Wine Reviews

8763187630FranceThis young, fruity herbal wine also has a smooth, ripe character from the warm vintage. That means it is developing fast to drink young, while the texture indicates that it can age, at least until 2022.9030Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerLe Roi des Pierres 2015 SancerreSauvignon BlancLe Roi des Pierres
8763287631ChileThis is opaque in color, with oaky, balsamic aromas of black fruits, mint and vanilla. In the mouth, this is muscular, with full and somewhat rough tannins. Toasty roasted blackberry flavors are peppery, minty and fully spiced, while on the finish this is packing all sorts of power and oak. Drink through 2021.Alpha9023Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2014 Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahMontes
8763387632USA viscous, floral explosion of beautiful fruit, this wine is bright in acidity, with concentrated flavor. Textured, it's meant for the table, where it will play well with a range of rich foods.9032CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards 2015 Viognier (Oak Knoll District)ViognierMaterra Cunat Family Vineyards
8763487633USThis impressively bold, dry wine could have been labeled as a varietal Syrah. It needs to pair with big chunks of meat or cheese. Concentrated blueberry, dark chocolate and blackberry combine with firm tannins and light spices from oak aging.Grande Violette9020CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNaggiar 2014 Grande Violette Red (Sierra Foothills)Red BlendNaggiar
8763587634USA dryness of tannin leans into bitter notes of tobacco before mellowing on the palate to allow for crisper, more balanced aspects of cranberry, currant and plum to weigh in. A lightness to the palate belies this wine's ripeness.Exposure90100CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneOakville East 2013 Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)Cabernet SauvignonOakville East
8763687635USBramble, violet and leather notes lend complexity to this fruity but elegantly composed Merlot. Ripe plum and cherry flavors are plump but pristine, brightened by crisp acidity and a smooth velvety finish of tannins. Drinks well already but should improve through 2021.Estate Reserve9052New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaOne Woman 2012 Estate Reserve Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotOne Woman
8763787636USRich and thick in chocolate mocha and a punch of espresso, this wine offers great value. It showcases the cooler side of the variety in cedar undertones, while delivering decadent counterpoint with its suggestion of bacon. A lift of acidity brightens the finish.9018CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePicket Fence 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPicket Fence
8763887637New ZealandThis doesn't have the same floral notes on the nose as the other 2014s from Escarpment, but instead offers aromas of baking spices, vanilla and black cherries. In the mouth, it's crisp and medium in weight—not the most generous wine right now—but the tart, lingering finish suggests it should age well. Try after 2018.Te Rehua Single Vineyard9059MartinboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEscarpment 2014 Te Rehua Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Martinborough)Pinot NoirEscarpment
8763987638ItalyAromas of tropical fruit, pressed wild flower and ripe orchard fruit lead the nose. The round savory palate offers juicy peach, red Bartlett pear and a white almond note. Energizing mineral lifts the creamy flavors.9017VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGini 2015 Soave ClassicoGarganegaGini
8764087639USThe aromas pop on this wine, with generous notes of white pepper, jalapeño pepper and herbs. The cherry flavors are light and elegant, showing a very pretty styling.Katherine Corkrum Estate Grown9050WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSpring Valley Vineyard 2013 Katherine Corkrum Estate Grown Cabernet Franc (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancSpring Valley Vineyard
8764187640USVarietal Counoise is a rarity in the state. This one offers aromas of mortared fresh herbs and red plum that are followed by plump pure fruit flavors that stretch-out on the finish.Ciel du Cheval Vineyard9030WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTamarack Cellars 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Counoise (Red Mountain)CounoiseTamarack Cellars
8764287641USIn a field of sometimes tough wines, this one is remarkably approachable, smooth and delicious, not to mention a great value. Fermented by native yeast, it has wonderful spicy, plummy aromas, a generous and melting texture, and deep but mellow plum, prune and milk-chocolate flavors.Grower's Selection9015CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThe Crusher 2013 Grower's Selection Petite Sirah (Clarksburg)Petite SirahThe Crusher
8764387642USA blend of Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Marsanne, this wine brings reserved aromas of apple skin, pear, almond and lemon verbena. The palate brings a sense of freshness and vibrancy, with a citric kick and an impressively long finish.Slice of Pape Blanc9030WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTranche 2013 Slice of Pape Blanc White (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style White BlendTranche
8764487643USA luxurious, tempting oak perfume continues through the flavors of this richly textured, spicy wine. Aromas are toasted and smoky while the flavors are ripe blackberries and dark chocolate.9021CaliforniaYolo CountyCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTurkovich 2014 Tempranillo (Yolo County)TempranilloTurkovich
8764587644SpainSoft ripe raisiny aromas are slightly baked and toasty. A saturated firm palate shows proper balance, while flavors of prune, blackberry, chocolate and spicy oak finish strong and tannic, but not hard. Drink through 2018.Reserva9025Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachValserrano 2011 Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendValserrano
