Wine Reviews

2651726516SpainSmoky, dark aromas of minty blackberry, tobacco, black coffee and toast are complex and lead to a tight bullish palate with fierce tannins. Dark, toasty flavors of black fruits and dark chocolate finish grabby but with freshness and a sense of purity. Drink 2018–2034.Tinto 15 Reserva9366Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachGarcía Figuero 2012 Tinto 15 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloGarcía Figuero
2651826517AustraliaMusky, spicy notes of pineapple and clove set the stage, expanding on the palate alongside waves of cinnamon, vanilla and peach. It's relatively full in body, with a silky texture and a long, clean, refreshing finish. Drink now–2025.Estate Vineyard93154VictoriaVictoriaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiaconda 2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Victoria)ChardonnayGiaconda
2651926518USVery light in the glass, this bottling is also delicate on the nose in terms of power. But it offers tons of action nonetheless, with fresh and dried herbs, flint and a tiny bit of smoke adding to the red-fruit aromas. The palate is tense with energy, showing thyme, oregano and eucalyptus spice, placing more emphasis on the herbal backbone than the red-fruit ripeness.Terraces9360CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMelville 2014 Terraces Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirMelville
2652026519USSourced from the Cedar Ranch vineyard in the Illinois Valley, this exquisite Riesling was entirely fermented with native yeast in both concrete egg and neutral wood. Given extended lees contact, it's textural and loaded with dry extract. Flavors highlight citrus rind, grapefruit and wet stone through the long and satisfying finish.Off the Grid9325OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ovum 2015 Off the Grid Riesling (Rogue Valley)RieslingOvum
2649126490ItalyThis opens with subtle aromas of wild flower and a whiff of exotic fruit. The bright fruity palate offers white peach, apple and a hint of honeydew melon. It's straightforward and refreshing.Vigne di Sande87VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Canestrari 2016 Vigne di Sande (Soave)GarganegaVilla Canestrari
2649226491TurkeyThis wine made from an aromatic indigenous Turkish grape offers a pleasing aroma of honeydew melon and freesia. It is soft on entry and remains smooth on the palate, with flavors of guava, pineapple and rose petal that meld into a soft floral finish.8718AnkaraMike DeSimone@worldwineguysVinkara 2015 Narince (Ankara)NarinceVinkara
2649326492USBlack plum juice, black pepper, caramel and smoke mark the nose of this bottling, which is fairly light in color. It's thin in body yet offers familiar black cherry and herbal spice flavors.8725CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWestern Slope 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonWestern Slope
2649426493FranceThe nose is very shy but the palate holds creamy candy-like strawberry notes. This is dry and fresh, light and easy. A touch of residual carbon dioxide makes for extra liveliness. Drink this soon.8714AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWillm 2016 Rosé (Alsace)RoséWillm
2649526494USSmoky toasty scents dominate this 50-50 blend of Tempranillo and Grenache. Firm purple fruits offer a taste of Spanish varietal character, with accents of bull's blood. This needs a bit more bottle age, which should continue to flesh out the finish.Tradición8728OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jaxon 2013 Tradición Tempranillo-Garnacha (Rogue Valley)Tempranillo-GarnachaJaxon
2649626495GermanyJuicy and approachable, this blend of Riesling and Müller-Thurgau offers fleshy stone fruit and tangerine flavors brightened by soft, slightly yielding acidity. It's a pristinely fruity wine with just a touch of minerality on the finish. Drink now.Piesporter Michelsberg8711MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaKarl Josef 2015 Piesporter Michelsberg White (Mosel)White BlendKarl Josef
2649726496USNicely lean and not overly fruity, this medium-bodied wine has the typical firm tannins, leathery aromas and herbal flavors of the grape variety and makes a nice change of pace from the usual California menu of full-bodied, oaky concoctions.Reward Ranch8721CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsKendric 2014 Reward Ranch Sangiovese (Shenandoah Valley (CA))SangioveseKendric
2649826497FranceThis crisp, balanced wine has lively citrus fruits, light spiciness and some tight, mineral acidity. Drink now.8712BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendLes Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2649926498FranceThis textured wine offers tangy, zesty minerality and a dry, nutty edge, making it a wine for food. With its structure and a perfumed aftertaste, it is ready to drink.La Vache8712BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2016 La Vache Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséMaison Bouey
2650026499USAromas are light, with notes of matchstick, herb and cherry. The cherry and plum flavors are sweet and generous, providing easy-drinking appeal.Limited Release Kentucky Derby8712WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2014 Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red Blend14 Hands
2650126500USCrisp pear, baked orange, sandalwood and smoke show on the nose of this bottling. Sweet ripe peach permeates the palate, but a lemon wedge and savory sea salt sprinkling brings everything into balance.8732CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAronHill 2015 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayAronHill
2650226501ItalyAromas of French oak, butter and a whiff of orchard fruit lead the nose. The oak sensations carry over to the palate along with yellow apple skin, lemon zest and a hint of sage. It closes on a note of bitter almond.Borghetta8724LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAvanzi 2013 Borghetta (Lugana)TurbianaAvanzi
2650326502USThis is a richer, rounder version of rosé, with tropical mango and pineapple notes as well as lush peach aspects. Moderate acidity keeps it grounded and refreshing.Estate Grown Rosé of8718CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBalletto 2016 Estate Grown Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirBalletto
2650426503SpainBriny stone fruit aromas lead to a pulpy palate in this medium-bodied wine. Its ripe white fruit flavors show no signs of oak, tasting melony and finishing short. Drink as soon as possible for best results.8712Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Otto Bestué 2016 Chardonnay (Somontano)ChardonnayBodega Otto Bestué
2650526504SpainOak-heavy wood spice, plum and leather aromas open this Garnacha. On the palate, it's syrupy and heavy, with sweet cassis and blackberry flavors blanketed with oak, finishing jammy and resiny.Particular Old Vine8718Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas San Valero 2013 Particular Old Vine Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaBodegas San Valero
2650626505USThis light, fruity and refreshing wine is made from organic grapes and pairs nicely with linguine and clams or pizza bianca. Although matured in French oak barrels, it's more delicate than usual, tasting of apples, baking spice and fresh lemon.8714CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBonterra 2015 Viognier (California)ViognierBonterra
2650726506FranceThere is a touch of toastiness to this otherwise fruity wine, produced by Jean-René Matignon of Château Pichon Baron in Pauillac. It has class as well as attractive tangy acidity and a refreshing citrus backdrop. Drink now.8715BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerCap Royal 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendCap Royal
2650826507PortugalGreen plums and attractive spice combine in this easygoing wine. Its acidity and bright aftertaste emphasize its dry character and its place at the table. Drink now.Casas8710DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2016 Casas White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteCasca Wines
2650926508SpainThis Garnacha's leathery, slightly underripe aromas are more savory than bold and fruity. On the palate, it's dry, with tomato-like acidity, fresh and zesty roasted plum flavors and a medicinal note that lingers on the finish.La Cantera879Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachCastillo de Monjardin 2015 La Cantera Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaCastillo de Monjardin
2651026509FranceCool and crisp, this is an attractively fruity wine. It certainly has plenty of acidity but it also has an equal quantity of red berry fruits that are lively, bright and make the wine ready to drink.De Chanceny Brut Rosé87Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Saumur NV De Chanceny Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant de Loire)Sparkling BlendCave de Saumur
2651126510USA deep shade of reddish pink, this rich style of rosé shows red cherry, cola, crushed slate and chalky, orange pith-like aromas on the nose. Ripe plum and strawberry flavors mark the palate, kissed by star anise and plenty of acidic bite.Rose of8720CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChalone 2014 Rose of Grenache (Chalone)GrenacheChalone
2651226511USFrom estate-grown fruit dotted around the appellation, this wine shines in a fresh approach to tannin and savory-laced black cherry, seasoning it with clove, earth and black tea. Its length impresses, with the finish vibrantly spiked with cardamom and cola spice.Estate Grown9340CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ Vineyards & Winery 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirJ Vineyards & Winery
2651326512FranceProduced with advice from the late Denis Dubourdieu who was instrumental in revolutionizing Bordeaux white wines, this is impressive. The wood aging is just right, giving toast and allowing the ripe fruits to blossom and smooth out. The wine will age well, so don't drink before 2020.9335BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Picque Caillou 2015 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Picque Caillou
2651426513ItalyAromas of underbrush, rose petal, flint and dark spice waft out of the glass. The structured elegant palate offers red-cherry, raspberry, clove and star anise flavors set against fresh acidity and a firm backbone of refined tannins. Give this time to let the nervous energy calm down and you'll be rewarded with even more complexity. Drink 2020–2035.9330PiedmontBramaterraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColombera & Garella 2013 BramaterraRed BlendColombera & Garella
2651526514USThis is a gorgeously light coastal offering, a subdued expression of the variety that unravels its layers slowly and methodically. Red cherry, lavender and blueberry are revealed on the palate as perfumed shocks of rose and salty air permeate the nose. Vibrantly crisp, it has a slight grip to the velvety texture.9350CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFlowers 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFlowers
2651626515USUnusually graceful and elegant despite full body and dense tannins, this wine has lush, rich fruit flavors like blackberry compote, plus clove and black pepper accents. It's an outstanding example of how attractive the variety can be, and no surprise considering its long history in Mendocino County.9335CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEdmeades 2013 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County)Petite SirahEdmeades

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