Wine Reviews

72927291GermanyEthereally light in body and texture, this dry Riesling offers loads of juicy tangerine and grapefruit flavors. It's refreshingly tart, with a lean, steely finish. Drink now through 2020.Dry9012PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaVilla Wolf 2015 Dry Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingVilla Wolf
72937292GermanyExuberant and fresh, this vivacious dry Riesling is anchored in cutting citrus tones of lime, lemon and tangerine. Medium bodied on the palate, it's racy, crystalline style is endlessly quaffable.100 Hills Dry9018RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaWittmann 2015 100 Hills Dry Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingWittmann
72947293FranceA lovely ethereal lift of lemon balm hovers over ripe peach notes on the nose. The dry palate brings in lots of lemon freshness as well as tangy grapefruit. The finish is spicy, clean and utterly refreshing.Tradition9019AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoKuentz-Bas 2015 Tradition Edelzwicker (Alsace)EdelzwickerKuentz-Bas
72957294USThis blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 5% Counoise shows blackberry, rose petal, hibiscus and Dr. Pepper spice touches on the nose. There's decent structure to the palate, where blueberry notes meet tarry elements and a touch of charred meat.Oveja Negra9045CaliforniaPaso Robles Willow Creek DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLone Madrone 2014 Oveja Negra Red (Paso Robles Willow Creek District)Rhône-style Red BlendLone Madrone
72967295USThis wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (14%) and Petit Verdot all coming from Quintessence Vineyard. Aromas of black tea, smoke, cassis and barrel spice are followed by saturated black-fruit flavors. The tannins bring a bit of grip and the midpalate dips a touch, but overall the wine delivers a lot of enjoyment.Water Witch9058WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMark Ryan 2014 Water Witch Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMark Ryan
72977296USThis creamy and viscous white from one of the valley's cooler appellations is kept fresh and lively by moderate acidity. Its fruit is of the lush peach and nectarine variety, laced with vanilla.9025CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Oak Knoll District)Sauvignon BlancMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards
72987297AustraliaThe blend is 55% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 20% Mourvèdre, but while this is a full-bodied wine, it's not overdone or bombastic. The masses of dark fruit are reined in by crisp acids and a layer of supple tannins, adding depth to the cassis, vanilla and mint flavors. Drink now through 2020.Family Crest Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre9021South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAngove 2014 Family Crest Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre Red (McLaren Vale)Rhône-style Red BlendAngove
72997298USFrom a lovely site in the Sebastopol Hills, this wine is tart and tangy with pomegranate and dark cherry flavors, deepened with spicy earth and cardamom accents. It offers length, breadth and a full-bodied expression of the grape and place.Kanzler Vineyard9056CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneA.P. Vin 2015 Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirA.P. Vin
72917290ItalyIntriguing aromas of smoke, beeswax, ripe orchard fruit and a whiff of acacia honey lift out of the glass. The smoky flinty note carries over to the rounded reserved palate, underscoring ripe apple, citrus zest and honey. A hint of hazelnut graces the finish.Contrada Sant'Aniello9036Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVigne Guadagno 2013 Contrada Sant'Aniello (Fiano di Avellino)FianoVigne Guadagno
73007299USTemecula veteran winemaker Phil Baily has cracked the code on making fresh whites in the region's hotter climes, and this blend of 64% Sauvignon Blanc and 36% Sémillon is a stellar example. Honeysuckle, candied lemon peel, fragrant chamomile and tart pear and apple scents show on the nose while the palate packs tangy honeydew, peach and citrus zest flavors. Bright acidity carries them into the finish.Montage9023CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBaily 2016 Montage Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Temecula Valley)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonBaily
73017300USThe nose of this bottling remains tight long after opening, which suggests a decent cellar potential. A hearty swirl coaxes out thyme, bay leaf, graphite and elderberry aromas before the palate delivers salt and pepper spice and dark blackberry fruit, wrapped in solid tannins.Clone #1 Purisima Mountain Vineyard9055CaliforniaBallard CanyonCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBeckmen 2014 Clone #1 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah (Ballard Canyon)SyrahBeckmen
73027301ItalyOne of Friuli Venezia Giulia's little known denominations, the Carso growing zone, with its rocky soil, is turning out some fine whites like this elegant Pinot Grigio. Round, creamy but also loaded with finesse, it delivers aromas and flavors of ripe pear, creamy apple and juicy lemon while a stony mineral note graces the finish.9020Northeastern ItalyKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelvecchio 2015 Pinot GrigioPinot GrigioCastelvecchio
73037302FranceThis is one compact package of citrus flavors: the nose is shy but the palate is a slender, taut but expressive parcel of zesty lemon and lime notes. This is dry, utterly refreshing and clean. It's a light-bodied wine designed to enliven and invigorate. The finish is dry and zesty.Collection9020AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Ribeauvillé 2016 Collection Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCave de Ribeauvillé
73047303FranceThis is a fine ripe wine. Ripe tannins and attractive red-berry fruits are right up front. A firm dry core suggests it will age although this wine is up for drinking now with its fine balance between acidity, structure and fruit.Les Sables9025Loire ValleySaumur-ChampignyRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chaintres 2015 Les Sables (Saumur-Champigny)Cabernet FrancChâteau de Chaintres
