Wine Reviews

4485144850This blend of Gamay and Prokupe has aromas of tart cherry and Mediterranean herbs. Flavors recall cherry, black plum and stewed prune.Amphora846Jeff Jenssen@worldwineguysStone Castle 2014 Amphora RedRed BlendStone Castle
4485244851This wine has aromas of honeysuckle and lemon curd, with flavors of lemon-meringue pie and lemon pith. The finish is clean and crisp.Royal846Jeff Jenssen@worldwineguysStone Castle 2015 Royal RieslingRieslingStone Castle
4485344852SpainA tan color and dusty, tired aromas put this Chardonnay on short notice. Its plump palate delivers a mix of stone fruit and bitter, skin-based flavors, with a static finish.Finca del Mar Chardonnay8417LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2016 Finca del Mar Chardonnay Chardonnay (Valencia)ChardonnayVicente Gandia
4485444853PortugalThe Encruzado and Malvasia blend is both fruity and intensely perfumed. It has a touch of lychee as well as crisper grapefruit. Drink the wine starting now.Altimo Branco8413DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerVinihold 2016 Altimo Branco White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteVinihold
4485544854ChileApplesauce and woody aromas don't offend but they aren't anything special or enticing. This feels chunky and fairly flat. Woody resiny flavors are low to empty on fruit, while this tastes yeasty on the finish.Reserva8411ApaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachLas Niñas 2015 Reserva Chardonnay (Apalta)ChardonnayLas Niñas
4485644855SpainThis wine's neutral nose includes mild citrus scents. It's tired and bland on the palate, with yeasty flavors, finishing with papaya and commercial white bread notes.8410Central SpainLa ManchaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarques de Toledo 2015 Verdejo (La Mancha)VerdejoMarques de Toledo
4485744856ChileCharred resiny oak aromas dominate herbal berry fruit. This is rough and raw on the palate, with sizzling tartaric acidity and forceful tannins. Flavors of burnt black coffee and herbal plum finish with a ring of excess acidity.Gran Reserva8418Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTerraNoble 2013 Gran Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreTerraNoble
4485844857PortugalThere is no compromise in the pinkness of the color of this wine. It is fruity with plenty of acidity and with a touch of caramel as well as some light tannins. Drink this blend of Syrah and Aragonez now.Cuvée B848AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa de Borba 2016 Cuvée B Rosé (Alentejo)RoséAdega Cooperativa de Borba
4488044879USButterscotch, lemon peel and a faint flinty quality show on the nose of this bottling from the Chalone team. Tangy mandarin flavors meet almond butter, honeysuckle and gunmetal touches on the palate.8620CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannGavilan 2014 Chardonnay (Chalone)ChardonnayGavilan
4485944858ItalyThis simple rosato has subdued aromas suggesting red berry and a whiff of wild flower. The light informal palate evokes sour cherry and orange zest alongside tangy acidity.Marchese Montefusco8410Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantine Ermes 2016 Marchese Montefusco Rosato (Terre Siciliane)RosatoCantine Ermes
4486044859SpainThis Garnacha-Carignan blend contains some Syrah as well and smells almost exclusively of clove and spice. On the palate, it's resiny and sticky, with overwrought clove and barrel spice flavors that dominate the finish.Perlat8413CataloniaMontsantMichael Schachner@wineschachCellers Unió 2015 Perlat Red (Montsant)Red BlendCellers Unió
4486144860FranceA light and bright wine, this offers plenty of herbal fruit that is lifted by crisp acidity. The wine is refreshing, lively and ready to drink.8415BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Mondain 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Haut Mondain
4486244861FranceThis candy-pink-colored wine offers candy-pink-colored flavors. It conveys caramel as much as fruit, although with acidity and a tangy aftertaste.8411BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lamothe-Vincent 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Lamothe-Vincent
4486344862UkraineThis medium-bodied rosé has aromas of strawberries and rose petals, and flavors of cherry, strawberry and tart cherry. The finish is clean, with a slight touch of residual sweetness on the palate.Semi-Dry846UkraineJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCôtnar Hills 2014 Semi-Dry Rosé (Ukraine)RoséCôtnar Hills
4486444863PortugalThis wine is on the sweet side of crisp, with ripe strawberry and plenty of acidity. It is a wine to chill, with its bright aftertaste and slight prickle on the tongue. Drink now.Mapreco848Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerEnoport 2016 Mapreco Rosé (Vinho Verde)RoséEnoport
4486544864SpainThis blend of Chardonnay, Viura and Verdejo is light in body, with stalky haystack aromas and dilute nectarine and melon flavors. Its yeasty finish is somewhat bland.849Central SpainLa ManchaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña San Juan 2015 White (La Mancha)White BlendViña San Juan
