Wine Reviews

5844358442ItalyThis expresses pretty Nebbiolo aromas of violet, saddle leather, truffle and red berry. The vibrant palate offers crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, cinnamon and tobacco hints while assertive tannins and bright acidity provide support. Drink 2021–2029.Colle del Gelso9150PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCascina Saria 2014 Colle del Gelso (Barbaresco)NebbioloCascina Saria
5844458443FranceRipe and fruity, this has a rich texture that comes both from the generous white fruits and from the cut of lemon acidity. A mineral-textured wine, it's crisp now and will likely round out to bring out the ripeness. Drink from 2019.9190BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Santenay 2015 Puligny-MontrachetChardonnayChâteau de Santenay
5844558444USThis wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Malbec. The aromas bring notes of blue plum, herb, cherry and spice. The palate features ripe, dense fruit flavors that display a spot on sense of balance.Collector's Society91WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCol Solare 2014 Collector's Society Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCol Solare
5844658445USThe Daou brothers break a bit from their polished house style to dive into gamy wonders in this blend of 80% Petite Sirah, 12% Tannat and 8% Tempranillo, with a nose that shows burned tire, bacon fat, underripe plums and freshly paved street. Crushed black pepper, charred beef and animal-hide funkiness converge on the palate. It's a great counterpoint to the winery's usual suavity.Unbound9156CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDaou 2015 Unbound Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendDaou
5844758446USVery deep violet aromas are shrouded in a thick veil of heavy-duty dark fruit as well as woody cedar spice on the nose of this blend of 78% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre by Orion Stang. The palate is well composed, its solid core of black fruit lifted by vanilla and allspice flavors.Unorthodox9146CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDilecta 2014 Unorthodox Syrah-Mourvèdre (Santa Barbara County)Syrah-MourvèdreDilecta
5844858447USThis full-bodied, dry and quite tannic wine follows the classic form of California Cabernet Sauvignon, which forms 65% of the blend. The aroma is full of ripe black fruit shaded by nutmeg, cedar and cinnamon, while black currant and dark chocolate drive the concentrated and deeply rooted flavors. Best after 2020.Conjugation9139CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2012 Conjugation Red (Livermore Valley)Red BlendFenestra
5844958448ChileImpressive aromas of dark fruits, blackened spices and herbs lead to a lush, well-executed palate that only falls off after extended airing. Spicy, herbal blackberry flavors spread out on a long, comported finish.Grand Reserve9118Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachJunta 2013 Grand Reserve Petit Verdot (Curicó Valley)Petit VerdotJunta
5845058449ChileThis Cabernet and Carmenère blend deals aromas of cedar, cigar, vanilla, tomato, herbs and dried red fruits. A medium-bodied palate is just big enough, tasting of medicinal cherry and chocolate. A lightly woody finish with pepper and cocoa notes provides for a happy ending. Drink through 2020.Caballo Loco Grand Cru Apalta9135Santa CruzMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso 2013 Caballo Loco Grand Cru Apalta Red (Santa Cruz)Red BlendValdivieso
5844158440USA small-production vintage-dated sparkler made from 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay, this wine succeeds in its smooth refined contour of peach mousse and vanilla. It's dry, but voluptuously rich, remaining balanced through the tangy tart finish.Anniversary Cuvée9140CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer 2010 Anniversary Cuvée Sparkling (Carneros)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
5844258441USBlackberry juice, licorice, grape seed and dried ginger show on the nose of this jammy, spicy blend of 31% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. It's rich in dark fruits at first, then tightens on clean and wound-up tannins, with intense pepper and rounded caramel toward the finish.Lloyd of Calcareous9159CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCalcareous 2013 Lloyd of Calcareous Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCalcareous
5845158450FranceThis wine impresses with its richness and ripe red fruits. It comes from a 20-acre vineyard that gives the wine concentration and juicy acidity. Acidity and the crisp aftertaste give the wine its final lift.Cuvée du Colombier9120BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Bulliat 2016 Cuvée du Colombier (Morgon)GamayVignobles Bulliat
5845258451ChileJammy berry aromas are touched up in a good way by spicy notes of good oak and chocolate. A solid, ripe palate feels right and balanced. Mellow but thorough berry fruit and oak flavors linger easily on a finish with chocolate and muted oak notes. Drink through 2022.Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra9135Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Tarapacá 2015 Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViña Tarapacá
5845358452USThis 100% varietal wine brings brooding aromas of black licorice, anise, dark plum and herb followed by rich, focused black plum flavors. It delivers a lot of charm and hedonistic appeal.9130WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2014 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecWalla Walla Vintners
5845458453USThis wine's raspberry jam, cocoa, fig and barrel spice aromas really pop. Its red fruit flavors are rich and ripe, providing hedonistic appeal.9135WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotWalla Walla Vintners
5845558454USThis wine's aromas are vibrant and fruit forward, with plum, blackberry seed, barrel spice, herb and clove notes. The palate delivers plush, tart, textured flavors. A compelling example of the variety.9129WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBaer 2014 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecBaer
5845658455USThe nose on this bottling is nicely rounded, with pan-seared apple, sea salt caramel and a touch of butter. A good sizzle of acidity rides through the sip, with flavors of seared Meyer lemon and tangerine, baked apple, a pinch of salt and a buttercream finish.Cheryl's9145CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBlack Ridge 2013 Cheryl's Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayBlack Ridge
