Wine Reviews


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4851148510FranceWith nine months of oak aging, the sweetness of this wine has been balanced with hints of toast. It is so fresh as well as sweet, the intensity of the acidity is almost shocking at what is still a young age. Drink this peach and apricot-flavored wine from 2019.Séduction9232Southwest FranceJurançonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Jurque 2013 Séduction (Jurançon)Petit MansengChâteau de Jurque
4851248511USThis is an austere, elegant study in power and grace, blending 53% Merlot with 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Substantial and tannin-defined as many of its brethren of this vintage, it shows cedar, pencil shavings and a touch of tobacco, more savory than fruit-driven. Drink now through 2023.Elevage9296CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneChimney Rock 2013 Elevage Red (Stags Leap District)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChimney Rock
4851348512USPosh fruit aromas, gentle and ripe flavors and a very polished texture make this wine more fun to drink now than its big sister, the Ferrington single-vineyard Pinot. Delicious red cherry, cinnamon and cedar threads weave a complex and layered flavor, with a good underpinning of fine-grained tannins.9235CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDavies 2014 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirDavies
4851448513GreeceForest fruits and warming spices lead this elegant red blend. The palate offers cherry and red currant flavors mingling with black pepper, cinnamon and clove. The wine has a brisk mineral edge that keeps it balanced and great for food. A wine with poise that will age.Amethystos9222DramaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDomaine Costa Lazaridi 2012 Amethystos Red (Drama)Red BlendDomaine Costa Lazaridi
4851548514FranceSoft notes of rose petal and peach compote animate the nose. A restrained, floral medium sweetness envelopes the palate, shimmering with notes of honeysuckle and bitter grapefruit pith. Gently balanced, this wine has just the right amount of floral perfume.Fronholz9264AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Ostertag 2013 Fronholz Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Ostertag
4851648515ChileDeep purple in color, this cool-vintage Syrah excels via smooth cherry, cassis, cedar and charcoal aromas. A full-bodied palate is balanced by firm acidity, while plum, berry, cassis and chocolate flavors finish in harmony. Drink through 2020.Alpha9223Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2013 Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahMontes
4851748516USA touch of new oak adds complexity and a good, gripping sensation to this medium-bodied and nicely structured wine. Adding to the light toast and smoke aromas, the fruit flavors bring tart cherry and raspberry plus some bass notes of clove and black tea. The wine has an appetizing balance and persistent flavors. It will be best after 2018.Trois Filles9242CaliforniaMarin CountyNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPey-Marin 2014 Trois Filles Pinot Noir (Marin County)Pinot NoirPey-Marin
4851848517FrancePure and intense notes of red-cheeked, ripe pear and red apples are tinged with baking spice. These flavors become even more concentrated on the palate that is shot through with fresh acidity, providing a stimulating midpalate experience. The finish is a little warm but full-fruited. This wine needs a robust food counterpart to come into its focused, concentrated own.Fondation Vieilles Vignes92AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJosmeyer 2014 Fondation Vieilles Vignes Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJosmeyer
4851948518USThis wine is aged in neutral oak and shows salty lemon and guava notes atop a creamy, crisply layered texture. Bright and bold, it satisfies on the palate and should impress further as it opens in the glass, or even with a touch more time in the bottle.Oro De Plata9233CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeller Estate 2014 Oro De Plata Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayKeller Estate
4852048519USThe producer expertly captures the mix of coolness and intensity so true to the appellation, a tangle of brooding black cherry, blackberry and underlying smoke, that's both decadent and succulent on the palate, deeply satisfying in its finish of chocolate and black licorice.9265CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLa Crema 2013 Pinot Noir (Green Valley)Pinot NoirLa Crema
4852148520GreeceThis wine starts with a soft nose of rose, tropical fruit and a touch of spice. Its flavors of citrus and spice are complex but buoyed by a laser focused minerality. Elegant and classic, and worthy of aging.Ancient Varietal9220PeloponneseSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLantides 2014 Ancient Varietal Moschofilero (Peloponnese)MoschofileroLantides
4852248521USThis small producer continues to impress with this floral, impressively made effort, sourced from several vineyards, including Terra de Promissio. Sly layers of raspberry define juicy acidity and sizable tannin and oak that support but don't intrude. The finish continues the theme of vibrancy, lingering in cherry and dried cranberry.9242CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLombardi 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirLombardi
4852348522USFrom Rick Longoria's own vineyard comes this high-toned, focused bottling showing Asian pear juice, hot toast and apple blossom on the stonefruit-driven nose. There is steel structure on the sip, which fresh with more fruity pear elements, but also bound to a chipped-slate minerality.Fe Ciega9250CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLongoria 2014 Fe Ciega Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayLongoria
4852448523USThis is the second label of Young Inglewood, a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in all-French oak, one quarter of it new. Meant to be approachable young, it is, while retaining a concentration of licorice, black currant and blackberry wrapped in dark chocolate. Firm tannins give it structure.9250CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVENN 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVENN
4852548524PortugalThis is a brightly crisp wine, bringing out the acidity in Alvarinho rather than the more exotic fruitiness. It has a direct line of fresh citrus, a mineral tang and juicy freshness. Drink now.8419DurienseRoger Voss@vossrogerDelaforce 2012 Alvarinho (Duriense)AlvarinhoDelaforce
4852648525FranceLight and bright, this is a fragrant and fruity rosé. On the palate, strawberry flavors are gently caressed with soft acidity, leaving a soft, ripe aftertaste.Domaine Fontanyul8417ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2012 Domaine Fontanyul Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséRavoire et Fils
4852748526USNot much Rutherford character here, in the way of structural complexity. What you get is a soft, gentle wine, with rich, ripe raspberry jam, cinnamon and toast flavors that are easy to like, especially with a juicy burger.8434CaliforniaRutherfordNapaThere 2010 Merlot (Rutherford)MerlotThere
4852848527USThis is a soft, lush Chardonnay, with ripe, jammy apricot, orange, mango and honey flavors, accented with buttered toast and vanilla. It's a satisfying Chardonnay at one of the better prices out there.848CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherTwisted 2012 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayTwisted
4852948528USThis is a sugary, candied Zinfandel, simply constructed and soft, with raspberry, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet new oak flavors.Montecillo Vineyard8428CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaKeating 2011 Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelKeating
4853048529USA neutral salmon in color, with a slightly bricked orange tinge, this blend of Merlot, Grenache and Mourvèdre drinks dry. Abundant cherry flavors come through in this medium-bodied wine.Reserve Merlot-Grenache-Mourvèdre8415IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereport3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Reserve Merlot-Grenache-Mourvèdre RoséRosé3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
4853148530USThis Chardonnay, as you may have guessed from the designation, is unoaked. What you get is fruit, and plenty of it, in the form of pineapples and peaches. There's a good burst of acidity on the finish.Liberated8416CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastCarmel Road 2012 Liberated Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayCarmel Road
4853248531USA disappointing wine, not one of Adelaida's best. The problem isn't just excessive softness, sweetness and heat from high alcohol, it's a vegetative note that mars the blackberries and cherries.Viking Vineyard8435CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAdelaida 2010 Viking Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonAdelaida
4853348532USThis simple Chardonnay is lush and ripe like a pineapple, mango and peach juice drink. Unabashedly fruity with sweetness on the finish.8415CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaAdler Fels 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayAdler Fels
4853448533USAbout a second after you sip this wine, the sugary fruit hits, like the blast of a gummy bears. The wine is front-loaded with raspberries, watermelons, persimmons and strawberries, and the acidity is pretty good, but it's simply too sweet and fruity.Estate Grown8435CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaBalverne 2010 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirBalverne
4853548534USThere's so much ripeness in this Viognier that it's almost a dessert wine. The apricot, orange, honeysuckle flower, vanilla and spice flavors taste like they were sprinkled with white, refined sugar. The balance is crisp acidity.8435CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBlack Stallion 2012 Viognier (Napa Valley)ViognierBlack Stallion
4853648535USThere's good raspberry and cherry fruit in this Pinot, with a sweet, smoky jacket of oak barrels. But it's ultimately simple, and the acidity is tart. Drink now.8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBread & Butter 2012 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirBread & Butter
4853748536PortugalA bright pink wine that tastes drier than it looks. It has bright strawberry aromas, as well as touches of caramel and lively final acidity. It's not for aging.Somontes8410DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa da Passarella 2012 Somontes Rosé (Dão)RoséCasa da Passarella
4853848537ItalyMade entirely from Sangiovese using the méthode Champenoise, this sparkling wine offers raspberry and walnut aromas and flavors. It has a simple structure and despite no dosage, doesn't finish bone dry.Dream84Italy OtherVino da TavolaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasalvento Radda 2008 Dream Sangiovese (Vino da Tavola)SangioveseCasalvento Radda
4853948538PortugalThis is a well balanced, ready to drink tawny, showing ripe, mature, wood-aged fruit notes along with raisins and some firm tannins. It's rich while still showing some freshness.Tellu's Tawny84PortRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Vale do Rodo NV Tellu's Tawny (Port)PortCaves Vale do Rodo
4854048539USThis blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc with some Sauvignon Gris and Musque grapes does its best to achieve ripeness, but it's dominated by green flavors of gooseberries, along with a hint of ammonia. Dry and a bit vegetal in style, this barrel-aged wine finishes on a tart note.Estate Bottled8433CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaChalk Hill 2011 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Chalk Hill)Sauvignon BlancChalk Hill

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