Wine Reviews

7446174460USLemon, lime and grapefruit provide vibrancy and freshness to this medium-bodied, textured and balanced wine, which then surprises with weightier twists of apple and caramel. A small-production offering, it'll do well at the table.Bisordi Ranch9135CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMartin Ray 2014 Bisordi Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayMartin Ray
7446274461USCrafted from a range of vineyards, including Gap's Crown and some new sites in this vintage, this lovely, well-made and balanced wine is made in larger quantities than the producer's vineyard-designates and is enjoyable young. Creamy and full bodied at first, it evolves into cohesive flavors of baked pear, toasted almond and lemon-lime.9140CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePatz & Hall 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayPatz & Hall
7446374462GermanyDark tones of smoke and slate persist from nose to finish in this dry, intensely mineral Riesling. Its silky, supple palate suggests a ripeness of fruit off set by puckery lemon-lime acidity.Buntsandstein Trocken9120PfalzAnna Lee C. IijimaPflüger 2014 Buntsandstein Trocken Riesling (Pfalz)RieslingPflüger
7446474463ItalyPoised and polished, this opens with aromas of mature plum, baking spice, menthol and a whiff of new leather. The ripe but restrained palate shows structure and elegance, offering mature black cherry, pomegranate, star anise, and chopped herb. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins proved the framework.91TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePodere Brizio 2011 Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovesePodere Brizio
7446574464ItalySmooth and juicy, this opens with aromas of wild berry, blue flower and a whiff of grilled herb. The soft, succulent palate doles out black cherry, chopped mint, cinnamon and a hint of mocha alongside dusty tannins and bright acidity. It's rather straightforward but delicious.Le Corti9125TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePrincipe Corsini 2013 Le Corti (Chianti Classico)Red BlendPrincipe Corsini
7446674465PortugalThe Chardonnay in this blend was fermented and aged in wood and then combined with crisp Arinto fermented in tank. The result is a lightly oaked wine that has yellow fruits as well as crisper citrus. It is a finely made, ripe wine that will be ready to drink from the end of 2016.Reserva9120TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2015 Reserva White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
7446774466USA full percentage lower in alcohol than the 2012, this nonetheless is amply concentrated, with abundant brambly berry, cherry and blue plum. A wash of chocolate comes over the tannins as the wine finishes with a dusting of cinnamon.Reserve9152OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Rex Hill 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirRex Hill
7446874467USLemon and mandarin-orange rinds provide citrus freshness to the nose of this wine, which also shows pear blossom, salted apple slices and a touch of coconut flake. The mouthfeel is creamy and shows a flash of hazelnut, with seared lemon wedges and apple cream rounding out the sip.Reserve9136CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRusack 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayRusack
7446974468USThis full-bodied, voluptuous wine is spicy in red fruit and floral aromas that lend it a finessed, elegant air. Soft and round, with structure and acidity, it ends in bittersweet chocolate and clove. Drink now through 2023.Lost Vineyard9186CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSnowden 2013 Lost Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotSnowden
7447074469PortugalFrom Sogrape's newly launched venture in Alentejo, this is a ripe, tannic wine. It has a strongly perfumed character from the Syrah and Touriga Nacional in the blend. In the background, dry tannins offer aging potential. Drink this finely balanced wine from 2017.Herdade do Peso Colheita9120AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerSogrape 2013 Herdade do Peso Colheita Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedSogrape
7447174470USThis supersmooth effort sails along with supple and spicy black-cherry fruit. It's a full-flavored, mouthfilling wine, with silky tannins and a nice touch of toast from 14 months in 18% new French oak.9148OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tendril 2012 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTendril
7447274471PortugalHugely rich and concentrated, this is a wine that exudes tannins and power. It is dark, still very dense and with a dry core that is likely to remain even as the wine ages. The black fruits are there, giving richness as well as all this structure. It is ready to drink.Marquês de Marialva Grande Reserva9160BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega de Cantanhede 2010 Marquês de Marialva Grande Reserva Baga-Touriga Nacional (Bairrada)Baga-Touriga NacionalAdega de Cantanhede
7447374472USThis wine is bold and full bodied, big enough for a grilled steak, with powerful ripe fruit flavors like black cherry and blackberry. Firm-enough tannins add grip to the texture, with slightly smoky, peppery accents on the finish.Redwood's Edge9160CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBlack Kite 2013 Redwood's Edge Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirBlack Kite
7447474473ItalyUnderbrush, moist soil, menthol and woodland berry aromas unfold in the glass. The structured palate offers ripe black cherry, raspberry, licorice and a hint of mocha alongside fine-grained tannins and bright acidity.Baruffo9122TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantalici L'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo 2013 Baruffo (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCantalici L'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo
7447574474ItalyThis vibrant, polished red opens with a potpourri of red berry, floral and spice aromas. The bright, juicy palate doles out succulent red cherry, raspberry, anise and cinnamon while lithe tannins and lively acidity provide balance and a smooth, easy-drinking texture.Il Poggiale Riserva9140TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastellare di Castellina 2013 Il Poggiale Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendCastellare di Castellina
