Wine Reviews

6504165040USThe winery seems to be calling this Shiraz, not Syrah, because of the wine's direct simplicity, in the Aussie style. It's a soft, fruity wine, bigtime in cherries and blackberries, made to be immediately drinkable.8628CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaWattle Creek 2003 Shiraz (Alexander Valley)ShirazWattle Creek
6504265041USVelvety-smooth in texture, with well-articulated blackberry jam, cherry, cassis and melted dark chocolate flavors, this Zin is a little too dessert-like and Porty for my palate. But lots of people will love this richly superripe style.Westwind8624CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJessie's Grove 2004 Westwind Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelJessie's Grove
6504365042SpainA perennial Best Buy among cavas. The Segura Viudas Extra Dry is a light, easy taste of lemon-lime and sweet apples. It finishes just crisp enough and with some juiciness. Not overly sugary, although it is pretty sweet. Imported by Freixenet USA.Extra Dry8610CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachSegura Viudas NV Extra Dry Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendSegura Viudas
6504465043USThis is a vineyard selection from the winery's estate, and it's a nicely drinkable Sauvignon Blanc, showing how well the variety does in Lake County. Fresh and juicy, the pineapple and fig flavors finish with a honeyed richness.Lillie8625CaliforniaLake CountyLangtry 2006 Lillie Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancLangtry
6504565044ItalyAttractive creamy foam and bubbles set the stage, followed by pungent herbal intensity that definitely sets this Prosecco apart from the rest. Background notes include stone fruit, white flowers and dusty mineral. This is a laidback sparkler with a creamy, less-acidic mouthfeel.Brut8616VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneCol Vetoraz Spumanti NV Brut (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoCol Vetoraz Spumanti
6504665045USFrom grapes in the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys, this Zin, which has a fine, complex tannic structure, shows a raisiny, sweet edge that was a result of the searing vintage. Overripe fruit gives a taste of sugared blackberry juice.8634CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaFalcor 2004 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelFalcor
6504765046PortugalThe aromas are the thing here, as so often with Touriga Nacional, keeping the soft tannins and ripe, sweet fruit buoyant and lively. There is acidity, but there's more, maybe too much, of blackberry jam flavor.8619AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Esporão 2004 Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)Touriga NacionalHerdade do Esporão
6504865047ItalyThis opens with a golden hue and pretty perlage followed by fragrant aromas of lime, lemon zest, pear and green apple. There's a simple, genuine feel to it that is reinforced by the wine's lean, crisp finish.Extra Dry8615VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneToffoli NV Extra Dry (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoToffoli
6504965048SpainThis catchy named, three-grape blend is a nice wine that's sinewy and leathery; overall it ranks as a natural and controlled reflection of Jumilla. The nose is forward and fiery, while the palate has berry-driven ripeness and plenty of oak. Better with food; the tannins are kind of scratchy with nothing to absorb them.Shiraz - Cabernet - Monastrell8610LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachMad Dogs & Englishmen 2005 Shiraz - Cabernet - Monastrell Red (Jumilla)Red BlendMad Dogs & Englishmen
6505065049FranceSuperripe Grenache gives this fortified dessert wine (16% alcohol) distinctly chocolaty overtones, but there's also an overripe note of prunes. Despite that, it doesn't pack the alcoholic punch or massive weight of Port, making it relatively easy to drink, with an affinity for chocolate desserts.Rimage8626Languedoc-RoussillonBanyulsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLes Clos de Paulilles 2005 Rimage (Banyuls)GrenacheLes Clos de Paulilles
6505165050FranceAlmonds and a strongly yeasty element are the main characters of this sparkling wine. It's full, but the fruit still has a texture to it, leaving good acidity to finish. Good value, enjoyable wine.Brut8610France OtherVin MousseuxRoger Voss@vossrogerMarquis de la Tour NV Brut White (Vin Mousseux)White BlendMarquis de la Tour
6505265051PortugalSuperripe, with sweet black fruit, and ripe, soft tannins. The structure is here, but the acidity seems to have missed out with such richly ripe black fig flavors.8626AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Carmo 2003 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedQuinta do Carmo
6505365052ItalyBy its saturated, golden shine, you can tell that is a bolder, bigger Prosecco style and aromas of orange blossom, lemon candy and white stone reinforce that impression. Also a notch up in terms of concentration, the wine's mouthfeel is creamy and quite sweet for a Brut.Brut8615VenetoProsecco di Conegliano e ValdobbiadeneToffoli NV Brut (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene)ProseccoToffoli
6505465053USOff by a few beats from the '02, the '03 shows red currant, plumped raisin and green mint jelly notes. The flavors are good, but the wine, which is soft in structure, is not an ager.Vineyard Select8675CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJuslyn Vineyards 2003 Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJuslyn Vineyards
