Wine Reviews

7194171940ItalyMade entirely from Sangiovese, this opens with black cherry, white pepper and an earthy underbrush scents. The savory, straightforward palate shows plum, clove and tobacco notes, set against chewy tannins. Enjoy through 2019.Principe Guerriero8928TuscanyMontescudaioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePagani de Marchi 2012 Principe Guerriero Sangiovese (Montescudaio)SangiovesePagani de Marchi
7194271941ItalyThis opens with ripe dark-skinned berry, underbrush and baking spice aromas, while the dense, robust palate offers black cherry jam, clove and licorice flavors. It's already accessible, with fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2021.8990TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeParadisone 2012 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseParadisone
7194371942ItalyMade of 48% Sangiovese, 35% Montepulciano, 10% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has black-skinned fruit and baking spice aromas. The firm palate delivers black cherry, black currant and tobacco notes in a frame of fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2020.Therra8920TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoderNuovo a Palazzone 2012 Therra Red (Toscana)Red BlendPoderNuovo a Palazzone
7194471943ItalyMade of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, this offers black currant and vanilla aromas. The dense, approachable palate delivers ripe black plum and toasty tobacco flavors, pulled taut by firm tannins. Drink through 2019.Il Circo Rosso Riserva8930TuscanyCarmignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePratesi 2013 Il Circo Rosso Riserva (Carmignano)Red BlendPratesi
7194571944FranceThe nose just hints at earth and autumnal oak leaf. The palate comes with slight grip, very fine tannins and more earthy leafy aromas. Red-cherry fruit is just hinted at. This is slender and bone dry and will come into its own when served with subtle mushroom or game dishes.Les Princes Abbés8927AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaines Schlumberger 2015 Les Princes Abbés Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirDomaines Schlumberger
7194671945USApproachable in its youthful vigor and wealth of fruit, this medium-bodied coastal wine offers a complement of spicy black licorice, cranberry and strawberry, finishing lean and focused.8918CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFolie à Deux 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFolie à Deux
7194771946ItalyThis blend of organically grown Sangiovese (90%) and Colorino (10%) offers delicate violet and raspberry scents. The juicy palate delivers black cherry and chopped herb flavors with a hint of tobacco and chewy tannins. Drink through 2021.Riserva8923TuscanyChianti RufinaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFrascole 2013 Riserva (Chianti Rufina)SangioveseFrascole
7194871947USThis Chardonnay is one of the family-owned winery's workhorse bottlings, and it pulls its weight with finesse, showing light aromas of Pink Lady apple, grapefruit peel and almond on the nose. Lemon-lime acidity frames each sip, while grapefruit flavors meld with lemongrass and kaffir lime, finishing on riper stone fruit notes.8922CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannGainey 2014 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayGainey
7194971948ItalyRipe plum, cake spice and iris aromas lift out of the glass, with a whiff of chopped herb. The youthful palate delivers black cherry and white pepper flavors through a frame of taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2019.8917TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGattavecchi 2015 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendGattavecchi
7195071949ItalyBlack-skinned berry, cedar and espresso scents lead the nose of this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The firm palate delivers blackberry, and licorice flavors and a toasted note, set against assertive tannins. Enjoy through 2019.L'Alberello8975TuscanyBolgheri SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGrattamacco 2014 L'Alberello (Bolgheri Superiore)Red BlendGrattamacco
7195171950FranceThe nose seems closed. There is just a hint of earthiness. The slender palate has edges of mocha and smoke that frame its fresh crisp tart red-cherry fruit. The body is light but held within a very fine-boned structure that leads to a dry clean finish.Saint Gregoire8920AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz 2014 Saint Gregoire Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirHenri Schoenheitz
7195271951USThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah offers appealing, fruit-forward aromas of plum and blackberry. The flavors are direct and fruit filled, providing a lot of enjoyment.Chicken Dinner8918AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHuston 2015 Chicken Dinner Red (America)Red BlendHuston
7195371952GreeceLemon, orange and tangerine aromas are followed by pert waves of lemon, spice and mineral in this elegant Chardonnay. The wine has seen oak but is still quite fresh in style; pair with ceviche or oysters.8735Krania OlympusSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaKatsaros 2010 Chardonnay (Krania Olympus)ChardonnayKatsaros
7195471953GreeceNotes of sea salt, perky citrus and a wave of ripe tropical fruit?combine to form an elegant white with a food-pairing advantage. On the palate, there is good body and a round fruit character that is nicely cut with a fresh finish. Pair with chicken, salmon and fruit.Asirtiko Athiri8718SantoriniSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDomaine Sigalas 2011 Asirtiko Athiri White (Santorini)White BlendDomaine Sigalas
