Wine Reviews

5838158380FranceStalky and light, this is a blend of Tannat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an herbaceous character that is balanced by berry fruits. It is the red berry fruitiness that dominates at the end.Colombelle L'Originel858Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2013 Colombelle L'Originel Red (Côtes de Gascogne)Red BlendProducteurs Plaimont
5838258381AustraliaThis medium-bodied wine is a bit austere and crisp, with cherry fruit accented by hints of mint and beetroot.Windy Peak8518VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2012 Windy Peak Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)Pinot NoirDe Bortoli
5838358382USThe winery initially produced Cabernet, a fact fans of its white wines might not know. This vintage offers 83% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Puckering in tannin, it offers faint mint and high-toned black cherry, the finish ripe and vanilla-sweet.8550CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRombauer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonRombauer
5838458383FranceSmoky leaf tobacco aromas are typical of young Cabernet Franc. And this wine, aged only in tank, is certainly much too young. It's full of brittle tannins and acidity that needs to soften. Wait until late 2015 before drinking.8513Loire ValleyChinonRoger Voss@vossrogerSauvion 2013 ChinonCabernet FrancSauvion
5838558384ItalyAromas of mature plum, sage and clove lead the nose. The warm, mature palate offers dried blackberry, prune, black pepper and licorice alongside round tannins and evident alcohol. It's already reached its ideal drinking window so enjoy soon.Otre8517Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTeanum 2012 Otre Primitivo (Puglia)PrimitivoTeanum
5838658385USA blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon, it tastes like green apples sprinkled with herbs and white pepper, on a smooth texture with fairly full body. An appealing intensity lingers on the finish.Cuvee de Fume8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTruth 2013 Cuvee de Fume White (California)White BlendTruth
5838758386USThere's not much to this light-bodied Merlot, its soft dark cherry, vanilla and plum flavors muted and hard to make out. From a San Francisco-based vintner making wines from around the world, including Bordeaux and South Australia, it sources Merlot from both Rutherford and Oakville.8525CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWine Spots 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotWine Spots
5838858387ChileThis largely neutral-smelling SB shows minor aromatic hints of pool chlorine and lemon rind. The palate is citrusy and generally well cut, with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and tart apple that finish with a note of bitterness and green herbs.Reserva8510Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casas Patronales 2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Maule Valley)Sauvignon BlancViña Casas Patronales
5838958388ChileBlackberry aromas are oaky, with accents of mocha, sweet plastic and vanilla. A medium-bodied palate is slightly scratchy, while flavors of herbal plum and berry fruits show sweet, resiny oak and mint on the finish.Reserva8510Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2013 Reserva Malbec (Maule Valley)MalbecChilensis
5839058389FranceProduced from organically grown grapes, this is a soft, simple wine with attractive, clean acidity and a good splash of grapefruit and gooseberry. It's fruity, lightly textured and fresh. Drink now.8528Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDauny Père et Fils 2013 SancerreSauvignon BlancDauny Père et Fils
5839158390USLight in weight and texture, this wine was aged in both French and American oak. Smokiness surrounds the otherwise restrained offerings of plum, dark cherry and herb.8534CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFreemark Abbey 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotFreemark Abbey
5839258391USThis pleasant fruit cocktail of a wine smells like pears and peaches and tastes equally fruity, ripe and smooth. It's medium bodied and soft in texture, yet fresh and clean on the finish.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGnarly Head 2013 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioGnarly Head
5839358392USThis smells like toasted bread and hickory smoke and tastes even more charred and smoky. Like a good barbecue sauce it has a sweet touch to balance the smoky, jammy fruit flavors. This is an extreme taste experience that will be a big hit with some.Old Vines8512CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIronstone 2013 Old Vines Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelIronstone
5839458393AustraliaReasonably complex for such an inexpensive wine, with crunchy red-berry fruit framed by slightly unintegrated timber notes. Without much tannic structure, the alcohol shows a bit of warmth on the finish.Bin 50858Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLindemans 2013 Bin 50 Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)ShirazLindemans
5839558394ChileLeesy aromas of tropical fruits, banana and canned peaches are sweet and candied but fair. Good acidity keeps this upright, while apple juice, peach and citrus flavors finish short but clean.Reserva Unwooded859Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2014 Reserva Unwooded Chardonnay (Curicó Valley)ChardonnayEcheverria
5839658395USThis vineyard from the Santa Margarita Ranch at the southern end of the appellation produces a wine with blackberry, mint, slate and barrel smoke on the nose. The flavors aren't quite as dynamic, but still present cocoa, berry, beet juice and strongly mouth-coating tannins.8517CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAncient Peaks 2012 Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotAncient Peaks
