Wine Reviews

6984169840USThis is a soft, well-integrated wine with a full-throttle backbone of cedar and cranberry that drinks easily and is ready for the table. Priced attractively, it offers value for the quality and broad appeal.8824CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBench 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBench
6984269841USThis is the producer's first barrel-aged Chardonnay, made from a blend of two vineyards and two clones, including one from their own estate on Westside Road. Sour and sweet alternatively, it finds a steely path to balance and soft layers of apple, Asian pear and a touch of ginger-topped butterscotch.Rio Oro8840CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBucher 2014 Rio Oro Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBucher
6984369842USA severity of tannin and heat opens this wine before mellowing into soft, juicy red raspberry and plum. Remaining relatively light bodied and restrained for the variety, it becomes softer on the chocolaty midpalate before a grippy finish grabs back the power.Smith Vineyards8836CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneByington 2013 Smith Vineyards Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahByington
6984469843ItalyAromas of pressed Spanish broom, oak, marzipan and citrus blend in the glass. The rich, medium-bodied palate offers candied nectarine zest, vanilla and toasted almond alongside bright acidity. Drink now or hold for a few more years.Crisio Riserva8827Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasalfarneto 2012 Crisio Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioCasalfarneto
6984569844FranceA warm blend mainly of Grenache with Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is typically pale in color, with just a touch of tannin from the Cabernet. A spicy undertone balances with the deliciously crisp and fresh red-fruit character.Baron Maxime8815ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Beaupré 2015 Baron Maxime Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséChâteau de Beaupré
6984669845FranceThis blend of Rolle and Ugni Blanc, typical of Provence whites, is smooth, ripe and only lightly textured. The Rolle (Vermentino) that dominates gives an attractive perfumed character as well as a mineral texture and acidity. Drink now.Prestige8825ProvenceCoteaux VaroisRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Ollières 2015 Prestige White (Coteaux Varois)Provence white blendChâteau d'Ollières
6984769846ArgentinaThis rusty colored Pinot opens with aromas of cherry candy and chocolate. There's power to the palate, but also abruptness. Dry, spicy flavors of chocolate, raspberry and orange rind carry over to a direct finish.Fincas8814Mendoza ProvinceMichael Schachner@wineschachAlfredo Roca 2014 Fincas Pinot NoirPinot NoirAlfredo Roca
6984869847ItalyDark berry, cocoa and leather aromas come into play on this hearty red. The chewy palate delivers mature black cherry, black currant, espresso and a hint of almond alongside solid tannins. Drink though 2018.Tor di Lupo Riserva8850Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAndriano 2011 Tor di Lupo Riserva Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinAndriano
6984969848ItalyFresh and fragrant, this straightforward wine has aromas and flavors of wild cherry, strawberry and a hint of cake spice. It's bright and easygoing, with vibrant acidity that gives it clean, quenching finish.Superiore8820Central ItalyCerasuolo d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBinomio 2013 Superiore (Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoBinomio
6985069849ArgentinaAromas of Christmas spice, black cherry and latex feed into a fresh, juicy palate with sharp acidity. Pie cherry and red plum flavors finish raw in feel and peppery in flavor. This is all about chop, chop, chop.Barda8830OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Chacra 2014 Barda Pinot Noir (Patagonia)Pinot NoirBodega Chacra
6985169850USSuave aromas of bramble and red berries meet with chipped slate, a touch of anise and pressed lilacs on this nose of this blend of 37% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 6% Cinsault and 5% Carignane. Bright cranberry and red cherry fruit pop on the palate, which is bolstered by fennel, black peppercorns and dried rose petals.Keeper8825CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAdelaida 2012 Keeper Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendAdelaida
6985269851ItalyScents of white spring flower and orchard fruit lead the nose on this lively white. The fresh, easy-drinking palate offers ripe green apple, peach and a juicy citrus note alongside tangy acidity.8813Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlta Luna 2015 Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Pinot GrigioAlta Luna
6985369852USThis blend of 55% Roussanne and 45% Grenache Blanc offers broad aromas of cooked apples, honeydew melon and peach custard. The palate is tighter, with seared green apples, lemon rind and yellow grapefruit zest, then slowly opens more tropically, with banana elements. This is a full-bodied white wine.Enchante Curtis Vineyard8828CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAndrew Murray 2014 Enchante Curtis Vineyard White (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style White BlendAndrew Murray
6985469853USAged both in French oak and stainless steel, this entry-level white is creamy in texture with a taste of lemon cream pie and vanilla swirls, the tannins tight and the oak present, though cradling. Fresh and fruity, this is a food-friendly, approachable wine.8823CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArtesa 2014 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayArtesa
6985569854PortugalA smooth and fruity wine that has soft tannins and a rich, juicy character. It is full of damson and black plum fruits, ripe and jammy at the end. Drink now.8612DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerBarão de Vilar 2012 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedBarão de Vilar
