Wine Reviews

4359143590USCompleting a quartet of excellent white-wine releases from Mercer, this lively, balanced Chardonnay comes on steely. It's clean and textural, with a mix of citrus flesh and rind, apple and melon. There is even a hint of lemon cream, keeping the finish light and refreshing.8915WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2010 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayMercer
4359243591USAs is often the case, the Estates Syrah bottling is the best wine of the flight in this vintage. It shows more varietal character and depth, with a substantial black-cherry flavor. It has lavish notes of maple syrup and baking spices, and the core fruit still shines through.The Estates8925WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Milbrandt 2009 The Estates Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahMilbrandt
4359343592ItalyRaw fruit notes of cherry and raspberry will find true dimension as this continues to age. There's a slightly sour note of bitter almond on the finish, and the mouthfeel is smooth and polished.I Patriarchi89PiedmontBarbarescoFrancone 2009 I Patriarchi (Barbaresco)NebbioloFrancone
4359443593ItalyExpressive and bright, this has raw fruit and cherry aromas followed by touches of barbecue and teriyaki. The mouthfeel is plush, rich and slightly chewy, and the tight tannins need a few more years to soften.89PiedmontBaroloFratelli Casetta 2008 BaroloNebbioloFratelli Casetta
4359543594USThis is a marked departure from previous vintages. Tight and earthy, with the accent on peppery, herbal flavors rather than sweet fruit, it's the most Bordeaux-like wine in the 2008 portfolio from Tulpen.8928WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tulpen 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonTulpen
4359643595USThis is a classy wine, showing a deep core of ripe blackberries, black currants and spices, with a smoked meat richness, like crispy bacon. Beyond the flavors is a fine mouthfeel, composed of smooth tannins and a nice bite of acidity.RTW8945CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVinRoc 2009 RTW Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendVinRoc
4359743596ItalyThis opens with generous aromatic fullness and brightness, with notes of black cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. The oak notes are still obvious so give this wine five more years of cellar aging.Serraboella8941PiedmontBarbarescoBarale Fratelli 2009 Serraboella (Barbaresco)NebbioloBarale Fratelli
4359843597USBedell's aromatic white blend bursts from the glass with exuberant scents of spring blossoms, freshly cut herbs and juicy pink-grapefruit notes. The palate is ripe and fruity, but balanced by an intensely chalky minerality and vivacious lime-juice acidity. Drink now.Taste White8925New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaBedell 2010 Taste White White (North Fork of Long Island)White BlendBedell
4359943598IsraelDark, earthy aromas of black plum and chocolate-coated cherry are in the foreground of this wine's bouquet, although additional notes of hoisin and balsamic unfold in the backdrop. Round and mouthfilling, this has rich notes of crushed vanilla pod and coffee grinds that accent the black fruit core for added depth of flavor. Mevushal.Reserve8925GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBinyamina 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)Cabernet SauvignonBinyamina
4360043599USSuperripe in flavors of cherry pie filling and spice, this Pinot Noir is nice and dry. Brisk acidity accompanies the richness, balancing it and brightening the mouthfeel. It seems best now, so drink up.Wildcat Mountain Vineyard8946CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaBruliam 2010 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirBruliam
4360143600ItalyLinear, silky and long, this has ethereal tones of cola, licorice and dried mint. There's also a pretty mineral component of brimstone and talcum powder that gives the palate a dry feel.89PiedmontBarbarescoCa' du Rabajà 2009 BarbarescoNebbioloCa' du Rabajà
4360243601FranceThis is concentrated, rich, full of blackberry fruits and layered with just the right balance of tannins. Chocolate and sweet fruits are given point by toast and an edge of spice.8960BordeauxMoulis-en-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Gravière Grand Poujeaux 2009 Moulis-en-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Gravière Grand Poujeaux
4360343602ItalyThis savory wine opens with aromas of cured meat, cedar, tobacco and black cherry. The tannins show a silky but firm structure.8946PiedmontBaroloVeglio 2007 BaroloNebbioloVeglio
4360443603FranceThis tight wine lacks fruit. Touches of apple and citrus are lost in the austere texture. No artificial yeasts were used during vinification in stainless steel and large oak barrels.8418BurgundyMacon-BussièresRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2014 Macon-BussièresChardonnayJoseph Drouhin
4360543604USSoft, approachable and easily structured, this Sangiovese and Montepulciano blend brings forth cherry bubble-gum flavors in a completely gulpable way.Texican8423TexasTexas High PlainsAlexander PeartreeLos Pinos Ranch 2015 Texican Red (Texas High Plains)Red BlendLos Pinos Ranch
