Wine Reviews


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1065110650USThis popular Chardonnay gives you a generous burst of buttered nuts and toast, the flavors many consumers want in their Chardonnays. Not much going on in the fruit department—just clean, tart green apples, with a sharp, acidic edge.H38715WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Columbia Crest 2009 H3 Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills)ChardonnayColumbia Crest
1065210651SpainAfter an aromatic opening that includes wet leather, rubber and brine, this wine finds its stride, and while it's firmly tannic, the flavors of dark fruits, tomato, herbs, tobacco and cured meats do the trick. It gets better the longer it sits; drink now but give it as much air as possible.8732Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachConvento San Francisco 2006 Ribera del DueroTinto del PaisConvento San Francisco
1065310652ItalyAngimbé is a versatile and food-friendly blend of Insolia and Chardonnay, with deep aromas of caramel, pineapple, honey and apricot. The wine sports an off-gold color, a sweet, creamy finish and a dash of piquant spice on the close.Angimbé8717Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCusumano 2010 Angimbé White (Sicilia)White BlendCusumano
1065410653ItalyA great value choice, this bright Nero d'Avola shows aromas of ripe fruit and blackberry framed by oak spice and leather. There's a pleasing fullness and thickness to the wine that would match up well with grilled meats.8712Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCusumano 2010 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCusumano
1065510654USDashe uses 30-year-old vines from Guinness McFadden's farm in the southeastern end of Mendocino County, organically grown and planted in rocky, chalky soil. Golden in color and thick in texture, the wine has lovely acidity and is definitely dry, austere and very Germanic, with a nutty earthiness.Dry Riesling McFadden Farms8720CaliforniaPotter ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneDashe Cellars 2010 Dry Riesling McFadden Farms Riesling (Potter Valley)RieslingDashe Cellars
1065610655USThis Chardonnay straddles the line between complexity and simplicity, with toasty orange and pineapple flavors brightened with citrusy acidity. Savory minerality adds interest and food friendliness.McMinn Vineyards8730CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDogwood 2010 McMinn Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDogwood
1065710656FranceFor a simple Beaujolais, this is an intensely rich wine with toast spice coming through the black cherry fruit. The tannins give a ripe structure. All the time, the wine remains true to its fruity origins.Cuvée de la Platière8725BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chasselay 2010 Cuvée de la Platière (Beaujolais)GamayDomaine Chasselay
1065810657USBroadly fruity, with a palate of mixed red berries and cherries. Light and balanced, this is well-made, of medium length, and ready to drink right away.8725WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lujon 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonLujon
1065910658USA tight, dry and somewhat one-dimensional Pinot Noir. It offers cherry, cola and spice flavors, and is elegantly structured. Grows more interesting as it warms in the glass, but it's ready for drinking now.Las Brisas Vineyard8736CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaMahoney 2009 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirMahoney
1066010659USThis is a basic Malbec, dark in color, dry and tannic. It has blackberry, currant and leather flavors that lack some intensity.Lockwood Oaks Vineyard8418CaliforniaSan Antonio ValleyCentral CoastSwirl 2010 Lockwood Oaks Vineyard Malbec (San Antonio Valley)MalbecSwirl
1066110660SpainThis is mildly herbal and dilute on the nose, but not unappealing. It feels medium in body, with a timid structure and simple red-berry flavors that taste slightly sweet. Fresh and mild as a whole.Finca Constancia8410Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltozano 2010 Finca Constancia Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloAltozano
1066210661FranceThis is a toasty, black-currant-fruited wine. Its structural tannins give a dry character. A touch of green herb and a hard edge of toast indicate that the wine needs another year to soften.Mouton Cadet8410BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerBaron Philippe de Rothschild 2010 Mouton Cadet (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBaron Philippe de Rothschild
1066310662ArgentinaThis smells bland but clean, with a hint of citrus. It feels spritzy but simple, with papaya, green melon and mild citrus flavors. Good in a very basic way, but drink now before it fades.Malma Finca la Papay8411OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega NQN 2010 Malma Finca la Papay Sauvignon Blanc (Patagonia)Sauvignon BlancBodega NQN
1066410663USThis tastes honey-sweet, with apricot, lime and vanilla flavors, brightened by crisp acidity. The blend is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Viognier.Showtime8414CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBowtie 2010 Showtime White (California)White BlendBowtie
