Wine Reviews

53715370ItalyFragrant yellow flower and mature orchard fruit aromas lead the nose along with a whiff of aromatic herb. Made with organic grapes, the wine has a delineated palate that displays crisp yellow apple, juicy citrus zest, sage and a hint of ginger alongside mouthwatering acidity. Almond marks the close.8917TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCappella Sant'Andrea 2013 Vernaccia di San GimignanoVernacciaCappella Sant'Andrea
53725371ItalyThis elegant, fragrant expression of Orvieto delivers heady aromas of tropical fruit, apricot and citrus. The linear palate doles out juicy peach, pineapple and lemon zest accented with a hint of aromatic herb. Vibrant acidity provides the framework.San Giovanni8925Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello della Sala 2014 San Giovanni (Orvieto Classico Superiore)White BlendCastello della Sala
53735372ItalyAromas of ripe berry, grilled herb, leather and game lead the nose. The palate offers spiced plum, dried black cherry, mint, espresso, toast and vanilla alongside round tannins. Drink through 2019.Bellezza Gran Selezione8938TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Gabbiano 2011 Bellezza Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastello di Gabbiano
53745373USThough this wine was aged in just 26% new oak (French and American), the wood makes the first impression. Aromas of caramel, coffee and vanilla extract fare are followed by dark fruit and spices. Flavors are rich, hedonistic and sweet, supported by firm, somewhat rustic tannins.Reserve8930WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCastillo De Feliciana 2011 Reserve Tempranillo (Columbia Valley (WA))TempranilloCastillo De Feliciana
53755374ItalyForest floor, spiced blueberry, prune, resin and a mocha note lead the nose on this full-bodied red. The smooth palate offers dried black cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise alongside fine-grained tannins.8925TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColle Spinello 2012 Morellino di ScansanoRed BlendColle Spinello
53765375FranceThis structured wine brings together rich red fruits with an almost tannic character that gives it concentration and dryness. The wine has acidity, light touches of lemon and lime and a red currant aftertaste.8920ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerCommanderie de Peyrassol 2014 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséCommanderie de Peyrassol
53775376USRich in leather and oak, with swirls of ripe red raspberry and blackberry cobbler, this is a big-boy Zinfandel with hair on its chest, a taste of vanilla on the finish.Old Vine8516CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneSeven Deadly Zins 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelSeven Deadly Zins
53785377USRipe, opulent blackberry, cherry, butterscotch and vanilla bean flavors mark this soft wine. You can drink it now with everyday fare like beef tacos and cheeseburgers.California Square8523CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastTruett Hurst 2012 California Square Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendTruett Hurst
53795378FranceTotally herbaceous, this is a lemon and mown-grass scented wine. Crisp, light and with gooseberry flavors, it shows a direct, bright, tight aftertaste. Ready to drink. Screwcap.Petit Bourgeois8513Loire ValleyVin de Pays du Val de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Bourgeois 2012 Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de Pays du Val de Loire)Sauvignon BlancHenri Bourgeois
53805379USBlackberry and cherry jam and caramelized oak flavors characterize this simple Cabernet. The tannins add good, dry structure, but the wine still feels simple and candied.Old Boys8548CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHooker 2011 Old Boys Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHooker
53815380PortugalLight and bright, this is a totally approachable wine, crisp and lemon scented. With a lively texture, it dances out of the glass, a wine to drink now.Rufo Branco85DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerLemos & Van Zeller 2012 Rufo Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteLemos & Van Zeller
53825381GermanyAt less than $30, this entry-level beerenauslese is an exceptional value. Savory and sweet play hand-in-hand on the nose and palate, balancing notes of dried herb and with unctuously sweet orange and pear. Dusty saffron and herb tones are quite pronounced on the palate, but the finish is vibrant, with hints of lemon and tangerine zest.Estate Bottled Beerenauslese8527RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaLeonard Kreusch 2009 Estate Bottled Beerenauslese Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingLeonard Kreusch
53835382USWith a soft, simple mouthfeel, this lightly-colored Pinot Noir isn't an ager. But it does provide pleasant drinking now, with raspberry and cherry pie, cola, cinnamon and brown- sugar flavors.Wetzel Family Estate8528CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAlexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Wetzel Family Estate Pinot Noir (Alexander Valley)Pinot NoirAlexander Valley Vineyards
53845383USThere's a brown sugar, candied edge to the raspberries and cherries of this 100% Cabernet. Plenty of caramelized oak, too. The result is a soft wine that grows cloying after a while.Alexander School Reserve8545CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAlexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAlexander Valley Vineyards
