Wine Reviews

2376123760USMade in a high-alcohol, extracted style, this Petite is explosive in blackberry jam, currant and spice flavors. The tannins are brisk, as you'd expect with this variety, while a pleasant streak of acidity cuts across the richness and gives the wine zest. Drink now.8829CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastDe Paola Vineyard 2008 Petite Sirah (Arroyo Grande Valley)Petite SirahDe Paola Vineyard
2376223761ArgentinaThe nose on this 50-50 blend is piercing, with dark cherry, black plum and mild herbal aromas running the show. The mouthfeel is focused and fresh, and the flavors of cherry, raspberry, plum and chocolate soften and spread out on the finish as oaky vanilla and herbal echoes take over.Made with Organic Grapes Reserve8818Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Jean Bousquet 2011 Made with Organic Grapes Reserve Malbec-Syrah (Mendoza)Malbec-SyrahDomaine Jean Bousquet
2376323762SpainDusty apple and white peach aromas provide a nice greeting. The wine is basic and tangy in terms of feel, with lemon-lime, bitter lettuce, banana, nectarine and pineapple flavors. While not exactly complex or elevated, it delivers pure citrus characteristics offset by solid minerality.8824Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachAbad Dom Bueno 2011 Godello (Bierzo)GodelloAbad Dom Bueno
2376423763SpainFor a $12 wine, this blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha is clean on the bouquet, with cherry and raspberry aromas leading the way. The feel is vibrant and bouncy, while flavors of red berry, plum and light oak set up a chocolaty finish with dry spice and mild buttery flavors.Petit Albet Made with Organic Grapes8812CataloniaCatalunyaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlbet I Noya 2011 Petit Albet Made with Organic Grapes Tempranillo-Garnacha (Catalunya)Tempranillo-GarnachaAlbet I Noya
2376523764USThis vineyard-designated Mourvèdre is nearly 100% varietal with just a small splash of Syrah added. The grape's white pepper, pomegranate and gamy character is on full display here, framed by the refreshing acidity of the vintage.Alder Ridge Vineyard8840WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportApex 2010 Alder Ridge Vineyard Mourvèdre (Horse Heaven Hills)MourvèdreApex
2376623765USSoft, sweet and smooth, a nice Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine to drink now. The palate is stellar, offering waves of cherries, raspberries, mocha, licorice and buttered cinnamon toast.Maximus8835CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBennett Lane 2009 Maximus Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBennett Lane
2376723766USA gentle but flashy reserve-style Cabernet for drinking now. It's rich in blackberry jam, currants and anise, with touches of smoky oak. The acid-tannin structure gives it the refinement of an upscale Napa Cab.Black Label8865CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBlack Stallion 2008 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBlack Stallion
2376823767ItalyThe nice thing about this Brunello is that it is not one of those in-your-face reds. Instead, the wine delivers measured tones of cherry, leather, coffee and spice that are integrated and balanced as a whole. In the mouth, it shows good tannic structure and point of bright acidity.8846TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoCantina di Montalcino 2008 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoCantina di Montalcino
2376923768FranceA fruity, structured wine, dense and dark-hued, its black currant fruits giving a sense of lighter acidity. It's just coming into balance, so it will likely age well over the medium term.Réserve des Coteaux8816BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Ricaud 2010 Réserve des Coteaux (Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Ricaud
2377023769ItalyDelicate scents of fragrant spring flowers, chopped herbs and apple aromas float from the glass. On the palate, racy acidity and a frothy mousse frames yellow peach and Bartlett pear.Extra Dry8915VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDrusian NV Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraDrusian
2377123770PortugalThis is a soft blend of five local varieties, offering a generous, concentrated wine. Black fruit tones are balanced by a strong mineral character that brings out a tight texture. From the end of 2016, it will be a fine, ripe and accessible wine.Mondeco8913DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerFontes da Cunha 2011 Mondeco Red (Dão)Portuguese RedFontes da Cunha
2377223771FranceThe nose gives little away but the palate holds red, rounded fruit diffused by frothy, lively fizz. The foamy bubbles spell exuberance and easy-drinking enjoyment. Dry, light and rounded, this is a perfect party wine in a most appealing shade of coppery pink.Rosé8923AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoRuhlmann NV Rosé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendRuhlmann
2377323772ItalyDelicate aromas of Spanish broom and pear come with a hint of nuts on the nose. The palate offers yellow peach, green apple and a mineral note alongside vibrant acidity and small, persistent bubbles.Brut8919VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanfeletto NV Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraSanfeletto
2377423773USA relative reserve in terms of flavor is the defining characteristic of this dry but rich, medium-bodied wine that blends Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. The aromas are like fresh-baked bread, while flavors are gentle but creamy and savory, and the texture is soft and smooth. All lead to a lingering finish.Gypsy Blanc8928CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSol Rouge 2013 Gypsy Blanc Marsanne-Roussanne (Lake County)Marsanne-RoussanneSol Rouge
2377523774USA full-figured display of peachy vanilla, this wine is spry and straightforward, mixing weight with freshness. A bite of fig weaves into tart citrus and pineapple notes, with a touch of oak showing up on the finish.8919CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneStarmont 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancStarmont
