Wine Reviews

4443144430FranceLightly mineral in texture, this wine is perfumed and ripe, with both acidity and refreshing citrus fruits. These contrast with hints of yellow fruits that will show well as this develops into a bright and crisp wine. Drink from 2017.90BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2014 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayHenri de Villamont
4443244431USFrom the Elyse Winery family, this blends a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, all from a vineyard next door to its winery that it planted to these varieties. An intrigue of orange blossom and jasmine leads to soft, velvety waves of black currant, savory dried herb and juicy acidity.Mon Chou Camusi Vineyard9055CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneJacob Franklin 2012 Mon Chou Camusi Vineyard Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendJacob Franklin
4443344432FranceA tightly wrought, crisp texture gives the typical cool character of this appellation. This wine is full of white fruits layered with juicy acidity. Full in the mouth, it is delicious to drink although it will be better from 2017.9038BurgundyPernand-VergelessesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Pernand-VergelessesChardonnayJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
4443444433USThis is a full-bodied but also subtle and complex-flavored wine. The aromas bring in mild wood smoke and black-pepper notes, then the flavors add ample fruitiness without going to jamminess. The overall effect is one of sophistication.9018CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJoel Gott 2014 Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelJoel Gott
4443544434BulgariaThis Bulgarian Chardonnay has aromas of lemon curd, custard apple, mango and lemon blossom. It is soft and round in the mouth with pleasant acidity and has flavors of guava, green apple, mango and white peach.9012Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysK Cellars 2015 Chardonnay (Thracian Valley)ChardonnayK Cellars
4443644435AustraliaThis is a ripe, supple wine, to the point that the dark fruit aromas feature a bit of a lifted quality. There's chocolate and a bit of plum, and a gently dusty finish that hints at mocha. Drink now–2020.9025South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKangarilla Road 2014 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazKangarilla Road
4443744436GeorgiaThe color of dark rubies, this wine has a nose of blackberry, strawberry and aniseed. There is a good balance of acidity and supple tannins, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, fennel bulb, roasted red pepper and thyme and a smooth bright finish.9015KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysKindzmarauli Marani 2013 Saperavi (Kakheti)SaperaviKindzmarauli Marani
4443844437HungaryAmber colored in the glass, this dry Furmint has aromas of flint, wet river rock and sliced pear. In the mouth there are flavors of vanilla, green apple and apricot before the mineral-driven finish.9028EgerJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysKovács Nimród 2011 Furmint (Eger)FurmintKovács Nimród
4443944438USOrganically grown grapes are vinified in all stainless steel, resulting in this fresh, delightfully textural wine. Lime, pineapple and lemon verbena flavors are backed with refreshing minerality. It's clean and crisply delicious.Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Rudolfo9018OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lumos 2015 Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Rudolfo Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLumos
4444044439USHere is a vivid, racy, puckering and precise take on Oregon Chardonnay. With its lovely mix of green and yellow fruits—apple, melon and citrus—it strikes a refreshing chord across the entire palate.Bunker Hill Vineyard9030OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lundeen 2014 Bunker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayLundeen
4444144440USAn exciting varietal wine from an appellation that has done well by it, this opens in aromas of baked bread and compost, in addition to toasty bacon and chocolate. Tart and tight, it's ripe and yet restrained, a nice tension of contrast at its core.Moaveni Vineyard9045CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacLaren 2013 Moaveni Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley)SyrahMacLaren
4444244441PortugalThis is a deliciously ripe and fruity wine. Citrus and apricot and peach flavors are given a lift by a nutty, toasty character. It is rich and full, with minerality and acidity shooting through the attractive aftertaste. Drink now.Golpe Branco9015DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Carvalho Martins 2014 Golpe Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteManuel Carvalho Martins
4444344442PortugalThe wine is balanced, full both of dried fruits and old wood and spice flavors. It is a rich wine, smoothly textured and with an attractive bite of acidity and brandy spirit at the end.Special Reserve Tawny9020PortRoger Voss@vossrogerMartha's Wines NV Special Reserve Tawny (Port)PortMartha's Wines
4444444443USEarthy scents project leafy greens, beetroot and forest floor, but in the mouth the wine opens up with robust black cherry, coffee and cassis. It's complex and detailed, though it retains that inherent earthiness through the finish.Jamsheed9030OregonMcMinnvilleWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maysara 2012 Jamsheed Pinot Noir (McMinnville)Pinot NoirMaysara
4444544444PortugalTangy and showing some good aging, this is a ripe wine that has a bite of spirit and acidity making it dry, with touches of the old wood used in the aging. It's a well-made wine, classic tawny in character.Special Reserve9025PortRoger Voss@vossrogerMessias NV Special Reserve (Port)PortMessias
4444644445FranceRather lean and austere, this is a tight, structured wine. Its future lies in the firm tannins and the juicy red-currant fruit. Wait for this wine and don't drink before 2020.Aux Serpentières Premier Cru9075BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel et Joana Ecard 2014 Aux Serpentières Premier Cru (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirMichel et Joana Ecard
