Wine Reviews

8718187180USDry and sharp in acidity, with slightly green flavors of blackberries, blueberries, coffee and mint. Drink now.Vaquero Vineyard8315CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMuirwood 2007 Vaquero Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Arroyo Seco)Cabernet SauvignonMuirwood
8718287181USLots of ripe, jammy blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit and sweet smoky oak in this wine, but not much else in the way of structure. Ready now.8334CaliforniaYork MountainCentral CoastCalcareous 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (York Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCalcareous
8718387182USEverything's nice about this dessert wine except for the thinness of flavor. It's honey-sweet, with firm tannins and a bracing jolt of warming alcohol, with sweet caramelization from wood. But the fruit is dilute. Needs greater concentration.Orgaz Zinfandel8326CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaOptima 2006 Orgaz Zinfandel Port (Dry Creek Valley)PortOptima
8718487183USBasic everyday Pinot Noir. It's dry, with simple cola and cherry flavors, and a grating acidity.8314CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFive Rivers 2008 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirFive Rivers
8718587184USFull-bodied, dry and robust, with flavors of berries, leather, tobacco and spices. It's a rustic, tannic wine, but this is a decent price for a double bottle.Reserve8310CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGlen Ellen 2007 Reserve Petite Sirah (California)Petite SirahGlen Ellen
8718687185USDelicate citrus, spice and flowers lead this pretty Chardonnay from Macari. On the palate, attractive flavors of toast, citrus and fresh fruit are soft and subtle. A pretty wine for everyday cuisine.Barrel Fermented Reserve8323New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaMacari 2005 Barrel Fermented Reserve Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayMacari
8718787186AustraliaThis is a simple, cherry-dominated fruity quaff at a realistic price. It's only light to medium in body, with crisp acids and a bit of tannic astringency on the finish.The Long Paddock8310VictoriaVictoriaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRedbank 2007 The Long Paddock Shiraz (Victoria)ShirazRedbank
8718887187USAn awkward Chardonnay that's too strong and exaggerated for balance. Shows New World flavors of superripe pineapple jam and vanilla custard, with a honey-sweet finish.Peters Vineyard8328CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaKokomo 2007 Peters Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayKokomo
8718987188USThis wine starts with a combination of herbs, allspice and cinnamon leading into spicy, red berry flavors. A touch angular, but its dry character makes it easy to pair with food. Think spicy cuisine, grilled beef or hamburgers.Diavolo8333New MexicoNew MexicoSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaVivác Winery 2006 Diavolo Red (New Mexico)Red BlendVivác Winery
8719087189USDisagreeable for its harsh acidity and vegetal streak that mars the cherries and suggests a bitter green herb. Disappointing.8224CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaLa Crema 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirLa Crema
8719187190ItalyThe immediate sensation is of sulfur and reduction; underneath there is some greeness but also bright red fruit and floral flavors, with a short to medium finish.8214PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaGiribaldi 2004 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoGiribaldi
8719287191USMade from Pinot Gris, this dry white wine tastes too oaky in buttered toast, buttered popcorn and caramel. It finishes with raw acidity.Giallo8220CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastJalama 2007 Giallo White (Santa Barbara County)White BlendJalama
8719387192ArgentinaTart, lean red fruit aromas don't give much reason to plow forward, but if you do expect a high-acidity wine with a snappy mouthfeel and flavors of rhubarb, red plum and raspberry. Not much body or anything else, really.829Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa de Campo 2008 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecCasa de Campo
8719487193USA rugged wine, with harsh tannins and a green, unripe taste to the cherry-berry flavors.Adobe Red8215CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClayhouse 2007 Adobe Red Red (Central Coast)Red BlendClayhouse
8719587194ItalyAromas of fresh summer fruits are countered by an earthy note whose contribution is questionable. Light on the palate with nice strawberry fruit but turns a bit cloying on the finish. Mousse lacks persistence. Drink now.Rosa Regale8222PiedmontBrachetto d'AcquiVigne Regali 2007 Rosa Regale (Brachetto d'Acqui)BrachettoVigne Regali
8719687195USThis wine starts with a showy nose of vanilla, nuts and oranges/citrus, leading into like flavors with a spin of spice. It's a bigger style Chardonnay that will pair well with richer dishes: think salmon, creamy poultry, steak.Reserve8234PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPenns Woods 2005 Reserve Chardonnay (Pennsylvania)ChardonnayPenns Woods
