Wine Reviews

5628156280GermanyInitial aromas of smoke and earth dissipate to reveal scents of rich, honeyed peaches and spice. The palate is bright and sweet with ripe, juicy stonefruit and preserved quince, accented by hints of fresh herbs and ramps. An unusual harmony of sweet and savory, it finishes long and complex.Abstberg Spätlese8940MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaMaximin Grünhäuser 2011 Abstberg Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingMaximin Grünhäuser
5628256281USThis Cab, which contains small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is the poster child for the modern Napa style of exceptional fruitiness, softness and sweet oakiness. You'll either love the mélange of blackberries, cherries and mocha, or you'll find it overbearing.89150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGallica 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonGallica
5628356282UruguayAromas of baked berries and spice are mature and complex. This feels rich and almost lactic, while oaky, buttery flavors of roasted berry fruits and molasses finish soft and cuddly, with a licorice note. Drink this very nice Uruguayan blend of Tannat and other red grapes now.Preludio8952JuanicoMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Deicas 2006 Preludio Red (Juanico)Red BlendFamilia Deicas
5628456283FranceThis is a rich demi-sec without being too sweet. It has a good balance of ripe creamed-pear and baked-apple flavors along with a bright layer of acidity. It's an harmonious whole, and ready to drink now.White Label Demi-Sec8948ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV White Label Demi-Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin
5628556284GermanyHints of savory spice, toast and bramble add dimension to ripe blackberry and plum flavors on the nose of this ripe, full-bodied Pinot Noir. The palate is lush with fruit and oak tones, brightened by crisp cranberry acidity. Finishes long, with a murmur of soft, dainty tannins and green herbs.Malterdinger Bienenberg R GG Reserve Erste Lage89111BadenAnna Lee C. IijimaHuber 2009 Malterdinger Bienenberg R GG Reserve Erste Lage Spätburgunder (Baden)SpätburgunderHuber
5628656285USThe reserve spends 18 months in 50% new French oak. It's already drinking well and hinting at quickly-maturing tannins. Soft and lightly leathery, it mixes rose petals, milk chocolate and sandalwood in with the pretty cherry fruit. Drink now and over the next few years.Reserve8940OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Illahe 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirIllahe
5628756286ItalyMade from Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco, this wine offers a fragrance of lemon peel and yellow flower. The creamy palate offers apple, pear and pastry notes. A smooth texture balanced by fresh acidity yields a clean finish.Primum8930LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Valle NV Primum Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendLa Valle
5628856287ItalyThis is a great Barbera that's loaded with varietal aromas of ripe berry and black pepper. The delicious palate delivers black cherry, white pepper and cinnamon flavors. The round, soft tannins are balanced with fresh acidity, making this perfect to pair with hearty pastas to grilled steaks.8922PiedmontBarbera d'Alba SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLivio Voghera 2011 Barbera d'Alba SuperioreBarberaLivio Voghera
5628956288ItalyMade with native grapes Corvina, Rondinella e Oseleta, this wine has a fragrance of black fruit, raisin and spice. The smooth palate delivers ripe plum and blackberry layered with pepper notes and a hint of cocoa.Brolo Campofiorin89VenetoVeroneseKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasi 2009 Brolo Campofiorin Red (Veronese)Red BlendMasi
5629056289ItalyRighey is a lovely Moscato that shows all the pedigree of Moscato d'Asti. It has aromas of ripe peach, ginger and dried sage that carry over to the palate along with a frothy texture and crisp, quenching acidity that leaves the palate feeling cleansed. It's perfect for brunch or picnics.Righey89PiedmontMoscato d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontaribaldi 2012 Righey (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoMontaribaldi
5629156290ItalyMediterra opens with intense aromas of bell pepper, red currants, sage and black pepper. The round palate offers lush plum and blackberry layered with nutmeg, clove and pepper. Pair it with a variety of foods including cured meats and medium aged cheeses.Mediterra8925TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio al Tesoro 2011 Mediterra Red (Toscana)Red BlendPoggio al Tesoro
5629256291ItalyThis delicious and refined Sauvignon Blanc from Tuscany offers classic varietal aromas of crushed tomato vine and green melon. Succulent cantaloupe, peach and apricot flavors are balanced by crisp acidity and a creamy texture.Gemella89TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBindella 2012 Gemella Sauvignon Blanc (Toscana)Sauvignon BlancBindella
5629356292USFruity in blackberry and dark cherry with a meaty undercurrent, Heritage blends 47% Barbera with 22% Petite Sirah, 18% Alicante Bouschet and 13% Carignane. Meaty and brisk in acidity, it has a brightness to it traditionally inspired field blends don't often have, amidst a core of power and follow-through. This is a great Lodi wine.Heritage Field Blend8925CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneBorra 2010 Heritage Field Blend Red (Lodi)Red BlendBorra
5629456293FranceThis lean, firmly tannic wine is more about structure than fruit. There is a burnt, chocolate- and bitter-coffee flavor that gives edge to the palate, while firm tannins enrobe black-cherry fruit. Drink from 2016.Cuvée Signature Les Charmots Premier Cru8978BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné & Fils 2011 Cuvée Signature Les Charmots Premier Cru (Pommard)Pinot NoirBouchard Aîné & Fils
5629556294PortugalA full-bodied wine, ripely fruity while preserving the natural, cool freshness of a Vinho Verde. It is richly endowed with apple and pear flavors, a touch of yellow fruit and a just a hint of spice. One in a series of single variety wines from Vilacetinho.8915Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa de Vilacetinho 2012 Avesso (Vinho Verde)AvessoCasa de Vilacetinho
