Wine Reviews


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2793127930SpainForward on the nose, with standard apple and white peach aromas. The palate is a bit clipped and short, with green-leaning flavors of scallion matched with grapefruit. Finishes citrusy.8510GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPazo Serantellos 2010 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPazo Serantellos
2793227931USThis is a soft, hot Merlot. It has ripe flavors of cherries, red currants, red licorice, cocoa and pepper, and finishes dry.8528CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastPomar Junction 2007 Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotPomar Junction
2793327932PortugalAll white fruit, lemon and grapefruit, soft and with a hint of softness. It's a fine apéritif wine, right up front and friendly. Screwcap.What's for Dinner? Branco858TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2009 What's for Dinner? Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Alorna
2793427933PortugalEarthy wine that has rich, chewy fruit, its tannins a serious element. There is weight as well, the wine ripe, full, with juicy plum flavors.Pactus8513LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Carneiro 2008 Pactus Touriga Nacional (Lisboa)Touriga NacionalQuinta do Carneiro
2793527934AustraliaAn easy-to-drink, burger and pizza sort of Shiraz, with slightly uneven notes of ripe and raisined fruit and soft acids and tannins.Strong Arms8510South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzR Wines 2008 Strong Arms Shiraz (South Australia)ShirazR Wines
2793627935USPretty dark, almost plum-like in color, this is a blend of 76% Grenache and 25% Syrah from an estate-grown vineyard in the Foothills. Lots of watermelon in aroma and flavor, the wine finishes slightly sweet, reminiscent of a Shirley Temple.Estate8520CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneNaggiar 2010 Estate Rosé (Sierra Foothills)RoséNaggiar
2793727936USThis estate-grown inland Mendocino Zin has an inviting spiciness and is plenty briary with a full body of flavor but its high-alcohol level masks any other nuances.Estate8523CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneNelson Family Vineyards 2007 Estate Zinfandel (Mendocino)ZinfandelNelson Family Vineyards
2793827937ItalyThis light and simple expression of Pinot Bianco (a grape capable of producing very sophisticated wines) opens with sweet candy aromas, soda or lemon drop. It offers a clean, crisp aftertaste and a streamlined style.8519Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigePeter Zemmer 2010 Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige)Pinot BiancoPeter Zemmer
2793927938USMost of the grapes come from the southern Central Valley, and they give ripe Chardonnay flavors of pineapples and pears. Oak, in whatever form it was applied, dominates with vanilla, buttered toast and caramel notes. If you like a little sweetness, it's for you.858CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRound Hill 2010 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayRound Hill
2794027939ArgentinaGeneric red berry aromas show a stalky element as well. The palate is juicy and acidic, with a pointed quality that makes the feel a little hard. Flavors of standard red berry are sweet but undistinguished. Good but regular.8 mo in 70% Fr and 30% US oak8518Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTempus Alba 2009 8 mo in 70% Fr and 30% US oak Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTempus Alba
2794127940FranceSoft, open wine, with some attractive perfumed character as well as light acidity. It is somewhat unfocused, missing structure. Screwcap.8513BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Suau 2010 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Suau
2794227941USA ponderous Chardonnay, marked by excessive new oak flavors and the heavy hand of the winemaker. Shows pineapple, pear and tangerine flavors, but the barrel and malolactic additions soften and sweeten them.Skyland Vineyard8530CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastCinnabar 2008 Skyland Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayCinnabar
2794327942USLoaded with raspberry, cherry, cola, raisin and spice flavors, this Zinfandel is useful for pairing with barbecue. A nice Reuben sandwich will also star. The wine is rustically likeable.Estate8518CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2009 Estate Zinfandel (Central Coast)ZinfandelClos La Chance
2794427943USSoft and a little sweet in sugar and honey, yet shows Gewürz's spices, with abundantly ripe tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla and honeysuckle flavors.8510CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCourtney Benham 2010 Gewürztraminer (Santa Barbara County)GewürztraminerCourtney Benham
2794527944USA good deal for a dry rosé that's almost red like a light Pinot Noir. Very low in alcohol at 12.5%, it's light throughout with layers of peach and grenadine.2 Jakes8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneDiamond Ridge Vineyards NV 2 Jakes Rosé (California)RoséDiamond Ridge Vineyards
2794627945USThe wine is unoaked, but tastes strangely strong in vanilla and buttered toast. Whatever the aging regime, it's jammy in apricots, tangerines and mangoes that finish sweet and hot.Cohen Vineyard8522CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDutton Estate 2009 Cohen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancDutton Estate
