Wine Reviews

4874348742FranceThis is an impressive performance from an estate that has been improving over the past 10 years. The wine is dense with fine tannins, fresh acidity and layers of black-currant fruitiness. It will develop over the medium term, so drink from 2020.92BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rauzan-Gassies 2013 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Rauzan-Gassies
4874448743FranceThis impressive wine is full of potential. Powerful wood flavors are currently masking the fruitiness of the wine. However the weight of fruit and the rich texture promise good long-term aging.9265BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Smith Haut Lafitte 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Smith Haut Lafitte
4874548744AustriaSpent ash in a cold grate and wintery wood smoke make for an intriguing nose. Fresh red currant flavors appear on the palate, still tinged by that unusual ash note. Earth pervades in every aspect of this wine. Even though its texture is light and silky, it manages to remain lingering on the palate. We need to wait to see the true colors of this elegant wine emerge. Drink 2018–2025.Black Edition9260NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEbner-Ebenauer 2012 Black Edition Pinot Noir (Niederösterreich)Pinot NoirEbner-Ebenauer
4874648745AustriaVery slight notions of honeycomb hover over the nose before giving over to restrained, hazelnutty oak flavors. This is fruity but sprightly, rounded and precise, fresh but medium-bodied. Right now, it is still full of primary fruit flavors—think red apple and citrus—but this will mature beautifully and become ever more mellow, but with pleasing freshness. The long aftertaste is very promising.Black Edition9260WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEbner-Ebenauer 2013 Black Edition Chardonnay (Weinviertel)ChardonnayEbner-Ebenauer
4874748746USThis lovely, luxurious wine hails from the Terra de Promissio Vineyard. It stands out for its thickness of earthy forest floor and exuberant fruit, a mix of candied raspberry, blueberry and cherry. Building structure and power as it opens in the glass, it finishes strongly tannic, suggesting more time in the cellar may be of benefit; hold through 2023.9238CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLombardi 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirLombardi
4874848747USOne of the Hahn family's top brands, this bottling shows cola, clove and dense cranberry juice aromas, offering dense yet tart red fruit against uncrushed spice. Mossy earth plays into the palate, where more dried cranberry notes mix with thyme, dried sage, juniper and eucalyptus.Lone Oak Vineyard9250CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLucienne 2013 Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirLucienne
4874948748USBattalion­s of tannin accompany ripe fruit flavors in this bold, full-bodied wine made from Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. A supportive wrap of astringency from layers of fine tannin bolsters the rich blackberry and blueberry flavors, while flashy, spicy, smoky, new-oak accents infuse everything from the aroma to the finish.Petite Petit9218CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMichael David 2013 Petite Petit Petite Sirah (Lodi)Petite SirahMichael David
4875048749AustriaOak, stone, and spicy moss appear on the nose before black fruits shimmer through. The palate boasts juicy but restrained black fruits, spicy cinnamon edges of oak and a little aromatic leafiness. There is a fine structure but the tannins are supple and smooth while the fruit flavors echo soft vanilla notes. Good now but this will get even better. Drink 2018–2025.Anna-Christina9259CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2013 Anna-Christina Red (Carnuntum)Red BlendNetzl
4872148720USNot a shy wine, this looks very dark and smells smoky and meaty. It tastes extra ripe and rich, showing off both the grapes and the sweet-seeming oak with which the wine was apparently aged. There is a strong maple syrup and smoked bacon flavor, a thick, tongue-coating texture and lingering finish.Casa de Vinas Long Row Heine9132CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsVasco Urbano 2012 Casa de Vinas Long Row Heine Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahVasco Urbano
4872248721ChileSpicy, dry plum and berry aromas are lightly floral and complex on the nose. This Cab is elegant and sturdy on the palate, with plum, raspberry and chocolate flavors that finish with grip, length, complexity and a welcome freshness. Drink through 2021.Grey Glacier Single Block Trinidad Vineyard9124Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVentisquero 2011 Grey Glacier Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonVentisquero
4872348722PortugalA generous wine that still manages to keep elegance and style. It offers black, juicy fruits that are blended with the spice from wood aging. There are blackberries, plenty of acidity and a dry but always fruity aftertaste. Drink from 2016.Reserva9110DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerVilalva 2013 Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedVilalva
4872448723USThis tastes bold in flavor and feels lavish in texture. Aromas resemble red cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg, while the flavors are ripe and spread out on the palate, seeming to form layers of fruit, spice and maple. Smooth and flavorful, it's appealing from first sniff to finish.Parr Vineyard9132CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMaldonado 2012 Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirMaldonado
4872548724USThis sure-fire crowd pleaser opens with the steely authority of the AVA's Pinots, showing a streak of earth and bark. Then it fills in, with ripe purple fruit swathed in generous layers of coffee grounds and toasty oak. It finishes long and smoky, with plenty of power.Beacon Hill Vineyard9136OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Marshall Davis 2012 Beacon Hill Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirMarshall Davis
4872648725GermanyWhile the nose opens with intense mineral tones of smoke and petrol, the palate of this kabinett bursts with plump melon and stone fruit. Zesty and bright, it's a deeply complex and irresistibly quaffable wine, with satisfying sweetness on the finish.Abtsberg Kabinett9138MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaMaximin Grünhäuser 2013 Abtsberg Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingMaximin Grünhäuser
