Wine Reviews

4356143560ArgentinaPeach and flower aromas are pleasant and light. This is also delicate and airy across the palate, while sweet, candied flavors of lychee, apple and green melon finish sweet, on the verge of cloying. 80% Chenin Blanc with 10% each Moscato and Torrontés.Sweet Gold8415Mendoza ProvinceMichael Schachner@wineschachNew Age NV Sweet Gold SparklingSparkling BlendNew Age
4356243561ArgentinaCool, leafy, earthy aromas are low on fruit and freshness. This is a tannic wine with leafy, candied berry flavors and then a heavy blast of burnt caramel and toast. Charred and fruitless on the finish, this is more oaky than anything.8420OtherAlto Valle del Río NegroMichael Schachner@wineschachVerum 2014 Pinot Noir (Alto Valle del Río Negro)Pinot NoirVerum
4356343562PortugalThis is a warm, soft wine, with an edge of citrus alongside ripe apricot and juicy pear flavors. It is round, smooth and ready to drink now.Adega de Pegões84Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2013 Adega de Pegões White (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese WhiteCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
4356443563ArgentinaEarth, leather, rubber and black-cherry aromas set up a tight, restrainted palate. The palate brings wood grain and raspberry tones to the mix, while the finish feels slightly hot.8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Ganador 2013 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecEl Ganador
4356543564PortugalThis wine is dry, full and brimming with ripe red-berry fruits. A blend of Syrah and Touriga Nacional, it has a rich character that gives the wine more weight than freshness. Drink now.Tagus Creek8410TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFalua 2014 Tagus Creek Rosé (Tejo)RoséFalua
4356643565ArgentinaEarthy, woody aromas of heavy berry fruits are tired. This has a chunky, soupy feel along with overripe flavors of raisin and roasted plum. A burnt-wood character akin to hickory controls the finish.Cosecha Nocturna8412Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachDomiciano de Barrancas 2012 Cosecha Nocturna Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecDomiciano de Barrancas
4356743566FranceThis wine is tight and crisp, with an earthy character. Touches of honey and ripe apricots fill out the back palate and give a richer feel to the aftertaste.84BurgundyMâconRoger Voss@vossrogerDoudet Naudin 2013 MâconChardonnayDoudet Naudin
4356843567FranceThis wine is soft, indistinct at this stage. It needs to develop more of the fruitiness that is behind the bland exterior. The aftertaste has good freshness.La Chardonneraie84BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerFerraud et Fils 2013 La Chardonneraie (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayFerraud et Fils
4356943568PortugalThis medium-sweet sparkling wine is soft and rounded. It has an attractive mousse, with some fresh acidity to give the sweetness a lift. The aftertaste is clean and fruity.Casal Garcia Medium Dry8411Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAveleda NV Casal Garcia Medium Dry Sparkling (Vinho Verde)Portuguese SparklingAveleda
4357043569PortugalThis is a sweet sparkling wine that's based around the red grapes of Vinho Verde. It is light and fruity, surrounded by a ripe strawberry flavor and attractive acidity. Drink now.Casal Garcia Rosé8411Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAveleda NV Casal Garcia Rosé Sparkling (Vinho Verde)Portuguese SparklingAveleda
4357143570ArgentinaRough cherry and plum aromas are indicative of what's to come. This feels fresh but raw, with high acidity and not much body or depth. Tart plum and cranberry flavors finish with sharp acidity and a drawing sensation.849Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Privada 2013 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecBodega Privada
4357243571USFrom the foothills of the Alps to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this northern Italian transplant is ripe for the drinking. Mocha java coffee, raspberry and strawberry round out the aromas and flavors, while grippy tannins offer support.8420VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeHorton 2013 Nebbiolo (Virginia)NebbioloHorton
4357343572PortugalWhile this wine has eye-watering acidity, it also has a sweet backdrop of fruit candies and lemon tang. It is ready to drink.84Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerLago Cerqueira 2014 White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteLago Cerqueira
4357443573ArgentinaPrune is the most distinct aroma on a generic yet ripe nose. This feels shearing and high in acidity, while raspberry flavors fold in sharp tartaric notes. Short on the finish, as might be expected.Reserva8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVila 2012 Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecVila
4357543574FranceThis is a soft and ripe wine with acidity plus yellow and pineapple fruit flavors. A gentle texture gives freshness and a tang of lemon zest. Drink now.Chameroy84BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2013 Chameroy (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayLouis Latour
4357643575PortugalA blend of Aragon and Trincadeira, this is a fresh wine that hones on in crisp black-currant and red-berry fruits. The acidity is present, giving a vibrant, juicy character to the finish. Drink now.Fonte da Serrana84AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Ravasqueira 2013 Fonte da Serrana Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte da Ravasqueira
