Wine Reviews

7512175120IsraelCherry, clove and freesia aromas give way to flavors of cherry, mint, anise and clove. Well-integrated fruit and spice notes, good mouthfeel and tannins that stop just shy of chewy continue to the lasting finish. Mevushal.Yasmin Red8711GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysRecanati 2012 Yasmin Red Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Galilee)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotRecanati
7512275121USThis Syrah is marked by fruit. The oak is modest, staying in the background, with only a suggestion of toast. The flavors are ripe, suggesting black-cherry jam, chocolate, mu shu plum sauce and peppery spices. Drink it now.Estate Grown8736CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaReynoso 2010 Estate Grown Syrah (Alexander Valley)SyrahReynoso
7512375122ItalyA bright, sunny Morellino, it's made with 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers a juicy palate loaded with cherry, raspberry and black pepper sensations. Fruity and straightforward, this is made for sheer drinking pleasure so enjoy soon.Campomaccione8715TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca delle Macìe 2012 Campomaccione (Morellino di Scansano)Red BlendRocca delle Macìe
7512475123ItalyMade entirely from Sangiovese, it has earthy aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, ripe berry and notes of balsamic herbs. The palate offers juicy black cherry, white pepper, dried Mediterranean herbs and coffee bean alongside firm but ripe tannins. Straightforward and accessible now, it is not an ager so enjoy soon. Guido & Son Italian Imports, Old Bridge Cellars.Tore del Moro8720TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanta Lucia 2011 Tore del Moro (Morellino di Scansano)SangioveseSanta Lucia
7512575124FranceVery stalky and young, this wine has medium-term potential. It shows weight, ripe plum and berry fruits and flavors that go deep. The aftertaste, juicy now, will soon show signs of extra richness. Drink from 2015.Loire Valley8713Loire ValleyChinonRoger Voss@vossrogerSauvion 2012 Loire Valley (Chinon)Cabernet FrancSauvion
7512675125USThis is an unassuming white, crisp and easy to enjoy, from a Sierra Foothills producer better known for Zinfandel. Opening with pretty, floral aromatics of hibiscus and honeysuckle, the palate is high in acidity with a taste of green apple and grapefruit.8714CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneShenandoah 2012 Verdelho (California)VerdelhoShenandoah
7512775126USMade up of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Tempranillo, this wine offers an intensity of leather and dark plum, a whiff of smoky tobacco hanging in the background, too. With a pronounced tannic structure and big finish, it's a burly wine made for burly barbecue-inspired meals.Diamond Mine Cuvée8718CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneSix Sigma Ranch 2011 Diamond Mine Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo (Lake County)Cabernet Sauvignon-TempranilloSix Sigma Ranch
7512875127USJuicy and varietal, this inexpensive Sierra Foothills Cab has rich texture and layers of dried cherry and currant. Round and well-composed, the finish veers toward flavors of vanilla and cedar.8715CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneSobon Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Amador County)Cabernet SauvignonSobon Estate
7512975128PortugalThis is a very firm, dry and tannic wine. Flashes of red berry flavors go alongside the tannins, but it feels as if the wine will always be dry. Drink from 2015.Aneto8730DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerSobredos 2010 Aneto Red (Douro)Portuguese RedSobredos
7513075129USA butterscotch note hits the nose first, before fading to reveal scents of tea, leather and cedary spices. Medium to full-bodied, the succulent palate bears a supple core with a mineral edge. A flavor of dried strawberry marks the tangy finish. This is a blend of 35% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.Meritage8726VirginiaVirginiaStinson 2011 Meritage Red (Virginia)Bordeaux-style Red BlendStinson
7513175130USThis 100% Merlot has high-toned aromas of worn leather and undergrowth, dark cherry and exotic spices, which lead onto the lithe, medium-bodied palate. Fine, chalky tannins and bright acids give this wine some footing, and the subtle finish comes with an herbal edge.Winemaker's Select Bin #48738VirginiaVirginiaTarara 2008 Winemaker's Select Bin #4 Red (Virginia)Red BlendTarara
7513275131ItalyAromas of red berry and balsamic herbs provide the focus of this vibrant and easy-going wine made entirely with Sangiovese. The lush palate offers black cherry and a hint of licorice alongside firm but ripe tannins. There's no complexity, but this enjoyable red is perfect to pair with everyday fare. Drink now. Wine4All, Specialty Wine.8716TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre di Fiori 2011 Morellino di ScansanoSangioveseTerre di Fiori
7513375132ItalyThis blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon leads with aromas of underbrush, plum, spice and toasted notes. The palate opens with juicy black cherry accented with black pepper and mocha but it has an abrupt, tannic finish.Elikia Riserva8730TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTerre di Melazzano 2009 Elikia Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendTerre di Melazzano
7513475133ArgentinaBerry and plum aromas are ripe and woody, with a note of sawdust appearing on the nose. This has zest and zing on the palate, along with creamy weight, while flavors of toast, wood resin and baked blackberries finish smoky and plump.8712Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlamos 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonAlamos
