Wine Reviews

6567165670ChileDusty, yeasty citrus aromas show some grit and harshness. The palate is chiseled and acidic, with tart flavors of orange, lime and green herbs. Fresh and highly quaffable, this is the kind of wine to drink with shrimp salad or raw oysters.8713Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPeñalolen 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancPeñalolen
6567265671ItalySmooth and succulent, this easy-drinking wine offers aromas of violet, wild berry and dark cooking spice. On the palate, gripping but fine-grained tannins support the dark cherry, black raspberry and white pepper flavors.Violante8715Southern ItalyCastel del MonteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRivera 2012 Violante Nero di Troia (Castel del Monte)Nero di TroiaRivera
6567365672USNicely balanced and firmly tannic, this appealing blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc has personality and mouthwatering structure. A spicy, tamarind aroma leads to bright red cherry flavors, well-polished tannins and a clean finish.Il Fiore8730CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRodrigue Molyneaux 2011 Il Fiore Red (Livermore Valley)Red BlendRodrigue Molyneaux
6567465673USThis has a brownish color at the rim and is marked by an earthy, leathery aroma. The wine has flavors like roasted tomatoes and black olives and feels soft and easy in texture. It's full bodied, but very mellow, mature and easy to drink. The blend is 85% Sangiovese, with Syrah, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon.Super Tuscan Style8728CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDomenico 2010 Super Tuscan Style Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Sangiovese-Cabernet SauvignonDomenico
6567565674ChileEarthy, loamy, baked berry aromas shout out “hot vintage,” while this is soft and chunky on the palate. Flavors of baked plum and earthy raspberry are heavy and finish with notes of molasses and leather. Drink now to get the most out of this weighty Pinot.Grand Reserve8720Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuintay 2012 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirQuintay
6567665675ItalyMade from dried Negroamaro grapes, this robust wine opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, hay, leather, game and mature black fruit. The palate delivers dried date, bitter prune and licorice alongside astringent tannins.Graticciaia87100Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAgricole Vallone 2010 Graticciaia Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroAgricole Vallone
6567765676USSmooth in texture and layered in flavor, this is well-balanced. The color is not too dark and the aromas and flavors recall red cherries and flowers. Mild tannins and fresh acidity help hold everything together.8720CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBarra 2012 Pinot Noir (Mendocino)Pinot NoirBarra
6567865677USThis medium-bodied wine has a surprisingly firm texture from crisp acidity and a relative abundance of tannin. It shows tasty, tart cherry and cranberry flavors, and an astringent finish. A little age should smooth it out by late 2015 and beyond.8716CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBonterra 2013 Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)Pinot NoirBonterra
6567965678ItalyA blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera, this has aromas that recall weedy underbrush, black plum, resin, nutmeg and toasted oak. The dense palate offers mature blackberry, dried black cherry, fig and clove alongside angular tannins. It's reached its ideal drinking window so enjoy soon.Falco Nero Riserva8718Southern ItalySalice SalentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine De Falco 2009 Falco Nero Riserva Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendCantine De Falco
6568065679ItalyRound and ripe, this opens with aromas of black plum, vanilla, mocha and earthy note of tilled soil. The one-dimensional palate doles out rich blackberry, plum and espresso along with a confectionary note.N Zero8715Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Menhir 2012 N Zero Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroCantine Menhir
6568165680USAromatically alive with the smell of anise and salumi, this is a soft, layered expression of the grape. Blended with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Syrah, it's expressive in blackberry and blueberry fruit.8726CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSebastiani 2012 Barbera (Sonoma Valley)BarberaSebastiani
6568265681ChileBell pepper, jalapeño and brined bean aromas straddle the line between snappy/citrusy and vegetal. This has a round palate with weight and punch. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lime and bell pepper hint at vegetal, while the finish is plump and feels fresh.Special Reserve8716Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2014 Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancSiegel
6568365682USAfter starting out reduced, this cool-vintage blend of Merlot (43%), Cabernet Franc (32%), Malbec (33%) and Mourvèdre offers cranberry, herbs and chocolate. It's soft and easy drinking—a surprise given the structure often seen in this appellation—with chocolate and cherry flavors taking the lead.Storm Front8729WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportConvergence Zone 2011 Storm Front Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendConvergence Zone
6568465683FranceThis is a fresh, almond and apple-flavored sparkling wine. With crisp acidity and some attractive bottle aging, it's ripe but cut by a steely aftertaste, and is ready to drink.Cuvée T8725Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Carême 2012 Cuvée T (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine Vincent Carême
