Wine Reviews

6390163900FranceThe vineyards of this ancient castle in the Aube region have produced a a crisp and balanced rosé. It is tangy, with a dosage that balances the ripe fruit and tight acidity. A touch of minerality gives it a good edge. Drink now.Grande Réserve Brut Rosé8860ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bligny NV Grande Réserve Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendChâteau de Bligny
6390263901PortugalGrapes grown at high altitude give the cool feel to this crisp wine. A light touch of oak is revealed in the vanilla flavor that is finely integrated into the citrus and apple fruit. The wine is fruity, ready to drink young.Churchill's Estates Branco8818DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerChurchill's 2015 Churchill's Estates Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteChurchill's
6390363902PortugalThe wine is soft and ripe. With delicious yellow fruits, a soft texture and just enough lively acidity, it is rich and fruity. There is an attractive orange zing at the end.Branco8815DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerColinas do Douro 2014 Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteColinas do Douro
6390463903PortugalThis lightly oaked wine is full of fruit, ripe with red berries and crisp with acidity, just hinting at Douro minerality. That makes for a balanced fruity wine that with its soft tannins is ready to drink.Tinto8815DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerDelaforce 2014 Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedDelaforce
6390563904PortugalNamed after one of the old names for the Mondego River (which flows past the estate), this blend of the red grapes of the Dão, is aromatic, with a touch of barnyard as well as red fruits. Light wood aging has smoothed some of the fruit tannins and added spice. Drink now.Mondeco Tinto8818DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerFontes da Cunha 2012 Mondeco Tinto Red (Dão)Portuguese RedFontes da Cunha
6390663905USSoft, smooth and forward, this tasty wine shows light and clean flavors of strawberry and raspberry, finishing with a lovely lick of caramel. It's immediately enjoyable, and should be consumed over the next two or three years.8828OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Torii Mor 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTorii Mor
6390763906ItalyWhite spring flower and orchard fruit aromas float out of the glass. The bright breezy palate shows crisp green apple, peach and a hint of tangerine zest alongside a soft mousse and vibrant acidity.Numero 10 Metodo Classico8828VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeValdo 2014 Numero 10 Metodo Classico (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraValdo
6390863907FranceThis 10-acre vineyard in the Carreau portfolio is surrounded by a stone wall (which is unusual for Bordeaux). The wine with its firm tannins is still very young. But with a structure and with balanced fruitiness it will develop well. There is plenty of fine, juicy acidity at the end. Drink from 2019.Château Cône-Taillasson Sabourin8816BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Carreau Selection 2014 Château Cône-Taillasson Sabourin (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendVignobles Carreau Selection
6390963908FranceA crisp herbal wine, this is bright with acidity and citrus and gooseberries. It is lively, tangy and packed with fruitiness from its 50-50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink this refreshing wine now.Château les Petits Arnauds Excellence8815BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerVignobles Carreau Selection 2015 Château les Petits Arnauds Excellence (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style White BlendVignobles Carreau Selection
6391063909ItalyAromas of apple, cherry and liqueur open. The racy airy palate offers mature red-apple skin and toasted nut alongside big, vigorous bubbles.La Gatta8819PiedmontMoscato d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVite Colte 2015 La Gatta (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoVite Colte
6391163910USThe round, forward scents and flavors of buttery popcorn dominate this vineyard designate, and that buttery note carries all the way into and around the finish. Though it spent just nine months in 20% new French oak, the palate and flavors suggest that it went through full malolactic. It's a stylistic choice that will delight many Chardonnay lovers.Elton8845OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Elton Chardonnay (Eola-Amity Hills)ChardonnayWillamette Valley Vineyards
6391263911USThis tasty, lightly toasty wine is 100% varietal, with fruit approaching plumpness and offering mixed flavors of cantaloupe, pear and peach. It rolls smoothly into a well-rounded finish with a dash of white pepper.Reserve8829OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Winter's Hill 2015 Reserve Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)Pinot BlancWinter's Hill
6391363912USRed chewy fruit that's succulent and satisfying defines this wine that takes a straightforward approach to oak and tannin, integrating them both well. Cherry and cassis linger on the sizable finish.Reserve88190CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneZD 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonZD
6391463913FranceThis onion-skin-pink wine is fruity, crisp and well balanced. Red-berry aromas follow through to the palate, joined by touches of roasted almonds as well as crisp, tight acidity. Still very fruity, the wine is ready to drink.Brut Rosé8843ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Abele NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendHenri Abele
6391563914USAttractive, strong oak accents like charcoal and bacon dress up this full-bodied, high-octane wine. The palate is bold and ripe, with dark fruit flavors. The American oak bottling exhibits greater tannic structure than the French oak bottling, and it's interesting to enjoy them side by side.Variations American Oak8832CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHerzog 2014 Variations American Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast)Cabernet SauvignonHerzog
