Wine Reviews

1125111250FranceA softly textured wine, this has richness coming from black and red berry fruits. Wood and juiciness combine well in this attractive wine that will be ready to drink in a few months.Thomas Barton Réserve8837BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerBarton & Guestier 2010 Thomas Barton Réserve (Margaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBarton & Guestier
1125211251ItalyThis has a slightly aged appearance and tertiary aromas of candied berry, leather, tobacco and cola. The tannins are firm and tight; it still has an aging future ahead.8838PiedmontGattinaraTorraccia del Piantavigna 2006 GattinaraNebbioloTorraccia del Piantavigna
1125311252ChileThis is stalky smelling, with rustic aromas of roasted berry, leather, tobacco and eucalyptus. It's full in the mouth, with smacking tannins and firm acids that create a flavor profile of roasted, herbal berry and plum. Bitter chocolate and espresso flavors control the peppery, dry finish. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah.Tralca8870Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2007 Tralca Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendViña Bisquertt
1125411253ChileThis is rustic, with notes of roasted berry, smoked meat, leather and dried cheese on the bouquet. It feels tannic and pushy, with herbal, wild flavors of dark berry, herb and roasted meat. Slightly warm and herbal, the finish lasts.El Olivar Alto Single Vineyard8825Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2009 El Olivar Alto Single Vineyard Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahViu Manent
1125511254USHerbaceous and brambly on the nose and palate, Wölffer's Estate Merlot is concentrated in red plum and cherry fruit but lean in structure, with lively acidity and a softly tannic finish. It drinks well now, but it could benefit from decanting.Estate8820New YorkThe Hamptons, Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2008 Estate Merlot (The Hamptons, Long Island)MerlotWölffer
1125611255FranceThe wine has the richness of the vintage while retaining a more stalky black-currant character. The smoky tannins and fruit are integrated, creating a wine that will be ready to drink in the next two years.88BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Tour de By 2009 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Tour de By
1125711256FranceWith its apricot and honey flavors, this is an attractive, fruity dessert wine. There is some dryness from botrytis to add complexity. At the end, the wine offers a delicious fruit salad finish.8827BordeauxCadillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Suau 2009 CadillacBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Suau
1125811257USUsing grapes sourced from Klipsun Vineyard, this is a roughly even Sauvignon Blanc–Sémillon blend. Flavors of sweet toast, lemon verbena and melon, with a hint of mint and a splash of orange soda are all in evidence. Nicely nuanced, this does not overreach, but rather zooms in on the details of aroma and flavor that keep it interesting.Blanc8825WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Covington 2011 Blanc Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Red Mountain)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonCovington
1125911258GreeceThis expressive red starts with aromas of raspberry, sour cherry and vanilla, leading into a medium-bodied, mouthfilling array of fruit, spice and a touch of sweetness. Balanced and structured, with an appealing spice backbone, this wine is an example of an indigenous red with true global appeal.Areti8829PangeonSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaEstate Biblia Chora 2008 Areti Agiorgitiko (Pangeon)AgiorgitikoEstate Biblia Chora
1126011259FranceEven though it is weighty, very full and dense, the wine has a fine balance, with acidity that cuts through the richness.Château la Fleur8817BordeauxLussac Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerHoreau-Beylot 2009 Château la Fleur (Lussac Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendHoreau-Beylot
1126111260USSteely and creamy at the same time, this is no shy Pinot Gris. It's got body and heft from its time spent in 100% French oak (none of it new), and tastes perfectly in balance, with delightful notes of honeysuckle, apricot and honey. This is a small production made from certified-organic grapes.McFadden Farm8820CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneHorse & Plow 2011 McFadden Farm Pinot Gris (Mendocino)Pinot GrisHorse & Plow
1126211261PortugalConcentrated tannins give this wine from organic grapes a powerful structure. For balance, it also has a more fruity character that offers blackberry and black plums. The dense texture means it needs to age until 2015.8619DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Romeu 2010 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta do Romeu
1126311262PortugalThe wine is perfumed, fruity and ripe. A touch of spice from the fruit gives an exotic edge to the rounded, ripe and juicy flavors. It is full-bodied while still retaining a fresh edge.Gáudio86AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerRibafreixo 2013 Gáudio Verdelho (Alentejo)VerdelhoRibafreixo
1126411263AustriaRipe and juicy green and yellow pears abound on the nose, while the palate is soft, fresh and makes for easy summer drinking.Vom Bisamberg86WeinviertelAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoSchwarzböck 2013 Vom Bisamberg Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel)Grüner VeltlinerSchwarzböck
1126511264FranceA bright, light and fruity wine that is ready to drink. It has flavors of currants, juicy orange as well as a mineral texture and a touch of bitter marmalade. Drink now.Le P'tit Chenin8611Loire ValleyAnjouRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Roulerie 2013 Le P'tit Chenin Chenin Blanc (Anjou)Chenin BlancChâteau de la Roulerie
