Wine Reviews


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5670156700FranceDense and well structured, this is going to be an attractive wine. It has blackberry fruit, plenty of crisp acidity and a structured aftertaste. Drink from 2018.8710BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Costis 2015 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Costis
5670256701FranceRipe both with the generous tannins and the juicy fruit, this is a wine with good potential. There is plenty of acidity to bring out the crisp character of this attractive wine. It will be ready from 2019.8715BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Garros 2015 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Garros
5670356702FranceMade from 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault, this opens with ripe peach and red-berry aromas that are framed by mentholated herbal tones. The medium-weight palate offers a round mouthfeel and soft acidity, followed by a lightly pithy finish.Le8718Languedoc-RoussillonCoteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint LoupLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau de Lancyre 2016 Le Rosé (Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup)RoséChâteau de Lancyre
5670456703FranceThere is plenty of fruit to find in this generous wine. Its tannins and dense structure are just part of its ripe future. The berry fruits and acidity promise a delicious wine from 2018.Cuvée Raphaël8721BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Parenchère 2015 Cuvée Raphaël (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Parenchère
5670556704FranceStill showing its wood aging, the wine is rich with spice and blackberry fruit. It is structured and with swathes of juicy fruitiness. The acidity at the end gives this wine its final lift.8713BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Judes 2016 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau des Judes
5670656705FranceCrisp and full of red fruits, this is a balanced wine. With its tannins well tamed and integrated with the fruit, this is going to be a fruity easy wine. Drink from 2018.8712BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Le Bocage 2015 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Le Bocage
5670756706FranceThere is a toughness to this young wine that will take time to soften. On the other hand, there is plenty going for it with the smoky black fruits and acidity and the warm aftertaste. Drink from 2019.8716BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Majureau Sercillan 2015 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Majureau Sercillan
5670856707FranceThe wine is ripe with rounded black-plum fruits over the toasty flavor. It has structure certainly, although this is already integrated into the juicy character of this attractive wine. Drink now.Cuvée Michael8714BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Petit-Freylon 2015 Cuvée Michael (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Petit-Freylon
5670956708USAromas of matchstick, herb, vanilla and cinnamon are followed by a creamy-feeling palate that equally mixes fruit and barrel flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up.Indian Wells8718WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonChateau Ste. Michelle
5671056709FranceMade from 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, this rosé leads with herbal scents of garrigue herbs and peppercorn that dance atop fruity tones of ripe red cherry and plum skin. The soft, round palate offers richer tones of watermelon candy and peach preserves, while ample acidity lifts the finish and provides a clean close.Les Pierres Blanches8717Languedoc-RoussillonLanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine de Nizas 2016 Les Pierres Blanches Rosé (Languedoc)RoséDomaine de Nizas
5671156710USSoft peach and nectarine aromas meet with grapefruit-laced créme anglaise on the balanced nose of this bottling. There's an oily presence to the palate, where tropical mango and banana-cream flavors show in a reserved style.Reserve8722CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEOS 2015 Reserve White (Santa Ynez Valley)Rhône-style White BlendEOS
5671256711USThis off-dry bottling shows orange blossom, light honey, tangerine rinds, lemon zest and the slightest hint of petrol on the nose. There is decent zip to the palate, where orange-soda and lime flavors ride a sugary frame.8715CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2016 Riesling (Santa Barbara County)RieslingFess Parker
5671356712USWith blend of fruit from Gamache (55%), Champoux (33%) and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, the herb, cherry, vanilla, green-tea and green-pepper aromas are followed by bunched-up-seeming tannins. It doesn't appear to have fully ripened.Vintners Select87WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGamache 2013 Vintners Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonGamache
5671456713USFresh herb and leaf notes lend a peppery green edge to this savory smoky Cabernet Sauvignon. Crisp red-cherry and raspberry flavors are tart and cool, marked by a slightly gamy meaty note that would pair especially well with pizza or pasta Bolognese.8725New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonGlenora
5671556714USThis wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. Aromas of flowers, purple fruit, herb, barrel spice and cranberry lead to medium-bodied cherry flavors. Firm tannins provide support.The Wanted8739WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGuardian 2014 The Wanted Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotGuardian
5671656715USBrooding aromas of purple fruit, apple and spice are followed by brawny dark fruit flavors. The tannins bring a firm squeeze.Newsprint8721WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGuardian 2015 Newsprint Petite Sirah (Columbia Valley (WA))Petite SirahGuardian
