Wine Reviews

74717470FranceA white chocolate accent adds a touch of weight to the white cherry and watermelon aromas in the nose of this wine. The palate offers surprising weight, but it's countered by ample acidity and a citrus zest flavor that livens-up the finish.8612Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLe Grand Noir 2016 Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséLe Grand Noir
74727471FranceSmooth and creamy, this is a simple, soft wine. Clean, full of yellow fruits with just enough acidity, it is rounded, finishing with orange-zest tang. Drink now.Château de Mirande86BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLoron et Fils 2016 Château de Mirande (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayLoron et Fils
74737472USThis 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignon shows cocoa, green herb and cherry notes, with a hint of volatility. It's medium bodied on the palate, with scratchy tannins.Les Collines Vineyard8636WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMaryhill
74747473USThis wine's smoke, seaweed, black pepper, orange peel and purple fruit aromas pop. The palate features easy-drinking fruit flavors, with gritty tannins to back them up.Winemaker's8616WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2015 Winemaker's Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendMaryhill
74757474USThe deep-copper color and complex fruit aromas of this wine seem well matched with a rather broad texture and medium-full body. The raspberry flavors have a meaty savory accent.Rosé of8613CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMuddy Boot 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirMuddy Boot
74767475USOaky and robust, this wine takes on a confectionery route to tropical flavor and high-octane concentration, offering a thickness of texture and body. Stainless-steel fermented, it unveils secondary flavors of lime and white peach on the finish.8617CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneNapa Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancNapa Cellars
74777476ItalyThis wine's nose suggests game, forest floor, truffle and leather. It's tight and raw, offering roasted coffee bean, powdered sage, licorice and unripe cherry notes set against a backdrop of raspy tannins and firm acidity.Santo Cristoforo8648PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePietro Rinaldi 2013 Santo Cristoforo (Barbaresco)NebbioloPietro Rinaldi
74787477ItalyThis opens with prune, menthol, nail varnish and plastic aromas. The palate is tired and evolved, showing dried black cherry and fig flavors, with a hint of orange peel and worn tannins. It finishes short.Basarin Riserva86PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePunset 2012 Basarin Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloPunset
74797478ItalyThis wine's subdued baking spice, clove and mature black-skinned fruit aromas follow through to the lively, simple palate. Round tannins provide easygoing support. Drink soon.S. Martino8612PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCascina Radice 2015 S. Martino (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaCascina Radice
74807479USLet's hope this isn't the future of California Pinotage, because the wine smells and tastes Porty, even though the alcohol isn't that high. There's a raisiny, stewed berry element that ends in a dry, harsh finish.Premium Select8332CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsFrench Hill 2005 Premium Select Pinotage (Sierra Foothills)PinotageFrench Hill
74817480USA difficult wine to like, as it lacks charm. There's something rustic in the orange marmalade and sugared herb tea flavors that accentuates the tannins and acids, making the finish harsh.8340CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGrgich Hills 2004 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotGrgich Hills
74827481USThis thin, light effort carries flavors of baby aspirin, or orange candy. It's one dimensional, bearing little varietal character.8315OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bridgeview 2006 Viognier (Southern Oregon)ViognierBridgeview
74837482USThis is a candy sweet, soft wine with flavors of pineapples, orange blossoms, apricots, peaches and caramel. Drink now.8320CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastCastoro Cellars 2006 Roussanne (Paso Robles)RoussanneCastoro Cellars
74847483USReally too ripely sweet and hot for comfort, even though the alcohol is only 14%. Tastes like oven-baked cherries and blackberries, with lots of caramel.8338CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVin Nostro 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVin Nostro
74857484AustraliaKalbarri's Cab boasts plenty of red-berry flavors and a soft, easygoing, maybe even slightly sweet, finish.Bin Select 513837Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKalbarri 2006 Bin Select 513 Cabernet Sauvignon (South Eastern Australia)Cabernet SauvignonKalbarri
