Wine Reviews

5274152740ArgentinaDense and grapy, this feels sharp before becoming oaky and resiny, with flavors of blackberry and peppery spice, and a slight bitter edge. It offers chocolate and creamy-oak flavor on the finish.Torcidas8415Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Vides 2011 Torcidas Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFinca Vides
5274252741ArgentinaSweet red-fruit aromas are mild and earthy. This feels rough on its own but will drink well with food. Flavors of plum, berry and chocolate lead to a similar-tasting, medium finish.Colección8410Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlma del Sur 2011 Colección Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonAlma del Sur
5274352742ChileCool-climate aromas of latex and rubber announce a wine where the fruit scents are mulchy and underdeveloped. Electric acidity is reflective of Leyda's coastal origins, while herbal plum and currant flavors are chippy. Overall, this is good but challenged by ripeness issues.Reserva86Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLeyda 2016 Reserva Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley)Pinot NoirLeyda
5274452743AustraliaThis wine shows ultraripe fruit, with cola and sweet-oak spice wrapped in a plush texture and juicy finish. A simple, user-friendly weeknight glugger.868Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaLittle Penguin 2015 Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)ShirazLittle Penguin
5274552744USThe aromas are fruit forward, with notes of berry and black currant. The flavors are ripe, with the oak pulled way back. There's plenty of easy drinking enjoyment to be had.Steak House8612AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2015 Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon (America)Cabernet SauvignonOriginal House Wine
5274652745USThe aromas are quite light, with notes of tropical fruit, white grapefruit and sweet herb. The flavors are similarly light and sleek, offering a nip of acid on the finish.Fish House8612AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2016 Fish House Sauvignon Blanc (America)Sauvignon BlancOriginal House Wine
5274752746PortugalThis attractive, spicy and fruity wine brings out the warmth of the Alentejo while also keeping crispness and black-currant acidity. It is smooth, rich and very ready to drink.Rotas de Portugal869AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerSantos & Seixo 2016 Rotas de Portugal Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedSantos & Seixo
5274852747ChileVarietally correct aromas of cured ham, honeysuckle blossom and orange peel are fair and solid. This is a bit flat in feel, without much zest or snap. Flavors of green banana and lightly bitter green fruits fall off quickly on the finish.Special Reserve8615Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2016 Special Reserve Viognier (Colchagua Valley)ViognierSiegel
5274952748USThe aromas of this full-bodied sweet-seeming wine are floral and honey-like, followed by rich ripe honeydew melon and peach-syrup flavors and a soft mouth-clinging texture. It's not the usual style, but tasty in its own right.8616CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTerra d'Oro 2016 Pinot Grigio (Clarksburg)Pinot GrigioTerra d'Oro
5275052749AustraliaOn the synthetic side to start, the lime, lemon and tropical fruits eventually reveal themselves, with blossoms, grass, and herbal spice in the background. The palate is tightly wound and mouth-puckering, giving way to a slightly bitter-herbed finish.8624Western AustraliaMargaret RiverVoyager Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Margaret River)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonVoyager Estate
5275152750PortugalRipe, spicy and full both of ripe fruits and tannins, this is a full-bodied wine that brings out the minerality and structure of a Douro wine. It has plenty of red fruits to balance these tannins, resolving into the wine that is firm but ready to drink.Premium8613DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Vila Real 2015 Premium Red (Douro)Portuguese RedAdega Vila Real
5275252751FranceThis is a soft, off-dry wine with attractive red fruit and a smooth, rounded texture. Acidity balances to give a crisp, fruity aftertaste. Drink now.Rosé Excellence Brut8614France OtherVin MousseuxRoger Voss@vossrogerBouvet-Ladubay NV Rosé Excellence Brut Sparkling (Vin Mousseux)Sparkling BlendBouvet-Ladubay
5275352752PortugalThe oak aging is what makes this wine. It brings out the black fruits and juicy acidity as well as adding toast and vanilla flavors. The result is a wine that is smooth, balanced, full of fruit and ready to drink.Tarambola8620LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Tarambola Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasa Santos Lima
5275452753BrazilYeasty briny aromas are a bit pickled and not very fruity. This rosé feels yeasty and not very tight or expressive. Flavors of tropical fruits and melon don't change much on a quick-passing finish.Blush8623BrazilMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Valduga 2015 Blush (Brazil)Champagne BlendCasa Valduga
5275552754PortugalThe two white grapes of the coastal Bairrada region in central Portugal are blended to give a ripe, crisp and creamy wine. Fragrant Maria Gomes is known as Fernão Pires in other parts of Portugal. Its acidity fits perfectly into this smooth textured wine that is ready to drink.Aliança Reserva8625BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Aliança 2016 Aliança Reserva White (Bairrada)Maria Gomes-BicalCaves Aliança