7447674475FranceStill firm and structured, this pure Malbec wine is rich and tannic. At the same time, it has layers of ripe black fruits that are coming through strongly. The smoky, textured character of this wine comes from the wood aging that has added an extra layer. Drink from 2018.Prestige du9118Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lamartine 2013 Prestige du Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Lamartine
7447774476SpainRipe, cool, earthy black-fruit aromas of plum and cassis are accented by notes of leather and animal. This warm-vintage Rioja feels chunky and good, while ripe, loamy flavors of black plum and cassis finish mellow and with a touch of oak-based lemon peel. Drink through 2021.Reserva9148Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachContino 2009 Reserva (Rioja)Red BlendContino
7447874477FranceNow prizes for guessing C de B stands for Côte de Brouilly. Now perfectly mature, this is a soft, black cherry fruited wine. It is ripe, with a fine, dense texture that is lifted by the acidity and the light tannic structure. The wine is so deliciously ready to drink.C de B9120BeaujolaisCôte de BrouillyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dumas 2011 C de B (Côte de Brouilly)GamayDomaine Dumas
7447974478USWhile this wine allows plenty of room for ripe voluptuousness, it opens in a light, sublime sense of green apple and lime zest, with a nice tension of acidity on the balanced palate. A slight hint of ginger and lemongrass tease in the background.9128CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEktimo Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayEktimo Vineyards
7448074479USCrisp and clean aromas of honeydew melon, lime peel and slate greet the nose on this zesty bottling of a tremendously promising grape for the Central Coast. The palate offers a creamy yellow-pear center, framed by fantastic citrus-zest acidity and Meyer lemon-pith grip, redolent with interesting texture and tension.Camp Four Vineyard9125CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpiphany 2014 Camp Four Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)Grenache BlancEpiphany
7448174480ItalyWild berry, iris, tilled soil new leather and a whiff of Asian spice unfold on this radiant red. The palate has elegant structure and balance, offering black cherry, chopped mint and star anise framed in firm, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink from 2018–2023.Bandini Villa Pomona Riserva9125TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeEredi Enzo Raspi 2013 Bandini Villa Pomona Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseEredi Enzo Raspi
7448274481FranceThe 147-acre vineyard on a high chalk plateau in the east of Cahors was first planted in the Middle Ages. It has produced a structured, mineral wine, very textured and with firm, dusty tannins. Underneath the black currant fruits are developing and will give a fine juicy wine from 2019. Grands Vins de Seigneur is a group of growers who approve each other's wines.Château de Haute-Serre Grand Vin de Seigneur9125Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Vigouroux 2012 Château de Haute-Serre Grand Vin de Seigneur Malbec (Cahors)MalbecGeorges Vigouroux
7448374482USHigh-toned cherry and cassis star in this winemaker's reserve-level wine, built with structure and ageability in mind. Still, it's pleasurable now, a plushness surrounding the palate around integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.Devil's Inkstand9150CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGeyser Peak 2012 Devil's Inkstand Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonGeyser Peak
7448474483USA classic interpretation of a red Bordeaux blend, this holds almost equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in addition to smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine offers mint, sage and cedar that give a brushy quality around blackberry and cassis. With a juicy core, it's complex and lengthy, the oak subdued.Geyserville Ranch Henry's Blend9154CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTrione 2011 Geyserville Ranch Henry's Blend Red (Alexander Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendTrione
7448574484USPretty and plump, this is bursting with ripe cherry fruit. Highlights include a dusting of cocoa powder, and the wine sits perky on the palate with fine-grained tannins and ample acidity.Prelude9123OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Andrew Rich 2013 Prelude Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAndrew Rich
7448674485USGrown on the higher ground near Anderson Valley, this wine has a rather light color with a transparent, tawny rim. It's a likeable, lean wine with vivid black tea, cranberry and red cherry in both the aromas and the flavor. Tannins are firm but light. It offers good astringency, medium body and a lingering spicy finish.Weir Vineyard9148CaliforniaYorkville HighlandsNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBaxter 2013 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)Pinot NoirBaxter
7448774486USThis sophisticated and compelling wine combines full body and a muscular texture with very tasty, solid fruit flavors. The balance between acidity, tannin and flavor is good, and the finish is tangy and lingering.Kite's Rest9148CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBlack Kite 2013 Kite's Rest Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirBlack Kite
7448874487FranceA new cuvée from this producer, it is brightly fruity and with fine tight acidity. There is an earthy edge that gives it a funky character lifted by the freshness and crisp texture. Drink this lively fruity wine from early 2018.Les Grandmontains8925Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laporte 2016 Les Grandmontains (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Laporte
7448974488PortugalAged for 18 months in oak, this richly structured wine is powerful and concentrated. Bitter chocolate vies with ripe, juicy berry fruits to give a wine that is both firm and extracted, but also generous. The wine is ready to drink.Grande Reserva Tinto8930DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuanta Terra 2013 Grande Reserva Tinto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuanta Terra
7449074489PortugalThis rich, spicy Port is full of jammy black fruits, dried prunes and raisins along with a good line of acidity. It is on the dry side of the Late Bottled Vintage spectrum, giving a wine that is structured as well as full of fruit. The aftertaste, with its tannins still in place, suggests it will age at least until 2022, although it is very drinkable now.LBV8925PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuevedo 2012 LBV (Port)PortQuevedo

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