Wine Reviews

1161111610ArgentinaChunky berry and cured meat aromas turn sweaty and herbal with airing. In the mouth, this is wholly basic. Flavors of soupy, herbal berry fruits lack definition, while the finish deals molasses and peppery bitterness.Phebus Reserva8316Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFabre Montmayou 2010 Phebus Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonFabre Montmayou
1161211611ItalyBrachetto is an easy dessert wine with a mild ruby color and intense aromas of raspberry and blueberry. The wine is exceedingly simple and straightforward with loads of fresh berry fruit, bitter almond, and not much else.8313PiedmontPiedmontPrima Mazzo 2011 Brachetto (Piedmont)BrachettoPrima Mazzo
1161311612USA little unripe, with a vegetal tug that pulls down the score. Beyond hints of steamed broccoli you'll find some raspberry and cherry fruit, with lots of sweet, toasty oak and keen acidity.8315CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRiver Road 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirRiver Road
1161411613USIntensely ripe, this is a straightforward wine with upfront cherry jam and oak flavors. Not much else going on, but it's fine for a party.8315CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherSpellbound 2011 Merlot (California)MerlotSpellbound
1161511614PortugalIt is the Verdelho that gives this wine its attractive, perfumed character. Crisp and bright with a tangy, lemon zest texture, the wine is rich. fruity and ready to drink.8510TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasal da Coelheira 2016 White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteCasal da Coelheira
1161611615USThe aromas smell disjointed, with notes of barrel spice, vanilla and maple syrup. The palate is quite sweet and ripe, with abundant baking-spice accents.Coyote Canyon Vineyard8525WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCoyote Canyon 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo (Horse Heaven Hills)PrimitivoCoyote Canyon
1161711616ItalyThis simple white has subdued aromas of white spring flower and white stone fruit. The no-fuss, rather diluted palate offers hints of white peach, green apple and a whisper of white almond.8518TuscanyVernaccia di San GimignanoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSignano 2015 Vernaccia di San GimignanoVernacciaSignano
1161811617PortugalBlending Touriga Franca, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet, this is an attractive young wine. With both acidity and tannins already integrated into the ripe black fruit, it is a wine to drink young.8515TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerra Silvestre 2015 Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedTerra Silvestre
1161911618ChileLight simple citrus aromas fall halfway between punchy and vacuous. This feels wet but basic, while briny flavors of pickled cucumber and scallion blend with citrus notes. A fair finish is fresh and light.8511Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTerrapura 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Curicó Valley)Sauvignon BlancTerrapura
1162011619FranceStructured with a core of tannin, this is a ripe wine. It has layers of red fruit and attractive acidity, showing the potential to last a few more months before drinking.Rouge Carmin8515France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerVins Descombe NV Rouge Carmin Red (Vin de France)Red BlendVins Descombe
1162111620USThere's a funky, foxy note and a sour edge to this wine, which seems disjointed, or perhaps still showing a little bottle shock. Component flavors include sour plum and wild cherry, and the finish is leathery and tannic.Trouble8530OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2015 Trouble Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirA Blooming Hill Vineyard
1162211621USSmoky char takes on a grilled meatiness in this wine, a fatness of bacon and blackberry jam emphasizing the intense ripeness and grip of it all. Blackberry jam and vanilla sweetness underscore its big personality.Maestro Collection Ranch 118534CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBeaulieu Vineyard 2013 Maestro Collection Ranch 11 Zinfandel (St. Helena)ZinfandelBeaulieu Vineyard
1162311622PortugalWith the smooth Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz making up the body of this ripe wine, it has a generous, fruity character. The tannins are a support to this fine fruit and rich aftertaste. Drink this young wine now for its fruit or wait until 2018 for it to soften and round.Colheita8512DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa de Cambres 2015 Colheita Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCasa de Cambres
1162411623PortugalNamed after the crickets, or cicadas, whose song fills the summer nights, this soft and lightly perfumed wine has citrus and apple fruit flavors, a tangy, flinty texture and plenty of acidity. Drink now.Cigarra Branco858LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santos Lima 2015 Cigarra Branco White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteCasa Santos Lima
1162511624PortugalThis wood-aged reserve wine has structure and fine dry tannins. Under that the black fruits are still developing. Give it another year in the cellar before drinking.Reserva8513TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasal da Coelheira 2014 Reserva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedCasal da Coelheira
