Wine Reviews


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3868238681FranceRich fruit is boosted by the wood aging. Together they give a ripe wine full of acidity and juicy yellow fruits at the same time. It's a delicious wine, smooth while lined with acidity. The wood flavors sustain it, and it should be ready to drink from 2016.9230BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Chalet Pouilly 2013 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayDomaine du Chalet Pouilly
3868338682USThe third release from this vineyard, this wine is juicy in fruit, tar and leathery tannins, a mix of raspberry, cassis and dark chocolate. From a dry-farmed site, with a small percentage of Petite Sirah, it was given less than a year in American oak and offers a taste of sweet tobacco on the finish. Drink now through 2020.Korte Ranch Vineyard9237CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneElyse 2012 Korte Ranch Vineyard Zinfandel (St. Helena)ZinfandelElyse
3868438683ItalyHere's a savory, focused red made with 80% Nebbiolo, 10% Croatina and 10% Vespolina that opens with aromas of dark berry, tilled soil and crushed aromatic herb. The delineated palate offers black cherry, ripe raspberry, white pepper, anise and sage alongside firm but polished tannins. It shows depth and breeding. Drink through 2025.9230PiedmontBramaterraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColombera & Garella 2011 BramaterraRed BlendColombera & Garella
3868538684ItalyAromas of ripe plum, dark berry, violet, baking spice, leather and tilled earth all come together in the glass. The juicy, structured palate doles out crushed black cherry, anise, ground pepper, tobacco and a hint of chopped herb. It boasts a great depth of flavors and fruit purity, while firm, velvety tannins give it an almost creamy mouthfeel. Drink 2018–2027.Lecinquevigne9248PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDamilano 2011 Lecinquevigne (Barolo)NebbioloDamilano
3868638685FranceThis wine is textured and tight with delicious, refreshing acidity that is softened by a round vanilla edge. It is still young, still developing its balance and rich, honeyed fruit character. Drink this rich and stylish wine from 2017.Vaillons Premier Cru9232BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Vaillons Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin
3868738686FranceWith noticeable wood flavors, this sophisticated wine is smooth, rich and creamy. It has enough fruit to sustain all this toast, giving a wine that has a fresh line that runs right through it, passing apples and fresh apricots on the way. Drink from 2016.Domaine Beranger9240BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2013 Domaine Beranger (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
3868838687ItalyAromas of dark berry, licorice and chopped herb lead the nose. The structured palate offers red and black cherry, clove, tobacco and a hint of orange zest alongside firm, ripe tannins. Drink 2018–2024.Rabajà9255PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiuseppe Cortese 2012 Rabajà (Barbaresco)NebbioloGiuseppe Cortese
3868938688AustraliaThe quality of wines emerging from the partnership of Italian winemaking consultant Alberto Antonini, Australian viticulturist Mark Walpole and U.K.-based Master of Wine David Gleave is impressive. This Shiraz boasts complex aromas of campfire, cracked pepper and cassis married to ample weight and firm, yet silky, texture. The balance is spot-on, being neither too heavy nor too light, with a crisp, long finish. Drink now–2020, possibly beyond.9240VictoriaHeathcoteJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGreenstone 2012 Shiraz (Heathcote)ShirazGreenstone
3867138670ArgentinaBroad, woody, buttery aromas blend with blackberry, cassis and grapy notes on a full-force bouquet. This Uco Valley Malbec is lush, fruity and chunky in feel, with ripe, spicy, earthy flavors of blackberry and fresh herbs. A long, woody, toasty finish confirms high quality, length and power; drink through 2022.Aluvional Altamira9290Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachZuccardi 2012 Aluvional Altamira Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecZuccardi
3869038689PortugalAn oak-aged wine that is rich and structured as well as brilliant in its fruitiness, this has a solid core of dark tannins that give weight and density. The end, with its fresh acidity, has a lift as well as promise of further aging. Drink from 2016 and until 2022. Brothers António and Edmar Monteiro created 1912 Winemakers based on Quinta de São Bernardo vineyards first planted by the family in 1912.Piorro Reserva92DouroRoger Voss@vossroger1912 Winemakers 2009 Piorro Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese Red1912 Winemakers
3867238671FranceThis wine is ripe, with a warm, yellow fruit character. It is bright and poised, elegant and sophisticated. Acidity shoots through the richness, bringing a strong citrus element. Sunny in character, it will still age; drink from late 2016.9223BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2013 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayAlbert Bichot
3867338672USClassy in cherry-berry crumble and vanilla, this wine then expands into sophisticated bursts of white pepper, cinnamon and violets. Elegant and intriguing, it offers balance amidst bold flavor, finishing smooth and velvety.9225CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArtezin 2012 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelArtezin
3869138690ItalyThis opens with a subtle, refined fragrance of perfumed berry, rose, violet and a whiff of sweet baking spice. On the palate, notes of roasted herb, tobacco and white pepper add depth to the core of ripe dark cherry and crushed raspberry. Bracing but refined tannins provide the framework and need time to unwind.Basarin9238PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAdriano Marco & Vittorio 2012 Basarin (Barbaresco)NebbioloAdriano Marco & Vittorio
3869238691FranceWood and spice, as well as ripe fruit, come together in this generous wine. It does have a tight texture that will soften as it ages. What is so attractive at the moment are the beautiful acidity and crisp apple favors. It's a wine with good aging potential, so drink from 2018.92BurgundyChassagne-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerAlex Gambal 2013 Chassagne-MontrachetChardonnayAlex Gambal
3867438673USA deep yellow-gold color and rich aromas of fig, marzipan and pear indicate this will be a concentrated, full-bodied wine, which it is. Flavors layer peach, pear and toasted almond. The texture is very creamy and smooth, and the finish lingers a long time. It's a great example in the full-bore mode.9230CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBaiocchi Wines 2013 Viognier (El Dorado)ViognierBaiocchi Wines
