Wine Reviews

4495744956ItalyFoamy bubbles and lively aromas of citrus, peach and Golden Delicious apple mark this sparkler. It's “frizzante,” which means the effervescence is soft and creamy.Spago Nero8513VenetoProseccoRiondo NV Spago Nero (Prosecco)GleraRiondo
4495844957USSimply constructed, this has flavors of orange, mango and buttered toast. This will appeal to many who like their white wines with some sweetness.8520CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJade Mountain 2009 White (California)White BlendJade Mountain
4495944958ItalyThis easy-going Prosecco opens with a fresh bouquet of white flowers, citrus, peach and talc powder. The mouthfeel is crisp, fresh and very informal.Santiquaranta Extra Dry85VenetoProseccoTrevisana NV Santiquaranta Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraTrevisana
4496044959USThis is a bit thin on the palate, with flavors of sour black-cherry candy and spice. It earns a few extra points for its elegance and fine tannins.8538CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaTruchard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Carneros)Cabernet SauvignonTruchard
4496144960ArgentinaBlack fruit and graphite aromas come with an earthy heaviness. This is intense, with driving tannins pushing the flavors of black plum and stewed meat. The finish is big and fruity, with a rubbery feel.8511Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachAndeluna 2010 Merlot (Tupungato)MerlotAndeluna
4496244961ItalyThis no-fuss wine is redolent of lemon soda, cut grass and bitter almond. The mouthfeel is clean and fresh.8510Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieBarone 2011 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioBarone
4496344962USA solid everyday Pinot, this is dry, tart in acidity and silky in texture, with cranberry and pomegranate flavors.8520CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaGarnet 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirGarnet
4496444963FranceThis has a silky texture, with weight and richness. Soft and ripe, this has a hint of spice that's attractively balanced by tangy acidity.Herrenreben85AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Schoenheitz 2008 Herrenreben Riesling (Alsace)RieslingHenri Schoenheitz
4494144940ItalySweet and fragrant, floral and fruity, this Prosecco Extra Dry (with 10% Pinot Bianco) has a feminine, creamy disposition and excellent harmony of aromas and effervescence. It's very filling in the mouth with generous accents of stone fruit and honey; “47” marks the year the winery was founded.Extra Dry 478819VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneBortolotti NV Extra Dry 47 (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoBortolotti
4496544964ItalyFresh, tart and crisp, this balances its natural acidity against sun-ripened aromas of peach and honeydew.8514Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliVilla Rubini 2011 Pinot Grigio (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Pinot GrigioVilla Rubini
4496644965ItalyBright and clean, this drinks easily thanks to its fresh aromas of citrus and stone fruit. The compact, crisp mouthfeel finishes with a touch of grated lemon zest.Lumina85Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieRuffino 2011 Lumina Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioRuffino
4494244941AustraliaThis medium-bodied Shiraz features plenty of spicy complexity and creamy-soft tannins, making it ideal for current consumption. Cedar, vanilla and spice accent raspberry fruit and linger elegantly on the finish.8825Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCelestial Bay 2004 Shiraz (Margaret River)ShirazCelestial Bay
4496744966USThe 8.3 designation refers to the residual sugar by weight. It is indeed a very sweet wine, rich in simple honey, orange and apricot flavors.Lafond Vineyard 8.38515CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastSanta Barbara Winery 2010 Lafond Vineyard 8.3 Riesling (Sta. Rita Hills)RieslingSanta Barbara Winery
4496844967USThis high-production Pinot shows good varietal flavors of red cherry candy, cola and spices. It feels common, with a simple finish.8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherA By Acacia 2010 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirA By Acacia
4496944968USThis unoaked Sauvignon Blanc showcases pure flavors of lemon, lime and green melon. The acidity is brisk, providing brightness. A touch of sugary sweetness on the finish should make it pair nicely with Asian fare.8515CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAlma Sol 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Paso Robles)Sauvignon BlancAlma Sol
4497044969ArgentinaThis is mellow up front, with mild aromas of melon and baby powder. It feels fresh and easygoing, with apple, citrus and vanilla flavors. Drink well chilled, and soon.Classic8512Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlta Vista 2011 Classic Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayAlta Vista
