Wine Reviews

5829558294ItalyRed cherry is the main theme here although there are subtle shadings of white peppercorn and dried flowers within its lean, ruby-colored essence. The wine imparts a sour note on the palate and has a quick, tart finish.8515Northeastern ItalyGardaMonte del Frá 2005 Corvina (Garda)CorvinaMonte del Frá
5829658295USSolidly in the Bonterra Zin style, the '06 succeeds with polished flavors of cherries, blackberries and cola. The wine feels lightly gentle and silky in the mouth, with the weight and body of a Pinot Noir.8516CaliforniaMendocino CountyBonterra 2006 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)ZinfandelBonterra
5829758296USVery dry, with tough, astringent tannins, this wine may develop with some years in the cellar. It has a good heart of cassis. If you drink it now, give it serious decanting.8519CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsBray 2005 Alicante Bouschet (Shenandoah Valley (CA))Alicante BouschetBray
5829858297FranceNot as impressive as Galoupet's white or rosé, this blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (20%) and Mourvèdre (20%) shows a strong earthy, minerally component garnished with bits of cedar and spice. There's some plummy fruit carried by soft tannins and moderate palate weight, but the earthy notes are dominant, ending on hints of game.85ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau du Galoupet 2005 Red (Côtes de Provence)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau du Galoupet
5829958298USRustic and country-style is the way to describe this Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache blend. With its soft, dry finish, smooth tannins and cherry, cola, herb and spice flavors, it's food friendly.Cashmere8516CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCline 2006 Cashmere Red (California)Rhône-style Red BlendCline
5830058299USThis Viognier has jammy flavors of apricots, pineapples, limes, tangerines, vanilla and fennel, and is brightened with a crisp scour of acidity. Good with Asian fare or a grilled chicken breast topped with a fruity salsa.8517CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastFenestra 2006 Viognier (Contra Costa County)ViognierFenestra
5830158300ChileA one-note wine. It's round and roasted, and it settles more toward savory than bright, fruity or lithe. The palate is on the thick side, with roasted black plum and other baked flavors. Fleshy, with a saucy, mildly herbal finish.Reserva8514Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso 2006 Reserva Carmenère (Central Valley)CarmenèreValdivieso
5830258301ItalyThis is an easy-going, clean Chardonnay that delivers pretty aromas of creamy peach, mature apricot and honey. It is compact and balanced and would pair well with Chinese take-out or summer salads.8515Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliVilla Rubini 2006 Chardonnay (Colli Orientali del Friuli)ChardonnayVilla Rubini
5829158290FranceA blend of Grenache and Rolle, this easy-drinking rosé features peach and canteloupe aromas, simple ripe strawberry and grapefruit flavors and a fruit-driven finish.Whispering Angel8620ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau d'Esclans 2006 Whispering Angel Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau d'Esclans
5829258291USA very nice wine, low in alcohol but strong in flavor, with a light, silky mouthfeel. With tart, dry flavors of Meyer lemons, figs and minerals, it's a good alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.8612CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyEhrhardt 2005 Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg)Chenin BlancEhrhardt
5829358292ChileStarts out neutral but soon it develops a dominant Viognier personality. It's got all the fruits in a fruit salad covered: green melon, cantaloupe, banana, mango and others come to the fore. Fresh and ready at this young stage, with upright structure and nothing cloying. Drink this year, preferably well chilled.Viognier-Chardonnay869Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEstampa 2007 Viognier-Chardonnay White (Colchagua Valley)White BlendEstampa
5829458293PortugalSoft, dusty-textured wine that shows blackberry and black currant fruit flavors, along with a dry, firm core of tannins. The edge initially shows some bitterness, but then the wood comes through. Drink now or until 2010.Conde de Vimioso869RibatejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerFalua 2007 Conde de Vimioso Red (Ribatejano)Portuguese RedFalua
5830358302ChileGeneric pear, citrus and vanilla aromas are well-thrown together, while the palate offers ripe banana and melon flavors. The feel is lively enough but is showing some signs of flattening out. Walnut is evident on the short, fast-fading finish.Casa La Joya Gran Reserve8513Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2006 Casa La Joya Gran Reserve Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnayViña Bisquertt
5830458303ChileFunky, big and buttery, with an oily texture. This has some traditional Viognier qualities such as gardenias and stewed peaches, but it's also lacking that exotic edge. All totaled it's heavy and bawdy, but there's enough edge to make it worth a go. Imported by Baystate Wine Co.Secreto8514Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2007 Secreto Viognier (Colchagua Valley)ViognierViu Manent
5830558304ItalyDense and richly structured, this opens with black cherry, rose, leather and asphalt aromas. The concentrated palate offers succulent black cherry, crushed red raspberry, orange peel, sage, toasted oak, espresso and vanilla alongside brisk acidity. Astringent wood tannins leave the mouth feeling dried out. Drink after 2018.Sorì Ginestra91114PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeConterno Fantino 2010 Sorì Ginestra (Barolo)NebbioloConterno Fantino
5830658305FranceThere is a good balance of tropical and citrus flavors on this warm, ripe wine. The fruit easily covers the more mineral core that gives structure. Rich and full-bodied, it can age through 2015.Les Vignes de Saint-Laurent l'Abbaye91Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chatelain 2012 Les Vignes de Saint-Laurent l'Abbaye (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Chatelain
