Wine Reviews

6435164350USThis screaming deal is majority varietal, with small amounts of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It works deliciously, thick and concentrated in cherry, cranberry and a tease of orange peel, staying crisply intriguing and amazingly light bodied on the palate. This is well worth case-stocking in one's home.9018CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCamp 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonCamp
6435264351USThe aromas of blue fruit, herbs and spice are initially under tight restraint. The flavors are full, with the tannins simultaneously firm and fine grained. It shows good length.9040WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanvasback 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCanvasback
6435364352USDamp sagebrush, dark cranberry, buttered black cherries, fresh plucked marjoram and wet stone show on the nose of this bottling. The tip of the sip shows great thyme, bay leaf and anise character, then settles into rich cranberry fruit, all held together by a decent tannic grip. The dark fruit flavors linger deep in the finish.The Diva9045CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChateau Lettau 2013 The Diva Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirChateau Lettau
6435464353USTire rubber, herb and locked-up barrel spice notes are followed by bountiful yet elegant black fruit flavors that show a spot on sense of balance along with exquisite length. There's no hiding the warm vintage it comes from but it shows the year well.Halcyon9030WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCloudlift Cellars 2013 Halcyon Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCloudlift Cellars
6435564354USAromas of jammy red raspberries, cranberries, dried herbs and peppery spices are followed by a silky soft palate that is elegantly styled and well-balanced. Fruit tones blend with savory flavors, with coffee notes providing accents. A peppery, meaty finish rounds it out and keeps the attention high.Arrow Rim9030IdahoIdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColter's Creek 2012 Arrow Rim Red (Idaho)Rhône-style Red BlendColter's Creek
6435664355USLuxuriously honeyed, this wine sings in rich hazelnut but also remains crisp on the palate, relatively light-bodied in fresh pear and lemon. Staying lithe as it goes down, it has subtle power and integrated oak, finishing creamy and bold.9040CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCorner 103 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayCorner 103
6435764356USA blend of Cabernet from Grand Ciel (31%), Ciel du Cheval (30%), Upchurch (28%) and Klipsun (11%) vineyards, wood spice aromas start out up front. The cherry flavors are light and elegant, with the tannins bringing some grip.Four Flags9069WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDeLille 2013 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonDeLille
6435864357FranceProduced from three vineyards in the north of the Sancerre appellation, this is a crisp, ripe wine. It offers a blend of green plum and lime with a touch of white peach. The acidity, still young, will soften over the next few months when the wine will be even better. Drink from 2017.9020Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Rome 2014 SancerreSauvignon BlancDomaine de Rome
6435964358FranceDelicious while also young and textured, this wine comes from biodynamically grown grapes. It has a strong sense of minerality as well as intense citrus and green fruits. It's tight at the moment and needs to round out, so drink from 2018.Le Pavé90Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vacheron 2014 Le Pavé (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Vacheron
6436064359USEntirely sourced from this Sangiacomo family-farmed vineyard, which is planted entirely to the Old Wente clone, this wine offers fleshy and tropical juiciness and texture. Aged in French oak, the vast majority of it neutral, the wine lets the fruit and acidity speak for themselves.Sangiacomo Green Acres Hill9046CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEric Kent 2013 Sangiacomo Green Acres Hill Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayEric Kent
6436164360ItalyHere's a big, hearty wine that opens with aromas of underbrush, tilled soil, truffle, stewed black-skinned fruit and a whiff of menthol. The palate offers blackberry jam, cherries marinated in spirits, coffee, mocha and a confectionary note alongside the warmth of evident alcohol. It's already rather evolved and accessible, with velvety tannins. Drink soon.Vallocchio9075TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFanti 2011 Vallocchio (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseFanti
6436264361USLayered aromas and rich but vibrant flavors help this medium-bodied wine stand out. It has a medium color with a brickish rim, while aromas suggest black tea and black cherry. A dry, tangy, but ripe fruit expression on the tongue lingers on the finish.9044CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFreeman 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirFreeman
6436364362ItalyAromas of roasted coffee bean, ripe plum and dark kitchen spice waft out of the glass. The forward palate offers mature wild cherry, licorice, sage and espresso that carry through to the firm finish. Drink through 2019.Vigneti La Selvanella Riserva8928TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMelini 2011 Vigneti La Selvanella Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseMelini
6436464363HungaryThis Cabernet Franc from Hungary has aromas of tart cherry, black plum and purple flowers. It is a medium- to full-bodied wine with flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate and cranberry juice. The tannins are soft and the finish is persistent.8930VillányJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBock 2011 Cabernet Franc (Villány)Cabernet FrancBock
6436564364SerbiaA blend of 60% Prokupac and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon this Serbian wine smells of red cherry and blackberry. It is full bodied, while tasting of black cherry and blackberry. The finish is fruit filled with a touch of leather.Sub Rosa8940ŽupaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBudimir 2009 Sub Rosa Red (Župa)Red BlendBudimir
