Wine Reviews

8580185800AustriaSprightly grapefruit zest notions play with peppery arugula to make a spicy streamline along the palate. White pepper is vibrant along the edges and delivers lots of excitement on the tight, concentrated and slender palate. Beautiful now but with the stuffing to age.Loibenberg Smaragd9340WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchmelz 2013 Loibenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerSchmelz
8580285801ItalyFragrant berry, blue flower, rose petal, baking spice and a balsamic note lead the nose on this sleek, structured wine. The palate doles out crunchy red-cherry, juicy strawberry, clove, cinnamon and savory herb shadings alongside firm yet polished tannins and surprisingly fresh acidity for a hot vintage. It's loaded with finesse and already accessible. Drink through 2019.Fossati9375PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDosio 2009 Fossati (Barolo)NebbioloDosio
8580385802AustraliaA McLaren Vale standard bearer, the 2010 Hillside is a complex, beguiling example of Shiraz. Toast and vanilla notes frame hints of raspberries, herbs and espresso on the nose, while the flavors add olive-tinged elements. Despite showing ample weight, this isn't the biggest wine, just one that shows impressive harmony and length. Drink now through at least 2025.Hillside Amery Vineyard9360South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKay Brothers 2010 Hillside Amery Vineyard Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazKay Brothers
8580485803AustraliaThis wine is an excellent value in the world of big, rich Shiraz. While the vanilla and boysenberry aromas seem simple at first, the bouquet and flavors develop impressively with time in the glass, adding hints of roasted meat, mocha and black olive. It's full bodied and rich in texture, with a long, mouth-coating finish. Drink now–2025.Grey Label9338South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWolf Blass 2010 Grey Label Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazWolf Blass
8580585804USMade from 75% Syrah with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this is barrel fermented and aged in 100% new French oak. A hedonistic wine, it offers notes of mineral, dark cherries, herbs, earth and smoked meat. It's supple, rich and creamy in feel, with abundant cherry flavors that show great concentration and intensity.The Evil Twin9365WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGorman 2012 The Evil Twin Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Syrah-Cabernet SauvignonGorman
8580685805AustriaLusciously ripe notes of apricot and honeydew melon demand attention. The palate is more toned down but has dimensions of peppery arugula and lovage leaves. The finish is long and savory with a citrus kick.Mühlberg Reserve9330WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGruber Röschitz 2013 Mühlberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerGruber Röschitz
8580785806ItalyStructured and still remarkably young, this vibrant wine delivers aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, cinnamon and licorice. It's balanced with bright acidity and youthfully austere tannins that need time to mellow out. Drink 2018–2033.Ceretta di Perno Riserva9355PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSordo 2008 Ceretta di Perno Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloSordo
8580885807AustriaLifted notes of Conference pear blended with creamy, balmy aloe vera create an intriguing, friendly and inviting nose, while a pleasantly bitter edge suggests some grapefruit zest. The palate is zingy, sprightly and fresh, almost belying the concentrated power at its base. Texturally this is a pleasure too, with a wonderfully ripe phenolic edge.Hasel Alte Reben Reserve9314KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAllram 2013 Hasel Alte Reben Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerAllram
8581485813AustriaThere is an earthy aspect to the yeasty flavors on the nose. The palate counters this with pure, streamlined lemon freshness and the very slightest of spritz. Very refreshing and wonderfully clean-cut citrus notes on a slender, zippy body.9018WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoIngrid Groiss 2015 Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerIngrid Groiss
8580985808ItalyStill very young and austere, this should blossom into a beauty. Aromas of leather, red berry, licorice, menthol and a balsamic note carry through to the vibrant, structured palate along with intense mineral. Assertive, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity provide an age-worthy framework. Don't even attempt this before 2020. Giuliana Imports, PDX Wine.Osso San Grato9375PiedmontGattinaraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAntoniolo 2010 Osso San Grato (Gattinara)NebbioloAntoniolo
8581085809USThis stunning blend of Mourvèdre (49%), Grenache (28%) and Syrah brings a complex, nuanced assortment of mineral, raspberry, white pepper, thistle and carob notes. It's richly flavored, layered, dense and supple showing both great subtlety and intensity, with fruit flavors that linger after the last sip.Justine9340WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAvennia 2012 Justine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendAvennia
8581185810USThe aromas on this Rocks District wine pop with huckleberry, black and green olive, plum and mineral. It's dazzlingly polished and textured in feel, with nuanced, detailed smoked meat and savory flavors. It nonetheless retains an exquisite sense of balance and restraint, capped off by an outrageously long finish.Estate9342WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportProper 2012 Estate Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahProper
8581585814USBrown spice, dried honeysuckle, Gala-apple skins, a touch of light custard and sea-salt-laden citrus and stone fruit show on the nose of this mouthwatering wine. Once sipped, flavors of butter-poached apples and ripe pears are spiced with more sea salt. A tight, pithy structure holds it all together.Camelot Highlands9030CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJackson Estate 2013 Camelot Highlands Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayJackson Estate
8581685815USA celebratory, medium-bodied comingling of stone fruit and green apple, this wine delights in its nicely integrated notions of structure and weight. It is ultimately succulent and satisfying.Silver Spur Limited Production9028CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneJamieson Ranch 2015 Silver Spur Limited Production Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancJamieson Ranch