6985669855USAlready entering its maturity, this offers flavors of dried cherries, cherry tobacco and rather tough, chewy tannins. It seems to have a hole in the midpalate, and may be moving quickly past its prime. Drink up.8647OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine VinStrata 2008 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirVinStrata
6985769856USThink of a pink version of Beaujolais Nouveau. The grapy flavors light up this light-bodied, extroverted rosé even more than the almost fluorescent pink color. Very fresh, light and frothy and all those qualities seem right for it.Rosé de Shenandoah8618CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHelwig 2013 Rosé de Shenandoah Rosé (Shenandoah Valley (CA))RoséHelwig
6985869857PortugalThe wine is ripe, generous and lightly structured. Black currant and black plum fruits surround a dry core that gives texture. It's not for long-term aging.Tapada dos Coelheiros8638AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Coelheiros 2009 Tapada dos Coelheiros Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Coelheiros
6985969858USThis rough and tumble Cabernet is oaky and smoky in both scent and flavor. It's a rustic, country wine, big and bold and raw around the edges, but packed with flavor.Eagle Ranch Vineyard8635OregonColumbia Valley (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jacob Williams 2010 Eagle Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (OR))Cabernet SauvignonJacob Williams
6986069859USWith a strong undercurrent of bell pepper, this soft Petite Sirah has tense shadings of peppery spice and leather. Ready to drink now.Nina's Cuvée8636CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneConcannon 2010 Nina's Cuvée Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahConcannon
6986169860ChileThis hard-drilling, bullish Malbec is bright purple in color, with grapy, heady aromas. The palate is rubbery and grabby, with a shock of zesty acidity. Oversized, roasted black-fruit flavors finish with size, power and a grating feel.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguirica8618MarchigueMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2011 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguirica Malbec (Marchigue)MalbecConcha y Toro
6986269861USSmooth and appealing, with ample fresh citrus flavors and a supple mouthfeel, this isn't so assertive that it gets in the way of the conversation or the food. Sourcing good quality grapes from non-premier regions keeps the price down.8610CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCookies & Cream 2012 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioCookies & Cream
6986369862PortugalIn a reference to the storks who build nests in the chimneys of the Eiffel-designed DFJ winery, Storks Landing shows bright acidity, layers of citrus plus a touch of more exotic pineapple. A blend of Fernão Pires and Chardonnay, it's fresh and light in the mouth, mineral and crisp at the end.Storks Landing868LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Storks Landing White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
6986469863FranceCrisp and grassy, this is a classic herbaceous Sancerre. It is tight, bright and full of citrus fruits. Grapefruit dominates, cut through with acidity and the freshest aftertaste. Drink now.86Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Bellecours 2013 SancerreSauvignon BlancDomaine de Bellecours
6986569864ChileApple and peach aromas are dusty and lightly tropical. With no oak, fruit is all you get in this Chardonnay; flavors of apple, nectarine and melon run clean, sweet and ripe, while the finish is mellow and lands smack in the middle of the fairway.Classic Collection Unwooded8610Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2013 Classic Collection Unwooded Chardonnay (Curicó Valley)ChardonnayEcheverria
6986669865FranceLight and bright, this is a direct and easygoing rosé, with attractive aromas and flavors of red currant, ruby-red grapefruit rind, white melon and peach. The medium-weight palate is lifted by refreshing, citrus-flavored acidity, ending with an orange and strawberry-hull fueled finish.Tête de Cuvée Grain de Gris8610Languedoc-RoussillonSable de CamargueLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzListel 2013 Tête de Cuvée Grain de Gris Rosé (Sable de Camargue)RoséListel
6986769866PortugalThe wood aging of this wine has given a lightly oxidized character. It is rich and creamy with toasty acidity as well as yellow fruits. Drink now.Dalva Reserva Branco867DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerC. da Silva 2011 Dalva Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteC. da Silva
6986869867PortugalFirm tannins give a dry character. Black fruits are laced with acidity to give the fruity element, while the dry core is dense and promising aging. Drink from 2016.Quinta das Setencostas86AlenquerRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2010 Quinta das Setencostas Red (Alenquer)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
6986969868USPungent jasmine and orange blossom take hold of the nose right away, ensuring that this won't be one of those flavorless Pinot Grigios to forget. On the palate, roasted pear and slight toffee tones mingle with lemon-lime acidity, making this wine a nice fit for backyard gatherings featuring shrimp on the barbie.8611CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCastle Rock 2012 Pinot Grigio (Monterey County)Pinot GrigioCastle Rock
6987069869ItalySimple but well made Sauvignon, it offers delicate aromas of tropical fruit. The round palate is more expressive, with subtle white peach and cantaloupe alongside fresh acidity. Enjoy soon.Valtini8619Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCembra 2012 Valtini Sauvignon (Trentino)SauvignonCembra

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