Wine Reviews


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2796127960USA bright, floral violet bouquet invites in this blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Sirah that follows through with earthy cherry and strawberry highlights. Softly textured, the wine is deeply structured and in balance, a delicious offering of several varieties married well.Mixt9155CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSequum 2012 Mixt Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendSequum
2796227961USA fascinating wine from one of the oldest wineries in the Sierra Foothills, this has deep boysenberry and blackberry aromas. Flavors include allspice, cardamom and black cherries, with a meaty nuance. Medium to full bodied, it's not a monster Zin but distinctive and clearly delicious.Cougar Hill9118CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSobon Estate 2012 Cougar Hill Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelSobon Estate
2796327962USThis signature blend combines a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It takes a classical approach to the Bordeaux-inspired blend, capturing dried herb and peppercorn in abundance. The wild bouquet delves into floral, feral elements of forest and concentrated cassis, finishing lean.Élu9175CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSt. Supéry 2012 Élu Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendSt. Supéry
2796427963USThis wine is polished in texture, sophisticated in flavor and a pleasure to sip. It exudes plum and blackberry aromas, adds rich plummy flavors and almost coats the mouth with richness. While full bodied, it has enough complexity and finesse for special occasions.Home Vineyard9130CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTerra d'Oro 2013 Home Vineyard Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelTerra d'Oro
2796527964USNicely layered, this offers an intensity of black plum and chocolate around a soft core of approachable, rounded tannins. Medium bodied, it has a mix of elegance and decadence that makes it drinkable now and impressive from start to finish.9137CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Calling 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonThe Calling
2796627965FrancePear laced with subtle notes of smoke hints at a taut palate. The dryness and discipline of the poised flavors nonetheless allow the ripe, luscious pear fruit to glow and shine. Mouthfeel and texture are reminiscent of pear peel and bitter almond, and echo long after the last sip.Réserve9124AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTrimbach 2013 Réserve Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisTrimbach
2796727966USCabernet Sauvignon makes up just over two-thirds of this wine with the balance Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Dried herb, black cherry, licorice and spice aromas lead to full-feeling dark fruit flavors that show intensity and persistence.Courageux9149WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWilliam Grassie 2012 Courageux Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendWilliam Grassie
2796827967USComing from the relatively new but priming Kimsey Vineyard, this shows intoxicatingly rich yet never treacly aromas of ripe cantaloupe, ambrosia melon and peach-apple syrup. Glazed apples, walnut oil and orange bitters decorate the heavily layered and dense palate. Serve it with many varieties of cheese.9128CaliforniaBallard CanyonCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZinke 2013 Roussanne (Ballard Canyon)RoussanneZinke
2797227971USRich and ripe, this has a plushness of red currant and cassis counterbalanced by blackberry on the underbelly. A well-hewn texture leans leathery, with seasonings of black pepper giving it a piquant and lengthy finish.Bench Blend9160CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWilliam Hill Estate 2012 Bench Blend Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWilliam Hill Estate
2796927968USComplemented by 9% Sémillon, this concentrated, creamy young wine is generous in pear, peach and subtle pineapple. Tart, it remains fresh and focused in the glass, with a lushness that's memorable and compelling. An impactful finish wraps things up nicely.9121CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGroth 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancGroth
2797327972USStemmy in earthy pine and clove-like spice, this is a powerfully dense and delicious wine. It's on the higher side in terms of alcohol, though doesn't reflect it in bouquet or taste. Savory dark berry wraps itself around mushroomy truffles and black tea to linger on the tongue through a lengthy, weighty finish.Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard9158CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePali 2013 Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPali
2797027969FranceStill firm, this wine is dominated by tannin and dark fruit, with a dry core typical of this Pommard vineyard. The red and dark plum-fruit flavors are developing slowly and the wine needs time to balance. Drink from 2019.Les Rugiens Premier Cru91109BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2013 Les Rugiens Premier Cru (Pommard)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
2797127970ChileCherry and plum aromas are pure and appealing as peppery accents pop up. This is flush and a bit lush, with spiced red plum and oaky chocolate flavors that end dry, elegant and focused. Valle Secreto makes consistently good Syrah; this is one of the winery's best to date. Drink through 2018.First Edition9124Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValle Secreto 2012 First Edition Syrah (Cachapoal Valley)SyrahValle Secreto
2797427973USThere's an intriguing herbaceous character of juniper and chaparral scrub on this appellation-blend bottling, along with red currant fruit and iron minerality. The palate shows complex flavors of pine sap and eucalyptus oil, orange rinds and rosemary against a backdrop of blackberry fruit.9135CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRexford 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirRexford
2797527974USThe producer's most popular and widely made Zin has a loyal following, and this vintage merits further admiration, offering soft, plummy juiciness on the palate. Not over-oaked, it sparks with black pepper, finishing with elegance.Black Chicken9145CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Biale 2013 Black Chicken Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelRobert Biale
2797627975USFrom an historic site replanted and restored to new heights, this wine has good grip and high-octane fruit that plays on the palate, veering from jammy to juicy and back again. Anise and black pepper linger on the lengthy finish, with a touch of smoky oak and toffee.Old Kraft Vineyard9150CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Biale 2013 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel (St. Helena)ZinfandelRobert Biale
2797727976USWarm aromas of lemon preserves, smoked honeysuckle and lightly honeyed Marcona almonds are cut with a citrus freshness on the nose of this estate-grown wine. A citrus-blossom character starts the sip followed by rounded saltiness and apple-flesh flavor in the midpalate. It's altogether very luscious and yet enlivening to the mouth.9128CaliforniaBallard CanyonCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStolpman 2013 Roussanne (Ballard Canyon)RoussanneStolpman
2797827977USChocolaty, this fun blend of 56% Zinfandel, 31% Petite Sirah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot hails from estate, dry-farmed vineyards. Big, mountainous tannins soften in the glass to reveal juicy notes of dark and red cherry.Por Que No?9130CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTres Sabores 2012 Por Que No? Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendTres Sabores
2797927978ItalyBold and brawny, this opens with aromas of pressed violet, dried plum and a whiff of cake spice. The full-bodied palate doles out brandied black cherry, licorice, black pepper and nutmeg alongside tightly knit, fine-grained tannins.9155VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonte Zovo 2012 Amarone della ValpolicellaRed BlendMonte Zovo
2798027979USAromas of raspberry, black licorice, woodspice, toast and cherry are followed by abundant red- and black-fruit flavors. There's plenty of richness and a finish that won't quit.9150WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorthstar 2012 Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendNorthstar
2798127980USRose petals, red currants, red licorice and a bit of snapped sage stick entertain the nose on this bottling, which can be sampled at the producer's downtown Paso tasting room. Earl Grey tea, dried orange rind and dried violets play on the palate, which cuts the elderberry fruit with sharp, slightly bitter cherry pits.9138CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAnglim 2012 Grenache (Paso Robles)GrenacheAnglim
2798227981USThe distinctive aroma resembles tamarind, cranberries and new oak barrels. Flavors are bright and pure, and the mouthfeel is firm with tannins while staying smooth and velvety. This is very tasty and unique, made in a full-bodied style. Zinfandel and Primitivo make up 77% of it, along with Barbera and Petite Sirah.Coro Mendocino9140CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBrutocao 2012 Coro Mendocino Red (Mendocino)Red BlendBrutocao
2798327982FranceRock Angel is the new name for the estate wine of Château d'Esclans. It is a ripe and full wine, yet so well balanced that it seems light and refreshing. A crisp element balances the full red fruits and offers elegance and poise. This is a style of rosé that could age, although it is delicious now.Rock Angel9135ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Esclans 2014 Rock Angel Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau d'Esclans
2798427983USThe caramel oakiness of this wine is offset by austere structure and a focused midpalate, the flavors leaning toward cool-climate green apple and kumquat. It returns to richness and intensity on the finish.Low Vineyard8634CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePiña 2014 Low Vineyard Chardonnay (Oak Knoll District)ChardonnayPiña
2798527984USThis bottling is ripe and tropical but approachable on the nose, with honeydew melon, banana and nectarine aromas. There is a decent punch of acidity and noticeable texture upon first sip, veering toward sweet apple and bubblegum flavors on the finish.Estate Vineyard8624CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEberle 2015 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Paso Robles)ChardonnayEberle
2798627985USSpicy oak nuances and maturity give this full-bodied wine a broad range of peppery, leathery, cedary aromas and mellow flavors reminiscent of milk chocolate and tamarind. It's rustic but fun to taste.True Red Lot 308616CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFenestra NV True Red Lot 30 Red (California)Red BlendFenestra
2798727986ArgentinaFloral white-fruit aromas are yeasty and lack intensity. This feels mildly citric, with basic lime and green-apple flavors. A tangy easy simple finish sends this quaffable SB on its way.8610Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLucky Frog 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza)Sauvignon BlancLucky Frog
2798827987ArgentinaAlthough this San Juan SB offers almost nothing on the nose, it's fresh and popping with acidity on the palate. Flavors of briny citrus are entirely familiar, while this finishes with cleansing crispness.Alma Mora8610OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Las Moras 2016 Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc (San Juan)Sauvignon BlancFinca Las Moras
2798927988USThis straightforward, affordable dry wine is good and fruity, with medium body, moderate tannins and plenty of red cherry and blackberry flavors.8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGuenoc 2014 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirGuenoc
2799027989USThere's a touch of barnyard on the nose of this bottling, which also shows a soy and sweet black cherry scents. The palate is marked by beef char and cooked black fruit flavors, with a twist of funkiness, lending intrigue.8632CaliforniaSouth CoastSouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHawk Watch Winery 2013 Syrah (South Coast)SyrahHawk Watch Winery

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