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{
"points": 89,
"title": "Caymus 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Creamy black cherry aromas layered with fresh brussel sprouts and spicy arugula flavors of red plums and toasted oak.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 70,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Caymus"
},
{
"points": 98,
"title": "M. Chapoutier 1999 Le Méal Ermitage (Hermitage)",
"description": "Chapoutier's selections of the best parcels of vines in Hermitage are set to become legendary. Sold under the ancient spelling of the appellation name (Ermitage), they represent the epitome of the power and concentration that lies behind the reputation of the appellation. This cuvée is the best of the collection, with its brooding, opaque character, suggesting rather than revealing power at this stage. Age it until your new-born baby is old enough to drink, and it will be just about ready.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 150,
"designation": "Le Méal Ermitage",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "M. Chapoutier"
},
{
"points": 97,
"title": "J.L. Chave 1999 Hermitage",
"description": "Jean-Louis, the son of Gérard Chave, is now in charge of the family business, as well as being president of the Hermitage wine producers. He is continuing the family tradition of making powerful statements of Syrah from Hermitage, combining massive structure and over-powering perfumes. This 1999 seems to have the best of the traditional world of tannic immensity and the modern world of beautiful, ripe fruit. A wine that will age for a very long time.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 125,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "J.L. Chave"
},
{
"points": 96,
"title": "Colgin 1999 Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Aromas lean toward black cherry, chocolate and herbs, which sally forth on the palate serving up more dense fruit, licorice, coffee and beautiful toast flavors. Tannins are smooth, supple and ripe. Long, lush and decadent on the finish.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 150,
"designation": "Herb Lamb Vineyard",
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Colgin"
},
{
"points": 96,
"title": "Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1998 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Certainly one of the successes of the vintage. Packed with cassis, sage, plum, tobacco, earth and smoky oak, and perfectly dry and balanced. Sheer joy in the mouth, like liquid velvet. It changes every second, offering up tiers of flavors through the spicy finish.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 100,
"designation": "SLV",
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Stag's Leap Wine Cellars"
},
{
"points": 96,
"title": "Dalla Valle 1999 Maya Red (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Plush, smooth and packed tight with complex flavors. Blackberry, anise, black cherry, tar, coal, spice, earth and herbs remain tightly wound, waiting patiently to reveal their full charm in time. Supple, smooth tannins and beautiful balance give this wine classic elegance.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 120,
"designation": "Maya",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Dalla Valle"
},
{
"points": 96,
"title": "E. Guigal 1998 La Mouline (Côte Rôtie)",
"description": "Even though the 42 months this wine has spent in new wood give it an intensely toasty character, the enormously soft, perfumed fruits and ripe, sweet flavors that go along with the wood produce a finely tuned, balanced wine that should age well over many years. As an expression of pure Syrah, there are few better.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 175,
"designation": "La Mouline",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Côte Rôtie",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "E. Guigal"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "Quilceda Creek 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)",
"description": "After “fiddling around,” as he puts it, with blends in his '96 and '97 cabs, winemaker Alex Golitzin decided to go with straight Cabernet in '98, an exceptional vintage for Washington State. This is a tight, focused effort, with powerful black fruits augmented with herbs and spices and a hint of mineral. Young, tart and tannic, it will continue to improve as it knits together over the years. Editors' Choice.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 60,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Washington",
"region_2": "Washington Other",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Quilceda Creek"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "E. Guigal 1998 La Turque (Côte Rôtie)",
"description": "A firm, dry, foursquare wine that has power and structure rather than the immediate perfumes of La Mouline, the partner cuvée from Guigal. This is the wine for those who want power with big tannins, and they don't come more powerful or tannic than this. Its aging potential is enormous: after 10 years there should be more sign of the perfumed fruit which is there, somewhere.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 175,
"designation": "La Turque",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Côte Rôtie",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "E. Guigal"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin 1999 La Landonne (Côte Rôtie)",
"description": "Here is a superbly rich and smooth wine. Aromas of violets and flavors of blueberries and red cherries along with dusty tannins, give this wine both immediate appeal and the promise of a good long-term future.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 150,
"designation": "La Landonne",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Côte Rôtie",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "Éric & Jöel Durand 1999 Empreintes (Cornas)",
"description": "A huge, ink-black wine with all the brooding majesty that gives Cornas its reputation. A blockbuster with enormous rich, sweet tannins. At the end it is the quality of the superripe fruit from old vines that dominates, but it is certainly a wine to keep for generations.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 37,
"designation": "Empreintes",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Cornas",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Éric & Jöel Durand"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "E. Guigal 1999 Hermitage",
"description": "A massive wine, with its opaque, dense purple color, its huge tannins and its tight, powerful structure. When it develops—maybe in 10 or 15 years' time—the perfumed, juicy Syrah fruits that are just suggested for the moment are going to be as dominant as the tannins are now. What a wine it will be then.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 55,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "E. Guigal"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1998 Cask 23 Red (Napa Valley)",
"description": "What a great success. Oozes with blackcurrant jam and cassis and a dash of black pepper. Flamboyant oak adds a perfume of vanilla and smoke. Fleshy, long and full, this beautiful wine is not a monster, but it coats the palate with spicy flavors that epitomize class and style.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 150,
"designation": "Cask 23",
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Stag's Leap Wine Cellars"
},
{
"points": 95,
"title": "Switchback Ridge 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)",
"description": "A beautifully balanced wine, framed in plush, ripe, velvety tannins and backed by lush, black cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, herb and chocolate flavors. Gloriously complex, seamless in its elegance, the wine is packed with charm and personality; long on the finish.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 65,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Switchback Ridge"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Dalla Valle 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Ripe, rich and elegant, this wine is brimming with black plum, strawberry, cassis, chocolate, spice and herb notes. It's smooth-textured and seamlessly integrated, even at this early stage. Firm, plush tannins and just the right amount of toasty oak frame the ensemble.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 100,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Dalla Valle"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1999 Chevalier de Sterimberg White (Hermitage)",
"description": "Jaboulet's white Hermitage is named after the crusading knight who built and settled in the small chapel on the Hermitage hill. The wine itself is powerful, rich and concentrated, with heady perfumes of wild flowers and nuts. The palate combines a hint of wood, a full-bodied, oily texture and a stunning burst of acidity that leaves a crisp aftertaste.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 75,
"designation": "Chevalier de Sterimberg",
"variety": "Rhône-style White Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Paul Jaboulet Aîné"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1999 La Chapelle (Hermitage)",
"description": "Jaboulet's view of its most famous wine seems to have changed. Although the concentrated, dense tannins and big black fruit flavors are still there, it has lost the huge brooding presence of past vintages, and now has a veneer of sophistication with superripe fruit, plums and dark jam tastes. Whether this 1999 will age as well as older vintages remains to be seen, but it will certainly be ready to drink sooner.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 131,
"designation": "La Chapelle",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Paul Jaboulet Aîné"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Pride Mountain 1999 Merlot (Napa-Sonoma)",
"description": "What power and drama have gone into this wonderful wine. Sheer Pomerol, with pencil shaving, black cherry, cedar, chocolate and gamy-meaty aromas and flavors, tinged with violets, and the most voluptuous mouthfeel. Sheer hedonism right through the long sweet finish.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 48,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Merlot",
"region_1": "Napa-Sonoma",
"region_2": "North Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Pride Mountain"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Delas Frères 1999 Les Bessards (Hermitage)",
"description": "Old vines in the Les Bessards vineyard on the Hermitage hill have offered up a majestic wine that has considerable power. With its strong, firm tannins and intense, brooding dark fruits, this is a wine that has obviously been made to last. With little use of new wood for this wine (only 10%), the structure and the complexity come entirely from the enormously ripe fruit and traditional fermentation.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 98,
"designation": "Les Bessards",
"variety": "Rhône-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Hermitage",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Delas Frères"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "E. Guigal 1999 Brune et Blonde (Côte Rôtie)",
"description": "The perfect combination of elegance and purity of fruit give this famous wine, a blend of fruit from both slopes of the hills above Ampuis, a great sense of style as well as power. The Syrah perfumes, at their richest and coolest, combine with black fruits to give an overwhelming impression of immense fruit flavors.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 40,
"designation": "Brune et Blonde",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": "Côte Rôtie",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "E. Guigal"
},
{
"points": 94,
