Wine Reviews

4554345542PortugalRich and fruity, this is a dense, wood-aged wine. It has a perfumed character as well as ripe tannins and blackberry fruits. The wine is broad, rounded and full of fruit. Drink this attractive, concentrated wine now.Marquês de Marialva Reserva9016BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega de Cantanhede 2011 Marquês de Marialva Reserva Baga (Bairrada)BagaAdega de Cantanhede
4554145540FranceWhile Petit Manseng is more often made into a sweet wine, its natural richness does lend itself to dry wine as well. Here it gives an intensely perfumed wine, floral and spicy together. Crisp apples and kiwis are made richer with a tincture of honey. Drink this wine from 2018.Cuvée Pauline9025Southwest FranceJurançon SecRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jolys 2014 Cuvée Pauline (Jurançon Sec)Petit MansengChâteau Jolys
4554445543USThis wine combines 38% Cabernet Sauvignon with 35% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, with fruit from Stagecoach and Alta vineyards contributing to the mix. Dusty tannin and a weight of leather saddle permeate the nose and palate, with graphite puncturing through the soft texture and finish.Quatreaux9054CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneAlta 2013 Quatreaux Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAlta
4554245541USThis blend of 39% Petite Sirah, 35% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc spent two years in barrel, allowing the flavors to mesh. Juicy acidity marks a soft, approachable palate of sugarplum and kirsch, sure to please a crowd with its full, plush texture.Proprietary9045CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboone29 & Oak Wines 2012 Proprietary Red (Napa Valley)Red Blend29 & Oak Wines
4554545544USFrom a site farmed by the great Ulises Valdez, this barrel-aged white is remarkably subtle on the oak, allowing bright, rich flavors of lemon, lime and mango to shine through, along with more complex aspects of green apple and anise.UV Lancel Creek9044CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFriedeman 2014 UV Lancel Creek Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayFriedeman
4554645545USThe aromas pop, with notes of jammy dark cherry, dried black currant, black licorice and baking spices. The dried-fruit flavors are full, with a dry squeeze of tannins. It seems a bit evolved for its age.Grand Klasse9055WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGård 2012 Grand Klasse Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonGård
4554745546FranceThe Muscadelle gives a ripe perfumed wine. It is fruity while also full of floral and spice flavors. Made from organically grown grapes, it is crisp and direct, full of apricot and pear flavors. Drinkable now, although it will be better from 2017.Conti-ne Périgoudine Parcelle Jeanneton No ZB1009029Southwest FranceBergerac SecRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour des Gendres 2014 Conti-ne Périgoudine Parcelle Jeanneton No ZB100 Muscadelle (Bergerac Sec)MuscadelleChâteau Tour des Gendres
4554845547FranceProduced from a selection of old vines, this is a structured firm wine. Its black-cherry fruits and acidity are well integrated into the dense structure to give a spicy wine that is richly packed with fruits. Drink now and until 2020.La Madone Vieilles Vignes9025BeaujolaisFleurieRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chaintreuil 2014 La Madone Vieilles Vignes (Fleurie)GamayDomaine Chaintreuil
4554945548FranceSubdued hints of lily and jasmine rise from the glass. The palate offers restrained notes of peach and Mirabelle plum, with a rounded, off-dry finish focusing on blossom honey. It's a gentle, rounded and perfumed wine.Clos St Sebastien9038AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Charles Frey 2013 Clos St Sebastien Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Charles Frey
4555045549FranceGlints of ripe yellow plum lend a mellow air to this streamlined, fresh and citrus-clean wine. A concentrated core gains texture from pithy grapefruit notes. It's a clean, harmoniously balanced wine with staying power. Drink now until 2025.Silberberg de Rorschwihr9024AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Fernand Engel 2014 Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Fernand Engel
4555145550FranceA gently honeyed nose is all the aroma that's disclosed. The palate follows with ripe, rounded and generous notes of fleshy stone fruit like yellow plum and ripe peach. A tiny bit of residual sweetness underlines these juicy flavors. Pithy grapefruit makes for a very balanced finish.Rosenberg9025AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Saint-Rémy 2014 Rosenberg Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Saint-Rémy
4555245551FranceAromatically ripe notes of peach and mandarin soar. The palate of this wine is equally generously fruited, with a vein of ripe lemon acidity at its fresh core. Juicy and very refreshing, it finishes dry and totally moreish with pink grapefruit.Cuvée Théo9037AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Weinbach 2015 Cuvée Théo Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Weinbach
4555345552FranceJuicy, appetizing apple notes rise from the glass, helped along by summer blossom and rose. The off-dry palate is generous with ripe peach and plum accented by pleasantly bitter notes of pith. The tiniest amount of spritz helps to keep things fresh.Portrait9018AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Zinck 2015 Portrait Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Zinck
4555445553FranceLifted peach and wilting petals of Damask rose unite in the perfumed, supremely aromatic nose of this wine. The palate continues with rosewater notes of Turkish Delight and candied peach. Honeyed and rich, the sweet palate is concentrated but guided by lemony freshness. Overwhelming with perfume and concentration, this decadent wine needs either a perfumed, peachy dessert or a salty blue cheese to match those crashing waves of full-blown flavor.Vendanges Tardives Cuvée Christine9055AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaines Schlumberger 2013 Vendanges Tardives Cuvée Christine Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaines Schlumberger
