Wine Reviews

2973129730ArgentinaGritty aromas of asphalt, herbs, tomato and plum make for a tough opening. This is syrupy and grabby on the palate, with creamy berry and cooked brown-sugar flavors. A sinewy finish tastes medicinal and a touch weedy.Vino Tinto8560Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCicchitti 2013 Vino Tinto Red (Mendoza)Red BlendCicchitti
2973229731USSlightly volatile aromas suggest bubble gum, and the fruit flavors continue in that vein. It does a quick fade into a dry, lightly mineral finish.8517OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hanson Vineyards 2014 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingHanson Vineyards
2973329732USTight and tannic, this single-vineyard offering emphasizes flavors of herb, grass and green leaf. There's a hint of pale, generic red fruit, but it's more in the veggie camp—think rhubarb rather than raspberry. A hint of brown sugar rounds out the finish.Zena Crown Vineyard8528OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kudos 2014 Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirKudos
2973429733USPert and juicy in feel, overripe lemon and peach tones mark the nose and palate. This is enjoyable but not overly engaging or long lasting on the palate.Semi-Sweet8520MichiganLeelanau PeninsulaAlexander PeartreeLaurentide 2013 Semi-Sweet Riesling (Leelanau Peninsula)RieslingLaurentide
2973529734USPrincipally Tempranillo, this blended red shows light berry fruit and stiff, earthy tannins. Aged 17 months in 17% new French oak, it doesn't quite come into balance, and finishes with chalky acids.Dark Night8533OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ledger David 2013 Dark Night Red (Rogue Valley)Red BlendLedger David
2973629735USThe ripest and strongest of the Lodi Native wines this year, this has raspberry and black pepper aromas tinged with dusty, earthy accents, and heavy flavors like stewed plums.Lodi Native Schmiedt Ranch8530CaliforniaMokelumne RiverCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMacchia 2013 Lodi Native Schmiedt Ranch Zinfandel (Mokelumne River)ZinfandelMacchia
2973729736SpainPungent, feline aromas of sweat and cactus set up a sharp, citric palate that's loaded to the brim with acidity. Austere flavors of passion fruit and lime end with a note of mango along with a wave of citric burn.S-Naia8516Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachNaia 2014 S-Naia Sauvignon Blanc (Rueda)Sauvignon BlancNaia
2973829737PortugalThis is a half-and-half blend of Touriga Nacional from northern Portugal and Castelão from the south. It's a wine that has plenty of fruit although the two grapes lie uneasily together. The juicy flavors and red berries are contrasted with a metallic acidity that isn't pleasant. Hopefully, the wine will fill out.Lagoalva8525TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2014 Lagoalva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
2973929738PortugalA lively mousse characterizes this fresh and fruity wine. It's light, frothy in flavor as well as texture, an attractive concoction of apples and pink grapefruit. The final taste brings out acidity.Espumante Bruto8525TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima NV Espumante Bruto Sparkling (Tejo)Portuguese SparklingQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
2974029739PortugalThe natural acidity of Arinto is well known for sparkling wines in Bucelas close to Lisbon. Here it has the same fresh, crisp, tight character and vibrant texture. It's light, creamy and fruity, a fine apéritif style.Reserva Bruto Nature8517TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lapa NV Reserva Bruto Nature Arinto (Tejo)ArintoQuinta da Lapa
2974129740FranceIn half-and-half proportions, Gamay and the local Loire grape Grolleau combine in this medium-sweet rosé. It is crisp, clean with red-berry fruits and balanced acidity. It is attractive and can be consumed as an apéritif.Gamay-Grolleau8413Loire ValleyRosé d'AnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerBougrier 2016 Gamay-Grolleau (Rosé d'Anjou)RoséBougrier
2974229741ArgentinaYeasty aromas indicate that early oxidation is setting in on this blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. A lean palate with sizzling malic acid but little body deals bready flavors of generic white fruits. Oxidized flavor notes return on the finish.Gaia Made With Organic Grapes8420Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Bousquet 2016 Gaia Made With Organic Grapes White (Tupungato)White BlendDomaine Bousquet
2974329742USThe aromas are a little sweaty and the wine has not entirely knit together, even after four years. Fruit flavors are raisined, the acids feel chalky, and the finish resolves into some bitter phenolics.8428OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spangler 2013 Cabernet Franc (Southern Oregon)Cabernet FrancSpangler
2974429743ItalyThe nose doesn't give much away but with effort you can detect a subdued hint of yellow-apple skin and dried thyme. The lean palate is diluted, offering suggestions of lemon rind and saline.Lis Surs84Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Bellanotte 2015 Lis Surs Turbiana (Collio)TurbianaLa Bellanotte
2974529744USThis wine is comprised of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Dusty earthiness frames its green, vegetal flavors, wrapped in ripe, sturdy tannins and bitter leather and clove notes.Reminiscence Estate Grown84125CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLasseter 2013 Reminiscence Estate Grown Red (Sonoma Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLasseter
2974629745SpainFunky aromas are sweaty, foxy and feline in nature. This doesn't have a lot of feel or texture, while the flavors on this brut nature are a bit weedy and grassy. The fruit character is quite short on the finish.M Marrugat Gran Reserva Brut Nature Millésime8420CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord 2011 M Marrugat Gran Reserva Brut Nature Millésime Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPinord
2974729746USThis organically farmed field blend includes some Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. It has soft acidity and a simple structure, the flavors a mix of red and black cherry and berry.Mr Beast Topolos Vineyard8428CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBarber 2014 Mr Beast Topolos Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Mountain)ZinfandelBarber
2974829747USThis lightweight wine has almost neutral aromas, light banana cream-like flavors butter and a soft texture. It's a curious confection from a usually crisp and zingy varietal.8428CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRenwood 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Amador County)Sauvignon BlancRenwood
2974929748USThere are odd hints of plastic in the nose and in the flavor, along with black-cherry fruit. In the mouth this wine feels disjointed, with a chalky, short finish and a hint of coconut.8428OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spangler 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Southern Oregon)Cabernet SauvignonSpangler
2975029749ArgentinaLightly vegetal aromas of asparagus and canned beans are intermixed with generic citrus scents. This wine is more acid than anything, with angularity to the palate. Salty, tart, citric flavors finish racy and with a lingering note of sour orange.Sustainably Farmed Estate Grown and Bottled8411Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachZolo 2017 Sustainably Farmed Estate Grown and Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza)Sauvignon BlancZolo
2975129750USThis is a light-bodied, simple and straightforward wine with a generous helping of toasted oak, tropical fruit and sweet vanilla notes.Six Ridges8426CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKenwood 2016 Six Ridges Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayKenwood
2975229751USThis wine offers earthy funkiness and simple coconut and red currant notes, its structure somewhat muted and one-dimensional.Hidden Block8465CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards 2013 Hidden Block Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards
2975329752ItalyThis simple off-dry sparkler has sweet peach, green apple and candied nectarine flavors. It's vigorous, with zesty acidity and brisk bubbles.Damàn Extra Dry8420VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Vigne di Alice 2016 Damàn Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraLe Vigne di Alice
2975429753ArgentinaAromas of pear, corn and sweat are difficult. In the mouth this wine is extra tight and acidic, then chalky on the back palate. Short, sour flavors of gooseberry end quickly on a zingy finish.8325Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMendel 2016 Semillon (Mendoza)SémillonMendel
2975529754CanadaTawny copper in color, this starts out with a bit of spice that quickly disappears. It's thin without any fruit flavor at all, and finishes with a hint of plastic.Cabernet Sauvignon8318OntarioLake Erie North ShorePaul Gregutt@paulgwine North 42 Degrees 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (Lake Erie North Shore)RoséNorth 42 Degrees
2975629755USExtremely light in color and shy on the nose, this is closer to water than wine. The flavors are also faint, recalling only slight touches of red apple and pear.Renaissance8322CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannReyes 2016 Renaissance Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioReyes
2975729756USA sweaty nose obscures light strawberry flavors. Yeasty and thin, it's best used as a mixer.Sparkling Rosé8335OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Wetzel Estate 2015 Sparkling Rosé Sparkling (Willamette Valley)Sparkling BlendWetzel Estate
2975829757ItalyThis über-simple sparkler has an extremely shy nose while the diluted off-dry palate offers mere suggestions of tropical fruit and a confectionery note. Brisk bubbles provide the backdrop.Extra Dry8314VenetoProseccoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCavicchioli NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraCavicchioli
2975929758SpainOxidized aromas of spent yeast and stale fruit are not fresh. This feels foamy, wayward and unfocused. Citrus flavors are unconvincing, while this rosé tastes soapy on the finish.Anna Brut Rosé8315CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCodorníu NV Anna Brut Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCodorníu
2976029759New ZealandThis simple summer sipper won't rock any worlds, but it pleases with candied pineapple, ginger, a hint of lime leaf and grass on the palate. Zippy acidity makes for easy weeknight glugging.8314MarlboroughWither Hills 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancWither Hills

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