Wine Reviews


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2664126640FranceFull of black currant and perfumed apple fruits, this is a wine that has filled out as it has matured while not losing its tight mineral character. It is a complex wine, tasting of the terroir, structured and fruity at the same time. Drink this impressive wine now.Des Cuvées Exquises Gemme Océane9135Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Landrat-Guyollot 2012 Des Cuvées Exquises Gemme Océane (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Landrat-Guyollot
2664226641USAt 81%, this could be a varietally labeled Merlot, with the rest Cabernet Franc (15%) and Petit Verdot. It appeals with pretty aromas of cocoa, wood spice and jammy red fruit that are followed by full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors that pack a wallop while staying in balance.BFM9153WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDusted Valley 2013 BFM Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendDusted Valley
2664326642AustriaSlight yeasty notes still cling to the nose but the palate opens up to peach and Mirabelle, to lemon zest and the freshest, crunchiest apples imaginable. This is pure, linear, ripe and poised. Aromatic citrus zest swirls above everything and leaves you refreshed and entranced.Vom Berg9120KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEichinger 2015 Vom Berg Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingEichinger
2664426643ItalyAromas of toast, roasted herb, dark-skinned berry, mint and a balsamic note lead the way. The young, firm palate offers dark cherry, black raspberry and white pepper framed in austere tannins and bright acidity. It's still young and needs to unwind. Drink 2020–2028.Brunate9185PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeEnzo Boglietti 2012 Brunate (Barolo)NebbioloEnzo Boglietti
2664526644FranceUnlike many vintages of Coudoulet, this one is medium-bodied and fruit-forward, offering hints of cherries, mulberries and wild Provençal herbs. Those garrigue notes linger on the softly dusty finish. Drink now–2023.Coudoulet de Beaucastel9134Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFamille Perrin 2013 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendFamille Perrin
2664626645FranceThis is an impressively rich and ripe within the light, poised character of classic Muscadet. It balances floral apple and pear fruit with a tight, mineral texture that gives the wine a young character. The extended lees aging has added notes of almonds and spice to this ripe wine. Drink from 2017.Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie9119Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerGadais Père et Fils 2015 Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonGadais Père et Fils
2664726646SpainMinerally aromas of crushed stone, schist and red-berry fruits feed into a tight palate with an iron grip. Plum, raspberry, cherry and cassis flavors cover the full spectrum of red fruits, while a chalky, minerally finish confirms the wine's intensity and structure. Drink through 2022.9140CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachGenium Celler 2010 Red (Priorat)Red BlendGenium Celler
2664826647AustriaA reticent nose merely signals zesty freshness and some spicy herbal hints. The palate fleshes this out with light-footed citrus freshness that has an appetizing tinge of soy-savoriness and a zesty yet spicy finish. This is light in body but heavy on flavor.Hoher Rain9125KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGeyerhof 2015 Hoher Rain Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerGeyerhof
2664926648USWinemaker Molly Lyman takes a delicate approach to this 100% varietal estate wine, from a longstanding vineyard in the Chiles Valley. From a block named for a farming family linked to the site, Las Flores is sanguine in cranberry and graphite, food-friendly, with a lightness despite its pronounced plum, cassis and oak.Las Flores9175CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVolker Eisele Family Estate 2012 Las Flores Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVolker Eisele Family Estate
2665026649USAromas of spice, red fruit and milk chocolate are followed by an opulent palate of fruit and barrel flavors. It appeals on every level.9130WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotWalla Walla Vintners
2665126650USThis is a rare, 100% varietal, single-vineyard Malbec. It downright dazzles with notes of dark plum and spice that are followed by seamless, pure, elegant fruit flavors.Pepper Bridge Vineyard9132WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Malbec (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MalbecWalla Walla Vintners
2665226651USHailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.Sagemoor Vineyard9138WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2013 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWalla Walla Vintners
2665326652FranceSyrah-based, this is the Amoureuses cuvée most likely to be found on store shelves. It's full bodied and supple, with ample black cherry fruit and a savory side of cola and coffee. Long and smoothly textured on the finish, it's ready to drink now–2023.Terres des Amoureuses Passionnée9115Rhône ValleyArdècheJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChateau Les Amoureuses 2012 Terres des Amoureuses Passionnée Syrah-Grenache (Ardèche)Syrah-GrenacheChateau Les Amoureuses
2665426653FrancePerhaps less intense than some wines from this appellation, this is still a sweet, honeyed wine that is shot through with lemon acidity. It is poised and very stylish with yellow fruits and orange marmalade that are caught in a web of botrytis. Drink this wine from 2020.Château de l'Echarderie9135Loire ValleyQuarts de ChaumeRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Laffourcade 2014 Château de l'Echarderie (Quarts de Chaume)Chenin BlancVignobles Laffourcade
2665526654USFrom an 850-foot-elevation site four miles from the ocean, this offers a depth of dark cherry and Asian spice, lightly bodied and textured. It delivers a hit of bittersweet chocolate on the tangy finish, with an intriguing streak of charcuterie that's hard to shake.Corvus Whistler Vineyard9156CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWhistler 2013 Corvus Whistler Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirWhistler
2665626655AustriaFreshly cut Conference pear peel notes abound. The palate has a slightly phenolic, pleasantly bitter edge that will come into its own with food. The beautiful pear and aloe vera notes last long after the last sip. This deserves a whole evening of your attention—the flavors here unfold slowly.Herrenholz9125ViennaAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWieninger 2015 Herrenholz Grüner Veltliner (Vienna)Grüner VeltlinerWieninger
