Wine Reviews

6639166390New ZealandCitrus and gooseberry define the all-fruit nose. In the mouth, you'll encounter the full allotment of cantaloupe, citrus and green herbs, particularly basil. The tangy finish is like grapefruit sorbet after a nice meal; it cleanses the palate, leaving no residue at all. It's refined, racy and tips the scale at just the right weight.Old Renwick Vineyard9017MarlboroughCraggy Range 2001 Old Renwick Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancCraggy Range
6639266391USIntense, spicy and richly fruity nose. Already meaty, bloody and gamy; this really hits the mark for this variety. Good acids, weight and balance. It's a very sexy wine, with a long, concentrated finish that shows extracted berry fruit and layers of mineral and earth, with just the barest hint of roasted barrel.9027OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abacela 1999 Syrah (Umpqua Valley)SyrahAbacela
6639366392ItalyVery much a baby, this is one big, bold, burly Cab-Merlot-Syrah blend that's filled to the brim with extracted plum fruit, bitter chocolate and earth. It takes a long time in the glass for it to lose its youthful, funky aromatics, and on the palate things are still a bit scattered. But in due time things will settle and integrateGhiaie Della Furba9049TuscanyTuscanyMichael Schachner@wineschachCapezzana 1999 Ghiaie Della Furba Red (Tuscany)Red BlendCapezzana
6639466393ItalyMusclebound with an earthy, spicy character to the nose. The body is fleshy but pure, offering black cherry flavors accented by tar and licorice. It finishes smooth, with just the right touch of vanilla oak. It's a polished Brunello, good for near-term drinking, but also a candidate for the cellar.Greppone Mazzi9060TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoMichael Schachner@wineschachRuffino 1997 Greppone Mazzi (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseRuffino
6639566394ItalyThis is no simple red; deep black fruit and leather aromas suggest an intense, young untamed wine. It's rugged and muscular, with an opaque color, tight tannins that starch the cheeks, and a powerful, multilayered finish. Baby Brunello? Hardly. This is a full-grown wine all its own, and it still needs several more years to open up.9033TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoMichael Schachner@wineschachSalicutti 1999 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseSalicutti
6639666395USYou'll find lots of concentration in this dry, nicely drinkable wine, which opens with citrus and mineral aromas and an inviting waft of white chocolate. It's an earth-driven wine. The citrus flavors are strong but not overpowering. You get the impression of crushed fresh herbs: parsley, mint, cilantro. It's dry and crisp and an excellent white wine.Reserve9018OregonOregonOregon OtherRex Hill 2000 Reserve Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisRex Hill
6639766396New ZealandLime, mineral and grass make up the pungent, pulsating bouquet. Apricots and peaches comprise the stone-fruit-dominated palate, which is touched up by a pinch of honey. There's a nice tang and snap to the finish, which offers a little white pepper just to make things interesting.The Stones9015MarlboroughCairnbrae 2001 The Stones Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancCairnbrae
6639866397New ZealandRight from the start this is clean, snappy and peppery, with an added touch of butter and honey. Lemon-lime flavors get a boost from fresh green herbs and white pepper, while the finish is spot-on. At one moment it's razor-sharp and cleansing, and then it opens up to offer citrus and mineral.9015MarlboroughMount Riley 2001 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancMount Riley
6639966398New ZealandFans of New Zealand's SBs will like this wine's racy nose, which is packed with minerals, some stoniness, melon, and a hint of grassiness. Citrus is in full force in the mouth, aided by a touch of green herbs and a white-pepper spice. The finish is elegant and offers hints of grapefruit. It's a youthful, fresh wine; one that will go well with salads or fish.Private Bin9015MarlboroughVilla Maria 2001 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancVilla Maria
6640066399USScents of hay and alfalfa open into an elegant, stylish wine with lovely textures. It is lightly citric, with pretty nuances of grass, hints of honey and tea. The winemaker has a gentle, delicate touch with all his wines, but this is the best of the best. Just 100 cases were produced.9016OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Paschal 2000 Pinot Blanc (Rogue Valley)Pinot BlancPaschal
6640166400AustraliaRather restrained, this is a dark, concentrated wine built for some time in the cellar. It's got Bordeaux-like structure in its crisp acids and firm tannins, but clean, New World cassis flavors tinged with vanilla and cedary oak. Drink 2010–2015.8925VictoriaBendigoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBalgownie Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Bendigo)Cabernet SauvignonBalgownie Estate
6640266401ItalyAged 15 years in oak, Donnafranca Marsala is a new product from these historic cellars with notes of resin, maple syrup and honey roasted almonds. At 19% alcohol it's intense and powerful without the burn; it ends on a long note of toasted almond.Donnafranca Superiore Riserva Semisecco Ambra89Sicily & SardiniaMarsalaCantine Florio NV Donnafranca Superiore Riserva Semisecco Ambra (Marsala)White BlendCantine Florio
6640366402USOne of the sweetest California dessert wines out there, and all that honey goes a long way to make it likeable. The apricot, pear, pineapple and vanilla bean flavors taste like something from Starbucks, but could be a bit more concentrated. Still, it's certainly a decadent wine that will satisfy your sweet tooth.Estate Late Harvest8930CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVino Con Brio 2006 Estate Late Harvest Viognier (Lodi)ViognierVino Con Brio
6640466403FranceFor simple Chablis, this is impressive, rich, fruity, with wood as well as lively, fresh acidity. Nosings find toast and butter, with a hint of light honey.Domaine8926BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerWilliam Fèvre 2005 Domaine (Chablis)ChardonnayWilliam Fèvre
6640566404ItalyPala's Entemari is higher in intensity and sophistication compared to the rest of the white wine portfolio and seems intentionally crafted for an elaborate seafood meal. Dried flowers, passion fruit, sweet nut, natural rubber and nutmeg spice add dimension and personality.Entemari89Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiPala 2006 Entemari White (Isola dei Nuraghi)White BlendPala
