Wine Reviews

81318130FranceThis is a fruity wine, gentle with its white fruits and citrus flavors. It has just a touch of minerality from the granite soil that brings out acidity and a tangy aftertaste. Drink this refreshing wine now.Sur Lie8812Loire ValleyMuscadet Côtes de GrandlieuRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Berrière 2016 Sur Lie (Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu)MelonLa Berrière
81328131USComing from the winery's estate vineyard high up in Upper Mill Creek, this wine is starting to show a bit of age, offering aromas of anise, dried cherry, green pepper and cigar ash. Equal parts dark and green, the flavors come off a bit disjointed, with bell-pepper notes on the finish.Cut Bank Estate8860WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWalla Walla Vintners 2012 Cut Bank Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWalla Walla Vintners
81338132USNEXT is a new label for King Vintners, a new division of King Estate. This blends grapes from southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley, putting a pleasing toasty character around the light red fruit. A streak of burnt coffee suggests that the barrel influence is still being integrated.NEXT8740OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine King Vintners 2016 NEXT Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirKing Vintners
81348133FranceThis wine, blending one-third each of the three main Champagne grapes, is crisp, although with a dosage that gives it a soft edge. Full of ripe apple and warm melon fruit, it has acidity as well as a gentle texture. The wine is balanced and ready to drink.Brut Extra Quality8740ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMarie Copinet NV Brut Extra Quality (Champagne)Champagne BlendMarie Copinet
81358134ItalyDeep-amber colored, this orange wine has aromas of sunbaked earth, brimstone, overripe orange zest and pressed wild flower. The lean but lively palate offers dried nectarine slices, toasted almond and a hint of dried apricot alongside bright acidity. A salty note closes the finish. While lovers of orange wine might embrace this, it's definitely not for everyone.Natural Art8745Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMiklus 2011 Natural Art Ribolla Gialla (Delle Venezie)Ribolla GiallaMiklus
81368135FranceThis wine is soft and on the sweet end of the Brut spectrum. It is packed with red fruits, but its light on the acidity and finishes with a gentle ripe aftertaste. It would be delicious as an apéritif Champagne.Brut Rosé8753ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Feuillatte NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendNicolas Feuillatte
81378136ArgentinaRubbery black-fruit aromas are a bit fiery. This Malbec is tightly wound, with rubbery tannins and more than enough acidity. Spiced plum and berry flavors give way to a bold, forward finish with herbal, savory notes.8713Mendoza ProvinceLuján de CuyoMichael Schachner@wineschachNieto Senetiner 2016 Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)MalbecNieto Senetiner
81388137ItalyAromas of pring flower, gold apple and Anjou pear lead into the crisp refreshing palate along with a hint of nectarine. Tart acidity gives it a bright, juicy finish.Brut8718VenetoProsecco TrevisoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOrnella Molon NV Brut (Prosecco Treviso)GleraOrnella Molon
81398138USBoldly etched with milk chocolate and baked plum notes, this wine is ripe, robust and jammy in spirit. Leather, black pepper and cinnamon accents season it nicely.8743CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePapapietro Perry 2014 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelPapapietro Perry
81408139SpainClean white-fruit aromas include a note of pastry. This brut is tight and crisp on the palate, with flavors of green apple, lime and green herb that lead to a fresh finish.Marrugat Brut Selection8714CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord NV Marrugat Brut Selection Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendPinord
81418140ArgentinaBerry aromas with subtle spice accents are damp and soothing. In the mouth, this is the opposite: All dry tannins and rawness. Hard-driving black-fruit flavors pull up short on a peppery finish. It's an honest but rough wine.Una Selección8720Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRicardo Santos 2015 Una Selección Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonRicardo Santos
81428141USThis wine's oaky entry derives from 10 months aging in French and American oak. It's creamy and voluptuous in style, with simple flavors of apple and a moderately long finish.Reserve8725CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Ranch 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayRutherford Ranch
81438142New ZealandA straightforward example of Central Otago Pinot Noir, this shows notes of dark cherry, brambly fruit and mocha, accompany powerful yet fine grained tannins and balanced acidity. Oak spice and a slightly savory quality meet on the finish. Drink now.Pisa Terrace8727MarlboroughSineann 2015 Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirSineann
81448143USThis offers clean, clear blackberry fruit, along with pretty baking spices. No details of barrel aging were provided, but some toasty flavors are there and well integrated. The acids, however, leave a chalky aftertaste.8739OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spangler 2013 Petit Verdot (Oregon)Petit VerdotSpangler
81458144ItalyAromas of white rose, sage, citrus and grapefruit carry over to the palate along with ripe peach and orange zest. It's semisweet and lightly sparkling, with a slightly sweet finish and a frothy mousse.Imperiale Fior d'Arancio Orange87VenetoColli EuganeiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStella Rosa NV Imperiale Fior d'Arancio Orange Moscato (Colli Euganei)MoscatoStella Rosa
