Wine Reviews

8556185560USA tart, short, sharp entry leads into raspberry and strawberry flavors, underscored with a light earthiness. The youthful fruit and bright acidity suggests it will show improvement with further bottle age, as the tannins smooth out.Bon Vin Rouge8723WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bateaux Cellars 2011 Bon Vin Rouge Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahBateaux Cellars
8556285561USThis shows the acidity, dryness and body that often mark Merlot from California. The flavors are complex, showing sour cherry and blackberry richness with quite a bit of herbaceousness. Appreciation of this wine demands some participation on the part of the drinker.Estate Grown8760CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaBroadway Vineyards 2009 Estate Grown Merlot (Carneros)MerlotBroadway Vineyards
8556385562USLots of sweet, fruity richness in this Cabernet. It has ripe flavors of blackberries, blueberries and cherries, wrapped into smooth tannins, with hints of smoky oak. They've done a good job to produce a wine this tasty at a fair price.8717CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaCamp 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonCamp
8556485563SpainThis is a full-force wine with a scratchy bouquet and aromas of herbal fruit, vanilla and burnt stems. It's jumpy in the mouth, and not that smooth, with aggressive tannins and baked flavors of raisin, herbs and burnt fruit. On the finish, there's oaky caramel and chocolate along with heat and stewy notes.Confradia8773Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Primicia 2005 Confradia (Rioja)TempranilloCasa Primicia
8556585564SpainThis is a well-made Rioja with generic plum and berry aromas that come forth in fruity, bouncy fashion. The palate is medium bodied, with standard berry fruit flavors and very little spice or complexity. A finish with buttery oak and vanilla qualifies as oaky for the level of fruit this wine is bringing.Crianza8715Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastillo Labastida 2009 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloCastillo Labastida
8556685565USFor its bold footprint (and the amount of wood aging it went through) this rich Zinfandel offers a depth of pleasant berry flavor and a measured texture, with a savory edge on the finish.Big Wood8732CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneWood Family Vineyards 2010 Big Wood Zinfandel (Livermore Valley)ZinfandelWood Family Vineyards
8556785566USThis is a broadly fruity, wide open style with fresh melon, pink grapefruit and orange marmalade flavors criss-crossing the palate. It's ready to enjoy right now, low in alcohol, with a touch of marshmallow sweetness to cut the acid.Copper Lily8713WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Zero One Vintners 2011 Copper Lily Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancZero One Vintners
8556885567ItalyMade with the Friulano grape (with small percentages of international varieties), this is a freshly floral and intense Italian white with lingering tones of peach and honeysuckle. It shows creamy richness in the mouth.Vigne87Northeastern ItalyCollioZuani 2011 Vigne White (Collio)White BlendZuani
8556985568FranceA mature wine that has austerity and a severe countenance that is comes from the dry tannins. Secondary fruit flavors are now dominating, giving some juiciness but also a leathery texture. Drink now or over the next few months.8729ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Calavon 2007 Red (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau de Calavon
8557085569FranceProduced by the winemaking team of Château de Belcier in Castillon, this is a firmly structured, dry to the core wine. There are hints of ripe and juicy berry fruits to go with the dark tannins and dense texture. It needs several years to age.87BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Monrecueil 2010 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Monrecueil
8557185570FranceA firm and solid wine, tightly packed with tannins, black berry fruits and a dense structure. Laurence is Laurence Helfrich whose family owns the chateau. The wine could age for several years, but will be ready to drink in 2014.Cuvée Laurence H.8715BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Bois Chantant 2010 Cuvée Laurence H. (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Bois Chantant
8557285571ItalyThis is the kind of easy Sangiovese that would pair with pasta, gnocchi or pork chops. The wine shows natural freshness and pretty berry nuances. Drei Donà is a landmark estate for the entire Emilia-Romagna region.Notturno8718Central ItalyForlìDrei Donà Tenuta La Palazza 2011 Notturno Sangiovese (Forlì)SangioveseDrei Donà Tenuta La Palazza
8557385572USThis bottling has a solid track record from Envy, but the 2010 vintage, good as it is, is their least successful in years. While it's luscious with blackberry and blueberry jam, mocha and oak sweetness, it's one-dimensional, and lacking ageworthiness. Drink now, with sweet, smoky barbecued meats.Calistoga Estate8745CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaEnvy 2010 Calistoga Estate Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)Petite SirahEnvy
8557485573USRipe, luscious blackberry, currant, smoked meat and caramelized oak flavors mark this tannic, yet smooth young wine. Shows a balance that's rare in a Paso Petite Sirah. Give it some time in a decanter and drink now with beef.Estate8730CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastEOS 2009 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahEOS
8557585574USThe Insania White is 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, and made at Three Rivers for heavy metal rocker Geoff Tate. The 2011 is round and fruity, with flavors of fig, apple and pear. It's a forward, juicy wine, quite tasty, but without the edgy depths of the 2010.Insania White8725WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Geoff Tate 2011 Insania White Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Semillon-Sauvignon BlancGeoff Tate
