Wine Reviews

6468164680USThis Temecula Valley producer designated this bottling California but it's just as good as many of its single-vineyard designates and Temecula Valley appellation Syrahs, perfumed with violet and blackberry jam and fleshy in mouthfeel with tastes of plum and tobacco.8834CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneLeonesse Cellars 2008 Syrah (California)SyrahLeonesse Cellars
6468264681USFrom this Temecula producer, a barrel selection of plum and black cherry Zinfandel with good depth and structure that's still got some tannins to work out but is ready to drink now.Barrel Select8828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneLorenzi Estate 2008 Barrel Select Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelLorenzi Estate
6468364682ItalyA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot (with small percentages of other varieties mixed in), this extracted wine delivers mature fruit, dried rose petal and dark chocolate. The wine is fresh but gritty and thickly textured as well.8830TuscanyBolgheriMichele Satta 2009 BolgheriRed BlendMichele Satta
6468464683USA big, bold Zin, with a kick of peppery spices. Really front-loaded with wild berry, currant, cherry pie and sweet tobacco flavors. Nothing subtle about this barbecue-friendly powerhouse.Enz Vineyard8736CaliforniaLime Kiln ValleyCentral CoastKenneth Volk 2009 Enz Vineyard Zinfandel (Lime Kiln Valley)ZinfandelKenneth Volk
6468564684USAnother fine, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc from Lake Sonoma. It's vibrant in mouthwatering acidity, with a clean, minerally scour that frames ripe flavors of lemons, limes, oranges and honey.8714CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaLake Sonoma 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancLake Sonoma
6468664685ItalySer Amerigo (a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Colorino) is a bright and straightforward wine with aromas of cherry, forest berry and bitter almond. The mouthfeel is tight and polished, and there's a touch of crisp acidity as well.Ser Amerigo8744TuscanyColli della Toscana CentraleMarchesi Gondi 2006 Ser Amerigo Red (Colli della Toscana Centrale)Red BlendMarchesi Gondi
6468764686PortugalPure fruit flavors are fresh, but still show the ripeness of 2009. This is a fruity, ready-to-drink wine that has citrus, green plums and fresh acidity.Branco8719DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerMaritávora 2009 Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteMaritávora
6468864687USAn easy-drinking, sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc, very ripe in pineapples, oranges and kiwi fruit, but balanced with crisp acidity. A touch of new oak adds smoky creaminess. The single vineyard referenced on the label is in a warmer part of Napa Valley.Single Vineyard8722CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMaroon 2010 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancMaroon
6468964688SpainDusty plum and black cherry aromas feature a touch of dry oak. Tight, snappy and properly tannic in the mouth, with full berry, baked plum and background spice flavors. Finishes with control and power; good red wine for the price.879Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMaximo 2009 Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloMaximo
6469064689USThe Yiddish word zaftig describes this Merlot perfectly. It's fleshy, with a soft, fat mouthfeel framing ultraripe cherry pie filling, milk chocolate, anise and sandalwood flavors that finish jammy-sweet and spicy.8725CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastPacific Coast 2008 Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotPacific Coast
6469164690AustraliaA lean, crisp style of Chardonnay, with citrusy flavors and a touch of honeyed development. Drink it over the next few months.Stone Cutting No Oak8720South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPauletts 2009 Stone Cutting No Oak Chardonnay (Clare Valley)ChardonnayPauletts
6469264691ChileSmells big and full but also soupy, stewed and herbal. The texture and feel are commendable, while the flavor profile includes candied red fruit, herbal notes and stewed meat. Feels choppy on the finish, with chewiness and flavors of chocolate and herbs.8718Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPeñalolen 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPeñalolen
6469364692AustraliaA fruit-driven Cabernet, with cheerful, bright cherry-berry flavors. Tannins are firm but ripe, accenting the cassis-tinged close with a slightly dusty texture.Cat Amongst the Pigeons Cat Walk8720South AustraliaBarossaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRosedale Wines 2009 Cat Amongst the Pigeons Cat Walk Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa)Cabernet SauvignonRosedale Wines
6469464693PortugalAn attractive, red-fruited wine, lightweight with acidity and smoothed with wood. It is fresh, with coffee and black cherry flavors, now ready to drink.Quinta do Pégo8717DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerRozes 2008 Quinta do Pégo Red (Douro)Portuguese RedRozes
6469564694USSmelling of fig, sweet plum, raspberry syrup and vanilla, this is a meaty, thick Syrah.Larry Venturi Vineyards8725CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneSimaine Cellars 2009 Larry Venturi Vineyards Syrah (Mendocino)SyrahSimaine Cellars
