Wine Reviews


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4000240001FranceIt's the lightly honeyed Gros Manseng in the blend with Sauvignon Blanc that works well for this Fezes family wine from northern Gascony. It rounds out the citrus flavors and adds apricot and green plums. The result is an attractive fruity wine that will be better from the end of 2016.Terres Blanches8712Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chiroulet 2015 Terres Blanches White (Côtes de Gascogne)White BlendDomaine Chiroulet
4000340002FranceFolle Noire is another name for the Négrette, the signature grape of Fronton. This wine comes from a clay and ironstone vineyard that has produced an intensely perfumed wine. It balances a smooth structure and vivid black fruits. The tannins are light and rounded. It's a wine to drink soon, from 2017.La Folle Noire d'Ambat8718Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine le Roc 2014 La Folle Noire d'Ambat Negrette (Fronton)NegretteDomaine le Roc
4000440003ItalyAromas of ripe black cherry, strawberry compote and baking spice lead the way while the easygoing palate offers crushed raspberry and hint of white pepper. Dusty tannins provide light support.8715TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDuca di Saragnano 2014 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendDuca di Saragnano
4000540004PortugalThis second wine from Duorum brings out ripe fruits, firm still young tannins and some concentrated acidity. It has touches of minerality along with bright red fruits and bold streaks of acidity. The wine is young although it is ready to drink now.Tons de Duorum8711DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerDuorum 2014 Tons de Duorum Red (Douro)Portuguese RedDuorum
4000640005PortugalThe principal grapes of Dão are all in this ripe, fruity blend: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro are rich, full of blackberry fruits and layered with some firm tannins. The wine is ripe while still retaining the structure from the granite soil. Drink now.Messias Selection878DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerMessias 2013 Messias Selection Red (Dão)Portuguese RedMessias
3999139990USA soft, dry and easy wine to like, this Merlot has flavors of cherries, blackberries, Asian spices and cola, with smoky overtones of oak. Drink now.8428CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastSunstone 2005 Merlot (Santa Barbara County)MerlotSunstone
4000740006USLight red in color, this rosé comes from one of the few grapes with red flesh, and is luscious as expected. Aromas of baked cherries, vanilla bean and strawberry pull in the nose, and the palate comes through with fruit punch, stewed red fruit and exotic orange notes. It's a crowd pleaser.Rosé of8724CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMichael Rose Cellars 2014 Rosé of Alicante Bouschet (Central Coast)Alicante BouschetMichael Rose Cellars
3999239991ItalyHere's a ripe, slightly cooked Sangiovese from Puglia with a brownish color and full aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry jam. It's chewy and slightly sour in the mouth with polished tannins. Drink now.8411Southern ItalyPugliaTiamo 2005 Sangiovese (Puglia)SangioveseTiamo
4000840007USFermented in stainless steel, this is a crisp white with decent acidity that traffics in pomelo, white fig and peach fuzz. It stays light in style and refreshing before finishing with a somewhat diluted feel.Classic Collection8724CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneNapa Cellars 2014 Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancNapa Cellars
3999339992USHow's this for exotic: this red blend is made from the vinifera grapes Saperavi (from the former Soviet Georgia) and Sereksiya Charni (generally from Moldova). On the nose, the wine displays clove, tart berry, raspberry and black pepper, and on the palate, like flavors and solid tannins. There's a touch of dried tea to the blend and a decent finish, but the wine needs time to age--consider holding it for 5-10 years for the complexity to unfold. Overall, an appealing and interesting choice.Black Russian Red8460New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaMcGregor 2005 Black Russian Red Red (Finger Lakes)Red BlendMcGregor
4000940008ItalyUnderbrush, toasted oak and red berry aromas lift out of the glass. The bright, light-bodied palate doles out sour cherry, orange rind, oak, coffee and star anise. Fine-grained tannins and zesty acidity give support.Belcanto8725TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNittardi 2013 Belcanto (Chianti Classico)Red BlendNittardi
3999439993USThis unoaked Sauvignon Blanc is crisply acidic, with honey-infused lemon, lime and pink grapefruit flavors. It has an edge of acrid gooseberries that some people will find troublesome, while others will compare it favorably to New Zealand wines.8418CaliforniaRutherfordNapaFrog's Leap 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon BlancFrog's Leap
3999539994ItalyA blend of Tintore and Per'e Palummo (a grape native to the Island of Ischia), there is a thorny, raw quality to this wine that is backed by Asian spice, incense, spice, tobacco and mature black fruit. The wine has a thin, almost metallic taste, with spicy fruit tones on the close.Costa d'Amalfi Tramonti8418Southern ItalyCampaniaGiuseppe Apicella 2006 Costa d'Amalfi Tramonti Red (Campania)Red BlendGiuseppe Apicella
3999639995SpainRed in color and pretty clean on the nose, where raspberry and rose petal essence come together. The palate is acidic and tight, with tangy watermelon and peach flavors carrying the cleansing finish. Juicy to the extreme, but a good partner for food.Rosado848Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachCoto de Hayas 2007 Rosado Rosé (Campo de Borja)RoséCoto de Hayas
4001040009FranceA soft, finely integrated wine with ripe apple fruits and a crisp citrus texture. With its creamy mousse and lively final acidity this nonvintage cuvée is ready to drink. Palmer is the brand name for a grouping of seven growers.Brut Réserve8749ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPalmer & Co NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendPalmer & Co
