Wine Reviews

Posted by Keith Wallace

Wine Reviews

These highly rated wines are both classy and gift-worthy. As always, for the full list of current reviews, check out our wine ratings and reviews.

Chateau St. Jean 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Chateau St. Jean Reserve Chardonnay

Aromas of cherry blossom, toasted nutmeg, and ripe pear rise out of the glass.  Decadent textures of caramel and pear confiture are balanced with a mineral undercurrent. There is a joyful buoyancy in the underlying acidity, which starts as lemon curd and rises into high-toned guava.

A note of earthy praline shows a significant level of lees aging. The finish here is a delightful goodbye of jasmine, vanilla, and melon. This is a deeply layered wine of great elegance and pedigree. 

95 Points (Keith Wallace)

Santa Julia 2017 "Magna" Red, Uco Valley

Santa Julia “Magna” Red, Uco Valley

Firm structure and supple tannin underpin multiple layers of delight. Wildflowers, fresh cherry, tobacco, and vanilla are woven into a core of ripe dark fruits. A lush and beautiful wine that outperforms its price point by a wide margin.

92 Points (Keith Wallace)

Carodorum 2012 Seleccion Especial Toro Reserva

Carodorum Seleccion Especial Toro Reserva

Aged for two years in new French barriques, the 2012 Carodorum Selección Especial is the best bottle of Toro on the market today.  Aromas of jasmine, melted chocolate, and dark fruit. Full-bodied and massively tannic, this is the biggest bully in the pen. Serve with prime rib for an evening of hedonistic pleasure. 

95 Points (Keith Wallace)

Rotie Cellars 2013 "Northern Blend" Red, Walla Walla

Rotie Cellars “Northern Blend” Red, Walla Walla

A full-throated experience, both aggressive and jubilant. Aromas of bouquet garni and Texas BBQ are layered with dark fruit and black pepper. On the palate, it’s a textural pleasure, full-bodied and lush. An attack of sauvage herbs, game, and blackberry coulis evolves into white pepper and tapenade. In the finish, an oaky sweetness and orange zest come through. 

95 Points (Keith Wallace)

Bersano 2012 "Badarina" Barolo

Bersano “Badarina” Barolo

A beautifully structured Barolo, with a core of tannins pushing against perfumed aromas and elegant acidity. Cigar box and rich dark fruit on the palate give way to oak spices.

93 Points (Keith Wallace)

Mount Veeder Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

A sultry Cabernet from mountainside vineyards in Napa.  Aromas of fresh flowers, blackberries, and oak spices. Full-bodied and melted tannins give way to toasted vanilla and fresh minerality. 

94 Points (Keith Wallace)

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