Wine Reviews

7349573494FranceWith its 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a wine that is structured while marked with intense black currants. It has firm tannins and just a touch of wood. It is classic upright Bordeaux with its fine acidity and dry tannins. It will need to age, drink from 2024.Carruades de Lafite94160BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lafite Rothschild 2014 Carruades de Lafite (Pauillac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lafite Rothschild
7347173470USIntense aromatics of plum, cherry and red currant introduce this wine. There's a whiff of pencil lead, and the bold fruit flavors capture a bit of brush and bramble along with perfect, clean ripeness. A suggestion of candle wax comes up. This is a powerful wine that continually demands your attention.Freedom Hill Vineyard9463OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ken Wright 2014 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirKen Wright
7349673495FranceRipe and richly fruity, the wine is full bodied with great acidity as well as firm tannins. It will keep for many years. Bold tannins and a fine tension between the fruit and acidity are all promising for the future. Drink this impressive wine from 2025.94120BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pape Clément 2014 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pape Clément
7347273471USThis plump Pinot Noir uses 20% new French oak to deliver nutmeg, gingerbread spice and licorice aromas. Black cherry and raspberry round out the nose and integrate on the palate, which is hearty and rich in Christmas spice and crushed rock notes. An excellent choice for anyone seeking a full-figured Pinot.La Encantada Vineyard9440CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMollie 2014 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirMollie
7349773496FranceThe nose is a blend of peach and earth. The palate comes with great intensity, holding against the sweetness with an exquisitely delicious streak of quinine bitterness which lends direction and precision, along with tangy lemon freshness. This creates ample tension and moreishness as well as a lip-smacking medium-sweet finish.Steingrubler Grand Cru9444AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Barmès-Buecher 2014 Steingrubler Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Barmès-Buecher
7347373472USThis bottling from the family's smallest vineyard is as special as the three-acre site itself, offering intriguing chive blossom aromas on the nose alongside key lime and pungent honeydew. The palate is laser focused and tense with acidity and structure, showing lime pith, pink grapefruit zest and a chalky minerality reminiscent of crushed sea shell on the finish.Monte Sereno9436CaliforniaArroyo Grande ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalley 2014 Monte Sereno Chardonnay (Arroyo Grande Valley)ChardonnayTalley
7349873497FranceGently perfumed hints of ripe pear almost seem to have a floral dimension. On the palate the mellow, generous and totally ripe pear fruit unfolds fully and gives glimpses of very juicy ripe, dried and baked fruit. All of this richness is countered by lemony freshness. There is an earthy textural element, and more shimmering fruit reminiscent of bottled mirabelle plums. This is generous and just off dry, with a concentrated, convincing and very moreish balanced richness.Sonnenglanz Grand Cru9437AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2013 Sonnenglanz Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Bott-Geyl
7347473473USThis bottling screams white earth, with a chalk- and riverstone-like minerality and clotted cream and lemon scents. That minerality carries through to the palate, where a chalky note blends with Asian pear and marshmallow. It's a study in how to present delicate flavors with pizzazz, which the Talley family has been known to do.Oliver's Vineyard9438CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalley 2014 Oliver's Vineyard Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayTalley
7349973498FranceLifted aromas of both tart and ripe green and yellow apples appear, alongside hints of wet pebble and faint notions of quince. On the palate, these flavors are wrapped in citrus freshness on a sprightly, lively, concentrated and wonderfully dry palate. This is full of life and finishes on a pervasive, all-encompassing zesty lemon freshness. Lovely now but will evolve majestically. Drink now through 2035.Schlossberg Grand Cru9444AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2014 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Bott-Geyl
7347573474SpainRipe blackberry aromas are a touch malty and jammy, with a note of buttered pastry thrown in for good measure. This emphasizes the rich ripe extracted side of Priorat, but balance is not sacrificed. Lush dark toasty black-fruit flavors come with notes of oaky spice and bitter chocolate, while the finish is toasty blackened, deep and chunky. Drink through 2023.Idus9450CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachVall Llach 2012 Idus Red (Priorat)Red BlendVall Llach
