Wine Reviews


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6129161290USThe aromas are still locked up, with notes of dark fruit and barrel spices. The palate shows restraint, considering the warm vintage and region, with refined tannins showing a deft touch.8842WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonColumbia Winery
6129261291ChileCrisp snap-pea and cucumber aromas are lightly citric. This feels fresh, tangy and citric, with plenty of acidic cut. Lime, pea and bell pepper flavors are about as true to Chilean SB as it gets.Reserva Especial8815Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCono Sur 2015 Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancCono Sur
6129361292FranceRun by a mother and daughter team, this estate has produced a fruity, very accessible Chablis. It has the crisp apple fruitiness of the vintage along with a fine shot of fresh citrus. The wine has a lightly mineral character, finishing with refreshing acidity. Drink this wine now.88BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Bègue-Mathiot 2014 ChablisChardonnayDomaine Bègue-Mathiot
6129461293FrancePineau d'Aunis vines planted in 1920 by the grandfather of the estate's current owner have produced a smooth, ripe and spicy wine. It has some red fruits and acidity, but the edge of tannins in the texture gives the wine its real character. Drink now.Gris Bodin8814Loire ValleyCoteaux du VendômoisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Patrice Colin 2015 Gris Bodin Rosé (Coteaux du Vendômois)RoséDomaine Patrice Colin
6129561294USThis is a well-balanced, flavorful and fresh-tasting wine that's medium bodied and fun to drink. It has boysenberry and blackberry flavors and a firm, moderately tannic texture that gives it good heft.Hybrid8814CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGirasole 2014 Hybrid Red (Mendocino County)Red BlendGirasole
6129661295USDark orange-pink, this saignée of Cabernet Sauvignon is orange-crisp in flavor, with a meatiness to its body. Moderate acidity gives the fuller, bolder characteristics and texture a welcome lift.Estate8825CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneIdeology 2014 Estate Rosé (Oak Knoll District)RoséIdeology
6129761296USA blend of 34% Viognier, 27% Grenache Blanc, 22% Marsanne and 17% Roussanne, this bottling is clean and light on the nose, with dried white flowers, ripe apples, Asian pear and a wet river -tone touch. The palate is more about texture and acidity that strong flavors, proving quite tangy if not a tad sour.White Kuvee8838CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKiamie 2015 White Kuvee White (Adelaida District)Rhône-style White BlendKiamie
6129861297USBlack plum, slate, black rocks, red cherry and a touch of sandalwood show on the nose of this red blend that offers decent quality for the price. Pepper and pencil lead combine for a vibrant palate that's grippy in structure and lively in acidity.Restitution8810CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMagistrate 2014 Restitution Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendMagistrate
6131961318USProminent aromas of toast, dried cranberry, herb and cherry lead to straight down the fairway to more cranberry flavor. It delivers a lot of appeal.Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled8824WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBonair 2013 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled Merlot (Rattlesnake Hills)MerlotBonair
6132061319AustraliaThis rosé blend of Grenache and Shiraz comes across as slightly herbal and grassy, with hints of thyme and eucalypt over ripe strawberry fruit. It's medium in body, with mouthwatering citrus notes on the finish.8820Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCape Mentelle 2016 Rosé (Margaret River)RoséCape Mentelle
6129961298USThe aromas are light with notes of vanilla, wood spice, coffee and cherry. The coffee flavors are silky and smooth, with barrel and baking-spice flavors lingering on the finish.8817WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPendulum 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonPendulum
6130061299FranceThis is a pale-colored wine with a soft texture and gentle strawberry fruits. The texture comes through slowly to give a firmer edge to what is a wine for medium-term aging. This is stylish and smooth. It should be drunk from 2018.Quentin Jeannot La Fussière Premier Cru8830BurgundyMarangesRoger Voss@vossrogerPhilippe Jeannot 2015 Quentin Jeannot La Fussière Premier Cru (Maranges)Pinot NoirPhilippe Jeannot
6130161300New ZealandThis Merlot-based rosé offers up some slightly herbal notes of thyme and bay leaf, then complements those with understated cherry—berry fruit. It's medium in weight, yet finishes with vibrant acidity. Still hanging in there, but drink up.Berry Blush8819Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKate Radburnd 2014 Berry Blush Rosé (Hawke's Bay)RoséKate Radburnd
6130261301USPredominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this offers aromas of vanilla, baking spice, green pepper and dark fruit, with the oak showing somewhat prominently. The palate brings well-balanced dark fruit and green-pepper flavors, with spice lingering on the finish.Basis Points8835WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMarket Vineyards 2012 Basis Points Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendMarket Vineyards
6130361302USSavory tones of moss, spice and toast juxtapose crisp red plum and cherry in this elegant Pinot Noir. Crisp acidity lends a delicate, dancing feel to the palate. Balanced and composed, its moderately long finish is marked by a hint of forest floor.8835New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2012 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirMcGregor
