Wine Reviews

7167171670ItalyThis easy blend of Friulano (60%) and Malvasia opens with subtle tones of exotic fruit and peach followed by bright citrus and tangerine skin. The wine's lean, watery finish makes it perfect for appetizers or finger foods.Borgo Crosaris Bianco dello Stella8616Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaTenute Grandi & Gabana 2011 Borgo Crosaris Bianco dello Stella White (Venezia Giulia)White BlendTenute Grandi & Gabana
7167271671USA somewhat unusual expression of Viognier with notes of lime, lime leaf, and white peach that seem more reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc. It's full bodied and viscous, ending with a bitter note.Anna Maria8616OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportValley View 2011 Anna Maria Viognier (Applegate Valley)ViognierValley View
7167371672USA lightly aromatic offering of Cabernet Franc with notes of cherry cola, medicine cabinet, and herbs. The palate leans heavily on the grainy tannic structure with the light fruit flavors accented by tart, fresh acidityWild One Estate Grown Cabernet Franc Destiny Ridge Vineyards8642WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAlexandria Nicole 2010 Wild One Estate Grown Cabernet Franc Destiny Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet FrancAlexandria Nicole
7167471673USVery high alcohol gives this wine a hot, jalapeño pepper burn. Based on Zinfandel, the blend also includes Syrah and Petite Sirah. It's a rugged, rustic wine that would shine with a richly-sauced barbecue for balance.Wilson Family8634CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaWilson 2010 Wilson Family Red (Dry Creek Valley)Red BlendWilson
7167571674USA very flavorful wine, rich in blackberry jam, chocolate, white mint and buttercream. The tannins on this Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre blend are thick and facto8646CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastWorkman Ayer 2010 de facto G-S-M (Central Coast)G-S-MWorkman Ayer
7167671675USAn easy-drinking wine offering plenty of Zinny pleasure. It's medium-bodied and velvety, with rich, ripe raspberry, cherry, tobacco, brown sugar and spice flavors.HB Family Vineyard8628CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaBump 2009 HB Family Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelBump
7167771676ItalyHere's a blend of Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Malvasia Istriana that shows easy fruit tones of stone fruit and melon backed by a waxy, slightly chewy feel in the mouth.Mon Blanc8619Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliCastello di Buttrio 2011 Mon Blanc White (Colli Orientali del Friuli)White BlendCastello di Buttrio
7167871677FranceThe entry wine of Château Lagrezette lives up to its name in the color. With its soft tannins, touch of smokiness and blackberry-juice fruit flavors, it's a fine showpiece for the more open side of Malbec.Purple8617Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrézette 2011 Purple Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Lagrézette
7167971678USWith some new oak, this is an easy Sauvignon Blanc, with jammy oranges, pineapples and apricots. The acidity is just fine, giving a bright edge to the fruit.8632CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaCrosby Roamann 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (St. Helena)Sauvignon BlancCrosby Roamann
7168071679FranceLight, fruity wine, hinting at strawberries, along with a vanilla touch from the Merlot in the blend. It's crisp and ready to drink.869Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Lartigue 2012 Rosé (Côtes de Gascogne)RoséDomaine de Lartigue
7168171680FranceAn off-dry, full-bodied Chenin Blanc, this wine brings together bitter almond and white-fruit flavors, cut with acidity and topped off with a creamy pear texture. Ready to drink.Demi-sec86Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Vaugondy 2011 Demi-sec (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine de Vaugondy
7168271681ChileTalk about a sharp wine; this almost socks you in the nose upon taking a whiff. It's full of citrus and jalapeño aromas, which are backed by sizzling bell pepper, serrano chili and lime flavors. Expect a raw feeling and super crisp finish.Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard8617Aconcagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2012 Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Aconcagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancErrazuriz
7168371682USHere's a good, easy drinking Cabernet for drinking now with Cab-friendly fare, like a barbecued flank steak. It's dry and full-bodied, with ripe blackberry, currant and spice flavors.Bunkhouse8630CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastHearst Ranch 2010 Bunkhouse Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonHearst Ranch
7168471683USOne of the more immediately accessible Rutherford Cabs, offering soft, candied flavors of raspberries, roasted nuts and mocha. No need to age it, so drink up.8640CaliforniaRutherfordNapaHoudini 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonHoudini
7168571684USAn estate-grown 81% Merlot (the rest Cabernet Sauvignon), this wine takes time to come around in the glass, the alcohol overpowering the fruit at first. But in time, the red fruit and soft tannins mellow and make themselves known and this mostly-Merlot becomes a savory, food-friendly quaff.Lorilai's Reserve-Zmarzly Family Vineyards8624CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneAlbertina 2009 Lorilai's Reserve-Zmarzly Family Vineyards Merlot (Mendocino)MerlotAlbertina
