Wine Reviews

5964159640FranceA fruity blend of Tannat, Syrah and Cabernet Franc that has berry fruits, a stalky texture and touches of wood spice. It's an easy, juicy wine, made fresh and ripe to be drunk now.Aramis8510France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Aydie 2013 Aramis Red (Vin de France)Red BlendChâteau d'Aydie
5964259641FranceThis wine is fresh, bright and light, with citrus and ripe yellow fruits. Crisp, light and aromatic, it's ready to drink.8522BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Jacques 2013 Beaujolais BlancChardonnayChâteau des Jacques
5964359642USComing from the cool 2011 vintage, this vineyard-designated wine doesn't seem entirely ripe, displaying notes of herbs, cranberry and red fruit. It's screamingly tart with moderate fruit flavors and abundant oak accents that lead to a warm finish.Northridge8532WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMaryhill 2011 Northridge Primitivo (Wahluke Slope)PrimitivoMaryhill
5964459643FranceThe wine is ripe, full in the mouth while also having an attractive lightness. With flavors that include candied strawberry, red currants and tight acidity, it's a wine that needs food. Drink now.8516Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Coutinel 2013 Rosé (Fronton)RoséChâteau Coutinel
5964559644FranceThis bright and fruity wine, with its typical and delicious local blend of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc, is full of citrus and grapefruit flavors. It's a light wine, all fruit with just a light texture of steeliness. Drink now.Aramis8510Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Aydie 2013 Aramis Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Colombard-Sauvignon BlancChâteau d'Aydie
5964659645FranceThe wine is all about fresh apples and pears, with just a hint of smokiness and mineral texture. Crisp, with great acidity, it's ready to drink now, bright, full in the mouth and very fruity.8522BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chatelard 2013 Beaujolais BlancChardonnayChâteau de Chatelard
5964759646FranceThe wine is soft, rounded and lightly perfumed. A smoky character brings out ripe cherry fruits and a soft texture. Spice and acidity contrast with each other at the end.8513BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Lacarelle 2012 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayChâteau de Lacarelle
5964859647USNow a limited-production wine club wine, Columbia's Riesling is simple and light, with suggestions of stone fruits. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish. Serve chilled and drink soon while it keeps its freshness.8526WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Columbia Winery 2013 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingColumbia Winery
5964959648New ZealandThis boasts typical Marlborough characters of passion fruit and herbal notes, layered with a hint of nectarine and extra pungency. It's round in the mouth without being especially concentrated, finishing short but pleasant.8515MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDashwood 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancDashwood
5965059649FranceThe wine has a light color, with fresh acidity and lively touches of raspberries. It is a delicate, crisp wine to drink now.85BeaujolaisBeaujolais RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Nugues 2013 Rosé (Beaujolais Rosé)RoséDomaine des Nugues
5965159650FranceSo light in color, this is almost a rosé, this soft and fruity wine comes from a parcel of 35-year-old vines. It has red fruits, some spice and a gentle structure. It's a summer red, even better served slightly chilled.Vieilles Vignes8525France OtherArboisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rolet Père et Fils 2011 Vieilles Vignes Poulsard (Arbois)PoulsardDomaine Rolet Père et Fils
5965259651USSlightly confected floral notes are ruffled with green herbs and leaves on this off-dry Muskat Ottonel. The palate is peachy and a bit perfumey, but refreshingly brisk with acidity.8520New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Muskat Ottonel (Finger Lakes)Muskat OttonelDr. Konstantin Frank
5965359652USSweet aromas of almond paste and stone fruit, as well as green apple, mark this wine fermented in stainless steel tanks. It has a slight effervescence and a hint of lime and Asian pear on the finish.Reserve Unoaked8516CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRiver Road 2013 Reserve Unoaked Pinot Gris (Russian River Valley)Pinot GrisRiver Road
5965459653AustriaWith notions of cherry and cinnamon on the nose and just slight fizz, this is a refreshing, fruit-driven sparkling rosé that's full of strawberry and cherry notes—it might just be the very definition of easy summer wine. It ends dry, yet refreshing.Frizzante Rosé8521Österreichischer PerlweinAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoGebeshuber 2013 Frizzante Rosé Pinot Noir (Österreichischer Perlwein)Pinot NoirGebeshuber
5965559654USLightly aromatic with notes of apple and pear. It's medium bodied, off dry (9g/L residual sugar) and straightforward while still providing drinking pleasure.Expedition8515WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCanoe Ridge 2013 Expedition Pinot Gris (Horse Heaven Hills)Pinot GrisCanoe Ridge
5965659655ItalyAromas recall a closed cellar, leafy underbrush and raisin. The lean palate offers stewed prune, nutmeg, cedar and black pepper alongside firm tannins.8536TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla S. Anna 2011 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendVilla S. Anna