6640666405AustraliaLush and oaky, this is a full-bodied mouthful of coffee, chocolate and loam flavors. The fruit is so ripe it presents as chocolate, framed by toasty oak and buttressed by incredibly soft tannins. The softness suggests pairing with roasts or braised meats; drink now–2012.Phoenix8920South AustraliaCoonawarraJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPenley Estate 2005 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)Cabernet SauvignonPenley Estate
6640766406USThis has a lively presence in the mouth, with a generous dollop of cinnamon spice. The cranberry/raspberry fruit flavors are supported with tangy acids, and lead into a lingering finish that carries suggestions of metal and stone. Quite different from the 2005 Wyeast, this new release reflects a different vintage with equally fine character, a mark of true terroir.Wyeast Vineyard8942OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sineann 2006 Wyeast Vineyard Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge (OR))Pinot NoirSineann
6640866407AustraliaEven Jim Barry's entry-level Cabernet—The Cover Drive—is a hit. Blending various South Australian sources, it takes jammy blackberry fruit, backs it with darker notes of chocolate and layers atop a briary, herbal component, all working together to ably conceal its 15% alcohol. Drink now–2012.The Cover Drive8919South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJim Barry 2005 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)Cabernet SauvignonJim Barry
6640966408FranceThis still tastes impressively young for a simple Chablis. In fact it isn't simple at all, showing all the intensity of a premier cru with its minerality, fresh lime and other citrus flavors, hints of honey and white fruits.8932BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Dauvissat 2005 ChablisChardonnayDomaine Vincent Dauvissat
6641066409AustraliaA dark, earthy take on Cabernet, without the obvious cassis character that often overtakes Australian Cabs. Instead, the aromas and flavors lean toward black olive and tobacco. Tannins are fully ripe and soft, making it easy to drink now, although there's enough tart acidity for balance.Sami Two Vineyards8935South AustraliaBarossa-Langhorne CreekJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDutschke 2005 Sami Two Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa-Langhorne Creek)Cabernet SauvignonDutschke
6641166410SpainGarnacha is the lead in this five-grape blend, and overall it shows almost all of what's good about Catalonian wine. The nose offers sweet cherry and a whiff of hard dried cheese; the palate is racy at first and then thickens as blackberry, red licorice and fig flavors take over. A steady wine.Selecció Vinyes Velles8919Northern SpainEmporadà-Costa BravaMichael Schachner@wineschachMartí Fabra 2003 Selecció Vinyes Velles Red (Emporadà-Costa Brava)Red BlendMartí Fabra
6641266411USAlthough this is a rather light and tart wine, it has unusual flavors of cured ham and lots of herbal power in the finish, which is leafy and tannic. It might be better as a component in a blend, but as a stand-alone it shows some genuine terroir.Ridgecrest Vineyard8944OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2005 Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirChehalem
6641366412FranceA soft, ripe, open wine with yellow fruit flavors. There is opulent concentration, velvet in texture. Only on the finish is there freshness and real acidity. Screwcap.Les Vaillons Premier Cru8937BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laroche 2005 Les Vaillons Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Laroche
6641466413USWith no oak, the pure, brilliantly ripe Chardonnay fruit shines through in this rewarding wine. It's so rich in tropical fruit, peach, pear and citrus flavors, you won't even miss the barrel influence. Best of all is the cool-climate crispness that makes the finish so clean and vibrant.Naked8914CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastFour Vines 2006 Naked Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayFour Vines
6641566414ItalyVibrant red cherry tones are expertly woven within toasted nut and vanilla to produce a wine with character that ultimately seems younger than it is. You'll taste red currant berry, pomegranate and toasted wood flavors and enjoy its refreshing crispness.Terre Rare Riserva8922Sicily & SardiniaCarignano del SulcisSella & Mosca 2000 Terre Rare Riserva (Carignano del Sulcis)CarignanoSella & Mosca
6641666415AustraliaOne of Australia's most expensive and sought-after Cabernet blends, Mount Mary's Quintet has failed to impress more than one American critic. It's an appealing, well-crafted wine that combines leather, cherry and dried herbs in a somewhat lean, crisp style that delivers a long, mineral-and-cedar finish.Quintet89145VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Mary 2004 Quintet Red (Yarra Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMount Mary
6641766416USThis may be a wrong estimate, but the wine tastes like it was made from younger vines in this large vineyard. It has that fresh, rude, jammy quality that trades complexity and ageworthiness for immediate appeal. Yet there's no denying the luxurious balance, and the deliciousness of the cherry, raspberry and cola flavors. Drink now.Sanford & Benedict Vineyard8946CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastRoessler 2005 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirRoessler
6641866417FranceStrong minerality with crisp, clean almost mouth-puckering green fruits that show structure. It is full-bodied and rich, but also with an edge of austerity.Vau de Vey Premier Cru8929BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marc Brocard 2005 Vau de Vey Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayJean-Marc Brocard
6641966418ArgentinaForced woody aromas and flavors are a persistent theme on this Uco Valley Malbec, which smells a bit horsey and stewed. Dense black-fruit flavors are roasted and peppery, while wood and related resin notes rise up on the back palate. Rustic power and fiery heat are loud elements on a fully oaked finish.Año Cero8819Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltocedro 2014 Año Cero Malbec (La Consulta)MalbecAltocedro
6642066419ItalyAromas of underbrush, Porcini mushroom and a hint of toast emerge in the glass. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, star anise and mocha alongside assertive tannins.8850PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAnna Maria Abbona 2012 BaroloNebbioloAnna Maria Abbona

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