Wine Reviews

8766187660ArgentinaEarthy, slightly leathery cherry and berry aromas are nothing unusual. This is aggressive in its attack, with energy to spare. Fresh blackberry and black-plum flavors finish with resiny, lactic notes that are oak based.8815Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachHaarth 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonHaarth
8766387662USA blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and 23% Syrah, this wine displays a strong tannic backbone, a burly strength of character and deep, dark black fruit. The Malbec shows in notes of dark chocolate and blueberry, while the Syrah peeks in with a touch of gaminess. All in all, there's elegance alongside the power.19 Block Mountain Cuvée8838CaliforniaMount VeederNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHess 2011 19 Block Mountain Cuvée Red (Mount Veeder)Red BlendHess
8766287661PortugalThis wine from well-known winemaker Luis Duarte is structured, with a lean character that brings out acidity as well as black currant fruits. The tannins are still severe and firm, giving a dry, tight wine that is just lifted by acidity. It is really too early to drink, so wait until 2017.8818AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Grous 2013 Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Grous
8766487663USSmoky, meaty aromas and lush berry flavors combine for a showy, full-bodied wine. It smells like charred oak, minerals and blackberry, then tastes like chocolate and dark cherry, with soft tannins for texture and a lingering, almost sweet finish.8816CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIvory and Burt 2012 Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelIvory and Burt
8766587664FranceVery tropical fruits aromas overlay a crisp, tight wine with orange zest acidity. It is softly textured, rich and packed with peach and apricot flavors. The wine is full in the mouth and ready to drink.En Thurissey8836BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marie Challand 2012 En Thurissey (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayJean-Marie Challand
8766687665FranceThis is a bright and crisp, while also rich wine. It has fragrant acidity, a lively texture and flavors of ripe white fruits. Balanced and very fruity, it conveys a tight, fragrant aftertaste. It is ready to drink.Vieilles Vignes Domaine des Chazelles88BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Marie Challand 2013 Vieilles Vignes Domaine des Chazelles (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayJean-Marie Challand
8766787666FrancePure fruit with some concentration, this wine also has a steely texture and a touch of saltiness. It's fresh and crisp with delicious green fruits, citrus and white peach. Ready to drink now, the wine will be better from 2016.Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon8825BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2014 Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon (Chablis)ChardonnayJoseph Drouhin
8766887667ArgentinaOak aromas ride high on a ripe, smoky nose that's pumped full of black-fruit scents. This is a chewy, dense style of Cabernet with thick, rubbery tannins. Baked blackberry, resiny oak, spice and herbal flavors finish long, with roasted notes and lasting, chewy tannins.Reserva8813Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachKaiken 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonKaiken
8766987668USInitially dense and brooding, this wine reveals lightly etched layers of cherry and strawberry on the palate. Just the right accent of earthy dirt and stone round out the finish.Estate Grown Proprietor's Reserve8845CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKastania 2012 Estate Grown Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirKastania
8767087669USThis is done in a lightly spicy, lightly toasty style. It's clean and supple, with a mix of apple, peach and melon fruit. Ample acidity keeps it fresh and lively through the finish. It spent six months in a mix of one-third stainless and two-thirds neutral oak.8820OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lazy River 2014 Pinot GrisPinot GrisLazy River
8767187670USComing from 100-year-old vines, this fascinating wine shows black cherry, spearmint, graphite and pencil lead on the restrained nose. The palate is all about dried cherries and the tart skins of plum and other red-purple fruits, keeping a nice sour tension throughout the sip.Lopez Ranch Old VIne8838CaliforniaCucamonga ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLorenzi Estate 2011 Lopez Ranch Old VIne Zinfandel (Cucamonga Valley)ZinfandelLorenzi Estate
8767287671ArgentinaMelony, tropical aromas are clean and holding steady. This is on the full and oily side, with citric acidity creating a centerweight. Punchy citrus, melon and peach flavors finish with a light, pithy bitterness. Drink now.Private Reserve8817OtherCafayateMichael Schachner@wineschachLoscano 2014 Private Reserve Torrontés (Cafayate)TorrontésLoscano
8767387672USFloral streaks of orange blossom open this wine, followed by vibrant bursts of lemon. Estate grown, produced and bottled, this fresh, balanced wine picks up weight on the finish, ending with a ripeness of voluptuous apple and oak.8829CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2013 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayV. Sattui
8767487673FranceThis attractive, fruity wine has refreshing acidity and clean lemon and orange zest flavors. It has a creamy side as well, giving a smooth, soft aftertaste that balances with the fresh acidity. Drink from 2016.JJ Bourgogne Blanc8821BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerVincent 2014 JJ Bourgogne Blanc (Bourgogne)ChardonnayVincent
8767587674USCrushed red and black berries meet sweet notes of anise and violet on the nose. The medium-bodied palate is bright and fresh, bringing forth briar fruit flavors mingling with cherry cola. Well-balanced, structured tannins offer ample support. Pair this wine with a rib-eye steak prepared in a coffee dry rub.8839VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeVint Hill 2012 Petit Verdot (Virginia)Petit VerdotVint Hill
