Wine Reviews


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3327133270FranceThere is no question of the grape in this 100% Négrette wine. It shouts the violet perfumes and firm young tannins with a juicy black fruit layer. The wine is more fruit than tannin, with a fresh red fruit aftertaste. Drink from the end of 2016.On l'appelle8715Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Coutinel 2015 On l'appelle Negrette (Fronton)NegretteChâteau Coutinel
3327233271FranceThe wild perfumes of the Négrette dominate this wine. Giving aromas of roses and beetroot and black fruit flavors, it is firm with young tannins. The wine is still developing and should age at least until 2018.8718Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Flotis 2012 Red (Fronton)Red BlendChâteau Flotis
3327333272FranceProduced from Malbec and fashionably pale, this wine is named after Julie Perrin, daughter of owner Alain-Dominique Perrin. It is light and deliciously crisp and refreshing. Bone dry, it is certainly a food rosé, although with its light raspberry flavor it will also be good as an apéritif. Julie Perrin, an artist, worked on the blend and created the château watercolor on the bottle.Le Rosé de Julie8725Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrézette 2015 Le Rosé de Julie Rosé (Côtes du Lot)RoséChâteau Lagrézette
3327433273PortugalThis wine is full of the ripe fruit as well as the mineral tannins typical of the Douro. It is a blend of typical grapes with a dominance of Touriga Franca. The wood aging has given the ripe black currant flavors a smooth, rounded character as well as adding spice. Drink this wine now.Contraste Tinto8719DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerConceito Vinhos 2013 Contraste Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedConceito Vinhos
3327533274USThis wine opens with a curious aroma of fried foods, like hashed browns from a diner, before finding its sense of black fruit, mild spice and leather. Dry and somewhat puckering on the palate, it's full bodied and powerfully concentrated.8745CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCorner 103 2013 Tempranillo (Alexander Valley)TempranilloCorner 103
3327633275USThis tasty and full-bodied blend of Rhône varieties has an attractive, spicy, oak aroma that continues through the flavors. It finds ripe black-cherry notes in the core and enough concentration to form a lingering finish.Dante's Inferno8736CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDante Robere 2013 Dante's Inferno Red (California)Rhône-style Red BlendDante Robere
3327733276ItalyThis vibrant red opens with aromas of wet soil, underbrush, cured meat and a whiff of oak. The lively palate offers dried black cherry, cranberry, ground pepper and star anise alongside dusty, almost grainy, tannins that leave a rather raspy finish.Novecento Riserva8735TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDievole 2013 Novecento Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseDievole
3327833277FranceThis predominately Duras wine is fresh and fruity with an attractive depth of smoky tannins and structure. It is rich enough to age although its red currant fruitiness is delicious and juicy now. Drink now, or age until 2018.Cuvée des Drilles8715Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine d'Escausses 2014 Cuvée des Drilles Red (Gaillac)Red BlendDomaine d'Escausses
3327933278ItalyAromas of toast and grilled herb lead the way on this straightforward red. The light-bodied palate offers wild cherry, orange peel and a coffee note alongside racy acidity and fine-grained but fleeting tannins.Bramosia8719TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDonna Laura 2014 Bramosia (Chianti Classico)Red BlendDonna Laura
3328033279USRich cherry blossoms and dried strawberry-cherry paste aromas make for a very fruit-forward bottling. The palate is grippy with tannins that long hold attention, with dark red fruit and cinnamon flavors.Estate8718CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEOS 2013 Estate Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelEOS
3328133280ItalyNew leather, menthol, ripe berry and Asian spice aromas emerge in the glass while the firm palate offers dried black cherry, pomegranate, star anise and a hint of game. You'll also notice a green note of powdered sage. Assertive, close-grained tannins squeeze the finish.Lenzi Riserva8737TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria di Petroio 2011 Lenzi Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseFattoria di Petroio
3328233281USThis clonal study blends rich black cherry and sassafras notes with cola, savory herbs, strong iron and slight scorched rubber aromas. The palate jumps from a red cherry and cranberry tartness right into a toasted sage and pencil-lead character.Pommard Clone8755CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2013 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFess Parker
3328333282ItalyThis soft, easy-drinking red opens with aromas of French oak, plum, vanilla and a sprinkling of clove. The juicy, straightforward palate offers black cherry, coffee and a hint of anise alongside round tannins and bright acidity. Enjoy through 2017.87TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFonte alla Selva 2014 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendFonte alla Selva
3328433283SpainHeavy aromas of baked berry fruits and raisin suggest a bit of overripeness. On the palate, that take is confirmed by chunky weight offset by natural acidity. Flavors of oak barrel, raisin and tart plum cover a wide spectrum, while this blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carignan finishes long, with black-fruit flavors. Drink now.Barón de Lajoyosa Gran Reserva8725Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachIgnacio Marín 2005 Barón de Lajoyosa Gran Reserva Red (Cariñena)Red BlendIgnacio Marín
3328533284SpainFloral white-fruit aromas come with a pyrazinic scent of sweat. This feels solid, with modest acidity. Candied flavors of mango, lychee and melon blend with pyrazine-driven notes of grape skins and bitterness.Botani8718AndaluciaMálagaMichael Schachner@wineschachJorge Ordóñez & Co. 2014 Botani Moscato (Málaga)MoscatoJorge Ordóñez & Co.
