Wine Reviews

6483164830USCherry cola, vanilla and chocolate perfume this spicy, plush blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. There's a tinge of green on the pulpy, dark-cherry palate, but the finish ends with a twist of tar, granite and spice notes.Vintner's Blend8517ColoradoGrand ValleyAnna Lee C. IijimaTwo Rivers 2007 Vintner's Blend Syrah-Cabernet (Grand Valley)Syrah-CabernetTwo Rivers
6483264831USBruised apple and high-toned apple cider notes on the nose. It's an appley wine with familiar hints of ginger and apple pie spice, but brisk acidity and a supple mouthfeel keeps it from being overtly homespun in style.Riesling-Vidal Blanc8517VirginiaVirginiaAnna Lee C. IijimaVeramar NV Riesling-Vidal Blanc White (Virginia)White BlendVeramar
6483364832USHigh-toned apple cider notes dominate the nose on this concentrated blend of Riesling, Vidal Blanc and Chardonnay from Virginia's Veramar. Full bodied but dry with a rich viscosity and a brisk, lemony acidity, it's straightforward, but enjoyable for a casual night's fare.Tres Blanc8520VirginiaVirginiaAnna Lee C. IijimaVeramar NV Tres Blanc White (Virginia)White BlendVeramar
6483464833ChileSlightly mulchy at first, with coffee grinds, leafy notes and mildly soupy red-fruit aromas. Airing helps it out, and it evolves into a sweet, herbal wine with baked berry fruit flavors and olive accents. Standard Chilean Cabernet that's a touch syrupy and herbal.La Palma858Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Rosa 2008 La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViña La Rosa
6483564834SpainTomato, savory spice and earthy, mildly stewed red-fruit aromas lead to a crisp palate with firm acids and flavors of tomato, raspberry, herbs, vanilla and dried cheese. Lasting but light on the finish. Contains 30% Gracianio, which helps explain the sheer, red-fruit character.Crianza Made With Organic Grapes8519Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Los Valles 2007 Crianza Made With Organic Grapes (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendViña Los Valles
6483664835ItalyHere's an easy, fresh Valpolicella that opens with cherry, raspberry, dried herbs and a touch of sweet dill. The mouthfeel is clean and lean: You could envisage a successful pairing with chicken, pasta or veal.Campo Lavei8541VenetoValpolicella SuperioreCa' Rugate 2008 Campo Lavei (Valpolicella Superiore)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCa' Rugate
6483764836FranceWith its straw color and wood aging aromas, this is rich, bearing yellow peach and pear fruits, along with a toast note and juicy acidity. It's already impressive but should drink well for another three years at least.Château de Chamirey9135BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2010 Château de Chamirey (Mercurey)ChardonnayDomaines Devillard
6483864837FranceWith its intense red fruits and acidity, this initially seems so fruity. Slowly the powerful structure comes into play, yielding a concentrated, cellar-worthy wine.Domaine des Perdrix Aux Perdrix Premier Cru9198BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2010 Domaine des Perdrix Aux Perdrix Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
6483964838SpainMore traditional than modern in style, this has aromas of citrus, herb, dry oak and medium-weight fruit. It feels crisp and tightly focused, with a complex palate that offers notes of berries, chocolate and herbs. It finishes long, with a leathery, meaty element that lends gravitas to the wine. Drink now–2016.Reserva9130Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViñamada 2006 Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendViñamada
6484064839SpainCharred and smoky on first take, this has plenty of upfront oak that adds a toasty quality to the core plum and berry aromas. It feels full, round and pure, with dark, slightly balsamic-like flavors of baked berry and earth. It's smooth, mild and unobtrusive on the finish. Drink now–2016.Reserva Edición Limitada9150Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachYsios 2007 Reserva Edición Limitada (Rioja)TempranilloYsios
6484164840USWhile buoyantly aromatic with aromas of superripe tropical fruit, honeysuckle and waxy honeycomb, this top-notch ice wine is remarkably elegant in profile. On the palate, concentrated honey and tangerine flavors are matched with steely acidity that reigns the palate in toward a dry, crisp finish.Ice Wine9160New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSheldrake Point 2010 Ice Wine Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingSheldrake Point
6484264841CanadaWhile Equifera, produced by Inniskillin co-founder, Donald Ziraldo, may still be an unfamiliar name, one sip of this Riesling ice wine is proof of its impeccable pedigree. Intensely aromatic with loads of fresh apple, honey and white blossom aromas, it balances luscious sweetness with bracing acidity and a long, undulating floral finish.Icewine9170OntarioNiagara PeninsulaAnna Lee C. IijimaEquifera 2009 Icewine Riesling (Niagara Peninsula)RieslingEquifera
6484364842ItalyThis producer does a fantastic job of presenting quality air-dried fruit without the jamminess and heaviness that is sometimes encountered. Aged for 30 months in large oak casks, this is tight, structured and elegant.9160VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoNicolis 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraNicolis
6484464843ItalyOn the dark and savory side, this opens with blackberry, prune, chocolate and moist tobacco aromas. It offers ethereal notes of dried herb, cola and licorice that give the wine a lighter, more buoyant personality.Ca' Bertoldi9137VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRecchia 2005 Ca' Bertoldi (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraRecchia
6484564844USThis much-sought-after, estate-grown Viognier is in short supply in 2011, but it's exemplary for its structure and class. Flavors of lime skin and grapefruit, wet stone and citrus abound. The cool vintage led to low yields—under two tons per acre. All neutral oak was used.9128WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abeja 2011 Viognier (Walla Walla Valley (WA))ViognierAbeja
