Wine Reviews

6615166150USVibrant aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, mandarin orange and petroleum jelly lead to just off-dry, lightly spritzy fruit flavors. Tart, lively acidity keeps the interest high.68815WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportZero One Vintners 2015 6 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingZero One Vintners
6615266151FranceAn intriguing and spicy note of grapefruit flesh makes for a very inviting nose. The palate is not quite so exuberant but refreshes with its light-footed and citrus-fresh slenderness. The finish is dry.8818AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllimant-Laugner 2016 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingAllimant-Laugner
6615366152USMedium-bodied and thickly layered, this estate-grown wine shows more concentration and ripeness than it actually has, its acidity underlying a blanket of rich apple and banana flavor. It finishes crisp and clean.Betty's Vineyard8828CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBallentine 2016 Betty's Vineyard Chenin Blanc (Napa Valley)Chenin BlancBallentine
6615466153USThis big, brawny wine slathers its rich pear syrup and orange marmalade flavors with toasty oak and butter. All that oaky richness dominates the taste from the first whiff to the lingering finish, so pair with an equally bold dish.8832CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBlindfold 2014 White (California)White BlendBlindfold
6615566154ItalyWhite spring flower, citrus and apple aromas set the tone while the bright palate offers pear, nectarine zest and a hint of bitter almond. Fresh acidity gives it a crisp finish.San Michele8815VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' Rugate 2016 San Michele (Soave Classico)GarganegaCa' Rugate
6615666155SpainThe baked berry, raisin and vanilla aromas in this Tempranillo and Garnacha blend are a touch soupy. It's tannic and firm on the palate, with tomato, berry and mildly oxidized flavors.Añares Crianza8818Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Olarra 2014 Añares Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Olarra
6615766156USCrisp nectarine and apricot aromas meet hints of butter and lime in this clean and easy appellation blend from seven vineyards and four counties. The flavors are also familiar and pleasant, with key lime and lemon peel and a building acidity that carries those flavors deep into the finish.8820CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCalera 2015 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayCalera
6615866157ItalyHere's a fragrant white that opens with aromas of spring blossom, orchard fruit and a whiff of brimstone. On the bright juicy palate, a savory saline note energizes yellow apple, Bartlett pear and lemon zest.Imperatrice8817Southern ItalyCampi FlegreiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Astroni 2015 Imperatrice Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)FalanghinaCantine Astroni
6615966158FranceRipe orange and plump stone fruits rise from the glass while subtle rose scents hover. The palate is fresh. There is enough acidity and a slightly bitter phenolic edge to frame the peach and orange fruit that is augmented by a little residual sweetness. The finish is off dry. Drink while flavors are fresh.Découverte8822AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave du Roi Dagobert 2016 Découverte Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerCave du Roi Dagobert
6616066159PortugalThe Arinto grape and the town of Bucelas go together. This small enclave in the larger Lisboa region produces this crisp fruity style, like a southern version of dry Vinho Verde but with extra weight. Drink this attractive, lemon and red-apple flavored wine now.8810BucelasRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2016 Arinto (Bucelas)ArintoCaves Velhas
6616166160FranceThis is an attractive, ripe wine from the André Lurton group. It is smoothly rich, with balanced perfumed fruits and acidity. Full bodied and creamy, it is ready to drink.8816BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bonnet 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Bonnet
6616266161FranceThis wine is already ripe and rounded. It has good balance between the rich apple and pear fruits and acidity, along with an attractive mineral texture. Drink this fruity wine now.8815BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Rivière 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de la Rivière
6616366162FranceThis wine is tight and closed at this stage, although it has great potential. The fruit is lively and crisp, just waiting to burst out with citrus and sliced apple fruitiness. Wait until late 2017.8815BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Lussac 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Lussac
6616466163FranceThere is a great burst of appealing acidity in this wine, accompanied by refreshing red fruits. This balanced wine is lively, crisp and with plenty of flavor. Drink now.Château Haut Mondain8815BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Les Hauts de Palette 2016 Château Haut Mondain Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Les Hauts de Palette
6616566164FranceOlivier Doujon made only 7,000 bottles of this 100% Merlot at the family estate in Fronsac. Rounded and ripe, this is a full-bodied wine with great fruitiness and attractive acidity. Well balanced, it offers red-cherry flavors with an edge of pepper. Drink the wine now.8813BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Magondeau 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Magondeau
