Wine Reviews

6202662025ChileSalinic, minerally aromas come with citrus and passion fruit notes. This Central Valley SB feels round and medium in terms of intensity, with melony, green-leaning flavors of lime. On the finish, pithy grapefruit flavors end with mild bitterness.8612Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRios de Chile 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancRios de Chile
6202762026USSweet with 30 g/L of residual sugar, Sorelle's Muscat Canelli is light on its feet, and easy to enjoy in a picnic setting or leisurely coast through the California Delta through Lodi. At only 12.2 percent alcohol, it'll make you happy without a headache.Sogno Dolce8618CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneSorelle Winery 2012 Sogno Dolce Muscat Canelli (Lodi)Muscat CanelliSorelle Winery
6202862027USElegant, dryish to off-dry and crisp in acidity, this Sauvignon Blanc has forward flavors of gooseberries, limes, white sugar and vanilla. It's clean and fine to drink now.8622CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastStar Lane Vineyard 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)Sauvignon BlancStar Lane Vineyard
6201162010ItalyTrebbiano, Sémillon, Roussanne, Sauvignon and Pinot Bianco form this unique blend. It offers subtle tones of peach, pineapple and honeysuckle.8616TuscanyMontecarloTenuta del Buonamico 2011 White (Montecarlo)White BlendTenuta del Buonamico
6202962028USSweet vanilla, white sugar and orange jam flavors mark this Chardonnay. It has excellent acidity, and some stony, minerally notes. Despite the esteemed vineyard source, it's too oaky, and lacking in subtlety.Hyde Vineyard8640CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaStomping Girl 2011 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayStomping Girl
6203062029USIn much the same mold as its companion, the ghost in the machine Red, this is almost all Syrah, with a bit more bite and focus. Purple plum fruit glides smoothly into a lightly toasty finish. A fine every day red with plenty of flavor.8613WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine the Ghost of 413 2010 Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red Blendthe Ghost of 413
6201262011USThis Cabernet remains tough in tannins and a little harsh in acidity. The blackberry, roasted meat, pepper and toast flavors are rich and complex.Mohrhardt Ridge8614CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaWellington 1989 Mohrhardt Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonWellington
6203162030USThis is a linebacker wine, at 15.7% abv, bursting with roasted coffee, licorice and dry tannins all around. Soft, supple and round, and fully concentrated, the finish could use a bit more harrumph. The back label's suggestion to pair this wine with short ribs is a good call.Old Vine8635CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneTrinitas 2010 Old Vine Petite Sirah (Contra Costa County)Petite SirahTrinitas
6201362012USA little on the sweet-tasting side, this Cabernet Sauvignon abounds with flavors of blackberry and cherry pie filling, which give it a direct, candied taste. The tannins and acids are superior, and the wine should benefit from 3–4 years in a cellar.8622CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaWellington 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonWellington
6203262031ChileFor a large-production wine (47,000 cases made), this is nice and easy to drink. Tropical fruit aromas are lightly citric. In the mouth, this is fresh and easy, with nectarine and tangerine flavors. Freshness and simplicity are this wine's calling card.Aliwen Reserva8613Curicó and Leyda ValleysMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2012 Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Curicó and Leyda Valleys)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
6203362032USLargely tannic and bearing a lot of oak, Amador Foothill's Sangiovese is more savory than sweet, with leather, mocha and herbs rising to the top in taste.Estate Bottled8618CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneAmador Foothill Winery 2009 Estate Bottled Sangiovese (Shenandoah Valley (CA))SangioveseAmador Foothill Winery
6203462033USAt the age of nearly five years, this Syrah is soft, mellow and sweet. It has flavors of raspberry jam, bacon, brown sugar and cinnamon spice. Won't get any better, so drink up.8660CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaAzari 2008 Shiraz (Sonoma Coast)ShirazAzari
6201462013USThere'a soft sweetness to this wine that makes it immediately drinkable. The flavors are suggestive of ripe red cherry, red licorice, red currant liqueur, mocha and sweet oak.8626CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaWhite Oak 2009 Syrah (Napa Valley)SyrahWhite Oak
6203562034ChileThis Maule Malbec opens with pinched, herbal aromas of cherry and berry mixed with leather. The palate is fresh and zesty, almost to the point of being lean and scouring, with red plum, raspberry, cherry and a touch of vanilla. A quick finish that's tangy is the final act.La Porfia Gran Reserve8620Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBotalcura 2010 La Porfia Gran Reserve Malbec (Maule Valley)MalbecBotalcura
