Wine Reviews

1164111640FranceMade from the Négrette grape found in Fronton near Toulouse, this wine has a light structure to balance its dry acidity and citrus crispness. It's packed with clean, forward red currant fruit, ready to drink now.Villa la Vie en Rose8511France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerLionel Osmin & Cie 2016 Villa la Vie en Rose Rosé (Vin de France)RoséLionel Osmin & Cie
1164211641FranceThis wine is crisp with refreshing acidity and fine lemon and grapefruit flavors. It's light and poised while still packing tangy fruit. Drink now.Apremont8515France OtherVin de SavoieRoger Voss@vossrogerBernard et Christophe Richel 2016 Apremont Jacquère (Vin de Savoie)JacquèreBernard et Christophe Richel
1164311642USMade from a majority of 8% Merlot, the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon, this proprietary red is dry in severe acidity, with dusty tannins that overpower on the palate. Firm and ultimately light-bodied, it lacks in fruit.Red8585CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneVellum 2013 Red Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Merlot-Cabernet SauvignonVellum
1164411643ChileCandied, slightly volatile red-berry aromas are topped with chocolaty oak. In the mouth, this is simple and medium-bodied. Salty berry and plum flavors are just ripe enough before this falls off on the finish.Alba8510Central ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Luz 2015 Alba Merlot (Central Valley)MerlotSanta Luz
1164511644ChileThis is woody and creamy on the nose, with oak-based spice, balsamic and earth aromas. The palate is overflowing with tannins, such that things feel dry and clampy. Oaky flavors of maple, resin, molasses and mocha finish with roasted berry flavors and lasting grab. The blend is Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.Vénere8770Loncomilla ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCremaschi Furlotti 2009 Vénere Red (Loncomilla Valley)Red BlendCremaschi Furlotti
1164611645FranceThe Esterlin cooperative's non-vintage cuvée is crisp and clean, but with a slightly bitter character that likely comes from bottle aging. It's starting to show hints of toastiness as well mature pear flavors.Brut87ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerEsterlin NV Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendEsterlin
1164711646USFlavor wasn't a problem with this Pinot, which comes from a great vineyard. It floods the mouth with raspberries and cherries. There's also lots of oak influence, in the form of buttered toast and sweet wood sap. What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in fancy deliciousness.La Encantada Vineyard8740CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastFurthermore 2010 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirFurthermore
1164811647USCitrus blossom and ripe green apple and lime are what this crisp Lodi white offers, another example of the region's ability to do good things with white wines. It's a refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm autumn's night or as a respite from winter, a plate of oysters near at hand.8719CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneHarney Lane 2012 Albariño (Lodi)AlbariñoHarney Lane
1164911648FranceDeep pink in color, this warm and rich rosé is touched with spice and tannin as well as red currant fruits and a crisp acidity on the finish. The wine could improve further with some bottle age.Grand Rosé8790ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerForget-Brimont NV Grand Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendForget-Brimont
1165011649GermanyThe nose of this Lemberger is austere, with just a whisper of black plum and sweet spice. The palate is more buoyant, with a rich, deep, black cherry-and-plum profile marked by reverberating acidity and layers of fine, velvety tannins.Schwaigerner Ruthe8751WürttembergAnna Lee C. IijimaGrafen Neipperg 2009 Schwaigerner Ruthe Lemberger (Württemberg)LembergerGrafen Neipperg
1165111650ChilePencil eraser, blueberry, olive and peppery notes are what you draw off the bouquet of this ripe yet basic Cab. In the mouth, this feels rubbery and tannic. Flavors of ultraripe black fruits taste sweet and come with licorice and espresso bitterness on the finish, which is mossy, heavy and choppy.Marques de Casa Concha8726Puente AltoMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2011 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto)Cabernet SauvignonConcha y Toro
1165211651FranceThis full bodied, fruity wine exhibits Chenin's characteristically chalky edge. The wine is tight, fresh and crisp—a great dry apéritif wine—offering just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Screwcap.La Calèche87France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Baumard 2009 La Calèche Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay (Vin de France)Chenin Blanc-ChardonnayDomaine des Baumard
1165311652ItalyThis is a simple but delicious Barbera loaded with ripe plum and black cherry flavors punctuated by licorice and pepper notes. Soft and round, this is ready to enjoy now. Pair it with pasta topped with cream sauces or grilled chicken dishes.Barilot8725PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeManzone 2011 Barilot (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaManzone
1165411653USA fragrantly floral Primitivo laced with pepper and a depth of wild raspberry flavor, this is plenty structured and easy to like. Pair with standard Italian fare and most definitely, pizza.Estate Reserve8724CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneNarrow Gate 2009 Estate Reserve Primitivo (El Dorado)PrimitivoNarrow Gate
1165511654USNico is one of the only wineries in California producing this Italian variety. It's a nice, likeable wine, built along the lines of Pinot Grigio. Dry and crisp with acidity, with bright, intense lime, grapefruit and white pepper flavors, it's an ideal apéritif.Il Greco8720CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaNico 2012 Il Greco Greco (Russian River Valley)GrecoNico