8581785816USA very pale copper color, this wine is aromatically expressive with notes of strawberry and cherry bubblegum along with light herbal notes. The palate drinks dry with electric acidity that makes the fruit flavors snap, with citrus notes that persist on the finish.Rosé Painted Hills Vineyard9022WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKerloo 2015 Rosé Painted Hills Vineyard Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheKerloo
8581285811USThis is the winery's first vintage of prominently labeling its reserve-tier Cab under the To Kalon name, a nod to the vineyard's importance in the blend, which is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, with handfuls of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Soft and structured, it's a subtly powerful wine, offering cassis, cranberry, dried herb and savory touch of black tea.To Kalon Vineyard Reserve93145CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Mondavi 2011 To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonRobert Mondavi
8581385812USTight yet inviting aromas of honeysuckle, cement and green banana show on the nose of this ready-to-drink though possible-to-age wine. It's a lively sipper, with fresh-squeezed lime and tangelo flavors laid across an incredibly chalky texture.Blanc9032CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHolus Bolus 2014 Blanc Roussanne (Santa Maria Valley)RoussanneHolus Bolus
8581885817SpainClassic Albariño aromas of granitic minerality combine with apple and stone-fruit notes gets this off to a good start. A smooth, citric palate and clean, fruity flavors of orange and peach finish easy and fresh, with proper acidity.Rosa Nautica9025GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Gitana 2015 Rosa Nautica Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoLa Gitana
8581985818USCandied red and black cherries, vanilla cookies, crushed stones and sweet kirsch aromas show on the nose of this red blend. The palate starts with brick and baked red-plum flavors, followed by waves of aniseseed, roasted fennel and fresh oregano. It's complex with cooked fruits.The Catalyst9075CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLorenzi Estate 2012 The Catalyst Red (Temecula Valley)Red BlendLorenzi Estate
8582085819USFresh and blossomy, this elegant medium-bodied rosé offers loads of raspberry fruitiness, but also a deeply mineral spine of chalk and sea breeze. Made predominantly from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it holds smaller proportions of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay that lend complexity and nuance.9018New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMacari 2015 Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséMacari
8582185820USFrom the proprietor's 30 acres of the variety, planted to three clones ideally suited for the coolness of the site, this is a relatively light-bodied wine. However it presents a richness and concentration of pineapple and green olive, the oak providing a baked, creamy sensation.La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard9035CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarimar Estate 2014 La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMarimar Estate
8582285821A neutral nose leads onto an apple-fresh palate of Golden Delicious and pearmain apples. There is a creamy aspect, bathing this in a softer, friendly light. Both crisp and rounded apple fruit charms throughout on this balanced Morillon, a local term for Chardonnay.Steirische Klassik9022Anne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNeumeister 2015 Steirische Klassik MorillonMorillonNeumeister
8582385822FranceThis is a fresh, fruit-driven blend of four Rhône varieties: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier and Roussanne. Pear, pineapple and lime fruit offer ample weight in the mouth and a long, zesty finish. Drink it over the remainder of 2016.9013Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOlivier Ravoire 2014 White (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style White BlendOlivier Ravoire
8582485823USWhile delicate peach and berry aromas are subdued on the nose, crisp raspberry flavor exhilarates on the palate of this cutting, light-footed wine. Dry and refreshingly mineral, it's the perfect summer quaffer either with food, or just sipped on the porch.Dry90New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPaumanok 2015 Dry Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséPaumanok
8582585824USPerfumes of cherry blossom and raspberry abound on this ethereally light-bodied rosé. Brisk mineral tones and citrusy acidity add to its thirst-quenching quality. The finish is elegantly herbaceous.9020New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPellegrini Vineyards 2015 Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséPellegrini Vineyards
8582685825USMade from vines at a 3,000-foot elevation by a Zin master, this wine is flavorful, round and rich. It shows plenty of fruit in the aromas and on the palate, serving raspberry and strawberry on a light bed of tannin, with plenty of body to back them up.9024CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPeter Franus 2013 Zinfandel (Red Hills Lake County)ZinfandelPeter Franus
8582785826ItalyAromas suggesting underbrush, sweat, tobacco and toast reluctantly come together in the glass. The brooding palate is more appealing, delivering ripe cherry, black raspberry, grilled sage and a hint of vanilla alongside tart acidity and ripe, assertive tannins.9049PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRizieri 2012 BaroloNebbioloRizieri
8582885827USFermented entirely in stainless steel, Ocel is doughy and dark-golden in color, and despite its lack of barrel influence, the nose is ripe. On the palate, it finds its balance, showing off an abundance of apple and pear along with juicy acidity.Ocel9035CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert James Wines 2014 Ocel Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayRobert James Wines
8582985828USRefreshing, dry and rather full bodied, this appetizing wine has a vividly fruity aroma, great acidity, crisp apricot flavors and a brisk finish. This will taste great as a lunch or before-dinner drink with fresh cheeses, dried meats and more.9015CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSaint Gregory 2014 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County)Pinot BlancSaint Gregory
8583085829USThis is a majority Cabernet Sauvignon, with equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot and a smaller addition of Cabernet Franc. It speaks to the coolness of the vintage in its dried-herb characteristics and light-bodied smoothness of integrated tannin.9060CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSilverpoint Cellars 2011 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSilverpoint Cellars

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