Wine Reviews

1464114640USA delicious, easy-drinking Pinot Noir for everyday, at a good price. It has raspberry tutti-fruity flavors with lots of vanilla and spice.8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherPennywise 2008 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirPennywise
1464214641ItalyUpfront and generous, this is a bright and food-friendly Barbera d'Alba. What it lacks in overall complexity and aromatic intensity, it makes up for in terms of freshness and fruity simplicity. You'll love the dense concentration and fresh cherry flavors.Donia8618PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaPonchione Maurizio 2007 Donia (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaPonchione Maurizio
1464314642New ZealandBest for those who like a strongly leafy side to their Sauvignons, as this wine features plenty of crushed tomato and nettle and only a modicum of tropical fruit in the background. Drink it over the next few months.8614MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSherwood Estate 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSherwood Estate
1464414643New ZealandThis is appropriately intensely aromatic and flavorful, but the aromas and flavors come across as a bit simple and unnuanced. Modest grassy hints settle easily over white grapefruit flavors, which finish on a slightly chalky note.Map Maker8630MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzStaete Landt 2009 Map Maker Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancStaete Landt
1464514644ItalyThis bright, young Dolcetto opens with easy berry fruit, cinnamon and a sprinkling of crushed white pepper. The mouthfeel is thin and informal but the wine tastes fresh enough to pair with pasta al forno.86PiedmontDolcetto di MonferratoTerre d'Aleramo 2009 Dolcetto di MonferratoDolcettoTerre d'Aleramo
1464614645USSharp in acids and a little green, this dry red wine tastes like an old-fashioned Chianti. The flavors are of red cherries, herbs and pepper. Made from 70% Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.Triumphe8630CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsIL Gioiello 2007 Triumphe Red (Amador County)Red BlendIL Gioiello
1464714646USToo ripe and too oaky, and both attributes reinforce each other. The blackberry and currant fruit approaches Port in raisiny ripeness, while the oak accentuates the tannic sweetness. Clumsy now, but sometimes these wines improve in the long run. Try holding until after 2013.Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard86150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJanzen 2007 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJanzen
1464814647FranceCrisp and fresh, a well-balanced wine that shows vivid fruit, acidity as well as weight. The crispness at the end gives a delicious final burst.La Cave de Saint-Roch-les-Vignes8616ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez 2009 La Cave de Saint-Roch-les-Vignes Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséLes Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint-Tropez
1464914648ItalyHere's a chalky, mineral interpretation of Barbera with drying sensations of granite and slate backed by a delicate impression of wild berry and cassis. The wine is crisp and tonic with a bitter finale that recalls white almond skins.La Bellalda86PiedmontBarbera d'AstiCa' dei Mandorli 2007 La Bellalda (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaCa' dei Mandorli
1465014649ItalyL'Avvocata delivers a linear and correct approach with balanced fruit tones opposite fresh acidity. You'll recognize aromas of wild berry, blueberry and cherry and the close is capped by a slight pinch of fizziness.L'Avvocata8616PiedmontBarbera d'AstiCoppo 2008 L'Avvocata (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaCoppo
1465114650ItalyThis is a tart and streamlined Barbera d'Asti that delivers a clean and swift blast of acidity on the close. Take care when pairing this wine with food: the strong acidic component must be countered by a butter- or cheese-based dish.86PiedmontBarbera d'AstiDogliotti 1870 2008 Barbera d'AstiBarberaDogliotti 1870
1465214651ItalyThis Brut style Prosecco from Gancia (one of the most historic producers of this popular Italian sparkling wine) offers fresh floral aromas backed by drying mineral tones and pulpy notes of peach and apricot. The finish is crisp, cleansing and tonic.Brut8611VenetoProseccoGancia NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraGancia
1465314652ChileSalad dressing, vinegar and a heavy herbal blast greet you on the nose. The palate is chunky and thick in feel, but the flavors mirror the nose with green notes, herbs and burnt coffee. Has its merits but there's no escaping the fact that this is an herbal, roasted red blend.Cuvée Don Reca Limited Release8625Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Rosa 2007 Cuvée Don Reca Limited Release Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendViña La Rosa
1465414653ItalyThis Barbera d'Alba from the 2006 vintage exhibits a slightly brownish, aged color with aromas of candied fruit, dried plums and prunes. There are gritty, thick tannins with flavors of smoked ham or beef jerky on the close.8615PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaPertinace 2006 Barbera d'AlbaBarberaPertinace
1465514654AustraliaShows some rather riper-than-expected fruit flavors, hinting at peach or nectarine as well as the standard apple and lime. The result seems a touch off-dry, although the actual residual sugar is only 3.5 g/L. Despite being lightweight in the mouth, it turns a bit honeyed and weightier on the finish. Drink it over the next few years.Hanlin Hill8620South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPetaluma 2008 Hanlin Hill Riesling (Clare Valley)RieslingPetaluma
1465614655ItalyThe 2007 vintage was a hot one and La Vignone delivers all the jammy, mature fruit tones you'd expect in an immediate and upfront manner. Aromas of strawberry and blackberry preserves are backed by sour, almost sharp acidity.Lavignone8613PiedmontBarbera d'AstiPico Maccario 2007 Lavignone (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaPico Maccario
