Wine Reviews

8658186580FranceWith much of the freshness of 2006 now evolved into more mature flavors, this balanced if somewhat stalky wine has fine perfumed black currant fruit flavors, with a firm core of tannins and wood aging.Cuvée la Fleur Tabenot8520BordeauxCôtes de CastillonRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Hyot 2006 Cuvée la Fleur Tabenot (Côtes de Castillon)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Hyot
8658286581FranceFull of spicy wood flavors, this wine also has black currant fruit flavors and considerable acidity. It's well-balanced, fresh while also ripe and fruity. Drink soon.8514BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Julian 2010 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Julian
8658386582FranceBlending Cabernet and Merlot, this is a caramel-flavored dry rosé, with good berry fruitiness. There's a fine final burst of acidity.8515BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau les Arromans 2010 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau les Arromans
8658486583AustraliaLight and frothy, with perfumed notes of tangerine, spice and a mere hint of strawberry. Falls off a bit on the finish, but still represents a good value in dessert-style bubbles.DB Family Selection Pink859New South WalesNew South WalesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2011 DB Family Selection Pink Moscato (New South Wales)MoscatoDe Bortoli
8658586584FranceA wine with light tannins and juicy red fruits. Though the acidity is prominent, it has a soft texture and attractive strawberry fruit flavors. Not for aging.Duc de Rochebois8515BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerDe Mour 2009 Duc de Rochebois (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDe Mour
8658686585ItalyThis straight-shooting Chianti presents loads of red berry fruit and a touch of apple skin, with background shades of pressed violets and moist earth. The wine only sees stainless steel, so the brightness of the fruit is what drives it forward.Chianti8515TuscanyChiantiInalto 2009 Chianti (Chianti)SangioveseInalto
8658786586USSurprisingly thin for an Alexander Valley Cabernet, especially at this price. It's clean and proper, being dry and softly tannic, but the cherry and blackberry flavors taste watered down.Five Sisters Blend8534CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaJ. Rickards 2009 Five Sisters Blend Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJ. Rickards
8658886587USSpicy, savory aromas of smoked nuts and coconut are brightened by clean, green floral notes on this dry, medium-bodied Chardonnay. Quite creamy in texture with a smoke-inflected vanilla palate, it's a well-balanced accompaniment to hearty fowl or braised pork dishes.Reserve Estate Bottled8520New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2008 Reserve Estate Bottled Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayLamoreaux Landing
8658986588ChileCool-climate aromas of rhubarb, red plum and brambly spice are draped all over this zesty, racy Pinot from Chile's deep south. It feels quick and high in acid, with crisp, almost tart flavors of pie cherry and red plum. Finishes fresh but short.8513Bío Bío ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLlai Llai 2010 Pinot Noir (Bío Bío Valley)Pinot NoirLlai Llai
8659086589USJust a single barrel was produced. Volatile and slightly vinegary at first, it improves with aggressive swirling. The fruit remains quite tart, almost to the point of being sour, with little varietal character.Spice Cabinet Vineyard8533WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mercer 2008 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Sangiovese (Horse Heaven Hills)SangioveseMercer
8659186590USGeneric red fruit flavors are set in a light wine with a slightly chalky finish. In the nose there are hints of volatility and leather, but it's perfectly quaffable.8528WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Michael Florentino 2008 Tempranillo (Columbia Valley (WA))TempranilloMichael Florentino
8659286591USEverything about this wine is big. It's superripe in jammy cherries and raspberries, and super-oaky, with a sweet coating of caramelized candy corn. It's a crowd pleaser for many red wine fans, but simply too sweet and simple for the price.Reserve8542CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMiddle Ridge 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonMiddle Ridge
8659386592USThe acidity on this Pinot tastes bizarre. It's so sharp and cutting that it's unnatural, given the ripeness of the raspberry and cherry fruit. Not going anywhere, so drink now.Santa Marie Cuvée8428CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastKenneth Volk 2008 Santa Marie Cuvée Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirKenneth Volk
8659486593USVery sweet in white sugared orange and vanilla flavors, like a honey-nut candy bar. Will satisfy Chard lovers with a sweet toothSpirit Hawk8415CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLander-Jenkins 2010 Spirit Hawk Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayLander-Jenkins
8659586594USA rugged, country-style wine, dry and sharp in acids and tannins, with blackberry and herb flavors. Made from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and several other varieties, it's a decent everyday sipper.Cuvée8412CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastLiberty School 2009 Cuvée Red (Central Coast)Red BlendLiberty School
8659686595SpainOily and melony smelling and after that it's pretty much your average, innocuous white wine. Feels like orange juice on the palate and tastes like orange and tangerine. Cleansing, fresh enough and easy to drink.8410Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de Riscal 2010 White (Rueda)White BlendMarqués de Riscal
