Wine Reviews

6139561394USThis estate vineyard is generally prone to cool-site characteristics, meaning more of an emphasis on leaf and root and herb. Peppery herb and tart red fruits combine in an elegant, precise midpalate, suggesting wild strawberry and carrying a dash of sea salt caramel through the finish.Coast Range Estate9149OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trisaetum 2014 Coast Range Estate Pinot NoirPinot NoirTrisaetum
6139661395AustraliaThis is already showing some evolution in its color, displaying some lightening at its rim. The aromas are floral and tea-like, with subtle cinnamon and spice shadings, and the flavors follow along, resembling Wild Berry Zinger tea. It's medium in weight, with silky tannins and a softly dusty finish.Basalt Block9015New South WalesHunter ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHope Estate 2013 Basalt Block Shiraz (Hunter Valley)ShirazHope Estate
6138161380FranceFrom organic and biodynamic vineyards, this wine is full of ripe berry fruits backed up by firm tannins, this is a wine that is full of potential. It has structure, a fine form of rich fruit and acidity. With its dense texture this is a wine to age. So just wait until 2019.9140BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Brethous 2014 Cadillac Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Brethous
6139761396FranceGreen citrus is aligned with green apple on the nose. The zesty, crisp and utterly refreshing notes fill the palate while the soft mousse fizzes away, underlining the balanced, dry freshness even more. The body is light and the green apple and citrus notes, cushioned by lovely biscuit notes, last all the way to an echoing, dry finish.Cuvée Prestige Brut9025AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff & Irion NV Cuvée Prestige Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendDopff & Irion
6138261381USThis surprisingly rich, concentrated and full-bodied wine has delicious spicy oak accents and an easy-sippng texture. The color is a very dark, deep red. Aromas are grapy, jammy and fresh, and the flavors convey ripe blackberry and plum.9138CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHelwig 2013 Graciano (Shenandoah Valley (CA))GracianoHelwig
6139861397GermanyPretty blossom and apricot aromas bolster ripe, rich flavors of honey tangerine and yellow peach in this forward, fruity wine. There's no pretense here: It's a hedonistic guzzler of a wine, but its tangy salt-and-lime finish makes it hard to resist another glass. Drink while young.Blitz9011MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler 2015 Blitz Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler
6138361382FranceHints of ripe peach creep in with the yellow plum notes on the nose. The palate adds a generous if frothy creaminess to these flavors, making them fizz and fill the mouth with their fruity freshness. Behind all this lurks a grown-up backdrop of biscuity richness that allows for a restrained dosage and a very dry finish. Lovely now, will benefit from bottle age. Drink 2016–2019.Grande Cuvée Brut Millesimé9133AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Cattin 2010 Grande Cuvée Brut Millesimé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendJoseph Cattin
6139961398USNamed for the proprietor's daughter, Taylor's is stainless-steel fermented and meant to exude juicy waves of pear, apple and lemon, a fully immersive expression of fruit and minerality. Well balanced, it shows a tease of peach fuzz and the crispness of never having met a swath of oak.Taylor's Vineyard Musque Clone9028CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDry Creek Vineyard 2014 Taylor's Vineyard Musque Clone Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancDry Creek Vineyard
6138461383USThis 100% varietal wine from the producer's famous vineyard is sanguine in red currant and woody tannin. Full bodied and substantial in body and spirit, it has alluring aromatics of sage and mountain brush, remaining balanced in acidity despite the intensity and power.Stagecoach Vineyard Veraison9190CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKrupp Brothers 2010 Stagecoach Vineyard Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKrupp Brothers
6138561384USSpicy, lemony acidity balances out a classic barrel imprint of oakiness and toast in this medium-bodied, concentrated wine. Silky-smooth on the palate, it rewards patience in the glass and will pair well with rich, creamy foods.Damaris Reserve9135CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLandmark 2014 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayLandmark
6138661385AustriaThe nose signals crunchy, crisp red apple, which also follows through on the sprightly, wonderfully foamy and fresh palate of exquisitely small bubbles. This is light but full-fruited, brimming with all the crunch of Red Delicious and Braeburn apples supported by just a little shortbread richness from the yeast. There is concentration and poise, utter freshness and quite a bit of length.Brut Rosé9132NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLoimer 2013 Brut Rosé Sparkling (Niederösterreich)Sparkling BlendLoimer
6138761386AustriaA lovely rich apple scent of Golden Pearmain pervades nose and palate of this fresh sparkler. The palate is fresh and light-bodied, yet characterized by an almost honeyed richness of apple notes and freshly baked apple crumble. The finish is wonderfully dry, full-fruited, fresh and long.Extra Brut9130NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLoimer 2013 Extra Brut Sparkling (Niederösterreich)Sparkling BlendLoimer
6138861387USRipe, rich fruit flavors and a handsome streak of spicy oak make this full-bodied Rhône-style blend luscious and tempting. Great fruit concentration and a nicely viscous texture team up with soft tannins and an almost-sweet finish.Le Grand-Pere Estate Grown9146CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Le Grand-Pere Estate Grown Red (Sierra Foothills)Rhône-style Red BlendNaggiar
6138961388USDry and sappy, this potent effort is heavily influenced by botanical flavors, to the point of being almost grassy. Dry extract and lemon/lime acidity keep the riper fruit flavors in check, but with ample breathing time the wine fills in with highlights of fresh peaches.9124OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Penner-Ash 2015 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingPenner-Ash
