Wine Reviews

5387653875FranceThe strong herbal edge to this wine has more to do with its youth. Behind that lies rich apples and ripe pears cut deliciously with acidity. The wine is full and will benefit from more aging, so drink from 2017.Terroir Silex9027Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Gérard Fiou 2015 Terroir Silex (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Gérard Fiou
5387753876FranceFour parcels in the Clos du Roi Premier Cru go into this wine. It is structured and firm—a wine for aging. It has a strongly mineral character, concentrated tannins as well as black-cherry fruit and freshening acidity. Drink the wine from 2018.Château de Chamirey Clos du Roi Premier Cru9050BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2014 Château de Chamirey Clos du Roi Premier Cru (Mercurey)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
5387853877USThere's an alluring funk to the beginning of the nose on this bottling, with sour berries, carpaccio and dried fennel combining for a slightly barnyard twist. Dusy flavors of cinnamon and red rose mesh with olive, sage, thyme and spicy red fruit.Upper Bench9048CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannE16 2014 Upper Bench Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirE16
5387953878FranceLike so many wines from the Pouilly Fumé appellation, this wine is very young at this stage. It shows pepper and only the beginnings of what will be intense white fruits, good acidity and rich texture. Drink from 2018.Les Deux Cailloux9027Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2015 Les Deux Cailloux (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
5388053879USThe aromas bring notes of blackberries and black cherries, along with vanilla grace notes. The palate is full bodied, with dark-fruit flavors that show a sense of grace.Grand Klasse Reserve Lawrence Vineyards9055WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGård 2013 Grand Klasse Reserve Lawrence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonGård
5385153850USMinty and light, the fruit here does not seem to have obtained optimal ripeness, even for rosé. Scents and flavors suggest pine needle and wintergreen rather than any hint of berry or melon.8412OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Underwood 2014 Rosé (Oregon)RoséUnderwood
5385253851SpainAromas of white flowers and mild tropical fruits turn more gritty with time. In the mouth, this Viura is dilute but not empty. Flavors of Bartlett pear, lime and nectarine finish tangy and lean.Blanco8414Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Eguía 2014 Blanco Viura (Rioja)ViuraViña Eguía
5385353852ChileBrambly red fruit, bell pepper and spice tones settle on a chunky, jammy palate without much spine or structure. Berry and plum flavors come with a briny aftertaste, while the finish is herbal in character.Vitral Reserva8412Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Maipo 2013 Vitral Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViña Maipo
5385453853USDrunken peach, green apple, gray slate and rounded butter notes hit the nose. There is a baking soda minerality on the palate, some sea salt and a tongue-tingling acidity.8415CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFossil Point 2012 Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayFossil Point
5385553854USA smoky, slightly rubbery aroma is off-putting at first, until the black pepper and dense fruit flavors kick in on the palate. This is light to medium bodied, yet packed tightly with astringent tannins.Estate Grown Biodynamic8420CaliforniaRedwood ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrey 2013 Estate Grown Biodynamic Petite Sirah (Redwood Valley)Petite SirahFrey
5385653855SpainBriny, pickled aromas come with hints of citrus and flower blossom. This fast-aging Albariño is melony in feel, but it lacks the variety's patented kick and acidity. As a result, peach and apricot flavors are fleshy and chunky.Columna8417GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachCompañia de Vinos del Atlántico 2013 Columna Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoCompañia de Vinos del Atlántico
5385753856USTouches of menthol and pine flavors set this wine apart from the crowd, dominating the fruit flavors from the aroma to the finish. It is medium to full bodied, tastes a little earthy and smoky, and is relatively lean in texture.Organic8415CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrey 2013 Organic Zinfandel (Mendocino)ZinfandelFrey
5385853857USThis is relatively light, with straightforward fruit aromas, flavors of pomegranate and strawberry, and a smooth, soft texture.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGnarly Head 2013 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirGnarly Head
5385953858PortugalWith the lightest, freshest tingle on the tongue, this is an off-dry wine that is crisp and fresh, combining citrus with sweetness. It is light-bodied, bright and ready to drink.Encostas do Lima8410Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa Ponte de Lima 2014 Encostas do Lima White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteAdega Cooperativa Ponte de Lima
5386053859USThis wine is made from a collection of vineyards dotted along mountainous ridge lines and benchlands, most of these spots along the Mayacamas Mountains. Winemaker Randy Ullom captures a classic character of dried sage, cedar and pencil shavings here, supporting the savory with bright acidity and a strong presence of tannin. This wine could stand more time in the bottle before enjoying; its youthful grip doesn't go without notice.9038CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJackson Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonJackson Estate
5386153860USTempting aromas like fresh-baked bread and ripe figs lead to inviting lemon and pear flavors in this full-bodied and nicely layered wine.9022CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLa Follette 2014 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayLa Follette
