Wine Reviews

6633166330USA little musty in aroma, and the flavors, of blackberries, raspberries, red currants and cola, seem tamped down. Drink now.Teldeschi Vineyard8442CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaGeorge IV 2006 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelGeorge IV
6633266331USAn intriguing little wine, with lemon, lime, mango and ginger aromas that give way to lovely apple and peach flavors on the palate. It lacks intensity and staying power but its very pleasant while it hangs around. Drink now.Semi-Dry8416New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesRooster Hill 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingRooster Hill
6633366332ChileDry, smoky and rubbery on the nose, with olive notes. The palate is a bit sharp, with plum, berry and herbal flavors. Finishes mildly leafy, with solid overall fruit and common Chilean herbal-green notes.Selected Terroir8410Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2008 Selected Terroir Merlot (Cachapoal Valley)MerlotSanta Ema
6633466333ChileA clean, basic red wine that's focused on standard berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Fresh but simple, with limited raspberry and cherry flavors along with a touch of vanilla. Competent but entirely regular.120848Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2008 120 Merlot (Central Valley)MerlotSanta Rita
6633566334USCombines ripe, sweet flavors of pineapples and apricots with green mint, accented with strong acidity, to produce an awkward, unbalanced wine. Lacks lushness and richness.8425CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsTerre Rouge 2008 Roussanne (Sierra Foothills)RoussanneTerre Rouge
6633666335FranceThis Merlot smells warm and inviting with strong aromas and flavors of black plum, jammy berry preserves and a touch of almond paste. Medium weight with good balance and a solid finish.8410Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzThe Frenchhouse 2008 Merlot (Vin de Pays d'Oc)MerlotThe Frenchhouse
6633766336ChileGranular, baked-fruit aromas are dominant, while the palate is soft and a bit hot, with sticky plum pudding flavors. Turns more sweet, candied and medicinal as it opens, while the finish is peppery and herbal.Selected Varietal8412Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachIndomita 2008 Selected Varietal Carmenère (Maipo Valley)CarmenèreIndomita
6633866337ArgentinaFormely known as Winemaker's Selection, this base-level Malbec is ultra purple and dark, with gritty, grapey aromas that are big but not all that well formed. The palate is heavy and tannic, with juicy, semi-green flavors of blackberry and boysenberry. Has power, color and size but not all the parts fit.8411Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachAndeluna 2008 Malbec (Tupungato)MalbecAndeluna
6633966338USPretty thin in substance, but clean, dry and proper, with enough blackberry and currant fruit to satisfy your basic Cabernet instincts.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherTre 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonTre
6634066339USDry and rough in texture, with berry, cherry, tobacco, herb and spice flavors wrapped into edgy, slightly green tannins. Turns sharp on the finish, and not likely to age.Clarissa Vin Rouge8447CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaWilliamson Wines 2006 Clarissa Vin Rouge Red (Dry Creek Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendWilliamson Wines
6634166340USThis Merlot-heavy blend adds an additional 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec to its mix, all from a single vineyard high atop Sonoma Mountain. Dill, cucumber and cranberry combine intriguingly, before a core of juicy acidity adds buoyancy to the mix.Pickberry Vineyards8850CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRavenswood 2011 Pickberry Vineyards Red (Sonoma Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendRavenswood
6634266341ItalyMade with organically cultivated grapes, this opens with aromas that recall game, scorched earth, leather, grilled herb and a whiff of barnyard. The dense, concentrated palate delivers mature black cherry, plum, mocha and a confectionary note alongside round tannins.Gran Selezione8879TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRenzo Marinai 2010 Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico)SangioveseRenzo Marinai
6634366342FranceWith subtle wood aging, this is a smooth wine that has hints of toast over its delicious white and apricot fruits. Orange zest tang gives a delicious bite and texture, suggesting how well the wine will age. Drink this fruity wine from 2017.La Chatenière Premier Cru8860BurgundySaint-AubinRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2012 La Chatenière Premier Cru (Saint-Aubin)ChardonnayRoche de Bellene
6634466343ItalyMade with organically grown grapes, this juicy Rosso boasts sensations of tilled earth, violet, crushed black cherry, red currants and graphite. It's savory, fresh and unpretentious.8820TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSalcheto 2013 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendSalcheto
6634566344USLighter in color, this wine displays appealing aromas of huckleberry, sugared plum and cigar box. It's elegant in style, silky in feel, with a sweet finish—an immediate crowd pleaser.The Jack8818WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSaviah 2013 The Jack Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahSaviah
6634666345USFrom Vine Hill Vineyard, this wine is juicy in raspberry and vanilla, made in a fuller-bodied style with pronounced tannins on the finish. Let it open to express itself fully.VH Vineyard8846CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma-Cutrer 2012 VH Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSonoma-Cutrer
6634766346USThis wine has aromas of coffee, toast, cherry meats, herbs, mocha and barrel spices along with a lightly green edge. It's tart and flavorful, with a supple feel and chalky tannins.Zephyr Ridge8838WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSwiftwater Cellars 2012 Zephyr Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonSwiftwater Cellars
