Wine Reviews

6558165580USA standout amid a number of excellent red wines from winemaker Anthony Nappa, this unoaked Cabernet Franc (made with indigenous yeast) shines a spotlight on Cabernet Franc's raw, somewhat vulnerable expression. It's unabashedly herbal and green, almost minty, yet simultaneously luscious and berried in flavor. It's fleshy in its suppleness, yet elegantly framed within a structure of taut tannins and acidity.Bordo9220New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Nappa 2014 Bordo Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)Cabernet FrancAnthony Nappa
6558265581USVery light in the glass, this vanguard blend of 9% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Blanc and 32% Pinot Gris shows tight aromas of wet cement, sliced apple, Key lime sorbet and kiwi popsicle. There's lots of brisk, apple- and pear-driven energy on the palate, which also offers a very stony character and white-rock minerality, all dancing across the tongue with panache.Fonte9236CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBarden 2014 Fonte White (Sta. Rita Hills)White BlendBarden
6558365582ItalyMade with Teroldego from three different vineyards, this offers aromas of truffle, leather, scorched soil, black plum and a whiff of game. Aged and fermented in wood, the savory palate offers ripe blackberry, spiced blueberry, earthy notes of Mediterranean herbs and dark cooking spice. Firm but fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink 2016–2026.Granato9272Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeForadori 2011 Granato Teroldego (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)TeroldegoForadori
6558465583FranceAlways a dense, dark and concentrated selection, La Forge is a wine that is immediately attractive but would be best after a few years of cellaring. Notes of dark berry preserves, muddled boysenberry, raspberry sauce, cocoa, leather and truffle abound on the nose and palate. The mouthfeel is plush and creamy, with medium tannins and a texture like crushed velvet. The finish is long and spicy, offering notes of black pepper and charred oak spice.La Forge9280Languedoc-RoussillonCorbières-BoutenacLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2012 La Forge Carignan-Syrah (Corbières-Boutenac)Carignan-SyrahGérard Bertrand
6558565584USMade from mostly Pinot Noir grapes, with an addition of 8.8% Chardonnay, this Méthode Champenoise wine is sultry in raspberry cream and crème brûlée, with enough acidity to keep it fresh in the glass. The finish offers a taste of toast with ginger jam.Sonoma Brut9222CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut Sparkling (Sonoma County)Sparkling BlendGloria Ferrer
6558665585USOne of the most ripe, opulent and unctuous of the Anderson Valley wines, this full-bodied bottling smells and tastes like cinnamon, cherries, milk chocolate and brown sugar, but not as sweet as that sounds. The texture is very broad and mouth-coating and the alcohol feels on the high side, giving a feeling of power with polish.Gowan Creek Vineyard9282CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGoldeneye 2012 Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirGoldeneye
6558765586FranceVery dense, this wine has some bitter extract and layers of wood that give it a very firm structure. While there is acidity, the wine also has a dark character that is hard and powerful. It is likely always to be a solid wine. Drink from 2020.92BurgundyGrands-EchezeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2012 Grands-EchezeauxPinot NoirHenri de Villamont
6558865587USAromas of flowers, graphite, licorice and high-toned herbs are followed by red- and black-fruit flavors that coat the palate from end to end. This has an extremely high yum factor that demands another sip.Bacchus Vineyard9230WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFull Pull & Friends 2012 Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancFull Pull & Friends
6558965588FranceLike all wines from Les Baux, this is made from organically grown grapes. It's rich, packed with dense black fruits and tannins. With Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend giving structure, this concentrated wine will repay aging. Drink from 2017.9230ProvenceLes Baux de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Estoublon 2010 Red (Les Baux de Provence)Provence red blendChâteau d'Estoublon
6559065589FranceRipe Williams pear with grapefruit overtones segues into a creamy, almost buttery rounded palate that nonetheless has the tautness and verve of pure citrus zest. There are mellower tones here, too, of wet earth, pear juice and balm. This shows impressive elegance, length and personality. Drink now until 2025.Rosenberg9230AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Barmès-Buecher 2013 Rosenberg Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Barmès-Buecher
6559165590FranceFully ripe, juicy pears glow from the core of this balanced, rounded wine, with an edge of marzipan, bitter almond and a wonderfully textured center. The palate is rich but dry and stays on the side of restraint, despite the fullness.Fronholz9257AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Ostertag 2013 Fronholz Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Ostertag
6559265591USConcentrated but fresh aromas of black cherries and blueberries mesh with hot black gravel and nose-tickling lilacs on this wine by the Fess Parker family. Dark chocolate, peppery spice, black cherry syrup and mocha flavors shine on the robust, rich and delicious palate.Rodney's Vineyard9232CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2012 Rodney's Vineyard Petite Sirah (Santa Barbara County)Petite SirahEpiphany
6559365592FranceNamed after the creation of the estate in 1610, this is a big, rich and extracted wine. The tough tannins need to soften further, with a powerful core of dryness. As it develops, the wine will reveal more of the rich red fruits and juicy final acidity that are there. Drink from 2017.Cuvée 16109238ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Boise 2012 Cuvée 1610 Red (Côtes de Provence)Provence red blendChâteau Grand Boise
6559465593FranceFrom the top range produced at the estate, this rich wine is kept refreshing by the acidity. Peach and pineapple fruits balance with a squeeze of lemon giving the wine a light touch. There is a tangy, orange zest accent in the crisp aftertaste.L´Excellence9245ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Maur 2014 L´Excellence White (Côtes de Provence)Provence white blendChâteau Saint-Maur
6559565594HungaryDeep gold in the glass, this sweet Furmint has scents of apricot, canned peaches, and honeycomb. Peach and apricot continue on the taste buds, along with gratifying accents of toffee and clover honey. It is marked by bright acidity that is enhanced rather than diminished by a fresh caramel finish.Mylitta9240TokajJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDobogó 2012 Mylitta Furmint (Tokaj)FurmintDobogó
