Wine Reviews


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3513135130USAlthough the challenging vintage resulted in just a half-ton per acre of Chardonnay in this dry appellation (a third of its normal yield), this wine is fantastic. Flinty and smoky aromas lead to Gala apple, white peach and lemon peel on the nose, while the palate combines salt, grapefruit pith and seared apple flavors. A sharp line of acidity brings it all into balance.Fortieth Anniversary Vintage9142CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCalera 2015 Fortieth Anniversary Vintage Chardonnay (Mt. Harlan)ChardonnayCalera
3513235131FranceFrom an old vineyard on chalky soil, this wine has some concentration as well as a tight mineral texture. This is warm and ripe as well as fruity and crisp. It is a rich wine that has also retained crispness and great acidity. Drink from the end of 2017 or even early 2018.Les Deux Anges9125ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Escarelle 2016 Les Deux Anges Rosé (Coteaux Varois en Provence)RoséChâteau de l'Escarelle
3513335132FranceThis is a ripe, beautifully balanced wine. It has the extra richness and density that comes from a wine produced from vines close to Mont Sainte-Victoire. Full of raspberry and orange fruits, it has a pleasantly tangy, herbal edge on the finish. Drink now.Terre Promise9120ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Henri Bonnaud 2016 Terre Promise Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)RoséChâteau Henri Bonnaud
3513435133FranceA very pale wine—it's just barely pink. With Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, it has a fine structured character that gives the wine weight. There are also refreshingly attractive red-berry fruits and a ripe aftertaste. Drink this complex wine from late 2017.Secret de Léoube9140ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Léoube 2016 Secret de Léoube Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Léoube
3513535134USCassis and elderberry scents pair perfectly with tobacco and loamy dust aromas in this serious blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. Tobacco accents the black fruit on the palate as well, with dill, anise and charcoal touches. It's firmly structured and bone dry.Mon Amor9145CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCoquelicot 2013 Mon Amor Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCoquelicot
3513635135USThis wine wears its high alcohol well, appearing light in the glass and delivering loads of chaparral spice, sandalwood, beet, rhubarb and earthy dust scents on the nose. Although light in body, the palate boasts an underlying juiciness, packed with cranberry, thyme and pencil shaving flavors.Sharen's Vineyard9148CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCottonwood Canyon 2012 Sharen's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirCottonwood Canyon
3513735136FranceWith vineyards located in the small range of mountains known as the Alpilles (little Alps), this wine comes from a beautiful organic estate. The wine, with its full range of Provence grapes in the blend, is packed with red fruits. It has a tight texture that points up the fruitiness. Drink this finely structured wine now.9120ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine d'Eole 2016 Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséDomaine d'Eole
3513835137USThere's a cut of acidity that slices through the richness, interfering with the palate's enjoyment of this dry, silky Pinot Noir. Its flavors are of cherry tart, with the sweet, smoky crust, and a splash of cherry liqueur. Drink now.Rosella's Vineyard8775CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastBernardus 2008 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirBernardus
3513935138ArgentinaDeep and sultry aromas of black fruit, mineral and toast mix with licorice gum drop and leather to form a good bouquet. The palate, however, runs more sharp than expected, with high acidity propelling lean, narrow pie-cherry flavors. A bit hollow but fresh and pure. Starts better than it ends. 70% Malbec and 30% Corvina.Paso Doble Malbec-Corvina8717Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachMasi Tupungato 2008 Paso Doble Malbec-Corvina Red (Tupungato)Red BlendMasi Tupungato
3514035139USAn ambitious wine that aims for the fences and hits a double. It's soft and super-fruity, with the sweet, extracted flavors of blackberries and cherries, liberally enhanced with oak, that characterize modern Napa cult-style Cabs. But it lacks some depth and complexity, especially at this inflated price.Hillside Grown87104CaliforniaOakvilleNapaOakville Terraces 2007 Hillside Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonOakville Terraces
3514135140USThis somewhat sweet Pinot tastes like a liquid version of raspberry jam, figs, vanilla cookies and buttered toast. Fine acidity gives it needed balance. Drink now.8625CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastParaiso Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirParaiso Vineyards
3514235141USSoft and simple, with basic Pinot flavors of cola, cherries and oak. With a sweet finish, it fails to excite at this price.Sonoma Stage Vineyard8649CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPeters Family 2008 Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPeters Family
3514335142PortugalConcentrated, perfumed with aromatic violets and red berries. The wine has a rich character, showing berry fruits and light tannins that offer a rounded style.Finest Reserve8620PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de la Rosa NV Finest Reserve (Port)PortQuinta de la Rosa
