Wine Reviews

1447914478FranceThis wine is bone dry, very crisp and fruity. It presents a bright and lively character plus orange peel tang. The acidity at the end is very fresh, with just a touch of caramel.8412BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de l'Aubrade 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau de l'Aubrade
1448014479FranceVery fruity, this is a crisp, lemon-scented and flavored wine, with grassy, herbaceous character from the green Sauvignon Blanc in the blend. The aftertaste is tight with some bitterness.8415BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Parenchère 2014 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Parenchère
1448114480FranceTouches of red fruits give this soft and creamy wine attractive acidity. Pepper and spice lead to a bitter aftertaste.Perles Rosé8428BordeauxCrémant de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Piote 2010 Perles Rosé (Crémant de Bordeaux)Sparkling BlendChâteau de Piote
1448214481FranceA bold pink color suggests the richness of this vanilla-flavored wine that misses out on a truly refreshing character. It is full and soft, with a touch of bitter acidity at the end.8414BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Antonins 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau des Antonins
1448314482FrancePure fruitiness, this wine is full of black currant flavors and a stalky, dusty texture. Without wood aging, it has acidity, fruitiness and some dry tannins. Drink from the end of 2015.8412BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Haut Vieux Chêne 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Haut Vieux Chêne
1448414483FranceStill dominated by wood and toast aromas, this wine is certainly too young to drink. The wood needs to smooth out and allow room for the fruit. It will age, with its fresh fruits and acidity, so drink from 2017.849BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Jean de Bel Air 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Jean de Bel Air
1448514484FranceThis caramel-flavored, lightly pink wine is soft and full in the mouth, with a light touch of tannin in the background. Drink now.849BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Maison Noble 2014 Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Maison Noble
1448614485FranceDeep pink in color, this gently fruity wine has too much caramel flavor. It offers red currant fruit at the end and attractive acidity.La Rosée de Ramage8414BordeauxBordeaux RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Ramage la Batisse 2014 La Rosée de Ramage Rosé (Bordeaux Rosé)RoséChâteau Ramage la Batisse
1448714486USA sweet version of Riesling, this offers fresh apple and strawberry aromas, sweet melon and cucumber flavors, a soft texture and light body.Estate8417CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDrytown 2014 Estate Riesling (Sierra Foothills)RieslingDrytown
1448814487FranceLight, ripe and fruity, this wine is bursting with black currant fruits supported by a firm base of dry fruit tannins. It can be drunk now in its youth, but will be better from 2016.8430BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Grand Jean 2014 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Grand Jean
1448914488SpainPeach and melon aromas are simple and clean. This has a wide but diluted mouthfeel and no real sense of direction. Citrus and white pineapple flavors are mild and limited, while the finish offers a touch of nectarine before fading out.8415Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde Bel 2014 Viura (Rioja)ViuraConde Bel
1449014489USRed and black currants, wild berries and a graphite minerality show on the nose of this attractively priced wine. The palate is a tad sweet, showing dark red fruits.8415CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEsser 2013 Merlot (Monterey County)MerlotEsser
1446114460FranceThe flagship wine from Fournier is rich, showing maturing Sauvignon Blanc along with smooth, creamy plum and apricot flavors. It is full and intense—a complex wine that will repay another 2–3 years of aging.Grand Fumé9132Loire ValleyPouilly-FuméRoger Voss@vossrogerFournier Père et Fils 2009 Grand Fumé (Pouilly-Fumé)Sauvignon BlancFournier Père et Fils
1446214461SpainDry spice, clay dust, tomato, herb and licorice aromas accent red plum and cherry notes on this racy yet balanced Priorat. Spiced plum, brandied cherry, coffee and chocolate flavors set up a toasty, warm and spicy finish. This is really nice and exemplifies what's great about the region. Drink now.Montgarnatx9140CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachFrancesc Sanchez Bas 2006 Montgarnatx Red (Priorat)Red BlendFrancesc Sanchez Bas
1446314462USThis Cabernet wants some time to come together. Right now, it's tannic and oaky, with fresh berry, cherry and dried currant flavors, yet it's very well balanced. Give it 6–8 years.Vittorio's Vineyard9146CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaV. Sattui 2009 Vittorio's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonV. Sattui
1446414463ChileWith spicy aromas of kirsch and dark plum accented by cedar and tobacco, this blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot is a whopper. In the mouth, it's thick and syrupy, with chewy tannins and bold flavors of baked berry and chocolate. On the finish, brown sugar and coconut enter the frame. This is ultraripe and aggressive, but it honestly exemplifies Chile at the high end. Drink now–2017; 250 cases made.Ossa Sixth Generation91120Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña La Rosa 2007 Ossa Sixth Generation Red (Cachapoal Valley)Red BlendViña La Rosa
