Wine Reviews

5622156220USDark pink in color, this wine offers a pleasing brightness of strawberry and grapefruit, with moderate acidity that retains body and texture. It finishes ripely succulent.Vin Gris Rosé of9020CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJ Vineyards & Winery 2015 Vin Gris Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirJ Vineyards & Winery
5622256221USThis red is smoothly seductive in its lineage of cedar, pencil lead and undercurrent of lifted cassis and red cherry. Lengthy and full bodied, it is generously lush and brooding on the palate, with plenty of length on the smoky, peppery finish.9044CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneJulietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJulietta
5622356222USThis attractive, well-balanced and deeply concentrated wine is also affordable. It wraps fine-grained tannins around a fruity core, making this medium-bodied wine full in flavor.9022CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLa Follette 2014 Pinot Noir (North Coast)Pinot NoirLa Follette
5622456223USFrom the producer's family estate site planted in 1982 on Eastside Road, this is a nuanced elegant expression of the variety, earthy and pungent in baked bread. Baked plum, strawberry and dried herb are accented by forest floor and a rich hit of maple.Estate9150CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRock Wall 2015 Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRock Wall
5622556224USDark in the glass, this bottling shows strawberry, black plum and gingerbread aromas on the inviting nose. The mouthfeel is airy and relatively light, with a strong tannic tension that frames flavors of dark purple fruit and baking spice.Holystone9129CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSextant 2015 Holystone Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelSextant
5622656225USA Bordeaux-style blend of all five classic red varieties (the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot playing nearly equal roles) this wine is tart in blackberry, cranberry, dark cherry and cassis, with firm, youthful tannins supporting the fruit. Softly intense, it offers balanced acidity and integrated oak.Henry's Blend9156CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrione 2013 Henry's Blend Red (Alexander Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendTrione
5622756226USPlump and somewhat jammy flavors of vanilla and baked cherry meet with soft clove dust on the nose of this bottling by the Foley family. The palate is tight in bright acidity, with flavors of red plum and cracked pepper that linger long on the finish.Lindsay's Vineyard Reserve9180CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTwo Sisters 2015 Lindsay's Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirTwo Sisters
5622856227USThis bold and full-bodied wine has vivid smoke and spice aromas, with rich blackberry and espresso flavors. A healthy wrapping of tannins add an appetizing bite and a lingering, lightly spicy finish. Overall, the tasty oak nuances are well blended with the ripe fruit.Charles Wetmore Single Vineyard9130CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWente 2014 Charles Wetmore Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)Cabernet SauvignonWente
5622956228ItalyAromas of licorice, underbrush, scorched earth and a balsamic whiff of menthol develop in the glass. Firm but elegant, the structured palate offers dried Marasca cherry, spicy blackberry and ground clove set against taut close-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2028.Collepiano9150Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArnaldo Caprai 2012 Collepiano (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoArnaldo Caprai
5623056229USThis full-bodied wine does a superb job of blending luscious fruit flavors of Anjou pear and fresh fig with a spice rack of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon. Good concentration and depth help it feel full and creamy on the palate and extend the finish nicely.Estate Grown9118CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBarra of Mendocino 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Mendocino)ChardonnayBarra of Mendocino
5623156230USThis bottling from five vineyards across the region, which also includes 18% Syrah, is dark and concentrated on the nose with aromas of plum, crushed gravel, rose petals, composting violets and gamy pepper-crusted meats. The palate is more fresh and floral, with lilac touches and kola nut spice, proving lighter weight in body and easy to quaff.Clos de Gilroy9120CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBonny Doon 2016 Clos de Gilroy Grenache (Central Coast)GrenacheBonny Doon
5623256231USThis spicy and well-balanced wine has a light salmon color, subtle aromas like cinnamon and cherries, and flavor accents resembling cranberries, paprika and ginger. It's light to medium bodied, has very fine bubbles and a lingering finish.Blanc de Noirs9130CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBreathless NV Blanc de Noirs Sparkling (North Coast)Sparkling BlendBreathless
5623356232USSeared lemon peels, densely packed honeysuckle, Brie rind and white-ash aromas show on the nose of this appellation blend from the regional superstars, which recently became part of the Jackson Family of wines. The palate is tightly wound with grapefruit pith and a lemon spray-laced acidity that provides ample structure, carrying the slightest bit of riper stone fruit at the core.9140CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrewer-Clifton 2015 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayBrewer-Clifton
5623456233USThis blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc is still quite fresh for being seven-years-old, offering aromas of concentrated red-cherry juice, allspice, sandalwood and nose-tickling cinnamon. Cedar and myrrh flavors lead the woody palate, where a buoyant acidity lifts up the red cherry and tart red-currant fruits.The Earth Speaks9179CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCaldera 2010 The Earth Speaks Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCaldera
5623556234PortugalThis fine wine has firm tannins and a solid feel from serious wood aging. The toast and spice flavors merge with the black fruits, the dark plums and the rich texture of this ripe wine. It is still young, needing further aging to soften those tannins. Drink from 2019.Aliança Reserva9125DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Aliança 2014 Aliança Reserva Red (Dão)Portuguese RedCaves Aliança
