Wine Reviews

5664156640FranceCertified organic by Ecocert, this estate straddles the communes of Sablet, Plan de Dieu and Gigondas. This entry-level blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah is beautifully floral and herbal, yet backed by appealing red and purple fruit. Medium to full in body, it's firm but ripe, framed by dusty tannins. Drink now–2020.9017Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine des Pasquiers 2013 Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine des Pasquiers
5664256641USThis wine is expansive and juicy on the palate. A tight grip shows its youth while the underlying softness on the texture reflects the relative coolness of the growing spot. It imparts Napa's robust ripeness in its depth of cassis, chocolate and black pepper.9060CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrefethen 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll District)Cabernet SauvignonTrefethen
5664356642ItalyLeafy underbrush, leather, truffle, grilled herb and tilled soil aromas lead the way. The dense, forward palate doles out juicy black cherry, star anise, tobacco and an earthy hint of game while velvety tannins give it a smooth, polished texture. It has immediate appeal and will offer fine drinking for the next few years. Drink through 2020.Buon Padre9055PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViberti 2012 Buon Padre (Barolo)NebbioloViberti
5664456643USMilk chocolate, dark cherry, herb and floral notes are followed by silky smooth pit fruit flavors that linger.Cuvée9032WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Cuvée Red (Washington)Red BlendWalla Walla Vintners
5664556644USA blend of co-fermented Syrah (60%) and Viognier, this wine is a very pretty pale copper color with just a tinge of salmon. It offers nuanced aromas of pear, strawberry and white flowers. The palate is dry and fresh, sleek but with depth and texture to the fruit flavors.9018WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaters 2015 Rosé (Washington)RoséWaters
5664656645USRipe, rich blackberry and plum notes abound from nose to finish in this bold, deeply concentrated wine. The palate is velvety in texture, edged by a fine, chalky frame of tannins and lively cranberry acidity. Hints of pepper, dried herb and lavender lend nuance to a long finish.Lambardo9035New YorkLong IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2013 Lambardo Merlot (Long Island)MerlotWölffer
5664756646USFresh green herbs on the nose accumulate fruit and floral notes on the palate of this pretty but robust rosé. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, it offers intense red berry and watermelon fruitiness along with a pleasantly clingy, silken mouthfeel.Summer in Bottle9024New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2015 Summer in Bottle Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséWölffer
5664856647USGrapes are sourced from St. Helena and Oakville for this light-bodied, tart and slightly herbal wine, blended with 8% Sémillon. Ripe and round, it's both floral and fruity, highlighted by melon and pear.Napa Crest9032CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneYao Family Wines 2015 Napa Crest Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancYao Family Wines
5664956648USRipe yet deftly balanced, this full-bodied wine offers an abundance of blackberry fruitiness balanced by tones of granite and dried herb. It's sumptuous and expansive on the palate, finishing long with fine, sharply edged tannins.Proprietor Reserve Hallock Lane9055New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaHarbes Family Vineyard 2013 Proprietor Reserve Hallock Lane Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotHarbes Family Vineyard
5665056649USGood winemaking lies at the heart of this wine, which also blends in smidgens of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, the grapes from a range of estate-grown sites. Balanced fruit and dusty tannins accent a generously expansive palate that is rich but not overly concentrated, shining in berry, cherry and mocha tones.Grand Reserve9028CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKendall-Jackson 2013 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonKendall-Jackson
5665156650USThere's tremendous value in this well-made wine. It's savory in its mix of dried herb and plum notes, with smooth, softened tannins and judicious use of oak that lends richness to the palate. It'll appeal broadly.Vintner's Reserve9023CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKendall-Jackson 2013 Vintner's Reserve Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotKendall-Jackson
5665256651USDark orange-pink in color, this meaty, substantial wine doesn't skimp on flavor or body. It presents a rewarding and intense celebration of raspberry and cherry that delights on the palate and will do well at the table, indoor or out.Rosé of9028CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKobler 2015 Rosé of Grenache (Russian River Valley)GrenacheKobler
5665356652USDried herb and wood spice aromas are followed by sappy black fruit flavors backed by a light squeeze of tannins. There's no mistaking the warm vintage it comes from.The Reserve9030WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet Sauvignon14 Hands
5665456653USLight aromas of spice, graphite and sour cherry are followed by elegant, tart fruit flavors. It's a pretty expression of the variety that should sing at the dinner table.Vintner's Select Spice Cabinet Vineyard9030WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlmquist 2010 Vintner's Select Spice Cabinet Vineyard Sangiovese (Horse Heaven Hills)SangioveseAlmquist
5665556654USBlack pepper, black plum and blueberry show on the nose of this bottling from the nearly 900-acre vineyard atop Cuesta Grade, where it enjoys essentially its own dedicated appellation. A very full mouthfeel delivers blueberry and blackberry-paste flavors along with pencil lead, black coffee and bitter espresso. Still a tad firm in structure, this should age well and open even further in the years to come.9018CaliforniaSanta Margarita RanchCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAncient Peaks 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Margarita Ranch)Cabernet SauvignonAncient Peaks
