Wine Reviews

6180161800PortugalThis is a light wine with plenty of acidity and soft tannins that come together in a juicy, crisp, red fruit-flavored medley. Ready to drink.Oceanus Touriga Nacional-Cabernet Sauvignon8511TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2015 Oceanus Touriga Nacional-Cabernet Sauvignon Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedFiuza
6180261801FranceAn intriguing blend of grapes with both Bordeaux and Gaillac origins has produced a wine that has a softly herbal character as well as richer white stone fruits and an attractive perfume. It is a pretty wine, ready to drink and very fruity.Le Temps des Vendanges Sauvignon Blanc-Loin de l'Oeil859Southwest FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2015 Le Temps des Vendanges Sauvignon Blanc-Loin de l'Oeil WhiteWhite BlendGeorges Vigouroux
6180361802PortugalWith hints of minerality typical of any wine from the Dão, this has tight, yeasty notes that contrast with its crisp, bright apple fruit. Drink now.Cabriz Bruto8511DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2013 Cabriz Bruto Sparkling (Dão)Portuguese SparklingGlobal Wines
6180461803PortugalA wine for early drinking, this is soft, fruity and bright. With red berry flavor and gentle tannins, it's direct and packed with fruitiness. Drink now.Pé Tinto8510Portuguese Table WineRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Esporão 2015 Pé Tinto Red (Portuguese Table Wine)Portuguese RedHerdade do Esporão
6180561804FranceThis gentle blend of Aligoté and Chardonnay shows yellow fruit flavors. It has a crisp edge to its round smoothness. Drink now.8512BurgundyCoteaux BourguignonsRoger Voss@vossrogerPierre Gruber 2015 Coteaux BourguignonsWhite BlendPierre Gruber
6180661805ArgentinaGritty aromas suggest burnt popcorn and match stick. This is a round oily style of Torrontés with briny tropical fruit flavors. A salty note of persimmon carries an O.K. finish.Premium Series8516OtherLa RiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSolo Contigo 2016 Premium Series Torrontés (La Rioja)TorrontésSolo Contigo
6180761806PortugalThis is a dry sparkling wine with tannins, spice and berry fruit, giving it a deep color. Not an apéritif wine, it's perfect for cutting through rich, oily foods. Drink now.Plexus Tinto857TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo NV Plexus Tinto Alicante Bouschet (Tejo)Alicante BouschetAdega Cooperativa do Cartaxo
6180861807ItalyA blend of Chardonnay, Garganega and Sauvignon, this has aromas of peach and golden apple. The simple palate offers pineapple and banana alongside bright acidity. Enjoy soon.Bianco8510VenetoVeroneseKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmatore 2015 Bianco White (Veronese)White BlendAmatore
6180961808USWhile light in color, this wine is flavorful and easy to enjoy. Its smoothly textured, medium-bodied palate carries generous red cherry and plum flavors.Saluté8515CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRubino Estates Winery 2012 Saluté Red (Livermore Valley)Red BlendRubino Estates Winery
6181061809USBlended with less than a handful of Petite Sirah, this wine is thick and ultraripe, showing dense chocolate and plum sauce flavors, accented with soy.Sullivan Reserve8552CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMazzocco 2014 Sullivan Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelMazzocco
6181161810PortugalA soft and ripe wine with spicy red fruit flavors cushioned by a smooth texture, this has well-embedded tannins and can be drunk young.Tinto8515TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2015 Tinto Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta do Casal Branco
6181261811FranceNamed after the series of vineyard terraces that rise steeply from the Lot river, this wine is soft and easily accessible. It does have the Malbec structure although this is comfortably balanced by the black fruit and acidity. The wine will be ready to drink from 2017.Les Terrasses8514Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerRigal 2014 Les Terrasses Malbec (Cahors)MalbecRigal
6181361812USFrom four estate vineyards, this wine appears to be low in oak and extra crisp in mouthfeel, offering austere apple and citrus elements with a slight metallic edge.8530CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThomas George 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayThomas George
6181461813FranceAlready a bit light in color and showing some rust at the rim, this medium-weight, silky-textured wine features aromas of sun-baked clay and cherries. There's not much depth or richness, but the tart fruit makes for an easy quaff. Drink now.Bastide de Beauvert8511Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLes Vignobles Foncalieu 2014 Bastide de Beauvert Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendLes Vignobles Foncalieu
6181561814ArgentinaEight years down the line and this Malbec shows the flaws caused by a harvest marred by freezes. This smells like a mix of green bean and jammy boysenberry. The palate feels saturated but soupy, with outsize acidity. Green-herb flavors mix with baked plum and blueberry, while the finish feels sticky, tannic and heavy.Don Antonio Grand Reserva8535Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAntonio Gonzalez 2008 Don Antonio Grand Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecAntonio Gonzalez
6181661815USThis is a simple, tart red, crisp in cranberry and red currant fruit and perfumed with spicy oak. Despite the high acidity on the front palate, it hangs heavy in full-bodied ripeness.Cross Creek Vineyard8565CaliforniaMoon Mountain District Sonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpann Vineyards 2012 Cross Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Moon Mountain District Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonSpann Vineyards
