Wine Reviews

5712157120USGrapefruit, peach and melon notes cannonball from nose to palate of this bright, intensely fruity wine. Zesty lemon-lime acidity keeps it vivacious and spry, but the finish is long, marked by gentle touches of honey and hibiscus nectar.Circle9013New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRed Newt Cellars 2014 Circle Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingRed Newt Cellars
5712257121USThis is a sanguine, meaty and smoothly textured wine, relatively medium bodied and moderate in oak. Twists of dried cranberry and blueberry provide the fruity components, which are nuanced compared with the big hits of black and white pepper.Jack's Dry Creek9028CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRock Wall 2013 Jack's Dry Creek Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahRock Wall
5712357122USA new offering from this young winery, this wine is mostly Syrah (54%) with the rest equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre. Appealing aromas of high-toned herbs, smoke and fresh raspberries and blueberries lead to a medium-weight, yet silky palate, with fine concentration throughout and a finish that lingers.9018WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKevin White 2014 Red (Yakima Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendKevin White
5712457123South AfricaA fresh, lively nose and clean, elegant flavors give this Chardonnay a food-friendly, easy-sipping feel. Pretty and dependable, it will pair well with grilled seafood and light salads.8610Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaGolden Kaan 2006 Chardonnay (Western Cape)ChardonnayGolden Kaan
5712557124New ZealandSeems a bit on the woody side for now, boasting aromas of dark roasted coffee backed by hints of plummy fruit. The cedary, coffee-tinged oak continues on the palate, where it imparts a slightly dry, tannic edge to this otherwise supple, rounded wine. Give it a year or two to see if the oak integrates with time.8623MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGrove Mill 2007 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirGrove Mill
5712657125AustriaSmooth, velvet texture seem to leave the freshness on one side. It's delicious, like drinking a sweet soft drink but with real fruit and natural sugar. The botrytis is present on this unusual red TBA, but sweetness overwhelms everything.Old Vienna Red Cuvée Trockenbeerenauslese8620BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerHafner 2006 Old Vienna Red Cuvée Trockenbeerenauslese Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltHafner
5712757126AustriaThe aromas are of new wood and spice. But the red cherry flavors of Blaufränkisch are enough to absorb this wood, giving a spicy but fruity wine that happily fills the glass with ripe fruit.Vom Leithagebirge8630BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerHans Moser 2006 Vom Leithagebirge Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischHans Moser
5712857127South AfricaA soft but spicy nose starts this flavorful sip from Thorntree. Open, fresh and friendly on the palate, the wine has a simple but elegant character. Pair with poultry, grilled seafood or enjoy every day on its own.869Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaThorntree 2007 Chardonnay (Western Cape)ChardonnayThorntree
5713357132ChileWe haven't seen anything labeled Trio for years, but the return of this Concha y Toro brand seems solid. Aromas of orange blossom, lime and other green fruits are good, while flavors of citrus, grapefruit and cucumber are fresh and appealing. A good but standard wine that is lifted by a touch of green herb and brine.Trio Reserva8614Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2008 Trio Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancConcha y Toro
5712957128ItalyThis is a Negroamaro-based wine (with 10% Malvasia Nera) that boasts pretty layers of cinnamon spice and clove over a solid base of chewy, mature fruit. It has an easy, no-fuss personality and would pair well with pizza or pasta.Riserva Vereto8614Southern ItalySalice SalentinoAgricole Vallone 2005 Riserva Vereto Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendAgricole Vallone
5713057129ItalyHere's a feminine and delicate rosé with subtle shadings of spring flowers and sweet forest berries. There's a green, bramble-like quality that gives the wine a fresh, menthol edge. It tastes slightly sweet and even has a tiny touch of effervescence.Zaleo86VenetoVeroneseAldegheri 2007 Zaleo Rosé (Veronese)RoséAldegheri
5713157130ItalyTerra di Vulcano is a base line of wine from Bisceglia. The Agliancio del Vulture offers aromas of raspberry, strawberry, Indian spice and although the wine is big on ripe fruit flavors, it doesn't taste jammy or cooked.Terra di Vulcano86Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureBisceglia 2006 Terra di Vulcano (Aglianico del Vulture)AglianicoBisceglia
5713457133USDryish and very fruity, this Roussanne has pleasant flavors of oranges, pineapples, orange honey, roasted hazelnuts and smoky oak. Crisp acidity makes it taste bright and clean.8625CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastCurtis 2007 Roussanne (Santa Ynez Valley)RoussanneCurtis
5713257131FranceRipe and vibrant with red raspberry, apple skin, cherry and plum alongside hints of mint, sage and cocoa mark the nose while flavors of chocolate covered cherries reside on the finish. 120 cases imported.Cuvée de L'Abbé Frégouse8620Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau de Landure 2005 Cuvée de L'Abbé Frégouse Red (Minervois)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau de Landure
5713557134ChileSpritzy and spunky, but already the flavors seems to be on the way out. The bouquet is salinic and narrow, with more sea water and clam shell than bright, forward fruit scents. Still, this is true Chilean SB, so there's ample melon, apple and other green flavors, including bell pepper.Estate8614Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2007 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancErrazuriz
5713657135ItalyThis blend of Gaglioppo, Magliocco and Merlot is light in color and seems older than it really is. The wine is accented by aromas of leather, spice, licorice, root beer and small berry fruit. It has a slightly sweet mouthfeel and bright cherry flavors on the close.Donna Madda86Southern ItalyCalabriaFattoria San Francesco 2005 Donna Madda Red (Calabria)Red BlendFattoria San Francesco
5713757136USThis Cab is quite soft and melted in structure, a gently appealing wine of early drinkability. The flavors are pleasant and ripe, suggesting spicy blackberry and cherry jam with chocolate.All Boys8624CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaForth 2006 All Boys Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet SauvignonForth
5713857137USThis inaugural release is pretty good, made in the international or cult style of softness, extreme ripeness and early palate appeal. It's forward in jammy cherry, black currant and plum flavors.District 48639CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPrime 2005 District 4 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPrime
5713957138USThis is all Cabernet, aged in American oak, and it delivers dark and tannic flavors suggesting purple plum and black cherry. Tannins are rugged and the oak seems to have a fairly high level of toast, which translates into flavors of coffee grounds and ash.8610WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyatt 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rattlesnake Hills)Cabernet SauvignonHyatt
5714057139ItalyPassion fruit and citrus describe the nose of this crisp but simple Pinot Grigio. The wine is luminous and light and leaves a long citrusy trail on the close. Drink it with friends before coming to the dinner table.Sielo Blu8613Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeJosef Brigl 2007 Sielo Blu Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)Pinot GrigioJosef Brigl
5714157140FranceThe Barrel Selection certainly has no qualms about hiding its true colors. The nose offers ripe stone fruit supported by hints of butter and cream, while the mouth presents a prickly acidity and clean citrus flavors that prevent the wine from landing with a thud. A solid selection that will pair well with most poultry dishes.Barrel Selection8613Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLa Forge Estate 2007 Barrel Selection Chardonnay (Vin de Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayLa Forge Estate
5714257141Italyasygoing and well-priced, this Sicilian Shiraz delivers spice, ginger and tobacco. It is crisp and lean and offers bright fruit flavors.8610Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaMandraRossa 2006 Shiraz (Sicilia)ShirazMandraRossa
5714357142USDry and elegant. Crisp acidity and fine tannins provide a firm structure, with just the right touch of oak. The cherry, currant and pomegranate fruit flavors have a touch of green mintiness that distracts. Drink now.8642CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMerry Edwards 2006 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMerry Edwards
5714457143USAwfully high in alcohol, but it wears it well, with fat, glyceriney flavors of blackberry and cherry jam, chocolate, anise, red currants and sweet oak. Drink this Port-like wine after dinner, in front of a warming fire on a winter night.8621CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMidlife Crisis 2006 Barbera (Paso Robles)BarberaMidlife Crisis
5714557144FranceA moderately intense nose of sweet baked red plums and toasted coconut is followed by hints of rosemary. In the mouth, it offers a lightweight but silky texture with medium soft tannins and flavors of licorice, anise and raspberry. The lingering finish is like a raspberry Halls cough drop.Villa Durbanum8638Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMont Tauch 2004 Villa Durbanum Red (Corbières)Rhône-style Red BlendMont Tauch
5714657145ChileFresh but not overly racy, with apple and pear aromas. There's ample snap and pop to the palate, but not a whole lot of body or specificity of flavors. That said, the tastes of lemon and green apple are clean albeit shallow, and the finish is more of the same. Drink now.Aliwen Reserva8612Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2008 Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
5714757146New ZealandVavasour has done better than this in the past, and undoubtedly will do better in the future. The 2008 just lacks a bit of the jacked-up pungency that it has had in the past, instead offering relatively tame white grapefruit aromas and flavors and just a touch of grassiness. Well made, clean and refreshing.8620Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVavasour 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley)Sauvignon BlancVavasour
5714857147USSourced from the Chalice (estate) vineyard, this aromatic and seductive wine presents a compelling mix of tree fruits, racy acidity, and a rich, textural, open mouthfeel. The flavors of pears, orange peel and snappy spices linger deliciously through a long finish.9116OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Iris Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisIris Vineyards
5714957148USIntensely aromatic in spicy black cherry and earthy leather, the Devious Primitivo is more structured than some of Macchia's Zinfandels, more savory than sweet, with tannic grip. Smooth and velvety, it'll impress alongside salumi and other charcuterie.Devious9124CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMacchia 2012 Devious Primitivo (Lodi)PrimitivoMacchia
5715057149ChileBlack-plum and apple-skin aromas are fruity and a bit raw. In the mouth, this blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Carmenère and Petit Verdot is full, properly tannic and loamy in feel. Dark-leaning flavors of licorice, peppery spice, chocolate and herbs finish with classic Chilean notes of black olive and tobacco. Drink through 2019.Lien9130Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMaquis 2009 Lien Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendMaquis

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