Wine Reviews

4887148870AustriaA rather flat nose with just a hint of pear leads to a rather dilute, incongruous palate where the chief marker is unbalanced acidity.Windspiel8312WagramAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoFritsch 2014 Windspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wagram)Grüner VeltlinerFritsch
4887248871FranceLight in color, this is a wine with flavors that seem to have been stripped away. It is crisp and only lightly fruity, with some bitter acidity at the end.8315BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Goudichaud 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Goudichaud
4887348872FranceThis wine smells yeasty, a character that follows through on the palate. It is soft and round, conveying ripe red fruits without freshness. It reveals bitter acidity at the end.8312BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Recougne 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Recougne
4887448873USA blend of Riesling and Muscat with a pinch of Gewürztraminer, this wine offers vibrant aromas of orange peel, fresh flowers, spice and jasmine that don't entirely meld. It drinks dry with light concentration and a slightly bitter finish.Auntie Meredith's Picnic Blend8314WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKennedy Shah 2013 Auntie Meredith's Picnic Blend White (Columbia Valley (WA))White BlendKennedy Shah
4887548874USMostly Sangiovese, this wine appears to have seen some oxygen exposure that interferes with its blue fruit and herb aromas. It drinks quite sweet with a mixture of chocolate and cherry flavors.Smoky Nor'wester Red Willow Vineyard8326WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWestport Winery 2012 Smoky Nor'wester Red Willow Vineyard Sangiovese (Yakima Valley)SangioveseWestport Winery
4887648875FranceThis wine's fruitiness comes from stalky black currant flavors that have a green edge. It shows tannins, bitter chocolate and considerable acidity.Château Maison Blanche83BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Bouey 2013 Château Maison Blanche (Médoc)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMaison Bouey
4887748876FranceThis bright, pink-colored wine is full of caramel and vanilla flavors that give a fat, dull character to the taste. It is dry, touched by bitter almonds and with a sharp aftertaste of acidity.8313BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Hauts de Lagarde 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséLes Hauts de Lagarde
4887848877USFunky earth and a diluted body make for a generic experience with this wine, which simultaneously offers a large tannin profile plus a weedy, dried herb component.8320CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Goyette 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirRobert Goyette
4889348892USThe official alcohol is under 14%, but the wine smells and tastes like Port. It has a burnt, caramelized taste of baked fruit, and is tannicly astringent.Tombs Creek Vineyard8029CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaTin Barn 2003 Tombs Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonTin Barn
4887948878FranceBubblegum aromas send this wine in a candied direction. It is soft, not quite dry, with ripe strawberry flavors. It tastes confected although the acidity at the end does keep it fresh.Prestige83BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Lardiley 2014 Prestige Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau de Lardiley
4889448893ChileHeavy as dead weight, with a raisiny nose. Only dried out, semisalty plum flavors work the palate.Family Selection8014Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLuis Felipe Edwards 2006 Family Selection Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecLuis Felipe Edwards
4888048879AustriaJuicy blueberry and ripe blackberry dominate nose and palate on this easy-drinking, fresh-faced and fruit-forward red. The tannins are barely there and while the body boasts ample fruit, there is no heaviness. This is Zweigelt as it's meant to be: fun!8315BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSalzl Seewinkelhof 2013 Zweigelt (Burgenland)ZweigeltSalzl Seewinkelhof
4889548894USIt's been an uphill battle for Pietra Santa with this variety, and the '05 doesn't help matters. The wine is harsh in acids, with modest cherry and herb flavors and an annoyingly astringent finish.8018CaliforniaCienega ValleyCentral CoastPietra Santa 2004 Dolcetto (Cienega Valley)DolcettoPietra Santa
4889648895FranceA beautiful, pure wine that combines freshness and intense richness. It seems to float while still giving a huge mouthful of plums, coffee and sweet, juicy tannins. A straight line of pure flavor all the way to the finish.98BurgundyClos de LambraysRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Lambrays 2005 Clos de LambraysPinot NoirDomaine des Lambrays
4888148880USBaked pear and ripe tropical guava and papaya muddle their way between high-toned aspects of lemon and sheer acidity, which veers into sour territory on the finish. The dueling personalities give this wine a sense of imbalance.8313CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneStephen Vincent 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayStephen Vincent