1066510664FranceThis is a soft, rather unfocused, open-textured wine that shows apple and citrus flavors. It's ready to drink now.8413BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Briot 2011 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Briot
1066610665FranceWith a blackberry flavor and a juicy character, this is a wine that has a bright, fresh feel and soft tannins.8412BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Chaubinet 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Chaubinet
1066710666FranceThis big, powerful and tannic wine shows a dry character that dominates the black currant and berry notes. The old wood flavors seem out of sync with the rest of the palate.84BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Lugagnac 2009 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Lugagnac
1066810667FranceAn herbal wine, with a light in texture, this Bordeaux has smoke and tobacco aromas that make it bright and ready to drink. Screwcap.84BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gabaron 2010 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gabaron
1066910668FranceLean, soft and soapy in character, this has a dry core and soft tannins, with a lightweight red-berry note. Not for aging.Cuvée Legta8450BordeauxLalande de PomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vieux Ferrand 2011 Cuvée Legta (Lalande de Pomerol)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Vieux Ferrand
1067010669SpainThis smells stalky and past its prime, but it's not stinky or maderized. The palate is fleshy in feel and oily in sensation, with bitter citrus flavors and pithy notes. Neither vital nor fresh on the finish.8418GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachDon Olegario 2011 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoDon Olegario
1067110670ItalyPackaged in a fun screwcap bottle, this easy Primitivo opens with bitter almond and cherry flavors, followed by crisp fruit and citrus freshness. It would pair with grilled pork chops.8410Southern ItalySalentoCortenova 2010 Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoCortenova
1067210671ItalyLapaccio is an easy and informal expression of Primitivo, with simple cherry and cola aromas. In the mouth, it shows a sweet-tasting red-fruit flavor.Lapaccio8414Southern ItalySalentoPasqua 2011 Lapaccio Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoPasqua
1067310672SpainSpearmint chewing gum, cassis and raisin aromas are friendly. However, on the palate this wine rings hollow, with little structure and hardly any midpalate. The flavors of candied red fruits are basic, while the finish shows residual raspberry flavor and no complexity.Clos del Mas8430CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord 2008 Clos del Mas Red (Priorat)Red BlendPinord
1067410673ArgentinaPerfumed aromas of lemon verbena and wild flower are reminiscent of air freshener. The palate is a bit heavy, but solid acidity provides necessary cut. Flavors of vanilla and spice are a little funky, while the finish is also oaky.Reserva8413OtherArgentinaMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Huberto 2010 Reserva Chardonnay (Argentina)ChardonnaySan Huberto
1067510674USSimple and candied, this features cherry Lifesaver and mint flavors. It expresses the basic Merlot profile in a soft, appealing way.8417CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaShiloh Road 2011 Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotShiloh Road
1067610675FranceThere is a minerally texture to this structured, severe wine. It has some weight, but it shows a stalky black-currant flavor and dry tannins. The finishis lean.84BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerSirius 2009 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendSirius
1067710676USWhiffs of soft leather and fresh herb set up this dry Cabernet. The scents and flavors of earth and stem are accompanied by a finishing accent of vanilla.8412WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine 14 Hands 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet Sauvignon14 Hands
1067810677SpainIf this Cava weren't so pickled in smell and taste, it would rate better. As is, it opens with white fruit, vanilla and brine aromas. Flavors of apple and pear maintain a prevalent, pickled edge, while the finish falls off in feel and clarity.Amor Special Cuvée8415CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachLouis Drescher NV Amor Special Cuvée Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendLouis Drescher
1067910678USHerbal and earthy, this dry and tannic wine shows almost no hint of ripe fruit. It might be best with a burger or skirt steak to absorb the tannins.8417WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2010 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotMaryhill
1068010679ArgentinaA cool cherry aroma and a mild, creamy paste note open the nose. The feel is fiery and untamed, while full flavors of cherry and plum seem raw. A cocoa flavor and juicy feel define the finish.Colección8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Los Maza 2010 Colección Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFinca Los Maza

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