"title": "Hedges 1999 Red Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "Hedges is one of a handful of Washington wineries producing top- caliber wines in significant quantities. This is their best deeply colored, elegant and Bordeaux-like in style and substance. Powerful, muscular black cherry fruit blends with dense, firm tannins, highlighted with elements of iron and earth. The wine, though young and compressed, is a perfect expression of Red Mountain Cabernet. About 20% Merlot is also in the blend. 2,100 six-bottle cases made. Editors' Choice.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 42,
"designation": "Red Mountain Reserve",
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Hedges"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "La Jota Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)",
"description": "A strong Cabernet that's so tightly wound in tannins, it's hard to appreciate, despite plenty of fruit. There's also a green olive earthiness to the sweet blackberries and cedar. Showing its immaturity now, so give it a good six years in the cellar.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 65,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Howell Mountain",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "La Jota Vineyard"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Montes 2010 Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)",
"description": "This SB has one of Chile's best track records for high quality. The nose and flavors both exceed norms, with the former showing bold citrus, lime and melon aromas and the latter revolving around grapefruit, lime and gooseberry. It's ripe, healthy, pithy, acid-driven and piercing. Summer sipping calls.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 15,
"designation": "Limited Selection",
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Leyda Valley",
"country": "Chile",
"winery": "Montes"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Donnachiara 2006 Taurasi",
"description": "This firm and austere Taurasi opens with dark aromas of plum cake, chocolate, dried currant, cola and smoky barbecue sauce. The tannins are firm and dense and the wine needs a few more years of cellar aging before it softens.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 34,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Aglianico",
"region_1": "Taurasi",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Southern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Donnachiara"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Dr. Loosen 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)",
"description": "Loosen's 2009 spätlese from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr is a lush, medium-bodied wine loaded with honey and peaches. It's superripe and succulent, with a long, fruity finish. Try it with Szechuan dishes, which will buffer the sweetness of the wine while the wine tames some of the heat.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 30,
"designation": "Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Mosel",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Dr. Loosen"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Dry River 2009 Late Harvest Riesling (Martinborough)",
"description": "Plump and slightly sweet, this late-harvest Riesling comes in at 10% alcohol—something along the lines of a rich spätlese in terms of its alcohol-acid-sugar balance. Notes of pineapple and crushed stone open up to melon fruit on the palate and finish long, with a bit of cinnamon or ginger spice.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 55,
"designation": "Late Harvest",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Martinborough",
"country": "New Zealand",
"winery": "Dry River"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Kingston Family 2009 Alazan Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)",
"description": "Always at the top of the Chilean Pinot heap is this true, complex wine from Kingston Family. The nose features light raspberry, citrus, oceanic brine and toasty, creamy oak. The palate is lush and rolls across the tongue with ease; ripe fruit in the cherry zone along with cocoa and spice make for fine flavors. Finishes with purity, smooth tannins and herbal twinges.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 30,
"designation": "Alazan",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Casablanca Valley",
"country": "Chile",
"winery": "Kingston Family"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Kumeu River 2008 Coddington Chardonnay (Kumeu)",
"description": "Perhaps the biggest of Kumeu River's 2008 Chardonnays, the Coddington offers waves of tropical fruit—pineapple and carambola—allied to mouthfilling richness and balanced by citrusy acids and hints of roasted nuts. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 42,
"designation": "Coddington",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Kumeu",
"country": "New Zealand",
"winery": "Kumeu River"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Nanni Copé 2008 Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco Red (Terre del Volturno)",
"description": "Here's a new producer from southern Italy who presents a very interesting blend of Pallagrello (70%), Aglianico and Casavecchia. The wine opens with warm aromas of leather, smoked meat and black fruit and delivers a unique mouthfeel that is firm but rich at the same time.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 49,
"designation": "Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Terre del Volturno",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Southern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Nanni Copé"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2009 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Trocken GG Riesling (Mosel)",
"description": "Like the Josephshöfer bottling, von Kesselstatt's 2009 GG from the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen boasts a salty minerality that underscores the ripe flavors of peach and orange zest. It's medium to full in body, and nearly bone dry, with a long, mouth-watering finish.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 43,
"designation": "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Trocken GG",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Mosel",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "S.A. Prüm 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)",
"description": "Makes an interesting contrast with the J.J. Prüm bottling from the same site, weighing in at a full 1.5% less in finished alcohol, and showing mineral-inflected passion fruit flavors and a touch of vanilla. The sweetness is finely balanced by mouthwatering acidity on the finish.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Mosel",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "S.A. Prüm"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Errazuriz 2008 The Blend Limited Edition Red (Aconcagua Valley)",
"description": "Alluring on the nose, with a ton of dried spice, mocha and tobacco aromas to go with beefy, berry fruit notes. Despite its darkness and size, this wine delivers bright, juicy acidity and then herbal cassis and berry flavors. Tobacco, herbs and length define the finish. A blend of five red grapes, including Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot; drink now through 2013.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 35,
"designation": "The Blend Limited Edition",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Aconcagua Valley",
"country": "Chile",
"winery": "Errazuriz"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Feudi di San Gregorio 2009 Pietracalda (Fiano di Avellino)",
"description": "Pietracalda (which translates into “hot rock”) seems indeed to release aromas of sunbaked granite or river stone over lush background tones of peach, pear and yellow lemon zest. There's a drying, polished feel in the mouth with a touch of bitter almond on the close.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 33,
"designation": "Pietracalda",
"variety": "Fiano",
"region_1": "Fiano di Avellino",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Southern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Feudi di San Gregorio"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Fournier Père et Fils 2009 Côtes de Morogues (Menetou-Salon)",
"description": "Particularly intense on the herbaceous front, the wine shows rich grapefruit and lemon zest flavors. Long, deep and delicious.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 22,
"designation": "Côtes de Morogues",
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": "Menetou-Salon",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Fournier Père et Fils"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Gadais Père et Fils 2009 Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)",
"description": "Concentrated and very full in the mouth, the wine's acidity is tight, wrapped around lemon and grapefruit characters. Good depth of flavor in this intense wine.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": null,
"designation": "Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie",
"variety": "Melon",
"region_1": "Muscadet Sèvre et Maine",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Gadais Père et Fils"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Hartenberg 2006 The Mackenzie Red (Stellenbosch)",
"description": "Dark berries, coffee and woody spice start off the nose of this wine, with more concentrated but juicy plum and cherry flavors unfolding in the mouth. Creamy and lush with medium acid and a lively structure. Drink now–2013.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 79,
"designation": "The Mackenzie",
"variety": "Cabernet Blend",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Stellenbosch",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Hartenberg"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Hartenberg 2007 The Stork Shiraz (Stellenbosch)",
"description": "Medium weight with a satiny smooth texture and great balance, this is a stellar Syrah with great complexity between the rich dark fruit flavors and forest spice. Aromatic accents of cured meat and crème brûlée linger in the back of the bouquet, while a strong coffee flavor stays strong through the finish.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 79,
"designation": "The Stork",
"variety": "Shiraz",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Stellenbosch",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Hartenberg"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Archery Summit 2008 Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)",
"description": "A fine, elegant Pinot Noir, still in its infancy, with bright cranberry and raspberry fruit taking center stage. A shimmering, vivid, youthful vitality elevates the fruit flavors, with juicy acidity and restrained oak influence. Though this is the least expensive wine in the Archery Summit portfolio, it may surprise those who cellar it. Some extra years in the bottle could bring out unsuspected depth and power.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 48,
"designation": "Premier Cuvée",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Willamette Valley",
"region_2": "Willamette Valley",
"province": "Oregon",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Archery Summit"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Würtz 2008 Geyerscheiss Riesling (Rheinhessen)",
"description": "A unique style of Riesling, naturally fermented on the skins for 20 days prior to pressing. The result is intriguing: honey and baked apple notes tinged with peach-like ripeness and briny minerality. It's medium-bodied, crisp and dry yet with a sense of honeyed richness.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 40,
"designation": "Geyerscheiss",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rheinhessen",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Würtz"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Xavier Flouret 2007 uQamata Red (Stellenbosch)",
