Wine Reviews

7524175240USA blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre, this is a full-bodied, smoothly fruity wine for drinking now. It has rich blackberry and cherry flavors, with a hit of sweet, smoky oak.Rockin' One8842CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastCass 2010 Rockin' One Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendCass
7524275241PortugalA bright and fruity wine, with tannins restrained by red-berry fruits and acidity. It's a great food wine, cutting through rich, fatty foods with its texture and dry core. Drink now or enjoy over the next 4–5 years.Alma Grande Reserva88DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2010 Alma Grande Reserva Touriga Nacional (Douro)Touriga NacionalCaves Velhas
7524375242ItalySatisfying freshness makes this northern Italian Pinot Grigio perfect for salad lunches or smoked salmon. There's a bright personality here with vibrant tones of citrus, green grass and Granny Smith apple.8820Northeastern ItalyCollioConti Formentini 2011 Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioConti Formentini
7524475243FranceA bright, fruity style that shows red berry fruits along with attractive perfumed tannins. This is already an approachable wine, just structured enough to give the juicy fruit a backbone.Les Chiens-Chiens8819Loire ValleyChinonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Noblaie 2010 Les Chiens-Chiens (Chinon)Cabernet FrancDomaine de la Noblaie
7524575244ItalyThis is a gorgeous Sauvignon from northern Italy that demonstrates true varietal characteristics of exotic fruit, citrus and tomato leaf. The mouthfeel is sharply etched and crisp with a very tonic and steely feel.8818Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeErste Neue 2011 Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonErste Neue
7524675245SpainBold berry and earth aromas are the lead in to this well-structured, honest Ribera red. It's a bit tannic and rough now, but solidly built, with black fruit, minty spice and peppery flavors. The finish is dry, fairly oaky and long enough to show modest complexity. Drink now–2015.8822Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca La Mata 2010 Ribera del DueroTinto del PaisFinca La Mata
7524775246FranceCurrant fruits, a tight, mineral character and crisp citrus are combined with a richer potential that will round this wine out over the next year. It has weight, a steely edge and youthful structure.Les Belles Vignes8828Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2011 Les Belles Vignes (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
7524875247USThis is a fruit forward, silky Pinot Noir for drinking now. It has rich, appealing flavors of raspberries, red cherries and cola, while oak barrel aging brings notes of vanilla and wood spice.8827CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaGloria Ferrer 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirGloria Ferrer
7524975248USHere's an elegant Pinot for drinking now. It's light and silky and dry in the mouth, with spicy flavors of cherry pie, rum punch and cola.8825CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaHook & Ladder 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirHook & Ladder
7525075249ItalyThis is a unique wine indeed. The style here is heavy, thick and shows the limits Pinot Grigio can achieve in terms of extraction and richness. The wine's appearance shows a copperish hue and the texture is thickly laced with carmel, candied fruit and apricot.Vis Terrae8817Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveAntonutti 2010 Vis Terrae Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave)Pinot GrigioAntonutti
7525175250USThe tannins give this wine a lockdown feeling, making it hard and astringent. But the fruit is strong and jammy, suggesting raspberries, cherries and blackberries. Made from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it's forward and one-dimensional now, but delicious, and unlikely to improve with age.Voyage Vacation8840CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastBon Niche 2010 Voyage Vacation Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendBon Niche
7525275251AustriaRipe, rounded and grassy varietal flavors set this apart from more slender offerings of the new world. This is Sauvignon Blanc from a continental climate, with substance and roundness that puts flesh on the bones of this sleek variety. This is ideal for pairing with soft, washed-rind cheeses.Berghausener88SüdsteiermarkAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoManfred Tement 2012 Berghausener Sauvignon Blanc (Südsteiermark)Sauvignon BlancManfred Tement
7525375252FranceThis is a lively, ripe, fruity wine that has both richness and freshness in equal measure. The wine is warm, but with delicate fruitiness from crisp red fruit. Drink this wine soon.8818ProvenceLes Baux de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerMas de Gourgonnier 2012 Rosé (Les Baux de Provence)RoséMas de Gourgonnier
7525475253ItalyThis opens with floral aromas that recall white spring flowers while the palate offers peach, apple and citrus notes, along with hints of mineral and sea salt. It's bright and crisp on the close.8814Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontecappone 2012 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoVerdicchioMontecappone
7525575254ChileEarthy, baked aromas of ripe berry, raisin and leather come with a tobacco note. This is nice given the cold weather that drove the 2011 vintage. Round tannins and overall balance provide bedding for spicy flavors of blackberry, herbal notes, licorice and oak.Alpha Marchigue Vineyard8825Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2011 Alpha Marchigue Vineyard Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreMontes
7525675255ItalyPlum, prune, black cherry and toasted oak sensations take center stage in this wine made from 100% Montelpulciano. The rich, dense cherry and crushed blackberry flavors are accented by mint, white pepper and a hint of espresso. Give this a few more years to tame the bracing, but fine tannins. Drink 2015–2019. Worldwide Cellars, A.I. Selections.Riserva Dorico8850Central ItalyConeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoroder 2009 Riserva Dorico (Conero)MontepulcianoMoroder
