Wine Reviews

6204162040FranceRich, wood-aged wine that shows ripe blackberry juice flavors to balance the firm tannins. It has good depth, structure and weight, a ripe and good value Bordeaux.Vieilles VIgnes86BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saintongey 2010 Vieilles VIgnes (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Saintongey
6204262041FranceClassic, open, herbaceous fruit flavors with attractive light acidity and a perfumed character from the Muscadelle in the blend. The wine is fruity, crisp citrus and lively final freshness. Screwcap.8615BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour de Bonnet 2012 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Tour de Bonnet
6204362042USThis single vineyard Carmenere from the Horse Heaven Hills is 100% varietal with notes of freshly cut bell pepper and cherry. It's tart fruit flavors are backed by (quite) dry, grainy tannins.Phinny Hill Vineyard8628WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportClearwater Canyon 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenère (Washington)CarmenèreClearwater Canyon
6204462043ItalyThere's a spicy touch of white pepper or dried sage backed by peach and melon that gives this Friulano extra lift and intensity. It feels simple and thin in the mouth but it does shows signs of territorial identity thanks to its unique bouquet.D'Adda8616Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveConte Brandolini 2011 D'Adda Friulano (Friuli Grave)FriulanoConte Brandolini
6204562044USA nicely balanced red blend, this is high toned with smooth tannins and dark cherry and plum flavors amid a twist of black licorice. A fine wine for a crowd or easy mid-week drinking.Lucca8610CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneCourtney Benham 2011 Lucca Red (North Coast)Red BlendCourtney Benham
6204662045FranceCrisply light and fresh, this is a bright and clean wine. It's just touched by vanilla that goes well with the refreshing acidity. No complexity, just easy drinking. Screwcap.Terres de Saint-Louis8611ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerEstandon 2012 Terres de Saint-Louis Rosé (Coteaux Varois en Provence)RoséEstandon
6204762046ItalyColleventano (100% Pecorino) is aged in stainless steel to enhance the grape's natural aromas of ripe peach, candied fruit, sage and lemon. The wine is bright and dense on the palate with a playful touch of almond marzipan on the close.Colleventano8617Central ItalyColli AprutiniFattoria Giuseppe Savini 2011 Colleventano Pecorino (Colli Aprutini)PecorinoFattoria Giuseppe Savini
6204862047ItalyThis Rosso Conero (mostly Montepulciano with a small element of Sangiovese) proves to be a simple and fresh option that would work with pasta or chicken roast.8615Central ItalyRosso ConeroFazi Battaglia 2011 Rosso ConeroRed BlendFazi Battaglia
6204962048ItalyThis pretty Pecorino opens with bright tones of apricot and honey followed by a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Pair it with asparagus or creamy artichoke risotto.8619Central ItalyColline PescaresiTorre Raone 2010 Pecorino (Colline Pescaresi)PecorinoTorre Raone
6205062049USAggressive now in acidity, this Chardonnay has powerful sour Lifesaver candy flavors of pineapples and stony minerals, with a potent kick from smoky oak. It tastes young and jammy. It's elegant, and changes interestingly as it warms in the glass.Ryo-fu8944CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaFreeman 2008 Ryo-fu Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirFreeman
6205162050AustraliaYou might not know it from this wine's rather austere exterior, but this is actually from a warm site within the cool Yarra Valley. It's a restrained, slightly herbal blend of 62% Cabernet, 27% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot that finishes with a tough mouthful of tannin. Hold it for another 3–4 years and hope that the fruit holds up.Harry's Monster8930VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiant Steps 2006 Harry's Monster Red (Yarra Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendGiant Steps
6205262051USPretty good price for a bone-dry, crisply elegant Sauvignon Blanc with such good flavor. It's citrusy in limes and grapefruits, with richer notes of figs and melons, and finishes with a scour of spice.8919CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGroth 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancGroth
6205362052ItalyHere's a harmonious and well-balanced Barbera d'Asti Superiore with pretty mineral tones that are woven tight within a fabric of wild berry fruit and spice. The wine is tart and fresh on the finale with a long blast of blackberry and cherry on the close.Molisse8919PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreAgostino Pavia & Figli 2007 Molisse (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaAgostino Pavia & Figli
6205462053ItalyDespite the infamous heat of the 2003 vintage, Piano Alto Barbera d'Asti Superiore is a surprising and impressive wine. There are pretty linear notes of black stone and granite backed by some ripe berry and blackberry. The wine seems younger than it really is.Piano Alto8933PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreBava 2003 Piano Alto (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaBava
6205562054ItalyHere's a Barbera with a cheerful level of complexity that is enhanced by extra tones of spice and vanilla. The aromas are well integrated and there's plenty of fruit freshness here to pair with oven-roasted pasta.La Punta89PiedmontBarbera del Monferrato SuperioreLa Spinosa Alta 2007 La Punta (Barbera del Monferrato Superiore)BarberaLa Spinosa Alta
6205662055ItalySmoke and graphite notes, coupled with a solid base of black fruit and cassis, give this wine many aromatic layers to contemplate. There are drying mineral notes here yet the wine is ultimately very plush and velvety in the mouth and it ends with a touch of oak sweetness and bitter cherry.89PiedmontBarbera d'Asti Superiore NizzaL'Armangia 2007 Barbera d'Asti Superiore NizzaBarberaL'Armangia