5965759656ChileThis offers modest aromas of lightly toasted pear and peach. The wine is alive in feel, with zesty acids pushing mid-level nectarine and citrus flavors. The finish offers up a touch of wood but also lots of acidity that washes everything away.Nimbus Single Vineyard8515Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2012 Nimbus Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayViña Casablanca
5965859657FranceA soft, ripe wine with peach flavors, it has an attractively rich feel that is balanced by citrus and apple acidity. Very fruity, the wine is ready to drink.La Réserve d'Amélie85BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerGérard Charvet 2013 La Réserve d'Amélie (Beaujolais Blanc)ChardonnayGérard Charvet
5965959658FranceThere is a strong cherry-juice character to this wine. It's ripe, young and very drinkable now. But with the underlying tannins, the wine should be able to age to bring out the structure and acidity.8516BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerJaffelin 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayJaffelin
5966059659USWhile the nose is demure with delicate notes of apple and lemon, the palate on this Grüner Veltliner is ripe with fleshy gooseberry flavor. It's delicate in flavor concentration, but overall, refreshing and brisk.8520New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2013 Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes)Grüner VeltlinerLamoreaux Landing
5966159660ItalyDense and extracted, this displays sensations of espresso, roasted coffee bean, sugary vanilla, chocolate and sweet oak. It's already evolved so drink soon.8520TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLoacker Corte Pavone 2012 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseLoacker Corte Pavone
5966259661FranceA clean but fairly neutral blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, this will fit the bill whenever you need a medium-bodied white to support dishes like grilled fish, pork chops or soft cheeses. Modest citrus and apple aromas and flavors are never overpowering or overly complex—they'll just comfortably ride alongside your meal. Drink before the end of 2015.Belleruche8515Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzM. Chapoutier 2013 Belleruche White (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style White BlendM. Chapoutier
5966359662USSourced entirely from the Milbrandt vineyards, this shows little in the way of either varietal character or ripeness. There are indications that some of the fruit was raisined, while some was green. A lot of tobacco, vanilla and oak flavors cannot mask the thin finish or herbal tannins.8517WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2011 Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecMaryhill
5966459663USThis is an exceedingly light for a Cab with a reserve designation. It's also astringent, with flavors of vanilla and cut tobacco overtaking the thin fruit, and a finish that resolves in bitter coffee grounds.Proprietor's Reserve8525WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2011 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMaryhill
5966559664USThe fruit is thin and herbal, with light hints of plum. The tannins take over quickly, chewy and earthy. This is for those who like a lot of stem and herb flavors in their Syrah.8517WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2011 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahMaryhill
5966659665FranceThis is a light and very crisp wine. Acidity, gooseberry and pink grapefruit give a fruitiness without any complexity. The bright texture and simple aftertaste make it a wine to drink immediately.La Galope8411Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vins de l'Herré 2013 La Galope Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Sauvignon BlancLes Vins de l'Herré
5966759666SpainInitial bready aromas settle on sweet apple. In the mouth, this has a confected feel balanced by acidity. Flavors run short and candied, with accents of peach and lychee, while a melony, sugary tasting finish is saved by lasting acidity.Demi Sec8414CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPaul Cheneau NV Demi Sec Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPaul Cheneau
5966859667ItalyMade with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this is a wine to pour with casual meals. It's on the lean side, with raw cherry-berry sensations, soft acidity and angular tannins. Drink soon.8415TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePiccini 2009 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendPiccini
5966959668USSubtle apricot and herb aromas, then juicy apple and apricot flavors characterize this straw-colored, sturdy wine. It is crisp and dry, with enough body to keep the texture smooth and the whole taste experience balanced.Dragone Vineyard8420CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSchulz 2013 Dragone Vineyard Albariño (Calaveras County)AlbariñoSchulz
5967059669ChilePithy citrus and nectarine aromas announce a palate that's citrusy all the way. Flavors of orange, lemon and grapefruit keep a persistent citric character through the finish, which is basic but refreshing.849Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTerraNoble 2013 Chardonnay (Central Valley)ChardonnayTerraNoble

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