Wine Reviews


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2249222491USMade from 100% Cab Franc, this is a soft, rather one-dimensional wine. It has complex flavors of cherries, red currants, cola, white pepper and herbs, but is short on structure and interest. Drink now.Saunders Vineyard Reserve8640CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastBoëté 2009 Saunders Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Carmel Valley)Cabernet FrancBoëté
2249322492FranceA high-toned pitch of ripe pear and tart apple is like a clarion call. Residual sweetness on the palate mollifies that distinct, primal acidity, lending life to notes of dried peach and fresh apricot. Layers of flavor shimmer and shift, with apple notes that last and last.Rotenberg9454AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Marcel Deiss 2011 Rotenberg White (Alsace)Alsace white blendDomaine Marcel Deiss
2249422493FranceThe ethereal, aromatic lift of this wine is addictive. It appears like the sublimation of fresh, ripe apple. The dry, brisk palate adds streaks of lanolin and earthiness to that profound, glistening freshness and the distinctly phenolic texture. Drink and think. The wine will shine until at least 2025.Langenberg9434AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Marcel Deiss 2012 Langenberg White (Alsace)Alsace white blendDomaine Marcel Deiss
2249522494FranceDried hayflowers and dried orange peel send a lifted scent. The palate is richer and rounder than the nose suggests, full of ample apple and pear fruit, but guided and held by fresh, clean acidity. A certain earthiness shimmers with almost tropical hints of mango. The finish is dry, briskly clean but very lingering.Engelgarten9435AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Marcel Deiss 2013 Engelgarten White (Alsace)Alsace white blendDomaine Marcel Deiss
2249622495USThis new project of Elias Fernandez and Doug Shafer, of Shafer Vineyards, continues to impress with this standout white, sourced from Carneros, where the duo planted four acres of the variety a few years back. It's achingly pretty and substantive—exotic, complex and lingering, with sizzling acidity. Peach and honeysuckle stand out, while the texture is so sublime, you'll simply want more.9428CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneEighty Four 2015 Albariño (Napa Valley)AlbariñoEighty Four
2249722496ItalyHeady scents of honeysuckle, acacia and yellow stone fruit lead the way on this radiant white. On the vibrant, elegantly structured palate, energizing mineral frames mature apple, white peach, fresh apricot and chopped mint. Hold for even more complexity. Drink through 2023.Studi Laura9460Southern ItalyGreco di TufoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFeudi di San Gregorio 2013 Studi Laura (Greco di Tufo)GrecoFeudi di San Gregorio
2249822497USWinemaker Kathy Joseph delivers this seven-barrel ode to her father, who'd be proud of the tight blackberry, wet clay, shaved cedar and iron-rich aromas. The acidity is bountiful but not overpowering on the palate, where elderberry, dried lavender, wild mint and damp earth combine for a deep and lasting sip.Burtie Baby9488CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFiddlehead 2011 Burtie Baby Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFiddlehead
2249922498GermanyCrisp blackberry and raspberry flavors shine brightly against a sultry backdrop of smoke, vanilla and spice in this luscious, full-bodied Pinot Noir. It's rich and rounded on the palate, but framed smartly by bitter edges of dried herb and fine tannins. It's a sensual wine, but taut and stately, likely to improve further through 2024.B9442PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaFriedrich Becker 2012 B Pinot Noir (Pfalz)Pinot NoirFriedrich Becker
2250022499GermanyA crystalline purity persists from nose to finish in this dry, mineral Riesling. Tart white peach and pear flavors are showered in shards of mineral and crushed rock and an electric streak of lime acidity. It's ethereally light in texture but finishes with persistence. Ready to drink now but will continue to improve through at least 2025.Ganz Horn Siebeldinger im Sonnenschein GG94107PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaWeingut Ökonomierat Rebholz 2014 Ganz Horn Siebeldinger im Sonnenschein GG Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingWeingut Ökonomierat Rebholz
2247122470FranceA fresh and fruity wine with soft tannins and black currant fruits. The wine has the warmth of the vintage, giving some roundness the texture and stalkiness which would be more apparent in a lesser vintage. Drink now and until 2018.86BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Picard 2009 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Picard
2247222471FranceFirmly tannic, the wine shows the structure of the vintage well. It also brings out red berry fruits, with a herbal character that cuts the richness. The wine needs time, so drink from 2015.L de Laffitte Laujac8615BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laffitte Laujac 2010 L de Laffitte Laujac (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laffitte Laujac
2247322472FranceA dense, juicy wine, with blackberry flavors right up front. The wine has weight, well-integrated tannins, firmness and structure. Drink from 2015.86BordeauxCôtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Landonnet 2011 Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Landonnet
2247422473USIt clocks in at an astonishing 15% alcohol, but does not show it in terms of flavor. The fruit is plenty ripe and a bit thick, but well-supported with acidity. Nonetheless the wine seems heavy and monolithic, having lost some of the vivid freshness of the other Chehalem white wines from this vintage.Three Vineyard8622OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2012 Three Vineyard Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisChehalem
2247522474USBlended with (9%) Syrah, (6%) Mourvèdre, and (3%) Malbec, this is a unique wine with elegant notes of toasted oak, black pepper and citrus with a slight soapy mouthfeel.8628IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCinder 2010 TempranilloTempranilloCinder
