Wine Reviews

2178121780USHarsh and hot, with sweet and sour flavors of oranges and mint.8111CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2006 Petite Sirah (California)Petite SirahBogle
2178221781SpainHot and poorly structured, with o.k. cherry cola aromas but very little on the palate. Tastes tart and of sour plums, with a short, starchy, tannic finish. Raw stuff that's not that good in the scheme of things.8125Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachYonna 2005 Red (Campo de Borja)Red BlendYonna
2178321782AustraliaJindalee's 2007 is a medium-bodied Shiraz with slightly candied fruit and a sensation of sweetness on the short, soft finish.Circle Collection8110Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJindalee 2007 Circle Collection Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)ShirazJindalee
2178421783USDull and soft, with vegetal and candied berry flavors.Keyes Canyon Ranches8112CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastEstancia 2006 Keyes Canyon Ranches Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelEstancia
2178521784USTastes as sweet as Lifesaver lemon and pineapple candy, with low acidity.Lightly Oaked818CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2007 Lightly Oaked Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi
2178621785AustraliaThickly textured and sweet, with simple fruity flavors of cherries, strawberries and watermelon.Rosé Kosher8112Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAltoona Hills 2008 Rosé Kosher Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)ShirazAltoona Hills
2178721786FranceThis wine is structured, with a strongly tannic character that's both fruity and tangy. A deliciously refreshing, zesty character gives lightness and lively acidity. Minerality cuts through to give a strong texture. Drink from 2017.Collection89BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sophie Cinier 2013 Collection (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayDomaine Sophie Cinier
2178821787USBoysenberry, black pepper, hot gravel and beef char show plenty of the 60% Syrah influence. The 40% Cabernet Sauvignon comes through more on the palate, where tart blueberries and violets shine, along with asphalt notes. It finishes with tart acidity.8937CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Santa Barbara County)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahEpiphany
2178921788ItalyMade with 95% Malvasia delle Lipari and 5% Corino Nero grapes that are sun dried on reed mats, this opens with aromas of dried fruit, Spanish broom, oregano and Mediterranean brush. The palate delivers toast, golden raisin, dried apricot and a hint of chestnut honey.8935Sicily & SardiniaMalvasia delle LipariKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFlorio 2009 Malvasia delle LipariWhite BlendFlorio
2179021789USCrisp, clean and fresh, this showcases yellow apple lightly dusted with cinnamon. Nicely balanced and immaculately rendered, it's perfect for those occasions when Chardonnay is just a bit too heavy.8914OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Foris 2014 Pinot Blanc (Southern Oregon)Pinot BlancForis
2179121790ArgentinaDusty peach and nectarine aromas are subtle and draw you toward a balanced palate with modest weight and natural-feeling acidity. Peach, melon and quince flavors finish firm and elegant. This wine has a French character to it.Piedra Negra Alta Colección Pinot Gris8912Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachFrançois Lurton 2014 Piedra Negra Alta Colección Pinot Gris Rosado (Valle de Uco)RosadoFrançois Lurton
2179221791SwitzerlandThis wine is cherry red with soft brown tinges, offering a nose of cherry with notes of summer farmstand. The predominant flavor is of tart cherry, interlaced with hints of red raspberry and bell pepper.89160SwitzerlandJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysGantenbein 2011 Pinot Noir (Switzerland)Pinot NoirGantenbein
2179321792FranceIntense fruit and acidity give this wine a brightly refreshing character. It's about lemon and lime flavors with slices of red apple to bring out more sweetness. The aftertaste has a mineral edge that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2017.8925BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2013 Saint-VéranChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
2179421793USCooked-down blackberries take on pink peppercorn and new leather aromas in this Malbec hailing from the high-altitude vineyards of Colorado. The dark berry tones of the palate carry shards of graphite, with zippy red currant acidity keeping the full body and grainy tannins in check. It's a bit tight right now and should open up after 2016.8925ColoradoGrand ValleyAlexander PeartreeSnowy Peaks 2011 Malbec (Grand Valley)MalbecSnowy Peaks
2179521794ArgentinaEarth, leather, black plum and wild-berry aromas are solid and appealing. This is wide and jammy in the mouth, with all the volume expected of Argentinean Malbec. Flavors of oak, mint and spiced plum finish with a touch of heat. Drink through 2018.Phebus Estate Bottled8917Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFabre Montmayou 2013 Phebus Estate Bottled Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFabre Montmayou
2179621795USA smoky, well-toasted bread aroma carries through in the flavors, giving a black pepper counterpoint to the ripe and easy apple and almond notes. A creamy texture helps carry and blend those complex traits from the first sip to the lingering finish. It should improve through 2018.8920CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChatom Vineyards 2013 Semillon (Calaveras County)SémillonChatom Vineyards
