Wine Reviews

5934159340AustriaAn intense wine that has powered, nervy acidity, lots of citrus with lime zest. The wine is still young and should be aged to become an impressive Riesling.Kremser Pfaffenberg9125NiederösterreichRoger Voss@vossrogerWinzer Krems 2009 Kremser Pfaffenberg Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingWinzer Krems
5934259341USAn interesting wine, and kudos to Tejada for tackling such an unusual blend. Made from 87% Tempranillo and 13% Garnacha, it's silky and high in acidity, but very dry, with tobacco-inspired raspberry, cherry and spice flavors. A winery to watch.Reserve Tempranillo-9037CaliforniaLake CountyTejada 2005 Reserve Tempranillo- Garnacha (Lake County)GarnachaTejada
5934359342USA Cabernet of considerable heft, showing the big-time tannins the mountain is known for. Below them are very rich blackberry, blueberry, cassis and mineral flavors, leading to a dry, spicy finish. A bit hard and difficult now, but should hit its stride starting in 2012.Estate9060CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaBravante 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonBravante
5934459343FranceA dense, solid wine that's packed with ripe fruit, concentrated tannins and layers of spice, acidity and toast. This is a classic St.-Estèphe style, firm when young and likely to develop slowly and satisfyingly. Give this wine at least six years.90BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Cos Labory 2008 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Cos Labory
5934559344FrancePaloumey is in the southern Médoc, close to Margaux. This brings out a perfumed character that sits well with the fresh black currant fruit and gentle tannins. There is a great juicy quality that develops as the wine opens.9025BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Paloumey 2008 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Paloumey
5934659345USThe new oak sticks out like a sore thumb, dominating this young wine with vanilla, buttered toast and charred wood aromas and flavors. Fortunately, the underlying wine also is very powerful in ripe blackberry and cherry fruit. This is an elegant, strong, impressive Cabernet, but the oak should be reined in to allow the beautiful fruit to star.Walther River Block90105CaliforniaRutherfordNapaD.R. Stephens 2007 Walther River Block Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonD.R. Stephens
5934759346FranceWith some richness, red fruits over wood and a full-bodied structure, this is a solid, dense wine. Acidity is present, while the ripe juicy fruits more than balance it. The tannins offer a firm structure and suggest aging.Servoisine Premier Cru9034BurgundyGivryRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Ferté 2008 Servoisine Premier Cru (Givry)Pinot NoirDomaine de la Ferté
5934859347FranceAn elegant wine, its berry fruits fitting well into a structure that balances tannins and soft acidity. It has style, the fruit full of sweet black berry juice and a lift of acidity.Domaine du Paradis90BeaujolaisSaint-AmourRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2009 Domaine du Paradis (Saint-Amour)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
5934959348USOne third Petit Verdot, which really shines here, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The PV brings intense floral aromas, dense but supple tannins, the deep color and the cassis-laden fruit. Tarry, tannic, grainy and powerful, this is a potent wine with particular appeal to lovers of the Petit Verdot grape.The Albatross9080WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gorman 2007 The Albatross Red (Red Mountain)Red BlendGorman
5935059349ItalyZenato's rich and powerful Recioto opens with a solid, impenetrable appearance of extracted fruit with dark garnet highlights. On the nose, this brawny dessert wine delivers enormous intensity and deep layers of chocolate powder, cinnamon, clove and roasted almond, backed by luscious tones of cherry liqueur and blackberry jam.500 ml90VenetoRecioto della Valpolicella ClassicoZenato 2006 500 ml (Recioto della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraZenato
5935159350USThis pure Cabernet blends first-class fruit from Loess, Windrow and Cold Creek. It's spicy and tight, with black cherry fruit at the core. It's back-loaded with toast and caramel flavors from aging in a mix of French and American oak.9041WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Northstar 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonNorthstar
5935259351USIf you like the Ojai style of dry, austere, flinty Chardonnays, go out and find this one. It's a good approximation of the winery's more expensive bottlings, with intricately woven citrus, wet stone and spice flavors, brightened with lots of zesty acidity.9024CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastOjai 2008 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayOjai
5935359352USA fancy, somewhat gritty Cab Franc, marked by ripe fruit and oak. Attractive in cherry and red currant flavors, with smoky sandalwood complexities, and a long, spicy finish. Lovely with a grilled steak. Drink now.Estate9056CaliforniaRutherfordNapaRubicon Estate 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc (Rutherford)Cabernet FrancRubicon Estate
5935459353AustriaRounded and rich from the top vineyard site of the Göttweig monastery, the wine has an impressive concentration, yellow fruit flavors and the lightest hint of spice with final acidity.Gottschelle Reserve90KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerStift Göttweig 2009 Gottschelle Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerStift Göttweig
5935559354USAromatic and complex, this wine, though not quite bone dry, is tart and citrusy. The mixed fruit flavors run a spectrum from grapefruit to lemon candy to nectarine, lingering gracefully into a mineral-soaked finish.9015WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Apex 2008 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingApex
5935659355ArgentinaAfter opening with graham cracker, plum and ripe berry, the wine settles into a thick and heavy place that's rich but bordering on cloying. This is a heavy style of Malbec that tastes of ripe black fruits and herbs. It's toasty, full, thick as can be and long on the finish. Drinkable now but could use a couple of more years for everything to mesh.Noemía90108OtherRío Negro ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Noemía de Patagonia 2008 Noemía Malbec (Río Negro Valley)MalbecBodega Noemía de Patagonia
5935759356FranceA rich white wine, its toast character submerged in a generous peach and apricot ripeness. There is an attractive lemon zest acidity to give a bright shot through all the richness. Worth aging 2–3 years.9020BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Selve 2009 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Haut Selve
5935859357FranceA densely firm wine with fine perfumed fruit. The fruit and acidity ride well with the firm tannins and the restrained wood element. It is well balanced and likely to age for several years.9032BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Paveil de Luze 2008 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Paveil de Luze
5935959358USIn 2009 this single vineyard offering includes 11% Sémillon. It has wonderful texture, and a mix of light herbal flavors that run through a gamut from celery to lemongrass and up into tart citrus fruit. The acidity is generous but not searing; it penetrates but never overpowers. A quintessential food wine.Horse Heaven Vineyard9015WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Horse Heaven Hills)Sauvignon BlancChateau Ste. Michelle
5936059359ItalyHere's a thickly concentrated Recioto that delivers an inky black color and sweet, ripe fleshiness. Firm tannins give structure to all that sweet succulence and help define the wine's aromas of almond, chocolate and black cherry.500ml9050VenetoRecioto della Valpolicella ClassicoCorte Lenguin 2005 500ml (Recioto della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCorte Lenguin
5936159360ItalyPomele is a sweet red wine made from the Aleatico grape that could pair with salty and sweet foods. The wine offers bright tones of black cherry, blackberry and a touch of exotic spice.Pomele 500ml90Central ItalyLazioFalesco 2009 Pomele 500ml Aleatico (Lazio)AleaticoFalesco
5936259361USStrong, full-bodied, tannic and muscular, this 50-50 blend of Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc seduces you with sweet berry fruit, backed with stiff tannins and well-modulated streaks of iron and earth. For Cab freaks this is a gold mine of flavor, but it will need decanting or cellaring. It should keep for a decade or more.Stillwater Creek Vineyard The Wanted Red9037WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Guardian 2007 Stillwater Creek Vineyard The Wanted Red Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet FrancGuardian
5936359362FranceThis is a delicate wine, sweet strawberry and elegant structure combining over a soft texture. There is a hint of smokiness as an addition to the finely rounded aftertaste.Les Feusselottes Premier Cru90BurgundyChambolle-MusignyRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2007 Les Feusselottes Premier Cru (Chambolle-Musigny)Pinot NoirHenri de Villamont
5936459363USGive this Syrah a good decant to take the edge off the fresh tannins and acids. It's a gritty, resilient wine notable for its wealth of blackberry, black cherry, currant, beef jerky, anise and pepper flavors, accented with sweet, smoky, caramelized oak.Mounts Vineyard9035CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaJames Family Cellars 2008 Mounts Vineyard Syrah (Dry Creek Valley)SyrahJames Family Cellars
5936559364AustriaA wonderfully herbal lift of mint precedes ripe cherry fruit on the nose of this wine. The palate brims with lusciously ripe plum, while supple tannins provide a velvety but firm background against which the mellow fruit can play. It's fresh, juicy and full-bodied.Carnuntum Cuvée9117CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2015 Carnuntum Cuvée Red (Carnuntum)Red BlendNetzl
5936659365USThis blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is succulently smooth yet big boned and slightly smoky. Red cherry and berry fruit provides plushness on the palate, upheld by tight, firm tannins and supportive oak.9175CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePatel 2013 Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendPatel
5936759366USThis wine is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The aromas are almost completely shut down at present, with just hints of barrel spice, herb and dark fruit. The fruit flavors are similarly locked up, backed by lightly grainy tannins. There are good things going on but it needs time to reveal itself. Best after 2022.Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Vineyards9160WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPepper Bridge 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Vineyards Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendPepper Bridge
5936859367USThis delightful rosé bursts open with ripe watermelon and strawberry scents and flavors. Highlights suggest candied rose petals, and the flavors continue into cherry soda and hints of pink peppercorn. It's a big bold fruity simply fabulous bottle.Pinot Noir9122OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ponzi 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé (Willamette Valley)RoséPonzi
5936959368AustriaA hint of passion fruit mingles with yeasty tones in this wine's aroma. The palate doles out savory, sage-like notes in a concentrated, textural frame. It finishes with a lemony, lip-smacking and refreshing fillip.Haidviertel9120WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoR&A; Pfaffl 2016 Haidviertel Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerR&A; Pfaffl
5937059369FranceThis is a rich wine that is full of spicy aromatic fruit. It is classy and elegant while having some weight. Red fruits and orange zest are given a perfumed herbal edge from the Mourvèdre in the blend. This is real food wine, ready to drink.Domaine Mas Thérèse9123ProvenceBandolRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2016 Domaine Mas Thérèse Rosé (Bandol)RoséRavoire et Fils

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