Wine Reviews

2256122560USRipe aromas of burnt sugar, mango and pineapple introduce this bold, expansive Gewürztraminer. Drier on the palate than Keuka Spring's regular label Gewürztraminer, it boasts fresh lychee, rose petal and grapefruit flavors tied together with a bristling thread of astringency.Dynamite Vineyard8922New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2015 Dynamite Vineyard Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKeuka Spring
2256222561USBright aromas of fresh flowers and orange rind lead to sweet fruit flavors. Enjoy it for dessert.Hyatt Vineyards8915WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLatah Creek 2015 Hyatt Vineyards Moscato (Rattlesnake Hills)MoscatoLatah Creek
2256322562USA smoky aroma of plum-sauce-coated beef roast wafts on the nose of this lush bottling, which also offers white pepper and lilac. Plump berries and a fine-grained tannic structure consume the palate, finishing on a light caramel note.Valley View Vineyard8929CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLucas & Lewellen 2013 Valley View Vineyard Malbec (Santa Ynez Valley)MalbecLucas & Lewellen
2256422563USWith an addition of 3% Petit Verdot, this wine sources from Andy Beckstoffer's Missouri Hopper Vineyard in Oakville and Benessere in St. Helena. It impresses in brown sugar and berry pie, the underlying foundation succulently fruity as savory touches of clove and pencil shavings begin to show amidst the firm tannin.8926CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarilyn Merlot 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotMarilyn Merlot
2256522564ChileThis smells good and right, with aromas of tropical fruits, spice and mild oak. Fresh and integrated, with good body weight and balance, this Chardonnay tastes of spiced apple, melon and vanilla. On the finish, wood spice and peppery dryness take over.Sibaris Gran Reserva8918Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2015 Sibaris Gran Reserva Chardonnay (Leyda Valley)ChardonnayUndurraga
2256622565USJasmine, apricot and floral aromas are followed by medium-sweet stone-fruit flavors. Floral and jasmine flavors persist on the finish.Reserve8912WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaterbrook 2015 Reserve Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingWaterbrook
2256722566USAromas of this medium-bodied, un-oaked wine suggest sliced pears and apples, while the flavors are equally fruity but have a leaner feel. The texture is dry, firm and crisp, making this a great pairing for shellfish and many other dishes.Eric's Small Lot Unoaked Estate8928CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWente 2015 Eric's Small Lot Unoaked Estate Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)ChardonnayWente
2256822567USThis clean, thick, full-bodied expression of the grape balances into elegance as it goes. A splash of 9% Sémillon adds to its charm, the flavors a lush combination of pear and vanilla.8920CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWhitehall Lane 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancWhitehall Lane
2256922568FranceSoft notes of mandarin and peach fill nose and palate of this fresh and fruit-driven wine. The body is light but full-fruited with a bruised-apple mellowness. It's dry, balanced and easy.8918AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWolfberger 2015 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingWolfberger
2257022569ItalyThis easy expression of Syrah is redolent of ripe berry, moist earth and forest floor. There's a touch of fresh mint or peppermint as well, and a drying mineral feel on the close.8710Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaMandraRossa 2010 Syrah (Sicilia)SyrahMandraRossa
2257122570USA firm, somewhat muscular wine, blending in 16% Merlot and aged in neutral oak barrels. Leaf and truffle notes abound, with the distinctively acidic underpinning of Sangiovese. Light strawberry-cherry fruit gently fades through a clean finish.Seven Hills Vineyard8722WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mannina Cellars 2009 Seven Hills Vineyard Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangioveseMannina Cellars
2257222571New ZealandReflecting the difficulties of the vintage, this is a slightly edgy, coarsely textured wine, with sweet, oaky notes framing cherries and roasted beets. Try it with something slightly rustic, like beef stew.Satellite8624MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSpy Valley 2008 Satellite Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirSpy Valley
2257322572ItalyCusumano is a terrific Sicilian estate that offers both high-end expressions and a consistent line of value wines. This well-priced Nero d'Avola is fresh, clear, fruit-forward and easy to drink.8610Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCusumano 2009 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCusumano
2257422573ItalyBacca Bianca from the vineyards of Tenuta di Budonetto, is a blend of Inzolia, Grecanico and Chardonnay. This wine is slightly muddled aromatically, but it does possess a fresh, zesty mouthfeel.Bacca Bianca Tenuta di Budonetto8615Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaMaurigi 2009 Bacca Bianca Tenuta di Budonetto White (Sicilia)White BlendMaurigi
2257522574USHints of bergamot add a musky elegance to tropical notes of sweet melon and tangerine in this beautifully perfumed Riesling. There's a sugariness on the midpalate, but the finish is clean and brisk, with a shower of pink grapefruit acidity.Love8615New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaInspire Moore 2010 Love Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingInspire Moore
