Wine Reviews

7440174400ItalyAromas of red currant, blue flower and a whiff of baking spice come together in the glass. Made with 90% Schiava and 10% Lagrein, the easygoing palate offers toast, red berry and vanilla. It's made to be enjoyed young so drink soon.Reiesegger St. Magdalener Classico8717Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeEgger-Ramer 2013 Reiesegger St. Magdalener Classico Red (Alto Adige)Red BlendEgger-Ramer
7440274401SpainFloral cherry and raspberry scents are moderately earthy. This has an edgy, tannic feel along with good plum and cherry flavors that don't falter or break up on a choppy, lightly candied-tasting finish.8712Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachLoca 2013 Tempranillo (Cariñena)TempranilloLoca
7440374402SpainConcise and basic on the nose, with aromas of melon and minerals, this crisp, stony wine is pleasant and clean, with malic acidity. Lime, green apple and tangerine flavors finish dry and pithy, with cleansing acidity.8712Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachOtazu 2013 Chardonnay (Navarra)ChardonnayOtazu
7440474403SpainRaspberry and plum aromas smell a bit powdery, like Kool-Aid. This feels wide, jammy, grabby and tannic, while flavors of currant, red plum and herbs end fresh and juicy, but also a bit scouring and rough. Drink through 2018.Crianza8717Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastillo Labastida 2011 Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendCastillo Labastida
7440574404ChileLightly candied cherry and raspberry aromas are fresh. This has a ripe, edgy mouthfeel with modest tannins. Cassis, raspberry and blackberry flavors finish soft and friendly, with enough grip to make this serious.Reserva8710Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonChilensis
7440674405SpainCigar spice, baking spice and butterscotch aromas hint at richness but never quite get there. This is mild and smooth on the palate, with caramel, white pepper and bitter chocolate flavors. It's static on the finish.Premium Medium Blend of Oloroso8716AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachDelgado Zuleta NV Premium Medium Blend of Oloroso Sherry (Jerez)SherryDelgado Zuleta
7440774406USThis smells like butterscotch and ripe pear, tastes floral like honeysuckle and has an almost sweet feeling on the tongue. It's smooth, medium-bodied, soft in texture and easy to swallow, while delivering lots of clean, fresh fruit flavor.8724CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHelwig 2013 Viognier (California)ViognierHelwig
7440874407ChileRaspberry, plum and spice aromas are simple but solid and approachable. In the mouth, this blend is grabby and tannic, but boosted by good acidity. Flavors of raw oak and related resin are spicy and blanket standard black-fruit flavors, while pinching tannins and residual oak are prominent on the finish.Duette Premium8718Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachIndomita 2013 Duette Premium Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère (Maipo Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-CarmenèreIndomita
7440974408FranceVery perfumed, this lightly sweet and poised wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng. It has cool acidity as well as wonderfully fragrant fruitiness. The texture gives the wine the potential to age, so drink now and until 2017.Villa Chambre d'Amour8713France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2013 Villa Chambre d'Amour White (Vin de France)White BlendLionel Osmin & Cie
7441074409ItalyAromas recall white spring flower, citrus and a hint of herb. The fresh palate offers nectarine and lemon zest alongside brisk acidity that leaves a clean finish.Vertigo Bianco8725Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLivio Felluga 2013 Vertigo Bianco White (Delle Venezie)White BlendLivio Felluga
7441174410USJuicy red berry, currant and cola aromas jump out of the glass along with sweet tobacco and leather. The flavors in this blend of 51% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 1% Cinsault aren't as boisterous, with rose petal soda, root beer and iced coffee, proving light but with a leathery grip.M58728CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMargerum 2013 M5 Red (Santa Barbara County)Rhône-style Red BlendMargerum
7441274411ItalyThis crisp white opens with a delicate floral fragrance of white spring flower and touch of stone fruit. The refreshing palate offers crunchy yellow apple and tangy lemon zest balanced by bright acidity. It finishes clean and fresh.8722Northeastern ItalyIsonzo del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasut da Rive 2013 Chardonnay (Isonzo del Friuli)ChardonnayMasut da Rive
7441374412GermanyWisps of smoke, toast and dusty mineral accent fresh lemon and apple flavors in this dry, medium-bodied Weissburgunder (more commonly known as Pinot Blanc). Overall, it's fresh and zesty, but a touch of hazelnut richness on the midpalate lends weight and texture.8740MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaMaximin Grünhäuser 2012 Weissburgunder (Mosel)WeissburgunderMaximin Grünhäuser
7441474413USChocolate and raspberry join forces in this jammy, soft and round wine that's sizable yet approachable. This is a good go-to for midweek meals and parties, with a medium body and respectable finish that will pair with a wide range of foods.8719CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneNapa Cellars 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotNapa Cellars
7441574414FranceThis wine is still tight and closed. Hints of the lemon and fresh pear fruits are sustained by a crisp, mineral texture. This is a wine to age for a few months, so drink from 2016.Domaine de la Grenaudière Sur Lie8713Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerOllivier Frères 2013 Domaine de la Grenaudière Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonOllivier Frères
