Wine Reviews

6222162220ArgentinaLeathery plum and berry aromas are foresty but also reedy, spicy and a touch green. This Malbec is full and grabby in feel, with woodsy, spicy flavors that are modest in berry fruit character but definitively spicy, dry and medicinal.Roble Clásico8717Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachViejo Isaias 2013 Roble Clásico Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecViejo Isaias
6222262221SpainRipe but prickly black-fruit aromas show a touch of dessicated character, namely prune. This is chunky but solidly acidic, with baked blackberry and plum flavors that finish with weight, smooth tannins and a hint of herbs and mint.879LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachWrongo Dongo 2014 Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellWrongo Dongo
6222362222PortugalThis is a ripe, generous wine that speaks of the sun and warmth of the Alentejo. It has rich black fruits, dark plums and berries, with spice and vanilla flavors. The acidity, with its final lift, gives the wine a fresh aftertaste.Toutalga878AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Machados 2013 Toutalga Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Machados
6222462223FranceWhile there are banana aromas, the palate is rich with red fruits and ripe tannins. This wine is soft and fruity, although a tight line of acidity cuts through. The wine will be better from 2016.Vieilles Vignes8722BeaujolaisBrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Frères Perroud 2014 Vieilles Vignes (Brouilly)GamayLes Frères Perroud
6222562224SpainInky, punchy blueberry aromas have a leafy, green element going on. This blend of Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah and Monastrell is tannic and round on the palate, with black plum, black currant and salty, herbal flavors. A briny, firm finish with toast, pepper and licorice notes ranks as generous.Reposo8710LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachPago Casa Gran 2013 Reposo Red (Valencia)Red BlendPago Casa Gran
6222662225FranceTight and crisp, this wine is laden with acidity as well as dry tannins. The fruit element is still developing, hints of red berries beginning to come through. It's a wine to age for several months, so drink from 2016.Esprit de Séduction8724BeaujolaisSaint-AmourRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Berthier 2014 Esprit de Séduction (Saint-Amour)GamayPascal Berthier
6222762226ItalyThis opens with whiffs of yellow apple, pineapple and white spring flowers. The palate delivers tropical fruit and white peach alongside crackling acidity and persistent, vigorous bubbles.Cuvée Tenuta Val de Brun Extra Dry8725VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAstoria 2014 Cuvée Tenuta Val de Brun Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraAstoria
6222862227ItalyLightly scented, this offers aromas of white spring flowers, citrus peel and a whiff of chopped herbs. The linear palate offers yellow apple, pear and thyme alongside racy acidity and brisk bubbles.8722VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBorgoluce NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreGleraBorgoluce
6222962228ArgentinaStalky, rustic aromas of plum and animal hide lead to a round, solid palate with plum, cherry, herb and spice flavors that are simple as a whole. A lasting but largely fruitless finish is more oaky than anything.Año Cero8719Mendoza ProvinceLa ConsultaMichael Schachner@wineschachAltocedro 2013 Año Cero Malbec (La Consulta)MalbecAltocedro
6223062229SpainMusky aromas of white flowers and mustard come before a lean, lemony, restricted palate. Melon, lychee and lime flavors are tropical and slightly oily, with mustardy notes coming back on the finish.Vetiver Vendimia8715Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Ontañón 2013 Vetiver Vendimia Viura (Rioja)ViuraBodegas Ontañón
6223162230PortugalThis wine is dry, firm and structured. There is a tight, extracted character that brings out a bitter edge. Acidity and stalky black fruits are certainly not ready at the moment. Drink from 2018.Late Bottled Vintage87PortRoger Voss@vossrogerBurmester 2009 Late Bottled Vintage (Port)PortBurmester
6223262231USThe reserve spends 18 months in French oak, and includes a portion of 30-year-old vines in the blend. Raspberry and cherry fruit carries a suggestion of earth, and the alcohol, though moderate, adds some heat to the finish.Estate Bottled Reserve8728OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cardwell Hill 2012 Estate Bottled Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCardwell Hill
6223362232FranceFrom the Côte des Bar in the southern Aube region of Champagne, this ripe rosé is all fruit. Layers of raspberry, red plum and wild strawberry are tied together with a light tannic texture and plenty of acidity. The aftertaste is as fresh and crisp as possible.Brut Rosé8749ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChassenay d'Arce NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendChassenay d'Arce
6223462233USWith a large dose of Russian River Valley grapes, this delirious and delicious white is dark gold in color, medium to almost full bodied, with a richness overridden by bright floral notes of apple blossom and pear. It finishes in a flurry of oak and vanilla, and was aged in new and used French and American oak.8717CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChloe 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)ChardonnayChloe
6223562234FranceThis tight and mineral wine reflects the granite terroir on which it is grown. It was made with semi-carbonic cold maceration without addition of yeast or SO2. The fruit is still lean and needs time to round out and balance the acidity. Drink from 2016.8715BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerChristophe Pacalet 2014 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayChristophe Pacalet
