Wine Reviews

6690766906PortugalThis rich wine has peach and quince flavors along with spice and hints of toast. It's full in the mouth, very fruity and fresh, a warm wine that does manage to keep a fresh burst of lemon acidity at the end. Drink now, but better at the end of 2014.Sagrado8815DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Sagrado 2012 Sagrado White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Sagrado
6690866907GermanyDusty chalk notes add a mineral tone to lavish floral and stone fruit aromas on this brisk, easy-quaffing Riesling. It's dry in style, with fresh apple and blossom flavors that finish on a lingering, waxy note.Trocken8820RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaRobert Weil 2012 Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingRobert Weil
6690966908FranceOnly lightly wood aged, this is a fruity wine with a touch of spice, some peaches and fragrant acidity. It is delicious wine and ready to drink.Vieilles Vignes8823BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2011 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne)ChardonnayRoche de Bellene
6691066909ChileThis, like the winery's other wines from this remote northern region, carries a soupy, stewy, leathery set of aromas. In the mouth, the acidity level is high. Rustic, earthy flavors of beef stew, leafy berry fruits and marinara sauce finish blunt, oaky and herbal.1865 Limited Edition8825Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2010 1865 Limited Edition Syrah (Elqui Valley)SyrahSan Pedro
6691166910ChileLike any good Leyda Valley SB, this opens with oceanic aromas of citrus fruits, sea foam and minerality. In the mouth, it is juicy and stony, with washing acidity. Flavors of honeydew, lime and jalapeño finish firm, with good backbone. Drink this with salads, shellfish and ceviche.Reserve8815Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Ema
6691266911USThe tannins are very hard on this bone-dry Cabernet Sauvignon, which was blended with 5% Cabernet Franc. It's tough to appreciate now, despite a wealthy core of blackberries, cherries and currants. Is it an ager? The best guess is no, it won't age, so drink now and over the next few years.Andolsen Vineyard8840CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaSbragia 2011 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSbragia
6691366912USThis is a monster Zin even by Sbragia standards. The wine feels hotter and more glyceriney than its official alcohol. It's also superripe in raisins and prunes, although the finish is totally dry. It defines a lusty, rustic style of California Zinfandel.Gino's Vineyard8834CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaSbragia 2011 Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelSbragia
6691466913USSupple and alive in spice this is a softly rendered Zinfandel with plenty of density that's balanced by tastes of bright berry. It's well priced and from good land, a hearty accompaniment to meaty meals, laced with enough acidity to offset its big flavor.Lubenko Vineyards8822CaliforniaFiddletownSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneSobon Estate 2011 Lubenko Vineyards Zinfandel (Fiddletown)ZinfandelSobon Estate
6690166900ItalyIntense rose aromas recall the fragrance found in many cold creams. The floral sensation carries over to the palate, along with candied fruit and baked pineapple, uplifted by a mineral note. Pair it with ripened cheeses.Selezione8825Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeKössler 2012 Selezione Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerKössler
6691566914PortugalA wood-aged red Vinho Verde brings out some richness in the Vinhão grape. With its already-red juice, the wine has surprising weight and ripeness with black currant fruit to the fore. Drink now.Aphros Tinto88Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasal Paço Padreiro 2012 Aphros Tinto Vinhão (Vinho Verde)VinhãoCasal Paço Padreiro
6691666915FranceThis is a big and ripe wine, with flavors of chocolate and blackberry. Dense tannins dominate, although the rich berry fruits and acidity promise a more fruity future. It's worth waiting; drink from 2018.8835BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Franc Pipeau 2011 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Franc Pipeau
6691766916FranceWhile this is currently a tough proposition, the inherent fruitiness of this structured wine augurs well for its future. With berry fruits under the dark tannins and some slight bitterness from wood aging, it needs time. Drink from 2017.8824BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint Ahon 2011 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Saint Ahon
6691866917USWith a buttery, creamy texture, this Chardonnay has oak-inspired flavors of Meyer lemons, sweet limes, honey, vanilla bean and buttered toast. The acidity is key, providing a central zest to the richness.8838CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastCinnabar 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)ChardonnayCinnabar
6691966918FranceThe wine is sheer fruit, apples and pears with a touch of apricot juice. It is ripe with a fine texture that brings out a steely edge and refreshing citrus flavors. The wine is ready to drink now until 2020Authentique88BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sangouard-Guyot 2012 Authentique (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayDomaine Sangouard-Guyot
6692066919GermanyThe nose is earthy and savory, with brash mineral and lemon tones, but the palate on this dry Riesling is surprisingly pretty, with dashes of blossoms, tart stone fruits and fresh herbs. It's a bit demure in concentration, but an elegant, refreshing quaffer.Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Kabinett Trocken8820RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Nägler 2012 Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Kabinett Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingDr. Nägler
6690266901FranceThis wine has some tannins that give structure as well as young fruitiness. A definite dry edge comes from the fruit as well as wood aging. The wood also brings out some bitterness that needs to soften. Drink from 2016.Château Mi-Pont88BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2011 Château Mi-Pont (Mercurey)Pinot NoirL. Tramier & Fils
