Wine Reviews

6792167920USThis wine does a great imitation of a Port at a lighter alcohol level. The color is deep and inky, the aromas are concentrated and uberripe, and the texture is thick, nicely tannic yet smooth. Bring on the chocolate or cigars.Authentic Black8912CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGnarly Head 2013 Authentic Black Red (Lodi)Red BlendGnarly Head
6792267921ItalyViolet, rose, wild berry, chopped herb and dark spice aromas float out of the glass. The friendly, robust palate doles out black cherry, ground pepper and rhubarb alongside fresh acidity and round tannins. Enjoy soon.8921Northeastern ItalyAlto Adige Valle IsarcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAbbazia di Novacella 2013 Lagrein (Alto Adige Valle Isarco)LagreinAbbazia di Novacella
6792367922ItalyAromas of ripe black fruit, tilled earth and grilled herb unfold in the glass. The straightforward, already accessible palate delivers sour cherry, licorice and white pepper accompanied by rather firm tannins. Drink through 2018.8940PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCarlindePaolo 2011 BaroloNebbioloCarlindePaolo
6792467923ItalyThis opens with aromas suggesting dark-skinned berry, ground pepper and a whiff of flint. The solid, chewy palate shows mature plum, espresso and vanilla alongside ripe, robust tannins. Drink through 2018.Burgum Novum Riserva8943Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelfeder 2011 Burgum Novum Riserva Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinCastelfeder
6792567924AustriaVery light-bodied, slight but textbook Grüner with green pear fruit on nose and palate and an almost fizzy, refreshing and utterly appetizing hint of white pepper. Gives a superclean, pear-drop finish.Q8913NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUnger 2015 Q Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerUnger
6792667925AustriaPeppery notions of green pear, along with zesty lemon notes, add focus to this fresh, joyful and pliantly soft wine. Very easy to drink with its light body and subtle charm.Stephanus8914KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeixelbaum 2015 Stephanus Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerWeixelbaum
6792767926USCrisp lemon, lime and mineral tones are restrained on the nose of this dry Riesling, but accumulate in power on the palate. It's a surprisingly peachy, fruit-forward wine, but it maintains deftness of body along with a long, steely finish.Reserve8925New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaWhitecliff Vineyard 2014 Reserve Riesling (Hudson River Region)RieslingWhitecliff Vineyard
6792867927AustriaThe freshness of ripe lemon and crunchy, green apple pervades everything: the nose and palate sing with light-footed, unfettered freshness. This is crisp, light and spritzy and just the thing for a sunny, summery mood where refreshment is supposed to come on tiptoe but have a lasting effect. Full points for joy and ease. Drink soon.8913BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWinzerkeller Andau 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancWinzerkeller Andau
6794367942USThis captures the gamy, herbal, earthy complexity of Washington Syrah, but mutes it somewhat behind a wall of raspberry fruit. Not a bad combo by any means! This one carries some stemmy flavors into the finish. Just enough to put a hard edge on it.8927WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Helix by Reininger 2007 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahHelix by Reininger
6792967928ItalyAromas of banana, apricot, honeysuckle and tropical fruit lead the nose. The round, medium-bodied palate offers creamy white peach, green apple, tangerine and a hint of honeydew melon. Fresh acidity brightens the rich flavors.San Benedetto8916LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZenato 2015 San Benedetto (Lugana)TurbianaZenato
6793067929USExuberant aromas of spring blossoms, melon and stone fruit transfer gorgeously onto the palate of this ripe, fruity Sauvignon Blanc. White grapefruit and grassy gooseberry flavors are densely concentrated, spiked by lime and a chalky, saline finish.8918New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Finger Lakes)Sauvignon BlancHazlitt 1852 Vineyards
6793167930AustriaLovely, homely notes of earth and forest floor are enveloped by red cherry. These are joined on nose and palate by soft vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. A very friendly, rounded, smooth and soft Pinot Noir with ample charm, made for drinking now and through 2018.Eveline8922BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHillinger 2014 Eveline Pinot Noir (Burgenland)Pinot NoirHillinger
6794467943USA very rich, opulent white wine, made from 100% of this rare Rhône variety. Brims with spicy tangerine marmalade flavors, with the vanilla and smoky caramel from ten months in French oak. A brisk spine of acidity provides clean balance to the richness.8925CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastZaca Mesa 2008 Grenache Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Grenache BlancZaca Mesa
6793267931AustriaCinnamon-scented plums are written all over this. This was made to be smooth and mellow and the pliable, soft, plummy fruit notes achieve this wonderfully. The palate remains medium-bodied and balanced on this easy-drinnking red.Small Hill8917BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHillinger 2014 Small Hill Red (Burgenland)Red BlendHillinger
6793367932AustriaSlight spritz accentuates the light-footed freshness of this subtly citric wine. There are notions of ocean spray and the softest lemon scent. There are hints of peach and plum at the very slender core.Federspiel Selection8929WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJäger 2015 Federspiel Selection Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerJäger
6794567944SpainNice and fresh, and definitely the best vintage of Analivia we've tasted to date. The nose bursts with floral aromas, apricot, apple and minerality, while the palate is clean as a whistle, with apple, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Slightly pithy on the finish, but that's normal for Verdejo from Rueda.8911Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachAnalivia 2009 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoAnalivia
6793467933USButtercream, sea salt, caramel and lemon candy aromas show on the nose of this solid bottling. The flavors are full but not overly ripe, with yellow apple, poached pear, white peach and a sea salt character that keeps it mouthwatering.Gravelstone8917CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJekel 2014 Gravelstone Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayJekel
6793567934ItalyAromas of violet, blueberry and baking spice almost explode from the glass. The medium-bodied palate tastes of raspberry, cassis and clove while round tannins and fresh acidity give it balance. It's made for sheer drinking pleasure so enjoy soon.8921Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNals Margreid 2013 Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinNals Margreid
6793667935USLuscious blackberry and cherry flavors take center stage here, showing just a glaze of nuttiness and roundness from judicious oak aging. Tart cranberry acidity and fine but slightly puckering tannins frame the palate squarely.8950New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2014 Malbec (North Fork of Long Island)MalbecBedell
6794667945PortugalWith 50% fermentation, this is a ripe, toasty wine, the wood balanced by a great citric swipe. Bright white fruits and wild flower perfumes give the wine a great lift.Vinha Grande Branco8918DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Ferreirinha 2009 Vinha Grande Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteCasa Ferreirinha
6793767936FranceFlavors are followed by intense crisp citrus fruit. This is a lively style, very fresh with a delicious tang of orange zest, light caramel and vibrant acidity.Madame Noly90BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Chapelle 2008 Madame Noly (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayDomaine de la Chapelle
6794767946ArgentinaSmooth, tropical and melony, with an easygoing palate that comfortably houses green melon, lime, grapefruit and other tropical fruit flavors. The finish is mildly pithy and bitter, but overall this is a clean, well-crafted wine that genuinely captures the essence of Torrontés.8915OtherCalchaquí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachColomé 2009 Torrontés (Calchaquí Valley)TorrontésColomé
6793867937FranceSpice and fresh fruit give flavors of baked apples, a creamy texture and bright acidity. Well balanced, the aftertaste shows toast and honey flavors.Sécret Minéral90BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Denis Jeandeau 2008 Sécret Minéral (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayDomaine Denis Jeandeau
6794867947FranceSome fine wood and fruit aromas are followed by fresh grapefruit, pear and bright lemon flavors. The whole is held together by a fine touch of honeyed wood.8918BurgundyMâcon-AzéRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Garenne 2008 Mâcon-AzéChardonnayDomaine de la Garenne
6793967938FranceRipe fruit in the mouth, with a fine layer of green plums, apricots and balancing acidity. An open wine, generous in texture and weight, ready to drink in the next few months.Mâcon Buissières Le Monsard90BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Comtes Lafon 2008 Mâcon Buissières Le Monsard (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine des Comtes Lafon
6794967948FranceA piercingly citrus wine, the fruit as fresh as can be, rounded by the wood aging. There is a really bright character here that is appetizing and fresh.8927BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Manciat 2008 Saint-VéranChardonnayJean Manciat
6794067939FranceThis 16–acre estate is run biodynamically, producing intensely flavored, honeyed, ripe wines. This is succulent from ripe fruit, with the acidity bright and vivid, finishing with sweet pineapple and apricot flavors.Quintaine9033BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Guillemot-Michel 2008 Quintaine (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine Guillemot-Michel
6794167940USAn appealing Cab Franc, among the better versions of the variety. Shows the weight and structure of a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, except the flavors veer toward red cherries and red cherry liqueur. Drink now, with honey-baked ham.9040CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGirard 2007 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancGirard
6795067949ArgentinaCompact on the bouquet, with a pointed combo of boysenberry and blackberry aromas. The palate is full, with plenty of acidity and stuffing. Flavors of blackberry, olive, fig and chocolate are likable and the finish is loud and powerful in typical South American style. Better value than the higher-priced Kinien Cab. Drink now through 2012.Reserva8918Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRuca Malen 2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonRuca Malen
6794267941FranceFine fresh fruits, bright with good acidity and a lively fresh character. There is a strong apple skin and grapefruit texture, finishing fresh and full.8928BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGilles Morat 2008 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayGilles Morat

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