Wine Reviews

4383143830PortugalThis is a ripe, wood-aged wine that is rich with dark plum and ripe berry tones. Its big, bold character is primary and a far cry from subtle. Drink now.Barrancôa8510AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerRibafreixo 2012 Barrancôa Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedRibafreixo
4383243831USDusty cedar and Bourbon-barrel notes dominate fruit on this unusual blend of New York Blaufränkisch and California Valdiguié, Petit Verdot and Syrah grapes. It's a delicate, wispy wine, with faint streaks of crisp red cherry and plum, but it finishes warmly on a vanilla spice note.Super Hudson8519AmericaAnna Lee C. IijimaCereghino Smith 2012 Super Hudson Red (America)Red BlendCereghino Smith
4383343832FranceThis wine is light, juicy and with attractive red fruits brightened with acidity. The tannins suggest a little aging, but there is no need to wait. This Beynat property has been in the family since 1917.8520BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Beynat 2012 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Beynat
4383443833FranceThis is a lively and fruity wine. It is crisp while also revealing a more creamy, stewed-apple character. Light acidity and a tang of citrus keep a fresh aftertaste.8515AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Fritsch 2013 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancJoseph Fritsch
4383543834USDried oregano and cedar notes hover over delicate sour cherry and cranberry flavors on this light-footed Lemberger. It's a brisk, spry wine, with fleeting tannins.8519New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKnapp 2011 Lemberger (Finger Lakes)LembergerKnapp
4383643835FranceRosé from Pinot Noir is a new concept in Alsace (normally it is made into red wine). As here, it can give an attractive crisp and fruity wine that is fresh and ready to be drunk young. LIvely acidity and red fruits complete an attractive wine.Pfaff8530AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim 2013 Pfaff Rosé (Alsace)RoséLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim
4383743836FranceNot quite dry, this lightly perfumed wine has fresh apricot and white peach flavors. It is poised with acidity and a soft texture. Drink now.Tradition8516AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerVieil Armand 2013 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisVieil Armand
4383843837ChileOak and mild perfume notes accent red berry aromas on the nose. The palate feels disjointed, with mild, ripe berry flavors and a hint of spice on the finish.Petirrojo Reserva Estate Grown859Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2013 Petirrojo Reserva Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViña Bisquertt
4386043859FranceThis is an elegant, lean wine, with earthy and smoky notes that just barely veer into melon. It’s dry and well structured, and has a nice balance of acids, sugar and alcohol. The finish is rich and toasty.Extra Dry8832ChampagneChampagnePiper-Heidsieck NV Extra Dry (Champagne)Champagne BlendPiper-Heidsieck
4383943838USHints of pine frond lend a foresty feel to this dry, zesty Riesling. Light on its feet and delicately concentrated in flavors of fresh apple and pear, it finishes briskly on a dusty, stony mineral note.Dry8521New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaTousey 2012 Dry Riesling (Hudson River Region)RieslingTousey
4384043839USThe weather-wracked vintage of 2011 affected this sometimes stunning bottling, presenting bell pepper greenness with a hint of black earth. It's thin on the palate, which leans toward the greener side of the Cab spectrum, but remains very drinkable with cherry cola and mocha flavors.Cote del Sol8532CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLucas & Lewellen 2011 Cote del Sol Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Barbara County)Cabernet SauvignonLucas & Lewellen
4384143840ItalyDelicate violet and strawberry aromas lead the nose on this lively, slightly bubbly red. The bright palate offers sour cherry, raspberry and a hint of orange zest. It has a clean, dry finish.Onesta Secco8514Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina di Sorbara NV Onesta Secco (Lambrusco di Sorbara)Lambrusco di SorbaraCantina di Sorbara
4384243841PortugalHaving spent time in oak, this is a ripe and soft wine that is generously proportioned. The opulent texture is cut by bright acidity and juicy red berry flavors. Drink now.Passion of Portugal Reserva858LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2012 Passion of Portugal Reserva Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
4384343842FranceThis is a soft and rounded wine. Just off dry, it has apple and pear fruits with balancing acidity. Everything is in moderation, giving a wine that is drinkable now with a bright aftertaste.Anne de K Patergarten Old Vines8520AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg 2012 Anne de K Patergarten Old Vines Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg
4384443843FranceIn its blue bottle that makes it look more like a fancy water, Double Impact is a blend of Pinot Gris and Riesling. It is just off dry, offering attractive citrus and apple fruits, and showing a light touch of acidity. It is ready to drink.Double Impact8520AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDopff & Irion 2011 Double Impact White (Alsace)White BlendDopff & Irion
4384543844USThis red aims for smoothness and easy drinkability. It smells like black plums, tastes medium-bodied, slightly sweet, and has a touch of tannin to balance it out. One of many new brands produced at the Terravant Wine Co.8523CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLast Judgment 2011 Red (California)Red BlendLast Judgment
