Wine Reviews

2886128860USThis wine has tart acidity that jumps from the glass, a taste of wet stone and lemon zest that's persistent through the midpalate. Along the way, a hint of grass, gooseberry and peach fuzz ride the waves of textured crispness.Estate Grown8625CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFritz 2015 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancFritz
2886228861USBarrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla and wood spice along with herb. The palate brings tart cherry flavors that taper toward the finish. The variety seems to get lost.8628WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHelix by Reininger 2011 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHelix by Reininger
2886328862PortugalThis fruity wine is made to be drunk young. It has soft tannins, perfumed blackberry fruit and just enough acidity. Smoothly textured, it's a great barbecue-style of red. The wine is named after the vineyard rather than after the literal Portuguese meaning of “scantily dressed.” Drink now.Pouca Roupa Tinto8613AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Pouca Roupa Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedJ. Portugal Ramos
2886428863USSweet-seeming oak aromas and flavors mingle with ripe fruit notes in this full-bodied, soft-textured and well-priced wine.Lot 108611CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGrayson 2015 Lot 10 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonGrayson
2886528864ArgentinaMinty oaky aromas include a strong whiff of clove and white gumdrop. A widegrabby chewy palate is a bit hot, while flavors of carob, mint and clove outweigh dark-fruit notes prior to a thick toasty heavily oaked finish.Premium Selection8617OtherArgentinaMichael Schachner@wineschachHaarth 2012 Premium Selection Bonarda (Argentina)BonardaHaarth
2886628865ItalyViolet, dark-skinned berry and chopped herb aromas lift out of the glass. The lean firm palate offers dried sour cherry and a hint of spice but not much fruit richness while bracing, drying tannins leave an astringent finish.Spiano8617Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIlluminati Dino 2015 Spiano (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoIlluminati Dino
2887328872FranceMasses of black cherries and blackberries ultimately come across as a bit simple, but satisfying. There's plenty of flavor in this medium-bodied red, and the fruit is fresh rather than confected, with a hint of cocoa on the finish. Drink now–2020.Les Gélinottes8715Rhône ValleyVentouxJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlain Jaume et Fils 2014 Les Gélinottes Syrah-Grenache (Ventoux)Syrah-GrenacheAlain Jaume et Fils
2886728866ItalyThis sparkler from Piedmont opens with aromas of toasted oak, walnut and mature yellow apple that carry over to the palate along with a confectionery note. The flavors seem a bit tired so drink soon.Metodo Classico8630PiedmontRoeroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNegro Lorenzo 2010 Metodo Classico (Roero)ArneisNegro Lorenzo
2886828867SpainPlum and raspberry aromas are clean and fresh. This feels solid and tastes of bright yet medicinal plum and cherry. A balanced finish with bolstering acidity and reasonably good berry flavors makes this worth a go.Arnegui8611Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPagos del Rey 2015 Arnegui (Rioja)TempranilloPagos del Rey
2887428873USLight aromas of herb, toasted grapenuts, peach and orange peel lead to off-dry stone-fruit flavors. It shows a touch of reduction but otherwise goes down easy.8716IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLaissez Faire 2015 Sauvignon Blanc-Chenin BlancSauvignon Blanc-Chenin BlancLaissez Faire
2886928868ItalyPlum, blue flower and chopped mint aromas lift out of the glass. The straightforward palate offers blackberry, dried sour cherry and a hint of anise. This is for informal, everyday occasions. Drink soon.Organic8614Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa Catelli 2015 Organic (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoCasa Catelli
2887528874USFresh lemon perfume juxtaposes delicate toast and spice notes on this briskly balanced yet full-bodied Chardonnay. It's not deeply penetrating, but crisp apple and pear flavors brighten the palate. The finish lingers on a silken vanilla tone. Drink now through 2021.Reserve8725New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayLamoreaux Landing
2887628875ItalyMade with 60% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with delicate aromas of black-skinned fruit and a whiff of baking spice. The no-frills palate shows mature red plum, toast and a hint of bell pepper alongside rather astringent tannins.8733TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMadonna Nera 2013 Red (Toscana)Red BlendMadonna Nera
2887028869ArgentinaDry woody herbal berry aromas are leafy and a bit murky. This Cab Franc is fiercely tannic and drying, while oaky flavors of wood spice dominate generic berry fruit. Flavors of mint and pepper lead a rough and tannic finish.Toko Vineyard8630Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachZaHa 2014 Toko Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Mendoza)Cabernet FrancZaHa
2887128870USA blend of Riesling, Muscat and Viognier, this wine offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel and citrus. It drinks off dry, with abundant mandarin flavors that linger.Chicken Dinner8716IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHuston 2014 Chicken Dinner WhiteWhite BlendHuston