5629656295FranceSerious amounts of new wood dominate this still young wine. It has weight and there is great juicy black currant fruit underneath the dry wood character. Once it opens up again, this is going to be a delicious, structured wine. Drink from 2016.8950BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Bertin de Saint Clair 2010 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Bertin de Saint Clair
5629756296PortugalWhile it is still young, this is a complex wine, with black currant notes supported by firm tannins. It shows wood aging, fresh acidity and a solid core of structure that promises good aging. Drink from 2015.Forma de Arte8916TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Monteiro 2011 Forma de Arte Touriga Nacional-Cabernet Sauvignon (Tejo)Touriga Nacional-Cabernet SauvignonQuinta do Casal Monteiro
5629856297USBrisk acidity, dried herbs, green olives, white pepper and minerals add complexity and earthiness to the raspberry, cherry and cola flavors of this Zin. It's dry on the finish, and stylish enough to accompany fine steaks and rich cheeses, with of course plenty of crusty bread.8922CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaQuivira 2011 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelQuivira
5629956298USA zesty, warm dark plum Primitivo rich in leathery coffee and jam and nestled in a wall of finely structured tannins. This is the kind of wine one can describe as having nice legs.Estate Bottled8920CaliforniaClear LakeVirginie Boone@vbooneRosa d'Oro 2011 Estate Bottled Primitivo (Clear Lake)PrimitivoRosa d'Oro
5630056299ChileBalsam wood, floral berry and herbal aromas rest in front of a crisp, fresh palate with raw acidity and clampy tannins. Olive, pepper, herbal and foresty fruit flavors announce a medium-weight, snappy finish with no obvious oak. This is very nice but at $125 a bottle it has its limits.Rivalta Limited Selection89125Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2009 Rivalta Limited Selection Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendSanta Ema
5630156300PortugalWith some concentration from skin contact during fermentation, this is a wine with richness, spice and apricot character. The palate is full with hints of toastiness, with the ripeness laced by a fresher burst of lemon acidity, resulting in an overall well-balanced wine.8915TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2012 Arinto (Tejo)ArintoTerra Silvestre
5630256301FranceThis is a rich, full-bodied Champagne showing hints of bottle age but mostly crisp, fresh apple and apricot flavors. It's a ripe, fruity wine, from the southern vineyards in the Aube, but with a apple-skin astringency and brisk texture. Drink now–2019.Cuvée Ernestine Brut89ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVeuve Doussot 2009 Cuvée Ernestine Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendVeuve Doussot
5630356302ChileInitially this doesn't distinguish itself. The nose deals typical Chilean Chardonnay aromas of corn and stalks, along with warm-weather fruits. In the mouth, however, this is minerally and intense, with driving acidity pushing flavors of oak, cinnamon, toast and baked apple. On the finish, the fruit fades rather quickly while vanilla and resiny oak flavors settle in and take over.Chacai8974PirqueMichael Schachner@wineschachWilliam Fèvre 2011 Chacai Chardonnay (Pirque)ChardonnayWilliam Fèvre
5630456303ItalyFunky aromas of game, powdered herb and scorched soil lead the nose. The tightly wound palate isn't very expressive, but eventually shows raw cherry, thyme and a hint of star anise while astringent tannins leave a rough, mouth drying finish.Sorano8675PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAscheri 2012 Sorano (Barolo)NebbioloAscheri
5630556304PortugalGet past the meaty aromas and the wine is smooth, caramel and spice flavored. The wood flavors are prominent suggesting the wine has been aged well. At the end, berry fruits and acidity come through.Porto Tawny Reserve8614PortRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges NV Porto Tawny Reserve (Port)PortBorges
5630656305PortugalThe wine is all about fresh fruit. Blackberry fruit jumps from the glass with its light tannins and lively acidity. The structure, with just a touch of dryness, is just right to support the boisterous fruit. Drink from 2017.Cascas Winemaker Selection8610AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2015 Cascas Winemaker Selection Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCasca Wines
5630756306PortugalFrom a region well-known for its sparkling wines, this is a fruity wine with soft acidity and a ripe apple character. It has a light mousse, creamy rather than crisp. Drink now.Grande Cuvée Chardonnay-Arinto8612BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves da Montanha 2009 Grande Cuvée Chardonnay-Arinto Sparkling (Bairrada)Portuguese SparklingCaves da Montanha
5630856307USScents and flavors suggest cherry pipe tobacco, along with streaks of dried leaf and lemon oil. It's a rough and tumble, every day red, with some chewy tannins.8627OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cliff Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Southern Oregon)Cabernet SauvignonCliff Creek
5630956308USFinished quite dry, this brings tart rhubarb and sour berry fruit to bear, backed with ample acidity. It was whole cluster pressed, blended with Pinot Noir saignée, and cold fermented in stainless steel. It's a good picnic rosé, ready for cured meats and soft cheeses.Divertimento Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir8620OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coelho 2015 Divertimento Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé (Willamette Valley)RoséCoelho
5631056309USThis is unusually pale, with a suggestion of a tawny, slightly oxidized hue. The soft entry brings dusty spices and tart cherry fruit. It finishes with some darker, slightly charred tones, and a hint of cigar. Drink up.8625OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dion 2014 Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirDion

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