Wine Reviews

8784187840USLush, creamy and smooth, with buttered toast, lemon custard, crême brulée and spice flavors. Maybe a little overworked, but it satisfies Chardonnay cravings.Bien Nacido Vineyard8824CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastJ. Wilkes 2008 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayJ. Wilkes
8784287841USMarked by enormously ripe, powerful fruit flavors, this wine explodes with jammy blackberries, cherries and red plums. Oak adds even richer notes of toast and sweet caramel. Drink this deliciously soft wine now.#50 Mon Chou8855CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJacob Franklin 2007 #50 Mon Chou Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJacob Franklin
8784387842FranceRounded and soft, with gentle tannins. Packed with black cherry fruits, a herbal edge and sweetness, this is already an approachable wine, fruity and generous.8828BurgundySantenayRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Drouhin 2009 SantenayPinot NoirJoseph Drouhin
8784487843ItalyFresh and bright, this wine is rich with wild berries, cassis and white cherry aromas that would pair perfectly with home-cooked pasta and meat dishes. It's natural acidity will cut through the rich consistency of those foods.8830TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoLa Poderina 2009 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoLa Poderina
8784587844USA real crowd pleaser for its sumptuous array of ripe berry and spice flavors. Wherever the grapes come from in California, they've given a delicious wine, soft and gentle, and filled with cherry, black raspberry, sweet licorice, exotic spice and sandalwood flavors.8813CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLeese-Fitch 2009 Zinfandel (California)ZinfandelLeese-Fitch
8784687845USThis blend, which is mainly Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, is robust. It's a trattoria or bistro wine, dry, tannic and spicy, with earthy flavors. Drink now with rich foods to tease out the berry fruit.Blue Wing Teal8848CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaParaduxx 2008 Blue Wing Teal Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendParaduxx
8784787846SpainChunky aromas of sweet berry and beets announce a ripe style of Rioja. The mouthfeel is medium to full and healthy, with focused flavors of berry, oak and peppery spice. Long and a little fiery on the finish.Crianza8814Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSeñorio de Uñuela 2008 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloSeñorio de Uñuela
8784887847South AfricaTart and fresh, with lovely aromas of grass, green plum and asparagus. Glimmers of stony minerality flash on the palate, with lime pith and plum skin flavors driving through to the mouthwatering finish. Brisk and slightly pricky texture.Private Cellar Series8816Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSteenberg 2010 Private Cellar Series Sauvignon Blanc (Coastal Region)Sauvignon BlancSteenberg
8784987848ArgentinaPlum and berry aromas are straightforward, but also clean and nice. The palate on this wine from San Rafael is focused and orderly, with flavors of red fruits, spice and mild woody notes. Long lasting on the finish, with freshness and just a modicum of tannic bite.Gran Reserva8825Mendoza ProvinceMichael Schachner@wineschachTango Reàl 2008 Gran Reserva MalbecMalbecTango Reàl
8785087849ItalyThis lovely Montalcino estate delivers a bright, ruby-colored Rosso that is heavily characterized by fresh forest-fruit aromas and bright acids. The wine is streamlined and pristine.8828TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoTenuta Il Poggione 2010 Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese GrossoTenuta Il Poggione
8785187850USFrom a single sustainably farmed vineyard in Lodi comes this super bang for your buck. It's earthy Cab that's perfumed inside and out, with wafts of cedar burning on an open fire, as well as brick, black cherry and clove. It's balanced and structured to boot.Cherokee Lane8811CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneTortoise Creek 2009 Cherokee Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi)Cabernet SauvignonTortoise Creek
8785287851ItalyOak, toast, roasted coffee bean and wild berry aromas lead the nose. Tightly wound tannins dominate the taut palate, framing dried red cherry and chopped herb while leaving a firm, drying finish. Drink 2018–2023.Rombone8850PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNada Fiorenzo 2012 Rombone (Barbaresco)NebbioloNada Fiorenzo
8785387852PortugalThe wine is fruity, tangy with spice. It has acidity to balance its sweetness with attractive open raisin and prune fruits. The aftertaste is crisp and rich with toffeeThe Senior Tawny8825PortRoger Voss@vossrogerNiepoort NV The Senior Tawny (Port)PortNiepoort
8785487853ItalyThe nose is initially closed but eventually reveals toasted oak, hazelnut, dark berry and cake spice. The firm palate shows French oak, vanilla, star anise, baked plum and oak-driven spices alongside close-grained tannins that leave a firm finish. Drink 2018–2023.Meruzzano8825PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOrlando Abrigo 2013 Meruzzano (Barbaresco)NebbioloOrlando Abrigo
8785587854ItalyThis has aromas of oak, grilled herb, dried porcini mushroom, a note of stewed fruit and camphor. The straightforward palate shows leather, grilled herb, toast and red cherry alongside firm seasoned tannins.Tulin8870PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePelissero 2013 Tulin (Barbaresco)NebbioloPelissero
