Wine Reviews

6723167230USA lightly spicy wine, this mixes rather thin red-currant and raspberry flavors. It's pleasantly juicy, clean and fruity, with a quickly fading finish.Thea's Selection8730OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lemelson 2014 Thea's Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLemelson
6723267231FranceA fine, ripe and soft blend of Duras and Braucol, this is a wine that's made to drink young for its fruit. There is a dry background to the fruitiness although it is the red-fruit flavors and balanced acidity that shine. Drink from early 2018.Les Gourmands Rouge8719Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerL'Enclos des Braves 2015 Les Gourmands Rouge Red (Gaillac)Red BlendL'Enclos des Braves
6723367232FranceBringing together in its name two important aspects of Provence, flower (lavender is a major local crop) and the sea, this wine is soft and fruity, with just the right balance of acidity and ripe fruit flavors. It is refreshing, open and ready to drink.Fleur de Mer8718ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez 2016 Fleur de Mer Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez
6723467233FranceIn an effort to persuade us that rosé is not just for the summer, this is a wine ostensibly for winter. In fact, name aside, it could be consumed this summer as well. It is fruity, with a touch of minerality and is ready to drink now.Grain de Glace Le Rosé d'Hiver8716ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez 2016 Grain de Glace Le Rosé d'Hiver Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez
6723567234USFleshy plum and bramble aromas meet crushed riverstone and dust notes on the nose of this appellation blend. Cooked berry, black plum and soil touches arise on the palate, making for a good weekday quaffer.8730CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLone Madrone 2014 Zinfandel (Adelaida District)ZinfandelLone Madrone
6723667235USAs a 100% varietal wine, blue fruit, vanilla and herb aromas are followed by abundant cherry flavors, with lightly dry tannins backing them up. The oak plays a prominent role.Proprietor's Reserve8743WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2014 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMaryhill
6723767236USThis wine combines smoky, baked blackberry fruit with sweet vanilla accents. It's full bodied, soft and smooth on the palate, proving likably approachable.Molly's Estate8742CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilson 2014 Molly's Estate Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelWilson
6723867237AustriaFleshy, easy and ripe notes of plum and black cherry appear immediately. The easygoing palate showcases the same fruit, delivering uncomplicated juiciness. This would also be good chilled.8713BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWinzerkeller Andau 2015 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischWinzerkeller Andau
6723967238AustriaFleshy cherry defines this wine's nose and palate. It's easy-drinking, juicy and bouncy, with a light body, a little heat on the finish and more of that fleshy cherry fruit.8713BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoZantho 2015 Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltZantho
6724067239ItalyToasted oak, citrus and yellow apple aromas lead the nose. They follow through to the medium-bodied palate,. along with a hint of candied lemon. A bitter almond note marks the finish.Orestilla8725LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontonale 2014 Orestilla (Lugana)TurbianaMontonale
6724167240SpainNeutral, slightly briny aromas are fresh but low on fruit. This has a slightly plump feel but not a lot of length or depth. Short basic white-fruit flavors match the nose, while this Xarello finishes dry in feel and mildly briny in flavor.El Fanio8720CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachAlbet I Noya 2015 El Fanio Xarel-lo (Penedès)Xarel-loAlbet I Noya
6724267241AustriaThis wine's nose promises fleshy, ripe, red cherry fruit, and its palate delivers, with ample juiciness and uncomplicated freshness. This is made for summer and will do very well when chilled with its light body and fresh cherry notes.Pure8715BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoArtisan Wines DI Franz Scheider 2015 Pure Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltArtisan Wines DI Franz Scheider
6724367242USSun-dried raisin and plum notes give this full-bodied and soft-textured wine an easy, ripe and very fruity flavor. Brown sugar and vanilla hints lend a sense of sweetness, making it a great match for chocolate or aged cheeses.CAB8720CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAvalon 2014 CAB Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonAvalon
6724467243USThe aromas are bright, with notes of whole cantaloupe, candle wax and ripe sliced banana. The palate is bone dry, with tart, lemony acids providing the structure. Bitters linger on the finish.Estate Bottled8713WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarnard Griffin 2016 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley (WA))Pinot GrisBarnard Griffin
6724567244USThis soft, easy-going wine smells like chocolate and tastes like plums. Though full bodied, it's very light on tannin and acidity, so the mouthfeel is smooth and rich.8720CaliforniaYolo CountyCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBerryessa Gap 2014 Zinfandel (Yolo County)ZinfandelBerryessa Gap
