Wine Reviews

3006130060FranceThis is tastes stalky, with a red fruit flavor. It has acidity along with a vegetal, herbal character. With taut acidity and a dry, tannic finish, this is a real barbecue wine.Cuvée Spéciale8515ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Sanglière 2010 Cuvée Spéciale Red (Côtes de Provence)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de la Sanglière
3006230061ItalyVerdicchio is celebrated for its crisp, green aromas that resemble lime, kiwi and cut grass. This expression offers those notes, with an added touch of lemon candy.8515Central ItalyVerdicchio di MatelicaCapestrano 2010 Verdicchio di MatelicaVerdicchioCapestrano
3006330062SpainAt first the nose is high toned and jumpy, but with time it falls into a good place with a medicinal berry note at the fore. Solid, tannic and nervy, it has plum and noticeable young-oak flavors. This turns herbal tasting and choppy on the finish.Joven8511Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachMartín Berdugo 2010 Joven (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloMartín Berdugo
3006430063SpainThis is clean on the nose, with blackberry and plum aromas. It feels full and solid, bearing flavors of black cherry and dark plum, with a meaty undertone. Mint, spice and black fruit notes carry the finish.Gamonal8526Northern SpainTierra de LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachPardevalles 2008 Gamonal Prieto Picudo (Tierra de León)Prieto PicudoPardevalles
3006530064FranceThis is a pleasantly quaffable Viognier, with restrained apricot and melon aromas and flavors. It's medium bodied, without much texture, but a clean, refreshing finish.Secret de Famille8518France OtherVin de Pays des Portes de MéditerranéeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzPaul Jaboulet Aîné 2009 Secret de Famille Viognier (Vin de Pays des Portes de Méditerranée)ViognierPaul Jaboulet Aîné
3006630065USWith no oak, what you taste is the purity of the grapes. It's a good Sauvignon Blanc, dry and crisp in acidity, with streamlined lime and grapefruit flavors, with a hint of sweet pea.8516CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaDry Creek Vineyard 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancDry Creek Vineyard
3006730066PortugalBright and fruity, with a tannic edge, this is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Syrah. This is food friendly, with a rich red-fruit flavor that's cut with a caramel note and strawberry acidity.Conde de Vimioso Colheita Seleccionada859TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFalua 2011 Conde de Vimioso Colheita Seleccionada Rosé (Tejo)RoséFalua
3006830067USA light style of Petite Sirah, this is softly drinkable now, offering a wealth of cherry, mocha and tobacco flavors and gentle tannins.8513CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastFleur 2009 Petite Sirah (North Coast)Petite SirahFleur
3006930068FranceNotes of crushed leaves, leather and tobacco leaves on the overt nose indicate the first signs of evolution, with aromas of mulberry, black cherry and black raspberry also evident. Full bodied with balanced alcohol and lightly dusty tannins, the wine overcompensates in structure with its lightly tart acidity. Already evolving, this will drink now and up to 2–3 years longer.Les Sigillaires8518Languedoc-RoussillonSaint-ChinianG. Moulinier 2007 Les Sigillaires Red (Saint-Chinian)Rhône-style Red BlendG. Moulinier
3007030069USGet a case of this and make it your house wine for easy drinking. It's dry and spicy, and has enough cherry, berry and cola flavors to satisfy your tastebuds.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLost Angel 2009 Merlot (California)MerlotLost Angel
3007130070PortugalThis is rich and dry yet also fruity. Perfumed in character, it is full, soft and smooth, allowing the acidity a place on the finish.Colheita8518DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Portal 2011 Colheita Rosé (Douro)RoséQuinta do Portal
3007230071USSome unripe vegetal notes mar what is otherwise a fine, silky Pinot Noir, with flavors of raspberry cream and cinnamon spice. Give this lots of breathing before you drink it.Tondre's Grapefield8540CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastSonnet 2009 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirSonnet
3007330072ItalyThis is a well-priced white that shows Trebbiano's easy and fresh side, with notes of cut grass, citrus and honey. Great for pairing with grilled tuna or salad.Trebì8511Central ItalyTrebbiano d'AbruzzoTalamonti 2011 Trebì (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)TrebbianoTalamonti
3007430073USSeemingly sweet and oaky, this has buttered popcorn, buttered toast and caramel cream flavors. The fruit suggests pineapples and pears.Kinneybrook Vineyard8524CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaKunde 2010 Kinneybrook Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)ChardonnayKunde
3007530074FranceFresh and fruity with creamy green and white fruits, this is a soft, ready to drink Chardonnay. Attractively fruity, the acidity finely cuts through the wine.Bourricot8511France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2011 Bourricot Chardonnay (Vin de France)ChardonnayL. Tramier & Fils
