Wine Reviews

6261162610ItalyThis organic 60-40 blend of Uva di Troia and Montepulciano offers nutty notes of Graham cracker, chestnut podwer and ripe cherry fruit. The aromas are slightly muddled and the wine shows slight effervescence, which contributes to its pungent and piquant flavors. Agrinatura is an organic winemaker who does not use sulfites.Almagìa8327Southern ItalyCastel del MonteAgrinatura 2007 Almagìa Red (Castel del Monte)Red BlendAgrinatura
6261262611PortugalFresh red berry fruit and caramel aromas create a wine that is all sweet strawberry, highly aromatic and just touched by acidity. There's a definite softness, almost sweetness in the aftertaste.Monte Alentejano Rosé838AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2007 Monte Alentejano Rosé Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
6261362612ArgentinaRhubarb, Band-Aid and other lean, pickled aromas get this lightweight Tempranillo. Flavors of tea, cherry and pepper control the dry palate, while cinnamon arises on the racy, crisp finish. Not much richness or body, but good enough.8310Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Fogón 2005 Tempranillo (Mendoza)TempranilloEl Fogón
6261462613AustraliaThis 75-25 blend is pretty neutral in character; with effort, it's possible to suss out hints of fresh dill, bergamot and graphite. The wine just seems too restrained for its own good.8320Western AustraliaMargaret RiverJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVasse River 2006 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Margaret River)Semillon-Sauvignon BlancVasse River
6261562614PortugalA light, crisp strawberry- and melon-flavored wine, with a fresh mint aroma. There is some sweetness, but the acidity and fresh fruits balance that attractively.Alandra Rosé836PortugalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Esporão NV Alandra Rosé Red (Portugal)Portuguese RedHerdade do Esporão
6261662615USA little heavy and soft, but okay for everyday purposes if you like Merlot. Shows the variety's easy tannins and some modest cherry, red currant and cedar flavors.8315CaliforniaMendocino CountyBonterra 2006 Merlot (Mendocino County)MerlotBonterra
6261962618PortugalThis wine combines freshness and structure. It's full of acidity and bright berry fruits. At the same time, the solid structure gives the wine balance and a fine future. Wood aging offers further support to the fruitiness of this ageworthy wine. Drink from 2017.Andreza Reserva8818DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Andreza Reserva Red (Douro)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
6261762616AustraliaThis cleanly made Shiraz boasts decent aromas and flavors of blackberries, chocolate and earth, but lacks weight on the palate and shows some heat on the finish.8312South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRed Knot 2006 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazRed Knot
6261862617ItalyBright and easygoing, this features aromas of red berry, wildflower and a touch of alpine herb. The silky, lightly tannic palate doles out crushed raspberry, a hint of baking spice and an herbaceous note.8820Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeViticoltori Alto Adige 2012 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroViticoltori Alto Adige
6262062619AustraliaMade in a lighter, more delicate style than many of its brethren, this is nevertheless fresh and flavorful. Pear, melon and white peach notes are framed by hints of toasted brioche, which takes on a slightly mocha-like character on the finish.8835VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYeringberg 2013 Chardonnay (Yarra Valley)ChardonnayYeringberg
6262162620SpainRipe, concentrated aromas of berry fruits and raisin announce a chunky but good palate. Oaky flavors are matched by tangy red-fruit notes and heavier back-palate prune, while the finish is thick and chewy, with just enough acidity to keep things in shape.8820CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachNoster Inicial 2010 Red (Priorat)Red BlendNoster Inicial
6262262621SpainFloral blueberry and boysenberry aromas are forward and slightly exotic, with notes of leather and dried cheese. This is chunky, heavy and a touch flat, with grabbing, cheek-scrubbing tannins. Ripe berry flavors are earthy and show a touch of chocolate, while the finish is baked, ripe, jammy and tannic. Drink through 2018.Embruix8827CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachVall Llach 2012 Embruix Red (Priorat)Red BlendVall Llach
6262362622FranceAccented by a light touch of honey, this attractive wine is fruity, with a nutty underlying texture and a rich body. Full and ripe, it could age until 2016 although it's quite ready to drink.Cuvée Millesimé Brut8822Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerVignoble Brisebarre 2009 Cuvée Millesimé Brut (Vouvray)Chenin BlancVignoble Brisebarre
6262462623USThis wine by the family-owned winery on Highway 46 East—now home to a large amphitheater for rock concerts—shows aromas of oak smoke, squeezed blackberries and a just barely noticeable hint of camphor. It's evenly spiced on the palate, like a well seasoned beef roast, with dried Italian herbs giving complexity to black cherries, blueberries and coffee notes.Estate8824CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannVina Robles 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonVina Robles
6262562624AustraliaThis checks all the aromatic boxes for Riesling, hitting notes of spring flowers, stone fruit and citrus. Then it settles down on the palate, offering classic wet stone and lime sherbet flavors that would be classic, if only they lasted a little longer on the finish. Drink now–2025.8817South AustraliaClare ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWakefield 2014 Riesling (Clare Valley)RieslingWakefield
