Wine Reviews

4604046039ItalyThe nose opens with black-skinned berry, underbrush and toast aromas. It's firm and fruity on the palate, with black cherry, white pepper and mocha flavors framed by polished tannins. Enjoy through 2020.8817Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFeudo Principi di Butera 2015 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaFeudo Principi di Butera
4604146040FranceThis warm ripe blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay has some firm tannins as well as juicy red fruits. It is concentrated and structured while also having a generous, fruity character. Drink this wine now.Champ Gibault8835Loire ValleyCoteaux du GiennoisRoger Voss@vossrogerFlorian Roblin 2015 Champ Gibault Pinot Noir-Gamay (Coteaux du Giennois)Pinot Noir-GamayFlorian Roblin
4604246041USOne of the producer's signature varieties, this impresses in its nutty gamy overview that recalls the sensations and smells of an Italian deli. Rich red fruit makes for a juicy core built around substantial tannins that become supple on the palate. The finish is about black pepper.Estate8825CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFoppiano 2013 Estate Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)Petite SirahFoppiano
4602146020ArgentinaDusty peach aromas are round and hold up to scrutiny. This densely colored Malbec rosé is ready to drink, with flavors of melon and peach. A touch of skins character adds complexity and texture to the finish. Drink immediately.Rosé of8810Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodini 2016 Rosé of Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecBodini
4604346042AustraliaTempranillo could be an interesting variety in South Australia going forward. This rosé features hints of sous bois and cherries on the nose, then adds melon and spice notes on the palate. It's plump in the mouth, then finishes on a dry, silky note.Luna de Fresca Biodynamic Tempranillo8819South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzGemtree 2016 Luna de Fresca Biodynamic Tempranillo Rosé (McLaren Vale)RoséGemtree
4604446043PortugalThis spicy, wood-aged wine is full of both tannins and fruit. It is dense and still young, bringing together juicy blackberry and a solid structure. It will be ready to drink from 2018.Quinta do Cachão Reserva8824DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerMessias 2014 Quinta do Cachão Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedMessias
4602246021USSplendid aromas of strawberry, rose water and honeydew make for an enticing nose. The aromas resonate on the palate and tart ruby red grapefruit is folded in. This rosé boasts a zippy, fresh acidity and a long refreshing finish.88VirginiaMiddleburgCarrie DykesBoxwood 2016 Rosé (Middleburg)RoséBoxwood
4604546044SpainPerfumed, chunky and almondy on the nose. Feels full and oily but also a bit juicy, with driving, penetrating orange and grapefruit flavors. Offers proper weight and spicy citrus flavors on the finish. Drink immediately as it's losing freshness and turning yellow.Verdejo-Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc8510Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachVolteo 2010 Verdejo-Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc White (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)White BlendVolteo
4602346022USThis clean, fresh and fine-tuned wine brings apple, green melon and green leaf flavors together, with a burst of tangy acidity. A perfect pour for pasta and poultry dishes.8818OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brigadoon 2016 Pinot Blanc (Willamette Valley)Pinot BlancBrigadoon
4604646045ChileRoasted and compact on the nose, with a slight burn along with generic berry and cassis aromas. Feels tannic and hard, with herbal, roasted flavors of blackberry and currants. Meaty but herbal on the finish.Reserva8512Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2009 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCasa Silva
4604746046USMenthol adds a lifted quality to scents of sweet cherry and plum on this pretty, light-bodied Pinot. On the palate, sweet berries and prune are edged with a frame of gentle tannins and a hint of bitterness. Finishes with a soft whiff of barnyard and forest floor.8530New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaCastello di Borghese 2007 Pinot Noir (North Fork of Long Island)Pinot NoirCastello di Borghese
4604846047FranceStructure, acidity and mineral-tinged fruits star in this wine. It has a fresh, fruity black currant character with tannins and a dense core of dry fruit skins. Age another year, but it's also ready to drink now.8520BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Terrefort-Quancard 2008 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Terrefort-Quancard
4602446023USBase notes of vanilla, peach and honeysuckle linger on the nose as honeydew and chamomile show in the background. Tangerine, honeysuckle, peach, honeydew and ginger show on the rich palate, with a zip of acidity o the long, tingly finish.Estate Bottled8824VirginiaMonticelloCarrie DykesTrump 2015 Estate Bottled Viognier (Monticello)ViognierTrump
4604946048USA solid everyday Sauvignon Blanc, dryish and crisp in acidity, with the citrus, lemongrass, vanilla and white pepper flavors you expect in this variety. A good house white wine for restaurants.Willow Springs857CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCK Mondavi 2010 Willow Springs Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancCK Mondavi
4605046049FranceA simple, fresh white with citrus fruit, a touch of wood and some pineapple sweetness. It is rounded and herbaceous, ready to drink.Prince Rubis8525BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDe Mour 2008 Prince Rubis (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendDe Mour
