25 New Wines From Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, and California
Príncipe de Viana Navarra Chardonnay 2015 ($10). Barrel-fermented, it is creamy and well-structured, with some tart herbal edges.
Treana Central Coast Chardonnay ($19). Mellow, buttery fruit, though a touch on the heavy side.
Flora Springs “Soliloquy” Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($23). Very elegant and enjoyable, with notes of pears, tropical fruits, and dried fruit.
Louis Jadot Chablis $2015 ($23). Full-bodied with dried apple flavors, a hint of bitters, and a breath of tannins.
Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2014 ($24). A basic Kabinett (a dry or dryish wine made from ripe grapes with no added sugar), with enjoyable peach and pear flavors and good acid/sugar balance.
Arietta “On the White Keys” California White Wine 2014 ($68). A sauvignon blanc blend with Napa and Sonoma grapes —‘ it is quite enjoyable, in the Bordeaux style, though with more tropical fruit and more oak.
Ochoa Calendas Navarro Garnacha Rosado 2015 ($12). A tad sweet, with nice cherry fruitiness.
19 Crimes “The Banished” SE Australia Red Wine 2016 ($10). Sweet and jammy fruit with vanilla-flavored oak notes.
Príncipe de Viana Navarra Crianza 2012 ($10). A bargain — not complex, but very fresh, with tart cherry fruit and a lightly creamy finish.
Ochoa Navarra Tempranillo Crianza 2012 ($16). Cherry flavors with a crisp, spicy finish.
Jean-Baptiste Adam “Les Natures” Alsace Pinot Noir 2013 ($23). Tart cherry flavors with lots of savory notes; lean with good tannins.
Dave Phinney “Locations OR” Oregon Red Wine NV ($24). Enjoyable cherry flavors; a little soft in the middle, although with a good finish.
Dave Phinney “Locations WA” Washington Red Wine NV ($25). Enjoyable blend of ripe cherry and dark fruits, with a firm finish, although it does have a bit of bite at 15 percent alcohol.
Dave Phinney “Locations CA” California Red Wine NV ($26). Fruit-forward and lightly sweet with warm wood tones.
Ostertag Rouge “E” Alsace Pinot Noir 2014 ($26). Complex, with tangy cherries, good minerality, dusty tannins, and a lean finish.
Treana Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($30). Fans of the original Treana red blend should be warned that this is in a very different style — very fruit forward, with thick texture, and somewhat sweet.
François Baur “Sang du Dragon” Alsace Pinot Noir 2013 ($33). Tart raspberry fruit with some rooty notes and a good, firm finish.
Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($36). Delicious and at a very good price, with a fine blend of raspberries and blackberries on the palate;, tangy, and medium weight, with good tannins and a clean finish.
Donnafugata “Tancredi” 2011 ($40). Mainly cabernet sauvignon and nero d’Avola, it is dominated by sharp fruitiness and a lean finish.
Hugel Jubilee Alsace Pinot Noir 2008 ($40). Quite enjoyable, with tangy cherry flavors and a crisp finish.
Kenwood Artist Series Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($60). A lot like a St-Julien, very smooth, with flavors of Bing cherries and ripe blackberries; well-structured.
Arietta Quartet Napa Valley Red Wine 2014 ($68). A well-crafted, leathery, pleasantly tannic Bordeaux-style blend.
Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Wine 2014 ($71). A beautiful combination of purple fruits and mellow wood; rich and supple.
Donnafugata “Mille e una Notte” 2011 ($80). A beautiful, complex blend of nero d’Avola, syrah, and petite verdot, showing dark fruits, figs, blackberries, and dark chocolate, with woody notes, solid tannins, and good acidity.
Donnafugata “Ben Ryé” Passito di Pantellaria 2014 ($40/375 ml). Dark honey and white raisin flavors; spicy and well-balanced.