6130461303USMouthwatering fruit flavors and a firm, dry mouthfeel make this medium-bodied wine easy to appreciate. It smells like fresh cherries and raspberries, tastes ripe and has a fine-grained texture.8812CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMcManis 2015 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelMcManis
6130561304USFruity and fresh, this medium-bodied wine has dark plum and blackberry aromas, along with ripe and almost sweet blackberry flavors. A lightly gripping texture helps make it appetizing.8815CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMurphy-Goode 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonMurphy-Goode
6130661305SpainPeach, melon and citrus aromas are good but standard. This is edgy and sharp due to lean pointy acidity. As a result of that acidity, this is tart and citric in flavor, with little lees or yeasty richness to soften things up. A finish with stony, dry lime flavors is scouring.8819GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachNora 2015 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoNora
6130761306USMusk melons, limes and lemons perfume this crisp, cutting Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is refreshingly citrusy, offering brisk grapefruit flavor accented by swathes of green leaf and herb. Full bodied yet spry, it's a neatly balanced wine to enjoy now through 2019.Estate Reserve8835New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaOne Woman 2015 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)Sauvignon BlancOne Woman
6130861307ItalyVibrant and poised, this charming red opens with scents of red berry, iris and aromatic herb. The luminous palate offers red cherry, mint and orange zest while a firm vein of acidity and supple tannins provide freshness and an easy-drinking structure. Drink through 2017.8825TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Brizio 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovesePodere Brizio
6130961308USThis sweet, low-alcohol, red version of Moscato is fantastically fruity and floral in aroma. Boysenberry and rose-petal flavors accompany a broad texture that clings to the palate on the finish.8814CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRed Electra 2015 Moscato (California)MoscatoRed Electra
6131061309ItalyThis zesty red has pretty aromas that suggest small red berry, blue flower and a whiff of moist soil. The vibrant palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate and a hint of anise alongside zesty acidity and refined tannins.8830TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRidolfi 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseRidolfi
6131161310SpainLychee and minerally aromas amount to a pleasant whole. This dry, still Moscatel is texturally round and oily, while flavors of melon, lychee and orange are a touch bitter around the edges and on the finish.Botani Old Vines8818AndaluciaMálagaMichael Schachner@wineschachJorge Ordóñez & Co. 2015 Botani Old Vines Moscatel (Málaga)MoscatelJorge Ordóñez & Co.
6131261311USThis late-harvest style wine has a rich amber color plus concentrated aromas of honey, toasted nuts and apricot. Sweet, mouthcoating flavors are nutty, spicy and long-lasting on the finish. Fortified for extra body and alcohol, the wine is super sweet.Dulce Lagrimas de Elisa8820CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJoseph Filippi NV Dulce Lagrimas de Elisa Chenin Blanc (California)Chenin BlancJoseph Filippi
6131361312ArgentinaRipe oaky aromas include prune and raisin scents along with vanilla. This is somewhat rough and heavy in feel, with baked blackberry flavors and roasted meaty notes. A full blast of minty spicy oak controls the finish.Single Vineyard8815Mendoza ProvinceAgreloMichael Schachner@wineschachLamadrid 2015 Single Vineyard Bonarda (Agrelo)BonardaLamadrid
6131461313USThis earthy wine offers dusky, mossy aromas, raisin and light black-pepper flavors, and a touch of sweetness. It has full body and a soft, soothing texture.8840CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLandsman 2014 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelLandsman
6131561314ArgentinaFlat slightly flabby aromas of green and grassy black fruits smell of sweet plastic and oak. This feels raw, choppy and scraping. Flavors of minty, herbal black fruits are toasty and show grainy, forced oak. Pepper and mint flavors along with scratchy tannins make for a solid but rough finish.Private Reserve8817Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLoscano 2013 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Uco Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLoscano
6131661315ArgentinaExotic citrus and orange blossom aromas are lively and a touch oily. This is racy and fresh, with substance to the mouthfeel. Peachy stone-fruit flavors hint at orange and lychee, while this is lasting and intense on the finish. Drink now.[+]8811Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Julia 2016 [+] Torrontés (Mendoza)TorrontésSanta Julia
6131761316USFleshy black plums and berries burst from nose to palate of this juicy lip-smacking Long Island Shiraz. It's approachably plush and round with a pleasantly clingy mouthfeel. A backdrop of sweet spice and fine, feather-tipped tannins extend the finish.8823New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSuhru 2013 Shiraz (North Fork of Long Island)ShirazSuhru
6131861317ItalyMade entirely with the native grape Trebbiano Spoletino, this opens with aromas of acacia flower, chamomile and a whiff of tropical fruit. The round medium-bodied palate offers ripe honeydew melon and nectarine zest alongside fresh acidity.8820Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBocale 2015 Trebbiano Spoletino (Umbria)Trebbiano SpoletinoBocale

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