3514435143ChileSmells good and fruity, with ample berry force at the bouquet's center along with herbs and spice. Grabby, tannic and stocky on the palate, with sweet, chunky berry, raisin and plum flavors. Turns slightly herbal and stewy on the finish.Clava Coastal Reserve8615Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuintay 2010 Clava Coastal Reserve Syrah (Casablanca Valley)SyrahQuintay
3514535144USThis Lake County Sangiovese tastes slightly green and acidified at first before its bright, tight red cherry fruit makes its way through.Roumiguiere8620CaliforniaClear LakeVirginie Boone@vbooneRosa d'Oro 2009 Roumiguiere Sangiovese (Clear Lake)SangioveseRosa d'Oro
3514635145ItalyPackaged in one of the squat, round bottles to emerge from the Prosecco area of northern Italy, this vintage-dated bubbly offers aromas of dried hay, talc powder, white flower and stone fruit. Steely, firm perlage contributes to a sensation of dryness.Perlae Naonis Brut Millesimato8614VenetoProseccoSan Simone 2010 Perlae Naonis Brut Millesimato (Prosecco)GleraSan Simone
3514735146ChileLight and generally clean smelling, with standard green apple, melon and lime aromas. Feels a touch flat and pithy for Casablanca, with generic citrus and mild bitterness for flavors. Pithy and just juicy enough on the finish.Reserva8612Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancChilensis
3514835147PortugalSweetly rich wine, with soft tannins giving a light structure. There is some toffee, sweet juicy plums and black cherries. The wine is full, rich and ripe.Fine Ruby86PortRoger Voss@vossrogerDelaforce NV Fine Ruby (Port)PortDelaforce
3514935148USA nice Syrah, rich in berries, licorice, Dr. Pepper cola and spices, with soft, luxurious tannins. It's a little uncomplicated and sweet, but easy to drink now.8634CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastDierberg 2008 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahDierberg
3515035149USThis Petit Verdot grown on the hillsides of El Dorado County in California Gold Country is all dark berry and strawberry jam, still tight and grippy with room to develop added complexity over time.Georgetown Divide8625CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneDuarte Georgetown 2007 Georgetown Divide Petit Verdot (El Dorado)Petit VerdotDuarte Georgetown
3515135150USMade in a soft, sweet style, this simple Syrah is very rich in black cherry jam, dark chocolate, toast and exotic baking spice flavors, wrapped into smooth, velvety tannins. It's a crowd pleaser.Wallace Creek Vineyards Reserve8633CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaFrancis Coppola 2009 Wallace Creek Vineyards Reserve Syrah (Dry Creek Valley)SyrahFrancis Coppola
3515235151FranceProduced from the young vines of Château de Fuissé, this wine is soft and rounded with just enough acidity to go with the sweet peach flavors. It's a gentle wine, ready to drink now.Marie-Antoinette8627BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerVincent 2009 Marie-Antoinette (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayVincent
3515335152PortugalBright fruits in a Port with soft tannins and a structure that pushes blackberry fruit and sweet jelly. The wine is soft, ripe, full, showing some dryness from tannins on the finish.Warrior Reserve8619PortRoger Voss@vossrogerWarre's NV Warrior Reserve (Port)PortWarre's
3515435153USRobust and deeply flavored in wild berry, tobacco, smoked meat and spice flavors. A somewhat rustic wine that needs big, rich roasts and barbecue.50 Year Old Vines8630CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaXYZin 2009 50 Year Old Vines Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelXYZin
3515535154USSweet and extracted in pineapple, tangerine, lime and vanilla flavors, this Chardonnay also is generously oaked, which gives it even richer vanilla and buttered toast notes. It's flashy, yet would benefit from greater dryness and restraint. Size isn't everything.8628CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaAnaba 2009 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayAnaba
3515635155USA sound introductory Pinot Noir, showing proper silkiness and spicy flavors of cherries and cola. Easy to drink, with no obvious faults.Coastal Series8618CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherArrow Creek 2010 Coastal Series Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirArrow Creek
3515735156USA pretty good Pinot Noir, elegantly silky as it should be, with flavors of tart cherries, cola, red licorice and sandalwood. It's a bit too soft and sweet, but easy to drink.Meiomi8622CaliforniaMonterey-Santa Barbara-SonomaCalifornia OtherBelle Glos 2010 Meiomi Pinot Noir (Monterey-Santa Barbara-Sonoma)Pinot NoirBelle Glos
3515835157ItalyThis simple, no-fuss Prosecco opens with cheery aromas of peach, yellow rose and a touch of bitter almond. This expression also offers mature flavors of melon and apricot on the finish.Brut Millesimato8617VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreBianca Vigna 2010 Brut Millesimato (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraBianca Vigna
3515935158ItalyCosta dei Peschi is an elegant and understated sparkling wine that would pair with sushi or lightly fried calamari. Spicy bubbling is enhanced by butterscotch and lemon drop.Costa dei Peschi Brut86VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreCà Vittoria NV Costa dei Peschi Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraCà Vittoria
3516035159PortugalVery appley wine, with high acidity and crispness. It's a well-made bottle-fermented wine, with a good steel and mineral edge.Vértice Cuvée Reserva Bruto86DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Transmontanas 2008 Vértice Cuvée Reserva Bruto Sparkling (Douro)Portuguese SparklingCaves Transmontanas

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