Wine Reviews

1884118840ItalyBombino Bianco tends to shows bright, sharp acidity but this expression is softened by honeydew melon and green apple aromas.Giancarlo Ceci86Southern ItalyCastel del MonteAgrinatura 2009 Giancarlo Ceci Bombino Bianco (Castel del Monte)Bombino BiancoAgrinatura
1884218841USThis is complex, delicious, bold and tannic, bringing the big structure that is expected without being heavy handed. It offers concentrated blackberry and fig aromas, richly jammy flavors that stay dry and a tannic but not tough texture.Conservancy9016CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsConcannon 2010 Conservancy Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahConcannon
1884318842USDelicious, rich black cherry aromas lead to a very firm and moderately tannic texture and medium to full body that frames abundant fruit flavors. It's mouthwatering, intense and complex, but is still wound up tight, so it's best to drink after 2016.9032CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCuda Ridge Wines 2012 Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley)Cabernet FrancCuda Ridge Wines
1884418843FranceWell structured, this ripe and fruity wine is impressive in its structure. It has smoky flavors, acidity from the red fruits and a firm lining of tannins. Aromatic and rich, still firm and dry, it should age but can be drunk now.Le Clos9030Loire ValleyBourgueilRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine les Pins 2012 Le Clos Cabernet Franc (Bourgueil)Cabernet FrancDomaine les Pins
1884518844FranceFermented only once in bottle, this wine is made in a traditional way used before Champagne was created. It's full in the mouth, nutty and rounded. It has ripe white fruits, greengages and a mineral texture. Ready to drink, it is rich and full-bodied.L'Ancestrale9038Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Carême 2012 L'Ancestrale (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine Vincent Carême
1884618845FranceProduced from a parcel of old vines, this wood-aged wine has spice as well as white fruits and a touch of honey. It's a generous wine with its toast, almonds and rounded texture. The lightest touch of minerality gives structure and the potential to age. Drink now and until 2020.Le Peu Morier9040Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Carême 2012 Le Peu Morier (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine Vincent Carême
1884718846ItalyThe nose is rather shy but reveals ripe black fruit, plum cake and baking spice. The densely concentrated palate doles out mature blackberry, crushed raspberry, allspice and licorice alongside smooth, velvety tannins. There's also the heat of alcohol.Raccontami9055Southern ItalyPrimitivo di ManduriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFutura 14 2012 Raccontami (Primitivo di Manduria)PrimitivoFutura 14
1884818847USThis is an earthy, chalky wine, medium bodied and silky in wild strawberry, garden herb and fresh mint notes. From estate-grown Pinot, it is a balanced, accessible selection to drink now.Dijon Clone Selection9050CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer 2012 Dijon Clone Selection Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirGloria Ferrer
1884918848ChileLurking, low-impact aromas of tropical fruits and honey set up a fairly sophisticated palate with papaya, apple, banana and oaky flavors. There's ample core acidity to this Chardonnay from Chile's south, while honeyed weight and tropical flavors on the finish push it to impressive heights.Quinel Vineyard9017Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVeranda 2013 Quinel Vineyard Chardonnay (Bío Bío Valley)ChardonnayVeranda
1885018849USFull bodied but smooth textured, this is ripe and enticing. The color is like garnet, while the aromas resemble black cherry, black currants and rosemary. Flavors are complex, autumnal and inviting, making this a great discovery.9018CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVictor Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirVictor Vineyards
1885118850USGiven more than two years in all-French oak, this 100% Cabernet impresses in balancing juicy red currant and cherry fruit against more savory tannin and herb. Structured, it should gain traction and mellow in severity through 2020–2025.90125CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVineyard 511 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonVineyard 511
1885218851USThis 100% varietal wine, which saw 30 months of oak aging, is lightly aromatic with notes of cherry, anise, berry, vanilla and woodspice. It's quite restrained in feel—a very pretty wine—with elegant, sumptuous cherry flavors and a lingering finish.Wautoma Springs Vineyard9048WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWautoma 2011 Wautoma Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWautoma
1885318852AustraliaThis is a nice Bordeaux-style blend with pretty cherry and currant fruit and some cedar shadings, but lack the complexity of others in its style. It's straight forward, polite and restrained.Quintet89125VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Mary 2010 Quintet Red (Yarra Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMount Mary
1885418853USThis wine is big, very full bodied and very lush in texture. Super-ripe in flavor, it rides at the place where plum notes segue to prune, and black cherry to cherry syrup, which is a very tasty place to be. Plenty of fine tannins frame all that concentration, yet the mouthfeel stays soft.Altitude 2401 Reserve Fair Play Farms8920CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPerry Creek 2012 Altitude 2401 Reserve Fair Play Farms Barbera (California)BarberaPerry Creek
1885518854USThis is complex and compelling. A spicy, minty, thyme-like character comes out in the aroma and continues in the flavor, most likely from some new barrels used in aging the wine. It's an attractive characteristic, and complements the bright cherry flavors, medium body and quite firm tannins.The Classic Four8925CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSpann Vineyards 2011 The Classic Four Red (California)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSpann Vineyards
