Wine Reviews

4773147730USThe initial entry to this wine is reminiscent of cheesecake, with a decadence to the bouquet. From there, ripe pear and toasted oak combine around a tropical edge of guava and papaya, giving complexity and lushness on the palate, before a zesty, slightly tart finish confounds and invites one in for more. Cellar through 2018.Proprietress Reserve9265CaliforniaLos CarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneVine Cliff 2013 Proprietress Reserve Chardonnay (Los Carneros)ChardonnayVine Cliff
4773247731EnglandAn abundance of apple flavors—green, golden and red-cheeked—plays on the nose. Their crisp, crunchy, sweet tartness is apparent everywhere and explodes afresh with every tiny bubble that bursts. Creamy autolysis provides a generous background to this fizzing, fun wine. This is light-footed, exuberant and finishes with a joyous concert of apple-delight.Brut Cuvée9175EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJenkyn Place Vineyard 2010 Brut Cuvée Sparkling (England)Sparkling BlendJenkyn Place Vineyard
4773347732USTightly structured and quiet in oak, this wine instead exudes bright notes of lemon peel and orange blossom, offering plenty of well-traced minerality on the palate. It finishes lean and crisp, refreshing enough to enjoy all night long.9130CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJordan 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayJordan
4773447733USSyrah is not new in Southern Oregon, but finding a consistent style has been a battle. Progress is being made. Tannins are tamed, alcohol is kept in hand, and the fruit is plenty ripe; maybe just a bit too ripe. Here the flavors are of strawberry preserves, leafy herbs, and lighter but still-astringent tannins. The wine fades fairly quickly, and should be consumed in its youth.8725OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine J. Scott Cellars 2012 Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahJ. Scott Cellars
4773547734FranceThis is a textured wine, firm and tight initially. Plenty of flavor is waiting to develop and to reveal white fruits and attractive citrus. It can be drunk now, but the wine will be much better from 2016.Sur Lie87Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerJulien Braud 2013 Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonJulien Braud
4773647735ItalySubdued aromas suggest woodland berry and underbrush. The palate is more expressive, offering red cherry, strawberry and licorice alongside supple tannins. Enjoy soon.Palladium8726Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeK. Martini & Son 2012 Palladium Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroK. Martini & Son
4773747736USMuted on the nose, this is a spicy, somewhat austere wine, shy in red berry fruit and soft tannins. From a 1,500-foot elevation vineyard, it lacks the power of some of its competitors, yet offers a balanced, less in-your-face take on the variety.Montecillo Vineyard8728CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeating 2012 Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelKeating
4773847737ItalyAromas of peach blossom and mature Bartlett pear lead the nose on this pretty wine. The crisp palate offers green apple and juicy nectarine alongside bright acidity.8710VenetoVenetoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Cappuccina 2013 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioLa Cappuccina
4773947738ItalyAromas of white flowers, with a hint of exotic fruit lead on the nose. The lively, refreshing palate offers pineapple, apricot and Golden Delicious apple alongside racy acidity.L'Altro Manzoni8724Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Vis 2012 L'Altro Manzoni Incrocio Manzoni (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Incrocio ManzoniLa Vis
4774047739ItalyWhite blossom, stone fruit and tangerine aromas lead the nose on this crisp, savory white. The vibrant palate displays creamy white peach and notes of Mediterranean herb brightened by zesty acidity.Bianco8712Southern ItalyCiròKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLibrandi 2013 Bianco (Cirò)Greco BiancoLibrandi
4774147740USThis wine, which is named after vintner Bill Foley's grandma, is quite light in the glass, and shows a lot of florals on the nose, along with strawberry syrup and brown spice. It's a little flat on the palate, yet suggests fresh raspberries and rose petals, proving a nice light and bright sipper that wouldn't overwhelm a fish dish.Annie Dyer8750CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLincourt 2012 Annie Dyer Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirLincourt
4774247741FranceDrawing a blend of Merlot, Tannat and Syrah from several regions in southwest France, this soft and fruity wine is light with a juicy mix of acidity and dry tannins. Berry fruits and a fresh aftertaste suggest it is ready to drink now.Villa de Cocagne8712France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2013 Villa de Cocagne Red (Vin de France)Red BlendLionel Osmin & Cie
4774347742ChileRound, plump aromas are a bit vegetal, with a suggestion of canned beans and peas. The palate is balanced but full. Pithy flavors of green fruits finish lightly bitter, with notes of arugula, bell pepper and lime.Olas Del Sur8712Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Felipe Edwards 2014 Olas Del Sur Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancLuis Felipe Edwards
4774447743ItalyPretty aromas of white spring blossoms and Bartlett pear lead the nose on this bright, easy-drinking white. The lively palate offers tart green-apple and light mineral notes alongside crisp acidity.879Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMezzacorona 2014 Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Pinot GrigioMezzacorona
4774547744USA blend of 83% Syrah with 17% Petite Sirah, this is a juicy wine, bursting in black plum, blackberry and gamy smoke. Low in oak imprint, it's medium bodied, approachable and easy to like, plenty tannic but not over the top.Syrah-Sirah8736CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePreston 2012 Syrah-Sirah Syrah-Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Syrah-Petite SirahPreston
