Wine Reviews

5466154660ItalyThis opens with savory, slightly beefy aromas of bresaola and ripe blackberry. There seems to be a touch of sweetness on the palate, followed by a thickly textured finish.Tizzonero86Central ItalyUmbriaLa Carraia 2008 Tizzonero Red (Umbria)Red BlendLa Carraia
5466254661ItalyMade with organically farmed grapes, this vino naturale opens with bright aromas of citrus, hay, cut grass and grapefruit. The wine shows a lean, compact feel in the mouth, with bright acidity on the finish.8618TuscanyMaremmaLa Selva 2011 Vermentino (Maremma)VermentinoLa Selva
5466354662FranceLifted citrus blossom and luscious peach notes rise from the glass. The palate follows this with sweetness, as though rose petals were dipped into blossom honey. The floral overtones are accentuated by a bitter caramel note, leaving a medium-sweet finish. Lovely now, the wine will still develop. Drink 2016–2022Grand Cru Hengst9230AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWunsch & Mann 2011 Grand Cru Hengst Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerWunsch & Mann
5466454663USWinemaker Karen Cakebread has coaxed high-toned highlights of cherry, strawberry and currant from an underlying richness of baked bread and wild earth. Tingling acidity makes for a succulent palate and impressively long finish.Chenoweth Vineyard9250CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneZiata 2012 Chenoweth Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley)Pinot NoirZiata
5466554664USAromas of orange bread, jasmine and poached Asian pear cling to a steely edge on the nose of this sharp and zesty bottling. Mouthwateringly ripe flavors of yellow pear, toasted almond, cashew and sea salt play on the palate.Arroyo Vista9225CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2014 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayJ. Lohr
5466654665USThis opens with vibrant aromas of green olive, herbs and fresh asparagus along with dark cherry. Not shy, the full-bodied, tightly wound flavors bring a core of dark fruit and savory flavors that persist on the finish.Thunderstone Lawrence Vineyards9235WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGård 2013 Thunderstone Lawrence Vineyards Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahGård
5466754666USThis is a vineyard change for this wine, which now comes from one of the state's top Syrah sites. Coming in at an absurdly low alcohol level, especially considering the warmth of the vintage, it offers aromas of garrigue, lemon twist and generous amounts of black pepper. The pepper and savory flavors are elegant and polished, with a mouthfeel that demands another sip. It's all about elegance of expression and feel.Boushey Vineyard9240WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportArdor 2014 Boushey Vineyard Mourvèdre (Yakima Valley)MourvèdreArdor
5466854667FranceDon't let the age fool you—this beautiful Ambré still has plenty of vibrancy and life ahead of it. Rich aromas of candied orange, dried mango, apricot and creamy, honeyed melon are hit by toasted oak and wood spice accents. The attack is bright and powerful, with ample orange-like acidity that keeps the stone fruit, toasted nut and rancio flavors lifted through the long, lingering finish.Ambré9260Languedoc-RoussillonRivesaltesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzArnaud de Villeneuve 1985 Ambré White (Rivesaltes)White BlendArnaud de Villeneuve
5466954668USRich honeyed apple and crème brûlée rise on the nose of this classically styled wine, tight in texture and weight with a boldness of baked pineapple and nutmeg. Lengthy and complex, it draws much of the fruit from Dutton's Mill Station Vineyard in Green Valley, an appellation that can deliver lots of spice and minerality; both are on display here.Dutton Ranch9247CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneB Cellars 2013 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayB Cellars
5467054669USSubtle, nuanced aromas of ash, black pepper, crushed flowers and mineral are followed by a lithe, restrained palate mixing fruit and savory flavors. It shows a very pretty sense of balance and tension.Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah Foothills in the Sun Vineyard9270WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReynvaan Family Vineyards 2013 Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah Foothills in the Sun Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahReynvaan Family Vineyards
