Wine Reviews

77717770AustriaBoth tropical and herbal notes join the citrus flavors on the nose, hinting of passion fruit as well as mint. The palate tones this down and puts ripe lemon in the spotlight. Sleek and slender, the body has a creamy element of yeast but is dry and brisk. The finish is very balanced and lasting.Kremser Weinberge9118NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTürk 2016 Kremser Weinberge Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingTürk
77727771AustriaRipe notes of black cherry rise from the glass. The richness of the fruit is also apparent on the fleshy palate, where cherry notes fill out into red and black juiciness, with just a touch of the variety's telltale pepper. This wine is almost bouncy and reveals its firm grip and freshness only on the finish that echoes long.91BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUmathum 2015 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischUmathum
77737772AustriaDelicate notes of nettle and lemon play on the restrained nose. The palate adds slight but very refreshing spritz to the already slender and crisp body. This is an easy, delicate summer wine with a clean and refreshing finish.91BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUmathum 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancUmathum
77747773FranceThis is rich, honeyed and ripe on the nose and full-bodied and round in the mouth, with just enough acidity to provide backbone and length. The peach, melon and citrus notes linger on the mouthwatering finish.Les Miaux9175Rhône ValleyHermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFerraton Pere et Fils 2014 Les Miaux Marsanne (Hermitage)MarsanneFerraton Pere et Fils
77757774FranceA blend of 74% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 6% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre and 4% Cinsault, this is an elegant and harmonious wine. It showcases a masterful balance between lush, ripe black berry fruits and earthy, toasty spice. With its crushed-velvet texture, bold fruit flavors and lingering spice accents, the wine is easy to appreciate and enjoy now, yet structured enough to age well for another 6–10 years.Causse du Bousquet9125Languedoc-RoussillonSaint-ChinianLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMas Champart 2013 Causse du Bousquet Red (Saint-Chinian)Rhône-style Red BlendMas Champart
77767775SpainEarthy aromas of olive, tobacco, prune and oak set up a palate with drawing tannins. This tastes of coffee, mocha and earthy mixed berries. The finish is meaty in texture, with compatible oak spice and berry-fruit notes.Gran Reserva9129Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSonsierra 2010 Gran Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloSonsierra
77777776FranceSmooth, silky and ready to drink, this medium- to full-bodied wine is a fine choice to go with nearly any red-meat dish. Hints of smoke and herb dress up the dark berry flavors, finishing with mouthwatering acidity.Vieilles Vignes9140Rhône ValleyCrozes-HermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTardieu-Laurent 2013 Vieilles Vignes (Crozes-Hermitage)SyrahTardieu-Laurent
77787777USThis is the third of three Chardonnays named after the winemaker's daughters. The aromas bring notes of clarified butter, lees, spice, pear, pineapple and other tropical fruit. The flavors are rich but still show restraint, with a lightly creamy feel and a long finish.Gemma Camaryn9145WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMorell-Peña 2015 Gemma Camaryn Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMorell-Peña
77797778USThis Willow Creek district winery delivers a powerful blend of 71% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 9% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. It offers aromas of black licorice, black cherry and elderberry, with roasted meat in the background. It's very rich, bursting with flavors of blackberry and balsamic vinegar that evolve toward creosote and tar, all wrapped up in silky tannins.WCS Jack John9275CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJada Vineyard & Winery 2012 WCS Jack John Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendJada Vineyard & Winery
77807779CanadaEssentially a Bordeaux-style blend (just 4% Syrah breaks the mold), this smooth, silky wine is seductive. The blueberry, black cherry and plum fruit has compelling complexity, further enhanced with flavors of coffee and toast from 14 months in French oak.LFNG Blind Trust9230British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Laughing Stock 2011 LFNG Blind Trust Red (Okanagan Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLaughing Stock
77817780AustriaGrassy hints mingle with riper yellow pear notions. The palate turns out to be tenderly pear-fruited, with a core of warm ripeness and a slender, soft footprint of pear fruit salad. Incredibly elegant and fine-boned, notwithstanding its definition.Scheiben9245Wagram-DonaulandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLeth 2013 Scheiben Roter Veltliner (Wagram-Donauland)Roter VeltlinerLeth
77827781ItalySmooth and delicious, this opens with aromas of violet, mature dark fruit, leather and a touch of menthol. The palate delivers dried black cherry, raspberry, white pepper and licorice alongside polished tannins. It's already accessible but will also age well for another five or six years. Drink through 2020.Vigna Fraschin9239PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeManzone Fratelli 2009 Vigna Fraschin (Barolo)NebbioloManzone Fratelli
77837782AustriaVery soft notions of ripe, yellow pear with floral overtones create a softer, luscious but completely dry palate. An ideal wine for those who like structure but mellow flavors. The savory edge of Grüner makes itself felt around the edges but never dominates and provides spicy length.Berg Reserve9273TraisentalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkus Huber 2013 Berg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Traisental)Grüner VeltlinerMarkus Huber
77847783USMichael Gill goes for broke booze-wise on this hot number, but the rewards are worth the risk. Aromas of blueberry, mint, graphite, dried cherry, lilac and graphite get a sagebrush lift. On the palate, distinct black licorice accompany blackberry syrup and white pepper. There's a slight bit of alcoholic burn on the finish, but it doesn't drink as hot as you'd guess.Black Tie9270CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMichael Gill Cellars 2012 Black Tie Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahMichael Gill Cellars
77857784ItalyAromas suggest ripe blackberry, baking spice, mocha and a balsamic note of menthol. The brooding palate opens with mature black cherry, savory herb and black pepper alongside tightly knit but velvety tannins that still need to unwind. Drink 2016–2021.Sottocastello di Novello9247PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' Viola 2009 Sottocastello di Novello (Barolo)NebbioloCa' Viola
