Wine Reviews

4128141280ChilePithy and citrusy on the nose, but ultimately it's rather neutral. The palate is citric and lean, with orange, lemon and sour apple flavors. Zesty to the point of tartness, with a citrusy, juicy finish. A pointed SB with zing.Natura8611Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2010 Natura Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancEmiliana
4128241281ChileMildly tropical on the nose and pleasant overall, with a touch of match stick to the bouquet. The palate is lemony and sheer, with flavors of Meyer lemon, white peach and apple. Pointed on the finish but clean. Good but normal in the scheme of things.Sepia Reserva8610Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2010 Sepia Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancVistamar
4128341282ChileSalinic and also melony on the mostly clean and crisp nose. The palate is healthy, with round, lightly pithy flavors of green melon, peach and kiwi. Citrusy on the finish and a little green on the fade out. Good for summer quaffing. Drink this year.Wetland Winemaker's Selection868Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachYali 2010 Wetland Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Rapel Valley)Sauvignon BlancYali
4128441283New ZealandNearly dry, this is a full-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Pinot Gris. It's a bit shy on the nose, offering only modest melon and citrus notes, then closes with hints of nuts and spice. Drink now.8619Central OtagoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMt. Difficulty 2009 Pinot Gris (Central Otago)Pinot GrisMt. Difficulty
4128541284GermanyRepresenting a bit of a chink in von Kesselstatt's impressive array of 2009s, this wine features slightly restrained notes of pineapple and green apple in a slightly uneasy alliance of sweet and sour. Drink up.Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett8630MoselJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzReichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2009 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingReichsgraf von Kesselstatt
4128641285ChileMeaty and roasted on the nose, with rubbery plum and blackberry aromas. This is a full-force wine with clacky, firm tannins and herbal flavors of cassis and dark berry. Finishes roasted, with an herbal character. Lively but coarse feeling.Reserva8613Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMisiones de Rengo 2009 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Rapel Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahMisiones de Rengo
4128741286ItalyPlayful aromas of sweet fruit and watermelon candy open the nose of this bright Piedirosso wine. It's smooth and easygoing in the mouth and would pair with grilled sausage or lamb chops.8612Southern ItalyTaburnoOcone 2009 Piedirosso (Taburno)PiedirossoOcone
4128841287USSoft and creamy, like a chocolate and black raspberry drink, sprinkled with pepper and cinnamon. Almost like a Port in its sweetness.Cask 5208630CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastSan Antonio 2007 Cask 520 Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSan Antonio
4128941288FranceLightly herbaceous, this is a soft, open, easy wine for summer drinking. Attractive grapefruit, green apple and orange zest mix easily together.Sauvignon Blanc86BordeauxCôtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bertinerie 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Bordeaux)Sauvignon BlancChâteau Bertinerie
4129041289FranceAttractively fruity, with plenty of red berry and black cherry flavors. Along with the fruit, the tannins and spice round out the texture, giving a final velvet feel.8612BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fontenille 2008 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Fontenille
4129141290South AfricaRipe and fruit forward. Strong notes of berry preserves and juicy black plum are laced with notes of purple flowers and sweet smoked meat. Medium weight with soft tannins and a clean finish. Drink now.8617WellingtonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzEventide Cellar 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Wellington)Cabernet SauvignonEventide Cellar
4129241291USGainey's basic Pinot is dry, dark in color and a little heavy. It has cherry, cola, licorice, white pepper and smoky oak flavors, and the tannins are thick. Lacks the vibrancy normally associated with this winery.8630CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastGainey 2008 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirGainey
4129341292ItalyResidents of Central-South Italy, and especially the Romans, enjoy a long and loving relationship with Falanghina thanks to the grape's ability to pair with fresh foods and fish. Villa Matilde presents a very clean, pristine and crisp expression with aromas of citrus, white rose and peach.Tenuta Rocca dei Leoni86Southern ItalyCampaniaVilla Matilde 2009 Tenuta Rocca dei Leoni Falanghina (Campania)FalanghinaVilla Matilde
4129441293FranceWith firm tannins, rich berry fruits and more typical red cherry flavors, this has weight and a ripe juicy core. It's ready to drink, but could be kept for another year.8610BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2009 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayBarton & Guestier
4129541294USWill satisfy Chard fans who like ripe fruit and plenty of oak. Shows pineapple marmalade, orange fruit cake, vanilla, buttered popcorn and smoky oak flavors, finished with brisk acidity.8618CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaBuena Vista 2008 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayBuena Vista
