Wine Reviews

5649156490ItalyAromas of green pear, yellow apple and sage accompany a smoky whiff of flint stone. The structured, vibrant palate delivers a wonderful depth of flavors, including mature apple, white peach, orange zest, grilled rosemary and energizing mineral. It's impeccably balanced, with bright acidity.Ventidue9335Southern ItalyFiano di AvellinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Raiano 2013 Ventidue (Fiano di Avellino)FianoVilla Raiano
5649256491FranceTypically young and fruity, this wine is packed with fresh cherry fruits and plenty of acidity. It's almost crisp and should be drunk now.8315BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Pizay 2013 BeaujolaisGamayChâteau de Pizay
5649356492USThis is like a photocopy of a photocopy of a good Pinor Noir. All the parts are identifiable, from the raspberries and persimmons to the toasty oak and vanilla. It's just all a little thinned down and blurry. Drink now with salmon cakes, burgers, brown rice and tofu.Soul Sister8311CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSave Me San Francisco 2012 Soul Sister Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirSave Me San Francisco
5649456493USWith apricot, orange, honey, butter cream and vanilla flavors, it's a simple wine at a fair price.8313CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSeven Daughters 2012 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnaySeven Daughters
5649556494USTough tannins, acidity and extreme dryness mark this Merlot. While it has some nice, complex black cherry and licorice flavors, it's just too astringent to enjoy, and will not age.8319CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVarda 2012 Merlot (Carneros)MerlotVarda
5649656495USDry, full-bodied and tannic, it will deal well with a cheeseburger or barbecued ribs. Flavors include blackberry jam and dark chocolate.8311CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherPennywise 2012 Petite Sirah (California)Petite SirahPennywise
5649756496USBarrel fermented and aged on the lees, this wine is dry, crisp and dull. The orange and peach flavors are watery, oaky and herbal.White8332CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVellum 2012 White Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Napa Valley)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonVellum
5649856497ChileMelony aromas come with a gritty, oily accent. Although the wine is still zesty on the palate, it is limited in elegance. Flavors of pithy green fruits turn bitter on the finish. The wine is at peak/past peak.Isidora8316Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2012 Isidora Sauvignon Gris (Maipo Valley)Sauvignon GrisCousiño-Macul
5649956498FranceA fruity wine, it has fresh citrus and pear flavors. It is very light with just hints of texture. Drink now.8322BurgundyPetit ChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine L. Chatelain 2012 Petit ChablisChardonnayDomaine L. Chatelain
5650056499PortugalSweet, frothy and very pink, this is a strawberry-jelly rosé, light and fruity. The touch of acidity at the end is very welcome.Conde Villar83Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Arcas 2013 Conde Villar Rosé (Vinho Verde)RoséQuinta das Arcas
5650156500USA bit heavy, soft and dull, it has dried herb, green pea, oak and tropical fruit flavors, without much complexity. It's all right for drinking now.8320CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRussian Ridge 2011 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayRussian Ridge
5650256501PortugalPetrol aromas lead to a wine that has seen some wood aging and that seems to miss out on fruitiness. It has toast, a burned character and a taut texture. The rest of the wine is bland.Dornas Branco83AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Rocim 2012 Dornas Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteHerdade do Rocim
5650356502USSugary flavors of orange and apricot jam mark this simple wine. It's oaky and creamy, with good acidity.8329CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastKessler-Haak 2011 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayKessler-Haak
5650456503USThe texture is off, with hard and bitter tannins. The fruit also is quite ripe, with the black cherries veering into raisins. Oak sticks out in the form of sweet vanilla and toast. The result lacks harmony.Estate Reserve Honor Roll8334CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastBurrell School Vineyards 2010 Estate Reserve Honor Roll Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains)MerlotBurrell School Vineyards
5650556504PortugalAn herbal wine, rather green in character and missing fruitiness. Structure and cherry fruits are there but lost in this green stalky character.Vinha Padre Pedro8310TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2011 Vinha Padre Pedro Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedCasa Cadaval
