Wine Reviews

7203172030FranceProduced from vines an average of 24-years-old, the wine comes from an 86-acre vineyard to the south of Bordeaux. It is firm with tannins and with ripe, textured Merlot. There is a juicy character from the black-currant fruitiness. The wine with wood flavors needs to age. Drink from 2021.8825BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rahoul 2014 GravesBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Rahoul
7203272031FranceThe vineyards of this estate are on a ridge overlooking the Garonne river. The wine is packed with black fruits and rich tannins. Still with its dry tannins, it has a ripe future of fruit and tense acidity. Produced by a group of 12 investors, six from Bordeaux and six from Burgundy, it is a serious wine, ready to drink from 2019.8828BordeauxCôtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Réaut 2012 Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Réaut
7203372032USBright, spicy oak flavors liven up this wine, from the first cedar-laced whiff to the well-structured texture and lingering finish. While not too full-bodied, it does have firm, grippy tannins—a rare thing for a wine this reasonably priced.8813CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsChime 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonChime
7203472033ItalyThe nose unfolds shyly, revealing black-skinned fruit and baking spice aromas. The palate evokes mature flavors like dried blackberry, tobacco and toast, held together by close-grained tannins. It's rather evolved so drink soon.8850TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCollelceto 2012 Brunello di MontalcinoSangioveseCollelceto
7203572034USBold flavors and a muscular structure make this wine stand out, delivering plenty of substance for its modest price. Smoky, peppery aromas lead to dark fruit flavors with smoky, spicy accents, while the body is medium and texture firmly tannic.8810CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDark Horse 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonDark Horse
7203672035FranceGentle but lovely hints of yellow mirabelle plum are just perceptible on the nose. The palate is light and lithe and meets the scented fruit of the nose with an earthier roundness.8819AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Sipp-Mack 2015 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancDomaine Sipp-Mack
7203772036FranceHints of earth are the only aromas on the nose, which seems devoid of fruit. The palate has a similar leafy earthiness and slight berry aromas. There are bitter edges on the very slender, soft and easy body. This has a picnic-style rusticity about it and a very clean and dry finish.Tradition8827AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Sipp-Mack 2015 Tradition Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirDomaine Sipp-Mack
7203872037FranceGentle friendly notes of yellow mirabelle plum play on the nose. The palate is equally fruity and appetizing, chock-full of fruit and freshness. Drink soon.Cuvée René Dopff8813AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDopff & Irion 2015 Cuvée René Dopff Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancDopff & Irion
7203972038USCooked blackberries, baked black plum, grape candy and lilac touches show on the nose of this bottling, which is easy to like and uncomplicated. Violet floral flavors kick off the palate, followed by coffee spice, cedar and dark berry fruit, all framed by moderate tannic tension.Vineyard Selection8824CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEberle 2014 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonEberle
7204072039ItalyUnderbrush, dried tobacco leaf, roasted coffee and balsamic notes lead the nose. The tightly wound palate is lean, offering sour cherry, pomegranate, licorice and espresso notes, clenched by close-grained tannins on the finish.Vigna Manapetra8848TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria La Lecciaia 2012 Vigna Manapetra (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseFattoria La Lecciaia
7204172040FranceTotally fresh, this offers attractive, young citrus flavors that are given a broader brush by the creamed apple texture that rounds out the wine. Crisp, it could be drunk now and will be better from 2016.Sur Lie879Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Potardière 2013 Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonDomaine de la Potardière
7204272041PortugalThis is a big, beefy and structured wine that at the same time is laden with fruit. A reminder of the tough schist soil of the Douro, the wine's mineral edge is balanced by the bright juicy fruit and acidity. With the tannins, this second wine from Duorum will age well, so drink from 2016.Tons de Duorum8712DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerDuorum 2013 Tons de Duorum Red (Douro)Portuguese RedDuorum
7204372042ItalyThis 100% Schiava opens with aromas of woodland berry, rose petal and a whiff of underbrush. The palate delivers dried cherry and a hint of forest floor alongside bright acidity and soft tannins.Lago di Caldaro Classico Superiore8715Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeErste Neue 2013 Lago di Caldaro Classico Superiore Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaErste Neue
7204472043FranceThis pale rosé, made from Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, is attractively fresh, with balanced acidity and fruitiness. The wine offers a tang of plum skins as well as a bite of raspberry. Drink now.Rosé Brut8718Loire ValleyCrémant de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Moncontour NV Rosé Brut Sparkling (Crémant de Loire)Sparkling BlendChâteau Moncontour
7204572044FranceThis is a crisp, bone-dry wine from vines on the plateau above Vouvray. It has a strongly tangy texture, with lemon zest and tight acidity adding to minerality. It needs to calm down from its in-your-face freshness, so drink from 2017.8720Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerClos du Gaimont 2013 VouvrayChenin BlancClos du Gaimont
