Wine Reviews

65416540USGenerous floral and honeylike aromas lead to flavors of Fuji apples and Anjou pears with a rounded, fairly crisp texture. This wine is not typical for the varietal, but is tasty and enjoyable.Surfer Chick8512CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMiddle Sister NV Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancMiddle Sister
65426541ChileMeaty plum and Band-Aid aromas are less than exact but not bad or false for Pinot Noir. This feels a bit thick and gummy, while dense, spicy plum flavors finish mildly bitter as this winds its way down.Clava Reserve8515Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuintay 2014 Clava Reserve Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirQuintay
65436542USGrass, herb and passion-fruit aromas are followed by citrus and tropical flavors. It's pleasant but the concentration seems lacking.The Reserve8522WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2014 The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Horse Heaven Hills)Sauvignon Blanc14 Hands
65446543ChileHot and fiery, this red is meaty, spicy and herbal on the nose. The disjointed palate shows baked, spicy plum and herbal flavors. A smoky, meaty flavor and forced, creamy-oak tone carry the finish.Reserve8510Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alba 2013 Reserve Carmenère (Curicó Valley)CarmenèreSanta Alba
65456544USHoney is the dominant star in this bottling, drizzled all over yellow apples on the nose. The golden liquid also shows strong on the palate, with flavors of pears and apples soaked in honey water.8530CaliforniaSanta Clara ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSarah's Vineyard 2013 Viognier (Santa Clara Valley)ViognierSarah's Vineyard
65466545USGrassy in style, this ripe, viscous white provides good value, bright and bittersweet in passionfruit and pineapple. Viscous, it ends full-figured.8515CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSt. Francis 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancSt. Francis
65566555ChileWith saucy, herbal, briny aromas and a short, limited but fresh palate, this qualifies as a light, cool-climate Pinot Noir. Salty, briny red-plum flavors finish with citric tang and a note of sea foam.Reserva Sepia8512Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2014 Reserva Sepia Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirVistamar
65476546USSpry lemon and white grapefruit flavors are stark and steely in this dry-style Riesling. It's not deeply concentrated on the palate, but refreshingly quaffable.Dry8515New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThirsty Owl Wine Company 2014 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingThirsty Owl Wine Company
65486547USViolet, tilled earth and red currant tones mark the nose and palate. The crisp acidity races down the midpalate, leading the fleeting flavors and mild tannins to a short finish.8534ArizonaSonoitaAlexander PeartreeFlying Leap 2013 Tempranillo (Sonoita)TempranilloFlying Leap
65576556ChileLatex and spice aromas accent raw red-fruit scents of plum and currant. This feels citric, tangy and lean, with dry, spicy, lightly oaked red-plum and cherry pie flavors. Medicinal notes, racy red-fruit flavors and a hint of woodspice pace the finish.Reserva8514Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMorandé 2014 Reserva Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirMorandé
65586557USCherry aromas and flavors and a velvety texture make this light-bodied wine easy to drink. It has black peppery, woodsy notes in the tart cherry flavors and a sense of being aged and ready to drink.El Matador8525CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRipken 2011 El Matador Graciano (Lodi)GracianoRipken
65496548ChileTarry, rubbery cherry and chocolate aromas turn towards olive as this breathes. Raw, rubbery and mildly astringent in feel, this tastes like plum and tomato with herbs and salt.Cefiro Reserva8512Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2013 Cefiro Reserva Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreViña Casablanca
65596558ChileA pink-meets-tan color is the greeting on this peachy Pinot Grigio that smells like fresh applesauce. A spunky palate of stone fruit and moderate acidity deals additional notes of waxy melon.Reserva8512Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Batuco 2015 Reserva Pinot Grigio (Maule Valley)Pinot GrigioSierra Batuco
65506549USExtremely showy white tuberose flowers and tropical candied guava fruit combine into a bubblegum-like nose on this wine. The palate is overwhelmingly tropical, bordering on treacly in presentation.Halo Cass Vineyard8538CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAscension Cellars 2014 Halo Cass Vineyard Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierAscension Cellars
65606559USFresh, leafy herbs and lemon zest perfume this slightly grapey, somewhat “foxy” if you will, wine. It's crisp and cutting in mouthfeel, finishing on a juicy white grapefruit note.Summit Solitude8513New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaAdirondack Winery 2013 Summit Solitude Seyval Blanc (New York)Seyval BlancAdirondack Winery
