Wine Reviews

5655156550USThis is a good, round, fruity style of Riesling. It's off-dry (2.6% residual sugar), with flavors of pineapple, sweet tangerine and Meyer lemon. The fruit is simply delicious; drink now.8813WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lone Birch 2011 Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingLone Birch
5656356562USThis Merlot has a fair splash of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It does not shy away from underbrush accents of leaf and herb, adding complexity to the cherry fruit.8814WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Roza Ridge 2009 Merlot (Rattlesnake Hills)MerlotRoza Ridge
5655256551FranceRipe and full bodied, this is a wine that reflects the softness of the vintage. Aged in wood, it has a rounded texture, with spice, apricot and pineapple flavors, finishing with a touch of acidity.Le Charmois Premier Cru8830BurgundySaint-AubinRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Picard 2009 Le Charmois Premier Cru (Saint-Aubin)ChardonnayMichel Picard
5655356552USMade from 100% Lake County-grown Riesling grapes, this opens with sweet aromas of nectar and golden honey. It's pretty and off dry (30 g/L residual sugar), remaining balance because of its crisp acidity.8813CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneThe White Knight 2010 Riesling (California)RieslingThe White Knight
5655456553ItalyThis red showcases characteristic aromas of red fruit, cola and barbecue spice, with a soft, velvety close.Campo San Vito8820VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoVilla Monteleone 2010 Campo San Vito (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraVilla Monteleone
5656456563USThis is the richest and most satisfying of the winery's four 2010 Pinot Noirs. It's not an ager, but the flavors of raspberry and cherry jam are forward and tasty, with a tart edge of spicy licorice. Drink it now for maximum freshness.8830CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaSebastiani 2010 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSebastiani
5655556554FranceOpulent and ripe, full bodied and rich, this has notes of toast and spice as well as apricot and pear flavors. With its balanced character, it can be consumed now, but it will also age for another year.Domaine Beranger8825BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2010 Domaine Beranger (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
5656556564USDespite its 2.4% residual sugar, this is a tart, lemony wine that seems made to enjoy with raw oysters. The searing acidity is not for everyone, but if you like lip-smacking tartness, this has the depth and flavor to match it.The Magician Evergreen Vineyard White Wine8818WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sleight of Hand 2011 The Magician Evergreen Vineyard White Wine Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingSleight of Hand
5655656555USLean and steely, with penetrating minerality, this bone-dry Riesling just begs to be paired with briny oysters or caviar. The palate boasts delicate apple and pear flavors that are layered with smoke, fresh fennel and a deliciously herbaceous finish.Vintner's Reserve8825New YorkCayuga LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHosmer 2010 Vintner's Reserve Riesling (Cayuga Lake)RieslingHosmer
5655756556ItalyRipasso is a perfect wine for a chilly autumn evening with roasted meat and a roaring fireplace. Hearty and determined, this shows soft black fruit, with barbecue spice and teriyaki sauce.Tenuta Lena di Mezzo8824VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoMonte del Frá 2010 Tenuta Lena di Mezzo (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraMonte del Frá
5656656565USThis has an extraordinarily-high level of residual sugar, giving it a very sweet, honeyed taste. The flavors are of pure golden apricots, with accents of tangerines, buttered toast and vanilla cream. While it's not overly complex, it offers plenty of rich pleasure.Trust Winery Limited8865CaliforniaMendocino RidgeStephen & Walker 2010 Trust Winery Limited Chardonnay (Mendocino Ridge)ChardonnayStephen & Walker
5655856557South AfricaThis blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 26% Merlot boasts assertive aromas of cassis, black plum and licorice root. The medium-weight palate offers similarly concentrated fruit flavors, with a slightly chewy texture and a long, spicy finish.The Left Bank8815Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzNeil Ellis 2010 The Left Bank Red (Western Cape)Red BlendNeil Ellis
5656756566SpainBerry candy and licorice aromas become more subtle and earthy with air. It feels grabby and abrasive as many Toro's are prone to be, with blackberry and root notes and a sugar beet flavor. The slightly hot, candied finish holds onto that rooty character.8832Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachMonte Hiniesta 2009 ToroTinta de ToroMonte Hiniesta
5656856567FranceBased in the village of Cramant, Voirin-Jumel has access to Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards. This crisp and tight wine is packed with acidity, fresh citrus and a taut, steely texture. It is still young and fruity, and could do with some bottle age.Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut89ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVoirin-Jumel NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayVoirin-Jumel
5655956558SpainThis is light, mildly yeasty, slightly pickled and briny smelling. It feels fresh and edgy, with good acidic cut, while the flavors lean toward orange and white peach. It holds onto its briny character on the finish, which is dry, bracing and tastes of mineral and lime.Brut Nature8819CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPrincesa NV Brut Nature Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPrincesa
5656956568USJust three barrels of this reserve were produced, commemorating the owners' half century together. Spicy and tight, with the ample acidity of the 2013 vintage, its fruit suggests hard raspberry candy, with elements of peppery herb and stiff tannins. Give it extra aeration, or cellar 2017–2019.50 Years of Adventures8965OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Winter's Hill 2013 50 Years of Adventures Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirWinter's Hill