6205762056New ZealandMade in a ripe style, this Sauvignon Blanc from Oregon-based Peter Rosback features hints of honey alongside nectarine and tropical fruit flavors. It's round on the palate; a ripe, easygoing wine for immediate consumption.8920MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSineann 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSineann
6205862057USA very pretty effort, the wine's strawberry and rhubarb flavors are balanced against spring herbs and hints of leaf. The Morrison Lane Sangiovese is blended with 15% Syrah from the Boushey vineyard.8918WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trio Vintners 2007 Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangioveseTrio Vintners
6205962058AustraliaThere's a slightly charry, roasted or asphalt top note to this wine's aromas, but the wine's flavors are an intriguing mix of cola, rhubarb and red berries, ending with mouthwatering raspberries coming to the fore. It's a full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that should be enjoyed over the next few years.8917South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2007 Shiraz (Clare Valley)ShirazWakefield
6206062059USThis is the first vintage made in the brand-new winery that was finished just in time for crush in 2007. It captures the Pepper Bridge vineyard character perfectly—pretty strawberry fruit, dappled with fresh herbs and white pepper. The aromas are pretty and clean, and the wine does not over-reach.Pepper Bridge Vineyard8940WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Waters 2007 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahWaters
6206162060New ZealandPungently bell peppery at first, this wine also features enough stone fruit and citrus flavors to carry the herbal overtones. It's medium in body, and finishes crisp and zesty—a very likeable summer quaff.8814MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOtto's Constant Dream 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancOtto's Constant Dream
6206262061ItalyThe longer this wine sits in the glass, the more beautiful its aromas become. It opens with a dark and rich appearance and vibrant notes of blueberry, wild berry and exotic spice. There's a slightly lactic note at first that slowly evolves into milk chocolate and fudge.Quass8828PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaPecchenino 2007 Quass (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaPecchenino
6206362062ItalyThis dark expression of Dolcetto opens with richly concentrated fruit and generous aromas of black fruit, plum, slate roof and granite stone. The wine is correct but simple in the mouth and offers a tannic bite at just the right level of firmness to pair with meat or cheese.88PiedmontDolcetto d'AstiPoderi Alasia 2008 Dolcetto d'AstiDolcettoPoderi Alasia
6206462063ItalyHere is a raw, chewy and vinous expression of Dolcetto with loads of bright berry and fruit intensity. The wine is easy and fresh with dense pulp and texture on the close.Mosesco8845PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaPrunotto 2008 Mosesco (Dolcetto d'Alba)DolcettoPrunotto
6206562064ChileA good deal in value-priced Cabernet. Aromas of mocha, chocolate and ripe berry fruit are well molded, and the palate is warm, rich and full of clean, tasty raspberry and plum fruit accented by another dash of mocha. Fruity and thick, and with a natural oak flavor.Reserva889Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2009 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSanta Alicia
6206662065ItalyThe wine opens with a thick, black and dense appearance and segues to raw aromas of blackberry, cherry, tobacco, spice and natural rubber. There's a vinous, chewy quality here that needs more time in the bottle to unwind.Porlapà8828PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreAlfonso Boeri 2007 Porlapà (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaAlfonso Boeri
6206762066ItalyDark, concentrated and oak-driven, this is a smooth and sophisticated Barbera d'Alba with intense aromas of black fruit, cassis and cherry. The wood notes are still a bit raw and apparent, so give this wine two more years in the bottle to integrate.Naunda88PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaBric Cenciurio 2007 Naunda (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaBric Cenciurio
6206862067ItalyThis Barbera d'Asti Superiore opens with brambly notes of underbrush and wild berry followed by wet earth and smoked ham. Give it two or three years in the bottle and pair this fruit-forward wine with lasagna or meatloaf.Terre Astesane88PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreCantina Sociale di Mombercelli Terre Astesane 2007 Terre Astesane (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaCantina Sociale di Mombercelli Terre Astesane
6206962068ItalyThis organically farmed Dolcetto delivers surprising sophistication with tones of wild mushroom and spice behind bright red fruit and berry. The wine is slightly tannic but closes with a smooth, polished texture.Vigna Pirochetta8820PiedmontDolcetto di DoglianiCascina Corte di Barosi Alessandro 2007 Vigna Pirochetta (Dolcetto di Dogliani)DolcettoCascina Corte di Barosi Alessandro
6207062069ItalyThis inky-black Barbera boasts granite and slate aromas with black fruit, cassis, wild mushroom, tobacco and wet earth. These are the characteristic aromas of this native grape variety, although the deep extraction and sweet oak flavors on display here denote a very modern interpretation.Neuvsent88PiedmontBarbera d'Asti Superiore NizzaCascina Garitina 2006 Neuvsent (Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza)BarberaCascina Garitina

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