Wine Reviews

1342813427ItalySangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are the base of this well concentrated and ripe super Tuscan blend. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, blueberry and hints of clove, smoke and cured meat make for a beautiful bouquet. The mouthfeel is equally smooth and complex.Palpito9014TuscanySant'AntimoLa Colombina 2006 Palpito Red (Sant'Antimo)Red BlendLa Colombina
1341113410USFresh, appley and floral with a touch of tangy yogurt cream, this is an approachable yet elegant Virginia pick. Delicate apple and pear flavors shine through on this full-bodied wine with fresh acidity, supple texture and balanced alcohol.Reserve8627VirginiaVirginiaAnna Lee C. IijimaBarrel Oak 2008 Reserve Chardonnay (Virginia)ChardonnayBarrel Oak
1342913428PortugalThe structure is the thing here, a square, firmly tannic wine. The dry core of this impressive wine spreads out to the dark plum skin and loganberry flavors, solid and finely angled.Colheita9019DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerVinha Paz 2008 Colheita Red (Dão)Portuguese RedVinha Paz
1341213411ChileA quick first nosing suggests a vegetal quality, and yes, the wine does have a green streak to it. But overall it rounds out and opens to show herbal black-fruit flavors, tobacco, coffee and earth notes. It's tannic and clacky, maybe a touch aggressive, but it does improve with airing. Good Chilean Cab with typical Maipo herbal notes.1865 Single Vineyard8619Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2008 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSan Pedro
1343013429PortugalClassic tannic Dão Touriga Nacional, packed with minerality, dark and dry tannins, firm and with a good juicy final character. Part of a range of wines from across the country under the name Azul Portugal.Azul Portugal9010DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2008 Azul Portugal Red (Dão)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
1341313412USA young wine from a high-acid year, and it's showing a fair amount of earth and green, herbal flavor. The fruit seems just on the edge of ripe, with hints of brambly berry. Well balanced in a tough year.8620WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Gordon Brothers 2008 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotGordon Brothers
1343113430PortugalA wine only made in the best years, this is rich, softly textured, opulent and ripe wine. It is a powerful statement of sweet plums, arabica coffee, dark tannins, immense rich concentration.Escultor9089AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte do Pintor 2007 Escultor Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte do Pintor
1341413413SpainBasic and a little sweet and confected, but consider the price and you should be smiling. There's some bramble and pepper to the nose, but mostly it's just ripe and full of blackberry and black plum character. Candied and almost cloying, but remains flush and happy. Good in the midlevel category.868LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachWrongo Dongo 2009 Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellWrongo Dongo
1343213431USThis is a fancy Syrah, the result of a small crop in this cool vintage. The flavors are concentrated in blackberries, black currants and purple plums, with cured meat and black pepper complexities. Oak adds a lush layer of smoke, vanilla and wood tannins. Complex and delicious now and through 2013.Double L9040CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMorgan 2007 Double L Syrah (Santa Lucia Highlands)SyrahMorgan
1341513414ItalyThis Valpolicella Classico Superiore shows aged aromas of licorice and tar followed by candied fruit and ripe cassis. It delivers medium density and persistency and would make a good companion to pork or roast chicken.8631VenetoValpolicella Classico SuperioreRubinelli Vajol 2006 Valpolicella Classico SuperioreCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraRubinelli Vajol
1341613415ItalyHere's a light and informal Ripasso that opens with bright berry tones, forest floor, mesquite wood and cedar. The wine's consistency is thin and bright and there are sour cherry flavors at the end.86VenetoValpolicella Superiore RipassoSan Cassiano 2008 Valpolicella Superiore RipassoCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraSan Cassiano
1343313432FranceA wine created to celebrate 100 years of Madiran as a designated region, this is a solid, chunky, proper expression of Tannat. The tannins mold easily into the rich black berry fruits, a wine piled high with complex flavors.Cuvée 19079016Southwest FranceMadiranRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2007 Cuvée 1907 Tannat (Madiran)TannatProducteurs Plaimont
1341713416PortugalAttractive lemon-flavored citrus character with light acidity. This is a classic, creamy wine with a fresh aftertaste. A drink now wine. Screw cap.Cape Roca Fish8616Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2009 Cape Roca Fish White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCasca Wines
1343413433PortugalThere is dense chocolate and sweet berry flavors in this still young wine, its complex density still working its way through the solid fruit flavors and richness. It is powerful, yet still elegant.Reserva9044LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Sant'Ana 2006 Reserva Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedQuinta de Sant'Ana
1341813417USForward and spicy, this puts some muscle into the Merlot with earthy, tongue-gripping tannins. The fruit has a sweet tomato flavor, with a streak of cherry candy. Though not entirely knit together, it's a pleasant drink best enjoyed young.Indian Wells8618WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Indian Wells Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))MerlotChateau Ste. Michelle
