Wine Reviews

6397263971New ZealandThis simple style of Marlborough Pinot delivers notes of bramble berry, licorice and cola on the nose, with a slightly more complex palate of dark cherry, mocha spice and dried leaves. The oak is a little prevalent throughout and texturally it's on the lean and mean side, but the fruit carries through until the end, keeping the gluggability factor up.8520MarlboroughHillersden 2014 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirHillersden
6397363972New ZealandHigh toned red fruit, cola, and baking spice notes are revealed after some vigorous swirling in this initially shy wine. Tightly wound tannins on the palate are balanced by a good lick of acidity and fairly prominent oak.Three Canoes Lease Block8535MartinboroughNga Waka 2015 Three Canoes Lease Block Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirNga Waka
6397463973ItalyThis offers aromas of yellow stone fruit and pressed acacia flower. On the lean palate, racy acidity frames suggestions of yellow apple skin, lime and salty mineral while a bitter almond note marks the close.8520VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePagani 2014 Soave ClassicoGarganegaPagani
6397563974ItalyThis light simple sparkler offers aromas and flavors of apple, pear and candied citrus zest. Bright acidity refreshes the finish.Blu Giovello Extra Dry8517VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiera Martellozzo NV Blu Giovello Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraPiera Martellozzo
6397663975USFrom vineyards in both Santa Barbara and Monterey, this blue-bottled wine shows honey, candied apple, orange blossom and lime peel scents. The palate is quite dry, with the slightest suggestion of sweetness, offering orange sorbet and grapefruit rind flavors.8512CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeaGlass 2016 Riesling (Central Coast)RieslingSeaGlass
6397763976USThis wine is made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, with smaller amounts of Syrah and Zinfandel. It has edgy tomato leaf scents and moderate acidity, muddling concentrated black and red berry, clove and leather flavors.MIXT8550CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSequum 2014 MIXT Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendSequum
6397863977ArgentinaThis light-pink Malbec smells dry, oaky and bereft of fruit. A plump palate feels a touch resiny from six months of American-oak aging, while this wine tastes vaguely of wood, vanilla, cherry Pixie stick and powdered sugar.Blanc de8520Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicentin 2016 Blanc de Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecVicentin
6397963978USBay leaf and eucalyptus figure prominently on the nose and palate of this wine, making for an intensely earthy, herbal experience, peppered by forest-floor notes.8510CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKirkland Signature 2015 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirKirkland Signature
6398063979CanadaThe Charmat process, rather than the Champagne method, is used here. It's a clean, light, generic sparkling wine, done as a brut. Use it as an all-purpose mixer for best effect.Sparkling8520OntarioLake Erie North ShorePaul Gregutt@paulgwine North 42 Degrees 2016 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (Lake Erie North Shore)Sauvignon BlancNorth 42 Degrees
6398163980USNot your average bottle of bubbles, this naturally fermented wine has a cloudy appearance, wild earthy aromas and lots of peachy, spicy, earthy flavors.Hawkeye Ranch Petillant Naturel8530CaliforniaRedwood ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOnward 2016 Hawkeye Ranch Petillant Naturel Rosé (Redwood Valley)RoséOnward
6398263981USA bit weak on the nose, this bottling shows elderberry, raspberry and wet chaparral aromas. Sweet fruit shows blandly on the palate, with touches of sage and thyme.Incredible Red8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPeachy Canyon 2015 Incredible Red Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelPeachy Canyon
6398363982ItalyAromas of mature apple and acacia carry through to the simple palate along with a hint of pineapple. It's fresh and informal, with bright acidity.Giade Extra Dry8521VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiera Martellozzo NV Giade Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraPiera Martellozzo
6398463983USDominant oak notes impact this wine in both taste and aroma, providing caramel- and tropical vanilla-like sweetness. It offers anise and pineapple flavors within its light-bodied frame.Reserve8520CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrei Brothers 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayFrei Brothers
6398563984USThis is a good, dry wine with moderate fruit flavors, a straightforward texture and medium body. It has mild lemon and apple notes in the aroma and on the palate.8512CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGeyser Peak 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancGeyser Peak
