Wine Reviews

6284462843South AfricaThis straightforward wine shows lime flower, chalk, and confectioner's sugar on the nose. The flavors of lime zest and white grapefruit carry to the finish. This wine is fresh and simple with a spine of good acidity.Rhine Riesling8512RobertsonDe Wetshof 2002 Rhine Riesling Riesling (Robertson)RieslingDe Wetshof
6284562844USGreen apples and pears combine harmoniously in this tart, mostly dry offering. Elements of vegetable oil and mineral add complexity.8510New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFox Run 2002 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingFox Run
6284662845FranceMarc Beyer has succeeded well, with a crisp, mineral style of wine that can marry well with so many fish and seafood dishes.859AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLeon Beyer 2001 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingLeon Beyer
6284762846USLightweight and possessed of brisk acidity, this tart and snappy style might work well with fresh shellfish. Simple sour-apple flavors scour the palate.Dry8510New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLucas Vineyards 2001 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLucas Vineyards
6284862847AustraliaLight in weight and subtle in flavor, this Chard is a welcome change from some of its mega-mallowy Oz compatriots. There are citrus and peach flavors on the palate and floral, yellow fruit aromas; it starts to get toasty with aeration.8516Western AustraliaWestern AustraliaChalice Bridge 2001 Chardonnay (Western Australia)ChardonnayChalice Bridge
6284962848ChileVery particular yet still very Riesling. Oily, tight aromas signal intensity, which is delivered on the peach-like palate that turns creamy toward the finish as banana and papaya take over. There's a bitterness throughout, and at points it's interesting while at others it's too much. Also in abundance is the taste of pepper. A unique wine with attitude.Dona Isidora858Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2000 Dona Isidora Riesling (Maipo Valley)RieslingCousiño-Macul
6285062849USEssentially a reserve pinot blanc, this wine captures pleasant pear flavors and some extra texture suggestive of extended lees contact. Very limited (60 case) production.Wetzel Family Estate8518OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Château Bianca 2001 Wetzel Family Estate Pinot Blanc (Willamette Valley)Pinot BlancChâteau Bianca
6282162820USThe alcohol on this Zin is enormous, giving it a Port-style headiness. But it sure is delicious, offering tiers of black currants, chocolate, sweet licorice and cedar. Defines this robust style of California Zin in a rich, barbecue-friendly way.Emilio8729CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastDe Paola Vineyard 2008 Emilio Zinfandel (Arroyo Grande Valley)ZinfandelDe Paola Vineyard
6282262821SpainThe nose here is a bit herbal, with a suggestion of eucalyptus along with blackberry and plum. The mouthfeel on this wine is clampy but solid, while the flavors of herbal, roasted berry fruits and moss lead into a mildly herbal and earthy finish. There's a lot of olive-like character to this wine.Reserva8740Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Valpiedra 2007 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloFinca Valpiedra
6282362822USA rich, fruity bubbly for drinking now. It's a little coarse and scoury, but delicious, with candied lime, strawberry and vanilla flavors.Blanc de Noirs8722CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaGloria Ferrer NV Blanc de Noirs Sparkling (Carneros)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
6282462823USA fine Mendocino Petite Sirah that's mouth filling with blueberry and licorice and plenty structured to age longer than it already has. With pleasant layers of licorice and black tea, especially on the finish, it's also ready to drink now.8718CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneGraziano 2007 Petite Sirah (Mendocino)Petite SirahGraziano
6282562824USIt's all about flashy fruit in this ripe Pinot Noir. Enormously concentrated with raspberry, date and cherry flavors and hints of spicy bacon and raisins.Sangiacomo Vineyard8738CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaGregory Graham 2009 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirGregory Graham
6282662825USGive this wine credit for dryness, crisp acidity and intensity. It's rich and strong in sour black cherry candy, cola, bitter dark chocolate and herb flavors. It's also very tannic, so much so that it's practically undrinkable now. Give it 4–5 years in the bottle, decant, and drink with beef or lamb.Estate Grown8742CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGrgich Hills 2008 Estate Grown Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotGrgich Hills
6282762826FranceAn apple-fresh Champagne, this is fruity while also having a tangy, mineral character. It has a soft texture, showing white currants and citrus freshness to finish.Brut8735ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerGuyot Choppin NV Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendGuyot Choppin
6282862827ArgentinaThis Syrah smells meaty and roasted, with savory spice aromas and plenty of black fruit on the nose. It's chewy and creamy feeling, with blueberry and blackberry flavors in front of a short finish that's abrupt but clean.Zagal8714Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachHacienda del Plata 2010 Zagal Syrah (Mendoza)SyrahHacienda del Plata
6282962828USCurious tones of red berry and grapefruit mark this intensely fruit-forward, semi-sweet Riesling. It's concentrated on the palate, but balanced with hints of smoky minerality and delicate dried herb notes.Semi-Sweet8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2011 Semi-Sweet Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingHeron Hill
