Wine Reviews

1209112090USBy “Old Vine Cabernet” the winery refers to vines that were planted in 1973. But somehow the fruit doesn't express old-vine character. Instead, it's a mix of sweet-tasting strawberry and bitter stem flavors that lack focus, with a peppery highlight.Old Vine Cabernet8632WashingtonSnipes MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Upland Estates 2009 Old Vine Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon (Snipes Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonUpland Estates
1209212091BulgariaRipe red-cherry and sweet pastry notes are fragrant on this bright, easy-drinking Pinot Noir. On the finish, hints of smoke and ash add savory tones that would be pleasant alongside duck- or pork-based dishes.Veni Vidi Vici869Thracian ValleyAnna Lee C. IijimaVini 2011 Veni Vidi Vici Pinot Noir (Thracian Valley)Pinot NoirVini
1209312092USLoaded with vibrant jammy fruit, this is a bright Zinfandel that has a smoky grilled-meat note on the finish. Pair this with meaty dishes.8611CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneZynthesis 2011 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelZynthesis
1209412093New ZealandAt 50,000 cases imported, this must be one of the most ubiquitous New Zealand Pinots in the United States. It's medium bodied and tightly wound, with a crisp core of mouthwatering acidity that adds zest to the flavors of dark cherry, earth and leather. Drink now.8619MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOyster Bay 2011 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirOyster Bay
1209512094New ZealandThis is a pretty solid value for the price, as long as you don't mind plenty of oak influence. A cedary note dominates the nose and casts a long shadow across the cherry-stained palate, imparting a vanilla flavor and some drying tannins along the way. Despite that, there's ample length and a mouthwatering quality to the finish. Drink now.8616MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPonga 2010 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirPonga
1209612095New ZealandLight in weight and lacy in texture, this is a savory, subtly flavored Pinot Noir that's ready to drink. Notes of smoke, mushrooms and dried herbs intertwine with tart fruit.Old Coach Road8620NelsonJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSeifried 2009 Old Coach Road Pinot Noir (Nelson)Pinot NoirSeifried
1209712096USThis off-dry Riesling has exuberant aromas of orange blossoms and ripe red berries. It balances concentrated apple and honey flavors with flashes of green herbs and brisk, lime-tinged acidity. So light and dainty, it's easy to drink.8614New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMontezuma 2010 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingMontezuma
1209812097USThis Pinot Noir offers plenty of varietal pleasure. It's dry and crisp in acidity, with cherry skin, red currant and cola flavors.8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherNice Pairing 2011 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirNice Pairing
1209912098ItalyA 80-20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this opens with a polished bouquet that's comprised of red fruit, spice and rubber notes, enhanced by leather, tobacco, dark cherry fruit and exotic spice accents. A hint of Band-Aid brings up the rear.Il Guado8623TuscanyBolgheriPoggio alle Querce 2009 Il Guado (Bolgheri)Red BlendPoggio alle Querce
1210012099IsraelToasty and oaky, with wood-grilled peach and roasted apple-skin aromas unfolding on the nose. Melon and pear flavors flesh out the medium-weight mouth, and linger alongside hints of sweet spice and charred wood on the close.8622Judean HillsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPsagot 2011 Chardonnay (Judean Hills)ChardonnayPsagot
1210112100IsraelBright and juicy, this wine offers upfront fruit aromas and flavors of blueberry, black cherry and plum. Hints of fudgy brownie and berry preserve add depth and decadence to the palate, and stay well into the medium-length finish. Drink now.8617GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzRecanati 2011 Merlot (Galilee)MerlotRecanati
1210212101USThis presents the opulence that many Chardonnay fans enjoy. It bears flavors of caramel, orange, pineapple, tapioca, vanilla, honey and cinnamon, which are wrapped in a creamy texture.Reserve8619CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaRiver Road 2011 Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayRiver Road
1210312102IsraelThis bold red made from Argaman—a cross between Souzão and Carignan—offers upfront notes of boysenberry and black plum, accented by hints of bark and spiced chocolate. It's inky and dark, but with a good acidic cut that keeps the finish fresh and the wine approachable now.Dovev Single Vineyard8638GalilLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSegal's 2009 Dovev Single Vineyard Argaman (Galil)ArgamanSegal's
1210412103USHere is a straightforward Malbec that offers the expected mix of berry and herb flavors, plus a suggestion of minerality and a whiff of sweatiness. It's a good companion for a burger or a steak.Reserve8634WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Bridges 2008 Reserve Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecSeven Bridges
1210512104USMade in the popular style, this has flavors of buttered toast, orange, peach, Meyer lemon and vanilla bean, which are brightened by crisp acidity. Drink now.8624CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAlderbrook 2010 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayAlderbrook
1210612105GreeceToasted nut, rhubarb, pepper and spice box aromas abound on the nose of this plucky red. Black cherry, spice and pepper flavors follow. Clean, spicy and food friendly, this selection is ageable and assertive.Grand Reserve8627NaoussaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaBoutari 2007 Grand Reserve Xinomavro (Naoussa)XinomavroBoutari
