Wine Reviews

1064010639IsraelDelicate aromas of toasted egg bread, baked apple and orange rind dance in the bouquet, while the brisk and effervescent mouth shows more red apple-skin flavor alongside acidic notes of pineapple core and lime zest. Balanced and refreshing.Yarden Blanc de Blancs Brut8725GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGolan Heights Winery 2005 Yarden Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayGolan Heights Winery
1064110640ItalyContempo is a fresh and lean expression of Nero d'Avola from western Sicily that opens with aromas of wild berry, rose petal and toasted almond. It's a simple red wine that would pair with pasta or easy meat dishes.Contempo87Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaAbbazia Santa Anastasia 2009 Contempo Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaAbbazia Santa Anastasia
1064210641New ZealandA light-bodied, delicate style of Pinot Noir, with pretty cherry fruit and plenty of forest and earth complexity. Silky on the finish, with hints of tea leaf. Probably best over the next year or two.8715MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAra 2009 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirAra
1064310642ItalyMade with a mix of indigenous grapes, this satisfying white wine from Sardinia would pair well with shellfish, grilled vegetables, exotic spicy dishes or Italian kitchen classics. The wine imparts aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and white almond.Iselis8720Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiArgiolas 2009 Iselis White (Isola dei Nuraghi)White BlendArgiolas
1064410643ItalyAs its hybrid name suggests, Shymer is a blend of Syrah and Merlot. The wine presents a friendly bouquet accented by red cherry, white pepper and sweet cinnamon. The tannins are soft and plush.Shymer8717Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaBaglio di Pianetto 2009 Shymer Red (Sicilia)Red BlendBaglio di Pianetto
1064510644USTart, with brambly berry fruit, and even a bit of apricot. This was a cool year in Walla Walla, and the fruit flavors reflect that.Pheasant Run Vineyard8740WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Basel Cellars 2008 Pheasant Run Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonBasel Cellars
1062110620USCut apple, sliced nectarine and crisp citrus elements meet with sourdough yeast, slight jasmine, chamomile and dried dandelion on the nose of this wine from the El Jabali and La Encantada vineyards. The palate is slightly sour, with tight green apple, baking soda and lime flesh flavors.Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise9160CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAlma Rosa 2013 Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise Sparkling (Sta. Rita Hills)Sparkling BlendAlma Rosa
1064610645IsraelA soft acetone streak permeates the red cherry- and berry-driven bouquet, while red fruit and pomegranate flavors dominate the palate. A slightly twiggy herbal accent adds depth and staying power to the finish. Drink now.Reserve8760GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBazelet HaGolan 2007 Reserve Merlot (Galilee)MerlotBazelet HaGolan
1062210621USAromas of pure black fruit, slightly burned toast, concentrated plum, black cherries and a touch of espresso show on this study of a rarely standalone grape. The palate is firm with chewy tannins yet approachable in flavors, offering dried elderberries, coffee beans, burned caramel flavors.Margarita Vineyard9136CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAncient Peaks 2012 Margarita Vineyard Petit Verdot (Paso Robles)Petit VerdotAncient Peaks
1062310622USWith a healthy whack of Merlot (22%), this drinks a bit more like a Bordeaux blend than a varietal wine. It enchants with aromas of high-toned herbs, coffee, toasty oak and red cherry. The cherry and black fruit flavors are layered and tightly wound, with a pleasing mouthfeel. The tannins need time to unwind.Artz Vineyard9142WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAuclair 2013 Artz Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Red Mountain)Cabernet FrancAuclair
1062410623USA blend of Merlot (73%), Cabernet Franc (24%) and Petit Verdot, it rises from the glass with aromas of cedar, flowers and red and black fruit. The black-fruit flavors are dense but deft, with firm tannins backing them up.Right Blend Artz Vineyard9139WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAuclair 2013 Right Blend Artz Vineyard Red (Red Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAuclair
1062510624USA fabulous blend of Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Syrah, this wine has earthy, dried herb aromas, dense fruit and dark chocolate flavors and considerable soothing tannins. It is dry in style, not too full-bodied, and has a lingering finish. Needs time to mature, and will best after 2018.Mistero9124CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Mistero Red (Sierra Foothills)Red BlendNaggiar
1062610625FranceOne of the cru classé estates of Côtes de Provence, Galoupet goes back to the 17th century. This latest vintage is a blend that includes a whole gallery of grapes. The result is a rich wine that benefits from the warmth of the year. It has kept plenty of bright acidity and red-currant flavors, leaving a tight, mineral, crisp aftertaste.9145ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Galoupet 2015 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau du Galoupet
1064710646USAlmost tropical in style, with abundantly ripe mango and pineapple on the nose and palate, this semidry Riesling is irresistibly lush and fruity. Zippy tangerine acidity and a zesty orange peel note provides refreshing restraint on the finish.Semi-Dry8718New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBelhurst 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingBelhurst
