Wine Reviews

76517650ItalyThere's a touch of sulfur that takes a few seconds to blow off. Once it does, this wine offers yellow rose, exotic fruit, peach and almond skin.Aquilae8513Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaViticultori Associati Canicatti 2010 Aquilae Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloViticultori Associati Canicatti
76527651SpainMinerally on the bouquet, with apple and oceanic notes. Turns citric and acidic on the palate, with pineapple, orange and tangy flavors. Shows astringency on the finish, but at least it's juicy and driving.8525GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachZarate 2010 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoZarate
76537652FranceA wine with some warm black cherry fruit as well as structured acidity. It has a dry texture to go with the fruit, making it a ripe but food friendly wine.Automne Festif85BeaujolaisCôte de BrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Bel Air 2010 Automne Festif (Côte de Brouilly)GamayVignerons de Bel Air
76547653USSmooth, sweet and savory, this Cabernet has forward flavors of blackberries, black currants, cola and sweet oak. It's an easy wine to drink now.8530CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaWindsor Sonoma 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWindsor Sonoma
76557654USYou get plenty of rich, ripe cherry, red currant, cappuccino and peppery spice flavors in this briskly tannic, dry young Merlot. The mouthfeel is a little rugged, though. Drink up.Cavedale Vineyards Pépé8539CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaY Rousseau 2009 Cavedale Vineyards Pépé Merlot (Sonoma Valley)MerlotY Rousseau
76567655USA sweet-and-sour wine that mixes sour lemon candy with honey cough-drop elements. There is also an underlying streak of baby aspirin flavor, and the different aspects of the wine are not quite pulled together.8518WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Smasne Cellars 2010 Viognier (Columbia Valley (WA))ViognierSmasne Cellars
76577656ItalyThis is a fresh, tonic and light Grillo that would pair with endive salad and sliced oranges or red beets in vinaigrette. The wine offers citrus, green herb and fresh kiwi aromas.Sallier de la Tour85Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaTasca d'Almerita 2009 Sallier de la Tour Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloTasca d'Almerita
76587657USWhile savory on the nose, with hints of mealy apple and chalk dust, the palate of this vibrant, light-bodied Pinot Gris exposes a range of delicate wildflower and lime zest notes, punctuated by snappy acidity and a brisk, clean mouthfeel. Drink now.85New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisThirsty Owl Wine Company
76597658AustraliaYes, a certain amount of acidity is desirable in Australian Riesling, but this one is exceedingly lean and crisp. Perhaps it will blossom with age, but for now it is simply intensely citrusy and rather skinny. Pair it with oysters, or put it in a cool dark place and hope for the best.Grand Barossa8516South AustraliaBarossaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau Tanunda 2010 Grand Barossa Riesling (Barossa)RieslingChâteau Tanunda
76607659ChileLight on the nose, with a hint of apple and lime. Feels scouring, with sour-apple acidity and juicy but narrow flavors of white citrus and pineapple. Tangy but limited in flavor. Will work best as a palate-prepping or cleansing wash.Reserve8514Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCornellana 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Cachapoal Valley)Sauvignon BlancCornellana
76617660ItalyThe wine that first introduced Americans to Sicily, this classic Corvo blend offers a light, bright appearance followed by easy tones of red berry, bitter almond and cassis.8510Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCorvo 2008 Red (Sicilia)Red BlendCorvo
76627661ItalyCorvo Bianco is a tried and true white wine that helped introduce Sicilian wines to international markets. It's worth revisiting this wine if you are looking for something fresh to wash down seafood.Bianco8510Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCorvo 2010 Bianco White (Sicilia)White BlendCorvo
76637662ItalyMade from organically-farmed Nerello Mascalese, this simple wine does show true varietal characteristics of wild fruit, dark mineral and cola. The aromas are mild and the mouthfeel delivers medium intensity.8519Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaDi Giovanna 2009 Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia)Nerello MascaleseDi Giovanna
76647663FranceA rounded wine that is soft and fruity, the flavors edged with toast. There is an attractive citrus flavor that gives some crispness to what feels a fat wine. Drink now.Cuvée Fût de Chêne8525BurgundyMâcon-PierreclosRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Marc Jambon 2009 Cuvée Fût de Chêne (Mâcon-Pierreclos)ChardonnayDomaine Marc Jambon
76657664ItalyThis version of Calanìca (made from 60% Frappato and 40% Syrah) offers a low impact bouquet of earthy forest fruit and bramble. It's a light, lean wine with a touch of soft spice on the close.Calanìca Frappato-Syrah8520Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaDuca di Salaparuta 2009 Calanìca Frappato-Syrah Red (Sicilia)Red BlendDuca di Salaparuta
76667665USShows the acidity and dryness that red wines from this appellation always have. It's Pinot Noir-esque in the silky texture and cola flavors, and is ready to drink now.Force Canyon Vineyard8520CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastHangtime 2010 Force Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco)Pinot NoirHangtime
