Wine Reviews


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43904389USUpfront jalapeño, white pepper and freshly sliced bell pepper aromas lead the nose of this wine. It's soft in texture and an intriguing example of the variety.Enjoy Walla Walla8826WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDrink Washington State 2014 Enjoy Walla Walla Carmenère (Walla Walla Valley (WA))CarmenèreDrink Washington State
43914390USThis Chardonnay's lees, custard, pear and spice aromas are somewhat inharmonious. It's elegant on the palate, however, showing graceful apple flavors.Welcome to Columbia Valley8819WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDrink Washington State 2014 Welcome to Columbia Valley Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayDrink Washington State
43924391USThis blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot boasts bright raspberry and cherry aromas, with green wood, baking spice and whiffs of game. The palate delivers concentrated fruit and medicinal flavors that carry through the finish.Escape to Walla Walla8826WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDrink Washington State 2015 Escape to Walla Walla Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendDrink Washington State
43934392USPure and fruity, this medium-bodied wine is supersmooth in texture, quietly flavorful and well balanced. The light acidity and mild tannins are well integrated and support delicious black-cherry and blueberry flavors perfectly.Eagle Peak8810CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFetzer 2015 Eagle Peak Merlot (California)MerlotFetzer
43944393USChar, firepit, barrel spice and herb aromas lead to elegantly styled cranberry flavors in this wine. The tannins lend a light structure.L'abime Corfu Crossing Vineyard8835WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2013 L'abime Corfu Crossing Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahFinn Hill
43954394USThis wine's tightly wound woodspice, black cherry, cocoa, caramel and herb aromas are followed by tart, plentiful dark fruit flavors. It needs some time for its chewy, lightly dry tannins to settle, but plenty of good things are going on. Give it some time in the cellar or a long decant.Le Beau Hedges Estate Vineyard8835WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2013 Le Beau Hedges Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonFinn Hill
43964395USDried herb, purple flower, vanilla, baking spice, black licorice and barrel spice aromas lead to ripe dark fruit flavors in this wine. Generous barrel accents run throughout while tannins bring a touch of dryness.Merveille Stillwater Creek Vineyard8835WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2013 Merveille Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotFinn Hill
43974396USA deep color, oaky aromas and ripe dark-fruit flavors give a sense of richness and breadth to this full-bodied wine. It's dry and smooth on the palate, with a warm spicy finish.Votre Santé Cuvée de Patron8835CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrancis Ford Coppola 2015 Votre Santé Cuvée de Patron Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirFrancis Ford Coppola
43984397FranceThis smooth and creamy wine is spicy with wood aging and rich with yellow fruits. It presents a generous character, rounded and open. The wine is ready to drink.Clos Reyssie8842BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Clos Reyssie (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
43994398FranceThis mango-flavored wine is ripe, generous and fruity. Its richness and spice are right up front. It is a gorgeous wine, smooth, creamy and ready to drink.Domaine du Bois Rosier8842BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2015 Domaine du Bois Rosier (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
44004399USMade predominantly from Pinot Noir, this is an easygoing, approachable sparkling wine, offering dry creamy layers of green apple, pear and strawberry. It also has a rich inviting mousse embedded with vanilla and marzipan.Sonoma Brut8822CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut Sparkling (Sonoma County)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
44014400USFresh lime and lemongrass juxtapose earthier notes of pollen and bees wax in this zingy, light-footed Grüner Veltliner. It's a straightforward yet revitalizing sip to enjoy now through 2019.Rhythm8817New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaInspire Moore 2016 Rhythm Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes)Grüner VeltlinerInspire Moore
44024401FranceThe wine is ripe and warm with generous red-berry fruits and touches of spice. The wine is rounded, full of fruitiness with a layer of tannins that is nicely judged to give support and breadth to the fruit. Drink from 2019.Vieilles Vignes8831BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
44034402FranceThis wine is structured and firm, its red fruits waiting behind the wood and tannin complexity. It shows plenty of potential through its good acidity and cherry fruitiness. Drink from late 2018.Collection8819BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2016 Collection (Morgon)GamayL. Tramier & Fils
44044403ItalyBlue flower, crushed mint, dark spice and new leather aromas take center stage in this wine, along with a whiff of hazelnut. The palate doesn't quite live up to the nose, offering dried black cherry, licorice and powdered sage notes and bracing tannins.Bricco Faset Riserva88PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Spinona 2012 Bricco Faset Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloLa Spinona
