Wine Reviews

6603166030PortugalWith its big, fat mouthfeel, but very little fruit to back it up, at this stage this wine seems to be about wood, spice and richness without balance. The Reserva from the property seems to have a better focus.Condessa de Santar8532DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa de Santar 2005 Condessa de Santar White (Dão)Portuguese WhiteCasa de Santar
6603266031USThis is a pretty good Cab, as far as it goes. It tastes a bit sharp, with very ripe blackberry and currant flavors that have a baked fruit quality. Doesn't seem like an ager, so drink now.Caton Vineyard8542CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaTy Caton 2004 Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTy Caton
6603366032ItalyHere's an easy but powerful Grigio with aromas of cut grass and exotic fruit. The wine has good structure and weight suggesting a pairing with fish, risotto or a Greek salad.Pinot Grigio8514Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliValchiarò 2006 Pinot Grigio Pinot Grigio (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Pinot GrigioValchiarò
6603466033CanadaThis is an intriguing red, with its nose of dried fennel, eucalyptus, and rosemary, and on the palate, pretty flavors of cassis and anise. Though gentle, the wine has balance and character. Imported by Wine Emporium.Family Reserve8550OntarioNiagara PeninsulaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPillitteri 2002 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Niagara Peninsula)Cabernet SauvignonPillitteri
6603566034USAn unusual interpretation of Semillon, which is usually more like Chardonnay than this one. It's a very dry, crisp, minerally wine with citrus, fig and tart green apple flavors, similar to a Pinot Grigio.8512CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastFenestra 2006 Sémillon (Livermore Valley)SémillonFenestra
6603666035ChileA real South American take on this French grape. The nose is savory and smoky, with deep berry and vanilla aromas. So far so good, but the palate turns tannic and astringent, with black fruit and fig flavors getting run over by the grating mouthfeel. A take-no-prisoners wine with a coarse edge.Tierra Oscura8415Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2005 Tierra Oscura Cabernet Franc (Maule Valley)Cabernet FrancChilcas
6603766036FranceA light-bodied rosé with plenty of freshness on the finish, this is very clean and fruity in a slightly confected style. The delicate strawberry and cherry flavors are pleasant enough. Best served well chilled.Sables d'Azur849ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBaron Gassier 2007 Sables d'Azur Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséBaron Gassier
6603866037ItalyFresh, easy and a bit watery overall, this Pinot Grigio offers simple aromas of citrus, grapefruit with subtle shadings of crushed white stone. It ends on a simple, dry note.8410Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveCabert 2007 Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave)Pinot GrigioCabert
6603966038ItalyAmber in color and very fragrant and sweet on the nose, this is a sticky, chewy Traminer with aromas of yellow rose, exotic fruit and a touch of pine resin. It's complicated and layered, with a dense, chewy texture.84Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieCastello di Porcìa 2007 Traminer (Delle Venezie)TraminerCastello di Porcìa
6604066039ChileCranberry and other red-fruit aromas are sort of raw, and the oak treatment on this wine is domineering and resiny. Amid the wood chips there's plum and boysenberry flavors, but as soon as you center in on those you also get dry tannins and a veneer of oak flavor.Reserva8410Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2006 Reserva Merlot (Maule Valley)MerlotChilcas
6604166040FranceFrom the producers of Domaines Ott, this is an attempt at an entry-level rosé. It's plump in the mouth, delviering round, canteloupe and citrus flavors, but finishes a bit soft.Les Domaniers de Puits Mouret8420ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaines Ott 2006 Les Domaniers de Puits Mouret Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaines Ott
6604266041ChileLively on the nose, with a strong whiff of Pine Sol but also some mulchy leaves. The palate is chunky and solid in terms of feel, with short berry and plum flavors mixed with green, mossy, drying tannins. A bit funky but not out of the realm of what's normal for Carmenère.Reserva8414Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Toqui 2005 Reserva Carmenère (Rapel Valley)CarmenèreEl Toqui
6604366042ItalyThis is an intense and very aromatic Sauvignon that boasts exotic fruit and herbal tones, but it also has a distinct note of peanut or butterscotch in the background that takes away from the natural fruit. The wine is lean and fresh in the mouth.8416Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliErmacora 2006 Sauvignon (Colli Orientali del Friuli)SauvignonErmacora
6604466043USSimple, with apricot, peach and pineapple flavors elaborated with a coating of smoky oak. Acidity is fine, and the finish is totally dry.8418CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastFenestra 2006 Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)ChardonnayFenestra
6604566044USThe director has turned his eye to Sonoma County to produce less expensive wines. It's a little too ripe, with blackberry, raisin and prune flavors and some edgy tannins.Director's Cut8426CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaFrancis Ford Coppola 2005 Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFrancis Ford Coppola
