Wine Reviews

5698956988USThis tangy, all-stainless, lightly grassy, dry Sauvignon Blanc is a pure and definitive elaboration of the grape's varietal character. Penetrating and crisp, it would be hard to ask for more from a $9 wine.Fumé Blanc919WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Barnard Griffin 2012 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancBarnard Griffin
5697156970FranceThe estate wine from Sacha Lichine's Château d'Esclans discloses deeper color than some rosés from Provence. It has a ripe feel, smooth red fruits and a touch of toastiness. Full-bodied and dry, it is definitely a food rosé, and best left until late 2014 before drinking.9135ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Esclans 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau d'Esclans
5699056989USA huge, powerful Cabernet, this is stuffed with blackberries, cherries, raisins and sweet mocha, with a finish that's long and sensually sweet in spices and oak, offering immediate gratification.InSpire9160CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBoyanci 2011 InSpire Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBoyanci
5697256971FranceA selection from the best parcels of the Gassier vineyard, this is a rounded, ripe and fruity wine. A streak of minerality and tight texture add concentration. Drink this from the end of 2014.Château Gassier 946 Sélection Parcellaire91ProvenceCôtes de Provence Sainte-VictoireRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gassier 2013 Château Gassier 946 Sélection Parcellaire Rosé (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire)RoséChâteau Gassier
5699156990USPredominantly Merlot, this Bordeaux-style blend includes 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cab Franc and 11% Malbec. Given extra bottle age prior to release, it's drinking quite nicely, with plum and black cherry fruit, a rich layer of mocha, and a firm finish with polished tannins and lemony acids.Le Coursier9135WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Le Coursier Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendBrian Carter Cellars
5697356972FranceThe La Londe appellation came into existence in 2008 and this wine celebrates that fact. Rounded and smooth, it has a touch of saltiness as well as dried red berry fruits and intense acidity. Drink from the end of 2014.8 by Château les Valentines9129ProvenceCôtes de Provence La LondeRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Valentines 2013 8 by Château les Valentines Rosé (Côtes de Provence La Londe)RoséChâteau les Valentines
5699256991USTo call this wine huge is an understatement. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Carmenère, its most notable feature is tannins. It's hard, dry and astringent, making it difficult to appreciate now. But there's a gigantic core of blackberries and black currants. With richness like this, it should age and improve through 2020 at least.Estate9170CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaChalk Hill 2010 Estate Red (Chalk Hill)Red BlendChalk Hill
5697456973USDry, crisp and silky, it shows complex raspberry jam, buttered cinnamon toast and sandalwood flavors. It provides great satisfaction, at a fair price.9132CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDichotomy 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDichotomy
5699356992FranceFrom one of the classed growths of Provence, this wine is intense with ripe fruits. Red plum, red currant and berry fruit flavors go with a steely, nervy texture that needs to age. Drink from the end of 2014.9122ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Galoupet 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau du Galoupet
5697556974SpainJammy berry aromas are fiery and aggressive. In the mouth, this is sticky in feel, with huge, grabbing tannins and blocky ripeness. Chocolate and vanilla drape overripe black-fruit flavors, while the finish is heavy, chewy and tastes like fudge. Drink this forceful, oaky RDD now through 2020.Valdegatiles91125Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachDominio de Atauta 2009 Valdegatiles (Ribera del Duero)Tinto FinoDominio de Atauta
5699456993FrancePacked with red fruits, it shows structure and concentration. A mineral texture brings out the freshness of the fruit while also giving complexity. It could benefit from aging, so wait until the end of 2014.9123ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Roubine 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Roubine
5699556994New ZealandA French-owned outpost in the South Pacific, Clos Henri seems to be finally coming of age. This entry-level offering delivers a hint of smoky, fumé character, but also plenty of ripe fruit, ranging from fig, melon and stone fruit to zestier notes of passion fruit. It's reasonably full-bodied, with an attractive, silky mouthfeel and a touch of gingery spice on the finish.Petit Clos9116MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzClos Henri 2013 Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancClos Henri
5697656975USThe color of a vibrant sunset, it's composed of 55% Grenache, 39% Mourvèdre, and 6% Cinsault. The lush and layered fruit flavors move from ripe summer strawberries into a mineral-drenched fruit salad.9128WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Doyenne 2012 Rosé (Yakima Valley)RoséDoyenne
5699656995FranceA medium sweet wine, it is full of ripe tropical fruits. It has a rounded texture, generous and opulent in feel with an intense, concentrated structure. Spicy and warm, it needs several years to rdevelop. Drink from 2016.Hengst Grand Cru9134AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Albert Mann 2010 Hengst Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Albert Mann
5697756976IsraelA nose of cherry, violet and flint cedes to juicy flavors of pomegranate, cherry, salted popcorn, lavender and sage. Evenly weighted tannins and acidity make for good mouthfeel and a graceful finish.Mount Hermon9113GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysGolan Heights Winery 2012 Mount Hermon Red (Galilee)Red BlendGolan Heights Winery
5699756996New ZealandThis relatively small estate in the Awatere Valley continues to impress. The tomato leaf character of the region comes through loud and clear without being overbearing, being balanced by passion fruit and gooseberry flavors. It's reasonably full in body, yet finishes spicy, prickly and refreshing.9118Awatere ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEradus 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley)Sauvignon BlancEradus
