Wine Reviews


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4101141010FranceThis wine has ripe berry fruits and balanced tannins. Fresh acidity marks the vintage and the wine is lightly textured, with an attractive smoky aftertaste. This is the first vintage for Thierry and Odile Bazin, with help from Jacques Chardat, her twin and owner of other Blaye properties.86BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Roche Bazin 2013 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Roche Bazin
4101241011FranceBehind the tannins, the fruit is beginning to broaden out and become rich. An attractive juicy character comes from the fresh black currant and berry fruits. Give this wine until 2016 and it will be ready to drink. Consulting oenologue Claude Gaudin manages this Médoc region estate.8620BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lescalle 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lescalle
4101341012FranceThis wine has structure, with ripe red fruits and a good layer of tannin. Despite a difficult year in Bordeaux, the Queyrens family created a balanced wine with the acidity showing brightly through the firm, still-young texture. It could do with a few more months of aging so drink from 2016.Les Hauts de Massonne du Château Pilet8615BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pilet 2013 Les Hauts de Massonne du Château Pilet (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pilet
4101441013ChileApple, melon, spice and briny aromas are more mellow than loud. This feels fresh and focused, but simple. Flavors of white peach, melon and nuts carry onto the finish, with a hint of popcorn flavor.Reserva8613Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCaliterra 2014 Reserva Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayCaliterra
4101541014SpainApple and mild citrus aromas are clean but basic. A fresh, slightly coarse mouthfeel and soda-like flavors of orange, lime and apple are better than adequate, while this finishes with freshness and notes of lemon-lime.8615CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCanals Canals NV Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCanals Canals
4101641015ChileBerry, olive, spice and herbal aromas are typical of Chilean Cabernet. Scratchy tannins and medium overall weight make for some roughness, while raspberry and red-plum flavors finish herbal and spicy.Gran Reserva Maipo Alto8615Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarmen 2012 Gran Reserva Maipo Alto Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCarmen
4101741016FranceThis ripe, fruity wine has both freshness and a warmer, rounded character. Apricot and fresh white peach fruits are filled out with almond flavors as well as acidity. It's a wine to enjoy now, although it will be better from 2016Réserve des Vignerons8614Loire ValleySaumurRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Saumur 2014 Réserve des Vignerons (Saumur)Chenin BlancCave de Saumur
4101841017FranceWhile this wine does have firm tannins, it also offers a ripe, fruity backdrop that will develop. At the moment, the wine is dry and dense. Give it a few months for the red fruits to broaden out. Drink from mid-2016.8615BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bois Pertuis 2013 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bois Pertuis
4101941018FranceA Blanc de Noirs from Malbec, this aromatic wine has just a hint of tannins from the grape skins along with attractive acidity. It's a surprisingly fresh and fruity wine in the context of Malbec. Drink now.Gaudou Exception Brut8619France OtherVin MousseuxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Gaudou NV Gaudou Exception Brut Malbec (Vin Mousseux)MalbecChâteau de Gaudou
4102041019FranceThis fruity wine has fresh pineapple, peach and white fruit flavors. It is crisp and dry, with an attractive touch of honey. This would be a great partner with Asian foods.Le Petit Chenin8613Loire ValleyAnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Roulerie 2014 Le Petit Chenin Chenin Blanc (Anjou)Chenin BlancChâteau de la Roulerie
4102141020FranceThis wine has potential, with ripe berry fruits and soft tannins that are already well integrated. It is dense, showing a structure that will broaden out as the wine ages. Drink this juicy, fruity wine from Vignobles Dulon from 2016.8620BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Jean 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Jean
4102241021FranceThe aroma is all green herbs, with crisp acidity following on the palate. Fragrant with acidity, lemon zest and gooseberry flavors, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc is bright and lively at the end. Drink from 2016 for the texture to calm down a little. The estate is transferred from mother to daughter; Alexia Eymas took over in 2001.86BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Maison Neuve 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Maison Neuve
4102341022FranceRich and fruity, this is a balanced, mainly Merlot wine with some good tannins and a dark berry fruitiness. It is still young and full of dryness, although this will fill out. Drink from 2017. George Thienpont bought the property in 1946 and started a family legacy in this appellation. Son Nicolas is the enologist and oversees this and other Francs properties.86BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Puygueraud 2013 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Puygueraud
4102441023FranceStill young, this rich wine has a stalky character that contrasts with the ripe black currant flavors and good acidity. With a few months aging, this will fill out and be an attractive and fruity. Drink from 2016.8610BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Roc de Ségur 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Roc de Ségur
4102541024FranceThis Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend has a tannic character, smoky flavors and a solid structure. It is also perfumed with ripe berry fruits and a juicy taste that is developing behind the firm tannins. It's made by the same team as the Médoc Cru Bourgeois Haut Breton Larigaudière. Drink from 2016.Cuvée Prestige8632BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tayet 2013 Cuvée Prestige (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tayet