44054404FranceTouches of wood, not new, give this wine spice and roundness. It is an attractive, citrus-flavored wine, with yellow fruits coming from behind as the wine opens up. Drink now.8828BurgundyMarsannayRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2015 MarsannayChardonnayLouis Latour
44064405USWhiffs of sea breeze and oyster shells waft throughout this brisk unoaked Chardonnay. Crisp apple and lemon flavors are delicate in concentration but pristine and refreshing. Drink now through 2019.Estate Bottled8822New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMacari 2015 Estate Bottled Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayMacari
44074406SpainYeasty aromas of sourdough bread blend with notes of white fruits, clover and flowers. An easygoing palate is short on tension. White-fruit flavors exhibit a hint of green, while pear and green melon notes are present on the finish.Selecció Brut8817CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMas Pere NV Selecció Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMas Pere
44084407USHeady floral perfume, tropical fruit and delicate red berry notes burst from the glass. Dry in style, it's a light-footed sip with bracing grapefruit acidity and a concentrated, primary palate. Enjoy soon to maximize all its youthful exuberance.Dry8820New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2016 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingMcGregor
44094408USThis wine is lovely in aromatics of honeysuckle, as dense compact layers of ripe apricot highlight a full-bodied profile of concentrated flavor.8832CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMcKahn 2016 Viognier (Russian River Valley)ViognierMcKahn
44104409FranceThis smooth wine has a rounded, soft texture, but acidity and a citrus edge creep into the peach and pineapple fruits. Drink now.Vieilles Vignes8847BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerMeurgey-Croses 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayMeurgey-Croses
43814380USPerhaps the last Washington wine of the vintage to be released, this is beginning to enter mid-life. For those who want a hint of how well Washington reds can age, this is a perfect introduction. Drinking beautifully at the moment, though definitely ageworthy still, it shows a soft mix of medium-ripe red fruits, chocolate, herb, earth and barrel. The finish is like soft leather, with a final impression of milk chocolate. Very seductive.Tradition9130WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gordon Brothers 2004 Tradition Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendGordon Brothers
43824381USCrafted by Mark McNeilly (Mark Ryan winery), this pure Syrah was cellared in about one third new oak. Tasted shortly after its release, it still showed a bit of a liquorous new oak scent, but without turning up the heat in the finish. The fruit is young and bright, a mix of raspberry, cassis and red licorice.Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine9145WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Grand Rêve 2007 Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahGrand Rêve
43834382FranceA rounded wine, with a counterpoint of apple skin texture, the fruit flavors offering acidity as well as green plums. The texture is plush, velvet, delicious.Charmes Premier Cru9169BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2008 Charmes Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayLouis Latour
43844383FranceBig and broad with fruit that is full and ripe, packed with golden apple flavors. It has great texture and sweetness, with a well-judged touch of vanilla from the wood.Goutte d'Or Premier Cru9169BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2008 Goutte d'Or Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayLouis Latour
43854384FranceThis rich wine features ripe, jammy red-plum and cherry fruits. It is dense, with its tannins and a touch of pepper coming from the high alcohol. The wine is a blend from five parcels. Ripe and with a juicy aftertaste, it will be best from 2018.Vuril8822BeaujolaisBrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Bertrand 2015 Vuril (Brouilly)GamayDomaine Bertrand
43864385FranceStrong wood aromas show in the toasty edge of this spicy wine. Ripe yellow fruits are full in the mouth, with a crisp, bright aftertaste to give a final lift.8816BurgundyMâcon-Milly LamartineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Carrette 2016 Mâcon-Milly LamartineChardonnayDomaine Carrette
43874386FranceThe red wine from this vineyard (which also produces a white) is firm with layers of toast from wood aging as well as the potential for ripe red fruits. It is going to need some time to lose that spicy flavor that currently dominates the wine. Give it until 2021.Les Gravières Premier Cru8845BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2015 Les Gravières Premier Cru (Santenay)Pinot NoirDomaine Jessiaume
43884387FranceThis aromatic wine is delicious Pinot Noir. With fine ripe red fruits that are shot through with tannins for aging and crisp acidity for refreshing drinking, this is a rich wine that should be drunk now.Mont-Avril8824BurgundyCôte ChalonnaiseRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Michel Goubard 2015 Mont-Avril (Côte Chalonnaise)Pinot NoirDomaine Michel Goubard
43894388FranceThis rounded wine is soft and ripe. Along with its smooth, warm texture it offers generous pear and melon flavors. Acidity adds an attractive final crispness. Drink now.8825BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pascal et Mireille Renaud 2015 Saint-VéranChardonnayDomaine Pascal et Mireille Renaud

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