Wine Reviews

6720167200PortugalThe full juiciness of Castelão is balanced by spice and structure from wood maturation. The result is a smooth, textured wine, firm with tannins for aging. It is rich, smoky, dry and edgy at this young stage. Drink from 2016.Fonte do Beco9015Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Fonte do Beco Castelão (Península de Setúbal)CastelãoDFJ Vinhos
6720267201PortugalThis is a firmly structured, dark wine. It has black cherry and berry fruit, a solid core of tannins and tight acidity. With its dense character, there is every chance of this impressive wine aging well, yielding a more rounded wine. Drink from 2016.Vega909DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Vega Red (Douro)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
6720367202ItalyBrut Milledì is an elegant sparkling wine made from Chardonnay. It offers aromas of yellow spring flowers and crisp zesty citrus flavors. This has nice length, and finishes on an almond note.Brut Milledì9060LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerghettina 2009 Brut Milledì Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayFerghettina
6720467203FranceThis is a ripe, wood-aged wine that shows the richer side of Meursault. It's generous with ripe yellow fruits, but balanced and complemented by crisp acidity and hints of toastiness. A fine wine with impeccable structure, it will age well, so drink from 2015.Cuvée Signature Le Porusot Premier Cru9085BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Aîné & Fils 2011 Cuvée Signature Le Porusot Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayBouchard Aîné & Fils
6720567204PortugalFull-bodied and ripe, this is a rich, generous wine that shows complexity as well as subtle fruitiness. A blend of Viosinho and Verdelho, it's full of tropical fruit flavors, with ample weight and concentration. Spicy accents, a dense texture and a fine, long-lasting finish are all part of this stylish wine.Andreza Branco9018DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Andreza Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
6720667205GermanyAmber in color, this eiswein boasts a rich, caramelized palate full of sweet pastry, honey and baked-apple flavors. Hints of pollen and wax, along with a burst of intense orange-like acidity, add complexity to this intensely ripe, yet delicately textured wine.Eiswein90250RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaSchloss Vollrads 2010 Eiswein Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingSchloss Vollrads
6720767206PortugalThis is a beautifully fresh wine, very clean and crisp. It has a lemon zest and crisp apple character that cuts through the tangy texture. Bright and light, it's fruity and very ready to drink.Bruto90TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima NV Bruto Sparkling (Tejo)Sparkling BlendQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
6720867207USIt's easy to use the word “huge” to describe this Cabernet, which contains smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It immediately takes over the palate with ripe, opulent cherry pie, blackberry tart, cassis liqueur, green olive and oak flavors. The tannins are very strong, the most powerful of Mondavi Cabernets in years. Which leads to the question of ageability. Where's this wine going? On the negative side is high alcohol, which gives it a burn. So drink it over the next 5–6 years.Reserve90135CaliforniaOakvilleNapaRobert Mondavi 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonRobert Mondavi
6720967208ItalyThis refreshing sparkling wine is made entirely from Chardonnay. It offers pear and Golden Delicious apple aromas and flavors, along with a hint of baked bread and almond notes. It's elegant, with a creamy texture and crisp acidity.Praeclarus Cuvée Brut9029Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSt. Pauls NV Praeclarus Cuvée Brut Chardonnay (Alto Adige)ChardonnaySt. Pauls
6721067209ItalyMade with Sangiovese, this shows ripe berry and black pepper aromas with a whiff of tobacco leaf. The bright palate delivers a tight core of black cherry accented with mint, white pepper and a hint of cocoa. Pair this with barbecued meats and grilled vegetables.Terra Rossa Riserva9020TuscanyChianti Colli SenesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta di Trecciano 2010 Terra Rossa Riserva (Chianti Colli Senesi)SangioveseTenuta di Trecciano
6721167210PortugalSolid and structured, this is a rich, darkly tannic wine. It's not all structure, with the ripe black plum and berry fruits giving weight to the palate and smoothing the structure. The end is spicy, tannic, dense and worth aging. Drink from 2015.Herdade da Pimenta90AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade de São Miguel 2011 Herdade da Pimenta Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade de São Miguel
6721267211PortugalThis is a dark and dense wine, serious with its firm tannins and solid black fruits. It has spice, blackberry and currant flavors, along with a pure line of acidity. With its firm structure, this dry, concentrated wine needs to age. Drink from 2015.Ramos Reserva9015AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2012 Ramos Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedJ. Portugal Ramos
6721367212FranceThis is a top-of-the-range crémant that is crisp and textured while also fruity. It has richness, laced with acidity and citrus. Fresh and full of apple flavor, it's an impressive wine that could age a year or two in bottle.No 21 Brut9025BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerJCB NV No 21 Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendJCB
6721467213USThis is a big, strong Cabernet, flooding the mouth with intensely ripe blackberry, cassis liqueur, dark chocolate and white pepper flavors. It's tannic and acidic, and the oak hasn't been integrated at all with the fruit. Everything should begin to come together by 2017.90115CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaKnights Bridge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonKnights Bridge
6721567214ItalyThis alluring rosé sparkler has a heady fragrance of wild flowers and pressed, white roses. The palate is focused and precise, delivering creamy strawberry, white cherry and pink grapefruit flavors, along with a fine perlage.Rosé Millesimato9041LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Marchesine 2008 Rosé Millesimato Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendLe Marchesine
