Wine Reviews

5322153220FranceThis is a bright, crisp, nonvintage blend. While it is fruity and youthful in character, the blend's older vintages also make it taste mature. Pear and apple notes dominate, lacing through the tangy, zesty texture.Réserve Première Brut88ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMontaudon NV Réserve Première Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendMontaudon
5322253221RomaniaDespite Romanian labeling standards, this demidulce is only a shade off-dry. The palate is intensely juicy with a ripe cherry flavor that's accented by layers of violet, fresh herb and a striking crushed-granite minerality. Easygoing elegance for an incredible value price.Zestrea Demidulce889MurfatlarAnna Lee C. IijimaMurfatlar 2010 Zestrea Demidulce Feteasca Neagra (Murfatlar)Feteasca NeagraMurfatlar
5322353222USPerfumed, floral and intriguing, this is still tight with mountain tannins. In a few years, its thick black-cherry and pepper tones will emerge, becoming rounded out with notes of violet and oaky leather.Estate8823CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneNaggiar 2009 Estate Grenache (Sierra Foothills)GrenacheNaggiar
5322453223USWith flavors of wild blackberry and cherry, pepper, cinnamon, currant and heady cassis, this is a classic example of warm-climate Zin. It's high in alcohol and a little soft, but it is delicious. Serve it at a barbeque with burgers, ribs, chops, chicken and sausages.Big River8835CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaRavenswood 2009 Big River Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelRavenswood
5322553224USThis is rich and spicy, with the briary, brambly tastes of ripe blackberry and blueberry. It's high in alcohol, which gives it a slight burn. Enjoy it with robust Italian pasta and pizza dishes.Old Hill8860CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaRavenswood 2009 Old Hill Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelRavenswood
5322653225ItalyThis delivers soft aromas of leather, blackberry preserves, tobacco and dark chocolate. The grape is Negroamaro, and the wine's mouthfeel is rich, velvety and smooth.Roccamora88Southern ItalyNardòSchola Sarmenti di Terrulenta 2008 Roccamora Negroamaro (Nardò)NegroamaroSchola Sarmenti di Terrulenta
5322753226USOpen this wine and you'll feel as though you've stepped into an Italian deli—so finely has it captured the smell of cured meats. The back layers feature cherry and herb, the finish a burst of roasted, toasted oak. This is a great wine to pair with a range of Italian-inspired meals.Troppo Bella8823CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneSorelle Winery 2010 Troppo Bella Sangiovese (Lodi)SangioveseSorelle Winery
5322853227ItalyThis opens with a bright golden color and immediate aromas of butterscotch, candied fruit and smooth almond paste. The wine is naturally robust and structured.Verlit8827Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliMarco Cecchini 2007 Verlit Verduzzo (Colli Orientali del Friuli)VerduzzoMarco Cecchini
5322953228USFlavors of green hay, tart juniper berry and gooseberry surface in this Sauvignon Blanc, in addition to richer notes of Meyer lemon and vanilla. It's dry and elegantly complex, with a honeyed richness. This shows the versatility to pair across a huge range of cuisines.8825CaliforniaRutherfordNapa1070 Green 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)Sauvignon Blanc1070 Green
5323053229FranceWhile this young wine is dry now, it has good potential with rich fruits developing well. Dark and firm at the moment, it will become a generous rounded wine as it ages. The 30-acre Etienne Barre and Christophe Reboul Salze estate is managed by the Stephane Derenoncourt team. Drink from 2019.9020BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Belle Coline 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Belle Coline
5323153230FranceThere is a fine balance between the firm tannins and the ripe fruit in this wine. It has juicy acidity, spice and layers of delicious black-currant flavors. The fourth generation, Nathalie Boyer and Alain Tourenne, converted vines to Ecocert-certified organic beginning in 2008. Drink from 2019.9020BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Beynat 2014 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Beynat
5323253231FranceWith the vineyards in the family since the 18th century, it was Jérôme and Béatrice de Monteil's turn in 2010. The wine is dry and firm with powerful tannins. It is still young and there is plenty of rich fruitiness there as well. That makes its future good, balanced and ripe. Drink from 2019.9030BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bréhat 2014 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bréhat
5323353232FranceThis wine from Blaye sister-brother team of Marie-Pierre et Pierre-Charles Dartier is perfumed, ripe with black fruits and with a generous smooth texture. With the hint of tannin from the wood aging and the black-plum fruits, it will be a rich, generous wine. Drink from 2018.Fut de Chêne9040BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cailleteau Bergeron 2014 Fut de Chêne (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Cailleteau Bergeron
5323453233FranceThe wine is ripe and smooth with a fine balance between acidity and the red fruits. It is light on tannins, concentrating on the fruitiness. The aftertaste with its spice is dense and ripe. Drink from 2017.Premium9020BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Donjon de Bruignac 2014 Premium (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Donjon de Bruignac
5323553234FranceProduced by the winemaking team from Château la Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion, this is a fine, smooth and ripe wine. It has black fruits and a structure that is well integrated into the rich wood and acidity. Drink this fine wine from 2018.Château Chapelle d'Aliénor9020BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Gaffelière 2014 Château Chapelle d'Aliénor (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Gaffelière