2179721796PortugalBaga has been softened by Merlot to produce a rounded wine, with accents of spice and generous tannins. Berry fruits come strongly through the dry core, giving a rich character to the wine. The finish is full of acidity and ripe red fruits.Quinta do Encontro Q do E8910BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2012 Quinta do Encontro Q do E Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedDão Sul
2179821797AustraliaDe Bortoli almost always seems to emphasize the savory side of wine, and this Heathcote Shiraz stays true to that philosophy. Black olive and espresso notes speak of Shiraz, while the the structure remains tight and firm on the finish. This should age well through at least 2020.Regional Reserve8917VictoriaHeathcoteJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2014 Regional Reserve Shiraz (Heathcote)ShirazDe Bortoli
2179921798USThere's a tawny edge to this wine, suggesting that it's quickly maturing and should be consumed soon. That said, it's drinking very well, with a slightly roasted, nutty character over soft strawberry/cherry fruit. Hints of pine needle and cured meat add further flavor interest.8929OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Delfino 2011 Tempranillo (Umpqua Valley)TempranilloDelfino
2180021799FranceThis medium-weight rosé offers rich aromas and flavors of honeydew, hard strawberry and cherry, with additional hints of yellow flowers and garrigue herbs on the nose. Ample acidity keeps the palate fresh and lifted, finishing somewhat prickly and mouthwatering.La Balade8920Languedoc-RoussillonCôtes de ThongueLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine Montrose 2014 La Balade Rosé (Côtes de Thongue)RoséDomaine Montrose
2180121800USBold and ripe in taste, this full-bodied wine packs in plump blackberry and boysenberry flavors, a rich texture from firm tannins and lip-smacking acidity that keeps it lively. Slow-cooked ribs, anyone?Estate8935CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEaston 2012 Estate Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))ZinfandelEaston
2180221801SloveniaCrafted in an oxidative style, this wine is light brown to the eye, with aromas of toasted nuts and caramelized pineapple. Flavors of hazelnut, toasted almond and lemon sorbet continue through the smooth finish that ends on a zesty note.Amfora Sivi Pinot8939Goriska BrdaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysErzetič 2009 Amfora Sivi Pinot Pinot Gris (Goriska Brda)Pinot GrisErzetič
2180321802USThis shows red cherry fruit accented by a black sage and sweet pine twist on the nose. It's rich and spicy once sipped, with clove, cinnamon, gingerbread and other Christmas spices giving character to the red- and black-cherry fruits.8920CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFire and Oak 2012 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirFire and Oak
2180421803PortugalMore commonly found in coastal Setúbal, here, Castelão yields a fruity, soft and ready-to-drink wine. It has red berry and plum flavors and the lightest hint of tannins to give shape to the juicy core. Drink now.Tinto Castelão Reserva8925AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerFitapreta Vinhos 2010 Tinto Castelão Reserva Castelão (Alentejano)CastelãoFitapreta Vinhos
2180521804ItalyThis fresh, outgoing white opens with enticing aromas of Spanish broom, citrus and tropical fruit. The round, generous palate doles out juicy yellow peach and ripe apricot while chopped mint and a eucalyptus note provide backup.Costamolino8915Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArgiolas 2014 Costamolino (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoArgiolas
2180621805ItalyA blend of 50% Cannonau, 15% Bovale, 15% Carignano, 10% Monica and 10% Malvasia, this generous, vibrant rosato delivers intense fruit aromas of red cherry and black raspberry along with a whiff of spice. The fruit sensations follow through to the juicy palate while notes of chopped herb and white pepper provide back up. Fresh acidity lifts up the finish.Serra Lori8916Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArgiolas 2014 Serra Lori Rosato (Isola dei Nuraghi)RosatoArgiolas
2180721806PortugalFor its alcohol, this is a surprisingly light and fruity wine. It does have tannins although they are subservient to the red berry fruitiness and freshness of the wine. It's balanced and aromatic, and could age further. Drink from 2017.8924AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerAzamor 2013 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedAzamor
2180821807USSmooth and harmonious are good descriptors for this medium-bodied, warmly fruity and well-balanced wine. It smells like plums and cherry compote, tastes substantive with more cherries and plums, and feels rich but well supported by fine tannins and subtle acidity.Sharon's Vineyard8939CaliforniaFair PlaySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBaiocchi Wines 2012 Sharon's Vineyard Grenache (Fair Play)GrenacheBaiocchi Wines
2180921808ArgentinaBarrel-related aromas of caramel, popcorn and baked pear dominate the nose, while the palate brings notes of citrus zest, with lively minerality and cutting acidity. This chiseled Chardonnay tastes like tart nectarine, green apple and lime, while the finish is tight as a drum. Drink through 2022.White Bones Adrianna89120Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Catena Zapata 2012 White Bones Adrianna Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayBodega Catena Zapata
2181021809USThere's the slightest touch of sourdough-like yeast on the nose of this wine from the longtime organic vineyard. That gives intrigue to the ripe watermelon, bubblegum and buttery cherry aromas. Verve on the palate conveys red fruit cut by a rain-on-cement minerality.Rosé of8918CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannButtonwood 2014 Rosé of Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahButtonwood

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