Wine Reviews

91329131PortugalThis is a powerful wood-aged wine that is currently exhibiting dark chocolate and coffee flavors from new, smoky oak. It's the weight of the juicy fruit underneath that reveals the promise of aging. There is a mineral texture that shows the schist soil of the vineyard, all part of the dense mix. Drink from 2018.Reserva Vinhas Velhas9059DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Seara d'Ordens 2010 Reserva Vinhas Velhas Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta Seara d'Ordens
91339132FranceThere should be more Muscat planted in Alsace if this fine wine is anything to go by. It brings out all the ethereal perfume of the grape, offering a ripe character while remaining delicate and elegant. The acidity lightens the final tone.Terroir9018AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Zinck 2011 Terroir Muscat (Alsace)MuscatDomaine Zinck
91349133UruguayThis mature Bordeaux-style blend is earthy on the nose, with tobacco, clay and loamy berry aromas. Despite its age, the palate is still showing red-fruit acidity matched against ripeness and weight. A mix of dried berry, tomato, tobacco, spice and salty flavors finish loamy and smooth. Drink now.Preludio Barrel Select Lote N 779045JuanicoMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Deicas 2004 Preludio Barrel Select Lote N 77 Red (Juanico)Red BlendFamilia Deicas
91359134ItalyThere is only a handful of Kosher sparkling Proseccos out there, and this is one of them. Lively and bright, the wine shows citrus, stone fruit and dried hay aromas.Banero848VenetoProseccoBanero NV Banero (Prosecco)GleraBanero
91369135ChileOn the nose, this smells like bath soap or air freshener. It feels fleshy and oily on the palate, with tropical flavors of banana and papaya. The finish is smooth and tastes of candy.8412Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCono Sur 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley)Sauvignon BlancCono Sur
91379136USA very sweet red blend, this has easy-to-like raspberry and vanilla flavors. Give it a slight chill and drink it with ham sandwiches.Sweet Red847CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBarefoot NV Sweet Red Red (California)Red BlendBarefoot
91389137ItalyMade using Raboso grapes native to northern Italy, this brightly pink sparkler shows sweet aromas of raspberry and strawberry, followed by sweet fruit flavors. Like any good frizzante, the effervescence is soft, creamy and not too intense.Rosato Frizzante8411VenetoPiaveBonotto delle Tezze NV Rosato Frizzante Raboso (Piave)RabosoBonotto delle Tezze
91399138USThis is pretty slender, but it gets the Chardonnay job done with its flavors of buttered toast, cream and peach.8412CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSilver Ridge 2010 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnaySilver Ridge
91219120ItalyInitially a bit closed, this opens with aromas of leather, leafy underbrush, tilled soil, wild berry and a whiff of cellar floor. The palate is still primary, displaying red cherry, sage and menthol alongside tightly knit tannins. Drink after 2018.Riserva9068PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasetta 2008 Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloCasetta
91229121FranceRipe plum fruits give this big and fruity wine from the 130-acre Castéra vineyard a rich character. The structure provides a fine support with tannins that bring out the concentrated blackberry fruits. It's full of potential; drink from 2018.9025BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Castera 2011 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Castera
91239122FrancePowerfully tannic, this dense and firm wine is dark in both color and fruit flavors. Tannins dominate the structure, giving a solid core to a wine that will certainly age. It has richness, juicy berry fruits and plums shining with acidity. Drink from 2018.9030BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gramond 2011 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gramond
91249123FranceMade from old vines, this complex and structured wine brings out the richness and ripe tannins of 2010. It's firm although the fruit concentration is what shows most strongly. It's an impressive, juicy, red-fruited wine that will age. Drink from 2017.Grand Vin9029BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Baronnerie 2010 Grand Vin (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Baronnerie
91259124FranceThis complex, spicy and fruity wine is big, with attractive acidity. It is piled with berry fruits that give a rich character. The fruits are supported by well-judged wood. This full-bodied wine will develop well; drink from 2017.9014BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Verrière 2012 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Verrière
91269125USWinemaker Kristy Melton continues to show a sense of restraint in her wines. This Merlot provides a classic example, concentrated in dusty red fruit and smooth, supple tannins, a sideways glance of cinnamon and clove flirting thoughout. Structure and elegance reign here over power and oak.9035CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneClos du Val 2011 Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotClos du Val
