Wine Reviews

5346153460FranceA classically floral Riesling, it's delicate yet intensely fruity. White fruits and a perfumed aftertaste give great freshness. Drink now.87AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Sparr 2012 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingPierre Sparr
5346253461ItalyA blend of Grecanico, Chardonnay, Viognier and Fiano, this opens with a fragrance of honeysuckle, stone fruit and citrus. The juicy palate offers lemon zest, nectarine and white pear alongside bright acidity.La Segreta Bianco8714Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePlaneta 2013 La Segreta Bianco White (Sicilia)White BlendPlaneta
5346353462ItalyMade with a blend of 85% Falanghina and 15% Pallagrello Bianco, this opens with citrus, graphite and stone fruit aromas. The linear palate offers white peach, yellow grapefruit, lemon zest and mineral alongside lively acidity.Conca Bianco8716Southern ItalyGalluccioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoderi Foglia 2012 Conca Bianco White (Galluccio)White BlendPoderi Foglia
5346453463USAttractive, precise notes of grapefruit and white apricot lead onto the medium-bodied palate, which is invigorated by brisk acids. The wine finishes with energy and zesty snap.8722VirginiaVirginiaStinson 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Virginia)Sauvignon BlancStinson
5346553464ArgentinaAltocedro's 2011 stable of high-end Malbecs all carry something in common: heavy, creamy oak that gives the wines severe milk chocolate and vanilla characteristics. This is sticky in feel, with ripe berry fruit, mulchy earth and resiny flavors. Carob, vanilla and cocoa flavors control a syrupy finish.Gran Reserva8765Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltocedro 2011 Gran Reserva Malbec (La Consulta)MalbecAltocedro
5346653465ArgentinaGritty berry aromas require airing. This is grabby, full and fresh on the tongue, with zesty acidity and overall good balance. A heavily oaked flavor profile includes mint and chocolate along with generic berry and plum. Resiny oak carries the finish.8714Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachArgento 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecArgento
5346753466FranceFresh and fruity, this balances ripe red fruits with a touch of caramel and light, crisp acidity. It is fragrant and perfumed, and would make an excellent apéritif.8712ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséBarton & Guestier
5346853467SpainPlum and berry aromas are clean but regular. The wine feels wiry and bouncy, with pointed acidity. Fresh, tangy flavors of red berry and cranberry finish dry, oaky and tight. It's good and familiar in an old-school way.Glorioso Crianza8719Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Palacio 2010 Glorioso Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Palacio
5346953468USA simple Merlot, but likeable enough, with ripe, jammy raspberry, prune and cherry flavors.8736CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaSilenus 2010 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotSilenus
5347053469USWith raspberry, cola and pomegranate flavors, this Pinot is satisfying and even somewhat complex. It's soft and gentle in the mouth, and ready to drink now.Nichole's Blend8739CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaSpell 2012 Nichole's Blend Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirSpell
5347153470New ZealandBetter known for its aromatic whites, Spy Valley has fashioned a solid, middle-of-the-road Sauvignon Blanc. Passion fruit and pineapple flavors form the medium-weight core of the wine, while grassy notes on the nose reemerge on the finish.8720MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSpy Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSpy Valley
5347253471TurkeyA blend of 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this deep garnet-colored wine has aromas of blackberry, brambles and green pepper. Flavors of black raspberry, cranberry and tart cherry with touches of green pepper are enmeshed in heavy tannins that persist into the tart, chewy finish.Sur Single Vineyard Bozokbag Barrel Aged8729ThraceMike DeSimone@worldwineguysSuvla 2010 Sur Single Vineyard Bozokbag Barrel Aged Red (Thrace)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSuvla
5347353472USHalf Syrah with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it brings sweet barrel notes of vanilla and coconut along with dried cherry and blueberry. The palate is light to medium bodied with an interplay of chocolate and cherry flavors that keeps things interesting even as the concentration dips.Turas8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTelaya 2011 Turas Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendTelaya
5347453473USWhiffs of freshly pressed apples and peaches entice on this brisk, easy-drinking wine. Refreshing on the palate, it has a hint of minerality that lingers on the finish.8715New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThirsty Owl Wine Company 2012 Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisThirsty Owl Wine Company
5347553474ItalyIt conveys overripe citrus, lemon peel and mature exotic fruit accented with mineral notes and buttery sensations. Artisan Wines, Oz Wine.8717Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTraerte 2012 Fiano di AvellinoFianoTraerte
