Wine Reviews

2826128260South AfricaThis is fresh and vibrant, with aromas and flavors of apple, melon and orange citrus. Medium weight, with a mouthwatering zip to the finish, pair this with grilled fish, chicken or summer salads. Drink now.8715Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBoschendal 2011 Chenin Blanc (Coastal Region)Chenin BlancBoschendal
2826228261ItalyCool-climate northern Italian whites show exceptional fragrant or floral qualities. Tones of jasmine and peach blossom are evident in this crips, easy-drinking Pinot Grigio.8717Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeCantina Produttori Bolzano S. Maddalena/Gries 2010 Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)Pinot GrigioCantina Produttori Bolzano S. Maddalena/Gries
2826328262SpainThis opens softly, with murky aromas of tomato and prune. It feels heavy and dense, with big tannins and mild acidity. The flavors of prune, mocha, fudge and stewed berry are rich and weighty. This is dense and ripe, a touch flat.Vendimia Seleccionada8718Northern SpainCigalesMichael Schachner@wineschachVal de Los Frailes 2005 Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo (Cigales)TempranilloVal de Los Frailes
2826428263ItalyThis refreshing wine is redolent of stone fruit, citrus and tangerine skin. It's an easy, food-friendly effort.Stellato8730Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaPala 2010 Stellato (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoPala
2826528264ItalyThis is crisp and refreshing, with pretty endnotes of lime, wild flower and honeydew melon. It's an easy-drinking Vermentino that should pair well with sushi rolls or tuna tartare.I Fiori8715Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaPala 2011 I Fiori (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoPala
2826628265South AfricaThere's an assertive oaky presence to this wine, with forward aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, honeyed peach and spiced guava. The round and mouthfilling texture complements the rich fruit flavors, and the finish is long and sweet-spice driven.8726StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPost House 2010 Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)Chenin BlancPost House
2826728266SpainRed berry and mild matchstick aromas augment the resiny oak scents from being barrel fermentation. It's juicy, fresh and healthy in the mouth, with a mix of red fruit and stone fruit flavors and a finish that's mild, consistent and long.Rosado Fermentado en Barrica8714Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPradorey 2011 Rosado Fermentado en Barrica Rosé (Ribera del Duero)RoséPradorey
2826828267USA project of Charles Smith and Charles Bieler, this easy-drinking, approachable red is a low-budget expression of a popular blend. The sweet cherry fruit is lightly candied, and it bears a strong scent of toast. The flavors are simple, juicy and quite pretty, with a streak of fresh cut tobacco.8711WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Charles & Charles 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahCharles & Charles
2826928268FranceFull bodied and richly tannic, this heavily extracted wine seems almost like too much of a good thing. Leather and cedar aromas give way to flavors of roasted meat, tapenade and asphalt and finish slightly warm. Maybe some time in the cellar will help dial this wine down.8734Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzClos de l'Hermitage 2009 Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendClos de l'Hermitage
2827028269FranceDomaine Fond Croze's entry-level cuvée is a bit coarsely textured, but otherwise offers ample spice-driven flavors and a subtle layer of cherry fruit. Clove and pepper notes linger on the finish. Drink now–2015.Cuvée Confidence8715Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine Fond Croze 2009 Cuvée Confidence Grenache-Syrah (Côtes du Rhône)Grenache-SyrahDomaine Fond Croze
2827128270South AfricaApple skin, orange rind and clove spice lead on the bouquet, while opulent flavors of popcorn and baked apple fill the medium-weight palate. Despite the rich notes throughout, there's a nice freshness, with a clean, softly spiced finish. Drink now.The Pirate of Cocoa Hill8713StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDornier 2010 The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)Chenin BlancDornier
2827228271USEasy, appealing and frankly sweet, this is very rich in citrus, tropical fruit and honey flavors. A blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier.Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc8724CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastEberle 2010 Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc White (Paso Robles)Rhône-style White BlendEberle
2827328272ItalyFresh and easy, this shows bright berry aromas, with subtle touches of forest floor and bramble. This should pair well with barbecued pork or grilled hamburgers.Silenzi87Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiPala 2009 Silenzi Red (Isola dei Nuraghi)Red BlendPala
2827428273ItalyThis opens with bright aromas of wild berry, white cherry, spice, cola and dried medicinal herb. It's a streamlined, elegant wine, with fresh acidity and a bitter almond finish.Riserva87Sicily & SardiniaCannonau di SardegnaSella & Mosca 2007 Riserva (Cannonau di Sardegna)CannonauSella & Mosca
2827528274ItalyThis opens with dark, inky concentration and savory aromas of leather, spice, tobacco and black fruit. An interesting touch of bitterness appears on the finish.Gries8716Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeSt. Pauls 2009 Gries Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinSt. Pauls
