Wine Reviews

88218820FranceWhile there are firm tannins here, the wine also has rich fruit. The two together, allied to the concentration, promise some good aging for a solidly made wine. Fine acidity cuts through in the aftertaste. Drink from 2017.87BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Escot 2011 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Escot
88228821FranceThis wine is packed with fruit tannins and dense black currant fruits. It's rich, structured, very dry with its tannins and firm. It's a solid effort that is going to develop well. Drink from 2017.87BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Hourtin-Ducasse 2011 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Hourtin-Ducasse
88238822FranceThis attractively balanced wine has black fruits that are well integrated into the soft tannins, the perfumed acidity and a ripe, juicy texture. Developing deliciously, the wine should be ready to drink by 2015.87BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Picoron 2011 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Picoron
88248823FranceRich already, this wine is darkly tannic and powered by solid tannins. The weight of fruit behind the tannins also brings out acidity and black currant flavors. It will remain dry but well structured and with good fruitiness. Drink from 2017.8725BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Reysson 2011 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Reysson
88258824FranceThe herbaceousness comes from both the Sauvignon and Sémillon in the blend. The Sémillon also gives a full texture as well as potential richness. With attractive citrus acidity, this is a very drinkable wine that can age.8725BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tanesse 2012 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Tanesse
88268825USThe blend includes 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and was aged in 22% new (mostly French) oak. A streak of caraway and pepper suggests less than optimal ripening, though the fruit reaches tart black cherry concentration. Tannins are a bit astringent.8732WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur d'Alene 2010 Cabernet Franc (Washington)Cabernet FrancCoeur d'Alene
88278826AustriaSpicy herbal notes creep into a ripe nose of apricot and red apple. The same savory, earthy touch plays on the softened palate.Alte Reben8747NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEbner-Ebenauer 2012 Alte Reben Riesling (Niederösterreich)RieslingEbner-Ebenauer
88288827USA pretty spray of cherry blossom perfume runs from start to finish on this off-dry rosé. It's a bit honeyed on the palate, with ripe, luscious cherry flavor, but it's quaffable and undeniably tasty.Rosé8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2012 Rosé Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirGlenora
88298828FranceCos d'Estournel's Médoc property produces wines that are all fruit. This is typical, a medley of black and red fruits on a light bed of tannins. The downside is a rustic flavor that needs to blow away. Give the wine until 2015.87BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerGoulée 2011 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendGoulée
88308829USDry and rich, it has hard tannins framing blackberry, blueberry, cassis and oak flavors. But it's somewhat generic.Montona Reserve8795CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaAndretti 2011 Montona Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAndretti
88318830SpainHighly concentrated black-fruit aromas of plum and currant are made more interesting by cola and forest-floor notes. This is a dense, chewy and almost fat Cabernet Sauvignon. Baked berry, fig and savory grilled-meat flavors are massive, backed up by a lush, deep finish. Drink 2018–2025.Single Vineyard Estate Bottled9340Central SpainDominio de ValdepusaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarques de Griñon 2013 Single Vineyard Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Dominio de Valdepusa)Cabernet SauvignonMarques de Griñon
88328831USLes Collines is one of the most exciting Syrah vineyards in the state and this wine, which all comes from Block 30 and saw only neutral barrels, expresses this site exquisitely. It opens with aromas of violets, rubbed herb, smoked meat and purple fruit. The palate brings a mesmerizing sense of purity, with mouth-coating seamless fruit and savory flavors. It drinks well on its own but is really designed for the dinner table.Damavian Les Collines Vineyard9345WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportW.T. Vintners 2014 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahW.T. Vintners
88338832USThis cleanly made wine has potential to live long in the cellar. Intensely focused aromas of black raspberry and black plum combine with crushed asphalt and a touch of purple flowers on the nose. The tightly wound palate slowly reveals tart boysenberry, char and pine resin, flavors that the firm structure will reveal even more deliciously with time. Drink 2018–2029.Fiddlestix Vineyard9352CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAncien 2014 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirAncien
88348833USVelvety on the palate, this coastal wine from a site three miles from the Pacific Ocean shows cool-climate savory tones of cranberry, rose petal and pine, with streaks of black licorice adding to the complex range of flavor. Integrated and lushly elegant, it finishes in a strong touch of cardamom.Taylor Ridge Vineyard9355CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBoheme 2014 Taylor Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirBoheme
88358834USQuite dark in the glass, this meticulous blend of 47.32% Mourvèdre, 42.18% Syrah, 7.5% Petite Sirah and 3% Grenache shows rich, nose-tickling aromas of dried purple flowers, dark blueberry, caramelized blackberry and a touch of vanilla. The palate perfectly pairs dark fruit and bright acidity with touches of caramel and a tar-like structure. It's big, yet balanced.Forty Two9349CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrecon Estate 2015 Forty Two Red (Adelaida District)Rhône-style Red BlendBrecon Estate
88368835ItalyRed berry, camphor, dried Alpine herb and a whiff of espresso are some of the aromas you'll find on this firmly structured red. On the young, taut palate, assertive fine-grained tannins frame red cherry, star anise and coffee bean. It's still young, with a tight, tongue-drying finish. Drink 2023–2033.Bricco Rocche93270PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCeretto 2013 Bricco Rocche (Barolo)NebbioloCeretto
