Wine Reviews


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3906139060USThis is a bright, effusive, estate-grown, unfiltered white, delineated by high-toned acidity and gorgeously floral aromatics. Planted originally in 1975 to heritage Wente clone Chardonnay by owner/winemaker Tom Dehlinger, its generosity of fresh apple and pear ride a voluptuous, balanced texture that's wholly satisfying, before meeting deeper hues of spicy, exotic tropical tones on the finish.Unfiltered9540CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDehlinger 2013 Unfiltered Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDehlinger
3906239061USMade from one of the vineyard's historic blocks, this is a lush, inviting and complex wine, defined by golden honey apple and nutmeg. The texture is contoured and structured, with the richness of lemon meringue, but the balance is what stands out most. A tang of white pepper flirts on the finish.Bacigalupi Vineyard9550CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGary Farrell 2014 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayGary Farrell
3906339062FranceThis wine is ripe and structured, dense with both acidity and minerality. It is rich with yellow and tropical fruits but always cut with lively acidity, making it opulent while fresh. Drink from 2022.95430BurgundyBâtard-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 Bâtard-MontrachetChardonnayLouis Latour
3906439063FranceThis is a blend from several Grand Crus on the Corton hill. It is rich and spicy, with great black fruits and solid tannins. A powerful wine, it's shot through with acidity and black-plum fruits throughout the structure. Drink from 2023.Château Corton Grancey95170BurgundyCortonRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 Château Corton Grancey (Corton)Pinot NoirLouis Latour
3906539064FrancePowerful and complex, this dark wine comes from vines at the heart of appellation, rich and dense. It offers the potential of great fruit, rich acidity and considerable structure, and will develop giving richness and long aging. Drink from 2023.Cuvée Héritiers Latour95350BurgundyChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 Cuvée Héritiers Latour (Chambertin)Pinot NoirLouis Latour
3906639065USThis fine marriage of site and winemaker shows experience and intuition at work, presenting a full-bodied, lush and plush expression of tremendous depth and complexity. It offers notes of tart apple, licorice and a wealth of orange zest, which adds a touch of citrusy crispness to the naturally buoyant minerality and nuanced oak. It has much more to share; drink now through 2020.Hyde Vineyard9565CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePatz & Hall 2014 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayPatz & Hall
3906739066USThe velvety approachability of this soft, supple wine belies a strength and sophistication always at the heart of this producer's wines, an intensity of flavor and power that commands attention. Black currant, black cherry, sage and smoky oak ride atop an underground of black pepper, combining ultimately into a tantalizingly juicy package. Drink now through 2023.One Point Five9585CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneShafer 2013 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonShafer
3906839067USJuicy acidity buoys layers of wet stone, crisp apple and white peach in this lovely aromatic white. Textured, subtle and complex, it's fresh in the glass, accented in floral rose petals, grapefruit and lemon peel, dry and fermented entirely in stainless steel.Dutton Ranch Green Valley Vineyard9430CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton-Goldfield 2015 Dutton Ranch Green Valley Vineyard Gewürztraminer (Green Valley)GewürztraminerDutton-Goldfield
3906939068FranceWood aged for 12 months, this dense and structured wine comes from a small parcel of vines in the Clos de Vougeot. It is perfumed, ripe with a solid series of tannins as well as red-berry fruits. The acidity is typical of the vintage, and, along with the tannins, will allow this powerful wine to age well. Drink from 2022.94301BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Clos de VougeotPinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
3907039069ItalyFrom vineyard holdings in Castiglione Falletto, this opens with alluring scents of new leather, ripe berry, blue flower, cake spice and a balsamic note. The full-bodied palate doles out black raspberry, fleshy black cherry, clove and tobacco. Firm, ripe tannins provide support and an age-worthy structure. Drink 2022–2032.Parussi9496PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMassolino 2012 Parussi (Barolo)NebbioloMassolino
3907139070ItalyIris, violet, steeped cherry, camphor and underbrush aromas come together in the glass. The chewy, succulent palate offers red cherry, raspberry, aromatic herb and star anise while firm but refined tannins provide backbone and a velvety mouthfeel. It boasts balance, freshness and body. Drink 2018 through 2025.Casot Riserva9445PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNada Giuseppe 2011 Casot Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloNada Giuseppe
3907239071ItalyEnticing aromas of blue flower, ripe berry, leather and a hint of baking spice meld together. The juicy, delicious palate offers ripe black cherry, crushed raspberry, clove and ground pepper. Firm, velvety tannins support the succulent fruit.San Rocco9485PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAzelia 2012 San Rocco (Barolo)NebbioloAzelia
3907339072USThick and rich in black sugarplum, this memorable Pritchard Hill-grown red is lovely and bold, velvety in texture with a softness to the firm, integrated tannin. Dried herb and spice provide memorable seasonings amidst a larger theater of dark chocolate, leather, clove and pepper.9470CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneChappellet 2012 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancChappellet
3907439073FranceSelected from parcels across the estate, this wine aims to reflect the totality of the appellation. It succeeds with its combination of minerality and ripe fruit. Oak, almond and citrus fruits are still right up front, showing that this is a young wine that will age well. Drink from 2018.Tête de Cru9441BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fuissé 2014 Tête de Cru (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayChâteau de Fuissé
3907539074FranceThe immense walled vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot gives so many styles of wine from its 80 growers. This version is already relatively soft with as much generous fruit as tannins. Some high-toast oak flavor needs to integrate, while showing great density and concentration. With power behind it, the wine will age seriously. Drink from 2023.94220BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Santenay 2014 Clos de VougeotPinot NoirChâteau de Santenay
