Wine Reviews

5949159490USCherry and cassis notes provide a touch of brighness on the nose and palate of this blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 26% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec, but its plum-raisin backdrop and dullness on the finish suggest it might be going downhill.The Classic Four8427CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpann Vineyards 2012 The Classic Four Red (Sonoma County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSpann Vineyards
5949259491ArgentinaJammy jumbled foxy aromas set up a blocky flat palate. Greasy flavors of buttered-up berry fruits finish without much verve. This is good enough, but just barely.8417Mendoza ProvinceVista FloresMichael Schachner@wineschachAntucura 2015 Malbec (Vista Flores)MalbecAntucura
5949359492PortugalThis pleasant, fruity wine has lemon-lime crispness. Hints of apricot flavor prove the Alvarinho grape is far from its northern Portuguese homeland. Drink now.Senses8413AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa de Borba 2015 Senses Alvarinho (Alentejano)AlvarinhoAdega Cooperativa de Borba
5949459493PortugalHigh-acid red wine is not for everyone, but this one—dry, stalky and light—is a genuine example of a wine that has always had a following in northern Portugal, great for pairing with fresh sardines. Think that way, and it's more than just a curiosity.Campelo Tinto8410Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Campelo 2015 Campelo Tinto Red (Vinho Verde)Portuguese RedCaves Campelo
5949559494PortugalSoft, light and fruity, this wine is ready for a warm day. Apple flavors and clean acidity balance its soft sweetness, making it ready to drink now. Intriguingly, its label resembles that of a much more familiar brand of Vinho Verde.Casal da Seara8410Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Campelo 2015 Casal da Seara White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCaves Campelo
5949659495USVague apple, pear and lime pith aromas show on the subdued nose of this bottling. The palate is pleasant, with dried apple, lime peel and grass flavors, but it's somewhat lacking in energy.8414CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEOS 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)Sauvignon BlancEOS
5949759496ArgentinaLow-intensity apple and pear aromas lead to a tight high-acid mouth. Severe flavors of lemon and lime are fairly sour. A long direct finish is linear and shearing.Ji Ji Ji Finca Villa Seca Gen Fuerza Tranquila8417Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachGen Del Alma 2016 Ji Ji Ji Finca Villa Seca Gen Fuerza Tranquila Chenin Blanc (Tupungato)Chenin BlancGen Del Alma
5949859497South AfricaSoft notes of straw and honeycomb grace the orange and red apple fruit tones. The mouthfeel is round and a touch flat on the midpalate, finishing with a bitter almond flavor. Drink now.Seriously Cool8420StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzWaterkloof 2015 Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)Chenin BlancWaterkloof
5949959498ArgentinaFloral berry and plum aromas are also saucy and oaky, and thus discordant. A wobbly tannic palate with green herbal oaky blueberry flavors tastes grassy on the finish. If you know Casarena's wines, this fits the mold.505 Esencia8412Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasarena 2014 505 Esencia Red (Mendoza)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCasarena
5950059499PortugalThis sweet sparkling rosé is clean and crisp. It has attractive strawberry fruit, soft texture and a light mousse. Drink now.Plexus Rosé837TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo NV Plexus Rosé Castelão (Tejo)CastelãoAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo
5950159500USHigh in ripeness and intensity, this vineyard designate overpowers with astringency as it plows through a wall of blackberry jam and chocolate flavors.Two Pear Vineyard8338CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDeLorimier 2014 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelDeLorimier
5950259501ArgentinaRaisiny aromas lack freshness and lift. Following that lead, this Cabernet feels stewy and heavy, with questionable balance. Herbal flavors of stewed plum and tomato finish chunky and choppy.5058312Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasarena 2013 505 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonCasarena
5950359502ArgentinaRudimentary aromas of lemon-lime and apple set up a flat palate. This tastes of dried apricots before turning decidedly bitter. On the finish, flavors of dried white fruits are modest.Casa Bianchi Brut Traditional Method83Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachValentin Bianchi NV Casa Bianchi Brut Traditional Method (Mendoza)Champagne BlendValentin Bianchi
5950459503SpainLight plum and raspberry aromas include notes of animal and latex. This lightweight Garnacha has a monotone mouthfeel, while hollow simple berry flavors finish with acidic tang.Viña Temprana Old Vines838Northern SpainCampo de BorjaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Aragonesas 2014 Viña Temprana Old Vines Garnacha (Campo de Borja)GarnachaBodegas Aragonesas
5950559504South AfricaThis is a lightly aromatic wine, with faint aromas of melon, lemon-lime and yellow flowers. The palate is soft and thin, with similarly delicate flavors as the nose. Drink now.8310Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFairvalley 2015 Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)Chenin BlancFairvalley
5950659505USThis soft, robustly ripe wine shows a raisin-like prune character, tasting somewhat chalky on the palate.Fog8334CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMazzocco 2014 Fog Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelMazzocco
5950759506USAn unusual earthy, herbal character dominates the mild fruitiness and marzipan character of this medium-bodied, slightly sweet wine.Bellissima8323CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2015 Bellissima White (Sierra Foothills)White BlendNaggiar
