Wine Reviews

3435134350France92-94. Barrel sample. A smooth, mellifluous wine, with its intensity masked by tight acidity. It shows the weight of the vintage, and the power of the botrytis that's interspersed with flavors of orange zest and lime. It should age magnificently.Barrel Sample93BordeauxBarsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Coutet 2011 Barrel Sample (Barsac)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Coutet
3435234351France92-94. Barrel sample. A smooth and rich wine that also shows depth of flavor. Wrapped in its tight texture are notes of peach and mango, bitter orange and lemon zest. It's a fine wine that should age for many years.Barrel Sample93BordeauxSauternesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fargues 2011 Barrel Sample (Sauternes)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Fargues
3435334352France92-94. Barrel sample. Herbaceous aromas are followed by nutmeg and crisp fruit. This has the great ripe fruit of the year without the huge intensity; it's a wine that has subtlety as well as complexity.Barrel Sample93BordeauxBarsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Doisy-Daëne 2011 Barrel Sample (Barsac)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Doisy-Daëne
3435434353France92-94. Barrel sample. A ripe and spicy wine, with crisp fruit. The wine has an attractive fruitiness, and its tannins are not aggressive. This shows great final acidity.Barrel Sample93BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lalande-Borie 2011 Barrel Sample (Saint-Julien)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lalande-Borie
3435534354France92-94. Barrel sample. Ripe and sweet tannins combine easily with this wine's juicy fruit and spice notes. All of the elements hang comfortably together.Barrel Sample93BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Ormes de Pez 2011 Barrel Sample (Saint-Estèphe)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Ormes de Pez
3435634355France92-94. Barrel sample. While the wine does have firm tannins, these are layered with open, ripe fruits. There are blackberry flavors, and the wine shows good acidity and a firm finish.Barrel Sample93BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gruaud Larose 2011 Barrel Sample (Saint-Julien)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gruaud Larose
3435734356France92-94. Barrel sample. A solid, chunky wine that feels powerful and dense. Its tannins overlay the ripe fruit, and the finish has a juicy character.Barrel Sample93BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Petit-Village 2011 Barrel Sample (Pomerol)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Petit-Village
3435834357FranceRipe black fruits combine with bitter chocolate and toast from the wood to give a very ripe wine. It is structured at this stage but is likely to ripen and round out over the next 3–4 years to give a rich, smooth, Merlot style.8834BordeauxLalande de PomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sergant 2009 Lalande de PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Sergant
3435934358USPure Chardonnay, Luxe is finished at lower alcohol (at least according to the fact sheets) than the other sparklers in this lineup. It is definitely the wine with the most depth; it has a roundly fruity core of lemon cake and light citrus.Luxe8823WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Domaine Ste. Michelle 2005 Luxe Sparkling (Columbia Valley (WA))Sparkling BlendDomaine Ste. Michelle
3436034359ItalyAlicante is a variant of Grenache (used widely in France, Spain and California) that finds its home only in tiny pockets of Italy, including Maremma, Tuscany. This wine shows enormous spice with tones of scented candle and incense with blackberry and cherry.Querciolaia8830TuscanyMaremmaFattoria Mantellassi 2006 Querciolaia (Maremma)AlicanteFattoria Mantellassi
3436134360USFinished off-dry, this tasty Riesling mixes a core of peach and apricot fruit with interesting streaks of candied pineapple. The acids keep it brisk and refreshing.8813WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Flying Fish 2010 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingFlying Fish
3436234361FranceBertrand's entry-level Corbières red exhibits dark, concentrated berry and cherry fruit aromas and flavors supported by an edge of bay leaves, clover and a soft menthol streak. Well-integrated with medium tannins and a mouth-watering finish.Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre8820Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2009 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre G-S-M (Corbières)G-S-MGérard Bertrand
3436334362USNew oak dominates this Chardonnay, lending buttered toast, vanilla and caramel aromas and flavors, while the underlying fruit veers toward very ripe, sweet pineapples. Made in the modern style, it will appeal to Chardonnay lovers of flash, but ultimately palls for too much upfront sweetness.La Cruz Vineyard8838CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaKeller Estate 2009 La Cruz Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayKeller Estate
3436434363SpainSalinic, crisp and peachy on the nose, with easy, ripe melon aromas to sweeten it up. Shows good body and spritz alongside tropical flavors of orange and melon. Finishes with weight before rolling away with elegance. Punchy and ready to go.8825GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMar de Frades 2010 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoMar de Frades
3436534364ItalyFrom the Maremma (southern Tuscany) estate of the Corsini family, this darkly extracted red wine shows dark red fruit, spice, leather and espresso coffee. It's nicely evolved with tones of cola, cassis and wet river stone. Although the finish shows medium intensity, it does evoke bright fresh fruit.88TuscanyToscanaMarsiliana 2004 Red (Toscana)Red BlendMarsiliana