6692166920USA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Syrah, brooding aromas of ground stone, herb, brown stem and black fruit give way to dense layered blackberry flavors. It shows great focus, poise, texture and exquisite length. Best from 2021 to 2027.King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard95100WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportK Vintners 2013 King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard Red (Washington)Red BlendK Vintners
6692266921USThere is impressive depth to the nose of this bottling, with concentrated black cherry, black plum and blueberry fruit enhanced by white pepper, roasted meat, licorice and hot asphalt. The palate is awash in savory flavors, with soy, charred beef and tobacco followed by waves of blueberry and leather and a wash of vanilla, plum skin and mocha, all atop perfectly polished tannins.Mia's Vineyard9550CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFalcone 2013 Mia's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonFalcone
6692366922USThis wine is made to highlight the vintage and best vineyards, relying heavily on the producer's top-end site, Sacrashe. A hugely constructed wine, bold and brawny, it also manages to be soft and velvety, allowing for a greater contribution of savory elements than sweet, from leather to black pepper to Mexican chocolate. It pushes the boundaries on decadence in mysterious ways.Kathryn Hall95165CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHall 2013 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHall
6692466923FranceFragrant and perfumed, this wine is the epitome of great Cabernet Sauvignon. It is fruity, juicy yet with serious concentrated tannins. There is spice from the wood aging along with a dash of pepper, all the while just bringing out the beautiful black-currant flavors. Drink this wine from 202495100BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lynch-Bages 2014 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lynch-Bages
6692566924USFrom the warmer reaches of the appellation below Mount St. Helena, with vines that have been farmed by the same family since the 1920s, Falleri is a gorgeous wine. Horse saddle and leather give it an exotic edge, while bright red fruit and clove provide a well-crafted balance of fruit and spice. Relatively moderate in weight and ripeness, it may be the producer's most elegant species this vintage.Falleri Vineyard95CaliforniaCalistogaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRobert Biale 2014 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel (Calistoga)ZinfandelRobert Biale
6692666925USThis wine employs 73% Spottswoode Estate Vineyard fruit, but also ventures to other sites, including Young Inglewood, Oakville Ranch and Darms Lane. Dusty cedar, blackberry and pencil shavings dot a structured, classically stylized landscape, additionally seasoned in black pepper and clove. It has length for miles; enjoy best 2023 through 2033.Lyndenhurst9580CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpottswoode 2013 Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSpottswoode
6692766926SpainExtremely ripe aromas of prune, blackberry, cassis and cinnamon announce a jammy loaded palate that weighs nothing short of a ton. The flavor profile is a black-fruit bonanza accented by graphite and blackened toast. Drink this monster wine from a dry, hot vintage from 2019–2034.Tinus95600Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachGarcía Figuero 2012 Tinus (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloGarcía Figuero
6692866927USDark yellow in color, this wine shows tangy green apple and a richer, more concentrated element of apple-spice cake, with supportive, balanced acidity. With a bright, lifted finish, this less-expensive offering compared with many of the producer's single-vineyard designates never lets up on complexity or deliciousness.Russian River Selection9535CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGary Farrell 2014 Russian River Selection Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayGary Farrell
6692966928SpainDark, toasty aromas suggest creosote and chimney smoke; throw in black olive, blackberry, dark plum and mocha scents and this is one hefty package. Fully tannic, with toasty chocolaty flavors of black fruits and oak-based spice, this finishes full and fierce, but not mean. Drink from 2019–2035.Malleolus de Valderramiro95150Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachEmilio Moro 2011 Malleolus de Valderramiro (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloEmilio Moro
6693066929USSineann's Wy'east designate continues on a roll in 2015, and is simply one of the finest values in any Oregon Pinot Noir. Streaked with black tea, leavened with rose petals, dusted with cocoa and spiced up with a hint of anise, it's a wine of stunning complexity and length. Vivid berry fruit flavors bring pinpoint focus throughout a seemingly endless parade of flavors.Wy'east9536OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Sineann 2015 Wy'east Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge (OR))Pinot NoirSineann
6690366902USCall this Pinot useful, rather than complex or ageable. It's nicely dry, acidic and silky in the mouth, with jammy raspberry, cherry and persimmon flavors. Food pairings range from steak to tuna tartare or a bacon burger.8840CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLa Crema 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirLa Crema
6690466903FranceThis is a smooth, ripe wine, just hinting at wood. Honey and lemon flavors are cut by tight, mineral acidity. It's perfumed from the Muscadelle in the blend, giving a rich wine that is developing fast. Drink from 2015.88BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Nardian 2011 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendLe Nardian
6690566904USThe texture on this Pinot lacks silky sumptuousness. It's a bit brawny, but it's bone dry, with good acidity. The flavors are interesting, veering between raspberries to tarter cranberries, with earthiness. Try aging it until 2019 to see if it comes around.Laguna de Santa Rosa8833CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaPech Merle 2011 Laguna de Santa Rosa Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirPech Merle
6690666905PortugalA smooth, fruity wine, it has a light layer of tannins to shape the red fruit flavors. It has great poise, fresh acidity, with a structure already well integrated into the fruitier element. Drink now.Falcoaria Reserva88TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2011 Falcoaria Reserva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta do Casal Branco

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