Wine Reviews

5817158170ItalyFiore is engineered to deliver fresh and easy sensations of white flower and citrus. The lean, zesty mouthfeel would work with fried calamari.Fiore84Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCorvo 2011 Fiore White (Sicilia)White BlendCorvo
5817258171USThis is aggressive in texture, with lots of tart acidity and sandpapery tannins. There are some less-than-ripe wintergreen flavors alongside the cherry fruit. Drink now.8418CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastRed Pony Ranch 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirRed Pony Ranch
5817358172FranceFull, ripe and fruity, this is Nouveau upfront. It has a delicious juicy character thats sustained with some tannins. It has a bright, crisp finish that's flooded with a cherry flavor.Domaine de Rochecorbière Nouveau84BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerSigné Vigneron 2012 Domaine de Rochecorbière Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamaySigné Vigneron
5817458173ChileThe nose is a bit prickly and jumpy, with a candied red-fruit aroma. On the palate, there's some grab and stickiness along with flavors of mint, woo-driven spice and berry fruit. It loses some character on the finish.848Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSombras del Sol 2011 Merlot (Colchagua Valley)MerlotSombras del Sol
5817558174USThis creative blend of 64% Zinfandel, 21% Grenache, 11% Petite Sirah and 4% Syrah shows chalky cherry, nose-tickling violets and a bright bloodiness on the nose. The palate is framed with a tongue-tingling acidity, offering flavors of olallieberries, spicy peppercorn and a sanguine character throughout.Oblate8842CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannGuyomar 2012 Oblate Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendGuyomar
5817658175USZesty acidity wraps itself around well-defined flavors of lemon and grapefruit in this mostly stainless-steel fermented white. The finish maintains the minerality, adding on a taste of fig.Carol's Vineyard8824CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ. Lohr 2014 Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (St. Helena)Sauvignon BlancJ. Lohr
5817758176FranceThis medium-sweet proposition takes off on silky wings of lemony freshness. The interplay thus created spells fun and balance. Citric freshness is the decisive, playful, enjoyable factor here.8818AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Fritsch 2014 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJoseph Fritsch
5817858177ItalyFragrant and refined, this elegant wine offers aromas of ripe berry, crushed flower and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate doles out wild cherry, black raspberry, clove and a graphite. It's well balanced, with fresh acidity and silky tannins. Drink through 2016.Ritratti8824Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Vis 2012 Ritratti Pinot Nero (Trentino)Pinot NeroLa Vis
5817958178USVoluptuous and bold, this intensely aromatic Gewürztraminer explodes from the glass in plumes of ripe lychee, peach and apricot perfume. Dry and full bodied in style, it's richly textured in mouthfeel. While soft in acidity, it's surprisingly balanced for its brawn.8815New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2014 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerLamoreaux Landing
5818058179USRich but not overly dense, this 100% varietal wine from a vineyard known also for Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon is wickedly generous in chocolate mocha, full bodied yet balanced. It finishes in a flurry of black pepper and leather.8865CaliforniaMount VeederNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneLampyridae 2012 Syrah (Mount Veeder)SyrahLampyridae
5818158180USGrippy blackberry and licorice wrap around an intriguing bouquet of Italian deli meats and spices, with sinewy tannins and unobtrusive oak. Given over a year in 40% new French oak, it proffers a subtle hit of pepper on the finish.Hendry Block 148829CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHendry 2013 Hendry Block 14 Malbec (Napa Valley)MalbecHendry
5818258181USLicorice, fennel and tropical guava provide a flourish of savory and ripe around a fleshy, rounded and smooth overlay unimpeded by oak, the wine aged in both stainless steel and neutral oak barrels.Herrick Vineyard8822CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ. Rickards 2014 Herrick Vineyard Semillon (Russian River Valley)SémillonJ. Rickards
5818358182FranceThis is a very perfumed wine, full of red fruits and hedgerow berry flavors cut with some firm tannins. It has an aromatic character that is typical of Chambolle-Musigny, a soft, warm texture that is developing behind the tannins. It needs to age, so drink from 2018.88102BurgundyChambolle-MusignyRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2013 Chambolle-MusignyPinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
5818458183USDusty minerals tones, dried mushrooms and luscious black cherries collide on the nose and palate of this unusual New York Sangiovese. It's a bold, full-bodied and forward wine, but brisk acidity and fine-grained tannins lend elegance and style.8835New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaVentosa 2011 Sangiovese (Seneca Lake)SangioveseVentosa
5818558184FranceFresh lemon notes are tinged with smoke and earth on this easy, balanced and dryish Pinot Gris. Ample fruit at the core and an easygoing light touch engender enjoyment.Tradition8826AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoVieil Armand 2014 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisVieil Armand
5818658185Czech RepublicKnown in other regions as Blaufränkisch, Frankovka is widely grown in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This wine is garnet in the glass, with aromas of black cherry, cherry cola, and black plum. Flavors of black cherry and anise linger on the palate right through the spicy finish.Hrabal8824MoraviaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysVino z Czech 2012 Hrabal Frankovka (Moravia)FrankovkaVino z Czech