1885618855USFull-bodied and firmly structured, this smells a bit peppery and roasted, then gives up dried cherry and blackberry flavors that fill the mouth and taste generous and soothing. It has benefited from the extra age since bottling, and is ready to enjoy.Reserve8934CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBrutocao 2009 Reserve Merlot (Mendocino)MerlotBrutocao
1885718856USThis aromatic wine conveys notes of Mounds Bar and dark cherries along with a whiff of volatility. It's full bodied with semisweet fruit flavors along with abundant vanilla accents.8935WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHenry Earl 2010 Merlot (Red Mountain)MerlotHenry Earl
1885818857USGlobe-trotting Laely Heron's take on roughly 16-year-old vines in Monterey reveals aromas of Coca Cola, black cherry, ripe plum, sweet beet juice and a bit of tree bark. The palate is powered by anise-spiced cherries and pomegranate, fairly straightforward but quite quaffable.8919CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHeron 2013 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)Pinot NoirHeron
1885918858AustriaHints of wet earth marry lemony flavors with ripe and generous overtones of peach. The lemony center lends structure to the entire wine and makes for a bracing but ripe and earthy mouthful.Gaisberg Reserve8965KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHirsch 2013 Gaisberg Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingHirsch
1886018859AustriaGrapefruit peel, ripe apricot and zingy lemon spell freshness, while the palate is focused and precise, exhibiting some of the expected peppery notes. Very tangy with a clean, almost lip-smacking finish.Kies8915NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoKurt Angerer 2013 Kies Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerKurt Angerer
1886118860FranceWood-aged and ripe, this is a solid, tannic wine. With mint over black fruits and firm new wood flavors, it will need to age. It is powerful on the palate from all the wood tannins and dense structure. Drink from 2017.Vendémia89Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerLo Domeni 2012 Vendémia Malbec (Cahors)MalbecLo Domeni
1886218861USThis 100% varietal wine conveys notes of mortared green herbs, plum, cherry, medicine cabinet and vanilla. It's medium bodied with a supple, enticing feel. Baking spice, cherry and coffee flavors linger on the (very, very) long, coffee-filled finish. The aromas don't all come together but this wine is worth exploring for the remarkable finish, which is about as good as it gets.Eagle & Plow Block 9389100WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2012 Eagle & Plow Block 93 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonMercer
1886318862AustriaLactic notes of curd and buttermilk appear before yeasty, rounded citrus hints take over. This is a Pinot Blanc for those who love rich and rounded Chardonnays. Its creamy palate texture calls out for food.Bärnreiser8929CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2013 Bärnreiser Weissburgunder (Carnuntum)WeissburgunderNetzl
1886418863CanadaTannic and astringent at first taste, this wine opens up into a more complex and interesting play of dark fruits and darker flavors. Smoke, earth, char and espresso components are set against tight blueberry fruit, with lead pencil tannins. Those tannins might need a juicy steak to put them back in their cage.Qwam Qwmt8935British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Nk'Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Syrah (Okanagan Valley)SyrahNk'Mip Cellars
1886518864ItalyThe intriguing nose suggests blue flower, scorched earth, smoke, spice and ripe dark fruit. The palate is subtle and reserved, revealing mature black cherry, ground black pepper and allspice alongside tightly knit, velvety tannins, with a decadent licorice note on the finish.Magnus8936Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOgnissole 2011 Magnus Nero di Troia (Puglia)Nero di TroiaOgnissole
1886618865ItalyAromas of ripe blackberry, brown spice and fragrant blue flower waft from the glass. A blend of 50% Negroamaro, 25% Primitivo and 25% Malvasia Nera, the savory, approachable palate delivers black cherry, cranberry, nutmeg and mineral alongside firm tannins.Metiusco8922Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePalamà 2012 Metiusco Red (Salento)Red BlendPalamà
1886718866USEasy-drinking and intensely structured, this is marked by streaks of red raspberry fruit that also reveal cedar and herb. Slightly floral on the nose, the wine has a softness despite its size.Wolff Vineyard8985CaliforniaYountvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePiña 2011 Wolff Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)Cabernet SauvignonPiña
1886818867AustraliaSubtle aromas of grilled bread, citrus curd and peach set the stage for a plump, medium-bodied wine that boasts restrained flavors of white peach, pineapple and lime. Drink now–2016.Flint Rock8922Western AustraliaGreat SouthernJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHoward Park 2013 Flint Rock Chardonnay (Great Southern)ChardonnayHoward Park
1886918868South AfricaProminent mushroom and forest floor notes take center stage on the nose of this wine, with supporting notes of ripe muddled berries, cherry and licorice. Tightly wound tannins and flavors of small red berries develop on the palate, while notes of game, mocha and black pepper appear on the finish. Drink now–2016.Reserve8920Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzWinery of Good Hope 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir (Western Cape)Pinot NoirWinery of Good Hope
1887018869ItalyThis dark and brawny wine opens with savory notes of black pepper and cured meat backed by prune and dried currants. The wine has aged well and shows bright acidity on the long finish.Vigneto St. Ercolano9070TuscanyVino Nobile di MontepulcianoCarpineto 2003 Vigneto St. Ercolano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)Prugnolo GentileCarpineto

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