Wine Reviews

88818880USThe mountain appellation speaks loudly in this wine, contributing juicy blackberry, tar and leather, all within a forested context of wild truffle and crunchy leaves. Concentrated and robust in body and ripeness, it unwinds slowly in the glass, imparting jolts of black pepper as it goes.9575CaliforniaMount VeederNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMt. Brave 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder)Cabernet SauvignonMt. Brave
88828881PortugalAlways impressive, this wine is structured and powerful, with firm tannins that are still coming together. Packed with black fruits and tannins, it conveys a rich, almost Port-like quality, perhaps because the grapes are foot-trodden as in Port. Drink this wine from 2022.Vinha da Francisca95100DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Vale Dona Maria 2014 Vinha da Francisca Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta Vale Dona Maria
88838882USSite speaks loudly in this beautifully made wine that is allowed to show its naturally inclined power within a constraint of cool-climate terroir. Juicy and explosive on the palate in cherry, raspberry, forest floor and jolts of cardamom, it's both lush and toasty, with a firmness to the tannin structure that suggests plenty of aging potential. It should get pretty interesting between 2024 and 2034, if one can possibly wait.Durell Vineyard9565CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneThree Sticks 2014 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirThree Sticks
88848883ItalyCombining finesse and structure, this impressive wine opens with fantastic scents of new leather, woodland berry, baking spice and balsamic notes. A blend of Nebbiolo and 15% Vespolina, the enticing palate doles out juicy black cherry, raspberry and white pepper framed in firm refined tannins. An energizing mineral note carries the lingering finish. Despite the warm vintage, it still boasts freshness. Drink through 2026.9555PiedmontBocaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Piane 2009 BocaRed BlendLe Piane
88858884USSoftly layered, this ripe, bold wine shows a wealth of body and complexity. The ripeness will please for its interwoven notions of Dr Pepper, black-cherry jam and black pepper, its tannins leathery and full of bravado.Reserve95150CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMacauley 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMacauley
88868885USThere is impressive depth to the nose of this bottling, with concentrated black cherry, black plum and blueberry fruit enhanced by white pepper, roasted meat, licorice and hot asphalt. The palate is awash in savory flavors, with soy, charred beef and tobacco followed by waves of blueberry and leather and a wash of vanilla, plum skin and mocha, all atop perfectly polished tannins.Mia's Vineyard9550CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFalcone 2013 Mia's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonFalcone
88878886USThis wine is made to highlight the vintage and best vineyards, relying heavily on the producer's top-end site, Sacrashe. A hugely constructed wine, bold and brawny, it also manages to be soft and velvety, allowing for a greater contribution of savory elements than sweet, from leather to black pepper to Mexican chocolate. It pushes the boundaries on decadence in mysterious ways.Kathryn Hall95165CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneHall 2013 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonHall
88888887ItalyThis is a lovely vineyard designate Barbaresco that combines fresh flavors of cassis and wild berries with ethereal notes of root beer, licorice and tar. It finishes with smooth, sturdy tannins and will only improve over the next 5–10 years.Vigneto Brich Ronchi9360PiedmontBarbarescoAlbino Rocca 2008 Vigneto Brich Ronchi (Barbaresco)NebbioloAlbino Rocca
88898888FranceAn impressively powerful wine, with packed acidity, sweet fruits and ripe tannins. The wine has great density, a dusty texture, the fruit powering through while preserving the relative austerity of the vintage.Corton le Rognet93120BurgundyCortonRoger Voss@vossrogerCamille Giroud 2008 Corton le Rognet (Corton)Pinot NoirCamille Giroud
88908889FranceOffering both richness and absolute freshness, the wine layers ripe white and yellow fruits, creamed apple flavors and a great line of mineral texture and citrus flavor. It will age, give this 6 years.Le Champ Gain93100BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerCamille Giroud 2008 Le Champ Gain (Puligny-Montrachet)ChardonnayCamille Giroud
88918890ItalyFrom the Monforte d'Alba area of Barolo, this deeply concentrated and rich wine is etched by sharp aromas of licorice, black pepper, red cherry, chocolate, leather and cigar box. The mouthfeel, with its soft, velvety tannins, is particularly pleasurable. Drink after 2015.Rocche di Castelletto9374PiedmontBaroloCascina Chicco 2007 Rocche di Castelletto (Barolo)NebbioloCascina Chicco
88928891FranceA wine with great weight, density and structure from a well-positioned parcel of vines. The juicy plum flavors affirm the potential for opulence as the wine ages.Clos Vougeot93250BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Bertagna 2009 Clos Vougeot (Clos de Vougeot)Pinot NoirDomaine Bertagna
88938892FranceFirmly tannic wine, with balancing ripe fruit well under the structured layers. The weight of the wine comes from the rich and generous black plum fruit and acidity. A wine for long-term aging.Clos de la Bousse d'Or93146BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Pousse d'Or 2009 Clos de la Bousse d'Or (Volnay)Pinot NoirDomaine de la Pousse d'Or
88948893FranceAll the proper structure of young Gevrey-Chambertin with the addition of rich, generous fruit. The core is of wood and dry fruit tannins, the fruit of rich black plum juice. At this stage, the wine is firm. Give it 5–6 years to open up.Les Combottes93224BurgundyGevrey-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dujac 2009 Les Combottes (Gevrey-Chambertin)Pinot NoirDomaine Dujac
