Wine Reviews

4209142090FranceThis wine opens with delicate scents of red currant, spiced cherry and tart currant. Light tannins and slightly astringent red-cherry flavors unfold on the palate, finishing short but clean.Secret de Lunès8417Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzVignobles Jeanjean 2016 Secret de Lunès Pinot Noir (Pays d'Oc)Pinot NoirVignobles Jeanjean
4209242091ItalyThis has an unusual mix of aromas, from Asian spice and menthol to weedy underbrush and celery. The muddled palate is slightly fizzy, suggesting sweet and sour sauce, oak-driven spice and dried fruit. Bracing tannins leave a lean, raspy finish.San Cristoforo Campo Quadro84PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePunset 2012 San Cristoforo Campo Quadro (Barbaresco)NebbioloPunset
4209342092USHints of fresh-pressed apples and pears lend a cidery quality to this semisweet Riesling. It's a bit rustic in style, with streaks of tart lemon and slightly bitter tea tannins framing the finish.Semi-Sweet8419New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaVentosa 2015 Semi-Sweet Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingVentosa
4209442093FranceThis is a soft, rounded wine, with ripe fruit that seems unfocused. The fruit and the acidity are reticent, not giving the wine much shape. A simple, ripe wine, it can be drunk now.Buissonnier8425BurgundyMontagnyRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buxy 2015 Buissonnier (Montagny)ChardonnayVignerons de Buxy
4209542094FranceThis soft wine is full of citrus and spice flavors. A lightly zesty edge brings out the acidity. Fruity and easy to drink, it is ready now.8415BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Stéphane Brocard 2016 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayMaison Stéphane Brocard
4209642095USPale salmon in color, this delivers strawberry and watermelon aromas. It's dry on the palate, but the flavors fall a bit flat.The Expedition8416WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanoe Ridge 2016 The Expedition Rosé (Yakima Valley)RoséCanoe Ridge
4209742096USThe tarry herbal aromas and roasted peppery flavors of this medium-bodied wine give it a rather lean taste profile and the texture is moderately tannic.8423CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCedar View Winery 2014 Zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)ZinfandelCedar View Winery
4209842097USAn aroma like toasted marshmallows and a sweet candied-fruit flavor make this wine taste soft and almost cloying. It has a broad pillowy texture and buttery finish.Crimson & Clover Reserve8426CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsConcannon 2015 Crimson & Clover Reserve Red (Livermore Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendConcannon
4209942098FranceBright and fruity, this wine is light, crisp and shot through with acidity. Lively and tangy, it's ready to drink now.8420BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Perraud 2016 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayDomaine Perraud
4210042099FranceWhile this wine is full, it has an indistinct character. A soft texture and only light fruitiness leave a dull impression.8413BurgundyMâcon-ChardonnayRoger Voss@vossrogerGerald Talmard 2016 Mâcon-ChardonnayChardonnayGerald Talmard
4210142100ChileAromas of spicy but sticky ripe black fruits feed into a creamy, almost gooey palate. Notes of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar are amplified alongside candied, jammy berry flavors.8315Loncomilla ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMonkey Tree 2015 Red (Loncomilla Valley)Red BlendMonkey Tree
4210242101USSkunky, this wine is thick and shiny, with a metallic edge. The fruit leans into notions of wild strawberry.Estate Rosé of8329CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePeter Cellars 2016 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirPeter Cellars
4210342102USThis is an oaky, woody and somewhat harsh white wine, made with the addition of 8% Sémillon.8321CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMagic Door 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Oakville)Sauvignon BlancMagic Door
4210442103FranceA soft, dilute wine, this is gently fruity. Acidity gives a lift at the end. Drink now.La Crepillionne8319BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre-Yves et Olivier Fichet 2016 La Crepillionne (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayPierre-Yves et Olivier Fichet
4210542104ChileScattershot aromas are gritty and sweaty. This feels full but rather flat. Bland, sulfuric flavors of green fruits and melon finish short, with an oily texture.1912 Vines8320Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2016 1912 Vines Sauvignon Gris (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon GrisCasa Silva
