Wine Reviews

2030920308USThis cuvée is a barrel selection, fermented with whole berries and aged in 35% new oak. Simple strawberry and raspberry fruit seems almost weightless, and the quick finish carries a strong streak of bouillon.The Attaché8640OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maison L'Envoyé 2015 The Attaché Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirMaison L'Envoyé
2031020309ArgentinaRaspberry and rubber-band aromas lead to a saturated palate with full tannnins and flavors of plum and plum skins. A mildly hot finish with grapeskin residue maintains the high volume this Malbec is putting out.Estancia Argentina8610Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarco Zunino 2014 Estancia Argentina Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMarco Zunino
2028120280USPleasing aromas of butter, spice and apple lead to elegant, creamy-feeling flavors. It's a very tasty, very varietally correct wine.8813WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer Canyons 2014 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMercer Canyons
2028220281ItalyAromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit and baking spice lead the nose. The palate delivers black cherry, raspberry compote and a hint of ground pepper while close-knit, fine-grained tannins grip the finish.Core8827Southern ItalyCampaniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontevetrano 2013 Core Aglianico (Campania)AglianicoMontevetrano
2028320282USVery ripe apple aromas mix with light peach and summer melon on the nose of this light and refreshing sipper from the family's Edna Valley property. It's clean and tight on the palate, showing more stone fruit, lime skins and a racy minerality.8820CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNiner 2014 Albariño (Edna Valley)AlbariñoNiner
2028420283USAromas of dried herbs, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and cherry are varietal and lead to abundant woodspice accents. The palate offers lively acidity that frames the lithe yet sweet fruit flavors.8825WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorth by Northwest 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonNorth by Northwest
2028520284ItalyBaked plum, blue flower, dark spice, vanilla and dried herb emerge in the glass. The dense, chewy palate offers mature black cherry, raspberry jam, fig and sweet cake spice alongside velvety tannins. It has hit its ideal drinking window so enjoy soon.Caleno Oro88Southern ItalyCampaniaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNugnes 2009 Caleno Oro Aglianico (Campania)AglianicoNugnes
2028620285ItalyMade with native grapes Aglianico and Piedirosso, this offers aromas of fig, mature plum, vanilla and scorched earth. The ripe, round palate shows dried black cherry, chopped herb, cocoa and a minty note while firm, fine-grained tannins provide support.Caleno Riserva88Southern ItalyFalerno del MassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNugnes 2011 Caleno Riserva Red (Falerno del Massico)Red BlendNugnes
2028720286USThere's welcoming warmth to the nose of this wine, with seared apple and poached pear alongside vanilla cream, brown spice and smoke. The palate is fresh with lemon juice and pink grapefruit, but powered by soft apple fruit and a lot of sea salt.8825CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPace 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayPace
2028820287AustriaCitrus plays with pear notes on a slightly out-of-focus palate. This wine is fresh and very light-bodied with zesty lemon and should be marked for early drinking.Grand Grü Reserve8829KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSteininger 2014 Grand Grü Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
2028920288USToast, coffee, vanilla, dill and other wood spices are far out-front on the aromas. They vie for attention on the palate as well, never seeming to marry with the fruit while still providing enjoyment.8830WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportStottle 2012 Tempranillo (Columbia Valley (WA))TempranilloStottle
2029020289USBright lime skin, grapefruit pith and soda character show on the nose of this tight and clean bottling from the appellation's vanguard vineyard. The sip is all about texture and energy, with pear-skin flavors that are soft but grippy, plus acidity that is strong but never searing.Paragon Vineyard8817CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTangent 2014 Paragon Vineyard Pinot Gris (Edna Valley)Pinot GrisTangent
2029120290ItalyAromas of withered white rose, resin and dried stone fruit mingle with an unusual whiff of paraffin. On the sweet, concentrated palate, orange blossom honey emphasizes the dried apricot and citrus zest.Ra'is8832Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBaglio di Pianetto 2010 Ra'is Moscato (Sicilia)MoscatoBaglio di Pianetto
2029220291USVelvety tannins underlie a concentrated body of menthol, peppercorn, cedar and blackberry, punctuated in coffee along the way. An estate-bottling from one of the appellation's longstanding resident wineries, this wine is bold and brawny.Reserve La Storia8838CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrentadue 2013 Reserve La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTrentadue
2029320292New ZealandThis wine checks all the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc boxes. It's medium in weight and ably marries some green, leafy character with white grapefruit notes. The lasting impression is of an herbal grapefruit sorbet that leaves behind a clean, refreshed palate.Reserve8819MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGreyrock 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancGreyrock
2029420293USAn element of menthol-cinnamon chewing gum shows on the nose of this wine, grown at high elevations above the Sonoma Valley. High-pitched acidity buoys velvety red fruit, with a clay-like flavor and texture to the tannins.Estate Grown8840CaliforniaMoon Mountain District Sonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKorbin Kameron 2012 Estate Grown Merlot (Moon Mountain District Sonoma County)MerlotKorbin Kameron
2029520294ChileAromas of tire rubber and asphalt are low on fruit. This turns for the better on the palate, which feels creamy despite showing rubbery tannins. Peppery flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry become salty on a mostly smooth, solid finish.Herú8845Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2012 Herú Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirVentisquero
2029620295ItalyMade with organically cultivated fruit, this opens with scents of ripe red berry, dark spice and an earthy whiff of tilled soil. The smooth, easy-drinking palate offers juicy morello cherry, crushed raspberry and a hint of white pepper alongside bright acidity.8816Sicily & SardiniaVittoriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVigna di Pettineo 2013 Frappato (Vittoria)FrappatoVigna di Pettineo
2029720296USWaxy apple and peach open this wine, before deeper hits of vanilla give it a complexity of flavor. Crisp, bright and refreshing, it offers a touch of brine and sour lemon on the finish.8825CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVinoce 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancVinoce
2029820297FranceThis light crisp wine with its yeasty citrus aromas is juicy, fruity and with fine acidity. Its citrus fruits and touch of pepper have been filled out with the lees aging. The wine is ripe and ready now.Le Perd son Pain Sur Lie8613Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Martin 2016 Le Perd son Pain Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonDomaine Martin
2029920298FranceGros Plant (also known as Folle Blanche) is the second grape of the Pays Nantais region, better know for Muscadet. The grape produces a wine with intense acidity that is crisp, very light and traditionally drunk with oysters. It is vibrantly all fruit and ready to drink.La Fruitière Folle Blanche8616Loire ValleyRoger Voss@vossrogerLieubeau 2016 La Fruitière Folle Blanche Gros PlantGros PlantLieubeau
2030020299USDried apricot, jasmine, flower, herb and peach aromas are followed by medium, sweet fruit flavors that can't quite sustain their intensity but still bring appeal.8610WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWashington Hills 2015 Riesling (Washington)RieslingWashington Hills
2030120300USAromas of vanilla, cocoa and woodspice are at the fore. The palate starts out broadly but then trails as it moves toward the finish. This wine doesn't entirely come together.8613WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaterbrook 2015 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotWaterbrook
2030220301ItalyThis easygoing sparkler opens with delicate scents of spring flower and a whiff of ripe orchard fruit. The lively palate shows peach, banana and pineapple alongside brisk acidity and a vigorous perlage.Brut86VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Progettidivini NV Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraCantina Progettidivini
2030320302FranceThere are hints of cream and butter on the nose. They also appear on the palate but are counteracted by very lively frothy lemony fizz. The palate is light and easy with big lively bubbles and a dry, slightly bitter finish.Calixte8620AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Hunawihr NV Calixte Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendCave de Hunawihr
2030420303ArgentinaAlmost clear in color, this wine shows tropical aromas of melon, honeysyuckle and lychee. The light-bodied, high-acid palate is carried by white peach and citrus flavors that finish short but clean.8622Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachEncendido 2015 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayEncendido
2030520304ItalyAromas of spring wild flower and white stone fruit lead the nose on this straightforward offering. The simple palate offers yellow apple and pear alongside brisk bubbles and crisp acidity.Brut8620VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGino Fasoli NV Brut (Prosecco)GleraGino Fasoli
2030620305FranceA fruity blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, this is soft, creamy and balanced with acidity. The relatively high dosage gives the wine a gentle aftertaste. Drink now.Collection Brut8646ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerGyéjacquot Frères NV Collection Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendGyéjacquot Frères
2030720306New ZealandThis is a straightforward wine showing ripe tropical fruits and a melon rind character, while mint and lemon peel ride out in the background. The fruit disappears quickly on the finish but a lovely herbaceousness takes its place.8622MarlboroughKennedy Point 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancKennedy Point
2030820307USThe fruit is light and a touch sour, with suggestions of watermelon and berry. It fades into a short finish with a citrusy frame.Rosé of8625OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lachini 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLachini

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