7350073499FranceEarth, apple and citrus align on the nose. The palate brings out more earthiness but also pits the notions of mellow baked apple against absolutely tart lemon freshness. Stone and earth cling constantly to these flavors and draw you in. The palate is pure and slender, totally dry and taut. The finish is of lasting lemon zest. This needs time but is full of promise. Drink 2020–2035.Altenberg de Bergbieten Grand Cru9433AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Roland Schmitt 2013 Altenberg de Bergbieten Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Roland Schmitt
7347673475USA rich, voluptuous nose gives way to crisp layers of lemon, pineapple and quince flavors in this barrel-kissed and full-bodied white. The ripeness of the fruit is brightened by stony minerality, allowing for a floral bite of apple blossom.La Pommeraie9448CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBenovia 2014 La Pommeraie Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBenovia
7347773476FranceAn incredibly creamy notion of ripe pear rises from the glass. There are also hints of sultana. The aromatic effect is one of huge generosity. The palate, on the other hand, is taut and medium dry, corralling its richness with pleasantly bitter texture and pervading freshness. There is utter concentration, immense verve and freshness. A delicious and moreish contrast between utter precision and the abandon of generosity. The finish is long, dry and fresh.Brand Grand Cru9424AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCharles Sparr 2013 Brand Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisCharles Sparr
7347873477FranceBig, bold and ripe, this is a rich wine with its 82% Merlot. It is jammy while keeping its tannins and structure. Ripe and full in the mouth, the wine is firm enough to age for a long time. It is going to be generous, full and ripe. Drink from 2025.94BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau l'Évangile 2014 PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau l'Évangile
7347973478FranceLayers of black fruits and tight tannins set this wine on a serious road. It has the freshness of the vintage as well as the bright acidity. At the same time it is structured and dense. This second wine of Château Margaux is ripe and ethereal in its lift. Drink from 2024.Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux94130BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Margaux 2014 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux (Margaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Margaux
7348073479FranceProduced by the winemaking team of Léoville las Cases, this wine comes from a separate part of the estate. The wine, with its dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, is dense with tannins as well as dark fruit. It is firm, powerful and a very fine wine for long-term aging. Drink from 2024.9445BordeauxSaint-JulienRoger Voss@vossrogerClos du Marquis 2014 Saint-JulienBordeaux-style Red BlendClos du Marquis
7348173480FranceGenerosity, expressed by the scent of sun-ripened Bosc pear peel, becomes immediately apparent. The ripe and luscious pear aromatics pervade the palate with their fruity, almost floral charm. There is some residual sweetness, boosting these flavors even more, but balance is struck by shining freshness and a pear-peel texture to finish with beguiling freshness. This is textbook stuff and utterly moreish.Furstentum Grand Cru9437AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Bott-Geyl 2013 Furstentum Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Bott-Geyl
7348273481FranceHints of sultana and cooked quince reach the nose suggesting richness. The palate, however, responds with streamlined freshness, ripe fruit and depth and gives us concentration rather than richness. Tangy citrus zest frames notions of ripe apple and quince while shadows of dried fruit still haunt aromatically. The finish is clean, totally satisfying and dry. This is soaring but hearty stuff.Langenberg9434AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Marcel Deiss 2014 Langenberg White (Alsace)Alsace white blendDomaine Marcel Deiss
7348373482USTingly acidity complements the lush, full-bodied concentration of this estate-grown beauty. It's both soft and sensual in tone. Pine, orange peel and pomegranate notes play against the richness and add freshness to the chewy tannin. Best enjoyed 2024 through 2034.Year of the Horse West Slope Single Vineyard9490CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDonum 2014 Year of the Horse West Slope Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirDonum
7348473483USMeant to impart the meaning of the “true” Sonoma Coast, this bottling hails from Campbell Ranch near Annapolis. It impresses with its lush complexity: cherry grenadine and forest floor scents, with cardamom spice and a hint of orange peel. It's full-bodied and densely powerful.The True9450CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneHoldredge 2014 The True Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirHoldredge
7348573484FranceA pure startling cherry note rises from the glass. It is flanked by notes of autumn forest, tar and dried orange rind. Evidently, there is some development and evolution here. The palate is alive and fills not only the mouth but all the senses with its alluring aromas, yet it is firmly anchored in earthier tones. The body is svelte and fresh: its fine-boned structure is as much down to fresh acidity as it is to finely flexed tannins. This is profound, lasting and delicious but also deliciously light.Grossi Laüe Limited Edition9455AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHugel 2011 Grossi Laüe Limited Edition Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirHugel
7348673485USPlanted in 2006 to heirloom clones, most of them Pommard, this is a concentrated, tannic wine that needs time in bottle to develop. For now, expect rose and raspberry, with a depth of black cherry compote—flavors that are immediately inviting and richly layered. Yet, it will tell more of its story down the road. Allow it to open now or cellar through 2029.Harper's Rest Estate Grown9490CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneArista 2014 Harper's Rest Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirArista
7348773486FranceGlorious apple freshness jumps from the glass, there is the slightest touch of honey, too. On the palate, the apple notions persist: there is fresh and baked apple, adding both crisp and mellow notes. Everything is brightened by lemony freshness on a concentrated but elegant and balanced body. Flavors last and have a long, clean and bone-dry finish. This is good enough to go the mileage. Drink now through 2030.Schlossberg Grand Cru9454AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJean-Baptiste Adam 2014 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingJean-Baptiste Adam
7348873487USDeceptively light in color, yet aromatically rich, this sends up a lush mix of berries, spices, chocolate and pastry notes. It's youthful and vibrant, with clean, bright, tangy fruit that has the balance and power for excellent development in the bottle. Drink now through 2025.Bonnie Jean Vineyard9463OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ken Wright 2014 Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirKen Wright
7348973488USIntense baked plum and black cherry aromas meet with vanilla, caramel and sagebrush on the nose of this bottling from one of the appellation's most coveted vineyards. The tangy, energetic and grippy palate offers crushed cranberry flavors, more black plum, gingerbread and exotic Indian spice on the finish.Rosella's Vineyard9454CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLoring Wine Company 2015 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirLoring Wine Company
7349073489FranceA herbal touch of crushed lemon balm and apple peel makes for an intriguing, inviting nose. The palate adds fresh apple notes to these subtle herb notes and remains totally juicy and lively. This seems far fresher than its six years and the herbal tinges are just the beginning of maturity. This is lovely, concentrated and spirited stuff with a whistle-clean utterly dry finish. Testaments to Riesling's longevity.Osterberg Grand Cru9427AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoLouis Sipp 2010 Osterberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingLouis Sipp
7349173490USNamed for Edwards' first grandchild born in this vintage year, this wine is made from fruit sourced from Meredith Estate Vineyard. Velvety smooth and perfumed, it offers piquant pepper and cardamom scents, along with intense rhubarb compote and raspberry flavors. It shows both purpose and quiet power, wrapped in violet and rose.Cuvée August9498CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMerry Edwards 2014 Cuvée August Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMerry Edwards
7349273491USPonzi is promoting a multi-clone winemaking approach they label “Clonal Massale.” This single vineyard example co-ferments five Dijon and 22 heritage clones of Pinot Noir—the most extensive in the country, according to the winery. Dark and lengthy, it's a sexy, complex yet subtle wine, with blackberry and black cherry fruit, a touch of soy and ample Asian spices.Avellana94105OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Ponzi 2014 Avellana Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirPonzi
7349373492FranceJust a touch of dried pear and chamomile tisane appear on the shy nose which needs air to open. The palate already has that balm-like concentration of mature Riesling which is joined by a vein of wonderful lemon-zest freshness. Despite the absolute dryness of the palate there is ample, generous and deep-seated fruit: pear, apple and gorgeous tangerine. The finish is clean-cut and resonant. Drink now–2030.Schoenenbourg Grand Cru9422AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCharles Sparr 2011 Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCharles Sparr
7349473493FranceThis is a small, 10-acre property, owned by the Moueix family, at the heart of the Pomerol plateau. With its 30% Cabernet Franc it is perfumed and ripe, giving delicious black fruits as well as a firmer structure. The wine is set for a long aging with great potential. Drink from 2024.94130BordeauxPomerolRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Hosanna 2014 PomerolBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Hosanna

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