Wine Reviews

3054130540FranceSmooth, caramel aromas and flavors give this wine a soft character. It is rich and rounded, missing some freshness but making up for it with the ripe, yellow fruits and generous texture. Drink this wine now.A la Côte88BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sophie Cinier 2013 A la Côte (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayDomaine Sophie Cinier
3054230541PortugalThis is a dusty, earthy wine that has structure rather than fruit. It is tough in tannins that give a dry character to the wine. There is the potential for juiciness as the wine opens up, so wait before drinking. It will be best after 2017.Dona Maria Tinto88AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDona Maria-Júlio Bastos 2012 Dona Maria Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedDona Maria-Júlio Bastos
3054330542USBright lemon, lime and sweet grass aromas trend toward passionfruit on this fresh, fruity wine from Southern California. The palate is also quite ripe, with green bell pepper, ripe green apples and herbal punch, laid across tongue-tingling acidity.Estate88CaliforniaTemeculaSouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFalkner 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Temecula)Sauvignon BlancFalkner
3054430543ItalyFresh and refined, this offers aromas of tropical fruit and white spring flower. The round palate boasts juicy yellow peach, pineapple, apricot and a hint of almond.Donnikalia8822Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerruccio Deiana 2014 Donnikalia (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoFerruccio Deiana
3054530544ItalyAromas of yellow apple, tropical fruit and a whiff of dried herb emerge and follow through to the linear palate. Fresh acidity provides the framework while a thyme note provides backup.Manzanile8825Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiuseppe Gabbas 2014 Manzanile (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoGiuseppe Gabbas
3054630545ItalyThis earthy expression of Cannonau opens with aromas of charred topsoil, baked plum, ground pepper and a whiff of wild game. The palate offers ripe black cherry, fig, clove, leather and licorice alongside firm tannins.Sartiu8817Sicily & SardiniaCannonau di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiuseppe Sedilesu 2012 Sartiu (Cannonau di Sardegna)CannonauGiuseppe Sedilesu
3054730546ArgentinaRooty, spicy aromas of black plum are more complex than those of your average Malbec. In the mouth, this shows a heavy, almost reduced mouthfeel that could use more spring. Dark, heavily toasted baked-plum flavors finish peppery and brooding, but without much texture or presence. Drink soon.Biolento8820Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMaal 2013 Biolento Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMaal
3054830547PortugalAragonez, or Tempranillo, is grown more widely in Alentejo than in Setúbal where this wine comes from. The move gives the wine a softer character, with fresh blackberry acidity and a smooth, ripe fruitiness. It has some gentle tannins to balance the fruit. Drink now.Adega de Pegões88Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2012 Adega de Pegões Aragonez (Península de Setúbal)AragonezCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
3054930548PortugalRipe and juicy, this is a full-bodied wine. It has some firm tannins under the red fruits and fresh acidity that gives a good structure. Wood aging has rounded out the mineral texture to give a rich feel at the end. It could age further, so drink from 2016.Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada88Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2012 Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada Alicante Bouschet (Península de Setúbal)Alicante BouschetCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
3055030549PortugalUnlike some of the old, wood-aged Moscatels, this gold colored wine has kept so much freshness and bright acidity to contrast the honeyed intensity and yellow fruit flavors. It is sweet, but not cloying because it is kept crisp by a touch of citrus that cuts through the honey. Drink now.Moscatel de Setúbal88Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes NV Moscatel de Setúbal Moscatel (Península de Setúbal)MoscatelCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
3055130550USBlueberry studded with white pepper meets gamy cured meat on the nose. The flavors are cracked pepper-driven bringing dark berries with a sanguine edge to a medium-to-full bodied palate. Textured tannins are held at bay by balanced acidity and carry to a dried meat finish.8828ColoradoGrand ValleyAlexander PeartreeCreekside Cellars 2011 Syrah (Grand Valley)SyrahCreekside Cellars
3055230551USIn color and mouthfeel, this resembles Pinot Noir. It's moving quickly toward maturity, with soft, round flavors of strawberry pastry. The concentration and lingering finish are a plus. Drink up now through 2017.8824OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Delfino 2011 Dolcetto (Umpqua Valley)DolcettoDelfino
3055330552USHere's a spicy, brambly Oregon Zin, with forward fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry. There's some tang to the acids, and the wine has a sharp edge that additional bottle-age should soften.8827OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Delfino 2012 Zinfandel (Umpqua Valley)ZinfandelDelfino
3055430553FranceThis is a new wine from these enterprising négociants. Fruity, crisp and light, it has a tangy orange zest texture that gives extra brightness. Very fresh and ready to drink.8817ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerHecht & Bannier 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséHecht & Bannier
3055530554USThe Stillwater Creek vineyard bottling of Novelty Hill Syrah shows a bit more concentration than its sibling in 2011, with whiffs of pepper, earth, soy and umami. There's a saline character as well, reflective of the mineral-rich soil, and a pleasant taste of toast in the tannins.Stillwater Creek Vineyard8828WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Novelty Hill 2011 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNovelty Hill
