Wine Reviews

7491174910USSour cherry aromas mix with freshly turned black dirt and button mushrooms on this bottling from a winery that's been in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 80 years. The mouthfeel is soft, with flavors of blackberry emerging first followed by pomegranate, roast pork and black pepper. Serve with beef in mushroom sauce.Reserve9040CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBargetto 2011 Reserve Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains)MerlotBargetto
7491274911USTart red cherries and cassis are flecked with ceder and Graham-cracker crumbs on this lush, velvety red blend. It's opulent on the palate with warm tones of cassis liqueur marked by cocoa and spice, but balanced with pert acidity. It's a regal wine that should continue to show well till at least 2018.Musée9090New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2010 Musée Red (North Fork of Long Island)Red BlendBedell
7491374912ItalyIf you're a Brunello fan, you'll love this quintessential Rosso for early drinking pleasure. It opens with a fragrance of violets, perfumed berries and baking spices that segue into dark cherry flavors accented with cinnamon, mocha and licorice. It's robust with big, enveloping tannins, and ready to enjoy now.9022TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCapanna 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCapanna
7491474913USRipe red-cherry and blossom aromas are accented with char and toast on this aromatic, spirited Cabernet Franc. The palate is brisk, with fresh black-cherry and plum flavors wrapped in fine-grained tannins and a savory herbal edge.Ridge Road Estate9025New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaBenmarl 2012 Ridge Road Estate Cabernet Franc (Hudson River Region)Cabernet FrancBenmarl
7491574914USPure Cabernet sourced principally from the Cold Creek Vineyard, this instantly accessible reserve plays out broadly across the palate, with black cherry, caramel and creamy coffee flavors in abundance. Hints of graphite and chalk carry through the tannins and into the well-defined, balanced finish.Ethos Reserve9048WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonChateau Ste. Michelle
7491674915USClean and fresh, this juicy wine carries a bit of fruit sweetness, but the flavors are tilted toward minerality rather than fruitiness. It's wonderfully refreshing, with a mix of citrus rind, melon and white peach working into an extended, palate-cleansing finish.9010WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingChateau Ste. Michelle
7491774916AustriaCitrus-edged sweetness is far more apparent on the palate than the nose, but here it delivers wonderful hints of lemon oil and candied zest, cut through by lively acidity against hints of tropical mango. A wonderfully toned BA, this will pair well with both cheese and dessert.Terrrassen Beerenauslese9030WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomäne Wachau 2013 Terrrassen Beerenauslese White (Wachau)White BlendDomäne Wachau
7491874917USDry Gewürztraminer like this makes a great pairing with appetizers and seafood, and especially with white meats and grilled sausages. Here is a classic example, with rose petal aromas, piney-appley flavors, a rich texture and lingering, aromatic finish.Estate Bottled9014CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHusch 2013 Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer (Anderson Valley)GewürztraminerHusch
7491974918ItalySoft and forward, this opens with aromas of ripe plum, violet, leather, tilled earth and baking spices. The warm palate delivers fleshy black cherry accented with anisette and white pepper alongside round tannins. This is delicious but already evolved, so enjoy soon.9030TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Sodi 2011 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendI Sodi
7492074919ItalyBlue flower, moist soil, black berries and leather lead the nose on this vibrant blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The savory palate doles out black cherry, red currants, white pepper, clove and a hint of mocha alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity.Blu Label9019TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLamole di Lamole 2010 Blu Label (Chianti Classico)Red BlendLamole di Lamole
7492174920FranceThis wine is so well balanced. It has all the right fruitiness that's filled out by a rich texture, apricot acidity and some spice. Wait a few months to really enjoy this ripe and full-bodied wine.9016BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLucien Lardy 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesChardonnayLucien Lardy
7492274921FranceThis ripe and rounded wine features soft tannins and generous fruitiness. Cherries dominate along with juicy plums, all cut by acidity. An edge of tannins give weight and a concentrated feel. Drink now, but even better wait until 2015.Vignes de 19519017BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLucien Lardy 2013 Vignes de 1951 (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayLucien Lardy
7492374922ChileTarry, gritty, earthy aromas of tomato, herbs and cherry feed into a juicy, hard-driving, acidic palate. Flavors of boysenberry and tart currant finish peppery, with a hint of cocoa as well as modest heat and scour. This is racy and shows coastal brightness. Drink through 2017.Marea9025Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Felipe Edwards 2012 Marea Syrah (Leyda Valley)SyrahLuis Felipe Edwards
7492474923ItalyBlue flower, ripe cherry, leather and cake spice aromas carry over to the palate along with velvety tannins. Reflecting the heat of the vintage, it's forward and evolved with soft acidity. Drink through 2019.Pajè Riserva9065PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeProduttori del Barbaresco 2009 Pajè Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloProduttori del Barbaresco
