Wine Reviews

1314113140USA fresh, grassy aroma and lively grapefruit and herb flavors give a lot of zest to this medium-bodied and almost peppery wine.Diamond Collection Yellow Label8916CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrancis Ford Coppola 2015 Diamond Collection Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancFrancis Ford Coppola
1314213141USEqual parts fresh fruit and earthy complexity, this elegant off-dry wine offers loads of plush yellow peach, mango and yellow cherry flavors off set by undertones of crushed stone and soil. It's delectably juicy and vibrantly fresh through a moderately long finish.8914New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2015 Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingGlenora
1314313142USSyrah makes up three-quarters of this wine with Grenache (20%) and Syrah accounting for the rest. It's fragrant with aromas of raspberry, cherry, herb and allspice that lead to plush, downright jammy fruit flavors that still show a deft touch.Mustang8825WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAirfield Estates 2013 Mustang Red (Yakima Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendAirfield Estates
1314413143USCigar box, café au lait, and dried tobacco aromas are followed by coffee and cherry flavors, with barrel spices lingering on the finish. The wood gets a bit out front but it still delivers enjoyment.Estate Grown8830WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmbassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahAmbassador Vineyard
1314513144USA little sharp and green, but give it a fatty steak or ribs and it will do just fine. Just needs some protein to wake up the blackberry and cherry sweetness.Riverside Crossing8420CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaParkers Estate 2010 Riverside Crossing Syrah (Sonoma County)SyrahParkers Estate
1314613145USAlthough the blend includes 20% Primitivo and 5% Petite Sirah, which might be expected to add some tannic muscle to the wine, this is a simple red quaffer, with light raspberry fruit and a hint of milk chocolate.Kubli Bench8424OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Troon 2009 Kubli Bench Zinfandel (Applegate Valley)ZinfandelTroon
1314713146FranceSimple, attractive wine. It has some spice, with hints of vanilla in a light texture offering some final acidity.Tradition84AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerKuentz-Bas 2009 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisKuentz-Bas
1314813147ChileRubbery and jumpy on the nose, with sweet, candied aromas of raspberry. Feels hard on the palate, with driving cherry, raspberry and red plum flavors that don't rise above generic in quality. Clean and forward, but doesn't say much for Carmenère.Estate Bottled847Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Playa 2010 Estate Bottled Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreLa Playa
1314913148FranceLight mousse and a soft texture give this wine an attractive berry-flavored freshness. A touch of light sweetness finishes the wine attractively.Estandon Brut Rosé84France OtherVin MousseuxRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de Saint-Louis NV Estandon Brut Rosé Sparkling (Vin Mousseux)Sparkling BlendLes Maîtres Vignerons de Saint-Louis
1315013149ItalyThere's a touch of almond butter and toasted coconut shavings followed by creamy fruit and red cherry. The mouthfeel of this easy-drinking Valpolicella blend is sharp and fresh.84VenetoValpolicella ClassicoViviani 2009 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraViviani
1315113150USA strongly flavored, sugary, unsubtle wine, leaving little to the imagination. Swamps the mouth with ripe, jammy flavors of pineapples, apricots, mangoes, limes, kiwi fruit and honey.8422CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral Coast10 Knots 2010 Viognier (Paso Robles)Viognier10 Knots
1315213151USA bit heavy for Pinot Grigio, with soft, fruit juice flavors of oranges, peaches and mangoes.Coastal Series8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherArrow Creek 2010 Coastal Series Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioArrow Creek
1315313152USMainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Zinfandel, this is a rustic wine. The fruit is strong and ripe, and the firm tannins and dusty spices suggest pairing with robust grilled meats and poultry.Ricardo Grande8435CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastChronic Cellars 2009 Ricardo Grande Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonChronic Cellars
1315413153ChileOlive and green aromas blend with leathery berry scents on what amounts to a common nose. Fresh enough in the mouth, with a pretty good overall feel and standard varietal flavors of herbal berry, chocolate and tobacco. Creamy on the finish.Reserva8411Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2009 Reserva Carmenère (Curicó Valley)CarmenèreEcheverria
1315513154FranceLightly spiced wine, with a fat texture, soft and rounded, just seasoned with pepper.83AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Specht 2009 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Specht