7441674415ItalyAromas of white rose and jasmine lead the nose. The palate isn't bone-dry, delivering ripe apricot, exotic fruit, juicy citrus zest and a honey note.Terre Magre8716Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiera Martellozzo 2013 Terre Magre Traminer (Friuli Grave)TraminerPiera Martellozzo
7441774416PortugalThe combination of Chardonnay and Arinto seems to work so well. It gives a rich wine that has just the right edge of fresh acidity and crisp apple flavors. A creaminess rounds this wine out, leaving a fresh, rich aftertaste.Margaride's8713TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Monteiro 2013 Margaride's White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Monteiro
7441874417USWhat differentiates this from the winery's other Grüner is hard to say. Both are round and spicy, with moderate acidity and a suggestion of residual sugar. This has a touch more alcohol, and a bit of heat in the finish.Winemaker's Reserve8729OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Reustle 2013 Winemaker's Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Umpqua Valley)Grüner VeltlinerReustle
7441974418USRestrained yet ripe peach and nectarine aromas show themselves slowly in a very demure manner on this wine. The palate is more about sensation than flavors, with bitter-sour elements and a bit of grit more prominent than the nectarine flesh and green apple flavors.Estate87CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRideau 2013 Estate Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)ViognierRideau
7442074419BrazilDry, earthy aromas of baked berry fruits and mushroom set up a tannic, pulpy, full-bodied palate with good balance. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tannat boasts earthy plum, pepper and licorice flavors along with a light, herbal finish. Drink now.Talento8721BrazilMichael Schachner@wineschachSalton 2009 Talento Red (Brazil)Red BlendSalton
7442174420USRipe blackberries, violet flowers, tobacco, mocha, smoke and asphalt swirl into an intriguing nose. Dense flavors of black cherries and kirsch are evened out by licorice, black tea and a pine-sap element that carries through the finish.8720CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSanta Barbara Winery 2012 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahSanta Barbara Winery
7442274421ItalyMade in a crisp, zesty style, this vibrant white delivers tart green apple, Bartlett pear and lemon zest. Bright acidity gives it a clean finish.8723Northeastern ItalyFriuli IsonzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Luisa 2013 Pinot Grigio (Friuli Isonzo)Pinot GrigioTenuta Luisa
7442374422USRipe and generous in aroma and flavor, this full-bodied wine tastes like fresh peaches, pears and apples subtly accented by vanilla and nutmeg. The texture is very smooth, almost soft, with a hint of citrus to brighten the finish.8715CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThe Crusher 2013 Viognier (California)ViognierThe Crusher
7442474423USGiant waves of blackberry and burly oak provide a density and richness on the palate, accented by barrel vanilla, mocha and cigar. Not for the faint of heart, it should be enjoyed with big food and bigger friends.Burning Man Old Vine8735CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTruett Hurst 2012 Burning Man Old Vine Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahTruett Hurst
7442574424PortugalStructured with typical tight Douro tannins, this wine is still very young. Red fruits are backed by tough tannins and a juicy aftertaste. Fresh and fruity. the wine has enough tannin to age. Drink from 2016.Azul Portugal8712DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Azul Portugal Red (Douro)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
7442674425USA spritzy, frizzante style, off dry but with supporting acids, this offers juicy flavors of orange and tangerine, with a hint of rind. Note the low alcohol, which makes this a great choice for mimosas.8714OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Foris 2013 Moscato (Rogue Valley)MoscatoForis
7442774426USClove and peppercorn give this an herbal edge around juicy cranberry and cassis. All five of the classic Bordeaux red varieties are represented here, with Cabernet Sauvignon the majority. The finish is tannic and oaky, but mellows over time.Artistry8740CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGirard 2011 Artistry Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendGirard
7442874427ItalyMade with 85% Grechetto and 15% Trebbiano Spoletino, Caprai's fresh Anima Umbra (“the soul of Umbria”) would taste great with bruschetta with chopped tomato and basil. The wine is fresh and simple with citrus and pear overtones.Anima Umbra8614Central ItalyUmbriaArnaldo Caprai 2009 Anima Umbra Grechetto (Umbria)GrechettoArnaldo Caprai
7442974428ItalyThis fresh Gavi comes at an attractively low price and offers characteristic tones of crushed mineral, citrus and stone fruit. This easygoing wine can be consumed alone or with light finger foods.8613PiedmontGaviBersano 2010 GaviCorteseBersano
7443074429ArgentinaStandard apple, lychee and melony aromas lead to a measured, wet and lively palate full of apple cider, citrus and lychee flavors. Modest on the finish, with good acidity and round flavors of apple and melon. Recommended as a basic quaffer.Alta869OtherTulum ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCallia 2011 Alta Torrontés (Tulum Valley)TorrontésCallia

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