Wine Reviews

8641386412FrancePerfumed with white flowers, this wine is crisp, bright and light in character. Lovely, pure acidity is highlighted in an attractive combination.Loire Valley8514Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerSauvion 2010 Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancSauvion
8641486413USAt the price, a pretty satisfying Malbec that's a little tight at first, with dark stewy notes, but on balance good texture and finish. It shows plum and black cherry flavors integrated throughout and a touch of Yolo earthiness, too.8510CaliforniaYolo CountyCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneSawbuck 2008 Malbec (Yolo County)MalbecSawbuck
8641586414USAs candied as a granola health bar, this Zin has flavors of sugared blackberries, roasted almonds, caramel and chocolate. If you like your Zins a little sweet, it's for you.8525CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2008 Zinfandel (Carneros)ZinfandelTruchard
8641686415ArgentinaSmells largely neutral, with slightly earthy red fruit aromas. The palate is soft and creamy, what I'd call low in acidity, with mellow, mildly baked flavors of black cherry and chocolate powder. Finishes full and plump, but calls out to be drunk right away.8514OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlpataco 2008 Pinot Noir (Patagonia)Pinot NoirAlpataco
8640186400USIt's hard to find Chardonnays priced at less than $20 that pack this much interest. This bottling offers fresh-squeezed underripe tangerine, lemon blossoms, lemon curd, crisp Gala apple, sharp grapefruit skin and a bit of butter on the nose. A salty lemon butter and marmalade flavor show on the palate, along with pear, apple and nectarine, framed by intense acidity.9016CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSextant 2015 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnaySextant
8641786416ItalyThe Il Tralcetto line of wines is packaged with a real grape vine clipping looped over the neck of the bottle. Inside is a fresh and easy expression of Merlot that is redolent of cherry, raspberry and spice.Il Tralcetto8512VenetoPiaveCescon Italo Storia e Vini 2008 Il Tralcetto Merlot (Piave)MerlotCescon Italo Storia e Vini
8641886417USA strongly flavored, rustic wine, whose jagged tannins frame jammy cherry, berry and mocha flavors. Drink now.8519CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCourtney Benham 2008 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancCourtney Benham
8640286401USThis 100% varietal wine from Goose Ridge and Frenchman Hills vineyards provides immediate appeal, with fresh aromas of blackberry, black currant and licorice. The flavors are full and don't hold back, with firm lightly grainy tannins providing support. It still needs some time to stretch it legs. Give it an hour decant or wait until after 2017.Cs9017WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSubstance 2014 Cs Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)Cabernet SauvignonSubstance
8641986418USDry and thin, with diluted cherry flavors. Oak fortunately adds needed vanilla and smoky char richness. The lack of fruity concentration accentuates the alcohol and acidity. Drink now.8548CaliforniaMount VeederNapaDutch Henry Winery 2009 Pinot Noir (Mount Veeder)Pinot NoirDutch Henry Winery
8640386402USThis rich-tasting and generous-feeling wine keeps everything in balance. It has mildly spicy oak aromas underlain with dark fruit, plus ample ripe berry and black-cherry flavors that broaden across the palate and linger on the finish.9018CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTerra d'Oro 2014 Aglianico (Amador County)AglianicoTerra d'Oro
8640486403USAn especially ripe, concentrated aroma of dark fruit carries over beautifully on the palate, where the black cherry, clove and black currant jam flavors are delicious, and the balance feels just slightly sweet. This is a big, full-bodied but smooth-textured wine.9018CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTerra d'Oro 2014 Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelTerra d'Oro
8640586404USDon't let the indecipherable labels deter you from exploring the wines of Vinum Ferus. The Valour is a good place to start. It's a single vineyard, Hanzell clone, 100% whole cluster cuvée, bursting with warm fruit flavors of maraschino cherry. There's a light dash of white pepper and refreshing acidity, with a lick of minerality.Valour9025OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Vinum Ferus 2015 Valour Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirVinum Ferus
8640686405GermanyWhiffs of bamboo leaf, lime zest and green herb invite and invigorate on this light-bodied, off-dry Riesling. The palate is juicy and concentrated, an easy going yet tangy mix of tangerine, lemon and salty minerality that lingers long through the finish. Proceeds benefit Nashville's homeless people and pets.Rockin Riesling The FOH Nashville Project9016MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaVon Schleinitz 2015 Rockin Riesling The FOH Nashville Project Riesling (Mosel)RieslingVon Schleinitz
8640786406USA very pretty wine, in scent and flavor, this estate-grown effort offers aromas of rose petals and cherry blossoms. Those floral notes continue into the palate, with light cherry fruit and citrusy acids.White Rose Vineyard90125OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine White Rose 2014 White Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirWhite Rose
8640886407USAromas of vanilla, coffee, coconut and wood spice lead to full-bodied cherry, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Fruit and barrel flavors linger on the finish. The wood shows prominently but it largely works.The Wild Sky9036WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportZero One Vintners 2013 The Wild Sky Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonZero One Vintners