7525775256AustriaThis pours such a pleasing, vibrant pink color, with a fruity nose of fresh strawberries. It's like eating strawberries dressed in lemon juice: refreshing, deceptively easy and simple. If you are looking for refreshment and charm, this is your wine.Rosé8813NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPratsch 2012 Rosé Zweigelt (Niederösterreich)ZweigeltPratsch
7525875257AustriaCrushed blackberry and smoky blueberry show a vibrant presence. This is luscious and velvety, without ever losing its continental-climate freshness and poise. Really refreshing and uncomplicated, but definitely not simple, this provides exciting fruit and is easy to drink on its own.8823BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPreisinger 2012 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischPreisinger
7525975258ItalyHere's a charming wine that opens with delicate floral aromas of white flowers and stone fruits. The palate offers banana, pineapple and creamy white-peach flavors alongside freshening acidity. It finishes on a bitter almond note.8814Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di JesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanta Barbara 2012 Verdicchio dei Castelli di JesiVerdicchioSanta Barbara
7526075259USThis wine expresses the mouthwatering acidity of both of its grape varieties, with Viognier's exotic tropical fruit and honeysuckle flavors, alongside Albariño's refreshing minerals and lemon flavors.Lazy J Viognier-Albariño8828CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastSilver Horse 2012 Lazy J Viognier-Albariño White (Paso Robles)White BlendSilver Horse
7526175260AustriaThis blend of St. Laurent, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offers glossy, polished plum fruit that is still closed now, but promises to come to the fore after some cellaring. Great concentration on the midpalate, fresh acidity and finely-woven tannins also bode well for the future of this wine. There is a mineral, gravelly, spicy background that promises more interest and aromatic layers. Ready from 2016.Escorial88ThermenregionAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Klosterneuburg 2011 Escorial Red (Thermenregion)Red BlendStift Klosterneuburg
7526275261USNo specific blend is listed on this delicious wine—in the past it's been Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sémillon. Luscious, ripe fruit flavors of grapefruit, melon and loads of fresh pear combine to show a wonderfully fresh and tasty white wine. The acids lift up the brightness, and this round and fruity style is a can't miss proposition.Hot To Trot8810WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine 14 Hands 2012 Hot To Trot White (Washington)White Blend14 Hands
7526375262USCabernet specialist Alpha Omega is increasingly showing a knack with Sauvignon Blanc. This vintage shows crisp acidity and a dry palate with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, grass, honey and oak.8838CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaAlpha Omega 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancAlpha Omega
7526475263USAlta Maria's appellation bottling is a bit leaner than the winery's single-vineyard bottlings, but quite elegant, with flint, pink grapefruit, mango and spearmint flavors, enhanced by a touch of oak.8828CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastAlta Maria 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayAlta Maria
7526575264AustriaFresh, friendly, straightforward red cherry fruit on the nose and palate, extend with pleasing concentration and a supple, balanced body. Peppery spice lurks in the background against a tightly-knit, but soft tannic structure providing additional interest and making this a versatile, fruitful and refreshing wine.Alte Reben8818Wagram-DonaulandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAnton Bauer 2011 Alte Reben Zweigelt (Wagram-Donauland)ZweigeltAnton Bauer
7526675265USThis wine, which hails from the Napa side of the sprawling Carneros appellation, is somewhat heavy and full-bodied for a Pinot Noir. Yet it's dry in style and the tannins are light and silky. It might improve with a year or two in the bottle.Reserve8840CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaArtesa 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirArtesa
7526775266USThere's lots of upfront blackberry, currant and cherry fruit in this Syrah, along with savory, meaty notes of sweet bacon and charred meat. With complex tannins but fairly soft acidity, it's an ambitious, delicious wine.Mayhem8856CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAscension Cellars 2010 Mayhem Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahAscension Cellars
7526875267FranceThere is an attractive spiciness here, yielding a wine that is warm and rich. It has flavors of tropical fruits, lychees and rosewater. It's full bodied, concentrated and dense in texture, but maintains a freshness through the finish. Drink now.Exception8825AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg 2011 Exception Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg
7526975268ItalyThis opens with variety's signature floral fragrance of acacia and jasmine, accented by tropical fruit. The flavors of creamy lemon, pear, tangerine and lime are accented with hints of dried Mediterranean herbs. This is linear and focused.Villa Piatti8822Central ItalyOffida PecorinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollevite 2012 Villa Piatti (Offida Pecorino)PecorinoCollevite
7527075269South AfricaHerbal scents of briary berry and forest floor mingle with notes of mulled boysenberry, raspberry, sweet smoke and cured meat. The finish is dry and gripping, with a peppery note that stays through the close.Pumphouse8823Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBacksberg 2008 Pumphouse Shiraz (Coastal Region)ShirazBacksberg

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