6436664365ItalyLeafy underbrush, scorched earth, baked plum and a whiff of vanilla unfold on this ripe, brawny red. The densely concentrated palate shows dried berry, oak, vanilla and the heat of evident alcohol while close-grained tannins grip the finish. Give the tannins a few years to loosen up then drink sooner rather than later.Il Quercione Riserva89110TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCampogiovanni 2010 Il Quercione Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseCampogiovanni
6436764366ItalyBig and chewy, this starts with aromas of grilled porcini, underbrush, ripe dark fruit, dried herb and clove. Tightly packed tannins frame dried black cherry, prune steeped in spirits, ground pepper and licorice. You'll also feel the heat of evident alcohol on the midpalate that throws it somewhat off-balance.8970TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCanalicchio Franco Pacenti 2011 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseCanalicchio Franco Pacenti
6436864367USA stalwart, sturdy rendering, this smells like ripe plums and dark spices. It tastes full of fruit but is shaded nicely by slightly smoky, peppery notes. The body is full and the texture firm with tannins and acidity. Best drink this after 2018.Reserve Alder Springs Vineyard8936CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCity Winery of New York 2012 Reserve Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah (Mendocino)SyrahCity Winery of New York
6436964368USThe aromas of lemon, soil and flowers are quite subdued. The flavors are restrained with impressive balance and the variety's often burly tannins well tamed.Stratus8932WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCloudlift Cellars 2013 Stratus Petite Verdot (Yakima Valley)Petite VerdotCloudlift Cellars
6437064369USDried apricot, citrus and brown sugar aromas provide allure. The flavors are sweet but never over the top, showing good balance except for the alcohol, which pokes through on the finish.Ice Wine8925IdahoIdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColter's Creek 2014 Ice Wine Riesling (Idaho)RieslingColter's Creek
6437164370FranceThis single-vineyard Chablis is produced from organically grown grapes. It is intensely fruity, crisp with refreshing apple and lime flavors. The acidity is still bursting out of the glass and needs to calm down to bring out the steely texture. Drink from 2017.Broc de Biques89BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDamien et Romain Bouchard 2014 Broc de Biques (Chablis)ChardonnayDamien et Romain Bouchard
6437264371USDeep pink and nearing mauve in color, this juicy blush shows watermelon Jolly Rancher candy, warm strawberry, and lemon butter on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and voluptuous, with lime-laced pomegranate fruit, a touch of brown spice and a consistent acidic sizzle that rides the whole sip.Julia8920CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHearst Ranch 2014 Julia Rosé (Paso Robles)RoséHearst Ranch
6437364372BulgariaWhite flowers, dried lavender and vanilla bean scent this wine. Pleasantly acidic on entry, it tastes of lemon curd, pineapple juice and white peaches. The finish is zesty and long lasting.8912Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysK Cellars 2014 Chardonnay (Thracian Valley)ChardonnayK Cellars
6437464373USThe aromas of red currant, raspberry and cranberry are quite ripe, with cedar notes providing an accent. The palate is high octane with the fruit not quite having the intensity to match.Northridge Vineyard8945WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportK Vintners 2012 Northridge Vineyard Merlot (Wahluke Slope)MerlotK Vintners
6437564374ItalyToast, oak, coffee, underbrush and baked plum aromas unfold on this extremely ripe, full-bodied wine. The densely concentrated palate delivers blackberry jam, licorice, oak roasted coffee bean, coconut and a vanilla note alongside astringent tannins. Give the tannins another few years to soften then drink sooner rather than later.Riserva8990TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Magia 2010 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseLa Magia
6437664375USA straightforward, modern dry Riesling, this wine shows a slight hint of gasoline, citrus blossoms, wet river stones and apple skin on the nose. The mouthfeel is more full than Mike Callahan's other bottlings, with waxy citrus skins, lime pith, sour apple, alkaline elements and a touch of white jasmine.Coast View Vineyard8922CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMaidenStoen 2014 Coast View Vineyard Riesling (Monterey County)RieslingMaidenStoen
6437764376USThis provides a very good example of the varietal in a velvety-smooth style. It tastes dry but generous, nicely balanced and just tannic enough to be appetizing. Flavors are a warm combination of berries, light spices and a touch of oak.Temper Tantrum8926CaliforniaFair PlaySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSteiner Family Vineyards 2012 Temper Tantrum Tempranillo (Fair Play)TempranilloSteiner Family Vineyards
6437864377FranceThis is an attractive, floral and fragrant wine. Good acidity is well integrated into the fresh citrus and apple flavors. With poise and balance, the wine is fresh, ready as an apéritif.8920Loire ValleyQuincyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Adèle Rouzé 2014 QuincySauvignon BlancDomaine Adèle Rouzé
6437964378FranceAttractively fruity, this wine is soft and full of juicy apple flavors that are given an extra lift by orange zest and lively, upfront acidity. The wine is still young and full of exuberant fruit. Wait until late 2017 for it to broaden out.La Croix Canat89Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Tinel-Blondelet 2014 La Croix Canat (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Tinel-Blondelet
6438064379USA blend of fruit from near equal parts Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel and Boushey vineyards, this wine is aromatically brooding at present with notes of coffee, mineral, boysenberry and clove. The palate is more generous, with fruit and barrel flavors that walk hand in hand through the finish.Signature8945WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDoyenne 2013 Signature Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahDoyenne

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