Wine Reviews

2622126220GermanyBlossomy perfume wafts throughout this squeaky fresh off-dry Riesling. Tart tangerine and punchy yellow peach and mango flavors are vibrant and crisp, resonating long on the finish. It's a straightforward yet balanced, fruity wine. Drink now.Nik Weis Selection Urban8812MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaSt. Urbans-Hof 2014 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling (Mosel)RieslingSt. Urbans-Hof
2622226221ItalyThis opens with aromas of toast, espresso, cooking spice and red berry. The palate offers up young sour cherry, vanilla, coconut and mocha alongside still raspy tannins that leave an astringent finish. Drink 2017–2022.Martinenga88PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy 2012 Martinenga (Barbaresco)NebbioloTenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy
2622326222USThis is a breadwinner bottling for the otherwise high-end, single-vineyard specialists from Los Gatos. It's a solid deal, offering a tight, slightly sour nose of cranberry juice, graphite and violets. The palate clings to juicy cherries with a sage-like twist.Cuvee 1078820CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTestarossa 2013 Cuvee 107 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirTestarossa
2622426223USThis reserve-level wine is annotated with interesting highlights of iron, mint and tea leaf, all wrapped around a black-cherry core. There's a streak of cola running through it all, and just a hint of alcohol burn in the finish.Founders Choice Estate8848OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Treos 2011 Founders Choice Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTreos
2622526224PortugalStill holding its deep red color, this is otherwise a wine that is now mature and ready to drink, hailing from the first vintage of the Vadio Project. It has earthy flavors of bramble and undergrowth, and a dry character that will become more pronounced over the next years. Luis Patrão started the organic Vadio Project to preserve the native Baga grape grown nine miles from the Atlantic Ocean in central Portugal.Vadio8835BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerVadio Wines 2005 Vadio Baga (Bairrada)BagaVadio Wines
2622626225FranceThis wine has simple fruit with fresh acidity, touches of lemon and a crisp, tangy texture. Still young, it offers a flinty edge and a steely aftertaste, both of which will merge into the apple and grapefruit flavors over the next few months. Drink from 2016.8835BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerWilliam Fèvre 2014 ChablisChardonnayWilliam Fèvre
2622726226USBrilliant gold in color, this wine by Santa Barbara's pioneering Rhône house shows pressed white flowers, bruised apple and a touch of iodine on the nose. It's quite heavy on the viscous palate, with a sense of fish oil as well as caramelized apple, iodine, roasted almonds, singed marshmallow and dried apricot. It's a very meaty white wine.8825CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZaca Mesa 2011 Roussanne (Santa Ynez Valley)RoussanneZaca Mesa
2622826227TurkeyAromas of grapefruit, orange peel and freshly starched sheets give way to flavors of lemon curd, grapefruit, hazelnut and rose petal in this wine made of 100% Emir, a native Turkish variety. There is a sense of brightness on the palate, and the soft floral finish features a final spray of citrus.8815TurkeyMike DeSimone@worldwineguysTurasan 2013 Emir (Turkey)EmirTurasan
2622926228PortugalThis ripe and smooth wine is fragrant, spicy and delicious in apricot and peach flavors. There is a crisp texture to the wine, with streaks of freshness and minerality. The finish has refreshing acidity and a salty kick, making this ideal for pairing with food.Parus Branco8830Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Comporta 2014 Parus Branco Antão Vaz (Península de Setúbal)Antão VazHerdade da Comporta
2623026229USAromas of beeswax and lemon oil, the flavors following along with tangerine, orange and peach. Very dry, with exceptional concentration of fruit, and well-integrated flavors of cracker and grain. This was barrel fermented, and delivers a long, concentrated finish.Lawrence Vineyards Dry9018WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gård 2007 Lawrence Vineyards Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingGård
2623126230USHere's a good buy in a big, rich, decadently delicious Syrah. Soft and dry, with refined tannins, it offers flavors of currants, blackberries, cherries, chocolate, licorice, Dr. Pepper cola, black pepper and spices. Easy to like, yet complex.Grand Reserve9025CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastKendall-Jackson 2007 Grand Reserve Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahKendall-Jackson
2623226231FranceVibrant and juicy with red cherry and blueberry playing well alongside notes of thyme and soft pepper spice. Medium weight in the mouth with soft grain tannins, solid acidity, and a finish that leaves a delicious raspberry syrup flavor lingering until the next sip. Drink now or hold for a year.Les Coteaux9020Languedoc-RoussillonLanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMas Belles Eaux 2006 Les Coteaux Red (Languedoc)Rhône-style Red BlendMas Belles Eaux
2623326232ItalyThis “classico” interpretation of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from COS is every bit as enjoyable as the producer's top-shelf Pithos expression. You'll get pretty spice tones backed by elegant fruit and almond. Pair it with light meat dishes and serve it a few degrees cooler than you normally would a red wine.9031Sicily & SardiniaCerasuolo di VittoriaCOS 2006 Cerasuolo di VittoriaRed BlendCOS
2623426233USBig and concentrated, this is a huge mouthful of really tasty juicy. Peach, pineapple and soft tropical flavors combine in a ripe and luscious wine, which puts the fruit well ahead of the butter and toast.9012WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Caterina 2008 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayCaterina
2623526234USAs with all Dusted Valley wines, the focus is on varietal purity, and the careful blending (an addition of 10% Merlot) enhances it, by expanding the midpalate and adding complexity. Green coffee and oak-driven coconut and vanilla custard flavors dominate, with dark fruits holding down center court.9035WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dusted Valley 2007 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancDusted Valley
