Wine Reviews

4779847797FranceTaking its name from the Chevaliers d'Arce who guarded this land in the 12th and 13th centuries, the small property is now under the watchful eye of Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard. This wine is still young and just balancing out. Firm tannins are shot through with ripe berry fruits and with crisp acidity. It is a wine that is will mature well, so drink from 2019 and consider this property a rising star.8820BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Arce 2014 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau d'Arce
4779947798FranceThis is a soft ripe wine. It has generous helpings of Merlot that give red fruit and rich acidity. The wine is soft for the vintage and is all ready to drink.8830BordeauxLalande de PomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chambrun 2011 Lalande de PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Chambrun
4780047799FranceThis has with some tannins but it is much more about the bright red fruits. It has crisp acidity that cuts through the structure to give some a fresh edge to this structured wine. Let it sit for a few months and drink from 2017.8814BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fontenille 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Fontenille
4780147800FranceWith Philippe Ducourt tending the special Peyrou vineyard and Jérémy Ducourt in the winery, they produced a lively juicy wine that is full of red-fruit flavors. It is fresh, crisp and only lightly touched by wood and tannins. Drink this attractive wine from 2018.Réserve de Famille8830BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Demoiselles 2014 Réserve de Famille (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau des Demoiselles
4779147790FranceThis is a mellifluous blend of the three Champagne grapes with a dominance of ripe Pinot Noir. A crisp, dry edge brings out the acidity and a mineral texture. The wine is ready to drink.Brut Réserve8845ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBoizel NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendBoizel
4780247801FranceThe wine is ripe with attractive acidity. It has plenty of red fruit, a smoky tannic structure and a perfumed aftertaste. With the fruit ready to burst through the tannins, it will be ready to drink from 2017.8812BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Bernat 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Bernat
4779247791SpainPithy citrus and an oily aromatic note give this white blend some funk on the nose. The palate is in good shape but typical in terms of feel and weight. Flavors of orange, papaya and mango finish with citrusy notes of lime as well as chalky minerality. This wine holds Parellada, Macabeo and Chardonnay.Blanc Selecció8817CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachHuguet de Can Feixes 2015 Blanc Selecció White (Penedès)White BlendHuguet de Can Feixes
4780347802FrancePacked with red fruits, this is a bright wine. It has fine tannins due to aging half in French oak and half in stainless steel to give a balance to a wine that is crisp and fresh. Drink from 2018.Domaine du Seuil8818BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Seuil 2014 Domaine du Seuil (Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Seuil
4779347792PortugalFrom 60-year-old bush vines, this is rich, spicy and with a soft texture. Black fruits give a ripe character and a smooth texture that is beginning to bring in some secondary, earthy flavors. Drink this mature wine now.Preta Vinhas Velhas8816TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2012 Preta Vinhas Velhas Trincadeira (Tejo)TrincadeiraCasa Cadaval
4780447803FrancePerfumed with wood flavors, this is a dry wine at this stage. Let the black-currant fruitiness from the organic Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come through before drinking. Acidity and a fresh character promise well. Wait until 2019.F de Frédignac8820BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Frédignac 2014 F de Frédignac (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Frédignac
4779447793PortugalThere is a toasty character to this wine with its (not unpleasant) lightly oxidized flavors. There is also perfumed fruit and flavors of ripe rich fruitiness. It is a finely structured wine, ready to drink now.Private Collection Branco8815TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasal da Coelheira 2015 Private Collection Branco Verdelho (Tejo)VerdelhoCasal da Coelheira
4780547804FranceJean Lissague, one of Bordeaux wine's “new generation,” produced the 100% Merlot with spice and firm tannins. It also has weight and richness from the generous fruitiness. Drink this structured wine starting from 2019.8820BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Secret 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxMerlotChâteau Grand Secret
4780647805FranceThe wine is dense with some fine concentrated fruit. Blackberry flavors give richness and sweetness which are topped with spice and layers of wood. Drink starting from 2018.Tradition8815BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lauduc 2014 Tradition (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lauduc
4779547794PortugalThe 12-months of oak aging has given this wine a fine structure, hints of mint and attractive tannins. Grown in vineyards south of Lisbon, it is ripe and sunny, while still firm. It is wine that is now ready to drink.Adega de Pegões88Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2013 Adega de Pegões Touriga Nacional (Península de Setúbal)Touriga NacionalCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
4780747806FranceStrawberry fruit aromas and flavors give this wine an almost sweet character. It is soft and juicy with the tannins in the background to the ripe fruit. The aftertaste has a fresh crisp feel. Drink from 2018.8815BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Grand Verdus 2014 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau le Grand Verdus