77867785AustraliaThis wine starts off a bit tarry at first, with scents of asphalt and roasted meat that then give way to brighter notes of blackberry and vanilla. On the palate, it's full, supple and rich, with a finish marked by hints of campfire and cherry.The Blind Tiger Single Vineyard9285South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzD'Arenberg 2010 The Blind Tiger Single Vineyard Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazD'Arenberg
77877786USThis perfumey white dances in intense and creamy layers of stone fruit and vanilla, remaining vibrant and balanced from start to finish. The generous fruit is grown in the relatively cooler Oak Knoll section of the Napa Valley. This should develop further over time and in the glass.9241CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneDarioush 2013 Viognier (Napa Valley)ViognierDarioush
77887787AustriaInviting notes of ripe yellow plum and a mossy creaminess on nose and palate combine to great effect. Peppery watercress notes provide extra interest. The spiciness persists for a long time in this beautifully balanced wine.Endlos Reserve9260NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDürnberg 2013 Endlos Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerDürnberg
77897788FranceProduced only in good years, this wine comes from selected parcels in the Haute-Serre vineyard. With eucalyptus perfumes, it is a smooth and wood-aged wine. The smoothness masks the powerful tannins that are beginning to balance with the rich black fruits. This dense wine needs to age. Drink from 2019.Château de Haute-Serre Cuvée Prestige9249Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2011 Château de Haute-Serre Cuvée Prestige Malbec (Cahors)MalbecGeorges Vigouroux
77907789USLight golden brown in color, this richly aromatic wine offers notes of brown sugar, dried pineapple, papaya and lychee. A whopping 270.8g/L residual sugar, it's thick, honeyed and sugary sweet with cinnamon, honey and granulated brown sugar flavors that linger on the finish.Estate Grown Late Harvest9235WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGordon Estate 2012 Estate Grown Late Harvest Gewürztraminer (Columbia Valley (WA))GewürztraminerGordon Estate
77917790ItalyAlluring aromas of blue flower, leather, menthol, dark berry, baking spice and a balsamic note lead the way on this full-bodied, elegant red. The palate doles out ripe black cherry, while notes of clove, white pepper, tobacco, sage and licorice add depth. It's nicely balanced with firm, ripe tannins. Drink through 2023.Fausoni Riserva9262PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrinsi 2008 Fausoni Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloPrinsi
77927791South AfricaDespite being barrel fermented, this attractive white manages to maintain a vivid vibrancy and freshness, with notes of fresh red apple, firm peach, pineapple core, green mango and clementine that are all infused with delicate hints of toasted oak and baking spice. Ample acidity lifts the medium-weight palate and rich melon, apple and toasted brioche flavors, leading into the long, lingering wood-spiced finish.Barrel Fermented9224StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzJardin 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Stellenbosch)ChardonnayJardin
77937792ItalyLightly hued and luminous, this offers aromas of dried rose petal, red berry and a whiff of baking spice. The elegant palate delivers wild strawberry, red raspberry, wild cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside silky tannins. It shows a more subtle and delicate side to Barolo. Drink through 2024.Villero9299PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2009 Villero (Barolo)NebbioloMascarello Giuseppe e Figlio
77947793AustriaThis is still closed tightly and barely wants to give away more than punchy grapefruit zest, but the balanced palate that cushions the fresh but ripe acidity suggests that this will open up gradually. Drink as of 2017.Steinertal Smaragd9275WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAlzinger 2013 Steinertal Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerAlzinger
77957794AustriaSubtle but unmistakable white pepper flashes through this slender, lemony but oh-so-savory wine. Notions of ripe pear enter on the midpalate which comes across as complete, harmonious and long.Spiegel9233WagramAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAnton Bauer 2013 Spiegel Grüner Veltliner (Wagram)Grüner VeltlinerAnton Bauer
77967795AustriaSavory hints of bay and an inviting, lively pepperiness lend verve to this cherry-laden red. Somehow the fruit willingly shares the limelight with spicy, herbal notes and is all the more charming for it. This is ripe and rounded but not heavy and thus quite irresistible, with a moreish, lingering aftertaste.Die Leidenschaft9252NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoArndorfer 2012 Die Leidenschaft Zweigelt (Niederösterreich)ZweigeltArndorfer
77977796USPepper rules this cool-climate, low-alcohol take on the grape by Doug Margerum, with both white and black pepper giving spice to blackened beef and blackberry fruits. The rich yet tart flavors trend toward boysenberry, with dried oregano and basil apparent alongside the very prominent cracked peppercorns.9250CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBarden 2012 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahBarden
77987797USComing from one of the state's top Syrah sites, this wine dazzles the senses with notes of freshly roasted coffee, char, dark plum and sweet spices. It's medium bodied with thoroughly delicious coffee flavors backed by a soft feel.Les Collines Vineyard9230WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJ & J 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahJ & J
77997798AustriaYeasty, almost umami-like spice slowly yields to ripe, delicious apricot flavors. The generosity is toned by bright lemon freshness that runs right through this concentrated wine and provides satisfying length. There is a delicious aftertaste of crunchy apple.Heiligenstein Alte Reben Reserve9260KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJurtschitsch 2013 Heiligenstein Alte Reben Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingJurtschitsch
78007799AustriaSoft, delicate pear and gentle citrus coalesce into a more citrus-focused, super-fresh palate with verve and elegance. Light-footed but concentrated, this is graceful, with wonderful minerality.Gottschelle Reserve9216KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUnger 2013 Gottschelle Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerUnger

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