Wine Reviews

6834168340BulgariaThis straw-colored wine is made from 100% Tamianka, which translates from ancient Bulgarian to “frankincense.” It is highly perfumed with aromas of jasmine blossoms, honeysuckle and citrus flowers. In the mouth there are flavors of grapefruit pith and lemon zest. The finish is clean, zesty and slightly floral.Single Vineyard8920Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBratanov 2015 Single Vineyard Tamianka (Thracian Valley)TamiankaBratanov
6834268341GermanyBright watermelon and raspberry candy flavors are sunny and fresh on the nose and palate in this easygoing rosé. Crisp acidity makes it especially thirst-quenching. Enjoy now.Dry8913RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaSchäfer 2015 Dry Rosé (Rheinhessen)RoséSchäfer
6834368342South AfricaSoft aromas of yellow apple and pear flesh dance on the nose of this delicate wine, with subtle nuances of white tea and almond lending interest. The flavors mimic the bouquet, though with a bit more intensity, while medium acidity provides good cut and refreshment through the close. Enjoy through 2018.Le Blanc8916SwartlandLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzTerre Brûlée 2015 Le Blanc Chenin Blanc (Swartland)Chenin BlancTerre Brûlée
6834468343ItalyMade entirely from native grape Canaiolo, this opens with delicate aromas of black-skinned berry, hay and a whiff of cooking spice. The dense palate delivers blackberry jam, cedar and licorice alongside crunchy tannins. Enjoy through 2020.Soprasassi8960TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Sodi 2012 Soprasassi Canaiolo (Toscana)CanaioloI Sodi
6834568344USFresh and inviting on the nose, this bottling from the Estrella and San Miguel subdistricts shows black cherry pie, clove, vanilla and buttered rum aromas. It's incredibly rich on the palate, with caramelized black fruit, vanilla and cola flavors, bolstered by a minerally backbone and iodine touches.Tower Road8935CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Lohr 2014 Tower Road Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahJ. Lohr
6834668345USThis variety is a relative rarity in Washington. This one offers quiet aromas of spice and cherry along with barrel accents. The tart cherry flavors are medium bodied and fruit filled.Crawford Vineyard8929WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCamaraderie 2013 Crawford Vineyard Dolcetto (Yakima Valley)DolcettoCamaraderie
6834768346ItalyAromas of grilled porcini mushroom, scorched earth, dark spice and a whiff of crushed herb lead the nose. The brawny palate offers dried cherry, vanilla, prune and a hint of licorice alongside a backbone of bracing tannins. The heat of evident alcohol throws off the finish.8980TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCitille di Sopra 2012 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseCitille di Sopra
6834868347USAromas of plum, clove, coffee and wood spice lead to plush plump fruit flavors. The tannins give a light squeeze.Limited Release8935WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Winery 2014 Limited Release Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecColumbia Winery
6834968348FranceThis wine is a vineyard selection, aged in wood for 12 months. A structured blend of Fer Servadou and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has black fruits, firm tannins and acidity, all in balance. The wood aging is only a hint of smoothness with the rich fruit. Drink from 2018.Cuvée de Flars8920Southwest FranceMarcillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laurens 2013 Cuvée de Flars (Marcillac)Red BlendDomaine Laurens
6835068349ItalyThis 100% Pinot Nero opens with aromas of red berries, rose petals and a whiff of vanilla. The juicy linear palate offers red currants, vanilla and a hint of beets framed in polished tannins. Enjoy soon.Ludwig8938Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeElena Walch 2014 Ludwig Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroElena Walch
6835168350ItalySubdued aromas suggesting forest floor, leather, stewed plum and exotic spice lead the nose. The dense concentrated palate shows black cherry extract, prune and licorice alongside compact tannins. You'll also notice the heat of evident alcohol.8990TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFranci 2012 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseFranci
6835268351New ZealandThe Awatere Valley is a cooler subsection of Marlborough, where the wines can sometimes be a bit more leafy or herbal. This wine holds true to that pattern, but balances the celery leaf and tomato stalk character with melon and fig notes. It's verging on full-bodied, even a touch oily in texture, with a long, vibrant finish.9018Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEradus 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley)Sauvignon BlancEradus
6835368352USThe aromas of purple flowers, moist soil, spice and vanilla offer intrigue. It's palate-coating with plum and dark-fruit flavors that bring a weighty, full feel. It will drink best at the dinner table.Petit Baron9022WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarons 2012 Petit Baron Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendBarons
6835468353USThis unabashed ripe, oaky style of wine will please a lot of people. Caramel and melted butter aromas lead to ripe and buttery flavors with a candied edge. There is a definite emphasis on oak and other complex flavors, while the fruit component lies low.Eleanora's Selection9042CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBuena Vista 2013 Eleanora's Selection Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayBuena Vista
6835568354FranceFruit and more mature flavors are coming together, giving a structured wine with black-currant flavors balanced with mint, spice and a rounded texture. This stylish wine is almost ready to drink; just wait until summer 2016.9065BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Annonciation 2012 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de l'Annonciation
