Wine Reviews

1140111400FranceThis Meynard family wine is ripe and soft with a smooth, creamy texture and a perfumed backdrop. It is ready to drink, full of good acidity and with a tangy, zesty texture. The aftertaste keeps that attractive perfumed character.9113BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bois Malot 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Bois Malot
1140211401FranceProduced at the classed-growth Sauternes estate, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc comes from a 17-acre parcel. It has plenty of herbal flavors while also having a riper, yellow-fruit tinge. Lightly oaked, the wine is ripe from this warm vintage and ready to drink.Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau9126BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Rayne Vigneau 2015 Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau (Bordeaux Blanc)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Rayne Vigneau
1140311402USLovely aromatics suggest wet stone, raspberry and pomegranate. This is a sleek, subtle wine. Its winery notes suggest it is a “slow bloomer” in the glass, which proves out if you give it that chance. It's balanced and resonant, with the promise of further improvement with another few years of bottle age.Abby's Block Reserve9165OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur de Terre 2014 Abby's Block Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCoeur de Terre
1140411403USCrafted principally from estate-grown fruit, this has the complexity and downright panache of a far more expensive bottling. Mixed brambly red fruits combine seamlessly, punching through to a lingering finish etched in minerals. What a terrific value!Oregon9122OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur de Terre 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCoeur de Terre
1140511404USCompostable earth marks the entry of this clonal exploration—a robust, full-bodied and ripely warm wine.With mint, pine and black tea accents, it offers wild raspberry and rhubarb fruit, bringing a homemade pie to mind.Jane's Vineyard Clone 239155CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDavis Bynum 2014 Jane's Vineyard Clone 23 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDavis Bynum
1140611405USThe nose of this bottling is pleasantly earthy and rustic, with composting rose petal, forest floor, snappy cranberry and iron-tinged aromas. It's light in body yet has a compelling tannic grip, its pomegranate and white pepper flavors proving quite delicate and focused.Le Belier9163CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDemetria 2014 Le Belier Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirDemetria
1140711406USAn outstanding value, the latest release of this wine dazzles with bold, black cherry and chocolate mocha flavors. The focus and definition throughout are exceptional also. This is a gem at a more than fair tariff.Grand Assemblage9128OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dobbes Family Estate 2014 Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirDobbes Family Estate
1140811407PortugalTo judge by the weight of the bottle, this wine is meant to be taken seriously. In fact, its wood aging is the only serious thing about this attractive, dense and fruity wine. It is finely structured with yellow fruits just supported by the toastiness. Drink the wine now.Colheita9120DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerDuorum 2015 Colheita White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteDuorum
1140911408USToasty aromas lead the nose of this bottling from the Parker family's own vineyard, with brioche, freshly peeled lemon and a slight walnut touch. The palate shows restraint, just barely allowing its crushed chalk, Asian pear, exotic white flower and chamomile flavors to shine through.Parker West9140CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannFess Parker 2015 Parker West Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayFess Parker
1141011409USThis blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc offers plummy chocolate and leather notes and dense, layered tannins. Toasty oak adds to the concentration and body, before a lift of acidity closes out the finish. This wine is available in three Halloween-themed labels all created for Flora Springs by CD-cover artist Wes Freed.Ghost Winery9144CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneFlora Springs 2013 Ghost Winery Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendFlora Springs
1141111410USThis dense, round, full-bodied red from a quiet appellation offers smoked plum and dark cherry flavors, with integrated oak and tannin.Knights Reserve9140CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFortress 2013 Knights Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFortress
1141211411ChileRipe jammy aromas of red currants and berries set up a linear-feeling palate that is ruled by zesty core acidity. This blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataro tastes of snappy saucy red-berry fruits, while the finish slings a bit of tomatoey tang. Drink through 2024.Lot #55 Sauzal Vineyard Carignan-Garnacha-Mataró Field-Blend9139Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachGarage Wine Co. 2014 Lot #55 Sauzal Vineyard Carignan-Garnacha-Mataró Field-Blend Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendGarage Wine Co.