1465714656USFront-loaded fruit has a strawberry soda pop flavor, but the wine gains a little extra depth from the tannins and barrels, which add texture, spice and a bit of salty chocolate.Righteous8620WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Righteous 2008 Righteous Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangioveseRighteous
1465814657New ZealandOffers what folks have begun to identify as pretty standard Marlborough Sauvignon, combining a struck-flint character upfront with grassy notes, melon and fig fruit and followed by a citrusy finish. Seems a touch soft; drink now.8619MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSaint Clair 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSaint Clair
1465914658FranceThis rounded wine is dense, with firm tannins that are well molded into its sweet-tasting structure. Packed with ripe fruit, this will age relatively quickly, giving pleasure in 5–6 years.92BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rouget 2009 PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Rouget
1466014659FranceThis firmly tannic wine, characteristic of Saint-Estèphe, is very dry. Underneath the dryness, there is a delicious, opulent juiciness that brings out black currant and plum flavors. It's obviously a wine for the long haul; keep for at least six years.9223BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sérilhan 2010 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Sérilhan
1466114660FranceRipe and fruity, this has ripe tannin and rich red-berry flavors. It has a solid, firm background of dark tannins that promise good aging.92BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerClos l'Eglise 2009 PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendClos l'Eglise
1466214661PortugalA smooth, rich, almost toffee-flavored wine, this has ripe black-plum and raisin notes, with hints of pepper and dark chocolate. From what has become Cockburn's flagship quinta, this is a delicious wine for medium-term aging.Quinta dos Canais Vintage9250PortRoger Voss@vossrogerCockburn's 2009 Quinta dos Canais Vintage (Port)PortCockburn's
1466314662USSparkling wine specialist Schramsberg ventures out to the Fort Ross area to tinker with Pinot Noir under its Davies brand. This shows intensity and concentration, with powerful raspberry and cherry essences that are compounded by sweet-tasting, smoky oak. Impressive now, but it should gain traction in the bottle over the next four years.Nobles Vineyard9250CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaDavies 2010 Nobles Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirDavies
1466414663FranceBoasting notes of dried flowers and herbs in its bouquet, this is a silky, elegant rendition of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There's a sense of wet-stone minerality, along with notes of dried black fruit and dark chocolate. Licorice comes through on the lengthy finish.Cuvée Laurence92113Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine du Pegau 2008 Cuvée Laurence Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine du Pegau
1466514664ItalyDark and opulent, this has a modern touch, with soft oak tones that support pretty notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, spice and tobacco. The mouthfeel is rich, toasted and delicious, with a long, dry finish.9238Southern ItalyTaurasiFeudi di San Gregorio 2008 TaurasiAglianicoFeudi di San Gregorio
1466614665USThe best wine to date from Ashley Trout, this single-vineyard Malbec seduces with its thick, dense, decadently lush flavors of black cherry and cassis. Licorice, tar, coffee and cacao notes come into play on the deep and lingering finish. If anything, the wine is even better on the second day, as the fruit flavors mature into a plummy Christmas-cake delight.Gamache Vineyard9237WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Flying Trout 2010 Gamache Vineyard Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecFlying Trout
1466714666USThis is the winery's best Chardonnay, but that's no surprise given its source: the famous Rochioli Vineyard. Right now, it's dominated by new oak influence, with buttered toast, butterscotch and caramel flavors. But there's an intense core of pineapples, oranges, green apples, nectarines and apricots, and the finish is absolutely dry. The vineyard's minerality and the Russian River's acidity provide balance. Give it until the summer of 2013, and then enjoy it for several more years.Rochioli Vineyard9245CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaGary Farrell 2009 Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayGary Farrell
1466814667USIt's a shame that just 100 cases of this wine were made, as this bright, fresh, exciting Zinfandel belongs with the best of California, not just Washington. The fresh-picked strawberry and raspberry flavors are concentrated and vibrating with juicy acidity. They lead into a sappy, lengthy midpalate, with an underpinning of rock.Stonetree Vineyard9220WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Angel Vine 2010 Stonetree Vineyard Zinfandel (Columbia Valley (WA))ZinfandelAngel Vine
1466914668USThe vineyard is a fine one, the fruit source for highly regarded Pinots from Tandem and Bailiwick's own Silver Pines label. The wine is dry and silky, with strong acidity and tannins that currently render it tough to appreciate. Give it 5–6 years to let the raspberry and cola flavors integrate with the oak.Silver Pines Vineyard9244CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaBailiwick 2010 Silver Pines Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain)Pinot NoirBailiwick
1467014669USThis showcases the winery's style of ripe fruit, soft texture and considerable oak than it does Mount Veeder's terroir, but nonetheless, it's delicious. Made from 100% Cabernet, it's power-packed with flavors of blackberry and cherry jam, chocolate and vanilla-tinged toast. Drink now–2015.Cloud's Nest Vineyard9270CaliforniaMount VeederNapaTrinchero 2009 Cloud's Nest Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonTrinchero

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