Wine Reviews

1794117940ChileSmoky smelling and toasty, with peach, melon and cider aromas. The body is solid and held together by nice acidity, while the flavors of banana, melon and citrus are sweet but not quite candied in nature. Pretty much your standard, textbook, well-made Chardonnay.8717Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachArboleda 2008 Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayArboleda
1794217941USA good grip of acidity and tannins shape the fruity, earthy aromas and crisp raspberry and cranberry flavors. It's a very lively, refreshing style that is not overripe, and will be great with all kinds of food.8830CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPaul Dolan 2012 Pinot Noir (Potter Valley)Pinot NoirPaul Dolan
1794317942USLight lemon-lime aromas and fresh fruit flavors make this refreshing, crisp and lively. Not at all heavy, it's well-balanced, has good acidity and tastes dry.8818CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPaul Dolan 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Potter Valley)Sauvignon BlancPaul Dolan
1794417943USThis 100% varietal wine seems to still be in its shell, with light notes of coffee, plum and licorice along with other barrel spices. The fruit flavors are supple with some heft to the tannins and a tart lick of acidity that spruces things up. A lot of good things are going on here but they don't quite all come together.Phinny Hill8835WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRobert Ramsay 2011 Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonRobert Ramsay
1794517944USA strong percentage of Petit Verdot (14%) marks this wine, a mouthful of sanguine cranberry and lightly ripe red fruit that's high in acidity and balanced by a richer dollop of milk chocolate, particularly on the finish.Reserve88110CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRound Pond 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonRound Pond
1794617945USIntriguing with bites of melon, stone fruit and bristling acidity, this bright, fresh white wine maintains a level of tension and creaminess. It balances the two personalities against each other with aplomb, before losing some of its luster on the finish.8824CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRound Pond 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon BlancRound Pond
1794717946FranceNot quite dry, this offers flavors of honey and almonds, with a fresh element that brings in a more textured, mineral character. Ripe pears and fresh acidity shine through at the end.Marie de Beauregard8818Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerSaget la Perrière 2013 Marie de Beauregard (Vouvray)Chenin BlancSaget la Perrière
1794817947USMade by a winery outside of Gilroy, this bottling from eastern Salinas Valley fruit brings very nice aromas of blackberry extract, baking spices, gingerbread and a hint of root beer. The flavors are full and rich as the nose predicts, with juicy cherry-chocolate, a touch of tobacco and lingering cinnamon spice.8832CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSarah's Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir (Chalone)Pinot NoirSarah's Vineyard
1794917948USLight, lemony and crisp, this refreshing wine has some layers of complex herb midpalate and remains bright in acidity through the finish. From both the Miller Ranch in Yountville and Soda Creek Vineyard.Miller Ranch8822CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSilverado 2013 Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancSilverado
1795017949ItalySupple and fresh, this informal but savory wine has aromas of dark berry and allspice. Crafted to be paired with fish, the silky, easy-drinking palate offers juicy red cherry, ripe raspberry and clove alongside smooth tannins and fresh acidity. Serve chilled for a perfect summer red.Otre Fish8817Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTeanum 2013 Otre Fish Negroamaro (Puglia)NegroamaroTeanum
1795117950USThis aromatic wine carries notes of movie theater buttered popcorn, peach and lees. It's full bodied with buttery stone fruit flavors that show a considerable amount of creaminess and elegance.8825WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTelaya 2013 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayTelaya
1795217951USThis wine seems to show some oxygen exposure, with notes of brown spices, vanilla, pepper and overripe pear. It's a shame because the luscious, rich cherry and raspberry flavors deliver. Tasted twice with consistent notes.8828WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTempus Cellars 2011 Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahTempus Cellars
1795317952ItalyAromas of coconut, espresso and spiced plum steeped in spirits lead the nose on this full-bodied red. The bold palate delivers oak extract, dried black cherry, sweet vanilla and roasted coffee bean, with bracing tannins.Bocca di Lupo8846Southern ItalyCastel del MonteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTormaresca 2010 Bocca di Lupo Aglianico (Castel del Monte)AglianicoTormaresca
1795417953ItalyAromas of blackberry, blueberry and blue flower come together in the glass. The straightforward palate offers black currant, dried plum, licorice and a tobacco note alongside firm tannins.Torcicoda8819Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTormaresca 2012 Torcicoda Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoTormaresca
1795517954ItalyAromas of oak, espresso, steeped plum and cracked pepper lead the nose on this blend of 70% Negroamaro, 20% Montepulciano and 10% Malvasia Nera. The palate offers raspberry jam, clove, allspice and roasted coffee bean alongside assertive but fine-grained tannins. It ends on a note of bitter prune. Drink through 2017.8819Southern ItalyCopertinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeApollonio 2011 Red (Copertino)Red BlendApollonio
