Wine Reviews

6179061789ItalyThe nose is a bit shy but eventually reveals underbrush, red berry and a toasted note. The straightforward palate is quite lean, offering raw sour cherry, a green note of powdered sage and a hint of ground pepper alongside raspy tannins that leave an astringent finish.8645TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Grappolo 2012 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseIl Grappolo
6179161790South AfricaMuted aromas of tart gooseberry and lime peel dance in the bouquet, while pithy flavors of plum skin, currant and citrus rind unfold on the lightweight, slightly astringent palate. Pleasant hints of fresh herbs and saline make a fleeting impression on the close.Circumstance8620StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzWaterkloof 2015 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch)Sauvignon BlancWaterkloof
6179261791USThis mountain-grown wine is hugely tannic and oaky, hard to penetrate in its full-bodied ripeness. Smoky oak and currant flavors vie for attention against a backdrop of concentration and power.Limited Release Cold Springs Vineyard86125CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCharles Krug 2013 Limited Release Cold Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCharles Krug
6179361792South AfricaThis wine offers nice balance between the ripe-fruit tones of pear and green-apple and the green, stemmy herb and grass notes. There are subtle smoke and spice accents that unfold on the finish, following a plush mouthfeel that's enlivened by bright citrus tones. Drink now.8613StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFat Barrel 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch)Sauvignon BlancFat Barrel
6179461793FranceThis fruit-driven white blend is powered by Roussanee, which showcases its hallmark pineapple fruit. Hints of honey and pear add a bit of nuance, but this easy-drinking, medium- to full-bodied wine remains pretty straightforward.8615Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau Saint-Nabor 2015 White (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style White BlendChâteau Saint-Nabor
6179561794South AfricaScents of green apple and plum lead the bouquet, with a strong lime-pith note that carries through to the palate. The texture is soft and somewhat flat on the midpalate, but ample acidity and a pleasant astringency help to lift the close. Drink now.Classic Collection8510Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzKWV 2015 Classic Collection Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)Chenin BlancKWV
6179661795FranceLike the hyperexpensive Cuvée à Tempo, Pegau's 2015 Cuvée Reservée has a slightly bitter edge to the finish. Otherwise, it shows subtle pineapple, anise and white gumdrop notes and medium body.Cuvée Réservée8563Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine du Pegau 2015 Cuvée Réservée White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendDomaine du Pegau
6179761796South AfricaBright aromas of tart apple, melon rind and fresh chrysanthemum dance in the bouquet, while the lively, lightweight palate offers notes of white peach and citrus pith. A subtle astringency graces the close. Drink now.8510Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzEssay 2015 Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)Chenin BlancEssay
6177161770USThis is a ruggedly simple blush wine, with lots of acidity and some green tea and dried herb flavors. It's saved by a just-in-time flavor of black cherry candy.Heritage8418CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCurtis 2011 Heritage Rosé (Santa Barbara County)RoséCurtis
6177261771PortugalThis is a lightweight, fruity and softly tannic wine. The red berry flavor is bright and breezy, and the acidity is a dominant feature. Screwcap.Brigando8410LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2010 Brigando Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
6177361772PortugalFruity and off-dry, this has light touches of sweet strawberry and vanilla to go with the orange zest acidity. Screwcap.Pink Elephant848LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Pink Elephant Rosé (Lisboa)RoséDFJ Vinhos
6177461773USThis has ripe blackberry and oak flavors. It's dry, full bodied and tannic enough to cut through a rich, ketchup-strewn cheeseburger.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLost Angel 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonLost Angel
6177561774USThis seems sweet like a Port. It tastes like raspberry and cherry jam, with lots of heat from the alcohol.1000 Vines8425CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMinassian-Young 2010 1000 Vines Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelMinassian-Young
6177661775USThere's an unripe, green edge to this Zinfandel that detracts from its appeal. Yet it has some good blackberry fruit, and it's nicely dry and tannic. Pair this with rich meats and cheeses to coax out the sweetness.Mounts Vineyard8435CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaV. Sattui 2009 Mounts Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelV. Sattui
6177761776USA simple Chardonnay, this seems sweet in pineapple and peach jam notes, with buttered toast and honey flavors from oak. Flashy, but one-dimensional.8422CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHess Collection 2010 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayHess Collection
