Wine Reviews

5259152590USThis medium-bodied wine is high-toned in red fruit and tannin, a mix of cedar, black currant and blackberry that broods in the French wood it spent almost two years resting within, 60% of it new. Small percentages of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are in the blend.Proprietors Reserve8636CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneForchini 2012 Proprietors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet SauvignonForchini
5259252591USFresh apple, peach and generous flavors of vanilla and coconut rest on a pillowy texture. The wine is fruity and light, without noticeable acidity.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBelle Ambiance 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayBelle Ambiance
5259352592SpainGrapy and perfumed on the nose, this quaffable Garnacha is sound and fresh, albeit a bit acidic. Black-fruit flavors are common and show notes of earth and chocolate, while a grabby finish displays no glaring faults.Old Vine8510Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBeso de Vino 2014 Old Vine Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaBeso de Vino
5259452593USThis light-bodied, dry wine smells fresh and fruity, tastes like crisp apples and honeydew melon, and has a soft texture that makes it easy to sip.8523CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBota Box 2015 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioBota Box
5259552594FranceA soft, strawberry flavored wine that is smooth and immediately attractive. Despite its low alcohol, it has a ripe feel to it from the rich fruit and the almost off-dry character. The acidity gently kicks in at the end.85Languedoc-RoussillonLanguedocRoger Voss@vossrogerCarayon la Rose 2015 Rosé (Languedoc)RoséCarayon la Rose
5259652595SpainRubbery black plum and berry aromas lead to a fresh, tight palate with astringent tannins. Generic berry flavors are angular, while this everyday Garnacha is tannic and scratchy on the finish.8510Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachCastillo de Monséran 2014 Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaCastillo de Monséran
5259752596FranceThis wine is textured and fruity. Crisp citrus and red-currant fruits are layered with bright acidity and a refreshing aftertaste. The wine could do with a few more months before drinking, so wait until late 2016.85BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cazeau 2015 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Cazeau
5259852597FranceFrom the home estate of wine academic and guru Denis Dubourdieu, this tight, nervy wine has a mineral character rounded by wild-strawberry flavors. An attractive citrus tang gives it good bite at the end. Drink now.Le Rosé de Floridène8514BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Floridène 2015 Le Rosé de Floridène Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséClos Floridène
5259952598RomaniaThis Romanian Cabernet Sauvignon smells like black raspberry, cherry vanilla and a touch of mint. There are flavors of red berries and red plum on the palate.Dreamfish857RomaniaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCramele Recas 2015 Dreamfish Cabernet Sauvignon (Romania)Cabernet SauvignonCramele Recas
5260052599ChileLight, spicy aromas of tea, rubber, cherry and raspberry are earthy. This feels light, dilute and dry. Flavors of mulchy red fruits come with notes of tomato and pepper, as does the finish.Momentos Reserve8512Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachJunta 2014 Momentos Reserve Pinot Noir (Central Valley)Pinot NoirJunta
5260152600SpainSpicy, leathery berry aromas are aggressive. This Tempranillo feels grabby and rubbery, while saucy berry and plum flavors lean in the direction of stewy. A finish with rustic berry flavors runs long.Manon8510Central SpainVino de la Tierra de CastillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMano A Mano 2013 Manon Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla)TempranilloMano A Mano
5260252601ItalyThis offers aromas and flavors suggesting unripe apricot, peach and lime. The simple palate is a bit raw, but crisp acidity gives it clean, bright finish.Vermentino del marchese8520Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi De Gregorio 2015 Vermentino del marchese White (Sicilia)White BlendMarchesi De Gregorio
5260352602SpainThis semisweet Viura-Malvasia blend is neutral on the nose, then sweet as expected on the palate, with upfront residual sugar driving a flavor profile that includes mango, banana and apple juice. Sugary and bit cloying from start to finish, but good acidity keeps it in balance.Satinela Semi Dulce8511Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Cáceres 2015 Satinela Semi Dulce White (Rioja)White BlendMarqués de Cáceres
5260452603SpainWith aromas of warm earth, cedar, tobacco and meaty black fruit, this covers the basics of Ribera. It feels plump, round and maybe a bit flat, with rich, ripe blackberry, prune and spice flavors. It's harmonious and full-bodied on the finish.Reserva9036Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachLegaris 2005 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)Tinta FinaLegaris
5260552604ItalyThis is a dark and sophisticated red, with an interesting aromatic profile that includes dried rosemary, sage, cola, blackberry, leather and spice. It's thick and powerful on the close and should pair well with red meat.Korem9050Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiArgiolas 2007 Korem Red (Isola dei Nuraghi)Red BlendArgiolas
