Wine Reviews

1170111700USThis combines the sweet spiciness of oak with the apparent sweetness of the grapes in a full-bodied, extreme-flavored package. Aromas suggest charred wood, vanilla, maple syrup and cherry juice, while the flavor conveys blackberry jam.H.P. Raboli Vineyard8642CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVasco Urbano 2012 H.P. Raboli Vineyard Mourvèdre (Livermore Valley)MourvèdreVasco Urbano
1170211701ChileFloral aromas of buttercup and peach blossom are true to the variety. This is also correct in its full, round, peach-driven palate. Apricot and mango flavors creep toward an astringent and salty finish.La Joya Gran Reserva8611Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2014 La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier (Colchagua Valley)ViognierViña Bisquertt
1170311702ChileIf you want to taste a true cool-climate SB with chiseled aromas and tons of cutting acidity, this is it. Aromas are lightly vegetal but also include citrus and passion fruit. Flavors of tangerine, passion fruit, rosemary and thyme finish citrusy and zesty. This is so linear it will cut through almost any kind of food.Marea9025Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Felipe Edwards 2013 Marea Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancLuis Felipe Edwards
1170411703USAlready showing good focus and pinpoint acidity, th is wine brings green berries, kiwi and lime fruit flavors to the front. The bracing acidity keeps it lively across the palate, and the extra depth of the finish rewards your attention.Temperance Hill Vineyard Julia9020OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lumos 2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard Julia Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLumos
1170511704PortugalRich and spicy, this complex blend holds Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Aragonez. It has juicy fruits and balanced tannins, black currant fruitiness and delicious acidity. With a touch of spice and an herbal backdrop, the wine is ripe and ready to go.Terras de Fialho90AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerLusovini 2011 Terras de Fialho Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedLusovini
1170611705PortugalRich, structured while also juicy, this is a complex wine. A strongly mineral, steely character supports juicy berry fruits and ripe acidity. The wine is dry, but the great fruitiness gives it an attractive future. Drink from 2016.Ribeiro Santo Reserva90DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerMagnum Vinhos 2010 Ribeiro Santo Reserva Red (Dão)Portuguese RedMagnum Vinhos
1170711706PortugalDeliciously ripe as well as fruity, this is an opulent wine. It has a fine mineral texture as well as a lemon flavor that is given richness by mango and pineapple fruits. A touch of toastiness adds complexity.Ribeiro Santo90DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerMagnum Vinhos 2012 Ribeiro Santo White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteMagnum Vinhos
1170811707ItalyA blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon, this elegant wine opens with mature yellow apple, Bartlett pear and citrus that all continue on to the palate. The creamy flavors are brightened by crisp acidity.Rèserve della Contessa9022Northeastern ItalyAlto Adige TerlanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeManincor 2012 Rèserve della Contessa White (Alto Adige Terlano)White BlendManincor
1170911708USMultifaceted and sophisticated, this nearly dry Riesling packs in crisp apple and ripe peach notes. Deft balance and a lingering finish mean there's a lot to like.9020CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNavarro 2012 Riesling (Anderson Valley)RieslingNavarro
1171011709AustriaHeady aromas of very ripe passion fruit as well as crackling, zingy acidity combine here to great, refreshing effect. Intense and very long with quintessential varietal character, it delivers a real dash of tropicality.Obere Wies9015BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNittnaus Hans und Christine 2013 Obere Wies Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancNittnaus Hans und Christine
1171111710USJuicy with ripe tannins, it tastes lovingly hand-crafted, detailed and focused in black currant, berry and leather. Though rich and luxurious it retains ample natural acidity to buoy its way through a meal or through several years of aging.9040CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneOccasio 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)Cabernet SauvignonOccasio
1171211711USNot afraid to wear high alcohol and toasty oak on its sleeve, it kicks off with a marshmallow, whipped cream and macadamia-nut nose, making it perfect for those who love the California cocktail style but are seeking nuance as well. On the palate, the wine is soft and buttery, with a long buttercream finish. Pair with oven-roasted chicken.Vino d'Oro9026CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOso Libre 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay (Paso Robles)ChardonnayOso Libre
1171311712GermanyWhile fairly neutral on the nose with aromas of lemon and pressed apple, this off-dry wine is chock full of concentrated yellow-cherry, peach and nectarine flavors. Piercing citrus acidity jolts the palate, driving a long, honey-touched finish. Refreshing and invigorating.Scharzofberger GL Kabinett9031MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaReichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2012 Scharzofberger GL Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingReichsgraf von Kesselstatt
1171411713GermanyWhiffs of earth and spring ramps subside, exposing sunny peach and floral notes on this medium-sweet wine. The palate is satisfyingly juicy with honeyed peach and pear flavors, but anchored with a deep, savory complexity. Finishes long with sweet-tart citrus flavors and a murmur of dusty minerals.Tradition Spätlese9040RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaRobert Weil 2012 Tradition Spätlese Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingRobert Weil
1171511714AustriaLifted lemon purity, cushioned by riper stone fruit, especially yellow plum and greengage, makes this a complete and super-refreshing, fruity number.Von den Terrassen9025KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSepp Moser 2013 Von den Terrassen Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingSepp Moser
