Wine Reviews

5733157330South AfricaAccents of crushed violets add interest to the wild strawberry, blackberry and plum fruit core. Mouthwatering and clean, this has dusty tannins and medium acidity that provide a nice structure.Wild Wine8510Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMwitu 2011 Wild Wine Pinotage (Western Cape)PinotageMwitu
5733257331SpainThe aromas are slightly maderized and soft, with hints of baked apple and corn cake. It feels plump, mealy and a touch flat, with nectarine and wheat flavors. Chunky and peachy on the finish, this is starting to fade.La Casa de las Esencias8512Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachPico Cuadro 2010 La Casa de las Esencias Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoPico Cuadro
5733357332USThis nonvintage Riesling offers light apple flavors and a hint of spice.858WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pine & Post NV Riesling (Washington)RieslingPine & Post
5733457333SpainRaisiny on the nose, but even with the bouquet's overripeness, it settles on the palate, showing fresh raisin and cassis flavors, with just enough acidity to keep it balanced. Jammy and short on the finish.859Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlmez 2009 Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloAlmez
5733557334South AfricaThere's an herbal streak to the berry center of this wine, with just the faintest suggestion of mocha that unfolds on the finish. The texture is full and slightly creamy, with dusty tannins providing enough structure and balance.8510RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzExcelsior 2010 Syrah (Robertson)SyrahExcelsior
5733657335USThere is nothing wrong with this wine, but it shows no particular varietal character. It's a soft, mocha-inflected, all-purpose red.8525WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ryan Patrick 2009 Barbera (Columbia Valley (WA))BarberaRyan Patrick
5733757336ItalyYoung, bright and easy, this offers pretty aromas of forest fruit and white cherry. The finish is characterized by a bitter almond note.8513VenetoValpolicella ClassicoScriani 2011 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraScriani
5733857337SpainStarts out with stalky, corny aromas that are typical of sweet Cavas. It feels candied and almost cloying, but adequate acidity comes to the rescue. Flavors of melon, mango and kiwi are sweet, while the finish suggests corn cakes and tropical fruits.Aria Estate Extra Dry8514CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachSegura Viudas NV Aria Estate Extra Dry Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendSegura Viudas
5733957338USThis is a fruity Merlot with a strong lemony streak. There are hints of pepper as well. Drink soon.8527WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tildio 2009 Merlot (Wahluke Slope)MerlotTildio
5734057339USSlender and acid driven, this Tempranillo, with its light berry and herb flavors, resolves with a lemony, chalky finish.Reserve Estate8535WashingtonLake ChelanColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tildio 2009 Reserve Estate Tempranillo (Lake Chelan)TempranilloTildio
5734157340USVery rich and fruity, yet it tastes pretty sweet. If you enjoy a candied blackberry flavor, this could be for you.Paradiso8565CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaV. Sattui 2008 Paradiso Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendV. Sattui
5734257341USRipe and broad shouldered, this blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon is full in flavor and tannins. It's a perfect pizza wine.Cimarron8525CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneVigilance 2010 Cimarron Red (Lake County)Red BlendVigilance
5734357342USBased on Merlot, this is soft and pretty simple. The flavors are of red currants, cherry jam, cola and licorice, with a smoky, caramelized sweetness from the oak.Mon Amour8560CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastCoquelicot 2009 Mon Amour Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCoquelicot
5734457343FranceLaroche sources grapes from outside the Chablis area to make this elegant, smooth, caramel- and peach-flavored wine. A touch of wood lends a note of spice and adds to the round texture. Screwcap.85BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laroche 2011 BourgogneChardonnayDomaine Laroche
5734557344USHerbaceous and brisk, this elegant, medium-bodied Cabernet perks up on the palate with its crisp red-fruit and acidity. Straightforward yet pleasantly accented with hints of violet and black coffee, it would pair well with a variety of earthy, fall braises.8514New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonFulkerson
5734657345USThe 2011 vintage created wines with underripeness and low alcohol, and this Riesling attempts to cut the sourness with its 2.4% residual sugar. It comes across as a mix of lemon juice, orange juice, and simple sweetness.8515WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Airfield Estates 2011 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingAirfield Estates
5734757346FranceFruity and attractively wood aged, this is soft and round, with a bright edge of acidity that brings out the taut, refreshing finish.8516BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2010 BourgogneChardonnayAlbert Bichot
