Wine Reviews


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2107521074USTempting in raspberry, vanilla and spice, Wood's Clone 30 Cabernet Sauvignon is fully formed, rich, and slightly oaky with a finish of tobacco pipe.Clone 308736CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneWood Family Vineyards 2010 Clone 30 Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWood Family Vineyards
2107621075USAn easy, delicious Pinot Noir, this is dry and brisk in acidity, with rich cherry, cola, cranberry and sweet oak flavors. The silky texture makes it especially drinkable now.Wet Kiss8752CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaWoodenhead 2010 Wet Kiss Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirWoodenhead
2107721076FranceMade at Provence classed growth Château Rimauresq, this soft and full rosé has attractive red and citrus fruits, a hint of pepper and herbs. It's warm and ready to drink.Nationale 78718ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2012 Nationale 7 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséXavier Flouret
2107821077USSoft and easy, with ripe, fruity cherry jam, cassis, mocha and spice flavors. The tannins are strong, and may give the wine some ageability, but you're better off drinking it soon.8740CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherHawks View 2010 Syrah (California)SyrahHawks View
2107921078ItalyAlready one of Italy's most iconic bottlings, this gorgeous 2010 is already a classic. Its complex and intense bouquet unfolds with ripe blackberries, violets, leather, thyme and balsamic herbs. The palate shows structure, poise and complexity, delivering rich black currants, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol notes alongside assertive but polished tannins and vibrant energy. This wine will age and develop for decades. Drink 2018–2040.Solaia97325TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi Antinori 2010 Solaia Red (Toscana)Red BlendMarchesi Antinori
2108021079FranceThe wine shows the power typical of a Lafite but within the context of the fruity 2011 vintage. The immensely dense tannic structure gives the wine a solid feel that is lifted by so much ripe black currant and berry fruits. At the back, the wine has a more brooding, dark character that suggests great aging potential. Drink this wine from 2019.96685BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lafite Rothschild 2011 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lafite Rothschild
2108121080FranceSo smooth, this is a rich, grandiose wine. Although it is full of black currant fruits and spice flavors, the texture is most impressive. Dusty tannins are integrated with juicy fruits seamlessly. The purest fruit flavors are allied to linear tannins in a precise yet generous way. The wine is evolving beautifully, but do not drink before 2020.96105BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pontet-Canet 2011 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pontet-Canet
2108221081ItalyIt opens with an enticing fragrance of black berries, toast, Mediterranean spices and a touch of vanilla. The vibrant, youthful palate delivers a core of black cherry accented with black pepper layered with mocha, mint and tobacco notes. The racy acidity and solid but brooding tannins demonstrate that this wine still needs time to develop to its extraordinary potential. Drink 2018–2035.Cepparello9680TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIsole e Olena 2010 Cepparello Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseIsole e Olena
2106121060FranceFruity, light-hearted wine that pushes forward its red fruits, its crisp acidity and its bright texture. There is a dancing character to this delicious, refreshing wine.Miradou en Provence87ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerGassier 2012 Miradou en Provence Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséGassier
2106221061USThere's lots of rich, jammy blackberry, cherry and oak flavor in this Merlot, with a gentle scour of firm tannins. It's not an ager, but offers plenty of upfront pleasure for drinking now.Winemaker's Blend8720CaliforniaSonoma County-Napa CountyNapa-SonomaGhost Pines 2010 Winemaker's Blend Merlot (Sonoma County-Napa County)MerlotGhost Pines
2106321062USThe chocolate and black-cherry jam flavors are a little too heavy and rich, lacking zest and complexity. But there's no denying this Pinot is delicious to drink now.HMR Vineyard8740CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAdelaida 2010 HMR Vineyard Pinot Noir (Paso Robles)Pinot NoirAdelaida
2106421063USA bit on the brawny side of Pinot Noir, with jagged tannins and plenty of full-bodied cherry fruit. Not a bad wine, but lacking the delicacy of the 2008 and 2009 vintages.8728CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastAlta Maria 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirAlta Maria
2106521064USLots of enjoyable cherry, currant, licorice and sandalwood flavors in this dry, crisp Pinot Noir. Firm tannins give it some toughness, but it doesn't seem to be an ager, so drink over the next 3–4 years.Sierra Mar Vineyard8745CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastAugust West 2011 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirAugust West
2106621065USShows a dry, acidic profile, with tantalizing raspberry and sour-cherry candy and sweet oak flavors. The mouthfeel is silky and delicate.Psi Clone8760CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastBabcock 2011 Psi Clone Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirBabcock
2106721066USWas it the chilly vintage that made this wine so elusive? Tasted in the spring, it was oaky and jammy with raspberries and cherries, with the astringent tannins of green herb tea. Hard to tell where it's going, if anywhere, but it does have dryness and vital acidity in its favor.Slice of Heaven8760CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastBabcock 2011 Slice of Heaven Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirBabcock
2106821067ItalyStreppaticcio is 60-40 Montepulciano and Sangiovese with simple fruit tones followed by slight accents of white mushroom, crushed mineral, black olive and caper. It ends with smooth richness.Streppaticcio87Central ItalyUmbriaBarbi 2011 Streppaticcio Red (Umbria)Red BlendBarbi
