St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Gewurztraminer

St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Gewurztraminer

Here are some recently reviewed wines, roughly in order of preference:

---St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin 2015 Gewurztraminer, Suditrol-Alto Adige, Italy, $32. A mouth-coating, well-balanced gewurz from Italy. Floral, lychee aromas. Peach, apricot and spice on the minerally palate. Very good.

--Left Coast Cellars Latitude 45 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Ore., $38. Bramble, pencil and cherry aromas. Cherry, plum, earth and herbs on the palate. Long finish. Very good.

--Chalk Hill 2016 Red Wine, Sonoma County, Ca., $25. A nicely balanced, well-structured red with lots of plum and earthy spice and a lingering finish. Very good.

--Gloria Ferrer 2010 Anniversary Cuvee, Ca., $40. Well-defined bubbles, yeast and apple flavors. Rich, with plenty of acidity on the finish. Very good.

--Ferzo 2016 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Italy, $26. A nice mix of cherry and dark fruit with herbs, pepper and earthy notes. Good acidity, gripping tannins, still young and fresh. Very good.

--Castello di Albola 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, $30. Cherries and herbs on the nose and palate. High acidity, and a slightly lighter body than other Chiantis. Good plus.

--Domaine du Moulin 2016 Gaillac, France, $15. Made from equal parts duras and syrah, this has peppery and red-fruit aromas and flavors with a medium body. Good plus.

--Wairau River 2016 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, $25. Aromas of cherries and pencil. Soft and delicate, light body, subtle oak. Good plus.

--Ventisquero Grey 2017 Glacier Apalta Vineyard Single Block Garnacha – Carinena - Mataro, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $20. This red blend has blackberry and plum fruit, as well as pepper and earthy flavors. Medium-bodied, smooth, with fairly light tannins. Good plus.

--Domaine de Pellehaut 2017 Harmonie de Gascogne Blanc, Cotes de Gascogne, France, $10. Citrus and herbs on the nose. Apple and lemon on the palate along with nice minerality. Good plus.

--Ca Maiol 2016 Giome Red, Benaco Bresciano, Italy, $16. Forest-floor earthiness, cherries, tobacco. Medium body, good acidity, lingering finish. An interesting blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera, Sangiovese. Good plus.

--Cosentino Cigar 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Wash., $20. Tobacco, earth, plum, cherry, blackberry, cedar and spice. A medium-bodied cab with moderate tannins. Good plus.

--Bonterra 2016 Equinox Red, Ca., $16. This blend of organic red grapes offers blackberry, plum and raspberry fruit, earth and oak spice. Good.

--Cashmere 2016 Black, Ca., $15. This New World red blend from Cline Cellars is an attractive mix of petite sirah, zinfandel, mourvedre, carignan and alicante bouschet. It’s velvety, with a mix of berry flavors, chocolate, spice and vanilla. Ripe flavors, but relatively dry. A good party wine or everyday red. Good.

--Domaine Bousquet 2017 Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Arg., $18. Predominantly blackcurrants and tobacco in this malbec, which contains small amounts of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Fresh mouthfeel, nice finish. Good.

--Citra 2017 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Italy, $10. Plum and cherry fruit, touch of tobacco. Good acidity. Straightforward but enjoyable. Good.

--Bonterra 2017 Rose, Mendocino County, Ca., $16. Strawberry aromas and flavors. Good acidity. Good overall.

--Cashmere 2016 Red, Ca., $15. A blend of mostly mourvedre, grenache and syrah, this red has cherry, raspberry, plum, pepper, chocolate and vanilla. A New World approach to an Old World combination of grapes. Good.

--Spoken Barrel 2016 Rich and Complex #42 Meritage, Columbia Valley, Wash., $20. Earthy aromas, medium body with blueberry, licorice and earth on the palate, with a bitter edge. OK.

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