Wine Reviews

24872486RomaniaA blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Feteasca Alba (a native Romanian variety) and 10% Riesling Italico, this medium-straw colored wine has a bouquet of lemon skin with a hint of licorice. The flavor profile is dominated by lemon with soft spice notes.Domaine Ceptura8822Dealu MareJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDavino 2013 Domaine Ceptura White (Dealu Mare)White BlendDavino
24882487ChileAromas of cherry and currant are a bit flat. On the palate, this is perfectly good but common. Blackberry, plum and a dusting of chocolate are the key flavors, while this runs long and loamy on the finish.Los Vascos8814Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2014 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
24892488USThe aromas offer barrel spices, toast, black licorice and red fruit while the palate brings dark fruit flavors with a grainy feel. The oak (100% new French) juts out a bit and overrides the fruit.Bon Mot8835WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2012 Bon Mot Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope)Cabernet FrancFinn Hill
24902489USThe Nashville-based R.S. Lipman Company, formerly just a Tennessee distributor, comes west for this deal of a wine, with lime blossoms, pink grapefruit and Gala apple slices on the nose. The palate is clean, crisp and rounded with lime spritzer and green-apple flavors.Unoaked8815CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHidden Jewel 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayHidden Jewel
24612460USThe color of decades-aged Chardonnay, medium-to-dark straw, this dessert wine is rich in toasted almonds and hazelnuts, with secondary flavors of baked apple and stone fruit. Mouthfillingly rich, it remains balanced and complex, lingering on the finish in baking spices.Botrytised9045CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChalk Hill 2011 Botrytised Semillon (Chalk Hill)SémillonChalk Hill
24622461FranceFrom vines owned by Château Giscours but outside the Margaux appellation, this ripe and structured wine is a great success. Its rich berry and black currant fruits are pushed forward by the firm tannins that are so perfectly judged. It's a wine to enjoy soon, so drink from 2017.Le Haut-Médoc de Giscours9050BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Giscours 2012 Le Haut-Médoc de Giscours (Haut-Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Giscours
24632462FranceThis very complete wine offers dark tannins, ripe berry fruits and a velvet texture. It's rich, relying on blackberry and black plum flavors and a dense structure. Mouth-filling, it delivers delicious fragrant acidity at the end. Drink from 2017.9065BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laforge 2012 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laforge
24642463FranceFrom the northern end of the Haut-Médoc region, close to Saint-Estèphe, this dark-hued wine is still very structured. Smoky wood-aging flavors give complexity that balances the ripe black currant fruitiness. It's still developing, so don't drink before 2018.9019BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Larrivaux 2011 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Larrivaux
24652464FranceBig structure underlies this wine, very firm and dark. It has layers of dry tannins, big fruit and concentrated structure. The dryness at the heart of the wine will allow it to age well with its powerful structure and juicy aftertaste. Drink from 2020.90BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Picque Caillou 2012 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Picque Caillou
24662465FranceBig, firm tannins dominate this structured wine. New wood aging shows, giving a very dry feeling. It's also rich and full in the mouth, packed with ripe black plum and berry flavors. It's going to balance well and richly. Drink from 2018.9042BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rollan de By 2012 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Rollan de By
24672466FranceNew wood shows strongly in this perfumed, Merlot-dominated wine. It is structured and still very tight and tannic at this stage. The chalk soil of the vineyard has given a strongly mineral character to the wine. That, along with the tannins, gives powerful support to the black currant fruits. Drink from 2018.90BordeauxMontagne-Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Teyssier 2012 Montagne-Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Teyssier
24682467FranceThe small area of Pez is one of the top sites in Saint-Estèphe, with many highly rated chateaus. This is one. New wood aging shows strongly at this stage, although so does the fruit. That gives a structured wine, firm and also full of blackberry fruit flavors. The future is good for this wine, so drink from 2018.9019BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour de Pez 2012 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour de Pez
24692468ItalyAromas of stewed fruit, prune and hay lead the nose on this brawny wine. The savory but monolithic palate offers dried cherry, fig, licorice and tobacco alongside velvety tannins. Drink through 2018.Riserva9075TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollosorbo 2009 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseCollosorbo
24702469SpainIntense, nutty, yeasty aromas are briny and a touch creamy. This has a tight, pure, round palate with salty nectarine, apricot and nut flavors. Walnut oil and white pepper notes grace a direct, lively finish.Premium Fino9016AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachDelgado Zuleta NV Premium Fino Sherry (Jerez)SherryDelgado Zuleta
24712470SpainStrawberry and raspberry aromas are a touch briny. This is lively in the mouth, with lasting acidity that offers kick to an aged Rioja. Spicy notes of pepper sit on top of base-level cherry and plum fruit, while toast and spice flavors along with lasting acidity drive the finish.Gran Reserva9045Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachEduardo Garrido García 2004 Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendEduardo Garrido García
