Wine Reviews


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2382123820ItalyLightly perfumed with hawthorn flower and orchard fruit aromas, this linear white offers flavors of green apple, lime and tangerine zest. Crisp acidity supports the palate while a mineral note closes the tangy finish.8917Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeErste Neue 2014 Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)Pinot GrigioErste Neue
2382223821ArgentinaRipe blackberry and cola aromas comes across as foresty and nice as a whole. This saturated, dense Malbec shows brutish, choppy tannins along with flavors of blackberry, exotic spices and fig. The finish remains rough and turns hot. Drink through 2021.AR Guentota Old Vine8925Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachBelasco de Baquedano 2011 AR Guentota Old Vine Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)MalbecBelasco de Baquedano
2382323822GermanySavory wisps of smoke and dusty minerals juxtapose exuberantly juicy, sweet yellow peach and nectarine flavors in this crystalline kabinett. Just off-dry on the palate, its refreshing, high-spirited style makes it an excellent apéritif.Trittenheimer Apotheke Kabinett8918MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaBollig-Lehnert 2014 Trittenheimer Apotheke Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingBollig-Lehnert
2382423823FranceNotes of Turkish delight and peach immediately signal opulence. The palate follows up with distinct sweetness that underlines the rich rose and peach flavors even more. There is an edge of freshness, but only just. Yet the palate is intense and pervaded by peach. Whether this is about intensity or sweetness will depend entirely on the food it is paired with.Eichberg Grand Cru8945AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMartin Schaetzel 2013 Eichberg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerMartin Schaetzel
2382523824FranceA creamy, apple-flavored wine that is crisp and fruity. It has lively acidity that is fresh and cool. A tight, mineral texture gives the wine a fine tangy edge. The aftertaste with its fresh pineapple acidity is so refreshing.Cuvée J.M. Brut8918Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerMonmousseau NV Cuvée J.M. Brut Sparkling (Touraine)Sparkling BlendMonmousseau
2382623825USBig, bold and unreservedly stemmy, this Carmenère pulls in enough black-cherry fruit to balance out the herbs. The assertive tannins carry notes of earth, dried leaf and dark chocolate.Papa Joe's Private Stash8930OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Plaisance Ranch 2013 Papa Joe's Private Stash Carmenère (Applegate Valley)CarmenèrePlaisance Ranch
2382723826USA standout in the portfolio, this is a sleek, strong effort with tart purple fruits and mineral underpinnings. There's an ample whiff of smoke and a general earthiness around the tannins, with a hint of iron ore. The chalky finish is the only distraction.Papa Joe's Private Stash8925OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Plaisance Ranch 2013 Papa Joe's Private Stash Syrah (Applegate Valley)SyrahPlaisance Ranch
2382823827USThis small-production, nouveau-style wine was made without oak or filtering. Simple and juicy, it's festive, with effusive dried cranberry and cola spice notes that are soft and easygoing.Nouveau8830CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpicy Vines 2016 Nouveau Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSpicy Vines
2382923828FranceOnly just off dry, this finely balanced wine is tangy, zesty and rich. Its white-fruit flavors and touch of zingy lime are infectious and immediately attractive. Enjoy this stylish wine with Asian food.Nocturne City Lights Demi-Sec8884ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerTaittinger NV Nocturne City Lights Demi-Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendTaittinger
2383023829SpainClean, fresh and uncomplicated is the best way to describe the nose on this crisp, citrusy Cava. Flavors of green apple, white grapes and citrus fruits finish with ease and clarity.Hoya de Cadenas Brut8816CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia NV Hoya de Cadenas Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendVicente Gandia
2383123830FranceSoft and creamy, this floral wine also has an attractive touch of toastiness suggesting it has bottle age. Its green-plum and citrus flavors contribute to the crispness of this balanced wine. Drink now.Brut Réserve8835ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVollereaux NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendVollereaux
2383223831GermanyDusty mineral and pollen notes lend savory complexity to sunny tangerine and honey on the palate of this kabinett. It's not a deeply penetrating wine but delicate tangerine sweetness and zippy acidity feel vital and fresh. Drink now.Zeltinger Schlossberg Kabinett Old Vines8817MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaWeingut Albert Gessinger 2015 Zeltinger Schlossberg Kabinett Old Vines Riesling (Mosel)RieslingWeingut Albert Gessinger
2383323832FranceA touch of ripe pear plays into the Golden Delicious notes of the nose. The palate displays the same fruit flavors on its very light and easy fruit-driven palate, supported by freshness and fizzing froth. The lemony finish is dry and refreshing.Prestige Brut8820AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWillm NV Prestige Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendWillm
2383423833FranceThis ripe creamy wine has sliced apple aromas and a smooth rich palate. The wine has apple and pear flavors, generous fruit along with a tang of acidity. A full mousse adds to the general feeling of richness. Drink now.Blanc de Blancs Réserve Brut8858ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Laurent NV Blanc de Blancs Réserve Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayJean Laurent
