Wine Reviews

6606166060FranceThis heavily wood-dominated wine features a dry and tannic texture. It seems lean for the vintage, giving the impression of severity. The fruit shows only in the acidity at the end.868BordeauxCôtes de BourgRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Noblet 2009 Côtes de BourgBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Noblet
6606266061FranceA rich but well balanced wine, this features ripe flavors and integrated tannins. A juicy black-currant note sits with the dusty structure, with fragrant acidity on the finish. The Château Sainte-Barbe is at the end of the promontory that lies between the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers just before they meet.8613BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte-Barbe 2010 BordeauxMerlotChâteau Sainte-Barbe
6606366062USWith no oak, this features straightforward lime, orange, nectarine and white pepper flavors. The acidity is bright and zesty, making it a versatile table wine.Derbyshire Vineyard8620CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastDerby 2010 Derbyshire Vineyard Pinot Gris (San Luis Obispo County)Pinot GrisDerby
6606466063ItalyBright and citrus-driven, this no-fuss wine would pair with grilled shrimp or freshwater fish. The wine is zesty and fresh overall.8616Southern ItalyLacryma Christi del VesuvioFeudi di San Gregorio 2011 White (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)White BlendFeudi di San Gregorio
6606566064USMade using 50% Barbera and 50% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is fragrant and full-bodied, with notes of toasty oak and leather. The blend spent more than a year in new French oak, and it shows, both in terms of taste and structure. Should be an interesting wine over time.Private Stock8680CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneFiddletown Cellars 2010 Private Stock Red (Amador County)Red BlendFiddletown Cellars
6606666065GermanyAbundant layers of char and smoke threaten to overtake the bright black-cherry and green herb flavors on this premium wine. Aeration brings the fruit to the forefront, but hints of toasted wood and dill linger on the finish.Bombacher Sommerhalde R GG Trocken86111BadenAnna Lee C. IijimaHuber 2009 Bombacher Sommerhalde R GG Trocken Spätburgunder (Baden)SpätburgunderHuber
6606766066FranceThis open, soft wine brings out some of the ripe fruit flavors of the vintage. It has attractive melon and apricot fruit along with a tight streak of mineral acidity. It's ready to drink now, although it will be better from 2017.L'Oeuvre de Perraud8725BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Perraud 2015 L'Oeuvre de Perraud (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine Perraud
6606866067ArgentinaFresh, minerally lime aromas set up a zesty palate with lemon-lime, pineapple and apple flavors. There's nothing complicated about this snappy white, which finishes with some bitterness and lasting acidity.Los Cardos8713Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachDoña Paula 2015 Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza)Sauvignon BlancDoña Paula
6606966068ArgentinaWhile this Cab may be a touch soupy and heavy on the nose, aromas of coffee grounds and berry fruits are good. A full, blocky palate features cheek-rubbing tannins, while this tastes of coffee, chocolate and herbal berry fruits. For everyday purposes, this makes the grade.Reserve8711Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTrivento 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonTrivento
6607066069USWhile not overly intense in grapefruit, gooseberry and pea-shoot aromas, the palate brings a bit more frivolity into play, with guava, peach and flint. There's some weight behind this wine, which takes it beyond a simple apéritif.8725VirginiaMonticelloAlexander PeartreeVeritas 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Monticello)Sauvignon BlancVeritas
6607166070GermanyA shade off dry, this approachably fresh fruity Riesling offers a bounty of juicy peach and tangerine refreshment. Sunny lemon acidity and blossom notes extend through a moderately long finish.Weinkeller Erbach8714RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaWinzer Von Erbach 2014 Weinkeller Erbach Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingWinzer Von Erbach
6607266071USPunchy raspberry and strawberry aromas mingle with darker shades of blueberry, with tarragon and anise in the background. Soft and silken on the palate, the flavors mimic the nose, supported by a gentle dusting of tannins. This is a perfect light-bodied summer red, great alongside grilled fare.8724TexasTexas High PlainsAlexander PeartreeSpicewood 2014 Mourvèdre (Texas High Plains)MourvèdreSpicewood
6607366072FranceCitrus fruits shine in this wine that offers attractive acidity along with lemon and crisp apple flavors. Bright, fruity and ready to drink soon, the wine has a nervy texture that will be delicious. Drink from 2017.8732BurgundyRullyRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri de Villamont 2014 RullyChardonnayHenri de Villamont
6607466073PortugalThe wine is ripe and soft with black-currant acidity and gentle tannins. There is a firm structure behind the jammy fruit flavors, enough to give the wine support. It is ready to drink.Private Selection8725Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Comporta 2012 Private Selection Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedHerdade da Comporta
6607566074USThis is a good vintage for inexpensive Oregon Pinot, as this fresh and flavorful effort proves. Hints of toasted marshmallows and coconut adorn light strawberry fruit. Drink it chilled for optimum enjoyment.8712OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Hinman 2014 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirHinman
6607666075USThis is one-third Cab Franc, one-third Merlot and one-third split between Syrah and Malbec—a who's who (or what's hot) of Southern Oregon viticulture. In the glass it's aromatically interesting, with citrus, leather and berry scents. In the mouth it's quite dry and leathery tasting, though with ample breathing time the fruit comes up.Forté8728OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jaxon 2013 Forté Red (Southern Oregon)Red BlendJaxon
6607766076FranceFrom vines grown below the Roche de Solutré cliff, this is a tight wine with a mineral texture and steely acidity. The structure will soften to give a wine that is full and concentrated, with plenty of acidity as well as citrus flavors. Wait until 2017.8723BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Saint-VéranChardonnayJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
6607866077GeorgiaMedium-gold in the glass, this wine has aromas of apricot, melon and orange blossom. There is a soft sense of coolness on the palate, with flavors of apricot, marzipan, orange zest and guava.8715KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysKindzmarauli Marani 2014 Kisi (Kakheti)KisiKindzmarauli Marani
6607966078FranceRich and fruity, this bold Pinot offers upfront aromas of juicy red plum, raspberry and strawberry, all laced with a touch of vanilla. The palate is lightly plush and velvety, with flavors of muddled cherry and raspberry sauce that carry through to the medium-length finish.87France OtherVin de FranceLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLe Jardin d'Eolie NV Pinot Noir (Vin de France)Pinot NoirLe Jardin d'Eolie
6608066079FranceTight and mineral, this crisp wine also is ripe with apple flavors and lime-juice acidity. It has a zesty quality and is lively and bright at the end.Les Vieux Murs8730BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerLoron et Fils 2014 Les Vieux Murs (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayLoron et Fils
6608166080FranceThis fresh and fruity wine is made with without wood. Citrus crisp and with lively acidity, it refreshing, and perfumed. Drink now.En Paradis8725BurgundyPouilly-VinzellesRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 En Paradis (Pouilly-Vinzelles)ChardonnayLouis Latour
6608266081FranceThis taut and structured wine has weight as well as ripe fruits, with a strong mineral character that gives it tight texture. The acidity and the fruit are developing. Drink from 2017.8725BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Champy 2014 Viré-ClesséChardonnayMaison Champy
6608366082ItalyStrawberry, chopped herb, oak, camphor and grilled Porcini mushroom aromas lead the way. The tight palate shows dried black cherry, sour cranberry, leather, espresso and clove set against a backbone of unripe tannins that leave an astringent finish.8745PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi di Barolo 2013 BarbarescoNebbioloMarchesi di Barolo
6608466083ItalyTruffle, underbrush, scorched earth and grilled herb aromas lead the nose. On the warm, ripe palate, toast and oak-driven spice underscore raspberry jam and dried black cherry while aggressive tannins clench the finish. Give the tannins another year or two to soften then to drink to capture the remaining fruit.Prapò8745PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Sebaste 2012 Prapò (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste
6608566084FranceFresh and fruity, this wine is all about red-currant fruitiness. It has only light tannins and plenty of juicy acidity. Drink from 2018.Aux Gravains Premier Cru87BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel et Joana Ecard 2014 Aux Gravains Premier Cru (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirMichel et Joana Ecard
6608666085ItalyThis opens with aromas of toast, sawdust, licorice and a note of grilled celery. The firm palate offers tart cranberry, underripe red cherry, oak, vanilla and coffee alongside assertive, fine-grained tannins.Basarin87PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNegro Angelo e Figli 2013 Basarin (Barbaresco)NebbioloNegro Angelo e Figli
6608766086TurkeyDeep-salmon to the eye, this wine has a nose of strawberry and cherry. It is a nicely made rosé with flavors of strawberry, cranberry and honeysuckle and notes of lingonberry on the refreshing finish.Mermaid Rosé8719AegeanMike DeSimone@worldwineguysPasaeli 2015 Mermaid Rosé Çalkarası (Aegean)ÇalkarasıPasaeli
6608866087ItalyStewed aromas of raisin, prune and a hint of Asian spice lead the nose. The dense, one-dimensional palate offers baked dark berry, toasted hazelnut and a hint of dark spice while astringent, somewhat unripe tannins clench the finish.La Fenice8740PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePier 2010 La Fenice (Barbaresco)NebbioloPier
6608966088PortugalA 100% Alvarinho wine grown outside its classic area in the north of Vinho Verde, this one earns the Minho regional designation. This wine is in a light style, fruity with green plums and tangy with orange peel. Drink now.Dom Diogo Colheita Seleccionada8716MinhoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Raza 2015 Dom Diogo Colheita Seleccionada Alvarinho (Minho)AlvarinhoQuinta da Raza
6609066089USForward and bright, with spicy berry fruit, this carries plenty of citrus and a hint of pepper as well. It's done in an easy-going, quaffable style. Give it a slight chill to compensate for the somewhat dull earthy finish.Finnegan Hill Vineyard8729OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Raylee 2014 Finnegan Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirRaylee

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