6262662625PortugalA blend of four grapes, this structured wine shows big black fruitiness along with fresh acidity. It's still young, bright with acidity and needs time to round out. Drink from 2017.Companhia das Lezírias Samora8812TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Companhia das Lezírias Samora Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
6262762626USLicorice and leather stand out in this softly layered wine that leans heavy on the palate. Made in a full-bodied, brawny style, it's single-minded more than complex, finishing in toasty oak and black pepper.Dolinsek Ranch8840CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWoodenhead 2012 Dolinsek Ranch Syrah (Russian River Valley)SyrahWoodenhead
6262862627USGrenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah combine for a tasty package that's budget-minded to boot. Opening with an intense earthiness and layers of tart cherry, it also offers brambly, gamy meatiness and a finish of black pepper. The majority of the grapes are Grenache, but the wine is as marked by the anise and earthiness of the Mourvèdre as anything else.Clay Wheels8816CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneZepaltas 2012 Clay Wheels Red (California)Rhône-style Red BlendZepaltas
6262962628ItalyDelicate aromas of hawthorn, white wildflower and stone fruit mingle in the glass. The vibrant palate offers tart yellow apple, juicy nectarine and bitter almond alongside zesty acidity. A steely mineral note marks the finish.8815VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMonte Tondo 2013 Soave ClassicoGarganegaMonte Tondo
6263062629ItalyDelicate aromas of raspberry and almond carry through to the palate along with tangerine and clove. It's balanced by bright acidity and soft, supple tannins. Drink soon.Galea Vernatsch8823Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNals Margreid 2013 Galea Vernatsch Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaNals Margreid
6263162630PortugalGenerous, fruity and rich, this ripe wine has black chocolate flavors to go with its soft tannins and rounded structure. At the end, acidity gives freshness and blackberry-jelly sweetness.8812BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerNelson Neves 2012 Merlot (Bairrada)MerlotNelson Neves
6263262631USPlum and blueberry combine to nice effect in this wine that is dense and chewy at the beginning but yields softer textures as it goes. A sprinkling of cocoa and cinnamon accents the finish.Unfiltered8860CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneNewton 2012 Unfiltered Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotNewton
6263362632USGiven time in stainless steel only, this is a crisp, lightly golden-colored wine forceful in apple, apricot and pear. Medium in weight and acidity, its vibrant refreshment lingers melodically on the palate.8815CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneNoble Tree 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancNoble Tree
6263462633SpainDense, slightly soupy aromas of herbs, earth and blackberry settle in front of a flush, plump palate. Chunky blackberry flavors mix with earth and saline notes, while the finish is full and easy, with mild tannins. Drink through 2018.Clàssic8822CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachOnix 2013 Clàssic Grenache-Carignan (Priorat)Grenache-CarignanOnix
6263562634PortugalThis firm, mineral-textured wine is full of solid tannins and dark black fruits. A blend Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional, it's a classic, structured, dense Dão. Still young with its rough edges, it nonetheless will age well. Drink from 2018.Evidência88DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2012 Evidência Red (Dão)Portuguese RedParras Vinhos
6263662635USCranberry and a strong herbal component contribute an earthy elegance to this 100% Cab which zigzags somewhat on the palate, becoming fuller bodied. Still, the oak and tannins are under control and the wine is approachable now.Nirvana88120CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaVirginie Boone@vboonePeace Water 2011 Nirvana Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonPeace Water
6263762636GermanyIntense granite tones lend elegance and complexity to this plump, cherried blend of Merlot, Dornfelder and Lemberger. Supple and round on the palate, it's framed delicately with soft tannins and a fringe of smoke and dried herbs.Cuvée Noir8822PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaPflüger 2012 Cuvée Noir Red (Pfalz)Red BlendPflüger
6263862637ChileScratchy plum and cassis aromas are earthy and a touch baked. This is flush and grabby in feel, with ripe blackberry, sweet strawberry and stalky, herbal flavors. A mild finish with a jammy feel and red-berry flavors is solid and fair.GSM+T8830MarchigueMichael Schachner@wineschachPolkura 2012 GSM+T Red (Marchigue)Red BlendPolkura
6263962638PortugalThe wood fermentation has just brushed the ripe notes of this wine, rounding out the young, fresh fruitiness. It's a full wine with pear, citrus and a tangy, mineral texture. Drink from 2016.Reserva8818DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Rede 2013 Reserva White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Rede
6264062639GermanyNotes of crushed granite and slate find harmony against a backdrop of pert grapefruit and lime flavors. Vivacious and lean, this finishes briskly with a spray of orange blossom.RK8817MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaReichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2013 RK Pinot Blanc (Mosel)Pinot BlancReichsgraf von Kesselstatt

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