5656056559USRipe notes of stone fruit and apple blossom lend a lavish air to this dry yet penetrating Pinot Gris. It's big and voluptuous, but it finishes clean, with lingering minerality and a flash of green flower.Curry Creek Vineyards8824New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRed Newt Cellars 2010 Curry Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisRed Newt Cellars
5657056569FranceDominated by steely, crisp Chardonnay, this is fresh, tight and full of citrus and zesty fruits. A mineral edge gives a nervy texture as well as fragrant fruitiness. The bottling could well age: fresh for now, more toasty and with greater depth later.Brut Mosaïque8940ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerJacquart NV Brut Mosaïque (Champagne)Champagne BlendJacquart
5656156560ItalyRemo Farina is a standout producer with a beautiful portfolio of Amarone and Ripasso wines. This expression shows youthful berry tones that are backed by notes of freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. Its consistency is dark and rich.8815VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoRemo Farina 2010 Valpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraRemo Farina
5656256561USThis has flavors and aromas of hazelnut, dried apricot and coconut in between layers of lush white peach. Overall, this is very pretty and well balanced. Its light-handed finish is floral and tropical, without a sign of oak.Kristen's Viognier, Nelson Ranch8820CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneRock Wall 2011 Kristen's Viognier, Nelson Ranch Viognier (Mendocino County)ViognierRock Wall
5657156570USRipe and dark aromas of black raspberries, blackberries and gingerbread greet the nose on this wine by veteran vintner Larry Brooks. The palate offers up lots of purple flowers with more black raspberry juice, proving tense with energy. Bright acidity cuts through the luscious elements.Estate8932CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTolosa 2013 Estate Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)Pinot NoirTolosa
5657256571ItalyMade entirely with Pinot Nero, this opens with intense aromas of thyme, sage, citrus peel and toasted walnut. The aromas carry through to the palate, along with ripe apple and a hint of bread crust that are offset by crisp acidity and a creamy, refined perlage.Cuvée Giulio I Metodo Classico8950PiedmontAlta LangaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTosti 2008 Cuvée Giulio I Metodo Classico Pinot Nero (Alta Langa)Pinot NeroTosti
5657356572FranceLight in color, this crisp and fruity wine has a balance between its red fruit flavors and the tight, bright acidity. It is softer and fruitier than some of the Gosset wines, making it immediately accessible and a fine apéritif style.Grand Rosé Brut8985ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerGosset NV Grand Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendGosset
5657456573FranceThis is a structured wine, solid with tannins as well as ripe red berry and dark cherry fruits. The combination gives a wine that has concentration from old vines on sandy soil as well as the potential to age. Drink from 2016. The handsome château was an important fortified structure when the Lords of Beaujeu were defending themselves in the 12th century.Cheateau de la Pierre8914BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLoron et Fils 2014 Cheateau de la Pierre (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayLoron et Fils
5657556574ItalyA blend of Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and a small amount of Pinot Meunier, this opens with aromas of bread crust, hazelnut and Golden Delicious apple. The ripe palate offers candied nectarine zest, toast and slightly-bitter roasted walnut alongside a refined, persistent perlage.Madame Martis Riserva89170Northeastern ItalyTrentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMaso Martis 2005 Madame Martis Riserva Sparkling (Trento)Sparkling BlendMaso Martis
5657656575USButtered nuts, lime spritz, green apple, fragrant honeydew and a shred of pineapple treat the nose on this bottling from a steadily rising appellation. The palate shows lots of pep, blending both light crème fraîche with lemon and lime peels, quite focused though not terribly complex.Riverbed8924CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMercy 2013 Riverbed Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayMercy
5657756576FranceWith over 50% Pinot Noir in the blend, this rich, dry wine is ripe at the same time. Apples and bitter oranges fill out the fruitiness, giving a crisp, taut while ripe aftertaste. This is the standard nonvintage Champagne from Boizel.Brut Réserve8945ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBoizel NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendBoizel
5657856577ItalyAromas of Bartlett pear and a whiff of tropical fruit lead the nose. The creamy palate doles out ripe white peach, green apple and juicy pineapple alongside brisk acidity and firm, persistent bubbles.Extra Dry8919VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCarpenè Malvolti NV Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraCarpenè Malvolti
5657956578ItalyThis offers aromas of wisteria, jasmine, white stone fruit and a whiff of almond. The luminous palate doles out green apple, white peach, nectarine zest and a hint of crystallized ginger accompanied by vibrant acidity and small, persistent bubbles.Extra Dry8918VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSorelle Bronca NV Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraSorelle Bronca
5658056579ItalyRipe yellow peach, spring flowers and pastry aromas emerge from the glass. The creamy palate offers crisp Granny Smith apple, white peach and a confectionary note alongside bright acidity and a frothy perlage.Vigneto Giardino8922VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAdami 2014 Vigneto Giardino (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraAdami

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