5830758306USThis is a full-bodied Pinot Noir, showing lavish new-oak aromas and rich, ripe fruit flavors. Medium-deep ruby in tone, it has aromas suggesting vanilla, toasted oak and nutmeg, with a hint of rhubarb. Flavors recall cherry and blackberry. Gradually the oak flavors recede and the lively fruit character comes out, lingering on the finish.Gowan Creek Vineyard Estate Grown9180CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGoldeneye 2011 Gowan Creek Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirGoldeneye
5830858307USEntirely fermented in neutral puncheons, this new release shows some extra depth and roundness, with a clean, leesy and mineral underpinning. Fresh cut pear and a hint of orange peel highlight the core fruit flavors.Reserve9128OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lange 2013 Reserve Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLange
5830958308USDelicate and fascinating, this offers both charm and persistence. Deep, drawn-out fruit flavors of raspberry, cranberry and cherry are matched to vivid acidity. Balanced and well-structured, this promises excellent evolution. Drink after 2018.Côte Est9148OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Le Cadeau 2011 Côte Est Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirLe Cadeau
5831058309USLush ripe plum, licorice and toasty oak form a triangle of flavor in this blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The tannins are undoubtedly present yet soft. Much of the fruit comes from cool Coombsville, with a slight floral characteristic popping up from the midpalate through to the finish.9175CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneAltvs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAltvs
5831158310USAromatically muted at first, the bouquet opens up with time to reveal steely, finessed notes of pear and fresh citrus that continue through to the palate. The oak is subtle and well-managed, and the minerality alive and fresh.9128CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAnaba 2011 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayAnaba
5831258311USWell made, complex and complete, this offers a tantalizing whiff of lightly toasted oak that mingles with cinnamon and berry aromas, all carrying through to the palate. It's nicely balanced between assertive flavors, fresh acidity and full body. Nuances of rosemary, plum and cherry linger on the finish.Made With Organic Grapes9116CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBonterra 2012 Made With Organic Grapes Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)Pinot NoirBonterra
5831358312USThis single-vineyard selection from the Jackson Family's Santa Maria Valley winery kicks off with scents ranging from red, blistered tomato to pomegranate reduction and mole sauce. On the palate, flavors vary from sweeter berry to tart cherry, with a savory, roasted pork element rounding out the wine.Julia's Vineyard Estate Grown & Bottled9125CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCambria 2012 Julia's Vineyard Estate Grown & Bottled Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirCambria
5831458313ItalyThis is initially rather closed but eventually reveals underbrush, ripe black cherry, plum, prune, mushroom, dried rose petals, licorice and black pepper sensations. It's warm and already accessible but give the ripe tannins time to integrate fully. Drink 2016–2024.Cascina Ferrero9150PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Carretta 2009 Cascina Ferrero (Barolo)NebbioloTenuta Carretta
5831558314ItalyIt leads with dense aromas of black fruit, plum, spice and dried rose petals. The rich palate offers juicy black cherry and red raspberry accented with notes of white pepper, cinnamon clove and cocoa alongside bracing tannins. It closes on a note of black licorice. Drink 2020–2030.Olo9125PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeClavesana 2010 Olo (Barolo)NebbioloClavesana
5831658315FranceTropical fruits dominate this rich wine. Mango and pineapple flavors are freshened with a twist of lemon. There are only hints of a more steely character in this full and round wine that's ready to drink now.Clos Paradis9124Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Fouassier 2012 Clos Paradis (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Fouassier
5831758316FranceStill in its first flush of youth, it shows great minerality as well as intense citrus and apple fruit flavors. A light touch of ripeness brings out a more yellow fruit character. Drink now, but better to keep until 2015.Sancerre le Rochoy9130Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laporte 2012 Sancerre le Rochoy (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Laporte
5831858317ArgentinaBerry and cassis aromas are spicy and powerful, with integrated oak in support. This solid, tough wine features rugged but fair tannins. Savory berry, baked notes, leather and herbal flavors are very Cabernet-ish, while the finish is dry, firm and tannic. Age this until 2017–2022, or decant if drinking now.Gran Reserva9123Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Origen 2010 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Uco Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFinca El Origen
5831958318FranceThis is a rich, full-bodied Chenin Blanc, dry and with delicious hints of baked apple and honey. There's a definite mineral texture, taut and brimming with orange zest. It is dense, full in the mouth and ready to drink now, but better in 2015.Le Moulin91Loire ValleyAnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerMusset-Roullier 2011 Le Moulin Chenin Blanc (Anjou)Chenin BlancMusset-Roullier
5832058319USSavory and structured, it has a supple layering of allspice that dances on the palate, with floral violet tones. Black cherry and earth make up the soul of this wine; it's both classy and hearty.Estate Grown9165CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRochioli 2012 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRochioli

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