Wine Reviews

2264122640ItalyThis appealing blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sagrantino offers up aromas of bright fruits and meat juices. The savory palate delivers flavors of juicy plum, raspberry and licorice. It's round and ready, with polished tannins, so enjoy soon.Elicius8835Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Montegiove 2009 Elicius Red (Umbria)Red BlendCastello di Montegiove
2264222641AustriaSherry-like in style with nutty aromas and flavors, this is a curious but delicious wine. It's a white-wine blend with a touch of brandy flavor. As its name suggests, this is a fine apéritif.Aperitiv8841BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerTinhof NV Aperitiv White (Burgenland)White BlendTinhof
2264322642USThis Chardonnay is rich and decadent with plenty of ripe fruit and oak. It's a crowd pleaser with flavors of mangoes, pineapples, limes, buttered toast and vanilla, all brightened by acidity.8828CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastHighflyer 2010 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayHighflyer
2264422643USGrassy dill and citrus flavors give this Chardonnay a Sauvignon Blanc-style leanness, but it's balanced with notes of buttered toast and vanilla from new French oak. Brisk with acidity, it's the perfect wine to drink with scallops.8828CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaHKG 2011 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayHKG
2264522644USThis estate-grown Pinot Grigio takes the variety's basic citrus, straw, green apple and tropical fruit flavors and lifts them with partial barrel fermentation. It's a rich, but balanced, wine for drinking with almost anything.8825CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaHKG 2012 Pinot Grigio (Russian River Valley)Pinot GrigioHKG
2264622645ItalyThis deeply colored Tuscan rosato, made entirely from Syrah, opens with a lovely fragrance of blue flower, red berry and spice. The vibrant palate delivers crisp acidity and flavors of raspberry, blueberry and white pepper.Nemorino Rosato8818TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Giusti e Zanza 2012 Nemorino Rosato Syrah (Toscana)SyrahI Giusti e Zanza
2262122620FranceThis producer based in the Marne Valley has made a deliciously crisp, bone dry rosé. With raspberry fruitiness and lively acidity, it's tight, mineral and drinkable as a young Champagne.Mlle Sophie Brut Rosé8964ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBruno Gobillard NV Mlle Sophie Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendBruno Gobillard
2264722646USThe name comes from a Django tune, and also means “clouds” in French. Nothing cloudy here though—it's a pretty, lively, fruit-driven blend with cherry candy flavors. Crisp and fresh, a streak of cola runs comet-like through the tail, along with a hint of mint.Nuages Unfiltered8840OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Christopher 2011 Nuages Unfiltered Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirJ. Christopher
2262222621USThere's a slight bit of meaty funk, as can be expected from this grape, on the nose of this bottling, alongside red berries, graphite and a touch of herbs. The palate packs very dark, even black fruit along with a hint of marjoram-crusted roast beef, proving a tad sweet and quite acidic.8936CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCass 2014 Mourvèdre (Paso Robles)MourvèdreCass
2262322622USThis dark and brooding blend of 52% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Tannat shows concentrated dark strawberry, meat char, white pepper and purple flowers on the nose. Those scents and varieties all come together in a savory show of roasting herbs and baked blackberry flavors on the plush palate.Sofa King Bueno8920CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChronic Cellars 2015 Sofa King Bueno Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendChronic Cellars
2262422623USBrooding aromas of vanilla, mocha and herb lead to a palate full of fresh acids and firm, but not unrelenting tannins. It's an intriguing example of the variety.Stratus8932WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCloudlift Cellars 2014 Stratus Petit Verdot (Yakima Valley)Petit VerdotCloudlift Cellars
2264822647AustriaThis wine shows strong extraction with hints of bitter chocolate as well as licorice flavors. The fruit is still compressed at this stage, with acidity showing through most prominently. The wine is solid, though, and could yield some more fruity pleasure in the future.Terra O.8846BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerJohann Heinrich 2011 Terra O. Red (Burgenland)Austrian Red BlendJohann Heinrich
2262522624ChileCrisp citrusy aromas include notes of crushed vitamin and ocean breeze. This is tangy and speedy on the palate, with racy acidity. Tangerine and lime flavors are stony, while this is fresh, lasting and citrusy on the finish.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva8917Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2016 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancConcha y Toro
2262622625ItalyAromas of yellow fruit and a whiff of toasted hazelnut lead the way on this dessert wine. A blend of 60% Grechetto and Procanico, 35% Sauvignon and 5% Sémillon, the rich palate delivers dried apricot and acacia honey along with a note of candied tangerine zest.Pourriture Noble8940Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDecugnano dei Barbi 2014 Pourriture Noble (Orvieto Classico Superiore)White BlendDecugnano dei Barbi
2264922648AustriaLaurenz Moser V makes deliciously fruity Grüner, allowing the ripe character of the grape to dominate. This wine, bright with apple and citrus flavors, is light, breezy and ready to drink. Screwcap.Friendly8820KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerLaurenz V. 2012 Friendly Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerLaurenz V.
