Wine Reviews


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4287942878USOutside of a couple of Michigan wineries, Adelsheim may be the only domestic producer of this obscure white grape, a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc. This aromatic, European-styled wine carries scents of pear and citrus, with crisp fruit flavors buoyed by a bracing minerality.Ribbon Springs Vineyard Auxerrois8922OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Adelsheim 2008 Ribbon Springs Vineyard Auxerrois Pinot Auxerrois (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot AuxerroisAdelsheim
4288042879SpainFloral and sweet on the front side of the nose and more dark, grilled and coffee-like on the back end. The palate is more juicy and snappy than some, with no shortage of acidity. Tastes of live-wire cherry and plum, with a long, driving finish. Needs time to settle; drink in late 2010.Crianza8930Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Vilano 2006 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloViña Vilano
4288142880ItalyThis is a genuine and straightforward red wine from Piedmont that would pair with oven-roasted pasta or meat loaf. The wine (made from Nebbiolo and 20% Vespolina) is lean and fresh in the mouth, but ends with a very focused blast of almond and marzipan like flavors.8952PiedmontGhemmeDessilani 2004 GhemmeRed BlendDessilani
4288242881FranceThe $70 price tag is silly, but the wine itself is very good, combining soft tannins with ample cherry fruit and layers of dried spices. It's full and round in the mouth, long, warm and comforting on the finish. Drink now-2015.Dédication8970Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaison Bouachon 2003 Dédication Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendMaison Bouachon
4288342882GreeceThis alluring red blend start with aromas of cherry, blueberry, cedar and spice and leads into pretty layers of red berry, cherry and violets on the palate. Soft and full with good acid balance, it's a lovely combination of native and international varieties.Gaia S8940PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaGaia Wines 2007 Gaia S Red (Peloponnese)Red BlendGaia Wines
4288442883USHere's a dry, crisply elegant Pinot Noir to drink now with fine fare. It's quite ripe, and retains a nice silkiness that frames black cherry, red currants, Dr. Pepper cola, raspberry preserve and smoky sandalwood. Best now–2012.8930CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastTin House 2007 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirTin House
4288542884FranceAlmost half of this wine's production of 1,800 cases came to the U.S., which should make this broad, mouthfilling white relatively easy to find. The largely neutral palate suggests pineapple, honey and cinnamon, with citrus and spice lingering on the finish. Drink now.Domaine Grand Veneur La Fontaine8970Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlain Jaume et Fils 2006 Domaine Grand Veneur La Fontaine White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendAlain Jaume et Fils
4288642885USHalf the fruit is sourced from the Carabella vineyard, half from the Hyland vineyard. This is a young, tense, tight wine, still melding itself together. Melon, green pineapple, green banana and Streaks of butter and toast suggest that all the right flavor components are in place. The wine remains steely and compressed; definitely a white wine that should be decanted.8930OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Winderlea 2007 Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayWinderlea
4287142870USWith alcohol under 13%, this spicy, well-constructed Pinot Gris is decidedly cut in a European mold. Grapefruit and fiddlehead fern flavors combine, with surprising concentration and length. For food matches think along the lines of what goes best with a spicy, grassy Sauvignon Blanc.8917OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur de Terre 2008 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisCoeur de Terre
4287242871PortugalOily-textured wine, flavored with mango and peaches. It's so soft and unctuous that freshness seems to have been left behind. In its place is the ripest fruit giving an open texture and an opulent aftertaste.Fitapreta Branco8915AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerFitapreta Vinhos 2008 Fitapreta Branco Antão Vaz (Alentejano)Antão VazFitapreta Vinhos
4288742886ItalyThis is a bright and perky red wine with well-defined layers of ripe fruit, spice and smoky oak. Made with the native Raboso grape, the wine shows impressive sophistication and detail. Pair with lamb or roast pork.Raboso8925VenetoPiaveMoletto 2003 Raboso Raboso (Piave)RabosoMoletto
4287342872ItalyThis is an easygoing Chardonnay-based sparkling wine (made in the classic method in which secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle) with pristine aromas of mature fruit and a touch of freshly baked bread. The quality of the effervescence is steady, creamy and tonic.Brut 258926LombardyFranciacortaFratelli Berlucchi NV Brut 25 Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayFratelli Berlucchi
4288842887USDry and delicious, with sweet oak-inspired flavors of red berries, cola, leather and dusty Indian spices. Could be crisper in acidity, but it's a fine, briary Zinfandel to drink now.Old Vine8922CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPezzi King 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPezzi King
4287442873GreeceFresh, fruity and flirty, this white offers vanilla, fresh fruit and minerals on the nose and on the palate, a lovely balance of citrus, spice and flowers. Vibrant and layered, with a minerally, cheerful finish.Aspro Classic8915CephaloniaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaGentilini 2008 Aspro Classic White (Cephalonia)White BlendGentilini
4288942888PortugalThe second wine of the Bruno Prats and Symington family joint venture, this is a deliciously fruity wine, but with a fine elegant backbone of light tannins and smoky wood. As befits a second wine in the Bordeaux tradition, this is ready to drink.Post Scriptum de Chryseia8924DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerPrats & Symington LDA 2007 Post Scriptum de Chryseia Red (Douro)Portuguese RedPrats & Symington LDA
