Wine Reviews

2872028719SpainCotton candy and apple cider aromas give way to a mild palate with soft acidity but a sense of complexity. Plump red-fruit flavors are not specific, and overall this blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha is appealing but slightly vacuous.Sommelier Tempranillo-Syrah-Garnacha8630Central SpainLa ManchaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlcardet 2015 Sommelier Tempranillo-Syrah-Garnacha Rosé (La Mancha)RoséAlcardet
2872128720USWhile red apple, raspberry and bramble aromas on this rosé are restrained, ruddy, slightly overripe cherry and strawberry flavors build on the palate. Dry and full-bodied in style, it finishes with a touch of exotic spice.As If Courage8635New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaBrooklyn Oenology 2014 As If Courage Rosé (New York)RoséBrooklyn Oenology
2872228721ItalyThis opens with subdued aromas of orchard fruit and a whiff of hazelnut. The racy palate is a bit lean but still offers Bosc pear, lime, bitter almond and a trace of mineral. Drink soon.Fornaci8622PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastellari Bergaglio 2014 Fornaci (Gavi)CorteseCastellari Bergaglio
2872328722ItalyThis has subtle aromas suggesting beeswax, green pear and a whiff of nut. The lean, racy palate offers lemon zest, crisp Granny Smith apple and bitter almond alongside brisk acidity.Rolona del Comune di Gavi8626PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastellari Bergaglio 2014 Rolona del Comune di Gavi (Gavi)CorteseCastellari Bergaglio
2872428723USLots of ripe berry and pomegranate notes give a fruity profile to this dry, medium-bodied, fresh and lightly tannic wine. It will be a good quaffing wine for lunch or dinner with mushroom pizza or grilled chicken.Highlander8624CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChacewater 2013 Highlander Red (Sierra Foothills)Red BlendChacewater
2872528724FranceThe tannins are still intense in this dark, structured wine. It does have red fruits although there are also hints of green and stalky flavors that are less attractive. The wine will always be dry although the red fruits could push further forward. Try waiting until 2017.Major8629ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Carpe Diem 2013 Major Red (Côtes de Provence)Provence red blendChâteau Carpe Diem
2872628725USThis is a fine wine, reflective of the vintage's generosity and approachable nature, giving off flavors of vanilla, cherry and currant alongside a sanguine, gamey character and smoky full-bodied ripeness.8617CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChelsea Goldschmidt 2014 Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotChelsea Goldschmidt
2872728726USThe oak is far out in front, with the aromas of vanilla, dill and freshly hewn wood making it difficult to find the fruit. Cranberry flavors struggle to get to the surface. It's technically well made but the barrel treatment completely overrides any sense of the variety.Reserve8640WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDeuce 2012 Reserve Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahDeuce
2872828727USEasy to drink for its ripe, jammy blackberry and cherry flavors. It's a simple wine, with brisk acidity for balance. The price is right for what you get.The Brakeman8410CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastDixie Flyer Vineyards 2010 The Brakeman Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonDixie Flyer Vineyards
2872928728USIntense and perfumed, this has high-pitched aromas of rose oil, smoked meat and blackberry. Light, open-knit tannins and juicy acids make for a palate that is accessible and succulent. The acidity becomes more pickled in taste as the wine sits in the glass.Zeus8426VirginiaVirginiaDoukénie 2010 Zeus Red (Virginia)Red BlendDoukénie
2873028729USRosé should be dry, delicate and crisp in acidity. This Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah blend succeeds on two of those levels, but not dryness. The raspberry fruit has a simple jamminess that's almost dessert-style.8420CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastDragonette 2012 Rosé (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)RoséDragonette
2873128730PortugalChardonnay offers the roundness while Fernão Pires offers perfume in this attractive, ready-to-drink wine. It has bright, crisp lemon and green-apple acidity that is immediately appealing. Screwcap.Tagus Creek Chardonnay and Fernão Pires849TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFalua 2012 Tagus Creek Chardonnay and Fernão Pires White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteFalua
2873228731USSweet and simple, this easy blush wine has strawberry, brown sugar and vanilla flavors.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFuchsia 2011 Rosé (California)RoséFuchsia
2873328732USA distinctly sweet-smelling wine, with notes of stewed black cherry, oak spices, and citrus. The tannins are firm and the alcohol shows prominently.8422IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFujishin 2010 Petite SirahPetite SirahFujishin
2873428733PortugalA soft, fruity and lightweight wine. It has red fruits, light acidity and a simple attractive touch of tannin. Drink now.Caiado84AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mayor 2011 Caiado Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedAdega Mayor
