Wine Reviews

5463154630ItalyBig, rich and painted in broad brush strokes, San Martino is a meaty, fleshy wine you can sink your teeth into. It offers clean notes of cherry candy, licorice and resin and follows through with gritty texture and crisp notes of bright fruit on the close.San Martino9061TuscanyToscanaVilla Cafaggio 2001 San Martino Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseVilla Cafaggio
5463254631AustraliaVery similar in style and feel to the 2005 offering, Wise's 2006 Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a crisp, nicely structured wine with a preponderance of citrus and toasty oak flavors. Apple and pear notes add just the right amount of fleshiness.Single Vineyard9027Western AustraliaWestern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWise 2006 Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Western Australia)ChardonnayWise
5463354632ItalyThis is a modern, powerful wine with dense penetration and generous aromas of clove, spice, vanilla, black cherry and inky blackberry. Those pretty, sweet-tasting, wood-driven flavors last a long time on the palate.Gualdo del Re9030TuscanyVal di Cornia SuveretoGualdo del Re 2003 Gualdo del Re Sangiovese Grosso (Val di Cornia Suvereto)Sangiovese GrossoGualdo del Re
5463454633ItalyThis Syrah-based wine, with 10% Sangiovese, boasts gorgeous harmony and elegance. Tones of charred meat, leather and sweet spice are obvious but the wine also has delicate little touches of forest berry, lavender and rose petal that make it charming as well as powerful.Conte Ferdinando Guicciardini9024TuscanyColli della Toscana CentraleCastello di Poppiano 2004 Conte Ferdinando Guicciardini Syrah (Colli della Toscana Centrale)SyrahCastello di Poppiano
5463554634ItalyThis blend of Syrah and Merlot offers a trove of enticing aromas, including plum sauce, soya, spice, leather and ripe blueberries. Those blueberry tones continue in the mouth where the wine exhibits great freshness and intensity.Tinorso9030TuscanyToscanaFattoria Poggio Capponi 2004 Tinorso Red (Toscana)Red BlendFattoria Poggio Capponi
5463654635ItalyScrio boasts chunky aromas of clove, milk chocolate, coconut and pulsing blueberry. You can definitely identify the hot vintage in the wine's complex DNA although it isn't a big issue in terms of quality. The mouthfeel is polished and firm and the wine's long finish is amazing.Scrio90210TuscanyToscanaLe Macchiole 2003 Scrio Syrah (Toscana)SyrahLe Macchiole
5463754636AustraliaRichly tropical in nature, with ripe flavors suggesting peaches and mangoes framed by lingering hints of butter and toast. It's a plump, amply endowed version of this wine, but may not be as long lived as some other vintages. Drink now–2010.Art Series9079Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLeeuwin Estate 2004 Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River)ChardonnayLeeuwin Estate
5463854637USTo judge by the blast of white pepper and strong tannins, the Northern Rhône is the model for this dry, single-vineyard wine. It is a distinguished Syrah, but too tannic and closed down now for thorough enjoyment. Best to cellar for 3 or 4 years, maybe longer, until it throws some sediment.Corner Pocket Vineyard9032CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaMill Creek 2005 Corner Pocket Vineyard Syrah (Dry Creek Valley)SyrahMill Creek
5463954638USDespite some rich blackberry and currant flavors, a rich overlay of oak and smooth tannins, this Cabernet is a little off in texture. It's gritty in the mouth, but it is nicely dry, and has a certain complexity.8630CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaWhite Oak 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWhite Oak
5464054639PortugalAttractive and herbaceous, this has an apple flavor that's laced with a citrus note. Fresh and crisp, it's fruity, forward and can be consumed now.Samora Branco86TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2011 Samora Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
5464154640SpainStandard berry aromas show touches of raisin and earth, but not too much of either. It feels fresh, crisp and alert, with cherry tomato, berry fruit, tobacco and vanilla flavors. This feels healthy but not real deep or complex on the finish.Single Vineyard Roble8613Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Encinal 2009 Single Vineyard Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloFinca El Encinal
5464254641FranceThis intriguing blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan combines crisp red-fruit flavors and lush, creamy tannins. There's a slightly herbal tinge as well. Drink it over the next year or two.Terre de Mistral8617Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLes Vignerons D'Estezargues 2010 Terre de Mistral Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendLes Vignerons D'Estezargues
5464354642ItalyFrom one of Lazio's most promising wineries, this white blend of indigenous grapes delivers a fragrant bouquet of peach blossom, citrus, pear and apple. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a touch of crisp freshness on the finish.Saula Carta Bianca86Central ItalyFrascati SuperioreTenuta di Pietra Porzia 2011 Saula Carta Bianca (Frascati Superiore)White BlendTenuta di Pietra Porzia
5464454643ItalyFresh and easy, this delivers fruity aromas of Golden Delicious apple, apricot, honey and yellow flower. A drying mineral note renders a clean, polished finish.Saula Carta Nera86Central ItalyFrascati SuperioreTenuta di Pietra Porzia 2011 Saula Carta Nera (Frascati Superiore)White BlendTenuta di Pietra Porzia
