Wine Reviews

5814758146FranceBanana and ripe red-berry flavors are attractive and bright. It has a slight raw edge due to its youthfulness, but it would make for a juicy apéritif if lightly chilled.Les Grandes Coasses Nouveau84BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerPaul Durdilly 2012 Les Grandes Coasses Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayPaul Durdilly
5814858147USThe Moscato-sipping crowd will like this wine. It's crisp and off-dry, with honey, tangerine and vanilla flavors, plus zesty acidity.Private Selection8411CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastRobert Mondavi 2011 Private Selection Riesling (Central Coast)RieslingRobert Mondavi
5814958148USThis eclectic mix of 42% Chardonnay, 28% Viognier, 19% Petit Manseng and 11% Pinot Gris smells a bit muddled, bearing notes of peach, apricot and the paper-thin crust of caramelized sugar on a crème brûlée. It feels easy-going and unassuming, lacking some depth, but would be a good wine to pair with honey-glazed grilled chicken.Boneyard8415VirginiaVirginiaTarara 2011 Boneyard White (Virginia)White BlendTarara
5815058149FranceThis has juicy cherry and banana flavors, plus smoky tannins that give this wine a structure that's unusual for Beaujolais Nouveau. The acidity is just right, lending the finish freshness.Nouveau849BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Debeaune 2012 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayJean-Claude Debeaune
5815158150USWhite balsamic and beeswax notes pop against the backdrop of white fruit and bitter papaya seed. Medium to full in body, the palate starts out a bit flat, but the acids become more prominent as the wine progresses to the finish, ultimately ending with a tangy, minerally kick.8416VirginiaVirginiaJefferson Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris (Virginia)Pinot GrisJefferson Vineyards
5815258151USFermented in neutral French oak barrels and allowed to mature on its lees for eight months, this Viognier is expressive of toasty, flaky piecrust, papaya, melon and a touch of turmeric. It shows some viscosity on the palate, with an almost oily texture, but the bright acids are invigorating, driving the wine to a nutty finish.8425VirginiaMonticelloKeswick Vineyards 2011 Viognier (Monticello)ViognierKeswick Vineyards
5815358152USA light wine, this shows mostly flavors of earth, forest floor and dried wood, rather than fruit. The finish leaves a sour aftertaste.8420OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brella 2010 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirBrella
5815458153USA simple Sauvignon Blanc that tastes of cantaloupe. Serve it at a big outdoor party or any other time the focus is not entirely on the wine.8412CaliforniaMendocino CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneCable Car 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino County)Sauvignon BlancCable Car
5815558154USAn everyday Cabernet, this has blackberry, plum and oak flavors. It's dry and full-bodied, and it will satisfy red wine drinkers at parties.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCambridge & Sunset 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonCambridge & Sunset
5815658155USLight in body and tart in acids, this bone-dry Pinot Noir shows modest flavors of cherry skins, red apple peelings and cola.Lot 3268416CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaCameron Hughes 2010 Lot 326 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirCameron Hughes
5815758156ChileThis opens with prickly herbal-plum and red-fruit aromas. The palate feels blocky, with thick tannins, and the flavor profile offers black fruit in front of a resiny, dry finish that comes with overt oak influence.Reserve8410Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachV Norte 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Curicó Valley)Cabernet SauvignonV Norte
5815858157FranceThis wine has a barnyard flavor, and its black currant fruit shows a bitter edge. The tannins are firm and dry, likely to soften with age.8424BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Escurac 2010 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau d'Escurac
5815958158ItalyA simple expression of Nerello Mascalese, this shows notes of bright, slightly bitter berries, with a drying mineral sensation at the back.8415Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaColosi 2009 Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia)Nerello MascaleseColosi
5816058159USThis has a white pepper flavor, plus acids and green tannins that join forces to make the palate feel jagged. With its berry and currant flavors, this needs to be paired with rich meats and cheeses for balance.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDancing Bull 2011 Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelDancing Bull
5816158160USSharp and jammy, this has raspberry, peppermint and white pepper flavors. The name means “little kisses” in Spanish.8415CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBesitos NV Red (California)Red BlendBesitos
5816258161FranceAttractive red fruits and soft tannins make this ripe, lightly structured wine easy to drink. There are hints of herbs and red berry fruits, with a touch of dryness on the finish. Drink now.La Fleur d'Amélie8415BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Sours 2010 La Fleur d'Amélie (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Sours
