Wine Reviews

1848118480ArgentinaChunky and oily on the nose, with basic white fruit aromas of peach and apple. The palate is full and balanced, with nectarine, pineapple and lychee flavors. Pithy and citrusy on the finish. Ripe and good in a regular way.Reserve8612OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachMenduco 2010 Reserve Torrontés (Cafayate)TorrontésMenduco
1848218481USLots of raspberry and cherry fruit and sweet, caramelized oak in this Pinot Noir. It's rather simple, but crisp in acidity. Not going anywhere, so drink up.8642CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPatz & Hall 2009 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPatz & Hall
1848318482FranceGenerous ripe fruit is found on a wine packed with cherry and raspberry flavors. Hints of banana appear along with the vintage's signature tannic structure. Keep for 6–9 months.Domaine de Boischampt86BeaujolaisJuliénasRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Dupond 2010 Domaine de Boischampt (Juliénas)GamayPierre Dupond
1848418483USA veritable bouquet of jasmine and orange blossoms, this off-dry Gewürztraminer hits the tongue with a delightful prickle of effervescence. Soft and rich with juicy melon and peach flavors, it finishes on a sweet, spicy iced tea note.Semi-Dry8615New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaPrejean 2009 Semi-Dry Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerPrejean
1848518484FrancePear and melon flavors are buttressed by ample acid in this medium-bodied white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. For a 2009, it lacks richness but remains a tasty, easy-drinking wine that finishes with a touch of anise.8639Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de Nalys 2009 White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendDomaine de Nalys
1848618485SpainOpens with air freshener, chemical notes, lime and pastis aromas. Overall it doesn't smell light and ethereal like some Moscatels, but it's honest and varietally correct throughout. Tastes of honey, candied mango and anise, with bitterness on the finish. Stirs some interest but has its weaknesses.Moscatel de la Marina8625LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachEnrique Mendoza 2009 Moscatel de la Marina Moscatel (Alicante)MoscatelEnrique Mendoza
1848718486FranceThis is a soft, ample wine, with an attractive tang of black cherry and ripe acidity. The wine has just the right juicy fruitiness.Domaine Rolland8620BeaujolaisBrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerFerraud et Fils 2010 Domaine Rolland (Brouilly)GamayFerraud et Fils
1848818487SpainBerry aromas are jammy and show a pinch of green. The palate matches the nose; it's jammy and soft, with blackberry and spiced plum flavors. Tastes good and rich but feels heavy and a little flabby.Los Cantos8623Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Torremilanos 2008 Los Cantos (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloFinca Torremilanos
1848918488SpainPecan and brown sugar aromas float around a sharp core of citrus that's reflected on the palate via tangy, dry orange and apricot flavors. The mouthfeel smacks down hard with acidity; overall it combines heat, acid, nuttiness and tang.Viña AB Amontillado Seco8620AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachGonzález Byass NV Viña AB Amontillado Seco Palomino (Jerez)PalominoGonzález Byass
1849018489USEccentric, with sweet and sour tangerine, banana and buttered toast flavors. Crisp acidity provides balance, but the wine is nearing the end of its useful period.Elke Vineyard8627CaliforniaAnderson ValleyIci/La-Bas 2007 Elke Vineyard Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)ChardonnayIci/La-Bas
1849118490AustriaWith just the right weight, this is a warm, rich and ultimately deliciously refreshing wine. Creamed apples, a tangy texture of clean acidity. Good as an aperitif, also with food. Screwcap.Grüner86NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerMartinshof 2010 Grüner Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerMartinshof
1849218491ArgentinaQuite minty and herbal on first take, with a hardness to the bouquet. The palate is racy, herbal, roasted and very much tastes different than most Argentine wines because it's from Cafayate in the north; look for spice, tomato, herbal waves and meaty notes.Don David Reserve8616OtherCalchaquí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2009 Don David Reserve Syrah (Calchaquí Valley)SyrahMichel Torino
1849318492USA little sharp and brusque, with a pinched finish. But it's dry and fruity enough, offering ripe layers of blackberries, cherries and plums. Drink now.Red Label8625CaliforniaNapa CountyNapaNewton 2008 Red Label Claret (Napa County)ClaretNewton
1849418493USFresh and clean, with very tart and herbal flavors, and lighter suggestions of pear and lime fruit. The zippy acidity defines the wine; it's clean and bracing.8615OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spindrift Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisSpindrift Cellars
1849518494ItalyThis is a thick, creamy, sun-soaked expression of Sauvignon Blanc that opens with aromas of mature melon, apricot and white almond. It shows dense consistency and would pair with spicy Tandoori Indian dishes.86TuscanyToscanaTenuta Sasso Orlando 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Toscana)Sauvignon BlancTenuta Sasso Orlando
1849618495USWith loads of sweet, smoky oak and superripe flavors of orange and pineapple jam, this Chardonnay offers consumers what they want. Good in a California way, but purists will expect something more nuanced.Durell Vineyard8639CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaArmida 2009 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)ChardonnayArmida
