Wine Reviews

1377113770AustraliaA disappointing release, with tired white-fruit aromas and slightly confected, rubbery flavors. It's a traditional sparkling blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.Sparkling8215Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGreg Norman Estates NV Sparkling (South Eastern Australia)Champagne BlendGreg Norman Estates
1377213771ChileDilute, tropical aromas of banana and salami are not inviting. This has a creamy, yeasty mouthfeel and bland flavors of papaya and hot dog, with a yeasty theme on the finish.Crucero Collection8213Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2014 Crucero Collection Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnaySiegel
1377313772CanadaAged in older American and French oak barrels for approximately one year, this lacks the fruit to stand up to the bitter tannins. It's green and short, with little fruit flavor.8222British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tinhorn Creek 2011 Pinot Noir (Okanagan Valley)Pinot NoirTinhorn Creek
1377413773ItalyRustic aromas recall game, fetid flower, barnyard and black fruit past its prime. The bitter palate shows flint and a hint of tire rubber but no fruit richness. Tried twice with consistent results.Marangi8216Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute Mater Domini 2012 Marangi Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroTenute Mater Domini
1377513774ChileAromas of coffee grinds and muddled blackberry lead to a shrill palate with a shaky structure. Stewy plum and raspberry flavors finish salty, lightly weedy and baked in feel.Reserva8210Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarma 2011 Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreCarma
1377613775ChileThis bottling is Bisquertt's first foray into the world of Pinot Noir. The wine smells like a wet dog, along with some candied, artificial fruit aromas. A chunky, sticky-feeling palate houses medicinal, green berry flavors, while the finish is oaky and remains medicinal and hot.Crazy Rows8225Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2013 Crazy Rows Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirViña Bisquertt
1377713776ChileHarsh, resiny oak aromas are devoid of fruit. This is flat, creamy and mushy in feel, with flavors of melon, powdered sugar and raw wood. The finish is resiny and candied.Reserva8211Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2013 Reserva Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnaySanta Carolina
1377813777ChileSour plum and cranberry aromas are almost volatile, leading to a racy, acidic palate. Snappy, tart flavors of red plum and pie cherry finish with scouring acidity. This is a fresh but raw Malbec.Natura8211Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2012 Natura Malbec (Rapel Valley)MalbecEmiliana
1377913778ChileSweaty, raw, sour aromas are harsh. The palate is flat and chunky in feel, with pithy grapefruit, nettle and bitter green flavors. Pyrazines and bitterness ride roughshod on the finish.Los Vascos8113Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2014 Los Vascos Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnayDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
1378013779ChileRough, almost harsh aromas of petrol and sauerkraut are less than inviting. This is bland and soft in feel, with almost no spritz or lift. Innocuous flavors of melon, papaya and honey finish flat and sugary.817Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBeach Kite 2013 Moscato (Central Valley)MoscatoBeach Kite
1378113780ChileThis is a vegetal, underripe wine, albeit one with a fresh palate. The nose, flavor profile and finish are decidedly green and pyrazinic. Made from 94% Sauvignon Blanc with Chardonnay and Viognier.Assemblage Reserve8120Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEstampa 2013 Assemblage Reserve White (Colchagua Valley)White BlendEstampa
1378213781ChileRubbery, animal-like aromas are low on fruit. The palate is shrill and dominated by sharp acidity. Sour, herbal and pinched tasting, this is tart and green overall.Clava Reserve8014Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuintay 2013 Clava Reserve Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreQuintay
1378313782ChileYeasty, melony and smelling like yellow mustard, this Moscato is generally unappealing. Spritzy (but barely) on the palate, it has flavors of canned pineapple and mango, with a cloying finish.Left Coast807ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachflipflop NV Left Coast Moscato (Chile)Moscatoflipflop
1378413783ChileStrained and oily on the nose, this lacks freshness and fruitiness. Briny flavors are extreme and sweaty, while the finish tastes a lot like sauerkraut.Albamar8012Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachWilliam Cole 2014 Albamar Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayWilliam Cole
1378513784AustriaPeachy notes are accentuated by a very floral, creamy touch of oak to create a very appetizing, inviting nose. The palate is more rounded, flanked by sonorous but subtle oak spice and gentle fruit with a core of freshness and life that comes together on the long, spicy finish.Spiegel9135WagramAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAnton Bauer 2014 Spiegel Grüner Veltliner (Wagram)Grüner VeltlinerAnton Bauer
1378613785USBitter orange rind and spice notes accent layers of sweet honey, pineapple and mango in this lusciously sweet, silky ice wine. Strikes of lemon-lime acidity add zest and vibrance through a long, lingering finish.Ice Wine9149New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBoundary Breaks 2014 Ice Wine Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBoundary Breaks
1378713786USGrenache (56%) takes the lead on this blend, which also includes Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault. It offers aromas of celery salt, coffee and dark berries. The palate brings fruit flavors that display the best this vintage has to offer—richness without excessive weight. The finish persists.Byzance9134WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrian Carter Cellars 2011 Byzance Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
