Wine Reviews

1254112540USFresh and approachable, this is a light, flowery expression of the variety, sourced from the Russian River no less, that's dry and flavored in fennel, apricot and apple. Medium in terms of weight and body, it finishes refreshingly.8825CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTerlato 2013 Pinot Grigio (Russian River Valley)Pinot GrigioTerlato
1254212541ArgentinaThis is oaky and resiny on the nose, but not overly so, with pear and apple aromas as well as a streak of saline. On the palate, this offers a good mix of oak resin, fruit pulp and acidity. Flavors of oak spice, white pepper, peach and apple finish fresh but with an oaky aftertaste.Reserva8820Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTerrazas de Los Andes 2013 Reserva Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayTerrazas de Los Andes
1254312542USA blend of grapes from Washington and Oregon, this includes 25% Semillon also. As you might suspect, it's an unusual wine, opening soft and spicy, with a lightly honeyed character. Fruit flavors emphasize lemon curd and key lime, and there's a refreshing ginger ale flavor running through the fruit core.56% Washington/44% Oregon8817Washington-OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Scott Cellars 2012 56% Washington/44% Oregon Sauvignon Blanc (Washington-Oregon)Sauvignon BlancJ. Scott Cellars
1254412543SpainRipe, heady aromas of toasty, creamy oak along with prune, raisin and cedar might be too much for those who are oak averse. Like the nose, the palate is woody and creamy, but also thick and somewhat flabby. Flavors of coconut, mocha, baking spices and blackberry finish woody and with chewy tannins.Tinto Cuvee Mosteiro8825Northern SpainValdeorrasMichael Schachner@wineschachAvanthia 2011 Tinto Cuvee Mosteiro Mencía (Valdeorras)MencíaAvanthia
1254512544New ZealandA solid, well-made offering, this wine comes across as slightly chunky and full, but delivers plenty of satisfying dark cherry and plum flavors. The finish is slightly dry and dusty, so pair it with red meats rather than more delicate Pinot accompaniments.8825MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCairnbrae 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirCairnbrae
1254612545USThe producer sources from older plantings of both Zin and Petite Sirah, of which there is 5% in this wine. Given more than a year in American oak, it's velvety on the palate with brown sugar, oak and high-toned raspberry, easily enjoyable on its own or on the table.8829CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarkham 2012 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelMarkham
1254712546ItalyAromas of Spanish broom, acacia and white tree fruit take shape in the glass. On the palate, crisp acidity balances mature golden apple, pear, mineral and dried Mediterranean herb.N'ettaro Bianco88Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasseria Setteporte 2013 N'ettaro Bianco (Etna)White BlendMasseria Setteporte
1254812547USApricot fuzz and grapefruit burst first in this white, surrounded by handfuls of generously high-toned tangerine. The oak presence is minimal, providing texture without impeding flavor. Refreshing, the wine's finish suggests thyme and lemon verbena. Under 10% Sémillon is also in the blend.8822CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMatanzas Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancMatanzas Creek
1254912548ArgentinaChar and gritty scents ride heavily on the bouquet, which also shows fresher notes of cassis and raspberry. This excels via a natural feeling, pulpy palate and flavors of raspberry and red plum accented by pepper and herbs. A lightly herbal, minty finish offers length and good texture.Unsung Hero8826Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMendoza Vineyards 2011 Unsung Hero Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMendoza Vineyards
1255012549IsraelDark red-violet in color, this offers aromas of cherry, seawater and molasses, while flavors suggest cherry, cranberry, smoked meat, mocha, mint and eucalyptus. Cool notes outweigh fruit flavors, leading to a sense that something is off balance. Strong tannins back off on a bright finish that fails to diminish the minty notes.Karem Moshe8850Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysMontefiore 2011 Karem Moshe Red (Judean Hills)Red BlendMontefiore
1255112550USThree months in stainless steel result in a very pale wine with aromas of lemon peel and grapefruit flesh. The palate is painted with bright, citrus zest acidity throughout, yet retains the varietal's flavors of nectarine flesh and yellow melons. It makes a leading option for the unoaked crowd.Metallico Un-Oaked8822CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMorgan 2013 Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayMorgan
1255212551ItalyA delicate floral fragrance of white flower, pear, citrus, hay and a hint of beeswax and Mediterranean herb lead the nose. The palate is polished and bright, showing green apple, citrus and mineral alongside fresh acidity.Fondo Filara Bianco88Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNicosia 2013 Fondo Filara Bianco (Etna)White BlendNicosia
1255312552USEffervescent in honeysuckle and papaya, this vineyard-designated white offers medium body and a long length. It becomes a rounded expression of melon and minerality on the palate that's both fresh and fruity.Croft Vineyard8819CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ. Rickards 2013 Croft Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancJ. Rickards
1255412553USAn unusual commingling of 50% Petit Verdot with 50% Merlot, this wine is expectedly big and soft. Aromas of coconut and baked bread waft to the fore before dry layers of cranberry and blackberry pack their own punch. This wine screams out for a juicy steak.Pickett Road8850CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKenefick Ranch 2011 Pickett Road Red (Calistoga)Bordeaux-style Red BlendKenefick Ranch
1255512554New ZealandAs befits a vintage bubbly, this is toasty and yeasty upfront, yet remains fresh and citrusy. It's a medium-bodied sparkler that comes across as fairly dry, making it clean and refreshing on the finish.Small Parcels Fizz Methode Traditionnelle8835MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKim Crawford 2009 Small Parcels Fizz Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling (Marlborough)Sparkling BlendKim Crawford
