Wine Reviews

4236142360FranceThe wine is rounded and soft with attractive berry fruits and wood aging. It's fruity with juicy acidity, black currant freshness and a dry core that will allow it to age 2017–2018.8413BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Rose du Pin 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Rose du Pin
4236242361FranceTightly herbaceous, this light and crisp wine is all citrus and gooseberries, with a tangy lemon zest texture. Drink now.8415BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rousset-Caillau 2013 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Rousset-Caillau
4236342362FranceThe wine is ripe, soft and spicy. It has a rustic feel, disclosing earthy aromas and almond and spice flavors. Light acidity keeps the wine fresh, although already it is showing signs of maturity. Drink now.Vérité8423AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Loew 2011 Vérité Sylvaner (Alsace)SylvanerDomaine Loew
4236442363PortugalRustic in character, this wine shows a bit too much alcohol, manifested by burnt and pepper notes. The acidity works hard to bring balance but ultimately is overpowered by the weight of the wine.8415AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Rocim 2011 Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)Touriga NacionalHerdade do Rocim
4236542364USHints of lemon and blossom invigorate earthier, savory tones of nuts and pressed apples in this dry, medium-bodied Pinot Blanc. It's slightly restrained on the palate, finishing briskly on a smoky walnut-skin note.Reserve8418New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2013 Reserve Pinot Blanc (Finger Lakes)Pinot BlancHeron Hill
4236642365USA quite remarkable mauve-pink in color, this offers faint cherry aromas. It's nearly sweet on the palate, with strawberries and hard red berry candy flavors.Estate Rosé of8420CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJoullian 2013 Estate Rosé of Zinfandel (Carmel Valley)ZinfandelJoullian
4236742366FranceSpicy and fruity, this is a bright, fresh wine with a light touch of sweetness. Gentil is a category that blends any number of the Alsace varieties together. It's aromatic, crisp at the end while keeping softness. Drink now.Pfaff Gentil8418AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim 2012 Pfaff Gentil White (Alsace)White BlendLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim
4236842367USTawny fruit leather and cooked red cherries scent this brick-rimmed wine made from Baco Noir. With flavors of dried leaves and figs, it feels overtly mature for its youthful age.Old Vines Masson Place Vineyard Pulteney Farm8320New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHudson-Chatham 2013 Old Vines Masson Place Vineyard Pulteney Farm Baco Noir (New York)Baco NoirHudson-Chatham
4236942368MexicoInitially this Cab smells grassy and downright green, yet berry aromas rise up after time in the glass. An awkward, heavy palate is home to heavily oaked berry flavors that finish creamy and thick.8327Valle de GuadalupeMichael Schachner@wineschachVena Cava 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Guadalupe)Cabernet SauvignonVena Cava
4237042369FranceJuicy and spicy flavors give a wine that layers fruit and ginger. Blackberries are the dominant fruit while the spice adds a bite that is almost exotic.8317BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Crusquet Sabourin 2012 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Crusquet Sabourin
4237142370FranceA late Merlot harvest (October 19) from 22 acres, the wine was stored for 12–16 months in cement vats. Dry and extracted with a hard edge that dulls the fruit, the wine will likely stay that way.83BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Claverie 2012 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Claverie
4237242371FranceThe wine is ripe and soft with a body of tannin that sits uneasily within this jammy character. The blend (Merlot 75%, Cabernet Franc 25%, Malbec 5%) was aged 30% in barrel and 70% in stainless steel tanks. It is unbalanced and likely to remain so.Grande Réserve8313BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Le Grand Moulin 2012 Grande Réserve (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Le Grand Moulin
4237342372USDefinitely inexpensive, but for a few dollars more, one might find more fruit and texture. This is an earthy, basic quaffer that'll please mostly on price.839CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKirkland Signature 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
4237442373ChileBlackberry and rubbery aromas are also leafy and mulchy. The syrupy mouthfeel is heavy, with baked cassis and prune flavors suggesting overripe fruit. Fig, chocolate and sawdust notes come up on a cloying finish.8320Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPrimus 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPrimus
4237542374USToast and dried herb notes lend an oaky tone to pressed apple and pear flavors on this Seyval Blanc. It's dry and full bodied in style, with a bright, lemon-focused midpalate that finishes a bit sour and woody.8314New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSix Mile Creek 2012 Seyval Blanc (Finger Lakes)Seyval BlancSix Mile Creek
4237642375FranceRipe and juicy, this smooth, simple wine is ready to drink. Juicy black currant fruits are polished by the wood aging.8313BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Beauregard-Ducourt 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Beauregard-Ducourt
