Wine Reviews

5739157390USA great, all-purpose white blend, this is half Pinot gris, a third Viognier and the rest, a mix of Sémillon and Marsanne. Piercing flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel shoot through the firm mid-palate. The skin flavors add a pleasantly light frame of bitter citrus around the finish.Flygirl8813WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Airfield Estates 2012 Flygirl White (Yakima Valley)White BlendAirfield Estates
5739257391USComing from three different blocks of the winery's estate vineyard, it brings notes of cherry cola, peppery spices and medicine cabinet. The fruit flavors are quite ripe and lush, with the use of one year-old French oak putting the fruit front and center.Jet Black Destiny Ridge Vineyard8825WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlexandria Nicole 2011 Jet Black Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah (Horse Heaven Hills)SyrahAlexandria Nicole
5739357392USA very good Merlot rich in baked plum and rhubarb with a back note of olive. Slightly spicy and medium-bodied, the finish offers smoke and spice.Hawks Butte Vineyard8828CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneBink 2009 Hawks Butte Vineyard Merlot (Yorkville Highlands)MerlotBink
5739457393USThis Syrah-Petite Sirah is starting to show some bottle age. It's still high in tannins, but the primary red and black stone fruits and berries are mellowing into dried fruits, with funkier notes of bacon, leather and tamari-splashed sautéed wild mushrooms. An interesting wine to drink now, and should continue to evolve for another 5–6 years.Megandina Vineyard Vintner's Cuvée8875CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBrady Family 2009 Megandina Vineyard Vintner's Cuvée Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendBrady Family
5739557394USThis is modeled after a Rioja crianza, showing young, mixed fruits from a blend of 62% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 11% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Grenache. Showing generous acidity, hints of apple, peach, cranberry and herb, it's a fresh and fruit-driven young wine, perfect for warm weather enjoyment.Corrida8833WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Corrida Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
5739657395ArgentinaTomato, red bell pepper, plum and currant aromas have a slightly sharp, varietal-related minty, green angle. This feels round and creamy on the tongue, with good acidity propping up flavors of baked berries, spice, chocolate, raw oak and vanilla. A medium-length finish with baking spice flavors confirms the wine's power.Pasionado8860Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachAndeluna 2008 Pasionado Cabernet Franc (Tupungato)Cabernet FrancAndeluna
5739757396SpainStrident apple and lime aromas are pure and pretty in this wine. This isn't a complex or complicated white, but rather friendly and easy to like. Flavors of peach, apple and apricot finish minerally and clean. This is a textbook quaffing wine.8813Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBeronia 2012 Viura (Rioja)ViuraBeronia
5739857397USThis is a Petite Sirah that's easy to love, ripe in sweet blackberry and smoky leather, juicy and balanced with enough meat to pair with a lamb roast or rack of ribs.8818CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneGraziano 2009 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County)Petite SirahGraziano
5739957398ItalyThis has fresh acidity, making it very enjoyable. It has prune, raisin, tobacco leaf and graphite aromas, with a whiff of leather. The palate delivers flavors of blackberry, clove, orange peel and spirit-soaked cherries. It's not overly complex, but it's delicious.Torre d'Orti88VenetoValpolicella RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCavalchina 2011 Torre d'Orti (Valpolicella Ripasso)Red BlendCavalchina
5740057399PortugalRich and ripe, with soft tannins and a dense texture. The wine has finely integrated weight and spice. It is soft and on the sweet side, with black currant fruit and a dense finish.Vintage88PortRoger Voss@vossrogerDelaforce 2011 Vintage (Port)PortDelaforce
5740157400FranceA fresh, fruity and delicious Crémant from one of the most familiar names in Alsace sparkling wine. It shows lively acidity, bright apples and citrus and a lightly mineral aftertaste.Brut88AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDopff & Irion NV Brut Sparkling (Alsace)Sparkling BlendDopff & Irion
5740257401ItalyThis Amarone has somewhat rustic aromas that recall animal and meat juices. You'll also detect whiffs of burned rubber. The palate is better, showing ripe fruit and smooth tannins. While the fruit is delicious and immediate, this also reflects the heat of the vintage and is shy on fresh acidity.8833VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonte Zovo 2009 Amarone della ValpolicellaRed BlendMonte Zovo
5740357402USThe nose is dominated by spices and herbs, a whiff of violets, fennel and white chocolate. Complex and intriguing, it leads into fruit flavors of plum and cherry, with a hint of alcoholic heat. The wine improved substantially after being open for several hours.8827WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ott & Murphy 2010 Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheOtt & Murphy
5740457403USNew French oak, to the tune of 50%, dominates this Chard, giving it buttered toast, vanilla and honey flavors that dominate the underlying pineapples, lemons and limes. The acidity is brisk and vital.Durell Vineyard8850CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPali 2011 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayPali
5740557404ItalyThis forward Amarone reflects the heat of the vintage. It has somewhat evolved aromas of leather and prune, accompanied by rich black fruit flavors and soft acidity. The tannins are starting to fade, so enjoy now and over the next few years.Famiglia Pasqua8840VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePasqua 2009 Famiglia Pasqua (Amarone della Valpolicella)Red BlendPasqua