4779647795FranceThe wine is both dense and fruity. It has fine tannins that are dark and concentrated. The berry flavors are balanced with acidity and touches of wood-aging spice. Give it until 2018 and consider opening for an hour before tasting.8819BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Berthenon 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Berthenon
4780847807FranceRipe and fruity, this is a rich wine from the Dubois family. It has a balance between black-currant flavors and ripe tannins. It is structured, still young and will develop well. Drink from 2019.Prestige88BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Bertrands 2014 Prestige (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau les Bertrands
4779747796FranceThis is a dry wine, packed with tannins at this stage. With concentrated fruits and spice in the background, it will become a rich structured wine. This Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon wine was vinified for 12 months in French oak and six months in underground cement vats—aiming for drinkability for at least 10 years. But go ahead and drink the wine starting from 2019.Cuvée Henri8829BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Berthenon 2014 Cuvée Henri (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Berthenon
4780947808FranceThe wine is already attractively balanced with black currant and berry fruits well integrated into the firm tannins. As the wine develops, it will have spice and ripe fruits, topped with crisp acidity. Drink from 2018.Grande Sélection8819BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Penin 2014 Grande Sélection (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Penin
4781047809FranceA ripe and rich wine that is structured with tannins and layers of wood. It has spice and black-fruit flavors that make it a rich wine with potential. Drink from 2018.Prestige8825BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pilet 2014 Prestige (Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pilet
4781147810FranceIs there such a thing as smoked raspberries? In any event, that's not far off what this wine smells like. It's mouthfilling, with berry and cassis flavors and softly dusty tannins on the finish that suggest ample ripeness. Drink now–2020.Coteaux8958Rhône ValleyCornasJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTardieu-Laurent 2009 Coteaux (Cornas)SyrahTardieu-Laurent
4781247811ItalyThis offers lovely floral fragrances of violet, iris and pressed powder. The palate shows sour cherry flavors layered with clove, white pepper, nutmeg and espresso notes. The finish is short and dry.8923TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSan Giusto a Rentennano 2011 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendSan Giusto a Rentennano
4781347812USFormerly the JV bottling, this is a fresh and textural Pinot Noir, with flavors of raspberry and cola intermingled. The mouthfeel is lively and clean, and the finish lightly spiced with cinnamon highlights.Estate Grown8925OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stoller 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirStoller
4781447813USThis is sharp as a knife, with peppery herbs in the foreground, a hint of anise, and plenty of crisp, green apple fruit. It's got a refreshing gin-like citrus rind character, with hints of pineapple and a lick of butter on the finish.Estate Grown8920OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stoller 2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)ChardonnayStoller
4781547814USLike the label says, this is a bone-dry wine. Laden with flint-infused tropical fruit and yellow apricot flavors brightened with a squirt of lime acidity, the is an especially mouthwatering wine. More than 13,000 cases produced.Dry8920CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRobert Mondavi 2011 Dry Fumé Blanc (Napa Valley)Fumé BlancRobert Mondavi
4781647815ItalyThis shows earthy aromas of forest floor, plum and leather, with intense notes of bell pepper and whiffs of red currant, all of which carry through to the savory palate. The fresh acidity makes it a perfect match for mildly seasoned cheeses or grilled burgers. Siena Imports, Barsotti Wines.Olinto8914TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeI Fabbri 2010 Olinto (Chianti Classico)Red BlendI Fabbri
4781747816ItalyThis shows toasted aromas along with underbrush and truffle. The palate delivers ripe plum, vanilla, chocolate espresso and toasted oak flavors. It's international in style, well made and enjoyable.89TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLivernano 2010 Red (Toscana)Red BlendLivernano
4781847817USThis is a lovely Sauvignon Blanc that shows how well the Santa Ynez Valley can ripen the variety, while maintaining its vital acidity. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine shows tart flavors of lemons, limes and tropical fruits.8918CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastCarr 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancCarr
4781947818ItalyThis shows underbrush aromas layered with hints of espresso and oak, all accompanied by juicy cherry, mint and vanilla flavors. It's not the most typical Chianti Classico, but supple and delicious nonetheless. It would pair well with chicken cacciatore. Amici Imports, Siema Wines.8919TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Radda 2010 Chianti ClassicoSangioveseCastello di Radda
4782047819USWill age for quite a while, gradually shedding fruit and tannins, but you're best off drinking it soon for savory youthful pleasure. Dry and balanced, it's showing lovely blackberry, currant and oak flavors.8929CaliforniaYountvilleNapaCharles Krug 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)Cabernet SauvignonCharles Krug

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