Wine Reviews

7341173410ChileClean, modest lemon-lime aromas open this citrusy Sauv Blanc. Citrus, nettle, white pepper and jalapeño flavors are direct, while the finish hums with peppery spice and preserving acidity.Vitral Reserva8613ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Maipo 2014 Vitral Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)Sauvignon BlancViña Maipo
7341273411SpainA mild bouquet of generic stone-fruit aromas is a touch empty but friendly. This is mild on the palate, with modest acidity and not much minerally kick. Briny, leesy nectarine flavors finish round in feel. Drink immediately.Andión8618GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Núñez 2013 Andión Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoBodegas Núñez
7342773426FranceA Négrette-based wine, this is full of red berry flavors and that leathery, polished character that is typical of the grape. It has plenty of acidity as well as a tight, tannic character. The wine will always be tannic, so it is ready to drink now.L de Flotis8614Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Flotis 2010 L de Flotis Red (Fronton)Red BlendChâteau Flotis
7341373412USA mix of blueberry, blackberry and cherry fruit can't completely mask the earthy, stemmy streak that runs through this wine. Reductive and tight, it will require substantial airing to open up.Estate8635OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Carlton Cellars 2012 Estate Pinot NoirPinot NoirCarlton Cellars
7341473413ItalySubtle aromas of blue flowers and red berry lead the nose of this easy-drinking blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Sangiovese. The round, fruity palate doles out red cherries and red currants alongside bright acidity and soft tannins. It's made to be drunk young, so enjoy now.Bonizio8612TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCecchi 2013 Bonizio Red (Toscana)Red BlendCecchi
7342873427USBlack and green olive tapenade and ripe plum come together around a soft, juicy yet ultimately tannic expression of the variety, given 14% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon as worthy complements.Mitsuko's Vineyard8635CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneClos Pegase 2010 Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot (Carneros)MerlotClos Pegase
7341573414ItalyFresh and floral, this informal wine delivers red berry flavors lightly accented with notes of white pepper. Zesty acidity and supple tannins make it very accessible. Pair it with your favorite pizza or pasta topped with tomato sauce.8612TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCecchi 2013 Sangiovese (Toscana)SangioveseCecchi
7342973428ChilePowdery, wayward aromas pick up more raciness and green character with time in the glass. A linear palate flat-lines at lime and green apple in terms of flavors, while the finish brings a slightly vegetal tone.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel8617Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2014 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Rapel Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancConcha y Toro
7341673415FranceA light wine, this reflects the structure of the vintage. It has attractive red fruits, bright acidity and an already-integrated tannic character. All fruit, it will develop fast, so drink from 2016.Tradition8616Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Didier-Parnac 2013 Tradition Malbec-Merlot (Cahors)Malbec-MerlotChâteau Saint-Didier-Parnac
7343073429SpainAromas of saline, citrus fruit, passion fruit and mustard are pithy and show pyrazines. Following the nose, this is citric in feel, with orange peel and grapefruit flavors. A grassy, slightly bitter finish is snappy and suggests fresh scallion.8619Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachDe Alberto 2014 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoDe Alberto
7343173430FranceFrom one of the largest private vineyards in France (2,300 acres), this wine epitomizes the light and fresh style that comes from Gascony in the hidden southwest of France. It is fruity, citrus-crisp with a touch of honey from the Gros Manseng in the blend. Drink now.Classic8611Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Tariquet 2014 Classic White (Côtes de Gascogne)White BlendDomaine du Tariquet
7343273431FranceThis deliciously fruity wine is all about citrus, pear and crisp apple. Lively and ready to drink, it will improve through 2016 as the intense acidity softens.Les Tortues8613Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Uby 2014 Les Tortues Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Colombard-Sauvignon BlancDomaine Uby
7341773416FranceA wine that smells so fruity, and with a soft, open texture, needs to be drunk young. This wine is all red berries coupled with acidity and some smoky tannins. It's a great idea to chill it slightly.Esquisse8615Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rotier 2014 Esquisse Red (Gaillac)Red BlendDomaine Rotier
7343373432FranceThis lively fresh wine brings out the fruitiness of the blend rather than the tannins of the Syrah and Merlot. Citrus and red berry flavors are well integrated with the crisp acidity. Drink now.No. 8 Merlot-Syrah8611Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Uby 2014 No. 8 Merlot-Syrah Syrah-Merlot (Côtes de Gascogne)Syrah-MerlotDomaine Uby
7343473433USAromas of struck match, seared lemon, roasted apples and a touch of butterscotch prove clean and not overpowering. This is a very straight-ahead Chardonnay, with lemon fruit, chalk and noticeable oak influence.8612CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEstancia 2013 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayEstancia
7341873417FranceThere is an attractive herbaceous character to this wine, yet it also has a softer, ripe and broad creamy side. Acidity keeps it all fruity and fresh. This 50-50 organic blend is ready to drink. Winemaker/owner Jean Labérenne, an opera fan, attributes his Presto wine to Mozart's Don Giovanni.Presto86Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Seailles 2014 Presto Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon Gris (Côtes de Gascogne)Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon GrisDomaine Seailles
7343573434USOnce past an element of burnt rubber that mingles with the ripe blackberry aromas, this becomes a hearty and concentrated wine yet one with very moderate alcohol. It has plenty of tannins to add texture, and enough concentration to keep the vivid berry and wood smoke flavors lingering on the finish. It's made without adding sulfites.Organic8615CaliforniaRedwood ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFrey 2013 Organic Petite Sirah (Redwood Valley)Petite SirahFrey
7343673435USAromatic and forward, this is scented and flavored with macerated red plums and cherries. It remains tough and chewy, showing buttery lactic flavors that have not entirely integrated, with a bitter edge to the finish. More bottle age may help smooth it out.Vineyard Select8632OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gresser 2012 Vineyard Select Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)Pinot NoirGresser
7341973418FranceThis smooth, creamy textured wine combines bright acidity with ripe apricot and pear flavors. It is already attractive in its freshness while also having a rounder character. Drink now.No. 3 Colombard-Ugni Blanc8611Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Uby 2014 No. 3 Colombard-Ugni Blanc Colombard-Ugni Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Colombard-Ugni BlancDomaine Uby
7343773436USSyrah can be expressive even when slightly green, as it is here. Strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors are set amidst sharp, slightly chalky, citrusy acids. Best to drink this with grilled meats.8640OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Griffin Creek 2011 Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahGriffin Creek
7343873437SpainDry, earthy aromas of cherry and tree bark set up a juicy, pointed, drawing palate. Plum, cherry and currant flavors are zesty and pushed by raw acidity, while the finish is aggressive and racy. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.8612Central SpainValdepeñasMichael Schachner@wineschachPata Negra 2011 Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon (Valdepeñas)Tempranillo-Cabernet SauvignonPata Negra
7342073419USFrom grapes grown predominantly in Oak Knoll, and blended with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this Cab offers a richness of oak and coffee on the nose before a juicy midpalate delivers red currant and red cherry. It finishes dry in pronounced tannins.8628CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFortune 1621 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFortune 1621
7343973438SpainRed plum, raspberry and dusty aromas are solid and clean. This has citric acidity that props up the palate. Generic flavors of citrus and nectarine finish with a distant note of red plum and red currant.Vetiver Tempranillo8613Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Ontañón 2014 Vetiver Tempranillo Rosado (Rioja)RosadoBodegas Ontañón
7342173420USA foundation of truffled earth and forest floor give this a rustic edge, complemented by savory herb and black tea. Weighty, it shows its backbone of oak aging well, finishing abruptly in cranberry and dark cherry.8639CaliforniaLos CarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGehricke 2013 Pinot Noir (Los Carneros)Pinot NoirGehricke
7344073439GermanySmoke and dried herbs persist from nose to finish on this uniquely sweet-savory auslese. The palate is brisk and lemony, but shaded in tones of dust and stone that linger on the finish.Dhroner Hofberger Auslese8623MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaBollig-Lehnert 2013 Dhroner Hofberger Auslese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingBollig-Lehnert
7342273421SpainInitial aromas of gasoline give way to briny scents of sauerkraut and cider. This is juicy on the palate, with a medium-intense bubble bead. Briny citrus, green-apple and green-herb flavors finish with length and notes of pickle brine, dust and white pepper.Brut8616CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachBarcino NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendBarcino
7342373422SpainAromas of tomato, spiced cherry, leather and fresh herbs are clean and appealing. A standard, balanced mouthfeel is medium in body, with dry, woody flavors of peppery plum and berry fruits. Minty and darker on the finish.Pergolas Old Vines Crianza8614Central SpainValdepeñasMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Navarro López 2011 Pergolas Old Vines Crianza Tempranillo (Valdepeñas)TempranilloBodegas Navarro López
7342473423FranceThis is a simple but appealing rosé, defined by strawberry fruit, hints of chalk dust and a mouthwatering finish.8612Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzChâteau Grande Cassagne 2013 Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)RoséChâteau Grande Cassagne
7342573424FranceDespite this wine's very pale color, it shows ample weight and a silky texture on the palate. Peach and melon flavors pick up hints of berry and citrus on the finish.8612Rhône ValleyCostières de NîmesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de la Petite Cassagne 2013 Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)RoséDomaine de la Petite Cassagne
7342673425FranceThis spicy wine with its aromatic character is fruity while also having some structure. The 90% Malbec/10% Merlot blend has a dry core, juicy red currant fruits and considerable acidity. With only a minimum of wood aging, it is ready to drink.L'Enclos des Graves8620Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Fantou 2012 L'Enclos des Graves Malbec-Merlot (Cahors)Malbec-MerlotChâteau Fantou

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