4889748896FranceA complete wine. As it starts in the mouth, there is a feeling of everything in its place. The tannins are initially soft, dusty rather than dry; then the dark plums, red berries and so-sweet strawberries come into play. And finally, they all come together in a climax of richness and freshness.98134BurgundyCharmes-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2005 Charmes-ChambertinPinot NoirLouis Jadot
4888248881USThis offers smoky, toasted oak and herb aromas, full candied cherry and plum flavors, low acidity and fairly firm tannins.8311CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTable No. 7 2011 Merlot (Lodi)MerlotTable No. 7
4889848897FranceA beautiful wine, smooth, polished, with rounded corners. Its intense fruit is balanced and harmonizes well with the sweet tannins, the layers of wood and the red berry flavors. Certainly powerful, it impresses equally with the pleasure it will give in 7–10 years.98319BurgundyClos de TartRoger Voss@vossrogerClos de Tart 2005 Clos de TartPinot NoirClos de Tart
4889948898FranceThis is a powerhouse of a wine. It is driven forward by immense tannins as well as by superrich fruit that still keeps itself in check by a velvet texture. There is spice, acidity, some toast and vanilla, and finally a sunburst of warmth.98138BurgundyClos de la RocheRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2005 Clos de la RochePinot NoirLouis Jadot
4890048899FranceA supremely integrated wine, its richness and beautiful fruit just part of a story that starts with intense aromas and segues on the palate into a balance of tannins, dark red fruits, enveloping acidity and a beautifully orchestrated finale of berries, spice and aching freshness.9795BurgundyCorton-PougetsRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2005 Corton-PougetsPinot NoirLouis Jadot
4888348882FranceThe wine is neither very fruity nor fresh. It is clean with a crisp aftertaste although the character or the interest are not there.Le Rosé de Floridène8315BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Floridène 2014 Le Rosé de Floridène Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséClos Floridène
4888448883ChileFor Odfjell, which normally puts out ripe, quality wines, this green, herbal Syrah is both surprising and disappointing. Our first sample was brutally corked and the second was green on the nose and then short, chocolaty and limited on the palate.Orzada8120Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachOdfjell 2005 Orzada Syrah (Maipo Valley)SyrahOdfjell
4888548884USLockwood's lost a lot of steam over the years. This '06 Chard is thin and watery, with just a squirt of lemon and lime flavor.8114CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastLockwood 2006 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayLockwood
4888648885ChileA slight, sharp wine with hints of vinegar and bramble on the nose and then skinny cherry and cranberry flavors. Too much bite and acid and not nearly enough depth, richness or fun.El Delirio Reserve Carménère-Merlot8111Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBotalcura 2006 El Delirio Reserve Carménère-Merlot Red (Central Valley)Red BlendBotalcura
4888748886ChileNot a good result from MontGras. This is a pulpy, sweet, flat-lining Chardonnay that may not even make it as far as your table. So soft it barely registers.Reserva8114Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontGras 2007 Reserva Chardonnay (Colchagua Valley)ChardonnayMontGras
4888848887ChileQuite sharp and reticent, with piercing, peppery aromas and flavors as well as plenty of searing acidity. Not an offensive or crazy wine, but too sour, lean and green to rate higher.817Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSimone 2006 Merlot (Maule Valley)MerlotSimone
4888948888USDry, acidic and harsh, this wine's cherry-skin flavors have a tannic bitterness. It tastes like an old-style Chianti, without the charm.8118CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMandolina 2005 Sangiovese (Santa Barbara County)SangioveseMandolina
4889048889ChileSmells like young, gangly wine. Bubble gum and Kool-Aid aromas get only more grapy, while the palate is jumpy and aggressive. Lots of wild berry flavor, earth, herbal overtones and heat. Devoid of any sophistication.818Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValdivieso 2007 Malbec (Central Valley)MalbecValdivieso
4889148890USTastes very hot, with a high alcohol peppery burn. The flavors that come through are of mint and bitter cherries.8115CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyGreg Norman California Estates 2005 Zinfandel (Red Hills Lake County)ZinfandelGreg Norman California Estates
4889248891USVegetal and dry, this Rhône-style blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre doesn't have much going for it.The Gem8016CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastStacked Stone 2004 The Gem Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendStacked Stone

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