Shopping the wine critics October 12, 2014

Grape Collective takes a look at this week’s wine selections from the top US critics.

Washington Post, Dave McIntyre

Blending Wines Creates Complexity

Black Ankle Vineyards Slate 2

Maryland, USA

“A blend primarily of wine from the rainy harvest of 2011 with some from the successful 2010 season blended in.”

$52 Available at Black Ankle Vineyards

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 62

California, USA

“An old-style zinfandel-based blend.

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

New York Times, Eric Asimov

Wine Lists That Respect A Budget

Angiolino Maule Gambellera Pico La Biancara 2010


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Gaspare Vinci 2012 Grillo

Sicily, Italy

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Donnafugata 2013 Zibibbo

Sicily, Italy

$18.79 Available at GetWineOnline

Caravaglio 2013 Salina Bianco

Sicily, Italy

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

2013 Vall dell’Acate Frappato

Sicily, Italy

$18.99 Available at Astor Wines

2011 Fèlsina Chianti Classico

Tuscany, Italy

$14.97 Available at Astor Wines

Domaine des Terres Dorées 2012 Côte de Brouilly

Beaujolais, France

$21.99 Available at Flatiron Wines

Vincent Raimbault 2011 Vouvray Bel Air

Loire, France

$14.96 Available at Astor Wines

Abbazia di Novacella 2013 Kerner

Alto Adige, Italy

$15.98 Available at WineWorksOnline

Thierry Puzelat Clos de Tue Bouef 2013 Le P’tit Blanc

Loire, France

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Laureano Serres 2011 Mendall José María

Terra Alta, Spain

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Contrà Soarda 2013 Vespaiolo

Veneto, Italy

$20 Available at Vintry Fine Wines

2010 Vaccelli Unu


$24.99 Available at Ball Square Fine Wines

2011 Matthiasson White Blend

Napa Valley, California, USA

$37.99 Available at 67 Wine

2007 Grosjean Fumin

Valle d’Aosta, Italy

$33.99 Available at Wine House

Foradori 2011 Teroldego

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

$22.99 Available at PJ Wine

Brovia 2012 Barbera d’Alba Sori del Drago

Piedmont, Italy

$23.99 Available at Flatiron Wines

La Taille aux Loups Montlouis Brut Tradition

Loire, France

$22 Available at 24 Hubert Wines

L’Octavin 2010 Pamina Blanc


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Domaine de Bellivière 2011 Castor

Loire, France

$17.99 Available at Flatiron Wines

Cavallotto 2010 Langhe Freisa Bricco Boschis

Piedmont, Italy

$23.99 Available at Sussex Wine

Canet-Valette 2012 Saint-Chinian Antonyme

Languedoc, France

$16 Available at Smith & Vine

Clemens Busch 2012 Riesling Trocken

Mosel, Germany

$20.99 Available at Flatiron Wines

Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila

2012 Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba

Piedmont, Italy

“This Barbera from one of Piedmont’s oldest wineries is a lovely surprise: full and deep in flavor, with notes of plum, spice and chocolate. It shows elegance and balance.”

$13.99 Available at Leiser’s Wines

Seattle Times, Andy Perdue

Angel Vine Zeros In On Zinfandel

Angel Vine 2011 Alder Ridge Vineyard zinfandel

Washington, USA

This big, juicy zin is loaded with aromas and flavors of raspberry-chocolate sauce, black cherry reduction and pomegranate.”

$20 Available at Angel Vine

Angel Vine 2011 Primitivo

Washington, USA

“Gorgeous aromas of black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate give way to flavors of dried strawberry and a pinch of black pepper.”

$202/case Available at The Wine Connection

Angel Vine 2011 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel

Washington, USA

“Classic zin aromas of strawberry fruit leather, violet and dark chocolate lead to complex flavors of raspberry and black cherry.”

$17.95 Available at Napa Cabs

San Jose Mercury News, Jessica Yadegaran

Twisted Oak 2011 River of Skulls

California, USA

“According to winemaker Jeff Stai, the ankle bone of cherry aromas in this 100 percent mourvedre wine is connected to the shin bone of blackberries, which connects to the knee bone of spice and perfume.”

$39 Available at Twisted Oak

Spellbound 2012 Merlot

California, USA

“The full moon on the label evokes a haunting vibe, but this merlot from winemaker Robert Mondavi Jr. is all about soft, lush fruits and aromatics of mulling spice, fresh cedar cigar box and decadent leather.”

$16 Available at Spellbound Wines

Ravenswood 2013 Besieged Red Blend

California, USA

“Red-black in color and robust in flavor, this brooding blend of seven grapes, including petite sirah and carignan, has a dash of spice on the finish.”

$14.95 Available at Empire Wine

Michael David 2012 Freakshow Cab

California, USA

“Now in its fourth vintage, the Freakshow has intense depth and notes of ripe, black fruit, pomegranate and smoke. And that bright label has all the pizazz and creepy factor of a circus act gone wrong.”

$16.95 Available at Empire Wine

Bogle Vineyards 2011 Phantom

California, USA

Bogle's tantalizing apparition of rich berry and spice is concentrated and intense, to say the least. The blend of petite sirah, zinfandel, cabernet and mourvedre has a succulent richness and firm tannins thanks to 24 months of aging in American oak.”

$15.90 Available at GetWineOnline