81468145USFermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, this wine is dominated by tropical fruit, swimming in pineapple and banana aromas and flavors. Unfettered by oak, it boasts sizzling acidity and, while tasty, is somewhat one-dimensional.Unoaked8734CaliforniaYountvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneTamber Bey 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay (Yountville)ChardonnayTamber Bey
81478146ArgentinaOily aromas of peanut and burnt match ride high on the nose of this plump and pulpy tropical-leaning white. Typical lychee and honeydew flavors are slightly bitter in front of a fleshy palate with moderate acidity.Reserva8717OtherArgentinaMichael Schachner@wineschachTerrazas de Los Andes 2016 Reserva Torrontés (Argentina)TorrontésTerrazas de Los Andes
81488147CanadaThis snappy blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Sémillon and Muscat brings a pungent, somewhat grassy profile front and center. Stone fruits with a touch of lime fill in the core, with some bite to the finish.Oldfield Series 2Bench8720British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Tinhorn Creek 2015 Oldfield Series 2Bench White (Okanagan Valley)White BlendTinhorn Creek
81498148New ZealandRipe berries and oak spice dominate on this Pinot Noir from the bottom of New Zealand's North Island. The palate follows with balanced acidity and silky tannins but the oaky characters dominate all the way through, finishing on the bitter side.8725WairarapaUrlar 2013 Pinot Noir (Wairarapa)Pinot NoirUrlar
81508149New ZealandThoughts of Black Forest cake, cherry chocolate brownies, and baked plums are immediately conjured upon smelling this Pinot Noir from one of New Zealand's largest producers. Violets, dusty books, and cola are in the mix too. The palate promises more of the same, with silky tannins and balanced acidity. It's on the rich side, but is an undeniable crowd pleaser.Cellar Selection8726MarlboroughVilla Maria 2014 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirVilla Maria
81518150USThis small-production wine is lightly spiced, robust and herbal. Dense and powerful wild strawberry and earth notes give it a sense of place.Black Dog Ranch8745CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBeresini Vineyards 2013 Black Dog Ranch Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirBeresini Vineyards
81528151FranceThere is a touch of lemon cheesecake on the nose—both creamy and zesty. The palate seems translucent in its lightness with its fizzing froth. The finish is clean, refreshing and dry. Drink soon.Clérotstein Auxerrois8722AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Cleebourg NV Clérotstein Auxerrois Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendCave de Cleebourg
81538152FranceWith grapes coming from the Marne Valley, this wine is rich with ripe grapes. At the same time, it has a balance with an acidity and soft aftertaste that makes it immediately drinkable.Cuvée Perle Rosé Brut8735ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerClaude Baron NV Cuvée Perle Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendClaude Baron
81548153USRose and turned earth notes mark the entry of this concentrated, tannic wine. Robust strawberry and black cherry flavors fill it out, wrapped in toasted oak.Reserve8738CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneConcannon 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirConcannon
81558154FranceThis concentrated, herbal wine has a good balance between the great fruit and the tangy, zesty texture. With its fruity character and spicy aftertaste, it's already a pleasure to drink.8715BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Grand Verdus 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau le Grand Verdus
81568155FranceCrisp and fruity, this wine is full of apple and citrus flavors. It also features a touch of wood and spice, with a creamy aftertaste from the light wood aging. Drink now.8730BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Mont-Pérat 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Mont-Pérat
81578156FranceThis is a tight, mineral-textured wine. Crisp fruit keeps it bright, but the texture adds a more serious, structured note. Wait until late 2017 for it to come completely together.8712BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Petit Moulin 2016 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Petit Moulin
81588157ChileEarthy spicy aromas of tea and leather frame herbal berry and cherry notes. This has a fresh jumpy palate and snappy flavors of spiced pie cherry, plum and oak-based vanilla. A bit of saltiness rises up on a juicy, racy finish.Reserva Especial8715San AntonioMichael Schachner@wineschachCono Sur 2015 Reserva Especial Pinot Noir (San Antonio)Pinot NoirCono Sur
81598158USA sweet smell of honeysuckle and grapefruit candy permeates the nose of this bottling, along with cut honeydew melon and apple blossom. Sugary mandarin juice is the primary flavor on the palate, but it's properly offset by acidity a chalky texture.8729CaliforniaCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCoquelicot 2016 RieslingRieslingCoquelicot
81608159USOregon's recent overproduction of young Pinot Noir has opened the door for this easygoing, forward and fruity style. Clean and simple red fruits offer no subtle flavors—just a little boost to the finish from the supporting tannins.8725OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cow Bell 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCow Bell

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