Wine Reviews

2631126310USRobust and rustic, this is a full-bodied Italian-inspired red blend, indicative of its varieties which range from Carignane and old-vine Zinfandel to old-vine Petite Sirah, Mataro, old-vine Black Malvasia and Alicante Bouschet. It's old-school in every way, with flavors that tend toward dark cherry, licorice and leather.Mysterium8728CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneTrinitas 2010 Mysterium Red (Mendocino)Red BlendTrinitas
2631226311USThis pleasant Grenache has the weight and texture of Pinot Noir. It's light and silky in the mouth, with moderate acohol and savory acidity. Shows cherry, cola and herb flavors for drinking now.8734CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastJaffurs 2010 Grenache (Santa Barbara County)GrenacheJaffurs
2631326312USThis is a solid, fruity Merlot, appealing with cherry jam and red currant flavors, housed in firm mountain tannins. There's a good cut of acidity for tackling rich beef dishes. Drink now.Jack London Vineyard8725CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaKenwood 2010 Jack London Vineyard Merlot (Sonoma Mountain)MerlotKenwood
2631426313USA solid, everyday Cabernet, with extra features of dry elegance and complexity. It's dry and tannic, with interesting blackberry, currant, sweet oak and tobacco flavors for drinking now.8714CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaL de Lyeth 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonL de Lyeth
2631526314ItalyPackaged in one of the squat bottles that are so popular in the Prosecco Superiore area today, this fresh Italian sparkler would pair with finger foods or unsalted almonds. The wine delivers citrus with mineral tones on the close.Brunei Brut87VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreLa Tordera NV Brunei Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraLa Tordera
2631626315USLandmark's Chardonnays have been getting sweeter and simpler over the years, perhaps in an attempt to appeal to the popular palate. With the 2011 Lorenzo, they have produced a ripe, oaky, buttery Chard, with orange and pineapple jam, vanilla, honey and fresh cream flavors, made for drinking now.Lorenzo Vineyard8755CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLandmark 2010 Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayLandmark
2631726316SpainBasic, minerally aromas of apple and pear are good and suggest iodine. The mouthfeel is a bit foamy, but this is also fresh and vital for a 2007 Cava. Crisp flavors of lime, orange and green herbs end similarly, with linear balance.Premium Cuvée Brut Millésime8712CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMas de Monistrol 2007 Premium Cuvée Brut Millésime Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMas de Monistrol
2631826317ItalyFresh, bright and super lively on the palate, this very attractive Prosecco Superiore would pair with bite-sized quiche with cheese and ham or mini-pizza appetizers. Citrus and green melon are backed by acidity and tight, steely perlage.Bareta Brut8726VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreMerotto NV Bareta Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraMerotto
2631926318ItalyAromas of espresso, Mediterranean scrub and dark-skinned berry lead the nose. The subdued palate is on the lean side, showing dried black cherry and a green note of powdered sage alongside astringent tannins that leave a bitter, tongue-drying finish.Lamùri8620Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTasca d'Almerita 2013 Lamùri Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaTasca d'Almerita
2632026319USPerfumy on the nose, this is a lavishly oaked, full-bodied mix of caramel and vanilla atop baked apple pie and grilled mango. More tropical than crisp, it speaks to a warm vintage and a stylistic approach to go for the gusto.8622CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Grifter 2014 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayThe Grifter
2632126320USFresh-cut grass and gooseberry dominate on the nose of this wine, a style that's not for everyone. From there, bristling sparks of lemon and lime dominate, giving the wine a refreshing edge. Unoaked, the finish is a tad severe in its austerity.8624CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneApriori 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancApriori
2632226321USDelicate flavors of pressed apples, pears and lemon are accented by exotic hints of spice and potpourri in this dry, single-vineyard Riesling. It's not deeply concentrated, but zesty acidity makes it refreshingly crisp. Drink now–2016.Navone Vineyards Dry8620New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAtwater 2014 Navone Vineyards Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAtwater
2632326322ItalyThis informal red offers aromas of ripe blackberry and Mediterranean herb. The round, simple palate shows black cherry, ripe blackberry and ground cooking spice alongside soft, fleeting tannins. Drink now.Coralto8613Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBaglio Curatolo Arini 1875 2012 Coralto Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaBaglio Curatolo Arini 1875
2632426323ItalyThis simple, easygoing red doles out juicy black cherry, fleshy blackberry, vanilla and a confectionary note. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.BDP Y8614Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBaglio di Pianetto 2013 BDP Y Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaBaglio di Pianetto
2632526324USQuite reserved in aromas at first, this starts to show bruised lemon skins, ripe stonefruit and a touch of cream on the nose. A preserved lemon element and sour orange character mark the nose, with touches of marzipan yet lacking the usually associated creaminess.Wrights Station Vineyard8630CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannByington 2013 Wrights Station Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayByington
2632626325ItalyAromas of plum, spring flower and a whiff of dark spice lead the nose while the round, juicy palate doles out fleshy blackberry, ripe wild cherry and a light touch of anise. Simple but well made, enjoy this for everyday and informal occasions.Vento di Mare8610Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Ermes 2014 Vento di Mare Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaCantine Ermes
2632726326USThe color is slightly light, the aromas are moderately spicy, and flavors recall baked cherries and plums. This light to medium-bodied wine is also on the delicate side in terms of flavor, but quite enjoyable and affordable, too.8613CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCastle Rock 2013 Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)Pinot NoirCastle Rock
2632826327FranceSmoky wood aromas are repeated on the palate. Although prominent, they do not suppress the juicy blackberry flavors and crisp acidity. Already balanced, the wine is likely to mature quickly. Drink from 2017.8618BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Charmail 2013 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Charmail
2632926328FranceThis wine is dry, dominated by the new-wood flavors and toasty character that hide any fruit. The lean structure will probably remain. The property is owned by the Kressmann family.8630BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Latour-Martillac 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Latour-Martillac
2633026329FranceVines on steep slopes leading down to the Gironde estuary give this estate a good exposure. This wine is structured and laced with firm tannins. It has a balanced character that will allow it to age further, although the black-currant flavors are beginning to shine. Drink from late 2016.86BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Moulin Eyquem 2011 Côtes de BourgBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Moulin Eyquem
2633126330FranceThis wine just avoids an excessive amount of wood. Instead the wood flavors enhance the black-plum and berry fruits. It is a dry wine, dense and firm. It does need time, so wait until 2018.86BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pierre de Montignac 2013 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pierre de Montignac
2633226331FranceThis structured wine also has attractive layers of ripe fruits. Black-currant freshness balances with a dry tannic core and a rich juicy texture. It's going to be ready to drink soon, so only wait until 2017.8620BordeauxMoulis-en-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pomeys 2013 Moulis-en-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pomeys
2633326332ChilePlum, cherry and cassis aromas are lightly charred but not really dark or dense. This shows high-toned, edgy acidity and hard tannins. Punchy, borderline sharp flavors of raspberry and herbal plum finish rough.Reserva8612Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonChilcas
2633426333ChileAromas of herbs, spice, tomato and red plum are good but lean. This features a fresh, dry, tomatoey palate and equally dry, peppery flavors of plum and cherry. A lasting finish is bright but light on residual flavors.Reserva8612Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2013 Reserva Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirChilcas
2633526334USComing in at a strikingly low alcohol for the vintage, the fruit in this blend doesn't seem to have fully ripened, with strong aromas of freshly sliced jalapeño along with leafy herbs. The flavors are tart and elegant, broadening on the finish.Dedication8620WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCougar Crest 2012 Dedication Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendCougar Crest
2633626335FranceThis is a creamy wine that has attractive fresh apple as well as citrus flavors. It has a tang of lemon zest to give a crisper edge. The aftertaste is fruity, ripe and refreshing.8612BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Claouset 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendDomaine du Claouset
2633726336USSweet vanilla oak gives this full-bodied, tropical wine its signature, a luscious taste of fruit-forward approachability that risks becoming overdone. From Vine Hill Ridge Vineyard in the heart of the appellation, it exhibits the power and warmth of the vintage.Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch8639CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton Estate 2013 Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDutton Estate
2633826337USMinty sage and cedar dot the aromatic profile of this wine that is holding on to tannin and oak with a fierce stubbornness. Tart cherry, pomegranate and blueberry give it a fruity mélange, accented by subtle rose petal and violet.Hawk's Roost Ranch8646CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEl Lugar 2013 Hawk's Roost Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirEl Lugar
2633926338USWell made, well balanced and rich in flavor, this medium-bodied wine has fruit flavors that are almost sweet but countered by crisp acidity. It tastes spicy like vanilla and nutmeg on the finish.8625CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVigilance 2014 Chardonnay (Red Hills Lake County)ChardonnayVigilance
2634026339ChileHerbal raspberry and leather aromas create an obtuse nose. This is round, not overly exact in feel, and mild in acidity. Peppery flavors of raspberry and cherry end in dry, standard fashion.Reserve8610Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alba 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirSanta Alba

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