Wine Reviews

1242112420CroatiaThough aromatically subdued, there's an intensity of tangerine and lime zest flavor in this dry, invigorating Malvasia. The midpalate is marked by elegant white-flower notes that linger on the slightly astringent lime-pith finish.Adriatico8716IstriaAnna Lee C. IijimaBastianich 2010 Adriatico Malvasia Istriana (Istria)Malvasia IstrianaBastianich
1242212421USSuper dusty, leathery and big shouldered, this is also quite bright and drinkable. Made using grapes sourced from old vines planted within the Esola Vineyard.Esola Vineyard Old Vine8725CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneBella Piazza 2008 Esola Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))ZinfandelBella Piazza
1242312422PortugalSimaens has produced a ripe style of wine here. Apple and rich citrus flavors add a delicious touch to tropical fruit flavors. This wine is fit for drinking in the next few months.Quinta de Simaens8713Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges 2011 Quinta de Simaens White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteBorges
1242412423FranceThis is a yeasty offering that's full on the palate, with a rich mousse. Yellow and white fruits contribute to its richness, a touch of bitterness balanced with the fruity acidity. Drink now, or age for a year.Brut8720AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWunsch & Mann 2009 Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendWunsch & Mann
1242512424FranceThis ripe, soft selection is full of fresh white fruit and apricot flavors. An apéritif style, it's warm and fruity, its tight acidity balanced by the rich aftertaste.Sélection Brut87ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChampagne Gremillet NV Sélection Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendChampagne Gremillet
1242612425USA juicy Touriga with nice structure and acidity, it bursts with notes of strawberry, cherry and vanilla spice, especially on the finish. A perfect pizza wine.8724CaliforniaCalaveras CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneChatom Vineyards 2009 Touriga Nacional (Calaveras County)Touriga NacionalChatom Vineyards
1242712426USThis is a pure Grenache, tart and spicy, with powerful herb components. It is not fruity or sappy-sweet by any measure, but it delivers moderately concentrated flavors highlighted by herb and earth notes, with good length and balance.Grenache 588730OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cowhorn 2010 Grenache 58 Grenache (Applegate Valley)GrenacheCowhorn
1242812427USDense, layered and juicy, this has a good concentration of bright blackberry flavor. The small amounts of Primitivo and Barbera are subtly apparent. With a snap of chocolate on the finish, it's well rounded.Break Away8718CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneDi Arie 2009 Break Away Zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)ZinfandelDi Arie
1244212441FranceThis rich selection has a touch of bottle age that creates a toasty character. It features ripe apricot and peach notes, with warm and taut acidity. Ready to drink.Cuvée Prestige Premier Cru Brut8752ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenri Goutorbe NV Cuvée Prestige Premier Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendHenri Goutorbe
1244312442ItalyPezzo Morgana is a hearty red wine that opens with savory aromas of ripe blackberry, leather and cured meat. The finish is smooth and rich.Pezzo Morgana87Southern ItalySalice SalentinoLi Veli 2007 Pezzo Morgana Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendLi Veli
1244412443ItalyThis is a clean and polished Aglianico that shows dark berry and plum aromas followed by notes of tar, licorice and toasted nut. It has power and structure, all for a very low price.Gricos8711Southern ItalyAglianico del VultureLucania 2009 Gricos (Aglianico del Vulture)AglianicoLucania
1242912428FranceCrisp apple, grapefruit and almond notes give this wine great vitality and life. With its light, bright texture and fresh feel, it's a perfect apéritif.La Grande Cuvée8720Loire ValleySaumurRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Perruche NV La Grande Cuvée (Saumur)Chenin BlancDomaine de la Perruche
1243012429USRich, thick and heady, this almost tastes like a dessert wine. It shows notes of dark chocolate, blackberry pie with a buttery crust and heady crème de cassis. The alcohol is very high, as is often the case with Petite Sirahs grown in warm climates.Reserve8745CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastDunning Vineyards 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahDunning Vineyards
1244512444FranceThis well-balanced, off-dry wine has a fine line of acidity to balance its gentle sweetness. It features flavors of vanilla and baked apples. The wine could be matched with fruit desserts, but it is best consumed on its own.Délice Demi-Sec87ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMailly Grand Cru NV Délice Demi-Sec (Champagne)Champagne BlendMailly Grand Cru
1243112430USFenestra, an estimable producer of obscure Spanish and Portugese varieties in California, does not disappoint with this Verdelho. Like a just-ripe pineapple, the wine is high in acidity and savory in strong tones of lemon and lime. Clean and fresh, it pairs well with seafood.Silvaspoons Vineyard8716CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneFenestra 2011 Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho (Lodi)VerdelhoFenestra
