Wine Reviews

5316153160ItalyHere's a bright and easy-drinking expression of Nero d'Avola that offers sour cherry, ripe blackberry and pleasantly tart cranberry. Pair this with hearty first courses like four cheese gnocchi.869Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStemmari 2012 Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaStemmari
5316253161ItalyThis dense Taurasi opens with black fruit, toasted oak and chocolate aromas. The extracted palate shows a heavy oak influence and is framed by coffee, mocha and vanilla alongside evident alcohol and bitter, raw wood tannins.Opera Mia8650Southern ItalyTaurasiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Cavalier Pepe 2008 Opera Mia (Taurasi)AglianicoTenuta Cavalier Pepe
5316353162USThis Rosé of Sangiovese is light in color and density, with fruit flavors of watermelon and a hint of peach. It's a fine, light and easy sipper.Ruby8615WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Airfield Estates 2013 Ruby Rosé (Yakima Valley)RoséAirfield Estates
5316453163SpainHickory, roasted black fruit, vanilla, rubber and plastic aromas set up a big but balanced feeling palate. Flavors of roasted blackberry are rubbery and come with oaky vanilla, while this feels good on the finish with an overriding oak character in the driver's seat.Roble8613Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Siruela 2011 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloConde de Siruela
5316553164FranceA hint of nail polish or paint thinner prevents this wine from scoring higher. It's full-bodied, with ample dark fruit, but that slight off note strips some of the texture from the midpalate. The finish is warm, with a hint of black licorice.Cuvée Réservée8623Rhône ValleyLiracJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau de Ségriès 2010 Cuvée Réservée Red (Lirac)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau de Ségriès
5316653165FranceRipe, fruity while also rich, this is a soft wine that's developing quickly. It has some smokiness, gentle tannins and a juicy texture. Drink this already easy wine from 2015.Les Champs Claude86BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2011 Les Champs Claude (Santenay)Pinot NoirHenri de Villamont
5316753166USFresh lemon, tangerine and apricot notes abound in this juicy, easy-going Chardonnay. Lack of oak aging highlights its youthful, primary character. Racy lemon acidity and zesty lemon-skin reverberate on the finish.Ingle Vineyard Unoaked8618New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2012 Ingle Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayHeron Hill
5316853167USFermented and aged in stainless steel, this single-vineyard wine brings notes of yellow apple and lees accented by tart acidity. While it provides some interest, it doesn't seem like all of the pieces have quite come together.Celilo Vineyard8624WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJacob Williams 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Gorge (WA))ChardonnayJacob Williams
5316953168FranceBroad and rich, it has already developed to give ripe yellow and green fruits that have fully integrated into the fresher, mineral structure. The wine is ready to drink.Les Vieux Murs8630BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerJacques Charlet 2011 Les Vieux Murs (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayJacques Charlet
5317053169USRich, ripe scents of cherry pie and cherry cola waft from this profoundly aromatic Merlot. It's boldly alcoholic and full bodied, but the palate shows restraint with crisp red berry flavors highlighted by a streak of acidity. Soft, furry tannins coat the finish.8618New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKing's Garden Vineyards 2010 Merlot (Finger Lakes)MerlotKing's Garden Vineyards
5317153170FranceA strong wood element dominates this wine. It's all toasty and juicy from wood aging rather than fruit. It does have the weight to suggest some fruit for the future, but the wood, with its bite and tang, will always be a strong presence.Marie Antoinette8629BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerVincent 2012 Marie Antoinette (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayVincent
5317253171USThis well-integrated wine delivers intoxicating aromas of jasmine, tangerine and peach. These intertwine citrus-y minerality with a candied sweetness, especially on the finish.8617CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWhite Oak 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancWhite Oak
5317353172ItalyThis bright wine opens with aromas of white flowers and citrus. The palate offers juicy lemon-lime and white almond alongside crisp acidity that gives it a clean, fresh finish.8612Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCusumano 2013 Insolia (Terre Siciliane)InsoliaCusumano
5317453173USClassically aromatic and slightly grassy, it has touches of sweet pineapple and vanilla dancing throughout the soft layers of easy-drinking acidity and crispness.8620CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDecoy 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancDecoy
5317553174FranceFresh and fruity, it shows crispness as well as white fruits, orange zest and a lively lemon aftertaste. Drink now.Les Pierres Blanches8620BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine André Bonhomme 2012 Les Pierres Blanches (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayDomaine André Bonhomme
5317653175FranceAttractive red fruits dominate this light and fruity wine. Good acidity and bright flavors are smoothed by wood, while the aftertaste brings back the fruit. Drink now.8624BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Faiveley 2011 BourgognePinot NoirDomaine Faiveley
5317753176FranceThis is a thouroughbred, elegant sparkler. With its delicate acidity, apple and grapefruit flavors, and tense, steely texture, it is an extremely well-blanced wine. Although it is ready to drink now, it could certainly age in bottle for many years.Extra Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut95135ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPol Roger 2002 Extra Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayPol Roger