5386253861USFresh citrus, apple and white-blossom notes are balanced neatly against layers of dusty mineral and earth in this nuanced Sauvignon Blanc. It's crisp and concentrated, rippling with tart pineapple and grapefruit flavors. On the palate, its silken texture expands and flows lavishly. It's a lovely wine already with a lingering lime-pith finish, but should hold well through at least 2022.Lifeforce9027New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaMacari 2014 Lifeforce Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)Sauvignon BlancMacari
5386353862IsraelDeep ruby to the eye, this wine has a nose of fruits of the wood with a hint of roasted tomato. Tannins are surprisingly soft considering the depth of flavor, most notably black cherry, cranberry and smoke with touches of saddle leather. Velvety tannins cascade toward a finish that is equal parts bright and smoky.Sauvage9025Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysYaffo 2013 Sauvage Red (Judean Hills)Red BlendYaffo
5386453863USThis full-bodied and extroverted wine has become one of Lodi's best-selling. It has an unusually deep color plus lavish aromas of ripe fruit, maple syrup, and milk chocolate. Rich, nearly sweet fruit flavors suggest boysenberry jam.9026CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEarthquake 2013 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelEarthquake
5386553864USThis inaugural wine is a mix of fruit from Wild Rose and Yellow Bird vineyards, both located in the up-and-coming Upper Mill Creek area of the valley. Aromas of vanilla, clove, baking spice and dark cherry lead a palate that equally mixes fruit and barrel. The tannins need some time to settle in.9048WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAluvé 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonAluvé
5386653865ItalyBig and bold, this opens with aromas of mature dark-skinned berry, exotic spice, leather and resin. The concentrated full-bodied palate delivers black cherry steeped in spirits, raspberry compote, vanilla and nutmeg framed in velvety tannins. There is just enough fresh acidity lifts the finish.9060VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArduini 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendArduini
5386753866USMade in barrels that have acacia wood on the heads, this bottling initially shows aromatic lemongrass and cut-grass greenness before offering riper peach, pear and almond oil on the nose. It tightens up on the sip, where tart apple skins, green pear and light honeysuckle flavors arise.True Acacia Head9028CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrecon Estate 2015 True Acacia Head Albariño (Central Coast)AlbariñoBrecon Estate
5386853867USDark gold-copper in color, this older bottling imparts rich notes of hazelnut, graham cracker and Christmas cake, making for a decadent experience that pleases and doesn't overdo it on residual sugar. A petrol, diesel-like reductive note adds complexity and a touch of the floral.Late Work Botrytised9075CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWork 2009 Late Work Botrytised Sauvignon Blanc (Calistoga)Sauvignon BlancWork
5386953868FranceDominated by Vermentinu, this is a rich while crisp wine. With its fresh apple flavors and good acidity, it is deliciously perfumed, ripe and poised with a strong line in minerality. Drink from 2017.YL Blanc9028France OtherIle de BeautéRoger Voss@vossrogerYves Leccia 2015 YL Blanc White (Ile de Beauté)White BlendYves Leccia
5387053869FranceAt the northern end of the Ladoix appellation, this small Premier Cru has produced a red-fruited wine shot through with acidity and spicy flavors. It is juicy, showing red cherries, raspberries bolstered with a layer of tannins. The wine is ready to drink, although it will age at least until 2023.La Micaude Premier Cru9050BurgundyLadoixRoger Voss@vossrogerCapitain-Gagnerot 2013 La Micaude Premier Cru (Ladoix)Pinot NoirCapitain-Gagnerot
5387153870ItalyStewed prune, blue flower, Asian spice and a whiff of oak come together on this. The dense palate offers raisin, blackberry extract, tobacco, vanilla and licorice alongside firm fine-grained tannins. Drink 2017 through 2024.Cinque Stelle9075VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastellani Michele & Figli 2012 Cinque Stelle (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendCastellani Michele & Figli
5387253871USBlack raspberry, blackberry, lavender and pepper show on the deeply purple nose of this blend of 67% Grenache and 33% Syrah. Dense black fruit shows first on the palate, followed by a zesty explosion of acidity, flowery spices and cola.Las Arenas9025CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannChesebro 2013 Las Arenas Red (Arroyo Seco)Rhône-style Red BlendChesebro
5387353872FranceThis is one of three wines produced by the estate created by the late Anne-Claude Leflaive of Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. This wine uses the very local Grolleau, grown biodynamically. Unusually this is a red wine (Grolleau is normally found in rosé). The wine is lightly stalky with red-currant fruit and intense acidity. It is light in texture but rich in complexity, and has some aging potential. Drink now, but better from 2018.9054Loire ValleyVal de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerClau de Nell 2014 Grolleau (Val de Loire)GrolleauClau de Nell
5387453873ItalyRed berry, Mediterranean herb and a balsamic note of eucalyptus lead the nose on this polished red. The poised, balanced palate offers wild cherry, cranberry and a touch of exotic spice while smooth tannins and bright acidity provide a glossy framework.9042TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeConti Costanti 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseConti Costanti
5387553874FranceUnusually, this premier cru vineyard produces both red and white wines, both of which are made by this domaine. The wine is soft, rounded and with a ripe creamy character. It has plenty of crisp apple and rich pear flavors along with enough acidity to keep it bright and tangy. Drink from 2018.Les Bousselots Premier Cru9070BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chevillon-Chezeaux 2014 Les Bousselots Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)ChardonnayDomaine Chevillon-Chezeaux

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