5697856977USBarrel-fermented and aged sur lie for 10 months, this elegant Chardonnay offers immaculate scents and flavors of lemon rind and pith, a dusting of spice, and a generous slice of ripe apple. It's full and luscious in the mouth, with appealing texture, barrel toast and just a pat of butter in the finish.Stillwater Creek Vineyard9123WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Novelty Hill 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayNovelty Hill
5699856997SpainImmediately this strikes you as true Verdejo from Rueda. It has pungency on the nose, with accents of cucumber and celery to the primary passion fruit, apricot and citrus aromas. Plenty of zing to it, and tastes of citrus and fresh green apples. Then tangerine and grapefruit carry the finish. Varietally correct.8814Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachCondesa Eylo 2008 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoCondesa Eylo
5697956978FranceThis bone-dry wine is beautifully perfumed, rich and full bodied. Its ripe texture is cut through with floral, apple and mineral characters that all contribute to the complexity of this concentrated wine. Drink from 2017.Schoenenbourg Grand Cru9145AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Sparr 2011 Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingPierre Sparr
5699956998ArgentinaClean, straightforward aromas of berry, cassis and mineral are nice, while the palate has ample lushness, purity and focus. Flavors of cola, black currant and blackberry are solid, and the finish keeps its pose. On the money for a regular, journeyman's Malbec.Saurus Patagonia Select8820OtherNeuquénMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Schroeder 2007 Saurus Patagonia Select Malbec (Neuquén)MalbecFamilia Schroeder
5698056979USA blend of several vineyards in the famous Middle Reach stretch of the warmer, northwestern arm of the Russian River Valley, this is a beautiful wine to drink now. It's dry and silky, with perfectly ripened raspberry, cherry, strawberry and cola flavors, brightened by crisp acidity. It will hold in the bottle through 2020.Gold Label Middle Reach9152CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaRoadhouse Winery 2012 Gold Label Middle Reach Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRoadhouse Winery
5700056999USQuite a nice white wine for its acidity and sophistication, which is a function of the crispness. Shows clean, lively flavors of citrus fruits, peaches, wildflowers and vanilla, with umami notes of cashew nut and foie gras. Dry, but feels honey-rich on the finish.8813CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastFenestra 2008 Sémillon (Livermore Valley)SémillonFenestra
5698156980USSmooth and palate-coating, it's 100% varietal, with just the right balance between blackberry and black cherry fruit, and barrel-induced flavors of toffee, toasted macadamia nuts, and café crème.9128WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Hills 2012 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotSeven Hills
5698256981ArgentinaLayered berry and cassis aromas are a bit scratchy and gritty. This Cabernet feels saturated, pure and deep; flavors of blackberry, cassis, prune and chocolate are ripe and generous, while the finish is mildly herbal in flavor, with good length and build. Drink through 2018.Gran Reserva9138Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachSur de los Andes 2010 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonSur de los Andes
5698356982South AfricaA blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 5% Malbec, this is a tight, focused selection, with excellent precision to the black plum, blackberry, dried raspberry and cassis fruit core. Well-integrated accents of leather, cigar box and pine resin add depth and complexity. The medium-weight palate is structured yet elegant, with fine-grain, lingering tannins. Drink now through 2020.Director's Reserve9144StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzTokara 2009 Director's Reserve Red (Stellenbosch)Bordeaux-style Red BlendTokara
5698456983IsraelA blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, this descriptively named wine has a nose of raspberry, bell pepper and leather. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus, anisette and clove coalesce on the palate among chewy tannins. The refined finish is enlivened by a burst of crystalline acidity.Mostly91Judean HillsMike DeSimone@worldwineguysTulip Winery 2010 Mostly Cabernet Franc (Judean Hills)Cabernet FrancTulip Winery
5698556984USHints of lanolin and beeswax lend a luxurious slick to this delicately framed yet remarkably complex medium-sweet wine. White peach and pineapple flavors are luscious and ripe, but pierced with a streak of lime acidity and steely minerality. It finishes long with a swathe of fresh green herbs and lime zest.Late Harvest Estate Bottled and Grown9125New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHermann J. Wiemer 2012 Late Harvest Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingHermann J. Wiemer
5698656985USWhile dry in style, this wine is chock full of ripe, rich yellow peach flavor accented with hints of dusty, floral potpourri and mineral tones. Its bold, expansive mouthfeel is penetrating on the palate, but cut with a line of lime acidity that lingers long on the finish. Delicious now, but its sharp edges and dark mineral tones should meld beautifully from 2019–2021.Reserve Dry Estate Bottled and Grown9129New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHermann J. Wiemer 2012 Reserve Dry Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingHermann J. Wiemer
5698756986USWith just 8% Syrah in the blend, this is a fine example of the distinctive flavors found in the best Washington state Mourvèdre. The vines are still young, the raspberry/blackberry fruit flavors bright, focused and forward, but the penetrating minerality of the grape and the region is also in evidence. The Syrah brings a hint of pepper into play in the finish.Crazy Mary9148WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2011 Crazy Mary Mourvèdre (Red Mountain)MourvèdreMark Ryan
5698856987USThis satiny, slightly waxy Viognier is a blend from Ciel du Cheval, Red Willow and Olsen fruit; for the first time, roughly 10% was fermented in a concrete egg. Aromatic with yellow apples, lemon curd, bee pollen and floral highlights, it's underscored with a lick of wet stone.9128WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2012 Viognier (Columbia Valley (WA))ViognierMark Ryan

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