Wine Reviews

4497144970USA Grenache blended with small amounts of Mourvèdre and Syrah, this may need more time in bottle to truly reveal itself. But for now, its herbal characteristics overpower the hidden notes of blueberry and vanilla trying to get out.8525CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneAndis 2010 Grenache (Amador County)GrenacheAndis
4497244971FranceThis is soft and smooth, with acidity and a creamy character. The flavors are reminiscent of ripe pear and spice. Very ready to drink.85AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerBott Frères 2010 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancBott Frères
4497344972ItalyEasy and fresh, with a simple, crisp finish, this should pair with garden greens or sliced tomato and mozzarella85VenetoVenetoCaposaldo 2011 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioCaposaldo
4497444973USMade in a style to appeal to many Chardonnay drinkers, this one seems to have sweetness, with flavors of custard, vanilla, butter cream and orange jam.8530CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaChurchill Cellars 2010 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayChurchill Cellars
4497544974ArgentinaFairly round in the mouth, this has blackberry, vanilla and butter notes. It's rugged and simple, but tasty.847Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachReal del Pedro 2010 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecReal del Pedro
4497644975ArgentinaThis opens with huge aromas of dark berry, cola and maple. The palate is ultratannic and grabby, with a sandpaper mouthfeel and big, boistrous flavors of black fruit. Syrupy and tannic on the finish, it has an overt rugged feel.Reserve8415OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachRestivo 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Patagonia)Cabernet SauvignonRestivo
4497744976USBennett Valley is a cooler section of Sonoma County, and maybe the cool vintage was just too much. This wine isn't quite ripe.It's bone dry, acidic and tannic, and the fruit is herbal.Judge Family Vineyard8438CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaMacLaren 2009 Judge Family Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley)SyrahMacLaren
4497844977USThis California bottling of an Italian varietal is rustic, with flavors suggesting cherry pie filling. This should pair with burgers and similar fare.8428CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMosby 2008 Teroldego (Santa Barbara County)TeroldegoMosby
4497944978PortugalThis fruity wine is light in texture. It has gentle tannins, with bitterness and a stalky character that brings out the acidity.Castelo do Sulco84LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2009 Castelo do Sulco Cabernet Sauvignon (Lisboa)Cabernet SauvignonParras Vinhos
4498044979ItalyVery simple and straightforward, this bright wine opens with aromas of lime, cut grass and white peach. It's crisp and lean on the finish.8411VenetoVenetoAngelini 2011 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioAngelini
4498144980USWith a smoked char aftertaste, this wine is lacking in fruit and fairly simple. A weediness could be interpreted as cedar or dried herb, but teeter-totters on the borderline.829CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKirkland Signature 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKirkland Signature
4498244981SpainGassy, bready apple aromas are dull and unfocused. This is flat in texture, with a low bubble bead. Flavors of yellow mustard, rhubarb and apple finish briny.Brut Nature Vintage8213CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachTorre Oria NV Brut Nature Vintage Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendTorre Oria
4498344982USFrom a certified organic, dry-farmed vineyard, this wine exudes an overabundance of rustic earth without finding a rightful companion in fruit, with just the merest hint of allspice underplayed on the finish.Exuberance Reserve Estate8269CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCanihan 2012 Exuberance Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirCanihan
4498444983SpainStalky, leathery aromas deal only a modest amount of raspberry and plum scents. This Bobal-Cabernet Sauvignon blend is raw, lean and light in feel, with choppy, herbal cherry and currant flavors.Winemaker's Selection828LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastillo de Liria 2014 Winemaker's Selection Red (Valencia)Red BlendCastillo de Liria
4498544984FranceThis old-vine wine shows signs of rotten fruit, certainly aromatically. On the palate, it is tight with dark tannins and a hard, extracted edge. It is hard to tell if it could soften. This property liess in both the Castillon and Franc appellations. Wine is vinified plot by plot.Cuvée Prevenche8215BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Terrasson 2013 Cuvée Prevenche (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Terrasson
4498644985ChileYeasty, bland, unconvincing aromas make for an unremarkable opening. This is flabby and broken on the palate, with yeasty flavors of canned peas.Reserva8110Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFalernia 2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Elqui Valley)Sauvignon BlancFalernia
4498744986FranceThis wine has too much extraction to allow the fruit to develop. It will soften out, although not enough. It is an 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend.8118BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Marsan 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Marsan
