Wine Reviews


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2213422133USAll of the parts haven't yet come together: The oak, acidity, fruit and tannins hover around, but they're not quite completely harmonious yet. Still, it's very rich, with a massive black-cherry core. It seems to have all the components for a little time in the cellar.9146CaliforniaAnderson ValleyTwomey 2010 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirTwomey
2213522134USTangy and somewhat austere on the nose, this wine is made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, softened by Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Zinfandel. Floral in rose petals, the flavors lean toward strawberry, cranberry and orange, the wine refreshing and substantial.9135CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRose & Thistle 2015 Rosé (Napa Valley)RoséRose & Thistle
2213622135USThis lively and flavorful wine has a light copper color, lean and fresh cherry and plum flavors, a rich mousse of bubbles and clean, tangy finish. It's a great example of a rosé that doesn't overdo it.Brut Rosé9144CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSchramsberg 2013 Brut Rosé Sparkling (North Coast)Sparkling BlendSchramsberg
2213722136USHeady notes of black cherry, crushed espresso bean and spicy black pepper show on this bottling that is extremely dark and thick in the glass. A chalky structure frames the soft and full sip, where a deft combo of acidity and tannins unleashes flavors of black plum and roasted prime rib.9136CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSottomarino 2013 Lagrein (Paso Robles)LagreinSottomarino
2213822137SpainSmooth, lush blackberry, blueberry and pastry aromas cue up a fully tannic but well-balanced palate. This wine tastes toasty, chocolaty and peppery, with underlying ripe blackberry fruit. A minty, toasty finish runs chocolaty and long, with no let up. Drink through 2022.Dehesa Gago9118Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachTelmo Rodríguez 2014 Dehesa Gago (Toro)Tinta de ToroTelmo Rodríguez
2213922138USThis wine is all varietal. It brings aromas of toast, barrel spice, licorice and jammy red fruit that are followed by full-bodied red-fruit flavors. The tannins provide a firm grip.9165WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTenor 2013 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotTenor
2214022139USIntriguing notes of honey, poached pear, apple with drizzled caramel and a light touch of marzipan show on the nose on this bottling that leans somewhat sweet in aromas. But the sip is dry, with Asian pear, jasmine and honeysuckle elements, quite crisp and engaging for the palate on multiple levels.Tondre Grapefield9125CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTondré 2013 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayTondré
2211122110USThis is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, with an addition of Syrah. Fully ripe, bold and assertive, this high-octane wine holds its alcohol well. Muscular and powerful, it has black cherry and cassis flavors that saturated with baking spice, chocolate, cedar and coffee notes. This is well supported by acids and is matched to perfectly ripe tannins.Foreshadow9145WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Bookwalter 2009 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonJ. Bookwalter
2211222111USAn interesting, crisp and bone-dry Chardonnay that succeeds in offering plenty of complexity despite the absence of any oak influence. The flavors carry the load, with intense notes of apricots, Meyer lemons and guavas, and a wonderful minerality—like a lick of cold steel.Unoaked9137CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaWilliams Selyem 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayWilliams Selyem
2211322112ItalyAged in large oak casks, this shows natural intensity and purity that is evident its quality of fruit and elegant nature. Aromas include ginger, forest berry, white truffle and cola. The tannins are fine and silky.Vigneto Boscareto9175PiedmontBaroloBeni di Batasiolo 2006 Vigneto Boscareto (Barolo)NebbioloBeni di Batasiolo
2211422113FranceThis is a tropical-fruited wine, with mango and sweet peach notes showing the wine's richness. As a complement, there is the taut green-fruit acidity that's bright and fresh. The two together lend a rich, yet structured wine.Clos Paradis9122Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Fouassier 2010 Clos Paradis (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Fouassier
2211522114FranceMade from grapes sourced from a single vineyard, this is an intensely minerally Champagne. It is dry and austere, with citrus fruits dominant. The wine needs to age to bring out all of the richness and toast flavor, but it will always be a structured Champagne. This is very much a food wine.Clos des Bouveries Blanc de Blancs Brut9165ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDuval-Leroy 2005 Clos des Bouveries Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayDuval-Leroy
2211622115FranceWhile this is packed with ripe fruit, it is balanced with a dense tannic underlay and judicious wood aging. With this structure, the wine should age for several years.9132BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ambe Tour Pourret 2009 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Ambe Tour Pourret
2211722116USA Southern Rhône-style blend of 62% Grenache, 31% Cinsault and 7% Syrah, this is loaded with flavors of wild herb and bright berry. From the Cinsault comes a hint of mushroom, while the Syrah lends muscle and peppery fruit. This has excellent concentration, complex flavors and appealing length.Artisan Series Ma Belle Red9145WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covington 2008 Artisan Series Ma Belle Red Red (Yakima Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendCovington
2211822117IsraelThis classic Bordeaux-style blend—made with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot—is a stunner now, and it shows the potential to age for another 5–10 years. Black cherry, cassis and wild blackberry notes dominate the nose and mouth, but supporting accents of forest and cigar box spice add depth and interest to the fruit core. Thick and slightly chewy, the dense texture and firm structure promises longevity and additional development to come.Grand Vin9175Haut-JudeéLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine du Castel 2009 Grand Vin Red (Haut-Judeé)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDomaine du Castel
2211922118USCoppola turns to a respected grape source for Pinot, and what do you know? This is his best ever. It's a lovely wine, supple and bright, with cherry, pomegranate and spicy persimmon flavors. The 50% new oak is perfectly integrated into the wine's power.Dutton Ranch9135CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaFrancis Coppola 2009 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirFrancis Coppola
2212022119ItalyFrom the elegant and bright 2006 vintage, this shows aromas of spice, red fruit, leather, cola and cedar. The palate is attractive, showing tight, polished tannins and lively fruit.Tradizione9155PiedmontBaroloMarchesi di Barolo 2006 Tradizione (Barolo)NebbioloMarchesi di Barolo
2212122120ItalyRich and savory, this has bold fruit notes of cherry and blackberry followed by delicate nuances of licorice, tar, spice and leather. Thanks to its structure and density, it's a wine you can really sink your teeth into.Bric Turot91PiedmontBarbarescoPrunotto 2007 Bric Turot (Barbaresco)NebbioloPrunotto
2212222121USSommeliers will love this Chardonnay for its lean, Chablis-like elegance. The lemon and passion fruit flavors stand alongside stony minerality and a leesy, sourdough bread tartness, while the brisk acidity makes the mouth water. Elegant rather than opulent, this gathers momentum as it warms in the glass.Truchard Vineyard9150CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaNickel & Nickel 2010 Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayNickel & Nickel
2212322122USA fresh and textural wine, this puts a spicy spin on citrus rind, peach and apricot flavors. There's an intriguing hint of white pepper as well, and an overall sensation of density, intensity and exceptional length.Dry9111WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pacific Rim 2011 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingPacific Rim
2212422123USThoughtfully made and sourced from two excellent vineyards—Walla Walla's Seven Hills and Canoe Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area—this is 75% Merlot, with smaller portions of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Black cherry, black olive, clean earth and fine tannins mark its passage across the palate. This has excellent balance and medium-term ageability.JRG Red9130WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pamplin 2009 JRG Red Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendPamplin
2212522124FranceThis is intensely minerally and very tight. It has a real steely character, with its acidity packed tight into the concentrated texture, making this dense wine likely to age over three years.Clos du Roy9145Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Jolivet 2010 Clos du Roy (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancPascal Jolivet
2212622125ItalyElegant and bright, this shows extraordinary elegance and finesse. It delivers smoked aromas of crushed granite and tar, with notes of dried raspberry and crème de cassis. The young tannins are already silky and smooth.San Stunet - S. Stefanetto91PiedmontBarbarescoPiero Busso 2009 San Stunet - S. Stefanetto (Barbaresco)NebbioloPiero Busso
2212722126ItalySilky, clean and lean, this showcases typical Nebbiolo aromas of cola, blue flower and powdered licorice. The mouthfeel delivers firmness and youthful determination that will soften with 10 or more years of cellar aging.Froi91PiedmontBarbarescoRivetti Massimo 2009 Froi (Barbaresco)NebbioloRivetti Massimo
2212822127ItalyYou can taste the sunshine embedded in this darkly concentrated Barolo. Ripe fruit aromas of blackberry and cherry liqueur open the bouquet and segue to notes of leather, spice and black licorice. The mouthfeel is plump, rich and well structured.9190PiedmontBaroloInalto 2007 BaroloNebbioloInalto
2212922128ItalyThis shows tight lines and pretty aromas of wild cherry, spice, sweet fruit and blue flower. The palate delivers power and elegance.Prapò9155PiedmontBaroloMauro Sebaste 2008 Prapò (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste
2213022129IsraelLush and decadent, this starts off with such an opulent bouquet of jammy black fruit and sultry spice. Rich and mouthfilling, it boasts a creamy yet firm texture with supporing tannins and a seemingly endless finish. Notes of tobacco, leather and intense wood-driven spice all mingle seamlessly with the dark fruit core. Drinkable now, but this should age well through 2017.Reserve9160Golan HeightsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBazelet HaGolan 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Golan Heights)Cabernet SauvignonBazelet HaGolan
2213122130USThis has a lovely entry that explodes with scents of toasted almond and espresso. The black cherry and sour plum flavors command your attention, with texture and balance throughout. Drink soon.9145WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Boudreaux Cellars 2007 Merlot (Washington)MerlotBoudreaux Cellars
2213222131USWhile this is dry, it is enormously rich in orange and guava flavors, with an oaky overlay that tastes sweet in buttered toast and vanilla. Salmon or lamb with a fruity tapenade or salsa should make for a great pairing.9122CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2010 Roussanne (Carneros)RoussanneTruchard
2213322132USSourced from the Boushey Vineyard, this includes 10% Roussanne. One-third was barrel-fermented, resulting in an especially rich mouthfeel, with a lush core of melon, tangerine, pineapple, papaya and citrus flavors. It has excellent length and power.9125WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Two Vintners 2011 Grenache Blanc (Yakima Valley)Grenache BlancTwo Vintners

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