Wine Reviews

7305173050USFrom a region not known for Cabernet comes a rich, tantalizing, luscious wine, with lots of cigar box/tobacco aromas and plenty of vibrant black fruit: currants and plums. Proper acidity drives the finish, leaving the mouth fairly refreshed. Has all the structure and balance one could ask for.Harmonie9132CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastBlackjack 1997 Harmonie Red (Santa Barbara County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBlackjack
7305273051USThe bouquet is pretty big and dense, with some high-tone raspberry peeking through the surface. Black plum and cherry get help from licorice and vanilla on the palate. Zippy fruit is the signature, even as it does a nice, long fade.Meritage9150CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastLangtry 1997 Meritage Red (North Coast)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLangtry
7305373052USSports an explosively fruity nose of berry and plum, with cloves and toasty oak in support. Medium-weight, with very nice fruit and good structure, it displays some engaging chocolate and spice notes. The finish is brisk and tangy, with bitter cocoa notes and firm, drying tannins. Hold until 2005.Corley Reserve9165CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMonticello Vineyards 1997 Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMonticello Vineyards
7305473053USA tasty, toasty wine at a very fair price. It's a tad bulky, and it's packed with plum, cherry and coffee flavors. The mouth is nothing if not full, with some dry tannins adding necessary structure. Slightly one-dimensional and limited in scope, but what's here is oh so nice and friendly.9132CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaTitus 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTitus
7305573054USBramble and cedar, along with plenty of toasty vanillin oak. Black currant is the dominant fruit; the mouthfeel is appropriately big, and the finish turns a bit dry, but with proper length. Very nice in the typical Napa mold.Lupine Hill Vineyard9045CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaFrazier 1997 Lupine Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFrazier
7305673055USA complex bouquet with prune, earth, and some prominent gamy notes may put some tasters off, but the dark fruit and toast, and the generally restrained style make this commendable. A velvety mouthfeel and dense flavors on the finish close out this elegant example. Best after three years and good to 2008 and beyond.9048CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaClos du Val 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonClos du Val
7305773056USTight red fruit and a solid whack of oak make for a fine wine. Tobacco mingles with coffee on the otherwise black-cherry and curranty palate. It's definitely clean and polished, and will drink well for the next three to five years.9030CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaClos Pegase 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonClos Pegase
7305873057FranceThe biggest of the Latour Meursaults, with extra layers of ripe fruit and nuances of toast and nuts extending into a textured, lengthy finish. Focused and elegant.Charmes Premier Cru9055BurgundyMeursaultPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Louis Latour 1998 Charmes Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayLouis Latour
7305973058USAt the bottom end of our range, this stalwart is tightly wound and fairly driven. Plum and cassis on the palate offer just the slightest nuance of cured Italian meat. Coffee is dominant on the long, linear finish. Now it's pretty dark and unevolved. Patience will be rewarded.9029CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRobert Mondavi 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonRobert Mondavi
7306073059USLike a nice Bordeaux, there's some barnyard aromas—but also a leathery spiciness with accents of cinnamon, chocolate and espresso. Impressive balance and breadth. Not too high strung—instead it's soft, smooth, almost heavy. A good wine to drink early on.Estate Bottled Reserve9095CaliforniaRutherfordNapaPeju 1997 Estate Bottled Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonPeju
7306173060ItalyThis extracted wine opens with aromas of toasted wood, coffee, mushroom, chocolate and vanilla. The dense, one-dimensional palate offers thick, jammy black fruit and oak extract.8646Southern ItalyTaurasiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVesevo 2008 TaurasiAglianicoVesevo
7306273061USDark in color, this soft, leathery Zin offers tangents of blackberry, chocolate and espresso within a heavy-handed package of serious fruit and weight.8628CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilson 2011 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelWilson
7306373062ItalyHere's a simple, straightforward Nero d'Avola that offers concentrated blueberry and blackberry jam sensations along with a note of evident alcohol. Pair this with everyday fare like pasta topped with a hearty ragù sauce.8611Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSallier de la Tour 2012 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaSallier de la Tour
7306473063USIt's rich enough to satisfy our craving for fruit flavor and firm enough in texture to pair well with roasts and filling pasta. It seems to have benefited from more time aging in a cellar than most red wines at this price do.8610CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsStomping Ground 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonStomping Ground
