Wine Reviews

5009750096FranceThis wine is on the austere, lean side, with firm tannins and fruit that is still only just showing and therefore lacking depth of flavor. The finish has attractive red berry fruits.89BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Durfort-Vivens 2008 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Durfort-Vivens
5009850097FranceDark in style, as is often the case here, with a hard, tough edge. It is austere, the fruit a mere hint in the background. It does have potential, although this will come slowly.89BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Bages Libéral 2008 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Bages Libéral
5009950098PortugalAn attractive, fruity wine, very pure in character, with some minerality along with dry tannins. The wine does keep a little sweetness, but remains on the dry side.Quinta da Roêda Vintage8958PortRoger Voss@vossrogerCroft 2008 Quinta da Roêda Vintage (Port)PortCroft
5010050099ItalyFattoi's Brunello stands out in a crowd thanks to its meaty aromas of barbecue and smoked bacon. It's an easy and intense wine with a direct, penetrating feel on the close.8962TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoFattoi 2006 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoFattoi
5007150070FrancePale in color, this ripe, full-bodied wine has a rich core of red fruits and spicy acidity. The wine is concentrated while still keeping elegance and fresh fruitiness. The aftertaste is full and smooth.Cuvée Prestige9026ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Crostes 2014 Cuvée Prestige Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau les Crostes
5007250071FranceA blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, this boasts assertive aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry, bramble and licorice root, with accents of black pepper and cocoa powder. The velvety tannins frame the dark fruit core on the palate, with lingering notes of dried fig and charred pepper on the close.Panatella9025Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Tourril 2010 Panatella Syrah-Grenache (Minervois)Syrah-GrenacheChâteau Tourril
5007350072FranceThis blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Carignan opens with attractive aromas of fudgy brownie, mocha latte, dried cherry and raspberry sauce. Medium weight and plush, it's rich and attractive, but not overly done, with flavors of blackberry and cherry that lead into a spicy finish of black pepper and roasted cocoa nib.Philippe9025Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Tourril 2011 Philippe Red (Minervois)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau Tourril
5007450073FranceEarthy notes and yeasty richness swing along the aromatic lemon bouquet. On the very slight, slender palate these flavors appear linear and leave a feeling of near weightlessness. Savory tones of yeast make themselves felt on the long, gossamer finish.Les Éléments9014AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2013 Les Éléments Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Bott-Geyl
5007550074FranceThe Rolle, or Vermentino, has produced a warm, herbal, southern sun-touched wine. It is full of rich yellow fruits and laced with acidity. A light touch of honey from the ripe fruits gives a deliciously smooth aftertaste. Drink now.L'Esprit de Provence9019ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Grand Cros 2014 L'Esprit de Provence Rolle (Côtes de Provence)RolleDomaine du Grand Cros
5007650075FranceThis impressively concentrated wine focuses on the brilliant red fruits that shine through the generous texture. It is ripe, with a streak of fresh acidity at the end to give the essential refreshing aftertaste.Cuvée Clarendon9030ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Gavoty 2014 Cuvée Clarendon Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Gavoty
5007750076FranceSo pale, this wine is almost white. The fruit and the red-berry flavors are definitely those of a rosé, a fruity, full wine with a touch of spice as well as a tight, mineral texture. Weight and ripeness are balanced by a fresh, crisp aftertaste. Drink now.Château de Selle9050ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Ott 2014 Château de Selle Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaines Ott
5007850077USPoached apple, tart nectarine skins and a tiny whiff of petrol decorate the nose of this single-vineyard study that received 14% new oak. It's clean and easy on the palate, with Golden Delicious apples, cement stoniness and a pear skin tartness.Vogelzang Vineyard9045CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDragonette 2013 Vogelzang Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)Sauvignon BlancDragonette
5007950078FranceSaint-Maur's vines are planted close to Saint-Tropez in one of the warmest sectors of the Provence coast. This wine is firm and tannic, with signs of bitter coffee from extraction that are balanced by the ripe black-currant flavors. It will develop well; drink after 2017.9025ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Maur 2013 Red (Côtes de Provence)Provence red blendChâteau Saint-Maur
5008050079USA light, straightforward and focused wine, 100% varietal, this offers cranberry, mushroom and a complexity of tannin and oak. High acidity dances around fresh layers of strawberry and raspberry on the palate, with a grippy, cinnamon-spiced finish.Estate Grown9038CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCuvaison 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirCuvaison
5008150080USThe inaugural release of this producer's GSM blend is comprised of 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 12% Mourvèdre. Jammy and dense in blackberry, espresso and leather, it offers a mouthful of flavor and intensity without ever becoming over the top.Throne9042CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDavis Family 2012 Throne G-S-M (Russian River Valley)G-S-MDavis Family
5008250081FranceTender, freshly cut yellow pears and yellow plums play on a rounded, rich and almost oily palate that remains dry but expresses richness in terms of texture and mouthfeel, edged with earthy and nutty notes. This finishes exquisitely clean.Les Élements9016AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2012 Les Élements Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Bott-Geyl
