Wine Reviews


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2253122530FranceWhile the wood aging and toast do show, this wine is also rich. Black fruits give a juicy, flavorsome character, an opulence that is finished with some acidity. Drink from 2016.Réserve8921BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saincrit 2012 Réserve (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Saincrit
2253222531GermanyWhile the nose on this off-dry Riesling is lean and mineral, the palate is lusciously ripe, brimming with peach and mango flavors. A streak of high-pitched acidity shakes up the midpalate and lingers through the finish.Noble House8912MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Pauly Bergweiler 2013 Noble House Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Pauly Bergweiler
2253322532ItalyMade entirely with Chardonnay, this pretty sparkler opens with aromas of white flower, peach and citrus backed up by a whiff of bread crust. The vibrant palate delivers Bartlett pear, mature apple, lemon zest and toasted almond alongside a soft perlage.Extra Brut8945LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLo Sparviere 2007 Extra Brut Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayLo Sparviere
2253422533GermanyHints of cookie crumbs lend warmth to fresh apple and pear notes in this mineral-intense, dry Riesling. It's round and rich on the palate, but punctuated by tart, steely tones of acid and stone before finishing moderately long.Oppenheim Sackträger Spätlese Trocken8930RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaLouis Guntrum 2012 Oppenheim Sackträger Spätlese Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingLouis Guntrum
2253522534USThe nose on this secret blend is clean and tight, not showy at all, with just a touch of papaya and honey. It expands greatly on the palate with banana and melon, but wipes up quick with a fresh burst of acidity.Bianco8921CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLe Vigne 2013 Bianco White (Paso Robles)White BlendLe Vigne
2253622535USThis wine doesn't give up its refreshing acidity as it adds plenty of buttery, toasty oak tones to spice up the vivid crisp apple and pineapple flavors at its core. It makes for a lively, dry and appetizing drink to enjoy now.8916CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMichael David 2013 Chardonnay (Lodi)ChardonnayMichael David
2253722536ItalyFruity, fresh and frothy, this savory red opens with a lovely fragrance of violet, iris and woodland berry. The tangy, refreshing palate doles out raspberry, strawberry, baking spice and a hint of nectarine zest.Sant'Agata8917Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePaltrinieri 2013 Sant'Agata (Lambrusco di Sorbara)Lambrusco di SorbaraPaltrinieri
2253822537USYeasty and fragrant with a fresh, wheat beer aspect, this delicate Riesling captures the gentle elegance of the grape's aromatics and mouthfeel. There's a nice mix of lemon tea, honey and mineral components, all in a low-alcohol but still quite dry style.Hillside Vineyard8915OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Roots 2012 Hillside Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Gorge (OR))RieslingRoots
2256022559FranceNotes of yeast still shimmer on the nose, showing how young this wine is. The palate is fresh and has all the 2015 exuberance of fruit. It offers a zippy, fresh core of citrus and juicy balance, with a dry finish.8917AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Fritsch 2015 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingJoseph Fritsch
2253922538ItalyAromas of prune, mature blackberry and baking spice open this dense dessert wine. The palate doles out blackberry jam, dried black berry and vanilla alongside chewy tannins.Semèle8939Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSignae 2011 Semèle (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoSignae
2254022539ItalyFresh and fragrant, this opens with lovely scents of woodland berry, blue flower and a whiff of baking spice. The smooth, juicy palate delivers succulent black cherry, star anise, chopped herb and a hint of pipe tobacco alongside firm acidity and polished tannins.8917TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCiacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCiacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
2254122540EnglandAn appetizing mix of oatmeal and tart apple fills the nose. The fizzy palate boosts apple and rhubarb flavors and spells total refreshment and verve. These notions are underpinned by soft, biscuity notes of autolysis, always circling back to juicy, crisp apple. If you want refreshment, look no further.Brut8951EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDigby Fine English NV Brut Sparkling (England)Sparkling BlendDigby Fine English
2254222541FranceBased in the village of Lancié in the heart of the Beaujolais crus, this producer has made a ripe wine that is full of black-cherry fruits and balanced tannins. It is concentrated and ripe, perfumed with a fresh, crisp aftertaste.8915BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine André Collonge 2015 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine André Collonge
2254322542FranceSubdued floral notes signal a restrained Gewurztraminer. The palate has ample freshness and gentle perfume, making for a subtle wine that plays down the fragrances but boosts the spiciness. It finishes fresh and wonderfully peppery.8927AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine de la Tour Blanche 2014 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine de la Tour Blanche
