Wine Reviews

1621916218USThis falls a little to the thin side of Syrah, at least Syrah grown here in Washington where the grape thrives. Varietal flavors of herb, pepper and stem are in evidence, with an overall impression of lightly ripened berry fruit, stiff tannins, and ample acidity.8723WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Novelty Hill 2011 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNovelty Hill
1622016219USAustere in style yet refreshing and quaffable, this dry wine is crisp with fresh green-apple flavor and a tart lemon-lime acidity that bristles the palate. It's delicate in frame, but nicely concentrated with a lingering mineral finish.Dry8716New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAtwater 2012 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAtwater
1622116220New ZealandPotent green notes of jalapeño and green onion accent nectarine and passion fruit aromas, while the plate is more restrained and actually very food friendly. There's ample weight and fleshiness on the midpalate before a relatively quick finish.8718MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAwatere River 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancAwatere River
1622216221USAromas of crisp green apples, herbs and lemon waft on this rustic off-dry wine. Apple-like and mineral in tone, the palate recalls French apple cider, but with a kick with lemon-lime acidity. It finishes brisk and refreshing.Tanzen Dame Auten Vineyard 1st Harvest8722New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBloomer Creek 2012 Tanzen Dame Auten Vineyard 1st Harvest Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingBloomer Creek
1622316222SpainPlum and berry aromas are leathery but honest and not overreaching. The wine feels tight and pinched, while savory flavors of saucy plum and red-berry fruits finish lightly herbal, with a kick of tomato and spice along with leather.Inspiración Valdemar Selección8720Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2010 Inspiración Valdemar Selección (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Valdemar
1622416223South AfricaA new addition to Boschendal's line-up, The Rose Garden Rosé pays tribute to the estate's iconic grounds and garden. Fresh aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry hull, white cherry and melon rind recall sunny days spent outside. Light sweet-spice accents carry through the refreshing finish, ending clean and mouthwatering.The Rose Garden8713Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBoschendal 2013 The Rose Garden Rosé (Coastal Region)RoséBoschendal
1622516224ItalyMade with organically farmed grapes, this wine starts with an unusual nose that recalls Asian spices, curry, rosemary and citrus. The palate is less exotic, offering lemon-lime and grapefruit lightly accented with clove.Cumalè8718Southern ItalyCilentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasebianche 2012 Cumalè Fiano (Cilento)FianoCasebianche
1622616225FranceRich in style, this full-bodied rosé boasts ripe red fruits and a rounded, smooth character. The lift from acidity gives essential freshness at the end.Le Cengle Vieilles Vignes8717ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Galinière 2013 Le Cengle Vieilles Vignes Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau de la Galinière
1620116200New ZealandAt this early stage of the wine's evolution, it shows some slightly pungent, sweaty notes, but they're balanced by ample ripe passion fruit aromas and flavors. It's medium in weight, with an attractively structured mouthfeel, and a bright, lengthy finish that echoes with grapefruit.9019MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzNautilus 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancNautilus
1620216201USTight and quite dry, this mixes dried herbs with wild blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. The ample acidity underscores just-ripe-enough tannins; but overall what most impresses is the wine's balance, tension and length.9026WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Novelty Hill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonNovelty Hill
1622716226FranceWhile rich, this blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon is also quite herbal in character. Maybe it gets its nature from the wild garrigue countryside of Provence, but its tannins are firm and the fruit is laced with licorice. It should age another year.Titien de Margüi8730ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Margüi 2011 Titien de Margüi Red (Coteaux Varois en Provence)Red BlendChâteau Margüi
1620316202USMade from 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, this wine shows why Dry Creek Valley has achieved such a fine reputation with this variety. Totally dry and brisk in acidity, it has savory flavors of lemons and limes, passionfruit, gooseberries and white pepper. Awesome with Vietnamese, Ethiopian and Indian fare calling for white wine.9017CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPech Merle 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancPech Merle
1620416203ItalyFragrances suggest exotic fruit, almond and slate. The focused palate delivers juicy citrus, nectarine and pink grapefruit accented with energizing mineral. It's already delicious, but hold until 2016 for more complexity.9028Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePietracupa 2012 Fiano di AvellinoFianoPietracupa
1620516204USPure Malbec, sourced from the McClellan estate and Minnick Hills vineyards, this is a tight and well-crafted mix of flavors—fig, blackberry, blueberry jam, a whiff of dried herb and white pepper, and tannins grounded in clean earth. The aging, principally Hungarian oak, brings in coffee highlights.9030WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Hills 2012 Malbec (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MalbecSeven Hills
1622816227USAromas of syrupy red cherry, vanilla and mint meld with touches of blackberry and pepper. The wine delivers notable concentration, plush texture and a lingering finish.8718AmericaCooper's Hawk NV Shiraz (America)ShirazCooper's Hawk