8719787196USTastes sugary sweet, with a spritzy feeling like a sparkling wine and simple flavors of raspberries and vanilla. Technically, it's a flawed wine, but millions of people will love it.Valley Oaks White829CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFetzer 2008 Valley Oaks White Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelFetzer
8719887197ItalyChemical notes make for a less-than-promising begining but ease into pretty apricot, elderflower and honey flavors. Finish is longer than most, with nice balancing acidity. Drink now.8213PiedmontMoscato d'AstiUmberto Fiore 2008 Moscato d'AstiMoscatoUmberto Fiore
8719987198USHarsh and jammy, with thin flavors of cherries and pepper, accompanied by sharp acids. Okay in a pinch.Reserve828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherOak Grove 2008 Reserve Shiraz (California)ShirazOak Grove
8720087199USSoft and a bit sweet in jammy blackberries and cherries, with lots of pepper. Compromised by some unripe green mint flavors.Reserve828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherOak Grove 2008 Reserve Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelOak Grove
8720187200USDull and vegetal, with modest cherry flavors. But the texture is smooth and the finish is dry.8226CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastLucas & Lewellen 2006 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahLucas & Lewellen
8720287201USAs the name suggests, this is a sweet red with a touch of candied appeal. The nose offers red berries and a touch of smoke and spice; the palate is fruity with an underpinning of cedar and pepper. Fun but simple.Red Sweetie Glaciers End Red Table Wine8213New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaMartha Clara NV Red Sweetie Glaciers End Red Table Wine Red (North Fork of Long Island)Red BlendMartha Clara
8720387202SpainSmells like a dog badly in need of a bath, and alongside those funky aromas there's berry fruit and bubblegum. The palate is forceful and sort of heavy and tannic, with herbal, semitart plum flavors. Bright and lively, but unsophisticated, with poor aromas.Joven Roble8220Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPago de los Capellanes 2008 Joven Roble (Ribera del Duero)Tempranillo BlendPago de los Capellanes
8720487203USUltraripe, simple and almost as sweet as jelly, with flavors of cherries, raspberries and vanilla. The alcohol is 15.9%.8221CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastCinnabar 2007 Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotCinnabar
8720587204FranceSoft and on the sweet side of Brut, this wine is dominated by Pinot Noir grown in the Côte de Bar, in the Aube region. It is round, smooth and rich in character, ready to drink with a crisp aftertaste.Grande Rosé Brut8645ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMontaudon NV Grande Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendMontaudon
8720687205PortugalFrom the range of single-varietal bottlings from Alorna, this wine is perfumed and crisp, with bright lemon and tangy citrus flavors. It is a delicious, young, fruity and ready to drink.869TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2014 Verdelho (Tejo)VerdelhoQuinta da Alorna
8720787206PortugalThis wine is made to be enjoyed young and fruity—it is a ripe, generous and full-bodied blend of Douro red grapes. There is a dry edge of tannins which are cushioned by the rich black fruits and lifted by final acidity. Drink now.Carvalhas QV8613DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Carvalhas 2013 Carvalhas QV Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta das Carvalhas
8720887207USLighter in color, this is a fairly heavy-duty take on the grape, with cola, red cherry and cinnamon notes on a nose that seems hotter than the alcohol level suggests. Licorice, caramel, smoky Scotch and kirsch flavors consume the palate.La Libresca Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard8634CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannj.brix 2013 La Libresca Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache (Santa Barbara County)Grenachej.brix
8720987208USDried blueberries and chopped oregano show on the nose of this widely distributed brand. The palate is powered by sagebrush and other wild herbs, with plum and olallieberry fruit.8615CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMagnolia Court 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonMagnolia Court
8721087209SpainRustic, yeasty aromas are bready and low on fruit. This feels solid but short on scour and bubbles. A briny, cidery flavor profile includes apple and green-herb flavors, while the finish is somewhat flat in feel and pickled in flavor.Brut de Brut Reserva8618CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMaria Casanovas NV Brut de Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMaria Casanovas

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