Wine Reviews

2340123400USThere's something deep and soulful in the way that ripe, red fruit melds with charred wood and coconut macaroons on this supple yet robust Cab Franc. Blended with a dose of Tannat and Merlot, the finish is fairly long, ending on an earthy, fall foliage note.8723VirginiaVirginiaAnna Lee C. IijimaPotomac Point 2009 Cabernet Franc (Virginia)Cabernet FrancPotomac Point
2340223401ItalyThere's a spicy element of clove or cinnamon (25% of the wine is aged in oak) that is followed by stone fruit and bitter almond. Tonic effervescence and crisp acidity would help pair this wine with quiche.Brut8720LombardyFranciacortaCà del Vént NV Brut Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayCà del Vént
2340323402ItalyThis is a lean, simple sparkling wine with stone fruit and grapefruit followed by almond and melon. Foamy and crisp, pair this wine with seafood appetizers.Satén8724LombardyFranciacortaCà del Vént NV Satén Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayCà del Vént
2340423403ItalyThis vintage-dated expression of Chardonnay offers creamy aromas of peach and honey followed by dried sage, toasted almond and crushed mineral. Pair this luminous sparkling wine with rolled salmon canapés.Brut Millesimato8720LombardyFranciacortaCastelveder 2005 Brut Millesimato Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayCastelveder
2340523404USYou get plenty of ripe berry, cherry and currant fruit in this expressive young Cabernet. Smoky oak adds sweetness, making for a delicious wine to drink now and over the next several years.Estate8725CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaRodney Strong 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonRodney Strong
2340623405USNice and easy to drink, with sweetened orange tea, lime, vanilla, honey and white pepper flavors, brightened with zesty acidity.Charlotte's Home8714CaliforniaNorthern SonomaSonomaRodney Strong 2010 Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc (Northern Sonoma)Sauvignon BlancRodney Strong
2340723406USThis Chiles Valley producer, on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley, has made a big Chardonnay that doesn't exude much aromatically at first and veers sweet, but is otherwise balanced and could develop some interesting minerality over time.Estate8743CaliforniaChiles ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRustRidge 2008 Estate Chardonnay (Chiles Valley)ChardonnayRustRidge
2340823407USRichly fruited with sweet black cherries and cassis, this deeply penetrating Pinot Noir gets a lift on the palate with cool tones of pine, menthol and pencil lead. Lively acidity and soft, feathery tannins linger on the finish.8720New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaVentosa 2008 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirVentosa
2341623415FranceCut with sulfur, this is a wine whose bitterness hides the potential of the strawberry fruits and acidity. Off-dry, it's unbalanced.8213Loire ValleyRosé d'AnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerBougrier 2013 Rosé d'AnjouRoséBougrier
2340923408ChileDark fruit aromas carry the bouquet, which is compact and clean even if it loses potency with airing. Shows good texture and acidity to support herbal, traditional flavors of blackberry, plum and fig. Dry, lightly herbal and likable on the finish.Reserva8711Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachApaltagua 2010 Reserva Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreApaltagua
2341023409ItalyThis beautiful vintage-dated Prosecco offers layers of delicate floral, peach and citrus like intensity. There's a touch of sweetness in the mouth that adds a layer of plush softness to the finish.Millesimo Extra Dry8718VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreBianca Vigna 2010 Millesimo Extra Dry (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraBianca Vigna
2341123410USLots of oak and ripe fruit in this flashy Cabernet. Too much of both, in fact. Explodes in blackberries, cassis, buttered toast and caramel, wrapped into the ripest, sweetest tannins imaginable. But beyond the obvious palate flattery, there's not a whole lot going on.8749CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCastello di Amorosa 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCastello di Amorosa
2341223411USImpressive, but too sweet for comfort, despite great streamlining acidity that keeps the finish clean. Tastes like sugared orange tea and pineapple jam, with the buttered toast and caramel of oak. Earns extra points for minerality and structure.VGS8745CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaChâteau Potelle 2010 VGS Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayChâteau Potelle
2341323412USCourse and snappy on the palate, this blanc de blancs features broad apple flavors.Château Reserve Méthode Champenoise Blanc de Blancs Brut8230North CarolinaNorth CarolinaBiltmore Estate 2010 Château Reserve Méthode Champenoise Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (North Carolina)ChardonnayBiltmore Estate
