Wine Reviews

1935119350PortugalA mixed bag of varieties went into this soft and fruity wine. It has gentle tannins that are lifted by acidity and black currant fruitiness. With its lifestyle label (a small Vespa motor scooter), it is obviously meant to be an easy-going ready-to-drink wine. And it succeeds.Bonavita8710LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2014 Bonavita Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
1935219351GermanySmoke and dusty minerals meld into tart, green gooseberry and lime flavors on the palate of this brisk, dry Silvaner. It's a fine-footed wine showing varietally characteristic notes of citrus and fresh herb. Spine tingling acidity leads a brisk finish.Castell Trocken8716FrankenAnna Lee C. IijimaCastell 2014 Castell Trocken Silvaner (Franken)SilvanerCastell
1935319352ItalyPretty scents of woodland berry, fragrant purple flower and baking spice float out of the glass. The vibrant, straightforward palate offers crushed wild cherry, white pepper and a hint of star anise alongside bright acidity and sleek tannins.8719TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello d'Albola 2013 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendCastello d'Albola
1935419353ItalyThis vibrant red has red berry, new leather and fresh herb aromas that meld together. The sleek, light-bodied palate offers juicy wild cherry, cinnamon and a hint of star anise set against racy acidity and fine-grained tannins.8726TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Verrazzano 2013 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendCastello di Verrazzano
1935519354FranceThis is a perfumed wine that is soft, full of red cherry fruit and gentle tannins. It does have a dry core that gives the wine shape and there is plenty of juicy fruitiness at the end. The wine is made for the Hospices, a charity in Lyon.Domaine des Hospices Civils de Lyon87BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerCollin-Bourisset 2014 Domaine des Hospices Civils de Lyon (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayCollin-Bourisset
1935619355ItalySimple and easy drinking, this opens with aromas of red berry and purple flower. The light-bodied palate offers strawberry, cherry and a hint of baking spice alongside zesty acidity. Enjoy soon.8721TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDei 2014 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendDei
1935719356PortugalThis hugely structured wine is solid with tannins. It has a dark, dry texture that is still masking the potential of the fruits. It is developing those blackberry flavors slowly and will need some time. Drink from 2019.8715AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade Grande 2013 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade Grande
1935819357USA vibrant, racy Sauvignon Blanc with concentrated notes of white grapefruit, herbs, and onion peel. It's mouthwatering and richly flavored with mineral notes speckling the finish.Estate Grown8818OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMelrose 2011 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Umpqua Valley)Sauvignon BlancMelrose
1935919358USAt the age of nearly six years, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend remains deliciously fresh, offering ripe blackberry, cherry, currant, chocolate and oak flavors. It's soft in tannins, which limits ageability, although it's already throwing some sediment. Drink over the next two years.Bleu Saphir8858CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMillésimé 2007 Bleu Saphir Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMillésimé
1936019359USFrom 62-year-old, dry-farmed vines, the Esola Zinfandel is leathery, full of tobacco and dust surrounded by spicy red fruit. With great structure and savoriness, it's soft with a light, lingering finish and will develop further with grace another 5–7 years.Esola Vineyard-Old Vine8820CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneAmador Foothill Winery 2009 Esola Vineyard-Old Vine Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))ZinfandelAmador Foothill Winery
1936119360USMade in the modern style, with fairly high alcohol, lots of sweet oak, and massively extracted cherry, berry and mocha flavors. It's smooth in tannins and complex, and is showing its best now and over the next few years.San Andreas Red8849CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastBlack Ridge 2008 San Andreas Red Red (Santa Cruz Mountains)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBlack Ridge
1936219361SpainRaisin, kirsch and leather aromas define the nose on this crianza. The palate is properly dry, with good acidity and clampy tannins. Flavors of dry oak, herbal notes, raspberry and raisin end in a solid but slightly rough finish. This will go better with food than on its own.Finca del Marquesado Crianza8810Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Valdemar 2007 Finca del Marquesado Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Valdemar
1936319362USA good example of how well the Central Coast can make Chardonnays that satisfy even without oak barrel aging. The wine is clean and brisk in acidity, with ripe flavors of limes, kiwis and green melons.No Oak8821CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastTolosa 2011 No Oak Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayTolosa
1936419363ItalyNussbaumer is a fresh and beautifully intense expression of Gewürztraminer from northern Italy that lavishes on bright aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom and jasmine. The wine is almost too perfumed and shows thick, waxy creaminess on the close.Nussbaumer8840Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeTramin 2011 Nussbaumer Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerTramin
1936519364USA blend of undisclosed varieties from the Central Valley, and a great bargain. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the lush red fruit, spice, mocha and anise flavors, and how easy this wine is to like.Roadside Red8816CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVictor Vineyards 2011 Roadside Red Red (California)Red BlendVictor Vineyards
1936619365ChileCassis, blackberry, animal hide, herb and olive aromas create a good nose. The palate is thick feeling, with herbal black-fruit flavors, carob and spice. On the back side, it's bold but burns a little with heat, oak and acidity. By and large, this captures the good elements of Carmenère.Reserva Privada8819Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casas Patronales 2010 Reserva Privada Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreViña Casas Patronales
1936719366FranceGiven one year's aging, this fruity wine has blossomed out with pear and peach flavors that go beyond the initial youthful herbaceousness. It has a good depth of flavor, a wine that is both bright with acidity and rich with ripe fruit.Les Deux Tours8816Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerPatrick De Ladoucette 2010 Les Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancPatrick De Ladoucette
1936819367FranceInitially fresh and herbaceous, then exotic with a tropical-fruit note, this wine boasts both a steely edge and a ripe center. It's young and could age, but at the moment it is fruitily delicious.Les Deux Tours8816Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerPatrick De Ladoucette 2011 Les Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancPatrick De Ladoucette
1936919368PortugalThe maturity of this wine gives it velvetine richness, spice and leather texture. The fruit on this smooth, ripe wine is mellow and offers acidity and red cherries. It's a delight to drink now.8850AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Mouro 2007 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedQuinta do Mouro
1937019369ItalyThis is a fascinating expression of Pinot Grigio from Rive Alte that opens new windows onto the popular wine. The bouquet is sophisticated and bright with peach, crushed white pepper, exotic fruit and white rose. In the mouth, the wine feels creamy and rich.Sot Lis Rivis8827Northeastern ItalyIsonzo del FriuliRonco del Gelso 2011 Sot Lis Rivis Pinot Grigio (Isonzo del Friuli)Pinot GrigioRonco del Gelso
1937119370USThis large-production Zin has lots to like, beginning with the smooth, dry tannins and continuing through the classic flavors of black currants, briary forest berries and exotic spices. It contains some Petite Sirah, which gives it added body and depth. Drink now with barbecue, beef tacos and pepperoni pizza.8824CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaSeghesio 2011 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelSeghesio
1937219371ItalyThick peach and apricot intensity opens the bouquet of this delightful Friulano from northeast Italy. Those rich stone fruit qualities are well supported by the wine's overall density and its creamy texture.Stabili della Rocca8822Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliTenuta di Angoris 2011 Stabili della Rocca Friulano (Colli Orientali del Friuli)FriulanoTenuta di Angoris
1937319372USHow about a pizza with prosciutto, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese with this dry, tart Chardonnay? The keen acidity will cut through the richness, while the suggestion of sweet, toasted oak will play well with the meat's umami smokiness.Estate Tolosa Vineyards8826CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastTolosa 2010 Estate Tolosa Vineyards Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayTolosa
1937419373ItalyAvailable for almost half the price as this estate's Nussbaumer expression of Gewürztraminer (with its bright floral intensity), this base rendition of the same grape opens with candied fruit and honey aromas. The mouthfeel is sticky and chewy.8821Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeTramin 2011 Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerTramin
1937519374ChileThis medium-weight Chard is fresh and mildly dusty smelling, with aromas of pear and apple. The palate is lifted, fresh in feel and offers punchy acidity in front of lime, gooseberry and herb flavors. For under $20, this is nicely made and hints at elegance.Sibaris Reserva Especial8816Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2011 Sibaris Reserva Especial Chardonnay (Maipo Valley)ChardonnayUndurraga
1937619375USGigantic, huge, enormously extracted Zinfandel. So strong, it's practically a food group. Offers tiers of raspberries, cherries, blackberries, black currants, raisins, dark chocolate and spices. The alcohol level is very high, giving it a hot finish. It's a classic example of this old vine, superripe style.Luvisi Vineyard8842CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVermeil 2010 Luvisi Vineyard Zinfandel (Calistoga)ZinfandelVermeil
1937719376USBlended with 20% Petit Verdot, this unusual offering brings notes of mushroom, herbs, smoke and dark cherries. It's tightly wound with a firm squeeze of tannins.The Albatross8980WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGorman 2011 The Albatross Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonGorman
1937819377AustraliaSubtle 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
1937919378AustraliaThis 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
1938019379USThis 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

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