Wine Reviews

5847158470USExotically spiced mulberry and red currant aromas meet sumac, clove and sweet rose petal scents on the nose of this bottling from a promising new project by Jennifer Hoage. The palate blends dried sage, juniper and pine needle flavors with cherry and red plum fruit, showing complexity but a light texture.La Encantada Vineyard9275CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDecroux 2015 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirDecroux
5847258471FranceBlossom and citrus inform the nose—white jasmine hovers alongside grapefruit and orange. The palate is juicy and full of bouncy easy fruit on a fluid dryish body. Bright lemon freshness makes the fruit flavors even more vivid. The balance between fruit and freshness gives this tension and makes it very moreish. The finish is clean and orange scented.Schoenenbourg Grand Cru9235AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine de la Tour Blanche 2015 Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine de la Tour Blanche
5847358472FranceA very vivid impression of tart red currant on the nose soon attains a creamy edge. The palate has beautiful purity of fruit: Red currant heightened by vivid citrus freshness. There is something weightless and wonderfully light about this with its really fine mousse—a sophisticated dry apéritif with a wonderful and long aftertaste of tart red apple.Rosé9230AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoRené Muré NV Rosé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendRené Muré
5847458473New ZealandWith a melody of earth, ripe strawberry, dried leaves, iron, and coffee tones on the nose, the palate of this wine is backed by silky tannins, plush red fruit and a long meaty finish. Drink around a campfire on the first chilly night in fall.Devil's Staircase9230Central OtagoRockburn 2015 Devil's Staircase Pinot Noir (Central Otago)Pinot NoirRockburn
5847558474USThe vineyard is in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, though the label simply reads Willamette Valley. Light toast and dark fruits abound, with black cherry, char and roasted-coffee flavors leading the charge. Utterly delicious, this is a fine single-vineyard offering from Adam Lee. The barrel aging is subtle and complex, with a hint of coconut in the finish.Muirfield Vineyard9250OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Siduri 2015 Muirfield Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirSiduri
5847658475USOpaque and almost black in the glass, this young bottling shows savory aromas of roasted meat, crushed slate, dark chocolate, fresh thyme and green peppercorns. Ripe black fruit flavors leap from the glass, bringing layers of thyme, pepper and Indian spice, all framed by bright acidity. Ready to enjoy now.9228CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTensley 2015 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahTensley
5847758476GermanyPlump with sunny peach and apricot flavors, this offers a steely precision that's bracing and revitalizing. Dry in style, it's pristine and fruity with an endlessly persistent tangerine finish.Saulheimer Kalkstein Trocken9235RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaThörle 2015 Saulheimer Kalkstein Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingThörle
5847858477USThis blend of 25% Sangiovese, 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot shows the winery's characteristic tobacco spice in a subdued way, along with red and black cherry, hibiscus and red currant-filled chocolate truffle scents. The palate is leathery and full of dried cherry, nutmeg and vanilla flavors.Dark & Dreamy9265CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTuriya 2012 Dark & Dreamy Red (Central Coast)Red BlendTuriya
5847958478GermanyThis wine's unassuming nose belies the thrilling depth of juicy, sweet white peach, tangerine and quince flavors that burst on the palate. Luminous fruit and spine tingling acidity collide, hinged by a kick of phenolic bitterness that lingers on the finish.Juffer Brauneberg Spätlese9224MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaWilli Haag 2016 Juffer Brauneberg Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingWilli Haag
5848058479FranceA both heady and leafy swirl of passion fruit adds a tropical touch to the nose. The palate brims with sweetness and zesty passion fruit and grapefruit spice. The flavors are intense and the palate is medium sweet, aptly countered by lemon and passion fruit. This strikes a lovely balance and gives tons and tons of fruit and flavor.Furstentum Grand Cru9227AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Fritsch 2016 Furstentum Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerJoseph Fritsch