5845758456SpainRichly oaked aromas of burnt wood, caramel and sawmill compete with jammy blackberry and cassis notes. A rugged, drawing palate is fiercely tannic and dry. Blackberry, burnt oak and coffee flavors dry out quickly on the finish, leaving simmering toasty mint. Drink through 2025.El Puntido9161Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViñedos de Paganos 2012 El Puntido (Rioja)TempranilloViñedos de Paganos
5845858457FranceThis fruity rosé is produced at the property owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie along with the Perrin family of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is lightly spicy and full of friendly, crisp red fruits. It can age for a few more months, so it could be enjoyed in 2018.Miraval9126ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Miraval 2016 Miraval Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Miraval
5845958458FranceWith its crisp texture, this wine is bright and fruity, with good acidity and a complex background of spice, vanilla and yellow fruits. The wine is deliciously balanced and ready to drink.Château la Vernalle9130BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerCollin-Bourisset 2015 Château la Vernalle (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayCollin-Bourisset
5846058459USDried red-cherry aromas meet with turned earth, concentrated rose and intriguing carnation notes on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard on the northern tip of the appellation. The well-woven flavors included tart cherry and baking spices of vanilla and nutmeg, all presented on a relatively lightweight body.Tierra Alta Vineyard9142CaliforniaBallard CanyonCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannComartin 2014 Tierra Alta Vineyard Grenache (Ballard Canyon)GrenacheComartin
5846158460USThis full-bodied Zinfandel adds in 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is an unusual blend but works really well. It shows a great mix of fruit and spice flavors, with a rich, smooth texture. It's lightly tannic, oozing raspberry and blackberry flavors on the palate and through the finish.Old Vine9120CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsConcrete 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelConcrete
5846258461USThis is a richer style of Sauvignon Blanc, as would be expected from the Daou brothers, but is a fresher style than the last vintage. Aromas of toast, oak and yellow fruit prove quite seductive, and the palate proves grippy with dried lemon peels and cut-grass touches. There's just a hint of smoke on the sip.9150CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDaou 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaida District)Sauvignon BlancDaou
5846358462USThis wine was made by Rhône-variety specialist James Mantone of Syncline. The aromas are locked up at present but suggest mineral, spice and red and blue fruit as it opens. The palate is full bodied, seamless and pure, showing depth and detail.No. 14 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard9140WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDed.Reckoning 2013 No. 14 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Grenache (Red Mountain)GrenacheDed.Reckoning
5846458463FranceProduced at a Domaine that is run by the Arnoux family, the wine has both a rich side and a firm side. The rich side is expressed in the bold red fruits, while the firm side comes through in the tannins and structure that will allow the wine to age. Drink this dense wine from 2020.Vieilles Vignes9140BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Des Meix Porons 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Des Meix Porons
5846558464FranceThe wine is structured, dense with tannins and smokiness from the wood aging. Its fruits, though in the background at this stage, offer fine black-cherry potential. Drink this concentrated wine from 2022.91BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine d'Ardhuy 2015 Savigny-lès-BeaunePinot NoirDomaine d'Ardhuy
5846658465FranceProduced by Dominique Piron in association with the Lameloise family, this wine from strong granite soil reveals a firm texture and dense tannins. The fruit suggests very ripe, concentrated black plums and damsons. It is wine to age, drink from 2019.Quartz9125BeaujolaisChénasRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Dominique Piron 2015 Quartz (Chénas)GamayDomaines Dominique Piron
5846758466FranceA smoky spicy wine that is full of berry fruits and with some toasty wood-aging flavors. With its tannic structure it will need to age, although already the bright berry fruits are generous and ripe. Drink from 2022.Vieilles Vignes9150BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pierre Guillemot 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Pierre Guillemot
5846858467USThis blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Tannat works quite well, with rounded aromas of caramelized blackberry, vanilla and vibrant violets on the nose. Black currant, dried herbs and pepper show on the palate, which is nicely balanced and not as unctuous as the nose implies.Vingence9165CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDubost 2014 Vingence Red (Adelaida District)Red BlendDubost
5846958468USBlack as coal, with a heavy, smoky, meaty nose, this is one of a growing number of excellent biodynamic Syrahs from Oregon. It marries tangy acids to chewy red and blue fruits, with streaks of coffee liqueur and caramel latté. Half was whole-cluster fermented, and it all spent time in 50% new French oak.Reserve9275OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cowhorn 2013 Reserve Syrah (Applegate Valley)SyrahCowhorn
5847058469USSubtle aromas of mulberry, mace and vanilla meet with more intriguing notes of animal blood, rust and iodine on the nose of this bottling by Jennifer Hoage. Snappy and tart raspberry pops on the palate alongside forest underbrush and sandalwood. It's a great, balanced and even-handed entry point for those looking to explore the less ripe side of the grape.John Sebastiano Vineyard9275CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDecroux 2015 John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirDecroux

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