6469664695ItalyHere's a youthful and fresh Bolgheri blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc that opens with vinous or foxy notes of crushed grapes, blueberry and dark cherry. The wine offers a dark ruby color and rich concentration followed by a soft, plush mouthfeel.Digià87TuscanyBolgheriBatzella 2010 Digià (Bolgheri)Red BlendBatzella
6469764696ItalyComedìa is a blend of Sangiovese (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that delivers immediate aromas of spice, toasted almond and cherry fruit. It shows crisp, fresh acidity and an easy mouthfeel that would pair well with aged pecorino cheese.Comedìa8719TuscanyRosso di ToscanaBellini 2009 Comedìa Red (Rosso di Toscana)Red BlendBellini
6469864697SpainLight, minerally and fresh smelling, with a note of lime and cured ham. Feels and tastes like pure citrus, with hits of pear, honeydew and ripe apple poking through. Juicy and fresh stuff.8710Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachCantarranas 2010 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoCantarranas
6469964698USThis Pinot is gigantic in raspberry, cherry and cola fruit, and its silky texture and crisp acidity make it particularly drinkable. On the other hand, it's rather forward and one-dimensional. Give it a good, long decant, and you might even want to pour the glasses an hour before drinking. Now–2015.Floodgate Vineyard8738CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaCartograph 2009 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirCartograph
6470064699FranceAlthough it does have attractive structure with some dry tannins, the wine is ready to drink. Its attractive berry fruits are layered with acidity and a touch of coffee. Balanced and fresh.8716BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour d'Auron 2009 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour d'Auron
6470164700USA brisk Syrah, dry and tart, with some notable tannins. It's so rich and sweet in blackberries, beef jerky, carob and spices, you can forgive a few faults, such as excessive acidity.Cool Climate8716CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaCline 2009 Cool Climate Syrah (Sonoma Coast)SyrahCline
6470264701USTeriyaki chicken and Chinese roast pork are just two umami foods that come to mind to pair with this spicy, fruity and exuberant young red wine. A Merlot-based Bordeaux blend with Sangiovese, it's rich in cherry, bacon and pepper flavors.Spinning Red Lot #38720CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaCurveball 2009 Spinning Red Lot #3 Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendCurveball
6470364702USA still-closed, tannic, mountainous Zinfandel giant from the great grower, Deaver. It's marked deliciously by tobacco and dark plum.8726CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneDeaver 2008 Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelDeaver
6470464703FranceThere's a strong floral edge to this wine, with assertive aromas of peony and carnation dominating the rich and jammy cherry and strawberry fruit center. Lightweight with low tannins, it's an easy drink with good balance and versatility.La Réserve8717Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine Sainte-Eugénie 2009 La Réserve Red (Corbières)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine Sainte-Eugénie
6470564704FranceA rich wine laden with juicy blackberry fruits and wood tannins, lapping up the ripe vintage. Soft and ready to drink.La Patache8712BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Lapalu 2009 La Patache (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDomaines Lapalu
6470664705SpainOak is apparent on the front end, where milk chocolate and vanilla aromas vie with red berry scents. Feels full and forward, with standard, appealing berry fruit and cassis-like flavors. Toasty and a touch bitter on what amounts to a solid finish.Monte Castrillo8714Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Torremilanos 2009 Monte Castrillo (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloFinca Torremilanos
6470764706USA nice, soft Cabernet to drink now. It's mainly from Napa County, and the blend includes Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Easy to like for its spice and fruit. From Pine Ridge.8724CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherForefront 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonForefront
6470864707USThis wine has aromas of currants and strawberries and tastes fruity but dry, with supportive tannins and acidity that make it appetizing. Full bodied but not overpowering, it is very versatile with food.8915CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLangeTwins 2012 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelLangeTwins
6470964708AustraliaWakefield (known as Taylors in Australia) was founded in Clare with the goal of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, so it's no surprise this wine is a solid effort. Cassis and black-tea notes are carried easily by the medium body and dusty tannins that turn silkier on the finish. Drink now–2025.8917South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWakefield
6471064709USZaca Mesa was the first winery to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County. This wine comes from that 3.5 acre block planted in 1978, and shows deep plum fruits, sweet tar and cedar on the nose. The palate offers asphalt, black rocks and cracked pepper that spice up a sour plum-skin fruit profile.Black Bear Block8968CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZaca Mesa 2011 Black Bear Block Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahZaca Mesa

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