8785687855ItalyAromas of oak, roasted coffee bean, camphor and grilled porcini emerge in the glass. The firm palate shows tart sour cherry, dried herb, coconut and white pepper alongside assertive, rather astringent tannins.88PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePio Cesare 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloPio Cesare
8785787856USStiff and herbal, this follows a traditional Southern Rhône format, with 3% Viognier co-ferment and aging in neutral wood. The flavors combine wild, tart berry fruit, orange peel and somewhat earthy tannins.4-2,A8825OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Quady North 2013 4-2,A Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahQuady North
8785887857ItalySubdued aromas recall dried woodland berry, mint and a whiff of culinary spice. The juicy, straightforward palate offers raspberry, ripe cherry, clove and a touch of star anise alongside solid but well integrated tannins. Drink through 2019.8830PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRicossa 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloRicossa
8785987858IsraelOffering aromas of blackberry, strawberry and green bell pepper, this wine has flavors of raspberry, strawberry, black cherry and leather. The fruit flavors are jammy on the palate and strong tannins and equally strong acidity make for a pleasing wine.Adi 13889IsraelMike DeSimone@worldwineguysHacormim 2014 Adi 13 Merlot (Israel)MerlotHacormim
8786087859HungaryA blend of 65% Furmint, 25% Hárslevelu and 10% Kabar, this Hungarian white has aromas of white peach and fresh apricot juice. There are flavors of yellow peach, green apple and crisp clean minerality in the mouth.Vision8824TokajiJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysHoldvölgy 2013 Vision (Tokaji)White BlendHoldvölgy
8786187860USThis big-bottled, wax-topped wine blends half Merlot with a quarter each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Thick and concentrated in red fruit, it holds back on body somewhat, making way for a soft, likable character with a touch of grit among the definitive red cherry.Highest Honor8889CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHonor Winery 2012 Highest Honor Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendHonor Winery
8786287861IsraelPale blush on the glass, this Rhône-style blend has a pleasing bouquet of strawberry and lavender. It is very refreshing, with flavors of strawberry, honeysuckle, orange blossom and watermelon. There is a light sense of coolness towards the finish, but bright citrus notes outlast that sensation.Cotes de Galilee Village Cuvee Eva8820GalileeMike DeSimone@worldwineguysJacques Capsouto 2014 Cotes de Galilee Village Cuvee Eva Rosé (Galilee)RoséJacques Capsouto
8786387862FranceFull in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich wine. With acidity, spice and warm yellow fruits, it is generous and has a spicy undertone. Acidity and peaches blend together well at the end.8815BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Curial 2014 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayJean Curial
8786487863FranceProduced in this village in the hills behind the main slope of the Côte de Beaune, this wine is smooth and rich. Fine, soft tannins easily integrate into the sweet texture and red-plum fruit. The acidity is there, giving a wine that is both fresh and generous. Drink from 2018.8845BurgundyMonthélieRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2014 MonthéliePinot NoirLouis Latour
8786587864FranceRipe with yellow fruits and soft acidity, this is a smooth and creamy wine. It also has a more textured character giving a crisper edge that leaves a tangy aftertaste. Drink this rich wine now.Terroir de Bissy Les Crays vers Vaux8828BurgundyMâcon-LugnyRoger Voss@vossrogerRijckaert 2013 Terroir de Bissy Les Crays vers Vaux (Mâcon-Lugny)ChardonnayRijckaert
8786687865FranceThe odd name of this wine—meeting in September—is because grapes from different parcels are blended directly in the press at harvest time in September. It is an easy, ripe and open, with attractive white-peach flavors and just a touch of tighter minerality. Drink now.Rendez-Vous de Septembre8830BurgundyViré-ClesséRoger Voss@vossrogerRijckaert 2014 Rendez-Vous de Septembre (Viré-Clessé)ChardonnayRijckaert
8786787866ItalyToasted oak, espresso and exotic spice aromas emerge on this structured red. On the palate, French oak, vanilla, and chocolate underscore ripe berries while raspy tannins leave an astringent mouth-drying close.Mosconi8875PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRocca Giovanni 2012 Mosconi (Barolo)NebbioloRocca Giovanni
8786887867ItalyRoasted fennel, scorched earth, leather, game and mature cherry aromas lead the nose while the palate shows French oak, mature black cherry, coffee, roasted herb and a note recalling cured meat. Brawny tannins provide the framework.8845PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRonchi di Giancarlo Rocca 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloRonchi di Giancarlo Rocca
8786987868USTight and light in color and weight despite 14 months in 100% new French oak, this offers flavors of watermelon and strawberry, some leesy texture, and a bit of dilute minerality. It's surprisingly short and light given its pedigree. Tasted three times with same results.Domaine Danielle Laurent Legacy88100OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Soléna 2014 Domaine Danielle Laurent Legacy Pinot NoirPinot NoirSoléna
8787087869USThis blend of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano and Syrah is concentrated in currant and blackberry, with accents of smoked meat and anise. While light in tannins, there's good grip and structure, with additional spice notes of anise and herbal spice.The Good Guy8840TexasAlexander PeartreeSpicewood 2013 The Good Guy RedRed BlendSpicewood

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