2383523834ArgentinaTropical-fruit aromas of lychee and passion fruit come with a hint of lanolin. This wine feels citrusy, with fresh passion fruit and tangerine flavors that are not oily or gritty on the finish.Terroir Series8817OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachKaiken 2016 Terroir Series Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésKaiken
2383623835ItalyCreamy and refined, this offers aromas of fragrant wild flower, spring blossom and white stone fruit. The silky palate doles out white peach, yellow apple and candied lemon drop alongside a foaming mousse and fresh acidity.Alnè Extra Dry8816VenetoProsecco TrevisoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Tordera 2016 Alnè Extra Dry (Prosecco Treviso)GleraLa Tordera
2383723836USReductive oak betrays this wine's light-bodied take on the appellation. Its waxy green apple flavor and bright acidity are deftly wrapped in toastiness.8835CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLaguna 2015 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayLaguna
2383823837USThis stiffens up with streaks of stem and herb, underscoring compact blueberry and blue-plum fruits. It's an eight vineyard mix, aged in 20% new French oak.8825OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lange 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLange
2383923838FranceBased in the small Sézanne vineyard region south of Epernay, this producer's nonvintage cuvée is dominated by Chardonnay. It reflects the house style: crisp, steely with a good balance between acidity and citrus and apple fruitiness. Drink this refreshing Champagne now.Grande Sélection Brut8855ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Brun de Neuville NV Grande Sélection Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLe Brun de Neuville
2384023839FranceThis is a crisp and dry Champagne. Its attractive red fruits are linked to the acidity and tight texture to give a linear wine that is refreshing and has a bright aftertaste. Drink now.Tendre Rosé Brut8865ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Brun de Neuville NV Tendre Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLe Brun de Neuville
2384123840USA light earthy aroma and enjoyable savory flavors suggesting dried herbs, bouillon and canteloupe characterize this deceptively full-bodied, dry wine. It has a nervy, crisp texture, great acidity and intriguing complexity.Estate8824CaliforniaFiddletownSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLe Mulet Rouge 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Fiddletown)Sauvignon BlancLe Mulet Rouge
2384223841USThis is still pretty stiff and tight through the midpalate, with fruit ranging from cranberry to raspberry and sour cherry. Tannins leave a slightly green impression; the wine doesn't seem ripe and full flavored. Some extra bottle age might improve it. Drink 2020 to 2024.Cali's Cuvée8824OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Left Coast Cellars 2015 Cali's Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLeft Coast Cellars
2384323842ItalyThis opens with aromas of toasted oak, citrus peel and a whiff of chopped dill. The aromas carry over to the round full-bodied palate along with yellow apple and a hint of ginger while a saline note lifts the close.Soluna8835Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLivon 2015 Soluna Malvasia (Collio)MalvasiaLivon
2384423843USRounded peach, cider apple, chalk and seltzer aromas mix with a touch of yeast on the nose of this bottling. There's a racy, tactile acidity on the palate, lending depth to its dried apple, pear and sea salt flavors.Faith Vineyard8823CaliforniaCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLuna Hart 2016 Faith Vineyard Sauvignon BlancSauvignon BlancLuna Hart
2384523844USA rather hefty version of a German-style dry wine, this has a rich texture and white peach and apricot flavors, all supported by tangy acidity. Kerner is the main grape variety in the blend, which is quite unusual in the U.S.Nativo8822CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMarkus Wine Co 2016 Nativo White (Lodi)White BlendMarkus Wine Co
2384623845ItalyAromas of wisteria, wild flower and citrus lead the way while the dry refreshing palate doles out yellow apple, Bartlett pear and lemon peel. It has a lively perlage while crisp gives it clean, bright finish.Brut8815VenetoProsecco TrevisoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasottina NV Brut (Prosecco Treviso)GleraMasottina
2384723846ArgentinaRoasted plum and tomato aromas are spicy but hard and gritty. That also describes the mouthfeel on this narrow, linear Malbec with beaming acidity. Plum and berry flavors finish direct, with no interference from heavy oak.Unsung Hero8826OtherArgentinaMichael Schachner@wineschachMendoza Vineyards 2014 Unsung Hero Malbec (Argentina)MalbecMendoza Vineyards
2384823847New ZealandTropical and citrus notes blend with green herb and subtle struck match notes in this wine. On the palate there's some textural weight and the matchstick character carries through. The searing acidity is overpowering and the wine falls apart a little on the finish, leaving a bitter after taste.8816MarlboroughMud House 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancMud House
2384923848USBold and very ripe in flavor, but also soft in texture, this wine is packed with blackberry, boysenberry and fig notes. It seems slightly sweet on the palate and finishes with a jammy touch. While full-bodied, it's smooth and easy to sip.Estate8826CaliforniaNevada CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2015 Estate Syrah (Nevada County)SyrahNaggiar
2385023849USComplex blackberry, black plum, white pepper, wet slate and sagebrush aromas lead into a palate of dried berry, gravel and tar flavors. Its bountiful fruit character is offset by a background of dried oregano and thyme notes.Westside8822CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPeachy Canyon 2015 Westside Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelPeachy Canyon

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