Wine Reviews

3045130450South AfricaRed berry, cherry and pepper on the nose and pepper, red berry and smoke on the palate offer simple, easygoing flavors in an affordable package. A straightforward red.8311Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaKWV 2004 Shiraz (Western Cape)ShirazKWV
3045230451USThe 2005 Pinot Noir from Honeywood is a dead ringer for—guess what!—the 2004 Pinot Noir from the same winery. Soft entry, herbal and somewhat stemmy mid-palate, tannic, slightly hot finish.8324OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Honeywood Winery 2005 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirHoneywood Winery
3045330452USA little heavy, thick and jammy, like melted blackberry jelly mixed with alcohol. Okay with pizza, burgers and such.8318CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaKunde 2005 Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelKunde
3045430453FranceProduced from grapes from the island of Corsica, this soft, open Pinot Noir has some pleasing fresh berry fruits, hints of strawberries and soft tannins. Ready to drink now.Robert Skalli South of France8315France OtherVin de Pays de l'Ile de BeautéRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vins Skalli 2006 Robert Skalli South of France Pinot Noir (Vin de Pays de l'Ile de Beauté)Pinot NoirLes Vins Skalli
3045530454USSoft and candied, with cherry jam, gingersnap cookie and vanilla flavors that are a little on the sweet side.8312CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMirassou 2006 Merlot (California)MerlotMirassou
3045630455USOvertly off-dry to sweet, but marked by high acidity and a bitterness that dries out the cherry-vanilla flavors, this blush will happily pair with cheeseburgers and buffalo wings.Twin Valley White835CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGallo Family Vineyards NV Twin Valley White Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelGallo Family Vineyards
3045730456USOkay for everyday purposes, a gentle wine with candied pineapple and apple flavors and oaky notes of vanilla and honey.837CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBarefoot Cellars NV Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayBarefoot Cellars
3045830457USAt the equivalent of $4.50 per regular bottle, this Merlot is a pretty good buy. It's a little rough and peppery, but the dryness helps, and so does the hint of cherry-berry fruit.8318CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBota Box 2006 Merlot (California)MerlotBota Box
3045930458USWith 10% Petite Sirah, this dark, full-bodied wine is overtly sweet and rustic. It's made in a popular style meant to wash down ribs, pork and chicken dripping with barbecue sauce.Selected Vineyards8312CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastConcannon 2006 Selected Vineyards Merlot (Central Coast)MerlotConcannon
3046030459ChileMinty and lean on the nose, with tangy, borderline sour red-fruit flavors. There's a little toast, licorice and bitterness to darken things up, but by then the game is pretty much lost. Finishes sharp as well.Reserva8313MolinaMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2006 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Molina)Cabernet SauvignonEcheverria
3046130460USA dry, tannicly astringent wine that doesn't seem fully ripened. It has green, herb and mint-infused berry flavors. Cabernet, Colorino and Sangiovese.Sassolino8318CaliforniaCienega ValleyCentral CoastPietra Santa 2005 Sassolino Red (Cienega Valley)Red BlendPietra Santa
3046230461ChileSpicy and minty on the nose, with hard primary aromas and lots of cinnamon. There isn't much fruit or body to this youngster, which seems wood-infused and short on substance. 45,000 cases made.839Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTerra Andina 2007 Carmenère (Central Valley)CarmenèreTerra Andina
3046330462USSoft, simple and a little overripe, with baked cherry and black currant flavors. Finishes dry and tannic.8311CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMcManis 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonMcManis
3046430463USSharp and grapey, with sweet, jellied flavors of cherries, blackberries and chocolate. With a production of nearly a half-million cases, lots and lots of folks will happily wash down their meats and pasta with this easy red wine.Valley Oaks839CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFetzer 2005 Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonFetzer
3046530464USThe oak flavoring overpowers, with smoky char, buttered toast, caramel and sweet vanilla dominating the pineapple and pear fruit.Valley Oaks839CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherFetzer 2007 Valley Oaks Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayFetzer
3046630465USPretty simple, but gets the job done with a creamy texture and peach and oak flavors.Twin Valley835CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGallo Family Vineyards 2005 Twin Valley Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayGallo Family Vineyards
3046730466South AfricaSubtle aromas of red fruit and pepper lead on this easygoing red. The palate ffers a good balance of red fruit, spice, medium tannins and a zesty finish. An interesting alternative that will pair well with BBQ, grilled ribs. Imported by Racke USA.8310Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaGolden Kaan 2005 Pinotage (Western Cape)PinotageGolden Kaan
