Wine Reviews

1317113170ItalyA blend of Sangiovese, Colorino and Mammolo, this straightforward wine opens with aromas that recall plum cake, ripe black fruit and a hint of balsam. The juicy palate offers crushed black cherry accented with cinnamon. Drink now to capture the succulent fruit and freshness.8722TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRomeo 2012 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendRomeo
1317213171ChileSmoky, rubbery aromas run alongside berry and plum scents. This is full, loamy and soft in feel. Flavors of berry and cassis are short yet ripe and earthy, while the finish is mellow and easygoing.Reserva8712Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSanta Carolina
1317313172USSourced from the DuBrul and Meek vineyards, this pure varietal Merlot remains tart, earthy and shy of fully ripe. Pomegranate and rhubarb flavors dominate, with plenty of leafy herb.8732WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stevens 2011 Merlot (Yakima Valley)MerlotStevens
1317413173AustriaCoppery pink highlights and light hints of citrus are coupled with wonderfully refreshing acidity and some richer yeast notes in the background. An enlivening, zippy apéritif, with subtle strawberry hints.Brut Rosé8725Österreichischer SektAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSzigeti 2011 Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Österreichischer Sekt)Pinot NoirSzigeti
1317513174ItalyLeafy underbrush, ripe black cherry, clove, mocha and licorice sensations come together in this robust Rosso. It's forward and shy on freshness so enjoy this soon with hearty first courses or stews.8718TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Valdipiatta 2012 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendTenuta Valdipiatta
1317613175USThe blend is 51% Nebbiolo and 49% Barbera. It's aromatically intriguing, with a whiff of Asian spices and a dusting of cocoa powder. Though almost four years old, it hasn't entirely jelled—it drinks like two different wines, one tart and acidic, with light red berry flavors; the other smooth and almost silky.Nebbaro Red8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tre Nova 2010 Nebbaro Red Barbera-Nebbiolo (Columbia Valley (WA))Barbera-NebbioloTre Nova
1317713176USAn appealing wine with notes of herbs, gooseberry and guava. It's medium-bodied with some residual sugar (1.2 g/L) helping it go down easy.8710WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTwo Ponds 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancTwo Ponds
1317813177ChileOn the nose, this everyday SB delivers pungency and citrusy green-fruit scents. The mouthfeel is racy, while flavors of lime, passion fruit and grapefruit finish zesty and with green, herbal notes of thyme and oregano.Aliwen Reserva8713Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2013 Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Curicó Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
1317913178ItalyOak, chocolate, vanilla and ripe black plum waft out of the glass along with spice notes. Dense and concentrated, it has a warm midpalate and round tannins. Drink soon to capture fruit freshness.8728TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVerbena 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseVerbena
1318013179USFrom a challenging Napa Valley vintage, this red is made in what the winemaker calls a “Right Bank” style, blending 56% Cabernet Franc with 42% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards such as Hyde in Carneros. The wine is brimming in dark plum and severe chocolate and cherry, with a reasonable amount of grip.8754CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVirage 2010 Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendVirage
1318113180ChileThis is a woody blend of 60% Carmenère and 40% Carignan, which is not a common mixing in Chile. Oak, graphite, cocoa and berry aromas set up a narrow, astringent palate with citrusy acidity and sharp flavors of plum, raspberry and spice. Fresh acidity and herbal flavors dominate the finish.Enki8730Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2010 Enki Red (Central Valley)Red BlendVistamar
1318213181USPretty floral and apple aromas are laced with butter and smoke on this supple, elegant Chardonnay. Bright with sunny lemon flavor yet silky and smooth in mouthfeel, it's a satisfying, well-composed wine for any occasion.Barrel Fermented Dry8724New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaWoodbury 2012 Barrel Fermented Dry Chardonnay (New York)ChardonnayWoodbury
1318313182USNotes of pollen and nuts lend an earthy warmth to aromas of lemon zest and honey tangerine on this brisk, vivacious Riesling. While dry in style, it's waxy and slick mouthfeel finishes with a ripple of spicy orange peel.Humphreys Vineyard8722New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2013 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingKeuka Spring
1318413183ItalyAromas of forest floor, berries and espresso waft over a ripe palate of dark cherry and baking spices. It's quite warm and already evolved so drink soon.8730TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Ragnaie 2011 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseLe Ragnaie
1318513184FranceProduced from Malbec that comes mainly from the Cahors region, this soft, ripe and fruity wine has a light touch of tannins that show beneath the berry fruits, supple texture and tight acidity. It is ready to drink, but will be better in 2015.La Réserve8713France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2011 La Réserve Malbec (Vin de France)MalbecLionel Osmin & Cie
