Wine Reviews


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5679156790SpainA smooth wine for the price where all the dots connect. The nose has black cherry and raisin, while the palate is lush, deep and concentrated, with rewarding flavors of cherry, cassis and roasted plum. Lasting on the finish, with a licorice flavor. Very good wine for the money; Monastrell/Syrah/Tempranillo is the blend.8910LevanteYeclaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltos del Cuco 2008 Red (Yecla)Red BlendAltos del Cuco
5679256791ItalyThis is a full and generous Friulano (a native grape of northeast Italy) that shows ripe aromas of peach, melon and pear. It is smooth and rich on the palate and would pair with creamy seafood risotto.Zuc di Volpe8938Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliVolpe Pasini 2008 Zuc di Volpe Friulano (Colli Orientali del Friuli)FriulanoVolpe Pasini
5679356792FranceA blend that includes three ancient Champagne varieties—Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai—along with Chardonnay. The mix gives a full, perfumed and rich wine, with intense acidity as well as the crispest apple flavor. It is without question a wine for food.Quattuor Blanc de Blancs Brut9070ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDrappier NV Quattuor Blanc de Blancs Brut White (Champagne)White BlendDrappier
5679456793USA terrific Cabernet made from a blend of various Paso Robles vineyards. Just delicious, a young, softly appealing wine brimming with blackberry, cherry, currant, mocha and cedar flavors. Beautiful now, especially with a grilled steak or lamb chop.9030CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastFalcone 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonFalcone
5679556794ItalyThis Riserva Barbaresco from the warm 2005 vintage delivers subtle hints of wild berry and cassis backed by white truffle and earthy tones. At the far back are aromas of dried beef or smoked ham and the wine would pair well with veal in cream sauce. The acidity and tannins should keep your palate refreshed.Riserva90PiedmontBarbarescoFratelli Casetta 2005 Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloFratelli Casetta
5679656795ItalyPresented in extremely elegant packaging, this is a beautiful expression of Nebbiolo from Piedmont. Not as austere as Barolo or Barbaresco, this wine does offer familiar aromas of black currant, pressed violets, tar, licorice and leather. The wine is smooth, silky and structured on the close.9021PiedmontLangheGiacomo Vico 2008 Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloGiacomo Vico
5679756796ItalyBarolo Arborina is slightly raw and sharp at first but the quality of the fruit is evident and, in general, this wine needs more time to evolve in the bottle. At this young stage, you'll taste white cherry, Spanish cedar, graphite tones, tobacco and light shadings of smoke. It's a fine, elegant wine with a long tannic fade.Arborina90PiedmontBaroloGianfranco Bovio 2006 Arborina (Barolo)NebbioloGianfranco Bovio
5679856797ChileA rock-solid wine with bright currant, berry and rooty, cola-infused aromas. The mouthfeel is excellent and integrated, with earthy, savory, spicy flavors of blackberry, cherry and tea. Long and savory on the finish, with complexity. Wines like this are what make the Chilean Carignan category worth exploring. Drink now through 2012.Amplus Old Vines9027PeumoMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2006 Amplus Old Vines Carignan (Peumo)CarignanSanta Ema
5679956798ItalyThis pretty Barbaresco from the Asili cru offers bright fruit intensity with layers of white cherry, wild blueberry and plum. Those fresh tones are backed by softer shadings of smoke, spice and mineral. The wine is focused, sharp and firm on the long finish.Asili9044PiedmontBarbarescoCa' del Baio 2007 Asili (Barbaresco)NebbioloCa' del Baio
5680056799USCadaretta's Windthrow is a limited-release southern Rhône blend of 37% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre, 18% Counoise and 18% Grenache. The fruit is just ripe enough, clean and juicy, with a spicy and tart mouthfeel. What's most surprising is the length—the wine seems to gather itself and push on through a full-throttle finish, adding nougat and vanilla custard to the mix.Windthrow9050WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cadaretta 2007 Windthrow Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red BlendCadaretta
5680156800ItalyCascina Saria is a relatively new producer in the Langhe, although the family has been growing grapes for generations. This Barbaresco shows tart aromas of berry fruit and white cherry, but it also offers accents of red apple, spice, wet earth and smoked bacon. There's more heft and consistency in the mouth, and the fruit flavors show the thick and chewy qualities of a hot vintage.9030PiedmontBarbarescoCascina Saria 2007 BarbarescoNebbioloCascina Saria
5680256801AustriaA 900-foot vineyard offers just the right cool conditions for great Pinot Noir. This is impressive, toast and raspberry fruit flavors vying with spice and acidity. It needs 3–4 years for the wood to integrate completely.Dürr90BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerKollwentz 2007 Dürr Pinot Noir (Burgenland)Pinot NoirKollwentz
5680356802USWith this 2008, Taz brings to the table a wonderful Chardonnay at a great price. It's dry and crisply acidic, with bright, perky flavors of oranges, peaches, Meyer lemons and smoky vanilla. Really nice and clean, a lovely wine and a good restaurant by-the-glass selection. Production was 9,000 cases.9018CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastTaz 2008 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayTaz
5680456803ItalyBarolo Tebavio delivers a wild, untamed nature with aromas of wet earth, blue flower, underbrush, white mushroom and wild berries. Those aromas are a bit muddled at first but unwind with time in the glass to reveal a solid, firm whole. In the mouth, it is streamlined and tight.Tebavio9070PiedmontBaroloTenuta L'Illuminata 2006 Tebavio (Barolo)NebbioloTenuta L'Illuminata
5680556804ItalyPerbacco is a beautiful expression of Nebbiolo with soft, linear harmony and well defined aromas of black fruit, cola, spice and leather. It tastes compact and firm on the tongue and offers a long, delicious finish.Perbacco9025PiedmontLangheVietti 2006 Perbacco Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloVietti
5680656805USOne of the drier, more elegantly structured Sangiovese out there. It shows subtle red cherry, red currant and tobacco flavors, laced with white pepper. A hard streak of acidity cuts through the middle, suggesting softening things like olive oil, lamb, mozzarella cheese.Estate9045CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaWhite Cottage Ranch 2007 Estate Sangiovese (Howell Mountain)SangioveseWhite Cottage Ranch
5680756806ItalyBarolo Roere presents charred notes of charcoal or campfire that will relax with time but that mask some of the wine's natural fruit at this young age. The wine shows good structure and freshness and would make a perfect pairing partner to pork crown roast stuffed with chestnuts and sage.Roere89PiedmontBaroloMonchiero 2006 Roere (Barolo)NebbioloMonchiero
5680856807USThis is Syrah from the far northwest corner of the Columbia Valley, a cool region, whose wines show an underlying minerality. The berry flavors are subtle; this is a mélange of leaf, herb, rock and acid. Still young, the tannins are drying and the wine seems to be entering a dumb phase. Give it plenty of breathing time.Rocky Mother Vineyard Estate8942WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Nefarious 2008 Rocky Mother Vineyard Estate Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahNefarious
5680956808ItalyPrunotto's Barolo from the Bussia cru delivers ripe and jammy tones of strawberry preserves and blackberry pie that sit heavy over Nebbiolo's characteristically ethereal aromas. This wine will appeal to those who enjoy a bigger, bolder style of Barolo that finishes with rich, succulent fruit.Bussia89100PiedmontBaroloPrunotto 2006 Bussia (Barolo)NebbioloPrunotto
5681056809ItalyAurelio Settimo offers a ripe and chewy base Barolo with cheerful aromas of almond paste, cherry liqueur and licorice. Those nuances are enhanced by dusty mineral tones and astringent tannins. The wine is powerful, tannic and bold on the close.8922PiedmontBaroloAurelio Settimo 2006 BaroloNebbioloAurelio Settimo
5681156810ItalyHere's a newly released Barolo that appears older than it actually is. The wine's ruby color shows a browning edge and aromas here reflect tertiary tones of balsam, drying mineral and licorice. In the mouth, you'll get iron-like flavors backed by fine, drying tannins. Don't wait too much longer to drink this wine.Solanotto Altenasso89PiedmontBaroloCavalier Bartolomeo 2006 Solanotto Altenasso (Barolo)NebbioloCavalier Bartolomeo
5681256811USThe Optu red is packaged in a supremely heavy, oversized glass bottle, suggesting that this is the winery's prestige blend, as does the name, Latin for “the best.” Big, full, rich, ripe, round, fleshy and forward, this is a no-wait red that should be consumed as soon as possible.Optu Red Wine8940WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Fidelitas 2006 Optu Red Wine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendFidelitas
5681356812USVery dry and very crisp, with lime, lemongrass and mineral flavors. Considerable new French oak brings creamier notes, while 15% Viognier in the blend adds an exotic tang. It impresses for dry, zesty elegance. An interesting wine, and one to watch in future vintages.7200 Vogelzang Vineyard8925CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastFoxen 2009 7200 Vogelzang Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)Sauvignon BlancFoxen
5681456813ItalyLa Matta is a dark and sophisticated Barbera d'Alba with loads of oak intensity (spice, vanilla and cinnamon) backed by blackberry, currants and plum. Characteristic acidity kicks in on the close and keeps the palate refreshed.La Matta8940PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaGianni Gagliardo 2006 La Matta (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaGianni Gagliardo
5681556814FranceThis is a small property under the same ownership as Château Paloumey. It is unusual in the 20% Petit Verdot that goes into the blend. That gives the wine its deep color and rich generous black-plum fruit. Solid and dense, the wine will age well. Drink from 2020.9125BordeauxMoulis-en-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Garricq 2014 Moulis-en-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Garricq
5681656815FranceThis rich barrel-aged wine is a blend of 50-50 Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is a small, seven-acre estate just outside the village of Saint-Émilion. There are touches of licorice in this wine, hinting at extraction that needs to calm down. When that happens, this will be a dense and finely perfumed wine, rich and with a good future. Drink from 2022.9127BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Révérence 2014 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Révérence
5681756816FranceThe earlier tannins in this wine have softened considerably. Now it is dominated by ripe fruit. The wine is soft and jammy with attractive black currants and a layer of firm tannins underneath. Drink from 2022.91BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lynch-Moussas 2014 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lynch-Moussas
5681856817FranceOwner Xavier Chassagnoux bought this estate in 1978, producing this as the top wine of the property. It shows the richness and fruitiness of the vintage, a ripe wine with black-plum fruit and touches of wood aging as well as crisp acidity at the end. Drink from 2018.9138BordeauxFronsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Renard Mondesir 2012 FronsacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Renard Mondesir
5681956818USThis outstanding value is sharp and precise, its black-cherry fruit holding down a compact core, annotated with streaks of coffee, truffle and chocolate. It punches well above its price, and should drink nicely into the early 2020s.La Sorella9125OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine de Lancellotti 2014 La Sorella Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot Noirde Lancellotti
5682056819USFrom a biodynamic-certified vineyard, this is wildly spicy wine, taut in acidity and sizable tannin. It shows a dark funkiness of baked plum, clove and leather wrapped in more vibrant hits of cherry and orange.Rho: The Correlation Ampelos Vineyard9145CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneAmpelos 2012 Rho: The Correlation Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirAmpelos

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