4357743576ArgentinaUnsteady stone-fruit aromas set up a chunky, cidery palate. Flavors of tropical fruits are short and turn toward grassy lime and scallion on the finish. As Torrontés goes, this is decently enjoyable.8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachOcaso 2014 Torrontés (Mendoza)TorrontésOcaso
4357843577USNot an outright fruity wine, this has subtle earth and melon aromas, modest cucumber flavors and a rather soft texture. It is medium bodied and short on the finish.8412CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsStephen Vincent 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancStephen Vincent
4357943578USThis is dry, crisp in acidity and pleasantly exotic in tropical fruit, orange, vanilla and spice flavors. It shows a respectable quality-price ratio and is worth seeking out, although the case production is fairly low.8918CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastWild Horse 2011 Viognier (Central Coast)ViognierWild Horse
4358043579ItalyThis opens with sweet notes of dried strawberry and Christmas spice backed by touches of bitter chocolate and toasted hazelnut. The finish has elements of both sweetness and sourness.Selezione Limpronta8962PiedmontRuché di Castagnole MonferratoMontalbera 2008 Selezione Limpronta (Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato)RuchéMontalbera
4358143580FranceThis is a complex wine that shows sweet berry fruits, ripe tannins and new wood flavors. It is dense and chewy while also being full of rich fruits. This is a wine for aging, although its smooth character suggests it will age relatively quickly.8918BordeauxLussac Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Jorine 2009 Lussac Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Jorine
4358243581USSweet pea blossoms, stone fruits and red raspberries perfume this lovely dry rosé made predominantly from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sparkling acidity and an astringent tea-leaf note add structure to the ripe, supple red-fruit and berry flavors.Dry8918New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPaumanok 2011 Dry Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)RoséPaumanok
4358343582ItalyPunset offers organic and biodynamic wines that require long years of cellar aging to complete their evolution. Currently, this is still disjointed and gritty; give it some time as this has potential for the greatness.Campo Quadro89PiedmontBarbarescoPunset 2009 Campo Quadro (Barbaresco)NebbioloPunset
4358443583USDry and classy, this is tart in acidity, with an earthiness to the cherry-berry fruit. This is elegant rather than opulent; drink it over the next 2–3 years.Reserve8965CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRutherford Hill 2008 Reserve Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotRutherford Hill
4358543584USThis is a definitive Mount Veeder Zin, jam packed and complex in notes of blackberries, sweet raspberries and red currants, with spice, cola and smoky oak tones. It's a little on the soft side, with luscious tannins. Ready to drink now.Lampyridae Vineyard8940CaliforniaMount VeederNapaSchulz 2009 Lampyridae Vineyard Zinfandel (Mount Veeder)ZinfandelSchulz
4358643585USPinot Grigio can be made in almost any style, but Seghesio nails the dry, elegant approach. This is a terrific wine, mouthwateringly tart, and the lime flavor is satisfying. Unoaked, this is so versatile, you can drink it with almost anything calling for a dry white, or all by itself as an apéritif.8922CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaSeghesio 2011 Pinot Grigio (Sonoma County)Pinot GrigioSeghesio
4358743586USA well-made wine, with complex aromas of orange blossom, pea vine and lemon oil. Flavors are equally varied, buoyed by racy acidity, showing good concentration through the finish. The rapes were sourced from the Evergreen and Klipsun Vineyards.Pearl89WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sparkman 2010 Pearl Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancSparkman
4358843587ChileBlocky on the nose and a touch cheesy and leathery smelling, with gritty berry aromas and balsamic notes. It feels tight, wiry and powerful, with peppery, minty, spicy flavors lending character to the fruit. This finishes toasty and peppery, with a hint of warmth.Pangea Apalta Vineyard89Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2007 Pangea Apalta Vineyard Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahVentisquero
4358943588USThis has searing acidity and strong, upfront red-berry and oak flavors. It feels rustictic, but it could be a Cinderella in the making, just waiting to evolve into a princess. If you're a gambler, give it a couple of years in the cellar.El Coro8952CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaKeller 2009 El Coro Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirKeller
4359043589GreeceAromas of soft pear, peach, flower and citrus are followed by layers of tropical fruit, citrus and pear on the palate. It's round, viscous mouthfeel should enable it to stand up to robust poultry and seafood dishes.Okto Dry8918CreteSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLyrarakis 2011 Okto Dry White (Crete)White BlendLyrarakis

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