1126611265PortugalJust lightly structured, this is a delicious, fruity wine. With soft tannins and rounded black fruits, it's fresh and fragrant. Wood flavors support the fruitiness. Full-bodied and ripe, it's ready to drink.Pancas8612LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2012 Pancas Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCompanhia das Quintas
1126711266ItalyStraightforward and enjoyable, it delivers aromas of peach blossom and citrus. The juicy palate offers white peach, green apple and banana peel. Sip this as an apéritif or pair with light first courses.8611Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCormòns 2013 Pinot Grigio (Collio)Pinot GrigioCormòns
1126811267PortugalComing from the cool climate of the Lisbon vineyards, this is a fresh and fruity wine. Some Touriga Nacional perfumes emerge from the soft tannins and final acidity. It's an attractive wine to drink now.Point West869LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2011 Point West Touriga Nacional (Lisboa)Touriga NacionalDFJ Vinhos
1126911268FranceThere's a slight cobbler-like character to the nose of this wine, with mealy scents of peach bubble gum, banana and strawberry. The palate is more linear, with a pronounced line of acidity and flavors of green banana and orange citrus.Pink Flamingo Tête de Cuvée Gris de Gris8613Languedoc-RoussillonSable de CamargueLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine de Jarras 2013 Pink Flamingo Tête de Cuvée Gris de Gris Rosé (Sable de Camargue)RoséDomaine de Jarras
1127011269FranceThe lightest possible Chinon, very fruity and lightly tannic, this is a delicious, jammy, ripe and fresh wine. It is all black currants and berries with acidity adding its burst at the end. Drink now.La Cuisine de Ma Mère8622Loire ValleyChinonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Grosbois 2012 La Cuisine de Ma Mère (Chinon)Cabernet FrancDomaine Grosbois
1127111270USLight in color, smooth, soft with a trace of astringency to the background, it shows off Barbera's marriage of acidity and denseness. It's a heavier version for sure, with spice and rustic black cherry.Cooper Ranch8625CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneEaston 2011 Cooper Ranch Barbera (Shenandoah Valley (CA))BarberaEaston
1127211271SpainThis Verdejo is in its late stages of life but it's hanging in there. Mostly neutral aromas of apple and lime set up a palate with citrusy acidity that keeps the wine alive. Narrow, simple flavors of orange and nectarine finish pithy but true to the variety. Drink immediately.8613Northern SpainVino de la Tierra de Castilla y LeónMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Pensador 2012 Verdejo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)VerdejoEl Pensador
1127311272USMuted aromatically, it has a light, bright core of cherry lurking in the layers of juicy spice. The grapes come from the Klindt and Wiley Vineyards. Let it breathe or decant before drinking, and enjoy it soon.The Noble One8639CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneHarmonique 2007 The Noble One Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirHarmonique
1127411273USThink of a pink version of Beaujolais Nouveau. The grapy flavors light up this light-bodied, extroverted rosé even more than the almost fluorescent pink color. Very fresh, light and frothy and all those qualities seem right for it.Rosé de Shenandoah8618CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHelwig 2013 Rosé de Shenandoah Rosé (Shenandoah Valley (CA))RoséHelwig
1127511274PortugalThe wine is ripe, generous and lightly structured. Black currant and black plum fruits surround a dry core that gives texture. It's not for long-term aging.Tapada dos Coelheiros8638AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade dos Coelheiros 2009 Tapada dos Coelheiros Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedHerdade dos Coelheiros
1127611275USThis rough and tumble Cabernet is oaky and smoky in both scent and flavor. It's a rustic, country wine, big and bold and raw around the edges, but packed with flavor.Eagle Ranch Vineyard8635OregonColumbia Valley (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jacob Williams 2010 Eagle Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (OR))Cabernet SauvignonJacob Williams
1127711276FranceImmediately attractive red fruit flavors are cut with delicious acidity. This is a crisp, fruity wine, fresh with just a tang of orange peel, ready to drink now.Le Rabault86Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Mellot 2012 Le Rabault Rosé (Sancerre)RoséJoseph Mellot
1127811277FranceHerbaceous and crisp, it conveys flavors of citrus and freshly cut apple. It's a simple, fruity wine that is ready to drink with its lively final acidity and tangy texture.Le Montarlet86Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Mellot 2013 Le Montarlet (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancJoseph Mellot
1127911278USScents of purple fruits and wood smoke lead into a straightforward, fruity wine that plays out broadly across the palate. Despite its forward nature, it thins out quickly. There's a bit of chocolate (from aging in 25% new French oak) in the finish.Estate8622OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kramer 2012 Estate Pinot NoirPinot NoirKramer
1128011279USThis substantial wine is replete with apricot and a faint lurking of herb. The acidity is there, just faintly, racing through to the finish.Buttner Sunol Vineyard8628CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneLas Positas 2012 Buttner Sunol Vineyard Pinot Grigio (Livermore Valley)Pinot GrigioLas Positas

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