Wine Reviews

7269172690FranceA little aging has given this ripe wine a smooth character and warm berry flavors. Smoky character from the wood aging adds complexity, while the acidity keeps the wine fresh and fruity at the end. Drink now.8612BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Nicot 2012 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Nicot
7269272691FranceA blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from a small region just north of Sancerre, this bright-pink wine is fresh, fruity and light. A touch of tannin gives structure and brings out the dry core of this otherwise crisp wine.8615Loire ValleyCoteaux du GiennoisRoger Voss@vossrogerHubert Veneau 2014 Rosé (Coteaux du Giennois)RoséHubert Veneau
7269372692FranceThis wine is barely rosé in color, more off white. The flavor, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is bright and creamy, deliciously fresh with flavors of watermelon and creamed pear. Light and fragrant, it's ready to drink.Brut Rosé8624France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Rocailles NV Brut Rosé (Vin de France)Champagne BlendLes Rocailles
7269472693ChileBright and zesty on the nose, this wine boasts an aromatic emphasis of passion fruit and citrus. The palate shows tension, with ringing acidity, while lime, green mango, grapefruit and passion fruit flavors finish fresh and racy.La Joya Gran Reserva8714Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2014 La Joya Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancViña Bisquertt
7269572694BulgariaPale straw in color, this wine has aromas of lemon peel, dried herb and lemon blossom. It's zesty on the palate, with flavors of lemon peel and green apple.Veni Vidi Vici879Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysVini 2013 Veni Vidi Vici Sauvignon Blanc (Thracian Valley)Sauvignon BlancVini
7269672695USThough only seeing about a quarter new oak—mostly American—it's this aspect that stands out with notes of vanilla and woodspice which overpower notes of cherry, plum and pepper. Still, it's pleasant enough with quite tart fruit flavors and abundant wood accents.Reserve8724WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWaterbrook 2011 Reserve Malbec (Columbia Valley (WA))MalbecWaterbrook
7269772696ItalyAromas of blackberry, blue flower, coffee and toast take center stage on this young, forward wine. The palate offers dried black cherry, espresso and black pepper alongside evolved tannins.La Fenice8724PiedmontLangheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenimenti Famiglia Cavallero 2012 La Fenice Nebbiolo (Langhe)NebbioloTenimenti Famiglia Cavallero
7269872697ItalyFragrances recall underbrush, espresso, tilled soil, red berry and dried sage. The monolithic palate delivers coffee bean, vanilla, licorice and toast alongside astringent wood tannins.Cascina Bordino8750PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Carretta 2010 Cascina Bordino (Barbaresco)NebbioloTenuta Carretta
7269972698USMeaty, dry and balanced yet big, this is a substantial mouthful of Rosé. Made from Dry Creek Zinfandel with 12% Syrah, it's brooding in dark berry and peach fruit and can be paired much as a full-bodied red wine would be.Salmon Run Rosé8718CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTruett Hurst 2013 Salmon Run Rosé Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelTruett Hurst
7270072699FranceSummer flower aromas with touches of honey give an immediately attractive, fresh character. To taste, it's a crisp and steely wine, full of white fruits and a delicious juicy character. Drink now.Réserve8715AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWillm 2013 Réserve Riesling (Alsace)RieslingWillm
7270172700FranceThe wine is tight, piled with tannins and ripe, juicy, extracted fruits. There is some bitterness as well as coffee flavors to go with the black plum flavors. The wine is all up-front fruit and structure, likely to develop quickly. Drink from 2016.87BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Ferrand 2011 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Ferrand
7270272701FranceThis rounded wine offers ripe pineapple and citrus flavors. It's rich with attractive fruitiness and a broad, generous texture. It's fruity with a more textured side that promises aging for a few years.8717BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Clauzots 2013 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau les Clauzots
7270372702ChileCherry, plum, berry and cassis aromas are standard and well presented. A full, approachable and balanced palate is home to ripe flavors of blackberry and cassis. For the price, this wine is generous, balanced and lasting.Cab8711Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2012 Cab Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCousiño-Macul
7270472703RomaniaThis wine is medium straw in color with aromas of freshly cut grass and lemongrass. It's slightly sweet on the palate, with pronounced fruit flavors of lychee and kumquat.Dreambird877RecasJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysCramele Recas 2012 Dreambird Moscato (Recas)MoscatoCramele Recas
7270572704FranceTotally refreshing as well as structured, this offers great acidity, lime and grapefruit flavors, crisp and bright texture and a lively aftertaste. Clean and fruity, this will be good to drink from 2015.8721AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Luc Mader 2013 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Jean-Luc Mader