5275652755FranceThe producer obviously likes wood aging, because this is a strongly toasty wine. It has dark coffee and licorice flavors as well as a strong tannic character. It will need time to soften. Drink from 2020.8620BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Vallier 2015 Cadillac Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Vallier
5275752756FranceThis soft and fruity wine was produced from vines between Bourg and Blaye. A perfumed, floral aroma makes it bright and fruity. Its black currant flavors are twisted by tannins and acidity. Drink from 2018.8622BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fleur la Forge 2015 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Fleur la Forge
5275852757FranceThis fruity wine, with its blackberry fruit, is ripe, generous and developing fast. A fine juicy character bursts through its firm structure to give a crisp aftertaste. Drink from 2018.8624BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Canteloup 2015 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Canteloup
5275952758USThis is an easygoing, mouthfillng and fruity wine that's plump with blackberry and cherry flavors. It has a soft texture despite high octane and very little tannin.8625CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDeaver 2014 Sangiovese (Amador County)SangioveseDeaver
5276052759FranceThis wine is all about fruit. Balanced tannins and crisp, juicy acidity permeate its blackberry flavor. It has an attractive smoky character and finishes with dry tannins and stalky fruit. Drink now.8617Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Maison Neuve 2014 Malbec (Cahors)MalbecDomaine de Maison Neuve
5276152760FranceA barnyard aroma and ripe black fruit are the hallmarks of this young wine. Bottled without sulfur, it's packed with blackberry flavors and soft tannins. It's all fruit and spice, with only light tannins. Drink now.Esquisse8616Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rotier 2016 Esquisse Duras (Gaillac)DurasDomaine Rotier
5276252761FranceDuras and Syrah grapes take credit for this ripe, spicy wine. With its red fruit and plenty of pepper and caramel flavors, it's a full-bodied rosé—much better with food than by itself. Drink now.Les Gravels8616Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rotier 2016 Les Gravels Rosé (Gaillac)RoséDomaine Rotier
5276352762PortugalA fruity blend of four local Alentejo grapes, this wine is soft and smoothly rich with fine acidity and a mix of yellow fruit and apple flavors. It has plenty of crisp acidity to bring out a lively aftertaste. Drink now.DJ Branco8610AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerEncostas de Estremoz 2016 DJ Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteEncostas de Estremoz
5276452763USMedium bodied and not too tannic, this enjoyable wine has vanilla and cedar aromas, moderate plum flavors and an almost soft mouthfeel.Valley View Vineyard8618CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGrindstone 2014 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonGrindstone
5276552764USButtercream aromas show shyly on the nose of this bottling, coating the pear flesh and fresh lime scents. It's somewhat flat on the palate, with ripe Pink Lady apple and melon flavors.8614CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHahn 2016 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayHahn
5276652765USA rusty minerality shows on the nose of this bottling alongside dried cranberry, hibiscus and an earthy streak of crushed slate. It's lightly bodied on the sip, with somewhat sweet cranberry and pomegranate-fruit flavors, lifted by clove dust.8623CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLa Crema 2015 Pinot Noir (Monterey)Pinot NoirLa Crema
5276752766FranceThis is a strongly herbal wine. Its acidity and crisp texture give it great lift, bringing out lively fruitiness and a green fruit aftertaste. Drink now.Château les Jouberts Prestige8613BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignerons de Tutiac 2016 Château les Jouberts Prestige (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style White BlendLes Vignerons de Tutiac
5276852767USA strong smoky spicy aroma and seemingly sweet flavors characterize this showy oaky wine. It's medium to full bodied and has moderate tannins that are softened by a syrupy fruit core.8622CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLodi Estates 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Cabernet SauvignonLodi Estates
5276952768USThis straight forward crowd pleaser brings aromas of apple, raspberry and plum. The palate is ripe and goes down easy. It should bring plenty of fans.Mountain8612AmericaSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOriginal House Wine 2015 Mountain Merlot (America)MerlotOriginal House Wine
5277052769PortugalThis attractively fruity wine is crisp and full of red currants. Its acidity and soft caramel flavor are nicely blended with the touch of tannin and crisp aftertaste. Drink now.Lagoalva Vinho8615TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2016 Lagoalva Vinho Rosé (Tejo)RoséQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima

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