91279126USLeather, smashed berries and juniper reveal the age of this wine, further enhanced with a meaty mouthfeel, redolent with flavors of blueberry and purple fruits. Charred vanilla touches on the finish.Reserve9028CaliforniaSanta BarbaraCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCore Winery 2008 Reserve Tempranillo (Santa Barbara)TempranilloCore Winery
91289127PortugalA bold, rich wine fringed with tannins, at a young age it already shows a solid structure of ripe and juicy berry tones. With well-balanced oak aging, slightly toasty notes show restraint on this dark and complex wine that has potential to age. Drink after 2016.9024AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCortes de Cima 2012 Aragonez (Alentejano)AragonezCortes de Cima
91299128USIn this vintage, the winery stays true to its reputation for making balanced, more restrained Cabernet, offering firm, structured tannins and bright cassis and blackberry around a deft sprinkling of dried herb. Built to age through 2025, it is equally enjoyable now, after a decant. Small percentages of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec factor in.9053CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJordan 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJordan
91309129USFrom young vines, this wine offers up pretty scents of rose petals and lightly peppery strawberries. Just 5% Mourvèdre was included, but its presence brings a dash of extra spice and herb.9025WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kiona 2012 Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahKiona
91319130ChileThis racy, fresh, cool-vintage blend is a touch rubbery on the nose, with berry and cassis undertones. A tight palate delivers a mix of dark plum, blackberry, baking spice and chocolate flavors in front of a peppery, dry, crisp finish. Drink through 2019.Lien9030Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMaquis 2010 Lien Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendMaquis
91409139ChileThe nose bears lightly green aromas of stalky cherry and raspberry. It feels grabby on the palate, with peppery, dry flavors that come up short in terms of fruit content. The finish is spicy, rustic and unwavering.Single Vineyard8318Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilcas 2010 Single Vineyard País (Maule Valley)PaísChilcas
91419140BulgariaGrassy with green leaf and fresh-cut herb notes, this dry, easy-drinking wine boasts lively lime-juice acidity and pleasant apple flavor. Slightly dusty notes of dried herb and reed distract on the finish.Premium Quality Dry839Black Sea CoastalAnna Lee C. IijimaTargovishte 2011 Premium Quality Dry Sauvignon Blanc (Black Sea Coastal)Sauvignon BlancTargovishte
91429141CroatiaThe lavors of candied red cherry and flower are pleasant, but dusty herb notes distract on the nose and palate. It's a big wine at 13.9% abv, but zesty acidity keeps it relatively balanced.Plavac Mali and Zinfandel8321PeljesacAnna Lee C. IijimaKorta Katarina 2010 Plavac Mali and Zinfandel Rosé (Peljesac)RoséKorta Katarina
91439142USThere's lots to like in this soft, simple Petite Sirah. It shows the variety's full-bodied tannins, and its flavors of blackberry and cherry jam are ripe and juicy.8311CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMcManis 2011 Petite Sirah (California)Petite SirahMcManis
91449143USThis seems sweet in jammy pineapple and lemon fruit. It's an easy wine, balanced by crisp acidity and a clean finish.8316CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaEmmolo 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancEmmolo
91459144USThis is a raisiny Cabernet, tannic and slightly coarse. Drink it now with barbecue or beef stews.Wally's Block8330CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaField Stone 2008 Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonField Stone
91469145USThis Chardonnay telegraphs barrel, barrel and more barrel. To its credit is its creamy texture.8314CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneGuenoc 2011 Chardonnay (Lake County)ChardonnayGuenoc
91479146ItalyBright pink and cheerful, this boasts aromas of raspberry, wild berry and cherry candy. Soft, creamy bubbles enhance the wine's natural sweetness.Rosato8312PiedmontPiedmontTosti NV Rosato Moscato (Piedmont)MoscatoTosti
91489147ChileMinerally and neutral on the nose, this tastes fresh and crisp like a green apple, with dry flavors of white fruit and bitter almond. It retains that almond character on the finish, which turns even drier and more bitter.Reserva8314Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachArauco 2011 Reserva Pinot Grigio (Central Valley)Pinot GrigioArauco
91499148ChileThis is raspy and rough on the nose, with heavy mint, green herb, latex and bell pepper aromas. It feels fairly full, with herb and peppery berry flavors, leading to a green, minty, scratchy finish.8312Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasas del Toqui 2011 Merlot (Central Valley)MerlotCasas del Toqui
91509149ChileThe leather and earthy plum aromas in this wine come with a strong, stalky component. It tastes big and syrupy, with the roasted flavors that the nose anticipates. The finish is baked tasting, with a gritty feel and a mild green accent.8312Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRoot:1 2010 Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreRoot:1

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