6139061389USA vivid buttered-popcorn aroma and luscious vanilla and lemon-meringue flavors make this wine frothy and mouthfilling. Made in 100% new Hungarian oak barrels and aged for 20 months, it's full-bodied, so rich in texture that it seems almost sweet, with good balancing support from mild acidity.Boon Fly's Hill9150CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPoseidon 2013 Boon Fly's Hill Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayPoseidon
6140061399ItalyLovely floral aromas of white spring flower meld together with scents of an orchard in bloom and a whiff of bread crust. The creamy palate doles out apple, yellow peach, toasted nut and a hint of honey alongside a persistent perlage.Dublesse Dosaggio Zero Metodo Classico9057Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDubl NV Dublesse Dosaggio Zero Metodo Classico Greco (Vino Spumante)GrecoDubl
6140161400USThis vineyard-designate opens in bombastic amounts of Asian spice and wild strawberry, making for a whirlwind of flavor and acidity on the palate. Black tea and rose garden dance around highlights of orange and cranberry, the wine tart in mineralogy, as well as full of length and density.Thomas Road Vineyard Dutton Ranch9056CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton Estate 2014 Thomas Road Vineyard Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDutton Estate
6140261401USThis mix of 68% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 12% Petite Sirah offers blackberry jam, lavender and cracked pepper on the nose. Tart berries show on the sip, made more serious with a tarry structure and lifted by light purple flowers and an incense element that carries through the finish.Revelation Rodney's Vineyard9044CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2013 Revelation Rodney's Vineyard Red (Santa Barbara County)Rhône-style Red BlendEpiphany
6140361402USTry this bold and concentrated wine for a change of pace. Enormous aromas of fully ripe plums and cherries mix with savory, herbal accents. The flavors are rich and mouthfilling, dripping with prune, boysenberry and anise.9025CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2011 Touriga Nacional (Livermore Valley)Touriga NacionalFenestra
6140461403SpainWhite-flower aromas and little more define the nose on this bland wine from hot Jumilla. A flabby mouthfeel sets up green banana and pyrazine-based flavors. Papaya is the only discernible flavor note on an otherwise soft and creamy finish.Luzón Blanco8310LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Luzón 2012 Luzón Blanco White (Jumilla)White BlendBodegas Luzón
6140561404SpainButtercup aromas are peachy and yeasty. Although the wine offers adequate freshness, it is starting to lose clarity. Flavors of dull peach finish nutty and slightly oxidized.838Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2012 Viura (Campo de Borja)ViuraBorsao
6140661405USIncredible aromas of barbecued meat leap out of this wine, followed by a taste of sweet raspberry jam. It has penetratingly thick tannins that are dusty too. There's a pronounced amount of smoky oak going on, which might be pleasant with similar food.8330CaliforniaSolano CountyNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vboonePutah Creek 2009 Tannat (Solano County)TannatPutah Creek
6140761406ChileThis opens with aromas of wild herbs and field greens. This wine is full but flat in feel, with green, minty flavors that overshadow the minimal fruit. The finish is herbal and broad.Clava Reserve8314Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuintay 2012 Clava Reserve Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreQuintay
6140861407USThis sour, beery wine is for those who like a high acid flush with their meal. The very tart flavors focus on lemon and green apple.Estate Grown8315OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Redgate 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisRedgate
6139161390PortugalThe wine is rich and spicy with layers of dried raisin and prune flavors along with a light touch of acidity. Its ripe fruit is tempered by the bite of spirit that gives the wine a lift as well as adding extra richness. On the dry side of Ports, it is made to be drunk now.Late Bottled Vintage9128PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de la Rosa 2012 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortQuinta de la Rosa
6139261391SpainRipe, earthy aromas of cola, coconut, blackberry and cassis are healthy and heady. Reflecting a warm year, this wine feels both flush and fleshy, with mild tannins. Flavors of blackberry, mocha and coffee finish clean, open and easy, with nothing overbearing. Drink through 2019.Crianza9135Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachResalte 2012 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloResalte
6139361392PortugalThis wood-aged wine is rich and smooth with light toast blending with the yellow fruit and spice. Acidity gives the wine its freshness contrasting with the complex fruit and wood balance. Drink this fine wine from 2017.Quinta do Mondego Branco9120DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerFontes da Cunha 2015 Quinta do Mondego Branco White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteFontes da Cunha
6140961408USBing cherries rise to the top of the aroma profile, but the flavors, like many 2011s, appear unwilling to share themselves in any forward way, even after the wine is opened for some time. It necessitates much searching to get past the tart and lean vintage to find the limited but characteristic flavors of Pinot Noir.8333CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSaddle Ranch 2011 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirSaddle Ranch
6139461393USBurly and powerful, this is an explosively complex and satisfying wine, full bodied and brooding in black cherry and tobacco, its tannins mild and lengthy.Venom Rattlesnake Hill Vineyard9154CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSeghesio 2012 Venom Rattlesnake Hill Vineyard Sangiovese (Alexander Valley)SangioveseSeghesio
6141061409USGenerous in aromas of leather and chocolate-covered fig, this wine gets mushy in the middle. Thin with an earthy edge and a finish that's slightly herbal.Estate Bottled8324CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneSpenker 2011 Estate Bottled Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelSpenker

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