Wine Reviews

1158111580SpainCreamy oak and raisiny notes announce ripeness and richness that turn to complexity as this Syrah airs out. In the mouth, this is full-force, with choppy tannins and tomato-like acidity. Spice, herb and plum flavors finish dry, toasty and well balanced. Drink through 2021.91Northern SpainVino de la Tierra de Castilla y LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachClunia 2014 Syrah (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)SyrahClunia
1158211581USBlack pepper and grilled beef aromas lead to ripe and almost-sweet flavors that segue from dried plum to roasted walnut and toffee, for a fascinating savory personality. Made with equal amounts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the wine has firm tannins and brisk acidity to balance a good rich viscosity that helps the finish linger.Roberitage9139CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDante Robere 2014 Roberitage Red (Livermore Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendDante Robere
1158311582FranceThis ripe, generous wine is full of the bold red fruits of this fine vintage. It also has structure, spicy wood flavors and a rich, full character. With its juicy acidity in the background and its impressive density, the wine is going to age a little longer. It will be best from late 2018.9120BeaujolaisFleurieRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Roche-Guillon 2015 FleurieGamayDomaine de Roche-Guillon
1158411583FranceDominated by its young tannins, this perfumed wine is bright with acidity. It has spice, an intense, crisp character and the need to age for a considerable time. Drink from 2023.Robardelle Premier Cru91130BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rossignol-Février Père et Fils 2015 Robardelle Premier Cru (Volnay)Pinot NoirDomaine Rossignol-Février Père et Fils
1158511584FranceThis is a single-vineyard wine which is beautifully rich and already soft and smooth enough to drink. To be sure, it will age further and mellow with time, but for now it is the ripe red-berry fruits and generous tannins that are so attractive. Drink now and until 2026.Château de Chamirey Clos de la Maladière9140BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2015 Château de Chamirey Clos de la Maladière (Mercurey)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
1158611585ItalyTaranta is the name of a modern Tarantella dance crazy sweeping across southern Italy at the moment. With this inspiration in mind, this bright rosato offers cheerful tones of bright flower, white almond and a touch of citrus. There's a sweet, heavy note in the mouth.Taranta8318Southern ItalySalentoVetrère 2011 Taranta Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroVetrère
1158711586USA tropical Chardonnay with a full-bodied personality and aromas of vanilla and caramel. Priced fairly, it'll please California Chardonnay fans who like a bigger style.8314CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneVinum Cellars 2011 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayVinum Cellars
1158811587ItalyThis lightly sparkling Lambrusco delivers a deep purple color with aromas of wild grapes, forest berry and ripe black cherry. There's a sweet and slightly raw element to the mouthfeel.Le Tenute Bocciolo83Central ItalyLambrusco Grasparossa di CastelvetroMedici Ermete NV Le Tenute Bocciolo (Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro)LambruscoMedici Ermete
1159411593ItalyHere's a foamy, frizzante rosato made with organically-farmed fruit from a little-known wine region in northern Italy. Wild berry and raspberry open the bouquet and although there is a trace of sweetness the wine could otherwise be classified as dry.Querido Rosé Frizzante8318Central ItalyColli PiacentiniTenuta Villa Tavernago 2012 Querido Rosé Frizzante Pinot Nero (Colli Piacentini)Pinot NeroTenuta Villa Tavernago
1158911588USThis wine smells like an ice cream sundae, with scents of mint-chocolate chip and cookie dough, plus touches of strawberry and cherry sauce. Light to medium bodied, it has a malleable midpalate, but the tannins gain astringency on the finish. As the wine sits in the glass, the fruit seems to fall away, and the palate becomes more brittle feeling.8326VirginiaVirginiaMiracle Valley 2010 Cabernet Franc (Virginia)Cabernet FrancMiracle Valley
1159011589ArgentinaThis lightly oxidized Chard is powdery but not entirely fresh, as it shows aromas of pool water and mealy melon. The palate is chunky and just O.K. in feel, while fleshy flavors of melon and peach end briny and mildly bitter.Urban Uco8310Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachO. Fournier 2012 Urban Uco Chardonnay (Uco Valley)ChardonnayO. Fournier
1159111590USShows green, peppery flavors with a strong touch of gooseberry. The combination of acidity and ripe flavors tastes like a lemon candy cough drop. Good, but simple.8320CaliforniaRutherfordNapaFrog's Leap 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon BlancFrog's Leap
1159211591MexicoOxidized cherry and strawberry aromas settle on heavy and candied upon airing. This is thick and plump stuff, with sweet red-fruit flavors and seemingly a lot of residual sugar. This needs more spine and structure.Cursi8321Valle de GuadalupeMichael Schachner@wineschachHacienda La Lomita 2012 Cursi Rosé (Valle de Guadalupe)RoséHacienda La Lomita
1159311592PortugalLightly sweet, this is a soft, gently fruity wine with a prickle on the tongue and fruit-drop acidity. Screwcap.Casal Garcia838Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAveleda 2012 Casal Garcia Rosé (Vinho Verde)Portuguese RoséAveleda