76677666USAlmost garnet red in color, this off-dry Pinot Noir sparkling packs a punch with an abundance of juicy black cherry and plum flavor. Concentrated but festive and fun, with a candy-coated cherry finish.Brut Rosé8525New YorkCayuga LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHosmer NV Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Cayuga Lake)Pinot NoirHosmer
76687667USMade from native Cayuga grapes, this softly pétillant sparkler is pleasantly frothy, and features brisk, lemony acidity. Just a shade sweeter than brut, it's fruity and forward, with ample stone-fruit and blossom notes. Finishes with a dainty lacing of sugar. Drink now.Sparkling Wine8520New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHosmer NV Sparkling Wine Sparkling (New York)Sparkling BlendHosmer
76697668SpainShows dark fruit aromas and raisin on the nose, feels fresh, zesty and edgy, with a bright mix of cherry, berry and mild spice flavors. Feels pretty good and offers a reasonably solid and long finish for a $6 red.Opera Prima856Central SpainLa ManchaMichael Schachner@wineschachJ. Garcia Carrion 2010 Opera Prima Tempranillo (La Mancha)TempranilloJ. Garcia Carrion
76707669USThere's a hint of caramelized sugar on the nose of this off-dry Gewürztraminer that gives an edge to all the succulent sweet pear nectar and apple blossoms notes that permeate the palate. Elegantly floral, it finishes with a touch of characteristic orange and clove spice.Sunrise Hill Vineyard Semi-Dry8515New YorkCayuga LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKnapp 2010 Sunrise Hill Vineyard Semi-Dry Gewürztraminer (Cayuga Lake)GewürztraminerKnapp
76717670USSharp acidity and even some tannins mark this simple Chardonnay. In its favor are savory green apple, peach and lime flavors, with creamy, oaky notes.8519CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMarkham 2010 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayMarkham
76727671PortugalThe perfumes of Malvasia Fina shine in this attractive dry sparkling wine. It is fruity, although with a yeasty edge, creating a fine apéritif style.Bruto85Vinho Espumante de QualidadeRoger Voss@vossrogerMurganheira 2005 Bruto Sparkling (Vinho Espumante de Qualidade)Portuguese SparklingMurganheira
76737672USSweet and fizzy, with orange soda and vanilla flavors. Made to appeal to serve the low-cost Moscato craze, and does a pretty good job.8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherAllure NV Moscato (California)MoscatoAllure
76747673USThe family-owned, Santa Lucia Highlands-focused Wrath Winery produces their Ex Anima line to show off wines from their estate San Saba Vineyard made with very little intervention and no new oak. This wine is nearly as clear as water, and yet offers aromas or freshly cut grass, honeydew melon, kiwi and fresh rain on rocks. On the palate, minerality lingers alongside poached pear and peach. Refreshing and light, yet full of flavor.Ex Anima9019CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWrath 2013 Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey)Sauvignon BlancWrath
76757674USAged in 100% new French oak, this dark and muscular wine has lush scents of cut tobacco and dense cassis fruit. Black olive highlights bring a nice herbal element to the mix. The tannins, though quite astringent, are ripe and balanced.the V9052WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Adams Bench 2010 the V Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonAdams Bench
76767675USThis is actually Wahluke Slope fruit, though labeled simply Columbia Valley. Tart pomegranate fruit, a seam of clay and well-integrated highlights of herb and earth mark this extremely limited-production wine as special. Dolcetto does not have much of a track record in Washington, but what's here is quite promising.9025WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Animale 2011 Dolcetto (Columbia Valley (WA))DolcettoAnimale
76777676GreeceSea salt and lemon rind start this refreshing white. Flavors of citrus, mineral and brine on the finish are balanced and bright. A lovely wine and a great pairing for grilled octopus, sushi or poultry.9028SantoriniSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaArgyros 2013 Assyrtiko (Santorini)AssyrtikoArgyros
76787677SpainToasty aromas include popcorn, scrambled egg and briny white fruits. There's smoothness to the ripe palate, while apple, peach and citrus flavors—the Big Three of cava—finish fruity and with stuffing. This is a ripe winner that's richer and more flavorful than your average brut nature.Gran Reserva Brut Nature9035CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastellroig 2009 Gran Reserva Brut Nature Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCastellroig
76797678USVanilla-soaked French toast and caramelized apples promise a butter bomb in this Testarossa take on the historic Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Once sipped, there is a surprising level of soda-like acidity, and a steadily emerging flavor profile that ranges from cream soda to squeezed lime.Sierra Madre Vineyard9045CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayTestarossa
76807679GreeceRaspberry, spicebox and cinnamon aromas start this modern-style Xinomavro. Lively acidity and a good tannic structure balance the cherry fruit. A great introduction to the variety.Young Vines9017NaoussaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaThymiopoulos 2012 Young Vines Xinomavro (Naoussa)XinomavroThymiopoulos

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