Wine Reviews

8628186280ChileLight and mostly fresh, with shy peach and green-fruit aromas. The palate is soft and reticent, with lower-level acids and chunky melon and papaya flavors. Finishes pithy and thus mildly bitter. Drink soon or wait for the 2008.8412Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPeñalolen 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Limarí Valley)Sauvignon BlancPeñalolen
8628286281FranceA lean style of wine, grassy and herbaceous, with dry tannins that are already showing signs of maturity. There is still some attractive juiciness, but the acidity and the tight tannins are good indications of the lightness of the wine.Château du Bascou8442Southwest FranceCôtes de Saint-MontRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2002 Château du Bascou Red (Côtes de Saint-Mont)Red BlendProducteurs Plaimont
8628386282USA little unbalanced, with some overripe, pruny flavors and heat from high alcohol. The lack of fruity richness accentuates the tannins. Drink up.Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard8460CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaProvenance Vineyards 2005 Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard Merlot (Carneros)MerlotProvenance Vineyards
8628486283USDoes a good job of delivering Cabernet's personality at a decent price. Dry and softly tannic, this 100% Cab shows black currant, spicy plum and cedar flavors. Drink now.Vintner's Cuvée8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherRosenblum 2006 Vintner's Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonRosenblum
8628586284FranceA rounded, very soft Chardonnay from Chablis producer Simmonet-Febvre. There are green fruits, with hints of pears and light acidity. The edge of green tannin gives the wine some shape, but it is essentially soft. Screwcap.8410France OtherVin de Pays des Portes de MéditerranéeRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2006 Chardonnay (Vin de Pays des Portes de Méditerranée)ChardonnaySimonnet-Febvre
8628686285ItalyHoney and stone fruit are at the aromatic forefront of this easy, light-hearted Pinot Grigio. The wine is lean and watery in the mouth and finishes short.84VenetoVenetoStival 2007 Pinot Grigio (Veneto)Pinot GrigioStival
8628786286USThis is an unusual blend of Columbard, Sémillon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, and it's a nicely crisp white with plenty of fruity flavors that finishes dry. Easy to drink with Asian fare.White Old Vines Cuvée III8412CaliforniaMendocinoLadybug NV White Old Vines Cuvée III White (Mendocino)White BlendLadybug
8628886287USA standard, everyday Chard, brimming with smoky, vanilla-accented oak and ripe pear and tropical fruit flavors that finish a little sweet.8417CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLake Sonoma 2007 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayLake Sonoma
8628986288USAn easy, versatile food wine or cocktail sipper marked by crisp acidity and slightly sweet flavors of apricots, pineapples, oranges, vanilla and honeysuckle flowers.8417CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaLake Sonoma 2007 Pinot Gris (Russian River Valley)Pinot GrisLake Sonoma
8629086289USA little light in flavor and rustic, but the price isn't bad for a dry, robust Zin with decent cherry-berry flavors. The alcohol is low, and the finish is pleasant.8412CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaLeaping Lizard 2006 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelLeaping Lizard
8629186290SpainLight and flowery, with apple aromas. The body and palate are lean and a little stripped, but the apple flavors are clean and quaffable. This is like a waif model, or maybe a scarecrow. It is good on the surface but has very little meat on the bones.Viura-Chardonnay8411Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachNo Time 2007 Viura-Chardonnay White (Navarra)White BlendNo Time
8629286291USPretty thin, with very high acidity and just a trace of lemon, grapefruit and pepper flavors. The dryness and tartness are really clean and bracing, but if you're looking for richness, this will disappoint.8418CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaFritz 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancFritz
8629386292USSweet and simple, with jammy orange, apricot, apple and honeysuckle flavors that finish in a spicy swirl of cloves. Balanced with crisp acidity.Twin Valley845CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherGallo Family Vineyards NV Twin Valley Moscato (California)MoscatoGallo Family Vineyards
8629486293USArt gallery openings, backyard barbecues and other occasions when you want a nice, dry, affordable red are suited to this boxed wine, the equivalent of four regular bottles. It has pleasant blackberry, currant and cherry jam flavors.8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBota Box 2005 Shiraz (California)ShirazBota Box
8629586294USAt the equivalent of about $4.50 a bottle, this Zin in a vacuum-packed box is a good buy. It's dry, full-bodied and very Zinny, with peppery wild berry, tobacco and herb flavors.3 L8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBota Box 2006 3 L Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelBota Box