5623656235FranceThis second wine of classed growth Château Dassault is still young. It has tannins and a dense texture that comes from its rich fruit and high alcohol. However, it's balanced and jammy, with ripe blackberry flavors and a sense of restrained power. Drink from 2020.D de Dassault9132BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Dassault 2015 D de Dassault (Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Dassault
5623756236FranceThis ripe wine is full of the fruit that's typical of the vintage, with its bursts of red berry flavor and layers of wood. It has a crisp edge from plenty of acidity and a good concentration that gives it the weight it needs. Drink from 2020.9165BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Annonciation 2014 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de l'Annonciation
5623856237FranceThe sweetness of this wine is well contained by acidity, with spice, lemon and honey flavors. It has fine fruit, a crisp texture and a feeling of lightness. Drink from 2020.Petit Védrines91BordeauxBarsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Doisy-Védrines 2014 Petit Védrines (Barsac)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Doisy-Védrines
5623956238FranceThis wine is ripe and juicy, with delicious damson and berry fruit. Being rich and full bodied, it's also densely textured, with smoky touches of wood from barrel aging. Drink from 2020.Tradition9125BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau L'Escadre 2015 Tradition (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau L'Escadre
5624056239FranceNew wood aromas set the scene for this ripe, fuity and toasty wine. It has plenty of black plum fruit, rich tannins and a dry core that will soften. The texture is polished and ripe. Drink from 2020.Quartet9120BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ricaud 2015 Quartet (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Ricaud
5624156240FranceStill very young, this ripe Merlot-dominated wine is packed with dark plum and rich damson fruit flavors. They balance the serious amount of wood influence that gives it its spice and ageability. Drink from 2023.9138BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour Grand Faurie 2015 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour Grand Faurie
5624256241USCinder is quietly one of the wineries carrying the banner for this nascent growing region. The aromas here are sappy and brooding, with notes of Marionberry, huckleberry, bittersweet chocolate and a spice top note. The blue-fruit flavors show an alluring sense of purity and grace that carries through the finish, which includes a savory note that heightens the interest. Delicious stuff.9129IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCinder 2015 SyrahSyrahCinder
5624356242USA blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache and Merlot, this delicious red is juicy in blackberry and vanilla swirls of flavor. Tar, sage and tobacco add savory touches that work within its soft rounded frame.Red C9144CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCovenant 2015 Red C Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendCovenant
5624456243USMuted on the nose, this light-bodied effort is velvety in texture, with a bite of tannin met by equal parts acidity and freshness. Cranberry and black tea highlight the appealing flavor profile.Estate Grown9142CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCuvaison 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirCuvaison
5624556244ChileHerbal plum and berry aromas are gamy almost to an extreme. This multigrape blend has a lot of Syrah and Carmenère in it, and that shows. The palate is muscular in feel, and quite meaty and rustic in flavors, with tastes of olive and beef jerky. A blackened finish is more dark and oaky than fruity.Coyam Los Robles Estate Organic9135Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEmiliana 2013 Coyam Los Robles Estate Organic Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendEmiliana
5624656245PortugalThis is a rich, powerful wine. It is dense, with dusty tannins and great swathes of ripe black fruits. The acidity, crisp and generous at the same time, is well integrated with the fruit. Its solid, firm texture promises aging. Drink this serious, concentrated wine from 2019.Quinta da Esperança Reserva9120AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerEncostas de Estremoz 2014 Quinta da Esperança Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedEncostas de Estremoz
5624756246USEnticing oak spices in the aromas and deftly blended fruit, spice and mineral flavors make this wine especially appealing. It's medium bodied, not a monster, and combines ripe black-cherry flavors, moderate tannins, muted acidity and a velvety mouthfeel.9123CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHusch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)Cabernet SauvignonHusch
5624856247PortugalA barrel-aged Alvarinho, but one that is so delicately toasty that the fruit is what this ripe generous wine is all about. It is rich with citrus and pear flavors, zesty and tangy while also having room for a round ripe aftertaste. This is an impressive wine, ready to drink now.Reserva9125Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Reserva Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)AlvarinhoJ. Portugal Ramos
5624956248USIntriguing and enticing aromas of honey and toasted peanuts lead to very sweet but mild fruit flavors and a texture so soft and billowy that the wine seems to vaporize on the palate. This will be great to drink after dinner or with a selection of cheeses.Tardy Harvest9138CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsJudd's Hill 2013 Tardy Harvest Roussanne (Sierra Foothills)RoussanneJudd's Hill
5625056249USThis is an intensely earthy wine, showing a rich bouquet of rose garden, geranium and wild pine. Soft on the palate and supple in tannin, it retains a savory edge throughout, spicy in Asian five spice, nutmeg and orange peel.El Coro9152CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeller 2014 El Coro Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirKeller

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