8640986408ItalyAromas of blackberry jam, stewed plum, raisin, roasted coffee bean and fig carry over to the palate along with a note of clove and orange zest. Fine-grained tannins and zesty acidity provide a firm elegant structure. Drink 2018–2024.90100LombardySforzato di ValtellinaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDirupi 2014 Sforzato di ValtellinaNebbioloDirupi
8642086419ItalyIl Puro is a simple but genuine expression of Merlot with soft cherry nuances backed by light shadings of spice and mineral. The texture is smooth and silky, and although this is a very simple wine, it does deliver easy drinking pleasure.Il Puro8512VenetoVenetoAstoria 2007 Il Puro Merlot (Veneto)MerlotAstoria
8642186420ItalyRizzi's fresh and floral Moscato d'Asti opens with aromas of pressed flowers, citrus, stone fruit, honey and scented candle. The foamy bubbles feel great in the mouth and form a lasting impression of fullness and creaminess.8518PiedmontMoscato d'AstiRizzi 2009 Moscato d'AstiMoscatoRizzi
8642286421HungaryScents of honey and citrus rind on this golden Tokaji are marked by lifted apple and pear notes. Sweet tropical fruit and vanilla notes are pleasant, but there's a slightly tinned, apple juice concentrate flavor that persists on the palate.Aszú 4 Puttonyos - 500 ml8530TokajiAnna Lee C. IijimaTokaj Kereskedőház 2001 Aszú 4 Puttonyos - 500 ml (Tokaji)FurmintTokaj Kereskedőház
8642386422SpainStarts with peppery, leafy aromas that morph toward dry and earthy. The palate, like with all of Torres' basic '07 wines, is crisp and acidic, which brings tang to the wine's red cherry and plum flavors. Spicy, peppery and fresh on the finish.Sangre de Toro8511CataloniaCatalunyaMichael Schachner@wineschachTorres 2007 Sangre de Toro Red (Catalunya)Red BlendTorres
8642486423AustraliaThis South Australia Viognier comes across as restrained on the nose, offering up little more than some vaguely smoky or flinty notes, then delivers melon, pear and spice notes via a full-bodied, slightly oily-textured palate. Turns crisp and citrusy on the finish.Lady of the Lake Single Site8514South AustraliaLanghorne CreekJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzZonte's Footstep 2009 Lady of the Lake Single Site Viognier (Langhorne Creek)ViognierZonte's Footstep
8642586424FranceA toasty wine, its ripe fruit enveloped by a buttery character. The loss of fresh fruit is compensated for by the soft texture and full-in-the-mouth feel.Les Vieilles Vignes8522BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Bouchard 2008 Les Vieilles Vignes (Chablis)ChardonnayPascal Bouchard
8642686425FranceClassic crisp, tangy wine, with plenty of grapefruit flavors, very fresh, crisp and clean.Château de la Roche85Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Chainier 2010 Château de la Roche Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancPierre Chainier
8642786426USSimple, soft and fruity-sweet in cherries and raspberries, like the spicy filling in a pie. A direct wine to drink now.Presqu'ile Vineyard8555CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastPresqu'ile 2009 Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirPresqu'ile
8642886427AustraliaA Rhône-inspired blend of Marsanne (40%), Roussanne (37%) and Viognier (23%), this comes across as rather broad in the mouth, but lacking depth and length. Melon, pear and almond notes make a favorable impression, and the wine finishes fresh, if somewhat simple.The Freckle8514South AustraliaAdelaideJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzShoofly 2008 The Freckle White (Adelaide)Rhône-style White BlendShoofly
8642986428USHere's an everyday Merlot for easy drinking with beef, pork and chicken dishes. It's soft, dry and tannic, with modest cherry and herb flavors.8514CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKenwood 2008 Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotKenwood
8643086429USFew wines are as ripe and fruity as this. It's explosive in raspberry jam and cherry pie flavors, with scads of dusty pie spices, and the smooth tannins make it silky in the mouth. The problem is excessive sweetness. If you like a sugary, glyceriney edge to your red wines, it's for you.Ellie's Vineyard8535CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaWilson 2007 Ellie's Vineyard Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahWilson
8641086409GermanyA whiff of crumbled clay lends an earthen tone to this vibrant lime-edged spätlese. Crisp green plum and grapefruit flavors are juicy and fresh, sweetened by a kiss of honey. It's gossamer light in texture yet lingers with a lacy haze of sweet citrus.Spätlese9026RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2015 Spätlese Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen
8641186410SpainRipe oaky aromas of marzipan, vanilla and baked berry fruits are soft and raisiny. This blend of 40% Carignan and 30% each of Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon feels rich, saturated and smooth. Flavors of raisin, prune, spiced cherry and cheesy oak finish with a reprise of raisiny ripeness. Drink through 2018.9035CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachBerta Franquet 2010 Red (Priorat)Red BlendBerta Franquet
8641286411ArgentinaRoasted dark fruit aromas form a generic opening, while the palate is perfectly acceptable even with some scratchiness. The flavors are your basic berries and pepper, while the finish is dry and toasty. Good but regular, plain and simple.Trumpeter8512Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRutini 2009 Trumpeter Merlot (Mendoza)MerlotRutini

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