4210642105FranceBaby powder and carnation grace the ummy peach and strawberry fruit tones in this wine. It's a touch sharp through the close, while mealy fruit dominates the palate.Pot de Vin Syrah8311Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Guilhem 2015 Pot de Vin Syrah Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséChâteau Guilhem
4210742106USA very grapey earthy aroma and a flavor like apple jelly make this full-bodied wine a little unusual. It's not what's normally expected from a California wine, but a decent drink.8328CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAuburnJames 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills Lake County)Cabernet SauvignonAuburnJames
4210842107FranceThis broad wine is soft, indistinct and suffers from overripe fruit. It needs a shot of acidity to give it life and interest.Grandes Mises8330BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerMommessin 2015 Grandes Mises (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayMommessin
4210942108USLight, dry and rather neutral in character, this wine is low in acidity and fruitiness, offering a bit of watermelon flavor.8315CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSIP 2016 Rosé (California)RoséSIP
4211042109ChileApplesauce aromas come with a note of sugar-coated beignet. This feels a little sticky, while scattershot flavors of grapefruit juice, lychee, mango and lime finish sweet but also green.Brut8315Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga NV Brut (Central Valley)Champagne BlendUndurraga
4211142110ChileHerbal, spicy aromas are strange, like uncooked hot dogs. This is plump on the palate, with flavors of spiced tomato and little more. A grabby finish lacks refinement.Momentos Reserve8311Itata ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachJunta 2016 Momentos Reserve Pinot Noir (Itata Valley)Pinot NoirJunta
4211242111SpainCidery aromas suggest sourdough bread and citrus. This cava feels raw and clipped, with little to no friendliness to the palate. Briny, cidery flavors finish with a funky pickled aftertaste.Brut8316CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltos de Sueño NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendAltos de Sueño
4211342112ChileAromas of grapefruit skins and iodine open this wine A flat palate and baked red-fruit flavors with bitterness end full and grabby.839Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAlmacruz 2016 Rosé (Colchagua Valley)RoséAlmacruz
4211442113SpainDilute melony aromas are slightly spoiled. This feels bland and unfocused. Modest white-fruit flavors are short and mildly bitter, while almond skin is the key flavor on a struggling finish.8313Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachLarchago 2016 Viura (Rioja)ViuraLarchago
4211542114ItalyThis lean and bracing wine offers raw cherry and powdered sage notes. Astringent, raspy tannins leave a dry finish.Stardè8325PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDezzani 2013 Stardè (Barbaresco)NebbioloDezzani
4211642115FranceThis offers notes of white strawberry, cherry and melon rind on the nose and mouth. Medium-minus in weight, flavors of lime peel and tart cherry skin lend astringent grip to the close.Coast Select Grenache83Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFortant 2016 Coast Select Grenache Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséFortant
4211742116SpainA fruitless nose smells of mealy grape skins, spoiled apple and peach pit. Unfocused white-fruit flavors are mealy and funky on the finish.8230CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachTerroir Al Límit 2016 White (Priorat)White BlendTerroir Al Límit
4211842117SpainDull, oxidized aromas lead to a foamy, obtuse palate that makes drinking this a rough experience. Mealy white-fruit flavors result from oxidation, while this is bready and mildly green on the finish. Tasted twice with mixed results.Brut Real Reserva8216CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachHeretat Mastinell NV Brut Real Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendHeretat Mastinell
4211942118ItalyThis has vegetal aromas reminiscent of minestrone soup and chopped celery that carry over to its muddled, fizzy palate.Montersino82PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTaliano 2014 Montersino (Barbaresco)NebbioloTaliano
4212042119ArgentinaPeachy aromas are friendly, while the palate has a good feel to it along with green flavors of melon, lime and fresh veggies. Finishes with fruit, dryness and a touch of bitterness, yet in the end it fails to deliver on the promise of the bouquet.Grazioso8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCaligiore 2008 Grazioso Torrontés (Mendoza)TorrontésCaligiore

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