Wine Reviews

5559155590PortugalOscar Quevedo, a new star of the Douro, has produced a stylish wine, suffused with tannins, fresh acidity, solid black fruits and a lively bright feel. It is ready to drink, but could age 3–4 years.Oscar's8812DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuevedo 2008 Oscar's Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuevedo
5559255591ArgentinaQuintessential Best Buy stuff, with full aromas of meaty berry and leather. Concentrated and dark across the palate, with full-bodied black fruit, black olive and savory flavors. Offers all the color, weight and fruit that a $12 wine should.Yauquen8812Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRuca Malen 2009 Yauquen Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecRuca Malen
5559355592South AfricaHere's a clean and fresh selection, with bright citrus, grass, melon rind and pineapple core aromas. White peach and nectarine flavors flesh out the medium-weight palate, with ample acidity to keep the finish crisp and lively. Drink now.Vintage Selection8818Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSpier 2012 Vintage Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Coastal Region)Sauvignon BlancSpier
5559455593ItalyThis wine opens with aromas of beeswax, white flower, acacia, lemon drop and smoky mineral. The savory palate delivers lemon zest, grapefruit and yellow peach accented with thyme, rosemary and mineral.Cruna Delago8830Southern ItalyCampi FlegreiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Sibilla 2011 Cruna Delago Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)FalanghinaLa Sibilla
5559555594USSoft and one-dimensional but interesting, this Cabernet has upfront flavors of blackberry jam, black currants, anise and oak. It's dry and tannic, but doesn't have the stuffing to age. Drink now–2016.8840CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaLake Sonoma 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLake Sonoma
5559655595USDeeply mineral in style with hints of waxy lemon and lime skin, this bold, full-bodied wine boasts rich honey-apple flavors and a juicy, rounded mouthfeel. The moderately long finish comes with a hint of savory herb.Gigliotti Vineyards8814New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLakewood 2012 Gigliotti Vineyards Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisLakewood
5559755596FranceFrom the coastal region around Bandol, this is a crisp, salty wine. It has the brightest lemon fruits and some herbaceousness. The tangy texture needs to soften, so wait until the end of 2014 to drink.Cuvée G8815ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignobles Gueissard 2013 Cuvée G White (Côtes de Provence)Provence white blendLes Vignobles Gueissard
5559855597New ZealandThis seems a bit riper and rounder than most Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, but it remains varietally on target. Gooseberry and pink grapefruit aromas and flavors finish on a mouthwatering note. Drink now.8812MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMakara 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancMakara
5559955598USThe Stillwater Creek vineyard bottling of Novelty Hill Syrah shows a bit more concentration than its sibling in 2011, with whiffs of pepper, earth, soy and umami. There's a saline character as well, reflective of the mineral-rich soil, and a pleasant taste of toast in the tannins.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8828WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Novelty Hill 2011 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNovelty Hill
5560055599New ZealandAttractive hints of struck flint give this medium-bodied wine a fumé-like character that nicely accents ripe melon and fig flavors. It's fleshy on the palate, finishing with mouthwatering acids and plenty of length.8816MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOmaka Springs 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancOmaka Springs
5560155600IsraelThis deep violet-red blend offers aromas of black cherry, spearmint and freesia. A bright entry fades to tongue-coating tannins, with flavors of black cherry, menthol and orange zest. Slightly chewy tannins linger through the finish, where they are joined by a lustrous vein of acidity.Marom Series Hillel and Dan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Shiraz88GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOr Haganuz 2011 Marom Series Hillel and Dan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Shiraz Red (Galilee)Red BlendOr Haganuz
5560255601USRich in black cherry, licorice, mocha and oak flavors, this Pinot is showing its best now. Give it a few hours of decanting and pair with steak, lamb and salmon.8845CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPfendler 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPfendler
5560355602ArgentinaLeathery aromas blend well with concentrated black-fruit scents. In the mouth, this value-priced Malbec offers juicy purity and plenty of spunk. Flavors of black fruits, licorice and chocolate maintain a sense of freshness, while the finish offers residual blackberry and cassis flavors.Portillo Estate Bottled8810Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSalentein 2012 Portillo Estate Bottled Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecSalentein
5560455603USRipe, luscious raspberries lend a brambly tone to this dry, invigorating Pinot Noir rosé. The palate is concentrated with summer berry flavors pierced with a stream of tart lemonade acidity.Dry8816New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSilver Thread 2013 Dry Rosé (Finger Lakes)RoséSilver Thread
5560555604ArgentinaSpicy, dry aromas of earth, red currant and black olive offer some complexity and style. This is full bodied, racy and loaded with black cherry, cassis and peppery spice flavors. A touch of heat and menthol adds jolt to the finish.8816Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSottano 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonSottano
5560655605USBone dry and delicately structured, it has good acidity cutting across herb tea, apricot, orange rind and white pepper flavors. The wine shows some true complexity and interest.Rosé of8822CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaStark 2013 Rosé of Grenache (Sonoma County)GrenacheStark
5560755606USTannic and dry, it's one tough wine, stinging the gums. But it has plenty of ripe blackberry, coffee, pepper and toasty flavors, and should age well. Hold onto it until 2019.8840CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaSummers 2011 Petite Sirah (Knights Valley)Petite SirahSummers
5560855607ArgentinaInitially this Malbec smells pinched and of cheesy leather, although with airing the nose shifts to latex and heavy berry aromas. The mouthfeel is chewy and blocky, while flavors of earthy black fruits, herbs and dried spices finish roasted and briny.AR8822Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTamarí 2011 AR Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTamarí
5560955608ItalyA sunny and polished wine, it unfolds with ripe citrus and stone fruit sensations that carry over to the savory palate along with saline and a hint of mineral. The juicy fruit flavors are balanced by bright acidity.8813Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Rapitalà 2013 Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloTenuta Rapitalà
5561055609ItalyIt has aromas of exotic fruit and a whiff of wildflowers. The palate delivers juicy pineapple, honeydew melon, apple and white peach. It's nicely balanced and the creamy texture is energized by a light mineral note.Fontanavigna8836Southern ItalyTerre del VolturnoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre del Principe 2012 Fontanavigna Pallagrello Bianco (Terre del Volturno)Pallagrello BiancoTerre del Principe
5561155610ArgentinaChar, sawdust and black cherry aromas confirm the wine's “oak cask” labeling. Full bodied and ripe, it conveys meaty thickness and bold flavors of berry and spiced plum. A toasty, charred finish is lifted by bright acidity and fresh black-fruit flavors. This will go well with just about anything off the grill.Oak Cask8810Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrapiche 2012 Oak Cask Syrah (Mendoza)SyrahTrapiche
5561255611USDusty saffron, dried herb and mineral notes lend savoriness to flavors of luscious, ripe yellow peach and apricot jam in this bold, tongue-coating ice-style wine. Bright Meyer lemon and tangerine acidity shine through the finish, along with subtle astringency.Ice8825New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaStanding Stone 2010 Ice Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerStanding Stone
5561355612ItalyThis opens with enticing aromas of jasmine, stone fruit, canteloupe and mineral. The juicy fruit palate offers peach and melon accented with nectarine, lemon zest and candied ginger notes.8818Southern ItalyBeneventanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina del Taburno 2012 Greco (Beneventano)GrecoCantina del Taburno
5561455613CroatiaFrom the island of Hvar, this wine has aromas of Chinese tea and cranberry juice. There's also a pleasant feral note in the complex bouquet. It has flavors of cranberry juice and black cherry tart with grippy tannins and a persistent finish.Plovac Polški8827HvarJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCarić 2008 Plovac Polški Plavac Mali (Hvar)Plavac MaliCarić
5561555614FranceOld vines give extra concentration to this rich wine. With fruitiness, a tight texture and the need to age, it has structure and density. Drink from 2015.Vieilles Vignes Réserve8820AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Ribeauvillé 2012 Vieilles Vignes Réserve Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCave de Ribeauvillé
5561655615USPerhaps the palest Central Coast rosé of the year, this Pinot Noir-based wine almost looks like water, but the aromas of marcona almond and delicate lemonade assure that it's perfect for a picnic on a hot day. The strong acidity tantalizes the mouth, and would make excellent pairing for shellfish or simply cooked white fish.Effort Estate Rosé8817CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCenter of Effort 2013 Effort Estate Rosé Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirCenter of Effort
5561755616FranceIn Provence, heavy bottle seems to equal high alcohol. It's true here, with a wine that, while it has the right pale grey pink color, is almost too rich for its own good. It does have fruit and acidity but they are just a part of a powerful and ripe wine. Age it until the end of 2014 for best results.Ikon8835ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Hermitage Saint-Martin 2013 Ikon Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Hermitage Saint-Martin
5561855617FranceFresh, aromatic and fruity, it has ripe citrus and pear flavors layered with a more mineral, salty texture. It's tangy, full bodied and cut with tight acidity at the end.Verité du Terroir8820ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Gordonne 2013 Verité du Terroir Rolle (Côtes de Provence)RolleChâteau la Gordonne
5561955618SpainOff the bat, this smells of minerals, vitamins and iodine, but with airing plum and blackberry aromas arise. The wine has snappy acidity but soft edges and mild tannins. Flavors of cola, baking spices and black fruits finish wide and easy, with a dusting of pepper. Drink now.Reserva8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Altava 2007 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloConde de Altava
5562055619ItalyOpening aromas include white spring flowers and apples. The juicy palate offers citrus, exotic fruit and tart green apple alongside soft but refreshing acidity. It ends on a note of white almond.Poiano8813Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCurto 2013 Poiano Insolia (Sicilia)InsoliaCurto

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