88958894FranceRich, opulent and spicy, with a great balance between wood and fruit. The generous black plum and black currant fruit is delicious, balanced by taut acidity. Keep for 3-4 years.Champans93138BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jacques Prieur 2009 Champans (Volnay)Pinot NoirDomaine Jacques Prieur
88968895USOne of the few California Malbecs that comes close to the dense fruit and sheer deliciousness of Argentine bottlings. The wine is full-bodied, soft and insanely rich in blackberry, black currant, cassis, chocolate, bacon and spice flavors, with intense tannins and a fine cut of acidity for balance. This is barbecue wine on steroids.Krupp Vineyard9360CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaKrutz 2008 Krupp Vineyard Malbec (Napa Valley)MalbecKrutz
88978896FranceVery mineral, textured wine, its acidity and taut green fruit flavors firmly in evidence. It has some of the richness and opulence of the vintage, with great swathes of ripe yellow fruits developing. For long-term aging.Bâtard-Montrachet93299BurgundyBâtard-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2009 Bâtard-Montrachet (Bâtard-Montrachet)ChardonnayLouis Latour
88988897FranceFirmly structured wine, which also boasts delicious jammy fruit, very ripe, very opulent. The tannins are sweet and rich, suggesting aging potential over 7–8 years and more. An impressive wine.Charmes Chambertin93359BurgundyCharmes-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2009 Charmes Chambertin (Charmes-Chambertin)Pinot NoirLouis Latour
88998898ItalyRipe berry and mature fruit aromas of prune and candied cherry open the bouquet of this lovely, garnet-colored Barolo. The wine offers excellent intensity and depth with what can best be described as a lively mouthfeel. Indeed, this wine exudes life, health and brightness.San Pietro9350PiedmontBaroloPodere Ruggeri Corsini 2007 San Pietro (Barolo)NebbioloPodere Ruggeri Corsini
89008899USHugely delicious, just a joy to drink. So soft and velvety, so rich in blackberry jam, cassis and chocolate flavors, with the tannins so smooth and round. Really wonderful over the next few years, although the softness and high alcohol suggest it's not an ager.Vintner Select Cuvée93130CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPride Mountain 2008 Vintner Select Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonPride Mountain
89018900ItalyPunset releases its wines much later than others and its organic, Nebbiolo-based wines really do need a lot of time in the bottle before they are ready to drink. Take this 2004 Barbaresco: The wine is very alive and bright with firm tannins and a long finish that will gain traction over the next decade.93PiedmontBarbarescoPunset 2004 BarbarescoNebbioloPunset
89028901ItalyThis Riserva Barbaresco hits a home run thanks to the pretty richness of its fruit and spice tones and the elegant aromatic accents offered in the form of violet, cola and licorice. The wine shows dark concentration, velvety richness and a sweet milk chocolate finish.Gaia Principe Riserva93PiedmontBarbarescoRoberto Sarotto 2006 Gaia Principe Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloRoberto Sarotto
89038902USThe aromas begin with a pretty violet character, around plum and smoke. Flavors are tightly wound and balanced, with sharp acids. This slowly opens over many hours of breathing time to unveil smooth, soft fruit, light herbs, pretty floral highlights and great texture.Pentad9350WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Seven Hills 2007 Pentad Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Red BlendSeven Hills
89048903ItalyBarolo La Rosa delivers bold, dark concentration with sweet spice tones of almond paste and vanilla cream backed by sharply focused aromas of red berry, cassis, plum and mocha. In the mouth, this beautiful Nebbiolo boasts a linear but long-lasting feel.La Rosa93115PiedmontBaroloFontanafredda 2007 La Rosa (Barolo)NebbioloFontanafredda
89058904ItalyBarolo Vigna Rué is a meaty, beefy expression of Nebbiolo with generous tones of leather and tobacco backed by red cherry, spice, smoked beef jerky and soy sauce. Dark fruit concentration helps pad against the fresh oak tones that are also evident (and that will surely soften with more bottle aging).Vigna Rué93PiedmontBaroloGermano Angelo 2007 Vigna Rué (Barolo)NebbioloGermano Angelo
89068905ItalyYou'll love the powerful richness and natural concentration of this beautiful Barolo. It boasts masculine renderings of cherry liqueur, carob pod, red rose and sassy cinnamon spice. The wine shows great aging potential (10 years or more) thanks to its firm tannins and fresh acidity.9355PiedmontBaroloAurelio Settimo 2007 BaroloNebbioloAurelio Settimo
89078906ItalyBrezza's finely nuanced Cannubi expression of Nebbiolo delivers sweet spice tones of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg followed by delicate tones of root beer, drying mineral, soy sauce and forest fruit. The wine is fine, compact and chiseled on the close with a long, structured finish. It's very elegant overall.Cannubi93PiedmontBaroloBrezza 2007 Cannubi (Barolo)NebbioloBrezza
89088907ItalyBarolo Coste di Rose is a darkly concentrated and rich wine with sweet spice overtones of clove, licorice and cinnamon over cherry fruit and raspberry. There's a soft, chewy quality to the mouthfeel that is typical of wines from the 2007 vintage.Coste di Rose9361PiedmontBaroloBric Cenciurio 2007 Coste di Rose (Barolo)NebbioloBric Cenciurio
89098908FranceA wine that is very mineral, very structured in its tannins, the black fruits flavors a straight line cut through with acidity.Latricières Chambertin93185BurgundyLatricières-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerCamille Giroud 2008 Latricières Chambertin (Latricières-Chambertin)Pinot NoirCamille Giroud
89108909ItalyMassara is a gorgeous, seriously beautiful expression of Barolo with dark concentration that follows straight up to the wine's rim. Opulent aromas are of forest fruit, cherry cola, licorice, mesquite shavings and root beer. The wine has all the qualities for a long aging future including acidity, tannins and pulpy fruit tones.Massara9365PiedmontBaroloCastello di Verduno 2007 Massara (Barolo)NebbioloCastello di Verduno

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