Wine Reviews

66296628USNew Zealand-like in style, with brisk acidity highlighting gooseberry, spearmint and Meyer lemon flavors. Elegant and clean for drinking now, especially with Asian fare.Aurora Point8840CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaStonestreet 2011 Aurora Point Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancStonestreet
66306629USRich and opulent, with the Sémillon adding depth and roundness to Sauvignon's lemon, lime and floral notes. Tastes like there's some residual sugar in the finish, but balanced with zesty acidity.Terrace Ridge8835CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaStonestreet 2011 Terrace Ridge Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Semillon-Sauvignon BlancStonestreet
66016600FranceSoft and fruity, showing attractive ripe red cherry fruits along with hints of candy, light acidity and gentle tannins. It's a pleasing wine, easy and ready to drink, one of those Beaujolais that is best slightly chilled.86BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2007 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayGeorges Duboeuf
66026601ItalyThis is crystalline Vernaccia with bright aromas of pear, citrus and a touch of white peppercorn or natural rubber. It goes down in a fresh and clean manner and ends with a citrus crispness.8624TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoVagnoni 2007 Vernaccia di San GimignanoVernacciaVagnoni
66036602ChileOaky and a little spotty, with aromas of cheese, cinnamon and wood resin sitting heavily on herbal, traditional fruit. The acidity is bracing, so there's a lemony bite to the palate along with flavors of raisin, raspberry and cherry. A fairly good blend of Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet, but one that's missing a few parts.Reserva Merlot-Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon8615Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValle Frio 2004 Reserva Merlot-Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendValle Frio
66046603ItalyThis is an easy, fruit-forward wine that would pair well with family dinners and simple pasta dishes. Cherry, bramble, wet earth, pressed violets and light coffee tones characterize the nose and are exactly what you should look for in a no-fuss Chianti. Vibrant berry flavors are carried forward thanks to the wine's smooth structure.Caspagnolo8615TuscanyChianti Colli SenesiVilla Poggio Salvi 2006 Caspagnolo (Chianti Colli Senesi)SangioveseVilla Poggio Salvi
66056604USPale in color and tart in acidity, this Pinot is a bit on the thin side, fruit-wise. It offers a blast of Asian spices and mint, with suggestions of cherries, citrus zest and Dr. Pepper. Drink this dry, elegant wine now.8631CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastWilliams Selyem 2006 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirWilliams Selyem
66066605ChileLight peach aromas mix with a hint of sea breeze to give this wine a subtle approach. The palate is more alive, with mild citrus and lemon-lime flavors. Almost seems like a refreshing sip of lemonade by the time it fades away.Block Selection Limari Reserve8611Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Playa 2007 Block Selection Limari Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Limarí Valley)Sauvignon BlancLa Playa
66076606ItalyLuminous and bright, this beautiful Vernaccia offers pretty tones of honey, peach, pear and cherry blossoms. There's a sweet element to the nose that creates an interesting contrast with the wine's natural acidity.Vigna Aprico8612TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoLe Solive 2007 Vigna Aprico (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)VernacciaLe Solive
66086607New ZealandOn the leaner side, with mineral overtones to the grapefruit and cut-grass aromas and flavors. Comes out of the bottle with some smelly reductive notes that take some aeration to eliminate, so decant before serving.8616MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Nelson 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancMount Nelson
66096608FranceA crisp, delicious wine, with all the right fresh acidity, tensely green fruits and very refreshing lightness. The wine will sit delicately and satisfyingly alongside any fish dish.8611Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerRemy-Pannier 2007 Muscadet Sèvre et MaineMelonRemy-Pannier
66106609FranceNo question this is a taut, crisp, mineral, smoky Sauvignon Blanc from the grape's heartland. It has plenty of herbaceous edges, but the core is ripe, tropical and juicy.8626Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerRemy-Pannier 2007 SancerreSauvignon BlancRemy-Pannier
66116610South AfricaRobertson has managed to create a solid, appealing Chardonnay at an excellent price. This one has a big nose of fresh fruit and orange citrus, and on the palate, assertive fruit and toast. Not terribly complex but definitely robust and flavorful, this is an ideal everyday white.869RobertsonSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaRobertson Winery 2007 Chardonnay (Robertson)ChardonnayRobertson Winery
66126611USThose used to the fabulous richness of Ed Sbragia's Chardonnays at Beringer might find this disappointing. It's a good wine, with the Burgundian formula of half-barrel fermention in new oak, malolactic fermentation and weekly lees stirring, so it has those winemaker-added notes of creamy, yeasty smokiness. Yet the underlying pear and apple flavors are a little thin.Home Ranch8626CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaSbragia 2006 Home Ranch Chardonnay (Dry Creek Valley)ChardonnaySbragia
66136612USShows those classic, old-fashioned Howell Mountain tannins that lock the wine down and make it more or less undrinkable in youth. There are some good black currant flavors, but they're not really powerful, and have herbal notes alongside. That makes the future of this wine a question.Ink Grade Vineyard8660CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaSerdonis 2004 Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonSerdonis
66146613New ZealandPungent grassy aromas vie with passion fruit on the nose, while the flavors lean more toward the tropical fruit side of things. This is a medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc that plays it safe, offering a comfortable drink at a reasonable price.8615MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSeven Terraces 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSeven Terraces
66156614South AfricaThis overall good, refreshing Chard is a go-to white for everyday sipping. On the nose, citrus, apples, and fresh Chardonnay fruit leads, and on the palate, straightforward fruit is both elegant and approachable. The finish is substantial. Pair with poultry, seafood, or sip alone.Great White Unwooded8610Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaShark Trust 2007 Great White Unwooded Chardonnay (Western Cape)ChardonnayShark Trust
66166615ItalyHere's a fresh and feminine expression of Pinot Nero with nuances of wild berry and white cherry followed by light touches of spice and almond skin. Balanced acidity and a lively finish make the wine very enjoyable indeed.8817Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKellerei Kaltern Caldaro 2010 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroKellerei Kaltern Caldaro
66176616USA brisk, sturdy Cabernet, marked by firm tannins, tart acidity and a marked coating of sweet, smoky oak. It's Janzen's basic Napa Cabernet, and shows the winery's ability to produce elegant Cabs. But it's not an ager.8850CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJanzen 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJanzen
66186617FranceA rich and fruity wine with dense cherry and strawberry fruits and a dry, tannic structure. It has a tough edge that suggests aging potential while also bringing out a ripe character from this southernmost appellation in the Côte d'Or.Clos Roussots Premier Cru8846BurgundyMarangesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2010 Clos Roussots Premier Cru (Maranges)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
66196618USK-J's basic Cab has gotten pricier over the years, but quality has kept up. This wine still offers excellent value. It's elegant in construction, with tailored tannins and acids and fine flavors of blackberries and currants that lead to a spicy finish.Vintner's Reserve8824CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonKendall-Jackson
66206619USAll from Windrige Vineyard, this is an aromatic, appealing dessert-style wine with notes of dried pink grapefruit and honey. At 18.6% residual sugar, it's rich and concentrated, with good depth and intensity.Ice Wine8820IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKoenig Vineyards 2010 Ice Wine RieslingRieslingKoenig Vineyards
66216620ItalyThis feminine Prosecco Superiore offers bright floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle followed by peach and melon. The style is extra dry, meaning there is a veil of sweetness at the back, that is enhanced by the soft sparkling foam. This wine is truly enjoyable.Serrai Extra Dry88VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreLa Tordera NV Serrai Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraLa Tordera
66226621USA lovely rosé, dry and crisp, with peach skin, orange, strawberry and white pepper flavors, highlighted by brisk acidity. Would score higher if not for a certain heaviness.Pierre's Pirouette Rosé of8818CaliforniaSan Benito CountyCentral CoastLe P'tit Paysan 2011 Pierre's Pirouette Rosé of Mourvèdre (San Benito County)MourvèdreLe P'tit Paysan
66236622PortugalThis blend of Antão Vaz and Verdelho is rich and creamy with spice and green plum flavors given a boost by vanilla and ginger flavors. There's a fine perfumed aftertaste from the Verdelho.Rapariga da Quinta Branco8815AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerLuis Duarte 2012 Rapariga da Quinta Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteLuis Duarte
66246623ItalyNabucco is a blend of Barbera and Merlot that offers a pretty dark appearance and fresh notes of cherry, blackberry tart and tobacco. The tannins are smooth and long and there's a pretty touch of acidity on the close.Nabucco88Central ItalyEmiliaMonte delle Vigne 2009 Nabucco Red (Emilia)Red BlendMonte delle Vigne
66256624USPfendler has striven to raise the quality of their Pinot Noir, and this 2011 keeps them firmly in place. It's a good, sound wine, dry and silky, with bright acidity and fine raspberry and cherry flavors.8845CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPfendler 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPfendler
66266625ItalyThis blend of Vermentino (70%), Fiano, Incrocio Manzoni, Verdicchio and Petit Manseng opens with generous tones of peach, apricot, lemon curd and soft almond paste. The wine is creamy and silky on the long finish.Guado al Melo8818TuscanyToscanaPodere Guado al Melo 2010 Guado al Melo White (Toscana)White BlendPodere Guado al Melo
66276626ItalyThere's a dark and austere quality to this Chianti Classico riserva that gives it a very masculine personality. When aged, Sangiovese tends to deliver aromas of candied fruit, cassis, tar and licorice, and this wine does just that.Losi Millennium Riserva8836TuscanyChianti ClassicoQuerciavalle 2007 Losi Millennium Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseQuerciavalle
66286627USThe aromas are light for a Viognier, with notes of flowers, herbs and peach. Still, it brings a lot of appeal, with broad fruit flavors accented by residual sugar (0.4%), showing a bit of heat on the finish.8823OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSeason 2012 Viognier (Southern Oregon)ViognierSeason

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