73057304USCanoe Ridge Vineyard is the warmer of the winery's two single-vineyard Chardonnay sites. Straw, spice and stone-fruit aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, loaded with ripe peach and tropical-fruit flavors. It provides lots of appeal, along with exquisite balance.Canoe Ridge Estate9030WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills)ChardonnayChateau Ste. Michelle
73067305USDespite coming from the warmest vintage on record for the state, this wine displays a very pleasing sense of restraint. Aromas of straw, clarified butter and peach are followed by well-balanced, textured fruit flavors. An elegant styling only heightens the appeal.Cold Creek Vineyard9030WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayChateau Ste. Michelle
73077306FranceA light touch of toastiness gives this Despagne family wine extra richness. It offers spice as well as plenty of crisp green and citrus fruits. The two elements balance and will allow this wine to age well. Drink from late 2017 or even early 2018.Réserve9015BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour de Mirambeau 2016 Réserve (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Tour de Mirambeau
73087307FranceThis is a ripe and soft blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Well balanced, it has rich, spicy fruit lifted by lemon and apple flavors and by the final acidity. It's ready to drink now.9010BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vircoulon 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Vircoulon
73097308USA nice debut from this new label under the Tendril umbrella. Intense in color and deep in flavor, this pure varietal rosé pushes forward raspberry and cherry fruit with plenty of juicy pizzazz. The back end revs up with a burst of citrus rind.Rosé of9028OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Child's Play 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirChild's Play
73107309FranceRipe aromatic peach notes dominate the nose. The palate brings this out in much fuller force, helped along by a dollop of residual sweetness and balanced by a pleasantly bitter zesty phenolic edge. The off-dry flavors are generous while the body is balanced and rounded.Collines de Granit90AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Charles Frey 2016 Collines de Granit Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Charles Frey
73117310FranceAged, like so many Loire sparkling wines, in the caves of Saumur, this is a rich wine. It has a nutty charm as well as ripe apple and white stone-fruit flavors. Its acidity is finely integrated giving a smooth wine. It is ready to drink.Brut9015Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Petit Clocher NV Brut (Crémant de Loire)Champagne BlendDomaine du Petit Clocher
73127311FranceA gentle hint of restrained citrus freshness appears on the nose. The same restrained but wonderfully pure citrus flavor also characterizes the slender, light and dry palate: it's a mix of fresh lemon and aromatic, tangy tangerine peel. This enlivens and refreshes and has a totally uplifting lemony finish.Les Hospices9025AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Gérard Neumeyer 2016 Les Hospices Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Gérard Neumeyer
73137312FranceThe nose is a little subdued. The palate comes in with a creamy poised richness that holds ripe peach, rose petal and grapefruit zest. There is a pleasant streak of bitterness that channels the richness of the concentrated fruit. The finish is just off dry, clean and zesty.Tradition9033AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Pfister 2015 Tradition Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Pfister
73147313USThe winery has had some success with this Spanish variety, but the '05 is not one of their best efforts. The wine is thinly structured and harsh in tannins, with exaggerratedly sweet cherry, cola and currant flavors.Flamenco Rojo8227CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMartin & Weyrich 2005 Flamenco Rojo Tempranillo (Paso Robles)TempranilloMartin & Weyrich
73157314USMade in the sweet, sugary style that many consumers like, this is almost like an off-dry dessert wine. Tastes like a citrus and peach power drink, with alcohol.8210CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsMontevina 2006 Pinot Grigio (Amador County)Pinot GrigioMontevina
73167315USKind of Pinot Noir-like, with a silky texture, crisp acids and cherry and spice flavors. But it's rustic and simple, with a soft, gluey mouthfeel.8216CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherEsser Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirEsser Cellars
73177316PortugalSomewhat lean, this has a tart, grapefruit character that sits awkwardly with the otherwise fresh, green fruit character. Hard-edged.Terra de Lobos827RibatejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2006 Terra de Lobos White (Ribatejano)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Branco
73187317SpainWaxy and burning on the nose, and then very heavy and sugary on the palate. The orange marmalade and honey flavors are over the top and sticky, while the wine leaves an unctuous, resinous finish. Too much of this 15% Moscatel could cause a headache.Vino Dulce Natural8218Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachSeñorío de Sarria 2005 Vino Dulce Natural Moscatel (Navarra)MoscatelSeñorío de Sarria
73197318USThis is a creative if not entirely successful wine; its intense, lavish aromas are followed by a surprisingly rustic wave of fruit that has a spin of austerity to it. One-dimensional and rough around the edges.8213New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLucas Vineyards 2005 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayLucas Vineyards
73207319USSoft and thick in the mouth, even heavy, with ripe pie-filling flavors of blackberries and cherries that finish sweet.8235CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyCinnabar 2004 Cabernet Franc (Lodi)Cabernet FrancCinnabar

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