Wine Reviews


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8759587594USThere are lots of lush flavors in this soft, mellow Syrah. It shows ripe blackberry jam, bacon, anise, cocoa and pepper notes, wrapped into smooth, complex tannins. Ready to drink now.9030CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastFalcone 2010 Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahFalcone
8759687595USA lovely Pinot Noir for drinking now, this shows Gainey's deft hand, with soft, gentle tannins and fine acidity that frame delicious raspberry, cherry, red licorice and buttered toast flavors.9030CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastGainey 2010 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirGainey
8757187570ItalyDark-skinned berry, moist earth and blue flower aromas lead the nose on this. The lean straightforward palate offers raw cherry and a hint of clove alongside bracing acidity and fleeting tannins.8511Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarone Cornacchia 2014 Montepulciano d'AbruzzoMontepulcianoBarone Cornacchia
8759787596USThis low-production Zin gets extra credit for sheer power. It's explosive, with briary, brambly flavors of wild raspberry, cherry and blackberry, complete with spice notes of anise, cinnamon and pepper, all wrapped in soft tannins. This would be great now with spicy beef and poultry dishes or pizza.Jack's Cabin Vineyard9034CaliforniaRockpileSonomaBella Vetta 2008 Jack's Cabin Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile)ZinfandelBella Vetta
8759887597SpainThis is perfectly welcoming and complex upfront, with dried raspberry, leather and light herb aromas. It feels stylish and layered, with flavors of berry, earth and integrated oak. Classy and smooth on the finish, drink this now–2020.Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva9035Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2004 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Valdemar
8757287571SpainAlthough this smells a bit oily, gritty and pyrazinic—an indication that it's living on borrowed time—at the moment this SB is still in fairly good shape. Pithy grapefruit flavors finish plump and citrusy. Drink immediately.Monte Palma8510Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Cerrosol 2015 Monte Palma Sauvignon Blanc (Rueda)Sauvignon BlancBodegas Cerrosol
8759987598USThis sparkling wine, a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, is dry, creamy and rich in flavors of citrus, yeast and vanilla. It feels refined and silky on the palate, with a honeyed finish.Brut Cuvée9052CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastCaraccioli 2007 Brut Cuvée Sparkling (Santa Lucia Highlands)Sparkling BlendCaraccioli
8757387572ItalyHere's a rustic zesty red that has aromas of ripe berry, game and whiff of tilled soil. The gamy note carries over to the simple, quaffable palate along with ripe black cherry and a hint of dark spice. Drink soon.8510Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCarletto 2015 Montepulciano d'AbruzzoMontepulcianoCarletto
8760087599ItalyA brooding, masculine expression, this offers savory aromas of cured meat and smoked bacon, with bright fruit aromas of blackberry and soft cherry. The wine is thick, inky and structured on the close, with a point of bright acidity that gives it balance.Riserva9028TuscanyChianti ClassicoCarpineto 2007 Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCarpineto
8757487573ItalyBrisk and simple, this vibrant red has aromas and flavors of tart red berry, rose and an herbaceous note. It's on the lean side, with bracing acidity and fleeting tannins that give it an abrupt finish.Matteo Bandello Rosso8520LombardyValtellinaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuca Faccinelli 2013 Matteo Bandello Rosso (Valtellina)NebbioloLuca Faccinelli
8757587574FranceThis is a crisp herbal wine, bright with acidity and marked with lemon and grapefruit tastes. It is light and bright with a mineral edge that gives it a fine texture. Drink now.Château Tuilerie Pagès8518BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignerons Réunis de Monségur 2015 Château Tuilerie Pagès (Entre-Deux-Mers)Bordeaux-style White BlendLes Vignerons Réunis de Monségur
8757687575PortugalWhile this wine's moniker literally translates as “scantily dressed,” it is derived from the name of the vineyard. The wine is light and crisply fruity, with red-currant fruit and plenty of acidity. It is ready to drink.Pouca Roupa8513AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Pouca Roupa Rosé (Alentejano)RoséJ. Portugal Ramos
8757787576SpainGrassy raspberry and cherry aromas are a bit leathery. This Carignan-Garnacha-Syrah blend feels saturated but not entirely comfortable. Jammy ripe mixed-berry flavors are chunky, candied and finish hot, with chocolaty oak.Junior8516CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachTossals 2014 Junior Red (Montsant)Rhône-style Red BlendTossals
8757887577SpainTropical fruit, banana and citrus aromas are flat and not fully convincing. This is narrow in feel, with bland stone-fruit flavors. The finish follows the palate, meaning it's good enough but unremarkable.8515GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachVal do Sosego 2015 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoVal do Sosego
8757987578USThis is a fun, easy drinker, showing zippy acidity and lots of mouthwatering clove and vanilla notes that frame flavors of Asian pear, orange and honeysuckle. It tastes just a bit off-dry, but it's refreshing and will pair well with Vietnamese and Ethiopian poultry-based dishes.9016CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaCourtney Benham 2011 Gewurztraminer (Russian River Valley)GewürztraminerCourtney Benham