1165611655FranceThe onion-skin pink color sets the stage for an off-dry, just-sweet wine, that is crisp, yet soft and rounded. It has good weight, fresh raspberry flavor, and delicate sweetness, resulting in a wine that's crisp and textured.D'Luscious Demi-Sec Rosé8759ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerNicolas Feuillatte NV D'Luscious Demi-Sec Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendNicolas Feuillatte
1165711656FranceThis is a wine that shows strong minerality but not much fruitiness. It has acidity, and is textured with a chalky mouthfeel, but the fruit character is subdued, making this a wine that is very crisp and tight.Cuvée des Lys Brut Blanc de Blancs8785ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPhilippe Fontaine NV Cuvée des Lys Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayPhilippe Fontaine
1165811657USHere's an easy-drinking dessert wine, bright and crisp in acidity, with orange, lemon, lime, vanilla, honey and buttered toast flavors. Scores high on the Wow! factor that makes it so tasty.Moscato d'Oro8720CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaRobert Mondavi 2012 Moscato d'Oro Moscato (Napa Valley)MoscatoRobert Mondavi
1165911658ItalyThis blend of Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon presents violet, wild berry and spice aromas. The savory palate offers up wild cherry, raspberry and cinnamon-spice flavors. It has a simple, pleasant structure made for easy drinking.Ceppitaio8725TuscanyVal di Cornia SuveretoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRusso 2011 Ceppitaio Red (Val di Cornia Suvereto)Red BlendRusso
1166011659USThis Carneros Chardonnay shows ripe flavors of peaches, pears, green apples and tropical fruits, with hints of dried herbs. The acidity is bright and mouthwatering. Drink this polished wine now, but not too cold.8728CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaRutherford Hill 2011 Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayRutherford Hill
1166111660USThis big, lusty Zin has high alcohol, which gives it a full bodied, glyceriney sweetness, as well as some heat. It's ripe in blackberries, currants, dark chocolate and spices. Great to drink now with barbecue.8724CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaSaini 2011 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelSaini
1166211661ChileTomato, chili pepper, saucy notes and roasted berry and plum aromas give this a traditional nose. The body is rich and round, with an extra layer or two of structure and tannins. Flavors of baked, stewed berry fruits and herbs provide a salsa-like component, while dryness and herbal flavors drive the finish.Gran Reserva Corte8717Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Luz 2011 Gran Reserva Corte Merlot (Colchagua Valley)MerlotSanta Luz
1166311662ChileAromas of cornbread, hay stack and tropical fruits are fairly standard for Chile. This feels round, with good acidity keeping things on an even keel. Flavors of melon and apple are a bit stalky, while oak flavors transition to mild bitterness on the finish.Medalla Real Gran Reserva8718Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2011 Medalla Real Gran Reserva Chardonnay (Leyda Valley)ChardonnaySanta Rita
1166411663USAn enjoyable easy drinker with notes of pear, mineral and a whiff of tropical fruit. It's broad in feel with a touch of sugar to sweeten the finish.Estate Grown8714IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSawtooth 2012 Estate Grown Pinot GrisPinot GrisSawtooth
1166511664USMarianne's is made from Syrah grapes grown in the vineyard of the same name, the grapes pressed and resulting juice fermented on its own, making for a relatively meaty style of rosé, dry, with aromas of tart raspberry and an almost apricot fuzz, Sauvignon Blanc quality. Pair with stinky cheeses.Marianne's8716CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneSix Sigma Ranch 2012 Marianne's Rosé (Lake County)RoséSix Sigma Ranch
1166611665USThis 100% Cabernet is delicious, but it's a shadow of what this winery used to be, and shows little Stags Leap character. Made to appeal to the popular style of softness, sweet fruit and oakiness, it has rich flavors of blackberry jam and buttered toast. Drink now.The Leap8780CaliforniaStags Leap DistrictNapaStags' Leap Winery 2010 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)Cabernet SauvignonStags' Leap Winery
1166711666USThis is a sound Pinot Noir, well-made and clean, with some complexity. It's your basic Russian River Valley, dry and crisp in acidity, with pleasant cola, red currant, cranberry and pomegranate flavors. Doesn't seem like an ager, so drink up.8738CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaTen Acre 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirTen Acre
1166811667USAn intriguing wine with notes of burnt embers, black pepper and ash. The finish is light and silky in feel.Reserve Syrah-Mourvèdre87IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereport3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Reserve Syrah-Mourvèdre RedRed Blend3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
1166911668USWith a soft mouthfeel and sweet, ripe raspberry, red currant, cola and oak flavors, this is a Pinot to drink now. It would be a mere candy bar, except for an earthy, grounding quality.8736CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaAmelle 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirAmelle
1167011669USDespite some hard tannins, this is an approachable wine for drinking now with barbecue, roasts and cheeses. Blended with Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc, it's ripe and fruity, with meat and pepper notes.Claret8745CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBell 2010 Claret Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBell

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