Wine Reviews

5673156730AustriaRestrained yet ripe nuttiness with spikes of lemon zest characterize this slender, refreshing white. It is made from a typically Viennese field blend of 11 different white grape varieties—guaranteed to show its true and arresting colors with richer food.Wiener Gemischter Satz8926ViennaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWieninger 2013 Wiener Gemischter Satz White (Vienna)Austrian white blendWieninger
5673256731USThis attractive, medium-sweet Riesling keeps the alcohol low. Generous apple and apricot fruit flavors make it a fine warm-weather sipper. Start out any picnic with a chilled bottle of this bright and vividly fruity wine, and you're on the right track.8914OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Willamette Valley Vineyards 2013 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingWillamette Valley Vineyards
5673356732AustriaRipe yellow pears and an earthy edge knit together this refreshing yet concentrated white that finishes with the clean tang of lemon zest.Kremser Sandgrube8914KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWinzer Krems 2013 Kremser Sandgrube Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerWinzer Krems
5673456733ItalyAromas that recall hay, stone fruit, herbs, nectarine and mineral carry over to the palate. The rich flavors are restrained by bracing acidity that gives a clean, succulent finish.Praepositus8940Northeastern ItalyAlto Adige Valle IsarcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAbbazia di Novacella 2011 Praepositus Riesling (Alto Adige Valle Isarco)RieslingAbbazia di Novacella
5673556734AustriaA hint of lime and green pear peel, a touch of pepper and passion fruit: this subtle and light white does not give too much away. However its acidity and texture make it a versatile and satisfying food partner.8917BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHöpler 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland)Grüner VeltlinerHöpler
5673656735AustriaRather quiet at first, this wine unfurls into a soft but textured palate. This balanced white lives more off structure than aroma; the herbal white pepperiness is to be savored.Ried Achleiten Federspiel89WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJosef Jamek 2013 Ried Achleiten Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerJosef Jamek
5673756736USTart, tight and delicately spicy, this offers unusual depth considering the cool vintage. Give it extra breathing time as it opens up slowly, showing lemony acidity, cranberry fruit and remarkable persistence.Momtazi Vineyard8940OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kelley Fox 2011 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirKelley Fox
5673856737AustriaOpening with a clean-cut scent of ripe green pears this has refreshing, lemony zip in a rounded, soft body.Laurenz V and Sophie Singing8916NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLaurenz V. 2013 Laurenz V and Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerLaurenz V.
5673956738AustriaGreen pear aromas are joined by a playful, floral note and lifted lightness; on the slender palate there is peppery arugula, too. A super-refreshing summer white.Terrassen8916TraisentalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkus Huber 2013 Terrassen Grüner Veltliner (Traisental)Grüner VeltlinerMarkus Huber
5674056739ChileA full spectrum of Chilean SB aromas are present, from grass to citrus to tropical fruits to vegetal notes. This feels fresh but more or less regular. Flavors of green fruits come with grassy interjections, while the finish is good and clean.Corralillo8915San AntonioMichael Schachner@wineschachMatetic 2013 Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc (San Antonio)Sauvignon BlancMatetic
5674156740USSmooth and soft, this is a restrained Grenache intense in cranberry and Rainier cherry, easy to drink and love. Made in small quantities from a Lodi producer known for its Zinfandels, it demonstrates the potential of Grenache from the right place in the right hands.8932CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMcCay Cellars 2011 Grenache (Lodi)GrenacheMcCay Cellars
5674256741USThe McIntyre family took over their Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards in 1987. The wine kicks off with aromas of black mustard, violet and dark spices. Once sipped, the mouthfeel is rich and full, but the nondescript flavors fall somewhere between tart cranberry and warm strawberry.Estate 25th Anniversary8936CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMcIntyre Vineyards 2012 Estate 25th Anniversary Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirMcIntyre Vineyards
5674356742USComprised of 48% Zinfandel, 39% Syrah and 13% Petite Sirah, it's soft in resolved tannins and balanced between juicy black fruit and earthy spice. Set this one aside until 2017–2019 and the best characteristics should only get better.Coro Mendocino8940CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneMendocino Vineyards 2010 Coro Mendocino Red (Mendocino)Red BlendMendocino Vineyards
5674456743USA concentrated combination of blackberry and blueberry fruit, entwined in straps of leather, this soft, structured wine offers suggestions of meat and spicy pepper. From vineyard located inland from the cooler Anderson Valley, it delivers ripeness throughout, ending on a high note towards the finish.HIgh Ground Reserve8942CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneMeyer Family Cellars 2010 HIgh Ground Reserve Syrah (Yorkville Highlands)SyrahMeyer Family Cellars
5674556744AustriaA profusion of green Conference pears and refreshing spritz make this crisp and pale white ideal for a summer party.Klassik89NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNastl 2013 Klassik Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerNastl
5674656745AustriaSavory herbs like lovage and chervil and ripe pear fruit unite to produce a very appetizing, concentrated if uncomplicated wine. Sheer drinkability, spurred on by clean, racy acidity is its hallmark.8923SüdoststeiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNeumeister 2013 Grauburgunder (Südoststeiermark)GrauburgunderNeumeister