65516550USLean and sheen, this light-footed dry Riesling is a showcase of minerality over fruit. It's demure in concentration but refreshing, finishing brisk and clean.Dry8519New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBarnstormer 2014 Dry Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingBarnstormer
65616560USSavory, dusty notes of bramble wood, earth and mineral lend an unusually rustic shadow to this Gewürztraminer. It's quite lean on the palate but brisk lemon and tangerine flavors are refreshing.8540New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2013 Gewürztraminer (North Fork of Long Island)GewürztraminerBedell
65526551USFruit-bowl aromas, fresh but neutral flavors and a fairly soft texture make this light-bodied wine pleasant and easy to drink.Estate8510CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsClos du Lac 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Sierra Foothills)Sauvignon BlancClos du Lac
65536552ChileThis Viognier from the outlands region of Elqui is minerally but low on fruit aromas. A fresh, linear palate offers lettuce, lime and other limited green-leaning flavors, while the finish is lasting and firm, with zesty acidity.Reserva8510Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFalernia 2014 Reserva Viognier (Elqui Valley)ViognierFalernia
65546553ChileEarthy, scratchy berry, plum and spice aromas are inviting on the nose. This is bold, acidic and a touch sharp in feel, with generic black-fruit flavors as well as toasty oak and spice. A fresh finish with leftover notes of blackberry winds things down.Ventura Reserve8516Lontué ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Fortuna 2013 Ventura Reserve Malbec (Lontué Valley)MalbecViña La Fortuna
65556554ChileThis Malbec opens with a blast of raw woodgrain, a lactic smell, leather and finally some black fruit. The palate is racy and potent, with resiny oak leading herbal berry flavors. A fiery, hot finish brings this to a scouring close.Sepia Reserva8512Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2013 Sepia Reserva Malbec (Maule Valley)MalbecVistamar
65626561USGreen apple with a squeeze of fresh lemon makes for a basic and easy unoaked Chardonnay. While standard and simple, this is a perfectly enjoyable wine to pair with lighter fare.Unwooded8515MichiganOld Mission PeninsulaAlexander PeartreeBowers Harbor 2013 Unwooded Chardonnay (Old Mission Peninsula)ChardonnayBowers Harbor
65636562ChileWiry, scratchy blueberry and black-currant aromas come with an odd soapy perfume. This feels choppy, with outsized acidity and oak making their presence felt. Salty, briny plum flavors are cutting, while the finish feels raw and astringent.Marques de Casa Concha8525Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2013 Marques de Casa Concha Merlot (Maule Valley)MerlotConcha y Toro
65646563USThis fortified wine made from Blanc du Bois brings aromas of orange rind, caramel and sultana all under a blanket of a crushed-pill tone. The sweet, luscious palate brings notes of toasted almonds and hazelnuts drizzled in butter.Light Madeira8540TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeHaak 2011 Light Madeira Blanc du Bois (Texas)Blanc du BoisHaak
65656564ChileYeasty aromas lead to a mild palate with a modest bubble bead. In fact, this is so smooth and low on edge that it comes across more like a still rosé than sparkling rosé. Flavors of peach and nectarine finish round, pithy and yeasty.Rosé8518Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachIndomita NV Rosé Sparkling (Casablanca Valley)Sparkling BlendIndomita
65666565PeruAromas of freshly laid asphalt and char-grilled hamburger shroud herbal berry aromas. This Tannat is chunky on the palate, but low on structure. Modest plum flavors come with stewed, spicy accents, while toasty oak is draped over a chewy, meaty finish.Valle del Sol8514IcaMichael Schachner@wineschachIntipalka 2013 Valle del Sol Tannat (Ica)TannatIntipalka
65676566New ZealandThis lightweight wine combines herbal notes reminiscent of tomato and celery leaves with hints of white grapefruit. Finishes just a bit short, with vaguely peppery notes.8512MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLobster Reef 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancLobster Reef
65686567USDark berries and sweet baking-spice tones carry the nose. The medium-bodied palate brings juicy blackberry flavors showing mild concentration, supported by soft tannins.Paulo Limited Edition8544TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeMessina Hof 2012 Paulo Limited Edition Primitivo (Texas)PrimitivoMessina Hof
65696568ChileBell pepper and citrus aromas are limited in scope. The palate feels acidic, with quick-hitting flavors of green herbs, bell pepper and tropical fruits. Pyrazine-based flavors of bell pepper and bitter herbs push the finish.Estate Reserve8510Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMillaman 2014 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Curicó Valley)Sauvignon BlancMillaman
65706569FranceThis is powerful, typical of Les Preuses. White and yellow fruits are important to the palate, but so are rich, honeyed toast, minerality and an opulent, intense concentration. This is impressive, elegance with power, and worth aging for several years.Les Preuses Grand Cru9467BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2006 Les Preuses Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne

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