5816358162USTasting on the sweet side, this has notes of brown sugar, honey and vanilla. It's clean and vibrant in acidity, with rich flavors of pineapple jam and ripe orange.Whiplash8411CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJamieson Ranch 2010 Whiplash Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayJamieson Ranch
5816458163FranceAs fresh and fruity as any Nouveau should be, this also comes with a tang of black-currant-skin-like tannin as well as red cherry fruit.Nouveau8411BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2012 Nouveau (Beaujolais)GamayJoseph Drouhin
5816558164USThis has oak, green apple, lime and mineral flavors that finish dry and acidic. A sound wine that lacks richness.8424CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastLa Honda Winery 2010 Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayLa Honda Winery
5816658165ChileOrange and lime aromas control the nose on this spritzy, tangy wine that literally shows bubbles in the glass. The flavors are lemony and sharp, with a grassy accent. Tasted twice.Coastal Cool Climate8415Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLomas del Valle 2011 Coastal Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancLomas del Valle
5816758166USCrisp, citrusy acidity gives a sense of balance to the honey-sweet lime, lemon and pear flavors. It's an easy wine to drink now.Drama Queen8411CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMiddle Sister NV Drama Queen Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioMiddle Sister
5816858167FranceThis has an intense aroma that's almost overpowering, leading to a wine that is firm and dry. Its red cherry flavor is dominated by dense tannins. The perfumed character, joined by acidity, remains on the finish.Domaine Pardon Cuvée de l'Ermitage8416BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerPardon et Fils 2011 Domaine Pardon Cuvée de l'Ermitage (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayPardon et Fils
5816958168AustriaBright, light, fresh and fruity, this is a perfect apéritif. It has red berry fruit and crisp acidity, and it is smoothed with a touch of vanilla. The herbal finish has bite.8413NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerPratsch 2011 Rosé (Niederösterreich)RoséPratsch
5817058169AustriaThis medium-sweet, fruity wine has just the right amount of sparkle. It's as bright as a spring day, with a touch of crispness to keep it fresh.Frizzante Halbtrocken Rosé8417Österreichischer SektRoger Voss@vossrogerPratsch NV Frizzante Halbtrocken Rosé Sparkling (Österreichischer Sekt)Sparkling BlendPratsch
5814158140USThis single -vineyard Syrah, from an AVA known for doing especially well with that grape, has a lightly meaty varietal character with accents of earth and tobacco. The core of cherry fruit holds up through a medium-length finish.Terroir Series Fries Vineyard88WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hogue 2007 Terroir Series Fries Vineyard Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahHogue
5814258141CroatiaJuicy red plums and cherries, vanilla and smoke are pleasant on the nose and palate of this Bordeaux-style red from Istria, but gain freshness and verve from layers of bramble, menthol and fresh herbs. Full bodied with exceptionally integrated tannins that are soft and round, it's a big surprise at $13.De Mar Cuvée Zenon8813IstriaAnna Lee C. IijimaIstravino 2008 De Mar Cuvée Zenon Red (Istria)Bordeaux-style Red BlendIstravino
5814358142USThis unique old vine Chardonnay vineyard makes cool-climate grape flavors as interesting and complex as any fruit bomb. Spring herb, light floral, citrus and grapefruit combine in a delicate, elegant wine. It's Chablis without the chalk; plenty of acid.Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard8820WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maison Bleue 2010 Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)ChardonnayMaison Bleue
5814458143USFor anyone who wants to walk the walk of low-alcohol wines, this is a place to start, a 12.5% alcohol blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat Canelli, Gewürztraminer and Orange Muscat all grown in the Livermore Valley. This wine has inviting notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel and will make a welcome companion at any backyard barbecue or casual dinner party.The Whip8819CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneMurrieta's Well 2009 The Whip White (Livermore Valley)White BlendMurrieta's Well
5814558144USThis blush sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Moscato, offering simple, slightly sweet flavors of raspberries, oranges, vanilla, smoke and yeast. The bubbles scour the palate a bit.Ca' Rosa8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCa' Momi NV Ca' Rosa Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendCa' Momi
5814658145ChileThis is bold and bullish, but also acidic and raw in feel. The opening berry aroma conveys a wild side, and the mouth is racy and grating, with the feel of fruit skin and flavors of plum and cherry. This captures the rugged, hard-core side of Maule Carignan.T.H.8425Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2010 T.H. Carignan (Maule Valley)CarignanUndurraga

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