Wine Reviews

1548115480USLight-bodied and lean yet ebulliently perfumed, this dry Riesling offers layers of floral, fruity refreshment. It's delightfully peachy on the palate, but zesty pink grapefruit and fresh herb notes lend structure and dimension. The finish lingers long, augmented by a bristle of green-tea tannins.Dry9022New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPaumanok 2015 Dry Riesling (North Fork of Long Island)RieslingPaumanok
1548215481USThis wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of coffee, dried herb, bittersweet chocolate and cherry are followed by ripe, full fruit flavors and nubby, drying tannins.9060WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPirouette 2013 Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendPirouette
1548315482USAromas like cinnamon, cedar and sweet cherries lead to concentrated, lively flavors with tangy cherry and rhubarb notes. Relatively full bodied, the wine has a smooth, mouthfilling texture and a lingering finish that echoes the delicious fruit elements.Estate Grown9032CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPoseidon 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirPoseidon
1548415483PortugalThis wood-aged wine is ripe, lightly toasty and definitely spicy. It has a creamy, rounded texture that is rich and zingy, layering acidity with citrus and yellow fruits. Drink this wine from 2017.Arinto-Chardonnay Reserva9015TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Alorna 2015 Arinto-Chardonnay Reserva White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Alorna
1548515484PortugalThis wine comes from the joint venture between Quinta de la Rosa and winemaker Jorge Moreira. It is ripe yet crisp in acidity, with smooth vanilla and rich apple, citrus and spice flavors. The wine is developing still and will be ready from 2017.Passagem Reserva Branco9027DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta das Bandeiras 2015 Passagem Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta das Bandeiras
1548615485USHerb, flower and espresso bean aromas are followed by a silky textured palate that is still tightly wound. Fine-grained tannins provide the frame. Give it some time to open up.QED Axiom of Choice9035WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRasa 2014 QED Axiom of Choice Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancRasa
1548715486USThis wine is quite aromatic with notes of funk, mineral and dark fruit. The fruit and savory flavors are light bodied, with a mouthwatering quality that keeps the interest high.The Classic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon In the Rocks Vineyard9075WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReynvaan Family Vineyards 2013 The Classic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon In the Rocks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonReynvaan Family Vineyards
1548815487PortugalThis barrel fermented wine is full-bodied and rich with ripe yellow fruit and spicy toast notes. The wine has a fine tangy edge that gives it a real lift and contrasts with the dense, vanilla and fruit finish. Drink now.Branco Reserva9019AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerRoquevale 2013 Branco Reserva White (Alentejo)Portuguese WhiteRoquevale
1548915488PortugalThis field blend comes from a number of old vine vineyards. It is rich and concentrated, full of black fruits and dense tannins. The wood aging shows with an edge of toast and the smooth texture. Drink this wine from 2017.Crooked Vines Colheita9032DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerSecret Spot Wines 2013 Crooked Vines Colheita Red (Douro)Portuguese RedSecret Spot Wines
1549015489USCrisp raspberry, red-cherry and blossom notes lend exhilarating freshness to this Cabernet Franc rosé. Dry in style yet concentrated and juicy, it's an irresistible quaffer that you'll want to keep drinking long after the summer's end.Dry9018New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSheldrake Point 2015 Dry Rosé (Finger Lakes)RoséSheldrake Point
1549115490USOlsen and Upland vineyards provide the fruit for this wine. It brings aromas of cedar, herb and blueberry that are followed by a sweet luscious palate backed by lightly grainy tannins.Rainmaker9062WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSparkman 2013 Rainmaker Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)Cabernet SauvignonSparkman
1549215491USAromas of cream and corn on the cob are followed by lively full-bodied fruit flavors with plenty of toasty accents. It offers an appealing sense of texture along with a lovely sense of balance.Lumière9030WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSparkman 2014 Lumière Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnaySparkman
1549315492USAll of the fruit for this wine comes from Catherine's Block at Dineen Vineyard. It shows bright fruit-forward aromas of blueberry pie, orange peel, flowers and smoked meat. The flavors are full yet show a sense of restraint, pulling up a bit on the finish.StevensBlack Tongue9032WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportStevens 2013 StevensBlack Tongue Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahStevens
1549415493USNot much of this variety comes from this mountainous appellation, but this bottling suggests it can work well. Hearty blackberry aromas are leveled by anise, sage, black rocks and a touch of pencil lead on the nose. The palate is very tight and minerally, with chipped-graphite flavors providing structure to the prominent black and purple fruits.9024CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStorrs 2013 Petite Sirah (Santa Cruz Mountains)Petite SirahStorrs
1549515494FranceThough this is in its infancy now, it's hard to pass up. Attractive notes of dried peach, golden raisin, orange marmalade and toasted almond are kept in check by mature oxidative and wood tones as well as a bright seam of rancio. It's delicious and well balanced, though more time in the cellar will allow it to develop additional layers of complexity.Ambré Vin Doux Naturel Biodynamie9035Languedoc-RoussillonRivesaltesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzDomaine Cazes 1999 Ambré Vin Doux Naturel Biodynamie Grenache Blanc (Rivesaltes)Grenache BlancDomaine Cazes
1549615495FranceRipe sweet orange-peel aromas lead through to a wine that's intense because of both its rich honey and orange-marmalade flavors and its balancing acidity. It is a beautiful wine, rich and delicate at the same time. Drink now.Les Terrasses Vendanges Tardives90Southwest FranceJurançonRoger Voss@vossrogerCave des Producteurs de Jurançon 2012 Les Terrasses Vendanges Tardives (Jurançon)Petit MansengCave des Producteurs de Jurançon
