Wine Reviews

4380143800ItalyQuerceta delivers a beautiful Brunello with bold tones of ripe fruit, red cherry, spice, leather and vanilla bean. This bold red offers both structure and fresh acidity on the finish.9234TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoQuerceta 2007 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoQuerceta
4380243801ItalyThis creamy Tuscan Chardonnay shares many characteristics with its distant cousin in California. It shows a decidedly New World style, with aromas of vanilla cream, dried apricot, honey, peach cobbler and crème brûlée. The finish is marked with a spicy toasted-oak intensity.Monteverro92120TuscanyToscanaMonteverro 2009 Monteverro Chardonnay (Toscana)ChardonnayMonteverro
4380343802USPessagno's Chardonnays are always big and strong wines, as befits their growing conditions in the cool foothills of the coastal Monterey mountains. This is monumental in fruit, bursting at the seams with ripe apricots and tangerines, sweetened with honey, yet finishing dry. It's a wine to pair with elaborate fare.Intrinity9245CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastPessagno 2009 Intrinity Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayPessagno
4380443803USFlashy and delicious, this could even grow in the bottle with a few years of aging, becoming earthier and drier in fruit. Otherwise, it's perfectly fine now—a soft, complex wine, with brisk acidity and flavors of blackberry, black currant and mocha.9285CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaSuper Sonoman 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSuper Sonoman
4380543804FranceEven Grand Veneur's traditional cuvée shines in 2009, offering up notions of black cherries and chocolate liqueur. It's full bodied and richly textured, with a long, velvety finish. Simply put, it's plush and delicious, with no need to age it any further. Drink now–2020.Domaine Grand Veneur9253Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAlain Jaume et Fils 2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendAlain Jaume et Fils
4380643805ItalyConiale is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, bearing classy Tuscan characteristics of blackberry, dried Mediterranean brush, rosemary, chocolate, leather and tobacco, with a touch of black olive in the background. The mouthfeel is rich, persistent and soft.Coniale9245TuscanyToscanaCastellare di Castellina 2007 Coniale Cabernet Sauvignon (Toscana)Cabernet SauvignonCastellare di Castellina
4380743806USA new wine from superstar winemaker Heidi Barrett, and the label is one of the coolest ever. It's extraordinarily rich and opulent, with a tapestry-like silky complexity. The blackberry, cherry and olive flavors are very ripe, yet it finishes wonderfully dry.Art Bus92115CaliforniaCalistogaNapaLa Sirena 2008 Art Bus Red (Calistoga)Red BlendLa Sirena
4380843807USThis is forward and sweet in raspberry and cherry jams. However, it's not a simple fruit bomb. With a mushroomy, gamy earthiness and refined tannins, it shows true complexity and structure. Not an ager, but it will be beautiful over the next few years.Ferrington Vineyard9249CaliforniaAnderson ValleyMacPhail 2010 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirMacPhail
4380943808USWith a creamy mouthfeel and ripe flavors of tangerines, tropical fruits, honey and sweet oak, this is a flashy effort. It will appeal to fans of the variety, and rightfully so, delivering a dry complexity that lifts it way above the average.9230CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMigration 2010 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMigration
4381043809USDelicious and spicy, this has notes of cherry pie filling, cola, dried forest herb and leaf, with a touch of sweet, smoky, vanilla-tinged oak. It's a bit on the brawny side, but then, these Keefer Ranch Pinots always start out that way. Don't drink it now because it's just too hefty; give it six years in a proper cellar.Keefer Ranch9248CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaFreeman 2010 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirFreeman
4381143810USGirard's recent Petite Sirahs have been great, really defining a Napa approach to the variety, and their 2010 is right up there. It's fairly high in alcohol, but there's no trace of overripeness. You'll find delicious blackberry jam, black currant, grilled bacon and black pepper flavors that finish dry, spicy and above all, satisfying. Wonderful now, but it should easily negotiate the next 10 years in the bottle.9228CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGirard 2010 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)Petite SirahGirard
4381243811USHigh alcohol gives this Pinot some heat, but it also lends incredible richness and ripeness to the flavors, which range from raspberry jam and cherry pie filling to buttered toast, creamy vanilla and exotic spice. A delicious and heady offering from Napa Cabernet specialist Hall winery.Clos Pepe9260CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastWalt 2010 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirWalt
4381343812USThis shows a delicate silkiness and a sweet essence of wild raspberries that make it fully ready to drink now. But that quality obscures its subtleties of mineral, mushroomy earth and flower notes that add to this Pinot's great complexity. As good as it is now, it will have no trouble negotiating the next decade.Reed9252CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2009 Reed Pinot Noir (Mt. Harlan)Pinot NoirCalera
4381443813USAbsolutely delicious, this floods the mouth with rich flavors of blackberry jam, crème de cassis, cocoa and smoky, buttery oak. It's soft and gentle, so it may not be one for the cellar, but it sure is great to drink now.9244CaliforniaAtlas PeakNapaCobblestone 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak)Cabernet SauvignonCobblestone
