Wine Reviews

1485514854USThis wine packs a punch of flavor for the price, and is made in large enough quantities to find easily. Vibrant in lemon, lime and mandarin orange, it's smooth, refreshing and delicious.9016CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGirard 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancGirard
1485614855ItalyMade with 100% native grape Carricante, this offers delicate aromas of honeysuckle, broom, brimstone and a note of stone fruit. The vertical palate offers green apple, citrus peel, mineral and rosemary, while aging in casks adds a layer of complexity. It's impeccably balanced with bright acidity.Arcurìa Bianco9040Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGraci 2012 Arcurìa Bianco (Etna)White BlendGraci
1485714856SpainRaspberry, dark cherry, cola and vanilla aromas are harmonious and introduce a tight, racy, pure palate with toughness and grip. Bold flavors of cassis, cherry, black pepper and vanilla finish with oak-based notes of mocha and vanilla, all pushed to the fore by juicy acidity. Drink through 2019.Crianza9020Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMartín Berdugo 2010 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloMartín Berdugo
1485814857FranceRiesling that is just becoming mature is the foundation of this perfumed, white fruit and complex wine. Dried apricot and spice cake flavors give the wine richness and balance the fruitiness that is now maturing. Drink this fine wine now.Château Ollwiller Grand Cru9022AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerVieil Armand 2009 Château Ollwiller Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingVieil Armand
1485914858ItalyStructured and elegant, this opens with aromas of yellow flower, acacia, Mediterranean herb and just a slight whiff of petrol. The palate delivers mature green apple, citrus, mineral, oregano and aniseed balanced by bright acidity.Salisire Bianco9028Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVivera 2011 Salisire Bianco (Etna)CarricanteVivera
1486014859ItalyIntriguing aromas of Spanish broom, hay, mature pear and dried Mediterranean herb carry over to the palate along with green apple and dill. It's balanced and fresh, with a mineral-driven finish.Elisena9032Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeWiegner 2012 Elisena White (Terre Siciliane)White BlendWiegner
1485114850ChileAromas of nettle and cactus pad are briny and typical of Leyda SB. This is full in body for Sauvignon Blanc, but balanced by needle-like acidity. Flavors follow the nose, meaning nettle, briny citrus and bell pepper. A long finish is sharp but balanced.Kalfu Kuda8819Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2015 Kalfu Kuda Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancVentisquero
1486114860GermanyThere's a tinge of caramelized sugar amid ripe yellow peach and apricots in this ripe, yet deftly balanced Riesling. Off dry in style, it has a strike of lemon-lime acidity that jolts the palate from its juicy, fruity ease. It's quaffable but equally penetrating.Rotlack Kabinett Feinherb8955RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaSchloss Johannisberger 2012 Rotlack Kabinett Feinherb Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingSchloss Johannisberger
1486214861New ZealandThis is firmly built for a wine that includes 69% Merlot. Mint and cedar notes emerge on the nose, while the flavors are black cherry and earth. This medium-bodied wine features an attractive licorice note on the finish, and should easily hold through 2020.Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec8920Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCraggy Range 2011 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec Red (Hawke's Bay)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCraggy Range
1485214851USThis unoaked Chardonnay showcases delicious pristine mango, peach and apricot flavors. Approachable and uncomplicated, it's a fruit-forward yet refreshingly structured wine for everyday pleasure. Drink now through 2019.Unoaked8812New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaWagner 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayWagner
1486314862FranceThe granite soil of the Holder vineyard lends itself to Pinot Gris, allowing the grapes to keep freshness while adding a rich undertow. This wine is full in the mouth, medium sweet in style and generous. It will age over the short-term, so drink from 2016.Holder8925AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Schoenheitz 2012 Holder Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisHenri Schoenheitz
1486414863USCan Paso Robles grow Pinot Noir? This wine suggests yes, at least in the cooler Willow Creek and Templeton Gap zones. This offers aromas of graphite, pomegranate and plums, followed by a palate that blends dark purple fruits with eucalyptus-like herbals. This will be even better with some time in bottle.Kruse Vineyard Estate8936CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJack Creek 2013 Kruse Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirJack Creek
1485314852IsraelThis blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot is dark garnet in the glass, offering a slightly wild nose of blackberry and green pepper. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, toffee and leather are joined by a potent burst of cranberry. Well-integrated flavors continue into the lasting finish, which offers comforting warmth before culminating in a jolt of acidity.Classico9035Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysFlam 2012 Classico Red (Judean Hills)Bordeaux-style Red BlendFlam
1486514864FranceVines more than 40 years old are the backbone of this ripe, concentrated wine. With bergamot and intense spices, it's a rich wine that's already beguiling. Vines from Katzenthal give the mineral edge to this pepper and spice wine that is only just moving towards sweet.Vieilles Vignes8919AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marc Bernhard 2012 Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerJean-Marc Bernhard
1486614865USA powerful mix of Cabernet with 10% Petit Verdot, this soft, approachable wine reveals tightly wound layers of cassis, herb and sour cranberry. Dry tannins dominate on the palate and finish, suggesting a decant or airing beforehand.Chris's Cuvée8965CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKenefick Ranch 2010 Chris's Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)Cabernet SauvignonKenefick Ranch
