Wine Reviews

1128111280GermanyDusty potpourri and mineral tones lend an earthy tone to this lean, off-dry wine. It's fresh with lemon, lime and quince flavors, but straightforward in style with a brisk, herbal finish.Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Kabinett8614MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaLeonard Kreusch 2012 Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingLeonard Kreusch
1128211281PortugalA smooth and fruity wine that has soft tannins and a rich, juicy character. It is full of damson and black plum fruits, ripe and jammy at the end. Drink now.8612DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerBarão de Vilar 2012 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedBarão de Vilar
1128311282USWith a strong undercurrent of bell pepper, this soft Petite Sirah has tense shadings of peppery spice and leather. Ready to drink now.Nina's Cuvée8636CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneConcannon 2010 Nina's Cuvée Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)Petite SirahConcannon
1128411283ChileThis hard-drilling, bullish Malbec is bright purple in color, with grapy, heady aromas. The palate is rubbery and grabby, with a shock of zesty acidity. Oversized, roasted black-fruit flavors finish with size, power and a grating feel.Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguirica8618MarchigueMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2011 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguirica Malbec (Marchigue)MalbecConcha y Toro
1128511284USSmooth and appealing, with ample fresh citrus flavors and a supple mouthfeel, this isn't so assertive that it gets in the way of the conversation or the food. Sourcing good quality grapes from non-premier regions keeps the price down.8610CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCookies & Cream 2012 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioCookies & Cream
1128611285PortugalIn a reference to the storks who build nests in the chimneys of the Eiffel-designed DFJ winery, Storks Landing shows bright acidity, layers of citrus plus a touch of more exotic pineapple. A blend of Fernão Pires and Chardonnay, it's fresh and light in the mouth, mineral and crisp at the end.Storks Landing868LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2013 Storks Landing White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
1128711286FranceCrisp and grassy, this is a classic herbaceous Sancerre. It is tight, bright and full of citrus fruits. Grapefruit dominates, cut through with acidity and the freshest aftertaste. Drink now.86Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Bellecours 2013 SancerreSauvignon BlancDomaine de Bellecours
1128811287ChileApple and peach aromas are dusty and lightly tropical. With no oak, fruit is all you get in this Chardonnay; flavors of apple, nectarine and melon run clean, sweet and ripe, while the finish is mellow and lands smack in the middle of the fairway.Classic Collection Unwooded8610Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2013 Classic Collection Unwooded Chardonnay (Curicó Valley)ChardonnayEcheverria
1128911288USFully mature, this calls to mind an inexpensive village Burgundy: one that is just a touch past its prime. Delicate secondary fruit flavors and firm acidity are in place, with residual hints of tomato leaf and flesh.The Uncarved Block8730OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Amalie Robert 2011 The Uncarved Block Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirAmalie Robert
1129011289USGiven time to settle in both used French oak and stainless steel, this is a nice effort from a well-respected vineyard that's big and juicy in grapefruit and melon. Made in a lighter style, it offers a bite of oak on the finish, leaving a substantial impression.Kick Ranch8726CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneApsara 2015 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancApsara
1129111290SpainGritty, reedy, minty aromas overshadow this Tempranillo blend's hollow berry scents. Hard, tannic and drawn in, this wine tastes of rustic plum and berry fruits along with hard spices. Notes of tomato, green herbs and raw tannins create a rugged finish.Hacienda de Arínzano8719Northern SpainPago de ArínzanoMichael Schachner@wineschachArínzano 2011 Hacienda de Arínzano Red (Pago de Arínzano)Red BlendArínzano
1129211291USSelf-proclaimed to be the only Sagrantino in the Napa Valley (which is probably true), this wine displays varietal character in its smoky leather and its fruit characteristics trafficking in tart cranberry, orange and black cherry. It is light and subtle.Estate8750CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBenessere 2012 Estate Sagrantino (St. Helena)SagrantinoBenessere
1129311292FranceThis dark-colored rosé gets its color from the skins of the Pinot Noir. That makes for a ripe, structured wine with good balance between crisp red fruits and the soft aftertaste. The wine is ready to drink.Brut Rosé de Saignée8755ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBertrand-Delespierre NV Brut Rosé de Saignée (Champagne)Champagne BlendBertrand-Delespierre
1129411293FranceWith a vivid mousse, this ripe wine shows tannic structure as well as bright red berries. It is lively with a touch of spice as well as acidity. The aftertaste is soft and ripe from the relatively high dosage.Cuvée des Moines Brut Rosé8765ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBesserat de Bellefon NV Cuvée des Moines Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendBesserat de Bellefon