6484664845SpainSmooth and lightly roasted on the bouquet, this has tobacco, cola, fine oak and earthy berry aromas. It feels generous but a little soft and syrupy, with raisin, licorice and savory baked-fruit flavors. The finish is long and continues to be savory tasting. Drink now–2014.Reserva9156Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachAlidis 2009 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloAlidis
6484764846ItalyDark and savory, this opens with cured meat, smoked bacon, teriyaki, cherry and cola aromas. The palate is lush and velvety, with accents of candied fruit, leather and black pepper.Morópio9160VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoAntolini 2008 Morópio (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Red BlendAntolini
6484864847USThis opens with enticing aromas of toasted hazelnut, Key lime and white peach. The firm, controlled palate is concentrated and long, offering vivid, precise fruit and a tasty hint of skin phenolics.9117WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Apex 2010 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayApex
6484964848FranceConcentrated and rich, with some wood influence, this has ripe yellow fruits that are balanced with an intense streak of acidity, lending a sense of tension. It's very full, round and already a delight to drink.En Remilly Premier Cru9140BurgundySaint-AubinRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Boisset 2009 En Remilly Premier Cru (Saint-Aubin)ChardonnayJean-Claude Boisset
6485064849FranceThere is a touch of wood here, partnering with the wine's weight, minerality and crisp character. White fruit flavors of apple and pear lend further brightness.9146BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2010 MeursaultChardonnayJoseph Drouhin
6485164850USLeesy and nicely textured, this has lime and green apple notes that rest on a bed of bracing acidity. It has length, focus and detail, all without intrusive new oak—just a small percentage of the wine was barrel-fermented.9125WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lauren Ashton Cellars 2011 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayLauren Ashton Cellars
6485264851ItalyDark and brooding, this has inky concentration, power and determination. The nose is alive with tones of blackberry, maraschino, leather, tobacco and rusty soil. The mouthfeel is thick and penetrating.La Marega9168VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoLe Salette 2008 La Marega (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLe Salette
6485364852ItalyThis is a landmark Amarone that has often acted as the category's biggest ambassador abroad. It bursts open with aromas of dark berry, spice, leather and tobacco, and it is both generous and long-lasting on the palate.Costasera9160VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoMasi 2008 Costasera (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraMasi
6485464853ItalyThis boasts tiny portions of Teroldego, Merlot and Croatina that give the wine a soft, lush disposition. Some 42 months of oak aging also add to the palate's overall silkiness. Flavors of chocolate, cherry, plum, tar, resin and licorice are all recognizable.Piovesole9150VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoEleva 2005 Piovesole (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraEleva
6485564854ArgentinaThis is tight and sturdy as a rock up front, with licorice, hard spice, leather and black cherry aromas. It feels round, chewy, tough and healthy, with flavors of baked black fruit, chocolate, molasses and hickory. Roasted and oaky, but cool and collected. Drink now through 2016.Bramare9140Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Cobos 2010 Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon (Luján de Cuyo)Cabernet SauvignonViña Cobos
6485664855USWith tangy acidity and complex flavors, this is easily the best of Baxter's three 2009 releases. The raspberry and cherry flavors vie with an earthier note of mushroom, and there's a savory edge of balsam and cola. The oak is evident, but has been adroitly applied. Dry and silky, this is capable of aging for several years in a cellar.Langley Vineyard9145CaliforniaAnderson ValleyBaxter 2009 Langley Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirBaxter
6485764856FranceRound and rich, this has streaks of lemon and orange zest that cut through the vanilla and creamed apple texture. A note of spice makes the wine complex and rich. This is worth aging for several years.Fourchaume Premier Cru9140BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Maligny 2010 Fourchaume Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayChâteau de Maligny
6485864857USThis is made in a lighter, breezier style, but there's nothing light about the flavors, which suggest raspberries, grilled Canadian bacon, softened cola and smoky sandalwood. Gentle and easy, with a silky feel, this shows lots of class and elegance. Ready to drink.Erwin Vineyard9150CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastClos La Chance 2009 Erwin Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirClos La Chance
6485964858FranceWhile this is currently firm and closed, it promises fine things to come. Weight and richness combine with a solid core of tannins. The intense, refreshing acidity is a counterpoint to the ripe black-plum flavor. With all of this concentration, this should age for over 5–6 years.Les Champonnets Premier Cru9194BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Heresztyn 2010 Les Champonnets Premier Cru (Gevrey-Chambertin)Pinot NoirDomaine Heresztyn
6486064859FranceThis is a very mineral driven wine—the ripe fruit is cut with acidity, green fruits and herbs. Textured and ripe, its freshness is a counterpoint to the full fruit flavors.Les Chaumes Premier Cru9172BurgundyChassagne-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vincent Girardin 2010 Les Chaumes Premier Cru (Chassagne-Montrachet)ChardonnayDomaine Vincent Girardin

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