5323653235FranceThis is named for Arnaud Puyanché, who moved to Francs to make wine but put the project on hold due to the Great War of 1914. Five generations later, the family has revived his dream of producing estate wines. Ripe and full of red fruits, this 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is concentrated and rich. The tannins are fine and already integrated into the fruits. With the acidity at the end, this is a well-balanced wine with a good future. Drink from 2020.9022BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Puyanché 2014 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Puyanché
5323753236USWith its off-dry tango of sweet, tart and mineral components, this is a standout among a large range of Rieslings from Chehalem. Apple and white peach, citrus oil and wet stone are in play, with some grippy tannins adding a taste of orange pekoe tea. The residual sugar, listed at 16 g/L, is off-set with balancing acidity.Three Vineyard9029OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2015 Three Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingChehalem
5323853237USSaturated with oak flavors with ripe blackberry nuances, this full-bodied wine is assertive and mouthfilling. It has toasty, spicy aromas, an almost thick mouthfeel due to lots of alcohol and tannin, and a lingering, oaky finish.9042CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDante Robere 2014 Carignane (Contra Costa County)CarignaneDante Robere
5323953238FranceThis soft, mature wine has ripe red fruits that now merge with more yeasty, nutty flavors. The result is a delicately textured wine that is dry with delicious acidity at the end. Drink now.Cuvée D Rosé9069ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDevaux NV Cuvée D Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendDevaux
5324053239FranceBased in the southern Champagne Aube region, this producer offers a reserve cuvée that is ripe and full of fruit, with tangy acidity and a crisp texture. It offers good balance between lime and apple fruits and a richer character that makes it a great apéritif style. This bottling is ready to drink.Grand Réserve Brut9039ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDevaux NV Grand Réserve Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendDevaux
5324153240FranceVines that are more than 50 years old are the backbone of this wine. It is called Epicurean, meaning it is made to go with food and its extra dryness, almost extra brut, puts it firmly in that category. Structured and tangy, the wine could do with some more bottle age, so drink from 2017.Epicurienne Brut9060ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDom Caudron NV Epicurienne Brut Pinot Meunier (Champagne)Pinot MeunierDom Caudron
5324253241USThis small-production, light and bright white wine is worth seeking out and succumbing to, lovely in green apple, peach, almond and apricot. It was fermented in neutral-oak barrels, the oak adding just enough body to what is otherwise a balanced and restrained wine encased in minerality.Lee's9028CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacLaren 2015 Lee's Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancMacLaren
5324353242USPowerful flavors and a muscular structure make this wine big and imposing. It has intense oaky, spicy, earthy and barnyardy aromas. Dark-fruit flavors like blackberry accompany meaty, beefy nuances and a firmly tannic, dry mouthfeel.The Arsonist9022CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMatchbook 2013 The Arsonist Red (California)Red BlendMatchbook
5324453243ItalyAromas of chamomile flower, dried herb, white stone fruit and a whiff of bread crust waft out of the glass. The savory, concentrated palate offers golden apple, pear and a hint of candied lemon drop alongside an elegant mousse.Brut9040LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonogram 2009 Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendMonogram
5324553244ItalyDry and elegant, this refreshing sparkler offers aromas and flavors of ripe white peach, crisp yellow apple, juicy citrus and energizing mineral. Fresh acidity brightens the creamy flavors while a refined, persistent perlage adds finesse.51,151 Brut9045Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoser NV 51,151 Brut Chardonnay (Trento)ChardonnayMoser
5324653245FranceBased in the Côte des Blancs, Nicolas Feuillatte has access to some fine Chardonnay for this mineral-textured wine. Lightly perfumed with white flowers, it is crisp and fresh, with sliced apple and lemon right up front. The wine is fruity now and will age well. Either drink now or wait for more maturity from 2017.Blanc de Blancs Brut9056ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Feuillatte 2006 Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayNicolas Feuillatte
5324753246ItalyAromas of fragrant white flower, chopped herb and white stone fruit jump out of the glass while the creamy palate presents juicy yellow peach, mature green apple and a note of candied nectarine zest. A soft foaming mousse accompanies the rich flavors.Primo Franco Dry9029VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNino Franco 2015 Primo Franco Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraNino Franco
5324853247FranceSuperripe Pinot Noir and a high dosage have produced an off-dry wine that both rich and well balanced. Soft and creamy, with a hint of smokiness and a final tang of crisp red currants, it is a fine apéritif style of Champagne.Rosé Velours Sec9099ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPannier NV Rosé Velours Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendPannier
5324953248USTightly wound raspberry fruit is the dominant flavor here, with slightly chalky, lemony acids wrapping up the finish. It's a pleasant, fresh wine, a bit lighter than the other designates, and best enjoyed over the next couple of years.Bramble Hill Vineyard9065OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Penner-Ash 2014 Bramble Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirPenner-Ash
5325053249USFull bodied and sizable in intent, this wine successfully offers a length and breadth of tart red cherry, cranberry and earthy black tea, providing varietal character in spades. Additional elements of strawberries just pulled from the ground add to the feral, natural aspect of the wine.9035CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRomililly 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRomililly

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