Wine Reviews

1528815287New ZealandThis medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc showcases some of the leafy, nettle-like character the Awatere is known for, but balances that with ample grapefruit and even a hint of red berries. It's clean and refreshing on the finish, a fine representation of grape variety and site.Belsham Awatere Estate9032MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFoxes Island 2013 Belsham Awatere Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancFoxes Island
1528915288USSanguine and meaty, this big-shouldered wine from a prime site on Westside Road showcases a ripeness of black cherry accented in forest floor, cola and cardamom. Mellow oak contributes softness to the texture as a length of licorice takes over at the end.Bacigalupi Vineyard9052CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGracianna 2014 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirGracianna
1529015289USTightly wound and floral, this wine has bright acidity with earthy cola and clove accents. Medium bodied, with some heft on the palate, it's ripe and rewarding in cherry and berry fruit flavors.9060CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAcacia 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirAcacia
1529115290USVelvety-smooth and rich in red plum and strawberry, this medium-bodied, varietally honest wine is textured and complex. It's well-crafted and balanced, with a lingering finish.BCD Vineyard Estate Grown Estate Bottled9042CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBalletto 2014 BCD Vineyard Estate Grown Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirBalletto
1529215291USSearing acidity supports apple blossom and quince in this complex, light-bodied and entirely delightful wine. As it opens in the glass, it gets more velvety and tense, finishing on a refreshing bite of anise.9018CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuehler 2014 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBuehler
1527115270USThis is a barrel selection, and as such, may be expected to show extra layers of concentration—more stuffing overall. It's a rich, smoky, lush wine, with a complex mix of red fruits ranging from rhubarb to raspberry to Bing cherries. Spicy highlights and a frame of orange peel also enter the picture. You might wish to give this another couple of years of bottle age before popping the cork. Drink 2018–2025.Reserve92100OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Elk Cove 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirElk Cove
1529315292USBeautiful oak accents help light up this rich, nicely complex wine. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove dress up the aromas, while ripe, jammy black-cherry flavors spread nicely on the palate and linger on the finish. It's light on tannins and pretty light in texture for such a flavorful wine.9025CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsKlinker Brick 2014 Carignane (Lodi)CarignaneKlinker Brick
1527215271USThis estate-grown wine comes from the vineyard that provides the backbone to the producer's well-known Les Pommiers Pinot Noir. Tart in rhubarb, pomegranate and plush, herb-kissed red fruit, it's juicy and young, complex yet approachable. Full bodied and grainy in tannin, it'll provide years of pleasure for drinkers who can wait.Amber Ridge Vineyard9285CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEnRoute 2014 Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirEnRoute
1529415293USThis bracing, precisely crafted wine emphasizes crispness and attractively lean fruit flavors over richness, and it will be great with appetizers and seafood, even raw oysters. It's fresh, clean and inviting.9032CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLiana Estates 2015 Viognier (Mendocino)ViognierLiana Estates
1527315272FranceChardonnay is an important part of the landscape in the Sézanne area south of Epernay. This ripe, toasty wine has a rich, warm take on the grape. Almonds and hazelnuts mingle with peach and pear flavors giving a creamy character. The bottling is ready to drink.Lady de N. Cuvée Brut9267ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Brun de Neuville NV Lady de N. Cuvée Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayLe Brun de Neuville
1527415273USFrom a terrific, old-vine site in the heart of the southern-lying appellation, this is a mild-mannered, juicy wine, structured and balanced despite the abundance of ripe red fruit. Cinnamon and pepper complement the restrained nature of the brambly cherry.R.W. Moore Vineyard9038CaliforniaCoombsvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMike and Molly Hendry 2014 R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel (Coombsville)ZinfandelMike and Molly Hendry
1527515274New ZealandEarthy and beet-like on the nose, this medium-bodied Pinot Noir also boasts hints of cola and black cherries. It's round and silky in texture, with a softly dusty finish reminiscent of cola and espresso. Drink now–2020.Roaring Meg9027Central OtagoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMt. Difficulty 2014 Roaring Meg Pinot Noir (Central Otago)Pinot NoirMt. Difficulty
1527615275AustriaYellow pear and plum tinged with savory yeast notes make for a spicy subtle opening on both the nose and the palate. The yeast flavors continue to add an extra flavor dimension to the fresh palate, which has all the generosity of the ripe 2015 vintage about it and a gentle acidity that is reminiscent of ripe Amalfi lemon.Alte Reben Reserve9033KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMüller-Grossmann 2015 Alte Reben Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerMüller-Grossmann
1527715276AustriaThe savory, yeasty nose comes with a hint of spicy sandalwood. The palate echoes this rounded harmonious spiciness and plays more to those mellow tones than to the shades of fruit. The body comes with a lovely, inviting and appetizing light-footedness. The finish is long and clean.Zeiseneck9018WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoR&A; Pfaffl 2015 Zeiseneck Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerR&A; Pfaffl
1527815277USRichly extracted black cherry and cassis flavors flood the palate of this bold bruising Cabernet Franc. It's a nuanced wine despite its voluptuousness, accented by hints of leather, spice and lavender. Tannins are big and unyielding now but ripe enough to integrate with age. Hold till 2020.Glacier Ridge Vineyards9035New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRed Newt Cellars 2012 Glacier Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancRed Newt Cellars
