Wine Reviews

4632346322PortugalA tangy textured wine that is impressively fresh for such a hot region as Alentejo. It has a crisp texture that is balanced by a touch of vanilla as well as freshened with citrus and green apple flavors. It is fresh and very drinkable at this young stage. Wait a year until 2017 and it will be even better.Montes Claros Reserva Branco8816AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa de Borba 2014 Montes Claros Reserva Branco White (Alentejo)Portuguese WhiteAdega Cooperativa de Borba
4632446323FranceRich, fruity and textured, this expresses freshness with its acidity and red-currant flavors. These cut through the tangy texture, giving a tight aftertaste. The wine can be drunk immediately for its crispness or held until late 2016 to let it soften.Brut Rosé Premier Cru8860ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerAubry NV Brut Rosé Premier Cru (Champagne)Champagne BlendAubry
4632546324USA bright and relatively light expression of the variety, this wine imparts more red berry than black, with seasonings of cinnamon and nutmeg. Soft, smooth and unfussy, it retains solid acidity from start to finish, with a taste of vanilla custard on the finish.8824CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBalletto 2012 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelBalletto
4632646325USQuite yellow in color, nearing orange, this oxidative-style wine shows quinine, walnuts and preserved lemons on the very concentrated, oily nose. The texture is sticky, with flavors of seared lemons and orange oil, yet it retains a lime-skin liveliness. It's quite an interesting bottling for fans of the style.Sierra Mar Vineyard8840CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBernardus 2013 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayBernardus
4632146320FranceThis has a delicate citrus character and a tangy, minerally texture. The ripe fruits are balanced by acidity.Les Champlains8926BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerSimon Bize 2010 Les Champlains (Bourgogne)ChardonnaySimon Bize
4632746326USEdelzwicker is an Alsatian term meaning noble blend, and is applied to any blend of white wine grapes. Here, it is Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling, capturing the floral aromatics and lightly oily mouthfeel of the former, along with the citrus and pear flavors from the latter two components. All in all it's an aromatic, floral, broadly flavorful and distinctive white wine.Wirtz Vineyard Edelzwicker8828OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Big Table Farm 2014 Wirtz Vineyard Edelzwicker White (Willamette Valley)White BlendBig Table Farm
4632846327ItalyOak, toast, espresso and stewed prune carry over to the palate together with a note of dark cooking spice. Assertive, close-grained tannins give this an astringent finish. Give the tannins a few more years to unclench then drink up to enjoy the remaining fruit. Drink after 2018.Villero Riserva8893PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBoroli 2009 Villero Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloBoroli
4632246321FranceRich and broad, this is packed with dense fruit and tannins. It is ripe and full bodied, two qualities that are derived from the warm vineyard. The finish shows juicy acidity.Les Peuillets Premier Cru89BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2010 Les Peuillets Premier Cru (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirAlbert Bichot
4632946328FranceThe wood aging still shows in this wine, although not too aggressively. It also has layers of spice, acidity and plenty of red berry fruits. Let it soften and drink from 2017.Elevé en Fûts de Chêne8814Southwest FranceBergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laulerie 2012 Elevé en Fûts de Chêne Red (Bergerac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laulerie
4633046329USSpicy berry, chocolate and bitter greens are in play, though slightly muted. The components smooth out and surf into a broad, easygoing finish. Drink up.Hyland Vineyard Reserve8838OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine City Winery of New York 2012 Hyland Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCity Winery of New York
4633146330USPretty scents and flavors of bright cherry fruit come up quickly, with enough concentration to batten down a medium-long finish. A light hint of sweat or animal comes up also.Cancilla Vineyard8845OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Day 2014 Cancilla Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirDay
4633246331FranceMade from old vines, this ripe and concentrated wine is smooth and creamy. Good acidity balances the rich fruits, giving flavors of apples, pears and apricots cut by a line of citrus. The wine is ready to drink, although it will be better from 2017.Les Grands Vignes8830BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chenevières 2014 Les Grands Vignes (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Chenevières
4633346332USRichly ripe in black cherry and chocolate, this is a blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot. Generous tannins give way to a soft, smooth mouthfeel and a burst of blackberry and leather, finishing in spicy cinnamon and black pepper.Cellar 1879 Blend8825CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMarkham 2013 Cellar 1879 Blend Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendMarkham
4633446333SpainRustic leathery aromas are capped and low on vibrant fruit scents. In the mouth, expect tannic scratchiness. Flavors of plum, cassis and toasty oak come across as mildly baked, while a narrow finish with notes of earth, loam and chocolate is solid. Drink now.Reserva8829Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vitoria 2007 Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloMarqués de Vitoria
