Wine Reviews

6999169990USLots of Russian River character in this supple Pinot. It's drily elegant and silky, with refreshing acidity providing a boost to the cola, cherry, pomegranate and persimmon fruit flavors. Drink it over the next few months.8728CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaChristina Pickard@winewchristinaMacMurray Ranch 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMacMurray Ranch
6999269991ItalyThis straightforward Barbera offers a ripe berry and spice fragrance punctuated with undertones of toasted oak. The palate delivers succulent black cherry, white pepper, hints of well-integrated oak and a touch of vanilla. Pair this with pasta topped with ragù or seasoned cheeses. Imported by Saranty Imports, Pleasure Elite.Santa Rosalia8722PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Sebaste 2011 Santa Rosalia (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaMauro Sebaste
6999369992USVery ripe and forward Cabernet, with jammy blackberry and cherry, spice and earthy flavors, as well as lots of sweet, toasty oak. It's satisfying to drink now.The Messenger8725CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMinistry of the Vinterior 2012 The Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMinistry of the Vinterior
6999469993ItalyMade entirely from Pinot Nero, this Franciacorta rosé has a subdued fragrance that reveals notes of strawberry, grapefruit and nut. The linear, refreshing palate shows bright cherry flavors and closes on a note of toasted almond.Brut Rosé8725LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMontenisa NV Brut Rosé Pinot Nero (Franciacorta)Pinot NeroMontenisa
6999569994FranceThis non-vintage is a stylish wine, well balanced with its acidity, and concentrated with grapefruit and apple flavors. While light on the palate, it's very fruity—a style that is best drunk now without further bottle age.Brut Réserve8736ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Feuillatte NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendNicolas Feuillatte
6999669995USMouthwatering acidity brightens and heightens the lemon, lime, grapefruit and mango flavors in this zesty wine. It's lush and ripe on the finish, which makes it ideal for today's Vietnamese, Burmese and Cambodian fare.8725CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaOusterhout 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancOusterhout
6999769996PortugalA fruity, herbaceous wine that is both fresh and rounded. It has clean, bright, green fruit and citrus flavors, resulting in an overall crisp character. It is still settling down and developing its richer side; drink from 2014.DouRosa Branco87DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de la Rosa 2012 DouRosa Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta de la Rosa
6999869997FranceInitially gentle and sunny, this wine develops a briary blackberry character as it opens up. It has a dry and tannic core that lends firm structure and suggests potential for aging. Drink from 2014.Fontanyl8717ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2010 Fontanyl Red (Côtes de Provence)Rhône-style Red BlendRavoire et Fils
6999969998FranceSoft, fruity strawberry flavors give this wine a warm, sunny feel. The acidity and texture kick in on the palate, adding balance. Fruity but food-friendly, it finishes dry.Domaine la Rabiotte8714ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerRavoire et Fils 2012 Domaine la Rabiotte Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséRavoire et Fils
7000069999ItalyThis sparkling wine, made entirely from Chardonnay, offers aromas of yellow flowers, oak and lemon peel. The palate shows evident oak, buttery sensations, apricot and citrus. The finish releases notes of bitter almond.Satèn Brut8747LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRicci Curbastro 2008 Satèn Brut Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayRicci Curbastro
7000170000ItalyThis sparkling rosé has a floral fragrance and nutty undertones. The palate isn't very expressive, but reveals subdued strawberry and spice notes. It has a refined perlage and finishes on a dry, walnut note.Brut Rosé8755LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRicci Curbastro NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendRicci Curbastro
7000270001USThis is a lovely Chardonnay, filled with varietal character. The pear, tropical fruit and kiwi flavors are enhanced with sweet, toasty oak, buttered-toast and vanilla notes.Estate Grown8726CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastRiverbench 2011 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayRiverbench
7000370002USHere's a delightful wine to drink now, as a cocktail sipper, or with practically anything else that calls for something white, crisp and fruity. It's basically dry, but with rich orange, tropical fruit, white flower, honey and vanilla flavors, touched with sweet, smoky oak.8729CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaRoadhouse Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Mountain)Sauvignon BlancRoadhouse Winery
7000470003ChileThis is a perfectly good, honest Chilean SB with snappy, pungent aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and lime. The mouth is racy as it should be, with textbook lime, grapefruit, nettle and pithy flavors. If there's any drawback, it's on the finish, which ends with bitterness.Reserva8713Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Rita
7000570004ItalyThis blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Tuscany shows plum and black pepper flavors with toasted oak and espresso notes from aging in barriques. It opens with ripe fruit but ends on an astringent note of wood tannins.I Campacci8725TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta di Trecciano 2011 I Campacci Red (Toscana)Red BlendTenuta di Trecciano