5650656505USA blend of 90% Barbera and 10% Viognier made into a white wine, this bottling is mired in candy apple and white grapy flavors. It's round and otherwise simple.White Barbera8314CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneVilla Toscano 2012 White Barbera Barbera (Shenandoah Valley (CA))BarberaVilla Toscano
5650756506USThis Cab is starting to turn raisiny and pruny, and hot in alcohol as well, with a porty taste and a finish that's bitter in tannins.8385CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaHorned Toad 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHorned Toad
5650856507FranceA juicy wine, it has soft tannins and gently stalky fruit textures. Black currant fruits accompany fresh, tangy acidity. Not for aging, so drink now.8313BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Belle-Garde 2012 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Belle-Garde
5650956508FranceThe light color of this wine continues to the light palate, which just hints at strawberry fruits. Soft, finishing with fresh acidity, this lightweight wine should be drunk now.83BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chêne 2011 BourgognePinot NoirDomaine Chêne
5651056509USThe fruit on this Syrah is so ripe that the blackberries venture into raisins and prunes. With the glycerine from high alcohol, the wine tastes like a minor Port.Lafond Vineyard8240CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastLafond 2010 Lafond Vineyard Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills)SyrahLafond
5651156510USSugary and simple in candied cherry and blackberry flavors, this wine will go down easily at a barbecue.Winemaker's Blend8213CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSeven Daughters 2012 Winemaker's Blend Red (California)Red BlendSeven Daughters
5651256511FranceTannic and hard around the edges, it has a woody character. The black currant fruit is there but spoiled by the rest of the flavors.82BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Darzac 2012 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Darzac
5651356512USHigh alcohol marks this Bordeaux-style blend, giving it heat that accentuates the tannins. The result is tough and dry.Bella's Blend8239CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaDue Cani 2010 Bella's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Napa Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotDue Cani
5651456513USWatery pineapple and peach flavors have a heavy jacket of oak-like smokiness. Acidity provides a clean mouthfeel.8214CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaMasterpiece 2012 Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayMasterpiece
5651556514USThe cold vintage took its price, making the wine lean and minty.Flood Family Vineyards8230CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastRancho Sisquoc 2011 Flood Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirRancho Sisquoc
5651656515USOn the plus side, it's bone dry and delicate in structure, with excellent acidity and sour red cherry candy fruit. But there's an unripeness that suggests raw white mushrooms and bell peppers. Drink up.Bella Collina Vineyard8240CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastLa Montagne 2011 Bella Collina Vineyard Tempranillo (Paso Robles)TempranilloLa Montagne
5651756516USThis basic, inexpensive Pinot has Syrah and Viognier blended, but overall the wine is fairly generic, with a streak of smokiness in the background.Hybrid8210CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vboonePeltier 2012 Hybrid Pinot Noir (Lodi)Pinot NoirPeltier
5651856517ItalyThis is a creamy and sophisticated interpretation of Greco di Tufo with lush notes of banana cream, honey, mature peach and vanilla. The wine has excellent density and loads of peach flavors with a touch of sour almond on the finish.88Southern ItalyGreco di TufoFratelli Urciuolo 2007 Greco di TufoGrecoFratelli Urciuolo
5651956518AustriaThe Singerriedl is the most renowned vineyard in Spitz, and this ripe but cool example shows its great minerality and taut apple skin tannin structure. Rounding the wine out is an attractive, creamy finish.Singerriedl Federspiel8814WachauRoger Voss@vossrogerGritsch Mauritiushof 2007 Singerriedl Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerGritsch Mauritiushof
5652056519FranceFull-on style of wine, packed with apricot and peach flavors, spiced up with cinnamon, layered with toast and finishing with delicious, open acidity. A wine that shows why St-Aubin is a village that is worth paying attention to.La Chatenière Premier Cru88BurgundySaint-AubinRoger Voss@vossrogerRoux Père et Fils 2006 La Chatenière Premier Cru (Saint-Aubin)ChardonnayRoux Père et Fils

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