Wine Reviews

6369163690FranceWith spicy wood and mint aromas, the wine has ripe blackberry fruit, sweet tannins and some fine concentrated dark flavors. It is structured with a dry core of acidity and fruit skins. Ready to drink, but worth aging.8926BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Beauvillage 2008 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Beauvillage
6369263691FranceVery much on the ripe, tropical side of Sauvignon Blanc, this is rich and concentrated. There are citrus and toast along with the spice and pineapple. Textured, it is still young and will age.Elegance8919BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Bertinerie 2010 Elegance (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Sauvignon BlancChâteau Haut Bertinerie
6369363692FranceInitially dry and tannic, the wine shows dark fruits with blueberry flavors, smoke and spice. It is rich and dense, already with the fruit right up front. Drink now or better age.8918BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lacombe Noaillac 2009 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lacombe Noaillac
6369463693FranceThe high proportion of Sémillon in the blend gives the wine an extra richness. That rounds out the more herbaceous character and brings in ripe peach and kiwi flavors. It's already a lively, drinkable wine, but should only improve over another few months.8918BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau l'Avocat 2010 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau l'Avocat
6369563694FranceRounded and sweet wine, its tannins buried in the rich blackberry fruits. It is dominated by its fruity character, although there is a chunky texture that gives a firm mouthfeel. Ready to drink in a year.L'Excellence8953BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Pape 2008 L'Excellence (Pessac-Léognan)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau le Pape
6369663695FranceWild aromas abound on the nose of this wine, but are balanced with expressive garrigue (primarily rosemary and thyme) and ripe red cherry, bramble and blueberry notes. The medium-weight mouth shows great richness and concentration of flavors, all framed by silky tannins and moderate acidity.Rubellis8916Languedoc-RoussillonCorbièresLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Prieuré Borde-Rouge 2008 Rubellis Red (Corbières)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau Prieuré Borde-Rouge
6369763696FranceOn the lean side, with a layered concentrated wood structure. The wine has weight along with dryness, although the fruit is harder to discern.8932BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Siran 2009 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Siran
6369863697USTart and juicy, this Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah blend matches cranberry and plum fruit flavors to milk chocolate and nougat highlights. Well-crafted, with a pleasing florality (to coin a word) in the finish. An outstanding value.Red Table Wine897WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hogue 2008 Red Table Wine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendHogue
6369963698USHorse & Plow continues to make nice wines from organic grapes. This vintage shows a subtle lemon streak with a tiny smidge of tropical guava and is all-around balanced, steely and meaty at the same time without overdone oak. Golden honey and lemon finish things off.McFadden Farm8925CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneHorse & Plow 2010 McFadden Farm Chardonnay (Mendocino)ChardonnayHorse & Plow
6370063699FranceRich and full in mouth, this has green and apple fruit flavors that are cut with acidity. The tangy texture gives a contrast and balance to the wine. Drink from 2017.Châtenoy8822Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerIsabelle et Pierre Clément 2014 Châtenoy (Menetou-Salon)Sauvignon BlancIsabelle et Pierre Clément
6370163700USAromas of sugared plums, herbs and black currants lead to black- and blue-fruit flavors that are surprisingly soft. One misses the tannins Cabernet is known for but it makes up for it elsewhere.Chateau Smith8820WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCharles Smith 2013 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCharles Smith
6370263701FranceLight and fresh, this is immediately attractive with its green fruits, spice and hints of almonds. There is also a backdrop of minerality to this still-young wine. Aromatic and crisp, it can be drunk now.Domaine de la Rossignole Cuvée Vieilles Vignes8840Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerCherrier Frères 2014 Domaine de la Rossignole Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancCherrier Frères
6370363702USDespite its varietal label, this drinks more like a Bordeaux-style blend with the Cabernet Sauvignon (11%) and Cabernet Franc (9%) showing themselves prominently. Coffee, flower, dried herb and red- and black-fruit aromas are followed by elegant, lightly creamy fruit flavors that carry through the finish.Panorama8826WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCloudlift Cellars 2013 Panorama Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendCloudlift Cellars
6370463703FranceThis is a ripe, apple and green stone-fruit flavored wine, with a light texture that nicely supports the fruitiness. The wine is fresh, juicy and with delicious freshness at the end. Drink now.Les Pierres Plates8819Loire ValleyReuillyRoger Voss@vossrogerDenis Jamain 2014 Les Pierres Plates Sauvignon Blanc (Reuilly)Sauvignon BlancDenis Jamain
6370563704FranceMade from vines between 20 and 40 years old, this wine is both fresh and ripe. Apple as well as citrus flavors give it a tangy streak. Made from organic and biodynamically grown grapes, it is all fruit, bright and with an attractive, perfumed aftertaste.Les Chasseignes8830Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Fouassier 2014 Les Chasseignes (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Fouassier
