Wine Reviews

991990USGood price for a crisp white wine that's this polished. Nice on its own for the savory citrus, spearmint and spicy vanilla flavors, and fine with everything from fried chicken to Cantonese.8812CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherDancing Bull 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancDancing Bull
992991FranceA remarkably rich, spicy, attractive red. It obviously has new wood, but its use is judicious, leaving the mint, black berry and soft tannins of the fruit to come through well.Les Mirlandes88Southwest FranceVin de Pays des Côtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Mirail 2005 Les Mirlandes Red (Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDomaine de Mirail
993992FranceMade from Fer Servadou, Duras and Syrah, this is a wine with a truly local pedigree and a modern style, with prominent new wood. There are aromas that talk of wild heather and a dry landscape and palate notes of spice, ripe berries and prunes.Grande Tradition8814Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Terrisses 2006 Grande Tradition Red (Gaillac)Red BlendDomaine des Terrisses
994993FranceA delicious wine, the Chenin Blanc giving both mineral and spice flavors, contrasting with the richer Chardonnay. Apricot and sweet melon flavors are supported by a fine, surprisingly complex structure. Fresh currants mark the refreshing finish.8812Southwest FranceVin de Pays des Côtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Tariquet 2007 Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay (Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne)Chenin Blanc-ChardonnayDomaine du Tariquet
995994FranceAn enticingly perfumed wine, with its white flowers and apricot blossom. The palate is soft, rich, moving towards yellow fruits, ripe pink grapefruit and just an edge of mineral chalkiness.Les Belles Vignes8822Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2006 Les Belles Vignes (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
996995ItalyEdèlmio is a sophisticated and toasty blend of Carricante and Chardonnay with fragrant aromas of stone fruit, peach, mineral, almond and freshly chopped pear. The wine is broad and generous in terms of its mouthfeel and would make a perfect companion to swordfish with mint and roasted eggplant.Edèlmio8826Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaBenanti 2006 Edèlmio White (Sicilia)White BlendBenanti
997996ItalyHere's a Syrah with bursting aromas of mature blueberry, cherry, spice and smoked bacon. The wine is full, round and generous with a supple feel and soft concentration. Pair it with lamb or roasted pork.Terre di Giumara8814Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCaruso & Minini 2006 Terre di Giumara Syrah (Sicilia)SyrahCaruso & Minini
998997AustraliaBlended from a patchwork of old vineyards throughout the Barossa, this is typical Barossa Shiraz, with plenty of weight and creamy tannins that support plummy, chocolaty fruit. There's a bit of spice for complexity and a crisp, fresh finish. Drink now–2014.Patchwork8818South AustraliaBarossaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzYalumba 2006 Patchwork Shiraz (Barossa)ShirazYalumba
999998USRich in the mouth, this creamy and textural wine mixes fruit flavors of peach, apple and pear in equal proportion. It's a bit heavier than the previous vintage, with less of the floral character, but it offers, instead, a richness that lingers into a satisfying finish.8818OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Four Graces 2007 Pinot Gris (Dundee Hills)Pinot GrisThe Four Graces
1000999USCreamy and textural, this brings on a nice mix of apple, pear and Key lime fruit flavors, fresh and pretty. Just a hint of minerality adds interest to the finish.8817OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amity 2006 Riesling (Willamette Valley)RieslingAmity
10011000USArcane's Cab is stylistically apart from either California or Washington. It defines its own space. There's plenty of new oak, but the fruit, acid and tannins stand up to it. This is sharp and tangy; cranberry and raspberry, strawberry and citric acids all playing their part. Still young, give it some time in a decanter or in your cellar to come together and show its best.8824OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Arcane Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rogue Valley)Cabernet SauvignonArcane Cellars
10021001ItalyNerello Mascalese, a grape native to the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna, delivers fresh berry notes that recall raspberry, blueberry and mulberry backed by toasted almond. There are pretty mineral nuances woven within its texture and the wine ends with polished tannins and menthol freshness. It is aged 12 months in oak, but you hardly taste the wood.Il Monovitigno8841Sicily & SardiniaEtnaBenanti 2005 Il Monovitigno (Etna)Nerello MascaleseBenanti
10031002USAromas of cherry, spice and mint lead into tart pie cherry and wild berry fruit, dusted with cocoa and spiced up with 16 months in French oak barrels. Unusual for most high-end Pinots, this is sealed with a screwcap.First Class8860OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Benton-Lane 2006 First Class Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirBenton-Lane
10041003FranceThe richness of vintage 2003 shows in this wine's layers of dried fruits on top of sweet tannins and a dense concentration. There is some licorice flavor arriving as the wine matures.Vieilles Vignes8826Southwest FranceMontravelRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Puy-Servain 2003 Vieilles Vignes (Montravel)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Puy-Servain
10051004FranceFull, firm white wine that gives good green fruit and pear flavors, lifted with spice from wood. The wine is round, while still retaining crispness from grassy acidity, and offers a good depth of plum skin structure and flavor.Marjolaine8825Southwest FranceMontravelRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Puy-Servain 2007 Marjolaine (Montravel)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Puy-Servain