6283062829USAll three grape varieties in this blend offer their own special contribution. The result is balance—a dry, smoothly tannic wine with lots of upfront berry, spice, leather and sandalwood notes.Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Zinfandel-Syrah8736CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherHerzog 2010 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Zinfandel-Syrah Red (California)Red BlendHerzog
6283162830USNottingham Cellars' blend of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, all from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages, is an interesting experiment in blending and makes for a fine, earthy, brooding wine. With so much chewy cranberry-dominated flavor, this is a good food wine, especially for early spring fare.AlphaRed Lot III8724CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneNottingham Cellars NV AlphaRed Lot III Red (Central Coast)Red BlendNottingham Cellars
6283262831USRich in oak barrel and caramel vanilla, this presents plenty of pear and lemon, even lemon meringue flavors. Ample acidity adds brightness, making this a good match for mussels or roast chicken.8725CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneOrfila 2011 Chardonnay (Arroyo Grande Valley)ChardonnayOrfila
6283362832USThis is an aromatic offering of Pinot Grigio with generous notes of freshly cut red and green apple along with pear. Medium bodied, it drinks just a touch off dry with mouthwatering acidity and a real sense of freshness.8710WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSockeye 2011 Pinot Grigio (Columbia Valley (WA))Pinot GrigioSockeye
6283462833South AfricaCinnamon, vanilla and toasted-oak notes accent the black cherry, raspberry and boysenberry fruit core of this accessible wine. Ripe, mouthfilling black-fruit flavors carry through to the medium-length close. Drink now.Vintage Selection8721StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSpier 2011 Vintage Selection Pinotage (Stellenbosch)PinotageSpier
6283562834USThere are tons of ripe tangerine, apricot and lime flavors in this flashy Chardonnay. It's rich in vanilla and buttered, toasty oak, with brisk acidity. Easy to drink now.Estate Reserve8740CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaStuhlmuller Vineyards 2010 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayStuhlmuller Vineyards
6283662835USMade from Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo, this wine scores high on the ripeness scale with jammy raspberry and cherry flavors accented with vanilla and sweet bacon. Ready to drink now with umami-based fare like sausage, bacon or ham.Rising Tempo8738CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastLXV 2010 Rising Tempo Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendLXV
6283762836USA good, restaurant-style Chardonnay at a fair price for the quality. It's dry and crisp in acidity, with pleasant flavors of pineapple, kumquat, lime, vanilla and buttered toast.8726CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaMeadowcroft 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayMeadowcroft
6283862837AustraliaBright gold in color, this wine's all about sweet tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and passion fruit. An undercurrent of smokiness on both the nose and the palate adds interest and complexity.858Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaRothbury Estate 2002 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)ChardonnayRothbury Estate
6283962838USThis is the latest Mondavi partnership -- are you keeping track? -- this time, with Australia's Rosemount Estate. It is a young, jammy wine, like an Aussie Shiraz, with uncomplicated but ripe and tasty berry flavors and rich, thick tannins. Easy drinking in a big, full-bodied wine.8514CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherTalomas 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (California)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotTalomas
6284062839South AfricaThe thin aromas of leather, old book paper and horsiness carry to the palate with notes of meat juices and stewy red fruit. This wine is a hint watery, finishes with some eucalyptus and there is enough structure to drink now.Estate8522ConstantiaKlein Constantia 1999 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Constantia)Cabernet SauvignonKlein Constantia
6284162840AustraliaAn approachable wine that starts off with floral, peachy aromas and ripe peach and yellow fruit flavors. On the back palate, there's a burst of tropical fruit, plus some oak. Easy to drink, and easily to like.Bear Crossing857South AustraliaSouth AustraliaAngove's 2002 Bear Crossing Chardonnay (South Australia)ChardonnayAngove's
6284262841USOpens with aromas of oak, mint, and herbs, with a hint of blackcurrant. Drinks fairly tannic at the moment, and sharp in acids. There is some berry fruit buried down deep, but not offering a plush, hedonistic experience. The finish is very dry and tannic.Marinus Estate Grown & Estate Bottled8550CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastBernardus 1999 Marinus Estate Grown & Estate Bottled Meritage (Carmel Valley)MeritageBernardus
6284362842USDecent and drinkable, with flavors of blackberries, green olives and sage, and a nice overlay of oak. Very dry, with a good balance of dusty tannins and acidity. Finishes just a bit rough and earthy.8525CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastChumeia 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonChumeia

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