Wine Reviews

24912490FranceLots of apple tones, some rounded, some tart, are coralled into a core of bright, lemony freshness on this simple, refreshing and dry Riesling. This is a lovely, easy and versatile wine with enlivening spikes of acidity.Réserve8818AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJean-Baptiste Adam 2013 Réserve Riesling (Alsace)RieslingJean-Baptiste Adam
24922491FranceRounded, almost luscious fruitiness is at the core of this easy wine. Lychee, lemon, peach and apricot scented with rose petals on a rich palate close with orange peel freshness.Vieilles Vignes8819AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJean-Marc Bernhard 2014 Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerJean-Marc Bernhard
24932492FranceThis wine is fresh, perfumed with a juicy red-fruit character. It offers red cherries, with a soft texture and acidity. The great fruitiness leads to a bright, crisp aftertaste.8830BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2012 Chorey-lès-BeaunePinot NoirJoseph Drouhin
24942493ChileA strong blast of oak and wood shavings are up front and on top of the nose on this chunky Cabernet. Baked, herbal flavors of cassis and raspberry are toasty, slightly green and minty. Flavors of herbs and carob rest heavily on a plump, warm finish.Gran Reserva8817Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKoyle 2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKoyle
24952494ChileThis opens with herbal berry aromas that are textbook Carmenère, but with airing a floral note comes in to accent black-cherry aromas. Toasty, herbal berry flavors are fruity and solid, while this shows some bitterness on the finish.Gran Reserva8817Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKoyle 2013 Gran Reserva Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreKoyle
24962495USA blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon with 21% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Syrah, the Frog Prince offers juicy blackberry and cherry around dusty, softened tannins and oak. Approachable now, it finishes awash in dried herb.Frog Prince8835CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKuleto Estate 2012 Frog Prince Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendKuleto Estate
24972496ItalyAromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and stone fruit lead the nose on this vibrant wine. The juicy palate delivers creamy white peach, green apple and honeydew melon alongside crisp acidity.Monte Stelle8816VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Cappuccina 2013 Monte Stelle (Soave Classico)GarganegaLa Cappuccina
24982497ItalyMade with dried Verduzzo and Riesling grapes, this sweet wine offers aromas of ripe apricot, baked apple and pressed flower. The palate delivers dried orchard fruit, orange zest and vanilla. It ends on a note of acacia honey.Tal Lùc8843Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLis Neris 2010 Tal Lùc White (Venezia Giulia)White BlendLis Neris
24992498USA fairly uncommon grape for the entire Central Coast, this bottling offers squeezed blueberry and dark purple fruit aromas bolstered by black pepper and black rocks. Lighter in body than expected upon the sip, the palate shows cola, bright cranberry juice and a sandalwood spice that makes it very easy to drink.8840CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLone Madrone 2012 Barbera (Paso Robles)BarberaLone Madrone
25002499USSunny, peachy sweetness abounds in this light-footed Riesling. Off dry in style, it's breathlessly fresh and fruity, yet intensified by shimmering lime and mineral tones. Drink now for its youthful effervescence.Semi Dry8818New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2014 Semi Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingMcGregor
25012500FranceRipe pear on nose and palate is the central theme on this broad-shouldered and richly textured wine. A dollop of sweetness is countered with fresh lime acidity that concludes in ripe accord.Terroir8819AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Zinck 2013 Terroir Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Zinck
25022501RomaniaThis wine made from an indigenous Romanian grape has a bouquet of red raspberry, tart cherry, and clove with a touch of brambles. Flavors of cassis, cherry vanilla, red plum and raspberry work their way across the palate, concluding in an agreeably spicy finish.8820PanciuJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDomeniile Panciu 2012 Feteasca Neagra (Panciu)Feteasca NeagraDomeniile Panciu
25032502USAromas of cocoa, spice, vanilla and dark fruit lead, with the oak (20% new French and American) playing a significant role. The blue-fruit flavors are plump in feel, narrowing toward the finish.8816WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaterbrook 2013 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahWaterbrook
25042503USA dense thicket of dark chocolate is prominent in this wine, alongside black raspberry and blackberry. Dried herb and pencil shavings also make their way through midpalate, atop a soft, approachable texture and full body.8875CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneAltvs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAltvs
25052504ChileInitially, this Carmenère smells green and minty, with a heavy herbal blast. Airing settles things down in front of a fresh palate with thorough body and build. Oak and salted-meat flavors with black fruits finish woody, toasty and herbal.Envero Gran Reserve8817Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachApaltagua 2013 Envero Gran Reserve Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreApaltagua
25062505USA tight nose of boysenberry and pepper shows on this wine from a boutique, artistically labeled SoCal wine project by Ian Sergy and Zach Jarosz. The palate is light and texturally intriguing, with flavors of squeezed berries and crushed oregano, showing bright energy on the sip.Faction8840CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannArchium 2013 Faction Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahArchium
25072506USPurple fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry are given complexity with Indian spice, hot asphalt and beef char on the nose of this blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Grenache. The palate is full of crushed herbs, from oregano to thyme to marjoram, with just a tiny shred of cranberry fruit and lots of pine sap and even bell pepper.Nefarious8844CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAsuncion Ridge 2012 Nefarious Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendAsuncion Ridge
