Wine Reviews

7248172480New ZealandA medium-bodied Chardonnay with a focus on fruit. Honeydew and citrus flavors take the lead, then finish crisp and clean.Private Bin Unoaked8515Hawke's BayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzVilla Maria 2010 Private Bin Unoaked Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay)ChardonnayVilla Maria
7248272481FranceA tight wine—this has acidity and a firm, steely character. It's taut and lined with a green flavor that powers the crisp apple and grapefruit finish.Kritt8529AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Gresser 2011 Kritt Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Gresser
7248372482FranceLight and fruity, this has a fresh red-berry flavor. It has intense youthful acidity, lending a very crisp texture. With its soft tannins, it is ready to drink in a few months when the acidity has calmed down.Le Renard8522BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2010 Le Renard (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirDomaines Devillard
7248472483USWith its flavors of raspberry and cherry soda, this a simple Pinot Noir. A slight grassy note comes through on the finish.8516OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eola Hills 2010 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirEola Hills
7248572484USBlocky and tart, this shows little of the flower or delicate citrus notes that many Oregon Rieslings convey. The clean apple flavor makes it good for summer picnics.8514OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Foris 2010 Riesling (Rogue Valley)RieslingForis
7248672485USA spritzy, frizzante style, this is sweet and simple, with a clean flavor of orange.8514OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Foris 2011 Moscato (Oregon)MoscatoForis
7248772486USNoticeable alcohol gives this Zin both heat and apparent sweetness. Combined with a superripe fruit flavor that veers into raisin territory, it turns rustic. Drink it with barbecue.Branham Vineyard8530CaliforniaRockpileSonomaHobo 2010 Branham Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile)ZinfandelHobo
7248872487ItalyA fresh sparkling wine, this has a bright bouquet of stone fruit, citrus and white flower. It's simple and lightweight, with a touch of spice.Extra Dry8515VenetoProseccoLamberti NV Extra Dry (Prosecco)GleraLamberti
7248972488New ZealandThis tart, medium-bodied Pinot Noir features sour cherry and cranberry fruit blended with hints of minty herbs and fresh compost. Drink now.8520Central OtagoJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLil Rippa 2008 Pinot Noir (Central Otago)Pinot NoirLil Rippa
7249072489New ZealandThis lightweight Pinot Noir features high-toned red-fruit aromas and flavors. Strawberry and red cherry notes dominate, but there are hints of coffee and nail polish as well. Drink now.8516MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzMana 2009 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirMana
7249172490ItalyThis casual wine shows aromas of lemon soda, cut grass and ripe peach. The mouthful is simple and fresh.8510VenetoVenetoNatale Verga 2011 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioNatale Verga
7249272491ItalySimple, broad and slightly oily at first, this has generous melon and apricot aromas. There is enough natural acidity to brighten the palate.8512Northeastern ItalyDelle VeneziePaladin 2010 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioPaladin
7249372492PortugalThis is soft and full bodied, with a ripe yellow-fruit flavor and a hint of spice that merge with the rounded texture. The acidity just surfaces on the finish.Pera Doce Branco Reserva85AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Vinhos 2010 Pera Doce Branco Reserva White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteParras Vinhos
7249472493USThis is an estate-grown Chardonnay, with flavors of vanilla, tropical pineapple and guava that are surrounded by an oaky character and a lemony finish.Reserve8530CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneLangeTwins 2010 Reserve Chardonnay (Clarksburg)ChardonnayLangeTwins
7249572494USYeasty, with beery aromatics, this has slightly sweet, tangy flavors of grapefruit and soda pop. Give it more time in the bottle to meld together.8522OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine LaVelle 2011 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisLaVelle
7249672495FranceSoft and fruity, this has gentle flavors of pear, citrus and white fruit that are balanced with light acidity. Drink now.Beaucharme8514BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Max 2010 Beaucharme (Bourgogne)ChardonnayLouis Max
7249772496ChileBerry and currant aromas are jumpy and fruity in nature, while in the mouth, creamy oak creates a sticky feel. Candied, barrel-driven flavors of vanilla and clove outlast the wine's fruit content on the finish.Reserve8615Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2011 Reserve Merlot (Maipo Valley)MerlotSanta Ema