3055630555New ZealandAttractive hints of struck flint give this medium-bodied wine a fumé-like character that nicely accents ripe melon and fig flavors. It's fleshy on the palate, finishing with mouthwatering acids and plenty of length.8816MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOmaka Springs 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancOmaka Springs
3055730556IsraelThis deep violet-red blend offers aromas of black cherry, spearmint and freesia. A bright entry fades to tongue-coating tannins, with flavors of black cherry, menthol and orange zest. Slightly chewy tannins linger through the finish, where they are joined by a lustrous vein of acidity.Marom Series Hillel and Dan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Shiraz88GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOr Haganuz 2011 Marom Series Hillel and Dan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Shiraz Red (Galilee)Red BlendOr Haganuz
3055830557USRich in black cherry, licorice, mocha and oak flavors, this Pinot is showing its best now. Give it a few hours of decanting and pair with steak, lamb and salmon.8845CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPfendler 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPfendler
3055930558ArgentinaLeathery aromas blend well with concentrated black-fruit scents. In the mouth, this value-priced Malbec offers juicy purity and plenty of spunk. Flavors of black fruits, licorice and chocolate maintain a sense of freshness, while the finish offers residual blackberry and cassis flavors.Portillo Estate Bottled8810Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSalentein 2012 Portillo Estate Bottled Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecSalentein
3056030559USRipe, luscious raspberries lend a brambly tone to this dry, invigorating Pinot Noir rosé. The palate is concentrated with summer berry flavors pierced with a stream of tart lemonade acidity.Dry8816New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSilver Thread 2013 Dry Rosé (Finger Lakes)RoséSilver Thread
3056130560ArgentinaSpicy, dry aromas of earth, red currant and black olive offer some complexity and style. This is full bodied, racy and loaded with black cherry, cassis and peppery spice flavors. A touch of heat and menthol adds jolt to the finish.8816Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSottano 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonSottano
3056230561USBone dry and delicately structured, it has good acidity cutting across herb tea, apricot, orange rind and white pepper flavors. The wine shows some true complexity and interest.Rosé of8822CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaStark 2013 Rosé of Grenache (Sonoma County)GrenacheStark
3056330562USTannic and dry, it's one tough wine, stinging the gums. But it has plenty of ripe blackberry, coffee, pepper and toasty flavors, and should age well. Hold onto it until 2019.8840CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaSummers 2011 Petite Sirah (Knights Valley)Petite SirahSummers
3056430563USAromas of rich, concentrated blackberry preserves are accented with spice and char on this medium-bodied wine. Soft acidity adds refreshment to the midpalate, guiding a moderately long finish tinged with granite and fine-grained tannins.Estate8816New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaRaphael 2010 Estate Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotRaphael
3056530564SpainWiry, scratchy raspberry aromas are a touch herbal but stop short of veering toward green. This blend is full, rubbery and a touch sticky in feel. Flavors of blackberry, oak and mint finish with heavy tannins and a resiny, grabby feel.Cala N. 18815Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachTinedo 2009 Cala N. 1 Tempranillo-Shiraz (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)Tempranillo-ShirazTinedo
3056630565SpainJammy but generic berry fruit aromas are crowded by lactic, pasty oak scents and vanilla. The wine is hard as cement in the mouth, with jagged tannins. Flavors of sun-baked raisin and plum fold in chocolate and rubbery notes on a grabby finish that includes residual resiny oak. This could use more time; try after 2016.Lo Mon8838CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachTrossos del Priorat 2010 Lo Mon Red (Priorat)Red BlendTrossos del Priorat
3056730566SpainTarry upfront aromas of berry fruits, pencil lead and shoe polish announce plenty of oak. The mouthfeel on this young Toro is full and grabby, while flavors of blackberry, oak and related mint finish peppery and blackened, with residual minty oak.Vendimia Seleccionada8818Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Mayor 2012 Vendimia Seleccionada (Toro)Tinta de ToroViña Mayor
3056830567ArgentinaRipe plum and berry aromas come with spice notes before a supremely generous palate that's loud and flavorful in blackberry, cassis and black cherry fruit. On the finish, chocolate and oak influences roll in as the tannins subside. For power, flavor and clarity, this is a sure bet.8812Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlamos 2012 Red (Mendoza)Red BlendAlamos
3056930568USAlluring notes of pastry dough, spiced blackberry and strawberry-flavored fruit leather carry onto the succulent, medium- to full-bodied palate. Firm tannins bolster the wine's nutty herbal-tea flavor, and it concludes with a textured finish.Dala8818AmericaArizona Stronghold 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon (America)Cabernet SauvignonArizona Stronghold
3057030569SpainHeavy char and cedar aromas sit atop green-leaning black-fruit scents. This is tight, juicy, acidic and woody on the palate, with shallow black-fruit flavors that are largely covered by charred oak. A zesty, toasted and tangy finish is full of life but falls short on complexity and depth.JME8825Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Muriel 2011 JME (Rioja)GracianoBodegas Muriel

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