1315613155FranceSoft, rather unfocused wine, its spice and yellow fruit flavors creating a rounded warm cushion of texture. The acidity is light, a shadow behind the wine.8317AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim 2009 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim
1315713156ItalyThere's an awkward touch of overripe apple and orange zest that blows off fast enough to reveal red fruit, cherry and Indian spice. The close is sharp and crisp.8314VenetoValpolicella Ripasso ClassicoLe Bertarole 2008 Valpolicella Ripasso ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLe Bertarole
1315813157USMade from undisclosed varieties, this is a toughly textured, rugged wine. It has sweet, jammy flavors of red berries, cola and spices.8311CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDoon Buggy 2009 Red (California)Red BlendDoon Buggy
1315913158USThis soft, simple wine has minty, vegetal flavors alongside jammy blackberries. It's also aggressive in acidity.Coastal Series8318CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherArrow Creek 2010 Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonArrow Creek
1316013159ItalyReleased five months after vinification, this youthful red wine offers strange but interesting aromas of forest fruit, blueberry jam or doughy blueberry muffins, cherry liqueur and medicinal herbs. Sweet syrupy flavors are accented by a bright touch of bitterness.8316VenetoValpolicella ClassicoLe Salette 2010 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLe Salette
1316113160ItalyThis easy-drinking blended red wine opens with offbeat aromas of banana, mixed fruit salad and sour cherry. With more time in the glass, those bright fruit aromas are slowly replaced by spice and almond flavors.8315VenetoValpolicella ClassicoNovaia 2010 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraNovaia
1316213161USA tough wine to praise, although it's certainly drinkable with burgers and such if you're not fussy. It tastes thin and green, with blackberry and mint flavors that are sweet and sour on the finish.8320CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastDaniel Gehrs 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonDaniel Gehrs
1316313162USSweet and sugary in raspberry, toast and vanilla flavors, this Zinfandel-based blend could substitute as a dessert wine.Viejo8324CaliforniaSolano CountyNorth CoastGalvan 2009 Viejo Red (Solano County)Red BlendGalvan
1316413163ItalyThere's an earthy, leathery feel to this wine that recalls button mushroom, forest floor and dried rose petal. It shows an informal, compact disposition in the mouth.8313VenetoValpolicella ClassicoGiuseppe Lonardi 2010 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraGiuseppe Lonardi
1316513164ItalyA unique set of aromas is offered here including smoked ham and dry Graham cracker. The wine is easy, thin and offers a defined point of ripe cherry on the close.Campo Santa Lena8315VenetoValpolicella ClassicoVilla Monteleone 2010 Campo Santa Lena (Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraVilla Monteleone
1316613165ItalyThis is the ultimate pizza wine because, well, it shares many aromatic qualities with our favorite Italian pies. You'll detect dried oregano, green tomato and smoked ham. The wine's sour close would cut clean through melted cheese.8314VenetoValpolicella ClassicoVilla Spinosa 2009 Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraVilla Spinosa
1316713166USWhile sweet with cream, baked apple and warm oak notes on the nose, Bellangelo's Chardonnay is a bit underripe on the palate with a subtle green apple and pear profile. Overall, a bit lacking in intensity, but finishes on a pleasant hazelnut note.8315New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBellangelo 2009 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayBellangelo
1316813167ItalyStraightforward and enjoyable, this delivers sensations of crushed blackberry, clove and espresso. It's bright and easygoing with fresh acidity and soft, supple tannins. Drink through 2015.8716TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria della Talosa 2012 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendFattoria della Talosa
1316913168FranceThis rich, full wine delivers great balance between acidity, fruit and structure. It's ripe, with delicious cherry fruits and soft tannins. It could well age through 2015, but is delicious now.Fleurs8712BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2012 Fleurs (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
1317013169New ZealandMarked by passion fruit and pineapple, with a bit of honey included in the mix, this is beginning to broaden out and lose a little bit of its vitality yet still remains attractive. Drink this medium-bodied wine before the end of 2014.The Brothers8720MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiesen 2011 The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancGiesen

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