Wine Reviews

4314143140FranceThere is rich fruit behind the severe opening tannins, giving a sumptuous although firmly structured wine. The raspberry and crushed strawberry flavors are developing well, ready to balance with the tannins after another year.Beaune Grèves93BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jacques Prieur 2009 Beaune Grèves (Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Jacques Prieur
4314243141USSome Pinots are light and simple. This one's light and wonderfully complex. It's so translucent, the minerals of the earth seem to be speaking through the fruit. Silky and delicate in the mouth, it conveys rich flavors of raspberries, cherries, cinnamon and smoky sandalwood. Drink over the next few years.Black9355CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaRoadhouse Winery 2009 Black Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRoadhouse Winery
4314343142FranceThis powerful wine reveals its style and breeding from the start. It has weight and concentration allied to great tangy fruit flavors. The nervy edge is very evident, with wood, structure from green apple skins and aging potential.Preuses9370BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2008 Preuses (Chablis)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
4314443143USFruit sourced from Red Mountain's top vineyards––Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun and Kiona––comes on rich and fruity, with big and powerful black cherry and cassis interwoven with threads of smoke, coffee, graphite and baking chocolate. Deep, dark and dense.Wild Eyed9345WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2008 Wild Eyed Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahMark Ryan
4314543144ItalyIf you love the biggest and boldest of Barolos, this beautiful wine is for you. It puts forth power and determination with confidence thanks to its aromas of barbecue spice, mesquite, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and ripe red cherry. Give it five more years.Parafada9395PiedmontBaroloMassolino 2007 Parafada (Barolo)NebbioloMassolino
4314643145ItalyThis beautiful expression of Nebbiolo from the Cannubi cru opens with elegant and defined aromas of forest fruit, white chocolate, drying minerals, violets and moderate, spicy barbecue-like aromas. The wine shows excellent structure and tight, drying tannins that need 5–8 more years of cellar aging.Cannubi93104PiedmontBaroloMichele Chiarlo 2007 Cannubi (Barolo)NebbioloMichele Chiarlo
4314743146ItalyReyna is a top-notch Barbaresco and this vintage delivers extra soft and supple smoothness followed by dark concentration and excellent intensity. There are so many aromatic descriptors here: espresso, black fruit, licorice, root beer, tar, tobacco and more. Drink from 2015–2020.Reyna9340PiedmontBarbarescoMichele Chiarlo 2007 Reyna (Barbaresco)NebbioloMichele Chiarlo
4314843147ItalyGorgeous fullness and generosity characterize this bold Barolo as do its aromas of black cherry, spice, teriyaki and toasted hazelnut. San Giuseppe presents a classic expression of Nebbiolo that is especially evident in the fine, polished nature of the mouthfeel.San Giuseppe93PiedmontBaroloPecchenino 2007 San Giuseppe (Barolo)NebbioloPecchenino
4314943148ItalyA beautiful wine that needs to age, this Basarin cru selection shows thick layers of berry fruit, cedar wood, almond and dark licorice. The oak element is strong, but the wine is still young and all its many elements will surely come into focus in 10 years or more.Basarin9365PiedmontBarbarescoMoccagatta 2008 Basarin (Barbaresco)NebbioloMoccagatta
4315043149USHugely delicious, just a joy to drink. So soft and velvety, so rich in blackberry jam, cassis and chocolate flavors, with the tannins so smooth and round. Really wonderful over the next few years, although the softness and high alcohol suggest it's not an ager.9366CaliforniaNapa County-Sonoma CountyNapa-SonomaPride Mountain 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County-Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonPride Mountain
4315143150ItalyThe Ravera cru is celebrated for its power and elegance and this beautiful Barolo definitely delivers both. The wine shows beautifully linear aromas of red fruit, blue flower, smoke and exotic spice backed by bright intensity and firm tannins.Ravera9365PiedmontBaroloPrincipiano Ferdinando 2006 Ravera (Barolo)NebbioloPrincipiano Ferdinando
4315243151USThis single-vineyard wine tastes young and dense in youth. It shows deliciously ripe and forward cherry, raspberry, bacon and spice flavors, in a silky clean texture. There's an edge of tannins, but not so much that you couldn't enjoy it now and over the next six years.Clos Pepe Vineyard9352CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastSiduri 2009 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirSiduri
4315343152ItalyThis is a lovely wine that is packed tight with spicy oak renderings, chocolate Nutella, almond paste, red fruit and roasted espresso bean. The wine shows elegant, drying tannins with creamy mocha flavors that last long in the mouth. Drink after 2015.Ciabot Berton9380PiedmontBaroloCiabot Berton 2007 Ciabot Berton (Barolo)NebbioloCiabot Berton
4315443153ItalyThis wonderfully elegant cru expression is full bodied and rich with smoky tones of cedar and tobacco over blackberry, cassis and red rose aromas. The tannins are big, firm and lend a sturdy, powerful feel in the mouth that will become silkier and even smoother with time.Liste9385PiedmontBaroloDamilano 2006 Liste (Barolo)NebbioloDamilano
4315543154FranceFor a Volnay, this is a very structured wine. It has huge richness laced with firm tannins and dark fruits. It is the firmness that dominates, suggesting some extra extraction, although the acidity does push right through to the finish.En Caillerets Premier Cru93130BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Pousse d'Or 2009 En Caillerets Premier Cru (Volnay)Pinot NoirDomaine de la Pousse d'Or