7270672705FranceWhile the wine is bone-dry, its soft character keeps it from being too steely and tight. Aromatic and fresh, it has delicious, juicy apple and green plum flavors. Drink from 2015.Portrait8717AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Zinck 2013 Portrait Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Zinck
7270772706PortugalThe combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional brings a firm, dry character in this wine. Earth-driven in flavor, hints of black fruit remain subtle, suggesting a wine that is not going to improve.Dona Maria Amantis Reserva8726AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerDona Maria-Júlio Bastos 2008 Dona Maria Amantis Reserva Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedDona Maria-Júlio Bastos
7270872707ItalyAromas highlight bright berry, plum and baking spices. On the palate, raw Morello cherry takes center stage backed by notes of espresso and roasted coffee bean alongside abrasive wood tannins.Bordini8762PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFontanabianca 2011 Bordini (Barbaresco)NebbioloFontanabianca
7270972708USThis mélange of grapes from Sonoma (56%), Napa (30%) and San Joaquin County (14%) intermingles Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Petit Verdot. An intense, weighty concoction of strawberry and leather, it's well-priced and distributed widely.Winemaker's Blend8723CaliforniaNapa County-Sonoma County-San Joaquin CountyCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneGhost Pines 2012 Winemaker's Blend Red (Napa County-Sonoma County-San Joaquin County)Red BlendGhost Pines
7271072709USHints of orange blossom accent sugar cookie and brioche in this sparkling blend of Chardonany, Pinot Noir, Cayuga and Pinot Gris. It's zesty in lemon-lime acidity, finishing rich and dense.Bollicini8716New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDamiani 2012 Bollicini Sparkling (Finger Lakes)Sparkling BlendDamiani
7271172710USWaxy honeycomb accents fresh lemon, pear and white peach in this dry, lushly textured Chardonnay. It's creamy and voluminous in mouthfeel, yet balanced by bright acidity and a lingering oyster shell minerality lends elegance and style.Barrel Fermented8716New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayGlenora
7271272711USA site planted to the Rued clone of Chardonnay in classic Russian River Valley Goldridge soils, Searby is expressive in honeysuckle and orange blossom floral tones. This balanced wine is soft and round, its time in oak reaching an apex on the finish.Searby Vineyard8755CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMigration 2012 Searby Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMigration
7271372712USThe sunny personality shows ripe pear, vanilla and melted butter flavors, medium body, a nicely smooth texture and some fresh acidity. The typical California fruitiness seems well complemented by oak.Thornton Ranch8716CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaughty Boy 2012 Thornton Ranch Chardonnay (Potter Valley)ChardonnayNaughty Boy
7271472713ItalyThis opens with aromas of black berries, toasted oak and spice. On the palate, notes of espresso, roasted coffee bean and vanilla back up ripe black cherry but drying wood tannins give it an abrupt finish.San Cristoforo8752PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePietro Rinaldi 2011 San Cristoforo (Barbaresco)NebbioloPietro Rinaldi
7271572714USThe deep, saturated color and vivid, smoky flavors indicate a monster wine, but the reality is more complex and interesting. It smells like boysenberry, grilled beef and black pepper, tastes grapey and berrylike but also roasted and savory. It is surprisingly light-bodied considering how flavorful it is.Silvaspoons Vineyard8724CaliforniaAlta MesaCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsQuinta Cruz 2010 Silvaspoons Vineyard Souzao (Alta Mesa)SouzaoQuinta Cruz
7271672715FranceAlthough the wine is dry, it has a delicate softness that gives a broad spice and fruit character. The acidity is already well integrated into the ripe texture. It's not a wine for aging, but for drinking now as an apéritif.Steinstuck8725AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerRené Muré 2012 Steinstuck Sylvaner (Alsace)SylvanerRené Muré
7271772716ItalyBright red berry and violet aromas lead off this soft, medium-bodied red. The palate offers dark cherry and a whiff of white pepper alongside round tannins. It's already accessible so enjoy soon. Drink through 2017.8730PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca Felice 2011 BarbarescoNebbioloRocca Felice
7271872717USDry and full-bodied, this structured version of Viognier has subtle fruit aromas of melon and peach, flavors accented by oak and vanilla, a firm texture and clean finish. A substantial white wine, it should pair well with seafood, light meat dishes and creamy sauces.8716CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSobon Estate 2013 Viognier (Amador County)ViognierSobon Estate
7271972718USNew oak takes the lead on the nose of this wine, with notes of vanilla and toffee followed by cranberry and cherry. It's high octane, with a concentrated cherry flavor and alcoholic warmth.8742WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportLa Chanterelle 2012 Syrah (Wahluke Slope)SyrahLa Chanterelle
7272072719USAged in a majority of neutral French oak, the wine has opening aromas that impart generous toasty characteristics before mellowing into nutty, vanilla swirls and a lingering taste of green apple.Estate Grown8722CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Oak Knoll District)ChardonnayMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards

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