Wine Reviews

2300923008USPretty scents of rosewater, raspberries and cherries introduce this light and pleasing wine. It carries some of the charm of a good strawberry soda, with forward fruit and a delicate frame. That said, it is not just a simple fruity wine, and gains weight and complexity as it breathes. Give it time to show you all it has.La Paulée9139OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Scott Paul 2012 La Paulée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirScott Paul
2301023009USSuch a tiny amount produced, yet the quality makes you wish for much, much more. The pale coppery rosé is wonderfully rich and toasty, with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit, a fine bead plus excellent concentration and finesse.Sparkling Rosé of9160OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sokol Blosser NV Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirSokol Blosser
2298122980USBright and lemony, this has tight acidity and layers of toasty caramel and vanilla. This will pair with a wide range of dinner options and would make for a worthy go-to midweek wine.8710CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneLine 39 2010 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayLine 39
2298222981USRich and delicious, this has flavors of pineapple tart, lemon meringue pie, buttered toast and smoky butterscotch that are balanced by fine acidity and dry, firm minerality.L de Lyeth8713CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaLyeth 2011 L de Lyeth Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayLyeth
2298322982ChileThis is big and dark on the nose, but also kind of generic. It feels round, flush and tannic, with blackberry, chocolate and a mild bitterness to the palate. The wine finishes big and chewy, but there's a persistent, controlled bitterness to the flavor profile.8719Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMaquis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMaquis
2298422983ChileLike the winery's 2010 Corralillo Syrah, this comes across funky, more herbal and pointed than in prior years. The body is full but hard, with roasted berry, spice and herb flavors. It feels forced and a bit warm, with a salty note and juicy, almost sharp acids.EQ8743San AntonioMichael Schachner@wineschachMatetic 2010 EQ Syrah (San Antonio)SyrahMatetic
2298522984ItalyHoney, white flower, peach and lemon blossom are some of the pretty aromas on offer. Light and delicate, it also feels creamy, rich and sweet on the finish.8720PiedmontMoscato d'AstiMauro Sebaste 2011 Moscato d'AstiMoscatoMauro Sebaste
2298622985FranceFrom the lesser-quality 2006 vintage, this is a gentle and tangy selection. It has lemon zest and steely acidity, with light touches of grapefruit and crisp apple. Not for aging, this is an attractive wine to drink now.Noblesse d'Or Vintage Brut87220ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Moritz 2006 Noblesse d'Or Vintage Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendMichel Moritz
2298722986USA well-balanced Chardonnay, this has flavors of tropical fruit, apricot and lemon candy, brightened by that famous Edna Valley acidity. This would make for a great apéritif.Wolff Vineyard8721CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMount Eden Vineyards 2010 Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayMount Eden Vineyards
2298822987FranceThis dry, full-bodied selection benefits from the rich Pinot in the blend. It has a tight, minerally texture, its acidity cutting the flavors of lime juice and orange zest.Premier Cru Brut8742ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerAubry NV Premier Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendAubry
2298922988USThis has a lively, whimsical label and some very good juice within. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Zinfandel, it is intoxicatingly perfumed like cotton candy. Otherwise jammy, with dark cherry and blackberry flavors, it has rounded tannins, a strong structure and a soft leather finish.8717CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneCaricature 2010 Red (California)Red BlendCaricature
2299022989PortugalThis is light—the Ten in the name refers to its alcohol level—dry, crisp and fragrantly fresh. It is citrus dominant and deliciously refreshing—a wine that livens up the palate.Aphros Ten8714Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasal Paço Padreiro 2011 Aphros Ten Loureiro (Vinho Verde)LoureiroCasal Paço Padreiro
2299122990ChileThis has green-leaning aromas of tobacco, tomato and grass that are matched by more standard plum and berry notes. It feels tight, tannic and rubbery, with medicinal flavors of herbal black fruits and mint. Solid as a whole, this holds its pose on the finish, although even there it's a touch green. This is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.La Capitana Barrel Reserve8717Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Rosa 2009 La Capitana Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotViña La Rosa
2299222991GeorgiaDark, fleshy black-fruit and cocoa notes on the nose and palate get a blast of zestiness from the persistent cranberry and spice flavors. It is full-bodied, with a firm layer of tannins that grip tightly on the finish.8710KakhetiAnna Lee C. IijimaWine Man 2010 Saperavi (Kakheti)SaperaviWine Man
2299322992FranceBlueberry, blackberry and boysenberry all abound on the nose and palate of this easy-pleasing and accessible wine. Fine tannins and medium acidity create an approachable structure, while hints of crushed violet and chocolate add richness to the finish.Père et Fils Syrah-Grenache8710Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLaurent Miquel 2010 Père et Fils Syrah-Grenache Syrah-Grenache (Pays d'Oc)Syrah-GrenacheLaurent Miquel
2299422993ItalyLate-harvest Raboso grapes produce a dark, ruby-colored sweet wine, with powerful concentration and a thick texture. The fruit characteristics recall prune and black currant.Rubioso8724VenetoMarca TrevigianaAnna Spinato 2006 Rubioso Raboso (Marca Trevigiana)RabosoAnna Spinato
