Wine Reviews

1506115060USAn eminently quaffable style of Gewürztraminer, this puts the fresh fruit flavors front and center, with floral highlights enriching the nose and the finish. Crisp and clean, it sings out for pad Thai.899WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Gewürztraminer (Columbia Valley (WA))GewürztraminerChateau Ste. Michelle
1506215061SpainGold in color and loaded with heavily toasted, resiny barrel aromas. The palate is lush and Burgundian, with lemon, baked apple, woodspice and white pepper flavors. Toasty and well structured for a barrel-fermented Spanish white.Colleita Seleccionada8935GaliciaRibeiroMichael Schachner@wineschachCoto de Gomariz 2009 Colleita Seleccionada White (Ribeiro)White BlendCoto de Gomariz
1506315062SpainA lot is going on up front; there's cassis, raisin, prune and dill aromas. Medium to full in the mouth, with lively berry, plum and spice flavors. Not too sweet and fairly long and earthy on the finish. A pure example of Rioja Reserva.Reserva8920Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2006 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloCVNE
1506415063South AfricaThis is Diemersfontein's “Original Chocolate/Coffee Pinotage,” made in a very modern style to show the maximum mocha expression possible. Insanely assertive notes reminiscent of a mocha latte are supported by secondary accents of caramel, baked black berries and raspberry sauce. Round and lush, this is one for the hedonists.8920WellingtonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDiemersfontein 2009 Pinotage (Wellington)PinotageDiemersfontein
1506515064USNH is making a heritage blend here from 50% Carignane, 30% Zinfandel from the Big John Vineyard and 20% Petite Sirah from Dalton Vineyard, all grown in Calaveras County. Superfull in body and texture, the blend is high in ripe raspberry and plum, Zin-spicy with savory cedar and smokiness too.The Deviant8942CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneNewsome-Harlow 2009 The Deviant Red (Calaveras County)Red BlendNewsome-Harlow
1506615065USPeople will love this Cab Sauvignon-Merlot blend (60%-40%) that's got bright red fruit, mostly cherry and raspberry, finished with a tinge of cocoa.Ralphi's Red Blend8929CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneNottingham Cellars 2008 Ralphi's Red Blend Red (Livermore Valley)Red BlendNottingham Cellars
1506715066ItalyHermes is made with air-dried Moscato grapes on the beautiful island of Sardinia. The amber-colored wine is redolent of candied fruit, butterscotch, caramel, orange zest and honey. Dried ginger and sharp resin characterize the close.Hermes8938Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiTenute Soletta 2006 Hermes Moscato (Isola dei Nuraghi)MoscatoTenute Soletta
1506815067SpainSimple and airy on the nose, with melon, apple and citrus notes. It's spritzy, healthy and citrusy in the mouth, with comfortable, familiar pineapple and melon flavors. Holds steady on the finish. Very nice for immediate drinking.Limited Release8915GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachVionta 2010 Limited Release Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoVionta
1506915068USLots to like in this dry, silky Pinot Noir. Easy to imagine drinking it with a nice steak with mushrooms. It's rich in cherry, cola, mushroom and beef teriaki flavors. A little soft, and not an ager, but fine now.Quintus Vineyard8975CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaDe Coelo 2009 Quintus Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirDe Coelo
1507015069FranceWith some firm tannins and considerable red fruit juiciness, this is a wine that combines a good fruity character with a solid structure. The balancing side is the acidity and very fresh finish.8921BeaujolaisSaint-AmourRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Billards 2009 Saint-AmourGamayDomaine de Billards
1507115070FranceSmooth and rich wine with fresh blackberry fruits and a hint of raisins. The wine relishes both its acidity and its ripe fruit character, the tannins giving an attractive final support.En Pressins89BeaujolaisSaint-AmourRoger Voss@vossrogerGaël Martin 2009 En Pressins (Saint-Amour)GamayGaël Martin
1507215071USGianelli's first attempt with this Italian variety is all that one expects from an Aglianico that is meant to be deep, dark and dense, all chocolate and cherries, tight yet bright. Save it a few years for when you're next having osso bucco.8928CaliforniaTuolumne CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneGianelli 2009 Aglianico (Tuolumne County)AglianicoGianelli
1507315072USChardonnay grapes star in this rich bubbly. It's attractive in pear, orange, papaya and toast flavors, with a fine edge of sourdough yeast. The bubbles are a little scoury, but otherwise this is a good price for a vintage sparkling wine.Blanc de Blancs8924CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaGloria Ferrer 2006 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Carneros)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
1507415073ItalyThis is a fresh and easy Moscato that shows sweet tones of honey and peach nectar with background tones of white almond and melon. The wine is softly fizzy and creamy on the close.849LombardyPaviaCanti NV Moscato (Pavia)MoscatoCanti