1062710626FranceLocated close to Saint-Tropez, the estate is one of the Côtes de Provence growths classified in 1955. This top wine from the estate is ripe and powerful. It has a structure as well as peach and pear fruit flavors, so it could well age. A citrus burst at the end adds an attractive lift.L'Excellence9145ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Maur 2015 L'Excellence Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Saint-Maur
1062810627USAn intriguingly and wondrously unique nose offers baked plum, shaved kola nut, pressed red rose buds, cinnamon and dried tea leaves. The palate carries that array of scents forward, showing root beer and more kola nut as well as tobacco lead, slate and slightly sour black plum skins.9148CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChêne 2014 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirChêne
1064810647USVery peppery even for Syrah. Marked also by intense blackberry jam flavors, it's a full-bodied, tannic bruiser, but one with brooding depth. Decant it a few hours before serving.Bragger8720CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastWild Coyote 2009 Bragger Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahWild Coyote
1064910648USScents of bacon fat from the new French oak introduce a tight young wine. The cured meat aromas and flavors somehow suggest a splash of Syrah in the blend, though none is noted. Give it a couple more years to smooth out and let the fruit come through.8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine William Church 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWilliam Church
1065010649ItalyThis wine delivers plump cherry and blackberry with a soft, velvety, easy-going mouthfeel.Aquilae87Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaViticultori Associati Canicatti 2008 Aquilae Merlot (Sicilia)MerlotViticultori Associati Canicatti
1062910628ItalyFragrant white flower, yellow stone fruit and dried herb aromas open. The vibrant, elegant palate offers mature yellow apple, creamy white peach and mineral alongside bright acidity. A white almond note closes the lingering finish.Conchiglia9122LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCitari 2015 Conchiglia (Lugana)TurbianaCitari
1063010629USThe aromas start out quite brooding, opening to reveal notes of green pepper, vanilla, wood spice, powdered cayenne and dark cherry. The flavors are lithe and polished, with cherry, vanilla and coffee interweaving throughout to an extended finish. It comes off as oak heavy but still impresses.Andreas Wallula Vineyard9180WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDen Hoed 2012 Andreas Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonDen Hoed
1063110630FranceAlthough this is labeled as Vin de France, its fruit comes from the La Bégude estate in Bandol. With one year's aging, it is full, soft and ripe with generous strawberry flavors. Dark in color, it may not follow the trend in Provence for pale rosés and its taste is rich and full bodied. The acidity at the end gives the necessary freshness.L'Irréductible9140France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Bégude 2014 L'Irréductible Rosé (Vin de France)RoséDomaine de la Bégude
1063210631ItalyA great value wine to pair with homemade spaghetti sauce or grilled sausage with onions and bell peppers, this wine is soft and lush, with cherry, almond and blackberry notes. There's a touch of sweet strawberry on the close.Stemmari8710Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudo Arancio 2010 Stemmari Merlot (Sicilia)MerlotFeudo Arancio
1063310632ItalyThis bright wine offers fresh and tangy fruit, dark concentration and bold aromas of blackberry and toasted almond. That nutty note is typical of this popular Sicilian grape variety.Stemmari879Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudo Arancio 2010 Stemmari Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaFeudo Arancio
1063410633ItalyThis youthful wine plays most of its cards in the mouth, where it offers a plump, fruity feel with fresh accents of tangy acidity on the finish. The bouquet is redolent of red berry, cola and leather.8716Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudo Disisa 2009 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaFeudo Disisa
1063510634ItalyFeudo Montoni is a beautiful wine estate located in an isolated spot in central Italy. Its Catarratto is a fresh, easy wine with a pretty aromatic ensemble of lemon, exotic fruit and white peach.8717Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFeudo Monaci 2009 Catarratto (Sicilia)CatarrattoFeudo Monaci
1063610635ItalyThis pristine expression of Grillo opens with dry aromas of hay and crushed white stone followed by melon, citrus, pear and white almond. There's a spicy touch of white pepper on the close.Altavilla della Corte8715Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFirriato 2009 Altavilla della Corte Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloFirriato
1063710636ItalyCavanera is a white blend produced by one of the most important wine families based in Trapani, on the other side of Sicily. The wine is crisp and fresh, with a drying mineral note that gives it momentum in the mouth.Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca87Sicily & SardiniaEtnaFirriato 2009 Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca (Etna)White BlendFirriato
1063810637IsraelThe bouquet of this wine is a little restrained, with soft aromas of black fruit flesh, savory herbs and vanilla bean. The mouth offers more character, with vibrant plum and cherry flavors alongside lifting acidity and apporachable tannins.Reserve87IsraelLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFlam 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel)Cabernet SauvignonFlam
1063910638ItalyFondo Antico's entry-level Nero d'Avola offers a clean portrait of the Sicilian indigenous grape, with tones of red cherry, blackberry, red rose and lightly toasted almond. The tannins are soft and silky.87Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaFondo Antico 2009 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaFondo Antico

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