Wine Reviews

1236112360FranceSmoky flavors go with dry tannins to give this wine a solid structure. It is dry at the back, allowing room for the acidity and black currant fruits to come forward. Drink from 2016.8520BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Favière 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Favière
1236212361USLight aromas of herbs and citrus lead to fleshy fruit flavors with a lightly spritzy feel. Pair it with baked chicken.8511WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportChateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancChateau Ste. Michelle
1236312362FranceWhile there is plenty of wood around in this Gonfrier family wine, the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend also has good black currant and berry fruits. At the moment it is smoky and toasty, so it needs to soften. Drink from 2017.8518BordeauxCadillac Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tanesse 2013 Cadillac Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tanesse
1236412363USFlavors are restrained in this medium-bodied wine, so there are not a lot of fruits or herbs to shout out. However, it has a straightforward appeal and will make an unobtrusive pairing with many foods because it has a good, crisp mouth feel.Elevated Chardonnay8524CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCity Winery Chicago 2013 Elevated Chardonnay Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayCity Winery Chicago
1236512364USVery focused and pure fruit aromas and flavors give this medium-bodied wine a tasty and straightforward personality. The texture is relaxed due to soft acidity and tannins, and everything tastes fresh and clean.Wildcreek Canyon857CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCK Mondavi 2013 Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonCK Mondavi
1236612365ChileFleshy aromas of papaya are more oaky than fruity. This is plump and mild in feel, with moderate acidity. Flavors of barrel spice and resin match wits with papaya and melony notes, while the finish tastes briny and nutty.Justo8517Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachClaro 2014 Justo Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayClaro
1236712366FranceA strongly perfumed wine, this is soft and just off-dry in character with some sucrosity. Crisp, fresh berry fruits are laced with acidity and finished with orange zest.Mireille8516France OtherMediterranéeRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Terre de Mistral 2014 Mireille Rosé (Mediterranée)RoséDomaine Terre de Mistral
1236812367FranceBetween Nantes and Angers, the small appellation of Coteaux d'Ancenis hugs the banks of the Loire. This rosé, with its fresh while also ripe strawberry fruits, is subtly textured with attractive acidity and lightly perfumed. Drink now.Cour de Rohan8511Loire ValleyCoteaux d'AncenisRoger Voss@vossrogerAlliance Loire 2014 Cour de Rohan Rosé (Coteaux d'Ancenis)RoséAlliance Loire
1236912368FranceThis ripe, crisp and intensely fruity wine does have a touch of tannin, inevitable with Cabernet Franc, but it is really all about red fruits and refreshing acidity. Drink now.Réserve des Vignerons8512Loire ValleyCabernet de SaumurRoger Voss@vossrogerAlliance Loire 2014 Réserve des Vignerons (Cabernet de Saumur)RoséAlliance Loire
1237012369SpainReduced aromas of cassis and blackberry come with a whiff of wet dog. This foamy sparkling red is heavy on the palate, without much delicacy. Black cherry and boysenberry flavors are candied but not cloying, while a foamy, blocky finish is fruity yet ponderous due to low acidity.Marina Espumante Gran Selección 10°8515LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachBocopa NV Marina Espumante Gran Selección 10° Monastrell (Alicante)MonastrellBocopa
1237112370ChileGaseous aromas settle on saline, chlorine and gritty citrus. This is round and not overly acidic in feel, with pickled, briny, green-leaning flavors of lime, cucumber and bell pepper.8514Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCalcu 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Colchagua Valley)Sauvignon BlancCalcu
1237212371USA good amount of sweetness fills the profile of this superjammy-smelling and thick-tasting wine. Aromas suggest dark raisins and prunes; the flavors are equally overripe with vanilla and maple accents. The texture is soft and unctuous.8516CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCaricature 2012 Red (California)Red BlendCaricature
1237312372FranceThe perfumed character of Vouvray leaps from the glass of this medium-sweet wine. It is lightly honeyed, with fresh acidity that is balanced by stewed apricots and sugared white plums. Drink now.Les Lys8518Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerCave des Producteurs de Vouvray 2013 Les Lys (Vouvray)Chenin BlancCave des Producteurs de Vouvray
1237412373FranceFirm and structured, this wine is all tannins and a tough structure. It has a smoky, tight character, a mineral texture and the merest hints of black currant fruitiness. Drink from 2017. Enologist Corinne Chevrier-Loriaud, whose family owns the estate, blended 90% Merlot and 5% each of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.L'Esprit de Bel Air la Royère85BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bel Air la Royère 2012 L'Esprit de Bel Air la Royère (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bel Air la Royère
1237512374FranceWith some attractive tannins and strawberry fruits, this wine has kept its light character. It is developing well into an attractively fruity wine that will be ready from the end of 2016. This is part of a larger estate, Château Haut Rocher, across the line from Castillon in Saint-Émilion. It has been in the family since the 17th century. Jérôme et Béatrice de Monteil took over both properties for the family in 2010.8518BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bréhat 2013 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bréhat
