Wine Reviews

1119111190FranceRounded and rich, it is full of dark fruits and red cherries that combine with firm tannins and great acidity. This comes from a parcel of the Corton Rognets Grand Cru that unusually has been given the Faiveley name. Drink from 2020.Clos des Cortons Faiveley95225BurgundyCorton-RognetRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Faiveley 2011 Clos des Cortons Faiveley (Corton-Rognet)Pinot NoirDomaine Faiveley
1119211191FranceThis dark, brooding wine is still tight and closed. It's powerful and concentrated, with gripping tannins as well as delicious black fruits. It's solid, chunky and very firm while retaining the generous fruitiness of the vintage. Don't drink before 2020.95180BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerAlex Gambal 2011 Clos de VougeotPinot NoirAlex Gambal
1119311192USVa Piano has introduced a stellar series of single-vineyard Syrahs. But if you had to pick just one, it would have to be this massive, beautifully structured bottle from Les Collines vineyard. Concentrated boysenberry fruit leads into a firm, sleek, subtle wine with even deeper flavors of black cherry, chocolate, espresso and baking spices.Les Collines9565WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Va Piano 2011 Les Collines Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahVa Piano
1119411193FranceFrom vines owned by the Chanson family, this is a wonderfully rich wine, deliciously fruity at the same time. Apple and citrus as well as richer apricots come through powerfully. It's structured with a sense of opulence, richness that also has a tight texture. It needs to age; drink from 2019.Héritiers Paul Chanson95187BurgundyCorton VergennesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chanson 2011 Héritiers Paul Chanson (Corton Vergennes)ChardonnayDomaine Chanson
1119511194FranceThis is richly powerful, packed with dark plum fruits and solid, concentrated tannins. At this stage, it is closed, a potential powerhouse of firm fruits and structure. It has weight, the fruit and the firm texture all promising long-term aging. Drink from 2020.95170BurgundyChapelle-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rossignol-Trapet 2011 Chapelle-ChambertinPinot NoirDomaine Rossignol-Trapet
1119611195FranceThis special wine begins with stunning aromas of cedar, roasted meat and ripe raspberries, then adds savory notes of espresso and black olives to create a harmonious blend of fruity and savory elements. It's full bodied yet supple, with a long, fruit-filled finish. Already enjoyable, it should age well for at least 10 years.Les Chirats de Saint-Christophe95120Rhône ValleyHermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLes Vins de Vienne 2010 Les Chirats de Saint-Christophe (Hermitage)SyrahLes Vins de Vienne
1119711196USRemarkably inky in color for a Grenache-based blend, it features strong aromas of cedar, meat and deeply purple fruit. The soft, rich mouthfeel coats the palate like a luxurious lacquer, and features flavors of blackberry jam, macerated cherry and vanilla-spiced plums. The blend of florals, herbals, fruit and oak-driven tannins is masterful. Drink now by itself or with a peppercorn-crusted filet mignon.Veracity Paderewski Vineyard9565CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEpoch Estate Wines 2011 Veracity Paderewski Vineyard Red (Paso Robles)Grenache BlendEpoch Estate Wines
1119811197FranceThis is the big one, one of the most treasured white wine vineyards in the world. And the wine is magnificent, balanced with restrained power and style. Yellow fruits are shot through with acidity that conveys a nervy texture and an intense, concentrated character. This needs many years; don't drink before 2020.95520BurgundyMontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2011 MontrachetChardonnayLouis Latour
1119911198FrancePower and concentration exude from this wine. Very structured, very firm, it has solid tannins backed up by powerful black, juicy fruits. Blackberry flavors are still developing in this seriously ageworthy wine. Drink from 2020.95200BurgundyLatricières-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerAlex Gambal 2011 Latricières-ChambertinPinot NoirAlex Gambal
1120011199SpainThis single-vineyard Rioja is smooth, pure and elegant. Aromas of lemon peel, tobacco, cookie dough, marzipan, spiced plum and cassis set up a lush, deep palate with saturated flavors of wild raspberry, ripe plum, chocolate and fig. Compelling notes of licorice and chocolate are accompanied by a touch of youthful heat and burn on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025.Viña El Pison94350Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachArtadi 2010 Viña El Pison (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendArtadi
1120111200USAlmost jet black, this single-vineyard reserve sports marvelously complex aromas of smoked meat and dark fruits. Those perfectly ripened and layered berry, black cherry and cassis flavors are wrapped in slightly smoky, super-smooth tannins.Les Collines9465WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Va Piano 2012 Les Collines Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahVa Piano
1120211201FranceThis is a powerful wine with complex structure, dense fruits and a solid texture. It's dry, firm, dark and still very young. The core of the wine is still tannin, the black cherry fruit giving so much richness before the fresh acidity cuts in. Drink from 2018.94175BurgundyCortonRoger Voss@vossrogerChanson Père et Fils 2011 CortonPinot NoirChanson Père et Fils
1120311202FranceA specialty of Chanson, this small premier cru gives a perfumed, dark and tannic wine. The dense, firm structure gives a dramatic base to the ripe black fruits, balanced acidity and a touch of wood that smoothes the wine. Drink from 2018.Clos des Fèves Premier Cru94100BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chanson 2011 Clos des Fèves Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Chanson
1120411203FranceA wine with power and structure from one of the great Grand Crus of Burgundy. The wines have weight with generous red fruits and a great sense of depth, and are very firm at the end. The vines are managed by Bernard Bouvier.94BurgundyEchézeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine René Bouvier 2011 EchézeauxPinot NoirDomaine René Bouvier
