Wine Reviews

6219162190ChileBlatant green aromas of bell pepper and thyme are the dominant aromas. A raw, tannic, edgy mouthfeel and herbal, green flavors are patently Chilean and compounded by this cool vintage. Mint and leftover green flavors take up space on a bullish, tannic finish.Single Vineyard Los Lingues8630Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2013 Single Vineyard Los Lingues Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSiegel
6219262191ItalyThis informal red opens with muted aromas of spiced blueberry and mature blackberry. The simple, easy-drinking palate offers mature black cherry, raspberry and a hint of clove alongside soft, fleeting tannins. Drink now.Molino a Vento Bio8610Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenute Orestiadi 2014 Molino a Vento Bio Nero d'Avola (Terre Siciliane)Nero d'AvolaTenute Orestiadi
6219362192USEarthy cranberry, black tea and spicy clove deliver a combination of savory and herb, the tannins of the wine soft and subtle. The finish is lean.8640CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThe Winery SF 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirThe Winery SF
6219462193FranceSmoky wood aromas are repeated on the palate. Although prominent, they do not suppress the juicy blackberry flavors and crisp acidity. Already balanced, the wine is likely to mature quickly. Drink from 2017.8618BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Charmail 2013 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Charmail
6219562194FranceThis wine is dry, dominated by the new-wood flavors and toasty character that hide any fruit. The lean structure will probably remain. The property is owned by the Kressmann family.8630BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Latour-Martillac 2013 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Latour-Martillac
6219662195FranceVines on steep slopes leading down to the Gironde estuary give this estate a good exposure. This wine is structured and laced with firm tannins. It has a balanced character that will allow it to age further, although the black-currant flavors are beginning to shine. Drink from late 2016.86BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Moulin Eyquem 2011 Côtes de BourgBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Moulin Eyquem
6219762196FranceThis wine just avoids an excessive amount of wood. Instead the wood flavors enhance the black-plum and berry fruits. It is a dry wine, dense and firm. It does need time, so wait until 2018.86BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pierre de Montignac 2013 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pierre de Montignac
6219862197FranceThis structured wine also has attractive layers of ripe fruits. Black-currant freshness balances with a dry tannic core and a rich juicy texture. It's going to be ready to drink soon, so only wait until 2017.8620BordeauxMoulis-en-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pomeys 2013 Moulis-en-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pomeys
6219962198ChilePlum, cherry and cassis aromas are lightly charred but not really dark or dense. This shows high-toned, edgy acidity and hard tannins. Punchy, borderline sharp flavors of raspberry and herbal plum finish rough.Reserva8612Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonChilcas
6220062199ChileAromas of herbs, spice, tomato and red plum are good but lean. This features a fresh, dry, tomatoey palate and equally dry, peppery flavors of plum and cherry. A lasting finish is bright but light on residual flavors.Reserva8612Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2013 Reserva Pinot Noir (Maule Valley)Pinot NoirChilcas
6220162200USComing in at a strikingly low alcohol for the vintage, the fruit in this blend doesn't seem to have fully ripened, with strong aromas of freshly sliced jalapeño along with leafy herbs. The flavors are tart and elegant, broadening on the finish.Dedication8620WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCougar Crest 2012 Dedication Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendCougar Crest
6220262201FranceThis is a creamy wine that has attractive fresh apple as well as citrus flavors. It has a tang of lemon zest to give a crisper edge. The aftertaste is fruity, ripe and refreshing.8612BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Claouset 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendDomaine du Claouset
6220362202USSweet vanilla oak gives this full-bodied, tropical wine its signature, a luscious taste of fruit-forward approachability that risks becoming overdone. From Vine Hill Ridge Vineyard in the heart of the appellation, it exhibits the power and warmth of the vintage.Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch8639CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton Estate 2013 Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDutton Estate
6220462203USMinty sage and cedar dot the aromatic profile of this wine that is holding on to tannin and oak with a fierce stubbornness. Tart cherry, pomegranate and blueberry give it a fruity mélange, accented by subtle rose petal and violet.Hawk's Roost Ranch8646CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEl Lugar 2013 Hawk's Roost Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirEl Lugar
6220562204USBright cherry and raspberry flavors and a smooth texture make this wine stand out. Aromas are a bit earthy, mature but slightly floral, and the flavors resemble blackberry jam. While full bodied, it's not very tannic and has an unsually soft mouthfeel for this varietal.8628CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRipken 2013 Petite Sirah (Lodi)Petite SirahRipken
