Wine Reviews

3456134560FranceA wine that combines richness with a great structure. It is ripe, smoky, the red fruits rich and concentrated. A wine that is packed with juicy fruit and also with a good aging potential.92BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Terrière 2009 Moulin-à-VentGamayChâteau de la Terrière
3456234561FranceA finely perfumed wine, touched with wood, Beaujolais in a Burgundy style, structured and with intense acidity. It is packed with firm tannins, surrounded by a lively cherry and rich fruit character.Clos du Grand Carquelin9234BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Jacques 2010 Clos du Grand Carquelin (Moulin-à-Vent)GamayChâteau des Jacques
3456334562USFew Pinot Noirs are as delicious right out of the bottle. Dazzles with tiers of raspberry and cherry tart, smoky pie crust, cinnamon and nutmeg spices and a sweet squirt of vanilla. For all the richness, it's dry and crisp. Drink now with seared tuna, lamb chops, beef tenderloin.La Terre Promise9248CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaDomaine Carneros 2008 La Terre Promise Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirDomaine Carneros
3456434563FranceSuch a concentrated wine, with the intensity of red Burgundy but with the juiciness of Beaujolais. Swathes of smooth fruit wash around the palate, coupled with a touch of minerality and a dense texture. Age for 2–3 years and more.Champ de Cour92BeaujolaisMoulin-à-VentRoger Voss@vossrogerJacques Charlet 2009 Champ de Cour (Moulin-à-Vent)GamayJacques Charlet
3456534564SpainDeep, sweet and lusty on the nose, with a hint of animal and whole lot of black fruit. The palate is saturated and jammy, with roasted, ripe berry flavors and a ripe, silky finish. Not hard or tannic in the least, with a spot of Priorat's patented schisty minerality. Drink now through 2015.Les Eres Especial dels Carners92122CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachJoan Simó 2006 Les Eres Especial dels Carners Red (Priorat)Red BlendJoan Simó
3456634565USJust gorgeous, a wine to linger over with the finest food. Bone dry and crisp in acidity, it shows subtle flavors of sour cherry candy, persimmons and spices. Sweet, smoky oak is perfectly integrated. One of the best Pinot Noirs of the vintage in this price range and a comparative bargain.9230CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaLa Follette 2009 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirLa Follette
3456734566FranceApart from making its own branded wines, the go-ahead Buzet cooperative sells a number of wines from privately-owned estates. This wine is firmly in the tradition of Bordeaux blends, with its dry tannins and firm, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. It would be worth aging for 2 more years.Château de Gueyze8922Southwest FranceBuzetRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buzet 2005 Château de Gueyze Red (Buzet)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVignerons de Buzet
3456834567ItalyHere's a fresh and lively super Tuscan blend that would make a fantastic companion to roasted lasagna with ground beef and hearty tomato sauce. The wine is soft, velvety and layered with mature aromas of red berry, spice, leather and tobacco.Albatro89TuscanyToscanaMáté 2006 Albatro Red (Toscana)Red BlendMáté
3456934568SpainCrisp, clean and minerally on the nose, with apple and green-fruit aromas. It has a round, smooth feel and flavors of peach, apple and citrus that will enliven the palate and aid almost any seafood, vegetable or salad. A natural wine with just enough powdery sweetness to raise a smile.8918GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachNora 2009 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoNora
3457034569USIf you're looking for a truly bone-dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes, look no further than Ravines. It's uncharacteristically austere for the region, with a lean, light body and a mineral laden, wet-stone palate. Lots of freshly squeezed lime juice and a citrus rind finish makes this an elegant, drinkable choice.Argetsinger Vineyard Dry8925New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRavines 2008 Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingRavines
3457134570SpainBaked, earthy and leathery, just like all the AN wines. But there's also a smooth intersection of the old and new worlds here; it's one part rooty, oaky and rich but also dry, leathery and indigenous to the Balearics (the base grape is Callet). Finishes a little sweet and warm, and thus it's begging to be drunk now.Àn8950Spanish IslandsVi de la Terra Illes BalearsMichael Schachner@wineschachÀnima Negra 2006 Àn Red (Vi de la Terra Illes Balears)Red BlendÀnima Negra
3457234571SpainA delicious wine and very much the model for value in Spanish Garnacha. That this has 25% Tempranillo only seems to make it better; the nose is sweet but full and plummy. The palate is pure, flavorful and sweet, with baked cherry, earthiness and a hint of chocolate. A wine to buy in quantity, i.e. by the case.898Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2009 Red (Campo de Borja)Red BlendBorsao
3457334572ItalyDelivers a rich and food friendly blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine is loaded with cherry and black fruit with a rich, but not over extracted personality.Ruith Hora89TuscanyBolgheriCaccia al Piano 1868 2008 Ruith Hora (Bolgheri)Red BlendCaccia al Piano 1868
3457434573ItalyBaia al Vento (windy bay) is a mostly Merlot-based wine (with tiny percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) with big, ripe, chewy fruit at its core. The aromas include sweet cherry, jammy blackberry and cured meat.Baia al Vento89TuscanyBolgheri SuperioreCampo al Mare 2007 Baia al Vento (Bolgheri Superiore)Red BlendCampo al Mare
3457534574PortugalRounded and smooth, with some Alvarinho in the blend (which explains the regional appellation), giving weight, full-bodied richness to go with bright green fruits. There is just a final touch of wood.Pó de Poeira Branco89DurienseRoger Voss@vossrogerPoeira 2009 Pó de Poeira Branco White (Duriense)Portuguese WhitePoeira