2341423413ArgentinaSweet and candied on the nose, it has a touch of citrus and melon to the flavor profile. It has an okay mouthfeel.The Perfect Play Pink827Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachDomino 2012 The Perfect Play Pink Moscato (Mendoza)MoscatoDomino
2341523414USA dessert wine based on 100% Chambourcin, this sports warm flavors of brandied blackberries and pastry spices that also mark the palate, which comes with dusty tannins and a truncated finish.Vin Doux8228VirginiaVirginiaRockgarden NV Vin Doux Red (Virginia)Red BlendRockgarden
2341723416ArgentinaIt's oxidized and nutty on the nose. The palate is peachy, while flavors of nuts, dried-out citrus and baked stone fruits finish bland.Made With Organically Grown Grapes Rosé8212Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Jean Bousquet 2013 Made With Organically Grown Grapes Rosé Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato)Malbec-Cabernet SauvignonDomaine Jean Bousquet
2341823417SpainCompost aromas and a clunky feeling palate get this off on the wrong foot. Flavors of burnt berry fruit and sweetness fail to impress. This shows hardly any snap on a cloying finish.Rosado8214Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachEnate 2013 Rosado Cabernet Sauvignon (Somontano)Cabernet SauvignonEnate
2341923418USThis is a big Merlot, earthy but a tad flat, with a tobacco-like bitterness on the tail end.Le Sage8235CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMichel-Schlumberger 2011 Le Sage Merlot (Dry Creek Valley)MerlotMichel-Schlumberger
2342023419USDiminished scents of rubber, dried cherry and raspberry translate onto the nimble, glossy palate. The acidity becomes jumpy on the finish, leaving the wine feeling tense and asymmetrical.Catamount Run8218VirginiaVirginiaNaked Mountain 2011 Catamount Run Red (Virginia)Red BlendNaked Mountain
2342123420USArabica coffee and toasted hazelnut aromas are layered on top of wild-berry notes. Overall, this medium-bodied wine feels soft and a tad runny.8218VirginiaVirginiaChateau Morrisette 2011 Chambourcin (Virginia)ChambourcinChateau Morrisette
2342223421USThe nose on this blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is a bit tight, with subtle notes of cocoa powder, raspberry and angel food cake. On the palate, fine tannins give structure, but the flavors taste equally muted.Winemakers Select Bin 118238VirginiaVirginiaTarara 2012 Winemakers Select Bin 11 Red (Virginia)Red BlendTarara
2342323422PortugalA sugar water style of Vinho Verde, all sweetness and acidity. It is fresh and clean, very crisp and green.829Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerVidigal 2013 White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteVidigal
2342423423USThere's a tannic flatness to this 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 12% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot blended in. The crunchy blackberry and cassis fall somewhat flat on the palate.8232CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEstate 1856 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonEstate 1856
2342523424USMedium in body, this deals a slender peach flavor, bearing acids that become jumpy toward the finish.8120VirginiaVirginiaNorth Gate 2012 Viognier (Virginia)ViognierNorth Gate
2342623425USA rosé of Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Syrah, this has flavors of herb and raspberry, which are etched with nervy acids.Girasole8113North CarolinaSwan CreekRaffaldini 2012 Girasole Rosé (Swan Creek)RoséRaffaldini
2342723426USQuince and apple juice notes lead to a tart, medium-bodied palate. The elevated acidity makes for a rigid finish.8114VirginiaVirginiaVirginia Mountain Vineyards 2011 Traminette (Virginia)TraminetteVirginia Mountain Vineyards
2342823427USA vivid floral aroma pops from the glass and carries through to the palate, blending orange blossom with bursts of cherry, orange and red vermouth. It's smooth in texture, full-bodied and not very tannic.8120CaliforniaEl Dorado CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFour Fields 2012 Grenache (El Dorado County)GrenacheFour Fields
2342923428USA ripe-smelling wine, with notes of wilted flower, lychee and papaya flesh. It feels amorphous on attack, and the clingy finish shows some bitterness.Vino Signora8115VirginiaMonticelloGlass House NV Vino Signora Traminette (Monticello)TraminetteGlass House
2343023429USAromas of worn saddle leather and stewed blackberries and raspberries come with some volatility. Overall, the palate feels taut and tense. Tart acids cut the finish short and kick the salivary glands into overdrive.Ameritage Estate Club8118VirginiaVirginiaVeramar 2012 Ameritage Estate Club Red (Virginia)Red BlendVeramar

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