24722471USRich in flavor and texture, this smells like white peach and buttered popcorn with a hint of chalky earthiness. The taste is creamy and reminiscent of honey and toasted almonds. It is medium bodied, but lush and almost thick in mouthfeel, with flavors that linger on the finish.9015CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHansen Cellars 2012 Viognier (Lodi)ViognierHansen Cellars
24732472USDeftly calibrating sultry black fruit against savory earth tones, this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc offers refinement. Toast, smoke and bramble integrate amid black plum and cherry flavors. The finish is powerful and persistent, fringed with finely grained tannins.Eclipse9018New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2011 Eclipse Red (New York)Bordeaux-style Red BlendHeron Hill
24742473USAromatic and elegant, generous and supple, this tastes rich while feeling polished and complete. An enticing, light aroma of oaky spice and raspberry mixes with tasty red cherry and black currant flavors on the palate. It is medium bodied, smooth in texture, and has a mild finish.9011CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLine 39 2013 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirLine 39
24752474USComing from one of the appellation's most consistent producers, this offers a tight, restrained nose of blackberry and licorice. It's also tight and bright on the palate, with refreshing flavors of black cherries and crushed rocks. An expert balance of tannins and acidity gives the mouth a clean wash.Bailey Ranch Dry Farmed9038CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLone Madrone 2011 Bailey Ranch Dry Farmed Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelLone Madrone
24762475USExtra dark in color, this has equally attention-getting dark chocolate and espresso aromas, rich black currant and blackberry flavors, and a firm, generously tannic texture. Although tempting to drink now, this will improve in complexity and smoothness through 2017.Reserve9039CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMcGrail 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMcGrail
24772476USThis vineyard near the confluence of the Salinas and Carmel valleys is producing strong wines, in this case one offering aromas of roasted game, smoked blueberries and cracked slate. It's juicy but not jammy on the palate, showing a pleasant, bright blend of blackberry and cherry fruits.9032CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMesa Del Sol 2010 Zinfandel (Arroyo Seco)ZinfandelMesa Del Sol
24782477USSeamless and soft, this medium-built expression of clove, tobacco and dark red plum offers integrated tannins and a punch of oak, before settling into a whispered finish.8850CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneClos Pegase 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonClos Pegase
24792478USA fairly dark and dense nose of boysenberry and smashed graphite entertain the nose on this blend of 50% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, which is named after San Jose-based winemaker Adam Comartin's daughter. The palate is very iron-driven and minerally, with more boysenberry fruit and some concentrated violets giving nuance.Cuvee Cassidy8832CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannComartin 2013 Cuvee Cassidy G-S-M (Santa Ynez Valley)G-S-MComartin
24802479USFrom a 10-acre site called Scopus farmed by Ulises Valdez, this wine is rich and golden in color, given time to barrel-ferment and develop layers of fulsome complexity. Oaky, it has weight and depth, veering into ripe tropical notes and vanilla as it develops in the glass.Lavan8838CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCovenant 2013 Lavan Chardonnay (Sonoma Mountain)ChardonnayCovenant
24812480USBlackberries, violet and black-slate aromas mix with a bit of soy sauce on this blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Mourvèdre and 18% Grenache, grown in what today is known as the San Miguel District of Paso Robles. Juicy flavors of black raspberry and licorice combine for an easy-quaffing palate.Mojo Estate8842CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDomaine Degher 2010 Mojo Estate Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendDomaine Degher
24822481USThis moderately aromatic wine offers notes of pear, citrus and apricot. It drinks medium sweet with stone-fruit and citrus flavors along with spritely acidity, bringing a whole lot of appeal.8810WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2014 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))Riesling14 Hands
24832482USCocoa, toast, vanilla, cigar box, coconut and raspberry aromas lead the way on this 100% varietal wine. The palate is full of dark fruit flavors with slightly gritty tannins and tart acids. Give it some time to come together.8825WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAirfield Estates 2012 Merlot (Yakima Valley)MerlotAirfield Estates
24842483USSyrah (51%) makes up most of this wine with the balance Merlot (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Malbec (2%) and Petit Verdot. Vanilla, baking spice and plum aromas are followed by sweet blue-fruit flavors that go down easy.Bombshell Red Vineyard Salute8818WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAirfield Estates 2013 Bombshell Red Vineyard Salute Red (Yakima Valley)Red BlendAirfield Estates
24852484USThe aromas of lime leaf and peach are bright and appealing. It drinks medium sweet with a finish that lingers.Harvest Select889WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Harvest Select Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingChateau Ste. Michelle
24862485USThis Cabernet Franc (70%) and Merlot blend brings aromas of green herbs, dark chocolate, flowers and a mixture of red and black fruit. It's soft in feel with polished fruit and barrel flavors that linger.Limited Release Gold8812WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Crest 2013 Limited Release Gold Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendColumbia Crest

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