6391663915AustraliaFresh berry-salad aromas suggest tart, just-ripe summer fruits in this medium-bodied Shiraz filled with crunchy fruit. It's forward and smashable in the best sense, even if it's not profound.Basalt Block8814New South WalesHunter ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHope Estate 2014 Basalt Block Shiraz (Hunter Valley)ShirazHope Estate
6391763916SpainAromas of barnyard and horsehide blend with scents of tobacco, prune and raisin on this mature wine from a hot vintage. There's a lot of cushion to the palate, while raisiny, rich flavors of cassis and black plum are spicy and chocolaty. Spice and chocolate flavors persist on a fairly flat finish.Gran Reserva Castillo de Tornos8818Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachIgnacio Marín 2009 Gran Reserva Castillo de Tornos Red (Cariñena)Red BlendIgnacio Marín
6391863917USEarthy, funky black tea and forest floor invite one in for further exploration of this block-specific offering that becomes lean and bright on the palate. Pomegranate dominates in terms of fruit, as spicy acidity elevates the experience.Gopher Hill Block Peters Vineyard8844CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKokomo 2014 Gopher Hill Block Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirKokomo
6391963918USMedium weight and roundly fruity, this pleasant wine carries a touch of minerality. It's slightly dilute, and there is a suggestion of water cracker resonating through the finish.Wadenswil Clone8865OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amalie Robert 2012 Wadenswil Clone Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAmalie Robert
6392063919USThough labeled a white wine, this more properly may be called a rosé. It's a pale copper color, made from a mix of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes that were pressed lightly to minimize color extraction prior to fermentation in stainless steel. It offers a mix of tree fruits, toasted nuts and tart acids.Bellpine Pearl8825OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amalie Robert 2015 Bellpine Pearl Red (Willamette Valley)Red BlendAmalie Robert
6392163920USThis 100% Grenache pink wine kicks off with a fairly light nose that shyly presents steely aromas of lemon wedge. There is a firm structure to the sip, where pink grapefruit and other citrus elements ride a chalky structure. Texture is key here.8820CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannArchium 2015 Rosé (Santa Barbara County)RoséArchium
6392263921USThis represents a softer, more subtle side of the variety, holding back on overripeness in favor of simple leather, compost and black pepper. Touches of unearthed truffle offer the wine's one note of richness.Estate Grown8824CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBalletto 2013 Estate Grown Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelBalletto
6392363922PortugalThis Port comes from a good year for single-quinta vintages. Made in open stone lagars, it is a ripe, black-fruited wine, packed with sweet plums as well as raisins and figs. At this stage, the added brandy is very prominent and the wine needs time. It should be ready to drink for its fruit by 2018, for its maturity by 2026.Vintage8884PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Vale Dona Maria 2014 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta Vale Dona Maria
6392463923PortugalThis is a full-bodied, ripe and perfumed wine. Rich melon and white peach are balanced with bright lemon and lime to give a warm, generous wine. The acidity keeps everything deliciously in place.Terra d'Alter8814AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerras de Alter 2015 Terra d'Alter Verdelho (Alentejano)VerdelhoTerras de Alter
6392563924ItalyThe nose is a bit subdued but eventually reveals orange zest and pear aromas. The lively palate offers green apple and white peach alongside bright acidity and a vivacious perlage.Animante8835LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBarone Pizzini NV Animante Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendBarone Pizzini
6392663925FranceBased in Chamery on the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, this producer has made an immediately attractive nonvintage wine. Fruity and with crisp acidity it hits a good point between dry and sweeter in the Brut range, making it very drinkable, with a crisp aftertaste.Premier Cru Brut8852ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBertrand-Delespierre NV Premier Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendBertrand-Delespierre
6392763926PortugalThe wine has the character of a perfumed Moscatel from Setúbal, but is in fact from Fernão Pires. It has a rich—never heavy—feel to it, flavors of caramel and smokiness from wood aging. Consider this as an apéritif, rather than as a dessert wine.Abafado 5-years8813Vinho LicorosoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna NV Abafado 5-years Fernão Pires (Vinho Licoroso)Fernão PiresQuinta da Alorna
6392863927PortugalRich fruit, tempered with the perfumed structure of Touriga Nacional, give this wine both complexity and fruitiness. It has weight and concentration, followed by juicy acidity.Plansel Selecta88AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Plansel 2009 Plansel Selecta Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)Touriga NacionalQuinta da Plansel
6392963928USLight in color and body, with a silky texture and cherry, cola, bacon and peppery spice flavors, this Grenache could be easily mistaken for Pinot Noir. It's a very nice wine to drink with a steak, lamb chop or pork loin.8825CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastSheldon 2007 Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley)GrenacheSheldon
6393063929USDrink this polished Chardonnay now with shellfish or chicken stew. It's crisp and minerally, with a hit of acidity backing up the citrus fruit, honey and vanilla oak flavors.Reserve8826CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaSimi 2009 Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnaySimi

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