Wine Reviews

4131141310PortugalThe natural acidity of Arinto is well known for sparkling wines in Bucelas close to Lisbon. Here it has the same fresh, crisp, tight character and vibrant texture. It's light, creamy and fruity, a fine apéritif style.Reserva Bruto Nature8517TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lapa NV Reserva Bruto Nature Arinto (Tejo)ArintoQuinta da Lapa
4131241311GermanyPlush and supple, this is an easy-drinking blend of Dornfelder, Portugieser, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a soft, juicy wine full of primary black cherry and berry flavors, without even a whisper of tannins, but enjoyable for uncomplicated, immediate consumption.Red Sheep8514RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaSchäfer 2014 Red Sheep Red (Rheinhessen)Red BlendSchäfer
4131341312ItalyThe shy nose doesn't give much away except for a hint of beeswax. The lean palate shows suggestions of mineral and lime alongside bracing, almost crackling acidity.8518Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta La Ponca 2014 Malvasia (Collio)MalvasiaTenuta La Ponca
4131441313ArgentinaGritty aromas of asphalt, herbs, tomato and plum make for a tough opening. This is syrupy and grabby on the palate, with creamy berry and cooked brown-sugar flavors. A sinewy finish tastes medicinal and a touch weedy.Vino Tinto8560Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCicchitti 2013 Vino Tinto Red (Mendoza)Red BlendCicchitti
4131541314ItalyHere's an informal, easygoing white that offers sensations of banana, peach and pear. It's simple and refreshing, with brisk acidity.8514Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeItalo Cescon 2014 Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave)Pinot GrigioItalo Cescon
4131641315USThis starts out well, with soft, plummy fruit. It then turns a corner into an odd, lingering finish with residual flavors of sour fruit, plastic and gun metal.Le Verre Cuvée8521OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Joleté 2014 Le Verre Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirJoleté
4131741316GermanySweet and cheery, this plush, easygoing Dornfelder boasts bright raspberry and plum flavors accented by a blossomy flair. With sunny acidity and no perceivable tannins, it's a softly structured but enjoyable sip. Drink now.Sweet8511RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaKarl Josef 2014 Sweet Dornfelder (Rheinhessen)DornfelderKarl Josef
4131841317South AfricaA fruit-forward style of Pinotage, this boasts ripe notes of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry upfront, with subtle accents of black pepper, vanilla oak and purple flowers in the background. Medium tannins lend some structure to the rich fruitiness of the palate, but fade fast on the finish.8510Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzStellar Organics 2014 Pinotage (Western Cape)PinotageStellar Organics
4131941318ItalyThis opens with subdued aromas that suggest chamomile flower, passion fruit and a whiff of adhesive bandage. The lean, stringy palate shows notes of crunchy celery, grapefruit and a hint of stone alongside nervous acidity.85Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Rajade 2014 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonLa Rajade
4132041319ItalyFun and fresh, this informal white offers whiffs of white flower and pear. The straightforward palate presents notes of apple and peach alongside lively acidity. It's not complex, but it is well made.8511Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLagaria 2014 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioLagaria
4132141320FranceThe wine is fine, fresh and crisp. It has balanced acidity and lively pink grapefruit fruit flavors that give the wine a good, clean, clear character. There is a juicy bright, refreshing aftertaste. Drink now.Sur Lie8512Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Charmel 2014 Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonLe Charmel
4132241321USRustic and sauvage, this wine has an herbal quality that's hard to shake; it's both so defining and distracting. Cherry and pomegranate also figure in.8560CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMelhill 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirMelhill
4132341322PortugalThis is an attractive, aromatic blend of Arinto and Antão Vaz. It has a softly citrus character with riper, fuller peach and pineapple fruit. It's full, fruity and ready to drink.Montaria Branco858AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2014 Montaria Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteParras Vinhos
4132441323USThis fails to overcome its thin, unripe fruit. Strong scents of smoke and oak carry into the flavors, bringing a bitter end to the finish.8525OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Plaisance Ranch 2012 Merlot (Applegate Valley)MerlotPlaisance Ranch
4132541324USBittersweet and youthful, this wine is overburdened by tannin and a weightiness of oak. Blackberry and gunpowder showcase its 100% varietal devotion, before more oak presents itself on the finish.One Hundred Percent8536CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePope Valley Winery 2012 One Hundred Percent Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPope Valley Winery
4132641325PortugalA fresh, citrus-flavored wine that is all about fruitiness. It is light, bright and tangy with orange and lemon zest. It is floral, crisp and ready to drink.Vinha da Foz Branco8515DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Foz 2014 Vinha da Foz Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Foz
