Wine Reviews

2904129040ItalyFrom the Nervo Cru, this dark Barbaresco shows a slight edge in terms of concentration and aromatic intensity. Notes of dark fruit, hazelnut and roasted espresso bean compose the bouquet, and the wine delivers smooth softness on the finish. Those characteristics suggest that this may be ready to drink earlier than others.Vigneto Nervo9060PiedmontBarbarescoPertinace 2009 Vigneto Nervo (Barbaresco)NebbioloPertinace
2904229041ItalyThis opens with smoky overtones and pulpy richness, with tones of cinnamon, crushed clove, blackberry and plum. The palate shows accents of fresh cola and chopped mint.9034PiedmontBaroloPietro Rinaldi 2008 BaroloNebbioloPietro Rinaldi
2904329042ItalyTight and streamlined, this has fresh acidity, polished tannins and pretty aromatic highlights of dried berry, licorice and cured meat. It shows an elegant personality.Pora Riserva9067PiedmontBarbarescoProduttori del Barbaresco 2007 Pora Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloProduttori del Barbaresco
2904429043IsraelDense layers of dark fruits—black plum, cassis and cherry—integrate with complex accents of black tea leaves, tanned hide and woody spice. Supporting tannins provide the palate a firm structure, framing the lush, concentrated black-fruit-driven flavor. Drinkable now, but it should age nicely though 2016.Edom9035Judean HillsLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPsagot 2010 Edom Red (Judean Hills)Bordeaux-style Red BlendPsagot
2904529044ChileThis smells like fortified wine and licorice at first, then more like earth and smoked meat. High acidity gives this blend a racy quality but also astringency, while the flavors of blackberry, prune and licorice are very nice. It's tannic and strong but not quite punishing on the finish.Triple C9040Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2007 Triple C Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendSanta Rita
2904629045USAged eight years prior to disgorgement, then again in the bottle, the Brut Séduction is a testament to how utterly delicious aged sparkling wine can be. Creamy in texture, with baby-soft bubbles and a rich, umami-laden warmth, it's brightened by lemon-lime acidity and hints of orange blossom and citrus rind that linger.Brut Séduction9060New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSparkling Pointe 2002 Brut Séduction Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)Sparkling BlendSparkling Pointe
2904729046USThis is a well-made, delicately floral style of Pinot Grigio, with notes of apple blossoms, crisp tree fruits and bracing minerals that add length and texture.9014WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Wind Rose 2011 Pinot Grigio (Yakima Valley)Pinot GrigioWind Rose
2904829047ChileHeavy and needing air at first, the nose evolves from being dense with an iodine note to meaty and intriguing. On the palate this is tannic and mouthfilling but fair on the palate, with cherry, cassis, tobacco and herb flavors. A note of cassis remains on the finish, which goes out with gusto.Vertice Apalta Vineyard90Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2007 Vertice Apalta Vineyard Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendVentisquero
2904929048USBig, rich and sappy, this tastes like cherry and raspberry jam that has been boiled down and made into wine—a suggestion of its youth. It is very fine, with keen acidity and a noble structure tinged with minerality. Give it 3–5 years to age.Rancho Ontiveros9048CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastHug 2009 Rancho Ontiveros Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirHug
2905029049USThis well-made, pure Sauvignon Blanc seems to have a noticeable amount of residual sugar—not surprising in a high acid vintage such as 2011. Zesty, lightly grassy, spicy and stylish, it's fresh and rich on the palate, with a finishing streak of minerality.9015WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jones of Washington 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancJones of Washington
2905129050USAn excellent follow up to the winery's 2008 Malbec, this well-made wine includes 5% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—all from the Two Coyote Vineyard. Cherries and plums are lightly dusted with an accent of cocoa from having spent 21 months in 30% new oak. The finish is clean as a whistle.9018WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lookout Point 2009 Malbec (Rattlesnake Hills)MalbecLookout Point
2905229051ItalyThis opens with cherry and candied blueberry aromas. It presents a thick, succulent quality that should pair well with braised beef or grilled lamb.Monvigliero9049PiedmontBaroloMauro Sebaste 2007 Monvigliero (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste
2905329052ItalyThere's a subdued but firm quality to this wine that also shows aromas of ripe fruit, cured meat, blackberry and cigar box. The palate shows bright freshness and velvety tannins.9050PiedmontBaroloInalto 2006 BaroloNebbioloInalto
2905429053USWhole clusters of Syrah are co-fermented with Viognier to create this tight, concisely crafted wine. This is a firm expression of field and grape, with bright berry fruit and chocolaty tannins. The slightly chalky finish may smooth out with a bit more bottle age.Rachis9053WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dusted Valley 2009 Rachis Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahDusted Valley
2905529054ItalyThere's a hint of strawberry at the start that soon segues to savory aromas of cured meat and spice. The ripeness translates to the mouth where there's a touch of cherry. Age for five more years.9050PiedmontBaroloGiacomo Fenocchio 2008 BaroloNebbioloGiacomo Fenocchio
