Wine Reviews

5160151600New ZealandWinemaker Helen Masters is trying to get a bit more texture into her Sauvignon Blanc by incorporating a small portion that's been fermented on the skins. It adds a bit of richness to the already ripe flavors of fig, nectarine, melon and pineapple. Drink now.8820MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzAta Rangi 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Martinborough)Sauvignon BlancAta Rangi
5160251601FranceProduced from organically-grown grapes, this ripe wine has the proper crisp texture, bright acidity and salted lemon flavors. It is totally ready to drink.Le Domaine Sur Lie8815Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerBedouet 2016 Le Domaine Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonBedouet
5160351602USMade in a richer marzipan-laced style, this bottling shows browned butter, butterscotch and baked apples on the nose. The palate is a tad oily with strong browned-butter and green-apple flavors, but also very balanced, with the unctuous custard elements cut by tart citrus peels.Cheryl's8845CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBlack Ridge 2014 Cheryl's Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayBlack Ridge
5160451603USRestrained and dusty in leathery tannin, this wine opens in the glass to unravel bold black-fruit and licorice power, offering stark succulence and moderate acidity on the palate.Rocky Ridge Vineyard8842CaliforniaRockpileSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBruliam 2015 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile)ZinfandelBruliam
5160551604USThis wine's lime, kiwi and Asian pear flavors come with a spicy kick. Four months on the lees seems to have helped smooth out the midpalate, which leads to a pleasantly creamy finish dappled with hints of dried straw.David's Block8825OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2016 David's Block Pinot Blanc (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot BlancBryn Mawr Vineyards
5160651605PortugalAn easy focus on fruit and flavor is the key to this ripe wine that is full of creamy apple and peach flavors. It is crisp, with plenty of acidity and a delicious, fruity aftertaste. Drink now.Branco Colheita8825AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCartuxa 2015 Branco Colheita White (Alentejo)Portuguese WhiteCartuxa
5160751606PortugalThe cork label of this rich, smooth wine is a reminder that Alentejo's vines are interspersed with the trees that provide much of the world's cork. The wine has a rich southern character, soft tannins and plenty of blackberry fruits. It is ready to drink.São Miguel do Sul8812AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Agricola Alexandre Relvas 2016 São Miguel do Sul Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCasa Agricola Alexandre Relvas
5160851607PortugalThis is a good example of a red Portuguese wine, showcasing soft, generous tannins and juicy red and blackberry fruits. It is ripe, full of fruit and rounded with a firm, dry aftertaste. Drink now.Passion of Portugal Reserva8820LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Passion of Portugal Reserva Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
5160951608PortugalThis rich wine comes from the far south of Portugal. It is structured and dense with black-plum fruit and firm tannins. Spice and grilled toast from wood aging and acidity gives this wine a good balance as well as ripeness. Drink now.Rabo de Galo8820AlgarveRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2016 Rabo de Galo Red (Algarve)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
5161051609USVelvety smooth and big-boned, this wine shows crisp red fruit wrapped in tart acidity and subtle oak. Bay laurel, spearmint and green tea add savory complexity.Reserve8818CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCastle Rock 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirCastle Rock
5161151610PortugalA firmly tannic wine with a powerful structure, this is rich and well concentrated, with a solid character that supports the generous black fruits. Juicy and with good acidity at the end, the wine will be ready to drink from 2018.Magna Carta Reserva8811DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2015 Magna Carta Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCaves Velhas
5161251611USThe winery calls this their “Bunny Cuvée” due to the rabbit on the label. It's well made, of fair value, with sharp details. Cranberry and raspberry fruit flavors punch through with a gentle streak of cola. The finish comes with a hint of composted earth.8820OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coelho 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCoelho
5161351612PortugalThis wine has weight and considerable richness. Spice and an attractive perfume meld with the blackberry fruits and juicy acidity. The Castelão grape is at home in this region, which shows in the sense of terroir in this bold wine. Drink now.Fonte do Beco8810Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2014 Fonte do Beco Castelão (Península de Setúbal)CastelãoDFJ Vinhos
5161451613PortugalPart of a series that showcases major grape varieties, this wine brings out the creamy, green and apple-fruit character of the Chardonnay. It conveys hints of tropical fruits and a ripe apricot flavor. Balanced acidity lifts all this rich fruitiness. Drink from late 2017.Grand'Arte8813LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2016 Grand'Arte Chardonnay (Lisboa)ChardonnayDFJ Vinhos
5161551614FranceThis full-bodied perfumed wine brings out ripe white and green fruits. With summer-flower aromas and plenty of acidity, it is attractive and crisply refreshing.8819Loire ValleyQuincyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Adèle Rouzé 2015 QuincySauvignon BlancDomaine Adèle Rouzé
