Wine Reviews

2034120340USLight and almost effervescent in the glass, this popular Grenache-based pink from Doug Margerum offers yeasty, Champagne-like aromas, soft lemon-peel scents and wet slate minerality. The palate's tingling acidity delivers chalky lime and cotton candy flavors, bound together with compelling tension.Riviera9121CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMargerum 2016 Riviera Rosé (Santa Barbara County)RoséMargerum
2034220341AustriaThe spicy, generous and almost floral aromas of new oak envelope this wine's ripe, red cherry fruit. The palate is smooth, rich and laced with cinnamon yet balanced by inherent freshness. Elegant now, it will taste better with a little bottle age, when the tannins are smooth. Drink 2019–2022.Gugelberg9132CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNadler 2015 Gugelberg Zweigelt (Carnuntum)ZweigeltNadler
2034320342AustriaThis wine's restrained nose just hints at blueberry and cinnamon. The palate comes in with freshness, verve and balance. Crunchy red cherry fruit is at the core, balanced by freshness and a taut structure. An elegant, ripe, medium-bodied red.Classic9116CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2015 Classic Zweigelt (Carnuntum)ZweigeltNetzl
2034420343AustriaThe understated but alluring perfume of ripe pear peel leads the nose of this wine. Its concentrated body has the lovely, peppery, yeasty midpalate feel that we always hope for in Grüner. Subtle, light, savory and fresh, it finishes dry and zesty.Freiheit9120NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNigl 2016 Freiheit Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerNigl
2034520344USCabernet Sauvignon (37%) and Cabernet Franc (34%) make up the majority of this wine, with the balance Merlot (16%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. The aromas are quite locked up, with light notes of barrel spice, herb and assorted dark fruit. The palate has light tightly coiled fruit flavors. It needs time to reveal its charms. Best after 2021.Trine Estate Vineyards9165WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPepper Bridge 2013 Trine Estate Vineyards Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendPepper Bridge
2034620345ArgentinaRipe blackberry and cassis aromas are toasty at first, then charred as this breathes. A big grabby palate is muscled up but welcoming. Toasty blackberry and cassis flavors remain charred on a loaded lengthy finish. This is Malbec and Petit Verdot fermented and aged together. Drink through 2022.Co Fermented9149Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachPuramun 2013 Co Fermented Red (Valle de Uco)Malbec-Petit VerdotPuramun
2034720346USApproachable and jubilant rose petal, root beer, charred meat and ripe cherry aromas show on the dynamic nose of this bottling. The flavors are tighter and more focused, recalling red cherry, rust, tobacco and lava rock minerality. Tannins coat the palate with a delicate grip.9138CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Renzoni 2014 Tempranillo (Temecula Valley)TempranilloRobert Renzoni
2034820347AustriaThe savoriness of yeast still lingers on the nose of this wine. The palate brings herbal and sage-like notes to the fore, highlighting its concentrated, rich flavor. Citrus overtones herald the finish, while the saltiness demands you take another sip.Franciscus9120KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSalomon-Undhof 2016 Franciscus Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerSalomon-Undhof
2034920348USThis cool-climate bottling from the young producer shows tons of florality and spice, from violet and lilac to white pepper and dried herb, underscored by blueberry and tar aromas. It's light and lithe in body, with elderberry, potpourri and pepper flavors, but the tannic tension is most compelling, clinging to the palate from start to finish.Lafond Vineyard9133CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSamuel Louis Smith 2014 Lafond Vineyard Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills)SyrahSamuel Louis Smith
2035020349ItalyFragrant and fresh, this vibrant wine offers alluring scents field flower and white stone fruit scents. The creamy palate delivers white peach, honeydew melon and citrus flavors, brightened with crisp acidity.Selva9133LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSelva Capuzza 2016 Selva (Lugana)TurbianaSelva Capuzza
2035120350USTart but full cranberry aromas meld with sagebrush and cardamom on the nose of this bottling from an increasingly popular vineyard in this appellation. Baking spice and dried ginger mark the palate, which is acid-driven and lively, accenting its core of raspberry and pencil lead flavors.Tondre's Grapefield9144CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSilver Mountain 2013 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirSilver Mountain