1485414853USFrom three vineyard sites, this wine benefits from the skill of its blender, who composed lemon and lime fruit crispness with more sultry full-bodied creaminess to the texture. Apple skin and herb complete the picture, finished off by a lovely accent of subtle spice.9030CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFreemark Abbey 2013 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayFreemark Abbey
1486714866USGreat potential is evident in this young wine from a recently planted vineyard. Spicy cranberry and raspberry fruit shines forth, buoyed by natural acidity. The weight and fruit intensity are just right, and the wine shows excellent depth of flavor, with a finishing lick of cocoa.LeNez8930OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lenné Estate 2012 LeNez Pinot NoirPinot NoirLenné Estate
1486814867USThis homage to Chablis blends fruit from Bentrock (49%), Rita's Crown (22%), Zotovich (14%), Kessler-Haak (8%), Clos Pepe (3%), Esperanza (3%) and Radian (1%) vineyards, delivering tight aromas of yellow flowers and grilled peach. It dances across the tongue with playful, squeezed lemon acidity, showing crushed white rocks and baking soda minerality, and finishing its high tones on a grapefruit pith bitterness.White Hills8940CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLiquid Farm 2013 White Hills Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayLiquid Farm
1486914868SpainPeach and apple aromas are clean and fresh. In the mouth, this offers a nice blend of citric acidity and peachy roundness. Flavors of mango, grapefruit and passion fruit finish steady. In general, everything about this Verdejo is easy to like.8916Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachNaia 2013 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoNaia
1487014869USBalanced for dinner-time drinking, this lively and concentrated wine has fresh fruit flavors, moderate tannins and good acidity. Raspberry and blackberry notes blend with hints of smoke and black pepper to keep it interesting on the lingering finish.8925CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPaul Dolan 2012 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)ZinfandelPaul Dolan
1487114870ItalyAromas recall ripe black fruit and a whiff of game. The round palate offers ripe cherry, graphite, crushed blackberry and touch of white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2016.8924Sicily & SardiniaCerasuolo di VittoriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePlaneta 2013 Cerasuolo di VittoriaRed BlendPlaneta
1487214871GermanyWhile effortlessly quaffable, this pretty, intensely floral off-dry Riesling also has a polished mineral tone throughout. Plush honeydew and yellow cherry notes are delicately sweet, offset by a revitalizing lime finish.Piesporter Michelsberg8910MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaKarl Josef 2012 Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling (Mosel)RieslingKarl Josef
1487314872ItalyMade from 60% Inzolia and 40% Catarratto, this thoroughly enjoyable wine delivers aromas of Mediterranean brush and citrus. The tangy sensations carry over to the palate with a blast of nectarine and lemon zest alongside savory saline flavors. Bright acidity gives a crisp finish.Salina8920Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeHauner 2013 Salina White (Terre Siciliane)White BlendHauner
1487414873USThis wine comes from the fourth-generation winemaking family behind Los Angeles' San Antonio Winery, which owns vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco. It offers aromas of smoked pork loin and wild berries and is peppery on the palate, with tart raspberry fruit and the driving sense of smoke throughout. The tannins are a bit firm right now, so wait until 2016 or so.Estate Reserve8925CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSan Simeon 2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Monterey)Pinot NoirSan Simeon
1487514874GermanyEarthy mineral and forest tones meld seductively in this off-dry Riesling. The palate feels juicy and revitalizing, marked by tangerine sweetness and racy acidity. It finishes lean on a cool, evergreen note.8916MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaSchloss Saarstein 2013 Riesling (Mosel)RieslingSchloss Saarstein
1487614875USThis wine from the one of the cool appellation's most historic and widely tapped vineyards offers savory aromas of blistered cherry tomatoes, paprika, marjoram, caraway and black pepper, with softer strawberry scents emerging over time. It's light and airy on the nicely flavored palate, with the Eastern European goulash elements prevailing over stewed plums and other cooked red fruits.8940CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSummerland 2012 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirSummerland
1487714876ItalyVibrant and savory, this delivers wild cherry, dark raspberry, rosemary, mint and Mediterranean herb flavors alongside firm tannins. It closes on a licorice note.Terza Vendemmia8950Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTascante 2010 Terza Vendemmia Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia)Nerello MascaleseTascante
1487814877ItalyAttractive aromas of perfumed berry, baking spice, crushed flower and mint waft from the glass. The tight, austere palate offers raw, red berry, thyme, licorice, ground clove, light mineral and oak-driven spice alongside assertive, mouth-puckering tannins that dominate the finish. Drink after 2018.Guardiola Rosso8940Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta delle Terre Nere 2012 Guardiola Rosso (Etna)Red BlendTenuta delle Terre Nere
1487914878ItalyAromas of dark berry, anisette, cake spice and licorice carry over to the palate along with firm, austere tannins and a vein of mineral. The lingering finish closes on a note of grilled sage.Carusu Rosso8925Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerrazze dell'Etna 2011 Carusu Rosso (Etna)Red BlendTerrazze dell'Etna
1488014879USWith a very light, almost water-like color, this offers expectedly light aromas of honey and a tiny bit of nectarine flesh. It's also quite dainty on the palate, with lemon blossom water elements emerging mid-palate that evolve toward lemon pith, Japanese pear and a lingering finish. Altogether, it's quite interesting.8919CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTower 15 2013 Grenache Blanc (Paso Robles)Grenache BlancTower 15

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