2887228871ItalyAromas of dry underbrush, toast, oak and eucalyptus lead the nose. The palate is already quite evolved, offering dried red cherry, espresso and a hint of anise alongside close-grained tannins that dry out the rather abrupt finish. Drink sooner rather than later.Riserva8752TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Collina dei Lecci 2010 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseLa Collina dei Lecci
2887728876USRipe yellow apples and touches of banana and pineapple show on the nose of this bottling. It also has a restrained, steely frame to the aromas, along with some flint. Honeysuckle, jasmine and apple-blossom flavors show on the sip, which is quite floral, and also offers white peach and salt.Therese Vineyards8730CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMartin Ranch 2014 Therese Vineyards Viognier (Arroyo Seco)ViognierMartin Ranch
2887828877ChileAromas of orange peel and citrus pulp are oily but not oaky. This is chunky and seems to be starting to fade. Salty citrus flavors are mild, while controlled saltiness persists on the finish. Drink now.Gran Reserva8725Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMorandé 2014 Gran Reserva Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayMorandé
2887928878ItalyMade entirely with Merlot, this opens with aromas of black cherry and caramel that follow through to the dense palate along with a hint of cedar. Clenching tannins leave a mouth-puckering finish.Casa Nocera8762TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePagani de Marchi 2012 Casa Nocera Merlot (Toscana)MerlotPagani de Marchi
2888028879ItalyMade with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Ciliegiolo, this opens with blackberry and Mediterranean brush aromas. The easygoing palate delivers red cherry and clove alongside chewy tannins. Enjoy soon.Sara8712TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePerazzeta 2014 Sara Red (Toscana)Red BlendPerazzeta
2888128880ItalyMade entirely with Sangiovese, this opens with black plum and clove aromas that carry over to the palate together with notes of toast and smoke. Gripping tannins leave a mouth-drying finish.Moro di Pava8724TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePieve de' Pitti 2011 Moro di Pava Sangiovese (Toscana)SangiovesePieve de' Pitti
2888228881ItalyMade entirely with Sangiovese, this hearty red opens with aromas of ripe berry and toasted oak. The dense solid palate delivers black cherry, French oak and white pepper alongside chewy tannins but the heat of evident alcohol dominates the finish.Ameri8727TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere San Cristoforo 2015 Ameri Sangiovese (Toscana)SangiovesePodere San Cristoforo
2888328882ItalyAromas recalling Mediterranean brush, fresh violet, moist soil and a toasted note lead the way. The straightforward palate offers juicy wild cherry, dried sage, espresso and a hint of anise alongside lithe tannins. Enjoy soon.Mandorlaia Riserva8734TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMassi di Mandorlaia 2013 Mandorlaia Riserva (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendMassi di Mandorlaia
2888428883ItalyMade entirely with Sangiovese, the nose reveals red berry and French oak aromas, while the palate offers unripe strawberry, clove and cedar. Rather astringent tannins leave a mouth-puckering finish.Dicatum8749TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Montellori 2011 Dicatum Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseFattoria Montellori
2888528884FranceVines over 50-years-old give a concentrated cru wine. It is ripe with berry fruits topped by spice. Fruity and likely to develop quickly, it is an attractive wine to drink young from mid-2017.Domaine du Pourpre8727BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Domaine du Pourpre (Moulin-à-Vent)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
2888628885FranceWhile it misses out on the firmer side of the Morgon cru, this is a robust ripe wine. It has attractive red-cherry fruit and juicy acidity. The structure will allow it to age for a few more months, so drink from late 2017.Flower Label8720BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Flower Label (Morgon)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
2888728886FranceA structured cru wine, full of firm tannins. It is a bold ripe wine with black-cherry fruit, a hint of banana and juicy acidity. The wine comes from a single 30-acre vineyard. Drink from late 2017.Flower Label8720BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Flower Label (Moulin-à-Vent)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
2888828887New ZealandThis clean, crisp, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc boasts standard regional notes of tomato leaf and white grapefruit without going too far into the tropical-fruit spectrum. Drink now.8715MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGiesen 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancGiesen
2888928888USRed cherry, ripe cranberry, clove, star anise, dried plum skins and slate converge on the fairly complex nose of this bottling, with a label that features a whimsical map of Santa Barbara County. Light cranberry fruit meets with bay leaf on the sip that offers decent grip.The Fog Prince8725CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannInconceivable 2015 The Fog Prince Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirInconceivable
2889028889USThe aromas of tilled soil, white pepper, lemon grass and citrus provide intrigue. The palate brings a big squeeze of dry tannins along with tart acids.Reserve8735IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWilliamson Vineyard 2011 Reserve Petite SirahPetite SirahWilliamson Vineyard

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