1243212431USThis is robust, jammy and tart, with blackberry jam and root beer flavors, finished with swirls of melted dark chocolate and pepper. It tastes like classic Zinfandel, with a lush finish. It's a natural choice for barbecue and meat stews.The Sophisticate8725CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaFour Vines 2010 The Sophisticate Zinfandel (Sonoma County)ZinfandelFour Vines
1244612445ItalyFoamy mousse and soft, fizzy perlage characterize this delicate offering. It could pair with fruit salad or cream-based desserts, thanks to its delicate citrus and peach flavors.Marsillo8717PiedmontMoscato d'AstiMarco Negri 2011 Marsillo (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoMarco Negri
1243312432ChileThis is a funky, pushy type of wine, with prickly aromas of green herb and berry. For a 2007, it is big and a bit rough, with an herbal, green-leaning berry flavor distinctive of this producer and its Los Lingues Vineyard. It finishes with additional herbal kick and heat.Microterroir de Los Lingues8748Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasa Silva 2007 Microterroir de Los Lingues Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreCasa Silva
1243412433BulgariaPristine flavors of cassis and black cherry give an elegant floral quality to this dry, full-bodied Cabernet. Crisp with acidity, it's balanced and impeccably crafted. It finishes long on a delicious coffee-inflected note.Reserve879Thracian ValleyAnna Lee C. IijimaDomaine Boyar 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Thracian Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDomaine Boyar
1243512434FranceHere's a fresh and approachable selection, with notes of crisp citrus, green melon and apple. There's a hint of sweet lemon on the palate, followed by a brisk, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.Picpoul de Pinet8711Languedoc-RoussillonCoteaux du LanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine Delsol 2011 Picpoul de Pinet Picpoul (Coteaux du Languedoc)PicpoulDomaine Delsol
1244712446PortugalTotally mature, this shows a rustic character and firm, tarry tannins. It is weighty and dense, with a patina of sweet flavors that come with age. Drink it over the next few months.Reserva8728AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Penha 2005 Reserva Red (Alentejo)Portuguese RedMonte da Penha
1243612435ChileThis smells a bit green, with aromas of herb, juniper, cola and earthy black fruit. It feels tannic, with an herbal core. A minty, briary flavor of herb-scented blackberry leads to the firm, tight finish.Gran Reserva Maipo Alto8715Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCarmen 2009 Gran Reserva Maipo Alto Petite Sirah (Maipo Valley)Petite SirahCarmen
1243712436ChileThe bouquet is briary, with aromas of clipped berry and herb. It feels sassy, edgy and tannic, with herbal flavors of raspberry and red currant. The finish is a little choppy and tannic, with a subtle green-flavored accent.Reserva8712Curicó ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2010 Reserva Cabernet Franc (Curicó Valley)Cabernet FrancEcheverria
1243812437USA Grenache-based Rhône blend, C'est Si Bon is good and very subtle. Like a Beaujolais, an earthy leather note emerges in between soft violet and raspberry tones. With a line of acidity, it's a fine wine for food.C'est Si Bon Naggiar Vineyard8728CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneElyse 2008 C'est Si Bon Naggiar Vineyard Red (Sierra Foothills)Rhône-style Red BlendElyse
1243912438USThis is a soft, earthy wine, with dried herb and currant flavors. It comes down on the subtle side, with a bit of oak influence adding richness to the wine's otherwise dry texture. Drink soon.8755CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaFaust 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFaust
1244012439FranceThis salmon-pink-colored wine is refreshingly fruity, with attractively crisp acid offsetting the bright red fruit and apple flavors. Drier than in past vintages, it still has a ripe, soft finish.Brut Rosé87ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerG. H. Mumm NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendG. H. Mumm
1244812447PortugalSoft, warm and lightly tannic, this has an herbaceous character. Its fresh acidity balances its black currant flavor. It is fragrant, fruity and mature; ready to drink.Montefino8710AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Penha 2007 Montefino Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte da Penha
1244112440FranceThis 50-50 blend of Picpoul Blanc and Roussanne is ripe and fleshy, boasting round notes of melon, peach, pineapple and lemon custard. There's a soft, herbal accent of white flower and citrus zest that graces the lively finish. Drink now.8714Languedoc-RoussillonLanguedocLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzHecht & Bannier 2011 White (Languedoc)White BlendHecht & Bannier
1244912448RomaniaHints of sun-dried hay and honey add rustic charm to crisp yellow-peach and apricot flavors on the nose and palate of this off-dry, aromatic wine. Spritely with lemon-lime acidity, it finishes with a refreshing spray of cut green herb.Zestrea Demisec8711MurfatlarAnna Lee C. IijimaMurfatlar 2011 Zestrea Demisec Feteascǎ Regalǎ (Murfatlar)Feteascǎ RegalǎMurfatlar
1245012449USBlack fruit and cherry leads on this balanced red. Flavors of black pepper, black currant and plum on the palate are round but not overbearing. A good daily red to pair with pastas, stews and meat dishes.8420New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaBillsboro 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonBillsboro

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