Wine Reviews

6630166300ItalySubdued aromas of dried berry, toasted oak and scorched earth eventually emerge in the glass. A blend of Sangiovese, Colorino and Cabernet Sauvignon, the palate offers dried black cherry, anise, tobacco and roasted coffee bean alongside ample tannins. The fruit is starting to dry up, so don't hold on to this too long.Capro8753TuscanyColli della Toscana CentraleKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Bagnolo 2010 Capro Red (Colli della Toscana Centrale)Red BlendFattoria Bagnolo
6630266301FranceAlthough this wine is labeled Vin de France—meaning the grapes can come from all over France—in practice this is Loire Sauvignon Blanc. It is grassy and herbal with gooseberry fruits and a tangy citrus edge. In its intensity and ripe aftertaste, it reveals lessons the Bourgeois family has drawn from its New Zealand vineyard.Petit Bourgeois8713France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Bourgeois 2014 Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)Sauvignon BlancHenri Bourgeois
6630366302South AfricaThis is a fresh and bright white wine, with scents of lemon-lime, green plum and green apple that jump from the glass. The palate is easy and refreshing, as lively acidity lifts the fruity flavors of firm pear and citrus. Drink now.8712Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzIndaba 2014 Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)Chenin BlancIndaba
6630466303USA very uncommon California version of a grape originally from Southern France, this shows broad and welcoming aromas of cranberry-raspberry juice, light purple flowers and cola. Served with a slight chill, it goes down easy, with plump plums and root-beer spice.Wildflower8710CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2014 Wildflower Valdiguié (Monterey)ValdiguiéJ. Lohr
6630566304USPerfumed aromas of flowers, dates, maple and dark berries lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors that narrow on the finish.Winemakers Select Series Co-ferment8740WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKestrel 2012 Winemakers Select Series Co-ferment Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahKestrel
6630666305ItalyAromas of exotic spice, blue flowers and withered dark-skinned fruit waft out of the glass. The firm palate delivers fig, nutmeg, coffee, licorice and toasted oak alongside firm, fine-grained tannins, but the fruit is starting to dry up.Solitario8745TuscanyCortonaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLeuta 2009 Solitario Sangiovese (Cortona)SangioveseLeuta
6630766306USAromas of peach, nectarine and pear lead to dry, fleshy stone-fruit flavors that decline toward the finish.Culloden Vineyard8713WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2014 Culloden Vineyard Viognier (Horse Heaven Hills)ViognierMercer
6630866307USMade entirely from Grenache, this wine is a pretty pale-salmon color. It drinks off dry, with strawberry flavors and well-balanced acidity, showing some warmth on the finish.Spice Cabinet Vineyard8713WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2014 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rosé (Horse Heaven Hills)RoséMercer
6630966308USLavish streaks of butter, vanilla and baking spice fatten this opulent Chardonnay. It's unabashedly oaky in style but fresh lemon acidity lends elegance to the midpalate. Finishes briskly.8717New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaMillbrook 2013 Chardonnay (New York)ChardonnayMillbrook
6631066309USA slightly tawny or pink color, characteristic of this variety's grape skins, helps this wine stand out. Aromas like ripe pears and apples lead to vivid, tangy apple and apricot flavors and rather light body.8712CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMirassou 2014 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioMirassou
6631166310USRose-petal aromas and green-apple flavors bring a distinct personality to this light-bodied, snappy-tasting wine. While the first impression is floral and openly fruity, an underlying crisp acidity comes through on the finish and keeps it refreshing.Vesuvius8718CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMonte Volpe 2013 Vesuvius White (Potter Valley)White BlendMonte Volpe
6631266311ItalyRose, baked earth, grilled herbs and dark berry aromas lead the way. The chewy palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry, licorice, toast and a vegetal note alongside soft tannins. The freshness and fruit are starting to fade so drink soon.Donna Luciana8718PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoscone 2012 Donna Luciana (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaMoscone
6631366312USHogue's Late Harvest Riesling is an odd duck. In most usage, late harvest indicates a dessert-style wine with considerable sweetness. Here it seems more like a mass-market, tasting room wine. It's simple, off-dry, and a little papery in the finish.Late Harvest8411WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hogue 2008 Late Harvest Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingHogue
6631466313ChileHeavily roasted at first, and then comes a distinct wave of root beer, olive and barbecue sauce. The palate is decent in feel, maybe a little astringent, with flavors of creamy plum and berry along with sweet, candied oak. Finishes minty and dry, like the dust from the gum that used to come with baseball cards.Reserva8413Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachHugo Casanova 2007 Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreHugo Casanova