3907639075FranceFrom three different parcels in this large Grand Cru vineyard, this wine is dense and concentrated. Powerful tannins will develop into rich fruits with great intensity. This wine, with its weight, needs time. Drink from 2023.94330BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 Clos de VougeotPinot NoirLouis Latour
3907739076FranceIntense and concentrated, this offers ripe yellow fruits, rich apples and a tight mineral texture. It has power, reinforced by subtle wood aging. A flagship for this producer, the wine will age well. Drink from 2020.94175BurgundyCorton-CharlemagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 Corton-CharlemagneChardonnayLouis Latour
3907839077PortugalBlending Syrah and Touriga Franca, this is the flagship wine from this property. New barrel aging adds a creamy toast character to a rich wine with its dusty tannins and dense texture. At the same time, the wine is very elegant, ripe with its black fruits. Still young, it will be ready from 2019.Vinha das Romãs9428AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Ravasqueira 2013 Vinha das Romãs Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte da Ravasqueira
3907939078GermanyHints of burnt sugar and spice accentuate honeyed peach, tangerine and melon in this deeply fruity auslese. It's lip-smacking sweet and ethereal in texture, filling the palate with crystalline shards of citrus, salt and mineral. Delicious and complex already, but sure to improve further through at least 2030.Scharzhofberger Auslese #19 Grosse Lage9470MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaReichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2014 Scharzhofberger Auslese #19 Grosse Lage Riesling (Mosel)RieslingReichsgraf von Kesselstatt
3908039079FranceA ripe, juicy and fruity wine, this is rich while shot through with fresh acidity. A dusty smoky structure awaits behind the fruit. It will become a well-balanced wine, packed with fruit and supple tannins. Drink from 2020.Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru9452BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerSeguin-Manuel 2014 Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirSeguin-Manuel
3908139080USShea is one of the Willamette Valley's most revered sites, and an all-star list of wineries compete for the fruit. Here the bright flavors of ripe raspberries are elevated with tangy acids, putting a tight frame of citrus around the core. A whiff of sea breeze comes up as well, enticing the taster to explore a bit more deeply. Already irresistible, this evocative wine will cellar well for at least a decade. Drink now through 2028.Shea Vineyard9455OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine St. Innocent 2014 Shea Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirSt. Innocent
3908239081ItalyEnticing scents of fragrant blue flower, ripe red berry, baking spice, menthol and new leather lead the way. Fresh and elegant, the palate delivers juicy red cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper and licorice while firm, polished tannins lend structure and a smooth mouthfeel. Drink 2018–2023.Sanadaive9430PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAdriano Marco & Vittorio 2013 Sanadaive (Barbaresco)NebbioloAdriano Marco & Vittorio
3908339082FranceThis monopole vineyard came into the Bouchard family in 1791, 60 years after the maison was founded. This wine is smoky and full of fruit and sweet tannins. With its balanced tannins and rich fruits, it is developing well. The dense structure behind the fruit promises good aging. Drink from 2020.Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus Grèves Premier Cru94100BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Père & Fils 2014 Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus Grèves Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirBouchard Père & Fils
3908439083FranceThe seven-acre walled vineyard surrounds the winery and château. Old vines and a sheltered situation give this wine its richness. Enhanced by the wood aging, this wine is ripe with apricots and spiced pears cut with a mineral texture. It is still young and will be much better from 2019.Le Clos9482BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fuissé 2014 Le Clos (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayChâteau de Fuissé
3908539084FranceOne of the most familiar of the Premier Cru vineyards in Puligny, it is according to legend named after goblins and other nighttime creatures. This wine is mineral, tight and crisp. Underneath, bright citrus and richer apricots are waiting to come out. The wine is young and will be ready to drink from 2019.Les Folatières Premier Cru94120BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Santenay 2014 Les Folatières Premier Cru (Puligny-Montrachet)ChardonnayChâteau de Santenay
3908639085USBrooding and dark, this softly structured wine is juicy and brimming in tension, its acidity focused and supportive. Black cherry, a subtle touch of cinnamon spice and toasted oak find balance and equal more than the sum of their parts, providing for a luxurious experience in the glass.Brown Ranch9475CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWalt 2014 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirWalt
3908739086AustraliaDeep brown in color, this is a full-bodied, supersweet, thickly textured wine. Scents of rancio and maple sugar waft from the glass, while the flavors are brighter and fresher than expected, adding hints of citrus to the dark molasses and mocha notes.Grand94140VictoriaRutherglenJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Grand Muscadelle (Rutherglen)MuscadelleChambers Rosewood Vineyards
3908839087ItalyViolet, menthol mint, red-berry and dark-spice aromas lift from the glass along with a hint of toast. The delicious, chewy palate doles out juicy black cherry, vanilla and star anise alongside firm, polished tannins that leave soothing, velvety texture but also give it structure. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018–2023.Ovello9460PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAlbino Rocca 2013 Ovello (Barbaresco)NebbioloAlbino Rocca
3908939088SpainAn opaque purple color and charred, smoky aromas render this ripe-vintage Toro dark from the outset. Sandpaper tannins frame its dominant char and burnt toast flavors, while a base of black fruit holds it together. It's all about oak and slamming tannins now, so cellar and drink from 2020–2030.Pintia9175Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachVega Sicilia 2012 Pintia (Toro)TempranilloVega Sicilia
3909039089PortugalThis oak-aged wine is intense, rich and packed with black fruits. It has spice from the wood as well as from the Syrah in the blend, while the juicy ripe character comes from Alicante Bouschet. It's an impressive concentrated wine that will be best from 2018.Casa Ermelinda Freitas Monte da Baía Reserva9118Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2014 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Monte da Baía Reserva Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers

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