1159511594ItalyThis is a very simple Prosecco brut with straight lines of citrus and peach backed by foamy perlage. The wine opens with a bright, luminous color and fresh acidity.Brut83VenetoProseccoZonin NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraZonin
1159611595ItalyMade from organic grapes, this is a cheerful Prosecco with apricot, honey and butterscotch delivered in a simple and uncomplicated manner. The mouthfeel is thin and sharp.Fields Brut8312VenetoProseccoPizzolato NV Fields Brut (Prosecco)GleraPizzolato
1159711596ItalyRaw grapes and wild berry describe the nose. This sparkling Lambrusco shows some bitterness followed by very lively fresh fruit flavors. The bottle is closed with the traditional spago (or string) and delivers thick, purple froth when poured into the glass.La Luna Spago8317Central ItalyEmiliaCantine Ceci 2012 La Luna Spago Lambrusco (Emilia)LambruscoCantine Ceci
1159811597USThis Merlot defines the concept of party wine. It's clean, crisp and ripe, with cherries, cola and toast notes.Wildcreek Canyon837CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCK Mondavi 2011 Wildcreek Canyon Merlot (California)MerlotCK Mondavi
1159911598USWith an orange-pink color, this is really a rosé wine. It's sweet and sugary, with raspberry and watermelon flavors that are balanced by cleansing acids.Willow Springs White836CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCK Mondavi 2012 Willow Springs White Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelCK Mondavi
1160011599ItalyThis sweet, sparkling Rosato opens with fresh tones of raspberry and blueberry followed by simple freshness in the mouth. There's not much here, but the wine is cheerful and fun overall.Birbet8317PiedmontPiedmontDemarie NV Birbet Brachetto (Piedmont)BrachettoDemarie
1160111600USHas the silky weight and flavors of a nice Pinot Noir, with pleasant orange rind and sour-cherry candy notes. But there's a green scouriness that cuts through the palate like a sharp knife.Dante Reserve8310CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMichael Pozzan 2011 Dante Reserve Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirMichael Pozzan
1160211601ArgentinaThis is dark in color and leafy smelling, with aromas of forest floor and herbal black fruits. The mouthfeel delivers a hard belt of acidity and not much else, while flavors of oaky spice and tart berry fruits are adequate but unspecial.Black Label8315OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Las Moras 2010 Black Label Malbec (San Juan)MalbecFinca Las Moras
1160311602USPretty dark for a rosé, and heavy and rich, too. Tastes like a raspberry Newton cookie.Reserve Lot 14 Grenache8318CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLoken Cellars NV Reserve Lot 14 Grenache Rosé (California)RoséLoken Cellars
1160411603USMade from the Chambourcin grape and aged in Bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, this fortified red wine has bold notes of baguette, blackberry and brown spice, plus a mushroom inflection. Medium to full bodied, an oxidative tone of apple juice surfaces on the palate and predominates with time. The alcohol becomes fiery on the second half of the palate.17628338VirginiaVirginiaPhilip Carter 2010 1762 Red (Virginia)Red BlendPhilip Carter
1160511604USBlended with 10% Malbec, this has notes of Maraschino cherry, red vines, and Band-Aid. The tannins are dry and gruff; the concentration is wanting.8322OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSilvan Ridge 2008 Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahSilvan Ridge
1160611605USThis aromatic wine has notes of raspberry jam, seabreeze, green olive and smoked meat. The flavors are light and lacking in structure and definition.Estate Grown8325IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereport3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2008 Estate Grown Syrah-MourvèdreSyrah-Mourvèdre3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
1160711606ArgentinaThe nose on this clunky Torrontés suggests apricot juice and talcum powder. The palate is flat in feel, with bitter, pithy citrus flavors of grapefruit and nectarine. Beyond that there's little to it.Pietro Marini8312OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega El Transito 2012 Pietro Marini Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésBodega El Transito
1160811607ItalyExecuted in a dry style, this bubbly Lambrusco has the acidity and heft to pair with tortellini in melted butter sauce and grated parmigiano cheese. The wine opens with a bright purple color and raw flavors of black cherry and grape juice.Opera 028317Central ItalyLambrusco di ModenaCà Montanari 2012 Opera 02 (Lambrusco di Modena)LambruscoCà Montanari
1160911608ItalyDescribed as medium-sweet on the label, this light white wine offers tones of peach nectar, honey and white flower. It is a simple and one dimensional wine with a subtle touch of sweetness on the close. Pair it with salty appetizers.8310Italy OtherItalyCanti NV White (Italy)White BlendCanti
1161011609ItalyThis sparkling red Lambrusco opens with a touch of pungent apple skin backed by red berry and even a touch of leather or spice at the back. This is indeed an amiable expression, so expect tangy sweetness in the mouth.Amabile8311Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraCantina di Sorbara NV Amabile (Lambrusco di Sorbara)LambruscoCantina di Sorbara

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