2873528734ItalyEasy, fresh, and not particularly earth-shattering, this Extra Dry sparkler should be served at informal drinking occasions (like a gathering of friends on a warm Friday afternoon). Peach and citrus are the main aromatic elements.Extra Dry84VenetoProseccoAlbino Armani NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraAlbino Armani
2873628735ItalyThis sparkling red Lambrusco boasts a simple, but attractive quality of fruit, with bursting notes of raspberry and wild strawberry. Creamy, bubbly foam and balanced acidity characterize the mouthfeel. In terms of Lambrusco, this wine is very pleasurable with a sweet, plush close.Primabolla8411Central ItalyLambrusco ReggianoCantina di Puianello 2012 Primabolla (Lambrusco Reggiano)LambruscoCantina di Puianello
2873728736ItalyFresh, light and clean, this pretty Lambrusco offers aromas of wild berries and a touch of chopped herb. In the mouth, the wine is thin and pristine with balanced acidity.Villa Badia84Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraCantina di Sorbara 2012 Villa Badia (Lambrusco di Sorbara)LambruscoCantina di Sorbara
2873828737PortugalOn the lean side, this is a dry, tannic wine with more structure than flesh. It's firm, with a strong sense of wood aging followed by some acidity. It could soften in 3–4 years.Topázio8413DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2012 Topázio Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCaves Velhas
2873928738ItalyHere's an easy and fresh white wine to drink with bruschetta or informal finger foods. The wine is crisp and light with endnotes of white peach, citrus and pear.Corte Giacobbe8412VenetoSoaveDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe 2011 Corte Giacobbe (Soave)GarganegaDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe
2874028739ArgentinaThis warm-weather Viognier is fleshy and chunky on the bouquet, with generic white-fruit aromas that suggest gardenias. A plump palate is low on acid and heavy in weight; flavors of melon and green herbs finish soft and could turn flabby in a short time.Reserva8412Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Origen 2012 Reserva Viognier (Uco Valley)ViognierFinca El Origen
2871128710SpainCitrus and green-herb aromas are as they should be for Verdejo. A chunky, slightly oily mouthfeel and pithy, salty flavors of citrus and stone fruits finish round in feel and briny in taste.8715Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachEmina 2015 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoEmina
2871228711ItalyThis unusual, deeply golden colored wine doesn't have a very expressive nose but the round, full-bodied palate offers candied lemon drop and white peach. An almond note closes the finish.Gaiospino8730Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Coroncino 2013 Gaiospino (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)White BlendFattoria Coroncino
2871328712USThere's absolutely nothing wrong with this very affordable, concentrated and trimly built wine. Earth and sage aromas lead to bright black cherry and plum flavors, with a typically firm texture for the varietal.Valley Oaks8710CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFetzer 2013 Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonFetzer
2871428713USAromas of orange blossoms, scratched apple skins, lemon-lime soda and jasmine waft off of this bottling. The texture is quite grippy, with tactile acidity and a dynamic mouthfeel presenting lime sorbet and sugared apple flavors.Shaly Loam8710CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFetzer 2014 Shaly Loam Gewürztraminer (Monterey County)GewürztraminerFetzer
2871528714USA slip of sour cherry gives zing to this medium-acidity, fruit-forward wine that's both earthy and pinched in toasted oak.Proprietor's Reserve8736CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneForchini 2012 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirForchini
2871628715ItalyThis zesty, straightforward white offers aromas of Spanish broom and acacia flower while the bright palate offers golden delicious apple and citrus. A pleasant note of bitter almond backs up the finish.Macrina8715Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGarofoli 2014 Macrina (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)VerdicchioGarofoli
2871728716USThis is a smooth, soft wine with tasty, mellow fruit flavors, full body and light acidity. It's well-aged and ready to drink.Treo Winemaker's Blend8617CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHess Select 2012 Treo Winemaker's Blend Red (California)Red BlendHess Select
2871828717ItalyHere's an earthy red that opens with aromas suggesting smoke, tilled soil and leather. The solid, straightforward palate offers mature plum and a hint of almond alongside rather grainy, astringent tannins. Drink through 2017.Riserva8625Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePeter Zemmer 2012 Riserva Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinPeter Zemmer
2871928718FranceThis is a juicy, fruit-forward selection, boasting vibrant notes of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry on the nose and mouth. A hint of vanilla adds a sweetness to the finish, which otherwise ends clean and mouthwatering. Drink now.Alain de la Treille8613France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBougrier 2015 Alain de la Treille Pinot Noir (Vin de France)Pinot NoirBougrier

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