1507515074ArgentinaThis standard Chardonnay opens with blowsy melon and papaya aromas. The palate holds onto that melony feel while dealing honeydew, papaya and fleshy apple flavors. The finish tastes sweet and kind of flat.5058413Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasarena 2012 505 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayCasarena
1507615075USRipe stem and leaf notes lend a distinctly green tone to bright black-cherry and cassis flavors in this Cabernet Franc. It's a slightly austere wine, but brisk acidity and delicate structure make it an excellent food companion.8430New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaCastello di Borghese 2010 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet FrancCastello di Borghese
1507715076FranceA very soft, fruity wine, with a gentle, creamy texture and light acidity. It's fresh with vanilla and pear flavors, and ready to drink.Florières8410BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Lugny 2012 Florières (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayCave de Lugny
1507815077USMade in the sweet, crisp and fruity style that made Moscato catch on with so many consumers, this could double as a dessert sipper. It has flavors of orange meringue pie and vanilla honey.Willow Springs847CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCK Mondavi 2012 Willow Springs Moscato (California)MoscatoCK Mondavi
1507915078USAn easy Pinot Grigio to like for its smoothness and slightly sweet orange peel, white pepper, vanilla and honey flavors. Good everyday price, and in wide distribution.Willow Springs847CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCK Mondavi 2012 Willow Springs Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioCK Mondavi
1508015079ItalyVecchia Modena is a landmark label in the world of Lambrusco and is often seen as one of the easiest and most straightforward expressions of the ruby-red sparkling wine. It shows a light cherry color with bright raspberry and blueberry flavors capped by white foam.Premium Vecchia Modena8415Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraCleto Chiarli 2012 Premium Vecchia Modena (Lambrusco di Sorbara)LambruscoCleto Chiarli
1508115080USAnother clean, brisk and slightly sweet Chardonnay from Cupcake, at a pretty good price. Its shows orange, peach, vanilla, buttered toast and white sugar flavors.8414CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastCupcake 2011 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayCupcake
1508215081ItalyHere's a fun and easy-drinking Pinot Grigio (in a screw cap bottle) that delivers bright citrus, melon and dried hay. The mouthfeel is very simple with a smooth, waxy feel and a slightly sweet endnote.Classic Line8411VenetoVenetoDomenico Cavazza 2012 Classic Line Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioDomenico Cavazza
1508315082FranceThis is a firmly structured wine with a distinct tannic character to go with austere, mineral fruits. The wine is on the sour side, making it hard to love, although some juiciness does show through at the end.Domaine des Nazins84BeaujolaisBrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Debeaune 2011 Domaine des Nazins (Brouilly)GamayJean-Claude Debeaune
1508415083MexicoMild hints of tropical fruit are less than convincing. The palate on this Sauvignon Blanc is round, weighty and offers quiet flavors of melon and spiced apple. The finish remains soft and a touch bitter.Jalá Blanco8415Valle de GuadalupeMichael Schachner@wineschachTres Valles 2012 Jalá Blanco Sauvignon Blanc (Valle de Guadalupe)Sauvignon BlancTres Valles
1508515084ItalyTart and slightly bitter, this Lambrusco has all the right qualities to pair with fettuccine in cream sauce. Bright berry flavors are followed by creamy foam and fresh acidity.8415Central ItalyEmiliaVenturini Baldini 2012 Lambrusco (Emilia)LambruscoVenturini Baldini
1508615085USA solid Chardonnay, made in the popular style. It delivers the expected flavors of tropical fruits and peaches, buttered toast, cream and smoky oak, in a one-dimensional way.8415CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastGreg Norman Estates 2011 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayGreg Norman Estates
1508715086ItalyA simple sparkler (made according to the Metodo Charmat) with organically-farmed fruit, this Chardonnay-based wine opens with caramel, honey and apricot aromas.Brut8415VenetoVenetoPizzolato 2011 Brut Chardonnay (Veneto)ChardonnayPizzolato
1508815087ArgentinaDry, leafy, herbal aromas open this wine. The palate is full and ripe in feel, with amplified extraction and herbal, leafy flavors of spiced plum and mild acidity. Things wane on the finish, which is heavy in feel but mostly just ripe and rich.Una Selección de Ricardo Santos8416Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRicardo Santos 2010 Una Selección de Ricardo Santos Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonRicardo Santos
1508915088ItalyHere's a Kosher, sweet white wine from Puglia that opens with playful aromas of spring flower, honeysuckle, almond blossom and lemon mousse. The wine feels and tastes similar to Moscato d'Asti, but is a hair sweeter.Sara Bee846Southern ItalyPugliaSantero NV Sara Bee Moscato (Puglia)MoscatoSantero
1509015089ItalyGenerous and creamy perlage opens the stage for deeply fragrant tones of tangerine skin, white flower and peach. The wine is soft and soapy with load of bubbling in the mouth.8419PiedmontAstiBera 2011 Moscato (Asti)MoscatoBera

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