6559665595FranceSmoky and aromatic, this wine shows great fruitiness against dark, structured tannins. Raspberries and black cherries are layered with wood, spice and final intense acidity. Drink this still-firm wine from 2018.Les Argillières Premier Cru92BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Méo-Camuzet 2013 Les Argillières Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirDomaine Méo-Camuzet
6559765596USHearty aromas of plum and dried black cherries are bolstered by warm cedar tones, a touch of tar, crushed peppercorns and chopped garden herbs. The palate is complex, with lots of acidity and peppery spice, showing flavors of oregano and marjoram on a base of plum fruit. It's dense with flavors but medium in body, and very lively.Reserve9245CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEdna Valley Vineyard 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonEdna Valley Vineyard
6559865597USA pure and distinctive fruit flavor, like a blend of rhubarb and blackberry, distinguishes this full-bodied but elegant and velvet-textured wine. There is little or no new oak influence to get in the way of the melody of the grapes themselves. While the wine is lush and broad in mouthfeel, a nice boost of fine tannins and fresh acidity keep it lively.9238CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSanglier Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirSanglier Cellars
6559965598USMike Sinor puts most of his Bassi Ranch fruit, which grows just 1.3 miles from the Shell Beach seafront, into this bottling, which shows ginger snaps, iron, cinnamon, strawberry fruit and black slate on the nose. The palate is tight, focused and driven by rocky minerals, offering just enough cranberry juice to keep it delicious.9230CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSinor-LaVallee 2013 Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)Pinot NoirSinor-LaVallee
6560065599USMore flavorful than the rather light color might indicate, this sophisticated wine has wonderful, complex aromas like leather, tea and chocolate. Vibrant flavors of raspberry and pomegranate partner with an appetizingly dry and slightly tannic texture. It is medium to full bodied.9229CaliforniaRed Hills Lake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSol Rouge 2012 Mourvèdre (Red Hills Lake County)MourvèdreSol Rouge
6560165600USFrom high-elevation blocks once devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon, this exceptionally crafted wine reveals a worthwhile trade-off, flavors celebratory in pear and peach. Fragrant and floral, it offers zesty acidity in Meyer-lemon form, finishing in lasting waves of more lemon.Estate9235CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneStonestreet 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancStonestreet
6560265601FranceThis is a concentrated, dark and brooding wine. Its complexity comes from the interplay of tannins and rich red fruits, laced with tight acidity. Serious and dense, it is a wine for long aging. Drink this impressive wine from 2019.92153BurgundyCorton VergennesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2012 Corton VergennesPinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
6560365602ChileAromas of shaved balsam wood, aged cheese and spice accent berry tones on a nose that's far from blowsy. In the mouth, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Carmenère is ripe, rich and a touch soft. Heady, toasted dark-fruit flavors of blackberry and plum finish spicy and ripe. Drink through 2019.Aluvion Ensamblaje9226Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLagar de Bezana 2013 Aluvion Ensamblaje Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendLagar de Bezana
6560465603USAromas of beeswax, honeysuckle and mineral charm the senses. The flavors are palate-coating and creamy in feel with an extended finish—extremely impressive stuff!Lawrence Vineyards9230WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLatta 2013 Lawrence Vineyards Roussanne (Columbia Valley (WA))RoussanneLatta
6560565604USThis wine is 100% varietal, all aged in once-used French oak. It's packed to the brim with black fruit, herbs, licorice, jalapeño pepper and barrel spices, with crystalline clarity to the aromas. There's plenty of depth and richness to the full-bodied flavors, with exquisite balance and a finish that lingers.Old Scratch9228WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGorman 2013 Old Scratch Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonGorman
6560665605FranceTender notes of ripe, juicy pear with more golden inflections of ripe yellow plum and peach on nose and palate close into a central seam of bright, sprightly and immensely toning acidity. Lightness, concentration and lip-smacking freshness are framed by rounded fruit. Structure and grace signal ageing potential. The finish is wonderfully dry and full of verve.Herrenreben9225AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHenri Schoenheitz 2013 Herrenreben Riesling (Alsace)RieslingHenri Schoenheitz
6560765606FranceBecause of such small harvests in 2013 because of hail, Alex Gambal decided to make one wine from all his premier cru parcels in Savigny-lès-Beaune. This wine is rich and ripe, full of sweet crushed strawberry flavors as well as a dry core of structure. Age this fine wine and drink from 2017.Premier Cru9245BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerAlex Gambal 2013 Premier Cru (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirAlex Gambal
6560865607USA well-named wine from vintner Steve Anglim, this blend of 33% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier is indeed great, with aromas of licorice, pencil lead, iron, black raspberry, black pepper and a touch of tobacco smoke. The palate is powered by boysenberry, cracked pepper, a touch of asphalt and then a very lifting wild-mint character.Best Barrel Blend9242CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAnglim 2012 Best Barrel Blend Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendAnglim
6560965608USBig, and bold, this achieves full flavors and body with good balance at the same time. Aromas are like grilled bread and baking spices, flavors resemble Bing cherry and cassis, while the texture is smooth and lively at the same time. Fine tannins mingle with good acidity and persistent flavors for a lingering finish.9244CaliforniaMendocino RidgeJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsArista 2013 Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge)Pinot NoirArista
6561065609PortugalStructured and, very firm, hinting at the black fruit potential. This solid, foursquare wine, is chunky but not without some elegance. The dry tannins come through strongly on the dense finish.Vintage93PortRoger Voss@vossrogerSkeffington 2011 Vintage (Port)PortSkeffington

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