Wine Reviews

5143651435FranceThis is a fruity, lightly structured wine. With perfumed red berries and tight acidity, it is all about fruitiness and freshness. It needs to fill out and to become as rich as its potential suggests. Drink from 2018.8823Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean Teiller 2014 Menetou-SalonPinot NoirDomaine Jean Teiller
5143751436FranceThis is a blend of seven parcels from the higher slopes of the appellation. They give the wine a cool, fresh character, aromatic and steely. It's a crisp wine, with textured citrus and clean acidity. Drink now.Morogues8826Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pellé 2014 Morogues (Menetou-Salon)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Pellé
5143851437FranceNamed after the Roman name for the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the producer's home, this wine is soft and rounded. Red-berry fruits are full and ripe, lightly spiced and with an attractive fruity aftertaste. The wine is tangy, fresh and ready to drink.Apud Sariacum8822Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Philippe Raimbault 2014 Apud Sariacum Rosé (Sancerre)RoséDomaine Philippe Raimbault
5143951438FranceThis bright and fruity wine is attractively ready to drink. It is fresh, crisp with apples and lightly touched with citrus.Chêne Marchand8817Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Reverdy-Ducroux 2014 Chêne Marchand (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Reverdy-Ducroux
5144051439FranceProduced from vines with an average age of 30 years, this wine was aged on lees until bottling. That gives extra richness to the ripe green and white fruits. Laced with citrus flavors, they are fresh while also having a concentrated aftertaste. Drink now.Les Pierris8823Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Roger Champault 2014 Les Pierris (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Roger Champault
5144151440USThis blend is 74% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Locked up vanilla, herb and dark fruit aromas lead to high-octane dark-fruit flavors, with the heat providing some distraction.BFM8853WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDusted Valley 2012 BFM Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendDusted Valley
5144251441USReticent herb, mineral, barrel spice and red-apple aromas are followed by concentrated fruit flavors. The tannins this vineyard is often known for are kept well in check.Upright Klipsun Vineyard8839WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportEfeste 2012 Upright Klipsun Vineyard Merlot (Red Mountain)MerlotEfeste
5144351442USAn herbally prolific blend of 46% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 9% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah, this wine packs dried oregano on top of plump strawberries, ripe plums, grape jelly and a touch of cedar. Bay leaf and sesame-oil elements show once sipped, along with black plums, dark strawberry and savory soy-sauce flavors, altogether nicely intriguing.Farmer Mickey's Limited Edition8827CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFour Sisters Ranch 2009 Farmer Mickey's Limited Edition Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendFour Sisters Ranch
5142151420ItalyThis opens with slightly green aromas of eucalyptus and mint with ginger and sour berry in the background. There's a strong menthol note on the close.8530PiedmontRoeroMalvirà 2009 RoeroNebbioloMalvirà
5144451443SpainEarthy aromas of brick dust blend with spiced cherry and tomato notes. A chewy, solid palate registers as correct, while this tastes of ripe, candied berry fruits and chocolate. A long, warm, slightly oaky finish sends this on its way.Crianza8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSiglo 2012 Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendSiglo
5142251421MacedoniaThis Macedonian wine made from 100% Žilavka has aromas of honeysuckle and peach. Balanced in the mouth, it has flavors of green papaya and tart pineapple.8815TikvesJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysStobi 2014 Žilavka (Tikves)ŽilavkaStobi
5144551444FranceFrom parcels around the village of Maimbray, this wine is structured and tight. It has attractive fruit potential with plenty of lively acidity, surrounded by a strong mineral texture. The wine will be best from 2017.Domaine des Hauts de Maimbray8822Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Vattan 2014 Domaine des Hauts de Maimbray (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancMichel Vattan
5144651445CanadaAged 10 months in 25% new American oak, this pleasantly oaky wine delights with its complexity and overall balance. Pineapple, peach and citrus fruits are complemented by notes of coconut (there's that American oak) and hazelnut. Firm acids bring further citrus highlights to the finish.Reserve8824British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley)ChardonnayMission Hill
5142351422USCherry, cassis and a yeasty celebration of grapes mark this wine, which is a majority varietal with small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Medium bodied, it's softly approachable and priced to serve for a crowd.Andriana's Cuvee8820CaliforniaSonoma County-Napa CountyNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSummers 2013 Andriana's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County-Napa County)Cabernet SauvignonSummers
5144751446TurkeyMade of 100% Çalkarasi, an indigenous Turkish grape, this coral-colored wine offers a bouquet of strawberry and pomegranate. It is both full on the palate and refreshing, with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate, aniseed, lavender and a hint of smoke.Çalkarasi8815AegeanMike DeSimone@worldwineguysPaşaeli 2014 Çalkarasi Rosé (Aegean)RoséPaşaeli