6223662235ArgentinaStalky, roasted, horsey, baked-fruit aromas are mossy and muddled. Colomé always makes funky wines with true Salta character, but this one is soupy, thick and dense in feel, with herbal, savory, salty plum flavors. A dark, chunky, stewy finish concludes this unusual rendition of Malbec.Estate8730OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachColomé 2012 Estate Malbec (Salta)MalbecColomé
6223762236FranceRipe and spicy, this wine has delicious white fruit, nutmeg and fresh lemon flavors. It is light in character, with the fruit and acidity giving delicious lift. Refreshing and with great fruitiness, the wine is ready to drink.87BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Thulon 2014 Beaujolais-VillagesChardonnayDomaine de Thulon
6223862237FranceThis is a beautifully fresh wine, as crisp as possible. It is light in character while still bright with red berry fruits. The acidity and the general fruitiness give a refreshing aftertaste. These are young vines so we will see what the future brings.8715BeaujolaisBeaujolais RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Marrans 2014 Gamay (Beaujolais Rosé)GamayDomaine des Marrans
6223962238FranceThis fresh, cherry-flavored wine is full of fruit. It has bright tones, highlighted by acidity and a crisp texture. This is a wine to drink young, still fruity and perfumed.87BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rochette 2013 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine Rochette
6224062239ArgentinaThis is called Roble, meaning oak, for a reason; the nose is extremely smoky, toasty and gritty, with stalky cherry and cassis scents and a blast of animal hide. A racy, firm palate delivers saucy, stalky, herbal flavors of tomato, red plum and cherry, while the finish feels good and juicy but tastes woody, stalky, herbal and low on ripeness.Calathus Roble8724Mendoza ProvinceUco ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Don Carlos 2011 Calathus Roble Malbec (Uco Valley)MalbecFinca Don Carlos
6224162240USImmature now, with sweet, jammy berry fruit, currants and hard tannins, and the oak overlay hasn't been integrated yet. But there's a lot going on in this spicy, bold Zin. Give it 3–4 years.Morisoli Vineyard9037CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaElyse 2007 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelElyse
6224262241ItalyTerra di Lavoro (a blend of Aglianico and Piedirosso) is packaged in a handsome bottle and opens with inky, dark richness. The well concentrated wine is redolent of espresso bean, rum cake, chocolate, leather and moist pipe tobacco. The sweet tannins are very astringent still so give this wine time to soften.Terra di Lavoro90Southern ItalyRoccamonfinaGalardi 2008 Terra di Lavoro Red (Roccamonfina)Red BlendGalardi
6224362242GermanyLight-bodied and lithe, this is not as fruity or flashy as many of its brethren from this vintage. Instead, it offers mineral complexity only slightly buffered by notes of ripe apples and stone fruit, and a long, citrusy finish. Give it some time in the cellar, where it should blossom in another 5–7 years.Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese9047MoselJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJoh. Jos. Prüm 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingJoh. Jos. Prüm
6224462243USDry and tart in acids, with lemon Lifesaver candy, lemongrass, hay, white pepper and vanilla aromas and flavors. A clean, brisk Sauvignon Blanc to drink as an appetizer. Good with Asian fare.9016CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaLaird 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancLaird
6224562244USClassic Dry Creek Zin, dry, spicy and briary. Has those rustic tannins that just love cheese, tomato sauce, spice-rubbed barbecue or a great beef taco. Perfect ripeness, too, brimming with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.9018CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaPezzi King 2008 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPezzi King
6224662245USSmells great and flashy, with inviting notes of blackberries, black currants, green olives and spicy sandalwood. Candied and sweet in the mouth, with blackberry and black cherry fruit. Tasted in March, 2011, the wine could well have been going through an awkward period. Should re-emerge by Fall and age well.Chapter VII9059CaliforniaMount VeederNapaRamian 2007 Chapter VII Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonRamian
6224762246ItalyCesco di Nece is a dark, inky Aglianico that opens with aromas of dried tobacco, licorice and bitter chocolate. It's a bruiser wine with dark extraction and rock-solid structure.Cesco di Nece9027Southern ItalySant' Agata dei GotiMustilli 2006 Cesco di Nece Aglianico (Sant' Agata dei Goti)AglianicoMustilli
6224862247USRough-hewn and tannic in youth, this blend of one-third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot isn't showing much accessibility. It's astringently closed, but very ripe and sweet in blackberries, cherries and cedar. Give it five years in the cellar.Terzetto9075CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVolker Eisele Family Estate 2007 Terzetto Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVolker Eisele Family Estate
6224962248USA nice Merlot whose rich tannins and elegance mark its Napa origins. Although it finishes dry, it fills the mouth with ripe, sweet cherry, red currant, toast and caramel flavors. Needs lots of breathing to let it mellow.9040CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaReynolds Family Winery 2007 Merlot (Stags Leap District)MerlotReynolds Family Winery
6225062249USThis is a dark, inky Petite Sirah, dense in tannins and full-bodied. It basically takes command of the palate and puts up a wall of astringency. That's young Petite Sirah for you. Behind that wall are rich flavors of blackberries and currants, with a generous sweetness from toasty oak, and finished with a hit of acidity. You should cellar this wine for at least six years.Amelia's Block9034CaliforniaCalistogaNapaShypoke 2008 Amelia's Block Petite Sirah (Calistoga)Petite SirahShypoke

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