5161651615FrancePinot Gris, with its pale-pink skin, is the grape of choice in Reuilly for rosés. With a color that matches pale rosés from Provence, the wine is lightly spicy while also dry. Its balanced acidity is just right. Drink now.Pinot Gris8820Loire ValleyReuillyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Reuilly 2015 Pinot Gris Rosé (Reuilly)RoséDomaine de Reuilly
5161751616FranceIn this attractive blend, perfumed Vermentino is filled out by broad, ripe Chardonnay. The result is a wine that, while light, also has a rich character. Full of fruit, it's ready to drink.Vermentino-Chardonnay88France OtherIle de BeautéRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Terra Vecchia 2016 Vermentino-Chardonnay White (Ile de Beauté)White BlendDomaine de Terra Vecchia
5161851617FranceProduced from 10- to 20-year-old vines, this wine is bold and fruity. It has delicious apricot and white peach fruitiness that is cut by intense zesty acidity. Its fruit and crisp texture are still young and the wine will be better from 2018.Sur le Fort8830Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Fouassier 2015 Sur le Fort (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Fouassier
5161951618FranceThis ripe wine from Albin Roux's estate is generous and packed with rich apricot and pear fruits. There is a steely edge to the texture, giving a final bite to the acidity of this opulent wine.8819Loire ValleyQuincyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Roux 2015 QuincySauvignon BlancDomaine Roux
5162051619PortugalFoot treading during fermentation, plus aging in French oak or large vats for four years makes this a special sort of Ruby. It is in a dry style, with a good balance between the wood and the juicy red-berry fruits. The wine is ready to drink.Fine Ruby8819PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Sagrado NV Fine Ruby (Port)PortQuinta do Sagrado
5162151620PortugalAll the ripe fruit potential of a Douro red is displayed in this unoaked wine. Intense blackberry flavors are laced with fruit tannins and plenty of acidity. The young wine has a mineral edge that gives the aftertaste a fine bite. Drink now.Unoaked8822DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2015 Unoaked Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
5162251621IsraelThis wine's floral and baking spice aromas pave the way for refreshing pineapple, kiwi and freesia flavors. It's smooth in the mouth, with citrus and floral notes that mingle on the pleasant finish.Yasmin White8812GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysRecanati 2016 Yasmin White Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc (Galilee)Chardonnay-Sauvignon BlancRecanati
5162351622ItalyEspresso, French oak, exotic spice and wild berry aromas lift out of the glass. The palate shows little fruit richness, favoring instead oak-driven spice, coffee bean, clove, powdered sage and sour cherry. Grainy, astringent tannins clench the finish.Mosconi8875PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca Giovanni 2013 Mosconi (Barolo)NebbioloRocca Giovanni
5162451623FranceThe wine goes for the herbal side of Sauvignon Blanc with its green-fruit and gooseberry flavors. There is a grassy character that gives the wine its intensely crisp acidity. Drink this wine from 2018 so it can calm down.Florilège8825Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerRomain Reverdy 2015 Florilège (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancRomain Reverdy
5162551624FranceOne of the most familiar and best situated Premier Crus, this vineyard has produced a fine and ripe wine from the fruity, crisp 2014 vintage. It's lively, bright, textured and still packed with citrus and apple fruit. Drink now.Mont de Milieu Premier Cru9339BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2014 Mont de Milieu Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
5162651625ChileOlive, tree bark and earthy berry and cassis aromas set up a rich palate that borders on thick and syrupy. Ripe flavors of maple, chocolate and spiced berry fruits end in a swirl of mocha, spice and creamy oak. This is far more ripe and fruity than prior vintages, which emphasized more herbal, hard-toned characteristics. Drink through 2022.9375Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAltaïr 2013 Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendAltaïr
5162751626ItalyLeather, underbrush, moist soil and dark spice aromas carry over to the elegant palate along with dried plum, mature blackberry and licorice. Firm, velvety tannins and fresh acidity provide structure and a polished texture. Drink through 2023.Fontanelle93Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBasilisco 2013 Fontanelle (Aglianico del Vulture)AglianicoBasilisco
5162851627USPine resin, bay leaf and cedar aromas give depth and intriguing forest floor nuance to the tart cranberry and red flower scents on the nose of this bottling. The palate is extremely savory, with incense, damp anise and more woody spice flavors decorating the sour plum fruit. Light, energetic and extremely flavorful.Alfaro Family Vineyard9355CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBig Basin 2014 Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirBig Basin
5162951628FranceFrom a very good if not great Champagne vintage, this mature wine is delicious and beautifully ripe. It still has plenty of crisp acidity, allowing the fruit to shine. At the same time, a yeasty, toasty character indicates its gentle aging. After eight years in the cellar before disgorging, it is ready to drink.Cuvée Amour de B93139ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBoude Baudin 2007 Cuvée Amour de B (Champagne)Champagne BlendBoude Baudin
5163051629USJuicy, fresh and lively, this is a light-bodied effort with a big presence on the palate in terms of rich mouthfeel and velvety tannin. Blueberry, cherry and a pronouncement of forest floor play well together to offer both savory and fruit-tinged sweet.Bela's Selection9348CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuena Vista 2014 Bela's Selection Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirBuena Vista

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