2794727946ArgentinaAfter a slightly murky start the nose settles on basic apple and sweet oak. The palate is full, with citrusy acidity and chunky flavors of melon and orange. Maintains focus on the finish, with lychee and lime flavors pushing it towards tropical. Drink now.8510Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachEspiritu de Argentina 2010 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayEspiritu de Argentina
2794827947USA Livermore Valley sourcing a Portuguese red grape variety from a Lodi vineyard. Does it work? The wine's dark purple yet subdued at first in flavor, opening slightly into tones of blueberry, raspberry and sour cherry, a smidgen of spice on the finish. Worth trying.Silvaspoons Vineyard8518CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneFenestra 2007 Silvaspoons Vineyard Alvarelhão (Lodi)AlvarelhãoFenestra
2794927948PortugalFine acidity on this crisp, raspberry-flavored wine. With an extra year aging it demands to be drunk, offering a pleasurable food-friendly style.8525TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2009 Rosé (Tejo)RoséFiuza
2795027949USThis five grape Bordeaux-style blend has a sharp, spicy aroma, a strong suggestion of clove. The fruit is quite light and tastes of strawberries, but quickly is overtaken by the tannins and the barrel flavors. Drink soon.Estate Mélange Rouge8529WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Wilridge 2009 Estate Mélange Rouge Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendWilridge
2795127950AustraliaA sweetly ripe amalgam of cassis, vanilla and cedar, this medium-bodied Cabernet is pleasant enough, if a little lacking in distinctiveness. It turns faintly dusty on the finish, making it suited to pair with burgers or steak.Reserve8512Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYellow Tail 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (South Eastern Australia)Cabernet SauvignonYellow Tail
2795227951USLike tasting toothpicks. New oak accounts for just 40% of the aging, yet dominates with caramel, vanilla and buttered toast. Somewhere below are pineapple, pear, lime and honey flavors. Will appeal to Chardophiles who enjoy this New World style.Estate Reserve8526CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaArtesa 2009 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayArtesa
2795327952SpainSmells like hickory-smoked barbecue with earthy berry and dill. The palate is rubbery in feel, with drying tannins and savory tasting red fruit flavors that are a touch resiny. Spice and berry notes work the finish.Señorío del Águila Crianza8514Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Virgen del Águila 2009 Señorío del Águila Crianza Red (Cariñena)Red BlendBodegas Virgen del Águila
2795427953USThis wine offers a pleasing mixture of aromas and flavors of baking spices, pear and apple. Viscosity and weight gives it a sense of gravitas but never gets bogged down.Barrel Fermented9125WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAshan 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayAshan
2795527954USCold Creek Vineyard provides the majority of the fruit for this wine, with the rest coming from the Wahluke Slope. It's immediate in its appeal with aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate and black fruit. The coffee flavors show a mixture of fruit and barrel, with some graininess to the tannins.Ethos Reserve9148WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonChateau Ste. Michelle
2795627955USComing all from the winery's young estate vineyard, this wine displays aromas of dried herbs, bittersweet chocolate, barrel spices and dried cherries. The black-fruit flavors are sweet and rich, backed by a firm scaffolding of tannins.Component Collection9185WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCol Solare 2012 Component Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCol Solare
2795727956USInitially tight in the nose with lemon blossoms, Japanese pear and an intriguing vinaigrette character, this is an expertly restrained wine from a longtime growing family. It's crisp and clean at first sip, then opens toward apple blossoms, lime, tangerine juice and a sea -salt warmth.Estate9136CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMcIntyre Vineyards 2013 Estate Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayMcIntyre Vineyards
2795827957USFresh and approachable but lean and focused on the nose, this wine shows chalk, wet slate, iodine and mandarin orange oil aromas. It's extremely limey and quinine-driven on the tangy palate, with the judicious acidity of squeezed lime and tangerine juice.Highland9128CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMorgan 2013 Highland Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayMorgan
2795927958USThis charming wine shows the benefits of extra maturity. It has a light salmon color, and spicy, doughy aromas. Complex and layered flavors like cinnamon, ginger, hints of cream and fresh bread provide a lingering finish.Cuvee Trudi Cuvee #10 Rosé9140CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSaint Gregory NV Cuvee Trudi Cuvee #10 Rosé (Potter Valley)Champagne BlendSaint Gregory
2796027959USVery high-toned for a relatively affordable wine, this shows Key lime pith, Greek yogurt, scratched pink grapefruit skin and a fresh 7-Up soda liveliness on the nose. Anjou peas, seared green apples, lime zest and nectarine power the pleasant energy on the palate, which wipes up clean with a vanilla finish.Flor de Campo9122CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSanford 2013 Flor de Campo Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnaySanford

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