5848158480FranceThe small Sézanne region of Champagne is known for its Chardonnay (as exemplified by this wine) with its crisp mineral texture. The apple-skin and green-plum flavors are given an edge by the tight acidity and dryness. It could do with another few months in bottle, so drink this bottling from 2018.Authentique Blanc de Blancs Brut9270ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Brun de Neuville NV Authentique Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayLe Brun de Neuville
5848258481USFrom a pocket of Sonoma County becoming known for quality Syrah, this wine is dense in jammy strawberry and blackberry flavors, with powerful espresso and compost notes—a celebration that's equal parts fruit and earth. Its expansive tannins suggest it will benefit from cellaring; enjoy 2020–2024.Moaveni Vineyard9247CaliforniaBennett ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacLaren 2014 Moaveni Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley)SyrahMacLaren
5848358482USEnticing floral and spice aromas are followed by vivid and generous tropical fruit flavors in this full-bodied wine. It deftly combines energizing acidity with opulent fruit, wrapping them in a layer of moderately toasty, buttery oak. Barrel fermented and blended from 52% Viognier and 48% Roussanne grapes, it tastes bold but bright.Wall of Sound9248CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMonochrome 2016 Wall of Sound White (California)White BlendMonochrome
5848458483ArgentinaSlightly reduced aromas of plum and prune are closed, but there are fine things to come. In the mouth this wine is tight and focused, with ripe tannins. Black-fruit flavors are herbal and spicy, while this takes no prisoners on a long, serious finish. Drink through 2022.Parral9231Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachMontesco 2014 Parral Red (Tupungato)Red BlendMontesco
5848558484New ZealandThis Pinot, from the cool climes of the unsung region of North Canterbury, is downright sultry. This shows a dense nose of blue fruit, cherry, chocolate, baking spice and violets, while the palate slinks with tart cherry and earth, hugged by elegant, fine grained tannins and a long, chocolatey finish. Drink now–2022.9230CanterburyMt. Beautiful 2015 Pinot Noir (Canterbury)Pinot NoirMt. Beautiful
5848658485FranceRipe notions of juicy pear and hay flowers have a lovely zesty edge on the nose. The palate confirms this with concentrated counterpoints of honeyed fruit and bright citrus zestiness. This is full on and rich, and a touch of residual sweetness gives this extra heft and conviction. It is the citrus freshness that provides structure and direction. The finish is merely off dry, so this will shine alongside various dishes. Drink 2017–2025.Mambourg Grand Cru9245AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPierre Sparr 2015 Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisPierre Sparr
5848758486FranceA fresh orange note dominates the nose of this exuberantly fruity wine. The palate is a fruity little number of more soft orange with hints of quince and pear peel, giving a tangy, textured and slightly earthy edge. The merest touch of residual sugar bolsters the fruit notes and adds extra playfulness. The finish is dry and zesty.Schoenenbourg Grand Cru9245AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPierre Sparr 2015 Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingPierre Sparr
5848858487USThis is a rich, heavy wine, a Chardonnay on steroids. It's packed with ripe and lush tree fruits, and those flavors are matched with generous barrel toast. Though it feels a bit thick on the palate, it has enough acidity to avoid being flabby and is terrifically delicious. Drink now through 2021.Evenstad Reserve9265OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Domaine Serene 2015 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)ChardonnayDomaine Serene
5848958488FranceFriendly, fresh ripe apples beckon on the nose. The pure and fruit-driven palate follows suit, presenting flavors of juicy, ripe apples. A smidgen of residual sugar boosts these delicious fruit flavors and turns up the volume on ease and joy but Riesling's vibrant freshness counters this masterfully so the finish is just off dry. This is lovely, bouncy and full of joy. Drink 2017–2022.Mandelberg Grand Cru92AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Specht 2015 Mandelberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Specht
5849058489USFrom 100% Pommard clone grapes, this ripe and luscious wine is packed with razor-sharp, brambly-berry fruit. Lively minerality underscores the ample acidity, keeping the wine fresh and focused. The extended finish is pleasantly peppery.Becklin Vineyards9237OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dowsett Family 2015 Becklin Vineyards Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirDowsett Family