4486644865ChileLime and orange aromas smell more like a household cleanser than honest fruit. A chunky palate is low on acidity, while this tastes of yeast and white bread more than fruit. Bitterness on the finish transitions to yeasty as this fades.8310Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCuyen 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancCuyen
4486744866FranceThis wine is spicy, fruity and packed with herbal and lemon flavors. It will soon be a refreshing wine, lively and with swathes of acidity. Drink from late summer 2017.8620BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bonhoste 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Bonhoste
4486844867FranceThis is a warm wine, ripe and with hints of yellow fruits as well as crisper acidity. Poised between herbal and riper flavors, it's ready to drink now.8617BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Rame 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau La Rame
4486944868FranceThis wine from Maison Ginestet is all crisp, green fruit. Light and bright, it bursts with acidity and perfumed fruitiness. Drink now.Le Bordeaux de Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc8620BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Larrivet Haut-Brion 2016 Le Bordeaux de Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Larrivet Haut-Brion
4487044869FranceLight and bright, this is a perfumed wine. Its very present acidity is underpinned by spice, red-currant fruits and a tangy, tangerine aftertaste. Drink now.8615BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Grand Verdus 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau le Grand Verdus
4487144870FrancePascal Sirat named this wine for his father and his son. Bright and fruity, it is already deliciously light, refreshing and bright. Acidity jumps out of the glass, giving a crisp, fresh character. The aftertaste is more taut and tense. Drink now.Blanc de Fernand8615BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Panchille 2016 Blanc de Fernand (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Panchille
4487244871FranceFrom vineyards on the slope above Cadillac, this is a tight, mineral-textured wine. With crisp lemon flavors, it is brightly lit with acidity and clean fruitiness. The wine is ready to drink.8617BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Suau 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Suau
4487344872FranceFresh earthy notes join the subtle peach fruit on the nose. The palate counters with slightly bitter notes that seem slightly out of joint. Drink this while aromas are fresh.Glintzberg8620AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Roland Schmitt 2016 Glintzberg Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Roland Schmitt
4487444873FranceThis ripe fruity wine is bursting with young red fruits. It has a fine structure that gives a core of dryness. It also has a crisp edge that brings out the fruit and the liveliness of this attractive wine. Ready to drink now.Demoiselles8615Loire ValleyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sauvat 2016 Demoiselles GamayGamayDomaine Sauvat
4487544874USIron-laced beef aromas meet boysenberry and wet stone on the nose of this widely available and smartly priced wine from the historic producer. Red cherry fruit shows on the palate along with a touch of turned earth, making for a pleasant yet simple sip.8614CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEdna Valley Vineyard 2015 Merlot (Central Coast)MerlotEdna Valley Vineyard
4487644875SpainThis mild, plump and basic Chardonnay leads with peach blossom, yeast and cured ham scents. Its melon, peach and apricot flavors hollow out on a mild, yeasty tasting finish.2348615Northern SpainSomontanoMichael Schachner@wineschachEnate 2016 234 Chardonnay (Somontano)ChardonnayEnate
4487744876USThe floral aromas in this animated wine give way to fragrant fruit salad flavors that range from orange to pineapple to apple. It has a nicely tart texture and lingering fruity finish.Uvaggio Isabella8615CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEnotria 2014 Uvaggio Isabella Arneis (Mendocino County)ArneisEnotria
4487844877USNot quite as bold as its name suggests, this wine is well-balanced and fun to sip. Fruity and medium-bodied, it smells like raspberries and rhubarb, tastes like red cherries and feels nicely full on the palate, bolstered by a hearty dose of fine tannins.Anthony's Hill Dark Bold8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFetzer NV Anthony's Hill Dark Bold Red (California)Red BlendFetzer
4487944878ItalyWith its delicate onion-peel color and rather subdued aromas, this rosato appears older than it is. The palate is a bit more expressive and slightly fresher, offering suggestions of tart apple and sour cherry before finishing on a bitter note.8616Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFeudo Maccari 2016 Rosé (Terre Siciliane)RoséFeudo Maccari

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