7513575134AustraliaThis is a nicely constructed Shiraz with some cool-climate leanings. It's medium in weight, with smoky scents, plum and cherry fruit and a firm, mouthwatering finish.8765New South WalesGundagaiJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEden Road 2010 Shiraz (Gundagai)ShirazEden Road
7513675135ItalyThis wine starts with aromas of espresso, underbrush, berries and menthol along with a slightly medicinal note. The palate opens with black cherry, coffee, licorice and espresso alongside assertive tannins but then finishes abruptly, closing on an astringent note.Riserva8725TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Monsanto 2010 Riserva (Chianti Classico)Red BlendCastello di Monsanto
7513775136ItalyOpening aromas include toasted oak, espresso and tobacco leaf. The linear palate is a bit lean, with coffee bean, tobacco and tart red cherry flavors alongside bracing tannins. The fruit is starting to dry up so drink this soon.Riserva8745TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Radda 2010 Riserva (Chianti Classico)SangioveseCastello di Radda
7513875137FranceThe leanness of this wine brings out acidity without fruit weight. It has a juicy character that is fresh and dominated by red berry flavors. It is not for long term aging.Cuvée Mono Cépage87France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Estoublon 2010 Cuvée Mono Cépage Syrah (Vin de France)SyrahChâteau d'Estoublon
7513975138PortugalFull and fruity, this soft, generous wine brings out red berries, ripe tannins and a light touch of acidity. There is a drier core, but the wine is ready to drink, with attractive freshness at the end.8724AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCortes de Cima 2011 Trincadeira (Alentejano)TrincadeiraCortes de Cima
7514075139USThis polished, un-oaked Riesling shows the variety's petrol note riding high over citrus and honeysuckle flavors. It's off dry and brisk in acidity. With alcohol of 12.5% by volume, it's a lovely, delicate wine to drink now.Riven Rock Vineyard8722CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastCutruzzola 2011 Riven Rock Vineyard Riesling (San Luis Obispo County)RieslingCutruzzola
7514175140FranceThis wine has a mix of honey, sweet cherry fruit and fresh acidity. It is fruity while also sweet, giving concentration and richness at the end.Vin de Paille8759France OtherCôtes du JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Berthet-Bondet 2008 Vin de Paille White (Côtes du Jura)White BlendDomaine Berthet-Bondet
7514275141BulgariaA garnet color with a violet rim, this has aromas of black cherry, pomegranate juice and a touch of vanilla, followed by flavors of tart cherry, blackberry and black licorice. The finish boasts pleasant acidity coupled with a bright fruit finish.Reserve8710Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDomaine Boyar 2011 Reserve Merlot (Thracian Valley)MerlotDomaine Boyar
7514375142FranceNuts and lemons are the main flavors of this light and fruity wine. Acidity cuts through the lightly mineral texture. Drink now.Jovly8417Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves du Val de France 2013 Jovly (Vouvray)Chenin BlancCaves du Val de France
7514475143USThis medium-bodied red wine doesn't quite track the classic Pinot Noir profile, but will make an appetizing refreshment for lunch or dinner. The aromas and flavors suggest prune and berries, while the texture is lean but palate-cleansing.8410CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTwin Arches 2012 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirTwin Arches
7514575144USNervy acids and extra-fine powdery tannins frame flavors of wild berries, crimini mushrooms and wilted flowers.Estate Bottled8418VirginiaShenandoah ValleyVeramar 2012 Estate Bottled Norton (Shenandoah Valley)NortonVeramar
7514675145FranceTightly herbaceous, this is also a friendly, fruity wine. With bright acidity, crisp lemon and grapefruit flavors, it's cool and bright. Drink now.Les Roches84Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Vignerons des Coteaux Romanais 2013 Les Roches Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancLes Vignerons des Coteaux Romanais
7514775146FranceThe nutty aromas of Chenin Blanc dominate this fresh and apple fruity wine. It has crisp acidity, a lively and light texture and light, dancing aftertaste. Drink now.Les Blanches84Loire ValleyVal de LoireRoger Voss@vossrogerMusset-Roullier 2013 Les Blanches Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay (Val de Loire)Chenin Blanc-ChardonnayMusset-Roullier
7514875147PortugalThis is a fruity style of Vinho Verde that also brings out the crispest citrus and pink grapefruit flavors. The wine, with its light spritz, is fresh, full of acidity and just off dry. Drink now.Raza8410Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Raza 2013 Raza White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Raza
7514975148FranceThis dry wine is strongly dominated by tannins. It is structured, firm and hard-edged. Without the fresh acidity at the end, it would be a tough proposition.8415BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Urbain 2011 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Saint-Urbain
7515075149PortugalRich and so smooth, this is like drinking a syrup. The tannins are so soft, so cushioned by the ripe berry and plum fruits. The real contrast is with the acidity at the end that gives a final lift. Drink now.Pátria848AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Reguengos de Monsaraz 2013 Pátria Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedCooperativa Reguengos de Monsaraz

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