6505565054GermanyThis light, fresh-tasting sparkler tastes something like a still Riesling from the Mosel, with zesty lime and lemon zest flavors enlivened by bubbles and a bit of underlying minerality. Imported by Chapin Cellars, LLC.Erbes Riesling Trocken Sekt8629Mosel-Saar-RuwerJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzKarl Erbes 2005 Erbes Riesling Trocken Sekt Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)RieslingKarl Erbes
6505665055SpainThere's a bit of bramble, hard spice and forest fire smoke on the nose, but the palate is largely fresh, with red-fruit flavors such as plum and wild raspberry. The wine is ripe, a bit sweet and solid on the finish. Imported by Altuve Foods and Beverage.Chantal Brut Rosé8619CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachVallformosa NV Chantal Brut Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendVallformosa
6505765056ChileLeathery plum and berry aromas are also jammy and floral on this full and round wine. Roasted berry flavors come with a bacon-like note, delivering similar flavors on the finish.Bicicleta8612Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCono Sur 2015 Bicicleta Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCono Sur
6505865057FranceThis crisp wine brings out good flavor depth from the cherry and red-berry fruits. It is concentrated for a simple Beaujolais, ripe and fruity, Drink now.Vieilles Vignes8616BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Prébende 2014 Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais)GamayDomaine de la Prébende
6505965058USLayers of toast, char and dill abound on this oak-driven, full-bodied Chardonnay. There are glimpses of fresh apple and lemon on the palate as well, but they peek through a bit shyly behind a curtain. Further cellaring may help to integrate the oak.Reserve8625New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Reserve Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayDr. Konstantin Frank
6506065059USElectric pink in color, this brings wild strawberry, cherry, watermelon and spice aromas. The palate is broad and heavy, lacking lift.Blondie Rosé of8620WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFinn Hill 2016 Blondie Rosé of Sangiovese (Rattlesnake Hills)SangioveseFinn Hill
6506165060ChileCantaloupe aromas lead to a fresh palate with snap. Nectarine and tangerine flavors run lean and clean on their way to a juicy, no-nonsense finish.Boya8615Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachGarces Silva 2016 Boya Rosé (Leyda Valley)RoséGarces Silva
6506265061USThis big soft wine smells and tastes a little sweet, as an aroma like maple syrup leads to flavors of blackberry jam, cinnamon and butter.8611CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGen5 2015 Merlot (Clarksburg)MerlotGen5
6506365062USThis wine shows a ton of oak influence, from the smoky charred aromas to the sweet-seeming maple syrup flavors to the velvety clinging texture. It is medium bodied, lush in mouthfeel and high in spice content that dominates the fruit flavors underneath.8612CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIronstone 2015 Merlot (Lodi)MerlotIronstone
6506465063USRusty pink in color, this bottling shows somewhat sour aromas of red plum, turned earth, orange rind and tart raspberry. The palate offers dried cherry and more soil, but is missing the texture and acidity of many modern rosés.Rosé of8632CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJCR 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirJCR
6506565064FranceThere is an attractive orange-zest tang to this rounded wine. It brings out ripe yellow fruits that have acidity to add to the mineral texture of this balanced wine. It is ready to drink.Collection8630BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2015 Collection (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayL. Tramier & Fils
6506665065FranceThis is a soft wine, ripe with apricot and melon flavors. It shows the warmth of the vintage, round and gently fruity. Almonds and a tangy aftertaste give a crisp finish.Laurent Dufouleur Cuvée Eléonore8630BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2015 Laurent Dufouleur Cuvée Eléonore (Bourgogne)ChardonnayL. Tramier & Fils
6506765066ItalyThis has dill, minestrone soup, toast and chopped celery aromas. The lean, assertive palate shows oak, raw red fruit and a green note of powdered sage. Grainy tannins leave an astringent finish.Starderi86130PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Spinetta 2014 Starderi (Barbaresco)NebbioloLa Spinetta
6506865067FranceThis wine is bright and fruity at first, with ripe and juicy black-fruit tones that dominate the nose. Hints of banana cream and vanilla sauce lend an overwhelming richness to the plush, medium-weight palate, finishing with loads of sweet spice.16208613Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLorgeril 2016 1620 Cabernet Franc (Pays d'Oc)Cabernet FrancLorgeril
6506965068FranceThere's a slight mealy presence to this wine, with warm aromas of muddled plum and cherry. Hints of black tea and plum skin lend some texture and astringency to the palate, coupled with soft tannins and an overall light, approachable character. Drink now.Château de Pennautier8614Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLorgeril 2016 Château de Pennautier Syrah-Viognier (Pays d'Oc)Syrah-ViognierLorgeril
6507065069USThis medium-bodied wine is like a liquid fruit bowl, pouring out apple, melon, peach and banana flavors that taste almost sweet. It has a broad mouthfilling texture, a rather soft balance and a lingering fruity finish.Mama Mia Estate Grown8624CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2016 Mama Mia Estate Grown White (Sierra Foothills)White BlendNaggiar

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