Wine Reviews

1131111310FranceThe wine is dry and structured with firm tannins that are masking the fruit. It is a concentrated wine, firm and dense. Let this wine develop and wait to drink until 2019.8713BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ségonzac 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Ségonzac
1131211311USSteely and tight, this block selection reveals a chalky flavor of citric acid that overshadows the fruit, which turns thin in the finish. Ample aeration helps a bit.Wind Ridge Block8750OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2014 Wind Ridge Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirChehalem
1131311312SpainEarthy, gritty aromas of green lettuce, clove and barrel resin set up a mostly solid and citrusy palate. Oaky base-wine flavors of clove and wood spice rest heavily atop orange notes. The wine tastes peppery, woody and dry on the finish.Anna Brut Rosé8715CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCodorníu NV Anna Brut Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCodorníu
1131411313ItalyThis fun, pale pink sparkler offers delicate flavors of apple, tart cherry and a touch of citrus. Lively, persistent bubbles and a kick of acidity lift the finish.Rosé8725LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeContadi Castaldi NV Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendContadi Castaldi
1131511314GermanyNervy acidity lends a particularly food-friendly vibe to this light-bodied rosé. It's airy and delicate, rather than deeply concentrated, barely perfumed by whispers of raspberry and rose petal. The finish is brisk, cooling and fresh.Rosé8715NaheAnna Lee C. IijimaDachshund 2014 Rosé Pinot Noir (Nahe)Pinot NoirDachshund
1131611315FranceNotes of yellow mirabelle plum are perfumed with floral hints. These flavors unfold even more on the palate where a frothy mousse underlines all the primary fruit. This is easy and fruit-driven with a creamy, dry finish.Brut8716AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Michel Fonne NV Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendDomaine Michel Fonne
1131711316FranceGenerous, nearly fleshy notes of strawberry compote give this almost a confected edge. On the palate, this richness is checked by some lemon freshness and some bitter edges while the fizz froths in big, lively bubbles. Drink soon.Brut Rosé8725AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Zinck NV Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirDomaine Zinck
1131811317USThis wine features noticeable nuttiness—part almond, part hazelnut—before allowing tart citrus and underripe peach to pronounce themselves. A robust wine, it has plenty to say in terms of a lush yet balanced mouthfeel and texture.8730CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneUptick Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancUptick Vineyards
1131911318USFrom an organically farmed estate vineyard in Chiles Valley operated by the same family for more than 40 years, this 87% Cabernet Sauvignon-13% Merlot has soul and structure, as well a stony minerality that compels. Menthol and tobacco weave between thick layers of dark cherry and plum, complemented on the palate by exotic cardamom and clove. This is one worth cellaring through 2022 or giving an hour or two to open.9350CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVolker Eisele Family Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVolker Eisele Family Estate
1132011319AustriaThe normally so rich Rosengartl comes in a much more slender body for the 2014 vintage, with zesty relish even. Here and there are glimpses of opulence, in the shadows of pleasantly bitter honeycomb that also contributes to a beautifully defined, linear texture on the midpalate. The finish is whistle-clean. Bravo.Rosengartl Gemischter Satz9355ViennaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWieninger 2014 Rosengartl Gemischter Satz White (Vienna)Austrian white blendWieninger
1132111320USWoodspice and vanillin are out in front on the aromas followed by mocha, raspberry and dark fruit. The palate brings lush, concentrated flavors and a lingering finish. It drinks beautifully now sbut should have a long life ahead of it.9352WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWoodward Canyon 2013 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotWoodward Canyon
1132211321AustriaPeppery berry fruit is the joyful, dominating factor here. Nose and palate simply burst with spicy fruit. There is some grippy tannin as a counterweight. Wonderful freshness against oaky vanilla provides a subtle, understated nuance. There is absolute elegance despite the exuberance.Rosenberg9335CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkowitsch 2013 Rosenberg Red (Carnuntum)Red BlendMarkowitsch
1132311322USThis wine, made by a relative of the Jocko's Steak House family, is vibrant. Bright and racy, the welcoming nose offers light cinnamon notes, plump raspberries, dried rose petals and a touch of slate. The palate winds tight cranberry-raspberry fruit through layers of bay leaf and dark clay, finishing with a menthol character that lingers into the finish.Dierberg Vineyard9332CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMollie 2012 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirMollie
1132411323AustriaVery subtle hints of blueberry emerge first, while on the palate they color both texture and flavor of this elegantly structured wine. Peppery spice tinges the aftertaste. This is fine-boned and defined, but with upright, well-bred poise and a subtle rather than in-your-face charm. Drink this now with game and venison or treasure it for another 3–5 years.Pannobile9355BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNittnaus Anita und Hans 2013 Pannobile Red (Burgenland)Austrian Red BlendNittnaus Anita und Hans
1132511324USTarry, savory notes of dried beef, soy, charred lamb and underlying blackberry combine for a nose that screams umami. The palate carries a similar effect of grilled, lavender-covered lamb shank, black peppercorns and black sesame.9335CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPace 2013 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahPace
1132611325USThis combines 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Syrah, all estate-grown, and crafted into wine by Robert Foley. Herb, peppercorn and a sanguine note of wild game adorned in dried cranberry and plum pop on the palate. The finish brings strong, lasting notes of cardamom and clove.Sintilation Proprietary9385CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePadis 2010 Sintilation Proprietary Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendPadis
1132711326AustriaSoft smoke on the nose leads onto a soft but full-flavored palate that harmoniously unites very fresh acidity with lemony overtones, rounded red apple flavors and a smoky, nutty but subtle oakiness. Together they create great, flowing unity . This is a delicious medium-weight food wine now but it does have the stuffing to develop for the coming three to five years, if not longer.Haidsatz93LeithabergAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPrieler 2013 Haidsatz Pinot Blanc (Leithaberg)Pinot BlancPrieler
1132811327USSourced from the producer's Reserve Block and blended with 10% Merlot from its Hillview vineyard, this is classic Oakville Cabernet, velvety on the palate and spicy in cinnamon and clove on the nose. Blackberry, dried herb and baked cherry-plum pie all play a part in providing it with richness and complexity. Drink through 2022.Reserve93130CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGroth 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonGroth
1132911328AustriaA closed nose leads straight to a vanilla-tinged palate of strawberry enveloped by mellow, soft notes of oak. This is rounded and pliable, cushioned with echoes of baking spice and comfort. The palate is soft and silky. Everything about this wine is soothing and mellow.In Signo Tauri9349BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHeribert Bayer 2012 In Signo Tauri Pinot Noir (Burgenland)Pinot NoirHeribert Bayer
1133011329AustriaA hint of red currant fruit appears on the nose. The slender, translucent palate then expands into a harmony of tart, fresh berries, restrained smokiness, forest floor and earth. There is something honest and pure about this that lets the exquisite purity of those tart berries shine. You simply crave more.Terroir9359BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHillinger 2013 Terroir Pinot Noir (Burgenland)Pinot NoirHillinger
1133111330USBlackberry, black cherry and blueberry aromas are cut by complex hints of dark chocolate and nutmeg on this Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend. The tannins are quite firm on the palate, framing black plums, vanilla, caramel, dill and dried mint flavors. Drinking 2018–2030 will allow more black cherry and blueberry character to evolve on the sip.Justification9355CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJustin 2012 Justification Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJustin
1133211331AustriaThe very slightest touch of honey plays among the citrus notes on the nose. There is a touch of yellow pear but the streamlined palate is guided by a seam of lemon zest, smoke, pear and citrus keep echoing each other beautifully. Will benefit from two to three years of bottle age.Loisiumweingarten Reserve9322KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteininger 2014 Loisiumweingarten Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
1133311332USFermented 40% whole cluster in concrete cubes, this stunning wine provides intensely pure aromas of red and black fruit, flowers and herbs. The dark-fruit flavors are exquisite and fresh with an extended finish.McKinley Springs Vineyard9330WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSyncline 2013 McKinley Springs Vineyard Syrah (Horse Heaven Hills)SyrahSyncline
1133411333AustriaCrunchy red cherry and stone, the merest hint of vanilla and a densely-packed but toned texture of bundled, fine tannins make for a compact wine. This is too young to show its true colours now and will take time to relax into itself and unfold St Laurent's cherry charm. Right now, everything is tightly grasped and coiled. Drink 2017–2025.Feuersteig9345BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTinhof 2012 Feuersteig St. Laurent (Burgenland)St. LaurentTinhof
1133511334AustriaFleshy cherry fruit becomes immediately apparent, while on the palate the fruit acquires a spicy edge of appetizing white pepper. This is lip-smackingly fresh, even tart, but in a very appetizing, bracing way that will mellow with another year or two in bottle. The fruit is crunchy and juicy, the tannins are ripe and fine and wood smoke hovers deliciously.Kirchholz Alte Reben9337BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeninger 2013 Kirchholz Alte Reben Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischWeninger
1133611335AustriaOh the purity of freshly cut red-cheeked apples illuminated by equally pure lemon freshness. Yes this is high in the acidity stakes but comes with so much purity of fruit, one simply has to rejoice in all the liveliness. This offeing has a real spring in its step and will enliven any occasion, balanced and concentrated as it is.Steinmassl Reserve9330KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeszeli 2014 Steinmassl Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingWeszeli
1133711336FranceAlready well balanced, this firm, concentrated wine allows its fruit to show strongly. Dominated by juicy, black-currant-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, it is solid while also fresh, layering tannins and acidity. The wine will develop quickly; drink from 2020.9345BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerClos du Marquis 2013 Saint-JulienBordeaux-style Red BlendClos du Marquis
1133811337AustriaWhat an inviting, friendly perfume of stone-fruit tempered by lemony freshness. This provides glorious refreshment with such a huge amount of charm that it becomes irresistible. Underneath is a creamy but bracing base of texture that anchors this firmly in ancient stone. This soothes and thrills at the same time—what a delicious, compelling paradox.Kellerberg Smaragd9349WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomäne Wachau 2014 Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingDomäne Wachau
1133911338USA 100% varietal, single-vineyard estate wine, at the top of the producer's heap, this was given almost two years in French oak, half of it new, the other half once-filled. Juicy, it offers refined layers of herb, currant and clove, making for a soft, complex and lightly spicy experience. With sizable structure and depth, it can be enjoyed now through 2022.Winston Hill Vineyard Patriarch93225CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrank Family 2012 Winston Hill Vineyard Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonFrank Family
1134011339AustriaPerfumed hints of mandarin and stone fruit are subtly expressed on the nose. The palate is more incisive with fresh lemon zest and a feather-light body which holds fresh sprays of lemony citrus. Light but pleasingly intense, notions of stone mingle with all the lime, lemon and mandarin peel. Beautifully long.Singerriedl Smaragd9395WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoFranz Hirtzberger 2014 Singerriedl Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingFranz Hirtzberger

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