Wine Reviews

4987549874FranceThis is a ripe, soft and warmly fruity wine. It has red cherry and strawberry flavors that lend a feeling of richness and roundness in texture. The acidity provides structure to this wine, but it is developing fast and will be ready to drink in 2015.Cuvée Signature Clos du Roi Premier Cru88BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné & Fils 2011 Cuvée Signature Clos du Roi Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirBouchard Aîné & Fils
4987649875ItalyThis crisp white wine from Etna offers a bright, luminous hay color and fragrant aromas of green fruit, citrus and white peach. The mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy or thick and those characteristic mineral tones render it unique.9018Sicily & SardiniaEtnaTenuta delle Terre Nere 2008 EtnaWhite BlendTenuta delle Terre Nere
4987749876ItalySerraMonte is a blockbuster expression from Southern Italy with inky, dark concentration and beautifully intense aromas of black fruit, cherry liqueur, dried prunes and Indian spice. The wine is pulsing with sweet fruit flavors and boasts thick, muscular density and high, but well integrated, alcohol.SerraMonte9055Southern ItalyCalabriaTerre di Balbia 2006 SerraMonte Red (Calabria)Red BlendTerre di Balbia
4987849877New ZealandIt seems this Italian venture is starting to hit its stride, turning in a plump, round offering layered with complexity. It starts off sweaty and pungent, then develops more melon and nectarine scents with aeration. Those flavors follow through on the palate, followed by persistent notes of white grapefruit on the finish.9017MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMount Nelson 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancMount Nelson
4987949878ItalyThis 2000 vintage Amarone features aromas of dried or candied fruit, old spice and toasted nut. You'll also get licorice and resin and the wine ends with delicate, dusty tannins.90VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoAldegheri 2000 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraAldegheri
4988049879USBig indeed, this is very dark and concentrated, with fruit-powered flavors wrapped in sweet baking spices. An impressive Petite Sirah that does not seem too tannic; the barrel flavors—vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar—more than compensate, and the fruit is round and ripe enough to hold the focus.Mr. Big9042WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Alexandria Nicole 2007 Mr. Big Petite Sirah (Horse Heaven Hills)Petite SirahAlexandria Nicole
4988149880USAlexandria Nicole's Shepherds Mark is a Rhône blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, sourced from the Destiny Ridge (estate) vineyard. Barrel fermented in neutral oak, it presents an inviting floral blossom nose, leading into a delicious mix of citrus, white peach, melon and light tropical fruits. It's rich but never tiring.Shepherds Mark White9020WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Alexandria Nicole 2008 Shepherds Mark White White (Horse Heaven Hills)White BlendAlexandria Nicole
4988249881USThis captures the essential flavors of Washington Sauvignon Blanc. There are no aggressive grassy-herbal flavors, none of the vegetal or canned pea flavors that show up in other New World Sauv Blancs. Here it's all about clean melon and yellow fruit flavors, backed with bracing natural acids, round and ripe.9019WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ardenvoir 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancArdenvoir
4986149860FranceThis big and ripe wine is abundant in red and yellow fruit notes. It has a warm feel, with piercing acidity throughout. This full-bodied wine is perfect to be paired with food.Le Pont8820ProvenceBandolRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2012 Le Pont Rosé (Bandol)RoséRavoire et Fils
4988349882USRoughly three-fifths Merlot and two fifths Cabernet Franc. Though the blend and oak treatment are quite similar to the 2005, this new release comes out with far better balance and structure. The oak flavors are lighter, the tannins are polished and lightly herbal, as befits Cabernet Franc, and there is a hint of steel in the backbone of this tight, svelte effort.Inspired Red9040WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Basel Cellars 2006 Inspired Red Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendBasel Cellars
4988449883USBergevin's Bordeaux blend is almost jet black in color, thick with liquorous candied cherry and coffee scents. It's mostly Wahluke Slope (Stone Tree vineyard) fruit, and has the power to show for it. Black fruits, tar, coffee liqueur, chocolate, whiffs of tobacco make for a complex and compact wine that will reward cellaring.Intuition Reserve Red Wine9055WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bergevin Lane 2006 Intuition Reserve Red Wine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendBergevin Lane
4988549884USThis is a big, dark, full-bodied Pinot Noir, huge in fruit and quite mouthfilling in black cherries, cola and spice. It's a bit ungainly now due to the size, but has the balance to age. Give it a year or two to mellow out. If you drink now, decant.Maboroshi Vineyard9045CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDe Loach 2007 Maboroshi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDe Loach
4988649885ChileFrom 70-year-old bush vines, this is excellent Maule Carignan. It has a brightness of fruit that puts the spotlight on cherry and raspberry, and while the color is a brilliant ruby it isn't overly dense, deep or heavy. There's a lightness of being to it, but also structure and acidity. Ageable for up to 5–8 years.El León Single Vineyard9030Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Martino 2006 El León Single Vineyard Carignan (Maule Valley)CarignanDe Martino
4988749886FranceFull and ripe, this wine has the ease of the 2000 vintage but has integrated textured acidity and some powerful green and white fruit flavors. There is an attractive yeast element to add complexity.Brut Millésimé9060ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDe Venoge 2000 Brut Millésimé (Champagne)Champagne BlendDe Venoge