6631566314USThis bone-dry wine has rasping tannins and despite some pleasant blackberry fruit has a green herb edge of sage that gives it a leafy bitterness. Seems at its best now.Estate Bottled8425CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaLa Storia 2006 Estate Bottled Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelLa Storia
6631666315USVery crisp and slightly sweet, this simple, everyday Chardonnay has jammy flavors of pineapples, apples and lemon tarts. Pretty good for the price.8410CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastTre 2008 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayTre
6631766316USUpon opening, this wine showed some funky low tones that blew off after a while to reveal an unusual mix of aromas, including cotton candy, stewed prunes and fresh nuts. The light-to-medium-bodied palate is more classic, with razor-like acidity and raspberry and cherry flavors. Delicious cherry-berry finish. Try with beef stew. Drink now.8418New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesWhite Springs 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonWhite Springs
6631866317USThis is a shy little wine, with woodsy overtones on a base of plum and raspberry fruit. It's a bit thin in the mouth but has reasonable concentration, fine tannins and winds up with an appealing orange rind note. Drink now.Vintner's Select8419New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesGlenora 2007 Vintner's Select Syrah (Finger Lakes)SyrahGlenora
6631966318ChileDry, brambly raspberry and cherry aromas lack much varietal character, while the palate is lively with acids but the flavors are drying, herbal and peppery, with basic plum and berry at the base. Decent wine but that's about it.8410Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarma 2007 Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreCarma
6632066319ArgentinaStarts out strong with lemon, apple and other fresh-fruit aromas. The flavors are more mealy and warm, and the palate feel is oily. Citrus, apple, lemon and tropical fruit all make appearances, but overall the wine fades into mediocrity and pithy bitterness.Ampakama8410OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Montes 2009 Ampakama Chardonnay (San Juan)ChardonnayCasa Montes
6632166320FranceA bit muted and simple but easy to drink with a lightweight mouth and soft aromas and flavors of red plum, cherry and currant along with hints of spice on the finish.Alexis8411Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Cabezac 2006 Alexis Red (Minervois)Red BlendChâteau Cabezac
6632266321ArgentinaLightly citric and mildly tropical, but mostly it's just a simple, easygoing wine with cantaloupe and peachy flavors along with a mild, cleansing finish. Nothing special but nothing wrong, and therein lies its virtue.846Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFunky Llama 2009 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayFunky Llama
6632366322USThe price is right on this Grenache Blanc-Viognier blend, but it's a pretty ordinary wine. Shows sweet, fruity flavors of apricots, lemons and pineapples, with high acidity and a tug of mint and vegetable.8410CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastInfinity 2008 White (Central Coast)Rhône-style White BlendInfinity
6632466323USHere's a good, soft, easy-to-drink red blend. It's dry and ripe, with berry, cherry and currant flavors.8414CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaTractor Shed Red 2007 Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendTractor Shed Red
6632566324USLots of good flavor in this dry wine, with blackberries, black currants and herbs. But it's very hard in tannins, with a drily astringent mouthfeel that no amount of age is likely to mitigate.Seduce8457CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaWilliamson Wines 2006 Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWilliamson Wines
6632666325ItalyPinot Grigio Bella Donna is distinguished by a drying mineral note that comes on the heels of fresh citrus, stone fruit, spring flowers and white peppercorn. The wine is simple and clean with fresh acidity and an easy ability to pair with fried shrimp or calamari.8410Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieBella Donna 2008 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioBella Donna
6632766326USPretty thin for the price, this Pinot is dry and crisp and silky, with a refined mouthfeel. The only problem is that the cherry and cola flavors are watery.8425CaliforniaSan Francisco BayCentral CoastBloomfield 2007 Pinot Noir (San Francisco Bay)Pinot NoirBloomfield
6632866327USTart, almost sour, in gooseberry and pyrazine aromas and flavors, and bone dry, with crisp, citrusy acidity. Finely structured and dry, but those feline tastes are pretty strong.Mitsuko's Vineyard8421CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaClos Pegase 2008 Mitsuko's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Carneros)Sauvignon BlancClos Pegase
6632966328ArgentinaA solid, regular, generic style of SB with white fruit aromas and apple, nectarine and pithy citrus flavors. Mildly tropical and sweet, with a finish that holds steady. Resonably good at this price.8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Portillo 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza)Sauvignon BlancFinca El Portillo
6633066329USSimple but authentic Merlot aromas of plum, tea and spice cake make up the opening act. The juicy palate has good berry flavor alongside soft tannins and finishes with an earthy note. Not one for aging.8420IdahoFujishin 2007 MerlotMerlotFujishin

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