7195571954GreeceDeep black cassis fruit, cedar and cigarbox aromas are followed by flavors of thick kirsch, anise and raspberry. Very fruity and lush, this red has an opulent character and would be tasty over ice cream.Apiliotis8725GreeceSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDomaine Sigalas NV Apiliotis Mandilaria (Greece)MandilariaDomaine Sigalas
7195671955ItalyThe aromas are tight and nervous with notes of wild berry, ginger and licorice. It is firmly astringent, so give it a few more years to help soften the tannins.Bric Valdiana8732PiedmontRoeroGiovanni Almondo 2009 Bric Valdiana (Roero)NebbioloGiovanni Almondo
7195771956USThe nose is subdued, with aromas of crisp red plum, herb and bramble; but the palate is lush, with loads of ripe strawberry, peach and cherry flavors. This is dry in style but soft and juicy on the palate.Rosé8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2011 Rosé Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirGlenora
7195871957USA firm and focused Cabernet Franc, with just 5% Merlot in the blend, this spent 18 months in 50% new American oak. It's a straight-ahead style, with a red berry flavor and polished, proportionate tannins.Burning Desire8735WashingtonLake ChelanColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hard Row To Hoe 2009 Burning Desire Cabernet Franc (Lake Chelan)Cabernet FrancHard Row To Hoe
7195971958USThick and rich, this is a very concentrated Cabernet that can use more time in the cellar. For now, it has tannins that overwhelm the blueberry fruit and traces of cedar and cocoa.8765CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneHawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills Lake County)Cabernet SauvignonHawk and Horse Vineyards
7196071959ChileThis is purple in color, with a saturated, rubbery aroma that folds in notes of leather, chocolate and blackberry. It's full and lush, with flavors of lemon, grainy oak, coffee and charred black fruit. Dark, oaky and charred on the finish, it needs a lot of air. Predominantly Malbec, with small additions of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.Reserva8717Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKoyle 2010 Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecKoyle
7196171960USCreamy, rich and spicy, this has potent pineapple- and orange-jam flavors, with lots of the sweetly buttered toast you get from oak barrel aging. It seems a little sweet in the finish, but it's elegant and refined.8724CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaPech Merle 2010 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayPech Merle
7196271961USFresh, full bodied and juicy, this has flavors of dusty, dark plum and chocolate. It was aged in both French and American oak, which has added a background note of tobacco and vanilla on the palate, particularly on the finish.Ranch Collection8724CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneShannon Ridge 2009 Ranch Collection Petite Sirah (Lake County)Petite SirahShannon Ridge
7196371962GreeceRed cherry, leather and spice aromas start this lively, spicy red from Skouras. On the palate, more rustic leather and sour cherry flavors mingle with mocha and a mineral-accented finish. This is a pert, plucky wine with soul.Synoro8728PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaSkouras 2007 Synoro Red (Peloponnese)Red BlendSkouras
7196471963USRipe sour-cherry and red-berry notes on the nose and palate mingle elegantly with savory touches of burnt sugar and biscotti. It's dry in style, yet fruity and juicy, with brisk acidity and a tongue-tickling pétillance.Topaz Impérial8737New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSparkling Pointe 2009 Topaz Impérial Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)Sparkling BlendSparkling Pointe
7196571964USThe reserve Cab from Jones spent 18 months in new French and American oak, and the resulting wine is big, liquorous, and astringent. Layers of smoke, espresso, vanilla bean and tobacco wrap around a core of cassis. This is dark, pure and potent.Jack's Reserve Estate Vineyards8730WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jones of Washington 2009 Jack's Reserve Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet SauvignonJones of Washington
7196671965FranceAttractive and smoky, this has a light red-currant perfume. The wine is soft, with bright acidity to go with the more serious tannins and dry finish. Drink now, or age for two years.Le Boisclair87Loire ValleySaumur-ChampignyRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Mellot 2009 Le Boisclair (Saumur-Champigny)Cabernet FrancJoseph Mellot
7196771966USBig, rich and oaky, this is marked by buttered toast, orange cream and pineapple custard flavors.8715CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJosh Cellars 2010 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayJosh Cellars
7196871967USLots of licorice and vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate notes are found, reflecting its 22 months spent in French oak. The fruit is definitely consigned to the back row, but there's plenty of luscious, chocolatey flavor.Rivers Bend Vineyard8735WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lake Chelan 2009 Rivers Bend Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahLake Chelan
7196971968ItalyBold and chewy, this has slightly overdone notes of ripe berry, spice and moist pipe tobacco. There's a tiny touch of jammy strawberry or raspberry as well.Bergera Pezzole87PiedmontBaroloLe Strette 2008 Bergera Pezzole (Barolo)NebbioloLe Strette
7197071969USDry, with smooth tannins and plenty of elegance, this has interesting black-cherry, cola and cedar flavors. It's not likely to improve with age, so drink up.8720CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMartin Ray 2010 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotMartin Ray

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