53855384USThis simple Merlot has candied flavors of cherries and red licorice, sprinkled with savory spices. The tannins are soft, and an herbal note leads to a fruity finish. Drink up.Estate8520CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAlexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotAlexander Valley Vineyards
53865385ArgentinaCreamy aromas of vanilla cookies and melon lead to a plump palate with just enough vital acidity to keep things fresh. Citrusy flavors lean toward clementines and grapefruit, while the finish is peachy but also pithy in flavor.8513Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlma Andina 2013 Pinot Grigio (Mendoza)Pinot GrigioAlma Andina
53875386USThe oak is so strong that this wine is dominated by buttered toast, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla flavors. The malolactic fermentation adds to the impression of softness and gives the wine a creamy finish.8545CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaBello Family Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayBello Family Vineyards
53885387USA mélange of Sangiovese, Primitivo, Barbera and Dolcetto, this wine offers a rustic personality harking back to the old country from whence all these varieties originally hailed. Big in structure and presence, the wine has more earthy, savory components than rich fruit and is sparse on the finish.Quadriga8524CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneBrutocao 2010 Quadriga Red (Mendocino)Red BlendBrutocao
53895388FranceThis is a style of Pinot Noir that needs to be drunk chilled. It brings out the smoky, stalky character of the wine that dominates the bitter cherry fruits. It's still young and needs another year to come together.Tradition8520Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerChavet Fils 2012 Tradition (Menetou-Salon)Pinot NoirChavet Fils
53905389USEffusive aromas of lychee, lemon drop and orange blossom mark the nose of this Malvasia. Medium in body, this has a bright, floral palate that would pair well with citrus-marinated grilled swordfish.Site Archive Norte8528ArizonaCochise CountyArizona Stronghold 2011 Site Archive Norte Malvasia (Cochise County)MalvasiaArizona Stronghold
53915390USTight in texture and rich in vanilla bean, white sugar and lemon-curd flavors, this is a simple bubbly. For the price, it's fancy enough to toast weddings and other special occasions.Brut8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDomaine Laurier NV Brut Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendDomaine Laurier
53925391USThis is your basic Santa Barbara Pinot, dry in the finish and brisk in acidity, with a silky texture. The raspberry and cherry flavors have a green note of mint. Drink up.Hitching Post Cork Dancer8529CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastHartley-Ostini 2011 Hitching Post Cork Dancer Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirHartley-Ostini
53935392USScents of blackberries, char and smoky herbs lead onto the medium-bodied, streamlined palate, which bears fine, sinewy tannins that lend a crunchy edge.8523VirginiaVirginiaCrossKeys 2011 Petit Verdot (Virginia)Petit VerdotCrossKeys
53945393SpainA bready, yeasty bouquet is less than exact. In the mouth, this hits with a mellow mousse and not much kick. Flavors of spent lees, white bread and modest white fruits finish yeasty and dull.Brut8513CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPoema NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPoema
53955394PortugalAlmost black in color, this is a big, bold and rich ruby. Dark berry fruits are sustained by a sweet, jammy character. The tannins do give the wine structure, but the rich sweetness dominates. Drink now.Reserva Ruby8518PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Carvalhas NV Reserva Ruby (Port)PortQuinta das Carvalhas
53965395PortugalAlthough this is a soft wine without great definition, it conveys a pleasant, refreshing mix of melon and lime flavors. It's a young wine that is ready to drink.85LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Sant'Ana 2012 Verdelho (Lisboa)VerdelhoQuinta de Sant'Ana
53975396PortugalA caramel- and vanilla-flavored wine that has a light fruity character. There are wild strawberry flavors and a soft structure that just gives the wine some texture. Drink now.8520AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerRovisco Garcia 2012 Rosé (Alentejano)RoséRovisco Garcia
53985397USBrown sugar and buttered toast flavors dominate this wine, but it's not cloying, because it has lots of acidity. The mango, tangerine and peach flavors testify to exceptional ripeness.8522CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastSan Simeon 2012 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnaySan Simeon
53995398USTropical in scent, this is an easygoing, medium-bodied wine that is laced with bright acids. Baked cod doused with lime would make a solid pairing.8520VirginiaVirginiaTarara 2012 Viognier (Virginia)ViognierTarara
54005399USSome unripe flavors suggest green mint and asparagus. They limit the score, despite some good blackberry tea, currant and white-pepper flavors. Drink up.Crow Ridge Vineyard Old Vine8537CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaV. Sattui 2011 Crow Ridge Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelV. Sattui

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