4237742376USRefreshing but very reserved in flavor, this wine is clean and basic. With a watery color, neutral aromas and flavors, and medium body, the effect is unassuming.8313CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEntwine 2012 Pinot Gris (California)Pinot GrisEntwine
4237842377USThis light wine feels bubbly in the mouth and slightly sweet. It has mild pear and apple flavors, a soft texture and short finish. Could be a good one to use as a substitute for Moscato.838CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBarefoot Refresh NV White (California)White BlendBarefoot Refresh
4237942378FranceThe wood aging dominates this toasty, burnt-flavored wine. The light stalky fruit barely shows. Maybe when the tannins soften in 2015, it will be more approachable.8317AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHubert Meyer 2012 Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirHubert Meyer
4238042379ChileOily white-fruit aromas are basic, while the palate has a round mouthfeel and decent acidity. Flavors of brine, white melon rind and citrus finish pickled and bitter.8311Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTerrapura 2013 Chardonnay (Curicó Valley)ChardonnayTerrapura
4238142380FranceThe over-exuberance of wood aging spoils this wine. With strong spice and equally tannic elements, it's all about the skeleton and not about the flesh of the fruit.8310BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Mayne Guyon 2012 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Mayne Guyon
4238242381FranceAn intensely youthful herbaceous character is at work here. The wine is full of gooseberry, lemon and pink grapefruit flavors, laced with some orange zest. It's very fresh and probably too young, so wait until late 2015.8311BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Rose du Pin 2013 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau La Rose du Pin
4238342382PortugalAlong with the typical warmth of an Alentejo wine comes an earthy character that is less attractive. There are juicy rhubarb and redcurrant tones, but they are engulfed by its rustic character. Drink now.Alabastro838AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Aliança 2013 Alabastro Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCaves Aliança
4238442383FranceVanilla and caramel flavors dominate this wine after 12 months in French oak. That means that the fruit is really not allowed to shine. It is firm, very dry and all about spice. A pepper flavor from the alcohol leaves a burn in the mouth.8316BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Prieur 2012 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Prieur
4238542384ItalyFrancesco Spadafora makes one of the best Syrahs in Sicily and Italy. This offers beautiful aromas of dark fruit and chocolate, followed by spice, leather and tobacco accents. These aromas are well integrated, resulting in a silky, creamy mouthfeel, with long persistency.Sole dei Padri9335Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaPrincipi di Spadafora 2008 Sole dei Padri Syrah (Sicilia)SyrahPrincipi di Spadafora
4238642385ItalyThis expression of Nero d'Avola paints a rosy picture of the future of this indigenous variety and Sicilian winemaking in general. Aged in large casks and cement, this is elegant and fine, with an extremely polished texture. The finish is marked by a note of dried berry fruit, plus warm, earthy tones of leather and dried spice.Contrada9385Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCOS 2007 Contrada Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCOS
4238742386USViognier is clearly a strong suit at Cowhorn, a biodynamic vineyard and winery in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. The aromatic nose is wreathed in seductive scents of flower and fruit. Flavors are a mix of citrus and stone fruits, with a taste of honey that brings added depth, but not sweetness.9330OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cowhorn 2011 Viognier (Applegate Valley)ViognierCowhorn
4238842387FranceA ripe, wood-aged wine, this has a wood element that's intensely spicy and toasty. The weight of the sweet plum fruit and tannins are equally powerful and concentrated. A selection of the best of Château Leret Monpezat, this will need at least five years of aging before it should be touched.Cuvée Icône du Château Leret Monpezat93130Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2009 Cuvée Icône du Château Leret Monpezat Malbec (Cahors)MalbecGeorges Vigouroux
4238942388USThough the vintage helped create a lighter-than-usual version of this benchmark Pinot, it's beautifully crafted and fully realized. Like Burgundy, it disguises its power in a framework of elegantly defined fruits, acids and polished tannins. Cherry, plum, peach pit, pineapple and lemon oil notes are all in the mix. It's a wine that invites contemplation and rewards your time and attention.Bergström Vineyard9380OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bergström 2010 Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirBergström
4239042389USThe structure of this Cabernet Sauvignon (which includes small amounts of other Bordeaux grapes) shows lots of elegance, with refined tannins and acidity, plus a tasteful application of oak. Bone dry, it bears classic blackberry and black currant flavors. It will develop over the next six years, but is drinkable now.Estate Grown Reserve93100CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaTrefethen 2009 Estate Grown Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll District)Cabernet SauvignonTrefethen

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