5317853177USUnbelievably rich and decadent, this tastes of honey drizzled over crushed ripe pineapples, guavas and pears. Added hints of buttered toast, vanilla bean, caramel and sweet cream come with scads of savory pie spices.Finch Hollow Estate Grown Cave Fermented9595CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJarvis 2010 Finch Hollow Estate Grown Cave Fermented Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayJarvis
5317953178USDusty tannins and notes of dried herbs give this vigorous young Cabernet a mark of immaturity that strongly suggests time in the cellar, despite flashy blackberry and black currant flavors. The winery has done a great job with fruit from the Dr. Crane Vineyard for several years, and this majestic wine is right up there with the great '07 vintage. Best after 2018.Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard95135CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaKnights Bridge 2009 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKnights Bridge
5318053179USMade from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, it has every hallmark of a young Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. It's dry, smooth and complex in tannins, with balancing acidity and an incredible array of flavors, including blackberry, black currant, cherry, chocolate, dried herb, smoky oak and spice. It has that important but hard-to-define quality of sophistication. It's delicious now, and it should develop in the bottle for at least 10 years.95115CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaViader 2009 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendViader
5318153180USA classic Napa Valley Bordeaux blend, dry, smooth, complex and elegant. Based on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it's an instant pleaser, from the dryness and mellow texture to the delicious blackberry, cassis, plum, dark chocolate and smoky oak flavors. It will provide wonderful drinking over many years.Elevage9579CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaChimney Rock 2009 Elevage Red (Stags Leap District)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChimney Rock
5318253181USAlthough this wine's price has increased over the years, its quality has remained constant. It's an unusual blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, with firm tannins and a cut of fresh acidity, giving it a rich cherry intensity. The sheer luxury of the mouthfeel alone merits this wine's high score.Will Jarvis' Science Project94125CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJarvis 2009 Will Jarvis' Science Project Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJarvis
5318353182FranceThis is top Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, offering the delicious airy quality that's the hallmark of this house, with crisp apple flavor, tangy acidity and the first signs of yeasty, toasty bottle age. Its fruit intensity has transformed into a splendid selection. It's worth aging for a few more years, though also delicious now.Brut Cuvée Rare Millesimée94175ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPiper-Heidsieck 2002 Brut Cuvée Rare Millesimée (Champagne)Champagne BlendPiper-Heidsieck
5318453183PortugalStill an icon of Douro reds, this is marked by elegance. The fruit blends effortlessly with the acid-laced, firm tannins. It has fine potential for aging over at least five years.Chryseia9455DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerPrats & Symington LDA 2009 Chryseia Red (Douro)Portuguese RedPrats & Symington LDA
5318553184USThis is the winery's small-production, high-end Chardonnay, which shows the brilliant essence of Edna Valley. Few Chardonnays in the state are this streamlined, low in alcohol, crisp and minerally. An accomplishment in this day and age of fat, oaky bottlings, this has a steely taste that is relieved by subtle hints of lime, vanilla and buttered toast. Only 600 cases were produced.Califa Selection9440CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastChamisal Vineyards 2010 Califa Selection Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayChamisal Vineyards
5318653185PortugalThe aristocratic estate of Santar produces some of the most elegant wines in the Dão. The 2009 vintage adds richness to a deep, complex and powerful wine, which is full of dark plum and damson flavors, rounded by wood aging. Age for 3–4 years.Casa de Santar Conde de Santar9446DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2009 Casa de Santar Conde de Santar Red (Dão)Portuguese RedDão Sul
5318753186USDo not pop the cork and drink this right away as it's currently tight and tannic. But as it warms up and breathes, it releases its considerable charms. With 16% Viognier blended in, it's fantastically rich and concentrated in black-pepper-accented raspberry and sweet-smoke flavors. Acidity adds balance to the richness. You can enjoy this wine now, after an hour in the decanter, or cellar it for at least six years.Toasted Rope9444CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastFoxen 2010 Toasted Rope Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahFoxen
5318853187USThe winery's top rosé is a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend. It shows equal parts limes, pears, strawberries and raspberries, reflecting its parentage. What lifts it to greatness is the structure, so refined and creamy, rich in acidity, with a yeasty bitterness. It has that hard to define quality of finesse that makes it gorgeous to drink now with the finest foods.L'Ermitage Rosé9470CaliforniaAnderson ValleyRoederer Estate 2004 L'Ermitage Rosé Sparkling (Anderson Valley)Sparkling BlendRoederer Estate
5318953188USAn especially chilly vintage in the always-cool Santa Maria Valley has resulted in an intense, young Syrah that is dry, tannic and dramatic. Despite its tightness, the flavors of cherry jam, bacon, cola and black pepper explode deliciously. Extremely low yields in the vineyard give this Syrah a density that will allow it to age for 6–8 years, though with decanting, it's fine to drink now.Tinaquaic Vineyard9446CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastFoxen 2010 Tinaquaic Vineyard Syrah (Santa Maria Valley)SyrahFoxen
5319053189ItalyLovely, lively and superintense, this is richly fragrant and opulent on all levels. This precious expression offers loads of honeysuckle, jasmine, citrus blossom and apricot.Juvelo9450Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeAndriano 2009 Juvelo Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerAndriano

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