6634866347ItalyMade with Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, this features earthy aromas of underbrush, ripe berry and a touch of Mediterranean scrub. The lively palate offers black cherry, cedar and white pepper alongside fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins.8819TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Ghiaccio Forte 2013 Morellino di ScansanoRed BlendTenuta Ghiaccio Forte
6634966348ItalyAromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, game, scorched earth and exotic spice lead the nose. The tight palate offers dried black fruit, toasted oak, roasted coffee bean, grilled sage and a smoky note alongside extremely astringent tannins that dry out the mouth.Antica Chiusina8855TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute del Cerro 2009 Antica Chiusina (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)Red BlendTenute del Cerro
6635066349New ZealandThe Crossings is based in the Awatere subregion of Marlborough, where ripening is more difficult than the main valley because of cooler temperatures. That evidently wasn't an issue in 2013, as this wine features ripe black-cherry fruit and a creamy texture. Hints of herb and cocoa chime in on the supple finish.8819MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzThe Crossings 2013 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirThe Crossings
6635166350USPristinely ripe, juicy black plum and cherry flavors mark this fresh, fruity wine. Rich and full bodied, it's straightforward in its fruitiness, but touches of pine and bramble lend elegance and nuance to the finish.Doyle Family Vineyards Reserve8835New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTimothy Moore 2012 Doyle Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancTimothy Moore
6635266351ItalyThis structured white opens with aromas of oak, citrus, baking spice and dried tree fruit. The full-bodied palate delivers nectarine, dried apricot, toasted almond, oak-driven vanilla and a candied ginger note. Fermenting 40% of the wine in oak casks gives it depth.Plenio Riserva8835Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeUmani Ronchi 2012 Plenio Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioUmani Ronchi
6635366352USMade from a 50-50 split of Pinot Noir and Syrah, this pinkish wine is medium bodied and intensely electric in acidity, a taste of wild strawberry and waxy apple at its core. Lemony, it remains dry on the palate throughout, with some girth on the finish.Hilda's8822CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneUptick Vineyards 2014 Hilda's Rosé (Russian River Valley)RoséUptick Vineyards
6635466353South AfricaThis is clean and lively, with soft aromas of fresh grass, gooseberry and green melon rind that carry through to the palate alongside hints of underripe mango and kiwi. The acidity is bright and refreshing, resulting in a mouthwatering finish.8814PaardebergLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzVondeling 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Paardeberg)Sauvignon BlancVondeling
6635566354USThis nano-produced wine all comes from Stillwater Creek vineyard. It offers aromas of ripe red apple and red raspberry along with light barrel accents. The elegant, velvety texture steals the show, with the red fruit flavors lingering.8830WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWoodinville Wine Cellars 2011 Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheWoodinville Wine Cellars
6635666355New ZealandThis is slightly Syrah-like in its aromas and flavors—which call to mind red cherries, cracked peppercorns and roasted meat—yet it's all Pinot Noir in terms of its weight and texture, finishing light and silky. Drink now.Lumiere8824MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlana Estate 2012 Lumiere Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirAlana Estate
6635766356USThis light, lean beauty is a blend of three vineyards in the appellation, including two that are vineyard-designated by the producer in other wines. It highlights wild strawberry, blueberry and forest floor, all fresh, bright and velvety on the palate. The finish offers a taste of oak.8835CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAlma Fria 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirAlma Fria
6635866357USA beautiful yet rustic complexity always makes Bloomer Creek Rieslings stand out within a blind tasting of peers, and it's particularly prominent here. While bright and citrusy, it's also waxy and phenolic, touched with a hint of tannin and lingering earth tones. Dancing and delicate in texture, it's a fascinating wine to ponder.Tanzen Dame Morehouse Road Dry8826New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBloomer Creek 2013 Tanzen Dame Morehouse Road Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBloomer Creek
6635966358USThere is a port-like character to this take on a once popular, now rare grape, grown in a historic corner of the Santa Clara Valley. It shows raisins, prunes and dried fig aromas, but not in a treacly way. Heavy and tannic on the palate, it's quite interesting though not entirely smooth, with more prune and rose-hip tea flavors.8840CaliforniaSanta Clara ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFortino 2010 Charbono (Santa Clara Valley)CharbonoFortino
6636066359USThis certified organic and biodynamic wine has no sulfites added. It offers deep color plus bold black cherry and smoke aromas. Rich but dry flavors are both fruity and meaty, while a high level of fine tannins make it firm and almost chewy in texture. Not quite full bodied, it feels well balanced despite the intensity. Drink now through 2020.Biodynamic8820CaliforniaRedwood ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrey 2013 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon (Redwood Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFrey

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