6568565684USThis has a deep red color and smells deep too, like boysenberry and blackberry. Nice, firm tannins add some texture. It's full bodied, very flavorful, yet fresh and lively, too.Red-On-Red8710CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDrytown NV Red-On-Red Red (Amador County)Red BlendDrytown
6568665685AustriaVery lifted notes of camphor precede a light-bodied, refreshing white and remain within touching distance throughout. This is a fresh, if unusual, Riesling.Erdenlied8713NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDürnberg 2013 Erdenlied Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingDürnberg
6568765686FranceOnly red wine can be produced under the Cahors appellation, so this is released as a Côtes du Lot. It does however come from the Château de Mercuès vineyard, producing a floral, fresh and creamed-apple flavored wine. It is now ready to drink.Chenin de Mercuès8729Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2012 Chenin de Mercuès Chenin Blanc (Côtes du Lot)Chenin BlancGeorges Vigouroux
6568865687USWhile aromas of smoke, char and plump black cherry lend a sultry tone to the nose, this light-footed wine is surprisingly refreshing on the palate. Brisk and spry, it finishes with an electric jolt of tart red raspberry and cherry acidity.8719New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaGlorie Farm Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc (Hudson River Region)Cabernet FrancGlorie Farm Winery
6568965688FranceMade by Pierre Clément at Domaine de Châtenoy for the Xavier Flouret range, this is smooth, rich and soft. Generous and ripe with red berry fruits and gentle tannins, it could age until late 2015 before drinking.Domaine de Châtenoy Rouge Noir8723Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2012 Domaine de Châtenoy Rouge Noir (Menetou-Salon)Pinot NoirXavier Flouret
6569065689USWaxy lemon peel accents savory apple and quince notes in this dry, zesty Riesling. While expansive on the palate with bold, voluminous body, it finishes brisk and tart.Dry8616New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaSuhru 2012 Dry Riesling (New York)RieslingSuhru
6569165690ItalyThis opens with a floral fragrance of honeysuckle and lavender, with hints of stone fruit and smoke. The palate offers flavors of white peach, citrus and dried apricot, with touches of butterscotch and oak on the close.Viognier de Le Palaie8768TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Palaie 2012 Viognier de Le Palaie White (Toscana)White BlendLe Palaie
6569265691ItalyMade from Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco and Voigner, this opens with an alluring fragrance of lemon zest, golden apple, tropical fruit and spice. The palate offers pineapple, creamy ripe peach and pear flavors that are energized by mineral notes.San Giovanni della Sala87Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi Antinori 2012 San Giovanni della Sala White (Umbria)White BlendMarchesi Antinori
6569365692USSteely and crisp with lemon and lime, this Riesling would be ideal to sip while making a meal or at a picnic with friends. It's long on the finish with a texture that's weighty enough to go mano-a-mano with spicy sausage or seafood.8718CaliforniaPotter ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMcFadden 2012 Riesling (Potter Valley)RieslingMcFadden
6569465693USNew French oak dominates this Chard, giving it buttered toast, butterscotch and caramel aromas and flavors. Underneath all that is a sound wine, brisk in acidity, with orange, peach and tropical fruit flavors.8760CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMoone-Tsai 2011 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayMoone-Tsai
6569565694ItalyThis blend of Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino opens with a fragrance of tropical fruit and cantaloupe. The fresh but creamy palate offers rich flavors of green melon, pineapple and green apple, brightened by citrus notes and refreshing acidity.8715Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePerticaia 2012 White (Umbria)White BlendPerticaia
6569665695USThis new entry into the value-wine sweepstakes is a pretty rose color, offering clean, light scents of wild berry and milk chocolate. Flavors are gently spicy with a malty finish.8725OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Portlandia 2011 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirPortlandia
6569765696USLayered with oak, leather and cigar box, this is a smooth, structured Zin. The palate retains some perfume of red raspberry and dark cherry, but it's quite masculine in its approach and taste.Flutist8740CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneRenwood 2010 Flutist Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelRenwood
6569865697USSoft, sweet and high in alcohol, this Zin-based blend contains proportions of Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah and Mataro. The flavors are complex with berries, cherries, mocha and cola, along with some raisiny notes. Drink up.Pagani Ranch8735CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRidge 2011 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelRidge
6569965698ItalyMade from a blend of organically farmed Grechetto, Procanico and Sauvignon blanc, this charming single-vineyard selection offers up a floral fragrance of acacia flower accented aromatic herbs. The palate delivers ripe pear, mint and thyme flavors, with crisp acidity.Tragugnano8730Central ItalyOrvietoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSergio Mottura 2012 Tragugnano (Orvieto)White BlendSergio Mottura
6570065699USThis is a ripe, enjoyable wine with bright flavors of blackberries and currants. Brisk acidity and thick tannins make this a great pairing with a marbled steak.8730CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastSmith & Hook 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonSmith & Hook

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