1237612375FrancePacked with red fruits and soft tannins, this is fresh, crisp and with bright acidity. The tannins at the back offer a firm aftertaste, along with juicy red currant fruits. Thierry Lurton bought the 14th-century château in 2007.Cuvée Prestige8513BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Camarsac 2013 Cuvée Prestige (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Camarsac
1237712376FranceThis has a firm structure and dry tannins. Behind this wall lie stirrings of black currant fruits and acidity. The extraction and the hard edge need to soften, so drink from mid-2016. This is a Boissonneau family wine.8517BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Vieille Tour 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de la Vieille Tour
1237812377FranceFruity and crisp, this is an attractive lemon and pear-flavored wine from certified organic vineyards. With fresh, balanced acidity and a creamy texture, this 60% Sauvignon and 40% Sémillon blend is ready to drink.8516BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Vieille Tour 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de la Vieille Tour
1237912378USThe fruit has veered somewhat funky and stewy here, giving the wine a soft, lean quality that struggles to share its quiet undertones of cherry and vanilla.Pestoni Family Estate8555CaliforniaRutherfordNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Grove 2009 Pestoni Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonRutherford Grove
1238012379ChileDry, spicy, lightly leafy aromas are mildly fruity. This is grabby and rubbery in feel, with plum and cherry flavors that fall a bit flat on the finish.Reserva Estate Bottled8512Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Batuco 2012 Reserva Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Maule Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSierra Batuco
1238112380SpainEarthy, muddled berry aromas are suggestive of prune and raisin. This is full and rugged on the palate, with leathery, baked plum and berry flavors that finish with a strong wood-based character and modest residual fruit notes.Temperamento8516LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Norte 2012 Temperamento Bobal (Utiel-Requena)BobalSierra Norte
1238212381USWhile dry in style, ruddy, slightly overripe notes of melon and peach extend from nose to palate in this Gewürztraminer. Full bodied and soft in mouthfeel, it's brightened by a streak of tangerine acidity on the midpalate. Drink now.Dynamite Vineyard8522New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2014 Dynamite Vineyard Gewurztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKeuka Spring
1238312382USDusty mineral notes and hints of smoked nuts lend an earthy, savory feel to this otherwise peachy, fresh and floral Gewürztraminer. Dry in style, it's light-footed and spry. Drink now.Dry8516New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKnapp 2014 Dry Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKnapp
1238412383USShy aromas of graphite, rust, dried black cherries and a slightly sour element greet the nose on this wine. The palate offers rose petal and cherry flavors, proving a tad one-dimensional but easily quaffable.8515CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannLa Merika 2013 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirLa Merika
1238512384USThere's a cider-like tone to this spry semisweet wine. Bruised apple and pear flavors balance savory and sweet against a backdrop of zesty lemon. It's a rustic, yet refreshing, Riesling for everyday enjoyment.Semi Sweet8518New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaVentosa 2013 Semi Sweet Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingVentosa
1238612385FranceA stalky character to this wine comes from the vintage. It offers acidity, tight spice and fresh red-currant fruit flavors that leave the wine one-dimensional. The aftertaste is very crisp.L'Elegante85Loire ValleySaint-Nicolas-de-BourgueilRoger Voss@vossrogerVignoble de la Jarnoterie 2013 L'Elegante (Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil)Cabernet FrancVignoble de la Jarnoterie
1238712386ItalyPretty fragrances of white spring flowers and pears lead to a lively palate that offers white peach and green apple alongside bright acidity. It finishes clean and crisp.8714Northeastern ItalyVigneti delle DolomitiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTolloy 2013 Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti)Pinot GrigioTolloy
1238812387ItalySubtle aromas include fresh hay, exotic fruit and apples. The linear palate isn't very expressive but it reveals raw yellow peach, pineapple, light oak and a hint of mineral teamed with racy acidity.Castel Giovanelli8750Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeKellerei Kaltern Caldaro 2011 Castel Giovanelli Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonKellerei Kaltern Caldaro
1238912388ItalyPretty fragrances recall white spring flowers and white fruit. The bright palate offers juicy Granny Smith, yellow peaches and citrus alongside crisp acidity that leaves a clean, dry finish.8713Northeastern ItalyDelle VenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeKris 2013 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)Pinot GrigioKris
1239012389ChileOak spice, mint, cocoa powder and berry aromas set up a medium-bodied palate with pinching tannins and depth. Spicy plum and berry flavors are toasty and finish with dark aftershocks of bitter coffee, black pepper and tobacco.Tama Vineyard Selection8716Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2011 Tama Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAnakena

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