Wine Reviews

5706257061ItalyThis structured white opens with enticing scents of citrus and orchard fruit. The vibrant, full-bodied palate delivers lime, grapefruit and yellow peach accompanied by lively acidity. A mineral note signals the finish.Karneid8922Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFranz Gojer-Glögglhof 2014 Karneid Kerner (Alto Adige)KernerFranz Gojer-Glögglhof
5706357062ItalyClassic varietal aromas of tomato leaf, hay and passion fruit lead the nose on this fragrant white. The elegantly structured palate offers grapefruit, white peach and mineral alongside crisp acidity.Karneid8926Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFranz Gojer-Glögglhof 2014 Karneid Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonFranz Gojer-Glögglhof
5706457063USNicely concentrated aromas of black currants meet tobacco, bell pepper and pencil lead on the nose. There's great verve and tenison on the medium-bodied palate, with tart blackberries against a backdrop of graphite and cocoa dust.8945MichiganLeelanau PeninsulaAlexander PeartreeGill's Pier 2012 Cabernet Franc-Merlot (Leelanau Peninsula)Cabernet Franc-MerlotGill's Pier
5706557064ArgentinaWiry raspberry and plum aromas put this in the red-fruit category. A loud, tannic, expansive palate blazes with acidity, while fully toasted oak gives this a burnt element to match raspberry and red-plum flavors. Hard tannins and bold acidity make for a long, rugged finish.Terroir8918Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAltos Las Hormigas 2012 Terroir Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecAltos Las Hormigas
5706657065IsraelDark garnet in the glass, this wine has a bouquet of black cherry, vanilla and anise. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, chocolate and violet roll on the tongue amidst almost chewy tannins that are kept in check by bright acidity. There is a strong note of cranberry on the finish and a touch of chocolate on the post-palate.Classic8912NegevMike DeSimone@worldwineguysBarkan 2013 Classic Pinot Noir (Negev)Pinot NoirBarkan
5706757066SpainA clear color and agile, minerally aromas of pear and apple announce that this is mild and not too pushy. Elegant and fresh on the palate, this Verdejo tastes of orange, grapefruit and mango, while the finish is lasting and focused.89Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachCampo Alegre 2013 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoCampo Alegre
5706857067South AfricaThere's a layered complexity to this interesting blend of 47% Viognier, 32% Chenin Blanc, 18% Roussanne and 3% Grenache Blanc, with a beautiful interplay between the fruity notes of citrus peel, tart melon, green apple and plum and the earthy tones of fynbos, almond skin and sweet baking spice. The plush texture is countered by ample acidity, leading into a clean finish that's laced with toasty accents. Drink now–2018.Nurok8927PaarlLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFairview 2013 Nurok White (Paarl)White BlendFairview
5706957068SpainThis oxidized, woody white displays Sherry aromas of flor and peanut buttter, but little to no fruit. Crisp acidity corrals the palate, while barrel-driven flavors are front and center, and once again, fruit is hard to find. Overall, this is stylistically iconoclastic, but the execution is good. Drink through 2022.Aurum Crianza8940Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachHonoratus 2008 Aurum Crianza White (Rioja)White BlendHonoratus
5706157060ItalyBeeswax, acacia and aromas of pressed yellow flower are front and center on this lively wine while the vibrant palate offer yellow peach, crisp apple and toasted almond. It's lively and balanced, with a fresh finish.8919Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerruccio Sgubin 2013 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoFerruccio Sgubin
5707057069USDecadent aromas of kirsch liqueur, pipe smoke and campfire waft from this wine by David Hunt, who is also a blind piano impresario. Leathery flavors of cooked cherries, smoked berries, baked cookies and a strong coffee character power the palate.Rhapsody in Red Destiny Vineyards8975CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHunt Cellars 2010 Rhapsody in Red Destiny Vineyards Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendHunt Cellars
5707157070ItalyAromas and flavors of green apple and white peach come together on this lively, elegant white. Racy acidity lifts up the creamy flavors while a mineral vein ties it all together.8934Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeJermann 2014 Pinot Bianco (Venezia Giulia)Pinot BiancoJermann
5707257071GermanyConcentrated swells of peach and honey sweeten this bright, sunny off-dry kabinett. While crisp, almost lacy, in mouthfeel, stark, lemony acidity drives a piercing finish. Drink now.Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett8911MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaKarl Josef 2014 Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingKarl Josef
5707357072South AfricaThis organic bottling, made by the winery's former Winemaker Craig Hawkins (who now spearheads his own brand, Testalonga), is a blend of 54% Chenin Blanc, 31% Viognier and 15% Chardonnay. There's an immediately attractive richness to the nose, thanks to upfront notes of beeswax, honeysuckle, Asian pear, yellow apple and a touch of guava. The medium-weight mouthfeel is surprisingly direct and clean, with tart white fruit and pure citrus tones that carry through to the bright finish. Drink now–2018.LAM8916SwartlandLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLammershoek 2013 LAM White (Swartland)White BlendLammershoek
5707457073USDriven by vivid blackberry and black cherry flavors, this medium-bodied wine tastes pure, concentrated, and true to the grape variety. It has mild tannins, fresh acidity and an appealing sense of balance.Estate8935CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLas Positas 2012 Estate Syrah (Livermore Valley)SyrahLas Positas
5707557074USThere is an opulence of ripe, black fruit in this Pinot, a selection from various vineyard sources throughout the appellation. Floral in violet and rose, it offers rich cardamom-cinnamon spice and a balanced taste of cola and jam.Barrel 169075CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ Vineyards & Winery 2012 Barrel 16 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirJ Vineyards & Winery