2905629055ItalyDry and sophisticated, this delivers aromas of dried fruit, ginger, spice and cola. There's a hint of Christmas spice that gives the wine a touch of softness and warm succulence on the finish.Camilla90PiedmontBaroloGrimaldi Bruna 2008 Camilla (Barolo)NebbioloGrimaldi Bruna
2905729056USThis is fresh and lively, with crisp coastal acidity, elegance and sophistication. It offers oak-inspired citrus, tropical fruit and mineral flavors.Estate Vineyard9027CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaGundlach Bundschu 2010 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayGundlach Bundschu
2905829057USTasting rich and vital, this has a wealth of raspberry, cherry and cola flavors to the long, spicy finish. It's just what you want Pinot Noir to be: dry, silky and elegant. It doesn't seem to be an ager, so drink by 2014.Hallberg Vineyard9060CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaHalleck 2008 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirHalleck
2905929058USAnother successful vintage for this wine, it maintains a clean, well-defined mouthfeel that barely registers the 1.3% residual sugar. The aromas of pear, melon and citrus rind introduce similar flavors, along with a suggestion of sweet orange candy.Evergreen Vineyard9016WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tempus Cellars 2011 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingTempus Cellars
2906029059USSoft and simple, with sweet flavors of raspberry and cherry jam, cola and smoky oak. Gets the Pinot job done with admirable silkiness and crispness.8638CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaGraton Ridge 2009 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirGraton Ridge
2906129060USNot quite up there with previous vintages, although they've held the price and that's a good thing. The cold vintage took its toll, making this wine tart and somewhat green and herbal. Shows enough citrus and peach fruit to get by.8619CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaMatanzas Creek 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancMatanzas Creek
2906229061USA nice Cabernet to drink now. It has very ripe, upfront cherry and blackberry pie flavors, with firm tannins and a sweet vanilla note.8620CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaOlema 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonOlema
2906329062USBarbecue and lusty stews are what this wine wants. It's dryish to sweet in raisin, blackberry jam, chocolate, beef jerky and spice flavors, and the tannins are big and tough.8627CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPech Merle 2009 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPech Merle
2906429063USThis is a feminine wine, soft, generous and fruity. The raspberry and cherry flavors are jammy. There's some heat on the finish from high alcohol. Drink now.Alisos Vineyard8630CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral Coasta-non-ah-mus 2007 Alisos Vineyard Grenache (Santa Barbara County)Grenachea-non-ah-mus
2906529064USA bit tough and gritty, with firm tannins and thick, heavy flavors of ripe cherries and cola. Lacks some grace and elegance in the texture. Drink now.8644CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaArista 2009 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirArista
2906629065USRipe to the point of overripe, with dried blackberry, cherry and raisin flavors, this Zin also is hot in alcohol. Drink now with rich, fatty barbecue to soften its tough tannins.Maple Vineyards8639CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaArmida 2009 Maple Vineyards Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelArmida
2906729066SpainRooty, spicy and baked on the nose, with aromas that lean towards raisin. The palate is more gritty and acidic, with raisin, cola and spice flavors. Darkens up on the finish, which is long and peppery, with adequate juiciness and a final note of tomato.Rioja Bordón Reserva Tempranillo8615Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Franco-Españolas 2005 Rioja Bordón Reserva Tempranillo (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Franco-Españolas
2906829067SpainHeavy and dense up front, with dark, forceful aromas. The palate is crisp and tight, with firm plum and berry fruit in front of a short, basic finish. A good, standard wine with good depth and character; 100% Tempranillo.Pintoresco869Central SpainExtremaduraMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga 2009 Pintoresco Tempranillo (Extremadura)TempranilloBodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga
2906929068USTones of black cherry and cassis are pure and pristine on this fresh, herb-infused Cabernet. Vibrant acidity and soft, furry tannins on the midpalate give way to a finish that's flecked with spice and menthol.8626ColoradoGrand ValleyAnna Lee C. IijimaCanyon Wind 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCanyon Wind
2907029069SpainOpens with a warm, baked nose of raisin, roasted plum and tobacco. The palate is scouring and crisp due to sharp acids, and thus the flavors follow suit in that they're lean and tart and focus on pie cherry and red plum. Lean, zesty and lively Rioja to drink now.Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza8617Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Muriel 2005 Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Muriel

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