3436634365ItalyMorellino di Scansano is a soft, approachable expression of Sangiovese from southern Tuscany that pairs with grilled sausage and onions, baked beans or baby back ribs. This expression opens with bright cherry and subtle shadings of spice and tobacco.Tenuta Belguardo Bronzone8830TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoMazzei 2008 Tenuta Belguardo Bronzone (Morellino di Scansano)SangioveseMazzei
3436734366USSoft and dense with dark fruit, almost baked fruit flavors, that veer into nuts and vanilla, an easy-drinking Zin blended with a smidge of Zin from the 2009 and 2010 vintages as well as 7% Petite Sirah crafted by a Lodi producer to watch.Equity8824CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMcCay Cellars 2008 Equity Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelMcCay Cellars
3436834367USRestrained, with sharp acidity and cranberry-flavored fruit, this tart and tight effort should improve further with more bottle age. One third of the barrels were new French oak.8826WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Michael Florentino 2009 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancMichael Florentino
3436934368ChileCoconut and vanilla are the lead aromas, while there's leather and ripe berry and cassis below the surface. Feels tight, juicy and prickly, with zesty acidity and typical Chilean Cabernet flavors of leafy berry, earth, tobacco and oaky vanilla. Feels snappy and tight as it finishes with oaky, leafy flavors.Alwa8837Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2007 Alwa Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendAnakena
3437034369USNo doubt this is mountain grown Zin, still tight but revealing nice aromatics of cherry and spicy licorice on the finish, accompanied by a healthy helping of espresso, wrapped in smooth tannins all around. Should only get better over the next year or two.8824CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneAndis 2009 Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelAndis
3437134370ItalyThis elegant blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo displays fragrant floral aromas of red roses, violets and dried lavender. There's fruit, too, but it takes the shape of cassis and dried berries. The wine finishes with polished tannins and a smoky touch of white mushrooms or leather.Trefiano8850TuscanyCarmignanoCapezzana 2006 Trefiano (Carmignano)Red BlendCapezzana
3437234371FranceFor ten bucks, you really can't go wrong with this Grenache-dominated blend. Purple florals and garrigue spice flood the nose, while fruity flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry keep things rich and juicy in the mouth. Well-balanced with dusty but supporting tannins and an integrated, oak-infused sweetness on the finish.Nom de Guerre8813Languedoc-RoussillonSaint-ChinianLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLes Vignobles Foncalieu 2009 Nom de Guerre Red (Saint-Chinian)Rhône-style Red BlendLes Vignobles Foncalieu
3437334372SpainBright and aggressive for Llopart, with lively orange and apricot aromas. Frothy to the point of being bubbly, with ripe, bouncy pink grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Stays racy and citrusy on the finish. All fruit; not complex.Rosé Brut Reserva8822CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachLlopart 2008 Rosé Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendLlopart
3437434373ItalyFrom a noble Italian family that has been making wine since the 13th century, this oak-aged Tuscan red displays a crisp, clean, linear style. It's a straightforward wine with immediate aromas of red berry, leather and spice.Mazzaferrata8844TuscanyColli della Toscana CentraleMarchesi Gondi 2005 Mazzaferrata Cabernet Sauvignon (Colli della Toscana Centrale)Cabernet SauvignonMarchesi Gondi
3437534374USPure Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Gamache, Stillwater Creek and Red Mountain vineyards. Berry, cherry and plum fruit flavors fill the mouth, gaining strength and detail as they broaden out across the palate. Highlights of loam and tobacco fill in the finish, with just a slight suggestion of alcohol burn.Acquisition8849WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Market Vineyards 2008 Acquisition Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonMarket Vineyards
3437634375ItalyThis well-priced blend of Sangiovese (70%) and Merlot offers friendly and approachable aromas of ripe berry fruit, blackberry jam, spice and light touches of leather and tobacco. The fresh finish makes it a perfect Tuscan red to pair with ravioli stuffed with minced meat or cheese.Badiola8815TuscanyToscanaMazzei 2009 Badiola Red (Toscana)Red BlendMazzei
3437734376USTwo thirds Grenache, the rest a mix of Tempranillo, Syrah and Counoise, this smooth and fruity red has a pleasing, lively mouthfeel. It carries a hint of moist, clean earth, and finishes with a lick of mocha.Miscolato8822WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Michael Florentino 2008 Miscolato Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendMichael Florentino
3437834377ItalyHere's an innovative approach to a super Tuscan. Instead of using international grapes, Otto Rintocchi is a motley blend of indigenous varieties (Sangiovese, Foglia Tonda, Barsaglina and Colorino). It shows dark, meaty aromas of bresaola, Indian spice and dark fruit.Otto Rintocchi8839TuscanyToscanaMocine 2007 Otto Rintocchi Red (Toscana)Red BlendMocine
3437934378USThis Cab opens with soy and molasses and then moves seamlessly into a mouthful of blackberry jam. Dense, it's still young but should develop well.Garcia Family Vineyard8833CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneMost Wanted Winery 2008 Garcia Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonMost Wanted Winery
3438034379USStiff and tart, this young wine needs a few more years of cellaring to fill itself out. The balance is right, and the vineyard's full-bodied tannins are there in abundance.Champoux Vineyard8828WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine O•S Winery 2009 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet FrancO•S Winery

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