2257622575USThere's a tough, gritty feeling in the mouth with this dry, tannic wine. Although it has some rich flavors blackberries and blueberries, it's astringent and hard. Give it a good long decant and drink now.2028630CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaKunde 2008 202 Meritage (Sonoma Valley)MeritageKunde
2257722576FranceA soft, yet also mineral-textured wine. Its lemon and grapefruit flavors are crisp, reflecting the taut structure of the vintage. A fresh wine, with a crisp finish, ready to drink.8614BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2010 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayLouis Jadot
2257822577USA good, standard Pinot Noir, dry and crisp in acidity, with cherry, cola and pomegranate flavors accented by smoky oak. Drink now.8624CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaMahoney 2009 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirMahoney
2257922578USLighter than Malibu Oak's Cabernet Sauvignon, this Cab Franc shows the variety's characteristic herby notes and is otherwise easy and light, with enough depth to pair well with a range of meats.8627CaliforniaSouth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneMalibu Rocky Oaks 2009 Cabernet FrancCabernet FrancMalibu Rocky Oaks
2258022579SpainSeems as though this medium-sweet Viura-Malvasia blend has gotten better in recent years as the winery has dialed down the sweetness and weight. Lately, this vintage included, Satinela has been fresh, cleanly made and easygoing, with sweet pear and peach flavors and not too much weight or residual sugar. Captures the essence of medium sweet.Satinela Medium-Sweet869Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2010 Satinela Medium-Sweet White (Rioja)White BlendMarqués de Cáceres
2258122580USThere's no doubt this is 100-percent Petite Sirah, full of dark plummy fruit and an earthy element that's close to mushrooms and dirt. Aged over two years in French oak the wine even has a slight hint of game and caramel. The tannins are soft but ample.8624CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMcCay Cellars 2008 Petite Sirah (Lodi)Petite SirahMcCay Cellars
2258222581USThe initial impression of young, juicy red berries carries into an astringent wine with streaks of gravel and chalk. It's pleasant, simple but quick to fade.8630WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine North by Northwest 2008 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNorth by Northwest
2258322582SpainThe tough conditions of the 2008 vintage are reflected in this scratchy wine. Plum is the key fruit aroma, and that's followed by a tight, firm body with toasty oak, black fruit flavors, herbal notes and peppery spice. Quick and a touch hot on the finish.La Montesa8620Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPalacios Remondo 2008 La Montesa (Rioja)Red BlendPalacios Remondo
2258422583FranceBright red fruits in this attractive cherry and banana flavored wine. It has a soft tannic edge, laced with acidity and finishing spice.Nouveau8612BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerPaul Durdilly 2011 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayPaul Durdilly
2258522584PortugalApples, green plums and peaches go with lemon zest acidity in this soft, fruity white wine. It is ready for drinking, finishing with an attractive warm finish.Vinhas do Lasso Branco86LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Pinto 2010 Vinhas do Lasso Branco White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Pinto
2258622585USA firm, youthful Cabernet, with cassis and blue plum fruit accented by dried herb, graphite and asphalt. As it sat in the glass, a distinct leathery aroma emerged and the fruit quickly faded.8638WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ross Andrew 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonRoss Andrew
2258722586USRipe and fruity in raspberries and cherries, this Pinot is also sweet in toasty oak. It has a nice, pleasantly silky texture. Not going anywhere, but good for drinking now.Siebert Ranch8635CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAncient Oak Cellars 2009 Siebert Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirAncient Oak Cellars
2258822587FranceExcellent color on this firmly fruity wine. It has an attractive edge of tannins giving it good structure while showing all of the fresh nouveau fruit.Nouveau8612BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerAntonin Rodet 2011 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayAntonin Rodet
2258922588New ZealandReady to drink, this Pinot is already losing color and going brick at the rim, its modest red berry fruit falling away to reveal notes of brown sugar, vanilla and even a touch of wintergreen. Supple in texture, with mouthwatering acids on the finish.Composite8622MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAra 2008 Composite Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirAra
2259022589New ZealandThis is slightly bigger and earthier than Ara's other 2009 Pinot Noir, with notes more of beet than cherry, and hints of dried herbs and mushrooms. It's a sturdy wine that could stand up to braised meats.Pathway8615MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAra 2009 Pathway Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirAra

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