1849718496USSort of a junior version of the winery's pricier vineyard block bruts, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is addictively good. Slightly sweet in honey, it has lime, raspberry and yeast flavors, in a richly textured mousse.Cuvée M9035CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastLaetitia 2006 Cuvée M Sparkling (Arroyo Grande Valley)Sparkling BlendLaetitia
1849818497USA lovely Sauvignon Blanc, dry, crisply acidic and clean, with complex citrus, flower and mineral flavors. A great value for the money.9013CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLeese-Fitch 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancLeese-Fitch
1849918498USPretty and forward, this lovely wine bursts forth with raspberry and sweet cherry tomato fruit flavors. A slight mintiness can also be detected, all within the context of an impeccably balanced, firm, pleasingly acidic young red wine.Boushey Vineyard Le Midi9035WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maison Bleue 2009 Boushey Vineyard Le Midi Grenache (Yakima Valley)GrenacheMaison Bleue
1850018499SpainPerfumed and a touch exotic for Rioja, with coconut and floral berry aromas. Definitely full and ripe in the mouth, with sweet flavors that go back and forth between baked and sugary and rich and rewarding. A sweet, mature wine at its core, with molasses and brown sugar.Finca Ygay Reserva9026Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Murrieta 2006 Finca Ygay Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Murrieta
1850118500SpainCedar, cigar box and earth notes blend with ripe berry aromas to give a subtle, charming bouquet. Rich and full-bodied, with roasted berry, chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes dark and sweet, with chunky ripeness all the way to the end. Drink now through 2013.Reserva9048Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMatarromera 2005 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)Tinto FinoMatarromera
1850218501USAnother fine Syrah from Otis Kenyon Winemaker Dave Stephenson, this full-flavored wine shows clear varietal character. Tasty fruit flavors of blueberry and boysenberry are highlighted with baking spices, moving into a smooth finish with a milk chocolate kick.9030WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Otis Kenyon 2008 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahOtis Kenyon
1850318502AustriaThe initial impression is of black fruits, chocolate and coffee flavors. These delicious tastes are supported by structure, intense tannins and juicy acidity. Age this elegant Blaufränkisch for another two years.90LeithabergRoger Voss@vossrogerPrieler 2008 Blaufränkisch (Leithaberg)BlaufränkischPrieler
1850418503USA delicious Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend from coolly grown Mendocino grapes that is equal parts golden apple and honey in both aroma and flavor. Creamy from full malolactic fermentation, this sparkler is full-bodied and plenty fruity with a caramel, vanilla tone on the finish. Will pair well with creamy, full-bodied foods.Brut NV9019CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneScharffenberger NV Brut NV Sparkling (Mendocino County)Sparkling BlendScharffenberger
1850518504USFirm and tartly wound, with cassis and black cherry at the core of a young, stiffly tannic, Cabernet-based blend. Black fruits are nuanced with earth and olive, smoke and graphite, all subtle but definitely in view.Planing Mill Red9018WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Hills 2008 Planing Mill Red Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendSeven Hills
1850618505USFew wines in the world are richer than this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It's extraordinarily powerful in ripe, concentrated raspberry, cherry and blackberry jam, liberally oaked. Soft and velvety, it seems designed to appeal to sheer hedonism, at the cost of ageability. Drink up.Padrone90135CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaSignorello 2008 Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSignorello
1850718506South AfricaThis is an excellent value Pinotage, offering superb expression of the grape in a modern style at an attractive price. Rich and forward with opulent aromas of cocoa butter, raspberry sauce, freshly ground coffee and berry preserves. Dusty tannins provide a solid frame to the mouth while medium acidity keeps things lifted through the elegant finish.9022SwartlandLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSpice Route 2008 Pinotage (Swartland)PinotageSpice Route
1850818507USThe rarest of the Spring Valley wines, this pure Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe plum fruit flavors, wrapped in baking chocolate and licorice. It finishes with accents of sandalwood and citrus.Derby9050WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spring Valley Vineyard 2008 Derby Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSpring Valley Vineyard
1850918508USLots of pepper and spice in this dry, briary red blend. Could be Zinfandel, except it's not. The components are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A good value for a wine this complex and delicious.Lo Scuro9020CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaBarber 2009 Lo Scuro Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendBarber
1851018509SpainA big, modern, lusty style with dark aromas of cola, chocolate, licorice and immense berry fruit. The palate hits with a wall of tannins, but there's also full-flavored blasts of blackberry, fudge, espresso and licorice. Finishes in form: it's blackened and toasty.Corimbo9038Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas La Horra 2009 Corimbo (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloBodegas La Horra

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