Wine Reviews

8733187330USFresh-pressed blackberry and boysenberry are lifted by white pepper and anise on the nose of this bottling by Steve Martell. The palate is dark in flavor, with black plum, charcoal, black pepper, prune, dried wisteria and other purple flowers, all presented on a very soft mouthfeel.9136CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKaleidos 2013 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahKaleidos
8733287331USA full 13-years-old on release, this wine is in perfect bloom, with tertiary aromas of leather, dried cherry, cocoa and vanilla. The cranberry and cherry flavors are tart and lithe, lingering on the finish. It still has life in front of it but is in a sweet spot.9148WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLawrelin 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonLawrelin
8733387332USA splendid example of affordable Oregon Pinot, this benefits from a great vintage for forward, fruit-driven wines. It has additional assets: balance, texture and length, all compact in a young wine still in its infancy. The sappy raspberry fruit and overall polish suggest giving it another couple of years of bottle age before opening.Cali's Cuvée Estate Grown9124OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Left Coast Cellars 2014 Cali's Cuvée Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLeft Coast Cellars
8733487333AustraliaThis is plump, custardy, leesy wine, with ample texture to support the flavors of toasted marshmallow, melon and citrus. It's plush and round on the lingering finish. Drink now–2018.Finisterre9130Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRobert Oatley 2014 Finisterre Chardonnay (Margaret River)ChardonnayRobert Oatley
8733587334AustraliaAt the suggested retail price, this constitutes a fine value. It's rich and full in body, but balanced, with “tangerine dream” notes of ripe citrus backed by hints of peach and vanilla. Plush and mouthwatering on the finish, it should drink well through at least 2018.9120Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRobert Oatley 2015 Chardonnay (Margaret River)ChardonnayRobert Oatley
8733687335USHere is a compelling mix of berry, cherry and citrus fruits that are forward and punchy, with a touch of clay anchoring the finish. It was aged for 18+ months in a mix of new and neutral French oak.Marsh Estate Vineyard9150OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Roco 2014 Marsh Estate Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirRoco
8733787336USA blend of Viognier (60%), Marsanne (25%) and Roussanne, this wine displays fragrant aromas of white flowers, orange peel, almond and citrus. The palate shows an elegant styling along with absolutely impeccable balance that keeps the interest high. Orange peel notes linger on the finish.Southern9132WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRôtie Cellars 2015 Southern White (Washington)Rhône-style White BlendRôtie Cellars
8733887337USThis dark, full-bodied and well-balanced effort is jam-packed with flavor. A big burst of blackberry, blue plum and black cherry holds down the center palate. It's focused, fresh, ripe and lingers broadly. It's a wine to buy by the case and drink over the next decade.9130OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sineann 2015 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirSineann
8733987338USThis is a finesse wine, with light flavors of pomegranate and cranberry. There's a suggestion of burnt toast—just a hint—around the tannins, which remain a bit stiff and chewy. Give this another year or two and it should open up further.Russell-Grooters Vineyard9136OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sineann 2015 Russell-Grooters Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirSineann
8734087339USThis has a big burst of spicy, toasty oak right up front. That's often a sign of a young wine, and this is one with the fruit and depth to handle the extra toast. Cola, black cherry and a touch of clean earth come through, with a suggestion of tanned leather. It's got inviting complexity, coupled with forward, fruity flavor. Drink 2018–2026.Emery9155OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine WillaKenzie Estate 2014 Emery Pinot NoirPinot NoirWillaKenzie Estate
8734187340USThis is juicy, almost jammy, with forward flavors of strawberry candy that fill the mouth and hang tight. There's a light hint of pepper around a lingering, clean finish. It's full, forward and fruit-powered.Pierre Léon9155OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine WillaKenzie Estate 2014 Pierre Léon Pinot NoirPinot NoirWillaKenzie Estate
8734287341USAromas of vanilla, clove, coffee and dark raspberry lead to a mouthful of rich layered fruit flavors. It shows impressive concentration, with fruit flavors lingering on the long finish.9126WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBasalt 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotBasalt
8734387342USFermented and aged in both stainless steel and neutral oak, this wine opens with a heady aroma of lemon cookie covered in powdered sugar, as a spicier element of lemongrass rears its head. Bright in acidity and focused, this textured white also shows highlights of grapefruit and dried herb.Estate Grown9126CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBelden Barns 2015 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Mountain)Sauvignon BlancBelden Barns
8734487343FranceA firm, rich wine that has great potential. The blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine its ripe, berry fruits and fine acidity. Now maturing well, it still has some firm tannins and a dark core that will soften in the next few months. Drink from late 2017.Château la Tempérance9135BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerBernard Magrez 2012 Château la Tempérance (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBernard Magrez
8734587344USThe top bottling of the Talley family's second label, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot and 16% Malbec offers tons of black fruit on the nose as well as fennel, thyme, oregano and a subdued licorice note. The palate puts violet florality together with fresh blackberry fruit, white pepper and a bit of caramel, proving both delicious and elegant.Elevation9128CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBishop's Peak 2013 Elevation Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBishop's Peak