1549715496USGolden in color, this wine opens with a decadent nose of baked apple and raisin bread, and the sweetness of vanilla oak. Full bodied and round on the palate, it balances the richness and concentration with lengthy acidity on the finish.Estate Bottled9042CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChalk Hill 2014 Estate Bottled Chardonnay (Chalk Hill)ChardonnayChalk Hill
1549815497FranceDensely structured and full of dusty tannins as well as perfumed black fruits, this wine is named after Russian Tsar Peter the Great. With its crisp acidity and powerful dry core, it needs to age, so drink from 2019.Cuvée Tsar Pierre le Grand9050Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Eugénie 2014 Cuvée Tsar Pierre le Grand Malbec-Merlot (Cahors)Malbec-MerlotChâteau Eugénie
1549915498USThe Summum block sits at the vineyard's highest elevation, and seems to ripen more slowly and give extra complexity at lower sugar levels. Elegant and refined, with fruit flavors less in your face than its sister cuvées, this mixes citrus flavors of lemon, lime and pink grapefruit, along with lighter suggestions of pineapple and a hint of papaya. It's complex and captivating, with a long, racy finish.Seven Springs Vineyard Summum9490OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Evening Land 2012 Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay (Eola-Amity Hills)ChardonnayEvening Land
1550015499FranceBoth rich and opulent, this complex and dense wine is packed with the richest strawberries and a firm, black core of tannin. The velvet casing of the wine is ripe and generous while still needing many years to age. This is a wine for the long-haul, don't touch before 2020.94450BurgundyBonnes-MaresRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2012 Bonnes-MaresPinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
1550115500GermanyWhiffs of smoke, wet earth and pressed apples seem subtle on the nose of this dainty auslese, belying the shock of sweet tangerine and grapefruit flavors that flood the palate. A nervous fringe of acidity bristles the palate, cutting through streaks of honey and nectar. It's powerful and concentrated, yet ephemeral in its delicacy.Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese9449MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaJoh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese Riesling (Mosel)RieslingJoh. Jos. Prüm
1550215501FranceThe most serious of the Chablis Grand Crus has produced here a wine that combines that firmer nature with generous yellow fruits, toast and tender acidity. A strong sense of structure partners with a steely core and mineral texture that firms up the fruit and promises aging. Drink from 2017.Les Clos Grand Cru9475BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2011 Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne
1550315502FranceImpressively rich, this is smooth, dense and opulent in its concentration. It's full both of fresh acidity and toasty rich flavors that fill the mouth. The background is the steely texture that gives the wine a fine bite at this young stage. Drink from 2019.Les Preuses Grand Cru9475BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerLa Chablisienne 2011 Les Preuses Grand Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayLa Chablisienne
1550415503FranceAlready beautiful, this comes from an estate that's managed by Louis Jadot in Puligny-Montrachet, always producing fine wines. It's smooth and toasty, although it is already showing ripe yellow fruits and fragrant acidity. Although drinkable now, it really needs to age, so keep until 2018.Domaine Duc de Magenta Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru94125BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2012 Domaine Duc de Magenta Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru (Puligny-Montrachet)ChardonnayLouis Jadot
1550515504USThis fresh, supple Pinot comes from a cool Russian River Valley site overlapping the Sonoma Coast AVA. Jenkins sits above the fog line and is rich in Goldridge soils. The wine is lightly mushroomy in earth, and a keen streak of exotic spiciness kicks in convincingly on the finish, after intense and complicated layers of red cherry, raspberry and lavender.Jenkins Vineyard9470CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLynmar 2012 Jenkins Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirLynmar
1550615505FranceCombining richness and structure, this is a beautifully ripe wine. The wood aging is still showing strongly, although there is already opulent competition with the apricot and peach fruits that are cut with orange zest acidity. A strongly textured charactergives the wine an impressive shape and long-term aging. Drink from 2019.Clos Saint-Marc Premier Cru94103BurgundyChassagne-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerOlivier Leflaive 2012 Clos Saint-Marc Premier Cru (Chassagne-Montrachet)ChardonnayOlivier Leflaive
1550715506FranceThe wood is still very present in this young wine, giving acidity and creamy, toasty character. The wine, as it develops, will become ripe, full of yellow fruits and honey while always keeping that great acidity. Since it needs to age, drink from 2018.Genevrières Premier Cru94144BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerOlivier Leflaive 2012 Genevrières Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayOlivier Leflaive
1550815507FranceIntense fruit shines through the toast and youthful acidity of this opulent wine. A generous structure will develop in concentration, bringing out the rich apricot and pear flavors. This is a grand wine, waiting to age. Drink from 2018.Les Pucelles Premier Cru94163BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerOlivier Leflaive 2012 Les Pucelles Premier Cru (Puligny-Montrachet)ChardonnayOlivier Leflaive
1550915508FranceFull with dusty tannins from the intensely rocky Aux Cras vineyard, this wine offers rich and rounded fruits. Red berries come through strongly, offering an initially fruit-driven wine that then opens out into one that is dense, very structured and with aging potential. Drink this terroir-driven wine from 2018.Aux Cras Premier Cru9380BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Jadot 2012 Aux Cras Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirLouis Jadot
1551015509USDeeply funky aromas of salted rhubarb and beets, grilled meats, anise and hot tar greet the nose on this fascinating Pinot Noir. Sanguine, bloody flavors evolve down a line of licorice and slate toward raspberry, with a bit of grilled meat at the very end.Home Vineyard9335CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannManzoni 2012 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirManzoni

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