5849158490FranceThis producer, based on the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, has created a tight vintage wine that is still young. With its 70% Pinot Noir it has a dry, almost tannic edge that will soften to bring out the ripe pear and apricot flavors. Drink this impressive wine from 2019.Millésime Grand Cru Brut9281ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenriet-Bazin 2010 Millésime Grand Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendHenriet-Bazin
5849258491USFrom a site at 2,400 feet elevation, this wine's aroma suggests pencil lead, cedar, clove and mountain sage. With its juicy midpalate of black cherry and cassis, it unleashes firm, grippy tannins on its long finish, showing structure but also grace.Hawkeye Mountain9255CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJackson Estate 2013 Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJackson Estate
5849358492FranceA creamy note on the nose signals the mellowness of the palate where ripe stone fruit is framed by fresh lemon. There are overtones of development, with dried citrus peel and honey countered by bright acidity. The mousse is fresh and adds liveliness to the aromatic richness of the underlying wine. This is light, fresh and rather aromatic with a dry full-flavored finish.Millésimée92AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWunsch & Mann 2011 Millésimée Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendWunsch & Mann
5849458493FranceThe wine comes from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly in the Chardonnay vineyards of the Côte des Blancs. It is crisp, mineral textured and still developing. Bright acidity and lemon-zest flavors give this wine its lively and also full-bodied character. Drink from 2018.Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly Brut9254ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerA.R. Lenoble  NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayA.R. Lenoble 
5849558494FranceRipe and textured notions of russet pear take center stage with this wine. The nose already signals at the generous fruitiness and the palate is pervaded with fresh poised juicy fruit. A touch of residual carbon dioxide adds liveliness alongside lemony brightness. The finish is dry and utterly moreish with its fruit-centered joy.Kirchberg de Ribeauville Grand Cru9233AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAndré Kientzler 2015 Kirchberg de Ribeauville Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisAndré Kientzler
5849658495FranceThe nose is still shy, with hints of lemon. This note also characterize the slender, dry and still-taut palate which also has a textured earthy element on which these lovely bright citrus accents are displayed. The finish is dry on this slender, young wine. Drink 2017–2025.Kirchberg de Ribeauville Grand Cru9233AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoAndré Kientzler 2016 Kirchberg de Ribeauville Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingAndré Kientzler
5849758496EnglandA touch of wet stone reaches the nose even before appetizing lemon hints make themselves known. This wine is restrained and fresh with lemon and brightness. The palate adds more depth and a grounding of creamy autolysis, but it remains slender, lithe and refreshing throughout. Fine bubbles disperse bright flavors everywhere. The lasting finish is pure.Blanc de Blancs Brut9250EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoBolney Wine Estate 2014 Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (England)ChardonnayBolney Wine Estate
5849858497USLovely aromatics conjure up rose petals, a dash of body powder and ripe citrus. The fruit is very ripe, with almost a candy character, and there's a sensation of powdered sugar. But despite the almost 14g/L residual sugar, it's more sweet/tart than syrupy, keeping it sappy and refreshing.Orchard Fold Vineyard9224OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Brooks 2015 Orchard Fold Vineyard Riesling (Eola-Amity Hills)RieslingBrooks
5849958498PortugalYoung vines give a fruity style of wine with attractive violet aromas and black-fruit flavors. The wine has powerful dense tannins, spice from the wood aging and a cooler, mineral texture at the end. It is a rich wine, just now ready to drink.9235DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Lemos 2010 Touriga Nacional (Dão)Touriga NacionalQuinta de Lemos
5850058499FranceAromatic and rich, this rounded, ripe wine has hints of yellow fruits along with green plums, perfumed acidity and a hint of minerality. It's buttery at the end, with ripe, lively acidity. Drink from 2019.Les Caillerets Premier Cru92BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2014 Les Caillerets Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayHenri de Villamont

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