Wine Reviews


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2745127450ItalyGive Prapò Barolo a few minutes to open in the glass. As it does, floral aromas evolve into tones of berry fruit, cola and smoked ham. The mouthfeel is compact, firm and crisp with a touch of menthol freshness at the end.Prapò90PiedmontBaroloMauro Sebaste 2007 Prapò (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste
2745227451ItalyDark concentration and medium aromatic intensity open Barolo Castelletto. There's a delicate, feminine side to this Nebbiolo that presents itself through aromas of pressed violet, root beer, chopped mint and peppermint. Those fresh overtones are backed by tight, gripping tannins. Drink after 2018.Castelletto9055PiedmontBaroloMauro Veglio 2007 Castelletto (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Veglio
2745327452USThis delightful Sauvignon Blanc is unoaked, and did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The result is pure Russian River fruit, rich and spicy in pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, green apple and fig flavors, brightened with tangy acidity. Delicious and lively, a perfect wine for cocktails and Asian fare.9018CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMichael Bernard 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancMichael Bernard
2745427453ChileSweet and smoky on the nose, with prune, hickory and spice aromas that come together well. The palate on this four-grape blend is saturated and meaty, while the flavors of blackberry, coffee and dark plum are lush and finish with toast and spice. Always one of Chile's best values; an overperformer year after year.Quatro9015Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontGras 2009 Quatro Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendMontGras
2745527454USLike taking in a fresh bouquet of flowers just in bloom, this deliciously crafted Moscato Frivolo, slightly fizzy and superlatively refreshing, is a lovely surprise at just 7% alcohol and $16. Start your night off with a glass or let it guide you through a meal, serve cold and take in its candied orange and jasmine amidst the bubbles.Frivolo9016CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneNoceto 2010 Frivolo Moscato (California)MoscatoNoceto
2745627455ItalyPaolo Manzone is a producer based in Serralunga d'Alba and this flagship Barolo delivers elegant aromas of small berry fruit, cola and licorice. This tight, streamlined wine boasts crisp acidity and a nutty, toasted finish.Serralunga9060PiedmontBaroloPaolo Manzone 2007 Serralunga (Barolo)NebbioloPaolo Manzone
2745727456ItalyElegant, austere, ethereal and tight in its aromatic delivery, this classic Barolo offers pristine berry tones backed by power and determination. Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba tends to be more structured, dark and intense overall.Serralunga9035PiedmontBaroloPrincipiano Ferdinando 2006 Serralunga (Barolo)NebbioloPrincipiano Ferdinando
2745827457USA nicely structured Merlot from the Wahluke Slope, with aromas of sandalwood and blueberries. The mixed berry flavors run into tart pie cherries, sprinkled with a little pepper (from a small amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend). Well crafted and balanced.9027WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Saint Laurent 2007 Merlot (Wahluke Slope)MerlotSaint Laurent
2745927458FranceFinely textured, with great minerality as well as ripe fruit. Flavors range from peach to lime, a reflection of the warm vintage and the chalk soil. Acidity is important, giving a contrast to the richness.Montée de Tonnerre9037BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2009 Montée de Tonnerre (Chablis)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
2746027459USA deep mauve in color, so much it could be mistaken for a light red wine, this wine offers baked cherry, warm plum fruit and a touch of iron on the nose. Cherry and plum skins mesh with ripe raspberries on the palate, which tastes good but is fairly heavy in style for a pink wine.Rosé of8620CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEberle 2015 Rosé of Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahEberle
2746127460USThis is a dark and tarry wine, perhaps a tad early for release, showing condensed purple flowers, beef jerky, charcoal and plum peels on the nose. The palate is tart and chewy, with asphalt, sour black fruit and tobacco notes. Wait a year and this may sing much more strongly.The Big Easy8635CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2013 The Big Easy Red (Santa Barbara County)Red BlendFess Parker
2746227461ArgentinaGrapy aromas are candied and suggestive of a powdered fruit drink. This feels plump and pulpy, with plum flavors that carry a skin-related astringency. Herbal, rooty notes come up on the finish.8612Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFilus 2014 Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecFilus
2746327462SpainChewing gum and light berry aromas come with a floral note. Crystal clear and lean on the palate, this tastes of mild citrus fruits and peach pit. Dry on the finish, with a nip of grapefruit.Garnacha869Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachArrumaco 2015 Garnacha Rosé (Spain)RoséArrumaco
2746427463FranceThis wine is full of red-berry flavors, fresh with acidity and a juicy texture. Lively and bright with a dancing, crisp character, it's a great apéritif-style wine.Passeport8613ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2015 Passeport Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséBarton & Guestier
