Wine Reviews

6861168610AustriaA spicy, wood-aged Chardonnay, its ripe tropical fruit deliciously melded into the texture. It is rounded and full-bodied with a fine citrus acidity among all the richness. Age for another and it will be delicious.Lama9050BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerEsterházy 2009 Lama Chardonnay (Burgenland)ChardonnayEsterházy
6861268611ItalyPremstaler Sauvignon shows wonderful balance and pure fragrances of exotic fruit, citrus and fresh sage. The rich aromatic component is countered beautifully by a silky, fine mouthfeel that shows density but not heaviness.Premstaler9024Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKellerei Kaltern Caldaro 2010 Premstaler Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonKellerei Kaltern Caldaro
6861368612ArgentinaBig and forceful and loaded with coconut, mint, blackberry and boysenberry aromas that settle on inky. Quite juicy and tight in the mouth, with sharp acidity and oak-based flavors of vanilla, spice and licorice accenting blackberry fruit. Finishes steady, bright and fresh, but sharp on the acidity. Drink now through 2016.Matilde Single Vineyard9080Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLamadrid 2007 Matilde Single Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecLamadrid
6861468613USA thick coating of tannins makes this Cabernet hard in the mouth, but even so, the blackberry, blueberry, currant and sweet oak flavors poke through to the surface. It's a fine young wine that needs two or three years to knit together.Reserve9040CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaMartin Ray 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonMartin Ray
6861568614FranceBurnt toast aromas show the youth of this wine. Their tannins dominate, giving a bitter chocolate and coffee character. The fruit is still lost here and needs 3–4 years to come out. An impressive wine for the future.Les Acacias9040Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerMas del Périé 2008 Les Acacias Malbec (Cahors)MalbecMas del Périé
6861668615South AfricaA clean and attractive Chard with no malo, this is a perfect choice for folks looking for that magical balance between ripe fruit and toast. Red apple flesh, peach pit, orange oil and toasted egg bread all abound on the nose and mouth, with a long and mouthwatering finish that evolves from ripe fruit flavors to soft oaky spice.9021StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMulderbosch 2009 Chardonnay (Stellenbosch)ChardonnayMulderbosch
6861768616South AfricaA strong spicy meat and smoky aroma adds interest to the mulled boysenberry and blackberry fruit core. Dark fruit flavors continue in the mouth, where licorice, plum sauce, cigar box spice and a touch of black olive also unfold to add depth to the palate. Firm but fine tannins and a long finish seal the deal nicely.9042Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSnow Mountain 2009 Syrah (Western Cape)SyrahSnow Mountain
6861868617FranceAn impressively structured wine, this great blend of Négrette, Syrah and Malbec shows intense tannins underlying powerful juicy black fruit flavors. Aromatic, spicy and driven by its dry texture, it should age for several years.Le Bouissel9020Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bouissel 2008 Le Bouissel Red (Fronton)Red BlendChâteau Bouissel
6861968618FranceThere is a danger that the otherwise fine wines of Daniel Fournié are becoming excessively alcoholic. That's the feeling here. So although the black fruit is ripe, opulent and packed with tannins, there is a nagging burn and pepper character. A degree less alcohol and this would be a fabulous wine.Pur Plaisir9055Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut-Monplaisir 2008 Pur Plaisir Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Haut-Monplaisir
6862068619SpainStalky, damp aromas are low on freshness and fruit. This feels full and chunky but lacking in structure. Stalky, rubbery plum and berry flavors lead to a short, low-volume finish that tastes a bit salty.Crianza8515Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachLarchago 2012 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloLarchago
6862168620SpainCool, crisp cherry and plum aromas come with a mint-and-grass note. This blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon is crisp, mildly tannic and tight, with medicinal currant and plum flavors that end dry and lightly spicy.Hoya de Cadenas Private Reserva8510LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2011 Hoya de Cadenas Private Reserva Red (Utiel-Requena)Tempranillo BlendVicente Gandia
6862268621SpainEarthy, leathery aromas of plum and berry are a touch rustic. This feels rubbery and raw, but fresh. Dry, earthy plum flavors are limited, while the finish is short, with a tight, chalky feel.Hoya de Cadenas Reserva8510LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2011 Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo (Utiel-Requena)TempranilloVicente Gandia
6862368622USA Chardonnay for those who love pungent florality, this stainless-steel study offers showy apple and pear blossoms aromas along with extreme jasmine and tuberose. Those flavors are reflected on the sip, which also offers fruity pear cider yet retains crispness.Ex Anima8519CaliforniaMontereyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWrath 2014 Ex Anima Chardonnay (Monterey)ChardonnayWrath
6862468623SpainGrassy, flat aromas are inoffensive but don't bring much to the table. This feels citrusy and foamy, with generic flavors of brown sugar and melon. Touches of milk chocolate and bitterness work the finish on this Pinot Noir-led rosé blend.Anna Brut Rosé8515CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCodorníu NV Anna Brut Rosé Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCodorníu
6862568624SpainStony, distant aromas of lemon-lime open this Chardonnay Cava. Condensed and fairly narrow on the palate, this tastes savory, saucy, briny and like cider and citrus juice. A briny tasting, minerally feeling finish is low on fruit flavor and plays up saucy green notes.Gran Reserva8520CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachCodorníu NV Gran Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendCodorníu
6862668625FranceProduction from 41 acres of land donated over more than a century to the Hospices of Lyon produces an attractive and aromatic wine. It is full of light, juicy fruit and fresh red cherries. Drink this refreshing wine now.85BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Hospices Civils de Lyon 2014 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine des Hospices Civils de Lyon
6862768626FranceA soft Chardonnay from limestone soil vineyards, this has attractive apple and citrus fruits. It is round, smooth and with a creamy aftertaste that allows room for refreshing acidity. Jean-Paul Brun has been making wine since 1979. He uses natural yeasts.Classic8517BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Terres Dorées 2014 Classic (Beaujolais Blanc)ChardonnayDomaine des Terres Dorées
6862868627ArgentinaSaucy raspberry aromas are herbal and briny. This feels chunky and round. Jammy raspberry flavors turn medicinal and herbal, ending with notes of latex and Band-Aid.Made With Organically Grown Grapes8511Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaine Jean Bousquet 2014 Made With Organically Grown Grapes Malbec (Tupungato)MalbecDomaine Jean Bousquet
6862968628USThis is a barrel-fermented rosé of Syrah. The color is slightly orange, the flavors muted and soft, reminiscent of strawberry pastry with a toasty edge. Drink soon.Dry8518OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Troon 2014 Dry Rosé (Southern Oregon)RoséTroon
6863068629USThis full-bodied wine owes a lot to oak flavors. Aromas like maple syrup and brown sugar lead to nearly sweet flavors that resemble boysenberry jam. It is tannic, robust and rather stiff in texture.The Cab8515CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCosentino 2012 The Cab Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Cabernet SauvignonCosentino
6863168630USA superripe 50-50 split between Primitivo and Zinfandel, this mix has a sweet thickness filled with dark plum, black cherry and vanilla-laced molasses. Full bodied to say the least, it'll pair well with sweet sauces and glazes.Primo Zin Osborn Ranches8538CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDeLorimier 2012 Primo Zin Osborn Ranches Red (Alexander Valley)Red BlendDeLorimier
6863268631FranceFor fruity, red-cherry-flavored Beaujolais, look no further. This Gamay wine has it all: soft tannins, intensely juicy red fruits and crisp, tangy acidity at the end. Drink now.8516BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dupeuble Père et Fils 2014 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine Dupeuble Père et Fils
6863368632USDried herbs, blueberry and then a bit of forest-floor funk show on the nose of this affordable, widely available bottling by a reliable producer. The palate tastes like grape juice, proving even more pleasant when licorice elements emerge. It's perfect for a backyard barbecue.8517CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEsser 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey County)Cabernet SauvignonEsser
6863468633SpainLime, apple and iodine aromas are the opening act for a low-acid, powdery palate with mealy green-fruit flavors. Briny notes of pickled cucumber and lettuce drive the finish alongside lemon-lime notes.Cordon Negro Extra Dry8512CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachFreixenet NV Cordon Negro Extra Dry Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendFreixenet
6863568634FranceThis wine has red-currant fruits, along with acidity and light tannins. The wine is crisp and fruity, maybe not expressing the full power of a Morgon but can be enjoyed now for its fruitiness.8520BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2014 MorgonGamayGeorges Duboeuf
6863668635FranceThis strawberry and caramel-flavored wine has bright acidity and a crisp, clean aftertaste. The fruit right up front gives a refreshing summer-afternoon feel. Drink now.85BeaujolaisBeaujolais RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2014 Rosé (Beaujolais Rosé)RoséGeorges Duboeuf
6863768636USThis simple, lighter take on the variety belies its ripe fruit, the weight of the wine taking on girth as it goes. Black cherry, spicy cinnamon and toasted oak intermingle on the palate, before a medium-length finish.8519CaliforniaCarneros-Napa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBeaulieu Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir (Carneros-Napa Valley)Pinot NoirBeaulieu Vineyard
6863868637SpainRubbery, sulfuric aromas of scrambled eggs are gaseous and difficult to penetrate. This blend of 60% Giró and 40% Monastrell feels choppy, grabby and high in acidity. Flavors of rubbery plum and berry are tart and eggy, while the tannins are fierce on the finish.Ulises8525Spain OtherSpainMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega 2012 Ulises Red (Spain)Red BlendBodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega
6863968638USThe impression is that some of the fruit may have teetered on the edge of overripe, as the wine has a grainy, sugary mouthfeel. It's not overtly sweet, just granular, and the pear fruit flavors are lightly honeyed. It's best to drink this by late 2016.Estate Bottled8515OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cardwell Hill 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisCardwell Hill
6864068639SpainThis almost colorless sweet wine is made from Macabeo, not your most expressive grape variety. Aromas are funky and cheesy, with a low-acid palate that's on the flabby side, while creamy vanilla and caramel flavors don't allow for much fruit to shine through.Dulce Blanco8520LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa de la Ermita 2013 Dulce Blanco Macabeo (Jumilla)MacabeoCasa de la Ermita

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