Wine Reviews


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3606636065PortugalA sophisticated wine that shows the Douro structure while also bringing out great ripe swathes of black fruits. There is a fine balance, good depth of flavor, with a tannic character that promises aging.Churchill Estates90DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerChurchill's 2009 Churchill Estates Red (Douro)Portuguese RedChurchill's
3606736066FranceA big, bold wine that is full of dense fruit and sweet berry flavors. It has weight and richness, the structure stuffed with pure, ripe Malbec fruit that has not been in wood. Delicious and worth aging 2–3 years.K-Or9018Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Troteligotte 2009 K-Or Malbec (Cahors)MalbecClos Troteligotte
3606836067USVery rich and ripe, marked by pure, intense flavors of cherries, blueberries and spicy cloves. It displays the balanced elegance and thoughtful winemaking of this winery. Young and juicy now, it should develop in the bottle for a year or two, but some sharpness in the finish will ultimately limit ageability.Dutton Ranch9035CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDutton-Goldfield 2010 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDutton-Goldfield
3606936068ChileA complete wine that starts with lemony oak-based aromas that come with notes of herb, spice and dark-berry fruit. Feels layered, ripe and fresh, with full, sweet flavors of brown sugar, herb and baked berry and plum. Chocolaty and smooth on the finish. Drink now through 2014.Limited Edition9022Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2008 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Valley)Cabernet SauvignonEcheverria
3607036069ItalyMade from a blend of five indigenous grapes from Abruzzo and Puglia (Montepulciano, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Malvasia), this is a soft and luscious wine, with generous aromas of ripe fruit, spice and moist tobacco. There's a sweet spot on the finish followed by thickly extracted but soft tannins.Edizione Cinque Autoctoni9043Central ItalyAbruzzoFarnese 2008 Edizione Cinque Autoctoni Red (Abruzzo)Red BlendFarnese
3607136070ItalyPasso del Lupo Riserva delivers personality and surprises thanks to its extremely polished aromas of Indian spice, red berry, natural rubber and cola. The wood integration is lovely, and the wine is both spicy and fresh on the close.Passo del Lupo Riserva9040Central ItalyConeroFazi Battaglia 2006 Passo del Lupo Riserva (Conero)Red BlendFazi Battaglia
3607236071ItalyWines from the extinct Vulture volcano in the deep south of Italy tend to show a linear, elegant side, with etched mineral notes of smoke and crushed granite. This wine offers all those characteristics, but does so with a modern twist, showing notes of spice and plush red fruit.9028Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureFeudi di San Gregorio 2008 Aglianico del VultureAglianicoFeudi di San Gregorio
3607336072USThis clean and leesy Chardonnay was fermented half in stainless, half in neutral oak. Its flavors are apple, melon and celery, with a lightly beery, textural mouthfeel that refreshes and lingers. Just a hint of toast comes up on the finish.Estate8935OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Blakeslee 2009 Estate ChardonnayChardonnayBlakeslee
3606136060USIn its youth, this wine is tightly wound and austere, despite a wealth of ripe cherry fruit. The acidity and tannins wrap it up in a concealing cloak of dry astringency. But it has the inherent balance to age over the next 10 years, gradually softening and mellowing.Ryan9040CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2009 Ryan Pinot Noir (Mt. Harlan)Pinot NoirCalera
3607436073USGood concentration and a classic Oregon Pinot mix of herb and fruit characterize this winning effort. Dried herb, thistle, berry, cherry and a Dr. Pepper streak are all in the mix, with hints of earth and stem.Estate8928OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Blakeslee 2009 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirBlakeslee
3606236061ItalyThis is a plush, earthy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva that opens with aromas of ripe fruit, leather, tobacco and exotic spice. The wine shows impressive elegance in the mouth, thanks to its polished tannins and drying, mineral finish.Cagiòlo Riserva9028Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoCantina Tollo 2008 Cagiòlo Riserva (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoCantina Tollo
3606336062ChileCasas del Bosque makes some of the most pungent, expressive Sauvignon Blancs in Chile. This vintage fits the blueprint; it's forward, punchy and full of passion fruit, white grapefruit and tarragon on both the bouquet and palate. Shows mineral components, saline and scallion on the finish. A high-quality wine with a commensurate price tag.Gran Reserva9015Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasas del Bosque 2011 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancCasas del Bosque
3607536074USShows the firm tannins and full-bodied richness of Petite Sirah, but it's not an ager because it's a little too low in acid for the long haul. So enjoy it now for the wealth of blackberries, cherries, anise and mocha.Estate8926CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastVina Robles 2009 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahVina Robles
3606436063FranceWith its new wood and mint flavors, this is a smooth, polished wine, full of delicious ripe black fruit flavors and acidity. The wine is elegant, the wood already well integrated into the fruit. Age for 3–4 years.9011Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Sernin 2009 Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Saint-Sernin
3607636075FranceA taut wine with dense tannins and tight black-currant flavors. There is a stalky element here, although the wine's structure should soften over the next 2–3 years.Cuvée le Clos8917Southwest FranceCôtes de BergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerClos des Terrasses 2008 Cuvée le Clos Red (Côtes de Bergerac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendClos des Terrasses
