Wine Reviews

3738137380FranceWhile it does have a light texture, this wine is also rich. With intense red-currant fruit, totally crisp acidity and a fine citrus lift, the wine is both fruity and zesty. It will be best drunk from 2018.Baroque8824ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Brigue 2016 Baroque Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau de Brigue
3738237381FranceOrganically grown grapes have resulted in a soft, crisp and clean wine. It has bright pure fruits with white-peach and red-currant flavors along with stylish acidity. The wine is ready to drink.8815ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Vaucouleurs 2016 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau de Vaucouleurs
3738337382FranceThis 100% Malbec rosé brings out a charming side to this sometimes tough grape. The bone-dry wine is fruity, deliciously crisp and with intense red fruitiness. Named after the owner's daughter, Julie Perrin, it comes from young vines. The wine is very ready to drink.Le Rosé de Julie8825Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrézette 2016 Le Rosé de Julie Rosé (Côtes du Lot)RoséChâteau Lagrézette
3738437383FranceA ripe wine from a fine Bergerac vintage, this is balanced without being weighty. It is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, giving both a fine tannic structure and plenty of black-currant juiciness. Drink this wine from 2018.8814Southwest FranceBergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Peyroulets 2015 Red (Bergerac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Peyroulets
3738537384New ZealandPrevious vintages have impressed more than this one, which admittedly wasn't an easy year in Marlborough. The marriage of toasty oak and ripe fruit comes across as similar to popcorn, aligned with linear notes of pineapple and citrus that extend through the long, clean finish.8830MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCloudy Bay 2014 Chardonnay (Marlborough)ChardonnayCloudy Bay
3738637385USFresh and crisp on the nose, this lively and laser-sharp wine shows grapefruit skin and pith, Gala apple and cut grass scents on the nose. That grassy element grows more prevalent on the sip, accenting tarter lime peel flavors.8826CaliforniaCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCoquelicot 2016 Sauvignon BlancSauvignon BlancCoquelicot
3738737386ItalyThis cloudy, unfiltered white has delicate grilled herb, wet stone and ripe orchard fruit aromas. The crisp, linear palate delivers saline-inflected white peach and nectarine flavors while a bright almond note closes the finish.88VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte Adami 2015 SoaveGarganegaCorte Adami
3738837387USHigh toned, with deep cherry, strawberry and vanilla notes, this wine is velvety and dense, with powerful tannins and a breadth of earthy flavor.Justi Creek Vineyard8840CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDane Cellars 2014 Justi Creek Vineyard Grenache (Sonoma Valley)GrenacheDane Cellars
3738937388USCola and soft red raspberry scents show on the nose of this blend of 58% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah. It's easy-drinking and simple, with red fruit, white pepper and asphalt hints. A great, light, quaffable red for a warm day.Cuvée Constantine8847CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDemetria 2014 Cuvée Constantine Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendDemetria
3739037389FranceLight in color and bright in taste, this is a lightly fruity wine. It's the epitome of the French Riviera—hinting at red currants and with plenty of acidity. It is an immediately drinkable wine with a refreshing crisp aftertaste.La Riviera8817ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Sanglière 2016 La Riviera Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine de la Sanglière
3739137390FranceThis is a rich blend of Duras and Braucol. It is densely textured with ripe black-plum and berry fruits and some still young tannins. The wine will age well to show ripe fruits and a generous texture. Drink from 2018.Rouge8819Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Terrisses 2015 Rouge Red (Gaillac)Red BlendDomaine des Terrisses
3739237391FranceThe wine is light and fruity—properly crisp with attractive acidity. The red fruits shine through the light texture and touch of spice creates a bright wine full of final fruitiness.L'Ange et Luce8817ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jacourette 2016 L'Ange et Luce Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Jacourette
3739337392FranceThis estate lies in a valley one set of ridges behind the Mediterranean. The sheltered location gives a warm style of wine, properly pale in color but also with delicious ripe red fruits touched by caramel. Drink the wine now.Bain de Soleil8820ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Saint Roman d'Esclans 2016 Bain de Soleil Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Saint Roman d'Esclans
3739437393AustriaThis wine's nose is rather subdued, but the palate comes in with hints of green pear and lemon. Dry, light and clean, with the tiniest bit of enlivening spritz, it's as thirst-quenching as its name (Getränk, which translates to “beverage”) suggests.Getränk8814Weinland ÖsterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDürnberg 2016 Getränk Grüner Veltliner (Weinland Österreich)Grüner VeltlinerDürnberg
3739537394USHigh-toned aromas of herb, flower, spice and cherry are followed by tart elegantly styled fruit flavors. The new oak influence seems minimal. Pair it with food to see it at its best.Red Willow Vineyard8835WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportEight Bells 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonEight Bells