5950859507USSweet and fruity, this canned wine feels soft and syrupy, with sugary pear as the primary flavor on the palate. It's a basic white wine in a convenient package.Unoaked834CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPam's Cuties NV Unoaked Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayPam's Cuties
5950959508USOne sip is all it takes to delight. This wine screams Napa Cabernet with every nuance. Few wines achieve this richness of fruit and tannins. It floods the mouth with blackberry jam, chocolate and cassis liqueur flavors, wrapped into firm but supple tannins, and brightened with a squirt of citrusy acidity. Beautiful now, and should develop over the next decade.9485CaliforniaRutherfordNapaHunnicutt 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonHunnicutt
5951059509ItalyPolished and tight, this riserva opens with delicate berry tones backed by tobacco and tangy spice. The wine's personality is elegant and austere with a touch of playful sweet-cherry fruit on the mid palate. Give it 5–10 more years to continue its evolution.Riserva94TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoFanti 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoFanti
5951159510ItalyCastello Romitorio has been showing impressive results the last five years or so. This Riserva opens with opulent, dark concentration and bright aromas of dark cherry, leather, tobacco and spice. There's a dusty mineral shading at the back and with a long-lasting finish.Riserva94116TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoCastello Romitorio 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoCastello Romitorio
5951259511ItalyHere's another gorgeous riserva from the 2007 vintage that opens with inky dark concentration and wonderfully intense aromas of blackberry, cherry, tobacco and cigar box. The wine feels elegant and smooth on the palate with enough pulp to give it momentum and staying power. It shows a pretty menthol finish as well.Riserva94110TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoCava d'Onice 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoCava d'Onice
5951359512FranceA fruity, ripe wine with lemon and pineapple flavors alongside a fine tang of citrus. It's beautifully marked with wood aging to give a rounded, rich mouthfeel. It also has the texture to mellow into a more nuanced wine in 4–5 years.94BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Malartic-Lagravière 2010 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Malartic-Lagravière
5951459513USAnother superb Cinq Cépages. A blend of all five classic Bordeaux grape varieties-, but based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it is both immediately pleasurable and intensely complex. Waves of black currants, dark chocolate, green olives, licorice and toasty oak roll across the palate, wrapped into firm, dusty tannins. Very good now but should develop further over the next 8–10 years. Easy to find, with 5,500 cases produced.Cinq Cépages9475CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaChateau St. Jean 2009 Cinq Cépages Red (Sonoma County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChateau St. Jean
5951559514USDazzling with silky richness, this wine is so delicious, you can't help but to fall in love with it. Tantalizing with waves of raspberry and cherry pie, ripe persimmon, mocha, red licorice and smoky oak flavors that finish long and satisfying. The balance of acids and tannins is just about perfect. Calling all steaks for the perfect pairing.Maboroshi Vineyard9450CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDe Loach 2010 Maboroshi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDe Loach
5951659515ItalyThe wines from this estate, located on the lower slopes of Montalcino, show excellent consistent in quality, year after year. Aromas include cherry, blueberry, cassis, cola, ginger and tobacco. Good flavor intensity drives a long, rich finish.Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali94106TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoTenimenti Angelini 2007 Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoTenimenti Angelini
5951759516USWhen it comes to sheer deliciousness, this wine nails it. Comprised of 99% Cabernet Sauvig-non, with just a drop of Petit Verdot, it offers wave after- heady wave of black currants and blackberry jam. What truly distinguishes the wine is the overall balance. The tannins are beautiful, the acidity fine and the oak perfectly integrated.9475CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaAltvs 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAltvs
5951859517FranceDense and structured, this second wine from Château Margaux is magnificent. There are hints of bitter chocolate, along with tarry fruit. It is very textured, just hinting at extraction. The tannins are rounded and velvet-like in character. It's a wine for medium-term aging.Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux94BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Margaux 2010 Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux (Margaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Margaux
5951959518ItalyThere's a touch of milk chocolate that gives the bouquet a soft and opulent feel. The bouquet opens to cherry, leather, spice, dried herbs and other delicate aromas that evolve and change with time. The wine is fresh and structured in the mouth.Riserva9492TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoFornacina 2007 Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)Sangiovese GrossoFornacina
5952059519ItalyLa Poderina is a beautiful, well-managed estate that playfully straddles both a traditional and modern approach to Brunello. Thick black fruit aromas and tangy spice give the wine a soft and opulent first impression. But the firm tannins and bright acidity remind you of its deep Tuscan roots.9359TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoLa Poderina 2008 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoLa Poderina

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