7249872497ChileSimple but friendly aromas of green fruits and spring vegetables set up a lemony feeling palate, with flavors of lime, green apple and herbs. This shows pyrazines on a juicy finish, but not so much that the wine comes across green, vegetal or bitter.Select Terroir8610Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2013 Select Terroir Sauvignon Blanc (Maipo Valley)Sauvignon BlancSanta Ema
7249972498USThis wine is dry, with a hint of oaky vanilla and buttered toast. Rich orange, peach and honey flavors are brightened by a burst of citrusy acidity.Calling All Angels8611CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSave Me San Francisco 2012 Calling All Angels Chardonnay (California)ChardonnaySave Me San Francisco
7250072499FranceRipe and creamy in texture, this is a pear and peach flavored wine. A touch of butteriness gives a rounded texture and a hint of vanilla. Drink this fruity wine from 2015.8632BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Philippe-le-Hardi 2012 MercureyChardonnayChâteau Philippe-le-Hardi
7250172500ChileRubber, Band-Aid and iodine aromas mix with berry fruit and plum on the nose of this blend. The mouthfeel is choppy and light, while blackened flavors of blackberry and plum finish somewhat bitter.Legado Reserva8618Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Martino 2010 Legado Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec (Maipo Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-MalbecDe Martino
7250272501FranceAn apple-driven wine, with great flavors of red apples, light pears and intense, tangy acidity. It's already a delicious, with freshness and a touch of minerality. Drink now.86BurgundyPetit ChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laroche 2013 Petit ChablisChardonnayDomaine Laroche
7250372502USThe challenge for the winemaker in future vintages is to tame these hard, fierce tannins. With sour cherry candy and sandalwood flavors and tart acidity, this '11 is rustic-chic. Enjoy with an upscale hamburger.8625CaliforniaPaicinesCentral CoastDonati 2011 Cabernet Franc (Paicines)Cabernet FrancDonati
7250472503USThis young wine is in your face now with strong acidity, powerful oak and jammy apricot, tangerine and green apple fruit. It's all too much of a good thing. It may be showing better by early 2015.Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard8642CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaErnest 2012 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)ChardonnayErnest
7250572504ItalyMade from old vines and aged in small barrels, this wine is dominated by oak. Opening aromas include wood, toast and a hint of butter and apples. Oak extract takes center stage on the palate which also reveals citrus peel and a hint of apricot and mineral, as well as firm acidity. It lacks fruit richness.Vegnie Vecie8622LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFraccaroli 2009 Vegnie Vecie (Lugana)TurbianaFraccaroli
7250672505USA little oak, brisk acidity and good flavors of lemons, limes and mangoes mark this dry, stylishly creamy wine that's fine for drinking now, at a good price.8613CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastHess Select 2012 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayHess Select
7250772506FranceFrom the slopes high on the hillside above Beaune, this is a soft and ripe wine. Fruity and smoky, it has some richer berry flavors to broaden it out. Good acidity makes the wine fresh, fruity and ready to drink in 2015.86BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2012 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de BeaunePinot NoirL. Tramier & Fils
7250872507ItalyThis wine boasts blackberry, raspberry, white pepper and earthy sensations. It's simple but well-made and cries out for food such as hearty minestrone soup.Drago8615Northeastern ItalyTrentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2011 Drago Teroldego Rotaliano (Trentino)Teroldego RotalianoLechthaler
7250972508ItalyRecalling the zesty style from New Zealand, it offers aromas of cantaloupe and crushed tomato vine along with exotic fruit that all carry over to the palate. It has a crisp, refreshing finish.Torrediluna8613Northeastern ItalyVenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2012 Torrediluna Sauvignon (Venezie)SauvignonLechthaler
7251072509GermanyDusty mineral and herbaceous green notes juxtapose curiously with slightly overripe apple and peach flavors on the palate of this dry Riesling. Soft tangerine acidity lends a sunny, refreshing tone on the finish.Trocken8630RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2012 Trocken Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen

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