Wine Reviews

4097040969AustriaSoft fruit that shows velvet tannins and a full, ripe red berry character. There are milk chocolate and bitter cherry flavors and very fresh acidity, all comfortably integrated, just finishing with an edge of pepper.Classic8628ThermenregionRoger Voss@vossrogerFischer 2005 Classic Pinot Noir (Thermenregion)Pinot NoirFischer
4097140970FranceAn unusual Nuits-St.-Georges. Normally the wines are dark, dry and tannic. But this is fruity, light, fresh. With its vibrant red fruits, it seems very out of character, if pleasing.8644BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2005 Nuits-St.-GeorgesPinot NoirHenri de Villamont
4097240971ItalyStone fruit and pear appear immediately on the nose of this luminous sparkler, which also offers dimension and personality. As a Brut, the wine tastes soft and full of fruit flavors and has creamy peach on the finish.Cuvée di Boj Brut8614VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneValdo NV Cuvée di Boj Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoValdo
4097340972RomaniaWith a fresh but earthy nose of flowers, honey and herbs, this approachable white begs for food pairing. Simple but balanced and with a flirty character, it has a summer sipping kind of appeal.Alb de Murfatlar8620MurfatlarSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaVinArte 2004 Alb de Murfatlar Pinot Gris (Murfatlar)Pinot GrisVinArte
4097440973USEntirely barrel-fermented in older barrels, this wine nevertheless shows plenty of buttered toast aromas to go with its tropical fruit. It's broad in the mouth, medium-bodied and turns citrusy on the finish.Morning Fog8614CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastWente 2006 Morning Fog Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)ChardonnayWente
4097540974AustriaLightly perfumed, this wood-aged wine has soft tannins and an unfocused character, which brings spice as well as green fruits. The aftertaste is taut and earthy.Reserve8629SüdoststeiermarkRoger Voss@vossrogerWinkler-Hermaden 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir (Südoststeiermark)Pinot NoirWinkler-Hermaden
4097640975ItalyThis is a pretty, luminous straw-colored sparkler with subtle shadings of honey, stone fruit, white flower and mineral. The wine is crisp and drying in the mouth but it also imparts a slight sensation of sweetness in the form of peach flavors.Olive Garden Brut8613VenetoProsecco del VenetoZonin NV Olive Garden Brut (Prosecco del Veneto)ProseccoZonin
4097740976ItalyFruity and fresh, this is a sweet-smelling, but not over-the-top Prosecco Dry with measured aromas of chopped fruit salad, kiwi and citrus. The wine offers an easy, fresh approach and ends with a long trail of sweet fruit.Millesimato Dry8618VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneAndreola Orsola NV Millesimato Dry (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoAndreola Orsola
4095140950PortugalA dark, ripe and fruity wine that is full of dense red-fruit aromas and spicy tannins. The palate offers ample freshness, with crisp, juicy red berry fruit up front. Drink now and until 2017.Samora Tinto8613TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2011 Samora Tinto Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
4095240951PortugalA cool, crisp and fresh wine that also has enough weight to go well with food. It has lively lemon, plum and red apple flavors. A touch of steely character lends great shape to this ready to drink wine.Azul Portugal8611TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Azul Portugal White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
4095340952USThere's a whiff of almond, a flavor of lime pith and a finish of wet stone in this light Pinot Blanc. A suggestion of cracker comes through in the finish.8620OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2012 Pinot Blanc (McMinnville)Pinot BlancYoungberg Hill Vineyards
4095440953PortugalA soft, smooth and juicy wine, with attractive red fruit aromas and a warm, fragrant texture. The wine has spice, hints of herbs and a strong layer of acidity. Drink now and until 2018.Bridão Clássico867TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo 2010 Bridão Clássico Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo
4095540954ItalyThis sparkling wine has aromas of baked apricot, walnut, hay, citrus and oak. The palate is lean and dry, without enough fruit richness to support the oak.Dosage Zero Millesimato Brut8665LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello Bonomi 2007 Dosage Zero Millesimato Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendCastello Bonomi
4095640955FranceThis is a bright and fruity red-currant and berry-fruited wine. It has some richness along with a more stalky edge. Wood aging shows subtly along with the firm tannins of the vintage. Drink from 2014.8612BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Rose Belair 2010 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Rose Belair
4095740956USIt's not clear what the varietal blend is, but it tastes like a Rhône-style wine, and a simple one, at that. Soft and silky, it has raspberry, honey, toasted almond and cinnamon flavors.Pantheon8622CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastDemetria 2010 Pantheon Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Red BlendDemetria
4095840957FranceA hint of earthiness and tannins add complexity to this fruity, bright wine full of red berry flavors. It's fragrant, delicious and refreshingly juicy, but not for aging.8625France OtherChigninRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine les Cantates 2011 Mondeuse (Chignin)MondeuseDomaine les Cantates
