Wine Reviews

8769187690FranceThis is made in a softer, sweeter style than most Pommery Champagnes. Strawberry flavors are ripe and integrated with the acidity, with a light tannic edge from the red wine in the blend. It is attractive and ready to drink.Brut Rosé Royal8755ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPommery NV Brut Rosé Royal (Champagne)Champagne BlendPommery
8769287691SpainGritty, roasted aromas of herbal black fruits come up a touch short of fully ripe and convincing. This feels flush, with manageable tannins. Flavors of salty, roasted blackberry and dark plum continue to the tannic finish.Vendimia Seleccionada8721Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachResalte 2014 Vendimia Seleccionada (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloResalte
8769387692PortugalA popular wine in Portugal, this is ripe, full of black fruits and with a lightly stalky aftertaste. It is rich and fruity, softly tannic with a full-bodied structure. It is easy to drink young.Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada878DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2014 Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Red (Dão)Portuguese RedGlobal Wines
8769487693PortugalSoft, ripe and fruity, this is a jammy, rich and lightly structured. Spice and acidity balance the fruitiness to produce a wine that is ready to drink.Grilos877DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2014 Grilos Red (Dão)Portuguese RedGlobal Wines
8769587694PortugalThis ripe, bold wine is full of rich red fruits and soft tannins. Light wood aging (six months) smoothed out the tannins for a balance of spice, ripe berry fruits and acidity. Drink now.Vinha Maria Premium879DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2014 Vinha Maria Premium Red (Dão)Portuguese RedGlobal Wines
8769687695AustriaThe nose gives little away. The frothy palate charms with soft slight sweetness and lively froth: there is freshness even if there is not exactly distinguishable fruit. This is a very easy-drinking, unfussy sparkler with a rounded finish that's ideal for parties.Rosé Secco Méthode Traditionelle8720Österreichischer SektAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei NV Rosé Secco Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling (Österreichischer Sekt)Sparkling BlendSchlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei
8769787696FranceDesigned as a party Champagne with its soft, lightly sweet character, Nocturne is well balanced. Just enough acidity contrasts with the ripe fruit and delicate texture. The wine is ready to drink.Nocturne Sec8782ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerTaittinger NV Nocturne Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendTaittinger
8769887697SpainThis basic Tempranillo has many good things to offer. Although a touch heavy and oaky on the nose, it's generous and congruent. Initial flavors of raw wood and campfire settle down and are replaced by dark-berry fruit notes. On the finish, this is woody, with powerful berry and cherry notes in support.6 Meses Barrica8610Central SpainUclésMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca La Estacada 2015 6 Meses Barrica Tempranillo (Uclés)TempranilloFinca La Estacada
8769987698SpainJumpy berry aromas are young, simple and raw. This feels fresh but jagged, with clean but basic pomegranate and berry flavors. An edgy palate with juicy acidity helps to maintain the wine's integrity.Corona de Aragón8616Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachGrandes Vinos y Viñedos 2015 Corona de Aragón Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaGrandes Vinos y Viñedos
8770087699PortugalGrown on the plateau above the Douro valley, this wine is rich, generous and finely balanced. Green plum and citrus acidity are dominant, while ripe melon and spice grace the finish. Drink now.Evel Branco8613DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerReal Companhia Velha 2015 Evel Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteReal Companhia Velha
8770187700PortugalProduced from high-altitude (1,800 feet) vines, this wine is ripe while also crisply fresh. Its lime and lemon flavors are balanced by the mineral texture and intense final acidity. Drink now.Rufo do Vale D. Maria Branco8617DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerVan Zellers 2015 Rufo do Vale D. Maria Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteVan Zellers
8770287701PortugalThis is a soft, rich and ripe wine that is full of red fruits. It has well-integrated tannins and a warm, southern feel of generous fruitiness. The wine is deliciously ready to drink now.Cal Monte da Cal867AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerGlobal Wines 2013 Cal Monte da Cal Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedGlobal Wines
8770387702USThis somewhat disjointed wine is laced tight with streaks of stem and herb. The light strawberry fruit flavors are accented with a touch of chocolate, presumably from barrel aging.Freedom Hill Vineyard8628OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lady Hill 2013 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirLady Hill
8770487703USElderberry and blueberry fruit meet with an interesting eucalyptus oil and spearmint component on the nose of this bottling. The minty charatcer shows strongly on the palate, with camphor tones decorating the black-plum fruit.The Cave Reserve86100CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOak Mountain 2011 The Cave Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Temecula Valley)Cabernet SauvignonOak Mountain
8770587704USWith a pale coral color and flavors like strawberry and watermelon, this wine is bright and appealing. It is medium bodied and has a hint of sweetness.Inspire8621CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPeace Water 2015 Inspire Rosé (North Coast)RoséPeace Water
