Wine Reviews

1833118330ChilePinched and hard, no two ways about it. The bouquet is herbal and rubbery, with blackened berry and plum aromas. Feels clampy, with hard tannins and herbal berry flavors. Leafy as it bangs and clangs its way along.Los Lingues Gran Reserva8322Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2009 Los Lingues Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCasa Silva
1833218331USRaw and fresh, with jammy mulberry, blackberry and pepper flavors. A rustic wine for rustic food.Proprietor's Reserve Old Vine8310CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGlen Ellen 2010 Proprietor's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelGlen Ellen
1833318332USThis Contra Costa-grown SB, fermented entirely in stainless steel, has grassy and flinty aromas and flavors but could use a little more oomph in its middle.8317CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneHannah Nicole Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Contra Costa County)Sauvignon BlancHannah Nicole Vineyards
1833418333FranceThe wine has a bitter edge with a burnt character that clashes with the red fruit and banana flavors. Maybe better in a few months, but by then, of course, it will have been drunk.Nouveau8310BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2011 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayAlbert Bichot
1833518334ItalyNero d'Avola is enhanced by 10% Perricone (a second native red grape of Sicily) to produce a simple, easy-drinking pizza wine that is redolent of clove, dark berry, asphalt and dill weed.Castello Svevo8316Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaAzienda Agricola Milazzo 2008 Castello Svevo Red (Sicilia)Red BlendAzienda Agricola Milazzo
1833618335USThere's too much overripe fruit in this Zin, in the form of dried raisins. It's a fault, even though the taste isn't bad. The shriveled fruit yields bitter tannins from the grape skins.Mischievous8320CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastWild Coyote 2009 Mischievous Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelWild Coyote
1833718336USAn unbalanced wine, with harsh tannins and some overripe, pruny flavors. Oddly enough, there also are underripe, green notes.Warnecke Ranch8232CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAncient Oak Cellars 2009 Warnecke Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAncient Oak Cellars
1833818337USDry and gritty, with rugged tannins and lots of acidity. Unfortunately, the fruit just isn't powerful enough to stand up to it, making this Merlot tough to like.Selected Vineyards8210CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastConcannon 2010 Selected Vineyards Merlot (Central Coast)MerlotConcannon
1833918338USFresh apple and lemon on the palate of this Lake Erie Riesling are pleasant, but overwhelmed by oddly perfumed lemon-pine and floral notes. Simple and a bit savory. Drink now.8214New YorkLake ErieFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMazza Chautauqua Cellars 2010 Riesling (Lake Erie)RieslingMazza Chautauqua Cellars
1834018339USSurprisingly unripe for an Amador County Zinfandel. Smells like dried twigs, turns obscure and heavy in the mouth, with sweet cherry pie and prune flavors, framed in hard, green tannins.The Messenger Old Vine8217CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsMinistry of the Vinterior 2009 The Messenger Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelMinistry of the Vinterior
1834118340ChileHot and fiery up front, with raspberry and leather on the nose. Feels astringent, with tomatoey acidity and pointed cherry flavors that come with an herbal, peppery aftertaste. Has an aggressiveness to it.Novas Gran Reserva8216Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2010 Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirEmiliana
1834218341USEntropy only made 30 cases of this SB, sourced from the Blanches Vineyard in Livermore Valley. It's a tad thin, made in the grassy style of the variety.8219CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneEntropy Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Livermore Valley)Sauvignon BlancEntropy Cellars
1834318342IsraelThe light bouquet offers faint notes of toasted red apple, while in the mouth this flabby wine exhibits notes of mealy flesh accented with soft spice.Yarden8228GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGolan Heights Winery 2008 Yarden Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayGolan Heights Winery
1834418343USSimple and sugary sweet with pineapple and mango fruit.Secret Blend8210CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherAmberhill 2010 Secret Blend White (California)White BlendAmberhill
1834518344PortugalA rare, maybe unique, blend of Arinto and Sauvignon Blanc, which imparts a curiously mineral character. The fresh character of both grape varieties seem lost in the rounded character of the wine.Casa de Santar Terras do Dão82DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2010 Casa de Santar Terras do Dão White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteDão Sul
1834618345ItalyGerbino is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Syrah that offers an awkward bouquet of red fruit, bitter almond and tangy dill. A charred burnt note also appears on the close.Gerbino8216Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaDi Giovanna 2010 Gerbino Red (Sicilia)Red BlendDi Giovanna
1834718346USWay too ripe, with raisined flavors, including raisin-skin bitterness and alcholic heat on the finish. The dominant variety is Sangiovese.Capriccio Italien8234CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMidnight 2007 Capriccio Italien Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendMidnight
1834818347ChileHerbal, spicy and rubbery smelling, with mulchy berry aromas. Feels soft, creamy and confected, with more milk chocolate and vanilla flavor than legitimate fruit. Sweet and soft on the finish.Gold Reserve8214Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachP.K.N.T. 2009 Gold Reserve Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreP.K.N.T.
