Wine Reviews

1659116590AustriaThis steely, mineral-driven wine is crisp with an austere edge. The fruit is ripe, while taut and tense at the same time. As it ages, the wine will show rich peach and apricot flavors to round it out. Age for four years and more. Screwcap.Achleiten Smaragd9250WachauRoger Voss@vossrogerDomäne Wachau 2011 Achleiten Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingDomäne Wachau
1659216591USStill tasting like a very young wine, this opens with pretty fruit flavors that range from raspberry candy to dark layers of black cherry and cassis. The concentration and depth are apparent, though quite compact. The blend includes 14% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.9289WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Doubleback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonDoubleback
1659316592USMonolith is a Bordeaux-style blend—mostly Cabernet Sauvignon—that's dark, smooth and smoky. Citrus scents adorn the deep fruit, which resolves in earthy, substantial tannins. The wine spent 22 months in 100% new French oak, yet the barrel notes seem muted, and the intense fruit is certainly up to the challenge.Monolith9234WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Elevation Cellars 2008 Monolith Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendElevation Cellars
1659416593USBig for a Riesling, this has concentrated, sappy, rich tropical-fruit flavors. The grapes used were sourced from the Lawrence Vineyard on the Royal Slope. It has a fair amount of residual sugar, adding extra richness. Succulent peach, apricot and papaya notes sends lip-licking flavors deep into the finish.Imperium9217WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Elevation Cellars 2011 Imperium Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingElevation Cellars
1659516594USExtravagantly rich in tropical fruit, orange, honey and sweet oak flavors, this is balanced, with crisp acidity and a dry finish. It's a good example of the popular style, at the upper tier.Lee's Secret Vineyard9264CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaRam's Gate 2010 Lee's Secret Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayRam's Gate
1659616595USThis shows real Sonoma Coast character in its silky texture, strong acidity and transparency of its raspberry and cherry notes, which allow for a mineral-driven taste of the soil to shine. The wine improves in the glass as it airs, picking up extra layers of complexity.9230CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaReata 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirReata
1659716596ItalyThis super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot is showing so beautifully now. It opens with rich, lovely intensity and bright aromas of black fruit, cassis, spice, leather, mocha and tobacco. Drink it now or let it age 10 years or more.Re di Renieri9230TuscanyToscanaRenieri 2009 Re di Renieri Red (Toscana)Red BlendRenieri
1659816597USThis introduces itself with sweet scents of plum and cherry, the sort found in young vines. It moves into a thick, well-structured midpalate, with big splashes of coffee, earth and roasted nut.Derby Estate Grown9250WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spring Valley Vineyard 2009 Derby Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSpring Valley Vineyard
1659916598USLush and ripe in fruit, this Cab is a real bargain. It's rich in black cherry jam, plum, dark chocolate, sweet dried herb and sandalwood flavors, wrapped into firm tannins. This is one of the best Rutherford Cabernets at this price range currently available.9135CaliforniaRutherfordNapaBeaulieu Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonBeaulieu Vineyard
1660016599SpainEmphatically toasty and charred on the nose, this offers chocolate and hickory aromas. It feels smooth, plush, layered and not at all simple, with baked black-fruit flavors that are draped over savory barbecue and spice accents. The toast is present but not overpowering on the finish.Atteca Old Vines9116Northern SpainCalatayudMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Ateca 2010 Atteca Old Vines Garnacha (Calatayud)GarnachaBodegas Ateca
1660116600USFull body, ripe grapy fruit flavors and a healthy pinch of spicy oak join with a smooth texture that is just slightly tannic. The feeling is mouthfilling, and the wine is dense enough with cherry and berry flavors to be satisfying. It's a blend of mostly Zinfandel and Syrah.8620CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDalliance 2012 Red (Lake County)Red BlendDalliance
1660216601ItalyThe nose on this structured red offers oak-driven aromas of toast, coconut and vanilla. The warm palate doles out ripe plum, coffee, a confectionary note and oak spices alongside the warmth of evident alcohol. Wood tannins leave an astringent, mouth-drying finish.Puro Riserva8617TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Lavacchio 2011 Puro Riserva (Chianti)SangioveseFattoria Lavacchio
1660316602ItalySubtle berry and wildflower aromas lead the nose of this bright, friendly red. The informal palate offers crushed wild cherry, raspberry and a hint of clove alongside soft, rather fleeting tannins.8614TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Uccelliera 2013 ChiantiRed BlendFattoria Uccelliera
1660416603USThis lighter-style wine provides a break from your average California red and offers fruit flavors reminiscent of cranberries and dried cherries and a lean, lively texture with moderate tannins. It's medium bodied, not too ripe, and very well balanced to match with Italian food.Organic Grapes8613CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGirasole 2011 Organic Grapes Sangiovese (Mendocino)SangioveseGirasole
1660516604IsraelA nose of pear, honeydew melon and freshly-starched linens sets the stage for soft pear and melon flavors that are overpowered by intense minty notes. There is a burst of fresh citrus on the finish, but there is a lingering sense of cotton on the palate throughout each sip.Hermon8615GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysGolan Heights Winery 2013 Hermon White (Galilee)White BlendGolan Heights Winery