6724667245USWhiffs of savory spice and terra-cotta pots lend rusticity to this unusually earthy Chardonnay. Partial fermentation on grape skins gives the palate grip, accentuating softer tones of bruised apple and pear. Brisk acidity lengthens the finish.Atwater Vineyards8713New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBillsboro 2015 Atwater Vineyards Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayBillsboro
6724767246ArgentinaRubbery generic berry aromas are more damp than bright. This feels drying and scrubbing due to rough tannins. Toasty black-plum flavors are short and foresty, while this tastes toasty on a dry finish.Reserva8715Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachViñalba 2014 Reserva Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Uco)Malbec-Cabernet SauvignonViñalba
6724867247New ZealandThis Pinot Noir-based rosé offers youthful passion-fruit aromas tempered by hints of red berries—raspberries and strawberries—and even a touch of watermelon. Off-dry (7.9 g/L of residual sugar) on the finish.8717MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWairau River 2016 Rosé (Marlborough)RoséWairau River
6724967248SpainRoasted smoky plum and berry aromas are slightly oaky. This feels flush, with grabby tannins. Plum and mixed-berry flavors grow more appealing with air, while this tastes roasted and savory on a rugged and tannic finish.Pasión de8715LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Norte 2014 Pasión de Bobal (Utiel-Requena)BobalSierra Norte
6725067249AustriaThe scent of freshly cut pear peel plays on the nose of this wine. The palate is less expressive but shows lemony freshness and light body. The finish is clean and dry.HuglWeine87NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHugl-Wimmer 2016 HuglWeine Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerHugl-Wimmer
6725167250SpainSimple green-apple aromas are innocuous. This is fresh, easy and light on the palate. Flavors of apple and sweet greens finish mild and clean. Overall this wins by keeping things basic and fresh.XA8715CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachAlbet I Noya 2016 XA Xarel-lo (Penedès)Xarel-loAlbet I Noya
6725267251ArgentinaSmoke and burnt rubber are prominent aromas. This PV feels grabby and pushy, with hard tannins. Creamy candied-berry flavors are sweet and chocolaty, while this tastes of oak, caramel and vanilla on the finish.Finca Los Galos8735Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltocedro 2014 Finca Los Galos Petit Verdot (La Consulta)Petit VerdotAltocedro
6725367252USThis 100% varietal wine shows aromas of herb and cherry, along with whiffs of tire rubber. The palate is both sweet and tart, pulling up on the finish. The tannins bring some grip.Fronk8732WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportArmstrong Family 2014 Fronk Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)Cabernet FrancArmstrong Family
6725467253ItalyThis opens with subtle scorched soil and black plum aromas that continue on the straightforward palate. It's easygoing, with smooth tannins. Drink soon.Verbo8715Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina di Venosa 2013 Verbo (Aglianico del Vulture)AglianicoCantina di Venosa
6725567254ItalyYou'll find aromas of dried herb, Mediterranean brush and red berry on this bright rosato. Made with Nero di Troia, the juicy palate offers raspberry compote, fleshy strawberry and marjoram before a sea salt finish.Selva della Rocca Nero di Troia8715Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Le Grotte 2016 Selva della Rocca Nero di Troia Rosato (Puglia)RosatoCantina Le Grotte
6725667255ItalyDark-skinned fruit, brimstone and roasted nut aromas lead the nose. The light-bodied, easygoing palate offers sour cherry, dried herb and saline notes, with loose-knit tannins. Enjoy through 2018.Tenuta Camaldoli Riserva87Southern ItalyCampi FlegreiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Astroni 2013 Tenuta Camaldoli Riserva Piedirosso (Campi Flegrei)PiedirossoCantine Astroni
6725767256USApple blossom, pear, honeysuckle and gin botanical aromas show on the nose of this bottling from eastern Paso Robles. The flavors are very floral and ripe, evoking honeydew melon, candied pear and vanilla.8724CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCass 2015 Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierCass
6725867257USComing from Two Blondes Vineyard, aromas of baking spice, barrel spice, herb, mesquite and cherry are followed by elegant smooth-feeling fruit flavors. Light bacon notes provide unusual accents. It's intriguing, though the variety is hard to find.Seattle's Son8740WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCedar River Cellars 2014 Seattle's Son Malbec (Yakima Valley)MalbecCedar River Cellars
6725967258FranceThis is a bright friendly open wine. With its light crisp fruitiness, layers of acidity and a twist of lemon, it is bone dry with a lively fresh aftertaste. Drink now and call it your Valentine's Day.La Caprice de Clementine8719ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Valentines 2016 La Caprice de Clementine Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau les Valentines
6726067259PortugalRed-currant jelly aromas and a floral character are followed by a soft-textured, caramel-flavored wine. It has a ripe feel, that's gentle and rather too easy.Vintage86PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Portal 2011 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta do Portal

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