Wine Reviews

2133121330South AfricaSweet grass and soft baby powder notes mingle with the ripe gooseberry and lime aromas and flavors. Brisk and lively with a soft prickly sensation on the palate and a mouthwatering finish.8612Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBrampton 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)Sauvignon BlancBrampton
2133221331USTastes sweeter and fruitier than the 2009, which was dry, so if you like orange marmalade, pineapple tart and vanilla cookie sugariness in your Sauvignon Blancs, it's for you.Les Pionniers8640CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaCaptûre 2010 Les Pionniers Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancCaptûre
2133321332ItalyTommasi's easy Soave offers vibrant notes of mature fruit and melon followed by a clean, but generous mouthfeel. There's enough structure here to pair with spicy Thai dishes.Le Volpare8613VenetoSoave ClassicoTommasi 2010 Le Volpare (Soave Classico)GarganegaTommasi
2133421333ArgentinaCherry, sweet berry and citrus peel aromas come in front of a full, slightly oaky palate with sweet plum and berry flavors. There's some length to the finish and more flavors of sweet, creamy but nicely applied oak.Reserve8611Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir (Mendoza)Pinot NoirTrivento
2133521334PortugalWith short wood aging, the wine has preserved its primary attractive blackberry juice flavor. It is solid and chunky, while keeping freshness. For drinking now.Tinto8619AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Ravasqueira 2009 Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte da Ravasqueira
2133621335ItalyHere's a less formal expression of Garganega that would pair with eggplant curry and fragrant basmati rice. Aromatically speaking, the wine is extremely floral with layers of lemon blossom and jasmine.Corte del Sole8612VenetoSoaveMonte Tondo 2010 Corte del Sole (Soave)GarganegaMonte Tondo
2133721336ItalyMontresor's base Soave Classico delivers a crisp, streamlined style with a fresh acidic component set against sweet aromas of ripe fruit and peach. The finish is characterized by white flower and talc powder aromas.86VenetoSoave ClassicoMontresor 2010 Soave ClassicoGarganegaMontresor
2133821337USA little sugary sweet and simple, but appeals for its wealth of cherry, raspberry, cocoa, anise, vanilla and toast flavors. Earns an extra point for polished tannins. Drink now.Bench Vineyards8614CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPedroncelli 2009 Bench Vineyards Merlot (Dry Creek Valley)MerlotPedroncelli
2133921338USA good everyday Pinot Noir, tart in acids and with some edgy tannins. But it has the variety's nice, silky texture, with rich cherry, rosehip tea and sandalwood flavors.8618CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastSan Simeon 2009 Pinot Noir (Monterey)Pinot NoirSan Simeon
2134021339USA nice everyday Syrah, dry and fruity, with pleasant raspberry, cherry, bacon, pepper, clove and sandalwood flavors. Easy to drink, with some real complexity.Les Côtes de l'Ouest8618CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherTerre Rouge 2008 Les Côtes de l'Ouest Syrah (California)SyrahTerre Rouge
2134121340USLight and tart, with high acid cranberry fruit flavors. It's clean and straightforward, though the old vines (some are 34 years old) do not deliver the complexity that might be anticipated.Estate Barrel Select8635OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tyee 2008 Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTyee
2134221341ArgentinaMeaty, herbal aromas are a bit rooty and mossy but with time they offer up berry fruit and spice. The palate is full and plump, and also a little hard and tannic, while the flavors suggest prune and cassis. Spicy and with good feel to the finish.Famiglia Bianchi8619Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachValentin Bianchi 2008 Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonValentin Bianchi
2134321342FranceThe palest salmon pink color, this refreshing rosé is fresh, with red berry fruits mingling with the acidity. A perfect apéritif style.L'Esprit de Sainte Marguerite Cru Classé8618ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte Marguerite 2010 L'Esprit de Sainte Marguerite Cru Classé Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Sainte Marguerite
2134421343PortugalA blend of four grapes, including Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, the white Chaminé has a full feel to it. An open oily texture also preserves herbaceous crispness and a final burst of acidity.Chaminé8613AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCortes de Cima 2010 Chaminé White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteCortes de Cima
2134521344ItalyCastelcerino is a broad, thick Soave Classico with mature aromas of melon, apricot and exotic fruit. This is a simple but genuine wine that can be employed in less formal occasions.Castelcerino86VenetoSoave ClassicoFilippi 2009 Castelcerino (Soave Classico)GarganegaFilippi
2134621345ItalyInky black and foamy, this has wet earth, prune and peach pit aromas. The dry, vinous palate offers dried blackberry and crushed grape flavors set against firm acidity and slightly grainy tannins. It closes on a bitter note.Vecchio Moro86Central ItalyLambrusco dell'EmiliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRinaldini NV Vecchio Moro (Lambrusco dell'Emilia)LambruscoRinaldini