4498844987FranceThis wine has been too heavily extracted, giving a series of tough tannins and a hard edge without the fruit to balance things out. It is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25/25 Merlot and Cabernet Franc.La Vieille Cour de Seguin819BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Seguin 2013 La Vieille Cour de Seguin (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Seguin
4498944988FranceAll dry tannin and bramble aromas, this wine is a tough proposition. François Maurin and son Raphael handle the organic vineyards and wine fermented in stainless steel.8113BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Croix Blanche 2013 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Croix Blanche
4499044989FranceBrambles and undergrowth aromas give this wine a curious character reflected in the wild strawberry flavors that are not linked to the tannins. This seven-acre Thienpont family property is run by Jan, who has several wine projects, and Florian, who came to wine as a chef.81BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Marotte 2013 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Marotte
4499144990SpainThe aroma is stalky and leathery on the nose. The palate is grabby, with sulfuric, bitter flavors of uncomplicated berry fruits. This is 65% Bobal and 35% Tempranillo.Ananto809LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Norte 2012 Ananto Red (Utiel-Requena)Red BlendSierra Norte
4499244991ChileThis wine is volatile and grassy on the nose, and extremely horsey. Odd flavors of mango and pineapple are way out of place, and the finish tastes of bad tobacco.Gran Reserva8014Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2012 Gran Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecViu Manent
4499344992SpainThis Cava is so heavily oaked that it smells savory and saucy, with almost no fruit to speak of. Woody flavors are barrel-dominated, and so is the monotonous finish.Brut Nature8017CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachTorre Oria NV Brut Nature Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendTorre Oria
4499444993SpainScattered, dusty, yeasty aromas of mustard and apple are less than welcoming. This feels choppy and strained, with vanilla and white-fruit flavors.Brut8013CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Subirats NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendConde de Subirats
4499544994ItalyThis stunning wine is all about extreme elegance and subtlety. It opens with aromas of wild red berry, rose petal, sweet baking spice and a whiff aromatic herb while the focused palate delivers red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, pipe tobacco and white pepper. A firm backbone of polished tannins and vibrant acidity gives it an age-worthy structure. It's loaded with finesse and should develop even more complexity over time. Drink 2018–2033.Cà d'Morissio Riserva99595PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2008 Cà d'Morissio Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloMascarello Giuseppe e Figlio
4499644995FranceThis young wine is all magnificent structure. It is intense, with fruit and acidity given richness by the powerful texture and tense tannins. The dense symphony of ripe fruits is kept in check by the structure. This wine needs many years; drink from 2019.Les Clos Grand Cru9769BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin
4499744996FranceFermented and aged in six-year old wood for 24 months, this is a richly spicy wine. The wood is there to smell and taste, but it is the rich fruit that speaks. Yellow fruits are given weight by the mineral backdrop, while layers of acidity instill freshness. Drink this complex wine from 2018.Cuvée Authentique Les Clos Grand Cru9795BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pinson 2012 Cuvée Authentique Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Pinson
4499844997FranceThis is a beautiful wine with elegant fruits that reflect a strong sense of minerality. It is crisp, although that is just a surface quality to a wine that has such depth. Toast flavors round out the intense fruits, giving a light spice and butter to this powerful wine. Drink from 2020.Les Demoiselles97476BurgundyChevalier-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2013 Les Demoiselles (Chevalier-Montrachet)ChardonnayLouis Jadot
4499944998FranceWith its great richness, the wine is opulent, generous and full of powerful fruits. The wood aging and the toastiness have done nothing to diminish the yellow fruit and crisp apple flavors. It's an impressive and concentrated wine that will age for many years. Drink from 2020.96370BurgundyBâtard-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2013 Bâtard-MontrachetChardonnayLouis Jadot
4500044999ItalyA hallmark bottling from one of Serralunga's prime vineyard sites, this gorgeous Barolo has structure, breeding and class. It opens with classic aromas of perfumed berry, leather, forest floor, tobacco and a balsamic note while the impeccable palate delivers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, strawberry, chopped herb, white pepper and licorice. It's still tight and tannic so give it time to fully develop to is full, amazing potential. Drink 2023–2033.Vigna Rionda96131PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuigi Oddero & Figli 2008 Vigna Rionda (Barolo)NebbioloLuigi Oddero & Figli

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