4132741326PortugalThe wine shows its youth with firm, mineral tannins and only a light hint at the fruit. It does have plenty of acidity so it will develop a fresh, fruity character in a few months. The aftertaste is firm and still needing time. Drink from 2017.Rede Colheita Tinto8512DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Rede 2014 Rede Colheita Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta da Rede
4132841327SpainOddly tropical aromas of pineapple and orange peel dominate this juicy number. In the mouth, a sense of grape skins and abrasive tannins make things coarse. Minimal berry flavors mix with citrus leftovers prior to a drawing finish.8514Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachRios de Tinta 2014 Ribera del DueroTempranilloRios de Tinta
4132941328USThis is done in a soft, loose-knit, wide-open style—not the usual crisp and racy Riesling found in the Northwest. Apple and orange fruits are accented with notes of cracker and grain. It feels a bit flat in the finish. Drink up.8522OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Schmidt 2014 Riesling (Applegate Valley)RieslingSchmidt
4133041329ItalyThis opens with aromas that recall white flower, orchard fruit and a light medicinal note. The lean, rather diluted palate offers apple skin, mineral and a hint of bitter almond alongside brisk acidity.8528Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSubida di Monte 2014 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoSubida di Monte
4133141330ItalyLight scents of spring blossom and pear waft out of the glass. The simple palate is rather diluted and decidedly lean, showing hints of apple skin, mineral and brisk acidity.I Vigneti8520Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Peter Sölva & Söhne 2014 I Vigneti Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Pinot GrigioTenuta Peter Sölva & Söhne
4133241331USA pleasantly smooth texture, mellow fruit flavors and not-too-heavy body give easy drinkability to this very affordable wine. The fruit flavors are quiet but present and the balance is on the soft side.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBelle Ambiance 2013 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirBelle Ambiance
4133341332USFans of oaky wines will like this one for its showy butter and vanilla aromas, flavors full of caramel, butter and vanilla, and almost-thick texture.Teal Bartolucci Vineyards Big Valley Ranch Organically Grown Grapes8533CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChacewater 2013 Teal Bartolucci Vineyards Big Valley Ranch Organically Grown Grapes Chardonnay (Lake County)ChardonnayChacewater
4133441333PortugalThis is a full, fruity, rich and concentrated wine. It has bright red berries, some firm tannins and a good dense texture. It's also light and crisp, with acidity that cuts through the ripe fruitiness. Drink now through 2019.Paxis Tinto879LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2010 Paxis Tinto Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
4133541334FrancePerfumed and fruity, this is a gentle, lightly structured wine. It has red fruits, soft tannins and plenty of bright acidity. It's not a wine for long aging and can be drunk now–2018.Les Beaumonts8727BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine A. Machard de Gramont 2011 Les Beaumonts (Chorey-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine A. Machard de Gramont
4133641335FranceThis is a fruity, fresh wine full of black currant and berry flavor. Delicately structured, there's a vein of fresh green herbs and bell-pepper flavors that lend crispness to the finish.87France OtherSavoieRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Idylle 2011 Mondeuse (Savoie)MondeuseDomaine de l'Idylle
4133741336FranceLight, bright and fruity, this is a delicious glass of wine. It's fresh and crisp with fragrant white fruits layered with zesty citrus. It has a cool feel, with bright acidity adding lift to the finish.8720France OtherChigninRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine les Cantates 2012 Jacquère (Chignin)JacquèreDomaine les Cantates
4133841337USA 100-percent Cab Franc aged in all new French oak, this wine opens with aromas of vanilla and coconut, before imparting a taste of soft cassis and raspberry jam. Tightly structured, let it open for an hour or so before enjoying with roast chicken or quiche Lorraine.Silvaspoons Vineyards8726CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneEnoteca Five 2010 Silvaspoons Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Lodi)Cabernet FrancEnoteca Five
4133941338USThis is a classic, well made Lake County Sauvignon Blanc. It's creamy with fig, vanilla, cantaloupe and pineapple flavors, but with a crisp finish.8716CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneGuenoc 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancGuenoc
4134041339USA complement to the winery's Estate-labeled Tempranillo, it's made in a more fruit forward, less tannic style—though there are still firm, grainy tannins aplenty. It has notes of pencil shavings, red fruit and sweet spices accented by mouthwatering acidity. Try it with food—preferably Spanish tapas—to see it at its best.8721OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAbacela 2010 Tempranillo (Southern Oregon)TempranilloAbacela

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