8758087579USFierce in tannins, with a sandpapery astringency, this wine has oak that sticks out with sweet, smoky toast. The blackberry and cassis flavors are ripe and pleasing. All the parts haven't come together, so your best bet is to stick it in the cellar and see what happens.Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard9075CaliforniaOakvilleNapaProvenance Vineyards 2009 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonProvenance Vineyards
8758187580ArgentinaThis firm and dark Cabernet features notes of charcoal, smoke and plenty of berry on the bouquet. Clampy tannins and staunch acidity make for a lively, structured palate, with a saturated berry flavor and a vanilla shading. It is ripe and modern, providing proof that Argentina can make excellent Cabernet in addition to Malbec.9025Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSiesta Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonSiesta Wines
8758287581USJust a hint of sweetness can be found in a bouquet of honey-dusted flower. Pretty in on the palate, with citrus and apricot notes, this shows floral accents that are somewhat reminiscent of Gewürztraminer.No 99018WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Swiftwater Cellars 2011 No 9 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingSwiftwater Cellars
8758387582FranceWith no indication on the label, it would be hard to know that this is a sweet wine. That is a shame, because the wine itself is ripe and opulent, layering honey and sweet lychee flavors. There's even room for an attractive edge of acidity.Mambourg Grand Cru9033AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marc Bernhard 2010 Mambourg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerJean-Marc Bernhard
8758487583AustriaSerious spice, black currant and herb flavors combine with firm tannins to produce a wine that is both structured and age worthy. Made from grapes sourced from the Deutschkreutz region of central Burgenland, this should be kept for another year. Screwcap.90BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerJohann Heinrich 2011 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischJohann Heinrich
8758587584FranceA ripe melon aroma follows through to a wine that is rich, open and generous. While it misses some freshness and acidity, its ripe, rounded fruit flavors are an enjoyable compensation. For short-term aging.Hatschbourg Grand Cru90AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Cattin 2010 Hatschbourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJoseph Cattin
8758687585SloveniaThis is a delightfully curious, multifaceted wine that's penetrating with flavors of dried fig, black tea, honey and smoke. A savory wet clay note is interspersed with a note of sweet spice, plus tea-leaf tannins that linger long on the finish.Amfora9090Goriska BrdaAnna Lee C. IijimaKabaj 2006 Amfora White (Goriska Brda)White BlendKabaj
8758787586USSmooth and spicy, this has lots of raspberry, cherry and smoky wood flavors that taste sweet and savory, but turn nicely dry and complex on the finish. It shows real class. Best over the next few years.Jack London Vineyard9022CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaKenwood 2010 Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Mountain)ZinfandelKenwood
8758887587ItalyA joint project by winemakers Vittorio Fiore and Barbara Tamburini, this is a rich and compelling blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Teroldego. The bouquet is bold and immediate, with tones of chocolate, red cherry, clove, prune and tobacco.Aghiloro9021TuscanyMaremma ToscanaLa Corsa 2010 Aghiloro (Maremma Toscana)Red BlendLa Corsa
8758987588USLaetitia for years has been separately bottling blocks of their large estate vineyard, looking for sections that can stand on their own. La Coupelle is its latest experiment. It's certainly a huge, concentrated wine, vast in cherry pie, cola and new oak flavors, with the weight of Grenache. Good as it is, it's a little heavy-handed; sometimes less is more.La Coupelle9060CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastLaetitia 2009 La Coupelle Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirLaetitia
8759087589USMade using grapes grown high in the Mayacamas Mountains, this is extremely concentrated in pineapple essence, peach custard and tropical fruit flavors. It's extravagant, with 50% new French oak playing a strong role in contributing notes of buttered toast, crème brûlée and butterscotch to the flavor profile.9055CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMoone-Tsai 2010 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayMoone-Tsai
8759187590USTechnically proficient and showing a certain amount of style, this is a focused Cabernet with tart, tangy cassis and berry flavors. The barrel regimen adds bits of toast and mocha to the finish.9035WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine North by Northwest 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonNorth by Northwest
8759287591FranceFull and ripe, this has a pure, fragrant fruitiness. Its structure and freshness add a delicious drinkability to this rich wine. Age for another year.Kritt9030AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Gresser 2010 Kritt Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Gresser
8759387592FranceThere is a great balance between the natural floral and perfumed character of this Gewürztraminer and its lively acidity. These elements combine to form a wine that is complex and immediately attractive. It's ready to drink, but it can also age for a year.9029AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Marcel Deiss 2008 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Marcel Deiss
8759487593AustriaThe Burggarten Vineyard is below the Falkenstein Castle, producing a Pinot Blanc that is rich and creamy, with a slight hint of wood aging. Fullbodied with pear and white peach flavors, it will mature for 3–4 years. Screwcap.Burggarten9025NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerDürnberg 2011 Burggarten Weissburgunder (Niederösterreich)WeissburgunderDürnberg

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