4988849887FranceWith just the right amount of bottle age, this is a vintage to drink now. It has light, sweet pastry flavors, some toast and yellow peach and strawberry flavors. Delicious, but not for keeping.Grand Vintage Rosé Brut9089ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMoët & Chandon 2000 Grand Vintage Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendMoët & Chandon
4986249861USThis Cab is so softly decadent, there's no reason not to drink it now. It's as mellow as any Napa red out there, with lush, intricately sweet flavors of cherry pie, cola and cinnamon.8860CaliforniaRutherfordNapaTerlato 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonTerlato
4986349862FranceAged in new wood, this wine is warm and rich with spicy vanilla and apricot notes. It has green plum, yellow cherry and citrus flavors that are nicely rolled into a balanced package. It can be drunk now, but would be better to wait a year.Millénaire8826BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2010 Millénaire (Bourgogne)ChardonnayHenri de Villamont
4986449863CanadaOne hundred percent Cabernet Franc, this wine shows subtle, nuanced aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry and wildflowers. The palate is compact with a tight core of sweet fruit flavors.Icewine8840OntarioShort Hills BenchSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHenry of Pelham 2012 Icewine Cabernet (Short Hills Bench)CabernetHenry of Pelham
4986549864FranceA pretty onion-skin colored wine, this has soft texture, light acidity and a warm, rounded character. Tart red currants provide freshness and crispness to a palate that's weighty and concentrated with flavor. A finely balanced wine that can be drunk now.No 69 Brut Rosé8825BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerJCB NV No 69 Brut Rosé (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendJCB
4986649865PortugalInitially rustic, this is likely to develop into a dry, firmly tannic wine. The acidity and red berry notes come together in balance, but it does need serious aging to develop fully. Drink from 2018.Ninfa Escolha88TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerJoão Teodosio Matos Barbosa 2009 Ninfa Escolha Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedJoão Teodosio Matos Barbosa
4986749866USThis 100% Sauvignon Blanc has just a touch of oak, which brings a subtle toastiness to the citrus, peach and green apple fruit flavors. It's bone dry, yet shows an exciting balance between green gooseberries and honey flavors.Estate Grown8824CaliforniaCalistogaNapaKenefick Ranch 2012 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Calistoga)Sauvignon BlancKenefick Ranch
4986849867USBlack cherry fruit anchors this pleasing bottle, nuanced with cola and a streak of chocolate. The tannins are smooth and supple, and the earthiness common in this AVA is carefully managed.Single Vineyard Series Zena Crown Vineyard8825OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kudos 2012 Single Vineyard Series Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirKudos
4986949868ItalyMade with native grape Cortese, this Gavi has pretty aromas of citrus, pear and sage along with delicious yellow peach and lemon zest flavors. The fruit richness is balanced by zesty acidity that leaves a clean finish, making this is a classic wine to pair with most seafood and fish dishes.8819PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Piasola 2012 GaviCorteseLa Piasola
4987049869ItalyHere's a delicious Gavi with aromas of white flowers, peach and tropical fruit. The palate delivers citrus and lime flavors along with a hint of pineapple and crisp, quenching acidity. Perfect for seafood. Saranty Imports, Pleasure Elite.8821PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Sebaste 2012 GaviCorteseMauro Sebaste
4987149870FranceThere is some toasty maturity that adds richness to the crisp apple-skin and tight, tense acidity on the palate of this NV Montaudon. It's a very brisk, clean, light wine with a dry, bright finish.Réserve Première Brut88ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMontaudon NV Réserve Première Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendMontaudon
4987249871USGood vineyard sources and a flavorful mix of raspberry, cranberry and rhubarb characterize this aromatic and spicy Pinot Noir. Well-balanced and lightly herbal, it finishes with medium length and should be consumed over the next 3–5 years.8828OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Alchemist 2011 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAlchemist
4987349872USThis Cab shows the firm tannins and concentrated fruit of Atlas Peak, combined with the modern style of soft approachability. It's rich in blackberry and cherry pie flavors, with a generous overlay of sweet oak. Seems too sweet and one-dimensional for aging, so drink it now and through 2015 for freshness.Estate8860CaliforniaAtlas PeakNapaAstrale e Terra 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak)Cabernet SauvignonAstrale e Terra
4987449873USThere's a hardness to this Cabernet that comes from the tannins as well as brisk acidity. Dryness accentuates the austerity, but there is a savory core of black and red currants that suggests the wine will do well in the cellar for 5–6 years.Cash Allen8835CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaBlanchard Family 2010 Cash Allen Cabernet Sauvignon (Chalk Hill)Cabernet SauvignonBlanchard Family
4988949888USA little overripe and raisiny, but otherwise delicious, with sculpted Napa tannins framing luscious flavors of blackberries, cherries, chocolate and sandalwood, and a generous sprinkling of peppery spices. Drink now.9028CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPeju 2006 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelPeju
4989049889ItalyPhiale (an unusual expression of oak-aged Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio) shows power, extraction and concentration in the form of toast, spice, cedar, bramble and blackberry. The mouthfeel is dense and long-lasting and the wine tastes very exotic with a touch of bitter almond on the close.Phiale9026Sicily & SardiniaEtnaScilio 2001 Phiale (Etna)Red BlendScilio

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