Wine Reviews

6495164950ArgentinaRoasted, oaky and resiny on the nose, and then the palate delivers a bolt of acidity that makes the wine feel pointy in the mouth. The flavors are herbal and resiny, with foresty black fruit at the core. Creamy and sticky on the finish, and overall it struggles to present a pure, balanced picture.Don David Reserve8316OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2008 Don David Reserve Syrah (Cafayate)SyrahMichel Torino
6495264951ArgentinaFlat on the nose, with neutral, slightly floral aromas. The palate is zesty and tart, with midland flavors of lemon, sour apple and lime. Chalky but o.k. on the finish. A one-dimensional white with hardly any lasting potential.839Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachOdyssea 2009 Pinot Gris (Mendoza)Pinot GrisOdyssea
6495364952AustraliaHere's a restrained, woodsy interpretation of Cabernet Sauvignon at an accessible price point. It's crisp, with good berry fruit in the mouth and a short finish of barely ripe raspberries. Drink up.838South AustraliaSouth AustraliaOxford Landing 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)Cabernet SauvignonOxford Landing
6495464953USDoesn't smell or taste quite ripe and clean. There are vegetal notes, with just enough cherry and oak flavors to earn a passing grade.Riviera8319CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaPali 2008 Riviera Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirPali
6495564954FranceA soft wine, full of cherry preserve flavors, along with a bright, fresh waft of acidity. It is just spoilt by the banana flavor from the vinification.Le Chat Rouge8311BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerSigné Vigneron 2008 Le Chat Rouge (Beaujolais)GamaySigné Vigneron
6495664955SpainWarm and smelling of menthol, cough syrup and sweet, jammy berry fruit. The palate is also fairly medicinal in terms of flavor, while the feel is a bit hard and underdeveloped. Turns more tart and herbal the more you get to know it.Roble8314Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachLegón 2008 Roble (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloLegón
6495764956USHarsh and acidic and bone dry. Not much going on, beyond cherry and currant flavors, with lots of charred oak.El Nino Vino8320CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaRoche 2007 El Nino Vino Red (Carneros)Red BlendRoche
6495864957USSmells and tastes not quite ripe. Now that the wine is softening and resolving at the age of 3-1/2 years, it's showing a streak of veggie green behind the cherries.Odyssey8334CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaEnkidu 2006 Odyssey Syrah (Russian River Valley)SyrahEnkidu
6495964958SpainAromas of raw oak, eucalyptus and gritty berry fruits are hot and leafy. This Tempranillo-based blend feels choppy with aggressive grating tannins. Flavors of baked roasted berry fruits are also herbal, green and leafy, while this finishes crisp, raw and tomatoey in flavor.Reserva Privada8580Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vargas 2007 Reserva Privada (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendMarqués de Vargas
6496064959PortugalThis fresh wine shows fruit tones balanced by a light mineral note. It is bright with acidity and grapefruit flavors alongside a crisp aftertaste. Drink now.Miranda8510Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCampelo 2014 Miranda White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCampelo
6496164960PortugalThis is an unusual white made from red Touriga Nacional and white Tamarez. Bright lemon flavors are balanced by notes of apricot and richer fruit tones. Drink now.Tamarez8513TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lapa 2012 Tamarez White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Lapa
6496264961PortugalThis is a bright lemon and grapefruit flavored wine that has lively acidity and the lightest touch of mineral texture. It's crisp, refreshing and will be ready to drink from mid-2016.Duas Quintas Branco8512DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerRamos-Pinto 2014 Duas Quintas Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteRamos-Pinto
6496364962ItalyThis has aromas of overripe black-skinned fruit, scorched earth and a funky whiff of barnyard. The rustic sensation carries over to the palate along with a bitter note. It lacks fruit richness while grainy tannins leave an abrupt, astringent finish. Tried twice and had the same notes.Gattera85PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRevello Fratelli 2011 Gattera (Barolo)NebbioloRevello Fratelli
6496464963PortugalA lemon flavored wine that's crisp and fruity. The texture is soft with fruit and fresh acidity dominant. With its refreshing aftertaste, the wine is ready to drink now.8517TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2014 Arinto (Tejo)ArintoTerra Silvestre
6496564964ItalyFresh and informal, this lean, easygoing red offers aromas and flavors of crunchy sour cherry, ground pepper and a hint of star anise. Brisk acidity gives it a racy feel.Don Giovanni8517PiedmontBarbera d'AstiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeConvento Cappuccini 2013 Don Giovanni (Barbera d'Asti)BarberaConvento Cappuccini