5467154670USThe aromas pop with notes of wet gravel, mineral, funk, olive tapenade and high-toned flowers. The flavors are palate coating yet light and restrained, with generous savory and umami flavors that draw out on the finish. It has a very pretty sense of texture and precision—all about elegance.In the Rocks Vineyard Estate9270WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReynvaan Family Vineyards 2013 In the Rocks Vineyard Estate Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahReynvaan Family Vineyards
5467254671USDelicious lemon-meringue aromas make a great start for this medium-bodied Chardonnay-based wine. Flavors are lively, lemony, with baking-spice accents. A buttery, creamy element carries into the lingering, tangy finish.Blanc de Blancs9239CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSchramsberg 2013 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (North Coast)Sparkling BlendSchramsberg
5467354672USBacchus and Boushey vineyards provide the majority of the fruit for this wine, which includes a generous amount of Cabernet (8%). Aromas of vanilla, spice and red and blackberries lead to rich, full, palate-coating dark fruit flavors. Smoke and savory notes persist on the finish. It's the density of flavors that most impresses.9255WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSequel 2013 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahSequel
5467454673USHalf-fermented in puncheon with the rest in concrete, this thoroughly enchanting wine offers aromas of cardamom and baking spices. The flavors are broad yet supple, rich yet restrained, displaying impeccable balance and a finish that glides.Frenchman Hills9250WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSixto 2013 Frenchman Hills Chardonnay (Washington)ChardonnaySixto
5467554674USWohler contains the Wadenswil clone of the variety, one known for earthy aromatics. This wine is indeed floral and spicy, a mix of rose petals and tamarind. Enjoyable now, it's lush and meaty as well as supple on the palate, with buoyancy to its ripeness.Wohler Vineyard9248CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSojourn 2014 Wohler Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSojourn
5467654675USGolden yellow in the glass, this bottling from an iconic vineyard shows tight orange-rind aromas along with Asian pear, pan-seared apple and brioche on the nose. Crisp Meyer lemon and mandarin flavors meet with a sea-salt character and zesty acidity, which makes the mouth water on the finish.Sarah Case Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Estate Grown9242CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalbott 2014 Sarah Case Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayTalbott
5467754676USVery stony and chalky sea-shell aromas arise off of this bottling that also benefits from lemon curd and plump Anjou-pear fruit on the edges. A tingling acidity and steely structure frames the palate, where delicate flavors of Key lime and more lemon curd add depth to the tension.Rincon Vineyard9248CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2014 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay (Arroyo Grande Valley)ChardonnayTestarossa
5467854677USThis bottling opens with clean and light yet pure aromas of peach blossoms, beeswax, rounded nectarine and sharper Granny Smith apple-skin notes. The palate is very high-toned and pithy with flavors of pear skin, Key lime, chive, sea salt and a touch of smoke, leaving the mouth with quite a sizzle on the finish.Soberanes Vineyard9248CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2014 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayTestarossa
5467954678PortugalA blend of Baga and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a powerful wine. Densely tannic and firmly dry, it is also rich and structured. The acidity from the black currant fruitiness shows strongly. It is not a shy wine, all guns blazing. It is a shame about the heavy bottle. Drink from 2018.2221 Terroir de Cantanhede9298BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega de Cantanhede 2011 2221 Terroir de Cantanhede Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedAdega de Cantanhede
5468054679ChileAromas of bacon, road tar, spices and smoke lend masculinity and confidence to herbal berry-fruit notes. This feels fresh, a touch wiry and deep. Flavors of chocolate, burnt toast, baking spices and blackberry finish warm, roasted, long and lasting. Drink through 2024.Codigo de Familia9290Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAresti 2011 Codigo de Familia Red (Curicó Valley)Red BlendAresti
