Wine Reviews

1590115900USA deep color, ripe fruit flavors and a richly tannic texture make this full-bodied wine mouth-filling and satisfying without being heavy. A nice, moderate, spicy oak layer under the blackberries and a hint of pepper add welcome complexity.Estate8825CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2013 Estate Grenache (Sierra Foothills)GrenacheNaggiar
1590215901USBoth cold-tank fermented and barrel-fermented, this white shows steely aromas of lemon and fresh lime, its acidity bristling with mouthwatering succulence and a lightness of body.8818CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneOberon 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancOberon
1590315902ChileGrapefruit and feline aromas are typical of Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc. This feels zesty and citric, with herbal orange and grapefruit flavors that finish tart, tangy and long.Armador8814Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachOdfjell 2016 Armador Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancOdfjell
1590415903USA floral tease of jasmine provides a perfumed opening to this wine, which follows in bright acidity and fresh, ripe layers of tangerine and peach. The oak is moderately present and integrated well.8820CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePacific Heights Wines 2015 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayPacific Heights Wines
1590515904USThis blend combines 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah. Fat, juicy and tart, it's robust in oak and meaty leather, its tannin profile grippy and tight. A background note of dried herb and cedar add to the classic touch in style.Scintillation Proprietary8885CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePadis 2012 Scintillation Proprietary Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendPadis
1590615905USHints of tropical fruit, yellow pear and apricot show on the nose of this bottling by a Sierra Foothills-based producer. There is a slight sweet touch to the sip, but then it dries out nicely, offered pear, apple and honeysuckle flavors against a decent textural grip.Stepping Stones8827CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannProspect 772 2015 Stepping Stones Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Grenache BlancProspect 772
1590715906USSourced from Willamette and Umpqua Valley vineyards, this sweetly spicy wine carries a streak of orange peel and flesh. The pretty cherry fruit is fresh and tasty, and for an everyday bottle of Oregon Pinot, it's right on the money.8817OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Rainstorm 2014 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirRainstorm
1590815907USHerb, coffee and cherry aromas are followed by the sweet ripe taste of café au lait. A light grip of tannins provides support.8840WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReasons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonReasons
1591815917ItalyBlack plum, baking spice and cedar aromas lead the way. On the firm medium-bodied palate, notes of mocha and toasted oak underscore blackberry jam while assertive tannins provide support. Drink through 2020.Solstizio Riserva8833Central ItalyRomagnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBattistini 2013 Solstizio Riserva Sangiovese (Romagna)SangioveseBattistini
1591915918USThis wine blends 53% Monterey County and 47% San Luis Obispo County fruit to deliver a well-priced winner. Key lime, lemon peel, white flowers and almond butter show on the nose, while the palate delivers nicely rounded nectarine, sea salt and oaky flavors that are buoyed by ample acidity through the finish.8815CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBeckon 2015 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayBeckon
1590915908USFrom Shauna Rosenblum, the daughter of Rosenblum Winery's founder, comes this pyrazine-forward bottling, which may wow sommeliers but could confuse the public. The nose is both grape-y and peppery with garden herbs, and then the palate is tart and tangy, which is odd for a Cab. Yet the high-acid approach makes for a bright, stylish and savory wine, worth seeking out a sip.Rigg Vineyard8840CaliforniaSan Francisco BayCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRock Wall 2014 Rigg Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (San Francisco Bay)Cabernet SauvignonRock Wall
1592015919USSourced from the Gamble Ranch in Oakville, this is a fleshy, full-figured wine, floral in honeysuckle and voluptuous in youthful oak. Gravensteins apple is overtaken by the richness of butterscotch and tropical pineapple before a brightness comes to life on the finish.Private Reserve8848CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBeringer 2015 Private Reserve Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayBeringer
1592115920USThis wine comes from an up-and-coming vineyard site. Very varietal aromas of black cherry, herb and cedar give way to soft fruit flavors and lightly grainy tannins. The tart acidity keeps the interest high. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.Discovery Vineyard Block 18855WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBlock Wines 2014 Discovery Vineyard Block 1 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonBlock Wines
1592215921USAn estate bottled Pinot, this wine is inviting in floral and fruity characteristics, offering concise layers of red cherry, rose petals and a spark of oak that builds in intensity through the finish. This is a nice place to start on the winery's lineup of Carneros-Napa Valley Pinot Noir.Brown Ranch9172CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSaintsbury 2012 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirSaintsbury
1591015909USThe aromas seem a bit muddled. The palate brings reserved blue-fruit flavors, with peanut shell notes on the finish.8819WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSilver Totem 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonSilver Totem