3046830467USBlack pepper, smoke, grilled bread and other robust flavors come to mind when sipping this big, distinctive and well-made wine. While ripe and full bodied, it's not overly fruity or jammy, and retains a sense of reserve and strength along with a very firm backbone of tannin. Best to drink after 2020.Alder Springs Vineyard9065CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsY Rousseau 2012 Alder Springs Vineyard Tannat (Mendocino County)TannatY Rousseau
3046930468FranceA blend of 50-50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a rich wine from Grand Cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims. It also structured, with a strongly mineral texture that is tight and concentrated. The wine, with its light tannins from the red wine in the blend, is ready to drink.Grand Cru Brut Rosé9073ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenriet-Bazin NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendHenriet-Bazin
3047030469PortugalThis big wine, now almost mature, shows dark plum and dense fruits that are pushed into shape by the firm tannins and wood aging flavors. The wine is dense and concentrated, with a fine juicy aftertaste that also promises further aging. Drink until 2020.Reserva9019AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Machados 2011 Reserva Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Machados
3047130470South AfricaA blend of 58% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, this harmonious and well-balanced wine is ready to be enjoyed now. Dark, lush fruit tones of blackberry, boysenberry and plum are laced with enticing hints of licorice, menthol and cocoa, while notes of cigar box and leather hang on through the long finish.Z9050StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDe Toren 2011 Z Red (Stellenbosch)Red BlendDe Toren
3047230471FranceAged four years before disgorgement, this ripe and generously soft wine has both mature toasty flavors and great acidity. Rich in apricot as well as white fruit flavors, it is well balanced, with layers of acidity smoothed by the yeasty aftertaste. Drink now.Brut Art Deco9049ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerCollet NV Brut Art Deco (Champagne)Champagne BlendCollet
3047330472ItalyAromas of fragrant white flowers, acacia and orchard fruit float out of the glass. The frothy, linear palate delivers crisp green apple, pear and citrus alongside racy acidity and small, persistent bubbles.Extra Dry90VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFratelli Bortolin NV Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraFratelli Bortolin
3047430473FranceRed and yellow apples are the fruity markers of this crémant—their fruity flavor pervades the light-footed palate that fizzes with gentle froth. There is a bitter edge on the palate but also some autolytic, yeasty backbone, lending a bit more substance. Have this full-fruited yet light-bodied sparkler with food and it will come into its own.9021AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Zinck NV Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendDomaine Zinck
3047530474ItalyDelicate aromas of white flowers, stone fruit and pear lead the way. On the palate, a core of green apple and citrus is carried by vibrant, fresh acidity. Small, lively bubbles lend finesse.9015VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDrusian NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreGleraDrusian
3047630475USFrom a 2,100-foot-elevation site, this wine is given 18 months in French oak. Earthy and wooded, it's a sizable mountain of a wine, reflective of its provenance, with big, dry tannins and a taste of tobacco. Age through 2020.90150CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneEntrepreneur 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonEntrepreneur
3047730476PortugalReleased in 2015 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Fonseca, this Port is a style that's a Fonseca specialty. Bottled without filtering allows the wine to age, and this was bottled in 2008. It is a beautiful full, ripe wine, with a generous structure of red fruits and raisins supported by a dense texture.Bicentenary Edition Crusted90PortRoger Voss@vossrogerFonseca NV Bicentenary Edition Crusted (Port)PortFonseca
3047830477USNicely balanced and full of satisfying cherry flavors, this full-bodied wine has a top note like slices of grilled baguette. Bright cranberry and hints of baking spices round out its personality. Best cellar it until at least 2017.9055CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFulcrum 2013 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirFulcrum
3047930478USThis lightly sparkling, low-alcohol wine is off dry but with bracing acidity. It features a refreshing mix of apple, peach and citrus fruit, making it perfect as a chilled apéritif, or as a mixer for a wine punch or cocktail.Semi-Sparkling9018OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Noble Estate 2013 Semi-Sparkling Muscat (Willamette Valley)MuscatNoble Estate
3048030479PortugalThe white grapevines at Carvalhas are located at the top of the hills that faces the Douro River, which helps retain acidity. This mineral and floral wine is textured,with a crisp citrus and ripe apricot flavor. It is still young and will be better from late 2016.Branco da Quinta das Carvalhas9030DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Carvalhas 2013 Branco da Quinta das Carvalhas White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta das Carvalhas

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