Wine Reviews

3687136870ItalyThis has iris and baking spice aromas and straightforward raspberry jam and clove flavors. Smooth tannins provide easygoing support. Enjoy soon.8715PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePertinace 2016 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoPertinace
3687236871ArgentinaDark, burnt, crusty aromas lead to a palate with choppy tannins. Spicy, rooty, peppery flavors of red bell pepper, tomato and plum finish spicy, peppery and savory, with a burst of freshening acidity that adds energy and jump.Gran Reserva8724Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachPhebus 2014 Gran Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecPhebus
3687336872ItalyThis offers delicate blue flower and white pepper scents. The straightforward, rounded palate doles out raspberry and white almond flavors. Drink soon.8714PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrincipiano 2016 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoPrincipiano
3687436873PortugalComing from the series of single-varietal wines produced by this estate, this wine adds a southern warmth to the crispness and elegant green-fruit flavors of the Alvarinho. It is tangy, hinting at minerality and with a zesty aftertaste. Drink now.8710TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2016 Alvarinho (Tejo)AlvarinhoQuinta da Alorna
3687536874PortugalA ripe and perfumed wine, this is well structured with a touch of crisp minerality as well as melon and peach fruits. It is smooth, balanced and ready to drink.8710TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2016 Verdelho (Tejo)VerdelhoQuinta da Alorna
3687636875ArgentinaThis mature, yeasty sparkler from Mendoza smells of brioche and baked apple. Flavors of sourdough bread, cider and white mushroom finish bready and soft, so drink now.Brut8732OtherArgentinaMichael Schachner@wineschachRuca Malen NV Brut Sparkling (Argentina)Sparkling BlendRuca Malen
3687736876PortugalFrom a 34-acre vineyard on the high plateau above the Douro river, this wine is delicious, fruity and creamy. It has a crisp, fresh feel, light and bright while also full of ripe white fruits, apples and pears. Drink now.Vinha da Urze Branco8711DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCARM 2016 Vinha da Urze Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteCARM
3687836877USThis shows light, tangy cranberry and raspberry flavors on the fresh, straightforward attack. Beyond that, it doesn't offer much detail, finishing with a touch of acidity.Willamette Valley Cuveé (sic)8728OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Samuel Robert 2015 Willamette Valley Cuveé (sic) Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirSamuel Robert
3687936878USThe winery offers this bottling as a counterpart to their dry Riesling, but there's not much separation between the two. Its 10 g/L of residual sugar is certainly above threshhold, but with the searingly tart acidity underneath, it barely makes a dent. Citrus and apple flavors come through, but the sour lemon acidity is what dominates.Perrydale Hills Vineyard Off-Dry8722OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Samuel Robert 2016 Perrydale Hills Vineyard Off-Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingSamuel Robert
3688036879USThis Bordeaux-style blend offers licorice at the forefront, with baking spice, fig, prune, soy sauce and Lipton tea queuing behind. Showing more of the same on the palate, these flavors help to quench the parching tannins that carry this blend to a lingering finish.8726VirginiaVirginiaCarrie DykesNorth Gate 2013 Meritage (Virginia)MeritageNorth Gate
3688136880USThis full-bodied wine shows smooth and rounded plum fruit. The flavors are mouth-filling, but the rather quick fade suggests it's best consumed in the near term, as it's already five years past harvest.Steelhead Run Vineyard Blessed8723OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Schultz 2012 Steelhead Run Vineyard Blessed Merlot (Rogue Valley)MerlotSchultz
3688236881ItalyThis delicate yet straightforward wine has blue flower and baking spice aromas. Smooth tannins back up cherry jam and white pepper flavors on the palate. Drink soon.8725PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Rocca 2016 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoTenuta Rocca
3688336882USAromas of coffee, fig, dried fruit and soy sauce are concentrated on the nose. Earthy flavors on the palate are elevated by these aromas, with a hint of Rooibos tea that gives it lift and intrigue. The tannins are silky and the finish is long with evolving flavors.Four Barrel Cuvée8749VirginiaVirginiaCarrie DykesThe Williamsburg Winery 2014 Four Barrel Cuvée Red (Virginia)Red BlendThe Williamsburg Winery
3688436883USRipe apple and banana flavors lead this native yeast-fermented, oak-aged wine. Its loose-knit mix of fruit seems on the cusp of oxidation and is countered with tart, lemony acidity.8727OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Twill 2014 Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayTwill
3688536884USThis wine shows grapey and plummy purple fruit notes lead to an earthy palate, with hints of stem and coffee. No new oak was used, but it spent 22 months in barrel prior to bottling.Steelhead Run Vineyard8740OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Twill 2014 Steelhead Run Vineyard Syrah (Applegate Valley)SyrahTwill