5260652605USStrongly flavored, this Chardonnay marches to its own beat. Some will object to the apricot, golden currant and butterscotch tastes as atypical, but they're quite complex and original. It finishes thoroughly dry and crisp. Drink over the next 3–4 years.Top Cream9045CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastBabcock 2010 Top Cream Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayBabcock
5260752606AustriaThis is a delicate wine that blossoms with white fruit flavors and taut acidity. It's very tense, with fine depth of flavor and a mouthwatering texture that will take several years to mature. Screwcap.Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve9034KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerBrandl 2011 Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingBrandl
5260852607ItalyA big, bold expression of Gewürztraminer that opens with bright aromas of natural rubber, passion fruit and candied fruit. It shows huge intensity and a touch of silky sweetness on the close.Lunare9060Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeCantina Terlano 2010 Lunare Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerCantina Terlano
5260952608FranceWonderfully fruity, this is a clean, crisp and food-friendly rosé. It poised and elegant, with a ripe fruit character that's balanced by taut acidity and lime zest flavor.Corail9020ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Roquefort 2011 Corail Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau de Roquefort
5261052609FranceLively and crisp, this is a finely balanced rosé. Its raspberry fruits are allied to notes of grapefruit and mineral, with delicious mouthwatering acidity.9019ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Maupague 2011 Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)RoséChâteau Maupague
5261152610FranceThis is a well-balanced wine that is both crisp and breezy and full of delicious red-berry fruits. It has a tight texture, with some minerality and a tangy aftertaste. This should make for an excellent apéritif.Tradition9015ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Pierre 2011 Tradition Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Saint-Pierre
5261252611FranceThis is fruity, light and crisp, with all elements in balance. An orange zest note cuts through the raspberry fruit, with attractive acidity in the background. A fine apéritif style of rosé.Cuvée M Cru Classé90ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte Marguerite 2011 Cuvée M Cru Classé Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Sainte Marguerite
5261352612USA very good Syrah, easily the winery's best in years. It's most notable for the power of its flavors, offering a flood of black-pepper-infused cured meat and ripe black cherry. The richness is wrapped into firm tannins. With its long finish, this should provide pleasant drinking over the next few years.White Hawk Vineyard9044CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastDamian Rae 2009 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahDamian Rae
5261452613FranceDelicious and crisp, this has an initial taste of intense citrus and red fruit. The sensation carries through the wine, with a fruity yet taut and mineral-driven texture. There is great fruit on the finish.Rosé d'une Nuit9025ProvenceCoteaux VaroisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Deffends 2011 Rosé d'une Nuit Rosé (Coteaux Varois)RoséDomaine du Deffends
5261552614FranceRounded and rich, this is full of strawberry flavors. It's deliciously ripe, with crispness to go with the serious fruit. This is very much a food rosé, concentrated and intense.Terra Amata9012ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sorin 2011 Terra Amata Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Sorin
5261652615ItalyA blend of Friulano, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, this is a rich and sophisticated white wine, with aromas of vanilla, toast, stone fruit, melon and grapefruit. The wine is structured and rich and should pair with mild chicken curry.Broy9050Northeastern ItalyCollioEugenio Collavini 2010 Broy White (Collio)White BlendEugenio Collavini
5261752616AustriaThis is a structured wine, with a dry character, ripe fruit and firm acidity. It has a dry core that needs more aging to bring out its potential richness.8920ThermenregionRoger Voss@vossrogerJohanneshof Reinisch 2009 St. Laurent (Thermenregion)St. LaurentJohanneshof Reinisch
5261852617AustriaThis is smooth, with creamed apple and pink grapefruit notes. Textured and concentrated, this has delicious pure fruit flavor that's contrasted with a touch of pepper and intense acidity. Screwcap.Terrassen8917TraisentalRoger Voss@vossrogerMarkus Huber 2011 Terrassen Grüner Veltliner (Traisental)Grüner VeltlinerMarkus Huber
5261952618FranceA wine that has just the right balance between acidity and fruit. It's smooth and soft, with an attractive zesty texture. The wine has warm richness on the finish.8925ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerMas de Cadenet 2011 Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)RoséMas de Cadenet
5262052619USAlienor Grand Vin hails from Kelseyville, in Lake County, a fine place for Bordeaux varieties. A blend of 51% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, this is highly structured with a lot of herbal intensity. The typical fruit forwardness of many California reds is subdued; the wine may need time for the fruit to make its way through.Grand Vin8965CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneAlienor 2009 Grand Vin Red (Lake County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAlienor

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