6398663985USDried oregano and cedar aromas meet dark cherry and graphite notes on the nose of this bottling. The palate is light and somewhat thin, with herb, crushed rock and dark berry flavors, finishing on a caramel note.8513CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeaGlass 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonSeaGlass
6398763986USBanana custard and charred marshmallow scents show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is similar, with charred brioche and cream pie flavors.Cuvée 1078523CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2014 Cuvée 107 Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayTestarossa
6398863987ItalyStone fruit and honeysuckle aromas lead the nose while the simple off-dry palate doles out green apple, peach and candied citrus peel. It's fresh and informal, with bright acidity.Extra Dry8513VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAcinum NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraAcinum
6398963988ItalyFun and informal, this extremely simple sparkler offers flavors of white peach, citrus and confectionery note. It's bright and foamy, with fresh acidity.Organic Extra Dry8518VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlberto Nani NV Organic Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraAlberto Nani
6399063989ArgentinaBrambly berry and leather aromas are rustic. This Malbec is hard and acidic. Short, generic plum and berry flavors don't expand or improve on the finish.Natal8513Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlpamanta 2014 Natal Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecAlpamanta
6396163960USThis is a simple, soft, easy to drink Cabernet, with candied berry and spice flavors. The easiness suggests backyard barbecue, with sweetly grilled ribs and burgers on a summer evening.Four Bears8416CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastSean Minor 2010 Four Bears Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonSean Minor
6396263961USSimple and strongly flavored, this is powerful in pear, vanilla and buttered toast notes. There's not much subtlety, but it will satisfy fans of this style.8419CaliforniaNapa CountyNapaChime 2010 Chardonnay (Napa County)ChardonnayChime
6396363962PortugalA rounded wine, this gives pleasure with its pear and ripe apple flavors. Lightly touched with acidity, this has a soft finish.Point West849LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Point West White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
6396463963USThis is soft and simple, with mild cherry, spice and cedar flavors. It's not very rich, but it's nice and dry.8418CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaGeyser Peak 2008 Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotGeyser Peak
6396563964SpainThis is snappy all the way, if a touch raw and citric on the palate. Freshness is a virtue on this affordable Rioja, while red plum, raspberry and milk chocolate notes carry the flavor profile. Drink now.Antaño846Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachJ. Garcia Carrion 2009 Antaño (Rioja)TempranilloJ. Garcia Carrion
6396663965USMade in a seemingly off-dry style, this offers simple but pleasant apricot, peach and white flower flavors, with bright acidity. It's tastes similar to Pinot Grigio in many respects.8416CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJacuzzi 2011 Arneis (California)ArneisJacuzzi
6396763966USThere's lots of cutting acidity in this dry Merlot. It has pleasant cherry-pie flavors, but the tartness really needs rich meats and cheeses to soften it.8415CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastLockwood 2010 Merlot (Monterey County)MerlotLockwood
6396863967USSimple, dry and one dimensional, this has cola and cherry jam flavors, and a silky, delicate texture.8410CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaKirkland Signature 2009 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirKirkland Signature
6396963968USMade from a bunch of different varieties, including Viognier and Pinot Grigio, this white blend is off-dry, with a sweet edge to the orange and peach fruit.Ruckus8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLost Angel 2009 Ruckus White (California)White BlendLost Angel
6397063969USThis crisp Chardonnay has a disjointedness about it. Its aroma and flavor is most akin to Lemonheads candy.Old Head8415CaliforniaDunnigan HillsCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMatchbook 2010 Old Head Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills)ChardonnayMatchbook
6397163970ItalyRefreshing and fun, this simple informal sparkler has aromas and flavors suggesting green apple, Anjou pear and a hint of lemon zest. It's brisk and bright, with invigorating bubbles.Brut8515VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCandoni NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraCandoni

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