Wine Reviews

1530115300AustriaThe lemony nose promises freshness. Tangy citrus fruits are abundant on the flowing palate, which wraps you up in its easy freshness. This is balanced, fruity and very refreshing.Kremser Wachtberg Reserve90KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTürk 2015 Kremser Wachtberg Reserve Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingTürk
1530215301USThis wine has that wonderful but hard-to-pin-down Zinfandel essence that's extremely fruity but also uniquely spicy and brambly. It blends together ripe raspberry, creamy vanilla and red cherry on a smooth, nicely viscous and very full-bodied frame that helps the finish linger.Big Wood Zin9032CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWood Family Vineyards 2014 Big Wood Zin Zinfandel (Livermore Valley)ZinfandelWood Family Vineyards
1530315302AustriaLifted primary aromas of green pear peel hit you first with their inviting freshness. The palate has the gentle vanilla kiss of oak and an utterly creamy texture but finishes beautifully with pure lemon freshness.Steinbügel9039NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGraf Hardegg 2015 Steinbügel Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerGraf Hardegg
1530415303SpainGreen apple, peach and a touch of saline define the nose of this wine. It's fresh in feel, like drinking nectarine juice. Flavors of nectarine, green plum, peach and lime finish clean and minerally, with refreshing acidity.8916GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachCondes de Albarei 2013 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoCondes de Albarei
1530515304ItalyBlack plum, tilled soil, leather and grilled sage aromas lead the nose on this structured wine. The dense palate delivers blackberry, blueberry, dried date, roasted coffee bean and mocha alongside firm, drying tannins. A licorice note marks the finish.Podere Le Maragnole8945VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Bertarole 2010 Podere Le Maragnole (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendLe Bertarole
1530615305ItalyWhite flower, stone fruit, apple and bread crust aromas lead the nose. The fresh palate offers up yellow peach, candied lemon and hints of clove and white pepper alongside a vivacious perlage and brisk acidity.Blanc de Noir Brut8942LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMajolini NV Blanc de Noir Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendMajolini
1530715306FranceFrom a number of Premier Cru vineyards, the wine is solid and dark. Firm, dry tannins still dominate and give promise for aging. At the same time, black plum fruit flavors show a riper side and add richness to the mix. Drink from 2016.Premier Cru8980BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2011 Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirManuel Olivier
1530815307FranceThis is a blend of grapes from a number of Premier Cru parcels. It gives a rich, ripe and fruity wine with a good depth of flavor and strong signs of the wood aging. At this stage, the wood is leaving some bitterness and toast, but this will round out. Drink from 2017.Premier Cru8980BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2012 Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayManuel Olivier
1530915308ItalyThis displays aromas of underbrush, tobacco, coffee, raisin, menthol and dried sage. The palate offers blackberry extract, prune, anise and black pepper alongside bracing tannins. It finishes on a note of glazed brown sugar. North Berkeley Imports, Glazer's.Le Balze89100VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNovaia 2009 Le Balze (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendNovaia
1531015309PortugalThis wood-aged wine is smooth with already a good balance between fruit and toast. Ripe and full-bodied, it aged for 10 months in new wood. That has smoothed out the acidity and rounded the corners to give a rich wine that could age. Drink from 2015.Morgado de Santa Catherina8920BucelasRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Romeira 2012 Morgado de Santa Catherina Arinto (Bucelas)ArintoQuinta da Romeira
1531115310PortugalAlso known for its sparkling wines, the small region of Bucelas, just north of Lisbon, specializes in Arinto. This rich wine brings out the citrus and white fruits of the grape along with an extra depth of flavor that will allow it to age. Drink now, but also wait until 2016.Prova Régia Reserva8914BucelasRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Romeira 2013 Prova Régia Reserva Arinto (Bucelas)ArintoQuinta da Romeira
1531215311USCalled 3BB because it combines the three best barrels of the vintage, this is an earthy Pinot, soft, round and highlighted in cinnamon spice and electric acidity, especially on the finish. The fruit leans toward darker, lusher black cherry, a flavor that takes some time to develop aromatically.3BB8950CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneR2 2012 3BB Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirR2
1531315312ArgentinaEarthy, herbal, lightly leafy aromas blend with boysenberry and exotic spice notes. This Malbec-led blend is jammy and thick on the palate, with blueberry, oregano and cured-meat flavors. A solid finish holds onto the wine's core fruit and herbal notes.Tinto8915Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Posta 2012 Tinto Red (Mendoza)Red BlendLa Posta
1531415313ArgentinaRipe, concentrated aromas of cassis and prune set up a rich palate with spicy black-fruit flavors. A loamy, meaty-tasting finish isn't complex but it is generous and jammy. This is on the cusp of being overripe but overall it weighs in as a full-flavored fruit bomb with a lot of positives.Single Vineyard8915Mendoza ProvinceAgreloMichael Schachner@wineschachLamadrid 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Agrelo)Cabernet SauvignonLamadrid
1531515314FranceWeight and a rich character bring out caramel and apricot fruits as well as a crisp citrus core. It's warm, round and ripe, and still fresh while full in the mouth. Age this very drinkable wine until 2015.Vosgros Premier Cru8940BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Ellevin 2012 Vosgros Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Ellevin
