Wine Reviews

7155171550FranceMade from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, there's a delicate earthy character to the nose of this wine, lending interest to the ripe red-cherry and -plum fruit. The palate is soft and accessible, with juicy fruit flavors that finish clean but a touch short.Les Jardins Suspendus8720Languedoc-RoussillonSaint-ChinianLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine de Cambis 2014 Les Jardins Suspendus Red (Saint-Chinian)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de Cambis
7155271551SpainRoasted, leathery and rubbery berry aromas are gritty and short on brightness. This feels rugged but good. Jammy cassis and cherry flavors show notes of cocoa and herbs.Hacienda Lopez de Haro8610Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Classica 2015 Hacienda Lopez de Haro (Rioja)TempranilloBodega Classica
7155371552FranceSolidly structured, this is a dense wine. Its black fruits add to the density, giving a concentrated, fruity wine. Drink this starting from mid-2018.8610BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Aubrade 2015 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de l'Aubrade
7155471553USThe winery is part of the emerging garagiste movement in Paso Robles. It's an ambitious wine, blended with Petite Sirah and Malbec, both of which add complexity. But there's a candied tone to the blackberry flavors that makes it lush and soft.Ethereal8545CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAscension Cellars 2010 Ethereal Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonAscension Cellars
7155571554AustriaThis has a fleshy core of red cherry fruit and a prominent acidic backbone, making this a satisfying, food-friendly wine.Reserve85NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBründlmayer 2011 Reserve Zweigelt (Niederösterreich)ZweigeltBründlmayer
7155671555USSoft, oaky and ripe, this Merlot has jammy flavors of plums, black currants and mocha. The richness suggests drinking it with beef and lamb dishes.8518CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCandor NV Merlot (California)MerlotCandor
7155771556FranceJust off dry, this is a smooth, attractively fruity wine that has a light touch of perfume. The acidity keeps the freshness level up, producing a wine that's easy to drink now. Screwcap.Edelzwicker8515AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWolfberger 2011 Edelzwicker White (Alsace)White BlendWolfberger
7155871557ItalyThis unusual expression opens with aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, apple and white flower. The palate offers restrained peach and lemon-peel flavors, with a slightly bitter and buttery finish.Consono8513Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAccadia 2012 Consono (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioAccadia
7157071569USA difficult vintage for the winery, and not the most successful Robert Young Chardonnay. But it does show the elegance of the vineyard. Rich in acids and oak, its underlying flavors are of oranges and pineapples. Drink now, not too cold.8840CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaRobert Young 2008 Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayRobert Young
7155971558USA big burst of vanilla highlights the scents and flavors of this Rhône-inspired blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Unfortunately, all that vanilla obscures the fruit and blankets any subtleties. Residual flavors of stem and slightly green tannins fill in the finish.Heartwood8523WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cadaretta 2010 Heartwood Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendCadaretta
7156071559ItalyHere's a bright, simple and thoroughly enjoyable wine. It's loaded with blackberry and white pepper notes. While it's one dimensional, it's also robust and delicious. Pair this with hearty pastas topped with meat sauces.Canaletto859Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa Girelli 2011 Canaletto (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoCasa Girelli
7156171560ItalyLeafy, earthy, underbrush sensations dominate the nose of this 60-40 blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese. The palate feels lean with tobacco leaf, prune, bitter almond and alcohol, alongside bracing, astringent tannins.8515Central ItalyRosso PicenoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCherri d'Acquaviva 2012 Rosso PicenoRed BlendCherri d'Acquaviva
7156271561ChileCreamy oak matches prickly red plum and cherry aromas. This is tight and rugged in feel, with black plum, herb, spice and dry oak flavors. A toasty finish loses its fruit quickly.Casillero del Diablo Reserva8511Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2012 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Shiraz (Central Valley)ShirazConcha y Toro
7156371562FranceThis is a fruity, light wine. It has apple flavors, enlivened by acidity and zesty citrus character. On the finish, the wine is fresh while also creamy.85AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDopff Au Moulin 2012 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancDopff Au Moulin
7156471563USRaspberry and pastry notes are inviting on this voluptuously foamy, yet bright and fruity sparkling. Primary red-fruit flavors dominate, but it's a brisk wine, with penetrating acidity and a clean, refreshing finish.Brut Rosé8525New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHosmer NV Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirHosmer
7156571564USSmoke and musk notes dissipate with aeration to reveal aromas of ripe stone fruit and floral tones. The palate is dry and intensely tart with a piercing lemon-lime acidity. It's a focused, rather linear wine with a steely, mineral finish.Dry8515New YorkCayuga LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTreleaven 2011 Dry Riesling (Cayuga Lake)RieslingTreleaven
7156671565USWhile off-dry in style, there's a savory apple tone throughout, accented by hints of lime zest and herb. The palate boasts juicy pink grapefruit flavor, along with a hint of lanolin that lingers on the finish.Select8513New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaWagner 2011 Select Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingWagner
7156771566ItalyOak and woodsy underbrush aromas take center stage in this blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. The palate shows blackberry flavors, rubber, vanilla and espresso notes, alongside abrasive tannins.8511Central ItalyRosso PicenoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSaladini Pilastri 2012 Rosso PicenoRed BlendSaladini Pilastri
7156871567FranceA fine and creamy mousse gives this wine a palate that's smooth and full of fruit and spice flavors. It has some freshness, but it is the richness that is most obvious.Brut8513AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWillm NV Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendWillm
7156971568FranceLight and very fresh for a Gewurztraminer, this is a wine with as much crisp apple as spice. It's off dry, laced with acidity and very ready to drink.Cuvée Particulière8518AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerKlipfel 2011 Cuvée Particulière Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerKlipfel
7157171570ArgentinaA big step up from the prior year; the bouquet is spicy, dry, minerally and offers attractive dried flower aromas. The mouthfeel is pure, easygoing and slightly creamy, while the flavors suggest dried raspberry, plum and vanilla for sweetness. Toasty and dry on the finish; elegant for Argentinean PN.Trumpeter8812Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRutini 2009 Trumpeter Pinot Noir (Mendoza)Pinot NoirRutini
7157271571USYoung, dense, tannic and oaky, a tough wine that resists the palate. There's a core of blackberry and currant fruit, and things may resolve themselves over the years. Yet it doesn't seem to have the integrity of Stonestreet's other '07s.Monolith8875CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaStonestreet 2007 Monolith Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonStonestreet
7157371572USThis is a sound, pleasant Pinot Noir, a little rugged and gritty in the mouth, but dry enough, with a silky texture. It has interesting cherry, cola, rhubarb and sandalwood flavors. Drink now–2013.8835CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2008 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirTruchard
7157471573USRich and creamy, showing tangerine, apricot, buttered toast, cinnamon spice and herb flavors. A solid wine for drinking with roast salmon, seared tuna or a salad of bitter greens with goat cheese and orange slices.8830CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2009 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayTruchard
7157571574ArgentinaOpens with mildly baked aromas but there's enough fresh fruit, fine herbs and lavender to make it inviting. The palate is narrow and tight but clean and lively, with herbal berry flavors and plenty of power. Finishes long but lean, with cleansing acids. Will go well with an array of foods.Dos Fincas8813Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCarlos Basso 2009 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec (Mendoza)Cabernet Sauvignon-MalbecCarlos Basso
7157671575USGreat price on a Merlot this good. Most others would charge $25 or more, but Goldschmidt has held the line. It appeals for the soft tannins and easy flavors of raspberries, cherries, cocoa and sweet, smoky oak. Drink now.8815CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaChelsea Goldschmidt 2009 Merlot (Dry Creek Valley)MerlotChelsea Goldschmidt
7157771576USThe vineyard is in the Oak Knoll District. The wine is dry and full-bodied, packed with ripe blackberries, black cherries and black currants, as well as toasty oak. A bit brusque in tannins at this young age, it should be cellared for a few years.Bon Passe Vineyard8860CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaDarms Lane 2007 Bon Passe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDarms Lane
7157871577USSucculent, dense and syrupy, this dessert Riesling brings a lush midpalate of honey, blossom, tea, candied citrus, butterscotch and more. It's loaded with flavor, just a little high-toned, and falls on the soft side for Washington dessert wines. But delicious? You bet!Winter Harvest8830WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyatt 2008 Winter Harvest Riesling (Rattlesnake Hills)RieslingHyatt
7157971578USA fine Sauvignon Blanc, dry and crisp in acidity, with a long, spicy finish. Feels minerally and clean in the mouth, yet rewards with rich lemongrass, pineapple, Asian pear and vanilla cream flavors.Block 218828CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaKelleher 2009 Block 21 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancKelleher
7158071579ArgentinaCrisp and clean, with lemon-lime and lychee aromas that are typical and well presented. There's body to the wine but also streamlining acidity, resulting in a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of green melon, citrus and lychee are fresh and positive.8812OtherFamatina ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLas Vides 2010 Torrontés (Famatina Valley)TorrontésLas Vides

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