Wine Reviews

3984139840ArgentinaMelon and stone-fruit aromas are minerally and mild, with no overt fruit or oaky aromas sticking out. Crisp, citric and still a touch oily in feel, this tastes of briny citrus fruits, popcorn and salt. On the finish, this shows good body along with lasting salty citrus flavors.Gran Medalla8725Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrapiche 2015 Gran Medalla Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayTrapiche
3984239841FranceThis instantly delicious, fruity wine has crisp lemon and spice flavors along with generous acidity. Ready to drink, it's all bright fruit with a lively aftertaste.Domaine la Gemière French Blonde8721Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2015 Domaine la Gemière French Blonde (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancXavier Flouret
3984339842USComplexity in terms of both fruit flavors and oak-induced spices make this wine fun to taste. It has light baking-spice aromas, ripe fruit flavors like black cherry, and a lightly tannic texture.8711CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFirst & Local 2013 Red (California)Red BlendFirst & Local
3984439843USNotes of pressed apple and orange rind are brightened by splashes of lemon and spice in this robustly full-bodied wine. Savory apple and pear flavors lend a rustic tone but its mouth-clinging texture is lavish and lingering. It's a bold wine but balances neatly without any alcoholic heat.8717New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaFjord 2014 Chardonnay (Hudson River Region)ChardonnayFjord
3984539844USA blend of Bordeaux varieties, this is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Moderate in acidity and body, it has a ripeness to the fruit. Blueberry, chocolate and chalky, dusty tannin dominate, with a chill of violet perfume.Artistry8745CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGirard 2013 Artistry Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet FrancGirard
3984639845South AfricaA blend of 37% Shiraz, 19% Gamay, 18% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache and 12% Cinsault, this soft rosé has an herbaceous kick that lends depth to the red currant and cherry fruit core. The palate is ripe and fruity, but not overdone, with supporting acidity and subtle hints of pepper and blackberry leaf on the finish. Drink now.8710Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGoats do Roam Wine Co. 2015 Rosé (Western Cape)RoséGoats do Roam Wine Co.
3984739846USMilk chocolate, toast and raspberry aromas are followed by quite sweet fruit flavors. It's unabashed in its easy-drinking appeal.8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))Merlot14 Hands
3984839847ItalyAromas of dark fruit, spice and a whiff of aromatic herb take center stage. The simple palate is on the lean side, offering raw red berry and a note of powdered sage.Goghi8727TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmantis 2014 Goghi Red (Toscana)Red BlendAmantis
3984939848USDrenched with luscious grapey flavors, this medium-bodied wine soothes the palate. Its texture is smooth and carries the fruitiness through the aftertaste.Estate Grown8720CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBarra of Mendocino 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)Cabernet SauvignonBarra of Mendocino
3985039849USA go-to brand for everyday sipping, this offers easily enjoyable aromas of dense blueberry, menthol, cedar and leather. The fruit-forward palate shows red cherry, bramble and red plum, with just enough tannin and acidity to stand up to dinner.8718CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBroadside 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonBroadside
3985139850ArgentinaSoupy berry aromas with cheesy oak notes make for an earthy, challenging nose. This feels full, grabby and highly tannic. Medicinal berry and cherry flavors are accented by brown-sugar sweetness and chocolaty spice on the finish.Paso de Piedra8720Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Alicia 2012 Paso de Piedra Cabernet Sauvignon (Luján de Cuyo)Cabernet SauvignonViña Alicia
3985239851SpainBasic apple aromas are fresh and clean. This Viura is healthy and clearly defined, but simple all the way through. Lightly pickled citrus flavors finish steady.8712Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Eguía 2015 Viura (Rioja)ViuraViña Eguía
3985339852USThis wine kicks off with awesome aromatics of jasmine flowers, white beach, green tea and Rainier cherry. The palate is clean and crisp with ripe honeydew melon, Gala apple and Anjou pear flavors that are pleasant but simple.8716CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCastoro Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Paso Robles)Sauvignon BlancCastoro Cellars
3985439853FranceA blend that includes Aligoté along with the traditional Champagne grapes, this is lively and bright. Fresh apples and a soft aftertaste make for an easy to drink wine that is lit with final acidity.Brut8720BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Bissey NV Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendCave de Bissey
3985539854FranceThis is a nutty wine with flavors of hazelnuts and a mature character. The fruit has developed a honey flavor, keeping the acidity and an attractive spicy aftertaste. This ripe wine is ready to drink.Brut87Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Vaugondy NV Brut (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine de Vaugondy
