Wine Reviews

4593145930FranceLifted notes of Williams pear meld into a more general fruit note on the rounded palate that is juicy and enlivened by lemony freshness. Drink this wine soon to enjoy the exuberant, easy-drinking and refreshing fruit.8819AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Cattin 2015 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJoseph Cattin
4593245931FranceThis is a firm and tough wine initially, but it slowly opens and develops a rich character through its wood-aged and licorice flavors and fragrant acidity. It's dense and rich, as one expects of the vintage, and it certainly will age over many years.90BordeauxListrac-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fourcas Dupré 2009 Listrac-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Fourcas Dupré
4593345932FranceThis is a perfumed wine, and its new wood and violet aromas create equally pleasant flavors. The surface-level brilliance is followed by rich, dark tannins and a blackberry note.Cuvee le Barry9020BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Mothe du Barry 2010 Cuvee le Barry (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Mothe du Barry
4593445933FranceThere is a fine sense of structure in this dense and solid effort. It has both a juicy black-currant note and a full-bodied, concentrated texture. Showing the richness as well as the dry core of 2010, it is ready to age over several years.9020BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lieujean 2010 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lieujean
4593545934FranceA wine that is just getting into its stride, this has ripe black fruits under its firm-yet-sweet tannins. The combination means the wine is both rich and structured, layering the tannins and fruit with acidity. Powerful and concentrated, this should age for 4–5 years.9040BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sénilhac 2009 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Sénilhac
4593645935FrancePowerful and structured, this offers both the weight and the potential for rich fruit. Dominated at this stage by tannins and wood-influenced flavors, the black plum note is likely to come through in the next year. The acidity is crisp, and a bitter cherry character flavors the finish.9017BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Trocard Monrepos 2009 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Trocard Monrepos
4593745936FranceThis big, solid, rich effort is packed with seemingly sweet fruits and firm tannins, with a bitter extracted feel. The wine has great weight, and it's a powerful expression of the rich 2009 vintage.90BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerClos la Madeleine 2009 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendClos la Madeleine
4593845937FranceThis is a solid example of entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A cherry note is accented by hints of garrigue and chocolate, and the wine is richly textured, ripe and full bodied. Drink this blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvèdre over the next several years.9040Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzClos Saint Michel 2009 Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendClos Saint Michel
4593945938USOne of the better Roussannes out there, this is dry with balanced acidity, showing a creamy mouthfeel, plus complex citrus, butterscotch, mineral and spice flavors. It has many food-pairing possibilities.9025CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCurtis 2011 Roussanne (Santa Barbara County)RoussanneCurtis
4594045939PortugalThis is a perfumed wine with fine acidity. The tannins are soft, accompanied by black cherry and ripe berry notes, making this a sweet, rich style. The Quinta Senhora de Ribeira is on the north bank of the Douro, facing Quinta do Vesúvio on the south bank.Quinta Senhora da Ribeira Vintage9060PortRoger Voss@vossrogerDow's 2010 Quinta Senhora da Ribeira Vintage (Port)PortDow's
4594145940AustraliaConcentrated and intense, this wine features a potent whack of oak on the nose, with dark fruit and mocha overtones. There are enough hints of bright, raspberry-tinged fruit to warrant optimism about its aging trajectory, but at the moment it is dark, heavy and slightly scorched. Try after 2017.The Dead Arm9065South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzD'Arenberg 2008 The Dead Arm Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazD'Arenberg
4594245941GermanyHints of crushed wet stone and granite penetrate through the honeyed peach and flower notes on this intensely minerally Riesling. Dry and lavishly textured, with peppery green notes of herb and fennel, it has a medium-long finish.Hochheimer Kirchenstück Erstes Gewächs Trocken9050RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDomdechant Werner 2009 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Erstes Gewächs Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDomdechant Werner
4594345942GermanyThis is a rare, expressive Riesling that hints at violets and red berries. Intensely fruity, it's brisk, with tangy grapefruit-like acidity and a delicious, bitter green-almond finish.Estate Collection Auslese9023MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaEifel-Pfeiffer 2010 Estate Collection Auslese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingEifel-Pfeiffer
4594445943GermanyThis delicate cool-climate Pinot Noir is fresh and dainty, with a red cherry flavor and plumes of rose petal and green flower perfume. Sour plum acidity and fine-grained but penetrating tannins add brace and backbone.Malterdinger Bienenberg R GG Trocken90111BadenAnna Lee C. IijimaHuber 2009 Malterdinger Bienenberg R GG Trocken Spätburgunder (Baden)SpätburgunderHuber
4594545944FranceIt's unusual to find 100% Roussanne wines, but this is a terrific example at a realistic price. It's broad and mouth-coating but still seems fresh, with melon, pear and pineapple flavors that linger on the tightly focused finish. Drink over the next year or two.9018Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau du Trignon 2010 Roussanne (Côtes du Rhône)RoussanneChâteau du Trignon
