Wine Reviews

2841128410USPressed olallieberries, lilacs, a touch of pine smoke and fairly grapy aromas show on this easy-drinking bottling. The palate is straightforward with quaffable grape and olallieberry flavors, with a judicious amount of tannins and acidity to keep it exciting.Thompson Vineyard8838CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCarucci 2012 Thompson Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahCarucci
2841228411USDark hay in color with a concentration of oak on the nose, the palate retains that richness of nutty almond and apple pie, finding a balance that betrays the heavier implications of the initial aromas. On the finish it offers a lightness of being, as well as a touch of perfume.Limited Production8838CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRally Point Wines 2013 Limited Production Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayRally Point Wines
2841328412USThis is a tasty and interesting medium-bodied wine made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a touch of the white grape Viognier. It doesn't overpower with ripeness or tannins, but has a smoky, spicy aroma, meaty flavors and a lively, slightly gripping texture.Estate Sedulous8836CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRivino 2012 Estate Sedulous Red (Mendocino)Red BlendRivino
2841428413USA 100% varietal wine from one vineyard, this wine opens in cinnamon stick and blackberry jam, leading the way to chocolatey leather on the palate offset by tingling acidity. Currant, blueberry and cedar also make appearances atop a full-body and lengthy, concentrated finish.Atlas Peak Vineyard8890CaliforniaAtlas PeakNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRombauer 2012 Atlas Peak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak)Cabernet SauvignonRombauer
2841528414ItalyDelicate scents of white flower and apricot lead the nose. The bright, round palate doles out ripe peach, pear and a hint of hazelnut that lead to a fresh finish.Parvo8818PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Silvestro 2015 Parvo (Roero)ArneisSan Silvestro
2841628415USSuave aromas of pepper, elderberry, lavender and a touch of snapped sagebrush show on the nose of this bottling. The palate offers slightly sour black fruits of tart plum skin and boysenberry, rounded by a savory soy component.8834CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeven Angels 2012 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahSeven Angels
2841728416USDark alpine strawberry and black plum notes converge on the nose of this wine, which also offers a tart element. Vivacious black raspberry, pencil lead, crushed vanilla, clove and a slight herbal edge show on the palate, proving to be a more savory rather than fruity take on Zin.8830CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSeven Oxen 2013 Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelSeven Oxen
2841828417USThis wine smells and tastes clean and fresh, like green apples and chopped celery, then gains a little more heft and ripeness on the tongue to complete a good profile. It has crisp acidity and great balance, and will be very versatile with food.8814CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsShooting Star 2013 Chardonnay (Mendocino County)ChardonnayShooting Star
2841928418USPurple and tannic, with a grapey aroma and a suggestion of dusty earth. The most interesting of RiverAerie's pure varietals, perhaps because of its high-toned, slightly volatile mouthfeel. Berry/cherry fruit comes through sharply, then quickly fades into herbal tannins.8624WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine RiverAerie 2008 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecRiverAerie
2842028419ChileMelon and green apple aromas are solid and clean. The melony palate offers a plump feel and bright, sweet flavors of mango, pineapple and apple. This wine delivers a lot of fruit and liveliness on a regular frame.Aliwen Reserva8612Curicó and Maipo ValleysMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2010 Aliwen Reserva Chardonnay (Curicó and Maipo Valleys)ChardonnayUndurraga
2842128420ItalyThis easy, thin and crisp expression of Nebbiolo would pair nicely with cheddar burgers and spicy mesquite barbecue sauce. The wine's compact structure would complement the fat of the cheese and meat and its crisp acidity would keep the palate refreshed.8620PiedmontLangheGiuseppe Cortese 2008 Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloGiuseppe Cortese
2842228421USA fruity wine, with tangy cranberry and raspberry flavors. Sharply acidic, with fairly strong tannins, it seems a little tight and thin, but does have the pure fruit and some length in the finish to recommend it.Genesis8616WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hogue 2008 Genesis Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahHogue
2842328422USA solidly made, easy-tasting Merlot made from organic Mendocino grapes that tastes of cherry and cranberry and is smooth in texture. The wine includes 13% Syrah as well as smatterings of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Carignane.8616CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneBonterra 2008 Merlot (Mendocino County)MerlotBonterra
2842428423ItalyHere is a simple, informal expression of Barbera that ushers forth bright aromas of forest fruit, cola and dried currants. Those ripe berry flavors are ultimately washed away by the wine's fresh acidity.Piagè86PiedmontBarbera d'AstiCascina La Ghersa 2009 Piagè (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaCascina La Ghersa