8734687345USThis wine is a blend of Tempranillo (63%), Graciano (26%) and Garnacha. Appealing aromas of red fruit, spice, cocoa and toasty barrel accents give way to fruit and barrel flavors brightened by tart acidity and supported by lightly grainy tannins. It's an intriguing blend of these varieties that shows impeccable balance and impressive length.Corrida9134WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrian Carter Cellars 2013 Corrida Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
8734787346USFully revealing in brioche and preserved lemon, this wine shows a boldness of oak and body alongside an exuberance of ripe, tropical fruit that's lengthy and complex. This is classically Napa Valley in its luxuriousness and velvety texture.Reserve9156CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCakebread 2013 Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayCakebread
8734887347PortugalA 100% Petit Verdot is a rare event. Here in Bairrada, close to the ocean, the grape produces a structured, dense wine with serious blackberry fruits and dark tannins. It is deeply colored, ripe with bold fruitiness as well as acidity. Drink the wine now.Diga? Tinto9158BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCampolargo 2009 Diga? Tinto Petit Verdot (Bairrada)Petit VerdotCampolargo
8734987348USPale in color but rich in flavor, this offers a compelling mix of scents and flavors. Acacia flower, pink grapefruit and Honeycrisp apples lead into a delicious wine with excellent length, balance and texture. Drink now through 2020.Acadia Vineyards9125WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cerulean 2013 Acadia Vineyards Pinot Gris (Columbia Gorge (WA))Pinot GrisCerulean
8735087349FranceThis is a wine that brings out all the bright fruit of the vintage. It has classic black-currant flavors and crisp acidity. The tannins are a firm supporting act to this wine that will develop well over the medium term.9140BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau d'Angludet 2014 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChateau d'Angludet
8735187350FranceLafon-Rochet is an estate that is producing some very fine wines. This second wine is a good reflection of the quality. With its powerful tannins and dark concentration, it is a still young. Blackberry fruits are paired with the dry core of tannin to give a wine for aging. Drink from 2019.Les Pélerins de Lafon-Rochet9130BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lafon-Rochet 2010 Les Pélerins de Lafon-Rochet (Saint-Estèphe)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lafon-Rochet
8735287351USStill light and astringent, this seems to be in some bottle shock: the score is a guesstimate. It's been well-rested, and tasted over a 24-hour period, but more aging is recommended. Stem and leaf flavors accompany tart raspberry fruit. The rating could rise or fall depending upon how it cellars.Jessie Vineyard9160OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cristom 2014 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirCristom
8735387352ItalyMade from a blend of Sangiovese (85%) and Merlot (15%), this Morellino discloses aromas of incense and exotic Asian spices together with toasted oak. The palate shows raspberry and plum layered with espresso and coffee alongside astringent tannins. It closes on a bitter, drying note.Colli dell'Uccellina8626TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Selva 2011 Colli dell'Uccellina (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendLa Selva
8735487353PortugalMade in a richer style, it is bone dry and with a creamy texture, apricot fruit flavors as well as the right, crisp acidity. The wine is fresh, fruity and, of course, needs to be drunk now.8612Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerLIV 2012 White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteLIV
8735587354Italyeedy, leafy aromas give way to coffee bean and subdued whiffs of black fruit. The palate opens with espresso, oak, and black cherry but it's a bit lean in fruit richness and closes with drying and astringent wood tannins.Solatio del Tani8625TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMachiavelli 2011 Solatio del Tani (Chianti Classico)Red BlendMachiavelli
8735687355SpainBaked, earthy aromas of berry fruits are mature. This feels a bit rubbery and raw, with grabby tannins. Flavors of baked plum and berry fruits are limited in scope, while the finish is mature, sweet tasting and disjointed in feel.Reserva8616Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMontecillo 2008 Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMontecillo
8735787356AustraliaLightweight and pleasant, this has modest cherry fruit and some earthy notes. It finishes well, with silky, tea-like nuances.86VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Mary 2010 Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)Pinot NoirMount Mary
8735887357USQuite hard and almost impenetrable at first, this slowly opens to give a glimpse of compact, dried blueberry fruit and a dash of dark chocolate. The tannins are hard and herbal also. Aeration will help.8618OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Oak Knoll 2010 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirOak Knoll
8735987358USThe body is nice and silky on this Zinfandel. It might be Grenache, it's so soft and delicate. But the wine is powerful in high alcohol-infused red currants and blackberries, veering into overripe raisins. Drink up.Especial8640CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastPeachy Canyon 2011 Especial Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelPeachy Canyon
8736087359FranceA fine and ripe wine with touches of black currant and more flourishes of red berry flavors. It is structured, although that doesn't remove its immediate drinkability. The aftertaste is softer, just off dry.8512France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Petit Panier 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Vin de France)Cabernet SauvignonLe Petit Panier

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