1343513434PortugalThe Loureiro is the grape of the Lima Valley subregion in Vinho Verde. The texture of the wine is rounded and creamy, although the crisp green fruits give a great bright lift to this delicious, fresh wine.9015Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Ameal 2009 Loureiro (Vinho Verde)LoureiroQuinta do Ameal
1341913418FranceA big, fruity bold wine, packed with the ripest fruit, concentrated and complex, with room for tight acidity. It has citrus and green plum crispness, and needs time to fully integrate with the wood and ripe yellow fruits.Pêche au Carrelet9033BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut-Peyrous 2008 Pêche au Carrelet (Graves)Bordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Haut-Peyrous
1342013419FranceDeep colored, wood aged Malbec that gives powerful and dense tannins and concentrated black berry and plum flavors. The wine is deeply mineral, edging on austere, but still packed with richness for the future. Keep 3–4 years.K Lys9032Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Troteligotte 2006 K Lys Malbec (Cahors)MalbecClos Troteligotte
1343613435New ZealandThis wine does a nice job balancing its tropical fruit aromas and flavors with leafy, green notes. Ripe nectarine and grapefruit lie at the core, while herbal flourishes garnish the nose and finish.9015MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSaveé Sea 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSaveé Sea
1342113420FranceA finely structured wine, very firm, with a dark edge of tannins over ripe black fruit. The wine is concentrated and dense, still developing and showing great final juicy character.Les Charmes9019BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pral 2008 Les Charmes (Morgon)GamayDomaine Pral
1343713436New ZealandA pleasant step up for Nobilo's top-of-the-line Sauvignon, offering slightly smoky, herbal but balanced aromas and plenty of melon and stone fruit flavors. It's full-bodied and rich, with a long, refreshing, slightly herbal finish.Icon9020MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHouse of Nobilo 2007 Icon Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancHouse of Nobilo
1342213421USA picture perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Really defines the variety in California, with rich, ripe tangerine, pear, green melon and vanilla spice flavors, brightened with brisk acidity. Shows a lot of complexity and class, and look at that price. Easy to find, with 15,000 cases produced.Pinnacles Ranches9012CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastEstancia 2009 Pinnacles Ranches Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey County)Sauvignon BlancEstancia
1343813437AustriaFresh, green fruit is topped by a creamy texture. It is apples and cream, with a touch of cinnamon—just like mom used to bake. And at the same time, there is minerality and lively acidity.Ried Achleiten9040WachauRoger Voss@vossrogerJosef Jamek 2006 Ried Achleiten Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerJosef Jamek
1342313422ItalyThis opulent and reasonably priced blend of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc is enhanced by a soft Merlot component. A sweet, rich wine with pretty aromatic highlights of mature fruit and spice.Villa Donoratico9025TuscanyBolgheriTenuta Argentiera 2007 Villa Donoratico (Bolgheri)Red BlendTenuta Argentiera
1343913438ChileOne of Chile's most honest producers of varietally correct Pinot is Kingston Family. This lovely, balanced example shows tea, red berry and floral aromas in front of a ripe, clean, racy palate. And finally a light dusting of chocolate and vanilla grace the finish. Ready to drink now.Alazan9028Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachKingston Family 2006 Alazan Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley)Pinot NoirKingston Family
1342413423PortugalAlmost black in color, this is a concentrated powerhouse of black plum, damsons and dark berry fruits. It is explosively rich and densely structured, with intense juicy fruit.Grand'Arte9013LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2008 Grand'Arte Alicante Bouschet (Lisboa)Alicante BouschetDFJ Vinhos
1344013439USSucculent and crisp; those two words are what you want in a California Pinot Gris, and you get them here. The pear, pineapple, peach and fig flavors are balanced with refreshing acidity, while a touch of oak and sur lie aging adds accents of smoke and creamy vanilla.9020CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaMacMurray Ranch 2006 Pinot Gris (Sonoma Coast)Pinot GrisMacMurray Ranch
1342513424ItalyFoglio 38 (a pure expression of Cabernet Franc) offers loads of black fruit intensity and lingering spice. There are green characteristics here of caper, herbs and black olive as well as fruity tones of blackberry and plum. In the mouth, the wine shows firm, gripping tannins that will soften with a few more years in the bottle.Foglio 3890TuscanyToscanaFornacelle 2007 Foglio 38 Cabernet Franc (Toscana)Cabernet FrancFornacelle
1342613425PortugalOn the Atlantic coast, south of Lisbon, the Herdade da Comporta style is rich, soft wines, generous in their warm tannins. The 2007 shows ripe fruit, figs, chocolate and plum flavors and dense texture.9016Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Comporta 2007 Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedHerdade da Comporta
1342713426USTightly wound, with big, edgy tannins that accentuate the acidity. Underneath you'll find dry, elegant flavors of tart cherries, red currants and violets. A polished, pretty wine that could pick up some nuances over the next 2–3 years.Jack London Vineyard9025CaliforniaSonoma ValleySonomaKenwood 2007 Jack London Vineyard Merlot (Sonoma Valley)MerlotKenwood

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