2108321082FranceHuge structure, huge potential, a wine that will bring out all the fruit and density of the vintage while remaining very fresh. Black plums are already showing strongly along with the dry core that promises aging. It's serious while alive and bright. Drink this major wine from 2022.96175BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Léoville Las Cases 2011 Saint-JulienBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Léoville Las Cases
2108421083USThis is a focused, riveting expression of Red Mountain Syrah from a great vineyard. It's packed with juicy flavors of fresh raspberries, tinged with tangerine-flavored acids. Elegant and fascinating, it's a pure, fruit-driven expression of the grape, bolstered by the natural minerality of Ciel du Cheval fruit.Ciel du Cheval Vineyard9550WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Syncline 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahSyncline
2108521084USThis barrel-fermented Chardonnay, from the oldest plantings (1972) in Washington State, displays exceptional concentration and palate weight. Apple pie, pear tart, baking spice, butter and caramel flavors abound. It's rich and packed with fruit, along with the seductive flavors that aging in new French oak can provide.Kestrel Vineyard9545WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ashan 2012 Kestrel Vineyard Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)ChardonnayAshan
2108621085AustriaRich aromas of late summer are here: the ripe peel of yellow pears, luscious peach and yellow Mirabelle plum plus some dried hayflower notes. There is power and depth, along with some alcoholic heat and balancing acidity—beautiful now but it will get even better. Drink until 2020.Alte Reben Berglagen9535KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSalomon-Undhof 2012 Alte Reben Berglagen Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerSalomon-Undhof
2108721086FranceA solidly structured wine, it is both elegant and intensely powerful. It is disclosing its fruitiness slowly, at the moment dense and concentrated. A restrained edge provides complexity and balance. It will need aging, so don't drink before 2022.95550BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Margaux 2011 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Margaux
2108821087ItalyThis iconic Brunello seamlessly combines power and finesse. It opens with earthy aromas of underbrush, tobacco, tilled soil and blackberries. The dense palate delivers juicy black cherry and raspberry alongside black pepper, licorice and a balsam note. It's impeccably balanced but still very young, and still showing racy acidity and assertive tannins. Give it time to soften and develop more complexity. Drink 2016–2031.Poggio al Vento Riserva95150TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCol d'Orcia 2006 Poggio al Vento Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseCol d'Orcia
2108921088ItalyMade entirely from Sangiovese, it opens with fragrances that recall spicy black berries and Mediterranean herbs. The velvety palate delivers power and finesse along with fleshy black cherry, licorice and a graphite note. Wine Warehouse, Polaner Selections.Fontalloro9562TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFelsina 2010 Fontalloro Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseFelsina
2109021089AustriaLifted ripeness and candied lemon peel send their aromas heavenwards. These rounded aromas with a fetching touch of bitter fir and honey also appear on the palate where acidity is present but cushioned. Like honey parfait spiked with lemon peel, this is lovely and lingers long.Ried Klaus Smaragd9575WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJosef Jamek 2012 Ried Klaus Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)RieslingJosef Jamek
2106921068SpainThe first whiff of this Rioja is full of oaky char, shoe polish, raw leather and can't-miss wood resin. With airing the nose cedes chocolate and berry scents. This is plump, chewy and a touch resiny feeling on the palate, with baked berry, savory notes, grilled meat flavors and saltiness. A roasted, rubbery finish is apropos.Belezos8714Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Zugober 2010 Belezos (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Zugober
2107021069FranceJust bottled when tasted, this is a wine that needs a few months to come together. Its ripe pear and apricot fruit and dense flavor will offer a full, rounded wine that goes more for a tropical Sauvignon Blanc character.Réserve8713BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerCalvet 2012 Réserve (Bordeaux Blanc)Sauvignon BlancCalvet
2107121070USThe 2010 Select is a step ahead of Torii Mor's single vineyard offerings, but holds to the common thread of hard, tart, tight wines with little flesh on their bones. Here the raspberry and strawberry fruit pokes through the herbs and tannins enough to warrant drinking sooner while waiting for the others to (possibly) soften up.Dundee Hills Select8745OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2010 Dundee Hills Select Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirTorii Mor
2107221071ItalyKnown for some of Italy's most beautiful sand beaches, you might not consider the resort area of Sabaudia (in the Lazio region) a farming area for Sauvignon grapes. Despite the disconnect, this wine brings together territory and variety with ripe aromas of exotic fruit, peach and subtle tones of seashell and sulphur.Vigne del Borgo8715Central ItalyLazioVilla Gianna 2011 Vigne del Borgo Sauvignon (Lazio)SauvignonVilla Gianna
2107321072USYou'll find plenty of tart green gooseberries in this dry Sauvignon Blanc. Yet there are also ripe grapefruit, kiwi and papaya flavors. It's a refreshingly clean wine for drinking now.8721CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVoss 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancVoss
2107421073USThis is a straightforward Merlot with herbal aromatics, oaky tannins and a layering of quiet raspberry and spice. Well priced for the quality and food-friendly nature of this wine.Sandstone Estate8715CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneWente 2010 Sandstone Estate Merlot (Livermore Valley)MerlotWente

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