2377623775USThis dessert blend of 56% Sémillon and 44% Sauvignon Blanc smells like liquid honey, with beeswax and concentrated apple syrup as supporting aromas. It's viscous with decent grip on the palate, offering flavors of crushed apples, lemon syrup and a lime freshness, with lots of length.Grazia Late Harvest8939CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSvago Buono 2012 Grazia Late Harvest White (Santa Ynez Valley)White BlendSvago Buono
2377723776USNamed after the owner's daughter, this fairly priced wine offers steely aromas that are rounded by lime, honeysuckle, kiwi and apple flesh. It's sleek and minerally on the palate, with baking soda and lime flavors, as well as a bit of struck match smokiness.Kali Hart8920CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalbott 2013 Kali Hart Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayTalbott
2377823777FranceThis nonvintage cuvée from Gobillard is crisp and fruity, with delicate apple and fresh pear flavors. It is a well-balanced, light wine, poised and stylish, showing fruit that contrasts the mineral-textured finish.Tradition Brut8935ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. M. Gobillard et Fils NV Tradition Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendJ. M. Gobillard et Fils
2377923778FranceIn this balanced off-dry wine, all the elements of ripe fruit, a high dosage and crisp acidity come together. It is perfumed with white-flower aromas while the palate is soft with a ripe baked-apple flavor. The bottling is ready to drink.Demi-Sec8935ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVollereaux NV Demi-Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendVollereaux
2378023779USDone in a medium-dry style, this shows petrol, lime pith, lime blossoms and wet cement on the nose. The palate is rich with squeezed lemon juice, shaved citrus ice, ripe pears and a stony grip that holds it all together.Tondre Grapefield8923CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWaxwing 2014 Tondre Grapefield Riesling (Santa Lucia Highlands)RieslingWaxwing
2378123780FranceCreaminess, almost akin to cream soda, emanates from the glass and subdues the soft strawberry fruit. The palate has some of that creaminess, too, but is fresh and pleasingly taut, with bright freshness and a light, dry body. The fizz is frothy and altogether results in an immensely drinkable, easy-to-enjoy crémant.Brut Zéro Sans Soufre Rosé8940AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoZusslin NV Brut Zéro Sans Soufre Rosé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendZusslin
2378223781ArgentinaBlack-fruit aromas are accented by notes of licorice, green herbs and grass. This is full and chunky, but a bit hollow in mouthfeel. Pronounced tartaric acidity results in surface-level pop along with hollowness, while lactic oak and coconut flavors on the finish are familiar for Argentine Cabernet.Altitud8926Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachAndeluna 2013 Altitud Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato)Cabernet SauvignonAndeluna
2378323782SpainThis blend of Garnacha, Marsellan and Syrah opens with a dark, inky, smoky nose that's full of lemony oak along with black-fruit aromas. It's hard as nails on the palate, with drilling tannins. Rubbery, herbal blackberry flavors end with burnt toast, rubbery accents and a briny aftertaste. Best from 2017–2022.Almendros8940LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachAngosto 2013 Almendros Red (Valencia)Red BlendAngosto
2378423783USJuicy, nearly sweet-smelling aromas of blackberry pie introduce this wine by master sommelier Paolo Barbieri, who moved from Las Vegas to become a winemaker in the Santa Ynez Valley a few years ago. The flavors are streamlined and fruit-forward with dark purple and red berries, as well as root beer and cola notes.Colson Canyon Vineyard8938CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBarbieri 2010 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahBarbieri
2378523784ItalyMade entirely with Pinot Nero, this straw colored Metodo Classico opens with subdued aromas of nut and a whiff of bread crust. The palate is more expressive, offering white peach, citrus zest and pastry notes alongside a creamy mousse. An almond note closes the finish.Extra Brut Metodo Classico8950Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBruno Giacosa 2007 Extra Brut Metodo Classico Pinot Nero (Vino Spumante)Pinot NeroBruno Giacosa
2378623785ItalyCreamy and fresh, this opens with aromas of pressed yellow flowers, dried orchard fruit, toast and pastry. The foaming palate doles out ripe apple, butterscotch, pastry cream and toasted walnut alongside a soft mousse.Vintage Collection Satèn8975LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' del Bosco 2010 Vintage Collection Satèn Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendCa' del Bosco
2378723786ItalyAromas of wild rose, baked apple and bread crust lead the nose on this deeply hued rosé. The vibrant palate offers raspberry, raw strawberry and an intense note of orange peel alongside zesty acidity and a persistent perlage.Cuvée Prestige Rosé8960LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' del Bosco NV Cuvée Prestige Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendCa' del Bosco
2378823787FranceWith ripe fruits and balanced tannins, this wine is developing well. It has generous berry flavors, ripe black currants and refreshing acidity. The tannins are still prominent and need to soften. Drink from late 2016.Domaine des Pontheux8919BeaujolaisChiroublesRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2014 Domaine des Pontheux (Chiroubles)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
2378923788USThe odd name (misspelled on the front label, correct on the back) means beyond the beyond. It's a lightly buttery, nutty take on a relatively simple, yet tasty Chardonnay, with mixed apple, tangerine and honeydew fruits.Al di Là8945OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lachini 2013 Al di Là Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayLachini
2379023789USFully ripe, this opens with scents of hibiscus tea, mixed berry, plum and black cherry. The fruit flavors are bold and intense, right on the border of showing some prune character. Streaks of balsamic, tobacco and black olive make it a real potpourri. Drink up now through 2018.Loiregon8925OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2013 Loiregon Cabernet Franc (Southern Oregon)Cabernet FrancLeah Jørgensen Cellars

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