Wine Reviews

1146111460USBlackberry, currant, herb and cedar flavors abound in this dry, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows Napa Valley class, and with 6,000 cases produced, it should be relatively easy to find.8720CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBonAnno 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBonAnno
1146211461ItalySeafood platters loaded with steamed mussels and spicy crab cakes call out for a fresh, vibrant Vernaccia just like this bottling. Massimo Daldin offers touches of vanilla cream, yellow fruits and nuts, which give it momentum and character.Massimo Daldin8716TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoCà del Vispo 2011 Massimo Daldin (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)VernacciaCà del Vispo
1146311462ItalyThis Vermentino, which is blended with a touch of Sauvignon Blanc, shows a saturated golden color (a small percentage of the wine is aged in barrique). It has broad aromas of apricot, tangerine and almond paste. A touch of zesty acidity marks the finish.8732TuscanyBolgheriCasa di Terra 2011 Vermentino (Bolgheri)VermentinoCasa di Terra
1146411463ItalyThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offers tight aromas of cola and tar, followed by soft layers of berry, cherry and spicy cinnamon.Scirè8716TuscanyBolgheriCeralti 2011 Scirè (Bolgheri)Red BlendCeralti
1146511464USThis bears apple and pear flavors that are set amidst buttery, toasty accents. It's smooth and easy to drink, and the mouthfeel has a certain oiliness.8713WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayChateau Ste. Michelle
1146611465USCurrently, this Syrah has tough tannins that seem stringy and chewy. But the blackberry, black currant and dark chocolate flavors are plentiful. Cellar this for one or two years.Larner Vineyard8730CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral Coastdb Winery 2010 Larner Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)Syrahdb Winery
1146711466FranceRipe and fruity, this is a round, soft wine that shows the jammy character of Pinot Noir. It has a straight line of acidity that cuts through the fruit, which makes for an attractive, light finish.Les Beaumonts8728BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine A. Machard de Gramont 2010 Les Beaumonts (Chorey-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine A. Machard de Gramont
1146811467FranceWhile this shows the concentration of the vines that were planted in the 1940s, it also has a tight, lean quality and considerable acidity. Its fruit is still subdued by the structure, and it needs 3–4 years to become round.Vieilles Vignes87BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Champy 2010 Vieilles Vignes (Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Champy
1146911468FranceLight and fruity, this has flavors of creamed apple and ripe Williams pear. The wine is crisp and tangy, and it's shot through with lemon zest and acidity. Ready to drink in one year.Cuvée Ancestrum8740BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Charly Nicolle 2011 Cuvée Ancestrum (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Charly Nicolle
1147011469ItalyThis wine is 85% Sangiovese, with the balance Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows bright cherry and raspberry nuances, backed by white almond and warm, earth-like tones. Bright acidity keeps the palate refreshed.8715TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoFattoria Mantellassi 2010 Morellino di ScansanoRed BlendFattoria Mantellassi
1147111470New ZealandThe 2010 vintage of Te Kahu is 80% Merlot, with only single-digit percentages of the other varieties. It's a darkly fruited wine, with notes of black cherry and blackberry that are impeccably clean and precise. Drink this silky-textured, medium-bodied wine over the next five years.Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec8722Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCraggy Range 2010 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec Red (Hawke's Bay)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCraggy Range
1147211471New ZealandDespite having a lovely, silky texture, this wine is slightly disappointing given its pedigree. It's already bricking in color, and it offers evolved notes of earth, leather and charred beetroot and a lingering finish. Drink now.8741MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDog Point 2009 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirDog Point
1147311472New ZealandThis is a lightweight Pinot Noir with seductive aromas of pie cherries and dusty roses, and a delicate, almost lacy, texture. It's the kind of pretty, silky Pinot that would be at home with chicken and fish dishes. Drink now.8717MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYealands 2010 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirYealands
1147411473USBig, rich and dense, this Pinot Noir shows massive, in-your-face flavors of oak, raspberry-cherry jam and chocolate. You can give this a few years of aging or try decanting, but it seems best enjoyed soon for its sheer youthful power.Bien Nacido Vineyard8750CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastFlying Goat Cellars 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirFlying Goat Cellars
1147511474USFresh and floral on the nose and palate, this has loads of white flower and Meyer lemon tones. Dry in style, it builds in intensity on the palate, with hints of honey, wax and saline-like minerality that linger on the finish.William Vigne Dry8714New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2010 William Vigne Dry Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingFulkerson
1147611475New ZealandDrawn from the Awatere Valley subregion, this is a chunky, full-bodied Pinot Noir. Oak is prominent, in the form of toast, vanilla and graham cracker notes, while the fruit is grapy. This wine shows decent length; the finish is cushioned by soft tannins and is pointed up by tart acids. Drink over the next year or two.8720Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVavasour 2010 Pinot Noir (Awatere Valley)Pinot NoirVavasour