2623626235USA very likeable Cabernet Sauvignon, easily up there with the best of Easton's Cabs. The wine is dry and rich in fruit, with finely ground tannins housing ripe blackberry and black currant flavors. Should develop in the bottle over the next 2–4 years.Estate Bottled9035CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsEaston 2006 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Shenandoah Valley (CA))Cabernet SauvignonEaston
2623726236USThough labeled Columbia Valley, this is actually Wahluke Slope fruit, 100% varietal. Licorice, smoke and herbs race up the spine, rounded out with black fruits, fig, tobacco and coffee. Good grip and length.9032WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Patterson 2006 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecPatterson
2623826237ChileThe Elqui Valley is the new source for this Syrah, and we like its leathery, complex, smoky nose that foretells layered blackberry, chocolate and spice flavors. Fairly thick and modern, but balanced, with a long, lightly minty finish. Interesting and well seasoned with oak.1865 Limited Edition9025Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2007 1865 Limited Edition Syrah (Elqui Valley)SyrahSan Pedro
2623926238FranceThere is enticing new wood here, a wine that shows richness to boost the ripe, creamy apple and pear fruits. It has a generous character, to contrast with its core of steely acidity. The finish is more earthy, suggesting the wine still needs time in the bottle.Vaillons Premier Cru9032BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2007 Vaillons Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
2624026239USA delicious and interesting white wine, made from a variety more usually used for blending purposes. It's honey-rich but dry, similar in structure to an oaky Chardonnay, with tropical fruit and vanilla flavors that have a pleasant touch of bitterness.Thompson Vineyard9030CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastJaffurs 2008 Thompson Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Grenache BlancJaffurs
2624126240USVery rich, ripe and dry, a Merlot with a drop of Cabernet that needs a year or two to resolve. It's fat and fleshy in cherries, violets, red currants and cola, with a dusting of cocoa, pepper and cinnamon. The tannins are ample, but very finely ground. Hold until 2011.Grand Reserve9028CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKendall-Jackson 2007 Grand Reserve Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotKendall-Jackson
2624226241USA rich, full-bodied and dry Syrah that shows fine terroir. It comes from an area, in the Gabilan Mountains of Monterey, that does not yet have a sub-appellation, but should. The wine is effusive in blackberries, black currants, mocha, pepper and cedar, with a sweetly exotic note of foie gras. Now–2012.North Block9029CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastCoastview 2007 North Block Syrah (Monterey County)SyrahCoastview
2624326242USThe Cowgirl Cab, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is DaMa's most popular offering. Loaded with bright, brambly berry fruits, licorice and loam, it's notable also for smooth, silky tannins.Cowgirl Cab9021WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine DaMa 2007 Cowgirl Cab Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendDaMa
2624426243USFrom Klipsun and Hedges fruit, this muscular, aromatic Merlot begins with pretty berry scents, then develops flavors of currant and cherry. It's a wine with meat and muscle, still packed tight, but dense with potential. Give it plenty of decanting, or cellar it for five years.Outlaw9042WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sparkman 2007 Outlaw Merlot (Red Mountain)MerlotSparkman
2624526244USThis is a Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend. Along with pleasant, strawberry fruit you'll find scents of candied roses and hints of fresh herb. The length and detail bespeak a wine with medium-term aging potential. Baking spices dominate the finish, with a burst of heat from the near-15% alcohol.Ruby Leigh Red9042WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sparkman 2007 Ruby Leigh Red Red (Red Mountain)Red BlendSparkman
2624626245USA rich, ripe and complex Cabernet, with classic Napa tannic structure. Not quite up there with the winery's higher-priced Dollarhide or Elu bottlings, but showing similar elegance and taste. Brims with blueberry, mocha and cedar flavors that should develop over the next four years.Estate Bottled9035CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaSt. Supéry 2005 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSt. Supéry
2624726246USShows the exuberant volume and power of most Santa Lucia Pinot Noirs, with strong, jammy cherry, raspberry and cola flavors and big, sturdy tannins, although the wine never loses its essentially silky texture. Feels juvenile and precocious now. Give it until late 2010 to begin to mellow.Tondré Grapefield9043CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastTondré 2007 Tondré Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirTondré
2624826247ChilePurple as can be, with grapey aromas that aren't subtle in the least. Typically thick, with mild tannins and shy, almost reserved berry, cassis and chocolaty oak flavors. Dense wine, but not as expressive and deeply flavored as previous vintages. Drink now through 2011.Viu 19075Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2007 Viu 1 Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecViu Manent
2624926248ItalyHere's a thick and resinous Pinot Grigio with a deeply golden color and intense aromas of pine, almond, honey and dried apricot. This is not the light and breezy style of Pinot Grigio you may be familiar with, so look to pair this wine with Tandoori chicken or oven-roasted pasta.Ipso Zuc di Volpe9052Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliVolpe Pasini 2007 Ipso Zuc di Volpe Pinot Grigio (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Pinot GrigioVolpe Pasini
2625026249USA really nice Merlot, and look at that price. It's dry, elegant and entirely balanced, with a rich earthy texture. Shows classic flavors of black cherries, black currants, violets, anise and sweet sandalwood. Terrific value.Block 5009014CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaTrentadue 2007 Block 500 Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotTrentadue

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