Wine Reviews

6627166270FranceWith some tannins, this is a full-bodied and ripe sparkling rosé. It has strong wild strawberry flavors that give the wine a very fruity character. A sense of structure enhances the naturally rich nature of the wine.Brut Rosé8830Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerLanglois-Chateau NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant de Loire)Sparkling BlendLanglois-Chateau
6627266271ArgentinaOpaque in color, with heady aromas of berry fruits, copious oak and minerality, this is a generous and fiery red blend. In the mouth, the feel is hot and edgy; flavors of molasses, roasted berry fruits and smoked meat finish hollow.Benchmark Reserva88Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLas Vertientes 2011 Benchmark Reserva Red (Mendoza)Red BlendLas Vertientes
6627366272USEnormously sweet and soft, with glycerine, brown sugar, black cherry, white chocolate, vanilla bean and white pepper flavors, this is one of the more eccentric, heady dessert wines out there. The alcohol is ridiculously high, yet the Madeira-like sweetness balances it.Amaro8850CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMargerum NV Amaro Red (Santa Barbara County)Red BlendMargerum
6627466273USWith such pedigreed names as winemaker Aaron Pott and viticulturalist David Abreu, Bello's owners spared no expense in crafting this Cabernet. The result, while rich, is unexciting. It has ripe, flashy flavors of blackberries, cherries and new French oak.Megahertz8850CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBello Family Vineyards 2010 Megahertz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBello Family Vineyards
6627566274FranceThe wine has weight and some richness as well as a lively mousse. The combination reveals depth of flavor, mineral acidity and a ripe lemon and apple aftertaste.8825France OtherCrémant de JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerBenoît Mulin NV Sparkling (Crémant de Jura)Sparkling BlendBenoît Mulin
6627666275ItalyMade entirely from Sangiovese and aged in French oak, this wine opens with aromas of oak, coffee, black fruit and spice. The dense palate delivers delicious black cherry along with sweet vanilla, oak extract and espresso alongside drying wood tannins.Don Vincenzo8840TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasaloste 2009 Don Vincenzo (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCasaloste
6627766276ItalyMade predominantly from Sangiovese with 8% Canaiolo, this wine begins with aromas of toasted oak, spice, mature black berries and just a whiff of rubber. The palate offers black cherry, white and red pepper, espresso and roasted coffee bean alongside youthful, astringent tannins that need a few years to unwind.Il Picchio Riserva8852TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Querceto 2010 Il Picchio Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendCastello di Querceto
6627866277USRaspberry and cherry fruit flavors flood the mouth on this Zin, making it instantly delicious. The superripeness shows on the finish, where chocolate-covered raisin notes show up. With complex, gentle tannins and some heat from alcohol, it's drinking well now.Estate8835CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGrgich Hills 2010 Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelGrgich Hills
6627966278FranceVery perfumed, this is a wine torn between oxidation and freshness. The aromas are nutty and smoky; when tasted, the wine is ripe and fruity, full of apricot and spice. To bring the two sides together, it should age, so drink from 2015.Naturé8831France OtherCôtes du JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Berthet-Bondet 2011 Naturé Savagnin (Côtes du Jura)SavagninDomaine Berthet-Bondet
6628066279FranceThe wine has toast, vanilla and pear flavors, still young and tightly closed. It needs several months to begin to open up and to show its intrinsic fruitiness and potential richness. Drink from 2015.8829France OtherCôtes du JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Berthet-Bondet 2012 Chardonnay (Côtes du Jura)ChardonnayDomaine Berthet-Bondet
6628166280USA testament to coolness—cool place, cool year—this Marin County Pinot is earthy, round and tight, suggesting it could use a little more time to develop. Cranberry and spice rule the roost and the wine's lightness of being would pair well with fresh-caught salmon not looking to be overwhelmed.Azaya Ranch Vineyard8858CaliforniaMarin CountyNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton-Goldfield 2011 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marin County)Pinot NoirDutton-Goldfield
6628266281ItalyA blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Alicante and 5% Ciliegiolo, this wine has earthy aromas that recall wet soil, leather and pressed blue flower petals. The juicy palate delivers fleshy black cherry and raspberry. Notes of black pepper, espresso and Mediterranean herbs add interest.Ciabatta8825TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeErik Banti 2010 Ciabatta (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendErik Banti
6628366282USA thick, concentrated wine with a softness on the palate, this traffics in ripe black fruit and substantial tannins. Rustic, it recalls the days of The Count and the early wines enjoyed in Sonoma County during the state's first golden age of wine.The Count Founder's8720CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBuena Vista 2013 The Count Founder's Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendBuena Vista
6628466283USAromas of apple, pear and lees lead to a medium-bodied palate with a rounded feel. It's a very varietal example.Wine O' Clock8718WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBunnell 2011 Wine O' Clock Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayBunnell
6628566284USThis is an unusual blend of 41% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 6% Mourvèdre from Phinny Hill and Rock Garden Estate vineyards. Aromas of green pepper, orange peel, earth, dried herbs and cherry lead to plump, mouthwatering savory flavors.Wildebeest8725WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportButy 2012 Wildebeest Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Red BlendButy