5839758396ItalyAromas recall wood, coconut, vanilla and coffee. Sweet oak and a mocha note dominate the dense palate but it lacks fruit richness. It's already spent, with abrasive wood tannins that leave an astringent finish.Mani del Sud8519Southern ItalySalice SalentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeApollonio 2010 Mani del Sud Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendApollonio
5839858397ItalyAromas of coconut, spicy plum cake, mocha and vanilla waft out of the glass. The warm palate doles out stewed plum, blackberry, espresso, licorice and a confectionary note alongside bracing, astringent tannins that dry the mouth. The intense oak sensations throw this off balance.Terragnolo8520Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeApollonio 2011 Terragnolo Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoApollonio
5839958398ChilePungent and green on the nose, this is showing cool-climate aromas. In the mouth, this is shear and tangy, with a high level of citric acidity. Flavors of lime, Granny Smith apple and asparagus finish briny, crisp and scouring.Trisquel8515Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAresti 2014 Trisquel Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancAresti
5840058399ChileHerbal raspberry and tomato aromas are edgy and come with a note of oak-based sweet plastic. A saucy-feeling palate is moderately intense, while flavors of tomato, plum and green herbs finish short, with a salty aftertaste.Tectonia8525Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Volcanes de Chile 2012 Tectonia Pinot Noir (Bío Bío Valley)Pinot NoirBodega Volcanes de Chile
5840158400ItalyThis opens with aromas of wood shop, toast, blue flower and spearmint. The lean palate offers toasted oak, dried blackberry and a whiff of clove alongside angular, astringent tannins that dry out the finish. It lacks the fruit richness to stand up to the oak.Bocca della Verità8515Southern ItalyPrimitivo del SalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine De Falco 2011 Bocca della Verità (Primitivo del Salento)PrimitivoCantine De Falco
5840258401FranceThis wine balances between the sweetness of a Rosé d'Anjou and fresh, crisp fruitiness. It makes for an attractive wine that's both full of red fruits and that has a light texture.8513Loire ValleyRosé d'AnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Montguéret 2013 Rosé d'AnjouRoséChâteau de Montguéret
5840358402USHeavy on the oak, this soft, rounded estate-made Merlot brims in red fruit and herb. A bit of a mouthful now, it should evolve in the bottle and in the glass, burning off some of the wood over time.Estate8545CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSt. Francis 2011 Estate Merlot (Sonoma Valley)MerlotSt. Francis
5840458403USAromas of plum, herbs and confection come along with barnyard notes that jut out. The fruit flavors are dry and chalky with medicinal notes taking over. Drink now.8518WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKirkland Signature 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
5840558404USIt tastes lean and refreshing, with light lemon and green apple in the aroma and flavors, rather light body and a slightly tangy finish. It makes a nice change from the often too-heavy or too-sweet whites in this price range.Family Reserve858CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOak Grove 2013 Family Reserve Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioOak Grove
5840658405ItalyMade predominantly with Negroamaro, this offers aromas of blackberry, smoke, tobacco leaf, game and clove. The lean, mature palate displays dried black fruit, licorice and allspice but the fruit richness has dried up, leaving an astringent finish.Vigna Flaminio Riserva8520Southern ItalyBrindisiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAgricole Vallone 2009 Vigna Flaminio Riserva Red (Brindisi)Red BlendAgricole Vallone
5840758406FranceA cool, fresh wine that is packed with crisp herbaceous flavors. It's as clean as a whistle and deliciously bright with lemon, pink grapefruit and gooseberry flavors. Drink now.Réserve857Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2013 Réserve Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Sauvignon BlancBarton & Guestier
5840858407ItalyMade with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, this informal red opens with aromas of blue flower and wild berry. The simple palate offers juicy blackberry and Morello cherry alongside soft, fleeting tannins. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.Montecoco8511Southern ItalySalice SalentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Due Palme 2012 Montecoco Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendCantine Due Palme
5840958408ItalyAromas of wild flower, black fruit and toast lead the nose on this dense wine. The one-dimensional palate offers mature black cherry, dried plum, coffee and a hint of licorice alongside chewy but fleeting tannins.San Gaetano8512Southern ItalyPrimitivo di ManduriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Due Palme 2012 San Gaetano (Primitivo di Manduria)PrimitivoCantine Due Palme
5841058409FranceThis ripe, black-fruited wine is based mainly on Merlot and Abouriou. Full of juicy flavors with soft tannins, it's rich and ready to drink, and makes a great barbecue wine.Ferran Pradets8512Southwest FranceCôtes du MarmandaisRoger Voss@vossrogerCave du Marmandais 2012 Ferran Pradets Red (Côtes du Marmandais)Red BlendCave du Marmandais

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