4129641295USMade in the modern style, with plenty of sweet oak and modest lime, green apple, persimmon and buttered toast flavors, brightened with acidity. Shows good varietal character for the price.8615CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastByron 2009 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayByron
4129741296ItalyHere's a food-friendly Aglianico that opens with pungent aromas of green herb, talc powder, crushed stone and dried fruit. It's a drying but not astringent wine that leaves a polished sensation on the finish.8615Southern ItalyIrpiniaLa Casa Dell'Orco 2008 Aglianico (Irpinia)AglianicoLa Casa Dell'Orco
4129841297ChileOther than a slightly burnt and stemmy nose, this is a nice Chilean Pinot. The bouquet deals tea, raspberry and crushed leaves, but as stated, also some burned rhubarb. Feels slightly syrupy and thick, with baked, herbal flavors of raspberry and strawberry. Falls off on the finish, where a bit of green enters the picture.Lot 218635Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLeyda 2009 Lot 21 Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirLeyda
4129941298ChileOlive, herbs and baked berry aromas vie with slightly stemmy scents to create a good but compromised bouquet. The palate has a full feel and juiciness along with medicinal cherry and berry flavors. Finishes toasty, baked and somewhat sharp and herbal.8615Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMeli 2008 Carignan (Maule Valley)CarignanMeli
4130041299ItalySour cherry, cranberry, licorice and cola open the nose of Mustilli's Piedirosso. This is an easy, fresh wine that would pair with pizza or pasta topped with loads of cheese.8617Southern ItalySannioMustilli 2008 Piedirosso (Sannio)PiedirossoMustilli
4130141300South AfricaSoft animal notes are countered by ripe red fruit aromas on the nose, while more stemmy red berry and cola spice flavors appear in the mouth. Medium weight with a clean, refreshing finish. Drink now.8621ElginLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzElgin Vintners 2008 Pinot Noir (Elgin)Pinot NoirElgin Vintners
4130241301South AfricaFresh and light with ripe fruit notes of red apple and apricot spiced with hints of white florals and lime zest. The medium weight mouth is juicy and clean, the ripe stone fruit flavors carrying through to the close. Drink now.8620ElginLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzElgin Vintners 2009 Viognier (Elgin)ViognierElgin Vintners
4130341302South AfricaA blend of 48% Chenin Blanc, 41% Chardonnay and 11% Viognier, this is an interesting white with slightly oxidized but rich notes of honeycomb, toasted hazelnut and baked apple thoughout. Medium weight with a touch of heat coming through on the long finish.Roulette Blanc8625SwartlandLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLammershoek 2008 Roulette Blanc White (Swartland)White BlendLammershoek
4130441303PortugalFresh and fruity, the wine is ripe, soft and with attractive red berry fruits over acidity. Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon make a happy blend of fruit and gentle structure. Drink now.Selection Tinto8512TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerEncosta do Sobral 2013 Selection Tinto Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedEncosta do Sobral
4130541304PortugalThis blend of Touriga Nacional and Merlot gives fresh red fruits that are crisp and sharp as a needle. The wine is lively and fruity, soft and ready to drink.Companhia das Lezírias Tyto Alba Vinhas Protegidas8520TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2015 Companhia das Lezírias Tyto Alba Vinhas Protegidas Rosé (Tejo)RoséWines & Winemakers
4130641305USMedium ruby in color, this Pinot has an overripe bramble berry aroma, with a slightly stemmy quality in the background. The light-bodied palate boasts juicy red fruits, zippy acidity and sandy tannins.Avonlea8545MichiganLake Michigan ShoreAlexander PeartreeWyncroft 2012 Avonlea Pinot Noir (Lake Michigan Shore)Pinot NoirWyncroft
4130741306USThe nose shows concentrated aromas of pineapple and peach juice that carry to the thick, rich palate. A bit cloying in nature, there isn't enough acidity to create balance come the honeyed-peach finish.Wren Song Ice Wine8550MichiganLake Michigan ShoreAlexander PeartreeWyncroft 2013 Wren Song Ice Wine Riesling (Lake Michigan Shore)RieslingWyncroft
4130841307SpainPungent, feline aromas of sweat and cactus set up a sharp, citric palate that's loaded to the brim with acidity. Austere flavors of passion fruit and lime end with a note of mango along with a wave of citric burn.S-Naia8516Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachNaia 2014 S-Naia Sauvignon Blanc (Rueda)Sauvignon BlancNaia
4130941308PortugalThis is a half-and-half blend of Touriga Nacional from northern Portugal and Castelão from the south. It's a wine that has plenty of fruit although the two grapes lie uneasily together. The juicy flavors and red berries are contrasted with a metallic acidity that isn't pleasant. Hopefully, the wine will fill out.Lagoalva8525TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2014 Lagoalva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
4131041309PortugalA lively mousse characterizes this fresh and fruity wine. It's light, frothy in flavor as well as texture, an attractive concoction of apples and pink grapefruit. The final taste brings out acidity.Espumante Bruto8525TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima NV Espumante Bruto Sparkling (Tejo)Portuguese SparklingQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima

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