Wine Reviews

7474374742ItalyNew leather, underbrush, menthol, dark spice and chopped dill aromas lead the way in this structured red. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry jam and licorice flavors alongside taut, fine-grained tannins and firm acidity. It's youthfully austere and needs a few years to unwind. Drink 2022–2029.Vallegrande9045PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' del Baio 2014 Vallegrande (Barbaresco)NebbioloCa' del Baio
7473174730USLight in texture and color, this is a floral wine, elegant and restrained. Cherry, pomegranate and rose petals dance on the palate, staying focused in acidity and a razor-thin margin of texture.Suacci Vineyard9044CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneVon Holt 2013 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirVon Holt
7474474743ItalyFragrant purple flower, red berry, exotic spice, crushed herb and new leather scents set the tone in this wine. The firm palate shows cranberry, star anise and clove flavors framed by fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019–2028.Ovello9045PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina del Pino 2013 Ovello (Barbaresco)NebbioloCantina del Pino
7473274731USScott Sisemore's small Belmont-based label pushes the lower-alcohol movement into the realm of Syrah, in this case producing a wine whose aromas are more like one of the appellation's Cabs, with juniper, pine, oregano, green and black olives and dried plums. Elderberries and those same herbal characters show on the palate, which some will love and others will find unfamiliar.Lester Family Vineyard9032CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWaxwing 2013 Lester Family Vineyard Syrah (Santa Cruz Mountains)SyrahWaxwing
7474574744SpainEarly aromas of latex and animal hide yield to earthy berry scents. A lively palate is full of energy, while blackberry, baked plum and chocolate flavors are more dense and generous than streamlined. Flavors of fudge, fig and berry fruits are bold on the finish. Drink through 2021.El Molar9019LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Castillo 2015 El Molar Garnacha (Jumilla)GarnachaCasa Castillo
7473374732USComplex and inviting, this artfully blends tart berry fruit with streaks of clove, pepper, sandalwood and hibiscus tea. Balanced and lingering, it shows the sexy, seductive side of the grape.Estate9028OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Troon 2013 Estate Zinfandel (Applegate Valley)ZinfandelTroon
7474674745SpainWhile this high-elevation (4,035 feet) white Garnacha is mostly neutral smelling, it offers stony notes that are direct, minerally and clean. On the palate, it is tightly wound and showing vital malic acid. Salty but fresh persimmon and quince flavors are lasting on the finish. For a 2014, this is in fine shape; drink now.El Tamboril Navatalgordo9075Northern SpainVino de la Tierra de Castilla y LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachComando-G 2014 El Tamboril Navatalgordo White (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)White BlendComando-G
7473474733FranceThe Gosset style of dry Champagnes is well expressed in their nonvintage cuvée. It is crisp with a steely acidity that is balanced by apple and tight citrus fruit flavors. The wine is fresh while also showing a touch of bottle aging.Grande Réserve Brut9058ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerGosset NV Grande Réserve Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendGosset
7474774746FranceThis ripe and fruity wine has just the right amount of mineral texture to give it a zesty character. It offers hints of toast, attractive juicy acidity and a lively, bright aftertaste. The wine needs to lose the slight earthy flavor from bottling that should soon blow away.Les Charmes Dessus Premier Cru90108BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Antonin Guyon 2015 Les Charmes Dessus Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayDomaine Antonin Guyon
7473574734USA 100% varietal wine from a light-handed producer, this captures a sense of muted, yet juicy red cherry around structured tannins, making for an elegant experience. Integrated oak ensures a layered, medium-bodied wine, with a leathery, coffee-like finish. Cellar through 2020.9030CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLongboard 2012 Syrah (Russian River Valley)SyrahLongboard
7474874747USThere is a pronounced floral perfume that lingers from nose to finish in this fresh, fruity Chardonnay sparkling wine. Made in the traditional-method style, it's zippy and spry boasting cutting lemon and green apple flavors tinged with caramelized sugar. Tiny, piercing bubbles expand to a dense, mouthfilling foam but dissipate elegantly on the finish.Blanc de Blancs9030New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Blanc de Blancs (Finger Lakes)Champagne BlendDr. Konstantin Frank
7473674735ItalyAromas of wisteria, young Bartlett pear and citrus lead the nose on this quenching sparkler. The racy, elegant palate offers grapefruit, green apple and lime alongside tangy acidity and an energized perlage. An almond note closes the finish.Profili Brut9025VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchiori NV Profili Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraMarchiori
7474974748USWith a strong foundation of oak, this well-made wine broods in grippy tannin and black cherry fruit, imparting muscular highlights of leather and tobacco. As it finds its way to a seamless lengthy finish, accents of chocolate-covered espresso beans play on.9060CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFlambeaux 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFlambeaux
7473774736SpainFloral aromas of peach and orange blossom are offset by an oily note of citrus extract. This feels good, albeit soft, with mild acidity and chunky weight. Flavors of honey, exotic spices, burnt banana and candied mango lose steam on a friendly, soft finish. Drink through 2018.Emendis Dolç9022CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachMasia Puigmoltó NV Emendis Dolç Muscat (Penedès)MuscatMasia Puigmoltó
7475074749FranceThis wine comes from the most northerly of the Beaujolais cru villages as it merges gently in Burgundy's Mâcon region. The wine is structured and firm, but with bright red-cherry fruit and acidity. It will age and be best from 2018.9040BeaujolaisSaint-AmourRoger Voss@vossrogerFlorent Descombe 2015 Saint-AmourGamayFlorent Descombe