6721667215ItalyThis lovely brut offers a fragrance of white peach, almond and acacia flower. The palate delivers apple and citrus flavors, along with a note of bread crust. The wine is fresh and creamy with a dry finish of roasted walnut.Brut9032LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Marchesine NV Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendLe Marchesine
6721767216USWhite seems to be the new black when it comes to Oregon Pinot Noir, as more and more winemakers give it a spin. This is one of the better ones, at a very modest price, mixing sweet grass and fresh pear and stone fruits. It would be difficult to identify it as Pinot Noir in a blind tasting of mixed whites, but that's not the point, is it?White Pinot Noir9020OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Left Coast Cellars 2012 White Pinot Noir Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLeft Coast Cellars
6721867217USWith rich, ripe black and red cherry, mocha, cinnamon and sweet oak flavors, wrapped into a smooth, silky texture, this Merlot is a good followup to the winery's 2008 vintage. Drink it soon with a nice char-broiled steak.9050CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMadorom 2009 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotMadorom
6721967218ItalyThis brut has a lovely fragrance of tropical fruit, peach and a whiff of vanilla. The elegantly sparkling palate shows apple, pear and citrus flavors, plus sage and other Mediterranean herbs. Pair this with light first courses and fresh seafood.Brut9031LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMajolini NV Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendMajolini
6722067219PortugalThis is a smooth, wood aged wine that comes from the Mouchão estate. It has rich red fruits, finely integrated tannins and a solid structure. It has an open, generous feel to it, given shape and aging potential by the dry core and fruity acidity. Drink from 2015.Dom Rafael Tinto9014AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerMouchão 2010 Dom Rafael Tinto Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedMouchão
6722167220FranceThe steep slope of Beauroy produces ripe grapes, but also wines that maintain intense minerality and structure. The Chablis is tight, nervy, and still young, but exhibits bright lemon and peach flavors touched with honey. Cellar this serious wine, and drink from 2015.Beauroy Premier Cru90BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Bouchard 2011 Beauroy Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayPascal Bouchard
6722267221PortugalThis is a deliciously fresh, yet also rounded and rich wine. Creamed apples and soft pears go with a lime juice crispness, resulting in a wine that is ripe, fruity and delicately acidic. Drink now.Muros Antigos9014Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAnselmo Mendes 2012 Muros Antigos White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteAnselmo Mendes
6722367222ItalyThis wine has a layered fragrance of beeswax, acacia flower and smoke. The palate offers apricot, tropical fruit and bread crust and a hint of honey. It's elegant, but also has the structure to accompany most entrees as well as cured meats and cheese.Riserva Extra Brut Quintessence9040LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAntica Fratta 2006 Riserva Extra Brut Quintessence Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendAntica Fratta
6722467223ItalyThis rich, amber colored dessert wine from Tuscany offers aromas of dried figs, nutmeg, clove sage and balsamic notes. The dense palate delivers maple syrup, candied fruit, dried apricots, honey and spice. It's concentrated and smooth with great length.Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia9075TuscanyVin Santo di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBindella 2004 Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia (Vin Santo di Montepulciano)Red BlendBindella
6722567224USSo insanely rich and ripe, it's practically a food group in itself. Floods the mouth with blackberry and cherry jam, cassis liqueur, milk chocolate and sweet oak flavors, in a texture that's soft and creamy. It's almost too much of a good thing, and would benefit from a little restraint.Bucephalus90150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBlack Stallion 2009 Bucephalus Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendBlack Stallion
6722667225USA light, ethereal wine akin to Gamay Noir, made in an easy-to-consume-often style, with beautiful aromatics of just-ripe cherry and raspberry and a rose garden in bloom. Juicy and soft, the wine is balanced and appealing in every way and makes for a fun introduction to a rare grape in California.9024CaliforniaSolano County Green ValleyNorth CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneBroc Cellars 2012 Valdiguié (Solano County Green Valley)ValdiguiéBroc Cellars
6722767226PortugalA big, ripe and rich wine, whose tannins are so well integrated into the bold, black fruits. The wine has weight, concentration and dark plum flavors that are spiced from wood aging. It's a wine that is ready to drink but will age, so drink until 2019.Casa da Passarella Abanico Reserva9022DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa da Passarella 2010 Casa da Passarella Abanico Reserva Red (Dão)Portuguese RedCasa da Passarella
6722867227FranceA finely made wine, full of firm tannins and rich fruit. Structured and dark, it has weight, black fruit and great potential. With wood aging smoothing the bold fruit, it can be drunk soon, but will age well. Drink from 2014.9029BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laffitte Laujac 2010 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laffitte Laujac
6722967228FranceAn elegant wine that has some maturity, even though the tannins are still firm. It shows considerable fresh acidity, giving a fresh feel to the black currant fruits. Light spiciness adds extra interest. It's ready to drink now and until 2022.9066BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vray Croix de Gay 2008 PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Vray Croix de Gay
6723067229ItalyOrchard fruit and white flower aromas meld together in this pretty white. On the bright palate, fresh acidity underscores white peach, Bartlett pear and juicy nectarine suggestions.Ca' Bianchi87VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Albare 2016 Ca' Bianchi (Soave)GarganegaLe Albare

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