2247622475ChileFrom a warm year, this smells toasty and oaky more than anything. In the mouth, core acidity is driving and creates a sharp, racy feel, while woody flavors of tropical fruits and melon finish with oak-based cinnamon and spice as well as a resiny texture.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel8618Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2012 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnayConcha y Toro
2247722476ChileFrom a hot year with an early harvest, this Sauvignon smells green and ashy, like asparagus mixed with green tobacco. In the mouth, spunky acidity suggests sharpness, while tangy flavors of nectarine and nettle finish with touches of bell pepper and tarragon.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel8618Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2012 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancConcha y Toro
2247822477USLight and pretty with watermelon and faint strawberry notes, Frisk is just slightly fizzy. Its aromas almost trick one into expecting a wine that's sweet, but it finishes dry and is in balance. Made from Grenache grapes, it's a likable, refreshing drink ready for the picnic basket or patio.Prickly8611CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneFrisk 2011 Prickly Rosé (Lodi)RoséFrisk
2247922478FranceA sweet blend of Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine boasts smooth, attractively honeyed fruit, along with a penetrating burst of acidity. Pineapple, peach and apple flavors blend well together, making this wine a great apéritif.Villa Chambre d'Amour86France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2012 Villa Chambre d'Amour White (Vin de France)White BlendLionel Osmin & Cie
2248022479FranceBright and fruity, this is a wine to be enjoyed now. It's crisp acidity, but concentrated with creamed-apple flavors and broadened by a touch of wood.Prestige8618BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2010 Prestige (Bourgogne)ChardonnayHenri de Villamont
2248122480PortugalFresh and creamy, this is a smooth, rich wine. It has citrus and baked apple flavors that meld easily and fully into a fruity texture. With some weight, it also has a bright, crisp aftertaste.Audaz Branco8610AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade Grande 2012 Audaz Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteHerdade Grande
2248222481USA good, if standard, wine that will satisfy Chardophiles who like their wines lush and ripe. It's rich in honey, pineapple, Meyer lemon and peach flavors.Special Reserve8638CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaHerzog 2011 Special Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayHerzog
2248322482USYou'll find oaky aromas and flavors of buttered toast, sweet vanilla and butterscotch on this Chardonnay. The underlying fruit is pure and intense, suggesting ripe apricots, green apples and limes, brightened by a streak of acidity.Riverstone8614CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2011 Riverstone Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayJ. Lohr
2248422483USThis is an interesting and useful wine, and the price helps make it a bargain. It's pretty close, in texture and flavor, to Pinot Noir, with silky tannins, brisk acids and cherry, cola and cranberry flavors.Wildflower8610CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2011 Wildflower Valdiguié (Monterey County)ValdiguiéJ. Lohr
2248522484ItalyThis opens with aromas of lemon layered with oak. The palate has a creamy texture but not enough fruit richness, and is dominated by oak and vanilla. The wine reveals touches of herbs and honey before finishing on a bitter walnut note.Satèn8640LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Montina NV Satèn Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayLa Montina
2248622485USThis is stiff and herbal, both in scents and flavors. There's a strong streak of earth dampening the light cranberry fruit. The aging in two third new French oak adds a bit of chocolate to the finish.Latitude 458635OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Left Coast Cellars 2011 Latitude 45 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLeft Coast Cellars
2248722486USAfter the initial hit of intensely sweet blackberries and oak, there's not a whole lot going on in this 100% Cab. It's high in alcohol, with sweet glycerine and some heat co-starring. The tannins are thick, so you have to wonder if the wine has a future. Yes, but not a long one. Drink now–2017.8655CaliforniaOakvilleNapaLiparita 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonLiparita
2248822487USTastes unusually lush and soft for a Napa Cab. While it's officially dry, sweet, caramelized oak and raspberry-jam flavors, along with a slick, glycerine mouthfeel, makes it as rich as a candy bar.8670CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMadorom 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMadorom
2248922488USLodi-based Michael David turns to Lodi, Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley and Lake County to craft this white wine, mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a drop of Sémillon too. Ready for a summer's day with subtle Mandarin orange, mango and lime notes, it finishes quick and crisp.8616CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneMichael David 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancMichael David
2249022489ItalyNot very expressive, but this wine's fragrance does reveal delicate aromas of rose and berry, which carry over to the palate. It doesn't have quite enough fruit richness to support the vigorous, almost aggressive, bubbles and drying finish.Essence Rosé8632LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAntica Fratta 2009 Essence Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendAntica Fratta
2249122490USWith lemon, orange, apricot and green melon flavors, this is a fruity wine, with tart notes of green gooseberries that make it savory. There's a lot of honey on the finish that makes you wonder if it's truly dry or flirting with off-dry.Forever Wild8625CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaBalverne 2012 Forever Wild Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancBalverne

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