Wine Reviews

1365113650USAromatic and stylish, this Dijon-clone Chardonnay jumps out with sweet spices on the nose and a floral twist to the palate. Pollen, apple and white-peach flavors punch through into a well-balanced, lingering finish. It drinks nicely already but should continue to improve through 2023.Yamhill Valley Vineyard9135OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Martin Woods 2016 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Chardonnay (McMinnville)ChardonnayMartin Woods
1365213651USThis old-vine Riesling matches medium sweetness (25g/L) to ample acidity. It's a dense and flavorful style, taut and fleshy at the same time. The peachy fruit hints at ripe banana as well, with a lick of butterscotch adorning the finish. Drink now through 2022.Estate9118OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Yamhill Valley 2014 Estate Riesling (McMinnville)RieslingYamhill Valley
1365313652USThis rosé brings extra levels of finesse and detail along with the expected burst of fresh fruit. Elegant and sophisticated, it offers tart cherry fruit, some peppery herb and a hint of fresh-ground coffee. Barrel fermented in neutral oak, it's smooth as silk.Rosé of9128OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Alexana 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAlexana
1365413653USRound rather than racy, this fruity effort rings out with peach, melon and papaya flavors. It's finished dry with just 4g/L residual sugar, and the delicious finish has a honeysuckle note.Nuthouse Master Series9130OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Argyle 2015 Nuthouse Master Series Riesling (Eola-Amity Hills)RieslingArgyle
1365513654USThis is an unusually complex and intricate wine that has more than simple crispness. It starts with grapefruit and bitter apple aromas and builds toward vibrant but rich grapefruit, mineral and savory consommé flavors. The texture is broad and mouthfilling but well supported and balanced by acidity. A great debut for Berryhill.9115CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBerryhill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Lodi)Sauvignon BlancBerryhill
1365613655FranceBeautifully pure and creamy notes of golden apple dominate the nose. The palate has a similarly gentle apple note that harmonizes perfectly with the light, dry body and the fine bubbles. This elegant pink sparkler will give lots of pleasure before and during a meal.Anne de K Brut Rosé9120AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBestheim NV Anne de K Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendBestheim
1365713656FranceShy but very pure notes of ripe juicy pear and fresh ripe mirabelle plum appear on the nose. They continue seamlessly on the full-bodied palate where they find a fitting counterpoint in its phenolic texture, which has a pleasantly bitter edge. This is bone dry but unusually full-bodied for a Sylvaner, highlighting the ripeness of the 2015 vintage. The finish is long and underlines the quiet power of this wine.Zotzenberg Grand Cru9140AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBoeckel 2015 Zotzenberg Grand Cru Sylvaner (Alsace)SylvanerBoeckel
1365813657ItalyThis is a pleasant, no-fuss sparkler with textbook aromas of peach, flowers and citrus fruit. Overall, it lacks intensity but its crisp, lean mouthfeel helps it end on a high, zesty note.Zeta Dry8617VenetoProsecco di ConeglianoZardetto NV Zeta Dry (Prosecco di Conegliano)ProseccoZardetto
1365913658USThe very hot vintage took its toll on this 100% varietal Syrah. While it's nicely dry, with a finely tannic structure, it tastes a bit soft and hot. The cherry and blackberry flavors have a dessicated, raisiny edge. Drink now.Hope Family Vineyard8642CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAustin Hope 2004 Hope Family Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahAustin Hope
1366013659ItalyCavit is relatively new to the Prosecco genre and this sparkler provides all the fresh fruit flavors you'd expect from this popular category of Italian wine. It's a low-intensity wine, with notes of peach, honeydew kiwi and white peppercorn. There's also a slightly soapy-musky tone at the back.Lunetta8611Italy OtherItalyCavit NV Lunetta Prosecco (Italy)ProseccoCavit
1366113660AustraliaMade mistelle fashion, with fortification taking place prior to fermentation to help preserve the variety's citrus and tea-leaf aromas and flavors. Honeyed orange and lemon flavors take on a leafy edge, showing a hint of bitterness on the finish.Muscadelle8615VictoriaRutherglenJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Muscadelle Tokay (Rutherglen)TokayChambers Rosewood Vineyards
1366213661FranceThe Lurtons get their fruit for this wine from the Carcassonne region, the coolest part of the Languedoc. That explains the simple freshness of the red fruits, the acidity and the supple but dry tannins. Screwcap.Les Bateaux Merlot869Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays d'OcRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. & F. Lurton 2006 Les Bateaux Merlot Merlot (Vin de Pays d'Oc)MerlotJ. & F. Lurton
1366313662SpainSmooth and simple stuff. It's quite fresh and clean, with more citrus and cherry than what you'd get from a Catalonian Pinot Noir. And that's because this is made entirely from the Trepat grape, which results in a racy, zippy personality. A refreshing cava for fans of leaner, crisper styles.Brut Rosat8618CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastellroig NV Brut Rosat Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCastellroig
1366413663USThere's no doubting this is a rich wine. It's flamboyant in jammy cherry, boysenberry and cola flavors, while oak adds pronounced char and vanilla. It's the most expensive wine ever released by the winery, but tasty as it is, it's sweet and simple. Tasted four times.Sonoma Stage Vineyard8685CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaDe Loach 2005 Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirDe Loach
