Wine Reviews

7335173350FranceThis wine has great fruit with soft tannins and accessible soft black currant fruitiness. A slight earthiness at the end needs to become better integrated. Drink from 2017.8620BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fonbel 2012 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Fonbel
7335273351FranceLight wood aging sets the scene for this crisp and herbaceous wine. Citrus fruits give a juicy character and contrast with the mineral texture coming from the stony vineyard. It's a fresh wine to drink now.8613BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Perligues 2013 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Perligues
7335373352IsraelThis wine boasts aromas and flavors of dried red fruits, fresh mint and cocoa powder. Medium weight, with soft, dusty tannins and a medium-length finish. A young wine, but quite approachable now.Reserve86GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzAlexander 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)Cabernet SauvignonAlexander
7335473353IsraelUnderipe nectarine, lemon pith and a touch of freshly dried grass start off the bouquet of this Chardonnay. The medium-weight palate transitions into ripe flavors of melon and pear flesh that carry through to the slightly flabby finish.Liza86GalileeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzAlexander 2011 Liza Chardonnay (Galilee)ChardonnayAlexander
7335573354ItalyFresh and easy, this bright Vermentino would pair well with vegetable egg rolls or easy Spanish tapas. The wine's crisp acidity is followed by peach, citrus and pear flavors.8615TuscanyToscanaAltadonna 2011 Vermentino (Toscana)VermentinoAltadonna
7335673355USCheerful, easy-to-like and silky, this Pinot Noir has clean raspberry and cherry tart flavors. It has good acidity, and a long, spicy finish.8625CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaArtesa 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirArtesa
7335773356USWhile this wine has Napa elegance, it never completely loses the varietal's rustic edge. It's rich in briary berries, cola, tobacco and white pepper flavors, and it comes with an overripe, raisiny sweetness.Black Glass Vineyard Estate8635CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBenessere 2009 Black Glass Vineyard Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelBenessere
7335873357MoroccoThis powerful blend of Moroccan Syrah and Grenache is intense and fruity, and it bears ripe black-cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, tinged with chocolate, cherry cordial and granite notes. Soft tannins on the midpalate add texture to this dense, richly structured wine.Kahina8630GuerrouaneAnna Lee C. IijimaBernard Magrez 2010 Kahina Syrah-Grenache (Guerrouane)Syrah-GrenacheBernard Magrez
7335973358RomaniaRedolent of ripe red berries and cherry blossoms, this semisweet Moscato has a delicate, sugar-laced quality, balanced by bright citrus and apple flavors. Crisp in acidity, it's easy drinking and refreshing on the finish.Dreambird867RecasAnna Lee C. IijimaCramele Recas 2011 Dreambird Moscato (Recas)MoscatoCramele Recas
7336073359FranceThis is a fragrant, floral wine, with a smooth touch of vanilla. It has a fruity, ripe feel, and it shows fresh, crisp, apple-like acidity. This is a ready-to-drink, balanced Chardonnay.8627BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2010 BourgogneChardonnayDomaine Jessiaume
7336173360USSeemingly sweet and mellow, this tastes like white toast that has been spread with raspberry jam and butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar. It's already drinking well.Saddle-Up8622CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFlocchini 2008 Saddle-Up Syrah (Sonoma Coast)SyrahFlocchini
7336273361FranceA tight wine, this is dominated by acids, red fruits and firm tannins, and it's missing some of the richness of the vintage. It has a closed feeling, and it needs some months to develop, but this will always be dry.8564BurgundyChambolle-MusignyRoger Voss@vossrogerJaffelin 2009 Chambolle-MusignyPinot NoirJaffelin
7336373362USOn the nose and palate, notes of smoke and roasted nuts add earthy tones to the touches of crisp apple and lemon. It's dry and full bodied, with a round, soft fruitiness on the finish.8513New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLakewood 2010 Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayLakewood
7336473363USDry and full-bodied, this clean Merlot has enough varietal character to satisfy. It offers blackberry and currant flavors that are touched by a bit of oak.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherOne And Done 2009 Merlot (California)MerlotOne And Done
7336573364USGood for everyday drinking, this Cabernet has smooth, dusty tannins. The black cherry, tobacco and herb flavors are ready to drink now.8518CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaPicket Fence 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPicket Fence
