Wine Reviews

12911290ItalyAromas of dried rose, violet and red berry meld together in the glass. The refined palate offers dried cherry, light toast, mineral and a hint of spice alongside soft, supple tannins.Sanct Valentin8948Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2011 Sanct Valentin Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
12921291ItalySleek and polished, this opens with aromas of raspberry preserve and rose petal. The elegant palate offers crushed red berry with hints of green tea, cinnamon and a mineral note alongside firm acidity and supple tannins.8926Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Terlano 2013 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroCantina Terlano
12931292ItalyThis vibrant wine opens with varietal aromas of cut grass, passion fruit and crushed tomato vine. The linear palate offers up yellow peach, cantaloupe and a hint of ginger drop alongside racy acidity. It offers excellent value.8913Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCembra 2013 Sauvignon (Trentino)SauvignonCembra
12941293USGenerous tannins surround a core of ripe, brawny blackberry fruit and a powerful imprint of dried herb in this wine, which is rich and concentrated. Earthy tobacco and chocolate seal the finish.8975CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCliff Lede 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonCliff Lede
12951294SpainRubbery berry and plum aromas come with a note of latex. In the mouth, this is juicy, bright and focused, with good raspberry and plum fruit. Textural balance is an attribute, while the finish is round, lively and full of tasty berry flavors. Drink through 2018.Serras del Priorat8930CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachClos Figueras 2013 Serras del Priorat Red (Priorat)Red BlendClos Figueras
12961295USThis wine's nose begins very steely, with fresh cracked chalk aromas, then allows soft caramel candy, pound cake and white flowers to emerge. The very inviting flavors include apple flesh and skins, fresh cut pineapple and slated nuts, all clinging to a very pithy element that cuts the entire palate.8925CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannConsilience 2013 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayConsilience
12971296FranceRipe and fruity, this immediately attractive wine has a crisp texture, giving prominence to apple and grapefruit freshness. The light spritz from bottling from the lees adds bright lift to the aftertaste. Drink now.La Louvetrie Sur Lie8914Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Landron 2013 La Louvetrie Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonDomaines Landron
12981297ItalyFrom what are considered as the highest vineyards in Europe, this vibrant, elegant white reveals lovely fragrances of honeysuckle, jasmine and alpine herb. The linear palate delivers yellow apple, citrus, thyme and a hint of mineral alongside brisk acidity.Tradizionale Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle8920Northwestern ItalyValle d'AostaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2013 Tradizionale Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Prié Blanc (Valle d'Aosta)Prié BlancCave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle
12991298USThis complex, flavorful wine walks on the wild side with a bit of funky barnyard in the aromas and flavors. It's dry, moderately tannic, rather light in body, and brings spicy black pepper, grilled beef and ripe plum flavors.Estate Grown8936CaliforniaFair PlaySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCedar Creek 2011 Estate Grown Syrah (Fair Play)SyrahCedar Creek
13001299ItalyAromas suggest red berry and plum with a hint of cake spice. The palate is elegant and reserved, offering sour cherry, toast and vanilla alongside fine-grained tannins. It closes on a light mineral note.Cornell Villa Nigra8949Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColterenzio 2011 Cornell Villa Nigra Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroColterenzio
13011300USThis is a successful straight-ahead Chardonnay, with aromas of buttercream, vanilla and orange cake developing complexity thanks to alkaline, pithy notes. For such a rich nose, it proves quite clean and crisp on the palate, with lemon-lime soda, wet slate and just a touch of buttered apples.8935CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDemetria 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayDemetria
13021301FranceLightly herbaceous, this is a ripe, lively wine. Grapefruit and lemon zest flavors are complemented by fuller apple and quince flavors. A tight minerality in the background will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2016.8920Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Ermitage 2013 Menetou-SalonSauvignon BlancDomaine de l'Ermitage
13031302FranceThis is a ripe, fresh and fruity wine that's filled out with a tangy, mineral texture. Grapefruit and lime juice flavors give a zesty feel as well as intense acidity. It is ready to drink.8921Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Rome 2013 SancerreSauvignon BlancDomaine de Rome
13041303GermanyTaut and cool with swathes of fresh tarragon and crisp melon rind, this elegant dry Riesling has a nervous vitality throughout. The palate is zesty and bright, highlighting tart flavors of tangerine and apricot before fading into a dusty mineral finish.Hochheimer Hölle Kabinett Trocken8928RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDomdechant Werner 2013 Hochheimer Hölle Kabinett Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDomdechant Werner
13051304GermanySpine-tingling acidity runs throughout this off-dry Riesling. Swathes of honey and fresh apple, saffron and dried berries lend sweetness and warmth, but this striking kabinett does not surrender its sharp edges easily.Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett8920MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Fischer 2013 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Fischer
13061305SpainThis blends intensity and nutty richness on the nose, backed up by a full, balanced palate. Flavors of dark caramel, toffee and chocolate end with the distinct flavor of café mocha and a lasting streak of caramel.Cream8918AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachOsborne NV Cream Sherry (Jerez)SherryOsborne
