Wine Reviews

7107171070ItalyCrisp and easy with a pristine and luminous appearance and nice tones of pear and peach blossom, this is a no-fuss white that would pair well with fish or appetizers. The alcohol is a bit high but it offers clean acidity and mineral tones in the mouth for balance.Greco di Tufo8618Southern ItalyGreco di TufoCantina Dei Monaci 2006 Greco di Tufo (Greco di Tufo)GrecoCantina Dei Monaci
7107271071ItalySpice, plum, rose water, cola and herbal notes shape a dense and jammy Negroamaro that is not shy in terms of power and intensity. You'll get blackberry preserves with spice flavors and short-lived persistency.8611Southern ItalyPugliaCasa Catelli 2003 Negroamaro (Puglia)NegroamaroCasa Catelli
7107371072USCline has done a very nice job with this Zin, which comes partly from Lodi. Although it's very soft and won't age, it has a velvet and silk purity that carries rich flavors of cherries, raspberries, licorice, sweet vanilla and pepper.Ancient Vines8616CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastCline 2006 Ancient Vines Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelCline
7107471073ItalyThe wine opens with thick, purple concentration and segues to earthy aromas of asphalt, tar and mineral backed by dark fruit, prune and berry. It's a strange wine with too much emphasis on those heavy resin and tar notes but it would pair well with Mexican chocolate mole sauce.Hirpus86Southern ItalyTaurasiContrada Michele 2004 Hirpus (Taurasi)AglianicoContrada Michele
7107571074FranceOne of the top estates in the Côtes du Ventoux, Fondrèche's rosé is pale salmon in color, with aromas of peaches and cherries. It's fruity and fleshy on the palate, with just a hint of bubblegum on the finish.L'Instant8615Rhône ValleyCôtes-du-VentouxJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de Fondrèche 2007 L'Instant Rosé (Côtes-du-Ventoux)RoséDomaine de Fondrèche
7107671075ItalyThis Calabrian rosé made from the native Gaglioppo grape exhibits fine notes of sweet berry, raspberry and blueberry. Bright in color and density, this is very nice wine from southern Italy that is clean and bright, but not banal.Ronco dei Quattroventi86Southern ItalyCiròFattoria San Francesco 2007 Ronco dei Quattroventi Rosé (Cirò)RoséFattoria San Francesco
7107771076USFans of oaky Chards will find this one perfectly acceptable. It's dry and crisp, with ripe pear, peach, pineapple and smoky barrel flavors that define the California style.8625CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastSanford 2006 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnaySanford
7107871077USSpicy red fruit and pepper lead on this Bordeaux blend from the Finger Lakes, and lively fruit flavors follow. Tannins, acid and oak are balanced and attractive, and the finish has length and structure. Overall, a wine with poise.Optimus8625New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaSwedish Hill 2005 Optimus Red (Finger Lakes)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSwedish Hill
7107971078FranceLively, ripe fruit, with appetizing acidity, dominated by pink grapefruit and vibrant citrus. Just a touch of yeast, from a fresh mousse.Confrerie des Domaines Brut86BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Baptiste Thibaut NV Confrerie des Domaines Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)ChardonnayJean-Baptiste Thibaut
7108071079ItalyThis Aglianico breaks the mold thanks to its distinctive aromas of red apple, cherry, chocolate, spice, toast, cola and gaseous notes. It is high on acidity and freshness and offers lingering flavors of sour cherry and spice.Rossocupo86Southern ItalyIrpiniaManimurci 2005 Rossocupo Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoManimurci
7108171080USPozzan turns his attention to Zinfandel, with good results. The wine shows crisp acidity, rich tannins and brambly flavors of blackberries, cherries, milk chocolate, pepper, cloves and vanilla. So ripe, it tastes sweet, but this Zin is fundamentally dry.Oakville Cuvée8622CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMichael Pozzan 2006 Oakville Cuvée Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelMichael Pozzan
7108271081UruguayA seemingly reduced nose smells of alfalfa and grass, even more so than fruit. Shrill acidity is loud for Uruguayan Tannat. Herbal grapey plum flavors are salty, while this is full of tension and acidity on the finish.Reserva8820CanelonesMichael Schachner@wineschachPizzorno 2013 Reserva Tannat (Canelones)TannatPizzorno
7108371082USThis wine is superfruity, gushing black-cherry syrup aromas and ripe concentrated cherry flavors backed by good acidity and very mild tannins. It emphasize the crisp zingy character that's inherent in the grape variety while being very full bodied.Pauli Ranch8838CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPortalupi 2015 Pauli Ranch Barbera (Mendocino County)BarberaPortalupi
7108471083USVery fresh, light and a little candylike in flavor, this vivid-pink wine is dry and fruity. It is charming and easy to sip.Dry Sangiovese8813CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsScotto Family Cellars 2016 Dry Sangiovese Rosé (Lodi)RoséScotto Family Cellars
7108571084USDried black cherry, shaved chocolate and dried herb aromas show on the nose of this bottling from a producer based in Marietta, Georgia. Fat flavors of cocoa and black cherry mousse make for a compelling sip.Doctor's Vineyard8857CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSéamus Wines 2014 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirSéamus Wines
7108671085PortugalWith 15 months of wood aging enhancing the natural richness of old vines, this impressive wine is both spicy and packed with fruit. It is young, still with its bright baby fruit and with acidity that needs to soften. The wine, with its pepper toast flavors as well as its rich apple and citrus fruits, will be best from 2018.Crooked Vines Vinho Branco8825DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerSecret Spot Wines 2015 Crooked Vines Vinho Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteSecret Spot Wines