6604666045USRipe and rather harsh, this Cab has simple flavors of blackberries, currants, plums, mocha and woodspice. The finish is peppery and hot.8428CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastKenneth Volk 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonKenneth Volk
6604766046USThis bottling from Merriam has been all over the board over the years. It seems to do better in a warmer vintage. The 2003 vintage was not a great one in the North Coast, and this wine, while showing some polished flavors, is a bit lean. The cherry and currant flavors have been enriched by 50% new oak. Drink now.Windacre8430CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaMerriam 2003 Windacre Merlot (Russian River Valley)MerlotMerriam
6604866047USSoft in texture, with pie-filling flavors of cherries, raspberries and cola, this Pinot is dry and silky. Oak adds smoky notes.Moore Vineyard8430CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastStephen's 2005 Moore Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)Pinot NoirStephen's
6604966048USHeavy oak and lees were applied to this wine's rich, ripe flavors of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon, orange and lime. It's delicious, but it lacks nuance and complexity.8635CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaFrank Family 2011 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayFrank Family
6605066049SpainDusty cherry and raspberry aromas taste candied and friendly. The palate on this reddish-colored wine is round and plump, with good texture. It tastes sweet but clean, with flavors of strawberry, cherry and pepper on the finish. 80% Garnacha and 20% Graciano.Rosado8610Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachIlurce 2011 Rosado Rosé (Rioja)RoséIlurce
6605166050ItalyCampirossi opens with slightly muddled aromas of candied fruit, leather and almond. It shows a touch of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of crushed white pepper.Campirossi8617Southern ItalySalentoMiali 2009 Campirossi Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoMiali
6605266051ItalyThis blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo opens with savory aromas of cured ham, pipe tobacco, jammy fruit and prune. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety. This wine will appeal to those who enjoy a ripe, raisiny style.Ìchore8616Southern ItalySalentoMiali 2009 Ìchore Red (Salento)Red BlendMiali
6605366052USThis Proprietor's Reserve Grenache is one of a handful of Maryhill's 2010 reds that improves upon the previous vintage. Sappy and relatively substantial, this has a core of Bing cherry, along with chewy tannins and an earthy finish.Proprietor's Reserve8620WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Maryhill 2010 Proprietor's Reserve Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheMaryhill
6605466053PortugalThis sweet, smooth and approachable wine shows a rounded, ripe fruit character. It tastes sweet, with a note of black plum jelly and hints of treacle and sultana. For mid-term aging.Vintage86PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Dona Matilde 2009 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta Dona Matilde
6605566054PortugalThis is ripe and soft, though there are tannins at the back of the palate. The wine shows pepper, black currant and bitter cherry notes. Not for long-term aging.Vintage86PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Seara d'Ordens 2010 Vintage (Port)PortQuinta Seara d'Ordens
6605666055GermanyFirm tannins and notes of fresh dill and toasted coconut brood against the delicate backdrop of the crisp notes of black-plums and violets. It's an elegant wine, but slight and understated in structure.1479N Ruber8628AhrAnna Lee C. IijimaNelles 2009 1479N Ruber Spätburgunder (Ahr)SpätburgunderNelles
6605766056FranceThis is initially a serious and structured wine, which subsequently rounds out but always keeps the firm structure of its vintage. It hints at wood aging, plus black currant freshness and tight acidity on the finish.8615BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2010 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendBarton & Guestier
6605866057FranceThis shows the problems of overripe fruit that plagued many 2009s. It is soft, giving the impression of sweetness, with the structure vastly understated. Juicy and fruity, this is ready to drink now.86BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Clos de Sarpe 2009 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Clos de Sarpe
6605966058FranceThis is a big, weighty tannin- and wood-dominated wine, with a structure that is firm, dry and concentrated. It shows the firm structure of the year, and the juicy black fruits are still waiting to show. Give it 2–3 years.8617BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Demoiselles 2010 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau des Demoiselles
6606066059FranceThis soft, fruity wine is lined with acidity and gentle tannins. It has a ripe red-berry flavor, with a touch of cherry and some dryness toward the finish. Not for long-term aging.8616BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau La Mothe du Barry 2010 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau La Mothe du Barry

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