5464554644ItalyFrom an up-and-coming estate in Umbria, this blended white (Trebbiano, Malvasia and Grechetto) opens with generous aromas of ripe fruit, apricot, caramel and honey. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.8614Central ItalyOrvietoTrappolini 2010 OrvietoWhite BlendTrappolini
5464654645FranceA slightly chunky and inelegant Côtes du Rhône, this wine nevertheless delivers satisfying and assertive notes of black olive, espresso and dark chocolate. Drink it over the next few years.8612Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAndré Brunel 2009 Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendAndré Brunel
5464754646SpainBrambly red-fruit aromas mix with notes of sweet milk chocolate and dust. It feels crisp, tight and fresh, with raspberry and lightly herbal plum flavors. This finishes taut and fruity. A blend of 75% Garnacha and 25% Tempranillo.Mósen Cleto Crianza869Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Aragonesas 2008 Mósen Cleto Crianza Red (Campo de Borja)Red BlendBodegas Aragonesas
5464854647SpainMore flush and generous than the Vertus 100% Tempranillo, this blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet is bold but not heavy, with a medium body and clean, direct flavors of red berry and plum. It shows dashes of pepper and spice on the medium-long finish.Vertus Wine Made with Organically Grown Grapes869LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Iranzo 2010 Vertus Wine Made with Organically Grown Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo (Utiel-Requena)Cabernet Sauvignon-TempranilloBodegas Iranzo
5464954648USThis is quite a sweet wine, rich and heady in chocolate, blackberry and blueberry jam and caramel flavors. It could be more concentrated, as it's a little thin. The variety is Petite Sirah.Staten Family Reserve Vintage8650CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaField Stone 2008 Staten Family Reserve Vintage Port (Alexander Valley)PortField Stone
5465054649USSmall amounts of Malbec and Merlot bring some additional complexity to this Cabernet, but it's still a pretty straightforward wine. Soft and dry, it has generous flavors of blackberry and new oak. Drink now.8648CaliforniaMount VeederNapaHess Collection 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonHess Collection
5465154650USTough in the mouth, and chewy, like a gristly piece of steak you can't quite break down. It's certainly rich in blackberry, black currant and smoky oak flavors, and is properly dry and brisk in acidity. But you have to wonder if that toughness will ever age out.Palisades Ranch8640CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHoudini 2008 Palisades Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHoudini
5465254651SpainDark plum and berry aromas come with a touch of rubber. It feels bright, healthy and juicy, with good body and earthy berry and dark plum flavors. While it's not complicated, it's accurate and flavorful.868Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachVega Sindoa 2010 Tempranillo (Navarra)TempranilloVega Sindoa
5465354652PortugalThis is floral and aromatic, bearing soft, ripe yellow fruit, attractive acidity and a soft, rounded texture. A shaft of citric acidity cuts through the palate, making the wine feel lively and refreshing.Caiado86AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mayor 2011 Caiado White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteAdega Mayor
5465454653ItalyThis opens with green notes of kiwi, cut grass and citrus and finishes with lively acidity and zest. It's a fresh, easy wine that shows balance and cheerful informality.8615Central ItalyUmbriaBarberani 2011 Vermentino (Umbria)VermentinoBarberani
5465554654FranceRounded and soft, this has a touch of vanilla to go with the sweet strawberry fruit and crisp yet open acidity. Well balanced and dry, this would make for a good apéritif. Screwcap.Sabine86ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerBieler Père et Fils 2011 Sabine Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséBieler Père et Fils
5465654655USThis is a sound Pinot Noir, rich in raspberry jam, toast and vanilla flavors, with lots of zingy coastal acidity.8620CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastBridlewood 2010 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)Pinot NoirBridlewood
5465754656USThis shows opulent blackberry and chocolate flavors that are delicious and heady. But it's very high in alcohol, which gives it a burn and a glycerine-like sweetness. It's a Bordeaux blend, with the addition of Syrah.Clara's Vineyard8685CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaChalk Hill 2009 Clara's Vineyard Red (Chalk Hill)Red BlendChalk Hill
5465854657FranceA fruity wine that's laced with wood, this is smooth and lightly tannic. The red and black berry fruits are at the fore, supported by a toast character and lifting acidity Age for 1–2 years, but the wine is drinkable now.8612Southwest FranceBergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Jaubertie 2010 Red (Bergerac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de la Jaubertie
5465954658USA good Pinot, this is perfectly acceptable for everyday purposes. Maybe it's a little pricy, but you get a dry, tart wine, with cherry, cola and mushroom flavors. Drink up.8624CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastJ. Wilkes 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirJ. Wilkes
5466054659PortugalDominated by the local Castelão grape, this easy-drinking, fruity wine has soft tannins, attractive acidity and blackberry fruit. Juicy and soft, this is a classic barbecue wine.Periquita Original86SetubalRoger Voss@vossrogerJosé Maria da Fonseca 2010 Periquita Original Red (Setubal)Portuguese RedJosé Maria da Fonseca

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