6179861797South AfricaThis is a fresh and lively white, with some green bean and herbaceous notes to support the core of gooseberry and lime rind aromas and flavors. It's light and straightforward, but clean and so easy to enjoy. Drink now.The Game Reserve8516RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGraham Beck 2015 The Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Robertson)Sauvignon BlancGraham Beck
6177861777USIf you like tart, less-than-ripe Sauvignon Blanc, you'll enjoy this one. It's acidic, but relieved by lemon, lime and honey flavors.8416CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaWhite Oak 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancWhite Oak
6179961798SpainAn aromatic opening of compost and vinegar might suggest casting this aside. But flavors of strawberry and chocolate, along with an admitted weedy note, amount to something decent. Finishing notes of brown sugar and berry syrup are chocolaty and ensure that this finishes better than it begins.Colección Vivanco Dulce de Invierno Late Harvest8550Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachVivanco 2011 Colección Vivanco Dulce de Invierno Late Harvest Red (Rioja)Red BlendVivanco
6177961778PortugalRipe and fruity, this bears a red berry flavor and a dry structure. It has weight, richness and a smooth finish.Azul Portugal84SetubalRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2011 Azul Portugal Rosé (Setubal)RoséWines & Winemakers
6180061799FranceProduced in the west of Gascony, with a strong oceanic influence, this Chardonnay is cool, fruity and with bright acidity. It does have a creamy texture that fills out the fruitiness. It is an attractive, ripe wine that is ready to drink.La Galope8515Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Herré 2015 La Galope Chardonnay (Côtes de Gascogne)ChardonnayDomaine de l'Herré
6178061779PortugalCrisp and herbaceous, this is a green-fruited wine that's light on the palate, offering delightful refreshing acidity. This is very fruity and ready to drink.Clemens Reserva84Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2011 Clemens Reserva White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
6178161780PortugalThe light prickle adds to the natural freshness of this lemon-sherbet-flavored wine. Very crisp and light in the mouth, this dances on the palate with just a touch of sweetness.Salsus84Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2011 Salsus White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
6178261781ItalyThis is a ripe Chardonnay with aromas of pineapple, Golden Delicious apple and honey. It's slightly thick and sticky on the close.8411Central ItalyTerre di ChietiCaldora Vini 2010 Chardonnay (Terre di Chieti)ChardonnayCaldora Vini
6178361782SpainJumpy and nervy smelling, with tottering aromas of jammy berry and strawberry. It feels dilute at first, but more structure and body appear as the wine unfolds. The flavor of jammy raspberry is somewhat herbal, and the finish is light.Roble8423Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachConvento Oreja 2010 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloConvento Oreja
6178461783USThis is a vigorous Zinfandel, fruity and soft, with berry, cola and spice flavors. Drink now with barbecue, burgers or beef burritos.8418CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaNapa Cellars 2010 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelNapa Cellars
6178561784USThis 100% stainless-steel-aged Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp, herbal mouthfeel, with a melon-like brightness. Just a touch of green pepper and jalapeño muddle the finish.Hybrid848CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vboonePeltier 2011 Hybrid Sauvignon Blanc (Lodi)Sauvignon BlancPeltier
6178661785USAlthough this Cabernet bears a Napa Valley designation, it could be from anywhere. It's rich in tannins and has good blackberry and herb flavors that finish a little pruny.Route 298422CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRouteStock 2009 Route 29 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonRouteStock
6178761786USExtracted and oaky, this will appeal to those who enjoy the popular style. It's strong in buttered toast and butterscotch flavors, with a pineapple jam note.8418CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastSan Simeon 2009 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnaySan Simeon
6178861787USModest orange and peach flavors are found in this oak-tinged wine. It offers the Chardonnay lover good pleasure.Coastal Series8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherArrow Creek 2011 Coastal Series Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayArrow Creek
6178961788USThe nose of this blend of 58% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 8% Petite Sirah is a touch funky, with sour blackberry, charcoal and dried meat aromas. Charred blueberry, sour black plum and savory meat flavors show on the palate.The Deep Six8632CaliforniaSouth CoastSouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHawk Watch Winery 2013 The Deep Six Red (South Coast)Red BlendHawk Watch Winery

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