3688636885ArgentinaThis music-themed blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc is named after vinyl records, and the name means “white noise.” The nose is made up of simple apple and stone-fruit aromas, and the wine tastes of briny orange, finishing racy and salty.Ruido Blanco8723Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVinilo 2015 Ruido Blanco White (Uco Valley)White BlendVinilo
3688736886FranceThis cool-climate wine is crisp, steely and full of fruit. Its acidity and touch of saltiness add to its refreshing nature.La Forcine8713France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerAuguste Bonhomme 2016 La Forcine Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)Sauvignon BlancAuguste Bonhomme
3688836887USThis wine opens with a rich nose of graham cracker and a concentrated midpalate, which becomes full bodied and toasty in oak. Around a gravelly texture are flavors of green olive, brine and baked pear, a mix of savory and sweet that finishes with a dash of nutmeg.Sangiacomo Vineyard8735CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneB.R. Cohn 2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayB.R. Cohn
3688936888USThis is a good bargain for a varietal that's very difficult to make inexpensively. Whiffs of wood smoke meet ripe concentrated black-cherry flavors in this full-bodied smooth-textured wine. It has moderate fine-grained tannins for grip and a lingering spice and smoke finish.8710CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBelle Ambiance 2015 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirBelle Ambiance
3689036889USDark orange and red in color, this slightly sweet wine is simple in its offerings of ripe peach and strawberry flavor. It's a nice choice for picnics and porch gatherings.8717CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBenziger 2016 Rosé (Sonoma County)RoséBenziger
3689136890USThis concentrated but not overwhelming wine has charred-wood aromas and ripe, almost sweet blackberry and raspberry flavors. It's ripe enough to be syrupy, but doesn't go over the top.8728CaliforniaYolo CountyCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBerryessa Gap 2013 Petite Sirah (Yolo County)Petite SirahBerryessa Gap
3689236891USMade in an understated classic style, this wine has a woody persistence of dried herb and mountain sage amid a grip of dusty tannin. Pencil shavings and red currant provide a yin and yang of structure and subtle character.Papa's Knoll Estate8750CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuehler 2014 Papa's Knoll Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBuehler
3689336892USThis is a stiff and herbal wine without much charm, even after considerable breathing time. Rubbery scents, bitter tannins and a chicken stock note obscure its tart berry and black cherry fruit.8740OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hyland 2015 Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirHyland
3689436893USGrassy and floral, with a suggestion of hay, this wine has a smooth structure and slight perception of sweetness, built around a core of juicy peach fuzz and apricot.8719CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMason Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancMason Cellars
3689536894ItalyDelicate aromas of chamomile flower, toast, thyme and orchard fruit lead the nose. The vibrant palate offers yellow apple, tangerine zest and bread crust alongside vigorous, persistent bubbles.Brut Metodo Classico8820Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRotari 2013 Brut Metodo Classico Chardonnay (Trento)ChardonnayRotari
3689636895GermanyThe nose on this easygoing Riesling is a bit reserved, suggesting hints of stone and bramble. It's quite vibrant on the palate though, offering loads of sweet-tart apple and pear flavors bolstered by zesty tangerine acidity. The finish wraps up brisk and clean.Relax8810MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaSchmitt Söhne 2015 Relax Riesling (Mosel)RieslingSchmitt Söhne
3689736896FranceThis is a young and fruity Champagne, bursting with red fruits and the lightest of tannins. With its salmon-pink color, it is tangy and crisp, moving towards dry in its style. The aftertaste is fruity with a zing of acidity.Prestige Rosé Brut8884ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerTaittinger NV Prestige Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendTaittinger
3689836897USAll estate-grown and aged in one third new French oak, this elegant wine gives you the best that this difficult vintage can offer in a low-alcohol Pinot Noir. It's rich in aromatics, showing details of violets and rose petals, with gentle flavors of blood orange and white raspberries.8832OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Thistle 2013 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirThistle
3689936898GermanySubtle minerality lends finesse to pristine notes of lime, kiwi and grapefruit in this thirst quenching off-dry Riesling. It's pleasantly honeyed yet brisk, suggesting excellent pairings with spicier Chinese or Thai dishes. Drink now through 2020.8814RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaP.J. Valckenberg 2015 Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingP.J. Valckenberg
3690036899PortugalThis is obviously a young Colheita aged in wood for just eight years. That puts it close to a Late Bottled Vintage and takes it away from a tawny style. It is a fine wine with dried fruits and acidity in balance, just not quite a mature Colheita. Drink now.Colheita8840PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Dona Matilde 2008 Colheita (Port)PortQuinta Dona Matilde

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