7000670005USIf this wine were any riper, it would be a Port. It's that rich in sugary blackberries and cherries, with toasty oak adding caramelized notes. Fortunately, the finish is dry. This modern-style wine is best consumed now for fruity freshness.Cardinals' Peak8748CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaTerlato 2010 Cardinals' Peak Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendTerlato
7000770006FranceDeep pink in color, this warm and rich rosé is touched with spice and tannin as well as red currant fruits and a crisp acidity on the finish. The wine could improve further with some bottle age.Grand Rosé8790ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerForget-Brimont NV Grand Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendForget-Brimont
7000870007GermanyThe nose of this Lemberger is austere, with just a whisper of black plum and sweet spice. The palate is more buoyant, with a rich, deep, black cherry-and-plum profile marked by reverberating acidity and layers of fine, velvety tannins.Schwaigerner Ruthe8751WürttembergAnna Lee C. IijimaGrafen Neipperg 2009 Schwaigerner Ruthe Lemberger (Württemberg)LembergerGrafen Neipperg
7000970008USThis is rich with sweet jasmine, dried apricot and honey. Plenty layered on the palate but tempered by a core of acidity, it's more sweet than dry. The blend is 39% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 25% Muscat (which explains the hay yellow color) and 1% Pinot Meunier.Extra Dry Riche8722CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneChandon NV Extra Dry Riche Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendChandon
7001070009FranceA solid and fully tannic wine that also has a bright, fruity side. The combination, with its ripe fruit, is already a pleasure to drink fresh, textured and juicy. The wine also has a future with a smoky character that will allow it to age. So drink until 2021.Prestige8715BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Sadran 2010 Prestige (Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Sadran
7001170010FranceDark in color, this wine from the Entre-deux-Mers shows structure, firm black fruits and rich tannins. Berry fruits, black currants, smokiness and fresh acidity are well integrated and balanced with the firmer texture. It will certainly age, so drink from 2015.8712BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fourchou 2010 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Fourchou
7001270011FrancePacked with dark tannins, this complex wine shows a powerful structure allied with very fresh acidity and red berry fruits. It is still feeling its way, heavy on the texture and still waiting for the fruit. Drink from 2014.8720BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Bonnat 2010 GravesBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau le Bonnat
7001370012USDespite the broad appellation, South Coast fruit seems to dominate in the tropical fruit aromas, accompanied by a generous dose of spicy, vanilla-tinged oak. Similarly tastes very ripe and fruity, although has noticeable sweetness.Vintner's Reserve8512CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherKendall-Jackson 1998 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayKendall-Jackson
7001470013USClean and crisp, the main aromas and flavors are green apples and spice. A forward, consumer-friendly, simple Chardonnay.8510WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kiona 1998 Chardonnay (Washington)ChardonnayKiona
7001570014USHere's a softly fruity wine marked by aromas and flavors of grass, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, and fig. It's fairly dry, although it seems like there's a touch of residual sugar-not very much, just enough to round it out. It's a little one-dimensional, but pleasant.Coastal8510CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastVilla Mt. Eden 1999 Coastal Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast)Sauvignon BlancVilla Mt. Eden
7001670015USThe earthy and leafy aromas are akin to Chilean Merlot. The plum flavors are attractive but there's also an indistinct berry/tomato taste that lowers the bar. A smooth, round, carefree wine better geared to casual parties than contemplative sipping.Reserve8410CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastCorbett Canyon 1997 Reserve Merlot (North Coast)MerlotCorbett Canyon
7001770016USThis honest effort at a terroir-driven Cabernet starts with currant and blackberry aromas, although they’re a little on the weak side. Nice berry and spice flavors with a dash of wood. High acidity gives it a real bite, and it finishes a little sharp as well.8419WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyCaterina 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonCaterina
7001870017USThis single-vineyard Cab is dark, dense and chewy, with bitter tannins and a roasted coffee finish.Whiskey Canyon Vyd8429WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covey Run 1996 Whiskey Canyon Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCovey Run
7001970018USLight and grapefruity, without much Pinot Gris character. An innocuous, fairly generic white wine.849WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Columbia Winery 1998 Pinot Gris (Yakima Valley)Pinot GrisColumbia Winery
7002070019USThis oddball grape is a German hybrid cross between Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc, and has nothing to do with Muscat (hence the "k"). Intense, concentrated aromas of tangerine, kiwi and orange, with a noticeable foxiness. Ripe fruit, big flavors, and a lot of weight on the palate.8418WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covey Run 1999 Morio Muskat (Yakima Valley)Morio MuskatCovey Run

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