Wine Reviews


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7557175570FranceThis grower in Aÿ on the Montagne de Reims has produced a rich style of rosé. It emphasizes red fruit, soft acidity and creamy texture. Ripe and full, it's ready to drink.Brut Rosé8860ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBrimoncourt NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendBrimoncourt
7557275571USThis bottling, which is bolstered by 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, shows zesty blackberry, boysenberry, thyme and cedar on the fruit-driven nose. The flavors are approachable and easy, with baked berries, black pepper and charred beef, laid across a very friendly and soft structure.8849CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCass 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonCass
7557375572USThis Rhône blend offers dried red cherry, boysenberry and rose petals on the inviting nose. The Grenache is a powerful player, contributing a rosewater touch to the palate, alongside cranberry, caramel and a touch of cola.8825CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCass 2014 G-S-M (Paso Robles)G-S-MCass
7557475573FranceEight months of oak aging gives this wine its spicy, lightly toasty character. Ripe red apple and grapefruit flavors add to its richness. Finely balanced, it's ready to drink now.Brut Carte Noire8835ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerCharlier & Fils NV Brut Carte Noire (Champagne)Champagne BlendCharlier & Fils
7558275581ItalyMade with Piedirosso and Aglianico, this young juicy red opens with aromas of fragrant purple flower, dark berry, clove and a tarry note. The fresh easy-drinking palate doles out mouthfuls of red cherry, raspberry and brown pepper alongside soft tannins. Enjoy soon.8820Southern ItalyLacryma Christi del VesuvioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFeudi di San Gregorio 2015 Red (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)Red BlendFeudi di San Gregorio
7557575574FranceThis soft and lightly herbal wine has a smooth texture that brings out its ripe red fruit and plays down its acidity. That makes it easy to drink, rich and generous on the finish.Mira8813France OtherMediterranéeRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ferry Lacombe 2016 Mira Rosé (Mediterranée)RoséChâteau Ferry Lacombe
7557675575USDark red cherry and raspberry blend with the slightest hints of thyme and slate on the nose of this bottling, which is made in a urban facility in the coastal city of Marina. There is a tangy cran-raspberry element to the sip, enhanced by licorice spice.Tondre Grapefield8845CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCima Collina 2013 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirCima Collina
7558375582USSmoky and soft, this boldly made wine is medium-bodied but burly in char, baked blackberry and cocoa powder, a hint of tobacco never far.8842CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDewitt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDewitt
7557775576ItalyMade with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, underbrush and cooking spice. The savory palate offers black currant, clove and a whiff of white pepper alongside smooth tannins. Enjoy soon.8817Central ItalyRomagnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCondé 2015 Sangiovese (Romagna)SangioveseCondé
7558475583ChileThis electric-pink rosé of Syrah opens with aromas of yeast, chewing gum and pie cherry. The palate is on the full side, but it's not flabby or awkward. Citric flavors are more generic than specific, while this finishes with a burst of preserving acidity and then a lasting note of spent yeast.Cherub8816Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2016 Cherub Rosé (Colchagua Valley)RoséMontes
7558575584AustraliaAt a modest 12.5% abv, this is a medium-bodied, only slightly fleshy Chardonnay. Understated smoke and citrus aromas kick things off, followed by flavors of mandarin orange, lemon and toasted cashew that finish crisp and tart.8831South AustraliaEden ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHeggies Vineyard 2014 Chardonnay (Eden Valley)ChardonnayHeggies Vineyard
7557875577USJuicy currant, cherry and a thickness of toffee makes for a full-bodied, densely rich and ripe reserve wine, dusty and fully extracted.Crazy Creek Reserve88CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDeLorimier 2013 Crazy Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDeLorimier
7558675585USThis is clearly aimed at consumers who seek maximum power, aggressive tannins and the dark end of the flavor spectrum. Though down a bit from the 15.5% alcohol in 2012, it's still substantial. Dry roasted dark fruits are covered in brawnier flavors of coffee grounds, chocolate and graphite. Tannins are granular and carry some heat through the finish.Founders Choice Estate8835OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Treos 2013 Founders Choice Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirTreos
7557975578USSoft and pretty, this marries light spice to fruit flavors of apple and strawberry. Think blanc de noir without the sparkle and you're on the right trail. It's got substantial palate weight and a fairly thick mouthfeel.White8820OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Emerson 2015 White Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirEmerson
7558075579USHere is a good all-purpose and widely available Oregon Pinot Gris. It's got classic pear and apple fruit flavors, well balanced against tangy acidity. There's no oak here, but the whole cluster press brings some spicy phenolics.8815OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Eola Hills 2015 Pinot Gris (Oregon)Pinot GrisEola Hills
7558775586USThis wine is equal parts Dineen (Yakima) and Patina (Walla Walla) vineyard fruit. Aromas of blue plum, savory herb and peppery spices lead to light elegant flavors that provide enjoyment.The Cynic8840WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTruthTeller 2014 The Cynic Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahTruthTeller
7558175580ItalySubtle aromas of black-skinned fruit and baking spice waft out of the glass. The straightforward palate evokes black plum, vanilla and tobacco while assertive tannins provide support. Drink through 2020.Vigna delle Lepri8835Central ItalyRomagnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFattoria Paradiso 2013 Vigna delle Lepri Sangiovese (Romagna)SangioveseFattoria Paradiso
7558875587FranceReflecting the warm 2015 vintage, this is smooth and creamy. It has great fruitiness, recalling yellow fruit cut with a strong citrus streak. It's a wine to drink young, from late 2017.Croix-Jarrier8825BurgundyMâcon-VerzeRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons des Terres Secrètes 2015 Croix-Jarrier (Mâcon-Verze)ChardonnayVignerons des Terres Secrètes
7558975588ChileGritty aromas of charred beef and tar lead to a tight, drawing palate with hard tannins. Balsamic flavors of roasted plum, blackberry and green herbs finish tight, grating and with residual tannic bite. If you know Chilean Carmenère, this fits the mold.Ecos de Rulo Single Vineyard El Chequén Estate8820Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2014 Ecos de Rulo Single Vineyard El Chequén Estate Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreViña Bisquertt
7559075589USThis has a dry finish with modest alcohol, and its emphasis is on phenolic flavors rather than the usual floral-perfumed aromas that characterize most versions of the grape. Here you'll find lemon rind, pineapple and tart, mineral-soaked acids. It's a fine match for white fish, shellfish, scallops or oysters.Gloria Anne8815OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Abiqua Wind 2015 Gloria Anne Gewürztraminer (Willamette Valley)GewürztraminerAbiqua Wind
7559175590France50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Grenache make this a flavorful and well structured Vin de Pays from the south of France. Fleshy in the mouth with ripe tannins, notes of black plum, blackberry, fennel and a hint of green pepper lead into the solid finish.Cuvée Réservée8513Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays des Coteaux de BessillesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzChâteau Saint Martin de la Garrigue 2005 Cuvée Réservée Red (Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Bessilles)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau Saint Martin de la Garrigue
7559275591USThe oak contributes buttered toast, butterscotch and caramel flavors to this dry, crisp wine, but the underlying fruit isn't strong enough to support all that weight. Shows only modest flavors of pineapples, kiwis and minerals. Disappointing.Mitsuko's Vineyard8525CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaClos Pegase 2007 Mitsuko's Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayClos Pegase
7559375592USA very nice buy at this price. Dry and jammy, the wine features ripe flavors of blackberries, cherries, anise, cocoa and mint, with smoky, oaky notes and mouthwateringly crisp coastal acidity.Selected Vineyards8510CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastConcannon 2006 Selected Vineyards Syrah (Central Coast)SyrahConcannon
7559475593USDry and zesty in acidity, this Chard offers flavors of apricots, green apples, pears and butter cream. It's pretty good for this everyday price.Selected Vineyards8510CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastConcannon 2007 Selected Vineyards Chardonnay (Central Coast)ChardonnayConcannon
7559575594ItalyThis simple Pinot Grigio offers some amber-golden highlights and aromas of peach, citrus and ash. The wine is clean and zippy in the mouth and works well with appetizers or as a cocktail selection.8512Northeastern ItalyCollioCormòns 2007 Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioCormòns
7559675595FranceA somewhat strange nose of overripe mashed red plums and cherries with a strong herbal, piney core. More of the same in the medium weight mouth along with nuances of soft strawberries. Solid finish; drink now.8517Languedoc-RoussillonCoteaux du LanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine de Nizas 2004 Red (Coteaux du Languedoc)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de Nizas
7559775596ArgentinaAromas of roast plum and earth are a bit nutty and muddled, but overall this is a likable and slick wine with soft tannins and ripe candied-fruit flavors. With lushness and cola on the finish, it ends a bit syrupy and sweet. Good but not what you'd call refined or elevated.Saurus Patagonia8512OtherNeuquénMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Schroeder 2006 Saurus Patagonia Cabernet Sauvignon (Neuquén)Cabernet SauvignonFamilia Schroeder
7559875597USLike a Beaujolais Nouveau, this is a lively, grapey wine, with fresh-from-the-fermenter flavors of raspberries, red cherries, cinnamon and pepper.La Grenouille Rouganté8514CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaFrog's Leap 2008 La Grenouille Rouganté Rosé (Napa Valley)RoséFrog's Leap
7559975598ArgentinaWith solid peach aromas and an otherwise clean nose, this llama is worth the ride. Peach and honeydew flavors are sweet but not cloying or mucky, and there's even a hint of spicy white pepper to give the finish character.856Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFunky Llama 2008 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayFunky Llama
7560075599USA bit too soft, which makes the exceptionally ripe blackberry and chocolate flavors stand alone and lack structure. Tasty and flashy, but the palate longs for more acids and tannins.Reserve8550CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaViansa 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonViansa

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