Wine Reviews

6549165490USDry and fashionable, this has a dusty, minerally character and high acidity that's reminiscent of a good Chablis. The cool, long vintage resulted in subtle peach, pear, pineapple and spice flavors.Genevieve Vineyard9035CaliforniaGuenoc ValleyLangtry 2006 Genevieve Vineyard Chardonnay (Guenoc Valley)ChardonnayLangtry
6549265491FranceA big, toasty wine, full of ripe, delicious fruit, veering toward opulence. There are open yellow fruits along with toast and butter tastes. This is almost ready to drink now; only the acidity promises some aging.Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru9036BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Bouchard 2006 Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayPascal Bouchard
6549365492FranceA rounded, fruity wine, packed with yellow peaches and apricots, but held in check by freshness, green herbs and a firm, steely character. It's not a wine to age for long, but it is delicious, and very seductive now.Mont-de-Milieu Premier Cru9030BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2005 Mont-de-Milieu Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
6549465493AustraliaThis wine starts off dark, laden with prune, cola and coffee notes, but it really freshens up with some air, developing a lively interplay between bright red-plum fruit and darker notes of earth and tobacco. It's richly textured with velvety tannnins that impart a slightly chewy feel at this stage; best from 2010–2018.9030Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVasse Felix 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River)Cabernet SauvignonVasse Felix
6549565494FranceMade from young vines from the Vaulorent portion of the Fourchaume vineyard, this is an open, rounded and lively wine with white fruits and weight, just lifted by acidity.Fourchaume Premier Cru9045BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerWilliam Fèvre 2005 Fourchaume Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayWilliam Fèvre
6549665495AustraliaThis is a big, fat, almost sweet-tasting Cabernet Sauvignon, with ripe fruit framed by lavish French oak redolent of cedar, vanilla and toasted coconut. Cassis and tobacco flavors wear the oak well, with berry-cherry flavors coming through on the finish. A good choice for steak, and it won't break the bank.9022South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTapestry 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale)Cabernet SauvignonTapestry
6549765496USMuch improved over the unripe 2005, Fritz's 2006 is quite a delicious and sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc. Partially barrel fermented and with some Musque clone for complexity, it's richly textured and creamy, with a mélange of pineapple, Meyer lemon, Asian pear, lychee, fig and dusty spice flavors.Estate9020CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaFritz 2006 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancFritz
6549865497USThis wine wears its 15.8% alcohol better than any similarly heady wine out there. Yes, it's a bit hot, but the heat comes across as a slight chili pepper edge to the blackberry and dark unsweetened chocolate flavors, and the wine is, in its own way, balanced and elegant. Hard to imagine a more perfect barbecue red.Block 249031CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHendry 2004 Block 24 Primitivo (Napa Valley)PrimitivoHendry
6549965498SpainA unique take on Manzanilla Sherry, which is often light and sea-flecked but in this case is more amber, hazy and full. The nose is racy and spicy, while the palate offers dried apricots, orange peel and salt. Finishes with tang offsetting hazelnut and walnut notes. Oily, interesting and very good if you are a Sherry fan.Manzanilla9010AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Dios Baco S.L. NV Manzanilla Sherry (Jerez)SherryBodegas Dios Baco S.L.
6550065499ArgentinaInitial aromas of clove and cinnamon suggest a lot of barrel action, but give it a few minutes and the wine settles on ripe black fruit, dark spice notes and richness. It's big-boned but not overly tannic, and it exhibits Shiraz's bacon and espresso character in a good way.Maipu Vineyards8912Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachPascual Toso 2006 Maipu Vineyards Syrah (Mendoza)SyrahPascual Toso
6550165500USPresumably unfiltered, this wine is slightly cloudy, which leads to a nicely creamy mouthfeel. But first come aromas of blistered cherry tomatoes, fennel seeds and green olives, followed by flavors of soft strawberry, tart cranberry and a tongue-tantalizing finish of cracked peppercorn. Serve with roasted pork.Dierberg Vineyard9160CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTantara 2012 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirTantara
6550265501ItalyThis straightforward, inviting Barolo boasts classic Nebbiolo aromas of rose, leather, berry spice and tilled earth. It's not loaded with complexity, but the sour cherry, black pepper and clove flavors are delicious. It closes on a note of subtle oak alongside a drying, tannic finish.Essenze9150PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre da Vino 2010 Essenze (Barolo)NebbioloTerre da Vino
6550365502USSourced from all three estate vineyards, this offers the same fine structure and impeccable balance as the individual cuvées. Berry fruit flavors are firmly perched on a frame of iron, with polished tannins and a streak of fresh ground coffee running through the finish.Trisae9136OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trisaetum 2012 Trisae Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTrisaetum
6550465503FranceVery mineral and textured from the limestone soil, this is a concentrated and complex wine. It boasts considerable acidity and very crisp fruit, with grapefruit and juicy lemons coming through strongly. Age until at least 2016.Sélection Silex9125Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerVincent Vatan 2012 Sélection Silex (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancVincent Vatan
6550565504AustraliaThe tannins of this refined yet full-bodied Cabernet come across as sinfully silky in texture, giving the wine a sense of softness while still providing structure. Smoke, maple syrup and cassis notes gracefully intertwine on the nose and palate, then end on a long, cedar-laced finish. Drink now–2020.The Visionary Limited Release91180South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2009 The Visionary Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWakefield
6550665505USThis big, tannic, compelling wine needs aging and/or a robust dish like roast beef or grilled lamb chops to show its best stuff. It has a deep smoky red color, intense aromas of wood smoke, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce, with flavors of black cherry, cinnamon, clove and cassis.Alder Springs Vineyard91200CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsY Rousseau 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard Tannat (Mendocino County)TannatY Rousseau
6550765506USTropical scents of guava and cherimoya with the mineral edge of concrete lead the aromatics on this Carmel Valley wine. Sharp acidity at first sip massages into softness soon afterward, upholding the nose's rocky promise as well as delivering lime-zest tang throughout.Reserve9126CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJoullian 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey)Sauvignon BlancJoullian
6550865507USThere's extra richness across the palate of perfectly ripened apple, pear and melon fruit. The weight of the wine in the mouth is substantial but maintains a sense of lightness and proportion, and the finish extends out gracefully as long as you can wait for that next sip.Signature Collection9117OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine King Estate 2013 Signature Collection Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisKing Estate
6550965508USThis is one of Laetitia's strongest Pinots of 2012. Aromas of spiced plum jam and graphite lead into an elegantly soft mouthfeel, with raspberry fruit flavors enhanced by the savory bitterness of eucalyptus.Reserve du Domaine9140CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLaetitia 2012 Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirLaetitia
6551065509USSourced from the Hop Kiln Vineyard on Westside Road, this crisp, creamy white is seductive and balanced, a refreshing sip of white peach and almond. Aromatic in honeysuckle and orange blossom, it leaves a suggestion of exotic spice on the finish.9120CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLandmark 2013 Pinot Gris (Russian River Valley)Pinot GrisLandmark
6551165510ItalyAlluring aromas including crushed flower, underbrush, espresso and subtle oak carry over to the palate along with raw cherry, roasted coffee bean and dried sage. It's still austere, with astringent tannins that give a drying finish. Drink 2018–2030.Arborina9150PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Veglio 2010 Arborina (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Veglio
6551265511USThis nonvintage blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvingon-41% Primitivo-9% Mourvèdre begins with a nose of red berries, pencil shavings and eucalyptus acorns. Very ripe pomegranate and cooked berries dominate the palate, set off by pepper spices.Por Vida9145CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOso Libre NV Por Vida Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendOso Libre
6551365512FranceWith intense, mineral aromas, this is a complex, tight and nervy wine. It has great concentration, serious amounts of acidity and a final series of herbaceous flavors that give a totally dry, steely aftertaste. Age until 2015 to round it out.Anciennes Vignes9126Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerPatient Cottat 2013 Anciennes Vignes (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancPatient Cottat
6551465513USA lesson in elegant restraint, it offers a subtle nose of eucalyptus, rhubarb and roasted root vegetables, followed by reticently emergent flavors of cherry, blackberry and wet dirt. Extremely delicate with vibrant acidity, this wine only comes out of its shell when paired with a good meal.Fe Ciega Vineyard Block M9055CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLongoria 2012 Fe Ciega Vineyard Block M Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirLongoria
6551565514ItalyThis opens with aromas of underbrush, violet, black cherry, plum and allspice. The palate is austere at this stage but it still offers sour cherry and crushed raspberry accented with notes of black pepper, espresso and sage alongside tightly packed tannins and brisk acidity. Drink after 2022.Margheria9056PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuigi Pira 2010 Margheria (Barolo)NebbioloLuigi Pira
6551665515USGenerous in spicy clove and dark cherry fruit, a mark of its Middle Reach Russian River Valley clime, this wine is full of life and minerality. It offers good value for Russian River Valley, and the finish boasts a zesty pepper accent.Reserve9037CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacMurray Ranch 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMacMurray Ranch
6551765516SpainAfter this opens with charred, roasted aromas, things settle on smoky black-fruit scents and savory notes. The palate is big and concentrated, with fine balance for such a modern, full-fruited wine. Flavors of ripe blackberry, toast, coffee, chocolate and spice cover the spectrum of what you want from a crowd pleaser such as this.Venta la Ossa9021Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMano A Mano 2010 Venta la Ossa Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloMano A Mano
6551865517USEstate grown and bottled, this Pinot comes from a cool, organic vineyard planted to several different clones. Sultry and spicy in dark cherry and berry fruit, the spice is all clove with a touch of orange zest, completely pleasurable and smooth drinking.Don Miguel Vineyard La Masía Unfiltered9044CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarimar Estate 2011 Don Miguel Vineyard La Masía Unfiltered Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMarimar Estate
6551965518USThis clean and sleek rosé comes from the Santa Maria Valley-by-way-of-Louisiana Murphy family. Watermelon candy and juice on the nose come with a touch of peach. These are followed by nice tension on the palate between strawberry fruit, bright acidity, chalk minerality, and quite a noticeable tannic grip for a pink wine.Rosé9018CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPresqu'ile 2013 Rosé Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirPresqu'ile
6552065519ItalyAlways one of the best quality-for-value wines in Italy, this classic Barbaresco delivers quintessential Nebbiolo sensations of rose, black cherry, red berry, cinnamon and a hint of leather. It's friendly, with firm, round tannins and just enough fresh acidity. Drink now–2020.9035PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeProduttori del Barbaresco 2011 BarbarescoNebbioloProduttori del Barbaresco

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