Wine Reviews

61816180FranceDark cherry and berry fruits lead the nose of this rich and bramby wine, with hints of spicy chocolate and raspberry sauce lending added decadence. The plush palate offers more of the same, with a satiny texture and juicy, sweet-spiced fruit flavors that hang on through the medium-length finish.Black Sheep8712Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLe Grand Noir 2016 Black Sheep G-S-M (Pays d'Oc)G-S-MLe Grand Noir
61826181FranceDense and dark in color, this leads with jammy, superripe scents of blackbery, plum and cherry preserves, hit by a touch of bramble. The palate is similarly ripe and fruit-driven, with soft tannins and a fruity, overall immensely accessible character.La Villa de Maison Vialade8712Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLes Domaines Auriol 2016 La Villa de Maison Vialade Marselan (Pays d'Oc)MarselanLes Domaines Auriol
61836182USThis is an extremely ripe and viscous wine, almost too much to handle. The nose shows juicy blackberry syrup, crème de cassis, coconut and a hint of herbs, and then the palate delivers coffee, fudge, elderberry, black currant and pepper.Old Vine De Ambrogio Block8745CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLorenzi Estate 2013 Old Vine De Ambrogio Block Zinfandel (Temecula Valley)ZinfandelLorenzi Estate
61846183SpainBriny citrus aromas announce a palate with citric acidity. Similar briny citrus flavors are one-dimensional, while notes of hay and green herbs pop up on a racy finish.Troupe8722GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMar de Envero 2016 Troupe Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoMar de Envero
61856184SpainFresh but basic apple and pear aromas lead to a direct palate with citric acidity. Dry, simple peach and nectarine flavors are replaced by a mild briny character on the finish.Lagunilla8713Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de la Concordia 2016 Lagunilla Viura (Rioja)ViuraMarqués de la Concordia
61866185USLemon-candy aromas are rounded with white peach, marshmallow and honeysuckle on the slightly sweet-leaning nose of this bottling. The sip is straightforward with lemon peel, slight marzipan, Gala apple and Bosc pear flavors.J.D. Hurley Griva Vineyard8725CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMartin Ranch 2015 J.D. Hurley Griva Vineyard Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayMartin Ranch
61876186SpainGrapefruit and grit show on the nose. A narrow palate with a hint of spritz delivers short green melon flavors that turn slightly bitter prior to a peppery-tasting finish.8717Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachMartinsancho 2016 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoMartinsancho
61886187ItalyBlack-skinned fruit and violet aromas lead the nose of this Lambrusco. The zesty palate doles out tangy mouthfuls of dried black cherry, prune and graphite notes, all set against a backdrop of brisk acidity.Lambrusco I Quercioli Secco8714Central ItalyKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMedici Ermete NV Lambrusco I Quercioli Secco LambruscoLambruscoMedici Ermete
61896188USThere's a strong peachy scent to the nose of this bottling, but it's bolstered by sea salt and a scratched lime-skin freshness. The lime flavor is prominent on the sip, from pith to juice, and there is decent tension along with honeydew flavors.8729CaliforniaNorth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMidnight 2016 ChardonnayChardonnayMidnight
61906189USThe Lollipop Hill designation seems rounder and fuller on the palate than the producer's Special Reserve Tocai. It's not deeply concentrated, but offers shades of ripe yellow apple, plum and lemon flavors. Soft tangerine acidity brightens the midpalate. Drink now through 2019.Lollipop Hill Estate Bottled8725New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaMillbrook 2016 Lollipop Hill Estate Bottled Tocai Friulano (Hudson River Region)Tocai FriulanoMillbrook
61916190USThis wine oozes ripe lush flavors of boysenberry jam, milk chocolate and strawberry. It's very deep in color, has some tannins for added texture but is pretty smooth overall and seems to turn sweet on the finish.Black Road8713CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMuddy Boot 2015 Black Road Red (California)Red BlendMuddy Boot
61926191ItalyBlue flower, menthol, red berry, dried herb and woodshop scents lead the nose of this wine. The linear palate offers cranberry, star anise, espresso and clove flavors, with a backbone of vibrant acidity. Tightly wound tannins grip the finish.Rombone8750PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNada Fiorenzo 2013 Rombone (Barbaresco)NebbioloNada Fiorenzo
61936192USThis 100% varietal wine's cocoa and sweet baking spice aromas are followed by ripe, luscious fruit and barrel flavors. Oak plays a prominent role, with light gamy notes that persist on the finish.Heart of the Hill8730WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport:Nota Bene 2013 Heart of the Hill Mourvèdre (Red Mountain)Mourvèdre:Nota Bene
61946193FranceThis balanced wine is ripe with the bold fruitiness of the vintage and crisp with a tight mineral edge. Rich apricot and pear flavors are attractively cut with lime acidity. Drink from 2018.Les Perriers87BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Rollet 2015 Les Perriers (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayPascal Rollet
61956194FranceA strongly toasty aroma leads to a spicy, wood-laden wine. The fruit has been suppressed by the over-enthusiastic wood aging. It might soften, so wait until 2018.Vieilles Vignes87BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Rollet 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayPascal Rollet