1660616605AustriaMuddled notes of ripe berry on the nose come into sharper view on the citrus-focused palate. There is a vestige of tannin and pleasant dryness. Drink soon.Jerry & Barry Für Fruchtige8610Weinland ÖsterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkus Altenburger 2014 Jerry & Barry Für Fruchtige Rosé (Weinland Österreich)RoséMarkus Altenburger
1660716606SpainDark, dense, mossy aromas of leathery blackberry, baked black plum and forest floor feed into a grabby, heavy, slightly clumsy palate. Blackened flavors of baked plum, savory oak and peppery spice finish salty, resiny and woody.Melior 6 Meses en Barrica8616Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMatarromera 2013 Melior 6 Meses en Barrica (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloMatarromera
1660816607SpainTropical fruit, apple and citrus aromas are chunky. A plump, mellow palate with modest acidity is home to peach, mango and papaya flavors. A soft finish is easygoing but suggests that this should be drunk as soon as possible.8615GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPazo Torrado 2014 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPazo Torrado
1660916608SpainCutting aromas of rubbery red-berry fruits and wild herbs filter into a juicy, uncomplicated palate. Rubbery and medicinal tasting at first, this shows herbal raspberry and bitterness on the back end of the flavor profile and on the finish.8613Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachPeique 2013 Mencía (Bierzo)MencíaPeique
1661016609ItalyMade with Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this opens with aromas of red currant and a whiff of exotic spice. The straightforward palate offers dried black cherry, clove and a hint of grilled herb alongside smooth tannins. Simple but well made, it's is made to be enjoyed young so drink soon.8615TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiccini 2011 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendPiccini
1661116610SpainPunchy, raw cranberry and red-plum aromas turn more candied with airing. This has an easy flowing feel as well as simple, fresh cherry and raspberry flavors. Dry spice, cocoa and residual cherry flavors drive the finish.Palacio de Canedo Maceración Ecológico8620Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachPrada A Tope 2013 Palacio de Canedo Maceración Ecológico Mencía (Bierzo)MencíaPrada A Tope
1661216611USVanilla and green wood aromas are at the fore, followed by cherry and herbs. The fruit flavors are sweet and elegant, with the oak nearly completely overriding them.D11 Dionysus Vineyard8660WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRevelry 2011 D11 Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonRevelry
1661316612USThis tastes bright and lively, just a bit sweet and brimming with fruit flavor. It smells like green apples and grapefruit, tastes like honeydew melon and adds a bit of acidity to balance out the ripeness.8620CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVigilance 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Red Hills Lake County)Sauvignon BlancVigilance
1661416613SpainLeathery, roasted plum and berry aromas come with a noticeable charred, smoky side. This is full and edgy on the palate, with rubbery tannins. Flavors of charred oak steer leafy berry flavors toward a dry, herbal, spicy finish.8613Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Los Valles 2012 RiojaTempranilloViña Los Valles
1661516614USLighter in color, this Syrah (83%)-dominated blend shows aromas of dehydrated blueberries, milk chocolate, black olive and plum. The blue fruit flavors are lightly sweet, with some residual sugar holding it together.Red Beauty8611WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWild Meadows 2012 Red Beauty Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendWild Meadows
1661616615SpainThis Navarran blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo opens with mulchy aromas of compost, tomato and herbs as well as currant and plum. The palate is thick and syrupy in feel, with a mix of baked, stewy berry flavors offset by green notes. Herbal berry and chocolaty flavors control a rooty, sweet-tasting finish.Premium Cuvée Señorío de Otazu8612Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachOtazu 2011 Premium Cuvée Señorío de Otazu Red (Navarra)Red BlendOtazu
1661716616New ZealandThe Sauvignon Blanc here never seems to hit the highs of the Burgundian varieties, but the 2013 is a solid effort. Aromas of struck flint give a faintly Old World character to this medium-bodied wine, followed by hints of stone fruit and pineapple and an abbreviated finish.8627MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAta Rangi 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Martinborough)Sauvignon BlancAta Rangi
1661816617FranceThis medium-bodied blend features aromas and flavors reminiscent of bubble gum and cantaloupe. It's mainly Grenache and Cinsault, which impart ample weight, balanced by some slightly bitter, pithy notes on the finish.French8613France OtherMediterranéeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMy Essential 2014 French Rosé (Mediterranée)RoséMy Essential
1661916618SpainEarthy, rooty aromas of cola, tobacco and baked black plum give way to a drawing, drying palate with rubbery, clampy tannins. Roasted plum, prune and herbal flavors finish loamy in feel but salty in flavor.Zinio Tempranillo-Graciano8615Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPatrocinio 2012 Zinio Tempranillo-Graciano (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendPatrocinio
1662016619USIt's difficult to find the aromas of apple, pear and jasmine. This drinks off dry with nicely balanced acids.8614WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRevelry 2014 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingRevelry

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