"description": "Made by Carmen Stevens, one of South Africa's first black female winemakers, this is a gorgeous blend with rich aromas and flavors of black currant leaf, licorice, cigar tobacco, boysenberry and black cherry. Lush and creamy in the mouth, the finish offers a hint of fresh mint sprig for a last minute lift.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 20,
"designation": "uQamata",
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Stellenbosch",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Xavier Flouret"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Brandborg 2009 Gewürztraminer (Umpqua Valley)",
"description": "Do you like lemon drop cocktails? This is a lemon drop wine —so ripe and round and sweetly lemony it could almost pass for Limoncello. Despite the almost 14% alcohol, there is some sweetness, as you might find in a late harvest wine, albeit concealed by the acidity. Rose petals and talcum powder flavors coalesce into a firm, full, fruity, slightly sweet and also quite fragrant finish.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 16,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Gewürztraminer",
"region_1": "Umpqua Valley",
"region_2": "Southern Oregon",
"province": "Oregon",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Brandborg"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Château Fonréaud 2006 Listrac-Médoc",
"description": "Firm tannins mark this as a wine for aging. At the same time, the sweet and ripe fruit gives weight and richness. Wood flavors just creep in to round out the tannins at the end. Keep for 7–8 years.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": null,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Listrac-Médoc",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Bordeaux",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Château Fonréaud"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Joel Gott 2008 Dillian Ranch Zinfandel (Amador County)",
"description": "Delicious. A drinkably juicy, brambly version of Amador County Zin, consistently one of Joel Gott's best, with appetizing texture and mouthfeel and dry, dusty tannins, ready to go now with a range of meaty foods but also able to age.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 28,
"designation": "Dillian Ranch",
"variety": "Zinfandel",
"region_1": "Amador County",
"region_2": "Sierra Foothills",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Joel Gott"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Laird 2008 Red Hen Ranch Chardonnay (Oak Knoll District)",
"description": "Soft and rich, this Chardonnay shows intricately layered flavors of buttered toast, grilled peaches, orange jam, honeysuckle flowers and cinnamon. An opulent wine to drink now.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 35,
"designation": "Red Hen Ranch",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Oak Knoll District",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Laird"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Lange 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)",
"description": "Young and loaded with primary fruit flavors—fresh-picked cherries right off the tree, red delicious apples, just-made cranberry sauce—this is lovely now but built for the long term. The 13.6% alcohol listed is verified by the juicy acidity and just a touch of herb in the back of the finish.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 32,
"designation": "Reserve",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Willamette Valley",
"region_2": "Willamette Valley",
"province": "Oregon",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Lange"
},
{
"points": 89,
"title": "Boekenhoutskloof 2008 The Chocolate Block Red (Western Cape)",
"description": "This Syrah-dominant blend with 12% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 2% Viognier offers a delicious, fruit-driven core matched with complex spice notes of sweet smoke, cured meat and fresh tobacco leaf. The mouth is silky and smooth with fine-grain tannins and a white pepper-flecked finish. Drink now–2012.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 40,
"designation": "The Chocolate Block",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Western Cape",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Boekenhoutskloof"
},
{
"points": 89,
"title": "Bosman Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Wellington)",
"description": "A hint of spiced cured meat mixes with the assertive notes of cassis and black plum in the bouquet. The mouth shows more of an herbal character with flavors of licorice, cigar tobacco and pepper that linger through the close. Firmly structured but with a creamy feel and dissipating tannins.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 28,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Wellington",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Bosman Family Vineyards"
},
{
"points": 89,
"title": "Huber 2007 Bombacher Sommerhalde R Trocken Spätburgunder (Baden)",
"description": "Toasty and dark-fruited, Huber's 2007 Bombacher Sommerhalde R falls somewhere between the Wildenstein and Malterdinger Bienenberg in style. It's less herbal and more powerful than the former, but not as muscular as the latter. The tannins are still silky, yet there's great intensity, ending on a long, slightly charred note. Drink 2012–2020.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 59,
"designation": "Bombacher Sommerhalde R Trocken",
"variety": "Spätburgunder",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Baden",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Huber"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Santi 2010 Solane (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)",
"description": "Tight and aromatically intense, this delivers layers of ripe fruit, prune, black pepper, blackberry jelly and cinnamon. Those beautiful tones are followed by soft, velvety tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 16,
"designation": "Solane",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Santi"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Summers 2009 Ranch Reserve Merlot (Knights Valley)",
"description": "Drink this charming Merlot now for its soft, sweet richness of fruit. With a touch of smoky oak, it shows cherry, red currant and mocha flavors that are wrapped into polished tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 30,
"designation": "Ranch Reserve",
"variety": "Merlot",
"region_1": "Knights Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Summers"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Tangent 2011 Paragon Vineyard Albariño (Edna Valley)",
"description": "Racy and intensely flavored, this is high in acidity and has spectacularly concentrated flavors of apple, peach, citrus and tropical fruit. With no oak at all, the fruit stars—pure and clean. Even though the residual sugar is technically zero, the finish tastes sweet, so pair it with slightly sweet foods, especially Vietnamese, Chinese or Thai.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 17,
"designation": "Paragon Vineyard",
"variety": "Albariño",
"region_1": "Edna Valley",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Tangent"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Tedeschi 2011 Lucchine (Valpolicella Classico)",
"description": "This is not complex or elaborate, nor is it meant to be. In fact, simplicity sums it up. It's fresh and clean, and it will drink nicely with meatloaf or pork chops.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 14,
"designation": "Lucchine",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Classico",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Tedeschi"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Joseph Drouhin 2010 La Forêt (Bourgogne)",
"description": "Attractively ripe, this has fruity red-berry flavors along with acidity and soft tannins. This is ready to drink now.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 17,
"designation": "La Forêt",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Bourgogne",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Joseph Drouhin"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Keenan 2009 Merlot (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Dry and elegant, this has fine berry, currant and cola flavors that turn sweetly attractive on the finish. With its touch of earthiness, this should pair well with mushroom-based meat and poultry dishes.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 36,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Merlot",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Keenan"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "La Dama 2009 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso",
"description": "This is layered and complex, with tones of black cherry, dried apple skin, clove, white pepper and grated ginger. Like most wines from Valpolicella, it offers heat and power but mellow tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 18,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "La Dama"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Maculan 2010 Brentino Red (Veneto)",
"description": "A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this has bright cherry fruit, with light touches of spice and toasted almond. The simple, but velvety mouthfeel will work with curry chicken or spicy beef.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 18,
"designation": "Brentino",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Veneto",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Maculan"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Musella 2009 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso",
"description": "To add a touch of much-needed freshness and acidity, a small percentage of Barbera is added to this traditional blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The quality of fruit is very nice and resembles cherry, cassis and prune.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 23,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Musella"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Naggiar 2009 Estate grown Syrah (Sierra Foothills)",
"description": "A broodingly dark, oaky Syrah, this has a dash of pepper and intense red fruit. Naggiar continues to make promising Rhone-inspired estate wines from rocky mountain soils.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 21,
"designation": "Estate grown",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": "Sierra Foothills",
"region_2": "Sierra Foothills",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Naggiar"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Airfield Estates 2011 Pinot Gris (Yakima Valley)",
"description": "There is a sweet streak running through the fleshy fruit flavors of pear and peach. This is pure Pinot Gris, balanced with high acidity, sweet fruit and slightly bitter flavors of skin and rind.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 15,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Pinot Gris",
"region_1": "Yakima Valley",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Airfield Estates"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Bolla 2010 Le Poiane (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)",
"description": "This has zest, personality and depth, with layers of red fruit, spice, leather, pipe tobacco and dried rosemary emerge that emerge on the bouquet.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 17,
"designation": "Le Poiane",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Bolla"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Bouchard Père & Fils 2010 Réserve (Bourgogne)",
"description": "Ripe and full bodied, this is packed with tasty fruits. Notes of pear, apricot and white peach mingle easily together, creating a forward, wine with the right depth of flavor.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Réserve",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Bourgogne",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Bouchard Père & Fils"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Ca' Rugate 2010 Campo Lavei (Valpolicella Superiore)",