13071306SpainRusty in color and earthy on the nose, with capped aromas of cedar and herbs, this mature Catalonian Cabernet is compact on the palate and fused by firm tannins. Flavors of dried berry, stone fruits and toffee finish long. This ranks as a fun challenge for Spanish wine geeks.Chateldon Reserva8920CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord 2007 Chateldon Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Penedès)Cabernet SauvignonPinord
13081307USLight, tart cherry fruit beckons for further exploration. The ripeness is there, and the wine comes across as clean and elegant in its modest proportions. As it breathes open there is a slight hint of volatility which, for most tasters, will be a plus.Holstein Vineyard8940OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Purple Hands 2013 Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirPurple Hands
13091308PortugalThis blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura is initially crisp and fresh. Gradually, it broadens out into a rich wine with a blend between lemon and yellow fruits that is delicious and concentrated. This tangy wine is developing well, and is ready to drink now although it will age.Torre de Menagem Escolha8913Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerQuintas de Melgaço 2014 Torre de Menagem Escolha White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteQuintas de Melgaço
13101309USThis Zin speaks to compelling red fruit, plum and vanilla, with light oak presence. It's balanced yet still plenty big, showing off its well-worn roots within an historic vineyard. Before veering into syrupy territory, it pulls back, letting leathery cinnamon and black pepper have their say.Monte Rosso Vineyard8945CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRosenblum 2011 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelRosenblum
13111310USThis blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Petite Sirah and 5% Cabernet Franc shows aromas of sweet plum, cherry jam, grape candy and chocolate spices. The palate presents a medium level of density, with flavors of Bing cherry, ollallieberry and dried oregano, thyme and marjoram.Reflections of Still Waters8940CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStill Waters 2010 Reflections of Still Waters Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendStill Waters
13121311USFloral, this medium-bodied white is creamy and touched by richer notions of pear, pineapple and vanilla, reflective of its warmer appellation in a warm year. French oak (40% of it new) aged the wine for under a year. With a touch of honeysuckle and nutmeg, the minerality is subtle.Stuhlmuller Vineyards Reserve8932CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSummers 2013 Stuhlmuller Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnaySummers
13131312ItalyThis bright, fresh wine offers aromas of woodland berry, alpine herb, graphite, and a touch of cake spice. On the palate, green tomato and peppermint accent the bright strawberry core.I Vigneti8915Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Peter Sölva & Söhne 2013 I Vigneti Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroTenuta Peter Sölva & Söhne
13141313USA mix of strawberry-rhubarb compote, mocha-chocolate and chalky tannins are featured in this 80% Cabernet with smaller amounts of other Bordeaux varieties blended in. Dense and meaty, a powerful jolt of cassis rears its head on the finish.8934CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTerra Valentine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTerra Valentine
13151314ItalyThis opens with smoke, mint, coconut, red berry and graphite aromas. The palate offers dried red cherry and mineral alongside drying tannins. Enjoy it soon to capture the fruit flavors.Linticlarus Riserva8940Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTiefenbrunner 2011 Linticlarus Riserva Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroTiefenbrunner
13161315ItalyPretty aromas of red berry, crushed flower and a hint of rosemary lead the nose on this bright red. The fresh palate offers crushed raspberry, green tomato and cinnamon. It's fresh, sleek and balanced.8920Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTramin 2013 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroTramin
13171316ItalyRadiant and elegant, this offers enticing white stone fruit, Mediterranean brush and spring flower scents. The vibrant, balanced palate delivers creamy white peach, pear and tangy nectarine flavors, alongside crisp acidity. A savory mineral note gives it a mouthwatering finish.9020Southern ItalyGreco di TufoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVesevo 2016 Greco di TufoGrecoVesevo
13181317USA bright, floral fragrance invites one to further explore this softly structured wine. It's layered with ripe red fruit, leather and pepper flavors that are carried into the finish by tight, grippy tannins.Estate9042CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneViszlay Vineyards 2013 Estate Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)Petite SirahViszlay Vineyards
13191318USThis lightly built wine is fully expressive, with floral aromas and bright layers of black cherry, peppery clove and toasted oak. Balanced and unhindered, it will work well at the table.Winemaker's Reserve Estate9098CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneViszlay Vineyards 2013 Winemaker's Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Russian River Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViszlay Vineyards
13201319New ZealandA considerable step up in quality from the basic Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, this offering boasts attractive aromas of white grapefruit and pea tendrils. There's a silky texture and green, grassy elements on the palate, but they never stray too far into vegetal, finishing zesty and clean.Single Vineyard9025Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYealands 2016 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley)Sauvignon BlancYealands

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