5740657405PortugalA ripe and fruity wine, showing touches of wood as well as a more rustic character. It is packed with acidity and black currant flavors, at the core firmly tannic.Vintage88PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Infantado 2011 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta do Infantado
5740757406ItalyEarthy aromas of tilled soil, meat juices and blackberry are accompanied by flavors of black cherry and nutmeg. The palate is already evolved and shows tertiary aromas, with a slight warmth throughout, so drink over the next few years.8835VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeScriani 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendScriani
5740857407USFruity and dark, this is an excellent chugging wine. It's substantial without being tiring; the fruit is lively and has a somewhat earthy, wild edge to it. Immediately tasty, this is one to enjoy in its youth.Wilderness8828WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sparkman 2010 Wilderness Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendSparkman
5740957408FranceA soft and rounded wine, full of ripe fruits that command all the attention. Red fruits dominate, just supported by tannins and a firm dryness. This is a rich wine that will age quickly, worth drinking in the next two years.8835BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerNuiton-Beaunoy 2010 BeaunePinot NoirNuiton-Beaunoy
5741057409FranceA chunky, solid wine, its tannins as important as its fruitiness. It shows black fruits, ripe bitter cherry flavors, along with dense tannins. Offering a powerful blast of Pinot Noir, and worth aging for three years.8850BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerNuiton-Beaunoy 2011 PommardPinot NoirNuiton-Beaunoy
5741157410SpainLicorice and leather aromas give character to smoky yet generic plum and raspberry scents. This feels tight and fresh given its age, with earthy, slightly muddled flavors of raspberry and plum infused with oak and vanilla. On the finish, things seem caught between racy and tired, so drink now.Reserva8822Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSiglo 2007 Reserva (Rioja)Red BlendSiglo
5741257411FranceThis single vineyard wine is powerful with its concentrated tannins and dark cherry fruits. Good acidity goes with the fruit and the dry core. A shame that a hint of banana spoils the aftertaste.Domaine des Quatre Vents88BeaujolaisFleurieRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2011 Domaine des Quatre Vents (Fleurie)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
5741357412FranceFull, ripe wine, layered with fruits and a dry, more mineral core. The wine has good depth of flavor, strawberries, red currants and a citrus cut that keeps the wine fresh at the end.Rosé Perle d'Aurore8817BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Bouillot NV Rosé Perle d'Aurore (Crémant de Bourgogne)Pinot NoirLouis Bouillot
5741457413ItalyA softly polished wine that's ready to enjoy soon, this shows classic aromas of black fruit, spice, tobacco leaf and underbrush. It has a delicious black-cherry flavor, punctuated with black pepper, clove and a hint of bitter almond.Monti Garbi8819VenetoValpolicella Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Sant'Antonio 2011 Monti Garbi (Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso)Red BlendTenuta Sant'Antonio
5741557414SpainEarthy plum and raspberry aromas come with notes of animal fur and tree bark. This blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon feels crisp due to lip-smacking acidity, while woody flavors of vanilla and dry spice form an accent to core red-fruit notes. A long, dry, stylish and tangy finish is squarely old school in character.Reserva8819Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2009 Reserva Red (Navarra)Red BlendPríncipe de Viana
5741657415USThe blend includes Grenache and Syrah, suggesting a wine that is part Ribera del Duero, part Priorat. Firm and dark, with black fruits and a strong streak of licorice, with some lighter highlights of blueberry and coffee.8823WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ott & Murphy 2010 Tempranillo (Columbia Valley (WA))TempranilloOtt & Murphy
5741757416USStrength characterizes this 100% Cabernet, at the expense of finesse. It's eruptive in blackberries, currants, cola and sweet oak, and the flavors intensify in the mid-palate to the point of jam. As rich as it is, it feels overworked. Drink now–2016.Firehouse Vineyard8885CaliforniaRutherfordNapaPiña 2010 Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonPiña
5741857417SpainAromas of pointed red plum and mild earthy, leafy aromas precede a well-constructed palate, with dark plum and standard berry flavors. This is a mellow wine that's very good for the price.889LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachWrongo Dongo 2010 Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellWrongo Dongo
5741957418AustraliaA silky, easy-drinking Pinot Noir, with all of the expected complexity and tender texture expected in a very good example. The cherry and vanilla notes offer enough leafy, mushroomy, earthy complexity to satisfy. Ready to drink now and over the next few years.8850VictoriaMornington PeninsulaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYabby Lake Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir (Mornington Peninsula)Pinot NoirYabby Lake Vineyard
5742057419SpainJammy berry aromas come with a dense coating of milk chocolate. But in the mouth, it's snappy and juicy, with enough body to handle the acids. It tastes fresh, pointed and zesty, with plum and berry flavors that finish full and grabby. A very good old-vine Garnacha for the price.Viñas Viejas8814Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachZorzal 2010 Viñas Viejas Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaZorzal

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