74867485Spain“Light” is misleading, because this really isn't a light fino at all. In fact, it's rather heavy and clunky, with a salty undercurrent to its lemon and nut flavors. Tastes more cooked than ideal.Fino Light8315AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachHarveys NV Fino Light Sherry (Jerez)SherryHarveys
74877486ArgentinaRhubarb and tomato leaf are strongly present on the nose, followed by grassy flavors and a hollow, thin mouthfeel. Septima is Spanish-owned, and this 800-case bottling seems like a nod to the homeland. But it tastes anything but Spanish.8312Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSeptima 2006 Tempranillo (Mendoza)TempranilloSeptima
74887487USThere is not much going on here. As with most California Pinots in this price range, the Erath is a stripped-down, pale and insubstantial take on the grape. Pinots may be light and still profound, but this is simply light and watery.8319OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Erath 2006 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirErath
74897488USThis is an odd duck for Gewürz; lacking any of the floral character generally associated with that grape. It's lemony and slightly sweet, with good acid. It makes a pleasant, if generic white wine to accompany spicy noodles or light seafood.8310OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bridgeview 2006 Gewürztraminer (Southern Oregon)GewürztraminerBridgeview
74907489USEarthy, spicy aromas lead, rolling into smoky layers of typical Cab flavors. Berry, tobacco and touches of sweet oak give it okay complexity.Arena Valley Vineyard8316IdahoIdahoSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaSnake River 2003 Arena Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Idaho)Cabernet SauvignonSnake River
74917490USA good balance of berry, spice and fruit recommend this; it has balance and structure and a degree of complexity that will lend it to pairing with heartier dishes. An interesting and fun wine.V. Single Vineyard8320New MexicoNew MexicoSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaVivác Winery 2005 V. Single Vineyard Nebbiolo (New Mexico)NebbioloVivác Winery
74927491USThis smells of burnt match and soap, with flavors of very tart citrus and hints of pear and orange. There's plenty of acid but not much weight to the mid-palate.Blue Moon8312OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bridgeview 2006 Blue Moon Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisBridgeview
74937492USSharp and jammy, with blackberry and cherry flavors. It's a simple, direct wine that needs a big, juicy cheeseburger.8312CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCartlidge & Browne 2005 Merlot (California)MerlotCartlidge & Browne
74947493SpainHeavily stewed and raisiny, almost to the point of no return. And while the wine is definitely cooked and starchy, it rallies on the palate and finish to show some decent Priorat-style richness and flavor. But let's face it, the wine is 80% baked and won't last for much longer.Plan B8319CataloniaTerra AltaMichael Schachner@wineschachCeller La Bollidora 2005 Plan B Red (Terra Alta)Red BlendCeller La Bollidora
74957494USThe nose on this Merlot is earthy, with savory scents of mushroom, soft fruit and spice, but on the palate, the wine could use a bit more structure and presence. Overall though, it's balanced and friendly, and will pair well with myriad mild-flavored dishes.8317PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaChaddsford 2005 Merlot (Pennsylvania)MerlotChaddsford
74967495USAn awkward wine, high in acid, with grapefruit, green tea and dried thyme aromas and flavors. Okay in its own way, but doesn't seem quite ripe.8315CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastPacific Oasis 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Sauvignon BlancPacific Oasis
74977496USSharp and rustic, with medicinal, LifeSaver candy cherry flavors that finish with a scour of acidity.8328CaliforniaLake CountyShannon Ridge 2006 Grenache (Lake County)GrenacheShannon Ridge
74987497USNorman Conquest, get it? The wine itself is too soft, and lacks the tannin-acid structure needed for balance. Too bad, because the oak-infused cherry and blackberry flavors are fine.Conquest8320CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastNorman 2003 Conquest Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonNorman
74997498ArgentinaLightly tropical, with peach, citrus and pineapple aromas. The palate offers mostly sharp citrus flavors of lime and orange, and the finish holds onto that theme.836Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFunky Llama 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza)Sauvignon BlancFunky Llama
75007499ArgentinaAromas of sweet melon and honey suggest an innocuous quality that's confirmed on the palate, where basic apple and pear flavors come across a bit sweet. Finishes with some scour and a little harshness.Coleccion8312OtherCalchaquí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2006 Coleccion Chardonnay (Calchaquí Valley)ChardonnayMichel Torino

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