6201562014GreeceStrawberry and raspberry notes come with a tart edge in this easygoing rosé. On the palate, strawberry, violet and spice notes are balanced and fresh. A good everyday choice that will pair well with fruit salad, chicken salad and cold cuts.Techni Alipiaç Dry8622DramaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaWine Art Estate 2011 Techni Alipiaç Dry Rosé (Drama)RoséWine Art Estate
6203662035USThis wine is a little short and abupt on the finish. It's very similar to a minor Chardonnay, with buttercream, vanilla and tropical and citrus fruits. The acidity is quite brisk, like a squirt of lime.8621CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2011 Aligoté (Mt. Harlan)AligotéCalera
6201662015ItalyThis Vermentino opens with distinct tones of almond skin and stone fruit. The mouthfeel is lean and clean, with a compact feel and medium intensity.8623TuscanyBolgheriCeralti 2011 Vermentino (Bolgheri)VermentinoCeralti
6203762036USThis wine is straight down the fairway, clean and simple with medium to full bodied yellow apple notes and a touch of residual sugar.The Expedition Pinot Gris8615WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanoe Ridge 2012 The Expedition Pinot Gris Pinot Gris (Horse Heaven Hills)Pinot GrisCanoe Ridge
6201762016FranceThis underrated village, which is located next to Savigny-lès-Beaune, has produced an attractive, fruity wine that has a fine structure, a red berry flavor and a twist of acidity on the finish. Keep this for 2–3 years.86BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Champy 2010 Chorey-lès-BeaunePinot NoirDomaine Champy
6203862037SpainSweet melon, peach and vanilla aromas come with a tropical leaning. The mouthfeel trends toward flat, while modest flavors of apple and melon are supported by soft, melony acidity. While this is good, it's on the flat and flabby side.8623Northern SpainValdeorrasMichael Schachner@wineschachCasal Novo 2011 Godello (Valdeorras)GodelloCasal Novo
6201862017ItalySimple, clean and bright, Le Pianette is all about fresh fruit. The blend is 70-30 Sangiovese and Colorino, and it offers lively cherry and blueberry notes.Le Pianette8615TuscanyToscanaFattoria Fibbiano 2011 Le Pianette Red (Toscana)Red BlendFattoria Fibbiano
6203962038FranceThe second wine of Château Coussin, owned by the Sumeire family, is from a parcel of vines in the main vineyard. It gives a rounded wine, soft, red fruited, crisp and clean. A delicious aperitif style.La Croix du Prieur8616ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Coussin 2012 La Croix du Prieur Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Coussin
6201962018USThis has apricot, orange and Meyer lemon notes, plus a sweet toastiness. It will appeal to consumers who enjoy Charonnays with a buttercream-like smoothness and a buttered popcorn flavor.8630CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFlocchini 2011 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayFlocchini
6204062039FranceHerbaceous in character, this a crisp, lemon-scented wine, still so young and fresh. With its tangy character, it could well age for several months more.8623ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Roubine 2012 White (Côtes de Provence)Rhône-style White BlendChâteau Roubine
6202062019USThis is soft and jammy, with raspberry, cherry and oak flavors. A pretty wine, with a good tannin-acid balance, for drinking now.Gracie Creek Vineyards8632CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaMuscardini 2010 Gracie Creek Vineyards Syrah (Sonoma Valley)SyrahMuscardini
6202162020AustriaSoft, earthy, full-bodied wine. It has attractive red berry fruits, light tannins, a juicy wine that has open fruit flavors. Drink now. Screwcap.Zwickl8620BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerNittnaus Hans und Christine 2009 Zwickl Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltNittnaus Hans und Christine
6202262021AustriaSuper-ripe wine that shows plenty of warm, aromatic Chardonnay fruits. White plums are balanced by intense spicy acidity with a more rounded core. The wine has a weight and richness that is cut by a grapefruit freshness. Screwcap.Heideboden8617BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerNittnaus Hans und Christine 2012 Heideboden Chardonnay (Burgenland)ChardonnayNittnaus Hans und Christine
6202362022ItalyHere's a great deal for a soft, plush and easy-drinking Italian red that would pair with lasagna or fettuccine with meat ragù. You will detect fresh notes of blackberry and blueberry as well as dried aromas of cassis and candied raspberry.È 100 Per Cento8611Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoOrion Wine 2011 È 100 Per Cento (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoOrion Wine
6202462023SpainJammy, mildly green aromas of tobacco, cherry and blueberry shed clarity with airing. This blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot is high in acid, a touch abrasive and hollow in the midpalate, with green-leaning, minty flavors of blackberry and plum. This finishes acidic, with some scour.1423 Reserva8625Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2007 1423 Reserva Red (Navarra)Red BlendPríncipe de Viana
6202562024USAn aromatically reticent wine with notes of mineral, apple, and spice. It drinks just a hair off-dry with tart green apple flavors and sharp edged acids making for a pleasant summer afternoon sipper.8620OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPyrenees 2011 Pinot Gris (Umpqua Valley)Pinot GrisPyrenees

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