2262722626PortugalBlending Chardonnay and Arinto, this wine has come with a fine balance between a creamy texture and bright acidity. It is ripe, fruity with a soft character that also has an aromatic element. Drink the wine from 2018.Margaride's8915LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Monteiro 2016 Margaride's White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Monteiro
2265022649USThere's a little oak on this wine, just enough to give it a soft, smoky edge. Otherwise, the star is the Albariño grape, tart with acidity and juicy with citrus, green apple, peach and white-flower flavors. Try it as an interesting alternative to Pinot Gris.8822CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastLaZarre 2012 Albariño (Edna Valley)AlbariñoLaZarre
2262822627USMourvèdre (82%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the balance equal parts Cinsault and Grenache. A blend of fruit from McKinley Springs and Upland vineyards, it offers aromas of white pepper, herb and earth that leads to sweet pure fruit flavors that linger.Par La Mer8935WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRobert Ramsay 2014 Par La Mer Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Rhône-style Red BlendRobert Ramsay
2262922628ItalyMade from organically farmed grapes, this opens with an unusual fragrance of medicinal herbs and ripe black fruit. The palate offers flavors of dense blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and espresso, along with prune and raisin notes.8950Central ItalySagrantino di MontefalcoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDi Filippo 2008 Sagrantino di MontefalcoSagrantinoDi Filippo
2263022629AustriaSmooth and creamy, this is a rounded wine that's soft in texture. A good bite of lemon juice acidity adds balance and attractive fruitiness. Finishes very clean and fragrant. Screwcap.Hermanschachern8926WeinviertelRoger Voss@vossrogerEbner-Ebenauer 2012 Hermanschachern Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerEbner-Ebenauer
2263122630USThe 2011 Estate Selection brings flavors of rhubarb, citrus and tart raspberry, along with suggestions of pine needles and chocolate. It's well structured and proportionate—a good reflection of the vintage and Willamette Valley-style Pinot Noir.Estate Selection8934OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Erath 2011 Estate Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirErath
2263222631USThis is a fine Pinot for drinking now. It's dry and brisk with coastal acidity, firm tannins and elaborate raspberry, cherry and persimmon flavors, touched by sweet, smoky oak.8934CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFailla 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFailla
2263322632SpainFruity is the best way to describe this young wine that shows touches of weight and darkness but mostly simple, fresh, lightly candied berry aromas and flavors. There's crispness and intensity to the palate, while the finish is clean.Seis8816Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPaco Garcia 2011 Seis (Rioja)TempranilloPaco Garcia
2263422633USTart and puckery, this is for acid-lovers. The aromas carry accents of pine needles, while the fruit is headlined with grapefruit and tangy citrus. Very refreshing.Croft Vineyard8819OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Arbor Brook 2012 Croft Vineyard Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisArbor Brook
2263522634USThis is a well-made blend of Syrah and Grenache. On the palate, rich cherry flavor is accented with hints of mocha, prosciutto and rose petal. It finishes dry despite the ripe fruitiness with a streak of tart acidity.Dissident8832CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastArchium 2011 Dissident Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendArchium
2263622635ItalyMade from Grechetto, a grape widely planted in parts of Umbria, this opens with aromas of apricot, tropical fruit and citrus. The delicious palate offers crisp acidity and flavors of ripe peach, cantaloupe, lemon zest, almond and thyme.8817Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArgillae 2012 Grechetto (Umbria)GrechettoArgillae
2263722636USWith more than four years of bottle age, this Cabernet is soft, elegant and lovely to drink now. It has subtle but complex black currant, mocha and cedar flavors, along with rich tannins that will pair well with steak.8830CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaArrowood 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonArrowood
2263822637ItalyHere's a savory blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano that opens with aromas of meat juice, soil, prune and plum. The palate offers juicy black cherry, raspberry, mint and tobacco, with hints of truffle and underbrush in a ripe, ready-to-enjoy style.Polago8815Central ItalyUmbriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarberani 2011 Polago Red (Umbria)Red BlendBarberani
2263922638USThis is one of the best value-oriented Sauvignon Blancs in California. It's dry and tart with acidity, along with rewarding flavors of lemons, limes, golden mangoes and gooseberries.8810CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancBogle
2264022639USAn elegant Chardonnay from Anderson Valley's cool vineyards, this is fruity and accessible, but also nuanced with hints of beeswax, vanilla and delicate lemon. Subtly oaked, it finishes with a note of candied fruit.8825CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneCarpe Diem 2012 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)ChardonnayCarpe Diem

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