6628666285ChilePlum and berry aromas are a bit grassy on the nose. This is plump and full in body, with herbal notes held in check by ripe black-cherry and black-plum flavors. On the finish, the flavors are mild and easy.Gran Reserva Apalta8715Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarmen 2012 Gran Reserva Apalta Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreCarmen
6628766286USA blend of fruit from Boushey, Red Willow and Alder Ridge vineyards, this has aromas that seem unsettled. The cranberry flavors are tart with grippy, compact tannins.Molly's8721WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCavatappi 2012 Molly's Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseCavatappi
6628866287USOne-third each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this wine offers aromas of savory herbs, red cherries, vanilla, smoke and dill. The cherry flavors are sweet, with tastes of oak (33% new) and mesquite taking the lead on the finish.Order of the Cave8750WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCave B 2012 Order of the Cave Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendCave B
6628966288FranceThis fortified wine made from Tannat certainly has the grape's tannins. However, these are surrounded by sweet plum flavors and contrasting acidity. It is a sweet wine while fresh and fruity, and can be drunk now.Maydie Vintage8728France OtherVin de LiqueurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Aydie 2012 Maydie Vintage Tannat (Vin de Liqueur)TannatChâteau d'Aydie
6629066289FranceThis wine is ripe, full of blackberry fruits as well as layers of wood aging. It has spice, juicy fruitiness and fresh acidity at the end. Balanced and ripe, it merits waiting to drink from 2017.8715BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Bois Chantant 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Bois Chantant
6629166290FranceWhile the tannins are still young, enough fruit gives balance and potential to the wine. It has structure and a dry texture sustained by the black currant fruitiness in the background. Drink from 2017. Joseph Arbo bought the property in 1988 and installed a new winery in 2011.8719BordeauxFrancs Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Godard Bellevue 2013 Francs Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Godard Bellevue
6629266291FranceThis blend of hand-picked 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is still tough with dark tannins and a black plum-skin texture. It has a lean side, with a severe character that seems likely to remain part of the wine. Drink from 2016. The d'Arfeuille family is now in its fifth century on Bordeaux's Right Bank.8720BordeauxFronsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tessendey 2011 FronsacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tessendey
6629366292FranceRipe and smoky, this has attractive acidity to balance the warm, red fruits, with a layer of supportive tannins. It is light, fruity and will be ready to drink from 2016.8720BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour de Guiet 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour de Guiet
6629466293USThis wine has pleasing aromas of pear and melon followed by medium-sweet fruit flavors. It's not particularly serious but it goes down easy.8721WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCrayelle Cellars 2014 Albariño (Ancient Lakes)AlbariñoCrayelle Cellars
6629566294FranceThe Savagnin grape is rarely found outside the Jura. Here it gives an unusual wine, like a dry Sherry, yeasty and with intense acidity to go with the dry, tangy texture. Drink now.8752France OtherCôtes du JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Savagny 2011 Savagnin (Côtes du Jura)SavagninDomaine de Savagny
6629666295FranceThis full-bodied wine has rich pear and crisp apple flavors. It's smooth and full in the mouth, with a powerful mousse to give a creamy texture. The aftertaste is ripe although with some acidity.Brut8732France OtherCrémant de JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Savagny NV Brut Chardonnay (Crémant de Jura)ChardonnayDomaine de Savagny
6629766296FrancePutting alcohol with grape juice has a long tradition right across France. It doesn't make it any less bizarre. The problem is the alcohol doesn't blend with the grape juice, with two elements sitting alongside each other. This wine, with its sweet fruit flavor of marmalade that is cut by a strong brandy spirit sharpness, is for those who like strange drinks. Enjoy as a long drink and as an aperitif.Macvin du Jura8756France OtherCôtes du JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Savagny NV Macvin du Jura White (Côtes du Jura)White BlendDomaine de Savagny
6629866297USThere's a dusky walnut edge on the deep color, and aromas are lightly floral and strawberry-like with a slight smoky note. However, the flavors are quite savory, smoky, earthy and meaty, building a wild taste profile. These accompany a medium body and firm texture with light tannins and acidity.Five Thirteen8735CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDonkey & Goat 2013 Five Thirteen Red (El Dorado)Rhône-style Red BlendDonkey & Goat
6629966298USRipe and delicious, this offers vanilla, milk chocolate and dried fig aromas that continue in the flavors and last on the finish. Medium bodied, slightly sweet and definitely rich in texture, it is easy to like.8713CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEagle Canyon 2013 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayEagle Canyon
6630066299ItalyFresh and friendly, this medium-bodied, no-frills red delivers layers of blackberry, black currant, ground black pepper and a note of dried sage. It's easy drinking, with bright acidity and round, chewy tannins.Castagnino8717TuscanyCortonaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFabrizio Dionisio 2013 Castagnino Syrah (Cortona)SyrahFabrizio Dionisio

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