Wine Reviews

1416114160ItalyAlbeggio is a Syrah-based rosato that offers accents of cranberry, cassis and blueberry, backed by fresh acidity and medium density. It would pair well with roasted eggplant in yogurt sauce.Albeggio8615TuscanyToscanaFattoria Lavacchio 2011 Albeggio Rosato (Toscana)RosatoFattoria Lavacchio
1416214161USComplex, rich flavors of mulberry, cola, leather, pepper and sandalwood mark this dry, tannic Syrah. The texture is aggressive, with jagged tannins. Ready to drink.8628CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastFess Parker 2010 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahFess Parker
1416314162USThis feels a bit tough and gritty, with stringy tannins that give the palate a rustic texture. The flavors are ripe, with notes of cherries, licorice and mocha. Drink now.Saddle-Up8622CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFlocchini 2010 Saddle-Up Syrah (Sonoma Coast)SyrahFlocchini
1416414163ItalySlightly closed at first, this Sémillon needs a few minutes in the glass before the aromas become charged. Exotic fruit and pineapple notes appear with citrus and peach accents. The finish is simple and fresh.8615TuscanyToscanaFornacelle 2011 Semillon (Toscana)SémillonFornacelle
1416514164ItalyFresh, floral and lively, this bright wine offers tones of wild berry, pink grapefruit and crisp green apple. There's enough acidity to balance fried appetizers or cheese-topped pastas.8613TuscanyBolgheriGiorgio Meletti Cavallari 2011 Rosato (Bolgheri)RosatoGiorgio Meletti Cavallari
1416614165USHeavy, dense and dry, this Cabernet Sauvignon is stuffed with blackberry, currant, anise and licorice flavors, and it shows plenty of oak influence. It's also fairly tannic. Drink now.8645CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAje 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAje
1416714166USA simple and candied Pinot Noir, this has tasty raspberry and cherry jam flavors, plus rich, oak-derived notes of buttered toast.8630CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAlderbrook 2010 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirAlderbrook
1416814167IsraelThis wine boasts aromas and flavors of dried red fruits, fresh mint and cocoa powder. Medium weight, with soft, dusty tannins and a medium-length finish. A young wine, but quite approachable now.Reserve86GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzAlexander 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)Cabernet SauvignonAlexander
1418214181USLighter in color than many 2012s from Santa Barbara County, this wine begins with an inviting nose that offers scents of strawberry-infused balsamic vinegar and sandalwood. Once sipped, it's light and crisp, but surprisingly powerful, with cranberry, pomegranate and a leather finish.Goodchild High 9 Vineyard Estate9030CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLucas & Lewellen 2012 Goodchild High 9 Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirLucas & Lewellen
1416914168IsraelUnderipe nectarine, lemon pith and a touch of freshly dried grass start off the bouquet of this Chardonnay. The medium-weight palate transitions into ripe flavors of melon and pear flesh that carry through to the slightly flabby finish.Liza86GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzAlexander 2011 Liza Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayAlexander
1417014169ItalyFresh and easy, this bright Vermentino would pair well with vegetable egg rolls or easy Spanish tapas. The wine's crisp acidity is followed by peach, citrus and pear flavors.8615TuscanyToscanaAltadonna 2011 Vermentino (Toscana)VermentinoAltadonna
1417114170USCheerful, easy-to-like and silky, this Pinot Noir has clean raspberry and cherry tart flavors. It has good acidity, and a long, spicy finish.8625CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaArtesa 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirArtesa
1417214171USWhile this wine has Napa elegance, it never completely loses the varietal's rustic edge. It's rich in briary berries, cola, tobacco and white pepper flavors, and it comes with an overripe, raisiny sweetness.Black Glass Vineyard Estate8635CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBenessere 2009 Black Glass Vineyard Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelBenessere
1417314172MoroccoThis powerful blend of Moroccan Syrah and Grenache is intense and fruity, and it bears ripe black-cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, tinged with chocolate, cherry cordial and granite notes. Soft tannins on the midpalate add texture to this dense, richly structured wine.Kahina8630GuerrouaneAnna Lee C. IijimaBernard Magrez 2010 Kahina Syrah-Grenache (Guerrouane)Syrah-GrenacheBernard Magrez
1417414173USImpenetrably black in color, this Syrah feels bone dry and tannic. It has all of the hallmarks of an ageable wine, but the concentration of blackberry and currant flavors is unlikely to outlast the tannins. Drink this over the next few years.Englandcrest8618CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaWellington 2008 Englandcrest Syrah (Sonoma Valley)SyrahWellington
1417514174ItalyThis Sangiovese-based rosato is vinified solely in stainless steel in order to preserve the freshness of its forest berry and cranberry flavors. A touch of bitter almond adds brightness to the finish.Cantalici Petali di Rosé8614TuscanyToscanaL'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo 2011 Cantalici Petali di Rosé Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseL'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo
1417614175USWhile initially a bit musky and waxy on the nose, this Riesling gains strength on the palate as it offers rich honey and red apple flavors. The lemon-lime-like acidity lingers on the finish.Semi-Dry8614New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLucas Vineyards 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLucas Vineyards
1417714176USWhile it does have a mint flavor, this spicy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and several other varieties is a fine wine to drink now with pizzas, chili and hamburgers.8616CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMichael Pozzan 2010 Red (California)Red BlendMichael Pozzan
1418314182SpainEarthy, dry aromas of plum and cherry come with notes of vanilla, herbs, tobacco and leather. This feels fresh, acidic and generally well balanced. Flavors of spiced plum and berry are riper than many 2008s from Rioja, while a finish with tobacco and leathery flavors is solid and fairly long. Drink through 2020.Finca Ygay Reserva9026Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Murrieta 2008 Finca Ygay Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Murrieta
1418414183USThe savory side of Pinot Noir shines in this bottling from a vineyard south of the Arroyo Seco appellation. Aromas include stewed tomato and green olives with pimento. Falling in line are the Middle Eastern spices and olive tapenade on the palate, with tight pomegranate fruit. Serve with lamb gyros.Central Avenue Vineyard9021CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPessagno 2012 Central Avenue Vineyard Pinot Noir (Monterey County)Pinot NoirPessagno
1417814177USSyrah comprises more than half of this spicy, Rhône-style blend, which also includes Grenache and Cinsault. A scent of wild berry introduces this wine, which feels sharp and carries a hint of pickle barrel, though no American oak is indicated. The palate broadens to display a flavor of strawberry compote and a whiff of chocolate.Double Bluff8619WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ott & Murphy 2010 Double Bluff Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Rhône-style Red BlendOtt & Murphy
1418514184USSanguine in cranberry, pomegranate and cherry, it has well-integrated tannins. The texture is smooth and the acidity bright. Drink now or enjoy 2019–2024.9040CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePeter Paul Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPeter Paul Wines
1418614185FranceThe wine balances acidity and full fruitiness. These show in the lively, fresh character as well as the rich apple and pear flavors. The end shows more youthful texture, offering the chance to hold this wine until 2015.Mission St Vincent9026BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerProducta Vignobles 2013 Mission St Vincent (Bordeaux Blanc)SauvignonProducta Vignobles
1417914178USDry and oaky, this Chardonnay offers herb-inflected pineapple and pear flavors.8660CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPatland 2011 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayPatland
1418714186USThis is a wine of marked elegance rather than power, dealing glossy tannins and succulent acids. A pretty expression of Sangiovese from North Carolina, this has delicate layers of red currant, strawberry, spiced flower and pomegranate.9018North CarolinaSwan CreekRaffaldini 2011 Sangiovese (Swan Creek)SangioveseRaffaldini
1418014179RomaniaRedolent of ripe red berries and cherry blossoms, this semisweet Moscato has a delicate, sugar-laced quality, balanced by bright citrus and apple flavors. Crisp in acidity, it's easy drinking and refreshing on the finish.Dreambird867RecasAnna Lee C. IijimaCramele Recas 2011 Dreambird Moscato (Recas)MoscatoCramele Recas
1418814187SwitzerlandA Swiss blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, this delightful wine has aromas of mint and black raspberry and flavors of cherry, red raspberry, fig and tobacco leaf. The finish is generous and long lasting.Dôle des Monts9030ValaisJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysRobert Gilliard 2012 Dôle des Monts Pinot Noir-Gamay (Valais)Pinot Noir-GamayRobert Gilliard
1418914188CroatiaSure to please any wine-geek, this orange wine is a blend of seven grapes including Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Reisling Italica, Glera, Fruilano, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. It's aged for three years in large wooden vats and has aromas of dried nectarine, dried peach, apricot and freshly ground black pepper that lead to luscious flavors of apricot nectar and honeycomb.Ines in White9041IstriaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysRoxanich 2008 Ines in White White (Istria)White BlendRoxanich
1419014189ItalyThis opens with a beautiful fragrance of rose, violet, red berry, new leather, turned earth and balsamic notes. The palate delivers Morello cherry, red raspberry, espresso and mint alongside astringent tannins that still need to integrate.Currà Riserva90PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSarotto 2009 Currà Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloSarotto
1418114180FranceThis is a fragrant, floral wine, with a smooth touch of vanilla. It has a fruity, ripe feel, and it shows fresh, crisp, apple-like acidity. This is a ready-to-drink, balanced Chardonnay.8627BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2010 BourgogneChardonnayDomaine Jessiaume

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