7336673365USSweet-tasting, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors abound in this Merlot. It should be easy to drink with burgers, enchiladas or ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.Night Rider8511CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastPurple Cowboy 2010 Night Rider Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotPurple Cowboy
7336773366PortugalA blend of five grapes, including Sauvignon Blanc, this is a crisp, kiwi- and grapefruit-flavored wine. It is bright, fruity and tangy, and it has a soft, cantaloupe-tasting finish. Ready to drink.Espirito Branco8511TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2011 Espirito Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
7336873367ItalyThe 2010 vintage is hailed as one of the best ever for the hilltop hamlet of Montalcino. This has touches of worn leather and animal fur, backed by bright notes of cherry and blackberry.8520TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoRenieri 2010 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoRenieri
7336973368USThis Syrah is easy to drink with barbecue, beef, lamb stew or other robust dishes. It's dry and savory, with black pepper, blackberry, currant and jerky flavors.8518CaliforniaHappy Canyon of Santa BarbaraCentral CoastThree Saints 2009 Syrah (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)SyrahThree Saints
7337073369USThis tastes a little underripe, with a green note that joins the cherry and cranberry flavors. Dry and tart, this wine should be decanted and consumed now.Babcock Vineyard8545CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastTranscendence 2009 Babcock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirTranscendence
7337173370GreeceViolet, cigar box and smoke mark the nose of this distinctive Xinomavro. On the plate, spice, sweet cedar and clove give it a rustic but refined feel. Pair with aged cheeses or meat dishes for extra appeal.Naoussa Grande Reserve8523NaoussaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaVaeni 2004 Naoussa Grande Reserve Xinomavro (Naoussa)XinomavroVaeni
7337273371USThe texture's a little rough in this fruity wine, but it's fine to drink now with burgers, barbecue or Mexican. Blended from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre that's grown in the Delta and the Sierra Foothills, it has blackberry and blueberry flavors.Phantom8516CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2009 Phantom Red (California)Red BlendBogle
7337373372USHigh alcohol gives this dry, tannic wine some heat, and the overripe fruit lends a raisiny, pruny tinge to the blackberry flavor.Monte Rosso Vineyard8535CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaBrazin 2009 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley)ZinfandelBrazin
7337473373ItalyThis is a blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia and Grechetto. The mildness of its fruity bouquet and the leanness of its mouthfeel suggest that it should be paired with tuna salads or steamed dumplings.Donna Patrizia8510TuscanyToscanaBuccia Nera 2011 Donna Patrizia White (Toscana)White BlendBuccia Nera
7337573374PortugalA herbal, dense and tannic wine, this has black currant fruit that has a minerally texture. It has a dry quality, but it should soften.Entre dos Santos8510BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCampolargo 2009 Entre dos Santos Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedCampolargo
7337673375USThe Two Vines Chardonnay is simple, clean and reliable. Suggestions of green apple and white peach appear on the palate.Two Vines858WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Columbia Crest 2010 Two Vines Chardonnay (Washington)ChardonnayColumbia Crest
7337773376FranceThis wine has lemon peel and apple skin flavors that come through the firm, tangy structure. It has richness and the potential to age for the medium term. The finish is full of refreshing acidity.Clos de Condemine8515BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Luquet 2011 Clos de Condemine (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine Luquet
7337873377USA touch of oak influence lends smokiness to the lime, Meyer lemon and tropical fruit flavors. With its crisp acidity that creates a sweet-and-sour taste, this wine is for drinking now as a cocktail sipper or with ham or Chinese food.8515CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastEdna Valley Vineyard 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast)Sauvignon BlancEdna Valley Vineyard
7337973378ItalyA burnt touch of roasted walnut appears at first, but it is quickly replaced with tones of cherry and dried raspberry. This Sangiovese (blended with 10% Merlot) shows bitter fruit on the finish, which helps it pair with meat or cheese dishes.Tommaso Bojola8517TuscanyChianti ClassicoFattoria la Castellina 2009 Tommaso Bojola (Chianti Classico)SangioveseFattoria la Castellina
7338073379ItalyMade from 100% Sangiovese, this shows bright berry nuances that are simple and clean. Notes of cherry and raspberry, plus a touch of bitter almond, are recognizable. The palate feels crisp and bright.Il Canneto8510TuscanyMaremmaFattoria Mantellassi 2010 Il Canneto (Maremma)SangioveseFattoria Mantellassi

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