5008350082FranceBeautiful and appetizing notes of Cox Orange Pippin apples shine. The palate is zesty, sprightly and textured, and shows pure fruit—a combination that spells ideal refreshment. The lemony fillip on the finish is lip-smacking.9017AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff & Irion 2014 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDopff & Irion
5008450083USThe oak (40% new French and American) is up front, with aromas of barrel spices, cocoa and generous amounts of vanilla followed by cherries and blue fruit. This wine is velvety in feel, displaying a mixture of fruit and barrel that carries through the finish. The oak influence is heavy but the appeal is impossible to ignore.H39015WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportColumbia Crest 2013 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet SauvignonColumbia Crest
5008550084ItalyPressed violet, baked plum, baking spice and coconut emerge on the nose and carry over to the full-bodied palate along with ripe black cherry and licorice. Tightly packed but refined tannins provide firm support.9045VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDavid Sterza 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendDavid Sterza
5008650085USThere's brilliant black cherry and blackberry richness on the nose of this blend of 10 grapes, from Syrah to Malbec to Touriga Nacional, as well as a mineral character of cold asphalt, clay and mud. The palate offers earthy and delicious flavors, with dried strawberry and olallieberry as well as black pepper and cappuccino.Jack Barrett9062CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannProulx 2013 Jack Barrett Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendProulx
5008750086USAs a counterpoint to fruit-driven takes on this historic California grape, this bottling shows the variety's shrubby side, with aromas of wild peppercorns, woody elderberries and olallieberries. Flavors are extremely earthy and restrained, with oregano, thyme and incense, proving quite elegant and never boisterous.Pierce Ranch90CaliforniaSan Antonio ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSanta Cruz Mountain Vineyard 2012 Pierce Ranch Petite Sirah (San Antonio Valley)Petite SirahSanta Cruz Mountain Vineyard
5008850087USA rich umami character of smoked beef, freshly laid pavement and cola mixes with sour cherries and a light raspberry element on the nose of this wine. Flavors are quite dynamic, with a punchy strawberry-raspberry-sour cherry juice picking up complexity from a eucalyptus bite.9025CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSextant 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirSextant
5008950088USThis powerful wine that also holds 5% Cabernet Franc shyly packs a punch. At first it comes off as elegant, soft and highly approachable. Faint notions of blackberry and black cherry are highlighted amidst a concentrated, tannic build.Estate Grown and Bottled Unfiltered9090CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSignorello 2012 Estate Grown and Bottled Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSignorello
5009050089ItalyStill young and needing additional cellar time to achieve full integration, this dark, brooding Brunello opens with very masculine aromas of Spanish cedar, root beer, forest floor, dark fruit and bramble. There's still slight bitterness on the close and a firm tannic bite.8945TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoBelpoggio 2006 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoBelpoggio
5009150090ItalyRipe fruit aromas of strawberry or raspberry marmalade distinguish this plush, modern Brunello. Those jammy fruit notes are followed by a quick succession of spice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg nuances. It's a soft, silky wine with bright sweetness to the mouthfeel.8950TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoCastelli Martinozzi 2006 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoCastelli Martinozzi
5009250091New ZealandA New World analog to an Alsace vendange tardive, this sweet, lushly fruited Riesling displays ample honey, melon and apple fruit, with just a hint of lime zest to provide some balance to its 60 g/L of residual sugar. Try it with spicy Asian dishes, on its own or with a cheese course.Riche8924WaiparaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMountford 2009 Riche Riesling (Waipara)RieslingMountford
5009350092USWith rich, candied raspberry and cherry flavors, this Pinot is saved from simplicity by good structure. The tannins are rich and fine and come in equal parts from grapes and oak barrels. Acidity is pure cool climate. Give it a little more stuffing, and the score would soar.Summit8929CaliforniaMonterey-Santa BarbaraCentral CoastPali 2008 Summit Pinot Noir (Monterey-Santa Barbara)Pinot NoirPali
5009450093IsraelWith 19 months spent in French oak, this is a big and powerful Cab based wine (with 18% Merlot) that has the drive and stuffing to hold nicely through 2015. Black fruit dominates with supporting notes of licorice, fruit cake, coffee and Asian spice. The velvety texture and firm structure make this an ideal choice for pairing with hearty meat entrées.Special Reserve8948GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzRecanati 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Galilee)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotRecanati
5009550094USCrisp in acidity and fine in tannins, this Pinot Noir is good now with food. It's silky and dry, with nuanced flavors of wild raspberries and cherries, cola, dried herbs and oak. Has enough balance and acidity to develop bottle complexity over the next 4-6 years.Huber Vineyard8932CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastSeagrape 2007 Huber Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirSeagrape
5009650095USWith soft tannins, gentle acidity and herbal flavors of blackberries and cherries, this dry Cabernet displays classic Alexander Valley character. It's a little simple now, but should develop interesting bottle complexities over the years.Winemaker's Reserve8940CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaSouverain 2006 Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSouverain

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