1210712106USThis Rhône-style blend is rich and forward, with blackberry, cherry and raspberry jam flavors. A sweet, spicy flavor is pretty much all you get.BEEspoke8630CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastJorian Hill 2009 BEEspoke G-S-M (Santa Ynez Valley)G-S-MJorian Hill
1210812107ItalyThere's an almost effervescent feel to this Sangiovese-based wine, which has small percentages of Merlot and Colorino in the blend. It is redolent of cherry cola, almond paste, raspberry and toasted nut.8614TuscanyChiantiL'Oca Ciuca 2009 ChiantiRed BlendL'Oca Ciuca
1210912108USThis is a dry, slightly understated version of McGregor's standard label Gewürztraminer. It's elegant and fruity, with flavors of fresh lychee and peach that are peppered with a dash of exotic spice. Full bodied, but refreshingly quaffable.Reserve Dry8625New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2010 Reserve Dry Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerMcGregor
1211012109USThe nose of this juicy wine conjures plum and raisin cake, and the palate follows with explosive red cherry and clove and cinnamon seasonings. Big and brawny, it's also softly textured and layered, winning one over in its head-on hedonism.9027CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneNovy 2015 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelNovy
1211112110USComing from the original plantings at this esteemed vineyard, this wine brings brooding, high-toned aromas of savory herbs, exotic spice and cherry. The palate is all about sophistication and delicacy of flavor, showing nuance and detail, particularly considering the warmth of the vintage.1973 Block Red Willow Vineyard9072WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOwen Roe 2014 1973 Block Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonOwen Roe
1211212111USThis wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Cabernet Franc (34%), Merlot (15%) and Malbec. Aromas are fresh and fruit filled, with notes of raspberry and black cherry, along with abundant spice and herb accents. The palate is vibrant and flavorful, delivering hedonistic appeal as well as freshness. The emphasis is on elegance.Union Gap Vineyard9085WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOwen Roe 2014 Union Gap Vineyard Red (Yakima Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendOwen Roe
1211312112USPlummy cinnamon notes meet fruity coconut depth in this ripe, soft and brightly constructed wine that's rich and full-bodied.Fortis90200CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePine Ridge 2014 Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPine Ridge
1211412113SpainA high level of char introduces this saturated, high-energy Rioja, which also shows animal and wild herb aromas. Oak and vanilla flavors share space with plum and blackberry fruit on the palate, a mocha note echoing on the strong, acid-driven finish. Drink through 2027.Reserva9032Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachQuasar 2012 Reserva (Rioja)Red BlendQuasar
1211512114USFermented in a concrete egg, this is a texture-based style with subtle penetrating minerality. The fruit flavors suggest peach, pear and Meyer lemon—not big and rich, but elegant and satisfying.Dolium9029OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Reustle 2015 Dolium Grüner Veltliner (Umpqua Valley)Grüner VeltlinerReustle
1211612115USThis wine's restrained aromas take time to come around, showing a mix of dust and black pepper before waves of juicy red fruit and soft tannin and oak mingle together seamlessly on the palate. Toasted oak and vanilla notes mark the long finish.9030CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRodney Strong 2014 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelRodney Strong
1211712116ItalySavory and bright, this has classic varietal aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit and an herbaceous note reminiscent of crushed tomato vine. The vibrant palate delivers green melon, kiwi and dried herb alongside tangy acidity and a hint of stony mineral.9016Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRonco dei Tassi 2015 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonRonco dei Tassi
1211812117ItalyAromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus zest, a whiff of graphite and an herbaceous note take center stage on this expressive yet elegant white. The round medium-bodied palate delivers ripe pear, yellow apple, lemon and a quintessential note of bitter almond typical of the variety.Toc Bas9025Northeastern ItalyFriuli IsonzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRonco del Gelso 2015 Toc Bas Friulano (Friuli Isonzo)FriulanoRonco del Gelso
1211912118USThis is an impressive bottling of well-distributed wine, blended with smaller percentages of all the major red Bordeaux varieties (plus 1% Tannat). Spicy clove, leather, cedar and herb hints highlight its subdued red fruit. The tannins are grippy and oak quite present, but both provide welcome structure and strength.Landslide Vineyard9038CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSimi 2013 Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSimi
1212012119GermanyLusciously ripe apricots and yellow peaches are electrified by racy streaks of acidity in this dry Riesling. It's light in body yet creamy and expansive on the palate. The finish is long and crisply mineral.Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Trocken9022NaheAnna Lee C. IijimaSJ Montigny 2014 Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Trocken Riesling (Nahe)RieslingSJ Montigny

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