1129511294SpainPacked in a pink bottle, this Garnacha rosé opens with prickly pink-grapefruit aromas. It's balanced on the palate, with a touch of oily weight. Orange and cantaloupe flavors leave a citric tang on the finish.Sleever Garnacha8714Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Paniza 2015 Sleever Garnacha Rosé (Cariñena)RoséBodegas Paniza
1129611295USThe nose on this bottling is very smoky and flinty, but also shows underlying pear and apple aromas. There's an intriguing lime-zest character to the palate, with a base of dried apples and a smoked-wood character that's hard to ignore.Lot 5268714CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCameron Hughes 2014 Lot 526 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)ChardonnayCameron Hughes
1129711296FranceThis Champagne is soft and has some sweetness (although technically Brut). Ripe melon and pear fruits are cut with enough acidity to keep the wine fresh and fruity.Authentic Brut8730ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerCanard-Duchêne NV Authentic Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendCanard-Duchêne
1129811297ItalyStraightforward and accessible, this has delicate aromas of red berry and kitchen spice. The firm, no-frills palate offers dried cherry, tart cranberry, sage and clove alongside solid tannins. Enjoy through 2019.8735PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastel Boglione 2012 BarbarescoNebbioloCastel Boglione
1129911298ItalyThis opens with aromas of orchard fruit, citrus and toasted bread crust. The firm palate offers lime, vanilla, oak and yellow apple skin alongside bracing acidity. A note of bitter almond marks the finish.Dosage Zero8755LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastello Bonomi 2010 Dosage Zero Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendCastello Bonomi
1130011299FranceA subdued nose leads onto a very lively palate dominated by foaming, big and frothy bubbles. There is an edge of bitterness but the fruit flavors are fresh and reminiscent of red apple and forest berries. Drink soon.Mayerling Brut Rosé8732AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Turckheim NV Mayerling Brut Rosé Pinot Noir (Alsace)Pinot NoirCave de Turckheim
1130111300FranceThis Champagne is soft with ripe red fruits and a gentle acidity. It is an immediately attractive wine, with an orange-tang aftertaste. The bottling is ready to drink.Tsarine Rosé Brut8760ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChanoine NV Tsarine Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendChanoine
1130211301FranceThis is a simple, fruity Champagne, made to be drunk young. With its crisp citrus tang and bright acidity, it is well balanced with the soft dosage. The wine is dominated by Pinot Noir that grows so well in the Côte des Bar.La Comtesse de Neples Brut8739ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChassenay d'Arce NV La Comtesse de Neples Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendChassenay d'Arce
1130311302FranceThis is a fine, juicy and fruity wine. It has some firm, smoky tannins that are in the background. With its fruitiness, it is likely to be a wine that is ready to drink soon, certainly by 2017.8716BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Donjon de Bruignac 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Donjon de Bruignac
1130411303FranceA ripe wine from Haure Jany, this is dense with wood and tannins. The black-currant fruit is masked at this stage with a powerful dry core. Let this soften before drinking, so wait until 2019.8714BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau du Seguinier 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau du Seguinier
1130511304FranceFresh and fruity, this is a bright wine, full of almost shocking acidity and red-currant fruits. Its tannins are there, although more of an afterthought to the fruit. Drink this light fresh wine from 2017.8720BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jean Faux 2014 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Jean Faux
1130611305FranceThe Vignobles Bourdillas brothers' wine is fruity with black currant fruits and bright acidity. Fresh with a crisp texture and light tannins, it will be ready to drink by 2017.8720BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jussas 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Jussas
1130711306FranceThe wine, unusually 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is ripe and juicy with some smoky tannins in support. It has a finely perfumed character although touches of extraction give it a bitter edge. That should blow by, leaving an attractive fruity wine.8715BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Freynelle 2014 BordeauxCabernet SauvignonChâteau la Freynelle
1130811307FranceThis is a potentially juicy wine with acidity and red fruits coming through the structure. It has the weight for the tannins and a rich background feel. Drink starting from 2018.Grande Réserve8718BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Labatut 2014 Grande Réserve (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Labatut
1130911308FranceClosed and firm at this early stage, the wine from Jean-Michel Bergeron has good potential. It is rich with plenty of black-currant fruit as well as dry tannins. Give this wine its time and wait until 2019.8713BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Les Martins 2014 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Les Martins
1131011309FranceMint aromas speak of new wood as part of the aging process in this wine from Bordeaux Vineam. It has plenty of spice, while also having fine red-fruit flavors and acidity. Drink from 2018.Les Cerisiers8718BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Rocher Bellevue 2014 Les Cerisiers (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Rocher Bellevue

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