5734857347USA dominant feral aroma of sweaty saddle leather overlays the core of dark stone fruit. Medium to full bodied, this has appetizing acids that juice up the salient black-tea and black cherry flavors. Astringent and dry on the finish, this should pair well with juicy steaks and sautéed mushrooms.8526VirginiaVirginiaAnnefield Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Virginia)Cabernet SauvignonAnnefield Vineyards
5734957348ItalyRio This opens with fresh aromas of wild strawberry and blueberry, embellished by tiny accents of spice and bitter almond. There's even a savory note of rosemary oil on the finish.Rio Albo8515VenetoValpolicellaCa' Rugate 2011 Rio Albo (Valpolicella)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCa' Rugate
5735057349USDespite having a wealth of cherry and sweet, smoky oak flavors, unripe notes of green peppercorn and tomato mark this Pinot Noir. The structure is fine and the acidity is great, but the veggie taste distracts.Estate Gold Coast Vineyard8535CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastCosta de Oro 2010 Estate Gold Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirCosta de Oro
5735157350FranceThis is light and fruity, but it could use some more concentration. It has an attractive apple flavor and a touch of citrus. For a grand cru, it is surprisingly ready to drink.Les Clos Grand Cru85BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine L. Chatelain 2010 Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine L. Chatelain
5735257351ItalyEasy and fresh, this ruby-colored wine opens with cherry, blackberry and dried rose aromas. It's clean and crisp, with a simple finish.Grotta del Ninfeo8519VenetoValpolicellaDomenico Fraccaroli 2011 Grotta del Ninfeo (Valpolicella)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraDomenico Fraccaroli
5735357352USTight-lipped aromas of golden fig and dried strawberry are underpinned by a touch of chocolate. Supple and chocolaty tasting on the palate, this has balanced tannins and acids that lend just-enough structural support.8518MissouriAugustaAugusta Winery 2009 Norton (Augusta)NortonAugusta Winery
5735457353South AfricaAromatic and lively, this fresh rosé offers bright notes of juicy peach, red cherry and wild strawberry. The medium-weight palate is balanced by refreshing, orange-infused acidity that results in a clean, mouthwatering finish.The Wolftrap8511Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBoekenhoutskloof 2011 The Wolftrap Rosé (Western Cape)RoséBoekenhoutskloof
5735557354South AfricaThis is forward and fresh, with notes of green apple, gooseberry and lemon-lime on the nose and palate. Zippy and mouthwatering, it has faint suggestions of lime zest and fresh-cut grass on the back.8511Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMAN Vintners 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)Sauvignon BlancMAN Vintners
5735657355SpainGaseous berry aromas settle on pepper, oregano and earth tones. It feels tight, full and potent, with herbal, peppery flavors of black fruit and licorice. This turns more meaty and pumped up as it unfolds—much more rugged than refined.Gran Vino de Guarda8538Central SpainExtremaduraMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Valdueza 2007 Gran Vino de Guarda Red (Extremadura)Red BlendMarqués de Valdueza
5735757356USHints of black coffee, dried lavender and herb add punch to the lean plum and cherry flavors of this medium-bodied Cabernet Franc blend. Brisk on the palate, with an herbaceous, green note that persists, it finishes firm, with a chalky coating of tannins.Rob Roy Red8540New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2007 Rob Roy Red Red (Finger Lakes)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMcGregor
5735857357FrancePerfumed notes of honeysuckle and rose hit the nose immediately. The palate is similarly scented but also has juicy ripe peach fruit. The richness is countered by subtle orange peel zestiness. This is full of rounded aromatic florals and fruit. The finish is off dry.9017AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Robert Klingenfus 2016 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Robert Klingenfus
5735957358GermanyVibrant strikes of acidity and spicy mineral tones permeate through this brisk, feather-light spätlese. Zesty green-apple and plum flavors are cutting and spry on the palate, accentuated by delicate, lingering sweetness. Invigorating now, it should gain depth through 2025 and hold further.Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese9034MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Loosen 2015 Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Loosen
5736057359USClassy and complex oak nuances give the aromas and flavors of this wine a suave, spicy personality. Grilled baguette and cedar notes merge nicely with its focused and concentrated berry and black cherry flavors.Ghielmetti Vineyard9030CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2012 Ghielmetti Vineyard Malbec (Livermore Valley)MalbecFenestra

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