1366513664FranceCreamy, soft, but pricked with high acidity, this dry sparkling wine from Montlouis is made from Chenin Blanc. In the mouth, there's an herbal element, vivid acidity and a crisp aftertaste.Brut86Loire ValleyMontlouis-sur-LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine les Loges de la Folie NV Brut (Montlouis-sur-Loire)Chenin BlancDomaine les Loges de la Folie
1366613665SpainSalmon colored, with forward aromas of dust, earth, spice and red fruits. The palate is nicely decorated with cherry notes and brown sugar, while the finish moves quickly from fruit to vanilla and cream soda. Nice but a touch confected.Brut de Noirs8610CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachFreixenet NV Brut de Noirs Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendFreixenet
1366713666USThis '04 is off a beat from the '03, showing a tiredness that may be a result of the heat. It's soft, with candied blackberry and cherry flavors that finish dry, and is not ageworthy.Napa River Ranch8650CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHall 2004 Napa River Ranch Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotHall
1366813667PortugalA blend of Roupeiro, Perrum and Antão Vaz, this is a wine that shows how crisp and fresh (and light) whites from the hot Alentejo can be. There's simple, fresh, crisp fruit, with green plum and tropical fruit flavors, just great for chilling and drinking.EA Branco86AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCartuxa 2006 EA Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteCartuxa
1366913668PortugalRipe fruit, good, even high acidity, a touch of wood: everything is here, except for the nagging edge of rusticity that often pervades the Carmo estate wine. It needs more polish.8626AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Carmo 2004 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedQuinta do Carmo
1367013669PortugalA lean, edgy wine, which shows bramble fruits, red berries and tense tannins. There's fine structure and, given a few months, the acidity will turn this into a good food wine.Cortello868EstremaduraRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Gradil 2005 Cortello Syrah (Estremadura)SyrahQuinta do Gradil
1367113670SpainNothing really sticks out on this perfectly good brut. It offers the basic aromas of green apple and lime, followed by flavors of apple juice, citrus and pineapple. It takes on weight as it opens and then finishes a bit sweet.Brut Reserva Cava8612CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachSumarroca 2004 Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling (Penedès)Sparkling BlendSumarroca
1367213671ItalyThis is a creamy, sweet Prosecco with fragrant aromas of peach, apricot and citrus that you can expect from this kind of informal sparkler. It has a tonic, soda-like like feel in the mouth and clean freshness on the close.Dry Millesimato86VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneMaccari Spumanti 2006 Dry Millesimato (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoMaccari Spumanti
1367313672USProper rather than exciting, this Chard was made classic style, with 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation and plenty of lees. It's creamy and smooth, with modest flavors of peaches, pineapples and green apples.8626CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaTerlato 2005 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayTerlato
1367413673SpainThe palate touches both the sweet and sour, as it offers green apple and then candied white fruit flavors. The feel is a touch flat and pithy, but all in all it shows what it should.Brut Reserva8613CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachVega Barcelona NV Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendVega Barcelona
1367513674ItalyThe wine opens with a foamy, fun personality but does not ultimately provide that extreme vibrancy you usually get with Prosecco. This is a chewy, broad and opulent wine with mature fruit and a dusty quality.Brut8613VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneCarmina NV Brut (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCarmina
1367613675ItalyFloral aromas, white peach and mineral tones make for a harmonious and elegant sparkler with a pretty, vibrant appearance in the glass. Fruity, nutty flavors add sophistication and elegance in the mouth.Extra Dry8613VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneCarmina NV Extra Dry (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCarmina
1367713676ItalyThis sparkler opens with a pretty, foamy crest and medium intensity of aromas: stone fruit, talc powder, dried sage and crushed white pepper tones are subdued but intricate. It ends on a creamy, sweet note.Dry Cuvée Oro Conegliano86VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneCarpenè Malvolti NV Dry Cuvée Oro Conegliano (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCarpenè Malvolti
1367813677ItalyDespite its name, Hi! is actually an understated Prosecco with elegant qualities that translate into delicate tones of lemongrass, white stone and peach. It boasts bright acidity and medium intensity and is very refreshing overall.Hi!8613VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneLa Riva dei Frati NV Hi! (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoLa Riva dei Frati
1367913678ItalyLively perlage and measured aromatic intensity set the stage for this friendly, no-fuss sparkler. It offers caressing effervescence and fresh tones of white peach, melon and lime.Cruner Dry8617VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneLe Colture NV Cruner Dry (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoLe Colture
1368013679ItalyAn easy-going, simple Prosecco with drying notes of talc powder, kiwi fruit and fresh lime. It's light and buoyant in the mouth with good freshness on the close.Extra Dry86VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneMaccari Spumanti NV Extra Dry (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoMaccari Spumanti

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