Wine Reviews

1371113710AustriaIt is white pepper rather than fruit that pervades the nose and palate on this wine, displaying a tight grip and slender body—not to say that deeper berry fruit does not slumber in the depths. This still has to come out of its shell and is best served with subtle, nuanced food that will mirror its intriguing nature. This will certainly blossom in a year or two. Ready from 2015.Anning9057ThermenregionAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLoimer 2011 Anning Pinot Noir (Thermenregion)Pinot NoirLoimer
1371213711USThere are too many grape varieties (at least ten) in this blend to list, but they're dominated by Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. That makes it an old-fashioned field blend, and it's pretty darn good. It's fundamentally a dry but fruity wine, with good acidity and firm but drink-me-now tannins.Medley Alegria Vineyards9040CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAcorn 2010 Medley Alegria Vineyards Red (Russian River Valley)Red BlendAcorn
1371313712ChileThis is a jammy, lusty wine with aromatic notes of graphite on top of core blackberry scents. The palate is chunky and full, while the flavor profile is pure jammy blackberry. A quick, staunch finish is a fine conclusion.Gran Reserva9017Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAlto Los Romeros 2011 Gran Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecAlto Los Romeros
1371413713USThis lovely blend of Sauvignon Blanc, and 14% Roussanne, is as crisp and fresh as its name implies. Bright fruit flavors of lemon, lime, orange and pineapple speak to the success of this unusual blend. It's a bracing, palate-cleansing white wine that will be appealing all year round.Linen9010WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bergevin Lane 2012 Linen Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancBergevin Lane
1371513714FranceThe Réserve Personnelle line from Bott Frères decidedly greater intensity than the Tradition range. This Riesling exhibits great fruitiness allied with a very mineral structure and tight acidity. The wine has a future, so drink now and until 2019.Réserve Personnelle9022AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerBott Frères 2009 Réserve Personnelle Riesling (Alsace)RieslingBott Frères
1371613715ItalyHailing from old vines, this delicious blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese is concentrated but elegant. Aromas of tilled soil, ripe blackberry, black cherry, black pepper and a hint of vanilla take center stage. The palate shows juicy sour cherry, accented with balsamic herbs and a mineral note balanced by freshness and supple tannins.Villa Bucci Rosso9065Central ItalyRosso PicenoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBucci 2008 Villa Bucci Rosso (Rosso Piceno)Red BlendBucci
1371713716ItalyThis classic bottling opens with enticing floral aromas of Spanish broom, acacia and a whiff of flint. The palate delivers succulent yellow peach, citrus and almond along with mineral notes. It boasts impeccable balance and nice length.9022Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBucci 2012 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreVerdicchioBucci
1371813717South AfricaAromas of wood-grilled peach, baked apple and sweet orange oil waft from the glass, all laced with threads of toasted oak and baking spice. The ample acidity keeps the palate lively and the finish fresh, although the woody accents dominate the close once the ripe fruit flavors subside.Missionvale9030Walker BayLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBouchard Finlayson 2010 Missionvale Chardonnay (Walker Bay)ChardonnayBouchard Finlayson
1372213721ItalyNamed after the King of Sweden who was born in Jesi in 1194, this elegant expression of Verdicchio opens with a bouquet of dried Spanish broom, sage and stone fruit. The palate offers peach, lemon zest and tropical fruit flavors alongside savory saline and almond notes, all supported by vibrant acidity.Federico II A.D. 11949026Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontecappone 2012 Federico II A.D. 1194 (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)VerdicchioMontecappone
1371913718FranceThis is a delicate, deliciously fragrant Riesling with just the freshest of fruits. Lemon and bright zest notes leave the palate totally refreshed.Tradition9029AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pfister 2011 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Pfister
1372013719USDecant this Zin for an hour or so to bring out its robust and spicy nature. The palate is complex with flavors of wild, briary summer blackberries, plums, cola, dark chocolate, black pepper and oak. Great with beef and tomato dishes.Morisoli Vineyard9037CaliforniaRutherfordNapaElyse 2009 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Rutherford)ZinfandelElyse
1372113720USFox Run's Geology Series is a rare opportunity to taste wine sourced from a single vineyard site but vinified three ways. The Riesling 12, inoculated with commercial yeast, is extravagantly musky and floral with an intoxicating spice note that penetrates throughout. Semi sweet in style, it dances on the palate with concentrated flavors of peach and apricot, along with a piercing lemon acidity.Riesling 12 Hanging Delta Vineyard9025New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFox Run 2011 Riesling 12 Hanging Delta Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingFox Run
1372313722USHere's a good, clean effort, not showing entirely bone dry but enough for the moniker. Mixed citrus, notably lime, green apple and spicy notes dominate, in a wine with excellent balance and a welcome touch of minerality.Bebop Dry9016WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Nodland 2012 Bebop Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingNodland
1372413723USFresh green apple and herb notes flit and dance throughout the nose and palate of this delicate off-dry Riesling. It's rich with sweet peach and nectarine flavor, but also layered and complex with notes of minerals, blossoms and vibrant lime acidity.Tango Oaks Vineyard9020New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRed Newt Cellars 2011 Tango Oaks Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingRed Newt Cellars
