Wine Reviews

7320173200USA pliant, medium- to full-bodied wine, this deals ripe stone fruit and golden raisin flavors, plus toasty, oxidative tones.Blanc8614VirginiaShenandoah ValleyShenandoah Vineyards 2011 Blanc White (Shenandoah Valley)White BlendShenandoah Vineyards
7320273201USWith easy raspberry, cherry and sandalwood flavors, this has the softness you want in Merlot, although it lacks some complexity.Danais8630CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaSilenus 2010 Danais Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotSilenus
7320373202USSalmon-peach in color this rosé is made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 10% Pinot Noir, the end result of which is a thirst-quenching array of pineapple and papaya aromas and flavors in a crisp, straightforward package.Dry8627CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSimi 2013 Dry Rosé (Sonoma County)RoséSimi
7320473203USThe flavors of sweetened herb tea, pineapple and buttered toast mark this fresh, vibrant young Chardonnay. It's brisk in acidity and dry in the finish. A bit rustic, it's a fine wine to drink now.Campbell Ranch Vineyard8645CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaSojourn 2012 Campbell Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnaySojourn
7320573204USDry and medium-bodied in the mouth, it has raspberry and cherry fruit flavors, with pleasantly earthy notes of sweetened herb tea. However, a subtle but noticeable note of green unripeness pervades the aroma and persists into the finish.Rogers Creek Vineyard8648CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaSojourn 2012 Rogers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirSojourn
7320673205ItalyThis wine opens with aromas of citrus, grapefruit and stone fruit. The palate offers yellow peach and mineral alongside sharp acidity. It has a bitter, nutty finish.8614Southern ItalyGreco di TufoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTorricino 2012 Greco di TufoGrecoTorricino
7320773206USHints of earth and mushrooms lend a savory tone to aromas of pressed apples and pears in this off-dry wine. The palate is bright and cheery with sweet apple and lemon flavors but finishes with a lingering spray of savory dried herbs and stems.Sawmill Creek Vineyard8622New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBellwether 2012 Sawmill Creek Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBellwether
7320873207ItalyThis blend of Biancolella and Forastera opens with subtle aromas of white spring flower and tree fruit. The rather lean palate offers crisp yellow apple, mineral and Bartlett pear alongside prominent acidity.Biancolella8629Southern ItalyIschiaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa D'Ambra 2012 Biancolella White (Ischia)White BlendCasa D'Ambra
7320973208SpainRaisiny aromas are rich and gritty. Pounding tannins and a beam of acidity drive the palate, which brings flavors of oaky baked fruits and black licorice. A jammy finish with baked berry and raisiny flavors confirms that this is extremely ripe and ready to drink now.Señorio de Convey8617CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachCellers Unió 2011 Señorio de Convey Red (Priorat)Red BlendCellers Unió
7321073209FranceCreated for the American market, the wine has some softness while retaining intense fruitiness. It's bright, light and very fresh, with just a touch of caramel at the end.iPink8620ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Escarelle 2013 iPink Rosé (Coteaux Varois en Provence)RoséChâteau de l'Escarelle
7321173210USThis blend, based on Cabernet, is soft in structure, with easily accessible blackberry jam, sugared herb tea, red licorice and oak flavors.JoLi8650CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2009 JoLi Meritage (Central Coast)MeritageClos La Chance
7321273211USThis wine is dryish, crisp in acidity and clean in the finish. It has ripe apricot, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and honey flavors, whose sweet finish makes it a great partner to Chinese food.Estate Grown8615CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2013 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast)Sauvignon BlancClos La Chance
7321373212USRipe fruit and oak mark this simple but likeable wine that's all about summer raspberries and cherries. There's a good balance of acidity and some firm tannins, but it's a wine to drink now.8627CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaCosa Obra 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirCosa Obra
7321473213USBlack plum and cherry aromas pick up an undergrowth hint. This is a succulent, juicy wine with a finish that tastes earthy and feels structured.Furnace Mountain Dry8632VirginiaVirginia8 Chains North 2010 Furnace Mountain Dry Red (Virginia)Red Blend8 Chains North
7321573214USHeady floral and stone fruit scents are enticing, but a bit perfumy on this aromatic wine. The palate is bright and fresh with brisk lemon and tangerine flavors that are straightforward yet enjoyable.8618New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaCoffee Pot Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)Sauvignon BlancCoffee Pot Cellars
7321673215SpainCrisp, snappy red-berry aromas are the opening on this fresh and easy Tempranillo. A zesty, quick mouthfeel and tangy, bright plum and berry flavors are pleasant and juicy.Roble8612Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2012 Roble Tempranillo (Navarra)TempranilloPríncipe de Viana
7321773216USWhiffs of blackberry and plum preserve hint towards the dense, richly concentrated nature of this boldly fruity wine. It's rustic in style with hints of earth and mulch, and big, grippy tannins that lend bite to the finish.8629New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPalmer 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet SauvignonPalmer