5671756716USWhile the nose is quite demure, the palate of this Chardonnay-Riesling blend is vibrantly fruity. Dry in style with forward fresh flavors of red apple, pear and tangerine, it's an easygoing sip with a crisp lemony finish.8724New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHarbes Family Vineyard 2015 White (New York)Chardonnay-RieslingHarbes Family Vineyard
5671856717ChileRubbery dark-fruit aromas are surrounded by hints of olive, minerals and spice. This feels round as well as fair and balanced; flavors of loamy blackberry are smooth and come with chocolate notes. Coffee, spice and herbal flavors work the finish.Antiguas Reservas8917Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2011 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCousiño-Macul
5671956718AustriaRestrained and soft on the nose, this light-bodied white offers subtle lemon zestiness and a phenolic seam that provide structure and food-friendliness with a savory, almost herbal edge.Terrassen Federspiel8916WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomäne Wachau 2013 Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerDomäne Wachau
5672056719GermanyUpfront aromas of savory herbs and pressed apple lend an earthy feel to this medium-sweet wine. It opens gradually to reveal a pretty perfume of jasmine and lavender that penetrates long on the palate. It's juicy with sweet white-grapefruit flavor, and finishes tight with zesty lime and lemon astringency.Hochheimer Kabinett8919RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDomdechant Werner 2012 Hochheimer Kabinett Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDomdechant Werner
5672156720GermanyFresh green herbs and tart stone-fruit aromas waft delicately from this dry, remarkably juicy wine. The palate bursts with ripe white peach and nectarine flavor accented with bright, zesty lime acidity.Ockfener Bockstein8915MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Fischer 2012 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Fischer
5672256721AustriaRipe and glowing Mirabelle plum on nose and palate spells a fruit-driven, fresh and joyous wine. A textured core and precise acidity underlie its seemingly uncomplicated surface.89NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEichinger 2013 Roter Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Roter VeltlinerEichinger
5672356722GermanyNutty, slightly earthy tones lend a savoriness to lush, ripe apricot and peach flavors. It's juicy and sweet, yet refreshing on the palate with zesty lime acidity and a pleasant astringency that lingers on the finish.Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett8922MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaFriedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium 2012 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingFriedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium
5672456723ChileFirm, pinched aromas of rubbery berry and red fruits feed into a narrow, tomatoey palate with crisp, drawing acidity and tannins. This Carignan-led blend of five grapes is herbal and briny tasting, with tomato, cassis and red-berry flavors. Length, balance and drive push an herbal finish to a good ending.Facundo8935ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachGarcia Schwaderer 2010 Facundo Red (Chile)Red BlendGarcia Schwaderer
5672556724FranceA blend of 40% Bourboulenc, 30% Grenache Blanc and 30% Vermentino, this is a bright and floral wine, offering upfront scents of orange rind, melon, apple flesh, green fig and garrigue herbs. Flavors of red apple and stone fruits continue on the medium-weight palate, with ample acidity to provide good cut and freshness to the finish. A toasted-walnut flavor whispers softly on the medium-length finish. Drink now–2016.Château L'Hospitalet La Reserve8935Languedoc-RoussillonLa ClapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2011 Château L'Hospitalet La Reserve White (La Clape)Rhône-style White BlendGérard Bertrand
5672656725USThis inviting Pinot is broadly ripe and fully lush in earthy, spicy layers, dark cherry and plum that plays across the palate. With a long, substantial finish, iot suits pork roasts and bacon-wrapped scallops.8965CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGuarachi Family 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirGuarachi Family
5672756726FranceA crisp, fresh and creamy wine, it has grapefruit acidity and a firm sense of mineral structure. The wine is developing well, but to bring out its balance between fruit and texture, it needs until 2015 in bottle.Cuvée Jean-Marie Berthier8926Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Berthier 2012 Cuvée Jean-Marie Berthier (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancVignobles Berthier
5672856727ItalyAromas recall white spring flowers and mature pears. The linear palate offers tart Granny Smith, lemon custard and Bartlett pear alongside fresh acidity. It has balance and a clean finish.Zuc di Volpe8940Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVolpe Pasini 2012 Zuc di Volpe Pinot Bianco (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Pinot BiancoVolpe Pasini
5672956728GermanyWaxy white floral aromas add a hint of richness to squeaky-fresh lemon and lime tones in this dry, rather tonic wine. Refreshingly mineral and moderate in alcohol, it's a brisk white to pair with rich, creamy pasta or a cheese plate.Kabinett Trocken8924BadenAnna Lee C. IijimaWeingut Stadt Lahr 2012 Kabinett Trocken Weissburgunder (Baden)WeissburgunderWeingut Stadt Lahr
5673056729AustriaRestrained Meyer lemon and slender zestiness characterize this featherlight wine that nonetheless has a concentrated, melting core and convinces with simple purity.Loiserberg8924KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeszeli 2013 Loiserberg Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingWeszeli

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