1378813787USA unique blend of Syrah (78%), Cabernet Sauvignon (13%) and Mourvèdre, this low-alcohol wine (for the vintage and region) offers aromas of high-toned dried herbs, earth, smoked meat, smoke and white pepper. The citrusy fire-pit flavors are elegant and show persistence. It's a unique expression of the area that should do well on the dinner table.Rediviva of the Stones9160WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportButy 2012 Rediviva of the Stones Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendButy
1378913788USThis blend of Syrah (58%), Merlot (33%) and Malbec (9%) offers immediate appeal, with ready-to-go aromas of raspberry compote, mocha and cranberries. The polished red-fruit flavors show depth.Cherry Street Reserve9125WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanoe Ridge 2012 Cherry Street Reserve Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Red BlendCanoe Ridge
1379013789FranceDating to the Middle Ages, this estate has produced a Merlot-dominated wine packed with dark tannins and a dusty texture that is becoming more elegant as it ages. The wine is still young and full of its concentrated structure. Drink from 2020.9138BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ambe Tour Pourret 2012 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Ambe Tour Pourret
1379113790FranceAndré Lurton bought de Rochemorin in 1973, an estate with vines since the 16th century. This is an aromatic wine, perfumed with blackberry tones. It has plenty of fresh fruit, soft tannins and ample acidity. The structure plays a supporting role—dry while also showing some richness. Drink from 2019.9128BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Rochemorin 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Rochemorin
1379213791FranceThis wine has a juicy, fruity character that comes from the 60% of Cabernets in the blend. It is just touched by wood and, like a true Bordeaux second wine, it is showing plenty of perfumed fruitiness already. With fresh acidity and a bright character, the wine will be ready to drink from 2018.Petit Figeac91BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Figeac 2013 Petit Figeac (Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Figeac
1379313792AustriaTaut lemony freshness brightens nose and slender palate. This is lifted and pure, bright and sprightly and a celebration of lemon juiciness and zest. The finish is whistle clean and as refreshing as the first strokes in a cold pool of glistening water.Heiligenstein Reserve91KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJurtschitsch 2014 Heiligenstein Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingJurtschitsch
1379413793USSlicks of butter, cream and spice in this unusual barrel-fermented Gewürztraminer may evoke divisive love-it-or-hate-it reactions, but the intensity and quality of this deeply concentrated wine is hard to deny. It's gorgeously fruity and floral, bursting of honeysuckle, rose petals and melons, yet elegantly balanced in acidity and alcohol. It's deeply penetrating, with reverberating waves of bright citrus notes and a lingering tea-toned astringency. Drinks well now, but should be an interesting wine to mature over the next decade.Umlaut9130New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2013 Umlaut Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKeuka Spring
1379513794New ZealandThis shows a touch less oak than the Maté's Vineyard, with more emphasis on pineapple and citrus. It's medium-bodied, with a slightly custardy texture, and turns tangy and crisp on the finish. Drink now–2020.Coddington9145KumeuJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKumeu River 2013 Coddington Chardonnay (Kumeu)ChardonnayKumeu River
1379613795AustriaPlush, almost candy-like berry notes mingle with fresher inflections of moss on the aromatic nose. The soft and supple palate unleashes even more berry and cherry fruit, so much so that it takes a moment to realise that there is an actual, firm structure to support this purple-tinged display which finishes in medium-bodied spiciness.Konkret9139NeusiedlerseeAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMeinklang 2012 Konkret St. Laurent (Neusiedlersee)St. LaurentMeinklang
1379713796AustriaThere's an almost honeyed edge to the nose of this charming, composed wine. The sprightly palate is highlighted by a spritz of lemon here and there and the occasional flash of white pepper. This has a masterfully light touch.Ried Renner Reserve9133KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchloss Gobelsburg 2014 Ried Renner Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSchloss Gobelsburg
1379813797AustriaA distinct whiff of tiny, black elderberries promises joy. This is joined by white pepper and iron oxide to play on luscious but soft red and black fruit. The spice is exciting and pervasive and highlighted by freshness. The fine balance this strikes is expressed as straight-laced elegance. What unpretentious, honest joy.Apleton Rouge9125BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteindorfer 2013 Apleton Rouge Red (Burgenland)Austrian Red BlendSteindorfer
1379913798AustriaAromatic stone fruit swings in those lively citrus notes. There is a creamy apple flavor in the background, softening the bold lemon notes. This is pure and lifted, graceful and slender.Seeberg Reserve9129KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteininger 2014 Seeberg Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingSteininger
1380013799USA zesty nose of blackberry and mint also shows elements of plum, pencil lead and eucalyptus leaf in this single-vineyard exploration. The food-friendly, earthy and minerally palate offers more pencil lead as well as black pepper, coriander and thyme.Fogstone Vineyard9164CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2013 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirTestarossa

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