Wine Reviews


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83118310USLuscious and sleek in mouthfeel, and drenched with wonderful fruit flavors, this wine is a beauty. It has ample ripe fruit flavors like boysenberry and cherry pie without being literally sweet, while a sense of quiet concentration lasts on the lingering finish. It is structured with enough fine-grained tannin to age gracefully, so it's best to drink after 2019.Carla's Reserve9225CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRosenblum 2012 Carla's Reserve Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelRosenblum
83128311AustriaAn almost tropical touch of pineapple and passion fruit hovers over the glass. This is testament to the ripe 2015 vintage. The palate, however, reins in this fruity generosity with fresh, zesty notes of citrus, adding also a counterweight of textured phenolics. There is structure despite all the ripeness and ample refreshment, almost some grippiness. The zesty finish is very moreish.Von Stein Reserve9245KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSalomon-Undhof 2015 Von Stein Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerSalomon-Undhof
83138312USThis perennial head-turner lives up to its pedigree in this vintage, offering a full-bodied, lush and plush experience characterized by soft layers of dark cherry, blackberry, vanilla and a seasoning of cinnamon. The vines are head-trained within a block planted to many other varieties, 15% of which make their way into this wine.Ne Cede Malis Estate Grown92115CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneStags' Leap Winery 2013 Ne Cede Malis Estate Grown Petite Sirah (Stags Leap District)Petite SirahStags' Leap Winery
83148313AustriaGenerously ripe notions of yellow plum and juicy pear fill the nose. The palate benefits from the same fruitfulness but adds a touch of pepper and herbal savor at its concentrated core. There is something joyful about this. Despite the generous fruit this stays streamlined and supercrisp. The finish focuses on that wonderfully spicy pepperiness.Loisium Weingarten Reserve9225KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteininger 2015 Loisium Weingarten Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
83158314ItalyCoconut, black currant, toasted oak and grilled bell pepper lead the nose on this blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The polished, full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry, licorice and espresso framed in silky tannins.Biserno92160TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta di Biserno 2012 Biserno Red (Toscana)Red BlendTenuta di Biserno
83168315USThis impressive white was fermented in equal parts concrete and stainless steel, retaining a lush texture and vibrant minerality. Night-blooming jasmine exudes from the glass before revealing well-defined layers of spiced lemon, peach and white pepper.9222CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThirty-Seven Wines 2015 Pinot Gris (Sonoma Coast)Pinot GrisThirty-Seven Wines
83178316USThis wine is 100% varietal, aged entirely in French oak. Shy at first, it allows room for an earthy element of compost and is dark and brooding all around, with sizable, tamed, chalky tannin. Leather, black pepper, licorice and cinnamon all make an appearance, adding to the wine's complexity and likability.Madrone Spring Vineyard9241CaliforniaRockpileSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMauritson 2013 Madrone Spring Vineyard Petite Sirah (Rockpile)Petite SirahMauritson
83188317USThis is a Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend, with 25% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot. Generously oaky and ripe, it offers textured layers of graphite, cigar and cedar. An exciting sideshow of spicy Mexican chocolate accents deeper, darker shocks of black cherry.Napa Crest9248CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneYao Family Wines 2014 Napa Crest Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendYao Family Wines
83378336FranceThis is an attractive wine that maintains the steely texture of Riesling while also bringing out fragrant white flowers and refreshing fruitiness. It has a light touch of acidity, making it exceptionally adept with food.8718AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWolfberger 2012 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingWolfberger
83198318AustriaFleshy cherry and a broad palate characterize this wine. There is palpable warmth and easy fruit, but they're underneath a tight and sound structure. Understated, but true Pinot-pleasure is in the glass.87CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkowitsch 2011 Pinot Noir (Carnuntum)Pinot NoirMarkowitsch
83388337FranceHints of reduction and gamy characteristics need time to blow off, but slowly reveal elegant black fruit. The texture and structure are solid, so enjoy this wine until 2016.8745ProvenceBandolRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau de Pibarnon 2010 Red (Bandol)Rhône-style Red BlendChateau de Pibarnon
83208319USThis Pinot kicks off with a burst of mouthwatering lime acidity, before flavors of cherry, cranberry and cola settle in. The palate finishes richly with some new French oak, making it a great companion with steak.8728CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastAlta Maria 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirAlta Maria
83398338FranceThis is a juicy, fruity wine that balances concentrated red-fruit flavors with elegant herbal notes and a delicately acidic structure. The finish is fresh and crisp. Drink from 2014.87ProvenceLes Baux de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Estoublon 2009 Red (Les Baux de Provence)Red BlendChâteau d'Estoublon
83218320USBarrel fermented in French and eastern European oak, this is lightly aromatic with notees of butter, vanilla and cardamom with a creamy feel, showing some heat on the finish.8720WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportApex 2012 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayApex
83408339ItalyThis Verdicchio opens with floral aromas of Spanish broom and acacia, along with a hint of petroleum that recalls Riesling. The linear palate is a bit lean but offers up lemon, bitter almond and mineral notes alongside bright acidity.Ammazzaconte8723Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di JesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeConti di Buscareto 2008 Ammazzaconte (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi)VerdicchioConti di Buscareto
83228321USAromatically reserved for a dessert wine, with apricot and pear. It's lusciously sweet, with abundant stone fruit flavors but could use a bit more concentration and acidity to hold it together.Late Harvest8718WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportApex 2012 Late Harvest Sémillon (Columbia Valley (WA))SémillonApex
83238322USComprised of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, this is an exuberantly fruity wine. It has powerful, ripe flavors of tropical fruits, citrus, peaches, oak and vanilla. Like ambrosia in the glass, it's honeyed and opulent.Cass Vineyard Cumulus8732CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAscension Cellars 2010 Cass Vineyard Cumulus White (Paso Robles)Rhône-style White BlendAscension Cellars
83248323USForward fruit flavors of blackberry and plum slide quickly through the mid-palate and on into a soft finish. A faint wash of leather and earth wraps it up.Chelle den Millie Vineyard8732WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Basalt 2010 Chelle den Millie Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancBasalt
83258324USThe mirror image of the winery's Love-Struck Viognier, this broad and fruity blend is forward and open, with flavors of yellow and orange fruits. It is slightly toasty, moving into some citrus skin flavors that frame the finish.Dreamweaver8724WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bergevin Lane 2012 Dreamweaver Roussanne (Columbia Valley (WA))RoussanneBergevin Lane
83268325USA nice companion to the Boomtown Merlot, this shows similar balance and depth, albeit with an accent on tart berry fruit flavors dusted with dried herbs. There are citrusy acids and a hint of moist earth.8716WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Boomtown 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)Cabernet SauvignonBoomtown
83278326USThis Merlot includes 13% Syrah, along with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet. Vanilla and tobacco scents open the door to a sharp, peppery wine, with flavors cloaked in bark and scorched earth. It's rustic, big and flavorful, with a fat, meaty finish. This is the wine to go with your tri-tip.8716WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Boomtown 2011 Merlot (Washington)MerlotBoomtown
83288327FranceThis is an off-dry Riesling with concentrated acidity softened by a light touch of honey and a delicate floral character. The wine is perfumed, fruity and ready to drink.Tradition8718AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerBott Frères 2010 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingBott Frères
83298328ChileDusty, smooth aromas of spiced apple are easy to like. This is sticky, with just enough acidity to maintain freshness. Flavors of peach, honey and nutmeg are sweet and spicy, while the finish is upright and feels lively.Late Harvest8713Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2012 Late Harvest Viognier (Cachapoal Valley)ViognierAnakena
83308329USTerra Valentine's Pinot boasts fruit with long hangtime, and ripe flavors of raspberry and pomegranate. It's rather soft and oaky though so drink now.8748CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaTerra Valentine 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirTerra Valentine
83318330USThere's a bit of oak in this Riesling, just enough to give some mellowness to the tart apricot, citrus and white flower flavors. It's bone dry and acidic, with a mineral intensity that finishes with elegance and style.Estate8738CaliforniaSpring Mountain DistrictNapaTerra Valentine 2012 Estate Riesling (Spring Mountain District)RieslingTerra Valentine
83328331USJuicy and plummy, this is a wine with generous amounts of purple fruit scents and flavors up front. The tannins turn a bit green and show some bitterness in the finish.Copeland Vineyard8722WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Two Mountain 2010 Copeland Vineyard Merlot (Yakima Valley)MerlotTwo Mountain
83338332ItalyThis wine opens with aromas of oak, butterscotch and dill that carry over to the palate alongside flavors of vanilla, lemon zest and apricot. This would be a nice alternative for fans of oaked Chardonnay.Riserva Ambrosia8722Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVignamato 2008 Riserva Ambrosia (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioVignamato
83348333ChileGrassy aromas blend with tropical fruit notes to create a good but regular Casablanca bouquet. This feels lively and easy to take, while flavors of green herbs, grass and citrus finish a touch bitter, evidence of a cool vintage.Nimbus Single Vineyard8715Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2013 Nimbus Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancViña Casablanca
83358334USThis is a blend of wines from their 2011 and 2012 vintages, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Merlot, as well. Spicy cherry fruit combines with herbal notes and a hint of balsamic. It has an earthy undertone, but overall the fruit shines.Millésimes Mélangés8726WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine William Grassie NV Millésimes Mélangés Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendWilliam Grassie
83368335FranceThis is an open, soft, warm wine. It has some spice, although never excessive, along with gentle acidity and touches of hazelnuts. There are apricot and dried banana flavors and a fine, lifted aftertaste.8720AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWolfberger 2012 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisWolfberger

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