Wine Reviews

2370123700USAge has mellowed this potent Port-style wine a bit but hardly tamed it. The dark auburn edge to the otherwise black color hints at its maturity as do the pruny nutty roasted-cherry flavors. It's very full bodied and definitely sweet, but not cloying.Legacy 18688745CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJessie's Grove 2001 Legacy 1868 Red (California)Red BlendJessie's Grove
2370223701ChileSmoky, oaky aromas include hints of tobacco, green bean and berry fruits. This Malbec has a resiny, grabby, full-bodied feel and oaky flavors of black fruits and carob. A full, chunky finish includes meaty but nondescript berry notes.Momentos Reserva8711Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachJunta 2015 Momentos Reserva Malbec (Curicó Valley)MalbecJunta
2370323702USBright aromas of freshly sliced pear, apple and spice are followed by lightly creamy fruit flavors that paint around the edges. It's a well-made wine but the middle seems missing.Luck Dragon8724WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLongship 2016 Luck Dragon Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayLongship
2370423703ItalyDelicate aromas of black-skinned berry, raisin and cooking spice lift out of the glass. On the straightforward palate, hints of vanilla and licorice add interest to ripe black cherry while pliant tannins provide easygoing support. Drink through 2020.Campolieti8719VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuigi Righetti 2014 Campolieti (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Red BlendLuigi Righetti
2370523704USThe aromas are light, with notes of red apple, barrel spice, vanilla and cherry. The flavors are medium bodied, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel. There's interest to be had but it all seems a bit subdued and the finish a bit clipped.8734WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMarch 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMarch
2370623705USThe aromas are quite subdued, making you strain to get at them. The palate brings rounded full-feeling apple and melon flavors that drop off at the finish.8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMarch 2016 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMarch
2370723706USAged in 45% new French oak, aromas of cocoa, vanilla and barrel spice are at the fore followed by full-bodied but still tart raspberry and cranberry flavors. It brings a bit of heat along with it.Elephant Mountain Vineyards8734WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2014 Elephant Mountain Vineyards Sangiovese (Rattlesnake Hills)SangioveseMaryhill
2370823707USLight in color, aromas of barrel spice, herb and red fruit rise up from the glass. The palate packs a mouthful of red-fruit flavors, with the tannins showing a bit of astringency.8726WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2014 Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseMaryhill
2370923708ItalyA blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara, this has aromas of black-skinned berry, cooking spice and underbrush. The dense palate delivers blackberry jam, vanilla and clove alongside tightly wound tannins. Drink through 2021.Acinum8718VenetoValpolicella RipassoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontresor 2015 Acinum (Valpolicella Ripasso)Red BlendMontresor
2371023709USDark berry aromas and fruity but somewhat subdued flavors are supported by firm tannins and good, mild acidity in this full-bodied wine. It is tasty and rather big in mouthfeel.Estate8727CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPaskett 2015 Estate Charbono (Lodi)CharbonoPaskett
2371123710PortugalThe entry-level white wine from this young Douro estate is ripe, juicy with tropical fruits and a lightly oxidative character that gives it extra richness. The wine has plenty of acidity as well as citrus crispness. It finishes with a creamy texture. Drink now.Contos da Terra8712DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Pôpa 2016 Contos da Terra White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Pôpa
2371223711USFruity and slightly candied flavors make this wine taste fresh and soft. One of very few vineyard-designated white Zins, it has strawberry and raspberry jam flavors, relatively full body and a rich texture.Zin Nymph Sophia Favaloro Vineyard White8718CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRock Wall 2016 Zin Nymph Sophia Favaloro Vineyard White Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelRock Wall
2371323712ChilePunchy aromas of grapefruit and jalapeño form the greeting on this lean but refreshing wine. A straightforward palate offers zesty acidity, while flavors of white pepper, sea salt, grapefruit and lime lead straight through the finish.Reserva Leyda Estate8712Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2017 Reserva Leyda Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Carolina
2371423713USThis wine is quite blue-fruited aromatically for a Cabernet. This continues on the palate, with boysenberry flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins. It provides interest, but you'd never peg it for Cabernet Sauvignon.8714WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSkyfall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonSkyfall
2371523714ItalyThis initially opens with funky aromas of barnyard and truffle that soon blow off to reveal ripe plum and kitchen spice aromas. The forward palate offers up fleshy black cherry, anise and grilled sage alongside grippy tannins that leave a bracing finish.Rombone Elisa88PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAda Nada 2012 Rombone Elisa (Barbaresco)NebbioloAda Nada