5468154680USAn inaugural release, this wine displays aromas of red and blue fruit, herbs and spice. The tart red and blue-fruit flavors show irresistible charm, like drinking a bowl of fruit. It doesn't seem entirely varietal but it's 100% delicious.Cinghiale Wahluke Slope and Rosebud Vineyards9220WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCasa Smith 2014 Cinghiale Wahluke Slope and Rosebud Vineyards Sangiovese (Wahluke Slope)SangioveseCasa Smith
5468254681USDeep yellow in color, scents of chamomile, daffodil, yellow lilies, toasted Marcona almonds, vanilla and a touch of paraffin show on the nose, while the palate starts rather fat with cooked apples, poached pears and a sea-salt caramel. But an orange-peel sharpness keeps it tight all the way into the long butterscotch finish.9239CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMichaud 2013 Chardonnay (Chalone)ChardonnayMichaud
5468354682USLight in color, this county-blend wine by Adam Tolmach is redolent with aromas of rose, ripe cranberry, juniper, eucalyptus, sage and dried sweet basil. Dried herbs including fennel and bay leaf dominate the palate, giving nuance to the cran-pomegranate fruit and Earl-Grey-tea notes.9241CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOjai 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirOjai
5468454683USThe aromas are generous, with notes of potpourri, dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is full of citrus and savory flavors that show depth and intensity along with restraint. Savory notes persist on the finish.In the Hills Estate Syrah Foothills in the Sun Vineyard9285WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReynvaan Family Vineyards 2013 In the Hills Estate Syrah Foothills in the Sun Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahReynvaan Family Vineyards
5468554684SpainThis open-knit, yet chunky Toro features sweet, oaky aromas of plastic, mocha and baked plum. Concentrated and creamy on the palate, it tastes of chocolate, vanilla and savory blackberry. Full, chunky and bold but balanced on the finish; drink through 2023.Almirez9229Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachTeso La Monja 2014 Almirez (Toro)Tinta de ToroTeso La Monja
5468654685FranceLifted notes of Williams pear show hints of gingerbread and dried Bierewecke, a confection made of Christmas spices, nuts and dried pear. Fresh with lemon zest, the palate is appealingly off-dry: all the richness comes from flavor and mellow texture. Pair this beautifully balanced wine with runny, ripe cheese for a real taste of Alsace.Lieu-dit Schofweg9235AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGustave Lorentz 2013 Lieu-dit Schofweg Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisGustave Lorentz
5468754686EnglandCreamy apple, lemon shortbread and fresh citrus make for a convincing trio of aromas. They continue their merry dance on the generous, dry and poised palate to achieve real elegance. All the while there is a deeper, hidden core that draws you in, speaking of stone and honeycomb. With its tiny, pin-prick bubbles this is utterly charming and grown-up, harmonious and poised.Classic Cuvée92EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHattingley Valley Wines 2013 Classic Cuvée Sparkling (England)Sparkling BlendHattingley Valley Wines
5468854687USComing from Red Mountain's most esteemed vineyard, this wine offers aromas of cocoa, vanilla, coffee bean and dark cherry. The coffee and cherry flavors show exquisite polish and depth, with fruit and barrel flavors playing off each other on the finish.Ciel du Cheval Vineyard9245WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJanuik 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonJanuik
5468954688FranceSmoky but very ripe notes of Comice pear mingle with the honeyed spice of gingerbread on the nose. of this wine. The palate counters this aromatic richness with a steely, concentrated core of fresh citrus with apple and quince notes. It offers a great play-off of richness and utter precision for a wonderful expression of 2014. This wine is sure to develop. Drink 2016–2025.Fromenteau9231AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJosmeyer 2014 Fromenteau Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJosmeyer
5469054689FranceSmoky notes mix with the lifted yarrow and lemon-peel notes of this wine. The palate is soft, rounded and medium-sweet, revealing a rich vein of peach compote flavors edged with bitter grapefruit pith. A wine of astonishing balance, it offers lively citrus notes and immense concentration.9225AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Marcel Deiss 2013 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Marcel Deiss

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