3328633285USThis is a firm, almost fleshy style, with solid peach fruit and highlights of grapefruit pith and rind. It emphasizes fruit over flower, and finishes quite dry.8724OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2014 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingTorii Mor
3328733286ItalyThis bright, easygoing red offers aromas of truffle, chopped herb and wild berry. The fresh, easy-drinking palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, white pepper and star anise alongside racy acidity and pliant tannins. Drink soon.8716TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeValdipiatta 2014 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendValdipiatta
3328833287USReaching back into the 19th century, this wine revives an old-style label design, while putting a very modern spin on the blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Light cherry fruit mixes with both herbal and slightly vegetal streaks.Pioneer Label8735OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Valley View 2011 Pioneer Label Tempranillo (Oregon)TempranilloValley View
3328933288ItalyFragrant blue flower and wild red berry aromas lift out of the glass on this straightforward red. The fresh, easygoing palate delivers crushed Morello cherry and a hint of baking spice alongside supple tannins and bright acidity.8715TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBibbiano 2014 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendBibbiano
3329033289ItalySubdued aromas of red plum, baking spice and a warm, yeasty whiff that recalls bread dough come together on this 90% Sangiovese and 10% Mammolo blend. The simple, lively palate offers tart sour cherry and orange peel accompanied by zesty acidity.Prugnolo8720TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBoscarelli 2014 Prugnolo (Rosso di Montepulciano)Red BlendBoscarelli
3329133290USSoft and juicy in black cherry and plum, this wine offers good value in its blend of girth and acidity. It piques interest on the palate with its toned black licorice and velvety structure.Estate8736CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuehler 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBuehler
3329233291PortugalThis intriguing blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho is surprisingly effective. It benefits from the ripe, perfumed character of the Verdelho which dominates the palate. There is background freshness given by the Sauvignon. It's a ripe, full-bodied wine that is ready to drink.8720Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Ermelinda Freitas 2014 White (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese WhiteCasa Ermelinda Freitas
3329333292ItalyRed berry, tilled soil and blue flower aromas take center stage on this easygoing red. The bright palate shows juicy Marasca and a hint of cinnamon alongside brisk acidity and lithe tannins. It's made for sheer drinking pleasure so enjoy soon.8722TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Meleto 2013 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendCastello di Meleto
3329433293USAromas like black olive, clove and dark cherry continue in the flavors of this full-flavored and full-bodied wine. Mellow oak notes like cedar and tobacco add complexity.deb-ru-vée8736CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLongevity 2011 deb-ru-vée Red (California)Red BlendLongevity
3329533294GermanyBuoyant floral perfume contrasts a slightly restrained palate that's more mineral than fruit. Off dry in style with delicate tones of honey and caramel, it finishes brisk and clean.Niersteiner Gutes Domtal Spätlese8713RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaGustav Adolf Schmitt 2014 Niersteiner Gutes Domtal Spätlese Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingGustav Adolf Schmitt
3329633295SpainThis white blend from the Salamanca area relies on local grapes like Palomino and Rufete Blanco. It's almost fruitless on the nose, while the palate feels chunky. High acidity bolsters citrus flavors, while the finish exhibits mild oxidation and a leesy quality. Drink now.Teso Blanco8722Central SpainSierra de SalamancaMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Zorra 2013 Teso Blanco White (Sierra de Salamanca)White BlendLa Zorra
3329733296ChileA dark, toasty nose offers a hint of horseradish and char along with herbal black-fruit scents. This is chunky and fleshy on the palate, with good balance. Herbal plum and spicy berry flavors are common, while the finish holds up.Reserva Sepia8712Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2013 Reserva Sepia Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVistamar
3329833297ItalyAromas of mature berry, tilled soil and a whiff of dark spice unfold on this young red. The vibrant, straightforward palate offers easy-drinking pleasure, doling out juicy wild cherry and star anise alongside loose knit, glossy tannins and bright acidity.Vigna Cavarchione8735TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIstine 2013 Vigna Cavarchione (Chianti Classico)Red BlendIstine
3329933298FranceThe wine is so fresh, bright and crisp. It has great acidity that comes from the lively red berry fruits. The tangy aftertaste and breezy acidity make this a great apéritif style for the summer.L'Allégresse8714Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bellevue la Forêt 2015 L'Allégresse Rosé (Fronton)RoséChâteau Bellevue la Forêt
3330033299ChileA note of brine rests on top on an otherwise dry, earthy, red-fruit bouquet. Punchy tannins create mild pinch, while earthy plum flavors carry a note of leather. A crisp, zesty finish with mild oak and spice notes closes this out.Reserva Estate Bottled8710Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2014 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirChilensis

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