Wine Reviews

6513165130FranceFor a Listrac, this is soft and open, a generous wine that has weight while showing ripe Merlot character. Full black plum skin flavors go with spice, licorice and touches of wood. It's ready to drink now.87BordeauxListrac-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerGrands Terroirs de France 2010 Listrac-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendGrands Terroirs de France
6513265131USPeppery and tasting of freshly picked blackberries, Haraszthy's old-vine Lodi Zinfandel has a gamy, austere, dusty quality, and is more restrained than in some years past. Pair with anything grilled.Old Vine8720CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneHaraszthy 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelHaraszthy
6513365132SpainThis is a bit old fashioned on the nose, where vanilla, dried fruit and dill aromas hold court. A dry, traditional type of palate delivers spiced plum, red cherry and mild herbal flavors in front of a light-bodied, slightly oaky tasting finish.Crianza8715Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bujanda 2009 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloViña Bujanda
6513465133ItalyHere's a snappy and bright Falanghina (that spends some time in wood barrel) with aromas of citrus, tangerine skin, green melon and peach backed by just a shy touch of vanilla and bitter almond.8714Southern ItalyPompeianoVini Iovine 2011 Falanghina (Pompeiano)FalanghinaVini Iovine
6513565134ItalyThis delightful rosato (made from the Lagrein grape of Northern Italy) opens with fragrant tones of wild berry, white almond, stone fruit, white cherry and sweet cassis. It feels fresh and light in the mouth and would pair with smoked salmon.8718Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeMuri-Gries 2011 Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinMuri-Gries
6513665135SpainThis mature blend of Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo is oily, plump and fragrant, but also blocky, chunky and on its last legs of freshness. Flowery peach, melon and papaya flavors end short, with an oily mouthfeel.8740Northern SpainEmpordàMichael Schachner@wineschachOliver Conti 2009 White (Empordà)White BlendOliver Conti
6513765136USMostly Cabernet Sauvignon with four other Bordeaux varieties in the mix, this wine brings an aromatic medley of cherry cola, dark chocolate, and light medicinal notes. The flavors don't entirely meld with the oak showing a bit too prominently, offset by grainy tannins.Red Wine Destiny Ridge Vineyards8740WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportOne 2009 Red Wine Destiny Ridge Vineyards Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Red BlendOne
6513865137SpainThe nose on this regularly solid Verdejo is mild, with aromas of apple, pear and melon. The palate is round and a touch fleshy, with modest acidity pushing pithy peach and pear flavors. The finish tastes of almond skins and apple.8713Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachPalacio de Bornos 2012 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoPalacio de Bornos
6513965138ItalyA touch of strawberry jam at the outset suggests that the fruit came out of the vineyard a little on the overripe side. Plum, cherry and blackberry preserves are backed by spice and rock solid astringency that is characteristic of Sagrantino.Colle alle Macchie8777Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoTabarrini 2006 Colle alle Macchie (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoTabarrini
6514065139SpainThis is the first table wine to come from this Cava producer and it has its ups and downs. The bouquet smells like Sprite with peach, while the palate is crisp, citric and pointed, with orange and lime flavors and an oxidized, stalky note to the finish. This is good but middle of the road as white wines go.XII Subirat Parent8729CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachAgustí Torelló Mata 2010 XII Subirat Parent Malvasia (Penedès)MalvasiaAgustí Torelló Mata
6514165140USFor its bold footprint (and the amount of wood aging it went through) this rich Zinfandel offers a depth of pleasant berry flavor and a measured texture, with a savory edge on the finish.Big Wood8732CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneWood Family Vineyards 2010 Big Wood Zinfandel (Livermore Valley)ZinfandelWood Family Vineyards
6514265141USThis is a broadly fruity, wide open style with fresh melon, pink grapefruit and orange marmalade flavors criss-crossing the palate. It's ready to enjoy right now, low in alcohol, with a touch of marshmallow sweetness to cut the acid.Copper Lily8713WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Zero One Vintners 2011 Copper Lily Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancZero One Vintners
6514365142ItalyMade with the Friulano grape (with small percentages of international varieties), this is a freshly floral and intense Italian white with lingering tones of peach and honeysuckle. It shows creamy richness in the mouth.Vigne87Northeastern ItalyCollioZuani 2011 Vigne White (Collio)White BlendZuani
6514465143USPair this Syrah with the right food, and it will be fantastic. The wine does need some intervention via pairings to tame its exuberantly ripe red fruits, mocha and smoky oak.Gesture8735CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2009 Gesture Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahJ. Lohr
