dried-berry aromas are mature and spicy. This shows preserving acidity and flavors of caramel, baked berries and spice. It lasts long on the finish; drink now.8915Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachHollen Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonHollen Family Vineyards
53675366New ZealandFrom one of the most famous Pinot blocks in Marlborough, this wine delivers slightly more fruit intensity and textural richness than Giesen's The Brothers bottling. It still shows mossy, mushroomy complexity allied to cherry fruit, then finishes crisply, with mouthwatering acids. Drink now–2018.Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection8990MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiesen 2011 Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirGiesen
53685367South AfricaMedium-intense scents of raspberry and red cherry lead the bouquet of this wine, while hints of curing spice and vanilla bean dance in the background. Structured tannins lend grip to the medium-weight mouthfeel, while earthy accents of bramble and bark give depth to the finish. Drink now–2018.8920ConstantiaLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGroot Constantia 2012 Pinotage (Constantia)PinotageGroot Constantia
53695368ItalyAromas recall spicy plum and black raspberry. The concentrated but balanced palate offers cassis, prune and blackberry, with velvety tannins and fresh acidity.Amansio Passito8955TuscanyVal di Cornia SuveretoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGualdo del Re 2010 Amansio Passito Aleatico (Val di Cornia Suvereto)AleaticoGualdo del Re
53705369New ZealandThis is a perfumed, elegant wine. Button mushrooms and cranberries combine to provide earthy underpinnings and bright fruit. It's medium in weight, with a silky texture, yet seems a bit warm on the finish.89MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCambridge Road 2011 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirCambridge Road

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