Wine Reviews

1110111100ItalyThis very internationally-styled blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah displays dense fruit, brisk acidity and the lavish use of oak. Extremely dark aromas and flavors predominate, with firm black plum, tobacco and earth elements. The long and even finish of this weighty offering shows tart blackberry flavors and full tannins.Summus9163TuscanySant'AntimoCastello Banfi 1997 Summus Sangiovese (Sant'Antimo)SangioveseCastello Banfi
1110211101USVery much in the vein of a super-oaked, ripe Chardonnay, bursting with peach and tropical aromas and flavors, but with a distinctly nutty, minerally, almost steely note and an electric jolt of acidity. Judging from the very long, sweet finish, it's got quite a life ahead of it.9124CaliforniaChaloneCentral CoastChalone Vineyard 1999 Pinot Blanc (Chalone)Pinot BlancChalone Vineyard
1110311102ChileA blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Grande Vidure, 20% Petite Syrah and 10% Merlot, it is as if you can clearly account for each varietal's contribution. Ripe cassis, cherry, plum, and spice flavors are buttressed by well-integrated oak. Beautifully balanced, it has good acidity and mature tannins, and closes with a long, satisfying finish. Great wine for tonight's grilled T-bone, and worthy of mid-term cellaring .Winemaker's Reserve9140Maipo ValleyCarmen 1997 Winemaker's Reserve Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendCarmen
1110411103USStarts off with rich, fragrant aromas of ripe peaches, mangos and flowers, with vanilla and buttery-oaky notes. There's lots of buttercream in the mouth, along with ripe, forward tropical fruit and spice flavors and a high acidity level that creates a searing, mouthwatering quality. Good stuff.9125CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaEtude 1998 Pinot Blanc (Carneros)Pinot BlancEtude
1110511104FranceThe perfumed character of this pure Vermentino is right up front. It gives the wine its ripe character and fine orange blossom aromas. The wine is crisp, juicy and with a refreshing aftertaste.87France OtherPatrimonioRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Teddi 2015 Vermentino (Patrimonio)VermentinoClos Teddi
1110611105ItalyYoung and racy, this has aromas of moist earth, red berry and chopped aromatic herb. The tangy, light-bodied palate offers strawberry, sour cherry, orange peel and a touch of clove alongside firm acidity and refined tannins. It cries out for food and would pair well with hearty pasta dishes topped with thick tomato-based sauces and savory soups.8725TuscanyRosso di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCrocedimezzo 2014 Rosso di MontalcinoSangioveseCrocedimezzo
1110711106FranceThis blend that seems to include every Corsican and Provence red grape works out as a wild and wonderful wine. With acidity, spice, perfume and tannins that bring in a bramble texture, this is a wine for drinking young.Clos Reginu8715France OtherRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Maestracci 2015 Clos Reginu RedRed BlendDomaine Maestracci
1110811107UruguayInky cool herbal black-fruit aromas set up a choppy tight palate with pounding tannins. Flavors of black coffee and blackberry are heavily toasted. The finish keeps that toasty theme while introducing notes of pepper and horseradish.100 Años Viñas Mendoza8717MontevideoMichael Schachner@wineschachGimenez Mendez 2015 100 Años Viñas Mendoza Malbec (Montevideo)MalbecGimenez Mendez
1110911108UruguayInky purple in color, with herbal, minty, toasty berry aromas that suggest a touch of green, this Tannat-Malbec blend tastes of rooty, baked black fruits and black pepper. On the finish, which is hard as rocks, this tastes of licorice and burnt toast.Las Brujas8722CanelonesMichael Schachner@wineschachGimenez Mendez 2015 Las Brujas Red (Canelones)Red BlendGimenez Mendez
1111011109FranceThis is a new wine from this negociant house that specializes in limited production wines. It is a smooth and rounded wine, ripe with apples and yellow fruits as well as being cut with acidity. The wine is refreshing and crisp at the end with a touch of minerality.8726BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2014 Saint-VéranChardonnayRoche de Bellene
1111111110FranceThis wine is produced from vines aged 62–88 years old. It has ripe red fruits and soft tannins creating a wine that is generous and ready to drink. It is a blend of grapes from the flat lands beyond the slopes in the Côte d'Or. The wine finishes with acidity as well as attractive fruitiness.Vieilles Vignes8720BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerRoche de Bellene 2014 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne)Pinot NoirRoche de Bellene
1111211111GeorgiaDeep straw in color, this semi-sweet wine made from an indigenous Georgian grape has an aroma characterized by soft hints of apple. It is harmonious in the mouth, with flavors of ripe apple, white peach and apricot that meld into a finish marked by persistent floral sweetness.Georgian Valleys Alazani Valley8712KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysTbilvino 2014 Georgian Valleys Alazani Valley Rkatsiteli (Kakheti)RkatsiteliTbilvino
1111311112USLight aromas of pear, white flowers and melon lead to dry, medium-bodied fruit flavors. It doesn't bring much complexity but still offers plenty of appeal.8711WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAnew 2015 Pinot Grigio (Columbia Valley (WA))Pinot GrigioAnew
1111411113FranceGrapes from the small village of Saint-Bris le Vineux west of Chablis are used in this attractive, crisp and fruity wine. It has a strongly mineral tang to its fruitiness with lemon zest and intense acidity. The aftertaste is softer, rounded and ready to drink.Paul Delane Réserve Brut8723BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerBailly-Lapierre NV Paul Delane Réserve Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendBailly-Lapierre
