Wine Reviews

6676166760FranceThis blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah offers restrained fruit and medium body. Struck flint marks the nose, while the palate is slightly ungenerous, dominated by underripe stone fruit flavors. The finish is clean and dry.Buti Nages8512Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau de Nages 2015 Buti Nages Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)RoséChâteau de Nages
6676266761FranceThis is a young wine with still firm tannins and stalky fruit. It has black-currant flavors that are balanced by fresh acidity and a dry core. The wine has all the freshness of the vintage, drink from 2017.8513BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Pingat 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Pingat
6676366762FranceBlack-currant flavors are right up in the front of this wine. With some youthful stalkiness, it also has the potential for a really juicy character that is bright, almost crisp. A touch of perfume gives the wine a lift. Let it smooth out for a few months, so drink from early 2017.8514BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour le Pin 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour le Pin
6676466763USTight aromas of yellow apple, green pear, lemon sorbet and slate are sharp and wound-up in this bottling. The palate is light without much complexity, just simple flavors of apple and lime.8515CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannClos LaChance 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast)Sauvignon BlancClos LaChance
6676566764SpainDusty, generic berry aromas are light and simple. This feels highly regular and juicy, while salty flavors are clean but largely fruitless. A fresh, basic finish is perfectly adequate but unexciting.Cune8514Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2015 Cune Rosado (Rioja)RosadoCVNE
6676666765USPetite Sirah and Syrah are included in this intensely fruity wine, aged for one year in French and American oak, 25% of it new. Aromas and flavors of barbecue smoke provide a hint of char, offset by the background sweetness of vanilla.8527CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDirector's Cut 2013 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelDirector's Cut
6676766766USThis kitchen sink-style blend has aromas of baking spice, dark plum and herb. It drinks off dry, with smooth currant and plum flavors that linger.House Wine8510AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2013 House Wine Red (America)Red BlendOriginal House Wine
6676866767USThis quaffer has a touch of sweetness and plump tropical-fruit flavors. It's not too serious but goes down easy.859AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSte. Chapelle NV Chardonnay (America)ChardonnaySte. Chapelle
6675166750AustriaA semisweet wine, all currants and ripe fruit. The sweetness comes from superripe fruit, giving a delicious balance with the acidity. Flavors of yellow apples, tarragon and all-spice come together in an exciting finish.Grande Reserve92NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerWeinrieder 2007 Grande Reserve Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingWeinrieder
6676966768ItalyMedicinal and saline aromas lead the nose. The medicinal—almost chemical—sensation carries over to the lean palate while raspy tannins leave a grainy finish.Leonardo8550PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStroppiana 2012 Leonardo (Barolo)NebbioloStroppiana
6677066769USA pretty peach color, this wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc (79%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of dried herbs, bell pepper and spice lead to dry cherry and green pepper flavors. There's interest but the bell pepper notes take over.Estate8514WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThree Rivers 2015 Estate Rosé (Walla Walla Valley (WA))RoséThree Rivers
6677166770USHints of white blossom and lemon are pleasant in this zesty, full-bodied wine, but are accompanied by savory tones of dusty mineral and white button mushroom. The finish is brisk but clean.Sauvage8528New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaJamesport 2014 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)Sauvignon BlancJamesport
6675266751USDry, complex and tannic now, a young Zinfandel that gives your mouth a sandpapery, grippy feeling. Flavorwise, the wine is a little direct in fruit, offering waves of wild black, red and blue berries, tamari, mocha, molasses, sandalwood and pepperspice flavors. Not many Zins require time, but this one will benefit from 4–8 years in a cool cellar.Vine Age Series 100 Year Old Vines9245CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaXYZin 2007 Vine Age Series 100 Year Old Vines Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelXYZin
6677266771USSugared plum, spice, vanilla and herb aromas are followed by off-dry, soft blue-fruit flavors in this wine. It provides easy-drinking pleasure.The Original Steak House8510AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2013 The Original Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon (America)Cabernet SauvignonOriginal House Wine
6677366772USThis is dry and full bodied, with a light smoky aroma and modest, unusual flavors like fennel and green peach.Peoples Blend8516CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThe Winery SF 2013 Peoples Blend White (North Coast)White BlendThe Winery SF