4095940958USA delightful Pinot Grigio, perfect for drinking as an appetizer wine, or with anything from fried chicken to Vietnamese pho. It's crisp in acidity, which gives a balanced structure to the ripe lime, apple and peach fruit flavors.868CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDomino 2012 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioDomino
4097840977ArgentinaNice berry aromas feature a smidgen of spice and herbs, while the palate has forward acidity that props up lively berry flavors. Expect no frills and this big-format Merlot will satisfy. It's ripe and sweet, and overall it's done right.White Pearl8612Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAntonio Cesar Cavalli 2006 White Pearl Merlot (Mendoza)MerlotAntonio Cesar Cavalli
4097940978ArgentinaFor two years running this Torrontes is White Pearl's most praiseworthy wine. It is true and tasty, with flowery aromas leading to flavors of lychee, papaya, melon and grass. Decent body and length give it credibility as a 1.5L Best Buy.White Pearl8612OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAntonio Cesar Cavalli 2007 White Pearl Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésAntonio Cesar Cavalli
4098040979SpainThis semisweet blend of Malvasia and Viura is not everyday stuff, but if you have a taste for something sweet and different, give it a try. The nose is floral and waxy, while flavors of honey and ultraripe pineapple are heady and sugary. Not a drop-dead winner but unique and interesting.Diamante Semi-Sweet Malvasia-Viura8612Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Franco-Españolas 2006 Diamante Semi-Sweet Malvasia-Viura White (Rioja)White BlendBodegas Franco-Españolas
4096040959ItalyHere's a simple but well made red from Tuscany that has floral aromas of violet and rose with berry notes. The palate offers bright cherry, red currant and a touch of spice. Pair this with pasta dishes or grilled vegetables.Pietramaggio8611TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria di Grignano 2011 Pietramaggio Red (Toscana)Red BlendFattoria di Grignano
4096140960PortugalThis is a smooth, creamy wine, with apple and pear aromas and flavors, as well as a crisp texture. It's full-bodied, very fruity and ready to drink, with bursting freshness and lingering acidity.Oscar's Branco8612DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuevedo 2012 Oscar's Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuevedo
4096240961PortugalThis is a perfumed wine, its freshness leaping from the glass. It has crisp green and white fruits, lively acidity and a light, tangy character. The finish shows more richness and a dry, textured feel.8612TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2012 White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Branco
4096340962ItalyHere's a simple Barbera with bright aromas of red fruit. On the palate, this shows cherry along with a hint of vanilla and peppery notes. Very fresh and smooth, but ready to drink now.Tardoc8615PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilladoria 2012 Tardoc (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaVilladoria
4096440963USKenwood perfected their Chardonnay style a long time ago, and it works, so why would they change? The quality may vary vintage to vintage, but not by much, and the price is always everyday. The 2012 is ripe and fruity, with orange and mango flavors enhanced by sweet oak and crisp acidity.8614CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKenwood 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayKenwood
4096540964USYes, this blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, French Colombard and Muscat Canelli is quite sweet, with sugary flavors of oranges, peaches, vanilla and toast. And yes, some people will turn their noses up at it. Too bad for them—it's an ideal wine for drinking at the beach or picnics, or celebrating just about anything.Sweet Cuvée8614CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherKorbel NV Sweet Cuvée Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendKorbel
4096640965FranceDelicately perfumed with bright red-fruit aromas, this is a light, fruity, forward wine that is ready to drink now. Acidity cuts through the palate and soft tannins linger on the finish.8620BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Chavy 2011 BourgognePinot NoirLouis Chavy
4096740966USYou'll find lots of upfront blackberry, black currant, roasted meat and cedar flavors in this dry Malbec. It's a little soft, but easy to drink now, especially with beef.Valley View Vineyard8620CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastLucas & Lewellen 2010 Valley View Vineyard Malbec (Santa Barbara County)MalbecLucas & Lewellen
4096840967ItalyThis wine has a pretty, honey-like element to the nose that is backed by chamomile tea and dried herbs. The ensemble gives it interesting personality and a clean, fresh dimension.Sergio Extra Dry8618VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneMionetto NV Sergio Extra Dry (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoMionetto
4096940968ItalyYou'll appreciate the harmony and cheerful personality of this luminous Prosecco. Riva dei Fiori is redolent of peach blossom and white stone and has a smooth, creamy quality with the staying power and persistence to stand up to leek quiche or other oven-cooked appetizers.Riva dei Fiori Brut8620VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneMontesel NV Riva dei Fiori Brut (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoMontesel

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