1111511114ItalyAromas of ripe orchard fruit, pressed flower and a whiff of citrus zest take center stage on this enjoyable white. The bright palate offers golden apple and pear while a note of bitter almond closes the finish.Tufaie8715VenetoSoave ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBolla 2015 Tufaie (Soave Classico)GarganegaBolla
1111611115USThis easygoing, generously fruity wine has candied fruit aromas, just enough tannin for balance and leaves a nice blackberry nuance on the finish.8715CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTom Gore 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonTom Gore
1111711116USAttractive floral aromas and bright cherry and raspberry flavors make a light, refreshing impression. This medium-bodied wine has light tannins and lively acidity in the texture.Mission Grove8712CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTortoise Creek 2015 Mission Grove Pinot Noir (California)Pinot NoirTortoise Creek
1111811117FranceAn attractively crisp wine, this has fragrant acidity and a lively raspberry-fruit character cut with a tight mineral edge. The wine is ready to drink.YL8728France OtherIle de BeautéRoger Voss@vossrogerYves Leccia 2015 YL Rosé (Ile de Beauté)RoséYves Leccia
1111911118USAttractive toasted oak and baking-spice aromas dress up the tasty pear and apple flavors in this deceptively light-bodied yet plush-textured wine.8713CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellars786 Wines 2014 Chardonnay (California)Chardonnay786 Wines
1112011119ChileHerbal berry aromas are dry and foresty, much like Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. This is superficially creamy and a touch sticky, but otherwise not that deep or dense. Leafy-berry flavors finish with notes of spice, olive and herbal berry. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot is more old school than modern.Grand Reserve8718Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBalduzzi 2013 Grand Reserve Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendBalduzzi
1112111120USDank earth, dark berry and cherry are the standouts in this wine, which is a bit more lush than some of the producer's vineyard-designates. Approachable in its acidity and oak, it's a good place to start at a somewhat reasonable entry price.Estate Grown8729CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBalletto 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirBalletto
1112211121USFresh blackberry and cherry aromas are cloaked in exotic shades of cocoa powder, soil and spice on the nose of this Cabernet Franc. The palate is a bit more reserved, suggesting crisp black-fruit flavors bolstered by fine tannins and a zesty acidic backbone. The finish is brisk but clean.8721New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBarnstormer 2014 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancBarnstormer
1112311122USThis well-mannered, well-balanced and medium-bodied dry wine offers tasty raspberry and pomegranate flavors. Light tannins add a little grip.8720CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBell 2014 Red (California)Red BlendBell
1112411123New ZealandThis silky, medium-bodied Pinot Noir represents much of what Marlborough Pinot has to offer: generous cherry fruit, modest complexity largely imparted by oak and supple tannins, all at a reasonable tariff. Drink now–2018.8724MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBlack Cottage 2014 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)Pinot NoirBlack Cottage
1112511124USThis mild-flavored and smooth-textured wine will be a good supporting actor at the next meal or party. It has subdued fig and baking-spice flavors, a supple mouthfeel and lightly fruity finish.Proprietor's Reserve8715CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBorrellie 2014 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayBorrellie
1112611125USThis is a big wine in structure, but mellow and complex in flavor as if it's been well aged. Blended from Grenache, Tempranillo and Monastrell, it smells lightly sweet and tastes dry and inviting like vanilla, milk chocolate and raspberries.The Mix8716CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsIrwin Family Vineyards 2013 The Mix Red (Sierra Foothills)Red BlendIrwin Family Vineyards
1112711126USThis wine kicks off with awesome aromatics of jasmine flowers, white beach, green tea and Rainier cherry. The palate is clean and crisp with ripe honeydew melon, Gala apple and Anjou pear flavors that are pleasant but simple.8716CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCastoro Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Paso Robles)Sauvignon BlancCastoro Cellars
1112811127FranceA blend that includes Aligoté along with the traditional Champagne grapes, this is lively and bright. Fresh apples and a soft aftertaste make for an easy to drink wine that is lit with final acidity.Brut8720BurgundyCrémant de BourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Bissey NV Brut (Crémant de Bourgogne)Sparkling BlendCave de Bissey
1112911128FranceThis is a nutty wine with flavors of hazelnuts and a mature character. The fruit has developed a honey flavor, keeping the acidity and an attractive spicy aftertaste. This ripe wine is ready to drink.Brut87Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Vaugondy NV Brut (Vouvray)Chenin BlancDomaine de Vaugondy
1113011129FranceThis wine reflects the ripeness of the vintage while still retaining crisp minerality. Creamed apples are balanced with a tangy texture and soft acidity. The wine finishes with a crisp aftertaste that gives a great lift. Drink the wine now.8725BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Vrignaud 2015 ChablisChardonnayDomaine Vrignaud

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