1592315922USThe Dundee Hills cuvée shows the tight, tart, higher acidity that is characteristic of the 2011 Pinots from the Willamette Valley. It spent 16 months in 45% new barrels and offers raspberry and cranberry fruit with grippy tannins and a mineral base. Drink now though 2025.Dundee Hills9138OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sokol Blosser 2011 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirSokol Blosser
1591115910ItalyAromas of espresso, toasted oak and grilled herb take center stage and follow through to the full-bodied palate along with Golden Delicious apple, toasted nut and a hint of lemon zest. If you like evident oak, you'll enjoy this, but the wood may be too invasive for others. Drink soon to capture the remaining fruit.Signorina Vittoria Riserva88TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTollena 2011 Signorina Vittoria Riserva (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)White BlendTollena
1592415923USThis cool vintage helps keep the alcohol down, but the seductive aromatics more than compensate. Varietal nuances of rosewater and other floral overtones enhance a rather delicate, elegant reserve. Raspberry fruit and highlights of baking spices continue through a persistent finish.Reserve9145OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stoller 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirStoller
1591215911FranceThis wine from the southern Mâcon appellation is crisp with a mineral edge as well as the ripe fruit of the vintage. It has a tangy, lemon-like texture that gives it a lift, adding to the fresh, fruity aftertaste. Drink now.8818BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons des Terres Secrètes 2015 Saint-VéranChardonnayVignerons des Terres Secrètes
1592515924GermanyStony mineral notes accent fragrant blossom and grapefruit notes on this dry, elegant Riesling. The palate is lean and steely, with a distinct line of struck steel and lime, but it's also buoyantly fruity with notes of luscious white peach and honey. A dramatic wine with a long, lingering mineral finish.Wachenheimer Belz Dry9126PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaVilla Wolf 2012 Wachenheimer Belz Dry Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingVilla Wolf
1591315912GermanyThis zesty, off-dry Gewürztraminer is full of ripe yellow peach and orange blossom notes. It's not a deeply complex wine, but its pristine fruit flavors and light-bodied style are refreshing and approachable. Drink now through 2019.8812PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaVilla Wolf 2015 Gewürztraminer (Pfalz)GewürztraminerVilla Wolf
1592615925ItalyMade from 100% Chardonnay, this opens with aromas of apricot, hazelnut and citrus. The bright palate delivers white peach, lemon zest and a note of just-baked vanilla cookies alongside accents of cinnamon and nut. Small, continuous bubbles give an elegant texture.Perlé9138Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerrari 2007 Perlé Chardonnay (Trento)ChardonnayFerrari
1592715926PortugalThis rich wine is balanced and ripe, with spice, sweet sultana and raisin fruitiness and a light shot of acidity. The aftertaste brings out fresh red fruits that are cut by the spirit and acidity to leave a full feeling in the mouth.Quinta do Porto 10-Year-Old Tawny9132PortRoger Voss@vossrogerFerreira NV Quinta do Porto 10-Year-Old Tawny (Port)PortFerreira
1591415913ChileAn amplified green nose smells like lime infused with bell pepper and asparagus. A citrusy snappy palate is brash, while pyrazinic green flavors are balanced by citric notes. This is a typical San Antonio SB: racy, green and citric.Gran Reserva Origen8816San AntonioMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Chocalan 2015 Gran Reserva Origen Sauvignon Blanc (San Antonio)Sauvignon BlancViña Chocalan
1592815927GermanyA delicate spray of violet lingers from start to finish on this lively Pinot Noir, melding into flavors of red cherries and berries, toast and granite. Brisk in acidity yet supple in tannins and mouthfeel, it's an elegant, nuanced wine that may surprise Pinot Noir drinkers outside of Germany.Franz Anton Schwarzer Adler9142BadenAnna Lee C. IijimaFranz Keller 2012 Franz Anton Schwarzer Adler Pinot Noir (Baden)Pinot NoirFranz Keller
1591515914AustraliaFull-bodied and richly textured, this more than delivers at its suggested retail price. Grilled plums, baking spices and mocha notes provide plenty of interest, finishing creamy and supple. Drink now–2020.Promised Land8813South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2015 Promised Land Shiraz (South Australia)ShirazWakefield
1592915928SpainDense, roasted, earthy aromas of lightly stewed berry fruits and leather set up a deep, oaky palate with baked, loamy dark-fruit flavors that finish smooth, mellow and rich in feel. This is luxurious Mencía with modest acidity; drink through 2017.Selección9145Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachGodelia 2011 Selección Mencía (Bierzo)MencíaGodelia
1593015929SpainRipe, baked, raisiny aromas of blackberry, coconut, resiny oak, tomato sauce and herbs set up a racy, high-intensity palate with flavors of berry, fig and blackened spices. The finish is rooty in flavor, with notes of licorice and chocolate offset by sharp residual acidity.Cosecha Limitada9145Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachHesvera 2009 Cosecha Limitada (Ribera del Duero)Tinto FinoHesvera
1591615915ItalyFresh and lively, this opens with aromas of tropical fruit and fragrant white flower. The bright palate doles out juicy pineapple, ripe apricot and citrus zest alongside tangy acidity that lends a mouthwatering finish.Alègre8820Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarone Sergio 2016 Alègre Grillo (Terre Siciliane)GrilloBarone Sergio
1591715916USHerb, flower and exotic spice aromas lead to broad creamy-feeling fruit flavors that persist on the finish.Red Wine8836WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBasel Cellars 2013 Red Wine Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecBasel Cellars

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