1529515294USRounded strawberry fruit, clove and vanilla show on the nose of this single-vineyard bottling from the Hahn family of wines. Baked red cherry, cocoa spice, nutmeg, allspice and more clove pop on the palate and linger through the close.Lone Oak Vineyard9050CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLucienne 2014 Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirLucienne
1527915278USThis earthy, cool-climate wine is perfumed in a delicate layering of rose and spice, with subtle additions of brown sugar, tart cranberry and rhubarb. The oak is muted and supportive, while the body is light and bright.Estate Grown9040CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRon Rubin 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Green Valley)Pinot NoirRon Rubin
1529615295USHigh-toned aromas of cocoa, barrel spice, vanilla and dark fruit lead to plentiful, focused fruit and barrel flavors. The flavors linger on the finish.Reserve9030WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAirfield Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAirfield Estates
1528015279USThis old favorite has an excellent new release. A classic style of Zin, it surrounds generous fruit and spice flavors with a firm texture and appetizing tannins. It starts with light black pepper and sage aromas to complement the rich blackberry and raspberry fruit, and finishes with lingering nuances of spice and berry.Vintner's Cuvée XXXVIII9014CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRosenblum NV Vintner's Cuvée XXXVIII Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelRosenblum
1529715296USComprised of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot, this is a juicy, savory and lengthy wine, with herbaceous elements of cedar, brush and peppercorn. A lush, full-bodied complement of baked plum and cherry ride out a lengthy finish.Reserve Series Alcaeus Berger Vineyard9075CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAncient Oak Cellars 2012 Reserve Series Alcaeus Berger Vineyard Red (Sonoma Mountain)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAncient Oak Cellars
1528115280AustriaYellow mirabelle plums are just hinted at on the nose. They become clearer on the palate where they are joined by a generous dollop of white pepper and creamy yeast.Die Lage Reserve9024WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSetzer 2015 Die Lage Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerSetzer
1529815297ItalySpicy and supple, this has aromas of cured meat, white pepper, toast and dark plum that follow the warm robust palate along with dried black cherry, coffee and licorice. Round tannins provide the supple framework. Drink through 2020.Per Sempre90300TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTua Rita 2013 Per Sempre Syrah (Toscana)SyrahTua Rita
1528215281USThis is an outstanding choice for people who appreciate a really crisp and electric white wine. Lean in flavor and light in body, this wine is bright and refreshing to sip, alive with good acidity and light citrus flavors that light up all corners of the mouth.9020CaliforniaHigh ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSidebar 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley)Sauvignon BlancSidebar
1528315282USEarthy and brimming with black tea, this is an exotic, medium-bodied wine. The palate starts off tangy in cranberry and strawberry flavors, with a hint of mint, while a forested, mushroomy underbelly provides extra complexity and a savory component.Winemaker's Release Owsley Single Block Estate Bottled9050CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSonoma-Cutrer 2014 Winemaker's Release Owsley Single Block Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSonoma-Cutrer
1529915298ItalyMade entirely with Sangiovese, this opens with aromas of mature dark-skinned berry, violet and a whiff of baking spice. On the bright silky palate, notes of pipe tobacco, chopped herb and a hint of game add depth to the red-berry core.Perlato del Bosco9028TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTua Rita 2013 Perlato del Bosco Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseTua Rita
1530015299AustriaThe inviting notion of gently sun-ripened yellow plums on the nose draws you in. The palate follows this with gentle, juicy but balanced ripeness, featuring mirabelle plum and pear. There is a welcome grapefruit zestiness to the body and finish that makes this refreshing and moreish.Kremser Sandgrube Reserve9021KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTürk 2015 Kremser Sandgrube Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerTürk
1528415283AustriaThe nose does not want to give a lot away. The palate, however, shows spicy hints of nettle and a fresh bouncy zesty backbone of lemon and grapefruit, which makes it all the more appetizing.Kittmannsberg Reserve9035KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteininger 2015 Kittmannsberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
1528515284CanadaSourced from a single vineyard on Oliver's North Bench, this was fermented and aged in one-quarter new French oak barrels. The time in oak has somewhat muted the snappy vitality of the fruit (some tasters might argue it has simply rounded it off). Grassy hints of fresh asparagus remain, and with peppery herb, juicy gooseberry and citrus peel.Blue Terrace Vineyard Reserve9023British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Township 7 2015 Blue Terrace Vineyard Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Okanagan Valley)Sauvignon BlancTownship 7
1528615285USBlack licorice and orange zest star in this high-toned wine from a singular clone. It's moderate in acidity, with a strong presence of fresh lemon that lingers through the finish.Rued Clone9048CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneIron Horse 2014 Rued Clone Chardonnay (Green Valley)ChardonnayIron Horse
1528715286USWith a clarity of fruit and minerality, this wine is brightly floral and noticeably stony, with highlights of melon, lemon and green apple.Unoaked9027CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneIron Horse 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay (Green Valley)ChardonnayIron Horse

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