Wine Reviews


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4597245971USAromas of buttered toast and flavors like peach and pear juice may sound a little mismatched, but they come together nicely in this full-bodied, oak-aged style of wine. The secondary toast character helps to wrap the fruitiness in a firm texture that carries all that complexity into the finish.Reserve9027CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsConcannon 2013 Reserve Semillon (Livermore Valley)SémillonConcannon
4597345972ItalyAromas of steeped plum, ripe black currant and a whiff of grilled Mediterranean herb lead the nose. The round, concentrated palate doles out fleshy blackberry, ripe black cherry, ground pepper and anise alongside ripe, chewy tannins.Inu Riserva9022Sicily & SardiniaCannonau di SardegnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeContini 2011 Inu Riserva (Cannonau di Sardegna)CannonauContini
4597445973ItalyPressed iris, scorched earth, ripe berry and cake spice lead the way. The juicy palate delivers wild cherry, raspberry, clove, cinnamon and tobacco alongside fresh acidity and polished tannins. It's almost approachable but will be even better in a couple of years. Drink 2017–2022.9080PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCoppo 2011 BaroloNebbioloCoppo
4597545974USA 100% varietal wine, this offers a depth of earthy mushroom and forest, especially on the nose, before expansive waves of juicy raspberry and blackberry take over on the palate. Enjoyable now, it reveals a touch of dried herb and violet as it progresses in the glass.Black Label Stepping Stone9045CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCornerstone 2012 Black Label Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancCornerstone
4597645975PortugalThe historic Santar estate is one of the oldest in the Dão region. The estate wine is structured, mineral, dark in character and firm in tannins. At the same time, rich black fruits are waiting to burst out, bringing with them ripeness and balanced acidity. It's a serious wine for aging; drink from 2018.Casa de Santar9013DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2012 Casa de Santar Red (Dão)Portuguese RedDão Sul
4597745976PortugalFermented and aged in wood, this rich and complex wine is still young. The potential of the ripe yellow fruits, tight structure and toast and spice flavors are all there. Rounded and generous, this is a wine for some good aging; drink from 2017.Casa de Santar Reserva Branco9017DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2014 Casa de Santar Reserva Branco White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteDão Sul
4597845977ItalyRipe dark fruit, tilled earth, cooking spice and an herbaceous note waft out of the glass. On the palate, notes of grilled sage, clove, ground pepper and anise accent a core of dried black cherry. Assertive but refined tannins support the flavors.9055PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDemarie 2011 BarbarescoNebbioloDemarie
4597945978FranceRipe and full in the mouth, this generous wine has yellow fruits and a warm, rich texture. Flavors of freshness flow right through the wine. Balanced and smooth at the end, it is ready to drink.9020BurgundyMâcon-DavayéRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Croix Senaillet 2013 Mâcon-DavayéChardonnayDomaine de la Croix Senaillet
4596145960USA majority varietal, this wine also contains Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, combining for a taste of baked blackberry and licorice, the oak subtle in smoke. With a tannic bite on the midpalate, it resolves into smoother, velvety textures on the finish, inviting one in for another try.9068CaliforniaAtlas PeakNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCairdean Estate 2011 Syrah (Atlas Peak)SyrahCairdean Estate
4598045979ArgentinaLush blackberry and boysenberry aromas are matched by cola and toast notes on this ripe blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Bonarda. The palate is flush and grabby, while saturated flavors of blackberry and black currant finish with power and toasty oak. Drink through 2019.Mora Negra9033OtherPedernal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Las Moras 2011 Mora Negra Malbec-Bonarda (Pedernal Valley)Malbec-BonardaFinca Las Moras
4598145980ItalyMade with dried Zibibbo grapes, this savory dessert wine opens with aromas of citron zest, fig and dried Mediterranean herb. The concentrated palate doles out dried apricot, lemon honey, vanilla, toasted almond and candied citrus peel.9035Sicily & SardiniaPassito di PantelleriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFlorio 2010 Passito di PantelleriaZibibboFlorio
4598245981USForis consistently produces a meticulously crafted, value lineup of Alsatian-inspired white wines. As with its siblings, this is crisp, detailed and balanced. Apple and pear fruit is lined with citrus rind. Give it a light chill and it will delight.9014OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Foris 2014 Pinot Gris (Southern Oregon)Pinot GrisForis
4598345982FranceA beautiful pale-pink color, this rosé made from 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah offers a gorgeous mélange of upfront fruit aromas, including red cherry, strawberry, peach and underripe mango. Hints of sweet pea and garrigue mingle with the ripe fruit core on the medium-bodied palate. The lightly creamy mouthfeel is lifted by bright final acidity, finishing snappy and fresh.Château La Sauvageonne Wild Woman9022Languedoc-RoussillonCoteaux du LanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2014 Château La Sauvageonne Wild Woman Rosé (Coteaux du Languedoc)RoséGérard Bertrand
4598445983ItalyAromas of red berry, grilled herb and baking spice emerge on this bright, full-bodied red. It's still young and primary, but offers juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, mocha, cinnamon and white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins and racy acidity. Give this time to fully develop. Drink 2018–2027.90PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGrasso Fratelli 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloGrasso Fratelli
4598545984USLeather and cigar box rise to the fore of this smoky wine, accented in coconut, black pepper and cedar. Dusty on the palate, it hails from a Calistoga-based vineyard site, prime location for the variety. It becomes more intense in black pepper and brambly blackberry and plum as it finishes, lean enough to invite more sips.Miljenko's Vineyard Estate Grown9065CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGrgich Hills 2010 Miljenko's Vineyard Estate Grown Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)Petite SirahGrgich Hills
