Wine Reviews

7278172780USWith its keen acidity and mineral-dominated flavors, this currently tastes a bit austere. It also has a core of orange, apricot and mango flavors that are sweetened by oak. Don't drink it too cold, and allow it to breathe before consuming.8831CaliforniaSpring Mountain DistrictNapaKeenan 2011 Chardonnay (Spring Mountain District)ChardonnayKeenan
7278272781HungaryAromatic of honeysuckle, fresh orange peel and rye, this dry Tokaj has all the waxy, honeyed characteristics of its sweet counterparts. This is brisk, with intense, lemony acidity and rippling minerality.Sec8820TokajAnna Lee C. IijimaKirályudvar 2010 Sec Furmint (Tokaj)FurmintKirályudvar
7278372782FranceA dense, firm selection, this has layers of red fruits and acids that help to give the wine's skeleton some flesh. This is likely to develop into a rich, but always firm, wine.8865BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2010 PommardPinot NoirLouis Jadot
7278472783New ZealandThis “white label” blend is broad and lush, and it offers typical Bordeaux-blend aromas and flavors of plum, cassis and cigar box. A mocha note comes through on the softly tannic finish. Drink now and over the next few years.8829Waiheke IslandJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMan O' War 2009 Merlot-Cabernet (Waiheke Island)Merlot-CabernetMan O' War
7278572784ItalyThe Mazzei brothers produce a Vermentino of depth, brightness and persistency. It delivers long-lasting flavors of citrus, peach and orange skin.Belguardo8817TuscanyToscanaMazzei 2011 Belguardo Vermentino (Toscana)VermentinoMazzei
7278672785USThe new Mercer Canyons label gets off to a good start with this Chardonnay that's low in alcohol and clean. Bracing and leesy, this is definitely European in style, and it offers celery and melon flavors along with palate-refreshing minerality.8813WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer Canyons 2011 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMercer Canyons
7278772786USBig, rich and flashy, this is a wine of fruit-driven power. The notes of cherries, blackberries and currants are strong and jammy, and it's oaky, too. The finish is tannic and dry, so you may want to cellar it for a couple of years.Bien Nacido Vineyard8865CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMigration 2010 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirMigration
7278872787ItalyThis is a lovely Morellino that delivers lively and easy aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum. As the wine is aged only in stainless steel to preserve its freshness, the integrity of the fruit is remarkable, and the mouthfeel is bright and focused.8817TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoTerenzi 2011 Morellino di ScansanoSangioveseTerenzi
7278972788USConsistent in every way with the previous vintage, this barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc includes 9% Sémillon, both of which were sourced from 15-year-old vines. It's aromatic with scents of sweet herb and citrus, and it tastes of Meyer lemon and grapefruit, plus a hint of brioche.8815WashingtonSnipes MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Upland Estates 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Snipes Mountain)Sauvignon BlancUpland Estates
7279072789New ZealandEndowed with ample tannin, this may be one New Zealand Pinot Noir that requires additional bottle age. That said, positive future evolution is by no means guaranteed. Its dark, savory style is one that combines black cherry fruit with notes of roasted meat and dark coffee. Drink from 2016–2020.8840MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVoss 2010 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirVoss
7279172790ItalyBright and fresh, with streamlined and compact fruit, Poggio Teo has the natural acidity to stand up to cheese- or cream-based dishes. It has light dustings of toasted nut and spice that give the palate added dimension.Poggio Teo8825TuscanyChianti ClassicoValiano 2008 Poggio Teo (Chianti Classico)SangioveseValiano
7279272791PortugalThe Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes used to make this Alsace-like blend were harvested late to allow for concentrated sweetness. It has a perfumed character and a steely edge of acidity. The finish hints at honey, and it has a crisp texture.Late Harvest8828TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2011 Late Harvest White (Tejo)White BlendQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
7279372792ItalyThis 50–50 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon offers impressive balance. It delivers a medley of red fruit, spice, leather, chocolate and tobacco notes. The palate is soft and rich on the finish.88TuscanyRosso di ToscanaRenzo Masi 2008 Red (Rosso di Toscana)Red BlendRenzo Masi
7279472793ItalyImpressive work is quietly being performed at Rocca di Montemassi, the Zonin-owned property in southern Tuscany. Thanks to new investments and high-profile consultancies, the estate's new range of wines is showing nicely. Among them is this selection that offers a bright, spicy cherry flavor and a silky texture.Le Focaie8815TuscanyMaremma ToscanaRocca di Montemassi 2011 Le Focaie (Maremma Toscana)SangioveseRocca di Montemassi
7279572794USThere's nothing shy about this Zinfandel. A kick in the teeth, this exudes the concentrated fruit of Sonoma County's Rockpile area. It has hard tannins, and it's front-loaded with currant, licorice and tobacco flavors. Pair this with intensely-flavored, spicy grilled meats.Rockpile Road Westphall Ridge Vineyard8840CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRock Wall 2010 Rockpile Road Westphall Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelRock Wall
