Wine Reviews

6195161950SpainPure apple, peach and melon aromas precede a fresh, tangy palate with depth, minerality and complexity. Tangerine and lemon-lime flavors are pure as glacial ice, while lime and apple flavors control the finish. Drink through summer 2016.Esencia Diviña9123GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachAdegas Gran Vinum 2014 Esencia Diviña Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoAdegas Gran Vinum
6195261951USAromas of dried herb, cherry cola and barrel spice are out in front on this 100% varietal wine. The cherry and blackberry flavors are sweet and plump, showing concentration and depth along with dry, grippy tannins.9130WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlder Ridge 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonAlder Ridge
6195361952USTwo-thirds Grenache and one-third Syrah, this wine has intriguing aromas of white pepper, earthy funk, garrigue and berry. It's full bodied with the oak (33% new French) dialed back, putting the focus on the rich red and black fruit flavors.9172WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlleromb 2011 Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendAlleromb
6195461953USThe aromas of fresh herbs, tobacco and barrel spice seem quite locked-up at present on this dark purple-colored wine. The full-bodied dark fruit flavors and lightly chewy tannins show a mix of grace and power.Vineyard Collection Scarline Vineyard9160WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlleromb 2011 Vineyard Collection Scarline Vineyard Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecAlleromb
6195561954ItalyMade with Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo, this boasts an alluring aroma of red berry, fragrant iris, anise, underbrush and a balsamic note. The bright palate offers ripe black cherry, menthol, baking spice, grilled herb and a tobacco note. It's nicely balanced, with ripe tannins and freshness. Drink through 2020.Riserva9139TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBadia a Coltibuono 2010 Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendBadia a Coltibuono
6195661955SpainRooty, herbal, oaky aromas include notes of blackberry, raspberry and molasses. A layered, creamy palate has just enough structure and tannic grab to come across as firm. Charred, toasty flavors of oaky berry fruits and tobacco finish earthy, mature and lightly baked. Drink through 2020.Gran Reserva9133Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBeronia 2007 Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBeronia
6195761956USThis is a lively wine on both nose and palate, showing velvety aromas of fresh-squeezed boysenberry laced with violet and black pepper, reminiscent of a lavender-roasted lamb. Dense, very spicy elderberries emerge once sipped, with wild sage, oregano and a definite woody character.Sibylline9136CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCarina Cellars 2012 Sibylline Red (Adelaida District)Rhône-style Red BlendCarina Cellars
6195861957USThis wine rises up from the glass with an earthy funk, dried herbs, black pepper, cherry, smoke and mineral, showing complexities and detail. The palate is restrained yet rich, with savory flavors that linger.The Lovers9190WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCayuse 2012 The Lovers Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahCayuse
6195961958USBrooding aromas of fresh and dried herbs mix with freshly tilled soil, tomato leaf, coffee, mineral and spice box. It's restrained in style with supple smoke, herb and cherry flavors backed by soft tannins.Widowmaker En Chamberlain Vineyard9190WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCayuse 2012 Widowmaker En Chamberlain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCayuse
6196061959USLike rose gold in a glass, this skin-fermented Pinot Gris glimmers with complexity. Aged in a combination of French and Slovenian oak, it's lavishly aromatic, penetrating the palate with tones of potpourri and spice, citrus rind and smoked tea leaves. Tart tangerine acidity lends vibe and refreshment through a long, long finish.Ramato9124New YorkLong IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaChanning Daughters 2012 Ramato Pinot Grigio (Long Island)Pinot GrigioChanning Daughters
6196161960FranceFull-bodied, rich and slightly warm, this assertive Tavel boasts notes of raspberry, peach and melon. It's a bold, fruit-driven style that brightens on the finish, where crisp acids and a chalky feel add texture.9120Rhône ValleyTavelJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau d'Aqueria 2014 TavelRoséChâteau d'Aqueria
6196261961USThis wine smells like a bowl of fresh fruit. Aromas of huckleberries and raspberries mix with dried flowers, orange peel and milk chocolate. It's rich and hedonistic in style, with a velvety texture and a finish that won't quit.9165WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCorliss Estates 2011 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahCorliss Estates
6196361962SpainThis opens with leathery aromas of earthy plum and red-berry fruits. It's medium in body and intensity, with racy, tomatoey acidity. Baked flavors are a bit stalky and echo the nose, while this gran reserva finishes ripe and easy. Drink through 2021.Cune Gran Reserva9133Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2009 Cune Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendCVNE
6196461963SpainRooty, earthy aromas of cola, baking spices, blackberry and pepper are potent and ripe. Like always, this is a generous, well-balanced example of Ribera del Duero with toasty oak flavors riding on top of baking spice, plum and cassis notes. Vanilla and mint flavors on the finish are oak-based, while modest heat and burn call for short-term aging. Drink through 2019.9125Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachEmilio Moro 2012 Ribera del DueroTinto FinoEmilio Moro
6196561964New ZealandEscarpment's basic blended Pinot is anything but basic in 2013. There's a pleasing mixture of red and black fruit, notes of dried flowers and thyme and hints of mocha, cola and vanilla. It's medium bodied, with a firm feel on the palate and some dusty tannins on the long finish. It should drink well through 2023.9143MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEscarpment 2013 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirEscarpment
6196661965AustriaFlinty notes of smoke with glints of ripe yellow stone fruit and mandarin peel make for an appetizing opening. The palate is rounder and fleshier but toned by citric freshness and enticing spice. An unusual Sauvignon Blanc that enriches the varietal genre.Estoras91BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEsterházy 2014 Estoras Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancEsterházy
6196761966ItalyRipe plum, iris, violet and underbrush aromas lead the nose. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry, licorice, clove and a hint of tobacco. Tightly knit but ripe tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink 2016–2022.L'Imperatore Riserva9135TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria di Corsignano 2012 L'Imperatore Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseFattoria di Corsignano
6196861967IsraelRuby to the eye, this wine has an enticing bouquet of black cherry and soft baking spices. Flavors of black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, sage and orange rind are at home amid a labyrinth of soft but persistent tannins.Yarden 2T9134GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysGolan Heights Winery 2011 Yarden 2T Red (Galilee)Red BlendGolan Heights Winery
6196961968USThe oak, a mixture of French, American and eastern European, provides aromas of baking spices, pencil lead and cocoa on this blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The plum, dark fruit and cranberry flavors play along beautifully, with the silky feel adding to the appeal.Vireo9135WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGoose Ridge 2010 Vireo Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendGoose Ridge
6197061969SpainCool, subtle aromas of cola, rooty black cherry and blackberry precede a flush, racy, tannic palate. Toasted, roasted blackberry flavors come with accents of coconut and peppery spice, while coconutty oak returns on the finish. Drink through 2022.Gran Reserva9135Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2008 Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Cáceres
6197161970FranceProduced from the estate's old-vine Grenache, this is a silky, medium-bodied rosé. It's pale in color, but bold in flavor, offering hints of strawberries, peaches and brine that finish long and mouthwatering.L'Irresistible9115Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMas Carlot 2014 L'Irresistible Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)RoséMas Carlot
6197261971ArgentinaBaked apple and buttercup aromas get it going in a good way, but the palate doesn't really keep the momentum. It's citrusy but low in acid, while the flavors are simple and narrow as they revolve around citrus fruits. Chunky and soft on the finish.8413Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFour Aces 2009 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayFour Aces
6197361972ItalyHere's a fun and fresh Italian Pinot Grigio with piquant aromas of citrus and peach. The wine is informal and easy-drinking. A good food pairing would be chicken salad or lightly roasted fish. Screwcap.8410VenetoVenetoLa Villa 2008 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioLa Villa
6197461973FranceOpen, soft, creamy, along with a candied fruit character. There is freshness here, with the acidity dominant on the finish.8415BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerSigné Vigneron 2008 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnaySigné Vigneron
6197561974ChileNot a bad wine but definitely overoaked for what it is. The nose bleeds resin and faux milk chocolate, while the chunky, herbal palate offers pretty good mouthfeel but also roasted berry flavors. Menthol and herbal notes rise up on the hot finish.Special Reserve8413Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSimone 2008 Special Reserve Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreSimone
6197661975ArgentinaAromas of brick dust, sweet spice, rubber and leather are good if you're not seeking saturated berry fruit, while the palate is starchy and grabby, with flavors of stewed berry, tomato, leather and earth. Raspberry is detectable on the thin finish, but so is a soupy flavor. Decent wine with some faults.Patagonia8420OtherRío Negro ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVerum 2007 Patagonia Merlot (Río Negro Valley)MerlotVerum
6197761976USThis Bordeaux blend is juicy and inviting, with notes of tropical nuts and caramel over a base of plum fruit. The palate is crisp and berryish, winding down to a short vanilla finish. Drink up.8329VirginiaVirginiaRappahannock Cellars 2006 Meritage (Virginia)MeritageRappahannock Cellars
6197861977ChileThere's a sea of basic Cabernet that comes out of Chile every year. This is very much one of the generic, forgettable ones. Expect light cherry and cassis aromas and flavors, and a mouthfeel that's mildly acidic and scratchy.8310Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarmen 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCarmen
6197961978ChileSweet, minty and confected, with marshmallow and candied berry aromas. The mouthfeel is tangy on the surface and hollow down below, while the palate has average size along with vanilla-infused berry flavors. Lean on the finish. More than 300,000 cases produced.Casillero del Diablo Reserve8310Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2008 Casillero del Diablo Reserve Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreConcha y Toro
6198061979ArgentinaDark purple in color, but more leafy and murky than you'd expect on the nose. The palate has texture and weight, but it's also kind of dull feeling, which matches the wine's chunky, dull flavors. Decent enough, but still too herbal and challenged.8314Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachGauchezco 2008 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecGauchezco

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