4596245961ItalyA blend of 90% Carignano and 10% Syrah, this offers aromas of steeped plum, scorched soil, peppercorn and eucalyptus. The bold, full-bodied palate delivers black cherry marinated in spirits, fig, ground pepper and licorice alongside tightly laced, fine-grained tannins.Assajè9045Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCapichera 2011 Assajè Red (Isola dei Nuraghi)Red BlendCapichera
4598645985FranceThis is beautully concentrated and full of great richness yet seems closed at the moment. Its apricot jelly and dried fruit flavors, acidity and botrytis are in perfect balance, developing intensity as it opens. A full, generous wine with a great future. Drink from 2023.9870BordeauxBarsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Climens 2014 BarsacBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Climens
4598745986FrancePowered by intense botrytis, this wine is opulent and ripe, with spice, yellow fruit and honey flavors. It has just the right balance of acidity to maintain its shape and proportions. It's likely to age well over many years. Drink from 2024.9745BordeauxBarsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Coutet 2014 BarsacBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Coutet
4598845987FranceThis impressive wine has great intensity and superb apricot and orange flavors. Acidity mingles with its botrytis core and rich, concentrated fruit, striking a fine balance. It will become delicious as it matures. Drink from 2024.9755BordeauxSauternesRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Haut-Peyraguey 2014 SauternesBordeaux-style White BlendClos Haut-Peyraguey
4598945988HungaryThis ethereal Tokaji Aszú is golden in color, with aromas of delicate acacia flower, honeysuckle, fresh peach and tinned apricot. The flavors come alive on the palate, showing luscious apricot, floral honeycomb and fresh pear juice. The acidity is perfectly balanced to prevent this delightful wine from being too cloying.6 Puttonyos Aszú Gold Label9780TokajiJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysRoyal Tokaji 2013 6 Puttonyos Aszú Gold Label (Tokaji)White BlendRoyal Tokaji
4599045989FranceWith its apricot and bitter orange flavors, this wine has great concentration, botrytis character and richness. Acidity lends balance to all its beautiful honey notes and intensity. Drink from 2023.97BordeauxSauternesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Rayne Vigneau 2014 SauternesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Rayne Vigneau
4596345962USThick and rich, with a menthol-like streak in the background, this 89% Zin is complemented by a wealth of mixed blacks, from Alicante Bouschet to Trousseau Noir. It opens with a bouquet of fresh, brambly blackberry, raspberry and sage, reaching a powerful conclusion of brown sugar and spice, staying structured atop soft, sizable tannins. Drink now through 2020.Montafi Ranch9047CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCarlisle 2013 Montafi Ranch Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelCarlisle
4596445963ItalyClassic aromas of rose, red berry and a balsamic note lead the way. The structured, savory palate offers up sour cherry, chopped herb, white pepper and clove framed in youthfully assertive but refined tannins that need to unwind. Drink 2017–2027.Montefico90PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCarlo Giacosa 2012 Montefico (Barbaresco)NebbioloCarlo Giacosa
4596545964FranceWith ripe fruits, this generous wine also has a great line of acidity. A touch of vanilla gives extra richness. At the same time, the balance with the fresh lemon flavors and ripe peaches is just right. Drink now.9026BurgundyPouilly-LochéRoger Voss@vossrogerCave des Grands Crus Blancs 2014 Pouilly-LochéChardonnayCave des Grands Crus Blancs
4596645965USMade in a deliciously oaky style, this smells like melted butter and toasted baguette, tastes like ripe pears drizzled with crème anglaise and feels almost sweet. The toasted oak component adds a touch of bitterness to balance the richness, and it all works beautifully for this approach.Estate9022CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCedarville Vineyard 2013 Estate Viognier (El Dorado)ViognierCedarville Vineyard
4596745966USThis eye-opening wine has a really tangy, herbal aroma. Next, vivid and bright citrus flavors like lemon and grapefruit are shaped lightly by a crisp but smooth texture and subtle hints of vanilla and almond. It's difficult to imagine a more vibrant example.Made with Organically Grown Grapes9017CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChacewater 2014 Made with Organically Grown Grapes Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancChacewater
4596845967BulgariaDeep ruby in the glass, this wine has a bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, saddle leather and vanilla. It offers flavors of blackberry, black plum and fresh forest mushroom suspended in a cloud-like structure of silky tannins.9014Danube River PlainsJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysChateau Burgozone 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Danube River Plains)Cabernet SauvignonChateau Burgozone
4596945968BulgariaDark ruby in the glass, this Pinot Noir from Bulgaria's Danube Plain entices the palate with the aroma of fresh-from-the-oven cherry pie. Flavors of cherry and vanilla with soft undertones of baking spices wash over the tongue, with pleasing notes of candied orange peel on the finish.9014Danube River PlainsJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysChateau Burgozone 2012 Pinot Noir (Danube River Plains)Pinot NoirChateau Burgozone
4597045969FranceA chalky minerality leads the nose of this Minervois rosé, mingling seamlessly with the centered notes of garrigue, crushed carnation, strawberry hull and red cherry. Medium bodied, this boasts a slightly creamy texture that's countered by ample acidity, keeping the palate lifted and the finish bright.9016Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau du Donjon 2014 Rosé (Minervois)RoséChâteau du Donjon
4597145970FranceThis pale rosé is very expressive of its terroir, with beautiful aromas of garrigue herbs and minerality that abound in the bouquet. Additional hints of sweet pea and orange blossom harmonize with the strawberry hull and melon rind fruitiness. Ethereal and dainty, the palate is light and bright, with vibrant acidity and a refreshing finish reminiscent of watermelon rind and orange pith. Drink now.Cuvée Classique9017Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Ollieux Romanis 2014 Cuvée Classique Rosé (Corbières)RoséChâteau Ollieux Romanis

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