"description": "This opens with bright fruit notes of blueberry and wild cherry, followed by savory touches of exotic spice and green tea. It offers heft and endurance without the chewy thickness found in some Amarone.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 30,
"designation": "Campo Lavei",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Superiore",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Ca' Rugate"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Tildio 2011 Lonesome Spring Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "Lightly scented with a Riesling-like petrol note, this pungent, grassy Sauvignon Blanc offers a crisply focused mix of celery, green berry and spring herb.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Lonesome Spring Ranch",
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Tildio"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Tinazzi 2009 Tenuta Valleselle Rovertondo (Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso)",
"description": "This offers hearty fruit layers of black cherry, prune and plum, followed by notes of spice, leather and cola. It shows power and determination on the finish, with soft, velvety tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": null,
"designation": "Tenuta Valleselle Rovertondo",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Tinazzi"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask Syrah (Mendoza)",
"description": "Bright and bold to the eye, this has generous, powerful berry aromas that come with a note of spice. It feels stacked and only slightly tangy, with black fruit and some of Syrah's more textbook flavors of leather and animal. It holds form on the finish.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 10,
"designation": "Oak Cask",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": "Mendoza",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Mendoza Province",
"country": "Argentina",
"winery": "Trapiche"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Trenza 2010 Blanco White (Edna Valley)",
"description": "Made from the folks behind Tangent, this blend of Grenache Blanc and Albariño is rich in orange, white flower and roasted almond flavors, brightened by zesty Edna Valley acidity. The oak brings a smoky creaminess and also some caramelized sweetness.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 20,
"designation": "Blanco",
"variety": "White Blend",
"region_1": "Edna Valley",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Trenza"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Vaona 2009 Paverno (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)",
"description": "Lean and streamlined, this has bright aromas of dried rosemary, currant, cassis and spice. There's isn't too much pulpy fruit or extraction, but the acidity is refreshening and bright.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 35,
"designation": "Paverno",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Amarone della Valpolicella Classico",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Vaona"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Vignerons de Buxy 2010 Buissonnier (Montagny)",
"description": "Soft and rounded, this is a ripe, full-bodied wine. It has pear and peach fruits, laced with lime-like acidity and notes of almond and yeast. With its bright, crisp finish, it's a wine to age over the next two years.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 21,
"designation": "Buissonnier",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Montagny",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Vignerons de Buxy"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Vincent 2010 Marie-Antoinette (Pouilly-Fuissé)",
"description": "From the Vincent family of Château de Fuissé, this is a ripe wine, with its green plum and nectarine fruits giving it roundness. At the same time, there is a bright, attractive edge of crispness, with a citrusy finish.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Marie-Antoinette",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Pouilly-Fuissé",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Vincent"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Windsor Oaks 2007 Clone 777 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)",
"description": "Showing red cherry, cola and spice flavors, this is very dry and silky, like a Russian River Pinot Noir should be. It's elegant, feeling smooth and clean on the palate. Drink now.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 35,
"designation": "Clone 777",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Russian River Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Windsor Oaks"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Winery of Good Hope 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay (Stellenbosch)",
"description": "There's great vibrancy on the nose of this wine, with bright scents of ripe nectarine and pineapple core, framed by a floral accent reminiscent of rose water. The mouthfeel is light and accessible, with yellow apple and lime rind flavors. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 12,
"designation": "Unoaked",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Stellenbosch",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Winery of Good Hope"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Porcupine Ridge 2010 Syrah (Coastal Region)",
"description": "Notes of forest floor and menthol leaves add depth to the jammy core of boysenberry and blueberry fruits. It's solidly structured, with approachable tannins and medium acidity. A touch of cocoa stays through the medium-length finish. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 13,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Coastal Region",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Porcupine Ridge"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Guardian Peak 2010 Shiraz (Western Cape)",
"description": "Dark and lush, this has notes of forest berry and plum flesh. The mouthfeel is round and slightly creamy, with dense blackberry and raspberry flavors, and a finish that's dusted with pepper and cocoa powder accents. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 15,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Shiraz",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Western Cape",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Guardian Peak"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Nickel & Nickel 2009 C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)",
"description": "This 100% Cabernet is very dry, with hard tannins housing blackberry, plum, raisin and cedar flavors. It could develop bottle complexity over the years, but at this price, it's an expensive risk.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 100,
"designation": "C.C. Ranch",
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Rutherford",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Nickel & Nickel"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Nuiton-Beaunoy 2010 Réserve (Bourgogne)",
"description": "This is warm and round, with red fruit flavors that are attractively displayed against a backdrop of soft tannins. The acidity lends crispness, highlighting the ripe fruit on the finish.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 19,
"designation": "Réserve",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Bourgogne",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Nuiton-Beaunoy"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Occasio 2011 Del Arroyo Vineyard Pinot Gris (Livermore Valley)",
"description": "Slightly austere, this Pinot Gris is marked by aromas of orange blossom and cheese rind, with a crispness on the finish that resembles a ripe, green apple.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Del Arroyo Vineyard",
"variety": "Pinot Gris",
"region_1": "Livermore Valley",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Occasio"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Patz & Hall 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)",
"description": "Oaky and seemingly sweet, this is a showy wine whose appeal comes from its ripeness and richness. Vanilla and buttered toast notes from the oak dominate the tropical fruit and pineapple flavors. With its creamy, buttery mouthfeel, this is made to appeal to fans of the modern Chardonnay style.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 35,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Sonoma Coast",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Patz & Hall"
},
{
"points": 87,
"title": "Pietro Zardini 2008 Austero (Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso)",
"description": "This has a touch of austerity, with savory spice, cured meat and teriyaki aromas. The palate bursts with bright red fruit and smooth tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 20,
"designation": "Austero",
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Pietro Zardini"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Mount Pleasant Winery 2010 Estates St. Vincent (Augusta)",
"description": "This is a red-smelling wine, with a note of strawberry-rhubarb preserves as the primary aroma. Light to medium bodied, it has a glossy feel due to the lithe tannins and well-managed acids. Easygoing and enjoyable, it finishes with a ripe strawberry-shortcake note and a slight tea-like bitterness.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 24,
"designation": "Estates",
"variety": "St. Vincent",
"region_1": "Augusta",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Missouri",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Mount Pleasant Winery"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Excelsior 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Robertson)",
"description": "Consistently a good value selection, this showcases ripe black-fruit characteristics of cherry, berry and plum, alongside nuances of savory herbs and fresh menthol leaves. Medium weight, with a mouth-filling texture and a slightly chewy finish.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 10,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Robertson",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Excelsior"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Vivác Winery 2009 Petite Sirah (New Mexico)",
"description": "The aromas of cola, java chip, licorice and cherry are pleasant and plentiful, ultimately evolving into grapey dark-fruit and cedary spice flavors. With its medium-grained tannins, modestly concentrated flavors and supporting acids, this should pair well with burgers or other casual foods.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 19,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Petite Sirah",
"region_1": "New Mexico",
"region_2": null,
"province": "New Mexico",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Vivác Winery"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Michael David 2010 Petite Petit Red (Lodi)",
"description": "Smoky and oaky, this is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, creating one black, dense, vanilla-infused package that's rich and ready to drink now.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 18,
"designation": "Petite Petit",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Lodi",
"region_2": "Central Valley",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Michael David"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Musella 2010 Valpolicella Superiore",
"description": "The traditional grapes of Valpolicella (Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara) are blended with 10% Barbera, giving this an added touch of crisp acidity. The simple nose shows notes of wild berry, toasted almond and cola.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 18,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Superiore",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Musella"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Pedroncelli 2010 Bench Vineyards Merlot (Dry Creek Valley)",
