Wine Reviews

6813168130USA bit rustic in the mouth, with candy-sweet cherry and blackberry flavors. Drink now.Estate8434CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastJoullian 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Carmel Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJoullian
6813268131USThis has lots of tropical and apricot flavors, with oak and creamy lees notes. It's simple and a bit sweet, but should appeal to consumers.8425CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastJoullian 2009 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayJoullian
6813368132FranceThis is a gentle wine that has some weight and richness. Its fruit is soft, ripe and warm.Cep d'Or8415ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez 2011 Cep d'Or Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez
6813468133USThis Syrah starts off earthy, musky, big and brawny and can't escape the wood-oaked herbal greenness on the finish. It's simply too high in alcohol.Reserve8446CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneLorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve Syrah (Temecula Valley)SyrahLorenzi Estate
6813568134USA simple red, with sharp acids that give an edgy cut to the mouthfeel. This would be a fine pizza wine, or good with grilled sausages.8417WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2009 Barbera (Columbia Valley (WA))BarberaMaryhill
6813668135USThis is a typical, standard style of Syrah, that tastes strongly of vanilla rather than of the actual grape. The fruit is muted, but the vanilla and tobacco flavors stand out.8417WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2009 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahMaryhill
6813768136USDarkly colored, heavy and sweet for a rosé, with raspberry jam flavors. It lacks the dry vibrancy desired in blush wine.Upsilon Rosé of Syrah8416CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastAmpelos 2011 Upsilon Rosé of Syrah Rosé (Santa Ynez Valley)RoséAmpelos
6813868137SpainFlourescent pink in color, like Day-Glo paint. It smells of sweet plum and berry; the palate is crisply acidic, with citrus and tart red-fruit flavors. The finish is crisp and cleansing but regular.Garnacha Negra-Syrah84CataloniaTerra AltaMichael Schachner@wineschachBogatell 2011 Garnacha Negra-Syrah Rosé (Terra Alta)RoséBogatell
6813968138USA good Cabernet, rough and tannic, with blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that finish a bit sweet and syrupy.Cuveé le la Luna8430CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaValley of the Moon 2009 Cuveé le la Luna Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonValley of the Moon
6814068139USHeavy and sweet, this wine has melted cherry-jam and Dr. Pepper flavors and some heat from the alcohol.8456CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaJeff Gordon 2009 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirJeff Gordon
6814168140USThis doesn't taste ripe, with a green, minty edge to the cherry and oak flavors. The tannins and acids provide nice structure, however.Hollystone-Collins Old Vines8432CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBenessere 2009 Hollystone-Collins Old Vines Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelBenessere
6814268141FranceFrom one of the rare south-facing vineyards in Beaune, this warm, rich and ripe wine is generous with its spice, smokiness and rounded red fruits. Acidity cuts through, bringing raspberry in its wake. The sense of structure really gives this wine its power and density. Drink from 2020.Clos des Couchereaux Premier Cru9462BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2013 Clos des Couchereaux Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirLouis Jadot
6814368142USPlump dark raspberries and ripe cherries combine with herbes de provence, slight lavender and a slightly gamy quality on this wine's elegant nose. Floral-driven flavors of hibiscus, rose hips and elderflower spice up the woody elderberry fruit, settling into Mediterranean herbs and a soft zing that goes deep into the finish.Block M Estate9460CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMelville 2013 Block M Estate Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirMelville
6814468143USCinnamon spice and pomegranate fruit give a soft touch to minerally driven aromas of black slate and wet cement on the nose of this block-designated (and trademarked!) wine. The wine's tannic grip and tartness are apparent on the texturally distinct palate before raspberry, hibiscus and rose petal flavors settle into a long, rich finish.Block 8 Bien Nacido Vineyard9462CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoxen 2013 Block 8 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirFoxen
6814568144USThis wine is made by UC-Santa Cruz astrophysics professor Joe Miller, who's taught wine appreciation for years. Regal and wondrous, the nose conveys concentrated lavender, violets, cedar, oregano, rose petals and patchouli spicing up a grapy frame. The palate offers red fruits laced with clove spice and earth. Ginger, rose water and raspberry emerge in the midpalate, with just enough acidity to carry it through.Brosseau Vineyard9439CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRexford 2010 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chalone)Pinot NoirRexford
6814668145USA vineyard along the Silverado Trail in Napa, not far from the winery, Grande was planted in 1920 and is still farmed by the original farmer's family, Dorothy and Tony Rossi. Here, it offers structure and elegance despite a brooding weight and power, the flavors leaning toward blackberry and licorice.Grande Vineyard9450CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Biale 2013 Grande Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelRobert Biale
6814768146USThis is likely the last vintage from this vineyard, which the family winery seemingly mastered in this bottling. There's an underlying umami-driven smoked meat backbone to the nose that also shows bold cherry blossom, olallieberry, pepper, dried herbs and blackberry-soy sauce. The palate is complex yet doesn't overpower, with bits of purple flowers, blueberry, black pepper and menthol.Verna's9428CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMelville 2013 Verna's Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahMelville
6814868147FranceRipe and juicy, this is a well-structured wine with both delicious red fruits and a core of serious tannins. The wine has weigh, richness and a opulence that comes from great fruits. The result is a wine with beautiful character that will develop well. Drink from 2019.94BurgundyMazis-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2012 Mazis-ChambertinPinot NoirHenri de Villamont
6814968148USLush and lavish in all the right ways, this blend of 70% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petite Sirah shows vanilla cream, clove chiffon and blueberry pudding on the nose. The palate packs more blueberry fruit as well as black pepper, graphite, espresso bean and toasted sage, all framed by a solid structure of tooth-coating tannins.Savant9450CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJustin 2012 Savant Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendJustin
6815068149USZesty raspberry meets warm cherry notes on the nose of this elegantly presented wine, which also shows aromas of beet juice, sandalwood, clove, mace and bergamot. The palate is a texturally driven, evolving experience, with flavors of earth, iron and pencil lead melding with sage scrub, wild berries and elderberry.Tondre Grapefield9444CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCinnabar 2013 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirCinnabar
6815168150USElegant, exotic spice decorates the nose on this wine by Michael Mooney, with leathery clove, elderflowers, hard cinnamon spice and a blackberry fruit core. There is tremendous tension once sipped between graphite, tight elderberries and even some woody blueberries. Bay leaf, pencil lead and purple flower elements pepper the edges.9434CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEl Pistolero 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirEl Pistolero
6815268151USFrom another vintage of Billy Wathen home runs comes this bottling from friend Rick Longoria's vineyard. It shows bramble berries, elderberries, sagebrush juniper and roasting herbs on the nose. Layers of thyme and dried oregano decorate the raspberry juice and pencil-lead palate.Fe Ciega Vineyard9466CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoxen 2013 Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFoxen
6815368152USThis reserve-level wine is sublime in stone fruit and lime as well as pear. The oak used for aging this wine was all neutral, and the taste and impact of it is unobtrusive. While vibrant in fruit, it also offers richer hints of caramel and graham cracker in complex and balanced ways, ending with persistence.Ophira9445CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrostwatch 2013 Ophira Chardonnay (Bennett Valley)ChardonnayFrostwatch
6815468153ItalyBaked plum, fragrant blue flower, sweet baking spice, eucalyptus and a balsamic note are just some of the aromas you'll find on this bold, delicious wine. The round, smooth palate delivers layers of ripe wild cherry, raspberry compote, mocha, vanilla, star anise and a hint of raisin alongside velvety, enveloping tannins that give it a silky texture. Despite the big structure, it has an almost weightless feel.Gaso9460VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Rustico 2009 Gaso (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendSan Rustico
6815568154USThis wine arrests the senses with dazzlingly pure aromas of dark raspberries, cherries, clove, mineral and spice. Flavors are intense, layered, and rich without sacrificing one iota of balance. The plush mouthfeel and long finish only add to the enjoyment and sensory experience.Upland Vineyard9440WashingtonSnipes MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLatta 2012 Upland Vineyard Grenache (Snipes Mountain)GrenacheLatta
6815668155USAn intricately layered nose of sagebrush, blood, pencil lead, soy, beef jerky, lilac, violet, lavender and tight cranberries shows on this stunning wine from the historic vineyard. The palate offers rounded red fruits and cherry tomatoes that tighten around a sagebrush core, bolstered by lots of oregano, black pepper, dried basil and eucalyptus.Bien Nacido Vineyard9441CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKynsi 2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirKynsi
6815768156FranceWonderful spice and ripe red fruits shoot through this rich while structured wine. Dark cherries, strawberries and a ripe texture have given a wine that will be beautiful, smooth and generous. The acidity and the core of tannins will allow it to age well. Drink from 2019.Grèves Premier Cru9462BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2013 Grèves Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirLouis Jadot
6815868157FranceA generous wine, this features intense dark fruits, ripe strawberry and an almost -weet character. It's packed with spice, richness and beautiful concentration. Great acidity gives a wine that is developing freshness and weight. Drink from 2020.Les Boucherottes Premier Cru9462BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2013 Les Boucherottes Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirLouis Jadot
6815968158ItalyRich, fragrant and structured, this generous wine opens with alluring scents of crushed violet, plum cake and exotic spice. The luscious, enveloping palate doles out ripe blackberry, black cherry compote, raisin, licorice and tobacco supported by round, velvety tannins. Drink 2016–2021.Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano9485VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSperi 2011 Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendSperi
6816068159USThis wine's incredibly distinct nose of pure fruit shows plump raspberries alongside delicate grapeseed, a pinch of baking spice and a whiff of yeast. Though the wine is light in color and frame, the palate shows lots of earth, tobacco smoke, cherry pits, bouquet garni and rosemary, with refreshing wild berry fruit.Will's Cabin Vineyard9465CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannThomas Fogarty 2012 Will's Cabin Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirThomas Fogarty

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