8767687675ArgentinaScratchy but fresh blackberry and plum aromas properly announce a direct, juicy palate with straightforward plum and cherry flavors. This is a thoroughly likeable blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon that shows mild oak on a light, easy finish.Corte C8818Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVistalba 2013 Corte C Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Malbec-Cabernet SauvignonVistalba
8767787676GermanyA touch of petrol lends a slick, mineral sheen to this lusciously peachy, yet zesty dry Riesling. Delicately textured yet mouth-filling, it finishes long on a lingering lime-zest note. Enjoy now for its youthful, primary nature8811NaheAnna Lee C. IijimaVon Der Leyen 2013 Riesling (Nahe)RieslingVon Der Leyen
8767887677USThis 100% varietal wine offers aromas of coffee, green herbs, pencil lead and vanilla followed by silky cherry and dark chocolate flavors. There's plenty of appeal but the variety seems to get lost.8824OregonWalla Walla Valley (OR)Oregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWatermill 2012 Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (OR))MerlotWatermill
8767987678USThis pure Malbec from a single vineyard offers deep boysenberry fruit flavors, along with cassis, coffee and dark chocolate. It shows an effective balance between fruit and barrel flavors.8828OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Weisinger 2012 Malbec (Rogue Valley)MalbecWeisinger
8768087679PortugalPart of a range of wines that have been made to showcase the different styles of Portuguese regions, this wine brings out the fruitiness of Tejo. It's easy drinking, with soft tannins, attractive acidity and fresh blackberry flavors. Drink now.Azul Portugal8811TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Azul Portugal Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
8768187680PortugalMade from old vines, this is a fruity yet concentrated wine. It is rich and creamy, cut by sliced apple freshness. There is a typical Douro minerality that comes from the rocks of the region. Drink this wine from 2016.Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Branco8812DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2014 Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteWines & Winemakers
8768287681FranceRounded and ripe, this has yellow fruits along with a fresher, sliced apple character. The wine is fruity, perfumed and just touched by a more mineral texture, with crisp acidity that gives a ripe fruitiness. Drink from 2017.88BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2013 MeursaultChardonnayLouis Latour
8768387682FranceThis wine has a good structure both from ripe fruits and from rich texture. It is full in the mouth, given freshness with pear and apple acidity. Apricots go with a mineral edge that offers a fine texture. It's a wine to age until 2017.88BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2013 Puligny-MontrachetChardonnayLouis Latour
8768487683USA cocktail of freshly muddled raspberry, red cherry, thyme, anise and dried rose petals sing on the nose. Silky and seductive on the palate, twangs of game and dried Mediterranean herb persist. As an homage to the grape's country-of-origin, enjoy this exotic red alongside traditional South African braai fare.Gilbert's Vineyard8826VirginiaMonticelloAlexander PeartreeLovingston 2013 Gilbert's Vineyard Pinotage (Monticello)PinotageLovingston
8768587684AustraliaFor such a competitively priced offering, this delivers a lot of complexity. Dried herbs, anise, chocolate and coffee notes add nuance to the raspberry fruit. It's medium bodied and supple, with a lush, lingering finish. Drink now–2020.889South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOxford Landing 2014 Shiraz (South Australia)ShirazOxford Landing
8768687685ItalyScents of Spanish broom, stone fruit and a whiff of wild herb lead the way on this vibrant, medium-bodied white. The bright palate offers green apple, lemon zest and white almond alongside tangy acidity.I Fiori8816Sicily & SardiniaNuragus di CagliariKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePala 2014 I Fiori (Nuragus di Cagliari)NuragusPala
8768787686ItalyA fifty-fifty blend of native grape Monica and Sangiovese, this fresh, fruity rosato is loaded with ripe cherry, juicy strawberry and crushed raspberry alongside a hint of white pepper. Zesty acidity lends balance and a bright, easy-drinking vibe.Silenzi8815Sicily & SardiniaIsola dei NuraghiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePala 2014 Silenzi Rosato (Isola dei Nuraghi)RosatoPala
8768887687SpainBlack-fruit aromas come with notes of leather, horsehide and mint. In the mouth, this is medium to full in body, with enough juicy acidity to preserve balance. Blackberry, cherry and stewed-plum flavors are sound on the finish.8710Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarques de la Musa 2015 Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaMarques de la Musa
8768987688FranceA blend of the three Champagne grapes in roughly equal proportions has produced this balanced, soft and creamy wine. With a ripe dosage and a smooth texture, it is an easy wine. White fruits and light acidity make it attractive to drink now.Sélection Brut8744ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPannier NV Sélection Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendPannier
8769087689FranceThis is soft, creamy and accessible. With its attractive citrus acidity balanced by a generous dosage, it emphasizes white fruits, crisp acidity and a light, lively aftertaste. Drink now.Grand Brut8748ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPerrier Jouët NV Grand Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendPerrier Jouët

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