"description": "This is a good everyday wine if you're looking for something dry, full-bodied and fruity. It's not particularly identifiable as Merlot, but it's easy to drink, with berry and currant flavors and a nice tug from the tannins.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 15,
"designation": "Bench Vineyards",
"variety": "Merlot",
"region_1": "Dry Creek Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Pedroncelli"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Ramón Bilbao 2011 Valiñas Albariño (Rías Baixas)",
"description": "Straightforward peach aromas come with a stalky, grassy side. It feels zesty, spritzy and citric, then tastes almost entirely of orange and tangerine, with a dry finish.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 13,
"designation": "Valiñas",
"variety": "Albariño",
"region_1": "Rías Baixas",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Galicia",
"country": "Spain",
"winery": "Ramón Bilbao"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Seven of Hearts 2010 Chatte d'Avignon G-S-M (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "Quite light and a bit diffuse, this southern Rhone-style red has a pretty rose petal accent, along with berry and balsamic flavors.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Chatte d'Avignon",
"variety": "G-S-M",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Seven of Hearts"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Six Mile Creek 2009 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)",
"description": "High toned black-cherry and berry aromas lead to the concentrated palate that's full of ripe sour cherries, marked with dried thyme and a spray of lemon acidity. It finishes on a slighty briary note, with a hint of green and soft, velvety tannins.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 17,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Franc",
"region_1": "Finger Lakes",
"region_2": "Finger Lakes",
"province": "New York",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Six Mile Creek"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Tildio 2009 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "Using grapes sourced from the excellent Stillwater Creek Vineyard, this is a ripe—to the point of being pruny—yet acidic red wine. The unsettled mix of raisiny fruit and chalky acids may or may not shake out with further bottle age.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 35,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Malbec",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Tildio"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Vignerons de Buxy 2010 Buissonnier (Côte Chalonnaise)",
"description": "This is light and fruity, with its red fruit upfront. The tannins are balanced, in keeping with the wine's perfumed nature. The youthful acidity on the finish is likely to soften out in a year.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 16,
"designation": "Buissonnier",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Côte Chalonnaise",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Vignerons de Buxy"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Vignerons de Buxy 2011 Côtes d'Auxerre (Bourgogne)",
"description": "Using grapes sourced from vineyards just outside of the Chablis region, this soft and white-fruited wine is attractive and fragrant. A touch of vanilla adds another dimension, lending a ripe feel. Ready to drink.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": null,
"designation": "Côtes d'Auxerre",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Bourgogne",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Vignerons de Buxy"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Viña Ludy 2011 Albariño (Rías Baixas)",
"description": "Saline, mineral, match stick and tropical fruit aromas define the bouquet. It feels plump but flat, with maderized flavors of white fruits that feature bitterness and not much kick. It's fleshy, remaining slightly bitter on the finish.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 18,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Albariño",
"region_1": "Rías Baixas",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Galicia",
"country": "Spain",
"winery": "Viña Ludy"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Lakewood 2009 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)",
"description": "Smoky oak, vanilla spice, savory mushroom and wet earth notes add a savory element to the bright red-cherry and fresh herb flavors. It's straightforward, full bodied and pleasant drinking, with a medium-long finish.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 16,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Franc",
"region_1": "Finger Lakes",
"region_2": "Finger Lakes",
"province": "New York",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Lakewood"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Windsor Oaks 2007 Clone 667 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)",
"description": "A vegetal touch marks this wine, which otherwise shows flavors of sour cherry candy and rhubarb.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 35,
"designation": "Clone 667",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Russian River Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Windsor Oaks"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Augusta Winery 2009 Chambourcin (Augusta)",
"description": "Blueberry compote, blackberry and dill-butter aromas are strung together with threads of raisin and medicinal mint. Integrated, medium-grained tannins and proportioned acids create an agile mouthfeel, although the flavors seem to drop out a bit on the midpalate.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 10,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Chambourcin",
"region_1": "Augusta",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Missouri",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Augusta Winery"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Barrel Oak 2009 Tour'ga Franc Reserve Red (Virginia)",
"description": "A blend of 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Cabernet Franc, this smells of peppered blackberries, compost, smoke and char. The palate is structured with sustaining acids and a medium load of chunky tannins. A dark berry flavor and a hint of dried flower add interest.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 33,
"designation": "Tour'ga Franc Reserve",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Virginia",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Virginia",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Barrel Oak"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Tormentoso 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paarl)",
"description": "This smells dark and concentrated, yet the blackberry and cassis core is lifted by a powdery, purple-potpourri accent. There's a strong woody presence on the palate, with baking spice and vanilla bean flavors that linger.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 13,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Paarl",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "Tormentoso"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Veramar 2008 Estate Bottled Norton (Shenandoah Valley)",
"description": "Funky and intriguing on the nose, this proffers scents of narcissus and farmyard, with touches of char and dark fruit. Medium bodied, this has an open texture, with integrated acids and malleable tannins. Flavors of tart blackberry candy, leather and Dr. Pepper surface on the palate.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 39,
"designation": "Estate Bottled",
"variety": "Norton",
"region_1": "Shenandoah Valley",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Virginia",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Veramar"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "White Springs 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Finger Lakes)",
"description": "There's a slightly dusty, grassy element to this understated Sauvignon Blanc, but the palate is nicely concentrated, with abundant yellow-peach and tangerine flavors. The lemonade-like acidity is brisk and refreshing. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 15,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": "Finger Lakes",
"region_2": "Finger Lakes",
"province": "New York",
"country": "US",
"winery": "White Springs"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Georges Duboeuf 2011 Saint-Véran",
"description": "This is fragrant and lighthearted, with citrusy acidity that laces through the easy, bright green-apple texture. It's crisp, with a floral finish.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 18,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Saint-Véran",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Burgundy",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Georges Duboeuf"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Gilbert Cellars 2008 the pilgrim Red (Wahluke Slope)",
"description": "This blend of Syrah and Malbec was sourced from the estate's Doc Stewart Vineyard. Light, tart rhubarb and watermelon flavors show an accent of mocha. Drink up.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 15,
"designation": "the pilgrim",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Wahluke Slope",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Gilbert Cellars"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "HandCraft 2011 Artisan Collection Chardonnay (California)",
"description": "If you like your Chardonnay on the fruity side, this one's for you. It's rich in pineapple, orange and apricot jam flavors, with notes of buttered toast and cream.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 15,
"designation": "Artisan Collection",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "California",
"region_2": "California Other",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "HandCraft"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Lamberti NV Rosé Sparkling (Veneto)",
"description": "A refreshing rosé sparkler that would pair with smoked salmon or fried calamari rings, this is tonic and bright, offering crisp acidity and tonic effervescence.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 15,
"designation": "Rosé",
"variety": "Sparkling Blend",
"region_1": "Veneto",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Lamberti"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "MAN Vintners 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coastal Region)",
"description": "A green streak runs through this wine, adding an herbal character to the black cherry and plum aromas and flavors. Low tannins and medium acidity produce an overall easy profile and light mouthfeel.",
"taster_name": "Lauren Buzzeo",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@laurbuzz",
"price": 11,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Coastal Region",
"country": "South Africa",
"winery": "MAN Vintners"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Novy 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)",
"description": "This is exotic in grapefruit, apricot and honey flavors, with a green veggie streak that's courtesy of the chilly vintage. It's best described as tasting like a sweet-and-sour Chinese sauce.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 19,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": "Russian River Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Novy"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Page Cellars 2010 Autumn Chase Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "Sourced from the Sundance Vineyard, this is a soft and oaky Chardonnay, with a round, buttery finish. Best enjoyed in the next year or two.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 19,
