Wine Reviews


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4950349502USThis bottling from the cool-climate Jespersen Ranch offers baked black cherry, graphite, gingerbread and vanilla on the nose. There's a kick of white pepper on the palate, possibly owing to the 10% Syrah that's blended in, along with dark boysenberry fruit. The texture is grippy and serious for the grape.JR Reserve9150CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNiner 2014 JR Reserve Grenache (Edna Valley)GrenacheNiner
4950449503FranceThe fruit and structure of this monopole bottling from Nuiton-Beanoy are already well integrated. With a smoky character from wood aging and a core of firm tannins and acidity, it manages to feel ripe and crisp at the same time. Drink from 2020.Clos du Chapitre Premier Cru9190BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerNuiton-Beaunoy 2014 Clos du Chapitre Premier Cru (Gevrey-Chambertin)Pinot NoirNuiton-Beaunoy
4950549504FranceShowing plenty of the concentration this village can produce, this wine from a small parcel is structured to age. It's rich while keeping the acidity and crispness of the year in mind. Drink from 2021.Les Sionnières9160BurgundyMorey-Saint-DenisRoger Voss@vossrogerNuiton-Beaunoy 2014 Les Sionnières (Morey-Saint-Denis)Pinot NoirNuiton-Beaunoy
4950649505IsraelAromas of black cherry and green pepper prepare the taste buds for flavors of black cherry, blackberry, green bell pepper and espresso bean. Silky tannins glide across the palate as flavors evolve from fruit forward to slightly vegetal. The finished is marked by a return to bright berry notes and a touch of eucalyptus.Amuka Series Marus Single Vineyard9120GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOr Haganuz 2013 Amuka Series Marus Single Vineyard Shiraz (Galilee)ShirazOr Haganuz
4950749506USThis wine is memorable on the nose and palate, offering bold anise, red currant and strawberry aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is pleasantly light and accessable, with silky tannins and a lingering note of dried herbs.9134CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneOrsi Family Vineyards 2013 Montepulciano (Dry Creek Valley)MontepulcianoOrsi Family Vineyards
4950849507South AfricaClean, bright and focused, this is currently showing its youth, though with great promise to continue to mature and flesh out with another couple of years. Notes of yellow apple, beeswax, straw and honeysuckle abound on the nose, while flavors of orange oil and honeycomb flesh out the medium-weight palate, with great verve and lingering spicy elements through the close. It's approachable now, but should drink best from 2018–2021.9134Hemel en AardeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzHamilton Russell 2015 Chardonnay (Hemel en Aarde)ChardonnayHamilton Russell
4950949508ItalyThis opens with aromas of ripe black plum, underbrush and a whiff of cassis. On the concentrated palate, notes of tobacco, mint and thyme accent a black cherry core while polished tannins provide the framework. Drink 2018–2024.Lupi e Sirene Riserva91130TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Le Ripi 2011 Lupi e Sirene Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangiovesePodere Le Ripi
4951049509IsraelDark garnet in color, this wine proffers a bouquet of cassis, dark plum and lavender. There is a nice combination of fruit and savory flavors, notably black cherry, strawberry, espresso, smoked meat and oregano. Soft almost sneaky tannins appear on the palate and then retreat just in time for a vivid finish sprinkled with just a touch of Mediterranean herbs.EDOM9139Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysPsagot 2012 EDOM Red (Judean Hills)Bordeaux-style Red BlendPsagot
4951149510Aromas of cherry, blueberry and rose petal prepare the taste buds for flavors of cherry pie, vanilla custard, black pepper and Turkish delight. Tannins can feel momentarily stiff, but they are soon outweighed by bold acidity that carries into bright black cherry finish.9134Mike DeSimone@worldwineguysPsagot 2013 Cabernet SauvignonCabernet SauvignonPsagot
4951249511IsraelA bouquet of blackberry and juniper sets the scene for flavors of black cherry, red plum, anise, spearmint and pepper. Smooth on entry, bright and cool flavors fill the entire mouth, with tannins that make their presence known on the midpalate and then recede into a soft cool finish.Secret Reserve9145Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysShiloh Winery 2013 Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)Cabernet SauvignonShiloh Winery
4951349512IsraelDeep red-violet in color, this features a bouquet of cherry, Delicious apple and juniper. It is bright on entry, with flavors of black cherry and red plum that are overtaken by notes of clove and tar with a touch of iodine. Smooth tannins persist into a bright lingering finish with a hint of smoke.Legend Honi9135Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysShiloh Winery 2014 Legend Honi Red (Judean Hills)Bordeaux-style Red BlendShiloh Winery
4951449513USThis full-bodied wine has a smooth texture that is mouthfilling and rich. It offers mild, savory mineral flavors that complement the creaminess and prolong the finish, while subtle oak flavors contribute to its sense of smoothness and viscosity.Limited Release9136CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSix Sigma Ranch 2015 Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancSix Sigma Ranch
4951549514ItalyMade entirely with Pinot Nero, this inviting wine opens with aromas of raspberry, underbrush and a hint of vanilla. The fragrant palate delivers sour cherry, strawberry jam and a touch of cake spice alongside supple tannins. Enjoy through 2018.Monticol Riserva9145Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerlan 2014 Monticol Riserva Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinTerlan
4951649515USThis classically styled red with 9% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot impresses with perfumed violet and its soft, smooth and succulent black cherry and currant flavor. Approachable and round, it has cedar and mocha undertones that make it memorable and compelling.Block Twenty One9167CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrione 2012 Block Twenty One Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTrione
4950149500ItalyMade with Chardonnay and a small amount of Pinot Nero, this elegantly foaming sparkler has delicate scents of white flower, orchard fruit and a whiff of pastry. The bright refreshing palate doles out golden apple, tangerine zest and a hint of almond alongside crisp acidity.Leonia Brut Metodo Classico91TuscanyPominoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi de' Frescobaldi 2013 Leonia Brut Metodo Classico Sparkling (Pomino)Sparkling BlendMarchesi de' Frescobaldi
4950249501IsraelDeep ruby to the eye, this wine has a bouquet of black plum and cherry with a touch of iodine. A network of gentle tannins provides the backdrop for flavors of black cherry, blueberry, cranberry, smoked meat, vanilla and lavender. There is a hint of smoke on the otherwise fruit-filled finish.9125Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysMontefiore 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)Cabernet SauvignonMontefiore
4951749516South AfricaA blend of 51% Sauvignon Blanc and 49% Sémillon, this is a beautifully balanced white. It opens with pretty floral aromas of lemon verbena, fynbos and sweet pea, with supporting fruit tones of citrus and crisp pear at the core. It's lightweight, but nuanced and layered, with waves of plum and lemon-lime citrus that are cut by bright acidity and a hint of toast on the close. Drink now–2021.Reserve9129ElimLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzTrizanne 2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Elim)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonTrizanne
4951849517USBright, forceful and slightly reductive, this white is aged less than a year in neutral French oak, allowing the fruit to speak and offer richness on the midpalate. Gingerbread and lemongrass flavors accent its essential core of green apple fruit.Estate9138CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWhite Rock Vineyards 2014 Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayWhite Rock Vineyards
4951949518PortugalThis organic vineyard in the northern reaches of Tejo regularly produces concentrated wines like this. It's richly endowed with fine tannins and black fruit but also has the sort of structure that will allow it to age well. Drink from 2019.Companhia das Lezírias Herdade de Catapereiro Single Vineyard Escolha9118TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2015 Companhia das Lezírias Herdade de Catapereiro Single Vineyard Escolha Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
4952049519USSanguine, leathery aromas show on the nose of this blend of 55% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache, accented with dried elderberry, wild thyme, black plum and peppery spice. Woody flavors of bay leaf, black sage and rosemary show on the medium-bodied palate, with sour plum notes lifted by black pepper on the finish.Z Three9146CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannZaca Mesa 2012 Z Three Red (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style Red BlendZaca Mesa
4952149520FranceThis off-dry character is a hard style to work well. This wine succeeds because it has kept a dry background as well as strong minerality, so the almond-perfumed character of the wine is beautifully restrained and delicate. Drink the wine from 2019.Demi-Sec8718Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Montfort 2015 Demi-Sec (Vouvray)Chenin BlancChâteau de Montfort
4952249521FranceThis stylish wine is tight, crisp and with fine intense acidity. Its apple fruitiness is bright, delicious and refreshing. With its lively aftertaste, this is ready to drink now.Vigneau Brut8719Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gaudrelle NV Vigneau Brut (Vouvray)Chenin BlancChâteau Gaudrelle
4952349522FranceThis full-bodied wine is rounded and soft. With generous red fruits, balanced acidity and a bright aftertaste, it is ready to drink.8716BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Goudichaud 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Goudichaud
4952449523FranceStrongly herbal, this Sauvignon Blanc-dominated wine is fruity and crisp, with a good depth of flavor. Refreshing acidity adds a tight edge to this young wine. Drink from late 2017.8716BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau l' Oiseau 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau l' Oiseau
4952549524FranceVéronique Barthe is the first woman to manage the estate that has been in the Barthe family since 1789. She delivered a light and bright wine, poised and stylish with its crisp fruit and tangy acidity. A delicious burst of citrus at the end continues the theme of this fruity wine.La Freynelle8714BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Freynelle 2016 La Freynelle Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau la Freynelle
4952649525FranceThis women-owned château above Cadillac produced a crisp wine, tight and nervy. With lively acidity, it focuses on the citrus side of life, finishing with a mineral edge. It will drink best from the end of 2017.II Sauvignons8712BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Peneau 2016 II Sauvignons (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Peneau
4952749526GermanyDelicate whiffs of spring blossoms gain intensity on the palate of this easy-drinking, off-dry Riesling. Rounded and a bit plush, it's not a deeply concentrated or complex wine but the fresh apple and peach flavors are pleasant. Drink now.8711PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaClear Night 2015 Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingClear Night
4952849527SpainThis quiet Albariño comes from the Vicente Gandia family of wines. It opens with short, peppery aromas backed by a medium-bodied palate. Peppery, slightly bitter flavors echo the nose, with a hint of stone fruit to help it along. Drink now.8719GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachCon un Par 2016 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoCon un Par
4952949528ChileAromas of olive, mushroom and berry fruits are lightly herbal. This Cabernet feels scratchy, abrupt and edgy, while herbal raspberry and plum flavors finish solid and with a slight note of pickle.Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada8718Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2015 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonConcha y Toro
4953049529ItalyAromas of toasted almond, white flower, dried herb and orchard fruit lead the way. It's round and fresh, with flavors evoking mature yellow apple, candied nectarine and a hint of thyme.Cromalgo8719LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCorte Sermana 2015 Cromalgo (Lugana)TurbianaCorte Sermana

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