2371623715ItalyThe nose isn't very expressive but eventually reveals sawdust, toasted oak and roasted coffee bean. The palate delivers raw red cherry, anise and espresso alongside bracing tannins. Give this time to fully develop. Drink after 2018.Valeirano8841PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAda Nada 2012 Valeirano (Barbaresco)NebbioloAda Nada
2371723716USThis is a concentrated wine, ripe and rich in black cherry, cranberry and oak. It resolves itself into a lighter texture and body on the finish.8828CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArtesa 2013 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirArtesa
2371823717ItalyThis opens with scents of dark berry, toast and a whiff of graphite. On the tense palate, notes of sage, aniseed and tobacco add depth to the core of raw red cherry while bracing tannins offer support. It's still primary so give it time. Drink 2018–2025.Riserva8848PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBera 2010 Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloBera
2371923718ArgentinaSpiced apple, raw oak and related cinnamon and woodspice aromas introduce a flush, chunky palate that's showing modest acidity. Flavors of savory oak, tropical fruits and baked apple finish creamy in feel, with flavors of papaya and vanilla.Catena8820Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Catena Zapata 2014 Catena Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayBodega Catena Zapata
2372023719ArgentinaViolet and berry aromas are pleasant, fresh and not too demanding or loud. This is solid in feel, maybe a bit simple overall, with plum, berry and a touch of char making up the flavor profile. Generic berry flavors and a dry feel define the finish.Chúcaro8812OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Patritti 2011 Chúcaro Malbec (Patagonia)MalbecBodega Patritti
2372123720FranceThis pale salmon rosé is fresh and clean. It opens with bright aromas of strawberry hull, watermelon rind and citrus peel that carry through to the linear yet vibrant palate. The palate boasts excellent verve and refreshment, making this a perfect choice for warm-weather enjoyment. Drink now.Gris Blanc8817Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2014 Gris Blanc Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséGérard Bertrand
2372223721PortugalThis wine is fresh, fruity and crisp. It has delicious, young citrus flavors that are bursting with energy and life. Aromatic and textured, with mineral hints, this is a delicious, refreshing wine to drink now.8810Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2014 Loureiro (Vinho Verde)LoureiroJ. Portugal Ramos
2372323722USA blend of Pommard and Wadenswill clones, this was aged in large, neutral puncheons. It's smooth, light and well balanced, showing fruit flavors of watermelon and strawberry. The vintage was challenging, and flavors of leaf and herb are also in the mix.8830OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Wright 2011 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirJ. Wright
2372423723GermanyHints of almond and lemon rind lend complexity to sweet honeydew and white peach flavors in this featherlight Riesling. Lacy sweetness coats the midpalate, offsetting streaks of tart lemon-lime and grapefruit. It's a pristine wine best enjoyed young for its refreshing, quaffable style.Late Harvest Spätlese8810MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaJohann Falkenburg 2014 Late Harvest Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingJohann Falkenburg
2372523724GermanyNervous lemon-lime acidity forms a strident spine to this dry, delicately framed Riesling. Tart white peach and pineapple flavors are concentrated yet crisp, leading a long mineral finish.Dürkheimer Spielberg Trocken Erste Lage8837PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaKarl Schaefer 2013 Dürkheimer Spielberg Trocken Erste Lage Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingKarl Schaefer
2372623725USThis is half Cab Franc, the rest an equal mix of Malbec, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry and black cherry fruits fill the mouth, with just a hint of barrel toast and coffee grounds. Citrusy acidity buoys up the fruit and keeps the overall balance on point.Di'tani8826OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kriselle 2012 Di'tani Red (Rogue Valley)Red BlendKriselle
2372723726USThis tasty bottle does not push for maximum ripeness, settling comfortably into a ripe-enough mix of apples, pears and nectarines. There's a dusting of cinnamon and even a little hint of brown sugar, though the wine is definitely finished dry. The balance holds true through a medium-long finish.The Orchards8818OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Left Coast Cellars 2014 The Orchards Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLeft Coast Cellars
2372823727FranceThis wine has structure and tannins. With ripe apples and quince flavors, it is tight, tense while also full in the mouth. A strong background of acidity gives concentration and considerable freshness at the end. Drink from 2017.88BurgundyChassagne-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2013 Chassagne-MontrachetChardonnayLouis Latour
2372923728USMoss and wet earth aromas accent a dark, bramble berry core. The medium-bodied palate is supported by supple tannins and shows adequate concentration of cherry and blackberry tones, enlivened by a streak of granite.Josie's Knoll8822VirginiaMonticelloAlexander PeartreeLovingston 2013 Josie's Knoll Cabernet Franc (Monticello)Cabernet FrancLovingston
2373023729PortugalNamed after the Estrela mountain range that lies on the east of the Dão, this structured, mineral-driven wine is firm yet packed with juicy red berries and currants that give a fragrant, juicy character. It needs more time, so drink from 2017.Jardim da Estrela8810DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerMagnum Vinhos 2013 Jardim da Estrela Red (Dão)Portuguese RedMagnum Vinhos

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