3606536064ItalyThis southern Italian blend of Gaglioppo and Cabernet Sauvignon opens with soft aromas of ripe blackberry, espresso, dark chocolate and spice. There's a note of sweet cherry on the finish, followed by smoothly polished tannins. The wine is elegant and clean.Arvino90Southern ItalyCalabriaStatti 2008 Arvino Red (Calabria)Red BlendStatti
3607736076ChileSmoky on the nose, with a hint of rubber and good red-fruit purity. Feels tight, with modest tannic grab and dark flavors of baked berry, leather and earthy density. Shows complexity on the finish via tobacco and light herbal notes.Single Vineyard8917Loncomilla ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCremaschi Furlotti 2009 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Loncomilla Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCremaschi Furlotti
3607836077FranceA blockbuster of a wine, very dense, packed with medicinal flavors and notes imparted by wood aging. It shows the solid structure of the 2008 vintage, and certainly needs aging.Lou Prince8970Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Prince 2008 Lou Prince Malbec (Cahors)MalbecDomaine du Prince
3607936078ChileRubbery and gassy at first, with a ton of barrel power that pushes charred aromas onto the nose. Feels correct and well-balanced, with honest Pinot flavors of red fruits, herbs and baked earth. Tastes and feels harmonious.Wild Ferment8928Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2010 Wild Ferment Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirErrazuriz
3608036079PortugalA perfumed, floral white, its citrus character is laced with flavors of apricot and green plums. This is a summer day's wine with a cool, refreshing feel to its smooth and ripe texture.Tiara8930DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerNiepoort 2010 Tiara White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteNiepoort
3608136080PortugalThis single-variety wine from Alorna has a sophisticated quality that's found in the estate's other cuvées. It is structured, with spicy wood accents balancing the black currant flavors. A bitter chocolate note lends an edge to this finely made wine.89TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2009 Touriga Nacional (Tejo)Touriga NacionalQuinta da Alorna
3608236081PortugalThe spice and juicy fruit give the wine its intense strawberry flavor. To balance its fruit, the tannins lend a firm background structure. The wine has just the right weight, and its soft aftertaste, it's ready to drink now.Grande Escolha8938TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2008 Grande Escolha Alfrocheiro (Tejo)AlfrocheiroQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
3608336082PortugalA sweet wine that is packed with botrytis and also intense acidity. Honey, apricot and orange peel of the Riesling are blended with spicy Gewurztraminer, giving a taut, still young wine. Keep 3–4 years.Late Harvest8925TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2010 Late Harvest White (Tejo)White BlendQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
3608436083ChileEmphasizes intense passion fruit aromas that grow more pungent upon breathing. Feels tangy as it dances on the palate, with passion fruit, lemon-lime and tarragon flavors. Long and focused on the finish, with tons of zest.1865 Single Vineyard8919Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2011 1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancSan Pedro
3608536084ChileDense and dark smelling, with coconut, tobacco, perfumed berry fruit and leather aromas. Feels powerful and layered, with tough tannins and a rugged overall mouthfeel. Flavors of dark berry, toast, herb and spice are rewarding, while the finish is herbal and chocolaty.Reserva de Familia8920Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Carolina 2009 Reserva de Familia Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreSanta Carolina
3608636085USDark, sappy and reductive, it shows skillful winemaking and sensitivity to vineyard management. The color is there, the aromas are pure and the flavors are balanced, without being overripe. It captures a pleasing mix of berries and currants. Tannins are quite dry and lightly peppery.8835WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hestia Cellars 2005 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHestia Cellars
3608736086FranceA crisp, fresh wine that has an edge of raspberry and red berry flavors over a very citrus character. It is dry, tight and structured with cranberries and red currants, the red fruits giving some extra weight.Rosé Majeur Brut8855ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerAyala NV Rosé Majeur Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendAyala
3608836087USThis off-dry (11.5% alcohol) Riesling is a fruit-driven wine, with a tangy sweet/tart mouthfeel reminiscent of Vouvray. Meyer lemon, apricot, lime and candied pineapple flavors pile on. There's plenty of natural acid to cut through the sweetness.8818WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cor Cellars 2007 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingCor Cellars
3608936088FranceWith fruit from the Aube and from the Côte des Blancs, Drappier has been able to put together a blend of Chardonnay from four different vineyards. In taste, warmth dominates—this is not a hugely crisp wine, the richness prevailing. But the warm pear and peach flavors all come together, a wine that is in the Drappier pure fruit style.Quattuor Blanc de Quatre Blancs Brut88ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDrappier NV Quattuor Blanc de Quatre Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayDrappier
3609036089USAn unusual blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Zinfandel, this wine shows the multi-variety approach increasingly taken by Paso vintners, for the sake of complexity. It's soft and very ripe, with jammy blackberry, cherry and raspberry flavors, finished with milk chocolate, licorice, violets and peppery vanilla.Kiamie Kuvée8844CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastKiamie 2005 Kiamie Kuvée Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendKiamie

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