4494344942USA good, rich Merlot-based Bordeaux blend. Its ripe, almost decadent red and black currant and carob flavors are balanced with an herbal earthiness and soft, fine tannins.Crimson Topaz8818CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2005 Crimson Topaz Meritage (Central Coast)MeritageClos La Chance
4494444943ItalyThis is a tonic and fresh Prosecco Brut with pretty aromas of peach and pear backed by fragrant lemon, orange blossom and a tiny touch of chopped basil. The nose is extremely polished and pure with a very attractive mineral dimension.Brut8818VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneCol Vetoraz Spumanti NV Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCol Vetoraz Spumanti
4494544944USSharp, minty-peppery and tannicly dry in its youth, this Syrah is rich enough in fruit to warrant some years in the cellar. That could give it time to soften and let the ripe blackberry, chocolate, coffee and gingersnap cookie flavors out. Try 2009–2011.Estate8845CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaPetroni 2005 Estate Syrah (Sonoma Valley)SyrahPetroni
4494644945AustriaThe Pittnauers make something of a specialty of the St Laurent grape, and their success is reflected in this vivid, fruity, juicy wine, an Austrian Beaujolais, all freshness and blackberry fruits topped with acidity. Screwcap.Sankt Laurent8818BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerPittnauer 2006 Sankt Laurent St. Laurent (Burgenland)St. LaurentPittnauer
4494744946GermanyNearly dry in style, this wine starts off with primary fruit aromas of ripe apples, slightly underripe peaches and a touch of grapefruit, then delivers stonier, more minerally flavors on the palate. Imported by Chapin Cellars, LLC.Ayler Kupp Spätlese Feinherb8819Mosel-Saar-RuwerJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRudolf Eilenz 2006 Ayler Kupp Spätlese Feinherb Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)RieslingRudolf Eilenz
4494844947AustriaKarl Steininger's winery forms part of the new Loisium complex of wine exhibition and hotel in Langenlois, designed by New York architect Steven Holl (commemorated on the label). This wine comes from the adjacent vineyard. It's a full, rich style, rounded, with creamy apple flavors, touched by white currant acidity. Glass stopper.Loisiumweingarten8823KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerSteininger 2007 Loisiumweingarten Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerSteininger
4494944948FranceFrom one of the good value communes at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune, this Chorey is soft, juicy with strawberry flavors and framed by tannins. The acidity is there, but the effect is of a ripe, easy wine, ready to drink now.8829BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2005 Chorey-lès-BeaunePinot NoirJoseph Drouhin
4495044949FranceDensely tannic and firm, this wine has fresh acidity and red-plum-skin flavors. It is a solid, chunky wine, likely to age well, with a vibrant, juicy freshness in the aftertaste.8830BurgundyChassagne-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2005 Chassagne-MontrachetPinot NoirLouis Latour
4495144950FrancePowerful, ripe wine, plump and structured. There are fresh black cherries and plums and structure that promises some aging.88BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerCorton André 2005 Gevrey-ChambertinPinot NoirCorton André
4495244951FranceFloral and aromatic, this wine is the opposite of the typical tannic Nuits-St.-Georges. It is lively, with vibrant red fruits, great rich black cherry flavors, with a light layer of tannin providing structure.Les Damodes Premier Cru88BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerCorton André 2005 Les Damodes Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirCorton André
4495344952ItalyCavit is an important wine cooperative in northern Italy that is largely responsible for Pinot Grigio's immense popularity in the United States. This bottle shows easy tones of peach and citrus.8510Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieCavit 2011 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioCavit
4495444953PortugalFlavors of pear and white peach drive this clean, fruity wine. It has a tang of citrus and acidity that adds a lively edge. Ready to drink now.Chaminé Branco8512AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCortes de Cima 2011 Chaminé Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteCortes de Cima
4495544954FranceLight, bright and fruity, this has soft tannins, plenty of red fruits and balancing acidity. Just dry to finish, it is ready to drink now.Le Renard8522BurgundyGivryRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2010 Le Renard (Givry)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
4495644955ItalyDry and tonic, this has steely bubbles and subtle aromas of crushed stone, citrus and dry hay. Pair this easy with fried finger foods or grilled shrimp appetizers.Punto Rosso Brut8515VenetoProseccoRiondo 2010 Punto Rosso Brut (Prosecco)GleraRiondo

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