7321873217USHints of autumn leaf and bramble add rustic warmth to this delicate wine. Medium bodied, the palate is brisk with tart red cherry and berry flavors accented with soft tannins on the finish.Ingle Vineyard8620New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2010 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirHeron Hill
7321973218FranceBurgundy producer Aegerter has come up with a bright and breezy Provence rosé whose style sums up the lighter side of these wines. It is fruity, fresh, very clean and crisp.Les Jolies Filles8617ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2013 Les Jolies Filles Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
7322073219USThe aromas of herbs, pink grapefruit and guava don't seem entirely knitted together on this young wine. It's dry and fleshy in feel but doesn't have the concentration to bring it all together.8615WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJones of Washington 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Ancient Lakes)Sauvignon BlancJones of Washington
7322173220New ZealandKennedy Point is located on Waiheke Island, but gets the fruit for this wine from Marlborough. It's a light- to medium-bodied version of Sauvignon Blanc, boasting bright passion-fruit aromas and a juicy, mouthwatering mix of citrus flavors that fade a bit quickly on the finish.8618MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKennedy Point 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancKennedy Point
7322273221SloveniaAn easy-drinking wine, it has pronounced aromas and flavors of cherry vanilla soda, blackberry preserves and just a touch of menthol.Refosk8618Slovenska IstraJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysKlabjan 2008 Refosk Refosco (Slovenska Istra)RefoscoKlabjan
7322373222USThick blackberry syrup and loads of black pepper meet with dashes of asphalt and dried violets on the nose of this wine from a vineyard near Los Alamos. The palate combines plum-skin tartness and rustic elderberry with cedar and juniper berries, a pleasant blend of wood and fruit.Thompson Vineyard9245CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZinke 2012 Thompson Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahZinke
7322473223USThis is a lovely vineyard-designate, floral and crisp in tangy grapefruit and tangerine. With plenty of complexity to its breadth and depth, it maintains effortless acidity throughout, finishing with just the right twist of lemon peel.Scopus Vineyard Reserve9228CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCity Winery of New York 2014 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayCity Winery of New York
7322573224FranceThis is a rich, beautifully textured dry wine. It is terroir-driven, with the volcanic soil of Savennières underlying the tight texture. By contrast, it offers hints of honey and flavors of yellow fruits balanced with fruity lemon flavors. Drink from 2017.9228Loire ValleySavennièresRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Baumard 2013 SavennièresChenin BlancDomaine des Baumard
7322673225FranceClose to the slope of Grand Crus, Fourchaume is one of the best known of the premiers in Chablis. This ripe wine with its touches of vanilla as well as yellow fruits and acidity has a lightly honeyed character typical of the vintage. It is ready to drink, although it will be better from 2017.Fourchaume Premier Cru9246BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Gérard Duplessis 2013 Fourchaume Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Gérard Duplessis
7322773226USThis is the personal project of Archery Summit winemaker Chris Mazepink. It's named for the bees that buzz around the vines. Rich gold in hue, it marries the flavors of ripe apples to bee pollen and lemon curd. The flavors fold into a well-developed finish, bringing up highlights of citrus peel.The Hive9230OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ebony 2013 The Hive Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayEbony
7322873227USA juicy and smoky nose of black cherries, vanilla, smoked pork and teriyaki is lifted aromatically by pretty violet elements on the nose of this bottling. The palate centers on a blackberry-jam character, with roasted fennel and black-licorice candy adding quality spice.9230CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFalcone 2013 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahFalcone
7322973228ItalyAromas of wild berry, spice, aromatic herb, leather and a balsamic note are some of the aromas you'll discover on this firm red. The structured, savory palate offers mature black raspberry, sour cherry, black pepper, aniseed and mint alongside youthfully assertive, polished tannins. Drink 2018–2025.Mompissano Riserva92PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCascina Cà Rossa 2011 Mompissano Riserva (Roero)NebbioloCascina Cà Rossa
7323073229USThis is the inaugural release from this Oregon-based winery, with the fruit coming from Loess and Seven Hills vineyards. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Merlot (38%) and Petit Verdot, it offers laromas of pencil box, high-toned flowers, bittersweet chocolate, herbs and barrel spices. The flavors show depth and intensity as well as exquisite balance and length.Proprietary9275OregonWalla Walla Valley (OR)Oregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereport18401 Cellars 2013 Proprietary Red (Walla Walla Valley (OR))Bordeaux-style Red Blend18401 Cellars

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