88378836ItalyAromas of menthol, red berry, coffee and blue flower waft from the glass along with whiffs of chopped aromatic herb. The aromas follow through to the velvety palate along with Marasca cherry, raspberry and licorice. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide a structured framework. Drink 2025–2033.Brunate93130PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCeretto 2013 Brunate (Barolo)NebbioloCeretto
88388837FranceThe second wine from the biodynamic estate of Durfort-Vivens, this is a deliciously ripe fruity wine, dominated by 82% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a crisp accessible character that will allow it to age relatively quickly. The wine has juicy acidity, red-berry fruits and final acidity. Drink from 2019.Viviens9340BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Durfort-Vivens 2014 Viviens (Margaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Durfort-Vivens
88398838FranceThis is a very fine wine, bringing together sophisticated tannins and rich black fruits. It has structure, acidity and a juicy core that are well balanced, ripe and with great intensity. This is a serious wine from billionaire Clément Fayat and family and it is well worth aging. Drink from 2022.93BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Dominique 2014 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Dominique
88408839USFrom the producer's mountain estate, and blended with 7% Malbec, this wine is chalky in blue fruit, with a hearty back-palate of tannin. The grit softens in the glass, revealing nuanced elegance and shades of nutmeg, cherry and blueberry brightness.jd9355CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneDavies 2014 jd Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonDavies
88418840USDark in color and deep in heavily ripened fruit flavors, this full-bodied, concentrated wine is a show-stopper. A quiet sense of power comes from the dried plum and raisin aromas and the rich blueberry, clove and dark-chocolate flavors. This is a keeper that will be best to drink after 2020.Estate Bottled9335CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEaston 2014 Estate Bottled Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))ZinfandelEaston
88428841USBlended with 12% Grenache, aromas of blackberry, caper, fresh herb, cranberry, mineral and spice are followed by full-bodied, lush black-fruit flavors, with white pepper and raw meat notes that persist on the finish. It flat out impresses, bringing a compelling sense of balance.Emmy Stone Tree Vineyard9349WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportEfeste 2014 Emmy Stone Tree Vineyard Mourvèdre (Wahluke Slope)MourvèdreEfeste
88438842AustriaOn the surface there is brisk, spicy grapefruit zest, while underneath the nose hints at generously ripe apricot and Mirabelle plum. The palate plays off juicy stone fruit and zesty citrus on a sleek, slender, concentrated body. The freshness is brisk and taut, while the fruit is charming and soft. With a slender, sleek and dry mouthfeel, this is just what you want from Riesling.Ried Burgstall Federspiel9338WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoF X Pichler 2016 Ried Burgstall Federspiel Riesling (Wachau)RieslingF X Pichler
88448843USThis medium-weight wine shows a crispness of style and provenance. Caramelized oak is softened and made fruity by the taste of apple skin and pear. Stony mineral is given additional freshness by layers of lemon peel and orange zest, finishing focused and clean.Camp Meeting Ridge9385CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFlowers 2014 Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)ChardonnayFlowers
88458844USRed-cherry sauce, sagebrush, bay leaf and peppercorns show on the nose of this bottling that offers an intense density of aromas. The structure is firm and grabs hold of the palate, where flavors of tart red cherry, chaparral and slate combine.JA Ranch9355CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFoley 2014 JA Ranch Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFoley
88468845SpainThis dark, concentrated number is new from the García family, known for the wines of San Román and Mauro. Like most reds from this clan, this is loaded with blackberry and toasty oak aromas. A massive, raw palate shows abrasive tannins. Oak-forward flavors of blackberry, cassis and coconut finish woody and powerful. Drink from 2018–2028.9362Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachGarmón 2014 Ribera del DueroTempranilloGarmón
88478846ItalyThis full-bodied wine opens with aromas of crushed berry, tobacco, leather, clove and a balsamic note. The robust enveloping palate offers cherry marinated in spirits, licorice, peppercorn and dried herb framed in firm velvety tannins.Bussia Riserva 90 Dì9390PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiacomo Fenocchio 2011 Bussia Riserva 90 Dì (Barolo)NebbioloGiacomo Fenocchio
88488847ItalyUnderbrush, scorched earth, ripe berry, blue flower and leather aromas take shape in the glass. The full-bodied enveloping palate doles out black cherry marinated in spirits, fleshy raspberry, truffle game and dark baking spice alongside firm, velvety tannins. A licorice note marks the finish. It's evolving quickly and won't need years to come around. Drink 2020–2030.Arione9359PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGigi Rosso 2013 Arione (Barolo)NebbioloGigi Rosso
88498848AustriaA combination of grapefruit zest, russet-pear peel, ripe apple and fresh lemon creates a nose and palate that are alluring, refreshing and very fruity. A bit of that zestiness is also apparent on the midpalate texture that delivers crunch, finesse and an enlivening purity. The finish is dry and long, full of moreish juiciness.Engelsberg9325TraisentalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMarkus Huber 2016 Engelsberg Riesling (Traisental)RieslingMarkus Huber
88508849USLight cranberry and pomegranate show on the nose of this always-anticipated bottling by Dan Lee, with a pine-needle aroma to provide depth. The slightly sour flavor of Montmorency cherries mixes with snappy cranberry and underripe red currants on the sip, which gains herbal and peppery spice complexity as it breathes.Double L Vineyard9364CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMorgan 2015 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirMorgan

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