5142451423USTire rubber aromas provide some distraction from the notes of black pepper, citrus and fresh herbs. The elegant dark fruit, pepper and savory flavors are unmistakably varietal. There are many good things to explore.8835IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTelaya 2013 MourvèdreMourvèdreTelaya
5144851447USCoconut, chocolate and coffee make for sweet and savory companions in this mushy, grippy and satisfying wine. Big on power and concentration, it has an underlay of brown sugar.Sonoma County Ranches8836CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePhipps 2012 Sonoma County Ranches Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPhipps
5142551424ItalyThis hearty red opens with aromas of sunbaked earth, leather, menthol and aromatic herb. The solid, one-dimensional palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry confiture, licorice and tobacco alongside bracing, close-grained tannins that leave an astringent finish.Andretta Riserva8890TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Vitanza 2010 Andretta Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseTenuta Vitanza
5144951448USWhile sunny melon and peach flavors are forward and fruity, an underlining of chalky minerality lends finesse and elegance to this dry, neatly composed wine. It feels sprightly on the palate, finishing briskly on a lifted white-blossom note.3 Generations8820New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLakewood 2014 3 Generations Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLakewood
5145051449USA solid wine for the price, this often sells for less than suggested retail in grocery stores. This bottling shows bacon fat, tart blackberry, black loam and baked goods on a just-enough-of-everything nose. The soft palate is smooth, with mouth-coating tannins and flavors of cigar leaf, black currant and black pepper.8816CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLiberty School 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonLiberty School
5142651425ItalyBright and straightforward, this opens with aromas of wild berry, blue flower and a whiff of eucalyptus. The easy drinking palate offers red cherry, star anise and a hint of chopped herb alongside polished tannins. Drink through 2017.8822TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDievole 2013 Chianti ClassicoSangioveseDievole
5142751426USThe aromas of blue and red fruit are direct and appealing, with dried herbs providing a grace note. The currant flavors are plump with lightly grainy tannins backing them up.Boom Boom!8815WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCharles Smith 2013 Boom Boom! Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahCharles Smith
5142851427USA mix of just-ripe fruit flavors and savory accents on a medium-bodied frame make this wine intriguing to taste. It starts with seemingly sweet fruity aromas, but then the flavors turn a bit leaner and more complex.North Coast8820CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChime 2014 North Coast Pinot Noir (North Coast)Pinot NoirChime
5142951428ItalyViolet, iris, red-berry, toast, clove and menthol aromas take center stage. The mature palate offers oak, dried black-skinned berry, anise and a hint of tobacco alongside close-grained tannins. It's already rather shy on fruit richness so drink sooner rather than later. Drink 2018–2022.8840TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollelceto 2011 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseCollelceto
5143051429USThis wine was aged for 30 months in new French oak before subsequently seeing time in bottle. It offers aromas and flavors of herbs, woodspice and red and black fruit, with firm tannins providing the frame.Klipsun Vineyard8860WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCovington 2011 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCovington
5143151430FranceThis is a soft, fresh while rounded wine. A gentle texture hints at a more tangy character while pushing the apple and spice flavors forward. Attractive now, the wine is ready to drink.Comme Dessus8837BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Belland 2013 Comme Dessus (Santenay)ChardonnayDomaine Belland
5143251431FranceNamed after one of the Merovingian kings of the Franks (7th century), this wine is somewhat more modern in style than that. In fact with its ripe red and black-cherry fruits and balanced, smoky tannins, it's a wine to drink now. It will age though, until 2020.Cuvée Dagobert8818Loire ValleyReuillyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Cordaillat 2014 Cuvée Dagobert Pinot Noir (Reuilly)Pinot NoirDomaine Cordaillat
5143351432FranceA blend of vines from different soils, this rich, dense wine has concentration as well as steely, tangy fruits. It is still young and nervy, needing time to open out. Drink this wine from 2018.8824Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Bel Air 2014 Pouilly-FuméSauvignon BlancDomaine de Bel Air
5143451433FranceThis tight, young wine has a steely, mineral texture as well as juicy fruits.Those fruits need to develop to give the full potential of this perfumed wine. Drink from 2017.8817Loire ValleyQuincyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Chevilly 2014 QuincySauvignon BlancDomaine de Chevilly
5143551434FranceLight and fresh, this wine has intense, spicy strawberry fruits. The acidity is balanced, adding lift to the ripe fruitiness. It has an attractive, tangy aftertaste.8823Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul Picard 2014 Rosé (Sancerre)RoséDomaine Jean-Paul Picard

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