5818758186USSavory aromas of dried herb and mineral contrast crisp nectarine and peach in this brisk, refreshing white. It's a deft blend combining the body and weight of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay with the zest and perfume of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.Classic8826New YorkLong IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2014 Classic White (Long Island)White BlendWölffer
5818858187FranceNamed after the old road that used to bring vacationers from the north to the beaches of Provence, this wine is smooth and soft, with a definite touch of sunshine in its flavors. The acidity, well in balance, is light and bright, a breeze across the red fruit flavors.Nationale 78820ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2014 Nationale 7 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséXavier Flouret
5818958188FranceThere is some solid structure here, along with a tannic edge that marks out a wine for aging. This has plum skin and a dense texture that brings out a richness as well as the acidity that marks the vintage. It should be aged; drink from 2017.8880BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2012 Nuits-St.-GeorgesPinot NoirLouis Latour
5819058189FranceThis wine is rich with the sort of firm tannins that will give great supporting structure to the ripe berry fruits. With a juicy character, the wine is fresh and balanced with the solid tannins. It likely will be ready to drink from 2018.Domaine la Marche8860BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Max 2014 Domaine la Marche (Mercurey)Pinot NoirLouis Max
5819158190USFairly subdued dark purple and even black fruits mix with graphite and violet petals on the nose of this wine by Paso Robles-based Michael Mooney. There is verve to the palate, with flavors of black cherry, iron and juniper.Boekenoogen Vineyard8868CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMooney Family 2013 Boekenoogen Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirMooney Family
5819258191USCherry-vanilla and boysenberry jam combine around a ripe, lush and full-bodied wine, ideal for smoky, grilled foods. Smooth tannins make it enjoyable now and accessible to many palates, though be mindful of its power and intensity.Snake Eyes8835CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMurphy-Goode 2012 Snake Eyes Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelMurphy-Goode
5819358192ChileRipe, earthy plum and prune aromas come with complex notes of graphite, vanilla and marzipan. This feels solid and lifted, with lightly charred blackberry and cassis flavors. A heady finish with mild heat and burn closes the show. this is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with drops of Shiraz and Merlot.Winemaker's Selection8818Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPalo Alto 2013 Winemaker's Selection Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendPalo Alto
5819458193USButtered black cherries and olallieberries mix with snapped dark chocolate and crushed peppercorns on the nose of this blend of 62% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 12% Zinfandel, 4% Touriga Nacional, 4% Tinta Cao, 2% Bastardo and 2% Alicante Bouschet. The palate shows lots of brick and earth, with sagebrush, licorice and pomegranate-hibiscus flavors.Dimples8858CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannProulx 2013 Dimples Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendProulx
5819558194ChileHaving tasted two vintages of this value-priced Pinot, it seems this winery is doing things right. Spicy, earthy plum aromas set up a plump but balanced palate with good acidity. Plum and raspberry flavors turn more woody as this opens.Reserva Estate Bottled8812Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Batuco 2013 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirSierra Batuco
5819658195USCandied peach and apricot aromas meld with dusty pollen and saffron on the nose. Showing a bit more ripeness on the palate, pineapple and mango tones appear, with wildflower honey and ginger spice offering nuance. Vibrant acidity drives the palate and follows through to a lingering floral finish.Braganini Reserve Late Harvest8820MichiganLake Michigan ShoreAlexander PeartreeSt. Julian 2013 Braganini Reserve Late Harvest Vignoles (Lake Michigan Shore)VignolesSt. Julian
5819758196USThis intriguing bottling shows the cool vintage's influence. The nearly vegetal nose conveys snapped twigs, mulch, red cherry and cracked pepper, and the palate shows similar characteristics, proving light in density. It's lively, but may confuse those seeking a rich red.Camp Four Vineyard8818CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStanding Sun 2011 Camp Four Vineyard Merlot (Santa Barbara County)MerlotStanding Sun
5819858197USHeady proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon lend a brambly, peppery edge to this classic Bordeaux-style blend. Rich, ruddy black currant flavors are luscious and juicy, lifted by a streak of cranberry acidity and fine, feathery tannins.8835New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaChateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Meritage (Finger Lakes)MeritageChateau Lafayette Reneau
5819958198USThis wine intrigues with its aromas of peppery spices, tobacco and purple fruit. The flavors are lush and focused, bringing a lot of hedonistic pleasure, though it trails a bit toward the finish.Anderson Estate Vineyard8820WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCollege Cellars 2014 Anderson Estate Vineyard Tempranillo (Walla Walla Valley (WA))TempranilloCollege Cellars
5820058199ChileHeavy berry aromas are slightly raisiny, indicating modest overripeness. A plump, soft palate isn't surprising, while loamy, jammy berry and plum flavors are a bit herbal. A finish with jammy weight, spice and a recurrence of raisin marks the close.Axel8820Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Playa 2012 Axel Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreLa Playa

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