1795617955USThis moderately aromatic wine features notes of black cherry, clove and abundant high-toned herbs. A supple mouthfeel with black fruit flavors accompanies firm, dry tannins.8840WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCadaretta 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCadaretta
1795717956USBlueberries, smoke and pepper-crusted beef aromas emerge on this solid offering. There's a lot happening on the palate, with flavors of tobacco, blackberries, dark plums and purple flowers, all grounded in tart plum-skin tannins.Winemaker's Reserve8840CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCallaway 2010 Winemaker's Reserve Syrah (Temecula Valley)SyrahCallaway
1795817957ItalySleek and spicy, this delivers accents of white pepper, clove, licorice and mineral wrapped around a core of juicy black cherry. Firm but polished tannins provide support. It's easy drinking and made to be enjoyed young.8818PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina del Pino 2013 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoCantina del Pino
1795917958ItalyFirm and juicy, this hearty wine conveys aromas of spicy plum, tobacco and coffee. The dense, one-dimensional palate doles out succulent blackberry, raspberry, clove and mocha alongside hearty tannins.Orfeo8820Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Paolo Leo 2012 Orfeo Negroamaro (Puglia)NegroamaroCantine Paolo Leo
1796017959FranceFrom the vineyards of the grand castle of Sancerre, this has rich red and black cherry fruits, a line of the purest acidity and just the right amount of tannic structure to allow it to age a little longer. It has weight and final ripeness.8831Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Sancerre 2010 SancerrePinot NoirChâteau de Sancerre
1796117960USThe aromas are light on this wine with notes of dried herbs, mocha and anise. It's soft and elegant in its styling but with rich fruit flavors and dry, chalky tannins.8832WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCoeur d'Alene 2012 Cabernet Franc (Washington)Cabernet FrancCoeur d'Alene
1796217961USThis 100% varietal is completely made with fruit from Red Mountain Vineyard. Brightly aromatic, the wine offers notes of cherry cordial, black licorice and vanilla, with the volatiles amped up but just in check. It's rich, high-octane and liquorous with abundant cranberry flavors.8839WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCorvus 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCorvus
1796317962AustraliaThis is a well-priced example of Barossa Cabernet, laden with characteristic notes of chocolate, mint and berry fruit, wrapped in a layer of toasty oak. It's full bodied, yet easy to drink because of the soft tannins and mouthwatering finish. Probably best between now and 2020.Grand Barossa8816South AustraliaBarossaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau Tanunda 2012 Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa)Cabernet SauvignonChâteau Tanunda
1796417963AustraliaAt 6+ years post-vintage, this wine seems pretty mature. The tannins are supple, while the fruit is starting to take on some dried character. Other notes include molasses, caramel, dried leaves and tomato. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Sangiovese.Melba Lucia8830VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2008 Melba Lucia Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese (Yarra Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-SangioveseDe Bortoli
1796517964USA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Syrah (24%), Merlot (19%) and Malbec, this appealing single-vineyard wine suggests vanilla, freshly ground coffee, dark fruit and spices. It's sweet and richly flavored, with a firm squeeze of tannins.4 Boys Les Collines Vineyard8819WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJ & J 2012 4 Boys Les Collines Vineyard Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendJ & J
1796617965USThis 100% varietal wine offers notes of coffee, vanilla and plum. It's medium bodied with espresso flavors and firm, slightly gritty tannins.Les Collines Vineyard8835WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJ & J 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Malbec (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MalbecJ & J
1796717966USMineral and wet stone are a pleasant entry into this wine, which continues into flavors of pretty pear, melon and citrus. The presence of oak on both the nose and palate is not overwhelming.Kalaris Family Vineyard8826CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKalaris 2013 Kalaris Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancKalaris
1796817967ChileThis new brand from Ventisquero has chosen the unoaked route for this fleshy, stone-fruit driven Chardonnay that also manages to fold in tropical-fruit overtones and undertones. Nectarine, yeasty vanilla and orange flavors finish fleshy and pulpy, but generally quite fresh.Kuda Unoaked8819Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKalfu 2013 Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay (Leyda Valley)ChardonnayKalfu
1796917968USThe wine smells rich and opulent, like rose petals and bay leaves in a flood of blackberry jam, but tastes balanced and dry. It's an unusual table wine and a fun journey to take.Rio Tinto Silvaspoon Vineyard8816CaliforniaAlta MesaCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLee Family Farm 2011 Rio Tinto Silvaspoon Vineyard Red (Alta Mesa)Red BlendLee Family Farm
1797017969ItalyBright and fragrant, this offers aromas of Asian spice and fresh berry. The fresh, savory palate delivers juicy blackberry, wild blueberry, licorice and hint of peppercorn alongside robust tannins. There's not much complexity but it's delicious. Drink soon to capture the fresh, succulent fruit.Elo Veni8817Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLeone de Castris 2013 Elo Veni Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroLeone de Castris

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