Wine Reviews


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8596485963USDry, brisk in acidity and ripe, this has stimulating minerality that undergirds the fruit flavors of Meyer lemon, lime and guava. But what dominates is the hugeness of size and the richness that goes on and on.English Hill Vineyard8645CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaBoheme 2009 English Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayBoheme
8596585964ItalyThis simple red is a great food wine, and it would pair with just about anything containing meat or cheese. It has heft and determination, with bright accents of cherry, red rose and dried apple.Torre d'Orti8614VenetoValpolicella RipassoCavalchina 2009 Torre d'Orti (Valpolicella Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCavalchina
8596685965FranceThis has soft red fruits along with a firm structure of tannins and acids. Shapely and balanced, this is ready to drink now.Le8622BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerChanson Père et Fils 2010 Le (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirChanson Père et Fils
8596785966ItalyMade using organically farmed fruit, this is a simple and fruity red that would pair with chicken curry or pork roast. The flavors are reminiscent of wild berry, cola and chopped herb.Ca' Fiui8624VenetoValpolicellaCorte Sant' Alda 2011 Ca' Fiui (Valpolicella)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCorte Sant' Alda
8596885967FranceA caramel note combines with soft yellow-fruit and spice flavors. It's rich and rounded, with hints of toast and orange jelly.86BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Christophe Camu 2010 ChablisChardonnayDomaine Christophe Camu
8596985968FranceRipe and round, this has attractive, rich fruit flavors of apple and apricot, along with a fine streak of juiciness and acidity that provides a fragrant finish.8620BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean Chartron 2010 BourgogneChardonnayDomaine Jean Chartron
8597085969FranceCrisp, clean and fruity, this has attractive acidity and lively fruit. It's bright and citrus flavored, with an aromatic finish.86BurgundyPetit ChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2010 Petit ChablisChardonnayDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin
8597185970USThis red pushes a pretty cherry fruit flavor forward, letting the fruit rather than new barrels, do the talking. It's a tasty, with good balance and medium length.Katydid8624WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Domaine Pouillon 2009 Katydid G-S-M (Horse Heaven Hills)G-S-MDomaine Pouillon
8595185950USThis is lightly grassy and quite fresh. Whatever the residual sugar may be, it simply helps round out the searing acidity.8615WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Airfield Estates 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)Sauvignon BlancAirfield Estates
8597285971South AfricaGreen plum, apple and lemon-rind aromas and flavors are at the center of this dry sparkler. It's clean and refreshing, with medium carbonation and a brisk, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.Brut Zero8625Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGraham Beck 2005 Brut Zero Sparkling (Western Cape)Sparkling BlendGraham Beck
8597385972South AfricaThis is a jammy and fruit-forward selection, with lively notes of raspberry, strawberry and red plum, accented by nuances of potpourri and gamy meat. Medium tannins and skin-driven fruit flavors provide the palate nice structure and grip.Petit8612Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzKen Forrester 2011 Petit Pinotage (Western Cape)PinotageKen Forrester
8597485973FranceThis is fruity, with a hint of the vintage's crisp minerality. It has citrus and apple flavors, with a touch of toast. Ready to drink in a year.8628BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2011 ChablisChardonnayL. Tramier & Fils
8597585974ItalySimple and fresh, this delivers easy aromas of cherry, wild berry, cola and bitter almond skin. It's lean and crisp, with a short, bright finish.Latium8614VenetoValpolicellaLatium di Morini 2011 Latium (Valpolicella)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLatium di Morini
8597685975ItalyThis simple wine delivers currant, dried raspberry and ginger aromas. Medium in build and in intensity, it offers toasted accents on the finish.8615VenetoValpolicella Ripasso ClassicoLe Bertarole 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso ClassicoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraLe Bertarole
8597785976USAn exotic Chardonnay, this is reminiscent of a Rhône white wine, with its honeysuckle, mineral, apricot, tangerine and sautéed banana flavors. It's certainly savory. Don't drink it too cold.Windsor Oaks Vineyard8830CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaStark 2009 Windsor Oaks Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayStark
8597885977ItalyTeroldego is a fantastic red grape located in select areas of northern Italy. This expression opens with aromas of hearty blackberry, savory spice, leather, prune and tobacco. It finishes bright, bold and spicy.Bottega Vinaia8818Northeastern ItalyTeroldego RotalianoCavit 2010 Bottega Vinaia (Teroldego Rotaliano)TeroldegoCavit