6181761816South AfricaFresh grass, gooseberry, lime leaf and a touch of melon rind appear on the nose and mouth of this straightforward wine. It's lightweight and easygoing, with brisk acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish. Drink now.8510Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLong Neck 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)Sauvignon BlancLong Neck
6181861817ItalyAromas of mature yellow apple and a whiff of chamomile flower lead the nose. The aromas carry over to the extremely ripe palate along with a hint of acacia and a marked note of bitter almond.85VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarcello Turra 2015 SoaveGarganegaMarcello Turra
6181961818ChileAn overachiever among dessert wines. It opens with ripe melon and sweet stone fruit aromas, but it's not overly challenging or heavy. The palate is thick but offers just-right acidity, which frames sweet, enjoyable orange, lychee and honey flavors. Rich yet bright; an extreme.Late Harvest899Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Tabalí 2010 Late Harvest Muscat (Limarí Valley)MuscatViña Tabalí
6182061819USAromas of wet stone, smoke and petrol seep evocatively into the sweet pineapple bouquet. The palate is dry but deeply concentrated with a ripe stone fruit character. Finishes briskly with a bracing lime juice acidity.Falling Man Vineyard Dry8930New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Falling Man Vineyard Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingKeuka Lake Vineyards
6182161820GermanyOn the citrusy side of things for the Pfalz, where many of the wines lean toward peachiness. Pineapple and passion fruit notes are accented by hints of stuck flint and a vaguely briny character. Although only 12.5% abv, the wine is richly textured on the palate, then turning crisp and refreshing on the finish.Laumersheim Steinbuckel GG Trocken8945PfalzJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKnipser 2009 Laumersheim Steinbuckel GG Trocken Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingKnipser
6182261821FranceBrightly perfumed wine, its acidity coming from a delicious array of white fruits, citrus and green plums. It has some sweetness, making it a fine apéritif style.8917AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim 2009 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingLa Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim
6182361822FranceA balanced wine that showcases the ripe fruit while preserving freshness and layers of melon and spiced pear flavors. It has some concentration, leaving a final rich texture.Pfingstberg Grand Cru8943AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLucien Albrecht 2007 Pfingstberg Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisLucien Albrecht
6182461823ItalyRipasso Le Morete offers warming aromas of mature fruit and dark spice followed by brighter tones of black cherry and mesquite. The wine happily delivers both intensity and brightness with thick, textured tannins on the close.Le Morete8918VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoManara 2008 Le Morete (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraManara
6182561824GermanyEven Grünhäuser's entry-level trocken is impressive in 2010, combining ample petrol-like notes with a pronounced streak of lime sherbet. It's medium bodied and slightly creamy on the midpalate, yet sharply focused on the finish.Trocken8926MoselJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMaximin Grünhäuser 2010 Trocken Riesling (Mosel)RieslingMaximin Grünhäuser
6182661825USThe Shea Vineyard, replanted during the 1990s due to phylloxera, is returning to its old form. Round and fresh fruit flavors, lightly toasty, and showing a dusting of powdered sugar, craft a fruity wine with a raspberry pastry character. Lovely for near-term enjoyment.Shea Vineyard8965OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Rex Hill 2008 Shea Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirRex Hill
6182761826USNice and dry, with a silky texture and firm, fine acidity. Good application of oak, too. This elegant young Pinot Noir brims with raspberry and cherry flavors. A little direct now, but could gain traction with a few years in the cellar.Bien Nacido Vineyards8938CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastStephen Ross 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirStephen Ross
6182861827USAn impressive Cabernet, grown in a cool part of Paso Robles. Shows admirable dryness and control, with firm, fuzzy tannins housing classic blackberry and currant flavors.8917CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastAncient Peaks 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonAncient Peaks
6182961828FranceA rich rosé, edging towards dryness. The wine is full of fresh crushed strawberries and red apple flavors, showing the ripeness of the year yet keeping a sense of elegance and tight structure.Demoiselle Rosé Millésimé Brut89120ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVranken 2003 Demoiselle Rosé Millésimé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendVranken
6183061829FranceOrange-pink color on this soft, ripe rosé. The balance is better than in past years, with acidity cutting the red fruits. Light-bodied with a good texture.Demoiselle Rosé Brut8950ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVranken NV Demoiselle Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendVranken

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