"designation": "Autumn Chase",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Page Cellars"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Seneca Shore NV Amulet Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)",
"description": "The red cherry flavor is bright and concentrated, marked by savory tones of roasted beet, spice and a hint of pencil shaving. It's medium-bodied, with a brisk, easy-drinking mouthfeel.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 17,
"designation": "Amulet",
"variety": "Cabernet Franc",
"region_1": "Finger Lakes",
"region_2": "Finger Lakes",
"province": "New York",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Seneca Shore"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Stark Raving NV Red (California)",
"description": "Easy drinking, this is rich in raspberry and cherry flavors, with enough acidity to give the fruit a tangy edge. The unusual blend is mostly Tannat, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 13,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "California",
"region_2": "California Other",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Stark Raving"
},
{
"points": 85,
"title": "Stefano Accordini 2011 Valpolicella Classico",
"description": "This would pair with cold cuts, oven-roasted pizza or bruschetta with wild mushrooms. It is simple, clean and redolent of wild berries and tart cherry.",
"taster_name": null,
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 10,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara",
"region_1": "Valpolicella Classico",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Veneto",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Stefano Accordini"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Comelli 2012 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)",
"description": "It delivers classic varietal aromas of tomato leaf, cut grass, hay and citrus. The crisp palate delivers juicy grapefruit, cantaloupe, exotic fruit and mineral alongside lively acidity that leaves a pristine finish.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 20,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Colli Orientali del Friuli",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Comelli"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Companhia das Quintas 2011 Quinta da Fronteira Selecção do Enólogo Red (Douro)",
"description": "This is fresh and juicy while also having structure; a mineral edge to the texture gives power. Acidity and juiciness both contribute to the ripe, full-bodied mix. The wood-aging is too dominant at this stage, so give the wine several years. Drink from 2017.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Quinta da Fronteira Selecção do Enólogo",
"variety": "Portuguese Red",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Douro",
"country": "Portugal",
"winery": "Companhia das Quintas"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Hugl-Wimmer 2013 Wimmer Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)",
"description": "Ripe Concord pear and an intriguing, phenolic mouthfeel combine in this highly drinkable light white. There is enough weight to support food and a pleasing hint of savoriness as well as depth.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 14,
"designation": "Wimmer",
"variety": "Grüner Veltliner",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Niederösterreich",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Hugl-Wimmer"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Jäger 2013 Klaus Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)",
"description": "Still closed, this will take a little time to come out of its shell. But it's worth the wait: there's pepper, zestiness and a streamlined, structured body. One word comes to mind: sleekness.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 30,
"designation": "Klaus Federspiel",
"variety": "Grüner Veltliner",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Wachau",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Jäger"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Joseph Mellot 2013 Domaine des Emois (Sancerre)",
"description": "A single-vineyard wine, ripe with tropical and yellow fruits and with a rich texture. It is concentrated, full in the mouth with delicious juicy acidity as well as warm fruitiness. Its texture, cut with minerality, offers the possibility of aging. Drink from 2015.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": null,
"designation": "Domaine des Emois",
"variety": "Sauvignon Blanc",
"region_1": "Sancerre",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Joseph Mellot"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "La Clarine Farm 2012 Suma Kaw Syrah (Sierra Foothills)",
"description": "The wines from this producer always resemble one another aromatically in a unique way. There's bright wild strawberry and healthy handfuls of black and white pepper amidst an earthy, smoky edge. Young, firm, light on the tongue, the finish picks up substantial steam, a hit of herbal smoke there for the taking.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Suma Kaw",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": "Sierra Foothills",
"region_2": "Sierra Foothills",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "La Clarine Farm"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "La Tunella 2012 Col Matiss Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)",
"description": "Bold and savory, it has intriguing aromas of grass, dried hay, stone fruit and dill. The rich, warm palate delivers yellow peach, candied ginger and grapefruit accented with sage and a vanilla note.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 30,
"designation": "Col Matiss",
"variety": "Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Colli Orientali del Friuli",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "La Tunella"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Vignoble de la Jarnoterie 2010 Quintessence Vieilles Vignes (Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil)",
"description": "This concentrated wine has dark tannins as well as perfumed red fruits, blackberry flavors and a dense structure. The old vines give extra intensity and the need to age. Drink from 2016.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Quintessence Vieilles Vignes",
"variety": "Cabernet Franc",
"region_1": "Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Vignoble de la Jarnoterie"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Viña Maipo 2010 Limited Edition Syrah (Maipo Valley)",
"description": "Strong, dark aromas of blackberry and cassis are tight and dense. This concentrated, voluminous wine has tangy acidity and flavors of savory spice, chocolate and baked berries. An herbal finish with olive and leathery flavors comes with a racy, tangy feel. Drink through 2018.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 33,
"designation": "Limited Edition",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Maipo Valley",
"country": "Chile",
"winery": "Viña Maipo"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Vinum Cellars 2010 The Scrapper Cabernet Franc (El Dorado County)",
"description": "The Scrapper is aptly named, packing plenty of flavorful punches into a structured but softly tannic wine. Peppery, especially in aroma, it offers full-bodied leathery black cherry fruit and concentrated layers of savory chocolate. It's delicious and would make a fine pairing with any steak.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 30,
"designation": "The Scrapper",
"variety": "Cabernet Franc",
"region_1": "El Dorado County",
"region_2": "Sierra Foothills",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Vinum Cellars"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "David Hill 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)",
"description": "There is an interesting floral component—white blossoms—coming through in the nose, and sailing along on top of flavors of buttered nuts. A somewhat oily mouthfeel is lifted by moderate acids, and the overall length and follow-through make this one of the better vintages of this affordably priced wine.",
"taster_name": "Paul Gregutt",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@paulgwine ",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Estate Reserve",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Willamette Valley",
"region_2": "Willamette Valley",
"province": "Oregon",
"country": "US",
"winery": "David Hill"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "DFJ Vinhos 2012 Paxis Red (Lisboa)",
"description": "Rich, spicy and deliciously fruity, it has tannins well cushioned by the ample blackberry flavors. Acidity preserves the wine's easy freshness, while it also has a dense texture. Drink now, but the wine will be richer in late 2014.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 9,
"designation": "Paxis",
"variety": "Portuguese Red",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Lisboa",
"country": "Portugal",
"winery": "DFJ Vinhos"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Dr. Nägler 2012 Rüdesheimer Halbtrocken Riesling (Rheingau)",
"description": "Whiffs of ripe red berries and stone fruit lend a particularly fruity tone to this just off-dry Riesling. While medium bodied in style, sumptuously ripe flavors of peach and nectarine give the palate a distinct plumpness. Wraps up tart and tight with a shower of citrus acidity.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 16,
"designation": "Rüdesheimer Halbtrocken",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rheingau",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Dr. Nägler"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Eichinger 2013 Vom Berg Riesling (Kamptal)",
"description": "Restrained but concentrated fruit rules. Grapefruit peel draws you in only to reveal almost candied, rich orange and citron on the streamlined, linear palate.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": null,
"designation": "Vom Berg",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Kamptal",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Eichinger"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Fields Family 2011 Il Ladro Red (Lodi)",
"description": "Meaning “The Thief,” Il Ladro blends 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. A silky smooth blockbuster of a wine, it dances in acidity with bright cherry, clove and spice throughout. The tannins are well-behaved and in the background, the finish exceptionally long.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Il Ladro",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Lodi",
"region_2": "Central Valley",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Fields Family"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Fields Family 2011 Tempranillo (Lodi)",
"description": "The grapes come from a vineyard thought to be the first planted or grafted to Tempranillo in the Mokelumne River appellation. Fields picks the fruit relatively early and treats it to only neutral oak, the result a tamed, more flavorful version of the variety. Soft, leathery, spicy and subtly loaded in blackberry and black cherry fruit, it's well worth seeking out.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 22,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Tempranillo",
"region_1": "Lodi",
"region_2": "Central Valley",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Fields Family"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Fritz Haag 2012 Brauneberger Juffer Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)",
"description": "Slightly earthy, savory tones of lanolin and herb lend complexity to a palate that's lavish with peach and quince jelly flavors. Semi-sweet in style, it's quaffable and refreshing with its fruity exuberance offset by a cutting, stark acidity.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 38,
"designation": "Brauneberger Juffer Spätlese",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Mosel",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Fritz Haag"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Glatzer 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Carnuntum)",
