Wine Reviews

Posted by Keith Wallace

Thorn-Clarke Mount Crawford Riesling, Eden Valley

No sweet Riesling here.  South Australia’s Eden Valley offers a style that is bone dry, steely, mineral driven with bitter lime and racy acidity.

Apex Ascent Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

A rarity, for sure.  We’re used to Bordeaux red varietals from this central Washington region, but not often do we see crisp whites such as this.  With Ripe citrus fruits and blossoms, this is a clean, lean wine that’s simply refreshing.

Framingham Pinot Noir, Marlborough

Marlborough, on New Zealand’s South island is The Burgundy of the south.  World class pinot noir such as this can be had at a fraction of the price of it’s northerly cousin.  Kirsch cherry, cinnamon, and earth make this a nuanced beauty.

Mantellassi Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany

Still the same sangiovese grape as chianti, but this coastal region to the west, called the maremma, makes for a much riper juicier wine. Expect raspberry, cherry preserves, cedar and tar.

L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Merlot in this rustic, powerful style is what the Columbia valley is staking its current reputation on.  Chocolate, sweet spice, chewy tannins and tobacco.

Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Cab is king in napa and Avalon makes cabernet sauvignon its sole specialty.  Depth and concentration with blackberry, nutmeg, and a cool, earthy mineralty.  This is a leaner, subtler version of the norm with lower alcohol and a finer line of acidity to keep the wine’s composure.

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