2827628275USThis blend remains severely tannic, but it's also very ripe, with flavors of baked cherries, blackberries and prunes. It's a big, deep, dark, brooding wine that's probably at its best now.Estate8742CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastStar Lane Vineyard 2007 Estate Red (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)Red BlendStar Lane Vineyard
2827728276USTastes sweeter than past vintages, with flavors of oranges, peaches, honey and vanilla. But the acidity is brisk, providing balance. It's easy to like for its clean finish.Psi8725CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastAmpelos 2011 Psi Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)ViognierAmpelos
2827828277USMarked by ripe blackberry and cherry pie flavors, this offers plenty of pleasure. It's clean, robust and tannic, and finishes with an array of spices. This should appeal to those who like Zinfandel on the soft, sweet side.8740CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaArrowhead Mountain 2008 Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelArrowhead Mountain
2827928278USDark, full-bodied and dry, this Syrah is a bit rustic, with some sharp acidity accompanying the blackberry fruit and pepper. Doesn't show a great deal of complexity, but it's a solid red wine for drinking now with hearty meats or stews.Saralee's Vineyard8740CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaArrowood 2009 Saralee's Vineyard Syrah (Russian River Valley)SyrahArrowood
2828028279FranceSéguret wines often have a firmness to their tannins, and this is no exception. Attractive notes of red cherries, dusty earth and garrigue are framed by starching tannins, which leave the finish spicy and drying. Drink it now with fatty red meats, or give it a couple of years in the cellar to mellow.8716Rhône ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVignobles La Coterie 2009 RedRhône-style Red BlendVignobles La Coterie
2828128280SpainSpunky and clean as a whistle, with pointed cherry aromas leading to a zesty, juicy palate with red plum and red berry flavors. It remains dry and poised on the finish.Tarima878LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachVolver 2010 Tarima Monastrell (Alicante)MonastrellVolver
2828228281AustriaThis is a perfumed wine, with white fruit flavors and and citrus zest acidity. It is still young, tense and tangy, needing several months to balance out.Kellermeister Privat Kremsleiten8719KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerWinzer Krems 2011 Kellermeister Privat Kremsleiten Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingWinzer Krems
2828328282FranceSmooth and caramel-flavored, this has a feeling of weight and richness. Its texture is soft, with a tang of spice and peppered lemon zest. The name of the wine refers to the old trunk road that ran from Paris to Provence.Nationale 78718ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2011 Nationale 7 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséXavier Flouret
2828428283ItalyThis opens with bold aromas of Golden Delicious apple, vanilla, yellow rose, pear and white almond. The mouthfeel is oily and dense, with a touch of sweet spice.Praepositus8728Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeAbbazia di Novacella 2009 Praepositus Grüner Veltliner (Alto Adige)Grüner VeltlinerAbbazia di Novacella
2828528284ItalyHere's a vibrant and easy-drinking selection that's loaded with cherry and black pepper sensations. It's fresh, bright and crisp, and is perfect to pair with pasta e fagioli or white-meat dishes.Rafael8616VenetoValpolicella Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTommasi 2011 Rafael (Valpolicella Classico Superiore)Red BlendTommasi
2828628285SpainRubbery, woodsy aromas of wild berries and balsamic vinegar are spicy and suggestive of Bordeaux. Leafy flavors of plum, pie cherry and spice are herbal but not green, while this value blend's peppery, dry finish is juicy and composed.Crianza869Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2009 Crianza Red (Navarra)Red BlendPríncipe de Viana
2828728286USMade from 100% Cabernet, this is a great house wine for the price. It's dry, full-bodied and tannic, with proper black currant, blackberry, mocha and oak flavors. Easy to find, with 20,000 cases produced.869CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherAlias 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonAlias
2828828287USFeels soft and creamy in the mouth, with forward raspberry and cherry pie and toasty oak flavors, brightened by punchy acidity. Not an ager, but fine for drinking now.8638CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaBennett Valley Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir (Bennett Valley)Pinot NoirBennett Valley Cellars
2828928288USSharp in acidity, cherry—and raspberry—pie filling, this Zin has a sweet-and-sour taste. Don't look for subtlety, just grab the barbecue and pair it with this spicy, lusty wine.Jackson James8625CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaBlanchard Family 2010 Jackson James Zinfandel (Sonoma Coast)ZinfandelBlanchard Family
2829028289USRipe notes of apricot and white currant are threaded together with a delicate scent of pineapple. The palate tastes nectarous yet zesty, thanks to the uplifting acidity that gives the wine some pizazz.Soliterre Sweet Table Wine8620VirginiaVirginiaWhite Hall 2011 Soliterre Sweet Table Wine White (Virginia)White BlendWhite Hall

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