4384643845ChilePleasant melon and pear aromas show sea-spray notes as the wine breathes. The palate is fresh and coastal in feel, with green melon and tropical fruit flavors that finish a touch salty.Coastal Cool Climate8516Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLomas del Valle 2013 Coastal Cool Climate Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayLomas del Valle
4384743846FranceIn this soft, easy style of rosé, red fruits mingle with a caramel and spice backdrop. Refreshing acidity cuts through the ripe fruitiness, giving a rounded wine that works both as an apéritif and with food.8515ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerMirabeau 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséMirabeau
4384843847ItalyAromas suggest leafy underbrush, espresso and toasted oak. The evolved palate offers coffee, roasted hazelnut and dried red berry alongside fleeting tannins.Sandrina8524PiedmontLangheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrinsi 2011 Sandrina Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloPrinsi
4384943848ChileInitial floral and berry aromas turn toward tar and burnt meat upon airing. Flavors of herbal berry, olive and pepper are welcoming to a palate driven by hard tannins. Lively acidity keeps things cranking along.Reserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled8512Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2012 Reserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled Malbec (Maipo Valley)MalbecSanta Alicia
4385043849FrancePfister's Riesling is classic, simple and fruity. With its light mineral texture, tight acidity and delicate lemon and grapefruit flavors, it's totally ready to drink.Tradition8529AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pfister 2012 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Pfister
4385143850ChileJammy strawberry aromas are sweet and welcoming on the nose. A bit disjointed, with tangy acidity, the palate brings dark fruit tones of cherry, plum and berry.Natura8512Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2013 Natura Cabernet Sauvignon (Rapel Valley)Cabernet SauvignonEmiliana
4385243851ChileRed berry and spice aromas make up the bouquet on this limited-production wine. Herbal flavors of olive and berry finish oaky, blackened and minty.Natura8511Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2013 Natura Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreEmiliana
4385343852PortugalThis is an open, soft and ready-to-drink wine. With red fruits, soft tannins and bright acidity that demands food, its warm, easy and approachable.Periquita Original8511Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerJosé Maria da Fonseca 2013 Periquita Original Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedJosé Maria da Fonseca
4385443853USCrisp red cherry and berry notes on the nose become increasingly ruddy and ripe on the palate of this soft, medium-bodied Merlot. It's pleasantly juicy, but whiffs of ramp and dried savory herbs are a distracting contrast.8517New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKnapp 2012 Merlot (Finger Lakes)MerlotKnapp
4385543854USThis is a really nice Cab. It has a rich, dark color, and pretty aromas of black currants, tobacco, blackberry, anise and mint. The flavors are similar, but what strikes you is the richness and balance. Such pretty fruit, ripe and polished, just delicious. The tannins are moderate, so you can drink it up right away.8822CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaKenwood 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonKenwood
4385643855USPlenty of oak right out in front gives it a bountiful bouquet of smoke, toast, charcoal, etc. Underneath waits a nice core of black-cherry and cassis fruit, balanced with decent acids, but overall the wine seems lightweight for a reserve. It’s definitely ready to drink right now.Reserve8830CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Fetzer 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFetzer
4385743856USAn estate-bottled, unfiltered 100% Cabernet, it’s an open, loose-knit wine, with soft, plummy fruit, some vanilla-cream notes and a sweet finish.Brutocao Vineyards8818CaliforniaMendocinoPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brutocao 1997 Brutocao Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)Cabernet SauvignonBrutocao
4385843857USA solid effort from a dependable winery that used to be known for value, back before wine—especially Cabernet—prices exploded. It hits all the right notes, with black-currant aromas and flavors, herbal or bell-pepper notes and a fancy streak of mint, complexed with lots of new French oak. Dry and rich, it finishes with dusty tannins, suggesting aging possibilities. Best after 2003.Winemaker's Reserve8835CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaChâteau Souverain 1996 Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonChâteau Souverain
4385943858USA plush, fancy Cabernet with all the trimmings. Ripe, opulent fruit is the foundation; above that, oak provides spicy complexities. The tannins are supersoft and plush, like drinking velvet, which may not contribute to the wine’s longevity but definitely makes it pleasing to drink right now.8816CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRodney Strong 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonRodney Strong

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