6220662205FranceThis Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend is all fruit, black currants with fresh acidity. The tannins are still young and firm, and need to soften. Fresh and fruity, the wine will develop quickly and can be drunk from late 2016.Château Caillivet Cuvée In8620BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Idiart 2012 Château Caillivet Cuvée In (Graves)Bordeaux-style Red BlendNicolas Idiart
6220762206USDusty minerals and hints of reed lend savoriness to fresh lemon and apple in this dry, light-footed Riesling. It's refreshingly tart and finishes brisk and lean. Drink now through 2016.Dry8615New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2014 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLamoreaux Landing
6220862207ItalyAromas of leather, tilled soil, game and an earthy whiff of barnyard follow through to the evolved palate along with raisin, baked plum, anise and a touch of mint. A bitter almond note closes the finish.Coda della Foce8632Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarilena Barbera 2010 Coda della Foce Red (Sicilia)Red BlendMarilena Barbera
6220962208ChileLactic oak and rubbery black fruit aromas lead to a wiry, acidic palate. This is limited in its flavor range, with plum and berry flavors leading the way. An edgy feeling finish with plum and snappy acidity is not too demanding.Reserva Sepia8612Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2013 Reserva Sepia Merlot (Maipo Valley)MerlotVistamar
6221062209USGreen apple and honeydew melon aromas carry right through to the fresh, fruity flavors in this light-bodied and round-textured wine. It has touches of butter and vanilla as well as all that fruit, plus a good balance between crispness and ripeness.Lightly Oaked868CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2014 Lightly Oaked Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi
6221162210CanadaNotes of oak, butter, nuts and popcorn jump from the glass. The combination of barrel fermentation and cellaring in half new, half once-used oak makes this a wine for those who love the barrel more than the grape. Drink up.8730British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Burrowing Owl 2012 Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley)ChardonnayBurrowing Owl
6221262211PortugalThis wine has a structured character suggesting it is still young. Stalky black currant fruit flavors give fresh acidity as well as firm tannins. It is very fruity, just needing to age. Drink from 2017.Late Bottled Vintage87PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Pacheca 2009 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortQuinta da Pacheca
6221362212PortugalThis is a perfumed wine that has attractive strawberry and blackberry fruit flavors along with a stalky background. Fragrant and fruity, the wine is ready to drink.Late Bottled Vintage8725PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Crasto 2010 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortQuinta do Crasto
6221462213AustraliaA solid value, the 2013 Shoofly is an open-knit, savory wine for drinking over the next year or two. Cola and earth predominate, dressed up by hints of dried spices and green coffee bean.8714VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzShoofly 2013 Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)Pinot NoirShoofly
6221562214USApple custard, green apple peels and a bit of barrel warmth entertain the nose on this reasonably priced wine from a highly reliable appellation. Flavors are straightforward, with ripe golden pears and lemon peels.8720CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ Wilkes 2013 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayJ Wilkes
6221662215USConcentrated violets, cranberries and plum-pie aromas show on the nose of this wine by the Miller family, who own Bien Nacido Vineyard. The palate offers cola, tart cherries, cranberries and black-slate minerality.8727CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Wilkes 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirJ. Wilkes
6221762216USA roughly equal blend of Tempranillo and Grenache, this appealing wine showcases pretty pomegranate and raspberry fruit. In the mouth the flavors turn a little candied, with a gumdrop character that thickens the finish.Tradición8726OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jaxon 2012 Tradición Tempranillo-Garnacha (Rogue Valley)Tempranillo-GarnachaJaxon
6221862217FranceA very neutral nose leads to an equally neutral palate. There is a hint of earthiness and just the merest edge of citric verve, with oatmeal flavors associated with autolysis. While there is balance and freshness, this is a very straight-laced crémant.Brut Réserve8722AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJean-Marc Bernhard 2013 Brut Réserve Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendJean-Marc Bernhard
6221962218FranceRipe and jammy, this offers juicy red berry and plum fruits. It has a dense character with tannins giving shape to the attractive, ready-to-drink fruitiness.Cuvée Première de Jean-Paul Brun8715BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Paul Brun 2014 Cuvée Première de Jean-Paul Brun (Beaujolais)GamayJean-Paul Brun
6222062219SpainApple and grass aromas are clean and basic. For a brut nature, this has a plump feel and fruity roundness. Yeasty flavors of baked white bread and briny apple and nectarine finish mellow and smooth. Drink now.Brut Nature Gran Reserva Reserva de la Familia8716CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachJuvé y Camps 2010 Brut Nature Gran Reserva Reserva de la Familia Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendJuvé y Camps

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