Wine Reviews

8649186490USThe winery notes that this is their 16th vintage of Malbec, but just the first reserve bottling. Intense aromatics introduce a wine saturated with black fruits, coffee liqueur, soy and tobacco. It offers exceptional depth and power. Drink now through 2025.Northwest Block Reserve9342OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abacela 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec (Umpqua Valley)MalbecAbacela
8649286491USThis stunning wine offers strawberry-shortcake goodness, with a hint of cream. It's pretty, fine-tuned and quite young, with suggestions of rhubarb and cranberry. Give it plenty of breathing time and enjoy it now through 2025.Calkins Lane Vineyard9375OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Adelsheim 2013 Calkins Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirAdelsheim
8649386492USYou'll find lots to like in this dry, stylish Cabernet. It's full-bodied and tannic, but you can drink it now for the wealth of blackberry, black currant, cola, mineral and oak flavors.Lot 4008728CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCameron Hughes 2010 Lot 400 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCameron Hughes
8649486493ItalyAromas of black cherry, tobacco and exotic spice lead the nose of this wine. The palate is soft and ripe, with black cherry, prune and white pepper accents. A bit simple, but delicious, and ready to drink now.Torre del Falasco8725VenetoValpolicella Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Sociale della Valpantena 2011 Torre del Falasco (Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso)Red BlendCantina Sociale della Valpantena
8649586494FranceFull and ripe with rich fruit, fresh acidity and delicious layers of citrus and green plum flavors. It's a textured wine, showing fruit skin tautness as well as dense structure and the potential for aging. Drink from 2016.Vieilles Vignes87BurgundyPouilly-VinzellesRoger Voss@vossrogerCave des Grands Crus Blancs 2012 Vieilles Vignes (Pouilly-Vinzelles)ChardonnayCave des Grands Crus Blancs
8649686495FranceEarthy, herbal accents of forest floor and garrigue complement the black-fruit core of this solid, ripe wine. The palate is juicy and rich, and although it's a bit straightforward, it's balanced, attractive and enjoyable nonetheless.Si Mon Père Savait...8725Languedoc-RoussillonCôtes du RoussillonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBernard Magrez 2011 Si Mon Père Savait... Red (Côtes du Roussillon)Rhône-style Red BlendBernard Magrez
8649786496USThis blush is made from Pinot Noir. Full-bodied in style, it's ripe with raspberries, strawberries and pink grapefruits, and a rich finish. Great with charcuterie.8719CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaCanihan 2012 Rosé (Sonoma County)RoséCanihan
8649886497ItalyHere's a soft ripasso, with aromas of plum, raisin and menthol. The round palate offers plum, prune, black licorice and chocolate sensations. There's not much complexity here, but it's very enjoyable.8720VenetoValpolicella Ripasso Valpantena SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTezza 2010 Valpolicella Ripasso Valpantena SuperioreRed BlendTezza
8649986498ItalyThis single-vineyard Soave Classico offers lovely citrus, white peach and pear sensations punctuated by a hint of mineral. The crisp acidity leaves the palate cleansed and refreshed. It's a perfect companion for pasta or seafood.Le Volpare8713VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTommasi 2012 Le Volpare (Soave)GarganegaTommasi
8650086499AustriaThis is a light, bright wine, certainly with sweetness but that is poised over delicate honeyed and citrus flavors. Attractive and lively, ready to drink.Beerenauslese87BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerZantho 2011 Beerenauslese Scheurebe (Burgenland)ScheurebeZantho
8650186500ItalyHere's a spicy selection, with aromas of black pepper and cherry accompanied by smoky tones. The palate delivers ripe black-cherry and white pepper flavors in a fresh and enjoyable style that's meant to be drunk young.8715VenetoValpolicella SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZenato 2011 Valpolicella SuperioreRed BlendZenato
8650286501ItalyThis offers ripe plum and red-berry aromas, accented with a touch of bitter almond. It has a clean and refined palate, showing black cherry and white pepper flavors. Fresh and spicy, try this with pasta all'arrabbiata.8720VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZonin 2011 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRed BlendZonin
8650386502USAcidity cuts through the tomato, beet and cherry cola flavors of this dry, earthy wine. Unusual for a coastal Pinot Noir, but interesting in its own eccentric way. Drink soon.Drum Canyon Vineyard8744CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastDierberg 2010 Drum Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirDierberg
8650486503FranceLightly oaked Chardonnay, full of yellow fruits, spice and a floral character that gives the wine a lift. Softly textured, juicy with tighter final acidity. Screwcap.8712Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Tariquet 2012 Chardonnay (Côtes de Gascogne)ChardonnayDomaine du Tariquet
8650586504USThis fruity, off-dry Riesling is sourced from the Lawrence Vineyards on the Royal Slope. Despite the relatively cool climate site, it has a ton of very ripe fruit, peaches and apricots. There is a slight bitterness, perhaps from skin contact, in the finish.The Gnome8718WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Finn Hill 2012 The Gnome Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingFinn Hill