1531615315USA unique wine with notes of smoke, citrus, leather and balsamic. The palate has a lovely texture that only improves with additional time open.The Purple Flower Three Sleeps Vineyard8942OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDominio IV 2009 The Purple Flower Three Sleeps Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Gorge (OR))SyrahDominio IV
1531715316GermanySmoke and dusty earth notes waft from this semi-sweet Riesling, adding a mineral tone to luscious yellow peach and cherry flavors on the palate. While satisfyingly juicy, it's brisk and sprightly in mouthfeel, with an energetic streak of lemon-lime acidity on the finish.Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese8934MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Loosen 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Loosen
1531815317ItalyA blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, this conveys a subtle fragrance of rose, apple and a whiff of toasted hazelnut. The savory palate offers Marasca cherry and strawberry alongside a note of pastry cream backed up by crisp acidity and a lively perlage. It's a great deal at this price point.Rosé8913Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRotari NV Rosé Sparkling (Trento)Sparkling BlendRotari
1531915318USDark black cherry dominates the mood of this wine, lively and light, with a delicate, unexpected punch of spicy cinnamon throughout and a tension of toned oak balanced against the fruit.Stanly Ranch8954CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSaintsbury 2012 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirSaintsbury
1532015319USConsiderably lighter than the previous vintage of Pinot Gris, this mixes cucumber, gooseberry and grapefruit flavors, with bracing acidity behind the fruit. It's a rather delicate wine, with a balanced palate of fruit flesh, skin and mineral.8919OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sokol Blosser 2013 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisSokol Blosser
1532115320USDeep purple fruits swirl with marjoram and clove on the nose of this single-vineyard bottling by winemaker Jeff Fink. There's darkness on the palate too, with black loamy flavors alongside sour cherry fruit leather and cardamom-spiced raspberry juice.La Colline8955CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTantara 2012 La Colline Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)Pinot NoirTantara
1532215321PortugalFrom the northern Vinho Verde region of Melgaço which is the natural heartland of Alvarinho, this tangy, fruity wine bursts with acidity and creamed apple flavors. It is still young, a lively and fruity wine that will benefit from some calming down and broadening out. Drink from the end of 2015.Toucas8919Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Toucas Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)AlvarinhoWines & Winemakers
1532315322PortugalOn the dry side, this has plenty of fruit for an aged tawny, although it does actually taste older than its 10-years indication. That gives it a good depth of flavor as well as wood acidity that shines through at the end.10-Years-Old Aged Tawny8931PortRoger Voss@vossrogerCroft NV 10-Years-Old Aged Tawny (Port)PortCroft
1532415323ItalyAromas of leather, tobacco leaf, underbrush, and prune marinated in spirits take center stage on this dense wine. The palate delivers mature plum, blueberry extract, toast, black pepper and mocha alongside bracing tannins.Mazzurega8980VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDomìni Veneti 2008 Mazzurega (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendDomìni Veneti
1532515324USAromatically exuberant, this offers notes of lychee, rose petal, spice and citrus rind. It drinks dry and is lighter in style, with abundant spices speckling a supremely long finish.Estate8914OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportForis 2013 Estate Gewürztraminer (Rogue Valley)GewürztraminerForis
1532615325USLight in color and spicy cherry fruit, it offers layers of oak and earth that compete for attention. The wine is a blend of three clones, including Pommard, which reveals itself in the wine's forested and floral character. Concentrated and relatively lush, it should stand the test of time and air; try from 2017–2019.Peters Vineyard Winemaker's Reserve8948CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKokomo 2012 Peters Vineyard Winemaker's Reserve Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirKokomo
1532715326FranceFrom old vines, this concentrated and ripe Chablis has rich red apple and pear flavors that are gently cut with a citrus element. Dense texture gives this wine great quality and structure. Drink from 2015.Les Vénérables Vieilles Vignes8929BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2011 Les Vénérables Vieilles Vignes (Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne
1532815327SpainThis fresh wine opens with a pleasant blend of melon, citrus, white-flower and mineral aromas. The palate is similar to the bouquet: citrusy and minerally. Flavors of tangerine, orange and nectarine are tangy and bright, while the finish is citrusy and scouring.Sobre Lías8920GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMaior de Mendoza 2013 Sobre Lías Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoMaior de Mendoza
1532915328ItalyMade with native grape Durello and with no dosage, this offers aromas of white spring flowers and red apples. The palate delivers citrus peel and almond alongside crisp acidity and a vibrant mousse. It finishes bone-dry.Leon Metodo Classico8945Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasari NV Leon Metodo Classico Durella (Vino Spumante)DurellaMasari
1533015329SpainEarth, leather, a touch of compost, soy, hoison sauce and raisin aromas all vie for attention on this tannic, ripe, almost stewy Toro. Seriously ripe flavors of sun-baked berry fruits and black currant veer towards prune and raisin on a rich, chocolaty, figgy finish.Prima8925Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachMaurodos 2011 Prima (Toro)Tinta de ToroMaurodos

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