8597985978FranceFrom organic grapes, this is a soft, red-fruited wine. The tang of acidity is well balanced by the full fruit character. It's ripe and attractively structured.Perle de Margüi8822ProvenceCoteaux VaroisRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Margüi 2011 Perle de Margüi Rosé (Coteaux Varois)RoséChâteau Margüi
8595285951USNotes of beeswax, orange oil and melon are accented with citrus pith and white flower subtleties. Medium to full bodied, this starts off lax, but a charge of acidity gives the midpalate a boost. Sip this alongside citrus-marinated grilled shrimp.8622VirginiaVirginiaAnnefield Vineyards 2010 Viognier (Virginia)ViognierAnnefield Vineyards
8598085979AustriaWith its perfumed fruit and bright acidity, this dances across the palate. Flavors include spice, peach, grapefruit and lemon zest, which all meld into a light, refreshing whole. Screwcap.Vom Berg88KamptalRoger Voss@vossrogerEichinger 2011 Vom Berg Riesling (Kamptal)RieslingEichinger
8595385952South AfricaToast and fresh hay aromas immediately waft from the glass, with supporting notes of red apple and spiced orange peel. Round and full in the mouth, it has good mousse and a soft honeyed accent that carries through onto the finish.Philip Jonker The Ring Blanc de Blancs Brut8628RobertsonLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzWeltevrede 2008 Philip Jonker The Ring Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Robertson)ChardonnayWeltevrede
8595485953USGrassy, herbaceous tones are a tad pungent, but they add freshness to this lusciously textured, easy-drinking Gewürz. It's off-dry, with loads of fleshy yellow peach, pineapple and melon flavors, with delicate tangerine-juice acidity. Drink now.8613New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaCasa Larga 2009 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerCasa Larga
8595585954FranceLight and fruity, this has a yeasty edge along with acidity. On the palate, there are lots of green fruits, offering a dancing, lively character. At the end, there is a touch of vanilla.8630BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2010 ChablisChardonnayLouis Latour
8595685955South AfricaFruit-forward and easy pleasing, this offers bright aromas and flavors of fresh peach slices, melons and yellow apples. A soft baking-spice accent and suggestions of walnut shells add interest to the medium-length finish.8611Western CapeLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLa Capra Presented by Fairview 2010 Chardonnay (Western Cape)ChardonnayLa Capra Presented by Fairview
8595785956USSunny and ripe on the nose, this has loads of yellow peach and apricot aromas, tinged with hints of dried, savory herbs. This dry, medium-bodied Grüner is subdued on the palate, but thirst quenching with its vivid acidity and clean, minerally finish. Drink now.8618New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2011 Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes)Grüner VeltlinerDr. Konstantin Frank
8595885957ItalyA small percentage of Teroldego is added to this classic Valpolicella bend to give it a slightly darker color and smoother mouthfeel. On the nose, it offers bright cherry and blackberry aromas.Fralibri8620VenetoValpolicella ClassicoEleva 2010 Fralibri (Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraEleva
8595985958FranceTaut and textured, yet ripe and soft, this has a nectarine flavor that's balanced by a note of fresh lime. The finish is easy, nervy and zingy.Domaine Chenevières8614BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2010 Domaine Chenevières (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
8596085959FranceFull, ripe and creamy, this rolls mellifluously around the palate. Pear and plum flavors dominate along with the crisp edge of lime. The finish is just as rich and smooth.Domaine Saint-Martin8618BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2010 Domaine Saint-Martin (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayGeorges Duboeuf
8596185960USRose petals and sweet raspberry candy perfume this dry yet lusciously fruity rosé. It's easy-drinking, bearing generous black-plum and cherry flavors, with just a hint of ripe briar. This is a perfect apéritif or accompaniment to spicy Thai or Indian cuisine. Drink now.Rosé8611New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGoose Watch 2011 Rosé Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancGoose Watch
8596285961USThere's lots of sweetness in this polished wine, with pretty orange, peach, vanilla and honeysuckle flavors. It would benefit from greater acidity, though, as it's a bit soft.8625CaliforniaAnderson ValleyV. Sattui 2011 Riesling (Anderson Valley)RieslingV. Sattui
8596385962USNotes of violet petal and graham cracker crumb accent juicy red plum and cherry flavors on this full-bodied blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are coarse and a tad grippy, but they taper out nicely toward the finish.Cabernet Merlot8625New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAtwater 2009 Cabernet Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Finger Lakes)Cabernet Sauvignon-MerlotAtwater

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