7168671685USFragrant in leather, lavender and licorice, this full-bodied Amador blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre and is fine, tannic and clearly born of mountain air. The finish tastes of very ripe fruit.Reserve8628CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneAmador Cellars 2010 Reserve G-S-M (Amador County)G-S-MAmador Cellars
7168771686ItalyRonco dei Vignali opens with exotic fruit, fragrant nectarine, papaya and lemongrass on the finish. The bouquet is very beautiful and the mouthfeel is tame and understated in comparison.Ronco dei Vignali8619Northeastern ItalyCollioAscevi Luwa 2011 Ronco dei Vignali Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioAscevi Luwa
7168871687New ZealandThis wine's cranberry and raspberry fruit is framed by scents of smoky, toasty oak. It's light in body, with a tart, tangy finish. Try it with seafood dishes that can handle a light red, like grilled or broiled salmon.8623Wairau ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWither Hills 2011 Pinot Noir (Wairau Valley)Pinot NoirWither Hills
7168971688USThis affordable bottling from sustainably minded vineyards is a good everyday dinner wine. It offers violet and blackberry on the nose and a lush feel in the mouth, with black cherry and soft tannins.8615CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEsser 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey County)Cabernet SauvignonEsser
7169071689USThis wine needs to be decanted. At first the scents and flavors of green produce abound, and the fruit is masked. After some hours, it begins to show more fruit and less of the vegetal flavors, but remains a bit sharp and short.8631WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Helix by Reininger 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonHelix by Reininger
7169171690FranceThe wine is full of acidity as well as bright raspberry and red currant fruits. It has a light, fresh feel that's given added weight by firmer fruit tannins and a concentrated dry aftertaste. Drink from 2016.8614BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerHenry Fessy 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayHenry Fessy
7169271691SpainThis salmon-colored sparkler is fruity up front, with berry and cotton candy aromas. The palate is crisp and well cut, while flavors of nectarine, mango and honey finish crisp. A good, basic sweet quaffer.Opera Prima Pink Moscato868Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachJ. Garcia Carrion NV Opera Prima Pink Moscato Sparkling (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Sparkling BlendJ. Garcia Carrion
7169371692USThe color goes from medium garnet in the middle to a light brownish on the rim. It smells like dried cherry, sage and toast, and tastes substantially fruity. The wine feels just structured enough by acidity and tannin for balance.Walsh Ranch8635CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJudson Hale Winery 2012 Walsh Ranch Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)Pinot NoirJudson Hale Winery
7169471693FranceThis traditional Southern Rhône blend features some attractive floral and herbal aromas some might call garrigue, but also an intrusive cruciferous note. It's a crisp, medium-bodied wine with bright, red-plum fruit flavors and a hint of cabbage. Drink it now–2016.Domaine des Causses8617Rhône ValleyLiracJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLouis Bernard 2011 Domaine des Causses Red (Lirac)Rhône-style Red BlendLouis Bernard
7169571694ItalyMade from Sangiovese, with 5% Merlot and 5% Canaiolo and Mammolo, this features aromas that recall forest floor, wet leaves and baking spices. The forward palate offers vanilla, plum cake and baking spices but the fruit richness is starting to dry up. Enjoy soon.8625TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLunadoro 2010 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendLunadoro
7169671695SpainLight, tropical aromas of citrus fruits form the bouquet. This is fresh but standard in feel, with flavors of lettuce, green herbs, white fruits and brine. The finish feels reasonably good but doesn't offer much flavor.Brut Nature Reserva8613CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMas Fi NV Brut Nature Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMas Fi
7169771696ItalyThis robust, one-dimensional wine delivers mature fruit sensations of stewed prune, fig and resin, along with oak extract, vanilla and espresso. The palate is sugary sweet but lacks fruit richness. Drying wood tannins leave an astringent finish.8628TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMáté 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseMáté
7169871697USThis full-bodied and apparently sweet Zinfandel drinks more like a Port than a dry wine. It smells like boysenberry syrup on waffles, has a juicy, soft texture, and raisin and prune flavors.OGP Original Grandpere Vineyard8629CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNoceto 2010 OGP Original Grandpere Vineyard Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelNoceto
7169971698USThis blend is 44% Cab Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot. It's stubbornly closed, with aromas of tar, earth and rubber ball rather than fruit. Some brambly berry flavors can be found, but the finish seems hard and slightly bitter.8615WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine O•S Winery 2012 Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendO•S Winery
7170071699ItalyHere's a simple, easygoing wine that offers fleshy black cherry, clove, cinnamon and accents of white pepper. It's extremely accessible, with soft acidity and fleeting tannins. Enjoy through 2015.Valmaggiore8630PiedmontNebbiolo d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOrlando Abrigo 2010 Valmaggiore (Nebbiolo d'Alba)NebbioloOrlando Abrigo

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