1446514464ItalyMade in amphorae made from Georgian clay, this “Classica” expression of the Vitovska grape opens with a intense copper-ornage color and deeply nutty nuances of pine nut and almond backed by honey, butterscotch and candied fruit (there's not much in the way of fresh fruit here). Thanks to its inherent tannic structure, the wine drinks more like a red than a white. It will be fascinating to watch it age ten more years.Classica9185Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaVodopivec 2006 Classica Vitovska (Venezia Giulia)VitovskaVodopivec
1446614465USThis dry Grenache is light in body and silky, but shows firm acidity that will work well with grilled beef steak or lamb. The red berry and stone-fruit flavors have interesting nuances of minerals and herbs. A great restaurant wine, and one of the finer examples of Grenache on the market.Stolpman Vineyard9126CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastWhitcraft 2009 Stolpman Vineyard Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley)GrenacheWhitcraft
1446714466FranceTannat and Pinenc, both native to this region of Southwest France, give a ripe, juicy wine, packed with red-fruit flavors surrounding a more dense tannic core. It has a smoky flavor that gives an edge to the great fruit flavors. Drink in 3–4 years.L'Empreinte de Saint-Mont9118Southwest FranceSaint-MontRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2010 L'Empreinte de Saint-Mont (Saint-Mont)Red BlendProducteurs Plaimont
1446814467SpainFlower petal, mineral and blackberry aromas solidify the bouquet on this excellent Tempranillo. The palate is big and chewy, with fine balance and driving flavors of cherry, plum, vanilla and oak resin. With a finish that's bone dry and focused, this Ribera wine is ready to drink but can last another 5–8 years in a good cellar.Reserva9155Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachProtos 2006 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloProtos
1446914468USA generic expression of the variety with some notions of ripe plum, dark cherry and black pepper, this straightforward wine is ready to drink now. It takes on full tannic strength on the finish.Classic Collection8419CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneNapa Cellars 2013 Classic Collection Pinot Noir (Napa Valley)Pinot NoirNapa Cellars
1447014469ItalyThis opens with funky aromas of leather, game, overripe plum and a whiff of barnyard. The aromas all carry over to the rustic palate along with dried black cherry while raspy, fleeting tannins give it an abrupt, astringent finish.84TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePoggio Bonelli 2012 Chianti ClassicoRed BlendPoggio Bonelli
1447114470USSmoky funkiness permeates this wine, which is lean on the palate and mushy in terms of structure. Cherry and pepper are the most distinguishable characteristics before the quick finish.8415CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneStephen Vincent 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirStephen Vincent
1447214471USA straightforward wine, this has aromas of light spices and stone fruit. The flavors are lighter in style with the concentration a bit wanting but it still provides easy drinking pleasure.846WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTwo Vines 2013 Chardonnay (Washington)ChardonnayTwo Vines
1447314472SpainHeavily roasted, leathery, earthy aromas slightly override the fruit tones. This has a grabby, tannic palate and burnt, herbal, earthy black-fruit flavors. Saltiness and blackened notes are to be found on a clampy finish.Dolmo8410Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachVicente Gandia 2013 Dolmo (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloVicente Gandia
1447414473USIt would seem like other varieties must be in the mix on this perfumed wine with its notes of apricot, grapefruit and flowers. The flavors are lighter in style with a fresh feel.8415WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAcre Twenty-one 2013 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayAcre Twenty-one
1447514474ItalyThis is an informal wine that offers hints of raw red cherry, strawberry and a dash of cinnamon. Brisk acidity and fragile, fleeting tannins give it an abrupt finish.846TuscanyChiantiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArtimino 2013 ChiantiRed BlendArtimino
1447614475USDespite its youth, this wine seems dried-out with aromas and flavors of medicine cabinet, leather and raisinated black and blue fruit. Drink now.8417WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBarnard Griffin 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Gorge (WA))Cabernet SauvignonBarnard Griffin
1447714476USAromas of melon, grapefruit and herbs lead to sweet tropical fruit flavors. The concentration isn't all there and the acid seems a bit wanting.8417WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportGoose Ridge 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley (WA))Sauvignon BlancGoose Ridge
1447814477USThere's a bitterness within this wine, a taste of tobacco and tomato leaf that lords over subtle blackberry, black cherry, plum and a healthy dose of cinnamon and pepper. Medium bodied, it finishes flat.Canihan Vineyard8449CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCanihan 2012 Canihan Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirCanihan

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