Wine Reviews

5388153880USThis wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (30%), Merlot (18%), and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of pencil lead, raspberries, flowers, baking spices and herbs are followed by palate-coating red and blue-fruit flavors. It displays a lovely sense of balance.Pomatia9021WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportHelix by Reininger 2013 Pomatia Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendHelix by Reininger
5388253881FranceOld vines from the vineyard next to the winery produce a luscious full wine. With its pear, peach and ripe apple flavors, these 70-year-old vines show their richness and concentration. It is opulent, structured and packed with juicy acidity. Drink from 2017.Vieilles Vignes de Sainte-Claire9028BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marc Brocard 2015 Vieilles Vignes de Sainte-Claire (Chablis)ChardonnayJean-Marc Brocard
5388353882USDeep blueberry and coffee notes meet with Christmas spices and gingerbread on the nose of this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah, two grapes that really want to go together. It's woody on the palate, with cedar spice and cigar-box touches giving depth to the blackberry-syrup flavor. Firm tannins keep it upright.9038CaliforniaSanta Clara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLeft Bend 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Santa Clara County)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahLeft Bend
5388453883MoldovaThis golden colored ice wine is made from Riesling and has aromas of honeydew melon, apple, peach and honeysuckle blossoms. In the mouth, there are flavors of apricot, cantaloupe and white peach with a nice level of acidity to balance the sweet finish.Chateau d'Or Ice Wine9023MoldovaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysLion-Gri 2009 Chateau d'Or Ice Wine Riesling (Moldova)RieslingLion-Gri
5388553884USCaramelized oak and ripe apple provide rich texture and flavor that find ideal companionship in this wine's more rocky minerality and salty tang. Medium bodied, it's a food-friendly find, with ample structure and apple and pear flavor.Ruxton Vineyard9035CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLost Canyon 2013 Ruxton Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayLost Canyon
5388653885USFresh boysenberry juice aromas meet with licorice, iron, smoke, cinnamon, rooibos tea and dried lilacs on the nose of this blend of 65% Barbera and 35% Sangiovese. It's soft on the sip and then quite tart, with blackberry fruit cut by tangy plum skins that are lifted by rustic tobacco and leather notes.Montagna-Mare9028CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOpolo 2012 Montagna-Mare Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendOpolo
5388753886USThis is a relatively affordable yet tip-top representation of white wine from this region. White peach, honeycomb, seared tangerine and melted butter show on the nose. The palate continues the ripeness, offering yellow melon, lemon curd, smoke, baked oranges, poached pear and a touch of walnut oil on the finish.9028CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPessagno 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayPessagno
5388853887FranceTen months of wood aging has given this wine richness and fine spiciness. It is rich while still textured with minerality and tight citrus flavors. With its juicy acidity, the wine will age. Drink from 2018.Clos des Hâtes9030BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerPhilippe Jeannot 2015 Clos des Hâtes (Santenay)ChardonnayPhilippe Jeannot
5388953888USThis bottling is boosted by 10% Grenache, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec and 1% Syrah. It shows fresh violets and lilacs on the nose along with sharp brown spice, pressed boysenberry and hot asphalt. Juicy blueberry and black plums hit the palate first, followed by elegant touches of thyme and bay leaf.90CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannProulx 2014 Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelProulx
5389053889PortugalSoft and smooth, this is a ripe and creamy wine. It has light acidity, pineapple and apricot flavors and a rounded aftertaste. Drink now.Arinto-Fernão Pires8515TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Monteiro 2015 Arinto-Fernão Pires White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Monteiro
5389153890South AfricaSoft hints of peach, verbena and peony grace the delicate nose of this lightweight white. Touches of green banana and pear flesh out the palate, while ample acidity keeps the mouthfeel fresh through the finish. Drink now.8515Simonsberg-PaarlLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzNoble Hill 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Simonsberg-Paarl)Sauvignon BlancNoble Hill
5389253891USA highly unusual blend of Burdin, a rare French hybrid, and Chambourcin grapes, this red wine offers delicate maraschino-cherry and berry flavors. It's a slightly fragile wine but whiffs of tobacco and garden soil lend complexity. The finish lingers on tart red fruit flavors and a hint of tannin.River's Edge Casscles Vineyards8525New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHudson-Chatham 2014 River's Edge Casscles Vineyards Red (New York)Red BlendHudson-Chatham
5389353892South AfricaA lovely flinty character graces the yellow apple, peach and orange cream aromas on the nose of this friendly wine. It's quite round and mouthfilling, with a prevailing smoky flavor on the palate that's reminiscent of baked apple with bacon crumble. Drink now.8510RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzRobertson Winery 2015 Chardonnay (Robertson)ChardonnayRobertson Winery