3999739996ItalyThe nose here is very sweet and ripe and recalls mature pear, cantaloupe and grapefruit. A blend of Coda di Volpe and 20% Falanghina harvested from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the wine offers a smooth but lean consistency and power in the mouth with long-lasting freshness on the close.8420Southern ItalyLacryma Christi del VesuvioDigi Or NV Coda di Volpe (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)Coda di VolpeDigi Or
3999839997USHoney and toasted spice aromas are followed by an elegant balance of curvy fruit and acid in this stylish Viognier from Arizona. The viscous mouthfeel and honeyed finish add to the package. Pair this with a good curry or spicy Chinese dish for an interesting balance.8420ArizonaCochise CountySusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDos Cabezas 2006 Viognier (Cochise County)ViognierDos Cabezas
3999939998USThe winery is in eastern Oregon, near the Idaho border, but the grapes were sourced from an unnamed Willamette Valley vineyard. A bit high-toned, with sharply defined strawberry and cherry fruit, this finishes with a burst of caramel and mocha.8728OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Copper Belt 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCopper Belt
4000039999USEarthy, mature, beefy flavors lend an unorthodox but tasty personality, while medium body and light tannins form an appetizing mouthfeel. This variety is known for its earthy, wild character, so enjoy it!Love Ranch Vineyard8731CaliforniaMaderaCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDante Robere 2013 Love Ranch Vineyard Mourvèdre (Madera)MourvèdreDante Robere
4000140000PortugalThis is a ripe and juicy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinta Roriz. The tannins are present although well integrated into the fine juicy red-fruit flavors. The wine is ready to drink.Pedras do Monte879LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Pedras do Monte Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
4001140010USPino is a new Oregon entry from the Bronco Wine Company. This fragrant wine, from Willamette Valley grapes, brings fleshy pear fruit and penetrating spices. There's big, forward flavor to spare, with just a slight burn in the finish.8718OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pino 2014 Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisPino
4001240011USBrown sugar and chocolate make for a hedonistic experience in this brawny, powerful wine. It's well-composed in smoky char, juicy blackberry and a full-bodied finish of black pepper.Old Vine8730CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePuccioni 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPuccioni
4001340012PortugalStill young in color and fruit, this is packed with black fruits and only the lightest hints of wood aging. That makes the wine very different from other vintage Colheitas or aged tawnies, with a style that is ripe and still fresh.Colheita8735PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de la Rosa 2008 Colheita (Port)PortQuinta de la Rosa
4001440013ItalyThis bright, straightforward red offers aromas of wild berry, coffee and a whiff of tilled soil. On the soft, easy-drinking palate, notes of chopped sage and baking spice add interest to the red cherry core. Drink through 2016.Famiglia Zingarelli8716TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca delle Macìe 2014 Famiglia Zingarelli (Chianti Classico)Red BlendRocca delle Macìe
4001540014ItalyAromas of toast, underbrush and a hint of chocolate covered-cherry lead the nose. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, a hint of star anise and a green note of powdered sage alongside nervous acidity. Tightly packed, bracing tannins leave a tongue-drying finish.8722TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Fabiano Calcinaia 2013 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendSan Fabiano Calcinaia
4001640015USCreamy vanilla and pear pie provide a fleshy and full-bodied texture to this wine, which leans tropical in guava and melon. Aged in entirely neutral oak, the fruit shows well within a wave of ripeness.River Tusque8726CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSanglier Cellars 2014 River Tusque Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnaySanglier Cellars
4001740016USShy initially, this wine is intensely creamy and round on the palate, nearly full bodied, dry and hard to pin down. Melon and apple come into play, as do more exotic stone-fruit flavors.8724CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeating 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancKeating
4001840017USThe winery aims for Loire valley characteristics in its wines, hence the reference to Côt, as Malbec is known in the region. This is grapy, purple and young. At this point it's difficult to see much else beyond the fruit and lip-sticking acids. It's a good warm-weather quaffing wine, best served slightly chilled.Crater Lake Vineyard Loiregon Côt8730OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2014 Crater Lake Vineyard Loiregon Côt Malbec (Rogue Valley)MalbecLeah Jørgensen Cellars
4001940018PortugalSix months in wood has given this wine a smooth character that has filled out the grape's natural tannins. It is a rich wine with red berry fruits that have a fine violet perfume. The wine is structured and firm, ready to drink from late 2016.QP8712AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMarcolino Sebo 2013 QP Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)Touriga NacionalMarcolino Sebo
4002040019PortugalA young and fruity tawny that has dried fruits and fresh black fig and toffee. It is a smoothly textured wine, the spirit fully integrated into the sweetness and richness. Drink now.Martha's Slim Collection Tawny8713PortRoger Voss@vossrogerMartha's Wines NV Martha's Slim Collection Tawny (Port)PortMartha's Wines

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