4872748726ItalyA 50-50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this dense, extracted wine opens with aromas of vanilla, new oak, ripe black fruit, mocha and roasted coffee beans. The palate offers oak extract, coconut, toast, chocolate, fleshy plum and blackberries alongside velvety tannins. It's still resting heavily on its oak so give it a few years to integrate.Siepi91120TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMazzei 2012 Siepi Red (Toscana)Red BlendMazzei
4872848727FranceOne of two wines produced as a joint venture between California vintner Paul Hobbs and Cahors producer Bertrand Vigouroux, Crocus is aged 50% in new wood. It is ripe, smooth and powerful, a dense wine with dusty tannins and dark black plum flavors. It is just about ready to drink.Crocus91Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerPaul Bertrand 2011 Crocus Malbec (Cahors)MalbecPaul Bertrand
4872948728USPacked with juicy berry flavors, this outgoing wine blends great freshness and pure grape flavors with a lip-smacking texture of tannins and acidity that keep it well balanced. It resembles black berry, raspberry and boysenberry juices, has a tangy mouthfeel and lingering, tingly finish.9125CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPaul Dolan 2013 Zinfandel (Mendocino)ZinfandelPaul Dolan
4873048729ChileDark and smoky, aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis come with a hint of oaky vanilla and tobacco. A lively, alert, bright palate is dense but balanced, with plum and blackberry flavors followed by notes of chocolate, toast, herbs, pencil lead and baked black fruits. Drink through 2019.9123MarchigueMichael Schachner@wineschachPolkura 2011 Syrah (Marchigue)SyrahPolkura
4873148730PortugalThis is a seriously wood-aged wine, sumptuous in its smooth and creamy texture. It has citrus, lime and really fresh acidity to balance the toast and rich fruitiness. Elegant and worth aging further. Drink from 2016.Grande Reserva Branco9130DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuanta Terra 2013 Grande Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuanta Terra
4873248731USFully ripened in this exemplary vintage, this boasts fleshy cherry and plum fruit, with tasty confectionary highlights. Ten months aging in 25% new French oak contributes to those sweet notes, and a touch of sassafras and cola streaks across the finish.Wedding Block9135OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ribbon Ridge 2012 Wedding Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirRibbon Ridge
4873348732ItalyThis unusual blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Grechetto opens with aromas of white spring flower, ripe stone fruit, flint and a whiff of pine sap. The linear palate delivers layers of white peach, juicy pear, green apple, spice and minerality brightened by fresh acidity. It finishes on a note of white almond. Hold a few years for complexity. Drink through 2020.Fiorano Bianco9145Italy OtherVino da TavolaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta di Fiorano 2012 Fiorano Bianco White (Vino da Tavola)White BlendTenuta di Fiorano
4873448733GreeceCedar, berries and tobacco on the nose of this elegant red give it a moody appeal. On the palate, cherry, mocha and smoke prevail. This wine has dimension and class.Classic9122NemeaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaTselepos 2011 Classic Agiorgitiko (Nemea)AgiorgitikoTselepos
4873548734USThis wine takes time to come around, but once it does, oak and pencil shavings season an herbal core that's tight and classic. Black licorice and espresso enter the fray, expanding on the palate's blackberry and cassis. Cellar through 2020–2022.Beckstoffer Georges III9195CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeating 2012 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonKeating
4873648735USBold and smoky, this offers tart, tight cherry and brambly berry fruit. The juicy acidity is counterpointed with a certain chalkiness. A whiff of truffle further complements the fruit. It's a sleek wine with surprising power.9130OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Plaisance Ranch 2012 Pinot Noir (Applegate Valley)Pinot NoirPlaisance Ranch
4873748736AustriaGlorious perfume emanates from the nose, suggesting that cologne-like blend of citrus with far more mellow notes of musk and pine. The palate reveals a repository of ripe, yellow plum, and of bouncy, fleshy juiciness. A fresh seam of acidity culminates in a lip-smacking finish on this perfumed, light-bodied Riesling.Strasser Weinberge9228NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoArndorfer 2014 Strasser Weinberge Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingArndorfer
4873848737USThis wine is a blend of Grenache (49%), Syrah (20%), Cinsault (16%), Mourvèdre (9%) and Counoise. Complex aromas of raspberry, blueberry, dried herbs and pepper lead to reserved yet rich fruit flavors that put a premium on purity. Give it time to open up.Besoleil9247WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBetz Family 2013 Besoleil Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendBetz Family
4873948738FranceThis wine is full of juicy Merlot, ripe with sweet tannins and jammy fruit. It is soft, with the freshness of the year as well as having hints of structure. It is ripe, beautifully fruity and will be ready to drink from 2018.Le Marquis de Calon Ségur9225BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Calon Ségur 2013 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur (Saint-Estèphe)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Calon Ségur
4874048739FranceShowing how Saint-Émilion came out well in 2013, this wine has ripe and juicy Merlot fruits topped with perfumed Cabernet Franc. Rich and structured, it's a wine for aging over the medium-term with its layers of tannins under the fruit. Drink from 2020.9254BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Canon 2013 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Canon
4874148740FranceLight and fruity, this wine has attractive acidity and layers of red berry fruits. The silky tannins are present, although light and dominated by the fruitiness of the wine. It's fresh, packed with acidity and likely to be ready soon. Drink from 2018.Alter Ego de Château Palmer92BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Palmer 2013 Alter Ego de Château Palmer (Margaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Palmer
4874248741FranceThis wine shows the continuing evolution of this property even in a difficult year. Structured, balanced tannins are already integrated with the fresh black-currant fruits. With a balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the wine is fruity and still young. Drink from 2019.9236BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Picque Caillou 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Picque Caillou

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