1162611625USA blend of Zinfandel with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, this wine takes on a heady mix of herbal cedar, tobacco leaf, tar and subdued blackberry within a context of charred oak and dense body.Cinema8540CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDirector's Cut 2013 Cinema Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelDirector's Cut
1162711626ChileWith almost no color, this Chardonnay smells simple and sulfuric, sort of like a match box. Lean and monotone across the palate, this offers pithy, slightly bitter citrus flavors in front of a similar tasting finish.Los Vascos8513Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2016 Los Vascos Chardonnay (Central Valley)ChardonnayDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
1162811627USThere's a light whiff of nail polish remover here, and little evidence of ripe fruit. Some flavors of stem come up with the tannins, and overall this is a wine best drunk soon.Estate8525OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Emerson 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirEmerson
1162911628ItalyMade entirely with Montonico, this has subdued aromas of white peach, pear and hay. The aromas carry over to the informal, abrupt palate alongside fresh acidity. Drink soon.Pollino Bianco85Southern ItalyCalabriaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFerrocinto 2015 Pollino Bianco Mantonico (Calabria)MantonicoFerrocinto
1163011629ChileCherry and plum aromas come with a note of rubbery latex, like a Band-Aid. This feels compact and dense, as if the palate were balled up. Medicinal black cherry and chocolate flavors finish in a bunched blocky mass.Reserva8510Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChilensis 2014 Reserva Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreChilensis
1163111630USMerlot needs more concentration than this in order to really shine as a stand-alone varietal wine. This is thin, green, and simply generic. Pomegranate fruit peeks through, quickly overlaid with weedy tannins.8525OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Plaisance Ranch 2014 Merlot (Applegate Valley)MerlotPlaisance Ranch
1163211631ChileBriny aromas of green olive and popcorn lead to a flat wide palate. This tastes salty, oaky and short on fresh-fruit flavors. A plump chunky palate, much like the nose, comes across flat and low on pulse.8516Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachRitual 2015 Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayRitual
1163311632USThe aromas are extremely tight on this bottling, even after hour so being opened, with just the hint of black plum emergent. Chewy tannins show most strongly on the sip, which is also so restrained that not much more than dark fruit and dense coffee shows.Estate Reserve8522CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSan Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahSan Simeon
1163411633AustraliaOnce past a distracting note of tire rubber, this rosé of Grenache offers aromas of wet stone and watermelon rind. Berry fruit emerges on the palate, while the dry finish picks up hints of chocolate. Drink now, but maybe give it a quick splash into a decanter to see if that improves it.8523South AustraliaBarossa ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSchwarz Wine Company 2015 Rosé (Barossa Valley)RoséSchwarz Wine Company
1163511634ChileOn the nose, this gold-colored Viognier is gritty and burnt smelling, like a field or haystack on fire. Flavors of pithy citrus peel and oak resin include tropical notes as well as mild bitterness. On the finish, this tastes of nectarine, the skins and pit included.Special Reserve8515Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSiegel 2015 Special Reserve Viognier (Colchagua Valley)ViognierSiegel
1163611635USLow in oak and high in acidity, this wine shows an earthy underbelly of lemon met by more nuanced vanilla.8538CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneViszlay Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayViszlay Vineyards
1163711636FranceThis soft and cushiony wine has light red cherry fruit, gentle tannins and an attractively soft, fruity aftertaste. Drink now.8520BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerLabouré-Roi 2015 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsPinot NoirLabouré-Roi
1163811637FranceThis fruity wine, free from any oak aging, revels in its attractive tropical flavors. It's as ripe and rich as the vintage suggests, with light, balanced acidity. The aftertaste is soft, keeping up the fruitiness. Drink now.8515BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLabouré-Roi 2015 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayLabouré-Roi
1163911638ChileA yellow tint and aromas of papaya and melon result in a neutral opening with little pop. Consistent with prior years, this SB feels soft, without a focal point. Flavors of creamy white fruits include a note of vanilla. It's plump on the finish.Casa Grand Selection8512Rapel ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLapostolle 2015 Casa Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Rapel Valley)Sauvignon BlancLapostolle
1164011639FrancePart of a new range from this producer featuring rare grapes, this is made from a cross between Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon, developed in 1955. The wine is like a trip back in time to the era when reds were high in tannins and acidity. It's a curiosity for those who like such things.85France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2014 Ekigaïna (Vin de France)EkigaïnaLionel Osmin & Cie

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