Wine Reviews

4992149920USThis is a fine Cabernet to drink with burgers, Mexican food, beef stew or skirt steak. Soft and sweet, it has flavors of blackberries and cherries, plus a just-right jacket of smoky oak and a smooth, spicy finish.8515CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastLiberty School 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonLiberty School
4992249921USThe oak barrel influence comes across quite strong in this Chardonnay. The wine itself, made from fruit sourced from this mountain appellation in the central part of Sonoma County, is rich in tropical fruit and pear flavors, with zesty acidity.8545CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaMi Sueño 2009 Chardonnay (Sonoma Mountain)ChardonnayMi Sueño
4992349922FranceFlavors of banana and red berry come with some tannin. This exudes vibrant, in-your-face fruit that's crisp and juicy.Nouveau8510BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerMommessin 2012 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayMommessin
4992449923USThis has a sweet charm to it, with a rich lemon flavor. This would be fine as a light dessert wine with lemon cake.Collier's Early8513OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abiqua Wind 2011 Collier's Early Muscat (Willamette Valley)MuscatAbiqua Wind
4992549924ChileThis is roasted to the max, with a very earthy nose, including burnt leaf, smoked meat and heavy fruit. The palate feels a bit high in acidity, with cherry and berry flavors that take on a baked character as it eases into a simple finish.Reina Ana Gran Reserva8515Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAguirre 2009 Reina Ana Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Maule Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahAguirre
4992649925FranceSimilar in style to a Côtes de Gascogne, this is a fruity, ripe and attractively light wine. The crisp, refreshing palate dances along.857Southwest FranceGersRoger Voss@vossrogerBaron d'Arignac 2011 White (Gers)White BlendBaron d'Arignac
4992749926FranceThis is classic and fun, bold and fruity, with weight coming from the firm tannins. Pair this with food.Nouveau8513BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné & Fils 2012 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayBouchard Aîné & Fils
4992849927USSoft, fruity and tannic, this has jammy blackberry, blueberry and currant flavors. It's ripe and tasty, but rustic, with some less-than-ripe mint flavors and edgy tannins.8525CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCa' Momi 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCa' Momi
4992949928USA Chardonnay of heightened acidity, this is fresh, light and banced, with tastes of lemon and pear.8512CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneCable Car 2011 Chardonnay (Lodi)ChardonnayCable Car
4993049929USThere are lots of orange, pineapple, Meyer lemon, lime, honey and spice flavors in this blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Arneis and Gewürztraminer. It's brisk in acidity and a little sweet. Try pairing it with Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai foods.White X8516CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherX 2011 White X White (California)White BlendX
4993149930FranceThe wood influence in this wine is almost too much for the fruit, even in the future. It has a severe, burnt character that shows an herb flavor and a tight texture.8520BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Grange de Bessan 2010 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Grange de Bessan
4993249931FranceLight, fruity and herbaceous, this has a crisp grapefruit flavor, laced with lemon. Soft and fresh, this is ready to drink now.8514Southwest FranceBergerac SecRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laulerie 2011 White (Bergerac Sec)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Laulerie
4993349932USQuite tart and perhaps just a bit underripe, this red checks in at barely 12% alcohol. It has a bit of a Band-Aid scent that competes with the light berry flavors.Ridgecrest Vineyards8524OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2010 Ridgecrest Vineyards Gamay Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Gamay NoirChehalem
4993449933ItalyThis easygoing wine opens with a cherry aroma, followed by leather and wet earth touches. Easy tannins and bright acids make it pair well with pasta or pizza.Primi Soli85Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCielo 2011 Primi Soli Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCielo
4993549934ChileCandied cherry and plum aromas come with a floral note and a hint of citrus peel. The body is a bit sticky and resiny, while a flavor of herbal cherry comes with a lactic, resiny angle. The finish is dry, peppery and resiny.Reserva8512Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2011 Reserva Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirEcheverria
4993649935USHerbal and short, this offers a very light watermelon flavor, along with plenty of herb and tomato leaf notes. It's on the slender side, with a quick-to-fade finish.Knight's Gambit8550OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Erath 2010 Knight's Gambit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirErath
4993749936USIsolated as a single clone, this limited bottling comes across as sharp and grassy, with some sour plum fruit. The finish carries a hint of asparagus.Prince Hill 1158550OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Erath 2010 Prince Hill 115 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirErath
4993849937ItalySome leather, teriyaki and cured meat notes give this wine a dark first impression. Ripe cherry and raspberry jam flavors appear on the soft finish.Codici8511Southern ItalySalentoMondo del Vino 2009 Codici Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoMondo del Vino
4993949938ItalyThis opens with savory aromas of cured beef, smoked hickory sauce and dried berry fruit. The mouthfeel is fresh in terms of acidity but also gritty in texture.Òtre8518Southern ItalyPugliaTeanum 2009 Òtre Nero di Troia (Puglia)Nero di TroiaTeanum
4994049939FranceFor a wine meant to be consumed now, this is almost too tannic. It has bright fruit and a flavor of black currant skin, plus a dry, tannic core.Nouveau8513BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2012 Nouveau (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayAlbert Bichot
4994149940ChileCrusty aromas of herb, tar, black olive and baked black fruit set up the jumpy, high-acid palate, with flavors of herbal berry fruits, accented by green bean and pepper. Overall it's a hard, baked and oaky wine, with a strong herbal tilt.8520Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachArboleda 2010 Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreArboleda
4994249941USFermented and matured in neutral oak barrels for seven months of lees aging, this has a scent reminiscent of slightly oxidized apple and pear slices, with supporting notes of blonde caramel, lemon yogurt and nectarine. Soft and lax on the attack, it gains vibrancy on the midpalate, ending with a pleasing lemon grass lift.Reserve8525VirginiaVirginiaBarboursville Vineyards 2011 Reserve Vermentino (Virginia)VermentinoBarboursville Vineyards
4994349942ItalyThere's a touch of ripe fruit followed by prune and dark tobacco. This Nero d'Avola is smooth and soft on the palate, with a touch of ripe fruit, plus notes of prune and dark tobacco. It would pair well with spicy chicken wings.Caleo8510Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaBotter 2011 Caleo Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaBotter
4994449943USA Barbera offering dark plum and handfuls of meaty brawn, it has rounded tannins and plenty of intensity. Pair this with spicy sausage and risotto to help it mellow.8522CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneBray 2010 Barbera (Shenandoah Valley (CA))BarberaBray
4994549944USA blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and Petite Sirah, this is dry, brisk and straightforward, with red currant and pepper flavors. Drink it now with roasted or grilled meats and stews.Blend 1758515CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastBridlewood 2011 Blend 175 Red (Central Coast)Red BlendBridlewood
4994649945AustriaA full, yeasty wine, this has gentle acidity, with a touch of smokiness as well as a note of apple It feels full, without the necessary crispness.Extra Brut8544Österreichischer SektRoger Voss@vossrogerBründlmayer NV Extra Brut Sparkling (Österreichischer Sekt)Sparkling BlendBründlmayer
4994749946New ZealandIt's taken New Zealand's largest producer a while to get on board the barrel-fermented express, and this wine is still only 50% done in wood, mainly large formats. Some funky, slightly acrid notes mark the nose, but this adds welcome complexity to the stone-fruit aromas. It's rich and textural in the mouth, the ripe fruit marked by intriguing hints of green herbs and spice before drawing to a long, elegant finish.Chosen Rows9350MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBrancott 2010 Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancBrancott
4994849947FranceThe power and complexity of wines from the slope of the Côte de Py is very evident in this wine. Densely argued, it is a solid wine with red fruits and a strong minerality from the volcanic soil. The acidity and tannic structure promise aging, and the wine will be best drunk from 2016.Côte du Py9350BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Jacques 2012 Côte du Py (Morgon)GamayChâteau des Jacques
4994949948USA lovely single-vineyard Chardonnay that's subtle and complex in pear, lemon and melon, integrated, soft on the palate and completely composed. The mouthfeel is creamy but bright, layers of grapefruit and tangerine accented by a slight tropical vibe.Rodgers Creek Vineyard9345CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLandmark 2012 Rodgers Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayLandmark
4995049949USThis wine bursts from the bottle with rich and appealing fragrances and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus. Tart and expressive, it seems to gain extra dimensions from fermentation with wild (native) yeasts. It holds a floral character that is most intriguing.Boushey Vineyard Sauvage9323WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Efeste 2012 Boushey Vineyard Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)Sauvignon BlancEfeste

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