8557685575USHere's a robust Zinfandel with ripe, briary flavors and firm tannins that make it especially apt for barbecue. It's forward with blackberry, mulberry, mocha and spice notes that lead to a long, satisfying finish.Winemaker's Blend8720CaliforniaSonoma County-San Joaquin CountyCalifornia OtherGhost Pines 2011 Winemaker's Blend Zinfandel (Sonoma County-San Joaquin County)ZinfandelGhost Pines
8557785576USRich and ripe with cherry, pomegranate, persimmon and spice flavors, with a nice, silky texture and fine tannins. The acidity is sharp, the alcohol refreshingly moderate. Could benefit from some time in the cellar.Amaya Ridge Vineyard8745CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastGhostwriter 2011 Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirGhostwriter
8557885577USNot surprisingly, this young wine has dense, potent tannins, along with plenty of stem and herb accents. It's balanced texturally, and has rather acidic, young fruit flavors of cranberry and raspberry. At the moment it is the most chewy and tannic of all the 2010 reds from Animale.8726WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Animale 2010 Petite Sirah (Yakima Valley)Petite SirahAnimale
8557985578USGive this Syrah a few hours of decanting and drink it now. It's dry, full bodied and dense in blackberry, blueberry, bacon, pepper and oak flavors. Shows real elegance and class, but not an ager.Estate Grown8740CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaBroadway Vineyards 2009 Estate Grown Syrah (Carneros)SyrahBroadway Vineyards
8558085579ItalyThe winemaking efforts of Lazio (the region that houses the Italian capital, Rome) are slowly being noticed thanks to an admittedly small group of quality-minded producers. This Syrah shows ripe fruit and soft roundness with elements of prune, coffee and cherry liqueur.Syranto8715Central ItalyLazioCantine Lupo 2010 Syranto Syrah (Lazio)SyrahCantine Lupo
8558185580FranceFrom vineyards close to the winery in Chevannes, this wine is ripe and fruity. It has attractive acidity, recalling the freshness of the vintage, and tannins that hold it together, providing a firm background. Drink from late 2017.Cuvée Louis Auguste88BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerDavid Duband 2014 Cuvée Louis Auguste (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits)Pinot NoirDavid Duband
8558285581USThis is made from estate-grown fruit in Jamieson Canyon, on the extreme southern end of the valley. Delicate in style with a soft and silky texture, it imparts rhubarb and cranberry accents around a core of rose flavor.Reserve8844CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneElkhorn Peak 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirElkhorn Peak
8558385582PortugalThis firmly structured wine has robust tannins and concentrated black fruit. It's ripe and juicy, with blackberry flavor and acidity. Although drinkable now, it will be better from 2018.Vilalva Reserva8811DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerEnoport 2015 Vilalva Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedEnoport
8558485583ItalyAromas of mature orchard fruit, dried herb and a whiff of pressed flower lead the nose. The straightforward, enjoyable palate offers ripe pear, nectarine and a mineral note. White almond wraps up the finish.Danieli88VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattori 2015 Danieli (Soave)GarganegaFattori
8558585584ItalyAromas of black plum, coffee and baking spice lead the nose on this hearty red. The ripe accessible palate displays prune, tobacco and vanilla framed in chewy assertive tannins. Drink through 2021.Riserva8852TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria La Lecciaia 2011 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseFattoria La Lecciaia
8558685585PortugalThis ripe, oak-aged wine has smooth tannins and rich black fruit. It's balanced between rich fruitiness and structure. Half Touriga Nacional and half Cabernet Sauvignon, the combination imparts a delicious, full-bodied aftertaste. Drink now.Native8812TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2015 Native Touriga Nacional-Cabernet Sauvignon (Tejo)Touriga Nacional-Cabernet SauvignonFiuza
8558785586USPerfumed with oak and smoke, this is a full-bodied, robustly built and powerful reserve-level wine, the fruit taking on a candied berry quality as it opens. Soft tannins fill out the palate, while a layering of pepper and cinnamon notes weigh in, taking full strength on the finish.Reserve8855CaliforniaChiles ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrank Family 2014 Reserve Zinfandel (Chiles Valley)ZinfandelFrank Family
8558885587USThis wine consists of all five red Bordeaux varieties plus 5% Syrah. Tart, soft and juicy with black and red cherry fruit, it's direct in its delivery of dried herb and licorice—flavors that complement the robust ripeness and density.Estate Bottled8855CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneClos Pegase 2013 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonClos Pegase
8558985588ItalyA blend of Garganega and Sauvignon, this has delicate aromas of citrus blossom and stone fruit. The aromas carry over to the savory palate along with yellow peach and papaya.Possessioni Serego Alighieri8825VenetoVenetoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasi 2015 Possessioni Serego Alighieri White (Veneto)White BlendMasi
8559085589USNot at all a fruit bomb, this medium-bodied wine smells like salt and pepper, has lightly earthy and herbal flavors and a crisp mouthfeel. It will prove a pleasant accompaniment to your next lunch or dinner.8816CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMichael David 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Lodi)Sauvignon BlancMichael David

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