Wine Reviews

6876168760USThere's a ruffle of herbaceous, green leaves that lingers from nose to finish, adding freshness to this otherwise rich, sumptuous Merlot. The mouthfeel is robust and velvety, with layers of fine, penetrating tannins that linger long on the finish. Enjoy now after a robust decant, but better yet from 2016-2019.Blackbird8840New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Nappa 2012 Blackbird Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotAnthony Nappa
6876268761USZesty lime-skin notes lend elegance to this lavishly floral, fruity saprkling Chardonnay. It's brisk and clean on the palate, with startling citrus acidity that cuts through a thick, heavy mousse.Blanc de Blancs8860New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2009 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayBedell
6876368762USBlossoms and tangerines perfume this elegantly composed blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. It's rich and creamy on the palate, with concentrated flavors of apple and quince, but finishes with a gorgeous sheen of salty oyster shells.Gallery8860New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2012 Gallery White (North Fork of Long Island)White BlendBedell
6876468763USRipe, rich aromas of black cherry preserves are offset by earthy, brambly tones on this Cab-Syrah blend. It's lush and full bodied on the palate with juicy black plum and cherry flavors, but finishes elegantly with a whisper of finely grained tannins.8822New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBillsboro 2011 Cabernet-Syrah (Finger Lakes)Cabernet-SyrahBillsboro
6876568764ItalyPrune, leather, oak, vanilla, underbrush and mint aromas lead the nose. The austere palate isn't very expressive, showing subtle oak, toast and espresso in the forefront with notes of dried cherry alongside tightly drying tannins.Riserva8834TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasaloste 2009 Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendCasaloste
6876668765FranceWith a dominance of juicy Negrette in the blend, this is a soft, fruity wine. Red fruits with layers of acidity are softened by some wood aging. Tannins come from Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers a more robust aftertaste. Drink now.Classic8816Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bouissel 2012 Classic Red (Fronton)Red BlendChâteau Bouissel
6876768766AustraliaLove the label--a graphic representation of the owner's solo 1990 flight from Oz to England in a Tiger Moth--but the wine shows some unappetizing aromas of pickle juice and the fruit on the palate comes across as a bit sour and green.8223Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEdwards 2007 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Margaret River)Semillon-Sauvignon BlancEdwards
6876868767PortugalA highly perfumed, lime-dominated wine that gets some freshness from apple skins and high acidity. Its flavors do feel awkward, fresh from the candy shop rather than the vineyard.Monte Alentejano Branco828AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2007 Monte Alentejano Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
6876968768ArgentinaLicorice and warm blacktop make for a dark nose, yet there isn't much base to the acidic palate. There's grabby, tangy generic fruit but mostly tartness and sizzle. An edgy wine with a spot of mocha on a sharp finish.Estate Bottled8211Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Portillo 2006 Estate Bottled Merlot (Uco Valley)MerlotFinca El Portillo
6877068769ArgentinaSmells like a field of wild flowers and weeds on a hot summer's day. There's sweaty leather and rhubarb along with murky, mildly soupy berry flavors. Lacks proper balance and freshness, and instead shows a weedy, sticky side.Reserve8210Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ana 2006 Reserve Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecSanta Ana
6877168770USThe underlying wine is fine, with brisk, cool-climate acidity framing peach, pear and pineapple flavors. But the oak layering tastes weird and unnatural, almost sweetly medicinal, which drags down the score.8215CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastTangley Oaks 2005 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayTangley Oaks
6877268771ArgentinaConsistent with the mediocre 2006. This amounts to generic red wine in a catchy, youthful package. It offers basic raspberry and strawberry aromas and flavors along with scouring acidity. It's bouncy and free-flowing, but hardly what we'd call an elevated premium wine.Ring Master829Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachHat in the Ring 2007 Ring Master Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonHat in the Ring
6877368772ArgentinaHard and fiery, with spearmint dominating the nose. Raw and jumpy in the mouth, with hard berry and coffee flavors. Not much else to say about this tough wine; it's a fighter not a lover. Imported by USA Wine Imports.Don Maza819Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Los Maza 2006 Don Maza Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFinca Los Maza
6877468773ArgentinaRaw, rubbery and just not that good of a wine. Bramble, leather and compost muscle out any fruit aromas, and on the palate it's perky to the point of being acidic. Lacks balance while burning up everything in its path.Monteagrelo8137Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBressia 2005 Monteagrelo Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecBressia
6877568774ArgentinaTwo vintages ago this wine rated the same, so we can say that improvement and evolution are not evident. This wine is tan in color and heavy, with strange butterscotch aromas that seem foreign and artificial. Forced oak flavors and a resiny mouthfeel are also drawbacks.8111Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBudini 2007 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayBudini
6877668775USSimple and harsh in texture, this Pinot has the variety's silky texture, but not much else going for it. The flavors are minty and green, with just the barest suggestion of cherries.8112CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRed Truck 2006 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirRed Truck
6877768776ArgentinaMinty and sheer on the nose, and that's a prime indicator of what's to come, namely high-toned, lean fruit flavors and an abundance of scouring, protruding acidity. Some oak lingers to soften things, but overall this is a sharp, underdeveloped style of Cabernet.Barrica8110Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Retiro 2006 Barrica Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonFinca El Retiro
6877868777ArgentinaBrambly aromas precede sour flavors of pie cherry and green strawberry. A sheering wine that's miserly even by Funky Llama's standards. The best that can be said about this tart Malbec is that it isn't overripe or sappy.816Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFunky Llama 2007 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFunky Llama
6877968778USUnbalanced, with sweet cherry and orange jam flavors and acidity that's almost sour.Altitude 2401 Fair Play Farms8124CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsPerry Creek 2005 Altitude 2401 Fair Play Farms Syrah (El Dorado)SyrahPerry Creek
6878068779USThis Syrah-Merlot blush has a pretty color, but there's not much going on, flavor-wise. It tastes like alcohol and acidity, with a tiny splash of cherry flavoring.8112CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaClos du Bois 2007 Rosé (Sonoma County)RoséClos du Bois
6878168780USA little too sweet and syrupy, with canned peach and apricot flavors that finish soft and simple.White Table Wine819CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherKenwood 2006 White Table Wine White (California)White BlendKenwood
6878268781ArgentinaForced together and not happily married is the only way to describe this dysfunctional coupling of sweet, tropical Torrontes and heavy, cloying Chardonnay. Too sweet for most palates, with a heavy dosage of melon, lychee and table sugar.Grazioso Chardonnay-Torrontes8010Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCaligiore 2007 Grazioso Chardonnay-Torrontes White (Mendoza)White BlendCaligiore
6878368782ArgentinaBig and purple, with sweet aromas. But the palate is very uneven, with acute acidity that scours and turns the plum and grape flavors sour. Grabby mouthfeel as well, with clamp.808Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Julia 2007 Merlot (Mendoza)MerlotSanta Julia
6878468783USEric Dunham's Lewis vineyard Syrah belongs near the top of anyone's list of the best in the country. The brilliant nose opens with bright, inviting raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry scents and flavors. The wine is forward, intense and nuanced. Immediately, brilliantly appealing, it has the power and balance to age for up to a decade.Lewis Vineyard9475WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dunham 2005 Lewis Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahDunham
6878568784USA racy, clean and pure Pinot Noir that shows succulent flavors of raspberries, cherries, oranges, cola, smoky vanilla, cloves, pepper and cinnamon, wrapped into a lightly elegant texture. Marked by considerable acidity, the wine should hold and modestly improve for up to six years.9139CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastBlack Ridge 2006 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirBlack Ridge
6878668785AustraliaThis top Cabernet bottling from Taylors has been a consistent favorite over the last few vintages, and the 2004 continues the string. It's complex, bringing scents of mint, coffee, cassis and tobacco all to the dance, and matching that complexity with weight and richness. The tannins are a bit astringent right now, so try it from 2010-2020.St. Andrews9150South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2004 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWakefield
6878768786PortugalTypical of the wines from Estremadura, low in alcohol, offering great juicy fruit, very fresh, bursting with red currants and berries. It is balanced, a vivid painting of bright flavors.Portada858EstremaduraRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2006 Portada Red (Estremadura)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
6878868787USThis highly concentrated, richly ripe red explores notions of plum, black cherry and tobacco. It finishes with a mildness of dried herb.8625CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuena Vista 2014 Merlot (Sonoma Valley)MerlotBuena Vista
6878968788USLots of white flowers, from jasmine to lilies, show on the nose of this well-priced bottling, alongside poached pears and lime sorbet. The palate packs tangy pungency, with Anjou pear and Granny Smith apple flavors.lot 533 Limestone Cowboy8613CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCameron Hughes 2015 lot 533 Limestone Cowboy Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayCameron Hughes
6879068789ItalyA blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this informal red has subdued aromas suggesting of dark-berry, violet and a hint of kitchen spice. The light-bodied simple palate shows black cherry, dried plum and a hint of toast alongside soft, rather fleeting tannins.Dogajolo8615TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCarpineto 2015 Dogajolo Red (Toscana)Red BlendCarpineto

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