Wine Reviews

87318730USThis shows good blackberry and black currant flavors, with the smooth, rich tannins for which Oakville is noted. But there's no particular intensity or ageworthiness. Drink up.8775CaliforniaOakvilleNapaPine Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonPine Ridge
87328731ItalyThis Sangiovese from central Italy offers abundant freshness and pretty aromas of wild berry, almond, cola and dried ginger. There's a touch of dried herb and licorice that gives the wine a bright, buoyant finish.8717Central ItalyColli di FaenzaRontana 2008 Sangiovese (Colli di Faenza)SangioveseRontana
87338732USFull of fig and grapefruit flavor, this was never aged in oak. A small addition of Sémillon adds to its richness and long finish.8712CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneShooting Star 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancShooting Star
87348733USThis is somewhat lean, but its elegantly tailored in its brisk acidity and dryness. While the cherry and berry flavors are modest, the wine's austerity makes it versatile with an enormous range of foods.8738CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastStephen Ross 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirStephen Ross
87358734ItalyMade with organically farmed Sangiovese, this pretty red delivers savory aromas of spice, cola and steak sauce, with cool, fruit intensity and bright acidity on the finish.Bio-5718714Central ItalySangiovese di RomagnaTenuta Amalia 2010 Bio-571 (Sangiovese di Romagna)SangioveseTenuta Amalia
87368735ItalyA blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Sagrantino, this is a rich, chewy red with savory aromas of cured meat and spice. There's a touch of ripe fruit and even a note on the finish that resembles cinnamon or ground nutmeg.Prova d'Autore8725Central ItalyUmbriaRoccafiore 2008 Prova d'Autore Red (Umbria)Red BlendRoccafiore
87378736ItalyDark and savory, this has spicy aromas of clove, cinnamon, prune and red currant. It shows freshness and medium density overall.Clemente VII8718TuscanyChianti ClassicoCastelli del Grevepesa 2009 Clemente VII (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastelli del Grevepesa
87388737USTasting sweet and hot, this sure is ripe. It has extracted flavors of jammy blackberry, cherry and cola. Drink now.8785CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaChalk Hill 2009 Merlot-Malbec (Chalk Hill)Merlot-MalbecChalk Hill
87398738USEberle's Sangioveses are always dry, acidic and cherried. On their own, they're tight, rustic little monsters. Drink them with appropriate fare, and suddenly you're in Tuscany. Get out your Italian cookbook and find something with beef, fettucine, ragu and plenty of cheese.Hidden Valley Vineyard 51%, Wine Bush Vineyard 36%, Filipponi & Thompson Vineyard 13%8724CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastEberle 2009 Hidden Valley Vineyard 51%, Wine Bush Vineyard 36%, Filipponi & Thompson Vineyard 13% Sangiovese (Paso Robles)SangioveseEberle
87408739ItalyComposed of Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Merlot and Montepulciano, this offers pretty tones of spice and wild berry, with background tones of tobacco and worn leather.87Central ItalyMontefalco RossoFongoli 2009 Montefalco RossoRed BlendFongoli
87418740USEarthy notes of clay and mushroom lend a rugged complexity to aromas of roasted plums and cherries on this lush yet composed wine. The palate is densely concentrated with black cherry flavor, but anchored with bright acidity and a blanket of velvet tannins.8925New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaShalestone 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonShalestone
87428741USTouches of vanilla, toast and sweet biscuit waft sumptuously from this classically-styled Chardonnay-Pinot Noir sparkler. Delicate and supple in mousse, it finishes vivaciously and fresh with a streak of lemon-lime acidity.Brut8929New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSparkling Pointe 2010 Brut (North Fork of Long Island)Champagne BlendSparkling Pointe
87438742USA thin wisp of smoke lends complexity to a bouquet full of sunny peaches and apricots on this perfumed Riesling. Off-dry in style, sweet pink-grapefruit flavor quenches the palate. It's dancingly light in body yet surprisingly powerful in concentration.8914New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaStanding Stone 2013 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingStanding Stone
87448743US100% varietal with the majority of the fruit coming from Weinbau Vineyard, it brings notes of plum, whole green pepper and coffee. The palate lies on the lighter side of medium bodied, fleshing out with some time open, with a lovely texture but with some grit to the tannins. Perhaps some additional time in the bottle with smooth it out.8930WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTamarack Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet FrancTamarack Cellars
87458744USSavory aromas of bay leaf and fennel pair with mushrooms and freshly turned dirt on this single-vineyard wine. The flavors are also more earthy than fruity, with oregano, thyme, tea, espresso, cola and only a hint of cranberry. The tannins are strong, so this will last for a few years.La Encantada Vineyard8961CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2012 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirTestarossa
87468745USVintage after vintage, there's a smoky, dusty undertone to this intensely mineral Riesling. It's dry on the palate with streaks of fresh lemon, lime and herb that linger long and lean on the finish. Fine and fleeting in texture, yet remarkably powerful in presence.Dry8930New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTierce 2012 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingTierce
87478746ItalyA pretty fragrance of crushed flowers, woodland berries and sweet spices waft from the glass of this savory Rosso. The juicy palate offers upfront wild cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon and vanilla alongside dusty tannins. Pair it with cold cuts, hearty first courses or medium seasoned cheeses.89TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTornesi 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseTornesi
87488747ItalyA blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this savory wine boasts structure and drinkability. Aromas of toast, chocolate and ripe plum carry over to the palate along with dark cherry, white pepper and smooth, velvety tannins. It's made for early drinking so enjoy soon.Rosso dei Notri8921TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTua Rita 2012 Rosso dei Notri Red (Toscana)Red BlendTua Rita
87498748ItalyA potpourri of violets, sweet baking spices and woodland berries take center stage. The savory palate offers up wild cherry, black raspberry and cinnamon alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity. Drink soon.8912PiedmontNebbiolo d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVeglio 2012 Nebbiolo d'AlbaNebbioloVeglio
87508749ItalyMade entirely with Sangiovese, this straightforward wine offers aromas of forest floor, violet, red berry and spices. The juicy palate delivers ripe black fruit accented with notes of white pepper, cinnamon, black tea and clove alongside firm but ripe tannins. Enjoy this now through 2018.Castelgreve8920TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelli del Grevepesa 2011 Castelgreve (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastelli del Grevepesa
87518750FranceThis is a heavily wooded wine, with tannins giving a firm and dry character at this stage. It has weight and a powerful structure, but needs time to develop riper fruit and plum flavors. It's always likely to show wood flavors, but certainly wait until 2017.Confidential8922Southwest FranceCôtes du MarmandaisRoger Voss@vossrogerCave du Marmandais 2011 Confidential Red (Côtes du Marmandais)Red BlendCave du Marmandais
87528751FranceFortified Tannat certainly has tannins, but it lends itself well to this sweet style. It's rich, obviously ageworthy with ripe black fruits and concentrated sweetness that's balanced by acidity. It should be aged until 2018.Maydie Vintage8928France OtherVin de LiqueurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Aydie 2011 Maydie Vintage Tannat (Vin de Liqueur)TannatChâteau d'Aydie
87538752FranceEven after four years, this wine is showing strong wood flavors. Hopefully this burnt toastiness will calm down, because the fruit has potential. It is rich and packed with blueberry and black currant fruits while still firmly tannic. Drink from 2017.Chemin de Compostelle8918Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Hauterive 2010 Chemin de Compostelle Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau de Hauterive
87548753FranceThe blend is 86% Syrah and 14% Mourvèdre. The wine is medium bodied, not very rich or textured, but solid, with some slightly dusty tannins on the finish. Aromas and flavors cover an appealing range, from hints of garrigue, vanilla and cedar to ripe raspberries. Drink it now and over the next few years.JT8920Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau de Nages 2012 JT Red (Costières de Nîmes)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau de Nages
87558754USWell built, this feels firm and structured and tastes alive and fruity. Aromas suggest blackberry and dark plum, and it tastes of those fruit too, with a velvety texture. It's medium-bodied, balanced by firm tannins and good acidity, and well-rounded in flavor.8914CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsClos du Lac 2011 Syrah (Sierra Foothills)SyrahClos du Lac
87568755FranceThis is the freshest of the sweet wine produced by Henri Ramonteau at Cauhapé. It is a lively, fruity wine, full of refreshing acidity as well as pineapple, apricot and honey flavors. The end shows a touch of spice. Drink now.Ballet d'Octobre8918Southwest FranceJurançonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Cauhapé 2012 Ballet d'Octobre (Jurançon)Gros and Petit MansengDomaine Cauhapé
87578756FranceThis is an effusively fruity white that's full bodied but not over the top. Citrus notes accent melon and pineapple, a reflection of the wines composition: 40% Rolle (better known as Vermentino), 40% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne. Drink it up by early 2015, or look for the next vintage.8914Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de la Petite Cassagne 2012 White (Costières de Nîmes)Rhône-style White BlendDomaine de la Petite Cassagne
87588757FranceRipe white fruits are cut by a refreshing grapefruit acidity. It's so bright, crisp with a bounce to its texture that's irresistible. The aftertaste is a shower of bright flavors. Drink now.Vielle Vigne d'Idylle8916France OtherVin de SavoieRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Idylle 2013 Vielle Vigne d'Idylle Jacquère (Vin de Savoie)JacquèreDomaine de l'Idylle
87598758USZesty lemons and limes are perfumed with whiffs of orange blossom on this brisk, revitalizing dry Riesling. Tart tangerine acidity penetrates deeply on the palate, leading a finish that's crisp and clean.Dry8915New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingDr. Konstantin Frank
87608759ChileTarry, briary, gritty aromas take some getting used to. This blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Marsanne conveys sharp, juicy acidity. Flavors of currant, red plum and spice finish on the racy and raw side, with herbal notes and a lasting peppery flavor.The Blend Collection8945Aconcagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2011 The Blend Collection Red (Aconcagua Valley)Red BlendErrazuriz

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