6496664965ArgentinaHerbal raspberry and strawberry aromas are raw and a bit green. This feels scratchy as well, with tomatoey flavors of red currant and plum skins. A modest finish is racy in feel but mild in flavor.Barrica 298510Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Le Billoud 2011 Barrica 29 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonDomaine Le Billoud
6496764966USThere's a simplicity to this medium-bodied wine, which is high in acidity and basic in its fruit. Ripe black cherry and dried herb are along for the ride, atop leather and cola. A small percentage of Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah is blended in.Larson Vineyard8530CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCarol Shelton 2013 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirCarol Shelton
6496864967FranceWhile this wine is packed with red-berry flavors, it is still too young with its stalky edge. Tannins and smoky flavors are there along with intense acidity. Keep it until late 2016 for it to be at its best.8512Southwest FranceBergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laulerie 2014 Merlot (Bergerac)MerlotChâteau Laulerie
6496964968FranceThere are hints of bottle age on this strawberry-flavored wine. They give it a more woody, toasty character that takes away from the freshness that a wine like this needs. The aftertaste conveys caramel and spice.Extra Brut Rosé8532Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Baumard NV Extra Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant de Loire)Sparkling BlendDomaine des Baumard
6497064969FranceThis wine is soft, creamy and light. Attractive acidity along with a fresh apple character gives a fresh aftertaste. Drink now. This is one of the first vintages since Labouré-Roi, which was hit by scandal in 2012, passed into new ownership.8516BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLabouré-Roi 2014 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayLabouré-Roi
6497164970ArgentinaLight cherry and raspberry aromas come in front of a grabby rubbery palate. This tastes like salty plum, with little variation of that theme. A solid finish tastes exactly like what came before.Altas Cumbres8513Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachLagarde 2014 Altas Cumbres Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)MalbecLagarde
6497264971USAromas like brown sugar and bourbon meet bold oaky, spicy flavors in this medium-bodied wine. This will be good for fans of those exotic oak flavors.8512CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLeese-Fitch 2013 Merlot (California)MerlotLeese-Fitch
6497364972SpainThis is smelling a bit oxidized and wayward. Spritzy in feel, this blend of 70% Albariño, 15% Loureira and 15% Treixadura tastes pithy and like citrus skins. Pithy, borderline bitter flavors of white grapefruit drive the finish.Señor da Folla Verde Condado do Tea8527GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Vizhoja 2014 Señor da Folla Verde Condado do Tea White (Rías Baixas)White BlendMarqués de Vizhoja
6497464973USCanned pears and plumeria show on the nose of this bargain-priced offering, worthy of a weeknight dinner or later in the evening. The palate shows lots of ripe stone fruit, apple syrup and tangy citrus, the finish delivering a lasting acidity.8510CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMandolin 2014 Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayMandolin
6497564974PortugalThis is an attractive, ready-to-drink wine, a blend of Arinto and Fernão Pires. Bright and fruity with plenty of citrus freshness, it is lightly crisp and fresh at the end.858TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2014 White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Alorna
6497664975USVery fruity in aroma, like raspberries, and generous in flavor, like boysenberries, this full-bodied wine is easy to drink. It's slightly sweet and has a smooth texture.8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRed XS NV Red (California)Red BlendRed XS
6497764976USAlmost completely transparent, this wine is lightly fruity and perfectly pleasant; there's just not much to it. Traces of apple, pear and white melon come up, quickly running into a short, thin finish.8517OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Silvan Ridge 2014 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisSilvan Ridge
6497864977PortugalThe wine is soft, ripe and fruity. With a smooth line of tannins, it is open and full of black currant and berry flavors. The acidity gives a fine lift at the end. Drink now.Bátoreus8513TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2014 Bátoreus Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedTerra Silvestre
6497964978USThis wine is appealing for its smooth mouth-feel, mildly spicy aromas and dried-fruit flavors. Medium to full bodied, it also tastes mellow and mature, with no rough edges poking out.Proprietary8524CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRed 7 2010 Proprietary Red (North Coast)Red BlendRed 7
6498064979ArgentinaFlat cherry and clay aromas set up a scratchy, almost citric palate with short but bright plum and raspberry flavors. This is basic Malbec with a tart hollow wiry finish.Reserve8513OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachRestivo 2011 Reserve Malbec (Patagonia)MalbecRestivo

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