2665726656USThis 100% Cabernet, from the iconic Klipsun vineyard, has been sourced from the original 1989 planting since the first crop, making Seven Hills Klipsun's longest standing customer. This offers deep cassis, mineral, and earth flavors, powerful and dense. The Seven Hills style, ordinarily restrained and elegant, suits this vineyard especially well, as it reins in the tendency of Klipsun fruit to go over the top, and become too tannic. This is muscular and deep, but proportionate and detailed.Klipson Vineyard9332WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Hills 2007 Klipson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonSeven Hills
2665826657USYou'll want to age this wine for a good 6–8 years, because right now it's rather tough in tannins, and the fruit and oak have not married. Nonetheless it's quite a good wine. Shows complex layers of blackberries, currants and caramelized oak. Lifts Alexander Valley Cabernet above its usual level into noteworthy.Vyborny Vineyard Plus93150CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaGoldschmidt 2006 Vyborny Vineyard Plus Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonGoldschmidt
2665926658USNeeds time in the cellar, as it's really tough in tannins now. Feels hard and sandpapery and raspingly dry. Deep down inside is a molten core of ripe blackberries and black currants, with lots of new, smoky oak. Seems to be your classically ageable Napa red. Give it until at least 2013, and it could surprise and delight for many years beyond.93125CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaWilliam Hill Estate 2007 Meritage (Napa Valley)MeritageWilliam Hill Estate
2666026659USYou have to love the '07 vintage. This is drinking beautifully right now, though official release (September) is still a ways off. Rich and delicious, full-bodied and aromatic, with exotic barrel scents and a lovely mélange of chocolate, mocha, caramel and spice. But the fruit is the main story, and it's full, ripe and substantial—cherry and cassis, licorice and just a hint of leaf.Red Wine9335WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Quilceda Creek 2007 Red Wine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendQuilceda Creek
2666126660USExtremely rich and ripe, with tremendous pineapple, pear, mango and white flower flavors that have been liberally oaked. Shows a touch of bitterness in the finish, which is probably the result of its age. Still, it's a flamboyant, impressive Chardonnay, like a magnificent old tapestry that's fraying a bit around the edges.9335CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastAu Bon Climat 2006 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayAu Bon Climat
2666226661USVery ripe, rich and new-oaky, with dazzling flavors of ripe pineapples, pears, limes, caramel and buttered toast, drizzled with vanilla honey. A crowd-pleasing Chardonnay of enormous power and concentration. Could use a touch more nuance and complexity, but a tremendous wine at a good price for the quality.Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Sierra Madre Vineyard9330CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastAu Bon Climat 2007 Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayAu Bon Climat
2666326662USLots to admire in this Cab. It's bone dry and rich in blackberry and cedar flavors, with overtones of mocha, anise and toast, and is very tannic. Clearly made in a leaner style than today's high-alcohol cult style, it trades some richness for elegance and finesse. This is a wine that puts its bet on cellaring. Try after 2013.9375CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaClos du Val 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonClos du Val
2666426663USThis is a very rich, ripe, flamboyant Pinot, made in the lush California style. It's flashy in complex tiers of raspberries, cherries, red currants, licorice, cocoa and cinnamon spice, yet is silky and dry. The fruit comes from Sonoma Coast, Green Valley and the Middle Reach. An impressive followup to the inaugural '07, and a bottling to watch.Les Pommiers9350CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaEnRoute 2008 Les Pommiers Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirEnRoute
2666526664New ZealandPlummy and dark, with accents of cedar, dark chocolate and hints of coffee. This is always the most robust of the Felton Road Pinots, and really deserves a few years in the cellar; although it's approachable now, expect the already soft tannins to turn silkier in time.Block 59379Central OtagoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFelton Road 2008 Block 5 Pinot Noir (Central Otago)Pinot NoirFelton Road
2666626665USJewell threads the needle where so many others fail with this dry, elegant Sauvignon Blanc. Does exactly what it should, providing a mouthwateringly crisp white wine that scours and cleanses the palate. The flavors are of limes, lemons, grapefruits, wildflowers and stony, tangy minerals. Really a brilliant wine, among the best of its class.Redwood Ranch9324CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaJoseph Jewell 2008 Redwood Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancJoseph Jewell
2666726666USA very rich Chardonnay, notable for its complex flavors of pineapples, sweet Meyer lemons, Key lime pie, buttered toast and smoky caramelized oak. Acidity is quite high, and plays a role in the way it tingles and cleanses the mouth. There's a fresh, jammy quality that makes the wine taste younger than its almost three years. Should develop in the bottle through 2013.Journey9375CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaMatanzas Creek 2007 Journey Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayMatanzas Creek
2666826667USA very fine Cabernet, although it's tough and young and wants time in the cellar. Strikes you immediately as lush and important, with a fine structure framing ripe flavors of blackberries, black cherries, currants, anise, dark chocolate and sandalwood. Yet there's a juvenile character that, good as it is, promises even better things down the road. Give it until 2013, at least.Game Ranch9370CaliforniaOakvilleNapaGoldschmidt 2007 Game Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonGoldschmidt
2666926668USA beautiful Pinot Noir, although it's a bit brusque in acidity. Still, it's enormously rich and dry, with long-lasting flavors of raspberry tart and cherry-cinnamon granola. Give it a brief decant, and drink with rich, umami-inspired fare, like teriaki salmon or cured meats.Morelli Lane Vineyard9342CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLost Canyon 2008 Morelli Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirLost Canyon
2667026669USNot for fans of rich Chardonnays, this is a very dry, acidic bottling. It's more about clean mouthfeel and scour than hedonism. What fruit there is suggests limes, pears and brisk minerals, while smoky oak and lees contribute toasty, buttery, creamy notes. A distinguished and elegant wine that defines cool-climate coastal conditions. Grows more complex and interesting as it warms in the glass.Estate Grown9338CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPfendler 2008 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayPfendler

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