7306573064ItalyThis oak-driven Aglianico opens with aromas of coffee, toasted wood, espresso and black fruit. The dense, extracted palate offers oaky vanilla and sugar-plum alongside drying and astringent wood tannins.Jumara8625Southern ItalyIrpiniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Capitani 2010 Jumara Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoI Capitani
7306673065FranceThis gentle, ripe wine is immediately attractive. Ripe pear and peach are cut with acidity. Drink now.Domaine des Chanzelles8630BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marie Challand 2012 Domaine des Chanzelles (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayJean-Marie Challand
7306773066FranceFresh and fruity, this simple Chardonnay shows crispness as well as white fruits, orange zest and a lively lemon aftertaste. Drink now.8635BurgundyPouilly-VinzellesRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Soufrandière 2012 Pouilly-VinzellesChardonnayLa Soufrandière
7306873067FranceRounded, soft and gentle, it has attractive tropical fruit flavors along with a touch of lime to give crispness. Ready to drink.8621BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2012 Viré-ClesséChardonnayLouis Latour
7306973068SpainAromas of citrus and stone fruits feed into a clunky, high-acid palate that's pithy and citric in feel. Flavors of orange juice, tangerine and pineapple create citrus overload, while the finish is even more citrusy.3 Crianzas8636GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMaior de Mendoza 2012 3 Crianzas Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoMaior de Mendoza
7307073069ItalyHere's a monolithic Aglianico that has concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry extract and toast layered with dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The ripe, one dimensional palate closes on a sugary note.Eremo San Quirico8645Southern ItalyIrpiniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNativ 2010 Eremo San Quirico Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoNativ
7307173070SpainMinerally raspberry and cherry aromas come with a touch of latex and rubber. This is lively and scratchy on the palate, with spicy, oaky, peppery flavors of red-berry fruits that lead to a dry, juicy finish.La Muria8616Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachPago de Valdetruchas 2012 La Muria Mencía (Bierzo)MencíaPago de Valdetruchas
7307273071USSourced from Kiona's End of the Road vineyard, this pure Carmenère is packed with plenty of that grape's pyrazine and stem scents and flavors. A splash of Cabernet Franc was added to the final blend. Somehow flavors of mint and chocolate have been introduced, along with the quite tart, pale red fruits.8625WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Animale 2011 Carmenère (Red Mountain)CarmenèreAnimale
7307373072USIt tastes lush, slightly sweet and full-on fruity, but has a lavish oak overlay. The aromas are sweet cherries and maple syrup, the fruit flavors come out as just-crushed grapes and cherries sprinkled with the brown sugar of new oak. Not heavy in texture and not as full-bodied as the flavors would make you think.8615CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCampus Oaks 2011 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelCampus Oaks
7307473073ItalyThis Aglianico opens with aromas of roasted coffee bean, toast and black fruit. The oak-driven palate offers espresso, black pepper and black cherry flavors, but it lacks fruit richness and ends on a note of drying wood tannins.Cantine Storiche8625Southern ItalyIrpiniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine di Marzo 2012 Cantine Storiche Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoCantine di Marzo
7307573074USLightly flavored with red fruits, it's pleasant but rather generic. It carries some alcohol heat through a thin finish.8633WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cave B 2011 Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseCave B
7307673075USThis wine from longtime Santa Cruz Mountains producer Cinnabar offers a very subtle nose with slight, brisk minerality. Once sipped, the flavors remain subtle, though are nicely rounded with a bit of guava-based tropicalitythat emerges toward the finish.Central Avenue Vineyard8620CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCinnabar 2012 Central Avenue Vineyard Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayCinnabar
7307773076USWispy hints of cherry and clove kick off this good deal wine. Tastes range from juicy red fruit up front with some crushed purple flowers to a very tight vanilla-laced finish.Red Cedar Vineyard8614CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannClayhouse 2012 Red Cedar Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonClayhouse
7307873077FranceThis is a ripe and juicy wine. It has ripe wild strawberry flavors that go with the full-bodied feeling and the warm tannins. It's rich and developing well. Drink from 2016.Les Charmes8650BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Roger Belland 2011 Les Charmes (Santenay)Pinot NoirDomaine Roger Belland
7307973078FranceThis full-bodied wine shows evidence of oak maturation in its notes of light toast and baking spices. Those elements are supported by pleasant citrus flavors, but the result isn't completely convincing.Amour de Dieu8685Rhône ValleyCondrieuJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJean-Luc Colombo 2010 Amour de Dieu (Condrieu)ViognierJean-Luc Colombo
7308073079FranceThe wine is quite tight in character, but shows some richer potential. It is generous, full-bodied and packed with apricot and apple skin flavors. Give it until 2015.86BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDominique Cornin 2012 Saint-VéranChardonnayDominique Cornin

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