"description": "Green pear peel, fresh cucumber and ripe, golden pears all unite to make a rounded, toothsome food wine that's also crisp and savory.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 15,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Grüner Veltliner",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Carnuntum",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Glatzer"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Gradis'ciutta 2011 Bratinis White (Collio)",
"description": "This full-bodied and savory blend of Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla and Sauvignon opens with lovely aromas of hawthorne, apple and stone fruit. The vibrant palate delivers yellow peach, nectarine, Golden Delicious apple and candied citrus alongside bright acidity.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 22,
"designation": "Bratinis",
"variety": "White Blend",
"region_1": "Collio",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Gradis'ciutta"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Johannishof 2012 Johannisberg V Kabinett Riesling (Rheingau)",
"description": "Hints of lemongrass and blossom lend lavish perfume to flavors of peach and cantaloupe in this ripe, richly fruity wine. Medium-sweet in style, it's backed by a piercing lemon acidity and zest notes that linger on the finish.",
"taster_name": "Anna Lee C. Iijima",
"taster_twitter_handle": null,
"price": 26,
"designation": "Johannisberg V Kabinett",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rheingau",
"country": "Germany",
"winery": "Johannishof"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Josef Jamek 2013 Ried Klaus Federspiel Riesling (Wachau)",
"description": "This is reminiscent of a very well-done fruit cocktail. Grape. melon and pear mingle amongst citrus freshness with some tropical hints of lychee mixed in. Wonderfully fruity, rounded and fresh with a zesty seam of acidity.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": null,
"designation": "Ried Klaus Federspiel",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Wachau",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Josef Jamek"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Josef Schmid 2013 Vom Urgestein Riesling (Kremstal)",
"description": "A touch of flint, some spritz and the zesty tang of both lemon and grapefruit peel make this racy and sleek . An addictive seam of bright acid puls through to a long, lingering and clean finish.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 22,
"designation": "Vom Urgestein",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Kremstal",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Josef Schmid"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "La Tunella 2012 Col Livius Friulano (Colli Orientali del Friuli)",
"description": "Made from native grape Friulano and fermented in large casks, this full-bodied, sophisticated wine opens with delicate aromas that recall lemon blossom, acacia and walnut. The linear palate offers Bartlett pear, lemon zest and golden apple accented with notes of bitter almond. This will develop complexity over the next few years. Drink through 2018.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 30,
"designation": "Col Livius",
"variety": "Friulano",
"region_1": "Colli Orientali del Friuli",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "La Tunella"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Le P'tit Paysan 2012 Jack's Hill Chardonnay (Monterey County)",
"description": "The subtle scent of vanilla soufflé translates as a soft mouthfeel and buttered toast flavors, resulting in a wine ready for meals both casual (roast chicken and mashed potatoes) or upscale (nut-crusted halibut atop polenta). There's ample acidity, but it still falls in the traditional California Chardonnay camp.",
"taster_name": "Matt Kettmann",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@mattkettmann",
"price": 22,
"designation": "Jack's Hill",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Monterey County",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Le P'tit Paysan"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Livio Felluga 2011 Terre Alte (Rosazzo)",
"description": "A blend Friulano (fermented in oak) and Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon (fermented in steel tanks), this has aromas of white fragrant flowers, subtle oak, toast and exotic fruit. The rich palate offers pear, apple, candied citrus, vanilla and butterscotch.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 80,
"designation": "Terre Alte",
"variety": "White Blend",
"region_1": "Rosazzo",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Livio Felluga"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Livio Felluga 2013 Friulano (Colli Orientali del Friuli)",
"description": "Made from the denomination's premier white grape, this sleek wine has aromas of mature pear, white flower, dried hay, stone fruit and nut. The palate delivers creamy white peach, yellow apple, lemon zest and mineral balanced by refreshing acidity. It closes on a note of white almond.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 25,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Friulano",
"region_1": "Colli Orientali del Friuli",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Livio Felluga"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Livio Felluga 2013 Sauvignon (Collio)",
"description": "Fragrances of exotic fruit, tomato vine and dried hay come with a hint of balsamic herbs. The savory palate delivers apricot, honeydew melon, and yellow bell pepper accented with notes of sage, mint and thyme. Pair this with asparagus risotto.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 25,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Collio",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northeastern Italy",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Livio Felluga"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Clos des Justices 2015 Bordeaux Blanc",
"description": "A fascinating dry wine made from a 3.6 acre parcel in the Sauternes appellation, planted with Sémillon vines dating back to 1929. While it is very young, it shows great potential with spice, apricot and peach fruit and just a touch of honey. It will develop well and should be left until 2018.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 16,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Sémillon",
"region_1": "Bordeaux Blanc",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Bordeaux",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Clos des Justices"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Clos des Menuts 2012 Saint-Émilion",
"description": "Visitors to Saint-Émilion will see the winery of Clos des Menuts right in the town center. The vines, on the plateau outside, have produced a ripe wine in the 2012 vintage. It's rich and soft, still with juicy black fruits and a smoky mildly tannic character. This will develop as a ripe wine to drink from 2018.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 27,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Saint-Émilion",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Bordeaux",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Clos des Menuts"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Cordero di Montezemolo 2012 Gattera (Barolo)",
"description": "Leather, underbrush, baked plum, menthol and a whiff of cake spice are some of the aromas that lift out of the glass. The ripe palate delivers dried black cherry, fig, star anise, mocha, espresso and grilled sage while close-grained tannins provide the framework. Drink 2017–2022.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 85,
"designation": "Gattera",
"variety": "Nebbiolo",
"region_1": "Barolo",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Piedmont",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Cordero di Montezemolo"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Côte Bonneville 2009 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Red (Yakima Valley)",
"description": "This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The aromas suggest notes of high-toned herbs, cranberry, fresh cherries and cassis that provide appeal. The palate provides elegant, sophisticated flavors that linger.",
"taster_name": "Sean P. Sullivan",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wawinereport",
"price": 120,
"designation": "Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard",
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Yakima Valley",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Côte Bonneville"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Côte Bonneville 2013 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)",
"description": "DuBrul Vineyard is best known for its Bordeaux varieties but Syrah shines there too. Aromas of smoke, brown spices, coffee, herbs and earth lead to a lithe palate that puts a premium on elegance.",
"taster_name": "Sean P. Sullivan",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wawinereport",
"price": 65,
"designation": "Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard",
"variety": "Syrah",
"region_1": "Yakima Valley",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Côte Bonneville"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Diwald 2015 Fuchsentanz Riesling (Wagram)",
"description": "A beautifully pure, linear but generous rendition of Riesling from the loess soils of Wagram: this has a softer aspect but still is beautifully slender and exquisitely balanced. All this needs are a few rays of sunshine to be enjoyed to the full.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 23,
"designation": "Fuchsentanz",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Wagram",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Diwald"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Domaine du Petit Clocher 2014 Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon (Anjou Villages)",
"description": "Dark in color, with cigar-box aromas, this wine is a rich blend of the two Cabernets. It has some firm tannins that are already well integrated into the red-berry fruits and acidity. It is ready to drink, although it will be much better from 2017.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 15,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Anjou Villages",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Domaine du Petit Clocher"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Domaine Martin 2015 Les Trois Versants Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)",
"description": "This is a dense, rich wine that balances intense citrus fruit with a tight mineral texture. It is refreshing, crisp while also concentrated from the old vines. The wine is young and fruity and will be better from 2015.",
"taster_name": "Roger Voss",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vossroger",
"price": 15,
"designation": "Les Trois Versants Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie",
"variety": "Melon",
"region_1": "Muscadet Sèvre et Maine",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Loire Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "Domaine Martin"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Dürnberg 2015 Tradition Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)",
"description": "Ripe, almost tropical fruit notes appear: pineapple and orange zest are tempered by peppery yeastiness which becomes stronger and more expressive and textured on the palate. A phenolic backbone provides structure alongside zesty freshness. This packs a real punch.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Tradition Reserve",
"variety": "Grüner Veltliner",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Weinviertel",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Dürnberg"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "E. Guigal 2014 White (Côtes du Rhône)",