3739637395USA dark core of black plum, blueberry and violet marks the nose of this single-vineyard bottling. The palate showcases purple fruit and floral notes, with concentrated black plum skin and more violet leading the way.Hampton Vineyard8835CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2014 Hampton Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahEpiphany
3739737396USThis wine has a personality that's both crisp and satisfying. White pepper and light earth aromas lead to tempting peachy flavors and an appealing texture that balances tanginess and richness. The blend includes small portions of Chardonnay, Albariño, Gewürztraminer and Orange Muscat.8812CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEstancia 2015 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioEstancia
3739837397USFleshy red plum and alpine strawberry fruit shows alongside vanilla and baking spice on the nose of this well-priced bottling from the Center of Effort team. The palate will please many, thanks to buoyant acidity and bright red cherry, raspberry and garrigue flavors.8819CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFossil Point 2015 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirFossil Point
3739937398ItalyFresh and linear, this offers spring wild flower and white stone fruit aromas while the luminous palate offers Bosc pear, citrus and a hint of white almond. It has a bright, slightly tangy finish.Monte Tenda8820VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGianni Tessari 2016 Monte Tenda (Soave Classico)White BlendGianni Tessari
3740037399AustriaAppetizing peardrop notes on the nose lead to a light, refreshing and dry body that's enlivened by fresh spritz. The flavors get a boost of citrus on the clean, refreshing finish.Green Eyes8811NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHermann Moser 2016 Green Eyes Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerHermann Moser
3740137400USEarthy and leathery, this medium-bodied, ripe varietal wine dabbles in vanilla, blueberry and coffee cake aromas and flavors, finishing with a welcome softness.Bastoni Vineyards8832CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJoseph Swan Vineyards 2013 Bastoni Vineyards Petite Sirah (Sonoma County)Petite SirahJoseph Swan Vineyards
3740237401AustriaThis wine's honeysuckle-tinged nose comes with zesty grapefruit freshness. The palate is aroamtic, light and dry, with a slightly short but very clean finish. A lovely, light-bodied wine for spring and summer.8819NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoKohl 2016 Gelber Muskateller (Niederösterreich)Gelber MuskatellerKohl
3740337402USMellow and reserved at first, this clonal study shows wet river stone and key lime scents on the nose. The palate leads with slightly sour lemon and orange rind flavors, opening into a sweeter honeysuckle tone and finishing on ripe peach, melon and toasted nut.Musque Clone Lafond Vineyard8834CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLafond 2014 Musque Clone Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayLafond
3740437403USThis is one of the Fillippini family winery's best barrel blends, comprised of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The nose shows Concord grape, wisteria and black licorice aromas, while the palate doubles down on the licorice spice, with blueberry fruit, char and pepper in the background.Nikiara8845CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLe Vigne 2014 Nikiara Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLe Vigne
3740537404USScents of stem and earth accompany rhubarb and beet-root flavors. The acids and tannins combine into a lemon-tea note, and the wine overall seems relatively thin compared with past vintages.Stermer Vineyard8848OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lemelson 2014 Stermer Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirLemelson
3740637405USTea leaf, cherry and sweet vermouth aromas precede lightly tart cherry, rhubarb and herb flavors in this lean, moderately tannic and un-oaky wine. It's appealing and appetizing in an austere way, giving just enough satisfaction.Moonglow8835CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLichen Estate 2015 Moonglow Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirLichen Estate
3740737406USIt's exciting to watch contemporary producers take a chance on once-dominant California grapes like Carignane. This bottling offers plump strawberry and blackberry aromas, with savory soy and turned earth touches. The palate leads with Concord grape flavor, while pepper, oregano and coffee bean elements keep it complex.J.D. Hurley88CaliforniaSanta Clara ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMartin Ranch 2014 J.D. Hurley Carignane (Santa Clara Valley)CarignaneMartin Ranch
3740837407USAromas of barrel toast, kiwi and pineapple lead to a sweet, slightly lean, tropical-fruit-filled palate that delivers a lot of easy-drinking pleasure.Proprietor's Reserve Tudor Hills Vineyard8825WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2015 Proprietor's Reserve Tudor Hills Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMaryhill
3740937408USLight aromas of herb, plum, vanilla, cocoa and dark fruit lead to a palate that is simultaneously sweet and tart, with a plush midpalate. It provides intrigue.8819WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMercer 2014 Malbec (Horse Heaven Hills)MalbecMercer
3741037409USHalf estate, half Pfeiffer Vineyard fruit, this is crisp and racy, with bright intense flavors of white peach and gooseberry. It's bracing, clean and thoroughly refreshing—great for a hot summer day.Unity9024OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine King Estate 2015 Unity Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisKing Estate

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