Wine Reviews

3060130600FranceDark tannins dominate in this wine that has an austere side. The fruit under this dark structure is full of juicy black fruit flavors. The combination of the powerful texture and the ripe fruit has produced one of the best vintages from this chateau for many years. Drink from 2018.93BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Trottevieille 2011 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Trottevieille
3060230601AustriaJust-ripe green pears and scented spring flowers make this a charming proposition. Underneath, a firm and concentrated body unfolds into a refreshing and long finish.Wahre Werte Reserve9226KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeixelbaum 2012 Wahre Werte Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerWeixelbaum
3060330602AustriaGolden and restrained, this wine does not give too much away on the nose. But the spicily soft palate delivers with a brilliant, lemon-zesty acidity well couched in mineral midpalate concentration with an enduring finish.Heiligenstein Reserve92KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHiedler 2012 Heiligenstein Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingHiedler
3060430603AustriaJust faint touches of ripe, yellow pear appear on the nose, suggesting how tightly closed this wine still is. However, the generous palate is full of both green and yellow pears and injections of grapefruit acidity. Tight and long, it's best kept for a while. Drink as of 2016.Thal Reserve92KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHiedler 2012 Thal Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerHiedler
3060530604AustriaClean-cut and zesty with the tang of grapefruit peel, a concentrated midpalate and a refreshing dryness, this Riesling shows elegance, power and lip-smacking lemon finish. Shy now, it will reveal more power with bottle age. Drink as of 2017.Heiligenstein Reserve9228KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHirsch 2012 Heiligenstein Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingHirsch
3060630605AustriaSlender citrus zestiness is the theme here: is it bergamot or lime? The wonderfully rich core of phenolics provides heft and pith with a touch of white pepper here and there and a mossy savouriness that provides welcome refreshment.1000 Eimerberg Smaragd92WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLagler 2012 1000 Eimerberg Smaragd Neuburger (Wachau)NeuburgerLagler
3060730606ChileSpiced cherry, plum and dry oak aromas drive the nose. The palate is plump, fruity and creamy feeling, with woody, resiny flavors of plum and raspberry. The finish is oaky and a bit hot, with mint and pepper notes.Nimbus Single Vineyard8820Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2011 Nimbus Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirViña Casablanca
3060830607FranceStructured and balanced, this wine has great fruits that go with the tannins and rich texture. There is an unusually low amount of Merlot (60%) with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc for the area, yet there is a strongly juicy feel to the wine that gives a generous side. It is developing well; drink from 2016.8818BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Godard Bellevue 2012 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Godard Bellevue
3060930608FranceSpicy wood gives this wine a smooth character. It also adds lift, allowing the rich black fruits to speak out. Acidity is well integrated into the tannins and balanced character of the wine. It's one of seven Bordeaux properties in the Yung family since 1962. Drink from 2016.8820BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Hauts de Palette 2012 Cadillac Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Hauts de Palette
3061030609FranceThe wine is all fruit initially and then the firmer tannins kick in. It has a strongly tannic core that leaves the wine dry and tough after 12 months in barrel. The fruit weight should broaden the wine out, giving black fruitiness in the future. Drink from 2017.8817BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Roquevieille 2012 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Roquevieille
3061130610USThe Black Eyed Peas' singer Fergie and renowned winemaker Joey Tensley present an in-your-face Viognier, deeply yellow, nearing brown in color, with aromas of dried apricot, honey-roasted nuts and smoky mezcal with lime. Lush flavors of burnt orange peel, smoke and Scotch whisky make for an intriguing drink, certainly not for those seeking a dainty white wine.8828CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFerguson Crest 2010 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)ViognierFerguson Crest
3061230611USLight in oak and mid-weight all in all, this Chardonnay from a cooler sub-section of the Napa Valley is replete with baked apple veering into dried fruit character and a touch of vanilla.Blondie Gone Wild Red Hen Vineyard8833CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneIdeology 2012 Blondie Gone Wild Red Hen Vineyard Chardonnay (Oak Knoll District)ChardonnayIdeology
3061330612USGrenache's essential fruity character is well-preserved thanks to the use of a whole berry press. Popcorn pink in color, it offers sweetly peachy flavors adorned by wild strawberry and tangerine. The wine light and minerally.Pauline's Vineyard Rosé8824CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKokomo 2013 Pauline's Vineyard Rosé Grenache (Dry Creek Valley)GrenacheKokomo
3061430613FranceThis soft, ripe Pinot Noir manages to balance the fragrant red fruits with a gentle massage of wood aging. A firm layer of tannins gives structure and it is ready to drink.Trois Châteaux8842AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerKuentz-Bas 2011 Trois Châteaux Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirKuentz-Bas
3061530614ItalyAromas of oak, toast, mature plum, blue flower and spice lead the nose. The palate offers black cherry, vanilla, toasted oak and mocha alongside extremely astringent tannins that leave a tongue-drying finish.Rocche dell'Annunziata8866PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMario Gagliasso 2010 Rocche dell'Annunziata (Barolo)NebbioloMario Gagliasso
