Wine Reviews

6537165370USThis is an easy drinking Cabernet tasting of red cherry and cranberry with a slight layer of herb that would suffice for a midweek meal.Estate Grown8420CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneBarra of Mendocino 2009 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)Cabernet SauvignonBarra of Mendocino
6537265371USA little sharp and simple, but for the price, this everyday Cab gets the job done. It's dry and tannic, with good blackberry fruit.8411CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonBogle
6537365372USThe apricot and peach-yogurt scents come across as a bit soapy before the strawberry and sour cherry notes surface. The palate is supple and easygoing, and although it lacks some concentration, it tastes fresh and fruity.8414VirginiaVirginiaBoxwood 2011 Rosé (Virginia)RoséBoxwood
6537465373ItalyAged only in stainless steel to lock in fresh berry aromas, Guarniente opens with neutral tones of forest fruit and currant followed by almond skin and cola. There's a dusty, mineral feel on the close.Guarniente8412TuscanyChiantiBuccia Nera 2010 Guarniente (Chianti)SangioveseBuccia Nera
6537565374USThis is a sound Pinot Noir that's common but varietally correct. Silky in texture, it's dry and crisp with acidity, accented with pink bubblegum, raspberry-pie filling and spice flavors.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCarmenet 2011 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirCarmenet
6537665375USWhile there's no oak here, there's a heft and weight to the mouthfeel of this wine. The flavors veer toward orange and apricot jam.8428CaliforniaRutherfordNapaConspire 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon BlancConspire
6537765376USThis is a soft, richly fruity Zinfandel. It's jammy in raspberries and cherries, with superripe raisin and prune flavors. The alcohol is very high.Forgotten Vines8436CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaDe Loach 2010 Forgotten Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelDe Loach
6537865377USNot very Pinot Noir-like, with a heaviness that could be Grenache. The flavors are of cherries, red currants and sandalwood. Drink up.This is Eleven8416CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastAndrew Murray 2011 This is Eleven Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirAndrew Murray
6537965378USThere's a cinnamon and clove sweetness in aroma of this Sangiovese, which would be a fine accompaniment to pizza or pasta during the week.Estate Grown8418CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneBarra of Mendocino 2010 Estate Grown Sangiovese (Mendocino)SangioveseBarra of Mendocino
6538065379FranceA fresh and fruity wine, with black currant notes, yet somewhat stalky in character. The aftertaste is bright and light.8415BordeauxCôtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Anniche 2010 Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Anniche
6538165380FranceHigh acidity cuts through this wine from the get-go. The tannins also show a hard edge. This is a wine for the future, always with a sense of austerity and minerality.8423BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Maréchaud 2010 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Maréchaud
6538265381SpainBurnt, stalky, toasted aromas dominate this inexpensive Garnacha, and there's not much freshness to the nose as a result. In the mouth, it's more of the same; things are heavy, with fully oaked flavors of medicinal berry, hickory and barbecued meat.Sorbo a Sorbo Old Vines8410Northern SpainCalatayudMichael Schachner@wineschachLo Nuevo 2010 Sorbo a Sorbo Old Vines Garnacha (Calatayud)GarnachaLo Nuevo
6538365382USLight in aromatic intensity, this has subtle notes of cherry skin and blue fruit. The palate showcases a ton of structure, but the flavors seem mute in comparison, and the finish feels brittle.Ranger Reserve8430VirginiaVirginiaGray Ghost 2010 Ranger Reserve Red (Virginia)Bordeaux-style Red BlendGray Ghost
6538465383USVery pale in color, this is a lightly aromatic Merlot with notes of raspberry, cherry, ash and tobacco. The palate is tart with dry, chalky tannins.8413WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSagelands 2010 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotSagelands
6538565384SpainMaderized in color, this wine has a yeasty, creamy nose with baked white-fruit aromas and caramel. It's OK in feel, with pickled, mildly briny flavors of apple and apricot. The finish is showing some oxidization, leading to a chunky, fleshy feel.Inspiración8340Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2011 Inspiración Tempranillo Blanco (Rioja)Tempranillo BlancoBodegas Valdemar
6538665385ArgentinaThis Chardonnay is slightly metallic and briny on the bouquet. It feels plump and chunky, with citrus and pineapple flavors coming in front of a quiet finish.Organica Made with Organic Grapes8311Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Julia 2012 Organica Made with Organic Grapes Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnaySanta Julia
6538765386ArgentinaThis Grigio opens with mild lemon and apple aromas that transition into a flabby palate and dull flavors of buttercup, banana and apple.Reserve8310Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrapiche 2011 Reserve Pinot Grigio (Mendoza)Pinot GrigioTrapiche