1141311412USThe aromas are wound up at present, with notes of generous barrel spices, dried herb, dark fruit and pencil lead. The dark-cherry flavors are smooth and supple, backed by fine-grained tannins.The Bully9150WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGorman 2014 The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonGorman
1141411413USSyrah makes up just under two-thirds of this blend. Dark in color, it brings aromas of generous French-oak spices along with mineral, olive and dark fruit followed by a spicy top note. The palate is rich and dense, full of tightly wound cherry flavors that linger on the finish.The Evil Twin9165WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGorman 2014 The Evil Twin Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Syrah-Cabernet SauvignonGorman
1141511414USThe best vintage to date for this wine, delivering sharp well-defined varietal character. It's tight, tart and focused, mixing lemon, orange and cherry fruit with a well-built finish. No new oak, just half neutral and half twice-used barrels, but the highlights of toast and mocha latte add a nice touch to the tannins.9130OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Jaxon 2014 Grenache (Rogue Valley)GrenacheJaxon
1141611415USLight in color, with depth and clarity, this wine shines with dusty black cherry and pomegranate flavors and an ethereal texture of tension and earthy acidity. Clove and orange zest touches dot the long finish.Cuvée de Trois9135CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJoseph Swan Vineyards 2013 Cuvée de Trois Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirJoseph Swan Vineyards
1141711416USPerfumed and floral, crisp and modulated in acidity, this is an exuberant expression of the variety. Ample acidiy and cherry and orange flavors unfold on the palate, followed by a brisk finish that's laced in spicy nuance.Estate Vineyard Rosé of9124CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLawer 2016 Estate Vineyard Rosé of Syrah (Knights Valley)SyrahLawer
1141811417USThis bottling named after vintner Bill Foley's mother shows apricot, gardenia and smoke aromas, accenting its underlying minerality that recalls hot sand on a beach. The clean and crisp flavors combine sea salt and lemon peel with Asian pear and a touch of honeydew melon.Zoula Nunn9135CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLincourt 2014 Zoula Nunn Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayLincourt
1141911418USStony perfume welcomes one into this full, fleshy white adorned with peach and green apple fruit. Succulent on the midpalate, it delivers flavor and body with balance, finishing on a tart, lingering spark of key lime.9130CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneLittle Giant 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancLittle Giant
1142011419USThis is a rich, fragrant and luscious-tasting dessert wine. Wonderful honey, orange blossom and peach nectar aromas waft from the glass, and concentrated, luxurious, sweet fruit and floral flavors wash over the palate. The mouthfeel is rich and viscous, leaving a long finish that echoes the sweet honey aromas.Belle Etoile Blanche9128CaliforniaMokelumne RiverCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsM2 2014 Belle Etoile Blanche White (Mokelumne River)White BlendM2
1142111420PortugalThis is a beautiful lightly wood-aged wine. Made from arguably Portugal's greatest white grape, it is rich, smooth and balanced elegantly between toastiness and yellow fruits. The wine is still on the young side and will be better from spring 2018.Ribeiro Santo9119DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerMagnum Vinhos 2016 Ribeiro Santo Encruzado (Dão)EncruzadoMagnum Vinhos
1142211421USThis is 100% varietal with the fruit coming from Ciel du Cheval, Red Willow and Phinny Hill vineyards. Expressive but still wound-up aromas of exotic spice, French oak, chocolate and dark fruit are followed by pitch-black fruit flavors and tightly wound tannins. It's not yet ready to fully reveal its charms but has the stuffing to go the distance.Old Vines9165WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMark Ryan 2014 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonMark Ryan
1142311422USWhen first opened, this seemed a bit shallow, but it blossomed with breathing time into a lovely brambly berry-soaked wine with a full-bodied palate. Streaks of cola and molasses come up also, lengthening the finish and adding texture and detail.Kropf Vineyard9150OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Purple Hands 2015 Kropf Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirPurple Hands
1142411423PortugalNamed after the dovecote on the Vesuvio estate, this wine comes from low-yield vines. It is certainly concentrated while preserving plenty of open fruit. The black-cherry and blackberry flavors are combined with some firm dry tannins that will allow the wine to age further. Drink from 2019.Pombal do Vesuvio9126DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Vesuvio 2015 Pombal do Vesuvio Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta do Vesuvio
1142511424USSourced from several appellations, including the producer's heritage Russian River Valley site, this wine offers smoky oak, bacon and blackberry jam flavors. Thick and florally perfumed, it balances its brawnier side with spice.Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines9125CaliforniaNorthern SonomaSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRodney Strong 2014 Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel (Northern Sonoma)ZinfandelRodney Strong
1142611425USPlummy cinnamon and grape notes highlight this well-made, full-bodied wine's lush, soft-textured expression. It boasts integrated oak and compelling concentration, finishing in a plume of smoke.Home Ranch9132CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSbragia 2014 Home Ranch Merlot (Dry Creek Valley)MerlotSbragia
1142711426USThe fruit from this cool-climate AVA brings flavors of citrus rind, wet stone and green apple. It's a wine with finesse, barrel fermented and put through partial malolactic. The mouthfeel is lively, and the finish carries a hint of fresh brioche.Lynette9134OregonColumbia Gorge (OR)Oregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Phelps Creek 2013 Lynette Chardonnay (Columbia Gorge (OR))ChardonnayPhelps Creek
1142811427USThis has a medium-garnet color, not overly dark, and the aromas are a bit restrained. However, the flavors ring out and range from higher notes of raspberry and cranberry to a bass note of black cherry for a whole octave of fruit. Classic firm acidity and tannins provide textural backbone and the finish, though lean, lingers.Boontling9128CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPhillips Hill 2012 Boontling Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirPhillips Hill
1142911428PortugalDeep old gold in color, this wine speaks of its years in wood. While it has retained its fruit, it has also rich toast, sultanas and considerable sweetness that is balanced by the intense acidity at the back. It's a beautiful wine, ready to drink like any aged tawny.20 Year Old Tawny9160PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Carvalhas NV 20 Year Old Tawny (Port)PortQuinta das Carvalhas
1143011429ItalyAromas of crushed violet, dried rose petal, underbrush, ripe berry and a balsamic note lead the nose on this classically crafted Nebbiolo. The firm palate delivers dried black cherries, raspberries, licorice, clove, mint and tobacco alongside assertive but polished tannins and bright acidity. It's still young so let this fully develop. Drink 2019–2029.Sassella Riserva9133LombardyValtellina SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRainoldi 2009 Sassella Riserva (Valtellina Superiore)NebbioloRainoldi

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