6675366752USThis is a tremendous, powerful Chardonnay that swamps the mouth with ripe fruit and oak. It detonates with pineapple crème brûlée, peach tart, buttered toast and vanilla flavors, and while it's dry, it has a honey-sweet finish and a crisp, citrus acid tartness. Drink now.Bien Nacido Vineyard9240CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastLa Fenêtre 2007 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayLa Fenêtre
6677466773USAromas of smoke, matchstick, mineral and red fruit are followed by lightly styled cranberry flavors that winnow toward the finish.Alice Vineyard8516WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLatah Creek 2012 Alice Vineyard Malbec (Wahluke Slope)MalbecLatah Creek
6677566774USThe aromas seem a bit muddled, with notes of wet copper penny, herbs, tobacco and spice. The red-fruit flavors are subdued, with an elegant styling.8525WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLiberty Lake 2011 Tempranillo (Red Mountain)TempranilloLiberty Lake
6677666775ItalyRustic aromas of barnyard, game and overripe fruit follow through to the brawny palate along with powdered sage, violet and a hint of game. Full-bodied but lacking fruit richness, it and ends on a bitter note.Giachini8562PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRevello Fratelli 2012 Giachini (Barolo)NebbioloRevello Fratelli
6677766776ItalyFunky aromas of underbrush, game and a hint of barnyard follow over to the tannic palate. It lacks fruit richness and has an astringent finish.8525PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeReverdito 2012 BaroloNebbioloReverdito
6677866777USOff dry and a bit sugary in style, this easygoing rosé offers intensely ripe, slightly ruddy strawberry and cherry flavors. The finish is brisk and clean.Bianca Dolce Rosé8515New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSannino 2014 Bianca Dolce Rosé Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotSannino
6677966778FranceThis wine is as light as a feather. It's crisp with citrus acidity and is totally ready to drink. It is clean, perfumed with an attractive, fruity aftertaste.8510Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerSauvion 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et MaineMelonSauvion
6678066779USCut grass, crisp green pears, honeydew melon, lime blossoms and a touch of passionfruit combine for a complex nose on this rarely seen grape. The palate is much more simplistic and flat though, with apple and pear-juice flavors enhanced by hints of brown sugar and spice.8522CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSouth Coast 2015 Verdelho (California)VerdelhoSouth Coast
6675466753ArgentinaFrom longtime Catena winemakers Mariano de Paola and Pepe Galante, this is a deep, black-fruited Malbec with a cushioned bouquet, violet notes and delightful blackberry character. The palate is deep, juicy, healthy and balanced, and the finish is smooth and offers a whiff of coconut. Solid, serious and good now through 2013.pz9270Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMapema 2007 pz Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMapema
6675566754USMarked by fresh, sleek acidity and firm, dusty tannins, this is a Pinot to stash in the cellar for a while. It's just too tough and hard now. Give it 4–6 years to soften, and let the black cherries, red currants and cola mesh with the oak and transform with the magic of bottle age.9242CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMerry Edwards 2007 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMerry Edwards
6675666755USThis wine tastes very tangy and crisp. Medium bodied, with lemon and green-apple flavors, it's refreshing and mouth-cleansing.Reserve Bottling8512CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsArchgate Cellars 2015 Reserve Bottling Pinot Grigio (Lodi)Pinot GrigioArchgate Cellars
6675766756SpainTypical Moscatel aromas suggest lychee and pineapple. This feels regular in every way, with no spritz or anything of interest in terms of texture. Flat lychee and tropical-fruit flavors finish with modest citrusy kick and a note of grape skins.Marina Alta8514LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachBocopa 2015 Marina Alta Moscatel de Alejandría (Alicante)Moscatel de AlejandríaBocopa
6675866757SpainCherry and black plum aromas are oaky and smoky. Full, blocky and a bit awkward on the palate, this Garnacha tastes of minty, oaky clove, roasted plum and black currant. A saucy, semi-oaked finish is solid enough.Dom Ramon Imperial859Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Aragonesas 2013 Dom Ramon Imperial Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaBodegas Aragonesas
6675966758USThis wine is both intensely ripe and veering on sugary, while not offering much in terms of body. It becomes somewhat flat on the finish.Tin Cross Harrison Block Reserve8540CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneByington 2014 Tin Cross Harrison Block Reserve Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayByington
6676066759FranceThis is a superripe wine. With its apricot and mango fruit flavors it is exotic and far removed from traditional white Bordeaux. A blend of Sauvignons Blanc and Gris, it has light signs of wood aging that add some spice to the very rich character of the wine. Drink from the end of 2016.8519BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Alta Gaïa 2015 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Alta Gaïa

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