2035220351AustriaGreen apple, peardrop and Conference pear shine on the nose of this wine. The streamlined palate clebrates those fresh flavors, highlighting them with extra lemon spritz, a salty, yeasty fringe adding complexity. The finish is lip-smacking, moreish and dry.Furth9123KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Göttweig 2016 Furth Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerStift Göttweig
2035320352AustriaA tender, floral aroma hovers over the glass in this typical Viennese field blend. The fresh, brightly toned palate sings with a host of flavors: crisp green apple, fragrant grape, zesty citrus and juicy yellow pear. A phenolic, spicy edge gives it depth and appeal. A real glassful of Vienna that's dry and delicious.9123Wiener Gemischter SatzAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Klosterneuburg 2016 White (Wiener Gemischter Satz)White BlendStift Klosterneuburg
2035420353AustriaA touch of smoke is all that appears on the nose of this tight and taut wine. Acidity and slight tannic grip provide a structure and frame its lovely, tart but dark fruit that recalls fresh blueberries tinged with peppery spice. Crunchy, classy and moreish.9116BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStrehn 2015 Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischStrehn
2035520354ItalyA few swirls of the glass release alluring smoky flint, hazelnut, citrus and dried Mediterranean herb aromas. That savory mineral quality carries over to the bright, tangy palate, underscoring ripe pear, lemon, apple and thyme honey flavors.9128Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Sarno 1860 2015 Fiano di AvellinoFianoTenuta Sarno 1860
2035620355ItalyRipe plum, cranberry, pressed violet, tobacco and damp soil aromas lead the nose, along with a whiff of clove. The round, polished palate offers dried black cherry, prune, raspberry jam and licorice notes, alongside smooth tannins. It's already extremely approachable, so drink soon.Gudarrà Riserva9140Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBisceglia 2008 Gudarrà Riserva (Aglianico del Vulture)AglianicoBisceglia
2035720356USNamed for the producer's farmhouse and its surrounding vineyard, this offers rich cherry cordial and weedy sage notes—a seamless mix of fruit and earth. Sage, cardamom and spicy white pepper flavors give it intrigue and complexity, wrapped in a thick, velvety texture.Anne Katherina Vineyard Farmhouse Estate Farmed9190CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBlue Farm 2014 Anne Katherina Vineyard Farmhouse Estate Farmed Pinot Noir (Sonoma Valley)Pinot NoirBlue Farm
2035820357ItalyFrom Verdicchio's leading producer, this is the wine that started the denomination's renaissance into Italy's premier white. The '09 is beautiful, with an intense perfume of yellow flowers and stone fruits. The palate delivers concentrated peach, apricot and creamy lemon flavors, layered with mineral and spice accents. It already has stunning depth, but hold for more complexity. Drink through 2024.Villa Bucci Riserva9455Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBucci 2009 Villa Bucci Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)VerdicchioBucci
2035920358USIn 2011 the alcohol drops a bit and the fruit comes forward, stepping slightly away from the strongly herbal flavors of the 2010. It's reflective of the vintage, and perhaps more immediately approachable, without sacrificing any of the complexity or structure that typifies Gramercy wines. Strongly aromatic flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cola and licorice are all in play, backed with refreshing minerality. The wine should age beautifully for a decade or more.9450WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gramercy 2011 Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahGramercy
2036020359USKiona's ice wines are legendary, and this latest is as excellent as any they've done. Butterscotch scents invite further exploration. As the wine coats the mouth, it comes into lush focus with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, cooked banana and more butterscotch. It's low in alcohol, but maintains sufficient acidity to stay buoyant and lively. Residual sugar is a hefty 170 g/L.Ice Wine9425WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kiona 2012 Ice Wine Chenin Blanc (Red Mountain)Chenin BlancKiona
