Wine Reviews

4731147310USA very good wine, although a very young one that needs time. It's not because the tannins are hard, because they're not. But the primary blackberry and cherry flavors haven't married with the oak, despite the wine being more than three years of age. The grapes come from a tenderloin of the appellation that's known for quality. Best after 2009.Red Winery Vineyard9160CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaHawkes 2005 Red Winery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHawkes
4731247311ItalyGiustino B is a top-notch Prosecco with deep complexity that is rare to find in this category of sparkling wine. The wine is floral and delicate with pretty notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, acacia flower and a touch of wild sage. It's feminine and delicate on the nose and palate.Giustino B. Extra Dry9136VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadeneRuggeri & C. 2007 Giustino B. Extra Dry (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoRuggeri & C.
4731347312FranceA leading estate in the southern Graves region, Chantegrive has produced a relatively rich 2007 white, its creamy texture given an edge by apple skin tannins, but still full, open, already generous to drink. There is a great layer of fresh pear juice, which blends well with lime acidity for a final burst of crispness.9118BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chantegrive 2007 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Chantegrive
4731447313FranceGreat style here, a wine that sums up the white 2007 vintage's freshness well. On that is built a discreet structure of yellow fruits, pears, kiwi and spice from wood. Behind is the fresh herbaceous acidity of young Sémillon. Age for 2–3 years.9125BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Villa Bel Air 2007 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Villa Bel Air
4731547314AustraliaVery true to the variety, with ample servings of cedar, tobacco and cassis, plenty of weight and a firm structure that bodes well for aging. Best from 2010-2020.The Coppermine Road9165South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzD'Arenberg 2006 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale)Cabernet SauvignonD'Arenberg
4731647315FranceThis is one of the most delicious rosé Champagnes around, a gorgeous vibrant red currant- and pink grapefruit-dominated wine. It's ripe, but so well balanced, its acidity merging into a fine creaminess. It is a wine that is lively, vivid, but remaining dry.Rosé Brut91104ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDelamotte NV Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendDelamotte
4731747316USHere's a big, tannic Zinfandel from a premier vineyard now owned by Gallo. The flavors are bigtime, offering an eruption of blackberries, currants, spiced rum punch, chocolate and licorice. Think of it as Zinfandel on steroids. Calls for equally hefty barbecue, but also has the structure to age interestingly over the next six years, at least.Toreador Monte Rosso Vineyard9160CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaRancho Zabaco 2006 Toreador Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelRancho Zabaco
4731847317ItalyThis is an excellent Riserva metodo classico sparkling wine from northern Italy with a full, creamy consistency. Made with 100% Chardonnay, the wine boasts deep layers of stone fruit, yeast, honey and almond nut.Flavio Riserva Brut Talento9130Northeastern ItalyTrentoRotari 2002 Flavio Riserva Brut Talento Chardonnay (Trento)ChardonnayRotari
4731947318FranceThis is definitely a young vintage. It needs to age. The Lamiable steel and mineral style is very evident, all nervous tension. The lime and pear flavors offer the fruit element, but 2–3 years would really benefit this Champagne.Grand Cru Brut91ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLamiable 2004 Grand Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLamiable
4732047319ChileOne of Chile's more personality-driven Syrahs is Maycas, from Limarí. It's a condensed, meaty and structured wine with mineral, toast and ribald blackberry aromas. The palate is rich but well built, with plum, berry, herb and chocolate flavors. Warm and long on the finish, and layered. Sophisticated enough to give the world's better-made Syrahs a run for their money.Reserva Especial9123Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMaycas del Limari 2006 Reserva Especial Syrah (Limarí Valley)SyrahMaycas del Limari
4732147320USA first-class Zin that shows classic mountain character, at a very nice price. Dry and rich in tannins, it's explosive in briary, brambly wild berries, currants, dark chocolate and pepper, with a touch of raisins. Just delicious.9016CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsEaston 2007 Zinfandel (Amador County)ZinfandelEaston
4732247321AustraliaNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the leading imported wine in Australia, which has led domestic wineries to redouble their efforts at the variety. This bargain-priced example features fig and citrus notes underscored by a slight herbaceousness, even some red currant flavors. It's round in the mouth without being overly broad, ending with mouthwatering citrus flavors. Drink now.9013Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzFour Sisters 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (South Eastern Australia)Sauvignon BlancFour Sisters
4732347322ItalyWith more than eight years of careful aging since the harvest, this opulent sparkler boasts a unique balance between elegance and power. The aromas are feminine and floral but the mouthfeel is intense and persistent with lingering tones of caramel and yellow rose.Graal Riserva Brut9024Northeastern ItalyTrentoAltemasi 2000 Graal Riserva Brut Sparkling (Trento)Sparkling BlendAltemasi