4602546024ArgentinaRipe berry, toasty oak and vanilla notes drive the nose on this Salta Malbec. In the mouth, it is creamy and thick, with modest acidity. Oaky flavors of baked berry fruits and black currant finish jammy, soft and spicy, with a pervasive note of oak-based clove.Oasis en Altura Flor de Cardon8825OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAnko 2014 Oasis en Altura Flor de Cardon Malbec (Salta)MalbecAnko
4602646025USJuicy and mouth coating in ripe fruit, this wine offers black cherry, dusty tannins and graphite. Softly textured and surely approachable, it ends in a bright note of acidity.8819CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneHighway 12 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonHighway 12
4602746026USThis wine opens in a curious mix of cucumber and mint, herbal and inviting in its unexpected charms. Tart cherry, raspberry and black tea contribute further flavor atop a light texture of still-developing concentration and ripe fruit.Larson Vineyard8830CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCarol Shelton 2014 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirCarol Shelton
4602846027PortugalThis lightly wood-aged wine is soft and round in character. It has light spice and warm yellow fruits, as well as sliced apple and acidity to balance the fruitiness. Drink now.Vinha Padre Pedro Reserva Viognier-Arinto8818TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2015 Vinha Padre Pedro Reserva Viognier-Arinto White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteCasa Cadaval
4602946028PortugalFrom the good winds (Bons Ventos) estate, this balanced wine has good acidity as well as black-currant fruit. Tannins give the wine its dry core and structure. Nine months in wood have added spice and the smooth texture. Drink from 2018.Bons Ventos Reserva8818LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Bons Ventos Reserva Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
4603046029PortugalA brief period of wood aging delivers soft tannins and juicy blackberry fruits to this ripe wine. A streak of acidity gives the powerful wine a crisp edge. Drink now.Valcatrina by Santos Lima8815AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Valcatrina by Santos Lima Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
4603146030ItalyPurple flower, perfumed berry, baking spice and dried herb aromas unfold in the glass, along with a hint of espresso. The tight palate shows sour cherry, unripe strawberry, clove, sage and roasted coffee notes alongside close-grained, astringent tannins and racy acidity.Asili88181PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCeretto 2014 Asili (Barbaresco)NebbioloCeretto
4603246031USOnly occasionally produced, this reserve-level wine is a bit of a mystery in this new vintage. It's tart and shy, its black fruit laced with assertive acidity and its finish excessively astringent.Statement8899OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2014 Statement Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirChehalem
4603346032ArgentinaHeavy-handed oak on the nose is reflected through aromas of wet cement, char and wood resin. A grabby palate is full of oak tannin, while this tastes saucy and earthy, with savory berry and black-plum flavors. On the finish, the flavor of residual raw oak is strong.Don Juan Nahuel8832Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCielo y Tierra 2014 Don Juan Nahuel Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecCielo y Tierra
4603446033USWood smoke and charcoal aromas lead to flavors like cola, steak sauce and cherries in this dramatic, Rhône-style wine blended from notoriously meaty Mourvèdre plus Grenache and Syrah. A touch of sweetness and light tannins complete the picture of this wine made by a longtime Rhône variety specialist.Cashmere Exquisite8815CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCline 2015 Cashmere Exquisite Red (California)Red BlendCline
4603546034FranceMade from 100% Niellucciu (the Corsican name for Sangiovese), this attractive wine is ripe and softly textured. It has plenty of acidity, but its fruitiness is smooth—full of strawberry flavors and a tangy aftertaste. Drink now.88France OtherCorseRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Poggiale 2016 Rosé (Corse)RoséClos Poggiale
4603646035USJust a small amount of this wine was made, blended with 7% Zinfandel and 5% Syrah. Dark juicy fruit finds a way to succeed on the bold big-boned palate as notes of licorice and leather add savory undertones to the softly tannic madness.8842CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCrux 2013 Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)Petite SirahCrux
4603746036FranceThe wine has all the warmth and ripe fruit of the vintage. Its tangy character is balanced by apple and pear fruits, along with refreshing acidity. Smoothly textured, the wine is ready to drink.Les Demoiselles8825Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Benoît & Mathieu Fleuriet 2015 Les Demoiselles (Menetou-Salon)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Benoît & Mathieu Fleuriet
4603846037FranceThe estate dates back to before the French Revolution. Today, it is run by Philippe Girard who has produced this delightfully crisp wine. Its acidity and its tangy texture show its youthful side. That needs to calm down and broaden out, so wait until 2018.Philippe Girard8826Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Girard 2016 Philippe Girard (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Girard
4603946038LuxembourgThis Riesling has white floral and lemon zest aromas and lemon pith and grapefruit flavors. It's nicely balanced, with a pleasantly tart finish.Wormeldange Weinbour Grand Premier Cru8823Moselle LuxembourgeoiseJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDomaines Vinsmoselle 2015 Wormeldange Weinbour Grand Premier Cru Riesling (Moselle Luxembourgeoise)RieslingDomaines Vinsmoselle

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