2254422543FranceCreamy, ripe pear fruit signals a pliable, rich wine. There is some palpable warmth amid the generous pear notes that are held in check by fresh, zesty acidity. The body does not come across as heavy but as a lovely interplay of ripe pear and zesty citrus.Bonheur Convivial8918AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Rieflé-Landmann 2014 Bonheur Convivial Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Rieflé-Landmann
2254522544FranceThe nose of this dry, textured wine is full of the scent of ripe pear flesh and peel, while the palate adds zesty citrus and a warm core. Full of fruit and freshness, it finishes clean and zesty.Tradition8927AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Sipp-Mack 2014 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Sipp-Mack
2254622545FranceExotic hints of passion fruit play among fresh flavors of citrus as well as riper, juicier stone fruit for a balanced, easy wine. The finish is off dry, but totally moreish. Enjoy soon while the fruit notes are in their prime.Les Princes Abbés8923AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaines Schlumberger 2014 Les Princes Abbés Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaines Schlumberger
2254722546FranceGentle fruit notes of creamy citrus signal a restrained style. The palate is a mix of peachy, juicy richness and mandarin-peel freshness. This is a mild, off dry, gently perfumed and balanced wine.8916AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff Au Moulin 2015 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDopff Au Moulin
2254822547FranceNotes of ripe, yellow Mirabelle plums play along with the pear notes and lead to a dry and fresh body. Gentle bitter hints of pith and almond lend texture and frame.Reserve8916AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff Au Moulin 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDopff Au Moulin
2254922548USWhile aromatically demure and light in body for a Gewürztraminer, this lip-smacking wine offers loads of fresh pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine flavor. It's medium-sweet in style yet refreshingly brisk through a moderately long finish. Drink now through 2018.Reserve8920New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2015 Reserve Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerDr. Konstantin Frank
2255022549USTropical-fruit aromas and lavish flavors go well with the richness and full body of this creamy-textured wine blended from Chardonnay, Sémillon and Verdelho grapes. Toasted almond, nutmeg and vanilla all come out on the palate and linger on the finish.Semonnay8922CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra 2014 Semonnay White (Livermore Valley)White BlendFenestra
2255122550USWhiffs of struck flint and smoke meander from the nose to the finish on this dry Riesling, accenting fresh white grapefruit, lemon and lime. Tonic in feel, it's invigorating—zippy refreshment for youthful enjoyment.Dry8918New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFox Run 2014 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingFox Run
2255222551FranceAromatic notes of orange peel and flesh charm on the nose of this wine. The palate is gentle, dry and fresh, with a super-clean finish offering apple and grapefruit.Turckheim8915AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoFrançois Baur 2015 Turckheim Riesling (Alsace)RieslingFrançois Baur
2255322552USThis opens with a touch of reduced oak, never letting go of its sizable full-bodied cradling of wood and tannin. In the glass it begins to unfold and reveal juicy, rich red currant, cassis and berry seasoned in clove.8948CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMerryvale 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotMerryvale
2255422553ChilePunchy raspberry, plum and spice aromas are straight from central casting as far as Pinot goes. This feels medium to full, while spicy, lightly leafy plum flavors are a touch herbal. Round and generous on the finish, this closes with dry, spicy, herbal flavors and a solid oak component.Alpha8923Aconcagua CostaMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2014 Alpha Pinot Noir (Aconcagua Costa)Pinot NoirMontes
2255522554USThis is a bold, tannic, very flavorful wine that needs to pair with an epic meat dish. It smells like black cherry and cranberry, tastes almost chocolaty, and feels thick and dense with fine tannins and firm acidity.Don Giovanni Estate8925CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2012 Don Giovanni Estate Red (Sierra Foothills)Red BlendNaggiar
2255622555USAromas of roasted and green coffee beans lead to plush fruit and barrel flavors. It shows a fine sense of balance.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8928WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNovelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNovelty Hill
2255722556USAromas of coffee, chocolate and fresh herbs are followed by grainy dark fruit flavors. The tannins need some time to stretch their legs.8919WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPurple Star 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonPurple Star
2255822557PortugalA finely ripe wine, full of yellow fruits and spice, with baked apple character that gives the wine extra richness. The fruit is right up front, finishing with light pepper.8915DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Marias 2015 Encruzado (Dão)EncruzadoQuinta das Marias
2255922558USThis blend of 60% Pinot Grigio and 40% Viognier offers sharp green-apple candy, lemongrass, candied lime and yellow lily on the fresh and attention-grabbing nose. Grassy tension on the palate highlights lime blossoms, kiwi and apple skins. The interplay between racy Pinot Grigio and riper Viognier is intriguing.Cantata8922CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Renzoni 2015 Cantata White (Temecula Valley)White BlendRobert Renzoni

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