4381543814PortugalPowerful and ripe, this is loaded with dark black fruit, spice from wood aging, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. It's impressively rich, concentrated and dark in both color and feel; age it for four years.Quinta da Fronteira Reserva9245DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2009 Quinta da Fronteira Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCompanhia das Quintas
4381643815USThis is potent in lime, sweet lemon, Asian pear and tropical fruit flavors, brightened with zesty acidity and enriched with notes of mineral and vanilla. Beautiful to drink, it will pair with everything from Thai food to risotto.Hummingbird Hill Vineyard9224CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaCosa Obra 2011 Hummingbird Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Coast)Sauvignon BlancCosa Obra
4381743816USLots of ripe, cheerful flavors of raspberry and cherry jam and cola are found in this vibrant wine. It shows oak, too, in the form of sweet buttered cinnamon toast. The mouthfeel is pure Pinot: silky, velvety and delicate. Delicious for drinking now with everything from grilled steak to ahi tuna.9260CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLucie 2010 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirLucie
4381843817FranceHugely concentrated, powerful and ageworthy, this has mint and new wood aromas. It has rich damson and blackberry fruits that push through the mineral texture and dark tannins, filling the mouth with its exuberant ripeness. Age for four years.Les Acacias9240Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerMas del Périé 2009 Les Acacias Malbec (Cahors)MalbecMas del Périé
4381943818ItalyA delicious expression of Sagrantino, this delivers soft tones of chocolate, exotic spice and toasted nut, lavished over a core of bright cherry and blackberry. The wine shows density and power with characteristic tannic firmness on the close.Collepiano9260Central ItalySagrantino di MontefalcoArnaldo Caprai 2006 Collepiano (Sagrantino di Montefalco)SagrantinoArnaldo Caprai
4382043819PortugalNew-wood dominates this wine, with a very toasty quality, a seemingly sweet vanilla flavor and a touch of pepper from the alcohol. The black fruits are still burried under the wood character, although the fruits' weight suggests they will broaden out with time. Give this powerful effort at least four years.Andreza Grande Reserva9228DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2009 Andreza Grande Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
4382143820PortugalThe smooth oak aging is a major element in the success of this elegant wine. While it has rich, polished black fruits and a strong tannic core, it also has a licorice character. It is now maturing, ready to drink as a serious, complex wine.Reserva92AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte Seis Reis 2007 Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte Seis Reis
4382243821PortugalDark, with dusty tannins and a solid, firm structure, this has a dense character. The black plum fruit and intense underlying acidity yield a powerful wine that will age over several years.9220BeirasRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Foz de Arouce 2009 Red (Beiras)Portuguese RedQuinta de Foz de Arouce
4382343822PortugalDeep and dark, this has powerful herb and spice flavors alongside the concentrated tannins and notes of ripe black fruits and raisins. This has impressive density and is still youthful, demonstrating fine aging potential.Vintage9270PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Portal 2009 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta do Portal
4382443823ItalyThis special commemorative bottle celebrates the 60th anniversary (1947–2007) of one of Italy's flagship wines. The characteristic aromas of Sangiovese come through loud and clear in the form of bright pulses of wild berry, blue flower, light spice and dried tobacco. The wine is bright and tight on the finish. Hold this bottle in your cellar.Riserva Ducale Oro9240TuscanyChianti ClassicoRuffino 2007 Riserva Ducale Oro (Chianti Classico)SangioveseRuffino
4382543824ItalyThis is a full and generous wine (90% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot) that lavishes on rich layers of red cherry, soft chocolate, tobacco and spice. You taste the pureness of the black fruit in the mouth and are treated to a rich, velvety finish.Ser Lapo Riserva9230TuscanyChianti ClassicoMazzei 2007 Ser Lapo Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseMazzei
4382643825FranceBone-dry although not shatteringly so, this is a crisp, tightly fruity wine. The aromatic character gives a fresh, green-apple-laden flavor reinforced by lemon zest. Drink now.Cuvée René Dopff8517AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDopff & Irion 2013 Cuvée René Dopff Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDopff & Irion
4382743826FranceThis spicy 100% Merlot wine has tangy black fruits as well as dense texture. It is ripe and very juicy, with intense acidity. It needs to relax (25% new oak barrels; 25% one to two years, the rest in tanks), so drink from 2017.Cuvée Viva8516BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gigault 2012 Cuvée Viva (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gigault
4382843827FranceThis Sauvignon Blanc is totally herbaceous and much too young to drink. Fruity, packed with citrus and with a floral aroma, it's juicy, crisp and needs until 2016 to calm down and round out.8513BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Loumelat 2013 Bordeaux BlancSauvignon BlancChâteau Loumelat
4382943828PortugalA big-hearted wine, displaying ripe red berries lifted by a lively acid undercurrent. It has gentle tannins and a full, juicy aftertaste. Drink now and enjoy with barbecue.Brigando8511LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Brigando Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
4383043829USWisps of smoke meld into fresh apple and lemon notes in this dry, light-bodied Pinot Blanc. It's not robust in flavor or complexity, but refreshing and lively on the palate.8515New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2013 Pinot Blanc (Finger Lakes)Pinot BlancGlenora

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