4774647745PortugalRede is at the cooler western end of the Douro vineyards, known for its table wines rather than Ports. This ripe, toasty wine has a generous tannin and fruit structure. Red berry fruits dominate the texture, along with a lightly mineral character. The wine could age, so drink from 2016.Rede Tinto Colheita8711DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Rede 2011 Rede Tinto Colheita Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta da Rede
4774747746ChileEarthy, rubbery blackberry aromas become more clean and open the longer this sits. Firm tannins create a strong but fair palate, while licorice, mint and spice notes sit on top of generic berry flavors. Weight and heat are noticeable on the finish.Aliwen Reserva8713Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2012 Aliwen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère (Rapel Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-CarmenèreUndurraga
4774847747SpainMaple, brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon powder aromas portend sweetness. In the mouth, this is fairly heavy and syrupy, with moderate acidity. Caramel and mushroom flavors finish fragmented but with potency.Premium Cream8716AndaluciaJerezMichael Schachner@wineschachDelgado Zuleta NV Premium Cream Sherry (Jerez)SherryDelgado Zuleta
4774947748ChileRaspberry and plum aromas are simple. This has a fleshy, jammy palate with good balance and structure. Lightly baked, jammy blackberry and plum flavors are standard but good, while mild spice notes make for a solid finish.Classic Collection87Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2012 Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (Curicó Valley)Cabernet SauvignonEcheverria
4775047749GermanyStark and steely, this dry, revitalizing Riesling pierces the palate with tart tangerine and green apple flavors. Zesty and lean, it would make a refreshing accompaniment for creamy pasta or braised poultry.Luminance Dry8715MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaS.A. Prüm 2013 Luminance Dry Riesling (Mosel)RieslingS.A. Prüm
4775147750FranceFrom one of the oldest estates in the region, this full-bodied wine has floral aromas and ripe apple and pear flavors along with a distinctly mineral character. It's ready for drinking now.Château du Cléray Sur Lie8717Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerSauvion 2013 Château du Cléray Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonSauvion
4775247751USDamp earth, tar and gamy bacon combine aromatically and flavor-wise in this Cabernet, which also contains smaller traces of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Black currant and cassis mingle with an herbal back beat that begins to power up midway through and on the finish.8760CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSilver Stag 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSilver Stag
4775347752PortugalA blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Fernão Pires, this crisp, lightly herbaceous wine has a soft texture and attractive, creamy acidity. Hints of yellow fruits come through deliciously at the end.Companhia das Lezírias Catapereiro Escolha8714TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Companhia das Lezírias Catapereiro Escolha White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
4775447753ChileGritty, gaseous aromas are demanding. This SB offers up a citric, pulpy body and slightly bitter flavors of passion fruit, orange and tangerine. Citrus pith and related bitterness blend with citric acidity on the finish, but this wine is starting to fade.T.H. Terroir Hunter8720Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2013 T.H. Terroir Hunter Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
4775547754FranceThis soft, rounded, wood-aged wine has light tannins and fresh fruits. Red cherry flavors are forward to give a bright, crisp feel to the wine. Behind, the tannins are developing with a dry edge balanced by juicy acidity. Drink now, although the wine will be better from 2016.Cuvée Voluptance8717Loire ValleySaint-Nicolas-de-BourgueilRoger Voss@vossrogerVignoble de la Jarnoterie 2013 Cuvée Voluptance (Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil)Cabernet FrancVignoble de la Jarnoterie
4775647755USHigh in acidity, this features a pleasant saltiness matched by an austerity of lemon and pear. It's a lighter, brighter style of the variety that stands out for its zestiness and slight layering of herb and ginger.Denmark Vineyard8734CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAnaba 2012 Denmark Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayAnaba
4775747756FranceDominated by Cabernet Franc, this is a pretty, pink, perfumed wine. It's light and fresh, crisply fragrant with wild strawberries. The acidity is balanced, integrated into the open, soft texture. The wine is ready to drink.Rosé Excellence Brut8713France OtherVin MousseuxRoger Voss@vossrogerBouvet-Ladubay NV Rosé Excellence Brut Sparkling (Vin Mousseux)Sparkling BlendBouvet-Ladubay
4775847757USThis 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is brooding in dried sage, cedar and pencil shavings, the fruit black and ripe. Oaky and sanguine, it has a girth to it. Sprinkles of cinnamon and clove peak on the finish.Estate8736CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuehler 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBuehler
4775947758USMinty with ripe, black plum and cherry notes, this rich, opulent wine is still puckering in tannins, but shows measured acidity on the back palate and finish. Toasty oak makes its presence felt, providing flavor and fullness.8722CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCa' Momi 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotCa' Momi
4776047759ChileAromas of orange peel and juniper berry go face-to-face with plum, berry and baking spice scents. This is a choppy, tannic, raw-feeling wine with cool flavors of herbal berry and eucalyptus. A drawing, high-acid, hard-tannin finish closes out this rugged Malbec.Tributo Single Vineyard8720Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCaliterra 2012 Tributo Single Vineyard Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecCaliterra

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