"description": "Guigal is one of those firms that seems to handle whites, reds and rosés with equal aplomb. This white has a fair dose of Viognier, which gives it a floral, apricotty nose, a rich, creamy palate and a spicy, gingery finish. Drink now.",
"taster_name": "Joe Czerwinski",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@JoeCz",
"price": 19,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Rhône-style White Blend",
"region_1": "Côtes du Rhône",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Rhône Valley",
"country": "France",
"winery": "E. Guigal"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Emina 2012 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)",
"description": "Jammy blueberry and prune aromas are ripe but a bit dull and rudimentary. Plump, chunky, jammy and tannic across the palate, this tastes like mashed blackberry and molasses. A finish that's warm and chubby but also tannic as rocks lacks some elegance and precision. Drink 2018–2030.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 50,
"designation": "Reserva",
"variety": "Tempranillo",
"region_1": "Ribera del Duero",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northern Spain",
"country": "Spain",
"winery": "Emina"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Marqués de Vargas 2011 Crianza (Rioja)",
"description": "Ripe, baked aromas of cassis, plum and cinnamon lead to an alert, lively palate with big tannins. Flavors of spicy red-berry fruits come with a dusting of cocoa, while muscular tannins give structure to a full-force finish. Drink through 2022.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 17,
"designation": "Crianza",
"variety": "Tempranillo Blend",
"region_1": "Rioja",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northern Spain",
"country": "Spain",
"winery": "Marqués de Vargas"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Miraflores 2012 Miraflores Vineyards Barbera (El Dorado)",
"description": "Ripe fruit and lush but subtle oak accents make a good combo in this full-bodied, complex and layered wine. Generous, ripe plum notes harmonize with light cinnamon and cocoa accents.",
"taster_name": "Jim Gordon",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@gordone_cellars",
"price": 28,
"designation": "Miraflores Vineyards",
"variety": "Barbera",
"region_1": "El Dorado",
"region_2": "Sierra Foothills",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Miraflores"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "True Myth 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)",
"description": "Smashed blueberries, black gravel, caramel and a touch of oak smoke show on the nose of this stylishly labeled, widely available bottling from the Niven family. Juicy blackberry fruit leads the palate, bolstered by roasted coffee and shaved-chocolate flavors and rounded out by chalky tannins and strong acidic energy.",
"taster_name": "Matt Kettmann",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@mattkettmann",
"price": 24,
"designation": null,
"variety": "Cabernet Sauvignon",
"region_1": "Paso Robles",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "True Myth"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "V. Sattui 2013 Entanglement G-S-M (Napa Valley)",
"description": "A true GSM in its comingling of 67% Grenache with 24% Syrah and 9% Mourvèdre, this wine is burly in red and black cherry, while retaining a softness of texture and powerfully generous body weight. Cinnamon and earth round out the finish.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 38,
"designation": "Entanglement",
"variety": "G-S-M",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "V. Sattui"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Williams Selyem 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)",
"description": "This white will appeal greatly to those who prefer stainless-steel treatment, with its tangle of sour apple, sharp acidity and full but not heavy texture. It gets better in the glass, softening that sharpness and tang, opening up to elements of melon and lime.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 39,
"designation": "Unoaked",
"variety": "Chardonnay",
"region_1": "Russian River Valley",
"region_2": "Sonoma",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Williams Selyem"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Williams Selyem 2014 Vista Verde Vineyard Late Harvest Gewürztraminer (San Benito County)",
"description": "Concentrated jasmine aromas meet with touches of iodine, lemon curd, golden flowers and honey on the nose of this dessert wine. It's refreshingly light in body, but with a zesty lemon-skin acidity that cuts through the pear juice and Key-lime rind flavors. It's smooth and balanced.",
"taster_name": "Matt Kettmann",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@mattkettmann",
"price": 40,
"designation": "Vista Verde Vineyard Late Harvest",
"variety": "Gewürztraminer",
"region_1": "San Benito County",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Williams Selyem"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Winzer Krems 2015 Edition Chremisa Sandgrube 13 Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)",
"description": "Bundled, firm notes of green pear convince right from the start. The exuberant but crisp fruit comes on a taut but dense palate that also fizzes with peppery, herbal savor. This crisp, slender wine echoes long.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 20,
"designation": "Edition Chremisa Sandgrube 13",
"variety": "Grüner Veltliner",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Niederösterreich",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Winzer Krems"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Zaca Mesa 2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard Homage Collection Pinot Noir (Santa Ynez Valley)",
"description": "Tight cranberry and sour-cherry aromas meet with turned earth, iron and woody herbs like dried sticks of sage on the nose of this wine. The palate shows iron, sagebrush-laced cranberry juice and pomegranate fruit, proving lively and energetic on the tangy palate.",
"taster_name": "Matt Kettmann",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@mattkettmann",
"price": 48,
"designation": "Bien Nacido Vineyard Homage Collection",
"variety": "Pinot Noir",
"region_1": "Santa Ynez Valley",
"region_2": "Central Coast",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Zaca Mesa"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Château Élan 2013 Les Petits Red (America)",
"description": "This dark, potent, full-bodied wine is made from two of the darkest, most tannic grape varieties—Petit Verdot and Petite Syrah—and there is nothing petite about this blend. Its color is almost black and opaque, while aromas and flavors suggest smoke, blueberry and espresso. The texture is tannic but not overbearing.",
"taster_name": "Jim Gordon",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@gordone_cellars",
"price": 50,
"designation": "Les Petits",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "America",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Château Élan"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Alvarez de Toledo 2012 Marqués de Toro Finca la Moura Mencía (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)",
"description": "Ripe, raisiny aromas of earthy berry fruits, chocolate and vanilla introduce a choppy palate with oaky flavors of dried cheese and cream. This also shows dried plum and berry flavors on a full, scratchy palate. End notes of foresty berry fruits, earth, licorice and hard spices are impressively solid. Drink through 2020.",
"taster_name": "Michael Schachner",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wineschach",
"price": 38,
"designation": "Marqués de Toro Finca la Moura",
"variety": "Mencía",
"region_1": "Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Northern Spain",
"country": "Spain",
"winery": "Alvarez de Toledo"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Antichi Vinai 1877 2011 Koinè (Etna)",
"description": "Underbrush, dried wild flower and aromatic herb aromas come together in the glass. The full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, licorice, leather, mint and clove alongside firm, polished tannins. Drink soon to capture the remaining fruit flavors.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 40,
"designation": "Koinè",
"variety": "Nerello Mascalese",
"region_1": "Etna",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Sicily & Sardinia",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Antichi Vinai 1877"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Artner 2015 Bühlweingarten Riesling (Carnuntum)",
"description": "A touch of passion fruit plays on the nose. The palate on the other hand is full of lime and lemon zest that counters this exuberant fruit. A lovely, playful high-wire act between fruit and freshness that provides immense refreshment.",
"taster_name": "Anne Krebiehl MW",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@AnneInVino",
"price": 15,
"designation": "Bühlweingarten",
"variety": "Riesling",
"region_1": null,
"region_2": null,
"province": "Carnuntum",
"country": "Austria",
"winery": "Artner"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Auclair 2013 96 Cedars Red (Red Mountain)",
"description": "Aromas of wood spice, black licorice, graphite and blackberry are followed by cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a fine sense of balance.",
"taster_name": "Sean P. Sullivan",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wawinereport",
"price": 25,
"designation": "96 Cedars",
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Red Mountain",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Auclair"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Beast 2013 Wildebeest Red (Columbia Valley (WA))",
"description": "This wine is principally Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc along with bits of Malbec, Grenache and Merlot. Aromas of green garden herbs and earthy funk are followed by soft, elegant earth and dark fruit flavors that bring appeal and intrigue.",
"taster_name": "Sean P. Sullivan",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@wawinereport",
"price": 25,
"designation": "Wildebeest",
"variety": "Red Blend",
"region_1": "Columbia Valley (WA)",
"region_2": "Columbia Valley",
"province": "Washington",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Beast"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Beaucanon 2012 Trifecta by Louis de Coninck Estate Bottled Red (Napa Valley)",
"description": "Cherry, cassis and a cordial-like richness dominate in this medium-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The fruit ripeness is elegantly offset by tobacco, leather and grippy tannin. Drink now through 2020.",
"taster_name": "Virginie Boone",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@vboone",
"price": 60,
"designation": "Trifecta by Louis de Coninck Estate Bottled",
"variety": "Bordeaux-style Red Blend",
"region_1": "Napa Valley",
"region_2": "Napa",
"province": "California",
"country": "US",
"winery": "Beaucanon"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Beni di Batasiolo 2012 Cerequio (Barolo)",
"description": "Ripe dark fruit, menthol, tilled earth and underbrush aromas lead the nose along with a balsamic note. The palate is still a bit shy but eventually reveals mature berry, baking spice and a hint of truffle alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019–2025.",
"taster_name": "Kerin O’Keefe",
"taster_twitter_handle": "@kerinokeefe",
"price": 79,
"designation": "Cerequio",
"variety": "Nebbiolo",
"region_1": "Barolo",
"region_2": null,
"province": "Piedmont",
"country": "Italy",
"winery": "Beni di Batasiolo"
},
{
"points": 90,
"title": "Biokult 2015 Made With Organic Grapes Grüner Veltliner (Austria)",
"description": "Creamy notes of pear still carry a hint of flinty smoke, but the pear notes rise with purity. The bright freshness of pure lemon lifts everything and makes for purity, ease, refreshment and blithe joy.",
"taster_name":