4102641025ItalyEnticing aromas of Alpine wildflowers, chopped herbs, toasted nuts and citrus zest mingle in the glass. The vibrant palate offers hazelnut, juicy nectarine, pear and energizing mineral alongside refreshing acidity.Fontanasanta8948Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeForadori 2013 Fontanasanta Nosiola (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)NosiolaForadori
4102741026ItalyRed currant and alpine herb aromas lead the nose on this blend of Schiava and 5% Lagrein. The bright palate offers sour cherry, strawberry, tangerine zest and a touch of toasted almond alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity.Glogglhof St. Magdalener Classico8925Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFranz Gojer-Glögglhof 2013 Glogglhof St. Magdalener Classico Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaFranz Gojer-Glögglhof
4102841027SpainAromas of brick dust, vitamins and baked fruits are gritty and require some navigating. This has a wiry, tight feel, yet in terms of flavors, it's ripe almost to the point of being raisiny. Heat, hard tannins and dried berry fruit flavors direct the finish. Drink through 2017.8940CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachGenium Celler 2009 Red (Priorat)Red BlendGenium Celler
4102941028USClear, well-defined varietal scents of pepper, licorice and boysenberry cut through, with a hint of fresh-cut tobacco. A substrate of granite underscores this ripe, supple, medium-long wine with good grip and a polished mouthfeel. Drink 2015 through 2020.Estate Grown8938OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Girardet 2012 Estate Grown Syrah (Umpqua Valley)SyrahGirardet
4103041029ItalyAromas of woodland berry, pressed rose petal and alpine herb lead the nose. The firm palate offers dried cherry, anise and espresso alongside mellow, buffed tannins.Praepositus Riserva8945Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAbbazia di Novacella 2010 Praepositus Riserva Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroAbbazia di Novacella
4103141030USPart of the winery's line of single-clone Pinots, this is a bit chunkier than the others, with strawberries and cherries lightly finished with a milk chocolate frame. The midpalate is medium bodied and holds together through the finish.Wadenswil Clone8950OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amalie Robert 2011 Wadenswil Clone Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAmalie Robert
4103241031ItalyThis barrel-fermented Sauvignon opens with aromas of toast, baked stone fruit, yellow flower and citrus zest. The round palate offers ripe yellow peach, celery, juicy grapefruit, crystalized ginger, roasted almond and vanilla bean alongside soft acidity.Cicinis8947Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAttems 2012 Cicinis Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonAttems
4103341032USPepper, ollallieberry, roasted pork and a violet-flavored candy aroma comprise the nose on this wine from a vineyard north of the Santa Maria Valley. Zesty acidity on the palate cuts through the boysenberry, anise and game flavors, making for a lively wine.Colson Canyon Vineyard8932CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrander 2012 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahBrander
4103441033FranceThe granite soil of Clisson is a special part of the Muscadet region. It gives a wine that is structured, firm and needing to age. With five years, this wine is just ready to drink. The white fruits are integrating into the tight texture and leaving room for minerality. Drink now, although the wine will continue to age until 2016.Clisson8930Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et Maine ClissonRoger Voss@vossrogerBruno Cormerais 2010 Clisson (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson)MelonBruno Cormerais
4103541034ItalyA smoky nose with hints of flint and stone fruit leads the way on this linear white. The juicy palate delivers yellow peach, crisp apple, lemon drop and a hint of ginger alongside bright acidity.Monte Fiorentine8920VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCa' Rugate 2013 Monte Fiorentine (Soave Classico)GarganegaCa' Rugate
4103641035USThis feels a little thin at first sip, but it's balanced and shows tart cherry fruit that has attained a modest level of ripeness. It has a pleasing softness in the mouth, opening into a mix of plum and red cherry, with some phenolic bite.Latchkey Vineyard8940OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Purple Hands 2013 Latchkey Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirPurple Hands
4103741036PortugalThis perfumed, new-wood-flavored wine is clear-cut and structured. Firm tannins are layered with black fruits and touches of perfumed violets, allied with solid structure. It fills the glass with ripe aromas, while acidity at the end gives a final lift. Drink from 2016, although the wine can be enjoyed now.Lybra8920LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Monte d'Oiro 2011 Lybra Syrah (Lisboa)SyrahQuinta do Monte d'Oiro
4103841037USA strength of oak and burly black fruit in this single-vineyard designate makes it intense and big. In the background, an unexpected minty, forest floor quality overtakes the aromas at first, but blows off over time. The wine finishes as intensely as it starts, awash in toasty oak.Bush Crispo Vineyard8970CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRam's Gate 2012 Bush Crispo Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRam's Gate
4103941038USThanks to wines like this, expect a bright future for this appellation, which is just south of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Aromas of ripe plums, brown spices, turned earth and black slate lead into a silky palate, where red fruits are cut with an emergent, cinnamon-y spice and slightly leathery tannic grip.Dijon Clone8932CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannScott Family 2013 Dijon Clone Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco)Pinot NoirScott Family
4104041039ItalyWild red berry and crushed flower aromas lead the nose on this lively red. The juicy palate doles out sour cherry, raspberry, almond and a lightly balsamic note. It's nicely balanced with bright acidity and soft, polished tannins.Passion Vernatsch8923Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSt. Pauls 2013 Passion Vernatsch Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaSt. Pauls

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