8764687645SpainGritty berry and olive aromas are woodsy and a touch flat. This feels full and grabby, while flavors of tea, herbal blackberry, salt and roasted meat finish blackened and peppery, with a toasty element that gets more pronounced the longer this sits. Drink through 2022.Crianza9030Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachValtravieso 2012 Crianza (Ribera del Duero)Red BlendValtravieso
8764787646USThis producer remains committed to showcasing this rare variety, making this 100% version of it from 40-plus-year-old dry-farmed vines. He lets the grapes hang out sur lie for five months in mostly stainless steel, with a small amount of neutral French oak. The result presents as full bodied, though the ripeness is restrained, a celebration of apple, vanilla, spicy lemongrass and robust minerality.Old Vines9020CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneY Rousseau 2015 Old Vines Colombard (Russian River Valley)ColombardY Rousseau
8764887647FranceThis pure Vermentinu (the local spelling) is fragrant, crisp and deliciously fresh. With bright acidity as well as zesty white fruits and orange peel, it is perfumed and ready to drink for its freshness, or age until 2017 for extra richness.E Croce9038France OtherPatrimonioRoger Voss@vossrogerYves Leccia 2015 E Croce Vermentino (Patrimonio)VermentinoYves Leccia
8764987648USOn this dense, appealing and fruit-driven bottling from Camel Hill Vineyard, fresh-pressed blackberry meets with touches of other red fruits, from dark strawberry to plum, enhanced by cocoa dust. Leather, dark chocolate, red cherry and blackberry flavors show on the palate, where incredibly sticky tannins still need a bit more time to smooth out.8945CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLeft Bend 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)Cabernet SauvignonLeft Bend
8765087649FranceStéphane Brocard is based in Marsannay the northernmost vineyard in Burgundy's Côte d'Or. This wine comes from two small parcels with 35-year-old vines. It is already fruity and attractive, although the tannins do promise aging. Crisp with the pure acidity of the vintage, it will develop well and should be drunk from late 2017.Closerie des Alisiers Vieilles Vignes8935BurgundyMarsannayRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Stéphane Brocard 2014 Closerie des Alisiers Vieilles Vignes (Marsannay)Pinot NoirMaison Stéphane Brocard
8765187650FranceFresh and herbal, this young, textured wine shows green fruits and crisp acidity right up front, making it immediately attractive. Drink it now for this fruit or wait until later in 2017 for it to soften.Les Tuilières8932Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Redde et Fils 2015 Les Tuilières (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancMichel Redde et Fils
8765287651USComing from Cerro Prieto Vineyard, one of the few places to grow Pinot Noir in this appellation, this bottling shows aromas of clove, vanilla, sandalwood and pomegranate on the nose. Light pomegranate and tart red-fruit flavors dominate the palate, with a touch of dried herb.Deadbeat8935CaliforniaPaso Robles Willow Creek DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPulchella 2014 Deadbeat Pinot Noir (Paso Robles Willow Creek District)Pinot NoirPulchella
8765387652USSavory tones of roasted beet, truffle and soil juxtapose pristinely ripened cherry and plum in this elegantly balanced Cabernet Franc. It's supple and juicy yet nuanced and earthy. Crisp acidity freshens a long, softly tannic finish.8920New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaRed Newt Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancRed Newt Cellars
8765487653ItalyThis opens with aromas of forest floor, mature dark-skinned fruit and leather. The hearty palate offers raisin, dried black currant, clove and tobacco alongside tightly wound tannins that leave a firm finish.8949VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanti 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendSanti
8765587654USThe aromas are vibrant, with notes of pear, honeysuckle and peach. The palate is full flavored, dry as promised, with a zing of tart acidity that stitches it all together. It's an outstanding value that shows a beautiful sense of balance.Dry899WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingChateau Ste. Michelle
8765687655USComing from one of the state's most esteemed Syrah vineyards, this wine opens with nuanced aromas of bacon fat, smoke and berry. The palate is rich and sumptuous, with fruit and savory flavors lingering on the finish.Boushey Vineyard8942WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDamsel 2014 Boushey Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahDamsel
8765787656FranceThis is a light-colored wine, with structure and acidity to balance the perfumed cherry-flavored fruit. Still young, still developing its fruitiness, the wine is going to be crisp with attractive strawberry flavors and soft tannins. Drink from 2019.Aux Champs Perdrix Premier Cru8970BurgundyNuits-St.-GeorgesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chevillon-Chezeaux 2014 Aux Champs Perdrix Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)Pinot NoirDomaine Chevillon-Chezeaux
8765887657PortugalThis is a rich, fruity wine that has a delicious apple flavor cut by lemony acidity to give a line of freshness. The wine is dry, fruity and ready to drink.8813Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa do Valle 2014 White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCasa do Valle
8765987658PortugalThis is a ripe and lightly honeyed wine. It has an aromatic character that translates onto the palate in ripe mango, peach and apple flavors. There is a good texture, tangy and rich. Drink now.Paseo of Portugal88LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2014 Paseo of Portugal White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteCasa Santos Lima
8766087659ItalyAromas of baked plum, resin, vanilla and brown spice slowly emerge in the glass. The aromas carry over to the palate but this is still tight and closed. Give this time to unwind and fully develop. Drink after 2018.Gallina88PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello di Neive 2012 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloCastello di Neive

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