1255612555USNamed after the winery owners' kids Niki and Kiara, this blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot offers roasted game and subtle blackberries on the nose. It's more complex on the palate, with smoked plums leading into licorice and coffee in the midpalate, finishing on nice and easy tannins.Nikiara8839CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLe Vigne 2011 Nikiara Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLe Vigne
1255712556ItalyThis is ripe and ready, with rather funky aromas that recall meat juice, leather, truffle, scorched earth and fleshy berry. The earthy palate doles out mature sour cherry, licorice, game, raspberry jam and toasted almond. It closes on a note of orange zest.Puritani Rosso8840Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeValenti 2011 Puritani Rosso (Etna)Red BlendValenti
1255812557USPerfumey in Buddha's Hand citrus, this offers a well-executed combination of steely acidity and wet stone with tropical citrus, apple and creamy vanilla, lingering harmoniously on the seamless finish.8819CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneChime 2013 Chardonnay (Oakville)ChardonnayChime
1255912558ChileDark and muscular up front, with a bright purple color and grapy, woody aromas, this Malbec is pleasant, albeit clipped on the palate. Short, punchy plum and boysenberry flavors finish with a barrel note or two, but not much more.Reserva8711Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAutoritas 2014 Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecAutoritas
1256012559ItalyRipe plum, berry and cocoa aromas lead the nose on this fruity, easygoing red. The soft, round palate offers ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, a note of dark spice and a hint of chocolate. It's simple but well made and enjoyable, with silky tannins.Il Giglio8710Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasseria del Feudo 2014 Il Giglio Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaMasseria del Feudo
1256112560USA juicy wine certain to please those who opt for the hip label, this is quite showy on the nose, with densely packed blackberries, clove, caramel and vanilla elements. The rich palate is equally poppy and boisterous, with black cherry jam, allspice and nutmeg notes.ChillHouse8719CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPeachy Canyon 2012 ChillHouse Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonPeachy Canyon
1256212561USTight tannins support a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon with 21% Petit Verdot, 11% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Black fruit, tobacco and leather give it a robust profile, finishing full bodied and ripe.Sonnet #638770CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMadrigal 2012 Sonnet #63 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMadrigal
1256312562FranceConsultant Stéphane Derenoncourt has helped this light wine to have a good balance and soft, generous fruitiness. The tannins are kind, rounded and already well integrated with the fruit. Drink from 2017.Château Lestruelle8730BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2013 Château Lestruelle (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMaison Bouey
1256412563New ZealandThis is a light- to medium-bodied example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, one that offers somewhat pungent, sweaty aromas that veer toward scallion at times, followed by mouth-puckering grapefruit flavors.8718NelsonJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWoollaston 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Nelson)Sauvignon BlancWoollaston
1256512564USSqueaky fresh and full of grapefruit, peach and nectarine flavors, this semi-dry Riesling is an irresistible quaffer. Straightforward, juicy and refreshing, it's a delightful wine for youthful consumption.Semi Dry8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTreleaven 2013 Semi Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingTreleaven
1256612565USA blend of near-equal parts Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot topped off with a pinch of Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits aromas of barrel spices, dried herbs and cherry, showing whiffs of volatility. The flavors are soft and pure, lingering on the finish.Barrel Racer8727WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTucannon 2012 Barrel Racer Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendTucannon
1256712566USAlmost dark enough, as well as fruity enough, to be a red wine, this tastes fresh and has a touch of candied character. The wine is medium bodied, resembles cherries and raspberries in flavor and carries enough acidity for good balance.Dry8723CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsV. Sattui 2014 Dry Rosato (North Coast)RosatoV. Sattui
1256812567ItalyThis robust red opens with aromas of toast, baked plum, menthol, espresso and vanilla that carry over to the warm, densely concentrated palate along with blackberry jam, licorice and oak-driven spice. You'll notice the heat of evident alcohol on the midpalate while close-grained tannins give it an astringent finish.Tané8750Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeValle dell'Acate 2011 Tané Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaValle dell'Acate
1256912568ItalyMade with organically farmed grapes, this opens with aromas that recall dark-skinned fruit, blue flower and an earthy whiff of game. The straightforward, juicy palate delivers red cherry, raspberry and a cinnamon note alongside smooth tannins. Drink soon.8716Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVigna di Pettineo 2013 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaVigna di Pettineo
1257012569FranceThis ripe, juicy wine offers blackberry flavors and young acidity. It is developing balance, fresh fruits and supporting tannins. The structure is integrating into the fruit, which will dominate if you wait to drink until 2017. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.Château La Fôret8720BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerVIgnobles Roux 2014 Château La Fôret (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVIgnobles Roux

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