7204672045ItalySubdued aromas convey strawberry with a whiff of green tomato. The palate offers crushed cherry, raspberry, oregano and black olive, while lithe tannins provide the framework. It closes on a tart note of rhubarb.8718Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeColterenzio 2013 Pinot Nero (Alto Adige)Pinot NeroColterenzio
7204772046FranceWith light vanilla aromas, this is a ripe style of wine despite its low alcohol. An attractive creamy texture gives it a round character, fresh with yellow fruits and orange peel. Drink now.Le Clos de la Butte Sur Lie8716Loire ValleyMuscadet Côtes de GrandlieuRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Aujardière 2013 Le Clos de la Butte Sur Lie (Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu)MelonDomaine de l'Aujardière
7204872047FranceAlmonds and green plum flavors give this a bright, perfumed character. Produced with organically grown grapes, it is fruity, touched by minerality and layered with intense, juicy acidity. Drink now.Sec8717Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Petit Coteau 2014 Sec (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine du Petit Coteau
7204972048FranceFresh and with a herbaceous background, this is a tight, taut and mineral wine. It presents a definite tang of lemon zest, steeliness and a crisp aftertaste. It can be drunk now, although it will be better from 2016.Origine Blanc8730Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Matthias et Emile Roblin 2013 Origine Blanc (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Matthias et Emile Roblin
7205072049UruguayRusty in color, this maturing Tannat-led blend smells warm, earthy, raisiny and like molasses. It's a bit wiry, rough and acidic on the palate, while raisin, baking spice and woody flavors end short and pile on with raisiny ripeness. Drink now.Preludio Barrel Select Lot N°928760JuanicoMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Deicas 2009 Preludio Barrel Select Lot N°92 Red (Juanico)Red BlendFamilia Deicas
7205172050ItalyThis charming white discloses delicate aromas of yellow flower and stone fruit. The bright palate displays tart apple and Bartlett pear alongside bitter almond. It's balanced and fresh, with lively acidity.Runcaris8713VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattori 2013 Runcaris (Soave Classico)GarganegaFattori
7205272051PortugalIn the Tejo region, Alvarinho loses its specific mineral and ripe creamy texture. What is has instead is intense fruitiness. Green and white fruits fill the glass with a fresh and youthful character. It's bright, crisp and ready to drink now.879TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2014 Alvarinho (Tejo)AlvarinhoFiuza
7205372052USA mash-up of eight grapes, including such obscure varieties as Landot Noir, Maréchal Foch and Chancellor, this is the sort of wine you might happily enjoy while driving the back roads of rural Europe. Light, tart flavors of pie cherries are touched with leathery earth. Hints of plum and tobacco add further interest.14 Vines8714OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Girardet 2011 14 Vines Red (Umpqua Valley)Red BlendGirardet
7205472053USGirardet's Bush Vine series explores recent plantings of Spanish and Italian varieties. Tempranillo has already proven itself elsewhere in the Umpqua Valley, and this deeply aromatic wine is a promising newcomer. Black raspberries, black cherry, sweet grain and dark chocolate scents and flavors are well-balanced. The fruit is full-bodied and chunky, with a hint of cola.Bush Vine8759OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Girardet 2012 Bush Vine Tempranillo (Umpqua Valley)TempranilloGirardet
7205572054SpainWaxy, cheesy, resiny aromas rest heavily atop baked apple and vanilla scents. This is round and easy, maybe even soft, with flavors of toasty oak, vanilla extract, mixed nuts and wood grain. As a whole, the wine is very much oak-driven.Lanius8735CataloniaAlellaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlta Alella 2013 Lanius White (Alella)White BlendAlta Alella
7205672055USGiven only 25% new oak, this is a very light, thin and foresty version of the variety, combining funky earth and savory cardamom-type spice with bright, tart red fruit that veers more pomegranate than cherry.8725CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneAmpelos 2013 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirAmpelos
7205772056USA heavy and dark version of the variety, this bottling delivers tension and bite from its intense oak. Ripe black cherry and darker blackberry and plum mark the fruit components, laced in a leathery taste of tobacco and tomato leaf.The Pintail8755CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneArmanino Family Cellars 2012 The Pintail Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirArmanino Family Cellars
7205872057USA microscopic amount of this wine was made, and it has spent time in bottle, currently revealing a floral, violet bouquet that ventures into almond and orgeat aromas. Vibrant and fresh on the palate, with a bite on the finish, it offers a strong grenadine-like taste.8745CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBrooklyn West 2009 Cabernet Franc (Dry Creek Valley)Cabernet FrancBrooklyn West
7205972058ItalyThis leads with delicate aromas of violet and woodland berry. On the lively palate, a touch of almond adds interest the red-berry core. It's easy drinking, with fresh acidity and a light, tannic frame. Enjoy soon.Breitbacher Vernatsch8715Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelfeder 2013 Breitbacher Vernatsch Schiava (Alto Adige)SchiavaCastelfeder
7206072059ItalyAromas of banana, wisteria and green pear lead the nose on this refreshing white. The bright, juicy palate offers tart Granny Smith apple and citrus zest alongside tangy acidity.8713Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCembra 2013 Pinot Grigio (Trentino)Pinot GrigioCembra

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