3457634575PortugalA fine balance between the nuttiness of aged tawny and ripe sweet fruit makes an attractive, mellow yet tangy wine. The sweetness is given liveliness by the final acidity.Quinta da Ervamoira 10-Year-Old Tawny8941PortRoger Voss@vossrogerRamos-Pinto NV Quinta da Ervamoira 10-Year-Old Tawny (Port)PortRamos-Pinto
3457734576FranceStill showing its tannins, this wine is developing well. It is relatively light in texture, the sweet berry fruits balanced with a layer of acidity.89BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Corbin Manuel 2004 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Corbin Manuel
3457834577FranceWith some weight behind the firm tannins, this is beginning to develop into a dense and powerful wine. It has black plum and berry fruits and a layer of fresher strawberry juice. Throughout there are dry tannins to hold the structure together.89BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour Coutelin 2007 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour Coutelin
3457934578New ZealandPossibly just in a sullen phase, this reserve bottling from Craggy's home vineyard is dominated for the moment by smoke and cedar on the nose, and while there is some cherry fruit apparent in the mouth, it doesn't appear to be fully expressing itself. The impression is of a wine that's tightly coiled and may yet improve with another year or two of aging.Te Muna Aroha8970MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCraggy Range 2006 Te Muna Aroha Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirCraggy Range
3458034579PortugalWood-aged wine, very rich and opulent. It has great layers of spice, guava, sweet nectarine, along with a light citrus touch. It feels high in alcohol, which is a shame.Olho de Mocho Reserva Branco8925AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Rocim 2009 Olho de Mocho Reserva Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteHerdade do Rocim
3458134580AustraliaToasty and citrusy, this is a prototypical méthode Champenoise sparkler, blending Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from the cool island of Tasmania, off Australia's southern coast. It's medium in weight, with a crisp lemony finish that invites a second sip.Premium Cuvée Brut8920TasmaniaTasmaniaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJansz NV Premium Cuvée Brut Sparkling (Tasmania)Sparkling BlendJansz
3458234581USSteely and stony in texture and underlying minerality, this medium-bodied effort shows a wealth of floral aromatics, along with lighthearted melon and green apple. A lushness to the finish is welcoming and complex.Indian Springs Ranch9024CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacLeod 2016 Indian Springs Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Valley)Sauvignon BlancMacLeod
3458334582FranceThis orange-tinted, medium-pink rosé is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Grenache Blanc. It's medium in weight, with understated cherry-berry fruit balanced by the suggestion of wet stone. Drink now.Domaine des Hunaudieres9014Rhône ValleyLuberonJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaison Denuzière 2016 Domaine des Hunaudieres Rosé (Luberon)RoséMaison Denuzière
3458434583AustriaA restrained nose softly hints at tart berry and citrus. The palate is fresh but less precise when it comes to fruit: the body is light, dry and fresh, with a lasting note of citrus zestiness. With a clean finish and a tiny hint of grip, it's a wonderful rosé for the table.Vom Kalk9015BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkus Altenburger 2016 Vom Kalk Rosé (Burgenland)RoséMarkus Altenburger
3458534584USThe aromas lean a bit into the green but not in an untoward way, with notes of parsley and other green herbs in front of pencil lead and black fruit. The dark-fruit flavors bring a sense of restraint and polish that carries throughout the finish.9055WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMatthews 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMatthews
3458634585USPleasing aromas of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, smoke and blue and red berries lead to a palate full of plump fruit flavors with barrel accents throughout. It's a very pretty and elegant expression of the variety.9041WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNorthstar 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotNorthstar
3458734586SpainSaucy, gritty aromas of molasses, savory plum and road tar are more dark and brooding than fruity. This blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot is tight and collected on the palate, with gritty, oaky flavors of blackberry and dark plum. A peppery, spicy finish gets much of its taste from the barrel. Drink through 2023.Crianza9057Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachPago de Carraovejas 2014 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)Red BlendPago de Carraovejas
3458834587ItalyMade entirely with Timorasso, this opens with aromas of acacia flower, lemon peel and a whiff of hazelnut. The vibrant palate offers citrus zest, McIntosh apple and a touch of raw almond alongside bright acidity. Drink 2016 through 2022.9025PiedmontColli TortonesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Carpini 2013 Timorasso (Colli Tortonesi)TimorassoI Carpini
3458934588AustriaThe grounded, earthy roundness of oak is immediately apparent on the nose, adding floral notes of hay and fresh field mushroom. On the pliable palate, aromatic, pale apple notes play with a touch of citrus and evocative hayflower notes. The body is light, with crisp freshness and a little midpalate texture. It finishes clean and bright.Sinner9025BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPrieler 2016 Sinner Chardonnay (Burgenland)ChardonnayPrieler
3459034589USThis wine is made from two exceptionally cool coastal sites: Platt, a single-vineyard in its own right; and Martinelli Charles Ranch Vineyard. The wine follows suit, allowing for a concentrated take on golden apple and stony minerality, the nose crisp and focused in salty, floral notes.9040CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRamey 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayRamey

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