3007630075SpainBaked and heavy, this has prune, raisin and jammy berry aromas. The weightiness carries onto the palate, which is chewy and smooth. Flavors of blackberry, spice and jammy syrup lead to a finish with a chocolaty tone. Tasted twice, with consistent results.Terra de Fic 18545CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachFerré I Catasús 2008 Terra de Fic 1 Red (Priorat)Red BlendFerré I Catasús
3007730076SpainThe nose is big and rubbery, with aromas of bacon, tar and black plum. It feels young and choppy, with a lightly herbal berry flavor that turns more roasted in character as the wine opens. This gets the job done despite showing a roasted flavor throughout.8510Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSeñorio de Uñuela 2010 RiojaTempranilloSeñorio de Uñuela
3007830077ItalyThis blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo is enhanced with a small percentage of Merlot. That addition heightens the wine's softness and renders a richer mouthfeel.8510TuscanyChiantiStraccali 2010 ChiantiSangioveseStraccali
3007930078SpainThe tea and raspberry aromas are easygoing, and that best describes this organic Cabernet Sauvignon. It's powerful enough on the palate, with a good berry flavor that tilts towards raspberry. The finish is herbal and peppery.Organic858Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2010 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon (Spain)Cabernet SauvignonVicente Gandia
3008030079FranceEarthy aromas lead to a palate that is full bodied, with notes of yeast and spice to go with the white fruit. It has attractive acidity and a tangy citrusy finish. Screwcap.85ProvenceVin de Pays VarRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Routas 2010 White (Vin de Pays Var)White BlendChâteau Routas
3008130080USOpening with a bouquet of dried apricot and almond paste, this is a full style of Sauvignon Blanc, with tons of lemon on the finish. Pair this with seafood.8510CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneClos du Lac 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Amador County)Sauvignon BlancClos du Lac
3008230081SpainDusty apple and white peach aromas are basic and clean. The palate offers bright acids, citrus-driven fruit and whacks of oak-based cinnamon and resin, along with laser-like lemon notes. Mild on the finish, with flavors of vanilla and oak spice.Organza8728Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Cantabria 2010 Organza White (Rioja)White BlendSierra Cantabria
3008330082GermanyWhile lithe on the nose, with understated red-fruit aromas, this shows a palate that's nicely concentrated with crisp red-cherry and plum flavors, laced with an invigorating shower of minerality and acidity.8778AhrAnna Lee C. IijimaJean Stodden 2010 Pinot Noir (Ahr)Pinot NoirJean Stodden
3008430083USThe Boomtown Syrah offers plenty of clear, varietally correct fruit flavor. Citrus highlights underscore deep boysenberry fruit. The wine is forward and just right for drinking while young.8715WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Boomtown 2010 Syrah (Washington)SyrahBoomtown
3008530084ItalyThis Aglianico-based rosato opens with a dark raspberry color, followed by aromas of forest berry, chopped mint, candied fruit and pink grapefruit. Smooth and velvety on the finish.Il Rogito8720Southern ItalyBasilicataCantine del Notaio 2010 Il Rogito Aglianico (Basilicata)AglianicoCantine del Notaio
3008630085FranceBitter tannins and heavy toast influence suggest a wine that has been heavily extracted. Rich and sweet-tasting, it has power and a solid, tannic presence.87BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Barde Haut 2009 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Barde Haut
3008730086FranceFor such a young wine, this is surprisingly mature. Its tannins have softened and rounded, becoming well integrated with the black currant flavor and bright acidity. It's an attractive choice to drink now or over the next few years, but not for long-term aging.Cuvée Evidence8725BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bel Enclos 2010 Cuvée Evidence (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bel Enclos
3008830087FranceThis is a dark, concentrated effort that shows its wood strongly. The tannins are firm and almost heavy, producing a wine that is intensely dry and will need many years to age.87BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cissac 2010 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Cissac
3008930088FranceCrisp, clean and fruity, this refreshing wine has an herb note that's restrained by ripe orange and green apple flavors. Bright and ready to drink.8714BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fontenille 2011 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Fontenille
3009030089FrancePowerful and rich, this wine tastes of black and red berries. The ripeness of the vintage is evident, with a dense character that lends weight and concentration, while adding fresh black-currant-like acidity.8715BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Maroutine 2009 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Maroutine

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