7279672795FranceThis is a textured, dense and concentrated selection that has notes of white fruits and white flowers. It's a wine for medium-term aging.88BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2010 Savigny-lès-BeauneChardonnayAlbert Bichot
7279772796ItalyThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot opens with aromas of cherry liqueur and cassis, followed by accents of leather and toasted nut. The palate is tight and fresh, and it offers touches of citrus and forest fruit.Casa al Piano8818TuscanyBolgheriAntonino Tringali-Casanuova 2010 Casa al Piano (Bolgheri)Red BlendAntonino Tringali-Casanuova
7279872797FranceEarthy, soft and ripe, this wine shows the richness of the vintage. It is full of red plum and red jelly flavors, and the tannins are dusty in the background. The acidity holds it all together, and the finish is juicy and fruity.8842BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerJaffelin 2009 VolnayPinot NoirJaffelin
7279972798USHints of red berry, blossom and grapefruit are beguiling in this bright, fresh Chardonnay. Dry and surprisingly full bodied, the palate is juicy, with fresh pear and quince flavors that are brightened by a splash of lime-tinged acidity.8814New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2010 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayKeuka Spring
7280072799USInky black in hue, this dry, full-bodied wine has hard tannins and a sweet black-currant flavor, which makes it a great selection to pair with steak. If you drink it now, give it a few hours of decanting.8836CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaKokomo 2010 Malbec (Chalk Hill)MalbecKokomo
7280172800USThis has brisk, tingly acidity and rich, toasty new oak flavors, plus mineral and fruit notes. Try this in 2015 as it could become surprisingly complex.Bien Nacido Vineyard8839CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastLa Fenêtre 2010 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayLa Fenêtre
7280272801USTrading opulence for elegance, this Chardonnay tastes dry and streamlined, with tart acidity. It's spicy, fresh and lithe, and it offers subtle citrus and flower notes.This should develop creamy, nutty tones over the next six years.Los Alamos Vineyard8834CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastLa Fenêtre 2010 Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayLa Fenêtre
7280372802USThe dried herb, currant and woodspice aromas provide intrigue. Flavors offer a mouthful of fruit with balance, intensity and length that convinces.House of Independent Producers Bacchus Vineyard8917WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHedges Family Estate NV House of Independent Producers Bacchus Vineyard Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHedges Family Estate
7280472803USRose petal perfume accents sweet peach and apricots in this luscious, varietally classic Gewürztraminer. It's rich and round on the palate, plump with stone fruit and lychee flavors and finishes elegantly on an astringent black-tea note. Off dry in style, it's balanced and composed in alcohol and acidity.8917New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2014 Gewurztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKeuka Spring
7280572804USApples, sea salt, green pear and buttered popcorn aromas convey both restraint and ripeness on the nose of this wine by pioneer Pierre Lafond and longtime winemaker Bruce McGuire. There's tarragon tension once sipped, with flavors hovering between soft ruby-red grapefruit pith and ripe red apples, keeping the mouth watering throughout.8923CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLafond 2013 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayLafond
7280672805USThe honey and orange aromas, rich texture, full body and late-harvest flavors add up to a bold and fruity wine. With each sip, more complexity and depth comes out, making a lasting impression.8913CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsManifesto! 2013 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayManifesto!
7280772806USComing from a warmer slice of the upper Santa Ynez Valley, this wine by the Fess Parker family shows black plums, hot gravel, dark chocolate and black peppercorns on the nose. The palate offers very dark blueberry fruits, along with turned earth, espresso beans and a bit of beef char.Paradise Road Vineyard8937CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2012 Paradise Road Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahEpiphany
7280872807USAn aromatic swirl of dried honey, roasted nuts and marzipan is leveled by a sense of iodine on this zesty, tense white blend. The palate shows lime juice on apple, with a touch of yellow pear.Inspiration8925CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2013 Inspiration White (Santa Barbara County)Rhône-style White BlendEpiphany
7280972808ItalyDensely concentrated, this plush wine opens with aromas of black currant, espresso and cedar. The robust, one-dimensional palate delivers raisin, chocolate and licorice alongside velvety tannins that hold the flavors together.Cuculaia8965TuscanyCortonaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFabrizio Dionisio 2010 Cuculaia Syrah (Cortona)SyrahFabrizio Dionisio
7281072809USPlum, blueberry and a tinge of sour dried-fruit aromas get lifted with dill, spearmint and anise on the nose of this wine. It's juicy on the palate with purple and blue fruits, but cut with a strong and nice mint character, also showing some dark chocolate nibs.8925CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFalkner 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Temecula Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFalkner

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