1147711476USThick, rich and almost cordial-like, this has generous fruit and oak components. It's ready to be paired with a peppered steak.8717CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneWeibel Family 2009 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)ZinfandelWeibel Family
1147811477New ZealandThink Crozes-Hermitage and you'll have a reasonable idea of what this wine is about: White pepper and cherry aromas and flavors, medium body without being overly rich or textured and a crisp, peppery finish. Drink it over the next couple of years with burgers and the like.8716Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMission Estate 2010 Syrah (Hawke's Bay)SyrahMission Estate
1147911478ItalyThis bright Vernaccia layers pretty tones of citrus, pear and cut grass over a lean texture and medium body. This is a good choice to pair with seafood or light salads.Alata8720TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoRampa di Fugnano 2011 Alata (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)VernacciaRampa di Fugnano
1148011479New ZealandDespite possibly being the least complex of Saint Clair's 2010 Pioneer Block Pinots, this medium-bodied wine has crisp acids and mouthwatering flavors of black cherries and fresh herbs. It's fresh, clean and invites sip after sip. Drink now–2016.Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek8730MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSaint Clair 2010 Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirSaint Clair
1148111480USThis rosé gets its pretty eye-of-the-partridge color from having undergone cold soaking. Dry, soft and subtle, it shows peach, vanilla and spice flavors. Great with cioppino or grilled salmon.Avila Beach Sunset Dry Rosé of8718CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMorovino 2011 Avila Beach Sunset Dry Rosé of Pinot Grigio (Santa Barbara County)Pinot GrigioMorovino
1148211481ItalyRipe raspberry and strawberry notes are followed by mild tones of vanilla spice, rum cake and tobacco. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese has a clean, smooth mouthfeel.Pievi8719TuscanyBolgheriMotta 2010 Pievi (Bolgheri)Red BlendMotta
1148311482USA darker expression of Pinot Gris than the winery's new Marguerite Vineyard bottling, this wine, which is made from fruit grown at lower elevation, sees no oak, and it's crafted without malolactic fermentation. Pronounced notes of almond and vanilla are layered over touches of peach and melon.Klindt Vineyard8719CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vboonePhilo Ridge 2010 Klindt Vineyard Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley)Pinot GrisPhilo Ridge
1148411483ItalyA pure expression of Vermentino, this offers aromas of citrus, peach, dried hay and Golden Delicious apple. Pair this bright white with Thai dishes or spicy Indian food.8720TuscanyToscanaPoggiotondo 2011 Vermentino (Toscana)VermentinoPoggiotondo
1148511484FranceNicolas Potel's entry-level Burgundy is an elegant, fruity wine, with soft tannins, rich strawberry fruit and a ripe feel. It is ready to drink.Vieilles Vignes8722BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2010 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirRoche de Bellene
1148611485ChileThe bouquet on this blend from the Limarí region is perfumed, floral and slightly exotic, with spunky red-fruit scents and graphite. The palate is full and mouthfilling, with lightly herbal blackberry, plum, pepper and spice flavors along with mild heat and a toasted note. Despite showing a hint of burn, this is a serious wine with short-term aging potential. Drink now–2017.Payen9260Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Tabalí 2009 Payen Red (Limarí Valley)Red BlendViña Tabalí
1148711486FranceAlong with the other top cuvées in the Charles Joguet range, this is a fine an expression of Loire Cabernet Franc. It has all the perfumes, smoky character and intense black currant fruits. all concentrated into a tight, coiled tannic structure. It shows every sign of aging well, so drink after four years.Clos du Chêne Vert9250Loire ValleyChinonRoger Voss@vossrogerCharles Joguet 2010 Clos du Chêne Vert (Chinon)Cabernet FrancCharles Joguet
1148811487FranceWith new wood dominating this still young wine, it is concentrated and full bodied, packed with firm tannins and dark fruit. There is a brooding character, the wood and tannins still right up front. Give this structured wine at least five years.La Chevalerie9230Loire ValleyAnjou Villages BrissacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Varière 2010 La Chevalerie Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon (Anjou Villages Brissac)Cabernet Franc-Cabernet SauvignonChâteau la Varière
1148911488FranceThe top cuvée from Thomas (you can tell by the heavy statement bottle), this is an almost opulent expression of Sauvignon Blanc. It builds on its texture, gained from the chalk soils of Sancerre, with intense tropical fruits, pineapple as well as citrus and grapefruit. It is structured, dense and impressive.Ultimus9240Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Thomas & Fils 2011 Ultimus (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Thomas & Fils
1149011489USThe trick to getting a Cabernet Sauvignon this ripe and oaky is to provide balance, and in this, Écluse has succeeded. Made from 100% Cabernet, it's enormously rich in blackberries and black currants, with dark chocolate, licorice and spice adding complexity. The tannins are, in a word, gorgeous. With high alcohol, the mouthfeel has a Cognac-like warmth, but doesn't feel uncomfortably hot. Drink now for fresh fruitiness.Reserve Lock Vineyard9269CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastÉcluse 2009 Reserve Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonÉcluse

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