5665656655USAn entrepreneurial debut blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot from vineyards across California and Washington state, this wine was guided by a team of winemakers from Pine Ridge, Double Canyon, Chamisal and Seghesio, who worked together to produce it. Full bodied in blackberry and black cherry, it's refined but has a bite of tannin and power that keep it interesting. It finishes in smooth vanilla and chocolate.American9045AmericaVirginie Boone@vbooneLuminary 2012 American Red (America)Red BlendLuminary
5665756656USThis full-bodied wine gets more interesting with each sip, as generous cherry flavors gather light and almost sweet oak accents, and as fine-grained tannins build the texture. The flavors become mellow and more complex as they echo on the finish.9030CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBella Grace 2013 Barbera (Amador County)BarberaBella Grace
5665856657FranceThis Demeter-certified biodynamic wine is made in an immediately enjoyable, drink-now style. Brandied black cherries and sun-baked earth mark the nose, while the palate is full, creamy and plush. It's warm, ripe and welcoming from start to finish.Boisrenard9175Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de Beaurenard 2012 Boisrenard Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de Beaurenard
5665956658USMade in what the producer calls a Right-Bank Tradition, this red wine combines 69% Cabernet Franc with 27% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon to classy, restrained effect. Perfumed in cedar and pencil shavings, it has fine, integrated tannins and an elegance to the lengthy, cassis-kissed finish.9154CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVirage 2011 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVirage
5666056659USThis vineyard-designate opens with intoxicating aromas of violet and rose before expanding on the palate into seamless, sturdy waves of juicy pomegranate and red cherry. Earthy and somewhat feral, it ends with a note of black tea.Balletto Vineyard9142CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWesMar 2012 Balletto Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirWesMar
5666156660EnglandCrisp green apple flavors are immediately apparent—lactic inflections and floral notes appear too, alongside wood sorrel and moist brioche. The palate has electric English acidity and a very creamy, fine mousse that gives shapely curves to its slenderness.Cuvée Brut9140EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWiston Estate Winery 2010 Cuvée Brut Sparkling (England)Sparkling BlendWiston Estate Winery
5666256661USFrom high-elevation vineyards, this is a lean, dusty wine driven by dried herb, blueberry and savory tobacco, with a floral flirtation on the bouquet. Integrated tannins are still sizable and structured, the midpalate touched by a gamy, meaty suggestion akin to charcuterie.9175CaliforniaMount VeederNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMt. Brave 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonMt. Brave
5666356662USThe fruit for this 100% varietal wine comes from Cold Creek, Klipsun and Anna Marie vineyards. Herb, dark fruit, toast and raspberry aromas lead to tightly wound fruit flavors with a buttery top note. Its best days await. Enjoy after 2018.9141WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorthstar 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonNorthstar
5666456663USJammy aromas and concentrated grape and blackberry flavors pack a lot of fruitiness into this full-bodied and velvet-textured wine. The ripe and almost sweet berry and plum notes gush forth with gusto while the firm, grippy texture keeps the mouthfeel nicely dry and helps clear the palate for the next bite or sip.Bechthold Vineyard9129CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOnesta 2012 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (Lodi)CinsaultOnesta
5666556664USCrushed bricks, rose petals, red currants and grape syrup are sprinkled with elegant black spices in this blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot by Steve and Chrystal Clifton. The palate is silky, redolent with mulberry and tart plums skins, amped up by sagebrush and thyme. It's perfect for a variety of foods.Alisos9132CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPalmina 2011 Alisos Red (Santa Barbara County)Red BlendPalmina
5666656665USMade from 62% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 8% Counoise, this perennial delight is Demeter-certified Biodynamic and tastes as fresh as a summer day. Orange, grapefruit and lemon give it a sizzling refreshment and high level of acidity, while the texture of the wine stays smooth and luxurious.9122CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneQuivira 2014 Rosé (Dry Creek Valley)RoséQuivira
5666756666USSet in a colorful and whimsical bottle, this attention-grabber offers dense blackberries, blueberries and black licorice candy on the nose, along with bacon fat, smoke and black loam. The palate shows violets, boysenberry, blackberry and beef char. With grippy tannins, it's structured to last a few more years.Fiore di Fano9185CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Renzoni 2009 Fiore di Fano Red (Temecula Valley)Red BlendRobert Renzoni
5666856667USBlackberry, boysenberry, smoke and grilled meat flavors fill this rich, well-balanced and medium to full-bodied wine. The aromas are charming and appetizing, making it seem ready to drink now. However, the mouthfeel is very firm with tannins and acidity, signaling that the wine should age well through at least 2020.Mountain Selection9124CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsScott Harvey 2012 Mountain Selection Syrah (Amador County)SyrahScott Harvey
5666956668ItalyStructured and savory, this polished wine doles out aromas and flavors of mature plum, crushed black cherry, violet, black pepper and clove. Firm but fine-grained tannins provide the framework. Drink 2016–2021.9150TuscanyMontecuccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmantis 2009 MontecuccoSangioveseAmantis
5667056669USLuminous is an apt word to describe this sun-kissed, blossomy wine chock full of plump yellow peach, mango and pineapple flavors. There's so much more beyond fruit here though. A strike of lemon-lime acidity cuts through the palate, lending balance and vibe. The finish is long, accompanied by a delightfully astringent kick of lime zest. Drinks well now but should mature well through 2020.Luminous9118New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Nappa 2013 Luminous Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAnthony Nappa

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