8770687705USBlended from two-thirds Zinfandel and one-third Sangiovese, this red is rustic in smoky fruit, soft tannin, raisiny-plum compote and black olive. Moderate in acidity, it presents as fairly light bodied.Rosso di Fiore Marcheschi Vineyard8625CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRock Wall 2014 Rosso di Fiore Marcheschi Vineyard Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelRock Wall
8770787706USThis is a voluptuously layered, slightly green wine, more fruity than subtle, with highlights of melon, stone fruit and vanilla wafer. Easy to enjoy and nicely priced, it's a perfect picnic choice.Reserve8615CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneAngeline 2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancAngeline
8770887707GermanyIntensely earthy at first, aeration opens up the nose of this rather savory off-dry Riesling, revealing fresher notes of lemon and lime peels. It's delicate in concentration, but tart green apple and citrus flavors are zestful.Trittenheimer8613MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaBollig-Lehnert 2015 Trittenheimer Riesling (Mosel)RieslingBollig-Lehnert
8770987708FranceThis soft wine has red fruits attractively embedded in the bright texture. The relatively high dosage results in its fruity character. Simple in texture, the wine is ready to drink.Brut Rosé8647ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChassenay d'Arce NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendChassenay d'Arce
8771087709FranceThe wine is bright and fruity with a youthful character of red-berry flavors. As this all calms down, the ripe fruit will show well, balanced by some firm tannins. Drink from 2018.8613BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Clos Moulin Pontet 2015 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Clos Moulin Pontet
8771187710FranceThis is a crisp, fresh and red-currant flavored. It is lively, tight and fruity. A touch of perfume adds to the pleasure of this ready-to-drink wine.8610BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bergun 2015 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau de Bergun
8771287711FranceThis is a fresh wine that has just the right balance between spicy wood and red-currant fruits. With its acidity and crisp character, it is going to be a bright, fruity wine from 2017.8616BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau la Rame 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChateau la Rame
8771387712FranceCrisp and fruity, this is a wine full of red currant and blackberry flavors. It does have a tannic structure that will allow the wine to develop along with the acidity. In the family for three-generations, the estate is now run by Denis Hazane. Drink from 2018.8613BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Roseraie 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Roseraie
8771487713FranceBernard Larrat's wine is dry at this stage, although with hints of ripe black-currant fruit and acidity. The potential is there with juicy flavors and fruitiness already developing well. Drink from 2019.8615BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Larrat 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Larrat
8771587714FranceThis is a structured dry wine that has spice, toast and solid tannins. Initially showing too much extraction, it does then open out to the ripe fruits and black-currant flavors. Wait until 2018.86BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Maison Noble 2014 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Maison Noble
8771687715FranceThe wine is packed with toasty wood flavors that give it a bitter character. The wood masks the fruit although there are hints of black-currant freshness. The wine needs time to come together, so wait until 2019.8620BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Monconseil Gazin 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Monconseil Gazin
8771787716FranceBright red-fruit aromas give this wine its signature fruitiness. Red currant and spice come together to give a crisp texture. The wine should be ready from 2018.8615BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Panchille 2014 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Panchille
8771887717ChileConcentrated and earthy up front, with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, graham cracker, leather and a whack of robust oak just for good measure. Feels big and chewy, with broad, oaky flavors of black fruit, herb, tea and exotic spice. Finishes heavy but gentle in feel. Drink now through 2014.Reserva9017Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKoyle 2010 Reserva Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahKoyle
8771987718USSo rich and appealing now in blackberry, currant and bitter dark chocolate flavors, it's drinkable now despite some hefty tannins. Shows the class and elegance you expect from this estate. Give it a few hours of decanting to let it mellow as much as it's going to.Blueprint9055CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaLail 2009 Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLail
8772087719ItalyThere's a dark, savory quality to this richly concentrated wine that is reminiscent of aromas of air-dried beef or spicy bresaola. You'll also get ripe fruit and blackberry jam and there's a textured, gritty quality to the firm but ripe tannins.Marina Cvetic'9029Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoMasciarelli 2006 Marina Cvetic' (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoMasciarelli

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