Wine Reviews

6507165070SpainDry apple and pine-needle aromas are punchy on this blend of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Macabeo. An uneventful palate is fresh but simple. This wine tastes mostly of bitter grape skins and almond skins. Modest apple and grapefruit notes show on the finish.Bruberry Blanc8627CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachPortal del Montsant 2015 Bruberry Blanc White (Montsant)White BlendPortal del Montsant
6507265071USIncorporating 30% of the variety in Musqué clone, this wine offers fresh flavors of green apple, grass and pea shoots, as well as a distinct notion of oak. Aged in both new and neutral Acacia, as well as stainless, it has a spicy quality akin to lemongrass that lingers on the finish.Lizzy's Vineyard8632CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTamber Bey 2016 Lizzy's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Oakville)Sauvignon BlancTamber Bey
6507365072ItalyThis opens with camphor and coconut aromas and a whiff of exotic spice. The assertive palate shows dried cherry and clove flavors alongside grainy, drying tannins.Cichin Riserva86PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAda Nada 2012 Cichin Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloAda Nada
6507465073ItalyRestrained at first on the nose, this wine eventually reveals black fruit, cooking spice and underbrush aromas. The simple palate offers dried blackberry and tobacco hints while smooth tannins provide easygoing support. Drink soon.Castelvero Alasia8611PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAraldica 2015 Castelvero Alasia (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaAraldica
6507565074SpainFoxy, floral berry and plum aromas include notes of green herbs. A palate with big, rubbery tannins and herbal flavors of spiced berry fruits and cinnamon finishes with abrasive, drying tannins. This blend holds Garnacha Tintorera, Bobal and Tempranillo.Rebel.lia8615LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Vegalfaro 2016 Rebel.lia Red (Utiel-Requena)Red BlendBodegas Vegalfaro
6507665075USPungent notes of cocoa, herb, medicine cabinet, vanilla and cherry liqueur mark this wine's nose. The palate is full bodied with firm, dry tannins and dried out fruit flavors.8613WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBonair 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBonair
6507765076FranceThere are pretty white-flower aromas that grace the bouquet of this wine, with a supporting core of pink apple, peach and ripe honeydew. Despite its light weight, there's a pleasant roundness to the midpalate, with lasting fruit impressions on the close.Villa Blanche8615Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzCalmel & Joseph 2016 Villa Blanche Chardonnay (Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayCalmel & Joseph
6507865077USThis wine is reduced out of the gate but opens into kiwi, pineapple and herb aromas. It's light to medium bodied on the palate and needs more concentration and acidity to feel complete.The Expedition8616WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanoe Ridge 2016 The Expedition Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancCanoe Ridge
6507965078FranceApple aromas give this wine a lift even before it has begun. The crispness and the delicious acidity are refreshing, bringing out minerality and brightness. Drink from 2018.Floréal8620BurgundyMâcon ChaintréRoger Voss@vossrogerCave des Grands Crus Blancs 2016 Floréal (Mâcon Chaintré)ChardonnayCave des Grands Crus Blancs
6508065079FranceThis crisp, citrus-flavored wine has bright acidity and a touch of vanilla. It has great fruitiness, dominated by lemon with the tang of orange zest. It is ready to drink.8615BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Pizay 2016 BourgogneChardonnayChâteau de Pizay
6508165080FranceThis is a herbal wine, crisp and with a lively gooseberry and spice character. It is full of acidity that lifts the fruitiness and gives it a mineral texture. Drink the wine now.8617ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Carrubier 2016 White (Côtes de Provence)Provence white blendChâteau du Carrubier
6508265081SpainStalky, herbal berry and plum aromas are gamy as well. This blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha feels clipped, with tomato-like acidity. Herbal plum flavors come with a note of oregano and a dash of salt.Alges8619CataloniaCosters del SegreMichael Schachner@wineschachClos Pons 2012 Alges Red (Costers del Segre)Red BlendClos Pons
6508365082USThis bold wine has a charred oaky aroma, flavors that are almost sweet and also plenty oaky, along with ripe and concentrated berry flavors that peek out from under the smoky toasted layer after a few moments.8633CaliforniaSan Francisco BayCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDante Robere 2014 Zinfandel (San Francisco Bay)ZinfandelDante Robere
6508465083FranceCrisp and lively, this is a tight and mineral wine. Baked-apple fruitiness is balanced by bright acidity and a tangy aftertaste. Drink from 2018.Tradition8619BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Deux Roches 2015 Tradition (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayDomaine des Deux Roches
6508565084ChilePeppery, raw aromas sport dry red-fruit notes. This is good in a modest, easy way. Simple, lightweight plum and currant flavors finish lean and snappy.Reserva Estate Bottled869Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPorta 2016 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Bío Bío Valley)Pinot NoirPorta
6508665085SpainThis young, oaky Tinto Fino opens with charred aromas, but soon scents transition to cheesy and chocolaty. This wine is bullish in texture, with a ton of oak-driven clove, spice and burnt flavors. For the most part, fruit is not a big factor, as the “roble” in this wine drives the car.Roble86Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPortia 2015 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloPortia
6508765086SpainEarthy, herbal black-fruit aromas include notes of pencil shavings and lemony oak. This is full in body, bulky and choppy, with hard, youthful tannins that could use some time to soften. Roasted flavors of blackberry, hickory and baked plum finish with heavy notes of chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Drink this ripe, meaty Rioja from 2017 through 2025.Macán Clásico9160Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBenjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia SA 2012 Macán Clásico (Rioja)TempranilloBenjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia SA
6508865087USAromas of vanilla, coffee, cranberry, fresh herbs and licorice are out front on this Syrah (38%), Petite Sirah (38%), Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne blend. The coffee flavors are tart and spritely yet full, showing a good sense of balance and an acid-driven finish.Consonance9139WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCairdeas 2013 Consonance Red (Yakima Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendCairdeas
6508965088USThis is an impressive wine at any price, but it would be hard to find much in the way of a better deal for Napa Cab. Smooth, rounded edges surround a full-bodied expression of dense black fruit, cedar and clove. The wine finished with plenty of length to age. Drink now through 2021.Lot 5999129CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCameron Hughes 2013 Lot 599 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCameron Hughes
6509065089FranceFrom one of those rare properties in Pauillac that are not classified growths, this wine is ripe, dark, still smoky and very structured. It has some of the weight of the vintage although in a restrained way, giving juicy black currant fruits behind the tannic structure. Drink from 2017.9149BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gaudin 2010 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gaudin
6509165090USIntense aromas of pressed blackberries and blueberries show on the nose of this dessert wine that leans way more fresh than pruney. The palate is loaded with rich, full flavors of fudge, blueberry jam and a long-lasting licorice note. Strong acidity and judicious alcohol give it structural backbone, and makes it the perfect foil for an end-of-night cigar.Vin D'Assemblage9139CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChateau Margene 2012 Vin D'Assemblage Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonChateau Margene
6509265091ItalyIntense aromas of chopped mint, baking spice, graphite and red fruit emerge in the glass. The firm, elegant palate displays ripe black cherry, raspberry confiture, licorice and ground pepper framed in velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2018– 2028.Rocchettevino Riserva9185PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCiabot Berton 2010 Rocchettevino Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloCiabot Berton
6509365092USThis wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot. Fragrant aromas of fresh herbs, flowers, pencil lead and black currant are followed by sweet, supple, concentrated red and black-fruit flavors backed by well-integrated tannins. Especially considering the warmth of the vintage, it shows a lot of finesse along with a long finish.Harrison Hill9190WashingtonSnipes MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDeLille 2013 Harrison Hill Red (Snipes Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDeLille
6509465093ItalyThis opens with aromas of underbrush, woodland berry, exotic spice, sage and a balsamic note. The palate delivers black cherry, spiced blueberry, licorice and white pepper framed in firm, close-grained tannins. Drink through 2020. A coffee note closes the finish.Aithos Rosso9152Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDestro 2010 Aithos Rosso (Etna)Nerello MascaleseDestro
6509565094FranceThis is a strong showing for Nalys, surprisingly full-bodied and creamy-textured for the estate. Hints of wood char and roasted meat mark the nose, while the flavors of mocha and brown sugar carry through the plush, velvety finish. Drink now–2023.9140Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de Nalys 2013 Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de Nalys
6509665095USSavory herbs mix with clove and barrel spices on the aromas. The palate is full bodied and decadent, with a palate-coating feel.9142WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancDusted Valley
6509765096USBlended with a whopping 15% Petit Verdot, this wine offers locked-up aromas of pencil lead, floral notes, plum and dark fruit. The palate is packed with fruit and herb flavors that intertwine through the lingering finish. The tannins provide some serious grip.V.R. Special9160WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDusted Valley 2013 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonDusted Valley
6509865097USThis thoroughly delicious, acid-driven wine opens with aromas of passion fruit, oyster shell, herbs, wet stone and citrus. The flavors are sleek yet generous with electric, mouthwatering acidity. It demands oysters alongside it.Feral Evergreen Vineyard9120WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportEfeste 2015 Feral Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Ancient Lakes)Sauvignon BlancEfeste
6509965098USVibrant acidity envelops lively yet dark, brooding baked plum and cherry notes in this smoothly made, velvety-textured wine from estate vineyards. It excites as much on the palate as on the nose, transitioning smoothly into the medium-length finish.Estate9195CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneErnest & Julio Gallo 2013 Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirErnest & Julio Gallo
6510065099USSalty pretzel gives way to a thicket of texture and ripe apple and Bosc pear. A rocky minerality adds complexity before a refined finish adds length. Allow this wine to open in the glass.Proprietor's Reserve9140CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrinitas 2013 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayTrinitas

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