3061630615BulgariaAromas of lemon zest and freshly cut grass abound on the nose. Flavors of lemon curd and lemon pith bring nuance to the palate.Veni Vidi Vici889Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysVini 2013 Veni Vidi Vici Chardonnay (Thracian Valley)ChardonnayVini
3061730616ItalyThis vineyard-designate Barbaresco features aromas of espresso, toasted oak and baked black fruit. The palate offers roasted coffee bean, vanilla and dried cherry alongside drying wood tannins.Asili8795PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMichele Chiarlo 2011 Asili (Barbaresco)NebbioloMichele Chiarlo
3061830617ItalyAromas of mature plum, blackberry, toasted oak and vanilla carry over to the palate along with coffee and espresso. Raspy wood tannins give an astringent finish.Basarin8750PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoccagatta 2011 Basarin (Barbaresco)NebbioloMoccagatta
3061930618USRipe in strawberry and pineapple and dark pinkish-orange in color, this is straightforward and dry. Smooth and tangy to drink, it's accented in a citrus finish akin to fresh-pressed juice.Alice's Vineyards Rosato di8724CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMuscardini 2013 Alice's Vineyards Rosato di Sangiovese (Sonoma Valley)SangioveseMuscardini
3062030619ChileMildly grassy, barnyard aromas are balanced by ripe berry and cassis tones. This shows a playful palate of jammy blackberry flavors tinged with gravel. On the finish, it's earthy but a bit flat, with a heavy weight. Drink through 2016.Estate Bottled Gran Reserva8719Aconcagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPorta 2012 Estate Bottled Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Aconcagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPorta
3062130620FranceThis is a crisp and inviting sparkling wine, with bright notes of citrus and apple that are accented by hints of toast. An approachable and wallet-friendly quaff, perfect for holiday entertaining.Brut Estate Bottled8712Languedoc-RoussillonBlanquette de LimouxLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSaint-Hilaire 2011 Brut Estate Bottled Sparkling (Blanquette de Limoux)Sparkling BlendSaint-Hilaire
3062230621ItalyPretty aromas recall Golden Delicious apples and white peach. The bright palate delivers apricot, pear and lemon zest accented with a ginger note, while crisp acidity leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.Freschetto8715Central ItalyOrvietoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeScambia 2012 Freschetto (Orvieto)White BlendScambia
3062330622ItalyFruity aromas of ripe red berry and mature plum are accompanied by whiffs of baking spice and fennel. The palate offers oak, espresso, licorice and toast framed by astringent, woody tannins.Valeirano8741PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAda Nada 2011 Valeirano (Barbaresco)NebbioloAda Nada
3062430623South AfricaAn interesting blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinotage and 20% Chardonnay, this sparkling rosé boasts bright aromas and flavors of watermelon rind, strawberry hull, peach pit and citrus rind. It's soft and approachable, with a subtle smoky spice tone to the finish.Méthode Cap Classique Brut Rosé8724Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBoschendal NV Méthode Cap Classique Brut Rosé Sparkling (Western Cape)Sparkling BlendBoschendal
3062530624FranceThis rich and rounded wine comes from the flat lands of Saint-Émilion, giving it a soft and gentle feel. Acidity and ripe black fruits dominate the light structure. It's a wine for medium-term aging, ripe and ready to drink from 2016.8730BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jacques Noir 2011 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Jacques Noir
3062630625FranceA year's barrel aging has given this firm and very rich wine a spicy character. That marries with the licorice and bitter chocolate to give a ripe, extracted and dense wine. It needs a few years to bring out more of the juicy plum fruitiness. Drink from 2017.8712BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Manon la Lagune 2012 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Manon la Lagune
3062730626FranceProduced from young vines at Château Phélan-Ségur, this is a rich, spicy and open wine. It is bursting with fruitiness, packed with blackberries and with a rounded texture. Drink from 2016.La Croix Bonis8729BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Phélan-Ségur 2011 La Croix Bonis (Saint-Estèphe)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Phélan-Ségur
3062830627South AfricaA blend of 86% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir, this is a subtle and delicate méthode cap classique. Notes of pear flesh, red apple and orange rind unfold on the nose and mouth. The palate is fresh and lively, thanks to medium acidity and brisk carbonation, while a hint of toast graces the finish.Christina Van Loveren Méthode Cap Classique Limited Release8719RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzVan Loveren NV Christina Van Loveren Méthode Cap Classique Limited Release Sparkling (Robertson)Sparkling BlendVan Loveren
3062930628USFermented in both tank and new acacia barrels, there's definitely a depth of woodiness on the opening aromas. This is followed by a creaminess of texture on the palate, the taste leaning toward pear, vanilla and fresh melon. The finish is first creamy, then crisp, veering on spritzy.Timber Crest Vineyard8720CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKokomo 2013 Timber Crest Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancKokomo
3063030629USBrisk nectarine and just a touch of apple frame the nose, and warmer, expressive flavors of peach make for a perfect poolside beverage.8720CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLa Crema 2013 Pinot Gris (Monterey)Pinot GrisLa Crema

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