4444744446ItalyThe last vintage from vines planted in 1936, this offers aromas suggesting toast, oak, vanilla, forest floor, graphite and a whiff of eucalyptus. The firm, concentrated palate offers dried black cherry, cranberry, game, and a note of exotic spice alongside a backbone of fine-grained tannins.Mai Più Riserva9080PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNada Giuseppe 2011 Mai Più Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloNada Giuseppe
4444844447TurkeyThis Bordeaux-style blend is colored like inky violet and has matching aromas of black plums, cassis and violet. It offers a nice interplay of firm tannins and zesty acidity among flavors of blackberry, black cherry, violet, anise and toffee. The finish is characterized by an impressive burst of brightness and a lingering caramel note.K29028AegeanMike DeSimone@worldwineguysPasaeli 2012 K2 Red (Aegean)Red BlendPasaeli
4444944448ItalyThis opens with aromas of camphor, dried herb and red berry while the firm palate shows black licorice, peppercorn, sour cherry and a hint of tobacco. A backbone of assertive tannins provides structure. Drink after 2020.Bricco San Pietro9038PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Ruggeri Corsini 2012 Bricco San Pietro (Barolo)NebbioloPodere Ruggeri Corsini
4445044449USIf you've ever had a Momtazi wine, you know that there is a strong earthy aspect to the flavors that sets the vineyard apart from most others. In the scents and tastes here you'll find composted earth, chalk, dried leaves and black tea ahead of black cherry fruit, but those funk-soaked flavors add up to a complex and intriguing wine.Momtazi Vineyard9040OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Portlandia 2014 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirPortlandia
4445144450PortugalProduced from young vines, this attractive, ready-to-drink wine is soft and ripe. There are just enough tannins to give this fruity wine its shape. The acidity and the spice add another element to this rich wine.Dona Santana9025DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Lemos 2010 Dona Santana Red (Dão)Portuguese RedQuinta de Lemos
4445244451PortugalThis is a bold, ripe wine, full of fruit and equally full of dense tannins. A blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, it is solid, powerful and spicy from wood aging. The structure is still young in this impressive wine. Drink from 2019.Perescuma9017TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2014 Perescuma Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta do Casal Branco
4445344452PortugalRich and smooth, this is a ripe and fruity wine. It has hints of wood aging as well as dried fruit to bring out a tawny character. The wine is nicely poised between freshness and some maturity.Portal 6 Barrels Tawny Reserve9025PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Portal NV Portal 6 Barrels Tawny Reserve (Port)PortQuinta do Portal
4445444453PortugalFrom an estate in the far west of the Cima Corgo region, close to Regua, this wine is structured and deliciously ripe in black fruits. It has a solid base of tannins that is allied to perfumed acidity and a hint of wood aging. Drink from 2017.Reserva9014DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Seara d'Ordens 2014 Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta Seara d'Ordens
4445544454AustraliaAsphalt, licorice and espresso mark the nose of this medium-bodied, juicy Shiraz. The flavors are brighter, hinting at rhubarb, yet still retaining a dark, tarry edge. Drink this mouthwatering wine over the next few years.9015South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRed Knot 2014 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazRed Knot
4445644455ChileEarthy aromas of spent coffee grounds and herbal plum and berry fruits lead to a palate that's edgy and a bit rough. Herbal plum, berry and cassis flavors come with tobacco and olive accents, while this is dry, pulling and scratchy on the finish.Los Vascos Grande Reserve8920Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2013 Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
4445744456PortugalThe wine is soft, rich, and full of generous yellow fruits that are layered with wood. It is spicy and ripe, with acidity to match the generous opulent fruits. Delicious, rich and full bodied, the wine is ready to drink.Amantis Reserva8923AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDona Maria-Júlio Bastos 2014 Amantis Reserva Viognier (Alentejano)ViognierDona Maria-Júlio Bastos
4445844457USA collaboration between winemaker James Foster and rockstar Pat Monahan of Train, this bottling shows black raspberry, pencil shavings and a feral animal-hide touch to the nose. The palate packs in a lot of licorice spice atop the heavy purple-fruit background.8920CaliforniaSan Benito CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDrops of Jupiter 2016 Pinot Noir (San Benito County)Pinot NoirDrops of Jupiter
4445944458USPlump aromas of lemon butter, gardenia and hot sourdough toast with tangerine marmalade show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is pillowy in texture, offering ripe flavors of peach custard, sea salt, butterscotch, tangy grapefruit and mandarin slices.Barrel Select8950CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoley 2015 Barrel Select Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayFoley
4446044459AustraliaIts pale-gold color gives this rich, oaky style away. Lemon, green papaya, mint, nuts and wet stone all mingle with tongue-tingling acidity. The palate is on the lean and mean side at the moment, and the oak sticks out too, but there's a redeeming smokey, mineral finish and the hope that all will settle with time. Drink now–2025.Miamup8925Western AustraliaMargaret RiverHoward Park 2016 Miamup Chardonnay (Margaret River)ChardonnayHoward Park

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