10061005FranceA full, soft Sauvignon from close to Sancerre. There is a light, yeasty character to this young wine, but the fruit is all there—fresh pink grapefruit, lime and green berries. The finish is acidic and crisp, but still mouth-filling.8816Loire ValleyQuincyRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Philippe Portier 2007 QuincySauvignon BlancDomaine Philippe Portier
10071006USThis bold, expressive Pinot Noir bursts open with spice, herb and leaf then rolls into flavors of vanilla cream and tangy red fruits. The spicy elements wrap into all the other flavors, giving lift and life; this is an exciting wine, though not necessarily one to cellar.8840OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Expression 44° 2006 Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirExpression 44°
10081007FranceConcentrated, with white fruits, a strong streak of herbaceousness, green apples and a rich texture. The wine shows intensity as well as youth. It really needs another year before drinking.Les Caillottes8821Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2006 Les Caillottes (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
10091008AustraliaIntense and focused, this good value Coonawarra opens with notes of leather and polished wood overlaid with red-berry fruit. Tannins are smooth, but there's plenty of lip-smacking acidity to keep the cherry cordial and plum fruit flavors lively. Drink now. Imported by Freixenet USA.8814South AustraliaCoonawarraNick Faldo 2005 Shiraz (Coonawarra)ShirazNick Faldo
10101009ChileDenser and less herbal than the 2005 Gran Reserva, with fresh cassis and plum fruit to go with some chocolaty overtones. This has plenty of intensity and structure.Gran Reserva8818Maipo ValleyTarapaca 2006 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTarapaca
10111010USThis is a very interesting wine. It has many different flavor threads that have not quite interwoven. To begin there is a surplus of acid, leaving a chalky sensation that has not yet smoothed out. The fruit flavors are also sharp and tart—red fruits from wild berries to pomegranate to sour cherry. The aromas suggest some light chocolate from the barrel aging, and it shows up in the finish, along with herb and vanilla. So, there's lots going on, but it has not yet come together in a harmonious whole.Black Family Estate8875OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Four Graces 2005 Black Family Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirThe Four Graces
10121011USUnusually fruity for a Pinot Gris, this bursts with quince, hay and lanolin aromas that give way to an intense palate with good weight. While slightly astringent, the mouthwatering finish will provide a good foil for fried calamari.8816New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesHunt Country Vineyards 2007 Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisHunt Country Vineyards
10131012ItalyThis ruby-hued blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio conveys aromas of bright berry, intense mint and a whiff of baking spice. The vibrant palate offers sour cherry, mineral and cinnamon flavors alongside fresh acidity.Pietralava88Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAntichi Vinai 1877 2013 Pietralava Red (Etna)Red BlendAntichi Vinai 1877
10141013ItalyAromas suggest oak, vanilla, bell pepper and cassis. The palate offers black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, mocha and oak alongside astringent, drying tannins.Cembali8845Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBaglio di Pianetto 2007 Cembali Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaBaglio di Pianetto
10151014USThis blend from a newer Westside Paso winery offers blackberry, charred pine and sour cherry aromas. The palate is driven by pine sap, charred game and sharp herbs such as oregano and rosemary, and would be a great way to spice up a steak dinner.Forty Two8842CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrecon Estate 2012 Forty Two Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendBrecon Estate
10161015USA nice tarry funk along with dried mint and menthol cigarette scents characterize the nose of this blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah and 4% Petite Verdot. The creosote sense carries to the palate, meeting with black cherry, dried bouquet garni and quite grippy tannins.Profonde Winemaker's Reserve8848CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCallaway 2010 Profonde Winemaker's Reserve Red (Temecula Valley)Red BlendCallaway
10171016ItalyAromas of ripe dark berry, blue flower and a hint of baking spice waft from the glass. On the palate, notes of graphite, licorice and touch of smoke add depth to the ripe black cherry flavors. Firm tannins provide support.Gradiva Collectio8822Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa di Grazia 2011 Gradiva Collectio Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaCasa di Grazia
10181017ItalyCitrus, yellow apple, orange blossom and saline aromas take center stage. On the palate, notes of savory herb accent creamy apple and pear flavors that are brightened by fresh acidity and a mineral note.Zahara8822Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCasa di Grazia 2013 Zahara Grillo (Sicilia)GrilloCasa di Grazia
10191018FranceThis wine is still young, showing spice and not yet enough fruit. It has the right weight and potential richness as well as concentration from the old vines. Drink this ageworthy wine from 2016.Vieilles Vignes8820AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerRuhlmann 2013 Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerRuhlmann
10201019USEstate bottled, this assemblage of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot opens with a flurry of coconut flake and herb, followed by ripe, rich layers of dark berry and black tea. The wine has power yet also possesses an elegance that stands out, finishing with a taste of dark caramel.Elivette88125CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSpring Mountain Vineyard 2011 Elivette Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendSpring Mountain Vineyard

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