7108771086USQuite dark in the glass, this bottling from a vineyard often known for subtlety packs in a ton of power and darkness, starting with hefty blackberry, tree bark and sarsaparilla on the nose. Tart black-plum-skin flavors kick off the big palate, which grabs attention but is a little clumsy at this stage of life. Patience may bring cohesion.Talley Rincon8865CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTantara 2015 Talley Rincon Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirTantara
7108871087ItalyExotic spice, plum, French oak and underbrush aromas lead the nose while the juicy palate offers espresso, raspberry jam and a hint of star anise. It's chewy, with close-grained tannins.Ziggurat8817Central ItalyMontefalco RossoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute Lunelli 2014 Ziggurat (Montefalco Rosso)Red BlendTenute Lunelli
7108971088ChileStrong but pleasant oak-based aromas of sandalwood complement lightly herbal plum and berry notes. This feels wiry and intense, with rugged tannins. Herbal, oaky berry flavors finish with scratchy tannins and a distant note of green.Gran Terroir Estate Grown La Huella Vineyard8818Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAgustinos 2015 Gran Terroir Estate Grown La Huella Vineyard Malbec (Bío Bío Valley)MalbecAgustinos
7109071089ItalyAromas of black-skinned berry and exotic spice set the tone on this blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. The dense palate delivers ripe black cherry, clove and a touch of white pepper alongside smooth tannins. Enjoy through 2021.8820VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Armani 2015 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRed BlendAlbino Armani
7109171090ItalyAromas of berry, dark spice and a whiff of grilled herb lift out of the glass. It's light bodied and savory, with strawberry, red cherry, black pepper and clove flavors set against lithe tannins. Drink soon.8817VenetoBardolinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Piona 2016 BardolinoRed BlendAlbino Piona
7109271091USThe aromas bring notes of herb, dark fruit and spice, seemingly a bit muddled. The palate packs a big mouthful of fruit and savory flavors that show a sense of purity, while bringing a lightly tacky feel. A lack of aromatic clarity holds it back.Ciel du Cheval8840WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAndrew Rich 2014 Ciel du Cheval Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))MourvèdreAndrew Rich
7109371092USHigh-toned aromas of herb, cigar box and spice are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors backed by lightly gritty tannins. The bright acidity keeps the interest high. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.88WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAnimale 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAnimale
7109471093USThis full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend is hardly simple and fruity. It has earthy spicy leathery aromas along with raspberry flavors tinged by earth and tobacco, plus moderate tannins for a pleasantly grippy texture.Tatr8843CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBel Vino 2014 Tatr Red (California)Red BlendBel Vino
7109571094USClean and crisp aromas of Asian pear, lemongrass, honeysuckle, passion fruit and green plum show on the nose of this blend of 64% Sémillon and 36% Sauvignon Blanc. The palate would go down very easy on a hot day, with just a touch of acid-carrying flavors of gardenia, guava, mango and kaffir lime leaf.De Propio Gravitas8816CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBonny Doon 2015 De Propio Gravitas White (North Coast)White BlendBonny Doon
7109671095PortugalRipe, rich and creamy, this is a dense wine from the lees aging. Spice and a touch of toast come from the wood aging that smooths the wine and gives it extra complexity. This is a rich wine, with a tangy aftertaste, that is ready to drink.Reserva8812DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges 2015 Reserva White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteBorges
7109771096PortugalThis is a young tawny (in this case, on average five-years-old) that has kept all its fruit and just added perfumed dried fruits and touches of spice and attractive oxidation from the wood aging. The wine is soft, ripe and easy to drink.Reserva Tawny8814PortRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges NV Reserva Tawny (Port)PortBorges
7109871097ChileMinty, leathery berry fruit aromas are herbal and foresty. This is flush and solid in feel, with controlled tannins. Roasted, herbal black plum and berry flavors are what you'd expect from Colchagua Valley Carmenère, while this feels meaty and tastes blackened on the finish.Los Lingues Vineyard8820Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2015 Los Lingues Vineyard Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreCasa Silva
7109971098FranceRipe and fruity, with delicious red berry flavors, this wine is attractive now. It also has some firm tannins built for aging, giving structure to the juicy fruit. Drink from 2019.8818BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Crusquet Sabourin 2015 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Crusquet Sabourin
7110071099FranceMinty aromas reflect the new wood that was used to age this wine. Its red berry fruitiness recalls the vintage while its firm tannins will allow it to age for several years. It comes from the western end of the Entre-deux-Mers region. Drink from 2019.8815BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bel 2014 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Bel

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