4594645945GermanyThere are edges of of smoke and violet on this dry yet lavish Riesling. On the palate, notes of ripe yellow peach and plum shine against a backdrop of lemony acidity, accented with smoke, orange-spice, herb and crushed stone hints.Hochheimer Kirchenstück Spätlese Trocken9034RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDomdechant Werner 2010 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Spätlese Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDomdechant Werner
4594745946PortugalThis is a ripely tannic wine, made from fruit that was sourced from a parcel of more than 40-year-old vines. While it is certainly fruity, rounded and warm, it has tannins as well. It's a velvety wine that retains its structure. Age for the medium term.Savedra Vintage90PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Tedo 2009 Savedra Vintage (Port)PortQuinta do Tedo
4594845947USThis is smooth and sweet-tasting, with dark chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and smoky oak flavors, balanced with fine acidity. The tannins are strong, just what you'd expect from Malbec, making this a great partner for steak.9038CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaWattle Creek 2010 Malbec (Alexander Valley)MalbecWattle Creek
4594945948ItalyEmè is a beautifully balanced blend of Aglianico, Merlot and Sangiovese. Its soft, velvety texture is spectacular, as are its generous aromas of cherry, black fruit, spice, leather and tobacco. There's a touch of sharp freshness on the finish that pulls it all together.Emè9025Southern ItalyIrpiniaI Capitani 2008 Emè Red (Irpinia)Red BlendI Capitani
4595045949USThis blend of Merlot and Mourvèdre melds fruit from the Kestrel View and Olsen Vineyards. Bursting with mixed plum and cherry flavors, it's accented by a spice note and a streak of nougat.Tribute Red9022WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kestrel 2009 Tribute Red Red (Yakima Valley)Red BlendKestrel
4595145950ItalyHere's a pearl for sparkling wine lovers. This bubbly rosato is made from the hearty Aglianico grape, usually reserved for one of Italy's most austere and masculine red wines. Yet here the variety shows a delicate, soft side with notes of wild berry and creamy almond paste.DUBL9043Southern ItalyCampaniaFeudi di San Gregorio 2010 DUBL Aglianico (Campania)AglianicoFeudi di San Gregorio
4595245951ArgentinaDark in the glass, this has a moderately complex nose, with notes of black fruit, leather and spice. It feels tight, fresh and snappy, but not excessively wide or structured. Flavors of ripe berry and cocoa lead to a solid finish, which has a controlled, smooth feel. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot.Paisaje de Tupungato9019Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Flichman 2009 Paisaje de Tupungato Red (Mendoza)Red BlendFinca Flichman
4595345952USMade in the rich, ripe, over-the-top style that winemaker Mark McNeilly uses for his own Mark Ryan Viogniers, this is a superconcentrated wine with more than a passing resemblance to limoncello. Along with that comes notes of Key lime, candied pineapple and a bit of alcoholic heat. Some will find it excellent, others a little too extravagant.Collaboration Series9035WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Force Majeure 2011 Collaboration Series Viognier (Red Mountain)ViognierForce Majeure
4595445953ItalyDriven by deeply smoky and ashy aromas of campfire, slate and lead pencil, there's no doubting the volcanic origins of this elegant Taurasi. The wine is etched and fine, with a smooth tannins.Tenuta di Altavilla9059Southern ItalyTaurasiVilla Matilde 2007 Tenuta di Altavilla (Taurasi)AglianicoVilla Matilde
4595545954USMedium bodied and dry, this has a savory spiciness, with long-lasting flavors of cherry and smoky, vanilla-scented oak. A coating of finely ground tannins gives it enough bite to accompany steak. One of the best Cabernet Francs from the Russian River Valley in a long time.9028CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaBailiwick 2010 Cabernet Franc (Russian River Valley)Cabernet FrancBailiwick
4595645955BulgariaA heady aroma of cherry, coffee and clove with a whiff of mint paves the way for luscious flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and eucalyptus. This wine is silky in the mouth, with a fleeting impression of pomegranate and mint at the soft finish.Enira9015Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBessa 2009 Enira Red (Thracian Valley)Red BlendBessa
4595745956BulgariaA strong nose of mint and eucalyptus with just a hint of cherry belies a fruit-driven palate dominated by cherry, cranberry sauce and strawberry. Plush tannins coat the mouth, with cooling herbs re-emerging on the finish.Enira Reserva9024Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBessa 2009 Enira Reserva Red (Thracian Valley)Red BlendBessa
4595845957ArgentinaA full blast of oak and related aromas open this creamy, ripe wine. Plump on the palate but with just enough acidity to preserve balance, this rich, friendly wine features walnut, papaya and citrus flavors that finish woody, smooth and long. Drink now.Catena Alta Historic Rows9035Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Catena Zapata 2013 Catena Alta Historic Rows Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayBodega Catena Zapata
4595945958BulgariaThis wine features aromas of raspberry and black currants with touches of coffee and bacon. Luxurious flavors of ripe black plum, black cherry, espresso and pipe tobacco wash over the taste buds in a web of velvety tannins, culminating in a vivid finish.9014Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysBulgariana 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Thracian Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahBulgariana
4596045959USThick in chocolate and blackberry jam-like goodness, this is a smooth, lush dessert wine that just begs to be poured over vanilla ice cream, its mocha-like finish akin to having a flat white cup of coffee. Cabernet Sauvignon Brandy was added to up the alcohol to a Port-like wine.Dessert Wine9058CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCairdean Estate 2011 Dessert Wine Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelCairdean Estate

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