6370663705FranceThis is a ripe, creamy wine with fresh currant and ripe peach fruits. It is lightly tangy, although its main strength is the refreshing fruitiness. Bright and crisp at the end, it is ready to drink.8825Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul Picard 2014 SancerreSauvignon BlancDomaine Jean-Paul Picard
6370763706FranceThis wine is soft, rounded and ripe. Good acidity is integrated into the light structure and juicy green plum and apple fruit flavors. This is fully developed and ready to drink.8835Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Masson-Blondelet 2014 Pouilly-FuméSauvignon BlancDomaine Masson-Blondelet
6370863707FranceThis perfumed wine has light, ripe fruits and soft tannins. Red cherry and raspberry flavors dominate the palate of a wine that is still young. Drink this attractive wine from 2017.Côte de Reigny8822Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sautereau 2014 Côte de Reigny (Sancerre)Pinot NoirDomaine Sautereau
6370963708USLush but fine-tuned aromas of lemon skin, pineapple, daffodil and melon are cut by chamomile and mineral tones on the edges of this good-deal wine. It's also well designed on the palate, where butter and oak-smoke flavors meet with chalky minerality, Asian pear flesh and jasmine notes.8812CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEstancia 2014 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayEstancia
6371063709USBlueberry, vanilla and caramel pop on the nose of this wine from the pioneering brand that is now owned by Bill Foley. Soft yet dense tannins and a plush mouthfeel ensue once sipped, with elderberry, bay leaf and fresh herbs showing on the tightly structured palate.8822CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFirestone 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFirestone
6371163710FranceFrom a high altitude estate in the Vaucluse, this blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is pale and coppery in hue, yet shows ample richness and weight on the palate. Notes of wet stone, berry and citrus linger on the mouthwatering finish.8830Rhône ValleyVin de Pays de VaucluseJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChêne Bleu 2014 Rosé (Vin de Pays de Vaucluse)RoséChêne Bleu
6371263711SpainAromas of raspberry jam are a bit stretched out and unusual for a Rioja. In the mouth, this is fresh and fruity, but a bit light on substance. Savory red-fruit flavors end comfortably, with a good texture.Crianza8827Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachConsejo de la Alta 2011 Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendConsejo de la Alta
6371363712SpainThis blend of Mencía, the local Grand Noir and Merenzao opens with raisiny, spicy, slightly baked aromas that suggest nutmeg. The palate is drawing and hard, with earthy, slightly cooked flavors of cherry and kirsch that end with a dash of lemony oak.Amandi8824GaliciaRibeira SacraMichael Schachner@wineschachDon Bernardino 2012 Amandi Red (Ribeira Sacra)Red BlendDon Bernardino
6371463713USNick Elliott's blend of 53% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 19% Mourvèdre offers crushed black raspberries, boysenberries, rose petals and touches of oak and caramel on the nose. The palate shows shows tar, black pepper and slightly sour blueberry, proving straightforward.8850CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNicora 2013 G-S-M (Central Coast)G-S-MNicora
6371563714MoroccoThis wine offers aromas of rose petal and geranium with a hint of lemon. It is full on the palate, with flavors of toasted pineapple, white peach, lilac and Turkish delight. The smooth finish is marked by savory touches, with a nice balance of fruit and floral flavors.Un-Oaked8818ZenataMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOuled Thaleb 2014 Un-Oaked Chardonnay (Zenata)ChardonnayOuled Thaleb
6371663715ItalyThis opens with aromas suggesting spearmint, blackcurrant jam, toasted oak and roasted coffee bean. The aromas follow through to the evolved palate along with raisin and anise while raspy tannins clench the finish.Flauto Magico Riserva8850TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeParadiso di Frassina 2010 Flauto Magico Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseParadiso di Frassina
6371763716USVarietal offerings are a rarity in this appellation. This one brings aromas of dill, woodspice and vanilla, with the focus on the barrel. The tart red cherry flavors are silky smooth, gliding on the finish.Estate8834WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPlumb Cellars 2012 Estate Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SangiovesePlumb Cellars
6371863717USThis wine is two-thirds Syrah with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Reticent aromas of vanilla, woodspice, cigar box and plum lead to elegantly styled fruit and barrel flavors that trail toward the finish.Plumb Crazy8818WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPlumb Cellars 2012 Plumb Crazy Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendPlumb Cellars
6371963718ItalySubdued aromas of French oak, espresso, game and a hint of exotic spice come together in the glass. The palate delivers toast, licorice, roasted coffee bean, fleshy black cherry and oak-driven spice accompanied by fine-grained tannins. It's already rather evolved so drink sooner rather than later.Borromeo Riserva8856TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio Borgoni 2011 Borromeo Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendPoggio Borgoni
6372063719MoldovaLemon grass, underripe pineapple and freshly mowed lawn lead to tastes of grapefruit pith and white flowers. It has a strong backbone of minerality and a very slight sweetness on the finish.Vinohora Feteasca Alba-Chardonnay8816MoldovaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysPurcari 2014 Vinohora Feteasca Alba-Chardonnay White (Moldova)White BlendPurcari

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