3985639855FranceThis wine reflects the ripeness of the vintage while still retaining crisp minerality. Creamed apples are balanced with a tangy texture and soft acidity. The wine finishes with a crisp aftertaste that gives a great lift. Drink the wine now.8725BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vrignaud 2015 ChablisChardonnayDomaine Vrignaud
3985739856FranceThis is an attractive red-fruit flavored wine with fine acidity as well as juicy berries and cherry. Its soft tannins are just right to sustain the delicious fruitiness. Dink this wine from 2017.Domaine de la Ferté8735BurgundyGivryRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2014 Domaine de la Ferté (Givry)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
3985839857FranceShowing the ripe 2015 vintage, this is a soft rounded wine. It has attractive acidity to lift the ripe yellow fruit and add a shot of citrus. The wine needs another few months to settle in, so wait until summer 2017.8725BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerEtienne Boileau 2015 ChablisChardonnayEtienne Boileau
3985939858USTart Montmorency cherry meshes with a cedary cigar-box note on the nose of this wine. The palate is fruit-driven with ripe cherries and blueberries, lifted slightly by anise and bay-leaf spices.87CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannGunsight Rock 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonGunsight Rock
3986039859USHints of roasted beet and forest floor lend rusticity to ripe red cherry and plum in this full-bodied Cabernet Franc. Crisp acidity lifts and lightens the midpalate. Smooth supple tannins and a hint of truffle linger on the finish.8722New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHector Wine Company 2014 Cabernet Franc (Seneca Lake)Cabernet FrancHector Wine Company
3986139860FranceThis is a lighter style of Pinot Noir than some produced in Sancerre today. It brings out perfumes and red-cherry flavors lifted by acidity. The wine is fruity, with hints of wood aging and a juicy aftertaste. Drink now.Les Baronnes8727Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Bourgeois 2013 Les Baronnes (Sancerre)Pinot NoirHenri Bourgeois
3986239861FranceThe Grand Lieu lake gives extra ripeness to the Melon grapes grown close to its shores, resulting in a rich, smooth and creamy-textured wine. Of course there is also plenty of citrus and mineral acidity. The wine is ready to drink.8710Loire ValleyMuscadet Côtes de GrandlieuRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Berrière 2015 Muscadet Côtes de GrandlieuMelonLa Berrière
3986339862FranceVines with an average age of 35 years have produced this smooth, creamy wine. A light mineral character shows in a flinty texture, balanced by ripe white stone fruits and pink grapefruit. A touch of pepper comes through in the aftertaste. Drink now.Domaine de Bégrolles Sur Lie8715Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignerons des Terroirs de la Noëlle 2015 Domaine de Bégrolles Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonLes Vignerons des Terroirs de la Noëlle
3986439863USFresh-pressed boysenberries give zest to dusty aromas of tobacco and strong shoe leather on the nose of this bottling. Tobacco shows powerfully on the palate, as do dill, marjoram and black pepper. Dark fruit, from blackcurrant to elderberry, provides the base.8710CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMagistrate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonMagistrate
3986539864USThis wine is a blend of McKinley Springs and Alder Ridge fruit. Coffee and cherry aromas lead to restrained cranberry flavors, with the tannins bringing some dryness and grit.Vineyard Series8736WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2013 Vineyard Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonMaryhill
3986639865ItalyBegins beautifully with a hint of honey, white flowers and fruit. The palate shows good acidity and the finish is longer than the other Arneis tasted. The problem is that within five minutes, a slightly sour note could be detected, which although not particularly strong never really disappeared. Overall a very nice wine that could have been very special.Cascina Pioiero8417PiedmontRoero ArneisPioiero 2006 Cascina Pioiero (Roero Arneis)ArneisPioiero
3986739866USPretty good for a ten buck red, this has proper varietal flavors of blackberries, cherries and oak, and is fullbodied and tannic. There's a rustic edge, but it will do fine with roast chicken or even macaroni and cheese.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMcManis 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonMcManis
3986839867USThere's lots of exotic Viognier character packed into this fruity, slightly sweet wine. It's powerful in peach and pineapple flavors that are so ripe, they taste like melted jelly, with a hit of alcohol.Marsha's Vineyard8422CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaParkmon 2006 Marsha's Vineyard Viognier (Russian River Valley)ViognierParkmon
3986939868ItalyFor a Dolcetto, the Pio Cesare is a strong, fairly extracted wine. The fruit is here, but the wine is marked more by its power than its friendliness.8421PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaPio Cesare 2005 Dolcetto d'AlbaDolcettoPio Cesare
3987039869ItalyThe nose was interesting; earthy with plenty of plummy fruit and a touch of musk. On the palate, with the fruit more muted, the earthiness became more apparent, and what fruit remained thinned out even more as it reached the finish.8426PiedmontNebbiolo d'AlbaPoderi Colla 2004 Nebbiolo d'AlbaNebbioloPoderi Colla

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