5707657075USCrafted from grapes grown in two estate vineyards, Pastorale and Quarter Moon, this wine deftly provides a taste of wild strawberry and feral forest floor, offering concentration within a lean frame. The finish memorably imprints lasting cardamom spice.Freestone Vineyards Estate Grown9055CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJoseph Phelps 2012 Freestone Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirJoseph Phelps
5707757076USClassy and focused, this elegant effort features sharp citrus and raspberry flavors, in a tight, vertical, fruit-driven style. Given its depth and tangy acidity, it seems a good candidate for some additional bottle age, though not long term cellaring.Old School Vineyards9055OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine King Estate 2011 Old School Vineyards Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirKing Estate
5707857077ItalyThis pretty, salmon-colored wine opens with aromas of red berry, iris and a yeasty note of bread dough. On the palate, strawberry and raspberry take center stage while clove and vanilla add interest. It's balanced with bright acidity, while a soft mousse adds elegance.Brut Rosé9035LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLantieri de Paratico NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendLantieri de Paratico
5707957078ItalyAromas of mature prune, blackberry and baking spice lead the nose and follow through to the rich palate along with cinnamon. It's balanced with fresh acidity and chewy tannins.Passito9060Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLungarotti 2009 Passito (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoLungarotti
5708057079FranceThe Jaume family's regular bottling of 2011 Châteauneuf is a firm, sturdy effort. Dusty tannins frame notes of cherry, ash and espresso and come to a slightly chewy finish. Give it another year or two and then drink it up by 2020.Domaine Grand Veneur9053Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlain Jaume et Fils 2011 Domaine Grand Veneur Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendAlain Jaume et Fils
5708157080SpainApple and stone fruit aromas are fresh and direct, not wayward, leesy or creamy. This is a layered, somewhat complex Albariño, with fresh flavors of lemon curd and white peach. A dry, classy, wet stone finish is elegant and emphasizes the positives of the variety.9017GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachVal do Sosego 2013 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoVal do Sosego
5708257081USA barrel-fermented Chardonnay with creamy texture, this opens with bright, prominent Meyer lemon notes before delving into softer flavors of pear and vanilla on the midpalate. The acidity holds through to the finish, accented by a touch of honey.Sangiacomo Vineyard9035CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneB.R. Cohn 2011 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayB.R. Cohn
5708357082USPungent tobacco, sage and grape juice aromas lead the nose on this tasty wine. The tannins are well dispersed on the palate, and the flavors balance between dark purple fruits and herbals of licorice and crushed marjoram.Billy Goat Hill9045CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBlackjack 2010 Billy Goat Hill Merlot (Santa Barbara County)MerlotBlackjack
5708457083USTightly wound and sculpted fruit anchors an appealing Chardonnay with ample influence from barrel aging. In this excellent, fruit-forward vintage, plenty of weight characterizes the core apple flavors, which are wrapped in a lush coating of toast, butter pecan and nougat.Dijon 76 Estate9030OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Carabella 2012 Dijon 76 Estate Chardonnay (Chehalem Mountains)ChardonnayCarabella
5708557084USUnusually dry and crisp, this gives up tangy green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors backed by electric acidity, rather light body and a touch of enervating astringency that's unusual in a white wine. Fresh oysters, please.9026CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCarpe Diem 2013 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)ChardonnayCarpe Diem
5708657085FranceA blend of 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is a rich, spicy and perfumed wine. Layers of wood aging accompany ripe blackberry fruits and dark tannins. The texture is dense and dark, still developing. Drink from 2018.9065BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Révérence 2012 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Révérence
5708757086USMore than 30 years of making dry Alsatian wines in the Edna Valley are on display in this classic bottling. The varietal's familiar gasoline nose picks up lightness from fresh apple, crisp nectarine and a macadamia-marzipan touch. The palate is based on very balanced acidity, with flavors of buttered pear and lemon strudel.Estate9028CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannClaiborne & Churchill 2012 Estate Riesling (Edna Valley)RieslingClaiborne & Churchill
5708857087ItalyFragrant and elegant, this vibrant wine has aromas of crushed violet and spice. The creamy palate doles out juicy wild strawberry, raspberry and cake spice alongside zesty acidity.Vecchia Modena Premium9016Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCleto Chiarli 2013 Vecchia Modena Premium (Lambrusco di Sorbara)Lambrusco di SorbaraCleto Chiarli
5708957088USThis is bright in notes of apple blossom, lemon and lime, with additional hints of mineral and oak. Developing in the glass, it offers flavors of grapefruit and lemongrass from middle to end, while the finish is lightly marked by a honey accent.Bacigalupi Vineyard9045CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGary Farrell 2012 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayGary Farrell
5709057089ItalyMade with native grape Picolit from Italy's Friuli region, this dessert wine delivers concentrated apricot, candied ginger, oak, vanilla, honey and dried exotic fruit. Pair it with seasoned blue cheeses or sip as a meditation wine.90125Northeastern ItalyRosazzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLivio Felluga 2008 RosazzoPicolitLivio Felluga

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