6538865387ArgentinaThis is light on the nose, where minerally lime scents are barely detectable. The mouthfeel is fresh but dilute, while flavors of lemon, green apple and tarragon end in simple fashion.Altosur8310Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Sophenia 2012 Altosur Sauvignon Blanc (Tupungato)Sauvignon BlancFinca Sophenia
6538965388SpainMeaty and full-bodied, with molasses, roasted blackberry and cola aromas. This is a fine example of affordable Toro; it's rich and balanced, not overripe or raisiny, with tannic grip, a chewy texture and lasting flavors of prune, blackberry and chocolate. Drink now through 2013.Reserva9120Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachMuruve 2006 Reserva (Toro)Tinta de ToroMuruve
6539065389SpainClassic Priorato aromatics of raspberry, cherry, schisty mineral and smoke are welcoming. Elegant and firm in the mouth, with drying tannins and staunch red fruit flavors of cherry and tomato blended with wild herbs and reeds. Earthy and dry on the finish, and not overpowering or overripe.Montgarnatx9143CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachFrancesc Sanchez Bas 2005 Montgarnatx Red (Priorat)Red BlendFrancesc Sanchez Bas
6539165390FranceGriottes are a type of bitter cherry used in cooking, and this wine shares some of that character. It is firmly structured with acidity and an edge of attractive lightness. Age for 2–3 years.Les Griottes9116BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerMommessin 2010 Les Griottes (Morgon)GamayMommessin
6539265391USA very nice Syrah, with lots of ripe fruit but also a good structure. It's rich in blackberry, cherry and cola flavors, with an earthiness suggesting mushrooms sautéed in brown butter and sprinkled with black pepper and Chinese 5 spice. Firm tannins ground it.9145CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastNova Vita 2009 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahNova Vita
6539365392SpainComes on solid and strong with smoky aromas of black fruit, coconut and shoe polish. Stout and layered in the mouth, with full tannins and a nice mix of bold berry flavors, tobacco, herbs, spice and lemony oak. Tastes similar on the finish, with tobacco and spice lasting the longest. Complex and healthy; drink now through 2018.Vendimia Seleccionada9128Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachRecoletas 2004 Vendimia Seleccionada (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloRecoletas
6539465393FranceSmoky wine, rich as well as structured. The acidity of the year is integrated into the structure, the firm tannins and juicy red berry fruits a balanced pleasure to taste.9125BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerRichard Rottiers 2010 Moulin-à-VentGamayRichard Rottiers
6539565394USFeels classy and vital from the very start and all the way through. Lots of ripe, complex, bone-dry blackberry, cherry, cola, cassis, herb, chocolate and cedar flavors that finish long and spicy. Even nearing five years of age, the tannins are significant, giving the wine a tough astringency. Hard to tell if the fruit will outlast the tannins. If you drink now, give it a good, long decant.9134CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastThomas Fogarty 2006 Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains)MerlotThomas Fogarty
6539665395USvery tannic wine, with an astringent, dry mouthfeel, but it's so rich in fruit, it's enjoyable now. Floods the mouth with blackberry, cherry, plum, currant and dark chocolate flavors, edged with dusty spices. Should develop over the next six years, but if you can't wait, give it a good long decant.Vittorio's Vineyard9144CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaV. Sattui 2008 Vittorio's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonV. Sattui
6539765396SpainRubbery and gaseous on first sniff, and then upon airing it shows pretty black fruit scents and richness. Forget about minerality and llicorela here; this wine is modern, lusty, big and dark, with licorice, blackberry and chocolaty flavors. Finishes thick, long and tasty.Embruix9125CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachVall Llach 2006 Embruix Red (Priorat)Red BlendVall Llach
6539865397AustriaA single-vineyard wine that displays creamed pear and apple flavors, softly touched with wood. It's an elegant wine, although whether wood aging and Grüner go together is a debateable point. Let the wood soften and it will show more of the ripe fruit. Screwcap.Rabenstein9129NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerDürnberg 2009 Rabenstein Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerDürnberg
6539965398USFrom old vines that offer more texture, steely minerality and nuance than young vines can deliver. You might find less fullness to the fruit, but this more than compensates with its robust depth. Lemon polish, Key lime, a bit of grapefruit and much more.Estate9119OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Elk Cove 2009 Estate Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingElk Cove
6540065399ItalyAesthetics and elegance are important values to the owners of Fattoria Nittardi (who also happen to be important art dealers in Europe) and are reflected in this wine. Bold concentration and rich texture is softened by aromas of smoke, clove and mature blackberry.Nectar Dei9165TuscanyMaremmaFattoria Nittardi 2006 Nectar Dei (Maremma)Red BlendFattoria Nittardi

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