1120511204USThis reserve is only occasionally produced. A stunning wine, it's tight and packed with raspberry and cherry fruit that show great concentration, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins. The barrel-aging brings in a nice lick of chocolate to this blend that includes a small amount of Petit Verdot.Minnick Hills Reserve9460WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dumas Station 2010 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonDumas Station
1120611205FranceDespite being barrel fermented and matured, this Condrieu retains a remarkable amount of varietal character in its flamboyantly floral and spicy aromas. It's full bodied, broad and richly textured, yet avoids any sense of heaviness, finishing on hints of honey and white pepper. Drink now–2020.La Doriane94140Rhône ValleyCondrieuJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzE. Guigal 2010 La Doriane (Condrieu)ViognierE. Guigal
1120711206FranceOne of the flagship wines of Louis Latour, this has great weight, richness and ripe yellow fruits, all surrounded by wood and citrus flavors. A sense of mineral in the texture adds complexity, while the firm structure needs to age. Drink from 2018.94140BurgundyCorton-CharlemagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Latour 2011 Corton-CharlemagneChardonnayLouis Latour
1120811207USWhen you're blending barrels from multiple vintages, you'd better make a fine wine. Oso Libre succeeds with this opulent offering from their Abernathy Vineyard. There is leather, mocha, oak smoke, vanilla and deep cherry on the nose, followed by a rich palate of ripe red-berry fruit and a lingering campfire-flavor finish.Rojo del Patron9445CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannOso Libre NV Rojo del Patron Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendOso Libre
1120911208FranceVery terroir-driven from chalk soil in this great vineyard, this firmly structured wine is powerful and solid. There is a mineral character at this stage of the wine's development, with 60% new wood giving a lightly smoky feel. Drink from 2017.Les Suchots Premier Cru94166BurgundyVosne-RomanéeRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chantal Lescure 2011 Les Suchots Premier Cru (Vosne-Romanée)Pinot NoirDomaine Chantal Lescure
1121011209FranceA firmly structured wine, packed with fruit, acidity and complex tannins. It is powerful, dark and rich with great weight to balance the dry, smoky character from wood aging. It's impressive, concentrated with a touch of licorice and spice that cuts through the acidity. Drink from 2020.94257BurgundyLatricières-ChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Faiveley 2011 Latricières-ChambertinPinot NoirDomaine Faiveley
1121111210FrancePerfumed green fruits, a crisp texture and layers of tight acidity all point to a wine that is too young to drink. Its hints of ripe white fruits and tangy orange peel are still developing. Drink from 2017.8828Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Gaudry 2014 Pouilly-FuméSauvignon BlancNicolas Gaudry
1121211211USIce wines are a rarity in Washington. This one offers aromas of orange peel, flowers and candied ginger, seeming to show a touch of oxygen exposure. It's sweet (155g/L residual sugar) but is still quite deft in style.Selenium Vineyard Ice Wine8855WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPacific Rim 2013 Selenium Vineyard Ice Wine Riesling (Yakima Valley)RieslingPacific Rim
1121311212ItalyThis medium-bodied, easygoing red offers aromas of blue flowers, dark berry, underbrush and a whiff of cake spice. The palate delivers blackberry, red currant, ground pepper and a note of star anise alongside firm, refined tannins. An almond note backs up the finish.8819PiedmontDoglianiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoderi Luigi Einaudi 2013 DoglianiDolcettoPoderi Luigi Einaudi
1121411213USThis wine starts out quite reductive, while also showing aromas of black olive, herbs and chocolate. It's full bodied in feel with abundant dark fruit flavors that show persistence. There are good things here but the aromas and flavors seem disconnected.8835WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPomum 2012 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahPomum
1121511214USMedium-strength, this wine opens with a bouquet of black cherry and raspberry, unveiling an intensity of smoke and heat as it goes. Cradled in oak, it flattens on the midpalate before rising in strength and length on the finish.8854CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneScroll 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonScroll
1121611215USA mix of dried and fresh blueberry notes arises on the nose of this wine, alongside gravel and soft cedar elements. It's very purple on the palate, with more blueberry, olallieberry and grape candy, proving tasty but not especially complex. The tannins keep it firm.8836CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSculpterra 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)Cabernet SauvignonSculpterra
1121711216USAromas are quite delicate for the variety and style, with fresh flowers, peach and whiffs of lychee. The palate is similarly restrained, showing elegance with the lightly sweet stone fruit flavors that are accented by bright acidity. It's all about nuance.Late Harvest8828WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSeven Hills 2013 Late Harvest Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingSeven Hills
1121811217USThe aromas of this jazzy wine disclose lime leaf, white peach and slate. The off-dry flavors of flowers, pear and stone fruit are typical of Washington in their intensity and detail.Old Vines8817WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSeven Hills 2013 Old Vines Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))RieslingSeven Hills
1121911218ItalyBaked cherry, toasted oak and cooking spice aromas lead the nose. On the palate, licorice, oak-driven spice and roasted coffee beans back up a core of dried red cherry alongside tightly packed tannins.Bussia8852PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSilvano Bolmida 2011 Bussia (Barolo)NebbioloSilvano Bolmida
1122011219ItalyEarthy aromas of tilled soil, bell pepper, ripe plum and a whiff of barnyard waft out of the glass. The palate is a bit rustic, displaying fig, ground black pepper, graphite and a gamey note alongside velvety tannins. Drink soon.Principe8830TuscanyCortonaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStefania Mezzetti 2012 Principe Syrah (Cortona)SyrahStefania Mezzetti

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