Wine Reviews


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98459844USCrisp-tart tangerine, nectarine and pineapple abound on this fruity, forward Chardonnay. While moderate in body and alcohol, it feels plump and silky on the palate and finishes with a touch of lingering warmth. Drink now through 2020.Estate Bottled8616New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaWhitecliff Vineyard 2016 Estate Bottled Chardonnay (Hudson River Region)ChardonnayWhitecliff Vineyard
98469845FranceThis wine is crisp, tangy and bright with acidity. With a lively touch of vanilla and spice over the crisp fruitiness, it is developing well. Drink from 2018.8618BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Debeaune 2015 Saint-VéranChardonnayJean-Claude Debeaune
98479846USA strong oak aroma and a rather dense chewy texture make this wine a bit of a show-off, while spicy oaky flavors dominate the fruit component. It has definite tannins and a touch of astringency on the finish.8618CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLander-Jenkins 2016 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirLander-Jenkins
98489847FranceScents of yellow apple, white peach and ripe melon continue through to the medium-weight palate. A touch round, though not quite flat, this is a touch straightforward, but certainly pleasant and enjoyable. Drink now.La Chevalière8613Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLaroche 2016 La Chevalière Chardonnay (Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayLaroche
98499848USThere's a good array of purple-flower aromas, including lavender and potpourri, on the nose of this bottling, as well as light cola and plum skins. The sip is quite bitter and tarry though, with just a touch of riper black fruit.8638CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLeft Bend 2014 Cabernet Franc (Santa Cruz Mountains)Cabernet FrancLeft Bend
98509849FrancePure Pinot Noir from the south of Beaujolais, this is soft, fruity and with attractive acidity. Red fruits and a crisp acidity give this wine its bright character. Ready to drink now.Les Pierres Dorées8625BurgundyCoteaux BourguignonsRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2015 Les Pierres Dorées (Coteaux Bourguignons)Pinot NoirLouis Latour
98519850USThe nose on this dry, aromatic wine is buoyantly peachy, accented by hints of sweet pineapple and guava. The palate is fresh and fruity as well, but less concentrated. Light bodied and brisk, it finishes with a touch of bitterness.8620New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaMcGregor 2016 Muskat Ottonel (Finger Lakes)Muskat OttonelMcGregor
98529851SpainLean aromas of green fruits include notes of grass and vanilla. This feels about average, with some flatness to the palate. Dry, slightly bitter flavors of green fruits and arugula end with briny citrus.Brut Reserva8615CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMont Marçal NV Brut Reserva Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMont Marçal
98419840USWhile a bit lean in concentration, yellow apple, pear and lemon are pristine and ripe on the nose and palate. The mouthfeel is a bit broad and flat but finishes briskly. Drink now.Oregon Road8618New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaSherwood House Vineyards 2016 Oregon Road Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnaySherwood House Vineyards
98429841ChileBerry and cherry aromas are reserved. This wine feels plump, with slightly grating tannins. Roasted berry flavors show a hint of wood grain, while the finish is insignificant.Aliwen Reserva86ChileMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2015 Aliwen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)Cabernet SauvignonUndurraga
98439842FranceThis soft wine is fruity, spicy and full of juicy red fruits. It offers plenty of acidity as well as a layer of tannins. An easy, open wine, it is ready to drink.Bel-Air8613BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Bel Air 2016 Bel-Air (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayVignerons de Bel Air
98449843FranceMedium-intense scents of black plum- and cherry-skin lead the way on the nose of this rich wine. The palate is dense, with mouthcoating tanning that retail their grip through the tight finish. The fruit is secondary to the structure.8612Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzVilla des Anges 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Pays d'Oc)Cabernet SauvignonVilla des Anges
98539852USThis combines 73% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre from Stone Tree, Arianses, Ciel du Cheval and Heart of the Hill vineyards. Its vanilla, pencil box, green herb, raspberry and purple fruit aromas are followed by quite sweet, ripe, full-bodied red and black fruit flavors. The balance seems off.Una Notte8630WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport:Nota Bene 2013 Una Notte Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Rhône-style Red Blend:Nota Bene
98549853USThis is a good no-nonsense wine that emphasizes fresh lemon and apple flavors and adds in light oaky elements. It's medium bodied and the texture balances crispness with a touch of buttery richness.8614CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOld Soul 2016 Chardonnay (Lodi)ChardonnayOld Soul