2036120360USThe most floral and lemony of Charles Smith's trio of Viogniers, this received extra time in barrel, yielding a more Burgundian mouthfeel—rich and creamy. Just 10% saw new oak, which seems to be exactly right, adding a hint of toast without clobbering the floral subtleties.Lawrence Vineyard9440WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Charles Smith 2011 Lawrence Vineyard Viognier (Columbia Valley (WA))ViognierCharles Smith
2036220361AustriaFlinty elderberry and crushed blackberry are the dark-fruited aromatics that pervade the nose and palate of this wine. There is a smoky smudge to the velvet tannins, making this intriguing and elegant. The tannic structure frames this medium-bodied charmer, and its superb balance and aromatic layers make you come back for more. Ready from 2016.Kirschgarten9446BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoUmathum 2011 Kirschgarten Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischUmathum
2036320362USThis wine is massively ripe, with black currant, dark chocolate and anise flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon brings a black currant note and tannic power, Cabernet Franc adds a cherried richness, and Merlot lends a soft, feminine touch. The result is noble, but big, thick tannins call for time in the cellar. Consider opening from 2017, although it will go for a decade or two longer than that.The Cornerstone94150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCornerstone 2010 The Cornerstone Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCornerstone
2036420363FranceDeveloping a golden color, this is already a beautifully mature wine with some sweetness and ripe flavors of yellow fruits and lemon. There's also a touch of honey and spice to this blend of Pinot Gris and Riesling. It's ready to drink.Rotenberg9445AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Marcel Deiss 2007 Rotenberg White (Alsace)White BlendDomaine Marcel Deiss
2036520364FranceThis wine is made from a mix of 13 different grape varieties in a field blend. It's a totally terroir driven wine, full of mineral and gritty textures in its youth. Behind this structure is a wild range of flavors—spice, apples, pears and apricots—waiting to show through. It needs to age, so drink from 2016.9420AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Marcel Deiss 2011 White (Alsace)White BlendDomaine Marcel Deiss
2036620365FranceThis is a beautifully perfumed wine, that, while rich with fruit, maintains a crisp, steely and tight youthfulness. It's juicy character floods the palate. It's clearly a wine to age, so don't drink before 2016.Cuvée Ste Catherine9442AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Weinbach 2011 Cuvée Ste Catherine Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Weinbach
2036720366USAs with Dunham's other Lewis Vineyard designates, this is 100% varietal, showcasing the distinct imprint of the vineyard as it impacts one specific grape. Sharp and smoky, with bright flavors of raspberry and cherry fruit, the wine remains deep, pure and focused as it runs through an extended, detailed finish.Lewis Vineyard9475WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dunham 2009 Lewis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonDunham
2036820367USThis 100% Cabernet is so rich with blackberries, black currants and oak, you might be tempted to drink it now. Don't. It's a wine that will develop over many years. The tannins are thick and structured, and the acidity balanced. Begin drinking this beauty in 2018.Game Ranch Single Vineyard Selection PLUS94150CaliforniaOakvilleNapaGoldschmidt 2008 Game Ranch Single Vineyard Selection PLUS Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonGoldschmidt
2036920368ChileCool berry, light herb and lactic aromas settle nicely and completely. This is a voluminous Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Carmenère. Spice, black fruits and olive flavors precede finishing notes of chocolate, black tea and barbecue sauce. This has an impressive structure and refined acidity; drink through 2020.El Principal Andetelmo9354Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña el Principal 2008 El Principal Andetelmo Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère (Maipo Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-CarmenèreViña el Principal
2037020369USThis is possibly the richest, ripest unoaked Chardonnay ever made in California. It's so powerful with tropical fruit, lemon drop, lime, peach and honey flavors, it might just blow your mind. High acidity adds balance and gives the wine mouthwatering tartness.Durell Vineyard Origin9348CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaThree Sticks 2011 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)ChardonnayThree Sticks

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