1171611715AustriaA faint hint of apricot and a ripe, deep core of red-cheeked Mirabelle plums come with a lively dash of lemon acidity. Balanced and light, it's also lively with a seam of refreshing acidity, making it an ideal apéritif.Kapellenweg90NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStadlmann 2013 Kapellenweg Gelber Muskateller (Niederösterreich)Gelber MuskatellerStadlmann
1171711716USJuicy in blueberry and explosive blackberry fruit, this offers the right succulent mix of dusty spice and well-mannered fruitiness. For pairings, aim for the usual barbecue but perhaps also a risotto or finely made pizza.Selvaggio Old Vine9032CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneStellina 2011 Selvaggio Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelStellina
1171811717AustriaCreamy pear and aloe vera act like a cooling cushion for fresh, zesty acidity. This is lively, tight and not for faint hearts, but totally rewarding with its uncompromising refreshment.Wiener Gemischter Satz90ViennaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Klosterneuburg 2013 Wiener Gemischter Satz White (Vienna)Austrian white blendStift Klosterneuburg
1171911718USSourced from a 35-year-old vineyard with views of the San Francisco Bay, this wine offers aromas of toasted oak, marshmallow, green pear and wet rock. The wood is quickly wiped out by brisk acidity on the palate, but then emerges again on the creamy finish. Given the acid levels in this cool vintage, this wine will evolve through at least 2019, but it's fine now.Portola Springs Vineyard Estate9060CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannThomas Fogarty 2011 Portola Springs Vineyard Estate Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayThomas Fogarty
1172011719ChileInitial aromas of latex and iodine give way to herbal cassis, blackberry and olive scents. This is full, chunky, broad and balanced in the mouth, with woodsy flavors of olive, herbal berry and hard spices. Roasted berry and licorice flavors ride prominently on the finish. Drink through 2019.9080Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAltaïr 2010 Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendAltaïr
1172111720GermanyWhiffs of blossom accent fresh apple aromas on this just off-dry Riesling. The palate is intensely fruity with ripe, rich apricot and white peach flavors yet cut with bristling lime acidity. Refreshing yet deeply satisfying.Kiedrich Ortslage Kabinett Feinherb9031RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2012 Kiedrich Ortslage Kabinett Feinherb Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen
1172211721USAnother of Borra's inventive blends, this one brings together 60% Kerner, 20% Riesling and 20% Gewürztraminer. It opens aromatically with full-blown Riesling petrol. From there, the midweight texture turns to floral notes, grapefruit and herbs, along with minerality.Intuition Field Blend9022CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneBorra 2012 Intuition Field Blend White (Lodi)White BlendBorra
1172311722FranceA full and rich wine, it is packed with pepper and spice flavors as well as the crispest apple fruits. A young wine that could age, it is still tight and mineral although showing a fragrant character.Saphir Brut Vintage9017Loire ValleySaumurRoger Voss@vossrogerBouvet-Ladubay 2011 Saphir Brut Vintage (Saumur)Sparkling BlendBouvet-Ladubay
1172411723AustriaLifted lemon purity surrounded by white summer blossom make for a fresh Riesling with wonderful balance, concentration and poise. It offers that quintessential acid streamline that Riesling-lovers always look for.Terrassen9029KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBrandl 2013 Terrassen Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingBrandl
1172511724AustriaIt conveys the purest scent of cut green pears, a crisp but cushioned body, and zesty, citrusy freshness. It's very complete and for immediate consumption.Holzgasse9018NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBuchegger 2013 Holzgasse Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerBuchegger
1172611725ItalyPolished and crisp, this opens with aromas of exotic fruit accompanied by whiffs of celery, slate and hay. The juicy palate delivers creamy white peach and green melon accented with mineral notes and balanced by fresh acidity. Omniwines Distribution, Astor Wines.9023Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeWeingut Niklas 2012 Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonWeingut Niklas
1172711726AustriaRestrained aromatics slowly release notes of strawberry cheesecake in a soft, light and mellow body. It carries enough heft to pair with food allied with lovely, fresh acidity.Gemischter Satz aus Merlot, Syrah & Zweigelt90NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeixelbaum 2013 Gemischter Satz aus Merlot, Syrah & Zweigelt Rosé (Niederösterreich)RoséWeixelbaum
1172811727USRichly perfumed with layers of plum and clove, this is a soft, fully developed Cab Franc. Textured and subtle in herbs, it delivers a long, peppery finish. Generous and satisfying in terms of mouthfeel, it'll serve nicely on its own or with an herb-dusted roast chicken or Liberty duck.Small Lot9040CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneWente 2011 Small Lot Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley)Cabernet FrancWente
1172911728AustriaThis still needs a little time to come into its own but all the principal features are present. A concentrated palate provides texture framed by fresh acidity, linear length and fleshy fruit, hinting at ripe pears and yellow plums.Steinhaus9023KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeszeli 2013 Steinhaus Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerWeszeli
1173011729USYoung, tart and compact, this is still in the primary fruit phase of its development. Clean, impactful and nicely structured, its flavors run from cranberry to raspberry to light cherry, all running deep enough to suggest tucking it away in the cellar for a few more years.Bernau Block9055OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirWillamette Valley Vineyards

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