3869338692USRich, balanced and complex, this offers lots of drinking pleasure. Aromas are lightly earthy and smoky, while flavors are full, layered, ripe but subtle enough to require more and more sips. The mouthfeel is the ideal combination of smooth juiciness supported by lots of fine tannins to give it a palate-cleansing effect.9232CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAllegorie 2012 Tempranillo (Calaveras County)TempranilloAllegorie
3869438693PortugalMade using skin contact to give extra intensity to the fruit flavor and structure, this is a ripe and full wine. It has creamed apple and pineapple flavors, with tangy acidity that bursts like berries on the palate. Drink this impressive wine from late 2016.Contacto92Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAnselmo Mendes 2014 Contacto Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)AlvarinhoAnselmo Mendes
3869538694ItalyThis 100% Vermentino opens with heady scents of Spanish broom, white wild flower, lemon blossom and citrus. The vibrant, savory palate boasts a pristine fruit purity, doling out juicy nectarine, ripe pear, lemon zest and mineral alongside refreshing acidity.Merì9220Sicily & SardiniaVermentino di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArgiolas 2014 Merì (Vermentino di Sardegna)VermentinoArgiolas
3869638695ItalyThis opens with earthy aromas of scorched topsoil, game, truffle and a whiff of cured meat. The palate offers succulent red berry, cake spice, grilled herb and tobacco alongside a backbone of bracing tannins and brisk acidity.Marcarini92PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' del Baio 2012 Marcarini (Barbaresco)NebbioloCa' del Baio
3869738696ArgentinaViolet and floral boysenberry aromas show earthiness and leather after airing. This feels supple and deep, with just enough acidic lift. Toasty, blackened cassis and blueberry flavors show a hint of bacon, while toast, spice and chocolate flavors grace a solid finish. Drink through 2024.9235Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCapataz 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecCapataz
3869838697USComplex and generous on the palate, this vineyard-designated varietal is surprisingly light and bright in spirit, ethereal even, offering aromas of black pepper, violets and gunpowder, hard to figure out but inviting nonetheless. On the palate, juicy plum and dark cherry provide an exuberant edge.Rossi Ranch9238CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCarlisle 2013 Rossi Ranch Grenache (Sonoma Valley)GrenacheCarlisle
3869938698FranceA fresh, lemon-scented wine, with white flower aromas and soft, crisp lime flavors. The wine has some softness as well as an attractive zesty finish. Screwcap.La Côte Blanche84BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Lugny 2010 La Côte Blanche (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayCave de Lugny
3870038699ItalyFamiglia Cielo (a Sicilian blend of 80% Nero d'Avola and 20% Syrah) opens with simple fruit tones and a touch of burnt toast or roasted almond. The Syrah component adds some extra density and richness to the finish.Famiglia Cielo84Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCielo e Terra 2009 Famiglia Cielo Red (Sicilia)Red BlendCielo e Terra
3867538674USA study of the darker side of the grape from Josh Baker and Matt Brain, this shows black cherry, olallieberry, sarsaparilla and black pepper on the nose. The palate is also unctuous with black licorice, black cherry and cola, with eucalyptus and sage spices adding excellent complexity.Escolle VIneyard9244CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBaker & Brain 2012 Escolle VIneyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirBaker & Brain
3867638675ArgentinaCondensed aromas of blackberry, black plum, licorice and marzipan cover both the dark and sweet sides of what full-force Malbec can offer. This feels wide, grabby and spongy, while rich blackberry flavors fold in herbal offsets and sweet prune notes. This feels a bit tartaric and gappy on the finish, but overall it's an excellent Malbec to drink through 2021.9250Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Cuarto Dominio 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecBodega Cuarto Dominio
3867738676ArgentinaEarly on this shows edgy, minty aromas of toasty oak, but then plum, wild berry, warm dust and malty notes settle in. Chunky, grapy weight makes for a full, broad palate, while baked berry and savory meat flavors end dark, potent and satisfying. Drink through 2030.Monteagrelo9227Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBressia 2012 Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc (Mendoza)Cabernet FrancBressia
3867838677ItalyRipe and robust, this opens with aromas of ripe berry, pressed rose, cake spice and a balsamic note. The juicy, generous palate delivers fleshy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, licorice, white pepper and tobacco alongside big chewy tannins and the warmth of alcohol.Pittatore9254PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBric Cenciurio 2011 Pittatore (Barolo)NebbioloBric Cenciurio
3867938678ItalyMade with very old, ungrafted vines, this intense wine opens with aromas of toast, leather, espresso, ripe blackberry, spice and tobacco. The concentrated palate delivers ripe black cherry, dried plum, clove, leather and licorice alongside solid tannins and the warmth of alcohol.Terre Brune9267Sicily & SardiniaCarignano del SulcisKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Santadi 2010 Terre Brune (Carignano del Sulcis)Red BlendCantina Santadi
3868038679USThis wine spent three months in 38% new French oak, which softens and adds a bit of barrel-induced richness to the mouthfeel. It remains a fascinating mix of flower and citrus, with lightly-buttered toast and a lush, lemon-custard flavor.Reserve9250OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cowhorn 2013 Reserve Viognier (Applegate Valley)ViognierCowhorn
3868138680PortugalProduced from vines in the heart of Dão, just south of Viseu, this is a rich, ripely tropical wine. It has a great perfume from the Malvasia Fina in the blend, along with fresher acidity. Generous and full in the mouth, it is delicious and ready to drink now.Paço dos Cunhas de Santar Vinha Contador9237DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2013 Paço dos Cunhas de Santar Vinha Contador White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteDão Sul

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