1372513724ChileMinty plum and berry aromas are herbal but ripe, with a note of chocolate and black tea. This is lush and layered, with top-end mouthfeel and herbal, floral flavors of berry fruits and plum. A smooth, herbal tasting finish is the finale to a well-made, flavorful wine.Single Vineyard9022Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2012 Single Vineyard Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreSiegel
1372613725ChileSavory and earthy up front, this blend of Malbec and Petit Sirah is quite ripe and not at all herbal. In the mouth, it's cushioned and rich, while dark, toasty flavors of blackberry and pepper finish a touch bitter, like dark chocolate or a cup of espresso.Estate Malbec-Petite Sirah9015Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEstampa 2011 Estate Malbec-Petite Sirah Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendEstampa
1372713726GreeceBlueberry, vanilla and cedar aromas start this rich, luxuriant red. On the palate, savory cigarbox and caramel flavors meld with bright red fruits and sweet vanilla. The wine finishes dry and will pair beautifully with lamb and beef dishes.Ovilos9055PangeonSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaEstate Biblia Chora 2007 Ovilos Red (Pangeon)Red BlendEstate Biblia Chora
1372813727USA well-integrated mix of grapes from a broad range of vineyards across the entire Columbia valley, this outstanding value proves that good Chardonnay does not have to be strengthened by age in new oak barrels. Stone fruits, hints of tropical papaya and banana, contribute to a complex, fruit-driven, well-balanced wine with medium-term aging potential.9015WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tamarack Cellars 2012 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayTamarack Cellars
1372913728USAlthough priced considerably less than Testarossa's single-vineyard bottlings, this Chard is nearly as good. It's rich with tropical fruits, vanilla custard, buttered toast and cinnamon spice flavors, all brightened by crisp acidity.Cuvée Los Gatos9023CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastTestarossa 2011 Cuvée Los Gatos Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayTestarossa
1373013729USThis is our first peek at MacPhail's 2012 Pinots, and to judge by it, they'll be pretty good. The wine is dark in color and full-bodied for a rosé, with the weight and texture of Chardonnay. It's enormously flavorful in raspberries, vanilla, honey and spices.Rosé of Pinot Noir8822CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaMacPhail 2012 Rosé of Pinot Noir Rosé (Sonoma Coast)RoséMacPhail
1373113730USAn appealing wine with notes of dark fruit and sweet spices. It's broad in feel with the dry, grippy tannins the only thing holding it back.Limited Release8825WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorthwest Collection 2010 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonNorthwest Collection
1373213731IsraelOak-derived aromas of vanilla, sweet wood and toast are forward in the bouquet and mouth of this wine, but they're supported by a solid core of lush black berry, cassis and plum notes. The palate is round and mouthfilling, with a creamy texture.T-Selection8865GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPelter 2009 T-Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)Cabernet SauvignonPelter
1373313732ChileThis starts with dense, murky, earthy aromas of stewed black fruits and rubber. In the mouth, it feels full and aggressive, with rubbery tannins supporting thick, herbal flavors of rooty black fruits. A chunky, chewy, layered finish is generous in every way.First Edition8818Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValle Secreto 2010 First Edition Syrah (Cachapoal Valley)SyrahValle Secreto
1373413733FranceA simple, big and fruity Malbec, softer than many although with all the right richness. This is a wine for drinking now, with its mature plum flavors and leather aroma. The French number for the department (county) of Cahors is 46.Noir 468814Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles 46N118 2008 Noir 46 Malbec (Cahors)MalbecVignobles 46N118
1373513734ChileThis blend of 60% Carmenère and 40% Carignan opens with campfire, cassis, chocolate, oak and minty aromas. A wall of acidity greets you on the palate, creating a clampy, rough feel. In terms of flavor, oak is up front and behind that there's graphite and minty, herbal fruit in front of a finish with tobacco, vanilla and length.Enki Carmenère-Carignan8830Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2009 Enki Carmenère-Carignan Red (Central Valley)Red BlendVistamar
1373613735AustriaWith some sweetness, this is a fruity, juicy wine that's tasting very young at this stage. It's fragrant with a light touch of white currants and spice and a dominant presence of acidity.Alte Reben88Wagram-DonaulandRoger Voss@vossrogerAnton Bauer 2011 Alte Reben Riesling (Wagram-Donauland)RieslingAnton Bauer
1373713736USThis is J's best Pinot Gris in years. It's rich and focused, with bright acidity, a clean mouthfeel and complex orange, mango, honey and vanilla flavors.8815CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJ Vineyards & Winery 2012 Pinot Gris (California)Pinot GrisJ Vineyards & Winery
1373813737USAn aromatic wine with barrel notes of toast, chocolate, and licorice alongside pepper and plum. It's tart and expansive with a soft, velvety feel and a cherry liqueur-filled finish.Weinbau Vineyard8835WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJanuik 2010 Weinbau Vineyard Malbec (Wahluke Slope)MalbecJanuik
1373913738USLots of personality in this Viognier. It has a meaty fleshiness, in addition to the peach pulp, orange and papaya fruit flavors, with fine acidity that makes it all feel clean and lively in the mouth. An interesting wine to pair with modern pan-Asian-fusion fare.8824CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaWattle Creek 2011 Viognier (Alexander Valley)ViognierWattle Creek
1374013739GermanyIntensely aromatic, intensely fruity, this Riesling packs a powerful punch of flavor within a delicate frame. The fruit profile is tropical with concentrated guava and mango flavors spiced with hints of white pepper. It's semi-sweet in style, but bracing acidity leaves the finish quite dry.Niersteiner Hipping Spätlese8818RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaWeingut Georg Albrecht Schneider 2011 Niersteiner Hipping Spätlese Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingWeingut Georg Albrecht Schneider

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