4555545554USThis wine begins with intense oak and a voluptuous texture before settling into the crisp delicacy of bittersweet lemon and honeyed apple. Full bodied and nicely complex, it's a balanced expression of a cool vineyard site.DCV Estate Block 109030CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDry Creek Vineyard 2014 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDry Creek Vineyard
4555645555SpainHeady cherry and berry aromas are forwardly potent. This young, grippy Toro is tannic and taut on the palate. Gritty blackberry and burnt, toasty flavors finish rough, with grabby, pronounced tannins. Drink from 2017–2023.9028Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachElias Mora 2014 ToroTinta de ToroElias Mora
4555745556FranceLifted chamomile joins riper pear and apple fruit on the nose of this wine. On the concentrated palate these are joined by lemon and grapefruit zest in an unapologetically bracing style. This wine is clean, dry, fresh and totally lip-smacking with the full force of citrus behind it.Tradition9022AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEmile Beyer 2015 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingEmile Beyer
4555845557FranceThis wine is already finely balanced, full of a combination of black fruits and acidity. Behind this fruitiness there are solid tannins, a dry core and a concentrated aftertaste where the Tannat shows well. Drink this ripe, full-bodied wine now.Aydie l'Origine9014Southwest FranceMadiranRoger Voss@vossrogerFamille Laplace 2014 Aydie l'Origine Tannat-Cabernet Franc (Madiran)Tannat-Cabernet FrancFamille Laplace
4555945558USVanilla, clove, baking spice and dark fruit aromas lead to a palate plush with full ripe generous fruit and barrel flavors. It's a hedonistic delight, with the barrel influence playing a prominent role.Estate Riverbend Vineyard9040WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFielding Hills 2013 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahFielding Hills
4556045559USAromas of prune, licorice and dark fruit lead to full cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a sense of vitality and liveliness.Stone Cairn9040WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAndrew Januik 2013 Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonAndrew Januik
4556145560USThis wine starts out brooding, with aromas of vanilla, herbs and brown spices. The cherry flavors are full bodied yet show subtlety, with a captivating mouthfeel and meaty flavors on the finish that increase the interest.Lawrence Vineyard9040WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportArdor 2013 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahArdor
4556245561USSur lie aging and battonage were extended for 22 months on this wine. It displays aromas of corn silk, almond milk and lees that are followed by an elegant creamy mouthfeel and abundant stone-fruit flavors. The finish lingers.Nina's Reserve9036WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportArray 2013 Nina's Reserve Chardonnay (Washington)ChardonnayArray
4556345562SpainThis Monastrell-Syrah blend feels grabby and tight, while the flavor profile goes in the direction of weedy and resiny. A stalky tasting, almost green finish has a rubbery feel to it.8212LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachEquilibrio 2014 Monastrell-Syrah (Jumilla)Monastrell-SyrahEquilibrio
4556445563ArgentinaGrassy strawberry and raspberry aromas smell false as well as floral. A blocky palate with jammy stickiness and rubbery tannins carries medicinal, resiny, candied berry flavors, with green overtones. This feels raw on the finish while tasting green and jammy.Reserve8215Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRegion 1 2013 Reserve Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecRegion 1
4556545564South AfricaThere's an assertive green character to this wine, presented in notes of green bean, pepper, tomato leaf and lime peel on the nose and palate. The mouthfeel is broad and slightly flat, with a jalapeño accent on the finish.8216StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzEikendal 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch)Sauvignon BlancEikendal
4556645565ArgentinaMossy, spicy blackberry aromas are more encouraging than what comes after. This is rubbery and astringent, with blackened flavors of licorice and toasted oak.8211Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Felipe 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonSan Felipe
4556745566SpainCandied cherry and strawberry aromas are soft, artificial and not convincing. Jammy on the palate, this tastes dull, with a touch of raspberry fruit. Bitter notes and latex dominate a flat finish.Daimon8214Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Tobía 2012 Daimon (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendBodegas Tobía
4556845567USGreen bean and bell pepper mark this wine that lacks flavor. It tastes watery and diluted, a faint hint of lemon lurking in.8219CaliforniaYountvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVoss 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Yountville)Sauvignon BlancVoss
4556945568ArgentinaSharp berry and cherry aromas are like nail polish. A hard palate offers zero give, while plum and cherry flavors are tart before turning more sour and medicinal on the finish.8110OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschach25 Lagunas 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (San Juan)Cabernet Sauvignon25 Lagunas
4557045569SpainAromas of candied berries, cinnamon, nutmeg and compost are present on the nose. An edgy, tannic mouthfell and baked, oaky flavors of stewed berry fruits and spice finish hard and tannic.Alcanta Gran Reserva8118LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachBocopa 2009 Alcanta Gran Reserva Red (Alicante)Red BlendBocopa

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