Wine Reviews

3716537164FranceThis wine is packed with tannins, less packed with fruit. That gives it a tough character, very dry and not fruity enough. The estate is owned by the Perrin family of Château Carbonnieux.8520BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lafont Menaut 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lafont Menaut
3716637165FranceThis young, fruity and ripe wine blends 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The generous tannic structure goes with the red fruits and the light acidity. A juicy texture will allow it to age quickly. Drink from 2017. The Gondreau family is a member of Alliance Bourg.8519BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lansac La Richarde 2014 Côtes de BourgBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lansac La Richarde
3716737166FranceFrom vines in the Entre-deux-Mers, this is a cool wine although with fresh black-currant fruits and balanced tannins. Dominated by Merlot blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has a juicy character that leaves a fresh taste as well as lively acidity. Drink from the end of 2016.La Fleur de Ribeyrolles8514BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vrai Caillou 2013 La Fleur de Ribeyrolles (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Vrai Caillou
3716837167FranceThis wine has a fresh, herbal character with grassy aromas and crisp acidity. Apples and quince blend with a more citric element to give a tangy texture that needs a few more months to come together. The blend is 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Sémillion and 20% Sauvignon Gris. Drink from summer 2016.8515BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vrai Caillou 2014 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Vrai Caillou
3716937168FranceWith 35% Sauvignon Gris in the blend, this wine is attractive to drink now. Perfumed white fruits with hints of apricots—it's lively and light.La Fleur Ribeyrolles8514BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vrai Caillou 2014 La Fleur Ribeyrolles (Entre-Deux-Mers)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Vrai Caillou
3717037169ChileDry, lightly herbal aromas of spicy raspberry and currant precede a tomatoey palate with bright acidity and modest weight. Short, spicy flavors of tomato and plum finish simply, without much flavor or force.Reserva Estate Bottled8510Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2013 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirChilensis
3714137140ItalyTruffle, ripe berry, plum, oak-driven spice, espresso and leather aromas lead the nose. The firm palate delivers dried black cherry, raisin, licorice and tobacco alongside tightly knit tannins. It closes on a note of grilled herb. Drink 2016–2021.Gran Selezione9140TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTolaini 2011 Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico)SangioveseTolaini
3714237141USA Southern Rhône-style blend, this wine shows aromas of cranberry, raspberry, fresh herbs and peppery spices. The flavors show purity, richness and restraint, with a finish that lingers.Slice of Pape9135WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTranche 2011 Slice of Pape Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendTranche
3714337142FranceThis wine has some structure, with enough tannins to sustain the red-berry fruits. It's juicy, with stalky acidity and an attractive texture that will allow it to age a few months. Drink from early 2017.8512BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Mézain 2013 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Mézain
3714437143FranceA Merlot-dominated wine, this is light in texture, with fresh black currants and a stalky background. It is ready to drink.8513BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerExem 2013 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendExem
3714537144ItalyThis simple red opens with aromas of red berry, prune and a hint of Mediterranean spice while the short, informal palate offers blackberry and a hint of orange zest. Pair it with pizza or pasta dishes.Carolina Marengo8530Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFeudi del Pisciotto 2013 Carolina Marengo Frappato (Terre Siciliane)FrappatoFeudi del Pisciotto
3714637145USDespite the relatively low alcohol, this wine is fleshy and unctuous, thick in tropical pineapple and mango with an undercurrent of caramel vanilla.8520CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneOwl Ridge 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancOwl Ridge
3714737146USSpicy-sweet whiffs of cola and blackberry preserves scent this unusual ice wine made from hybrid French-American Chambourcin grapes. Sweet black cherry flavors are straightforward and a bit grapey on the palate but pleasantly concentrated.Ice Wine of8535New YorkLake ErieFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaJohnson Estate 2013 Ice Wine of Chambourcin (Lake Erie)ChambourcinJohnson Estate
3714837147New ZealandThis medium-bodied wine features plenty of pungent, boxwood-like scents and musky, herbal flavors. Thankfully, there's enough melon and fig to compensate and the wine finishes with a pleasant touch of anise.8520WairarapaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzUrlar 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Wairarapa)Sauvignon BlancUrlar
3714937148USAromas are light but show oxygen exposure along with barrel spice. The cherry and herb flavors are simultaneously plump and elegant.8535WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTucannon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonTucannon
3715037149FranceThis is turning into a ripe and fruity wine. The tannins are integrating easily into the black currant flavors. Soon the dry core will open out, supporting the fruit taste. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Drink from late 2016.Château les Tuilleries8518BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerVIgnobles Roux 2014 Château les Tuilleries (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVIgnobles Roux
3715137150ChileThe basic aromas of grapefruit, green herbs and stone fruits are generic. This feels young, fresh and fruity, with flavors of lime and grapefruit that end in standard fashion.8511Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachGrÿphus 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Maule Valley)Sauvignon BlancGrÿphus
3715237151ChileRough, nutty, stalky aromas are not particularly inviting. This has a grabby, creamy, chocolaty texture to go with baked, stewy flavors of cherry cough drop. A lightly green, oaky, chocolaty finish is low on acid given that this is a coastal wine from a cool year.8535Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAmayna 2013 Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirAmayna
3715337152USThere's quite a showy, fragrant nose on this widely available bottling, with apple blossoms, tuberose and a touch of quinine. The palate also takes on a gin-and-tonic character, powered by lime juice, white peach and botanical notes.8510CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCastle Rock 2014 Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayCastle Rock
3715437153USLight aromas of almond, fresh-cut red apple and spice lead to restrained fruit flavors. The concentration seems lacking.GPS Jones Vineyard8540WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSeven Falls 2014 GPS Jones Vineyard White (Wahluke Slope)Rhône-style White BlendSeven Falls
3715537154USThis may be the grapy-est, jammy-est wine on the market. Aromas are like Concord jam, while flavors recall Welch's juice. The body is full and the texture moderately tannic.8515CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBoeger 2013 Primitivo (El Dorado)PrimitivoBoeger
3715637155USAn unusual tawny color blends with deep pink in this wine that conveys cinnamon aromas and persimmon flavors. It's certainly an unusual style but has its own appeal.Rocks!8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCornerstone 2014 Rocks! Rosé (California)RoséCornerstone
3715737156ChilePeach pit and apricot aromas are subdued. The palate is pulpy and fruity, with a light cut of acidity. Pithy flavors of orange and quince end with minor notes of bitterness and greens.8510Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAlto Los Romeros 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancAlto Los Romeros
3715837157USGolden yellow coloring and deeply perfumed notes of dried flowers and stone fruits are enticing hints to this wine's extended skin contact during fermentation. But the palate of this dry, light-bodied Riesling seems demure with pressed apple and pear flavors that struggle to penetrate through.Skin Ferment8527New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Road 2014 Skin Ferment Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAnthony Road
3715937158ItalyThis informal, simple red opens with fruity aromas of black cherry, raspberry and a faint whiff of sweet baking spice that carry over to the juicy, fleeting palate. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.Paccamora858Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBaglio Curatolo Arini 1875 2014 Paccamora Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaBaglio Curatolo Arini 1875
3716037159USThe aromas of high-toned herbs, butter and toast seem to show some oxygen exposure, giving a latex-paint smell and leading to elegantly styled pineapple, kiwi and papaya flavors. It's tropical fruit in a glass.8518WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarons 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancBarons
3716137160ItalyThe subdued nose eventually reveals black cherry, anise and a whiff of chopped herb that carry over to the straightforward, informal palate. Dusty, drying tannins and a note of bitter sage leave an astringent finish.Marchese Montefusco8510Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Ermes 2014 Marchese Montefusco Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaCantine Ermes
3716237161FranceOwned by members of the Cruse family, one of the ancient merchants families in Bordeaux, this estate has produced a fruity wine that is juicy with blackberry flavors and considerable acidity. It will need time for the dry core to fill out and balance. Drink from 2018.85BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Taillan 2013 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Taillan
3716337162FranceThis is a tight, structured and stalky wine. Smoky black-currant flavors are freshened by acidity in the 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon blend from 15 acres. A firm character keeps the wine tough. Drink from 2016. A member of Alliance Bourg.8530BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Bourgeau 2011 Côtes de BourgBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Bourgeau
3716437163FranceThis young, purple-colored wine has young fruit to match. It offers stalky red plum and blueberry flavors, light acidity and a fresh character. It is ready to drink.8510BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Rose de Vitrac 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Rose de Vitrac

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