8629686295USWith ripe tropical fruit, peach, pear and green apple flavors and a nice creamy mouthfeel, this is a good everyday white wine made in the modern, fruit-forward California style. At the equivalent of $4.50 a bottle, it's a bargain.8418CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBota Box 2006 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioBota Box
8629786296USThis Zin is a little too soft and simple for true classicism, but you have to consider the price. With its pleasant berry and spice flavors and rich, smooth tannins, it's a nice value.8410CaliforniaMendocino CountyCastle Rock 2006 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)ZinfandelCastle Rock
8629886297USHere's a good, everyday Cab if you're looking for a bargain. It's dry, tannic and earthy, with suggestions of currants and oak.8410CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastCupcake 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonCupcake
8629986298USEnjoy this hearty red with BBQ, pizza and other comfort fare. It's tannic and dry, with wild berry, leather and spice flavors and a touch of Provençal herbs.8416CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaDiablita 2005 Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendDiablita
8630086299FranceA blend that is half Cabernet Sauvignon and half the local Toulouse grape Negrette. It gives a light, fruity, juicy, bright wine, its freshness and flavors of ripe red plums underlined by a soft tannic element. Easy and fresh, to drink now.Le Rouge et Le Noir8413Southwest FranceVin de Pays du Comté TolosanRoger Voss@vossrogerDOC Wine Selection 2007 Le Rouge et Le Noir Red (Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan)Cabernet BlendDOC Wine Selection
8630186300USA good, everyday Chardonnay that gets the job done with proper peach and pear flavors, overlaid with oak and wrapped into a creamy texture.8418CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastParaiso Vineyards 2006 Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayParaiso Vineyards
8630286301USVery rich in tropical fruit pie filling, cotton candy, raspberry sorbet and caramelized vanilla flavors. Tastes a little too sweet, although it's balanced with good acids.The Heritage Collection8412CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyPeirano 2006 The Heritage Collection Viognier (Lodi)ViognierPeirano
8630386302USA decent, everyday red for easy drinking with meats, cheeses and pasta. A blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Viognier, which gives a lemony brightness to the berry flavors.Red Shorts8412CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyPeirano NV Red Shorts Red (Lodi)Red BlendPeirano
8630486303USA little on the sweet side, with Lifesaver candy lemon, lime and pineapple flavors, this unoaked PG is clean and balanced with crisp acidity.8414CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastPerbacco Cellars 2007 Pinot Grigio (Santa Barbara County)Pinot GrigioPerbacco Cellars
8630586304SpainLatex, rubber band and other roasted, rubbery aromas send up the red flag, yet the palate and flavors are good enough even if they are already a little tired and rusty. Not really recommended given that rosé should be fresh and fun. This one veers to big berry fruit and softness. 100% Tempranillo. Imported by National Distributing Co., Inc.Clos Torribas Rosé8410CataloniaPenedèsMichael Schachner@wineschachPinord 2007 Clos Torribas Rosé Tempranillo (Penedès)TempranilloPinord
8630686305FranceCrisp, dry, caramel- and red berry-flavored wine that has some crispness as well as good strawberry softness. There is some spice to finish. Screwcap.Colombelle Rosé848Southwest FranceVin de Pays des Côtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2007 Colombelle Rosé Red (Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne)Red BlendProducteurs Plaimont
8630786306ChileMinty, earthy and leafy, but with enough fruit that it seems honest. The palate is lively with thin-sided cherry flavors followed by a clean but lean finish. More like standard old-school Chianti than typical Chilean Cab.Reserva8410Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachQuasar 2006 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Curicó Valley)Cabernet SauvignonQuasar
8630886307GermanyIntense orange rind aromas are accented by waxy honey and lanolin notes on this dry, full-bodied Pinot Blanc. It's juicy and bright on the palate, with tart peach and tangerine flavors and zesty lime-toned acidity.8813RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaP.J. Valckenberg 2012 Pinot Blanc (Rheinhessen)Pinot BlancP.J. Valckenberg
8630986308CroatiaPleasant whiffs of eucalyptus help to lift aromas of bright cherry, red plum and red raspberry. Zesty acidity on the tongue leads to a fruit-packed finish.8816North DalmatiaJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysPiližota 2011 Babić (North Dalmatia)BabićPiližota
8631086309USFor a modestly priced Oregon Pinot, this is a punchy, pleasing wine, centered on brambly purple berry fruit flavors, framed in toasty, spicy tannins. The persistence is impressive.8820OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Purple Hands 2012 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirPurple Hands

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