5674756746AustriaRestrained aromas compete against plump ripeness; brisk, lemony acidity provides balance. It features a subtle mineral background and lovely midpalate concentration with some length.Steirische Klassik8925SüdoststeiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNeumeister 2013 Steirische Klassik Sauvignon Blanc (Südoststeiermark)Sauvignon BlancNeumeister
5674856747New ZealandThis full-bodied, well structured Pinot Noir offers some minty, herbal notes and hints of cedar alongside tart plum and cherry flavors. Crisp acids and firm tannins frame the tightly wrapped flavors, which should unfold over the next 8 or 9 years.Home Creek Vineyard9035WaiparaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzNorthfield 2007 Home Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Waipara)Pinot NoirNorthfield
5674956748FranceAny vintage Champagne from 2004 will still be young, and this is no exception. But with the fresh, light Deutz style, this is already offering delicious green plum and citrus flavors, supplemented by creamy acidity. The finish is soft, light, creamy.Brut9069ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDeutz 2004 Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendDeutz
5675056749USThis new producer is off to a good start with its first vintage. The fruit is clean and complex, ranging from watermelon to wild strawberry to pie cherry as it washes across the palate. Deep in color, yet light in the mouth, this not only makes you reach for a second glass, it makes you wish the vineyard, planted in 2001, would hurry up and age.9038OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eastburn Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirEastburn Vineyards
5675156750AustriaRich, but with a delicious aerial character, floating the white fruits over fresh acidity, green apple and peach flavors and a final delicate touch of mineral and spice. The wine is developing well, bringing forward its fine texture, delicate initially and then rounding in the mouth.Loibenberg Smaragd90WachauRoger Voss@vossrogerEmmerich Knoll 2007 Loibenberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingEmmerich Knoll
5675256751ItalyFerrari's wines offer a distinctively yeasty quality and this luminous Brut sparkler is no exception. Aromas are smoky and elegant and recall apricot, honey, white mineral and sun-ripened lemon. The wine tastes fresh and crisp and offers a tonic, tangy finish.Brut9024Northeastern ItalyTrentoFerrari NV Brut Chardonnay (Trento)ChardonnayFerrari
5675356752ItalyLayered, deep and opulent, this yeasty rosé sparkling wine offers warm tones of baked bread, mature peach and honey with tart accents in the form of blueberry and raspberry. The wine delivers thick creaminess in the mouth and long persistency.Rosé9030Northeastern ItalyTrentoFerrari NV Rosé Sparkling (Trento)Sparkling BlendFerrari
5675456753AustriaIntense, creamy aromas set the scene for an impressively rich wine that brings out plenty of stops. While the fruit is fresh, it is also dense, concentrated, a welter of white and yellow fruit flavors over acidity. There is a pure sense of terroir wine, the fruit a real expression of the land.Rotes Tor Smaragd9074WachauRoger Voss@vossrogerFranz Hirtzberger 2007 Rotes Tor Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerFranz Hirtzberger
5675556754ItalyBisol (one of Prosecco's most important wineries) has crafted a beautiful 2007 sparkler from the precious Cartizze cru that delivers a long succession of delicate mineral, peach, citrus and honey aromas. The wine feels soft and soothing in the mouth but ends with lively acidity. The only drawback is its high price.Cartizze9048VenetoProsecco Superiore di CartizzeBisol 2007 Cartizze (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)ProseccoBisol
5675656755FranceFrom a parcel of vines in the Saint-Julien property of Château Lagrange, this wine is a fine, classically balanced white Bordeaux, with its herbaceous character tamed by a light touch of wood, and the edge of earthiness that seems characteristic of whites from the Médoc. The wine ends with vivid acidity and green fruits.Les Arums de Lagrange90BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrange 2007 Les Arums de Lagrange (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Lagrange
5675756756FranceThis is a recent acquisition by the owners of neighboring Château Bouscaut, a separate estate and not a second wine. It has a very forward, herbaceous character, all grapefruit and sweet lemons. There is a pear and apple skin texture which gives a delicious bite to the acidity. Definitely a food wine.90BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lamothe Bouscaut 2007 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Lamothe Bouscaut
5675856757FranceThis is a finely made wine, bringing out really concentrated herbaceous flavors, almost New Zealand in their intensity. It is fresh, green, grassy, ready to drink now.9018BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Reynon 2007 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Reynon
5675956758ItalyThis vintage sparkling blend of Pinot Nero and Chardonnay offers warm, yeasty notes that recall baked bread, butterscotch and crème caramel. The wine is dense, but easy-drinking at the same time, and closes on an elegant, crisp note.Opere Trevigiane Millesimato9028VenetoVenetoVilla Sandi 2003 Opere Trevigiane Millesimato Sparkling (Veneto)Sparkling BlendVilla Sandi
5676056759ItalyFranco Adami makes some of the best Prosecco around and this special selection from the Cartizze cru showcases his deft winemaking hand. The sparkler is soft and supple in the mouth yet shows lively buoyancy thanks to the delicate nature of its peachy cream flavors.Cartizze Dry9032VenetoProsecco Superiore di CartizzeAdami NV Cartizze Dry (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)ProseccoAdami

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