7473874737USMade with organic grapes, this four-square Cabernet Franc offers lush, juicy black cherry and cassis flavors off set by savory tones of bramble, spice and herb. Deeply concentrated yet approachable and spry, it finishes with fine, feathery tannins that linger luxuriously.Bordo Antico Rex Farr Vineyards9022New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Nappa 2016 Bordo Antico Rex Farr Vineyards Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet FrancAnthony Nappa
7475174750FranceFull and rich, this single-estate wine is generous and ripe. Spice and yellow-fruit flavors are right up front, giving the wine generosity. Good balancing acidity offers the lift the wine needs. Drink now.Domaine Beranger9038BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Domaine Beranger (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
7475274751USThis approachable sparkler is doughy and nicely balanced: a soft easygoing exploration of citrus, green apple and vanilla wafer that finishes dry.Blanc de Blancs9022CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer NV Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Carneros)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
7473974738USBlossomy and pert, this is an elegant rosé sparkling offering fresh, juicy cherry and raspberry flavors. Bristling acidity and tiny, persistent pétillance invigorate the palate. Made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vinified by indigenous yeast.Sparkling Rosé9045New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2016 Sparkling Rosé Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)Sparkling BlendBedell
7475374752ItalyThis refreshing, racy, frothy and focused red delivers raspberry, strawberry, orange zest, white pepper and dried black-cherry aromas and flavors. Made from 100% Lambrusco Salamino, it's vibrant, with a crisp, dry finish.Concerto9023Central ItalyKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMedici Ermete 2016 Concerto Lambrusco SalaminoLambrusco SalaminoMedici Ermete
7475474753USPresented with subtlety on the nose, this bottling by the iconic Santa Cruz Mountains winery delivers scents of toasted pine nuts and almonds, tangerine rind and lemon balm. There is racy acidity on the sip, where lemon peel, crisp pear and buttered apple flavors make for a very thorough Chardonnay.9023CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMount Eden Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayMount Eden Vineyards
7475574754USThis is an excellent rosé with some red-wine character showing through the pale-salmon color and fresh fruitiness. It has slightly meaty, spicy and cherry-like flavors, a good balance between medium body and firm acidity, and a nice tangy finish.9020CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNavarro 2016 Rosé (Mendocino)RoséNavarro
7474074739USFloral and fragrant, this lovely lighthearted sparkling wine is sublime and lemony in texture, with a bushy frothy mousse. Green apple shines brightest, with additional accents of strawberry and peach that punctuate the palate.Blanc de Noirs Brut9038CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBelden Barns NV Blanc de Noirs Brut Sparkling (Sonoma Mountain)Sparkling BlendBelden Barns
7475674755ItalyBalsamic aromas of menthol, saddle leather, crushed herb and exotic spice mingle together in this Barbaresco. The solid palate shows crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, cinnamon and espresso flavors alongside firm, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity.Gallina9048PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNegro Giuseppe 2014 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloNegro Giuseppe
7474174740SpainCheesy oak and raw cherry and plum aromas create a nose that needs time in the glass to show its best. This Rioja feels fresh and tight, with pulling tannins. Zesty plum and cherry flavors carry a peppery side note prior to a snappy finish with similar flavors.Cosme Palacio 18949060Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Palacio 2014 Cosme Palacio 1894 (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Palacio
7475774756USEspresso, dark chocolate, herb and purple fruit aromas lead to a soft, smooth palate in this wine. Fruit and barrel notes play equal parts, yet it comes up short on the finish.9023WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNovelty Hill 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotNovelty Hill
7474274741USRich, thick and swimming in youthful tannin, this is a powerful statement from the producer's estate, a broad-shouldered explosion of fruity and savory flavors. Spicy tea, pomegranate and black cherry mingle around a tartness of grapefruit and blood orange, coalescing into a balanced whole.Pommard Estate9050CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBouchaine 2015 Pommard Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirBouchaine
7475874757USBrooding smoke, purple fruit and violet aromas are followed by sumptuous fruit and barrel flavors in this Syrah. Barrel notes linger on the finish, feeling a bit raw but not detracting from the overall enjoyment.Stillwater Creek Vineyard9028WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNovelty Hill 2014 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNovelty Hill
7475974758USThis leads with vibrant and fresh aromas, recalling cut grass, herbs, lime zest and citrus, with whiffs of tropical fruit. The palate brings tart, zingy, mouthwatering citrus flavors, with a lightly creamy feel on the finish.Stillwater Creek Vineyard9020WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNovelty Hill 2015 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancNovelty Hill
7476074759ItalyThis opens with subtle aromas suggesting underbrush, exotic spice, vanilla, menthol and toast. On the structured palate, bright acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins support ripe Marasca cherry, clove and star anise flavors. Drink 2021–2031.Gallina9075PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiero Busso 2013 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloPiero Busso

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