6616666165FranceThis is a real food wine, with its tangy texture, touch of spice and attractive acidity. Light fruitiness and a dry core give a structured character. Drink now.Le Rosé de Floridène8818BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Reynon 2016 Le Rosé de Floridène Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Reynon
6616766166FranceThis is a crisp wine, full of acidity. It holds the potential of crisp green and citrus fruits that are developing. A nutty edge contrasts with the tense acidity. Drink from late 2017.8810BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Terres Douces 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Terres Douces
6616866167USBig and flavorful, this full-bodied wine boasts butter, toast and smoke nuances layered over ripe pear and marzipan flavors. Fermented in stainless steel but aged in French oak, it has a rich texture and overt sweetness without going to extremes.8820CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCherry Tart 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayCherry Tart
6616966168USThis is a pretty wine, forward and fruit-driven, with orange-juice highlights around cherry fruit. It's as fresh and flavorful as a Cru Beaujolais, ready for immediate enjoyment and best consumed sometime this decade.8828OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Child's Play 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirChild's Play
6617066169FranceThis lively wine comes from the Clarence Dillon group (Château Haut-Brion). It offers good balance between the considerable acidity and the red-berry fruit. With its spicy background, the wine is delicious to drink now.8815BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerClarendelle 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséClarendelle
6617166170ItalyMade entirely with the native grape Negroamaro, this opens with intriguing aromas of Mediterranean scrub, dill and red berry. The vibrant palate shows sour cherry, strawberry, tangerine and dried herb alongside crisp acidity that lends a refreshing finish.Negroamaro8817Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeClaudio Quarta 2016 Negroamaro Rosato (Salento)RosatoClaudio Quarta
6617266171ItalyCitrus zest, toasted nut, Mediterranean scrub and honey aromas follow over to the refined palate along with yellow apple and a hint of ginger. Bright acidity and a saline note give it a fresh, savory finish.88Southern ItalyCampi FlegreiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeContrada Salandra 2014 Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)FalanghinaContrada Salandra
6617366172ItalyAromas of grapefruit and crushed tomato vine lead the nose. The ripe rounded palate offers honeydew melon, lemon drop and a note of crushed dill alongside fresh acidity.8817VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte Giacobbe 2016 SoaveGarganegaCorte Giacobbe
6617466173USSoft, dry and drinkable now, with firm, hearty tannins supporting ripe blackberry jam, dark chocolate, tobacco and mint flavors.Southern Exposure8535CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsC.G. di Arie 2005 Southern Exposure Syrah (Shenandoah Valley (CA))SyrahC.G. di Arie
6617566174USUtterly delicious, with blackberry and cherry pie, chocolate health bar and caramelly wood flavors. But for the price, there's little in the way of tannin-acid structure, and flavor isn't enough for balance.8530CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsC.G. di Arie 2005 Syrah (Sierra Foothills)SyrahC.G. di Arie
6617666175USAlthough this wine is a little on the sweet, soda pop side, its acidity is brisk and refreshing. The pineapple, Meyer lemon and spice flavors have a streak of tart gooseberries.Reserve8512CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaCastle Rock 2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancCastle Rock
6617766176FranceMedium weight with soft, dusty tannins, this wine is easily approachable now. Juicy and jammy flavors of red berry preserves are complemented by nuances of iris. A straightforward wine that will pair nicely with most game-based dishes.8510Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau de Landure 2005 Red (Minervois)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau de Landure
6617866177ChileQuelat is Ventisquero's highest-reaching SB, but it seems narrow and ultra tight, with match stick on the nose and not a ton of fruit. As it unwinds, more aromas and flavors come out; but always is it slightly vegetal. Alongside that dominant “green” character, look for pineapple and plenty of acidity.Queulat Gran Reserva8515Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2008 Queulat Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancVentisquero
6617966178ChileRound on the nose, with green-apple aromas. There's no angularity or sharpness to this SB despite full acidity, and the flavors of orange and grapefruit are alert but pithy. A good but regular effort, especially for warm-climate Colchagua.Casa La Joya Reserve8511Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2008 Casa La Joya Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancViña Bisquertt
6618066179USSoft and sweet, with rough tannins, this is the kind of wine described as rustic, which Carignane usually is. It's rich in blackberries and chocolate, and will probably last for many years, but will never be a great wine.8520CaliforniaMendocino CountyZina Hyde Cunningham 2005 Carignane (Mendocino County)CarignaneZina Hyde Cunningham

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