25082507USSunflower-gold in color, this heady, hedonistic Chardonnay brims with aromas of toasted brioche, lemon and herb. Bright and completely balanced, it invites sip after sip until there simply is no more. Concentrated and complex it finishes dry, lingering in beautiful layers on the tongue.Ellen Lane Estate9575CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePaul Hobbs 2012 Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayPaul Hobbs
25092508SpainArtadi's top wine is dynamite in a bottle. Ripe, saturated, oaky aromas of blackberry, leather, blueberry pie and aged cheese are incredibly potent and alluring. This is huge in the mouth, with lemony oak and broad tannins that don't grind. Intense blackberry, coffee, toast and smoky flavors finish a mile deep, with all sorts of textural grab and character. Best from 2016 through 2026.Viña El Pison95300Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachArtadi 2011 Viña El Pison (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendArtadi
25102509ItalyThis structured wine opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, underbrush, leather, cedar, bright berries and baking spices. The vibrant palate displays classic Nebbiolo flavors of crushed dark cherry, clove, cinnamon, truffle, sage, thyme and licorice alongside brisk acidity and bracing but noble tannins. It will bloom into a beauty. Drink 2020–2040.Rocche dell'Annunziata9565PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAurelio Settimo 2010 Rocche dell'Annunziata (Barolo)NebbioloAurelio Settimo
25112510ItalyScents of woodland berries, violets, dried rose petals, baking spices and Mediterranean herbs emerge from this wine. Crushed Morello cherry, graphite, red raspberry and white pepper all come seamlessly together on the palate alongside invigorating energy and intensity. It shows fantastic aging potential. Drink 2020–2040.Villero9560PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiacomo Fenocchio 2010 Villero (Barolo)NebbioloGiacomo Fenocchio
25122511ItalyAromas of Mediterranean herbs, hay, leather and red berry come together in this structured Barolo. Loaded with energy and intensity, it delivers creamy cherry-berry flavors layered with white pepper, clove, nutmeg and orange zest. It already has depth but needs time to develop complexity. Drink after 2022.Cerretta9596PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiovanni Rosso 2010 Cerretta (Barolo)NebbioloGiovanni Rosso
25132512ItalyIt offers classic Nebbiolo scents of red berry, forest floor, violet, baking spices, leather and Mediterranean herbs. The juicy palate doles out bright red cherry, mint, sage and black pepper alongside firm but velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2016–2024.Boito Riserva9559PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRizzi 2009 Boito Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloRizzi
25142513USSourced from the best barrels made at the winery in 2013, this off-dry reserve checks in with roughly 30 g/L residual sugar, and plenty of acidity to more than balance it out. It's sweet, tart and sappy, with concentrated, juicy flavors of Meyer lemon, grapefruit and tangerine. It feels full-bodied and roundly fruity, then continues to extend itself with concentrated details of mineral and acid. A wine of exceptional power and length.Estates Reserve9532OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trisaetum 2013 Estates Reserve Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingTrisaetum
25152514ItalyAromas of red rose, wild cherry, forest floor and a whiff of leather take center stage. The palate expresses ripe black cherry accented by vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, clove, white pepper, balsamic herbs and subtle oak alongside firm tannins. It's already delicious, but give it time to develop. Drink after 2020.Bergera Pezzole9460PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Strette 2010 Bergera Pezzole (Barolo)NebbioloLe Strette
25162515USFresh in mouthwatering minerality, this is positively bright, balanced and layered in lingering notes of lemon curd, green apple and just-picked vanilla bean. It is a gloriously delicate wine that's named for one of Marimar's beloved Springer Spaniels, made from one block planted to a selection of the See clone.Don Miguel Vineyard Bonita's Hill Unfiltered9443CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarimar Estate 2011 Don Miguel Vineyard Bonita's Hill Unfiltered Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMarimar Estate
25172516ItalyJuicy red and black cherry, crushed raspberry, violet, white pepper, cinnamon and sage sensations all come together. Assertive tannins and exhilarating acidity balance out the intense fruit and spice flavors. It's still austere and tight but displays great breeding and serious aging potential. Drink after 2020.Rocche di Castiglione9442PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRoccheviberti 2010 Rocche di Castiglione (Barolo)NebbioloRoccheviberti
25182517AustraliaA perplexing wine to evaluate, the 2010 RunRig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier) evolves rapidly once poured, going from slightly stewed and overoaked to a wine that shows considerable class within 20 minutes or so. Aromas and flavors of brown sugar, mocha and roasted meat give way to raspberry compote, while the creamy texture and supple tannins conceal the wine's high alcohol level with ease.RunRig94225South AustraliaBarossa ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTorbreck 2010 RunRig Shiraz-Viognier (Barossa Valley)Shiraz-ViognierTorbreck
25192518ItalyBlack cherry, mint and white pepper aromas jump out of the glass along with a whiff of balsamic herbs. The intense palate boasts mouthwatering red cherry and strawberry flavors restrained by black pepper, cinnamon, clove, orange zest and a hint of eucalyptus. It's already gorgeous but it will develop even more complexity. Drink 2020–2030.Tre Ciabot9448PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCascina Ballarin 2010 Tre Ciabot (Barolo)NebbioloCascina Ballarin
25202519ItalyIt reveals aromas of rose, tilled earth, and smoky mineral. The bright palate doles out crushed red cherry and black raspberry accented with herbs, white pepper and clove. Juicy flavors are balanced by vibrant energy and polished tannins. Drink 2018–2038.Cannubi9470PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeComm. G. B. Burlotto 2010 Cannubi (Barolo)NebbioloComm. G. B. Burlotto

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