4732447323ItalyThis Extra Brut sparkler offers drying mineral tones backed by passion fruit, kiwi, pear and Golden Delicious apple. The aromas are delicate and so are the flavors, although they do linger long on the palate. The wine is cheerful and bright throughout.Gran Cuvée Pas Operé Extra Brut9081LombardyFranciacortaBellavista 2002 Gran Cuvée Pas Operé Extra Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendBellavista
4732547324FranceAs with many wines from brothers Martin and Mathieu Béraut, this is a blend of many grapes. The combination produces a typical herbal grassy wine, full of tangy citrus fruit and with a touch of apricot from the Petit Manseng in the blend. Drink this now.Harmonie de Gascogne8512Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Pellehaut 2016 Harmonie de Gascogne White (Côtes de Gascogne)White BlendDomaine de Pellehaut
4732647325FranceThis gently pink rosé is soft, ripe and fruity. It has a full spicy character that gives a dry edge to the bright red fruits. Balanced with plenty of acidity, the wine is ready to drink.Lift de Provence8517ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Souviou 2016 Lift de Provence Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine de Souviou
4732747326ItalyDelicate spring wildflower and orchard fruit aromas lift out of the glass. The simple, diluted palate mirrors the nose, offering hints of pear and peach, with zesty acidity.8516VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattori 2016 SoaveGarganegaFattori
4732847327ArgentinaSaucy aromas of red plum and tomato are fresh but not overly ripe or fruity. This is also fresh on the palate, but somewhat lean. Slightly salty berry flavors are mildly spicy, while this maintains a theme of freshness and modest fruit on the finish.Roble859Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Flichman 2016 Roble Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFinca Flichman
4732947328FranceThis is a warm and ripe style of Sauvignon Blanc. It has a crisp edge that is contrasted with the full white stone fruit and warm acidity. The fruitiness is intense, juicy and full of great final crispness.Pigmentum8513Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2016 Pigmentum Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Sauvignon BlancGeorges Vigouroux
4733047329USA disappointment after the outstanding 2012, this is a tannic thin wine, with strong accents of mushroom. Much like a simple cru Bordeaux, it's probably best served with grilled meat or burgers.8525OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Grizzly Peak 2013 Cabernet Franc (Rogue Valley)Cabernet FrancGrizzly Peak
4733147330USThe aromas seem quite dried out, with notes of blackberry bramble and fruit leather. The flavors also seem considerably more evolved than its age. It's a big miss.Reserve8530WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHogue 2013 Reserve Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHogue
4733247331USThe plum, herb and spice aromas are elusive. The cherry flavors are light but come straight down the fairway. One wants more concentration, but it delivers easy-drinking pleasure.858WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHogue 2014 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotHogue
4733347332New ZealandLight-bodied and crisp, this delivers tart cherries and a whack of mocha-tinged oak, which dominates the finish.8516Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCoopers Creek 2013 Pinot Noir (Hawke's Bay)Pinot NoirCoopers Creek
4733447333USDone in a forward tutti–frutti style, this puts all the flavor right up front. Grape candy is what comes to mind, with a light tannic finish. It's a good gulping wine for decks, campers and picnic outings.8520OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Second Growth 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirSecond Growth
4733547334SpainLeafy minty blueberry aromas announce this jammy Monastrell. There's no oak on this, nor much give to a linear flat palate. Blueberry flavors hold onto the nose's grassy herbal essence, while the finish tastes peppery and vaguely green.Al-muvedre8515LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachTelmo Rodríguez 2015 Al-muvedre Monastrell (Alicante)MonastrellTelmo Rodríguez
4733647335ItalyThis simple sparkler from Campania opens with subdued acacia and honey aromas. They carry over to the palate, joining yellow apple fruit, brisk acidity and sharp, rather aggressive bubbles. An almond note leaves a bitter finish.Pas Dosé8530Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Sarno 1860 2015 Pas Dosé (Fiano di Avellino)FianoTenuta Sarno 1860
4733747336USRichly fruity and semisweet, this medium-bodied wine smells like cotton candy and tastes like pear syrup. Smooth in texture and mouth-filling in concentration, it finishes on lingering sweetness.Jam's Blend8512CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTortoise Creek 2015 Jam's Blend Chardonnay (Lodi)ChardonnayTortoise Creek
4733847337USThere's just a trace of color on this wine. Light aromas of citrus and herb are followed by dry-fruit flavors. The concentration seems quite dilute.Rosé Wine8518WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportVital 2016 Rosé Wine Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangioveseVital
4733947338USVibrant aromas of pineapple, flowers, peach and lychee lead to an palate that leans sweeter than off dry. Stone-fruit flavors linger on the finish.Melange Founder's White Blend8513WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaterbrook 2015 Melange Founder's White Blend White (Columbia Valley (WA))White BlendWaterbrook
4734047339USPlummy with a sour hint of leather, this light-bodied wine, is somewhat flat in structure and finishes lean.Karren Vineyard8535CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWellington 2013 Karren Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonWellington

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