61966195ItalyThis opens with black-skinned berry, clove and cooking spice aromas. The straightforward palate shows ripe black cherry, black plum and white pepper notes alongside smooth tannins. Drink soon.Lavignone8716PiedmontBarbera d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePico Maccario 2016 Lavignone (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaPico Maccario
61976196FranceOffering attractive, tropical-fruit flavors, this wine is smooth and creamy. To balance that, a refreshing moment of tanginess gives a crisp shot of lemon. Drink from 2018.Au Brûlé8724BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sangouard-Guyot 2015 Au Brûlé (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayDomaine Sangouard-Guyot
61986197USThis 100% varietal wine leads with woodspice, green herb and flower aromas and follows with sweet, vanilla-laced black fruit flavors. Although aged entirely in used French oak, the barrel influence is prominent. The tannins bring dryness, needing food to ease their grit.Tenebrae Stillwater Creek Vineyard8730WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2013 Tenebrae Stillwater Creek Vineyard Petit Verdot (Columbia Valley (WA))Petit VerdotFinn Hill
61996198USSteely mineral and brisk grapefruit notes combine in this spry, cutting Grüner Veltliner. It's dry in style, with delicate concentration but loads of refreshment. The finish is touched with nut and earth tones. Drink now through 2019.William Vigne8716New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2016 William Vigne Grüner Veltliner (Seneca Lake)Grüner VeltlinerFulkerson
62006199USSlightly herbal, earthy tones on the nose dissipate to reveal fresher grapefruit and lemon on the palate. It's piercing acidity and bristling texture make for an invigorating sip. Drink now through 2019.Dry8715New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2016 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingGlenora
62016200ArgentinaThis blend of Malbec and Syrah is dark as night, with rubbery, heavy aromas of reduced blackberry and plum along with a hint of volatility. Chunky, heavy and tannic on the palate, this offers blackberry, oak and acidic coffee flavors in front of an herbal, leathery finish.Perlita8511Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDiamAndes 2013 Perlita Malbec-Syrah (Uco Valley)Malbec-SyrahDiamAndes
62026201USStrawberry and blackberry jam aromas are inflected with dried herb aromas of thyme and basil. The jammy palate has just enough structure from acid and tannin to keep it alive.8520ColoradoGrand ValleyAlexander PeartreeGrande River 2011 Malbec (Grand Valley)MalbecGrande River
62036202PortugalThis is an intensely perfumed wine, with typical Syrah earthiness and acidity. It is soft, fruity, full of black plum flavors. The wine is ready to drink.Ciconia Reserva8510AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade de São Miguel 2014 Ciconia Reserva Syrah (Alentejano)SyrahHerdade de São Miguel
62046203FranceMade from organically grown grapes, this wine has great purity, with a line of lemon and sliced apple fruitiness. It is very fresh, just given another fuller character with a hint of honey. Drink now.Dame Nature85BurgundyPetit ChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2013 Dame Nature (Petit Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne
62056204USA streak of savory flavors, like sage and soy, runs through this otherwise grapy, plummy, medium-bodied wine, giving it a unique profile. Firmly tannic in texture, and showing a bit of the typical spiciness, it's ready to drink.8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLyeth 2012 Malbec (California)MalbecLyeth
62066205ArgentinaInitial weedy, herbaceous aromas give way to more waxy stone-fruit scents. In the mouth, this is razor sharp and sky high in acidity. Pithy, sharp flavors of green apple, lemon and underripe peach finish tangy, much like white pineapple.8525Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMendel 2014 Semillon (Mendoza)SémillonMendel
62076206ArgentinaInitial grassy aromas of hay and wheat usher in scents of peach, melon and saline water. This is a bit pulpy on the palate, but with cutting acidity. Melon, apple cider and nectarine flavors finish with friendly but nondescript white-fruit flavors.Santa Celina8514Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFrançois Lurton 2014 Santa Celina Pinot Grigio (Mendoza)Pinot GrigioFrançois Lurton
62086207PortugalExpanding the Casal Garcia range into the Douro, this light and fruity wine is an easy drink. It has some toast to balance the soft tannins and black currant fruits.Casal Garcia Tinto858DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerAveleda 2014 Casal Garcia Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedAveleda
62096208USMature dark cherry and black currant aromas meet cola and vanilla on the nose. This medium-bodied wine saw 10 months in American oak, yielding a palate of dark blackberries, toasted almond and sweet pie spice.8520ColoradoGrand ValleyAlexander PeartreeCanyon Wind 2013 Cabernet Franc (Grand Valley)Cabernet FrancCanyon Wind
62106209PortugalThis is an off-dry and lightly structured wine that has a crisp, mineral texture. It is bright, with citrus and apple notes that are cut by tangy lemon peel. The finish is tight and direct; drink now.Pluma85Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa de Vila Verde 2014 Pluma White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCasa de Vila Verde

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