1318613185USLightly spicy and quite refreshing, this is a gentle wine, with a mix of melon and white peach fruit. Simple but perfect for every day.8713WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2013 Pinot Gris (Yakima Valley)Pinot GrisMercer
1318713186USTight and tart, this offers crisp and spicy flavors of raspberry fruit, with a sharpness to the flavors. About one-quarter of the barrels were new and deliver highlights of toast and chocolate.Estate Grown8750WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Obelisco Estate 2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonObelisco Estate
1318813187USA sniff of leather and limited fruit freshness detract this wine from reaching the level of the previous vintage. It's got some berry flavors and a bit of barrel toast and chocolate, but falls away quickly. Two bottles tasted.Les Gosses Vineyard8740WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Obelisco Estate 2011 Les Gosses Vineyard Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahObelisco Estate
1318913188FranceModest apple and citrus aromas are clean and pleasant, and the same can be said of the flavors, which add hints of melon to the mix. The wine is plump and round in the mouth, but finishes long and crisp. This is a solid effort from this négociant house, which has never been a favorite here. Let's hope it's a positive indicator for the future.Héritages8716Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOgier 2013 Héritages White (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style White BlendOgier
1319013189New ZealandAlready showing prominent bricking at the rim, this medium-bodied, supple wine should be consumed by the end of 2015. Scents and flavors of mocha, caramel and decaying leaves frame attenuated red fruits.Falveys Vineyard8727MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOmaka Springs 2011 Falveys Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirOmaka Springs
1319113190FranceThis wine is rich, with red fruits and balanced acidity. Soft and full-bodied, it delivers spice and red plum fruits at the end, with a juicy aftertaste.8716BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerPardon et Fils 2012 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayPardon et Fils
1319213191FranceThe wine is warm and round, full of ripe berry fruits and soft tannins. It's ready to drink now with its full structure, balanced acidity and juicy aftertaste.Belle Grâce8615BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vins Aujoux 2013 Belle Grâce (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayLes Vins Aujoux
1319313192FranceSoft, ripe and fruity, this is an immediately accessible, drinkable wine. It's soft with lemon and yellow fruits coming together to give a fresh, lively apéritif style of wine.869Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerMont Gravet 2013 Colombard (Côtes de Gascogne)ColombardMont Gravet
1319413193SpainCherry and cassis aromas are a touch flat and jammy. This shows grabby tannins as well as loamy, earthy, lightly bitter flavors of black fruits. The finish lumbers along with size and tannic grip, but overall this blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Graciano and 10% Garnacha shows well.Made With Organic Grapes8612Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachNavardia 2013 Made With Organic Grapes (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendNavardia
1319513194SpainBready aromas feature melon as the main fruit scent. This is chunky in feel, with moderate acidity and cut. Apple, melon and green-herb flavors finish with hints of toast, yeast and generic sweetness.Brut8615CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPata Negra NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPata Negra
1319613195ItalyThis displays evident oak sensations of sweet vanilla, toast, espresso, milk chocolate and mature black plum alongside drying tannins. There's not much fresh acidity so drink soon before it dries out.8620TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRidolfi 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseRidolfi
1319713196USGrape soda, prune, leather, graphite, dust and black tobacco blend into an intriguing nose on this estate Malbec from Paso's Eastside. It's a little rustic around the edges once sipped, but pleasantly so. The mouthfeel is soft, the flavors are peppery and the tannins and acidity are built to last.8628CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStill Waters 2010 Malbec (Paso Robles)MalbecStill Waters
1319813197USThis smells like sweet red cherries and ripe plums and tastes quite ripe, almost sweet, with more berries and cherries. The overall mouthfeel is full bodied and the texture is broad and rich. It is generous, fruity and tasty all around.Estate8630CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2011 Estate Grenache (Livermore Valley)GrenacheFenestra
1319913198SpainCaramel and light grassy aromas amount to a standard bouquet. This is soft and innocuous in feel, with somewhat low acidity. Toffee and sautéed mushroom flavors come in front of a typical but bland finish with mild oxidation.Medium8618AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachOsborne NV Medium Sherry (Jerez)SherryOsborne
1320013199USA pretty rose color, this is invitingly scented with fresh strawberries and floral highlights. Flavors follow, rather light and primary, tailing off quickly into a finish with a lick of mocha.8624OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine La Chouette 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLa Chouette

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