5347653475ArgentinaMellow but friendly berry aromas feed into a firm palate with tight red-fruit tannins and then ripe flavors of blackberry and chocolate cake. The finish is toasty, with a chocolate mint-chip note and acidic snap.Oak Cask8710Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrapiche 2012 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonTrapiche
5347753476South AfricaThere's a sweet, mocha oak streak at the center of this wine, with fruity notes of fleshy black plum and cherry as well as a hint of raspberry sauce. The palate is round and full, followed by astringent tannins that linger on the finish.8719StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBeau Joubert 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch)Cabernet SauvignonBeau Joubert
5347853477SpainDry spice, saline and generic red-berry aromas make up the nose on this balanced yet familiar tasting Cabernet. Flavors of candied black plum and berry finish oaky, with cassis notes poking through. Overall this is fruity and fresh in style.Whatever It Takes Artwork Donated by George Clooney8712Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia NV Whatever It Takes Artwork Donated by George Clooney Cabernet Sauvignon (Spain)Cabernet SauvignonVicente Gandia
5347953478FranceNamed after the highway that joins Paris and Provence, this a light and fruity wine, crisp yet with a soft aftertaste. It stays lively right to the end.Nationale 78720ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2013 Nationale 7 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséXavier Flouret
5348053479ArgentinaAromas of tarry asphalt, hockey puck and pasty oak dominate the creamy berry component. Jammy in feel, it has prune, spiced berry and herbal flavors. On the finish, the tannins are grabby while volume drowns out finesse.8765Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachZaHa 2011 Cabernet Franc (Mendoza)Cabernet FrancZaHa
5348153480FranceA touch of caramel lies over the crisp fruit, giving a round texture, smooth and rich. The red fruits are bright and have the fresh final acidity.8717ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Riotor 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Riotor
5348253481FranceSoft and fresh, this fruity wine discloses attractive acidity as well as crisp red fruits. A light, bright texture makes it totally ready to drink, with a lift of acidity at the end.Cuvée Lampe de Méduse8730ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte Roseline 2013 Cuvée Lampe de Méduse Rolle (Côtes de Provence)RolleChâteau Sainte Roseline
5348353482USIt's quite tannic, as is to be expected from this founding Red Mountain vineyard, and yet the wine seems smoothed over, buffed out. The black cherry and cassis fruit does not penetrate. Drink up.Klipsun Vineyard8760WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covington 2010 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonCovington
5348453483USYou might want to give this intil 2020–2022 in the cellar to come around. Right now, it's pretty tannic, with herb-infused blackberry jam and tea flavors. Frisky acidity is accented by sweet, toasty oak.8756CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaCult X 2011 Meritage (Alexander Valley)MeritageCult X
5348553484ItalyA blend of 70% Insolia and 30% Chardonnay, this easy-drinking wine has apple, peach, pear and citrus sensations. The round, juicy palate is one-dimensional but easy to enjoy.Angimbè8718Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCusumano 2013 Angimbè White (Terre Siciliane)White BlendCusumano
5348653485South AfricaThis is an easy and clean selection, with fruity notes of cherry, strawberry and a touch of carnation. Light weight and brisk in acidity, this ends bright and mouthwatering. Drink now.DMZ Rosé8712Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDeMorgenzon 2013 DMZ Rosé Cabernet (Western Cape)CabernetDeMorgenzon
5348753486USDark, compelling notes of espresso bean and incense, charred herb and bread hit the nose first. The palate feels full and round, and it possesses stimulating acids that give lift.8720MichiganLake Michigan ShoreDomaine Berrien 2010 Syrah (Lake Michigan Shore)SyrahDomaine Berrien
5348853487FranceRipe red fruits are the main character of this soft, rounded wine. Attractive acidity with grapefruit and lemon zest flavors are balanced by a warmer element.MIP Made in Provence8717ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sainte Lucie 2013 MIP Made in Provence Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Sainte Lucie
5348953488ItalyIt discloses intense tropical fruit aromas of banana and pineapple. The palate is a bit more reserved, offering white tree fruits, grapefruit and hint of mineral alongside fresh acidity that leaves a clean finish.8719Southern ItalyTaburnoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria La Rivolta 2012 Coda di Volpe (Taburno)Coda di VolpeFattoria La Rivolta
5349053489FranceOpens with a compelling nose offering a bready, yeasty and subtle deep strawberry quality. The solid performance continues on the palate, with full, lively flavors and a steady bead. Has a fine mousse and closes with impressive tart-sweet strawberry and plum flavors. Full and complex.Rosé Heritage Brut9242ChampagneChampagneDelbeck NV Rosé Heritage Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendDelbeck

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