4360643605ArgentinaHerbaceous aromas of mint and catnip are heavy on the nose, which also gives off a note of licorice gumdrop. This Malbec is tight and raw in feel, while herbal, spicy plum and currant flavors finish somewhat green.Valle Las Acequias8415Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Segundo Correas 2013 Valle Las Acequias Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecLuis Segundo Correas
4360743606USRaspberry Jell-O and strawberries-and-cream aromas appear on the nose. The medium-bodied palate is slightly flabby in feel, with bramble berries meeting a delicate black pepper note.Dry8430TexasTexasAlexander PeartreePedernales 2015 Dry Rosé (Texas)RoséPedernales
4360843607FranceOaky notes of buttered toast, dried apple slices and baked peach are upfront in the bouquet of this wine. The palate is similarly rich and round, but with ample acidity to keep it from falling completely flat. Flavors of orange creamsicle and spiced apple linger on the close.Reserve8410France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzPhantom Bay 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Vin de France)ChardonnayPhantom Bay
4360943608ArgentinaStrained, jumbled aromas of mustard, horseradish and green grass fail in many ways. This feels wide, edgy and tartaric, and thus overall balance is shaky. High acidity creates a sense of sourness, while this Tannat from Salta finishes choppy and acidic.Viña El Recreo Single Vineyard8439OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachQuara 2011 Viña El Recreo Single Vineyard Tannat (Cafayate)TannatQuara
4361043609FranceThis is a ripe and fruity rosé, with forward notes of lychee, rose water, peach gummies and tropical fruit salad. The palate is round and plump in similarly rich fruit flavors, with just enough acidity to keep it from feeling completely flat. Drink up.8410France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzScarlet of Paris 2015 Rosé (Vin de France)RoséScarlet of Paris
4361143610ArgentinaTropical fruit aromas are hanging in, while this blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontés feels drawn in. Slightly salty melon and apple flavors are showing a hint of oxidation. This finishes a bit dried out.8413Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlba Roja 2014 White (Mendoza)White BlendAlba Roja
4361243611ArgentinaHeavily charred aromas throw a shadow over roasted, stalky red-berry notes. This feels tight, choppy and drawing, with no give to the palate. Roasted, salty plum and berry flavors end with a final round of hard, pounding tannins.Año Cero8419Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltocedro 2013 Año Cero Tempranillo (La Consulta)TempranilloAltocedro
4361343612FranceWarm and round, this has a generous character, while missing some of the attractive crispness of the vintage. It is ready to drink now, soft and fruity.8420BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Greffière 2014 Saint-VéranChardonnayChâteau La Greffière
4361443613AustraliaThis will likely prove a bit too vegetal for some, as the aromas hint at asparagus. But there's pineapple and honey on the palate and decent weight in the mouth.The Broken Fishplate8417South AustraliaAdelaide HillsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzD'Arenberg 2015 The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills)Sauvignon BlancD'Arenberg
4361543614ArgentinaOne whiff and you can tell this leans towards overripe. Aromas of raisin and baked berry fruits are stewy and cooked. This feels much like it smells: heavy and baked. Flavors of raisin and prune finish similar.11008420Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDoña Paula 2014 1100 Red (Uco Valley)Red BlendDoña Paula
4361643615PortugalThis is a fruity, crisp wine with an attractive balance between acidity and sweetness. Ripe strawberries give the fruit flavor while the acidity at the light prickle on the palate add a crisper aftertaste. Drink now.Alto Lima8410Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerViniverde 2015 Alto Lima Rosé (Vinho Verde)RoséViniverde
4361743616FranceRound and fruity, this offers gentle acidity and ripe melon fruit. The wine is ready to drink.8428BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné et Fils 2014 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayBouchard Aîné et Fils
4361843617USBlue-raspberry Jell-O tones meld with flecks of green herbal notes on the nose and palate. The medium body is a bit disjointed, showing slightly sharp acidity.8430VirginiaMiddleburgAlexander PeartreeCasanel 2013 Carmenère (Middleburg)CarmenèreCasanel
4361943618PortugalRed-cherry flavors dominate this soft fruity wine. It is aromatic, full of ripe fruitiness and with just the right touch of acidity. Drink now.Cascas Winemaker Selection8410DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2015 Cascas Winemaker Selection Rosé (Douro)RoséCasca Wines
4362043619FranceBland and soft, this has light and gently tangy fruit with apple and lime flavors. The aftertaste is fresh. Drink now.8412BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter

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