4315643155USA Sierra Foothills Sauvignon Blanc with incredibly inviting aromatics of grass, grapefruit and melon that evolves into a delicious texture that's light, dry and yet still somehow rich with crisp acidity. So good for summer and fall.Monarch Mine Vineyard9318CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneEaston 2009 Monarch Mine Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Sierra Foothills)Sauvignon BlancEaston
4315743156ItalyFrom the celebrated Ravera cru, Elvio Cogno delivers a classic and elegant expression of Nebbiolo with tight tannins, long aging potential and nuanced aromas of small berry fruit, cola, leather, licorice and smoky cedar tones. Save this wine in your cellar 10 years or more.Ravera9375PiedmontBaroloElvio Cogno 2007 Ravera (Barolo)NebbioloElvio Cogno
4315843157ItalyThere's a special elegance and finesse evident in this pretty expression of Nebbiolo. Fine aromas of cola, white cherry and black pepper are featured on the bouquet. In the mouth, this Barolo delivers strength, structure and endurance.Vigneto Rocche93100PiedmontBaroloAndrea Oberto 2007 Vigneto Rocche (Barolo)NebbioloAndrea Oberto
4315943158USObviously from a superior terroir, this Pinot shows gorgeously ripe berry fruit and spices, brisk acidity, firm tannins and a rich coating of oak. But the parts haven't come together. It's like a team that needs practice. Should peak sometime in 2012, and hold for a couple years.Bien Nacido Vineyard9345CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastLongoria 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirLongoria
4316043159New ZealandRepresenting a new level of quality for Waiheke Syrah, this wine boasts captivating aromas of peppered meat, violets and cassis. It's full bodied without being heavy, and the flavors seamlessly blend fruity with savory for a thrilling ride. Finishes long, with firm tannins and a hint of espresso. Drink now¬–2018.Dreadnought9335Waiheke IslandJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMan O' War 2008 Dreadnought Syrah (Waiheke Island)SyrahMan O' War
4316143160USThis meaty, gamy wine is 84% Mourvèdre, and marries its earthy flavors to the ripe black fruit of the Syrah. The two mix well, but could use a bit more bottle time to fully integrate. Blood, meat, cassis, and smoke mingle, and some heat slips in at the end, along with rich coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Big, flavorful, lingering.Crazy Mary9345WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2008 Crazy Mary Mourvèdre (Red Mountain)MourvèdreMark Ryan
4316243161ItalyBold and beautiful, this elegant expression of Barolo delivers impressive intensity and personality. There's great complexity here in the form of cola, black fruit, licorice, cedar and cured meat aromas. Ripe concentration and plush fruit flavors help balance out the tight tannins.Mirau9395PiedmontBaroloNegretti 2006 Mirau (Barolo)NebbioloNegretti
4316343162ItalyThis is a very impressive expression of Nebbiolo from the celebrated 2007 vintage that shows sweet vanilla and spice tones at the back of blueberry, cassis and cherry cola. The wine shows a softer, more immediate quality than compared to past vintages.9343PiedmontBaroloPiazzo Armando 2007 BaroloNebbioloPiazzo Armando
4316443163USThis estate bottling showcases ripe apple and melon fruit, spiced with sweet barrel notes and toast. The wine spent some months in 20% new French oak.Chalice Estate9028OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Iris Vineyards 2014 Chalice Estate Chardonnay (Oregon)ChardonnayIris Vineyards
4316543164USFragrant and generously fruity, this is a bowl of raspberries and cherries, with just the right acidity to keep it lively and fresh. Light suggestions of cola and nutmeg add further interest.9030OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Christopher 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirJ. Christopher
4316643165USBig, bold and brawny, this wine from a very famous vineyard shows off its savory edge with tufts of clove, leather, gun smoke and tea, providing the requisite dustiness on the palate for which the region is known. Medium bodied and integrated well, it represents the vintage and region in all good ways.Georges III Vineyard9095CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrisson Wines 2012 Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonFrisson Wines
4316743166USMade from half Merlot and half Petite Sirah, and aged in French oak, only 30% of it new, this wine shows well in a dusting of mocha powder and blackberry, the flavors built around a thick, dense torso of soft tannins. Succulent, it's full bodied but well mannered and easy to enjoy.Dos Hermanos9040CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGallegos 2012 Dos Hermanos Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendGallegos
4316843167FranceAlthough Chenin Blanc from the Loire is better known, it does, in fact, have its origins in the Southwest. So it's a return of the native in this rich, smooth and floral wine. It is fruity while keeping a ripe, honeyed character that balances with a more citrus aftertaste. Drink now and until 2023.Chenin de Mercuès9025Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2013 Chenin de Mercuès Chenin Blanc (Côtes du Lot)Chenin BlancGeorges Vigouroux
4316943168USA richly layered white, this wine opens in butterscotch and mango, making no bones about its ripeness and voluptuous nature. Acidity saves the day and keeps the proceedings from getting out of hand, allowing the finish to find balance.Water Bend9026CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGeyser Peak 2013 Water Bend Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayGeyser Peak
4317043169USThis is a generous white from the famous vineyard site, robust in toasted oak and big flavors of butterscotch and vanilla. Youthful, it opens in the glass to find more of its ripe fruit, from Gravenstein apple to baked pear.Estate9056CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBacigalupi 2014 Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBacigalupi

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