5389453893ArgentinaThis Pinot Noir-heavy sparkler opens with aromas of briny citrus and bready yeast. The palate is fresh and low on weight, with a dominating flavor of pink grapefruit. Overall, this is basic but easy to drink.Cruzat Brut Rosé Méthodo Tradicional8515Mendoza ProvinceValle de UcoMichael Schachner@wineschachCruzat NV Cruzat Brut Rosé Méthodo Tradicional Sparkling (Valle de Uco)Sparkling BlendCruzat
5389553894South AfricaThis is soft and accessible now, with plush notes of baked apple, creamed pear and oaky spice on the attack. The medium-weight palate is broad in feel, begging for a bit more lift to the rich fruit and buttered toast flavors. Drink now.Crocodile's Lair Kaaimansgat8520OverbergLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzBouchard Finlayson 2014 Crocodile's Lair Kaaimansgat Chardonnay (Overberg)ChardonnayBouchard Finlayson
5389653895FranceRound and pillowy in feel, this is a simple wine, offering modest melon and pineapple fruit. Drink it over the next few months.Nobles Rives8513Rhône ValleyCollines RhôdaniennesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCave de Tain 2015 Nobles Rives Marsanne (Collines Rhôdaniennes)MarsanneCave de Tain
5389753896USThis dense, rich and ripe varietal Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in new French oak for 19 months. It shows smoked meat and bacon flavors that last into the finish.Limited Release X Clones85100CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneCharles Krug 2013 Limited Release X Clones Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCharles Krug
5389853897PortugalThis is a soft, creamy wine with fruitiness and a yeasty edge. Made from Bical, Arinto and Maria Gomes, it's ready to drink.Blanc de Blancs Bruto8512Beira AtlanticoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega de Cantanhede NV Blanc de Blancs Bruto Sparkling (Beira Atlantico)Portuguese SparklingAdega de Cantanhede
5389953898USThis widely available white is unfussy and medium bodied, with toasted oak and baked apple flavors, brightened by a squeeze of lemon.Estate8518CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAlexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayAlexander Valley Vineyards
5390053899PortugalA typical Douro blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, this wine is all about bright, crisp fruit. Black and red currant flavors come with tight acidity and a juicy character. Tightly wound now, it needs a few more months to calm down. Drink from 2018.Caldas8514DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerAlves de Sousa 2014 Caldas Red (Douro)Portuguese RedAlves de Sousa
5390153900IsraelA clean nose of citrus paves the way for flavors of grapefruit and Sevilla orange. This wine is soft and pleasing on the palate, but it may be touch tart for some tastes.Admon Vineyard8530GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysCarmel 2014 Admon Vineyard Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayCarmel
5390253901FranceThis pale rosé blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is fruity with crisp strawberry fruits and acidity. It has a soft perfumed aftertaste that makes it immediately attractive. Drink now.Bélingard859Southwest FranceBergerac RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bélingard 2015 Bélingard (Bergerac Rosé)RoséChâteau Bélingard
5390353902FranceThis white wine is fruity and crisp with a deliciously refreshing herbal edge. Lemon and pink grapefruit are cut by some zingy acidity and finished with a bright aftertaste. Drink now.859Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Touja 2015 White (Côtes de Gascogne)White BlendDomaine du Touja
5390453903PortugalThis yeasty wine is bone-dry, mature and ready to drink, a toasty element having replaced any fruitiness. The aftertaste is crisp and bright.Brut Nature Reserva Arinto8528TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lapa 2012 Brut Nature Reserva Arinto Sparkling (Tejo)Portuguese SparklingQuinta da Lapa
5390553904USAromas of vanilla and wood spice lead to elegant, somewhat dried out and dilute fruit flavors, followed by a short finish.Weldon's Wine8527WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSchooler Nolan 2014 Weldon's Wine Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonSchooler Nolan
5390653905ArgentinaRaspy berry and plum aromas lead to a palate dominated by tartaric acid. That, in turn, leads to sharp berry and plum flavors backed by a bracing finish.8514Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachThe Seeker 2015 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecThe Seeker
5390753906ItalyThis informal white opens with whiffs of orchard fruit and citrus while the simple palate offers suggestions of pear and pineapple. A hint of bitter almond marks the rather lean abrupt finish.Cà de' Rocchi85VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTinazzi 2015 Cà de' Rocchi (Soave)GarganegaTinazzi
5390853907FranceA French version of a brand that is more familiar in Chile as Viña San Esteban, this wine has more stylistically to do with South America than southwest France. It is soft, juicy, rounded and with attractive ripe tannins. The wine is ready to drink.Réserve859Southwest FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerVino San Esteban 2015 Réserve MalbecMalbecVino San Esteban
5390953908FranceA blend of 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Gamay, this is a fruity wine with the softest tannins and red cherry flavor. Made to drink young, it's somewhat spoiled by a banana-like edge that comes from its vinification.8518BurgundyCoteaux BourguignonsRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2015 Coteaux BourguignonsPinot Noir-GamayJoseph Drouhin
5391053909ItalyThis simple white opens with aromas of honeysuckle and pear while the easygoing palate offers hints of nectarine and green apple. Fresh acidity gives it a brisk finish. Drink soon.858Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFamiglia Cielo 2016 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioFamiglia Cielo

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