4633546334SpainPiercing choppy aromas of balsamic plum, tobacco and cherry lead to a tannic, scratchy palate with saucy, oaky berry flavors that come with a baked overtone. This Rioja from a poor vintage runs long on the finish, with an oak-based vanilla flavor and residual balsamic notes.Reserva8837Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués del Puerto 2007 Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués del Puerto
4633646335USAbout 30% was aged in new French oak, the rest in neutral wood. A bit closed, it offers tight, tart rhubarb and cherry fruit, with a fading wash of milk chocolate. It's a lighter style in a lighter vintage, but nicely balanced and drinking well.8835OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trinity Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTrinity Vineyards
4633746336USStone fruit like apricot and white peach dominate on the nose of this wine that tastes slightly off dry, though no residual sugar content is listed. Hedonistic, it remains rich and creamy through the honey-laced finish.8825CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWharton 2014 Riesling (Napa Valley)RieslingWharton
4633846337USLight, clear and aromatically reminiscent of pine, this smooth, soft wine offers spicy acidity around integrated tannins and oak, finishing with a length of cinnamon.8828CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWillowbrook 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirWillowbrook
4633946338USHoneysuckle and white peach show on the nose of this bottling from the region's longtime Rhône producer. It's a simple and straightforward take on the grape, with dried white peach, lemon-lime candy and apple-peel flavors, wrapped up with buzzing acidity and grippy texture.8818CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZaca Mesa 2014 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)ViognierZaca Mesa
4634046339SpainDark plum and berry aromas are fairly full and concentrated, with a boost from spicy oak. A medium-bodied palate offers up tannic rub, while cherry, black plum and oak-based spice flavors finish creamy, dry and spicy, with a hint of tobacco along with mild heat.Pago Malarina8810Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachVallobera 2013 Pago Malarina (Rioja)TempranilloVallobera
4634146340USThis dry, almost austere wine has some tasty but subtle characteristics including a toasty, slightly earthy and buttery aroma followed by subtle almond and apricot flavors. It will make a great choice with tapas or fish, and a nice change of pace anytime.8829CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVie Winery 2013 Roussanne (Lake County)RoussanneVie Winery
4634246341ArgentinaJammy blueberry and boysenberry aromas include graphite and ink notes. This feels jammy to the point of being sluggish and heavy. Syrupy but not sweet flavors of herbal black fruits finish with a lasting gamy note.Q8820Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachZuccardi 2013 Q Malbec (Valle de Uco)MalbecZuccardi
4634346342USFrom 100% Charbono, this offers hints of raspberry, cherry and orange on the nose, amid dense cherry and strawberry flavors that are concentrated and yet doesn't overwhelm the acidity. Medium body and weight make it a nice option for sipping and at the table.Rosé of8828CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSummers 2014 Rosé of Charbono (Calistoga)CharbonoSummers
4634446343USUnoaked, and instead fermented for 10 months in both stainless steel and concrete egg, this white remains light-bodied and crisp, touched by aromas of honeysuckle and refreshing flavors of pear and quince.Sons and Daughters Ranch Estate8825CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThomas George 2014 Sons and Daughters Ranch Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayThomas George
4634546344GermanySunny yellow peaches, apples and nuts perfume this bright lemon-fresh Weissburgunder, or Pinot Blanc. A whisper of herbs lends savoriness to crisp apple, pear and citrus flavors on the palate. It's a straightforward yet refreshing and elegant wine.Trocken8819RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaThörle 2013 Trocken Weissburgunder (Rheinhessen)WeissburgunderThörle
4634646345FranceA blend of Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, this is crisp while also rounded. Fresh, tight acidity under a creamy texture brings out the sliced apple and Rocha pear flavors. There's no need to age this bottling; it's ready to drink.Brut Tradition8850ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerH. Blin NV Brut Tradition (Champagne)Champagne BlendH. Blin
4634746346USSanguine and velvety, this richly derived wine made from one clone of Pinot Noir is tannic in black cherry, cinnamon and tar, with a lean, mid-length finish.Clone 8288858CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneHalleck 2013 Clone 828 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirHalleck
4634846347USAromas of ripe grapes and vanilla make for a lush, inviting nose on this fruit-forward bottling of 49.5% Sangiovese, 49.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec. The juicy palate shows blackberries and black cherries as well as licorice and dark chocolate, with strong tannins giving textural balance.Super Tuscan8850CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJamie Slone Wines 2012 Super Tuscan Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Red BlendJamie Slone Wines
4634946348USBlending Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Syrah, RTW is somewhat classical in its black olive and dried herb, yet also rich and concentrated, with tannic bite and a taste of clove. It finishes like vanilla cola.RTW8849CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVinRoc 2012 RTW Red (Napa Valley)Cabernet BlendVinRoc
4635046349ItalyThis opens with aromas of toast, oak and a whiff of coffee. The palate is still rather closed but eventually reveals raw cherry, anise, clove and ground pepper accompanied by bracing tannins and racy acidity. A note of dried sage closes the finish.del Comune di Barolo8855PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVirna Borgogno 2011 del Comune di Barolo (Barolo)NebbioloVirna Borgogno

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