1620616205USPretty honeysuckle and freesia notes lend a blossomy feel to this supple, impeccably balanced wine. Tart white peach, quince and pineapple flavors are juicy yet bracing on the palate. It ends briskly with a shower of crushed minerals.9016New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSheldrake Point 2012 Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisSheldrake Point
1622916228USAfter 22 months in half new French oak, this blend of fruit from four widely separate vineyards inevitably kills the specificity. What's left is a quickly maturing wine with blueberry pie, clove and baking spices. Drink up.8735WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covington 2010 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancCovington
1623016229ItalyFermented and aged in barriques for six months, this retro-styled Chardonnay has aromas of toasted oak, butterscotch and vanilla that carry over to the palate along with yellow apple and citrus. You'll also notice the warmth of evident alcohol on the midpalate.Jalé8735Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCusumano 2012 Jalé Chardonnay (Sicilia)ChardonnayCusumano
1620716206ArgentinaAromas of blackberry, balsam wood, lemony oak and forest floor lead into a fully stocked, hefty palate. Flavors of black fruits, licorice, herbs and oak finish bright but level. What this lacks in complexity is made up for in ripe berry flavors and overall balance.Reserva9024Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSur de los Andes 2012 Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecSur de los Andes
1620816207USThis Pinot shows the ripe, sunny richness that a good vintage in California can coax out of the grapes. It's enormous in raspberries and cherries, with plenty of new French oak bringing smoky, buttered toast complexities.Estate Bottled9048CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaChalk Hill 2012 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirChalk Hill
1620916208FranceIn its tall square bottle, this makes a striking presentation. The wine inside has the same sense of presence, with a ripe, full-bodied structure that's full of red fruits with only light acidity. Fruitiness makes it delicious as an apéritif.Terres de Berne9020ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Berne 2013 Terres de Berne Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau de Berne
1621016209FranceQuat' Saisons, meaning four seasons, suggests that this wine isn't just for summer. It is certainly a food wine with its dry, full-bodied character and ripe caramel and red plum flavors. Lively and fresh at the end, it's ready to drink.Quat' Saisons9024ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Mascaronne 2013 Quat' Saisons Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau la Mascaronne
1621116210ItalyMade with 70% Carricante and 30% Catarratto, this elegant wine features aromas of tree fruit and white peach. The focused palate delivers tart green apple, citrus and mineral accented with savory Mediterranean herbs alongside crisp acidity. It closes on an almond note.Isolanuda9029Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDestro 2012 Isolanuda (Etna)White BlendDestro
1621216211New ZealandThis vintage of Dog Point is unabashedly green without being overwhelming so. There's plenty of fig and melon fruit to provide support for the garlands of cut grass, tomato leaf and fresh herbs. The texture, as usual from this venture, is silky, while the finish is long and vibrant.90MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDog Point 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancDog Point
1621316212FranceThe heavy bottle indicates the importance attached to this wine by its producer. Structured and full bodied, it bursts with crisp fruits, mineral acidity and a touch of herbaceousness. Keep it until late 2014 to broaden out.Première de Figuière9030ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Saint-André de Figuière 2013 Première de Figuière Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Saint-André de Figuière
1621416213FranceHydropathe means someone who reacts against water, presumably preferring wine. From hard against the slopes of Mount Sainte-Vicoire, this is a structured, rich and fruity wine. It reveals a strong citrus element as well as red fruits and a strongly mineral texture.L'Hydropathe90ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sainte Lucie 2012 L'Hydropathe Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)RoséDomaine Sainte Lucie
1621516214USBlended from various vineyards around the valley, this is a pretty, polished Cabernet for drinking now. Dry and softly tannic, it has lush, appealing black currant, black cherry jam, herb tea and smoky cedar flavors. It's fancy and a good value.Walking Tree9028CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaGeyser Peak 2011 Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonGeyser Peak
1621616215IsraelRefreshing from the first whiff of green apple, fuchsia, and almond blossom, it has flavors of peach, eucalyptus, green apple, and white flowers. Harmonious tannins persist to the bright note of the vanilla custard and orange zest finish, undercut by strong minerality.Hermon9014GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysGolan Heights Winery 2012 Hermon White (Galilee)White BlendGolan Heights Winery
1621716216SpainDense black cherry and stewed plum aromas introduce this round, jammy and ultraripe Syrah. In the mouth, the wine is rich and chunky, with brandied cherry and baked berry and plum flavors topped with sprinkles of nutmeg and cumin. Nothing evaporates on the ripe finish. Drink through 2018.Selecció9045CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachClos Berenguer del Molar 2008 Selecció Syrah (Priorat)SyrahClos Berenguer del Molar
1621816217SpainBlack-fruit aromas are lively and encouraging. The mouthfeel is a touch clamped and narrow, but airing and aging should help things expand. Flavors of ripe plum and berry get a push from bright acidity, and on the finish this mix of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Graciano offers plenty of bounce and pulse. Drink through 2018.Maza Cruz Cima9035Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachDehesa de los Llanos 2009 Maza Cruz Cima Red (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Red BlendDehesa de los Llanos

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