2299522994PortugalThe vineyards of Quinta da Romeira in cool-climate Bucelas are the source of this elegant, fragrant wine. It has fine acidity, and apple and pear fruits. The Arinto grape provides a lift of freshness on the finish.Prova Régia87LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2011 Prova Régia Arinto (Lisboa)ArintoCompanhia das Quintas
2299622995ChileThis smells basic and clean, with black fruit aromas of cherry and plum. It feels rugged, grabby and tannic, with a dark, chocolaty flavor of baked berry leading to a toasty and spicy finish that delivers strong tannin. It reflects the cool conditions of 2010.Los Vascos Grande Reserve8720Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2010 Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
2299722996ItalyThis inky purple dessert wine delivers high-toned fruit flavors of blueberry, blackberry jam, cinnamon, mocha and vanilla. Chewy tannins offer support and close on a nutmeg note.Passito9170Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Fratelli Pardi 2009 Passito (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoCantina Fratelli Pardi
2299822997USThis estate-grown Pinot Noir artfully blends seven different clones, capturing the nuances of each, and melding them into a fascinating wine. Dig in—you'll find plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit, streaked with iron, espresso and licorice. The texture and length add more subtlety, with a delicate hint of sandalwood at the very end.Estate9145OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Carabella 2012 Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirCarabella
2299922998USCharred oak characterizes the nose of this wine from an estate just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but chopped dill takes the place of overpowering butter aromas. The herbs show up on the palate, hovering on pine needles, sandalwood and oak toothpicks, with lime pith keeping it fresh.Estate9139CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCebada 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Santa Ynez Valley)ChardonnayCebada
2300022999ItalyEarthy aromas of leafy underbrush, leather, ripe blackberry, savory herb and baking spice lead the nose on this warm, full-bodied red. The lush, juicy palate offers ripe black plum, fig, black pepper and graphite alongside velvety tannins. A licorice note signals the close.Etnico9135Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDi Filippo 2010 Etnico (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoDi Filippo
2300123000ArgentinaRipe, deep aromas of cassis and marzipan evolve to show minerality. A big, chunky palate features flavors of baked blackberry, cassis and chocolate, while a mild, somewhat languorous finish is chewy and leaves a lasting taste of prune. Drink now through 2018.Obra Prima Coleccion Gran Reserva9143Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Cassone 2011 Obra Prima Coleccion Gran Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFamilia Cassone
2300223001USCrème brûlée informs the creamy backbone of an otherwise high-toned Chardonnay, the acidity brisk on the palate without veering over the edge. Layers of apple and pear give additional lift in between a yeasty texture.9125CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFritz 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayFritz
2300323002FranceThe region's most widely available wine remains a solid benchmark. Exotic aromas of citrus blossom and tropical fruit make a bold impression, followed up on the palate by ample weight and a touch of oiliness. Drink now–2016.9165Rhône ValleyCondrieuJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzE. Guigal 2011 CondrieuRhône-style White BlendE. Guigal
2300423003ArgentinaAromas of pencil lead and lemony oak vie with jammy, raisiny scents. This is a live-wire wine with energy flowing across a jumpy palate. Ripe cassis and blackberry flavors show a licorice note, while the finish is concentrated at first before breaking up and showing some heat. Drink through 2018.Grande Réserve9139Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachRaffy 2010 Grande Réserve Malbec (Tupungato)MalbecRaffy
2300523004SpainDense dark fruit aromas show depth, starting off a pleasant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is fresh yet lush, with earthy, lightly baked flavors of blackberry, chocolate and spice. A toasty note darkens the nuances on the narrowing finish.Crianza9122Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachSeñorío de Sotillo 2011 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)Tempranillo BlendSeñorío de Sotillo
2300623005USThis selection is from the winery's first planted vineyard, now nearing 20 years of age. It's all Pommard clone, offering a burst of pretty cherry fruit backed with stiff tannins and a streak of iron. Still showing some sharp edges, it's just out of 15 months in 50% new oak, and will benefit from aerating or further bottle age.Aliette9148OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine WillaKenzie Estate 2012 Aliette Pinot NoirPinot NoirWillaKenzie Estate
2300723006USMinty, this restrained Syrah is from a sought-after vineyard, a pioneer in Sonoma County Rhône-style wines. Here, the producer keeps things interesting in swathes of white pepper, mint and cranberry, as well as a strong sense of leather throughout. High in acidity, it needs time to come together; try after 2020.Unti Vineyards9138CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMuscardini 2011 Unti Vineyards Syrah (Dry Creek Valley)SyrahMuscardini
2300823007USThe nose is still emerging on this bottling by the historic estate, but nectarine, white and yellow flowers and a touch of cantaloupe are starting to peek out. The flavors dance between acidity and ripeness, with green apple flesh, lemon-lime peels and brisk minerality that build into a juicy finish.Estate9126CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRiverbench 2013 Estate Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayRiverbench

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