98559854ItalyThis opens with French oak and toasted hazelnut aromas. The lean, assertive palate offers roasted coffee bean and licorice flavors alongside grainy tannins that leave an astringent finish.San Giuliano8638PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePasquale Pelissero 2014 San Giuliano (Barbaresco)NebbioloPasquale Pelissero
98569855FranceThis is a soft wine, with simple, ripe fruit flavors. It has weight, pear and melon flavors and an attractive, juicy zesty aftertaste. Drink the wine now.Sur la Roche8622BurgundyMâcon-VergissonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sangouard-Guyot 2016 Sur la Roche (Mâcon-Vergisson)ChardonnayDomaine Sangouard-Guyot
98579856FranceThis soft wine, full of ripe apricots and melons, summarizes this rich white-wine vintage. It is creamy, laced with just enough acidity and fruity. It is ready to drink.Le Renard8623BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2015 Le Renard (Bourgogne)ChardonnayDomaines Devillard
98589857FrancePeach and yellow apple aromas lead the nose, with sweet orange oil and fresh honeydew adding depth and character. There's ample acidic lift to the palate, keeping the mouthfeel bright and the finish clean. A hint of peach pit accents the close.Mountains Grand Reserve8625Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFortant 2014 Mountains Grand Reserve Chardonnay (Pays d'Oc)ChardonnayFortant
98599858USSubtle green tones of fresh herb, lime and apple persist from nose to finish on this dry, medium-bodied Riesling. It's earthy and herbaceous but quite elegant. Zippy acidity carries a pristine, refreshing finish.Dry8613New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2016 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingFulkerson
98609859USCandied peach, melon and grape notes are sweet and simple in this fruity white wine. Made from Diamond, a Concord-grape hybrid, with just a splash of Riesling, it's forward and easy but finishes with a crush of sweet-tart citrus. Drink now.Juicy Sweet Estate8610New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2016 Juicy Sweet Estate Diamond (Finger Lakes)DiamondFulkerson
98619860USAromas like black pepper, anise and grilled meat lead to nicely tart flavors and a mildly tannic mouthfeel. This spicy-tasting wine is relatively light bodied but has plenty of interesting flavors to explore.Artisan Collection869CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHandCraft 2015 Artisan Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonHandCraft
98629861FranceThis wine is tight, with layers of yellow fruit and spice that are masked by wood flavors. Drink from 2018.8628BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerHervé Kerlann 2015 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayHervé Kerlann
98639862USBright aromas of ripe peach, apricot, flower and jasmine lead to off-dry stone fruit flavors in this simple, straightforward quaffer.&8634WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBrowne Family Vineyards 2015 & White (Columbia Valley (WA))White BlendBrowne Family Vineyards
98649863ItalyThis sweet red sparkler has pretty violet and red berry aromas and a vibrant palate that doles out ripe cherry, raspberry and candied orange peel notes. Bright acidity keeps it fresh, balancing the sweetness.Emma8614Central ItalyLambrusco di SorbaraKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina di Sorbara 2016 Emma (Lambrusco di Sorbara)Lambrusco di SorbaraCantina di Sorbara
98659864ItalyBlackberry jam and plum cake aromas lead the nose of this simple but well made semisweet sparkling wine. The palate mirrors the nose, while bright acidity lends freshness.Il Duomo Amabile8612Central ItalyLambrusco di ModenaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina di Sorbara NV Il Duomo Amabile (Lambrusco di Modena)LambruscoCantina di Sorbara
98669865FranceThis firm and tannic wine is more structure than fruit. It is dense with a dry core. The acidity suggests that there may be some fruit there, although the rest of the wine is ready to drink.8619ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Carrubier 2014 Red (Côtes de Provence)Provence red blendChâteau du Carrubier
98679866USThis wine's barrel spice, barnyard, coffee and vanilla aromas lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors tinged with a strong, distracting gamy note.Tres Cruces8625WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCoyote Canyon 2012 Tres Cruces Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Rhône-style Red BlendCoyote Canyon
98689867FranceThis wine is crisp and deliciously fruity. With bright acidity, apple and citrus flavors and a strong mineral texture, it is ready to drink.8616BurgundyMâcon-CruzilleRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de l'Echelette 2016 Mâcon-CruzilleChardonnayDomaine de l'Echelette
98699868ItalyAppealing aromas of mature pear, crushed stone and a hint of grilled herb lift out of the glass. The ripe palate offers juicy nectarine, pineapple and creamy white peach while a hint of bitter almond closes it down. It has just enough freshness to support the rich flavors.88VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTamellini 2015 SoaveGarganegaTamellini
98709869USWhat a great value! This medium-bodied wine has spicy oak accents and mouth-filling fruit flavors. It's ripe and generous, with plump cherry and raspberry notes and a palate marked by mild tannins and soft texture.888CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsThree Thieves 2015 Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirThree Thieves

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