8650686505USScents of marshmallows and spun sugar are twined around flavors of lemon, candied orange peel and English Breakfast tea. It's off-dry, brisk and lively.8710WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine For a Song 2012 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingFor a Song
8650786506SpainThe nose on this brut is a touch grassy, with apple aromas. On first take, it feels foamy, but with time it settles down. Flavors of sulfur, apple and saline finish with pithy citrus notes and flavors of spiced apple, rhubarb and mild bitterness.Extremarium Brut Reserva8727CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMont Marçal NV Extremarium Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMont Marçal
8650886507FranceA very perfumed, fragrant and refreshing wine. It is full in the mouth, ripe, smelling of hedgerow blossoms and having a touch of spring in its fruits. Ready to drink, but also keep until 2016.Cuvée Tradition8714AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre and Charles Sparr 2011 Cuvée Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingPierre and Charles Sparr
8650986508FranceA small parcel of vines produces this crisp, fragrant and very fruity wine. With its apple fruits and lightly oaked character, it's a bright wine, it's more taut texture showing some aging potential. Drink from 2015.Le Grand Bois87BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerRomain Bouchard 2011 Le Grand Bois (Chablis)ChardonnayRomain Bouchard
8651086509USA fine Albariño, this is brisk in acidity, moderate in alcohol and clean on the finish. Shows flavors of citrus fruits and minerals, with rich notes of pears. Great to drink now.8725CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaRumpus 2011 Albariño (Sonoma Coast)AlbariñoRumpus
8651186510ItalyThis is dark and brooding, showing earthy aromas of tilled earth, leather and farmyard. The palate is big and ripe, with black fruit, nutmeg and white pepper flavors.8715VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeScriani 2009 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRed BlendScriani
8651286511ItalyThis has almost overripe black-fruit aromas accompanied by a whiff of toasted oak. The palate delivers mature but restrained plum and black-cherry flavors, layered with hints of chocolate, vanilla and espresso and supported by firm tannins.87VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSecondo Marco 2010 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRed BlendSecondo Marco
8651386512PortugalThis wine offers berries, black currants and just a hint of greenness. It has fruitiness and a dry structure, just not the weight of the vintage.Vintage87PortRoger Voss@vossrogerSmith Woodhouse 2011 Vintage (Port)PortSmith Woodhouse
8651486513USTake Souverain's basic Chardonnay, released last year, oak it up, and you get this reserve. Buttered toast, butterscotch, apricot, tropical fruit and honey flavors are prominent. Ready to drink now.Winemaker's Reserve8735CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaSouverain 2010 Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnaySouverain
8651586514FranceBright, fleshy dark-fruit flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry all unfold on the nose and in the mouth of this value-priced wine. Hints of mocha and pepper add interest to the palate, with approachable tannins and a balanced, easygoing structure.Rouge8712Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays des Côtes CatalanesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPenya 2011 Rouge Red (Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes)Rhône-style Red BlendPenya
8651686515SpainOn first take, this smells like prunes, with little vitality. In the mouth, however, there's more pulse than the nose indicates, as tomato-like acidity drives the palate toward a mix of cherry tomato, red plum and oak flavors. A fresh but mild tasting finish ensures that this blend can accompany food without a problem.Edición Limitada8715Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2009 Edición Limitada Red (Navarra)Red BlendPríncipe de Viana
8651786516FranceOne of the two main cuvées from La Chablisienne, the wine is fresh, fruity while having a tight, mineral character and a cool, fragrant feel. It could age for a few months, but is a wine to drink soon.La Pierrelée8722BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2011 La Pierrelée (Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne
8651886517ItalyThis Amarone has aromas of plum and evident oak. The palate delivers dark cherry, raisin and spice flavors, with chocolate and espresso accents. The dense fruit has easy appeal but the wine doesn't have much personality.8760VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte San Benedetto 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendCorte San Benedetto
8651986518ItalyThis offers aromas of bell pepper and raisin, with a whiff of toast. The warm, round palate shows ripe black-fruit flavors, layered with red-bell-pepper and coffee accents. You'll also notice an alcoholic warmth to the close.8725VenetoValpolicella RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte San Benedetto 2010 Valpolicella RipassoRed BlendCorte San Benedetto
8652086519USThis ripe Pinot is as sweetly sappy as raspberry syrup. The oak brings additional sweetness, this time of caramel and buttered toast. A little clumsy now, but might gain traction in the cellar.Lewis Vineyard Reserve8758CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaFrank Family 2011 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirFrank Family

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