2842528424USScents of moist earth and coffee grounds wrap around sharply defined berry fruit flavors. This is just on the edge of volatile, buoyed by firm acidity, and showing a sharp streak of burnt toast running through the tannins.8625WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cave B 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCave B
2842628425ChileSpicy on the nose, with dry, woody aromas and berry notes. The wine has a full, soft body and deep, basic flavors of black plum, baked berry and spice. Things darken on the finish, leaving chocolate and grapey thickness.Reserva8612Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2009 Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreChilensis
2842728426USWith distinctly sweet flavors that cross over beyond off dry, this pleasantly tart Moscato is best thought of as a dessert wine. It has savory flavors of oranges, honey and vanilla.868CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCoastal Ridge 2010 Moscato (California)MoscatoCoastal Ridge
2842828427ItalyBarbera d'Asti L'Avvocata opens with tart aromas of small berry and white cherry with a touch of pungent smoke or burnt toast. Light in color and consistency, the wine closes with a crisp, sharp finish.L'Avvocata8615PiedmontBarbera d'AstiCoppo 2009 L'Avvocata (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaCoppo
2842928428RomaniaWhile floral and fruity on the nose with juicy white peach, lemon and orange blossom notes, the palate is all Sauvignon Blanc, full of ripe gooseberries and a green, grassy backdrop. Refreshingly high in acid, yet ends on a soft peach candy note. Pretty remarkable for $7.Dreamfish867Viile TimisuluiAnna Lee C. IijimaCramele Recas 2010 Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc (Viile Timisului)Sauvignon BlancCramele Recas
2843028429New ZealandEssentially a second label for Vavasour, the 2010 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc displays restrained gooseberry aromas that turn tropical and citrusy on the palate. Turns a bit chalky or metallic on the finish, but it's still a solid wine, and some may like the edge that sharp note provides.8614MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDashwood 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancDashwood
2843128430FranceDark chocolate notes join acidity and ripe black fruit flavors. The wood is dominant in this relatively soft wine, although the fruit juiciness comes through well to finish.Clos Tavannes8688BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Pousse d'Or 2009 Clos Tavannes (Santenay)Pinot NoirDomaine de la Pousse d'Or
2843228431FranceA warm, generous wine, full of ripe fruits. There is weight, richness and generosity here, although not a great depth of flavor.8645BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2009 MeursaultChardonnayLouis Latour
2843328432USA sweet, rather heavy wine. Cabernets hardly get riper than this, with its massive, jammy cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit. Delicious, but one-dimensional. Drink now.8635CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaMauritson 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonMauritson
2843428433USHere's a big, rich, lusty Zinfandel, the kind that packs plenty of flavor. It explodes in wild forest raspberry and blackberry fruit, accented with spicy thyme and chamomile tea, while extremely high alcohol gives it heat and a glyceriny sweetness.Rockpile Ridge Vineyard8635CaliforniaRockpileSonomaMauritson 2009 Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile)ZinfandelMauritson
2843528434USThick tannins take the fruit out fairly quickly, though the alcohol, just under 15%, suggests plenty of ripeness in the grapes. Dark flavors prevail––black cherry, cola, toast and bitter chocolate.8624WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2008 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotMercer
2843628435USA bruiser of a Merlot, dry and muscular, with green olive, blackberry, sage and smoky cedar flavors, wrapped into bigtime tannins. Even at the age of nearly 5 it's still brooding and hard. Not an ager, but there's something fine and polished about it now.Windacre8630CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMerriam 2006 Windacre Merlot (Russian River Valley)MerlotMerriam
2843728436USThis Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier blend is named for a cousin gifted in the art of matchmaking. It's a touch sweet, a little closed still, with notes of tar and caramel and the promise of lightly flavored apples and honeysuckle in the body of the wine.La Contessa Sylvana8532CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneNaggiar 2009 La Contessa Sylvana White (Sierra Foothills)Rhône-style White BlendNaggiar
2843828437SloveniaEbulliently perfumed with heady white florals that blow off to reveal a luscious, white peach nose, this dry, full-bodied Traminer is a bit high in alcohol, but plush and pleasant on the palate with yellow peach, tangerine and waxy lanolin notes.g-Pullus8520ŠtajerskaAnna Lee C. IijimaPullus 2008 g-Pullus Traminer (Štajerska)TraminerPullus
2843928438USPure Merlot, with muscle and sharp tannins. The scent suggests butter and caramel, but the wine itself has more herb and earth flavor than barrel or grape.8520WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine RiverAerie 2008 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotRiverAerie
2844028439USHalf Malbec, half Petit Verdot (hence Petit Bec), this rough and tumble red has plenty of earthy tannic power. Rustic and sharp, with barely ripe fruit, it is similar to a cru Bordeaux, but with a little more meat on its bones.Petit Bec Red Blend8524WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine RiverAerie 2008 Petit Bec Red Blend Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendRiverAerie

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