6835668355FranceThis is the dry white wine made from the Sauternes estate of Rayne Vigneau. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are prominent, cutting through the taut texture, along with with a light touch of honey that gives richness. The wine needs to age a little longer, so drink from late 2016.Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau9023BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Rayne Vigneau 2013 Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau (Bordeaux Blanc)Sauvignon BlancChâteau de Rayne Vigneau
6835768356FranceThe skill of Michel Rolland's wine-consulting team shows in this sophisticated, rich wine. The 90% Merlot dominates, but the ripeness is tempered by solid tannins, stylish black-currant flavors and a firm, ageworthy aftertaste. Drink from 2018.9045BordeauxLussac Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Courlat 2011 Lussac Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Courlat
6835868357FranceFrom a small parcel of chalky soil in the Fourcas Dupré estate, this ripe, wood-aged wine offers toast and herbal flavors along with ripe apricot and quince fruitiness. The acidity and the mineral edge of the wine promise aging, so drink from 2018.Grand Vin Blanc Sec9039BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fourcas Dupré 2014 Grand Vin Blanc Sec (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Fourcas Dupré
6835968358FranceThis is a ripe, spicy wine with attractive acidity and pear and crisp apple flavors. It is all fruit, fresh while also having a riper side to it. Drink from 2018.90BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Nouchet 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Haut Nouchet
6836068359FranceThis structured wine has acidity and a broad base of black fruits. It is concentrated and firm, but with the fruitiness of the vintage. Drink this already-attractive wine from 2018.90BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lalande-Borie 2013 Saint-JulienBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lalande-Borie
6836168360AustriaSuch breezy freshness, such citric concentration on a slender, very streamlined body. Bright, lemony flavors fizz everywhere and create a feeling of lightness, but with a firm backbone. A clean, taut finish.Gaisberg Reserve9026KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllram 2014 Gaisberg Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingAllram
6836268361USPenetrating layers of white grapefruit and tangerine are laced with deliciously astringent murmurs of lime zest in this dry, citrusy Riesling. It's deeply fruity and forward, yet nuanced by savory hints of nuts and spice that linger long on the finish.Dry9018New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Road 2014 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAnthony Road
6836368362USRaspberry, licorice and dark-fruit aromas lead to plump, fleshy fruit flavors. It's an unabashedly warm-vintage wine that brings a lot of drinking pleasure.Red Willow Vineyard9034WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFull Pull & Friends 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Merlot (Yakima Valley)MerlotFull Pull & Friends
6836468363New ZealandCairnbrae's 2014 is a pleasant surprise, boasting fine aromatics of celery leaf and struck flint, bold passion-fruit flavors and a long, mouthwatering finish. Subtle herb shadings and a rich texture add extra interest, but drink up by the end of 2016.9016MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCairnbrae 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancCairnbrae
6836568364USTightly woven tannins mark this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese and 9% Merlot. From there, it's a story of soft leather, black tar and rich, velvety blackberry, given 20 months in large French oak barrels. More time in bottle should help make friends of the disparate elements; drink through 2020.La Castellana9095CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCastello di Amorosa 2012 La Castellana Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendCastello di Amorosa
6836668365USThis is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, sourced from throughout the Napa Valley, including the winery's estate Diamond Mountain vineyard. Bold and lush in cranberry and dark chocolate, it's also robust in black pepper and cedar.9049CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCastello di Amorosa 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCastello di Amorosa
6836768366FranceBlack-currant fruit and attractive acidity are layered with ripe, dark tannins and concentration. The potential is there, although it is likely be over the short term. Drink from 2018.90BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gruaud Larose 2013 Saint-JulienBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gruaud Larose
6836868367FranceThis full and structured wine offers good acidity, firm tannins and layers of black-currant flavors. It has good potential with richness, weight and balance. Drink from 2019.9024BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut-Vigneau 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut-Vigneau
6836968368USHints of ceder, bramble and smoked nuts add savory complexity to this ripe, full-bodied Syrah full of succulent black cherry and berry flavors. It's approachable yet elegant, framed by soft, feathery tannins and a zesty spray of cranberry acidity add. Drink now through 2018.9027New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaChateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Syrah (Finger Lakes)SyrahChateau Lafayette Reneau
6837068369FranceWith 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a structured wine, firm with tannins that contrast with the black-currant fruits. Still full of young tannins, it will develop well over the next few years. Wait to drink until 2019.9040BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laffitte Carcasset 2013 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laffitte Carcasset

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