6514565144AustriaOne of two grapes found exclusively in Thermenregion (the other is Rotgipfler), Zierfandler, as here, produces floral wines with intense acidity. This wine is bright, lemon and pear fruits cutting the texture. There is just a touch of sweetness to balance all the acidity.Spiegel8742ThermenregionRoger Voss@vossrogerJohanneshof Reinisch 2011 Spiegel Zierfandler (Thermenregion)ZierfandlerJohanneshof Reinisch
6514665145ItalyLuna Selvatica (“wild moon”) is an easy and straightforward expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that shows dark fruit, cola, licorice and a touch of toasted spice. In the mouth, the wine shows alcoholic power and some grittiness on the finish.Luna Selvatica8739Central ItalyColli PiacentiniLa Tosa 2009 Luna Selvatica Cabernet Sauvignon (Colli Piacentini)Cabernet SauvignonLa Tosa
6514765146USThis is a light, streamlined Syrah, boasting brown sugar, baking spice and bramble berry notes over a stream of red currant and white pepper.8519VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeRosemont 2013 Syrah (Virginia)SyrahRosemont
6514865147PortugalThere is plenty of acidity here, giving a fresh, fruity wine that tastes young. It is full of red-berry and sultana flavors with a fine lift at the end.Imperial Reserve8518PortRoger Voss@vossrogerSandeman NV Imperial Reserve (Port)PortSandeman
6514965148FranceThis open, fruity wine is ready to drink. It offers some spice as well as a light smattering of apple and toast flavors. The aftertaste is all about fruit and acidity.8530BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Beauregard 2014 Saint-VéranChardonnayChâteau de Beauregard
6515065149PortugalWith both soft and red fruits, this is a gentle, easy wine that has only a hint of tawny character. The acidity is enough to keep it light and perfumed at the end.Dona Antónia Reserva Tawny8520PortRoger Voss@vossrogerFerreira NV Dona Antónia Reserva Tawny (Port)PortFerreira
6515165150ArgentinaJammy, stewy berry aromas are accented by brick dust and sweet oak that smells like plastic. Saturated, jammy and clumsy in feel, this tastes of baked, peppery black fruits and oak. Finishing notes of chocolate, herbs and licorice are chunky and a touch hot.8519Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMas 2015 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMas
6515265151ArgentinaEarthy aromas of plum, leather and corn tortilla are sketchy. This feels full but sort of flat, with soupy, herbal berry flavors. Olive, weedy notes and saucy berry flavors control the finish.8513Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachNieto Senetiner 2014 Bonarda (Luján de Cuyo)BonardaNieto Senetiner
6515365152FranceThis lush wine leads with rich aromas of vanilla-infused blackberry, raspberry preserves and plum sauce. The medium-weight palate is plush and velvety in texture, with supple blackberry and plum flavors that carry through to the medium-length finish.Bin 1688510France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzKiwi Cuvée 2015 Bin 168 Malbec (Vin de France)MalbecKiwi Cuvée
6515465153PortugalThis is a light-colored wine with spice, wood flavors and balanced acidity. It is soft with caramel and vanilla flavors along with touches of red berries and dried fruits. The aftertaste is fruity.Reserve Tawny8518PortRoger Voss@vossrogerKopke NV Reserve Tawny (Port)PortKopke
6515565154USPineapple rind, steely lemon and white flowers carry the notes of this blend of Roussanne, Chardonnay and Viognier. The palate is broad and buttery in feel, with a string of acids that cut the finish short.18368520TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeLlano Estacado 2014 1836 White (Texas)White BlendLlano Estacado
6515665155FranceAromas of yellow melon and flowers form the core of the bouquet, with additional hints of straw and grapefruit peel in the background. The light-weight palate offers good balance, with rich tropical-fruit tones of pineapple and mango that finish clean and mouthwatering.8510France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLouis de Camponac 2015 White (Vin de France)White BlendLouis de Camponac
6515765156ItalyThis opens with aromas suggesting weedy forest floor, stewed prune, leather and grilled porcini mushroom. The palate is on the raw side, offering tart sour cherry and a hint of dark cooking spice alongside raspy, grainy tannins that dry out the finish.8537PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLuca Bosio 2013 BarbarescoNebbioloLuca Bosio
6515865157TurkeyThis offers a bouquet of peach and honeysuckle. It is lightly sweet, with flavors of white peach, apricot, orange rind, and honeyed herbal tea and a nice flash of lemon candy on the finish.8519CappadociaMike DeSimone@worldwineguysTurasan 2014 Misket (Cappadocia)MisketTurasan
6515965158PortugalProduced in the Lima Valley, in the heart of the Vinho Verde region, this is fruity and crisp. It is medium sweet in character, the sweetness balanced by the refreshing acidity and citrus flavors. Drink now.Alto Lima8510Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerViniverde 2015 Alto Lima White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteViniverde
6516065159PortugalThis is ripe, fat and with melon and green-plum flavors. It has a spicy edge along with ripe acidity. The wine, with its full fruitiness, is ready to drink.Private Selection8523Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Comporta 2015 Private Selection Verdelho (Península de Setúbal)VerdelhoHerdade da Comporta

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