1834918348USThis is a silly name, and it's not a very good wine. Acids and tannins dominate, making it astringent and bitter, and the cherry fruit is thin and rather overripe.Poggio Alla Pietra Brunello di Sonoma Estate Grown8260CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaPetroni 2005 Poggio Alla Pietra Brunello di Sonoma Estate Grown Sangiovese (Sonoma Valley)SangiovesePetroni
1835018349USMade with undisclosed grape varieties, this rustic, softly sweet wine has apricot, honey and herb flavors.Angel Food8214CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCupcake 2010 Angel Food White (California)White BlendCupcake
1835118350USHeavy and dull, with extracted raspberry jam flavors.Effort8227CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastCenter of Effort 2009 Effort Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirCenter of Effort
1835218351USFeels harsh and sharp in the mouth, with cherry-berry flavors. Pretty rustic drinking, with a bitter finish.Prankster8220CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastWild Coyote 2009 Prankster Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotWild Coyote
1835318352USNot much going on in this dry, unripe wine. It's vegetal, with thin, acidic flavors of berries and spices.8219CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastWilson Daniels 2010 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirWilson Daniels
1835418353ItalyThe nose isn't very expressive but it eventually reveals notes of red berry with undertones of game and a whiff of barnyard. The palate offers crunchy red berry and a hint of clove alongside fresh acidity and soft tannins.8715TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasale Daviddi 2012 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendCasale Daviddi
1835518354ItalyThis strapping Rosso has sensations of forest floor, cake spices, black cherry, mocha, vanilla and sweet oak. The one-dimensional and forward palate is supported by velvety tannins and closes on a licorice note. It's lacking in freshness so enjoy it now.87TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello Romitorio 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCastello Romitorio
1835618355FranceThis soft and rounded wine offers gentle acidity and warm cherry flavors. It's full, touched by smoke and a red plum skin texture. Give this attractive wine until 2015 for its full potential to show.Cuvée Vieilles Vignes8720BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chatelard 2013 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayChâteau de Chatelard
1835718356ChileRubbery, smoky berry aromas turn more dusty and earthy with airing. The palate is forward and fresh in feel, with herbal plum and spicy red-berry flavors. Notes of herbs and olive dominate a solid finish.Reserva8710Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2012 Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreChilensis
1835818357ItalyThis straightforward, robust Rosso offers aromas of espresso, underbrush, and black berries. The warm, accessible palate delivers crushed black cherry accented with notes of baking spices and licorice. Enjoy now to capture freshness.8724TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCol d'Orcia 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCol d'Orcia
1835918358ChileSpiky aromas of brambly, herbal berry fruits introduce a thick yet juicy palate with herbal, spicy flavors of berry and mild green notes. On the finish, this is fresh in feel, with a minty aftertaste.Casillero del Diablo Reserva8711Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2013 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Malbec (Central Valley)MalbecConcha y Toro
1836018359ItalyThis opens with pretty aromas of violets, plum cake and black berries. The juicy, smooth palate delivers crushed black cherry alongside supple tannins and bright acidity.8711TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte alla Flora 2013 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendCorte alla Flora

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