Wine Reviews

45614560USThis single vineyard cuvée is quite light, yet retains your interest with a thin dusting of cocoa and ground coffee around the tangy berry fruit. It's a bit earthy, but a pleasant quaffer, along the lines of a generic Bourgogne.8517OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Rock Point 2014 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirRock Point
45624561PortugalThis is an easy, fruity wine. Soft and light in character, it has attractive red fruits and acidity. Drink this wine now.Borges Quinta da Soalheira858DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerJose Maria Vieira 2014 Borges Quinta da Soalheira Red (Douro)Portuguese RedJose Maria Vieira
45634562PortugalThis soft wine has muted red fruits and light acidity. Drink now.Reserva8521DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerKopke 2013 Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedKopke
45644563FranceThe wine is rich and ready to drink. With red fruits and warm tannins, it is a ripe wine that has a light structure and balanced acidity. It is already an easy wine—fruity and soft at the end.Château Tuilerie Pagès8515BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignerons Réunis de Monségur 2014 Château Tuilerie Pagès (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendLes Vignerons Réunis de Monségur
45654564USThe nose on this bottling is classic for the grape: blackberry, dried lilacs, wet asphalt, beef char and black rocks. The palate is more muddled, with flavors of clay and freshly turned earth, without much spice or fruit to note.Thérèse Vineyards Dos Niñas Vineyard8529CaliforniaSanta Clara ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMartin Ranch 2013 Thérèse Vineyards Dos Niñas Vineyard Syrah (Santa Clara Valley)SyrahMartin Ranch
45664565USThe wine was aged in 30% new American oak, and has modest cherry fruit with astringent tannins. There's an underlying earthy flavor, leading into a chalky finish.Estate8532OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Weisinger 2013 Estate Tempranillo (Rogue Valley)TempranilloWeisinger
45674566USThis wine smells mildly herbaceous and tastes sufficiently ripe and round to make it attractive to sip.8525CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLoft 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancLoft
45684567ItalySubdued aromas suggesting black plum, game and moist soil come together on this. The thin simple palate offers morello cherry and a hint of brown spice alongside loose, fleeting tannins and zesty acidity.Fonte Venna8515Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Feuduccio Di S. Maria D'Orni 2014 Fonte Venna (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoIl Feuduccio Di S. Maria D'Orni
45694568ItalyAromas of steeped prune and raspberry jam mix with a note of used leather and chopped herb. The robust but evolved palate offers dried sour cherry, raisin, ground pepper and espresso alongside the heat of evident alcohol. Grainy tannins leave a bracing finish. The fruit has almost dried up completely so drink sooner rather than later.Pieluni Riserva8560Central ItalyMontepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline TeramaneKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIlluminati Dino 2010 Pieluni Riserva (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane)MontepulcianoIlluminati Dino
45704569ArgentinaDamp earthy berry aromas are a touch murky. This feels bulky, grabby and tannic, while overriding flavors of coffee, toast and bitter chocolate make fruit a bit player. A choppy finish with hard tannins and herbal berry flavors puts this Cabernet in the midtier category.Reserva8515Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachViñalba 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Uco)Cabernet SauvignonViñalba
45714570SpainFiery cherry cough-drop aromas are basic at best, crude at worst. Bright and wiry in feel, this tastes of medicinal red fruits.Adivino Tinto Joven8511Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCovila 2015 Adivino Tinto Joven (Rioja)TempranilloCovila
45724571PortugalWith light wood-aging flavors, this creamy wine is still young, with tangy orange and lemon zest as well as touches of vanilla. Let it develop further and drink from late 2017.8517LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mãe 2014 Chardonnay (Lisboa)ChardonnayAdega Mãe
45734572PortugalThis is a wood-fermented wine, spicy and lightly perfumed. The wood aging does dominate the yellow fruits and acidity that still need time. Drink this wine from late 2017.8517LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mãe 2014 Viognier (Lisboa)ViognierAdega Mãe
45744573ItalyAromas of French oak and coconut lead the nose. Oak carries over to the lean, bracing palate where you'll also detect raw sour cherry. It lacks the fruit richness needed to stand up to the oak while raspy tannins leave an astringent, mouth puckering finish.I Vasari Old Vines8525Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarba 2013 I Vasari Old Vines (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoBarba
45754574USThis is dry, almost sour, despite its low alcohol, and feels disjointed. Along with the sour citrus flavor is a conflicting streak of too-ripe fruit. Interesting components, but they may or may not knit together with more bottle age.8522OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Beacon Hill 2015 RieslingRieslingBeacon Hill
45764575PortugalThis wine is ripe, fruity and balanced. It has red-berry flavors along with acidity and a bright aftertaste. Drink from 2019Esteva8510DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Ferreirinha 2015 Esteva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCasa Ferreirinha
45774576PortugalThis is a typically perfumed Gewürztraminer with the twist of a cool ocean climate. That coolness allows plenty of acidity to come into this dry, fruity wine and adds a floral character. With its crispness, it is bright as well as aromatic. Drink now.85LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Gewurztraminer (Lisboa)GewürztraminerCasa Santos Lima
45784577FranceThe Birot estate is in Cadillac, the fortress town on the banks of the Garonne. This classic Sauvignon and Sémillon blend is herbal, green and grassy. It is bright with acidity and lemon fruit and with a lightly tangy texture. Drink now.8518BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Birot 2015 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Birot
45794578SpainPerfumed aromas are forced and less than natural. This feels about right, with citric acidity maintaining balance. Flavors of candied orange and cantaloupe finish with obvious residual sugar along with modest acidic cut.Semi-Sec Rosé8511CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachChic Barcelona NV Semi-Sec Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendChic Barcelona
45804579PortugalThis softly perfumed wine has red-fruit flavors and plenty of acidity. It is jammy and juicy with succulent red berries. Drink now.Paxis8510LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Paxis Pinot Noir (Lisboa)Pinot NoirDFJ Vinhos
45814580PortugalThis wine is soft, with gentle tannins and red-berry fruits. It will develop quickly, so drink from 2019.Prazo de Roriz8517DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerPrats & Symington LDA 2015 Prazo de Roriz Red (Douro)Portuguese RedPrats & Symington LDA
45824581PortugalStrong tannins dominate this wine. It comes from a good vintage, but it is quite extracted. It could soften, although it may remain a tough wine.Reserva85DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Filoco 2011 Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta do Filoco
45834582PortugalThe tannins dominate this wine, giving a hard-edged character. It is firm but without the fruit weight to support it.Grande Reserva8526DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta dos Poços 2014 Grande Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta dos Poços
45844583PortugalThis soft, wine is full of ripe black-currant flavors. It is smooth and rounded, with a touch of wood and plenty of acidity. Drink now.Casabel85LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerSanguinhal 2013 Casabel Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedSanguinhal
45854584USThis six-year-old wine is 40% Tempranillo, 40% Carmenère and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Carmenère dominates, pushing stiff, tannic, stemmy flavors into the core. It's not in danger of aging too quickly, but the tannins seem unlikely to soften.Alchemy8532OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine South Stage 2010 Alchemy Red (Rogue Valley)Red BlendSouth Stage
45864585ItalyThis frothy wine offers aromas of cut grass, hay and chopped herb. The aromas carry over to the sweet simple palate along with ripe apricot and a confectionery note.Suri85PiedmontMoscato d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Giada 2015 Suri (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoVilla Giada
45874586PortugalMade from Castelão grapes, this crisp wine has red fruits that burst out of the glass and give a lively aftertaste, with tight acidity. Drink now.8512LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerManzwine 2015 Rosé (Lisboa)RoséManzwine
45884587PortugalThis ripe blend holds 80% Baga, with the rest Merlot. The Merlot softens the firmer tannins of the Baga, giving the wine its red-fruit character with a juicy aftertaste. Drink the wine now.Selection859BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerMessias 2014 Selection Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedMessias
45894588SpainOne of the most cutting, acid-intense Albariños out there. The nose in minerally and tight as a drum, with green melon and green apple scents. The palate is razor sharp and driving, with tangy, high-toned lemon and Granny Smith apple flavors. Totally citric and zesty; it will last another few years.8726GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachPalacio de Fefiñanes 2009 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoPalacio de Fefiñanes
45904589USThis rich, oaky Chardonnay has aromas and flavors of buttered toast, buttered popcorn, vanilla and pineapple jam. It's very rich and creamy, and appeals for sheer deliciouness.8738CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaPerception 2008 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayPerception

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