2134721346USThis wine is light in body, fruity and floral in flavor and smooth on the palate. Blended from seven varietals, it has peach and jasmine aromas, very generous fruit flavors that flirt with sweetness and a lush mouthfeel.Crisp White Winemaker's Blend8613CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSeven Daughters 2015 Crisp White Winemaker's Blend White (California)White BlendSeven Daughters
2134821347SpainSpicy berry fruit aromas are straightforward and pretty good. This wine feels firm and centered, with plum, berry and cherry flavors. A reasonably deep finish offers residual berry notes and peppery spice.Organic8611LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachTarantas 2016 Organic Tempranillo (Utiel-Requena)TempranilloTarantas
2134921348SpainA lean but lucid nose shows piquant floral scents. The palate on this Garnacha-Syrah is choppy and abrupt, with high acidity and rubbery tannins. Medicinal red plum and red-currant flavors finish with a rubbery grip.8610Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachViñas del Vero 2015 Garnacha-Syrah (Somontano)Garnacha-SyrahViñas del Vero
2135021349ItalyThis lean, racy red offers red cherry, citrus zest and raisin notes. Firm acidity contributes to its bone-dry finish.8612Central ItalyLambrusco Grasparossa di CastelvetroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZanasi NV Lambrusco Grasparossa di CastelvetroLambrusco GrasparossaZanasi
2135121350SpainAromas of dry brush, wiry cherry and road tar open this Syrah. In the mouth, high acidity creates sheer angularity. Plum and tart black-currant flavors are staunch and rubbery on a mildly abrasive finish.8615Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachBatán de Salas 2015 Syrah (Somontano)SyrahBatán de Salas
2135221351FranceVines in the hills west of Nuits Saint-Georges are the source for this crisp red-currant-flavored wine. It has a juicy character, bright with red fruits. The wine will be ready from 2018.Belle Canaille86BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2016 Belle Canaille (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
2135321352FranceSoft and fruity, this young wine is full of red fruits and attractive acidity. It has a core of tannins that will soften over the next few months. Drink from 2018.Vieilles Vignes86BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2016 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
2135421353USAt five years old, this shows green pepper, dark fruit, tar and barrel spice scents followed by restrained fruit and barrel flavors. Its jalapeño-like notes are distracting.Winemaker's Select Series8645WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKestrel 2012 Winemaker's Select Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKestrel
2135521354ItalyGrilled vegetable, celery and camphor aromas lead the nose of this wine. The palate is raw, tight and tense, showing oak, roasted coffee bean and bitter sage flavors alongside raspy tannins.Gallina86130PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Spinetta 2014 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloLa Spinetta
2135621355SpainEarthy cherry aromas are downright raw, with a touch of green grass woven in. An acidic, choppy palate follows the nose, while this Garnacha from the Sierra de Salamanca region tastes of tart red currant and cranberry. A crisp finish is fresh but abrupt.La Moza Calabrés8635Central SpainSierra de SalamancaMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Zorra 2014 La Moza Calabrés Garnacha (Sierra de Salamanca)GarnachaLa Zorra
2135721356SpainAromas of herbal red-berry fruits, tomato, leather and grass lead to a snappy, tight, drawn palate. Red-currant and plum-skin flavors are racy, while this Rufete, a variety rarely seen, is grabby and fairly astringent on the finish.La Moza Suelo de Pizarra8635Central SpainSierra de SalamancaMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Zorra 2014 La Moza Suelo de Pizarra Rufete (Sierra de Salamanca)RufeteLa Zorra
2135821357USFrom vineyards on Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll, this wine is bristling in acidity, with a taste of lemon peel and grapefruit. Secondary characteristics of peas and pineapple confound as a stony texture adds breadth.8630CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneLadera 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancLadera
2135921358SpainApple and peach aromas are clean at first but struggle to stay vital. This is citrusy on the tongue, with acidity similar to orange juice. Mild flavors of orange and pink grapefruit finish light and fresh.Brut Metodo Tradicional8613CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachLos Monteros NV Brut Metodo Tradicional Macabeo (Cava)MacabeoLos Monteros
2136021359USThis is a big powerful overtly flavorful wine that demands attention. A vivid toasty savory aroma leads to rich spicy buttery nutty flavors that are mouth filling and a smooth, rather soft texture.Blanc de Blancs8620CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLVVR NV Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Lodi)Sparkling BlendLVVR

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