2746527464FranceThe classic skittle bottle shape, familiar from restaurant tables throughout Provence, reflects this wine's character. Lightly peppery and spicy, it has attractive and perfumed acidity.Cuvée Réservée Tradition8615ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Rouët 2015 Cuvée Réservée Tradition Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau du Rouët
2746627465USFrom century-old vines, this is a high-octane, smooth, juicy and soft wine, medium- to full-bodied with flavors of dark cherry-berry baked pie and cola spice.Old Vine8645CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHowell Mountain Vineyards 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Howell Mountain)ZinfandelHowell Mountain Vineyards
2746727466USA mellow, slightly herbal character pervades this plush-feeling and generous-tasting wine. Smelling ripe and fruity it is accented by savory spice aromas, and delivers warm plum and berry flavors.Legacy8613CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJosh Cellars 2013 Legacy Red (California)Red BlendJosh Cellars
2746827467USMore of a mauve color than pink, this wine shows strong cherry notes on the nose as well as seared orange rinds and a slightly boozy rum and coconut element. Mashed cherry pulp and grilled red fruit show on the nose.Rosé of8623CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannKessler-Haak 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirKessler-Haak
2746927468ArgentinaThis grapy, fruity Malbec is quite enjoyable. Aromas of boysenberry and blueberry are solid despite some reduction. Plum, boysenberry and creamy oak flavors finish on a note of clove.867Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachKirkland Signature 2014 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecKirkland Signature
2747027469USSharp acidity leads to defined flavors of green apple and lemon, maybe even as tart as grapefruit, within this medium-bodied wine with a richness of texture.Destination Series8625CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKunde 2014 Destination Series Viognier (Sonoma Valley)ViognierKunde
2747127470FranceThe Négrette wines come mainly from a small area northwest of Toulouse although they are also found in pockets elsewhere in the southwest. This is a light and deliciously fruity wine, full of rosewater aromas and a bright aftertaste.La Vie en Rose8611France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2015 La Vie en Rose Negrette (Vin de France)NegretteLionel Osmin & Cie
2747227471FranceProduced in vineyards close to Mont Saint-Victoire in the west of the Provence vineyards, this perfumed, floral wine has crisp acidity along with orange and citrus flavors. The wine is light, very fruity and bright at the end.Esprit Gassier8619ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerGassier 2015 Esprit Gassier Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséGassier
2747327472FranceWith a caramel character and light, bright acidity, this is a soft, not-quite-dry wine. It has a warm, open and accessible feel to it, light and fruity on the finish.8612ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerSables d'Azur 2015 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséSables d'Azur
2747427473ItalyYou'll find aromas of black locust flower and a whiff of beeswax on this. The beeswax note carries over to the straightforward palate together with pear and a hint of bitter nut alongside soft acidity.Donna Anita8615PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiacomo Vico 2015 Donna Anita (Roero)ArneisGiacomo Vico
2747527474ArgentinaDry, fresh aromas of red fruits set up a tight, sinewy palate with little to no fat. Direct, hard-hitting flavors of cherry and berry fruits are what they are. Overall, this is a forward wine with low amounts of spice and complexity.Colección Privada8612Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachNavarro Correas 2012 Colección Privada Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonNavarro Correas
2747627475ArgentinaOdd and unfamiliar aromas of citrus peel, soapy cleanser and reedy red-berry fruits elicit contemplation, not sensory pleasure. This feels narrow, with astringent tannins. Flavors of herbal tea, red berries and spice are almost like Pinot Noir, while this finishes raw, rubbery and tannic, with herbal notes.8628Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Segundo Correas 2011 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecLuis Segundo Correas
2747727476ItalyAromas of toasted nut, smoke, dried wild flower and mature orchard fruit lead the nose. The medium-bodied, rather evolved palate shows notes of honey, yellow apple skin and a hint of hazelnut. Drink soon to capture the remaining freshness.8629PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi di Barolo 2015 RoeroArneisMarchesi di Barolo
2747827477SpainMild white-fruit aromas come with notes of white pepper. This has a chunky, oily feel and pithy, lightly vegetal flavors of lime, peach and melon. A salty flavor rises up on the finish.8610Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2015 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoMarqués de Cáceres
2747927478FranceSubtle peach, apricot and yellow melon dance in the bouquet of this medium-bodied wine. The palate is pithy and tart, leaner than the nose suggests, with nice vibrancy and a subtle spicy accent on the close. Enjoy now.Les Piliers8617France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMichel Gassier 2014 Les Piliers Viognier (Vin de France)ViognierMichel Gassier
2748027479ItalyLightly-scented with hints of black locust flower and citrus blossom, this easygoing, straightforward white offers flavors that suggest Bartlett pear and green apple. A note of white almond closes the finish.Le Madri8619PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMichele Chiarlo 2015 Le Madri (Roero)ArneisMichele Chiarlo

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