7492574924USThe nose on this red is exotic—allspice, fruitcake, pepper—and on the palate, flavors of cherry and raspberry are likeable, if a little thin. Medium- bodied tannins and a bright finish give the wine extra points. Pair with a red sauce pasta dish or meat for added enjoyment.Limited Release8518New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLucas Vineyards 2006 Limited Release Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancLucas Vineyards
7492674925USHere's a full-bodied, lusty Zin. With a rustically tannic structure and ripe, almost overripe flavors of blackberry and cherry jam and black pepper, it's a natural for a peppery flank steak.Mountain Selection8520CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsScott Harvey 2005 Mountain Selection Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelScott Harvey
7492774926ItalyHere is a light and easy Grigio with simple aromas of passion fruit and citrus that add bright freshness to the mouth. It is lean and watery in consistency, making for a good match to easy snacks or picnic foods.Prestige8518Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveSan Simone 2007 Prestige Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave)Pinot GrigioSan Simone
7492874927ChileIf you don't mind a touch of herbal pickle and rhubarb on both the bouquet and palate, then this inexpensive Carmenère will do the job. It offers modest red plum and herbal flavors with a bit of tartness and spice. Has good texture and overall balance.120859Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2005 120 Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreSanta Rita
7492974928ItalyThis is a light, crisp Sauvignon with pretty mineral tones that are framed by exotic fruit and lime. The wine is lean in consistency but has just the right level of acidity to keep the palate fresh.8515Northeastern ItalyFriuli AquileiaTenuta Cà Bolani 2007 Sauvignon (Friuli Aquileia)SauvignonTenuta Cà Bolani
7493074929ItalyThere are pretty grassy or floral aromatics that come on the heels of passion fruit and exotic fruit. The wine has fresh fruit flavors and an attractive creaminess on the palate.Vigneto Vigne dai Vieris8510Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaDi Lenardo 2007 Vigneto Vigne dai Vieris Pinot Grigio (Venezia Giulia)Pinot GrigioDi Lenardo
7493174930USWith a richly sweet, honeyed finish, this partially barrel-fermented wine has ripe flavors of citrus fruits, figs and smoky vanilla. The acidity is high, which gives it a clean, bright mouthfeel.Paragon8512CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastEdna Valley Vineyard 2006 Paragon Sauvignon Blanc (Edna Valley)Sauvignon BlancEdna Valley Vineyard
7493274931USThis is a soft, ripe wine that has a certain charm in the forwardness of the flavors of cherries, black raspberries, milk chocolate, spicy anise and smoky oak. Fully dry and modest in alcohol, it will be fine with hard cheese or a broiled steak.Silvaspoons Vineyard8520CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyFenestra 2005 Silvaspoons Vineyard Malbec (Lodi)MalbecFenestra
7493374932ItalyThere's less fruit here in terms of aromas. Instead, this luminous Sauvignon delivers white stone, chopped herbs, basil and natural rubber. It has a zippy, clean mouthfeel and closes with bright acidity.8524Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliGirolamo Dorigo 2007 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonGirolamo Dorigo
7493474933USA little on the sweet, sugary side, this Sangiovese is soft and easy. It shows the acidity and cherry flavors that mark the grape variety.8521CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsBodega del Sur 2006 Sangiovese (Amador County)SangioveseBodega del Sur
7493574934PortugalA new branded wine from one of the Alentejo's star producers, this red is ripe, fresh, full of red berry fruits, and a good ripe earthiness from fruit tannins. No sign of wood here, just ripe, rich fruit.Loios85AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2007 Loios Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedJ. Portugal Ramos
7493674935FranceA blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan, this offering is very citrusy upfront, filled with grapefruit aromas. It's light to medium in weight, with flavors reminiscent of tangerines and hints of strawberries and something vaguely vegetal on the finish.8518ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJules 2007 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséJules
7493774936ItalyThe aromas are subdued and lack in intensity but they do embrace floral and fruity notes of citrus, peach and green melon. The wine is simple and compact in the mouth with bright lemon zest on the close.859Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiMezzacorona 2007 Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Pinot GrigioMezzacorona
7493874937ItalyThis Sauvignon from northern Italy offers fragrant aromas of mango, kiwi and tomato leaf with a distant accent of white pepper. It's an interesting aromatic ensemble that ultimately has more impact on the nose than it does in the mouth.8515Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliVilla Rubini 2007 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonVilla Rubini
7493974938ItalyThis is a basic, no-fuss Chardonnay with aromas of citrus and exotic fruit and a vibrant mouthfeel that is tangy and zesty throughout. There's a touch of spice on the close that helps keep the palate clean.8520Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliAlberice 2007 Chardonnay (Colli Orientali del Friuli)ChardonnayAlberice
7494074939ItalyThis is a thin and easy blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina and Dindarella with sweet aromas of blueberry, forest floor, bramble and grassy notes that make a good companion to informal meals at home. The wine is tart and slightly bitter with straightforward berry favors.Il Groto8518VenetoRosso del VeroneseAldegheri 2005 Il Groto Red (Rosso del Veronese)Red BlendAldegheri

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