4287542874USMarked by beautifully smooth, rounded tannins, this supple, polished Merlot offers very ripe flavors of cherries, red currants, violets, anise and sandalwood. If you like your wines when they're all primary fruit, drink it now. Otherwise, stash it away for three or four years.8939CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaNapa Smith 2007 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotNapa Smith
4289042889USBrings a welcome restraint to Cabernet, offering a dry, somewhat tannic wine of great elegance. Easy to like for its balanced flavors of blackberries and black currants, with gentle influences of oak. Pretty good price for a wine of polish and sophistication.8919CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRodney Strong 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonRodney Strong
4287642875USOranges and tangerines are the dominant flavors of this lively, dry white wine. It's marked by brisk acidity, with a touch of creamy oak. A bit direct, but enjoyable nonetheless, it's a fine cocktail sipper, or to drink with little appetizers, especially smoked white fish.8919CaliforniaAnderson ValleyNavarro 2008 Muscat Blanc (Anderson Valley)Muscat BlancNavarro
4287742876PortugalMade from Cerceal, this is a delicious wine, lifted by some wood flavors giving a creamed baked apple flavor, with white currants and a final, refreshing burst of citrus.8936BeirasRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Foz de Arouce 2008 White (Beiras)Portuguese WhiteQuinta de Foz de Arouce
4289142890USThis barrel selection actually was given less exposure to new French oak than the estate bottling, a telling fact, which demonstrates Anam Cara's commitment to fruit and terroir. Elegant and charming, it links pomegranate, raspberry and cherry fruit to silky tannins, achieving a lovely purity of expression in a year of moderate ripeness.Nicholas Estate Reserve8945OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Anam Cara 2007 Nicholas Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirAnam Cara
4287842877IsraelWith 16 months in French oak, this is a big wine with big flavors. Fleshy black plum guts, black cherry, crushed African violet petals and a touch of tobacco appear in the bouquet, while cherry pit, pepper and cigar spice fill out the palate. Medium weight and lush in the mouth with solid tannins and acidity, this is a good choice now with strong meat dishes or a candidate to hold onto for a couple more years.Reserve Kosher8925GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzRecanati 2006 Reserve Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)Cabernet SauvignonRecanati
4289242891SpainOn the spot and sweet, with black cherry and roundness on the nose. Plays above its price league via ripe plum and berry flavors, bounce, body and build. Whole, concentrated and shows good structure, depth and character. About as good as inexpensive Garnacha gets.Monte Oton897Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBorsao 2008 Monte Oton Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaBorsao
4289342892FranceWith its dry, tight texture, this is an austere wine. The fruit is full of piercing black currant acidity, structured with firm tannins. Smoky wood does give an extra dimension, but the wine needs several months more in bottle.Cuvée Tradition8932BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bellerose Figeac 2007 Cuvée Tradition (Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bellerose Figeac
4289442893FranceA wine that has freshness, some wood and a soft series of tannins, almost velvet. There is a stalky juiciness here, to complete a wine that offers the freshest acidity, with only hints of darker fruits.8950BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Duhart-Milon 2007 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Duhart-Milon
4289542894FranceA wine that emphasizes the fruity character of the year, putting aside any missing tannins. Wood still dominates the fruit, giving spice and bitter chocolate flavors, but the green edge present in the futures tasting has gone, to give final cranberry and black currant freshness.8925BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Monbrison 2007 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Monbrison
4289642895FranceSiaurac, at 153 acres, is the largest estate in Lalande de Pomerol. The 2007 shows the relative lightness of the vintage, but boosts it up with chocolate and dark plum flavors. The wine finishes freshly, but still with tight tannins.8931BordeauxLalande de PomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Siaurac 2007 Lalande de PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Siaurac
4289742896FranceWood dominates this wine, the wine itself relatively light, but finely composed. There are spicy tannins with intense acidity, crisp black currants, bursting through the overlay of wood.8980BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Troplong Mondot 2007 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Troplong Mondot
4289842897ArgentinaRather flat and oily smelling, resulting in a low-pulse bouquet. The mouth is wet and chunky as it features sweet mango and cantaloupe flavors. Orange candy and sweetness is about all you get on the finish.8216Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTapiz 2008 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayTapiz
4289942898USRaw and simple, with lemon and lime flavors that taste unnaturally oaked in sweet smoky vanilla.8116CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastFenestra 2008 Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)ChardonnayFenestra
4290042899USDry, acidic and watery, with a suggestion of lemon and lime fruit.8112CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastLockwood 2008 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayLockwood

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