8659786596USThis is an enormously ripe, extracted red wine. It shows California's heat in the jammy raspberries, cherries and chocolate, as sweet and thick as the filling in a pie. Shows the strength of Paso Robles, which is ripeness, and its weaknesses, excessive alcohol, sweetness and a flabby structure.Estate8424CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMinassian-Young 2009 Estate Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelMinassian-Young
8659886597ChileFleshy, soft and honeyed on the nose, with spiced pear aromas. Feels sort of flabby, with soft acids and meaty, mustardy flavors of white fruits that finish blowsy. Flowery and fluffy now, but it seems to be fading.Reserva8412Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachOveja Negra 2010 Reserva Chardonnay-Viognier (Maule Valley)Chardonnay-ViognierOveja Negra
8659986598ItalyLight, bright and crisp, this ruby-colored Chianti would pair with simple pasta dishes or take-out pizza. It's a thin, compact wine with a fresh berry close.8413TuscanyChiantiBellini 2009 ChiantiSangioveseBellini
8660086599FranceWhen a Bordeaux wine gets into a heavy bottle, it has something to prove. As here, when the wine has way too much wood and lacks fruit. It could balance out, but that is a long shot.84150BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Croizille 2009 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Croizille
8660186600FranceSurprisingly lightweight for the vintage, this is a red fruit-flavored wine, with tannins, acidity and a fresh aftertaste. Not for aging.8425BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Moulin Lafitte 2009 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Moulin Lafitte
8660286601USOutcrop was planted in 1982. A hint of leather (not too much) along with scents of sassafras and crushed roses, open into a peppery palate with cranberries and red fruits. Ample acidity carries it into a penetrating finish. Drink 2020 through 2035 and beyond.Outcrop Estate9250OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Eyrie Vineyards 2013 Outcrop Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirThe Eyrie Vineyards
8660386602USAn abundance of fresh fruit spills out of this full-bodied, pure and uncomplicated wine in a way that's hard to resist. There is little obvious oak to get in the way of flavors like vine-ripened raspberries and blackberries as they stream along on fine tannins and lithe acidity.Live Oak9234CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThree 2013 Live Oak Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelThree
8660486603USIt's amazing how this super-concentrated wine smells like chocolate cherries and tastes almost like blackberry syrup, yet it's nice and dry in style. A firm coating of fine tannins gives grip on the tongue and seems to extend the juicy fruit and dark chocolate notes on the finish.Old Vines9222CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThree 2013 Old Vines Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelThree
8660586604FranceThe richness and structure of the appellation are well represented in this firm wine. It has dark tannins and hints of wood aging as well as ripe black cherry and berry fruits. With its structure and intense acidity, the wine will age well. Drink from 2020.9265BurgundyMorey-Saint-DenisRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Potel 2014 Morey-Saint-DenisPinot NoirNicolas Potel
8660686605SpainSince its inception, Numanthia has never once bottled a disappointing Termes. Aromas of lemon peel and orange rind mix with blackberry and cassis notes. This feels tight and tannic, but structured and appropriate. Dark-berry and chocolate flavors finish tannic but healthy. This is true-to-form Toro.Drink through 2021.Termes9230Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachNumanthia 2012 Termes (Toro)Tinta de ToroNumanthia
8660786606GermanyWhile the nose is soft-spoken, the palate of this honey-slicked Spätlese is robust, buoyant with fruit and complexities of spice, saffron and mineral. Ripe tangerine and stone fruit flavors are satisfyingly juicy, yet edged by a fine filigree of lime and lemon acidity.Grünlack Spätlese9240RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaSchloss Johannisberger 2014 Grünlack Spätlese Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingSchloss Johannisberger
8660886607USFrom what's becoming one of the most heralded vineyards in the region, this bottling shows wet cement, baked plums, blackberry, thyme and black sage on the nose. Boysenberry fruit comes first on the sip, followed by tart orange peel, a touch of green olive and more fresh thyme flavors.Lester Family Vineyard Partners' Reserve9239CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSoquel Vineyards 2013 Lester Family Vineyard Partners' Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)Pinot NoirSoquel Vineyards
8660986608USSome kind of magic is happening here. As the lowest-priced Chardonnay in Stoller's lineup, this may turn out to be your favorite. Using all-stainless steel, this sleek style brings out the aromatics, texture and detail. There's tensile strength here, herb-tinged accents, clean and juicy citrus-inflected fruit and superb balance throughout.9225OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stoller 2015 Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)ChardonnayStoller
8661086609USA fragrant nose of chocolate-cherry candy, dried blueberry and hint of spearmint shows on this potent blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. The body is medium-heavy, with chalky tannins framing the tart boysenberry fruit, grippy leather and tobacco flavors that evolve toward grape and blackberry and finish on a woody cedar note.LPF9265CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannThe Farm Winery 2012 LPF Red (Adelaida District)Bordeaux-style Red BlendThe Farm Winery

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