Wine Reviews

1596115960FranceThis second wine of Château de Belcier has a good texture, jammy ripe strawberry fruits and light tannins. A wine with acidity and a character, it will be ready to drink soon. Drink from mid-2016. MACIF, a mutual insurance company, bought the estate in the 1980s and restored the vineyards and château that was built by François de Belcier, a counter-revolutionary who was guillotined in 1794.Château de Monrecueil85BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Belcier 2013 Château de Monrecueil (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Belcier
1596215961FranceThis juicy wine conveys a ripe black cherry and lightly spicy character. It's all about the fruit, right up front and with a fresh, crisp aftertaste. Drink now.Gaudou Exception8513France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Gaudou 2014 Gaudou Exception Malbec (Vin de France)MalbecChâteau de Gaudou
1596315962FranceRed currant and red berry fruits show strongly in this wine from Virginie Aubrion's biodynamic vineyards. The tannins are strong, although leaving space for the fruitiness. It needs to develop, with good acidity likely to come through. Drink from 2016.Cuvée Prestige8520BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Piote 2013 Cuvée Prestige (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Piote
1596415963FranceJuicy black currant acidity dominates this light, bright wine that's 100% Merlot. It has a fresh feel and is structured with light tannins. Drink now.Cuvée Carpe Diem8525BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Seguin 2013 Cuvée Carpe Diem (Bordeaux Supérieur)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau de Seguin
1596515964FranceThere is a good balance between fruit and structure in this blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc. It is not weighty, although it does offer attractive berry fruits and touches of red currants. Acidity is a powerful element in this wine that needs to soften. Drink from 2016.8518BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Donjon de Bruignac 2013 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Donjon de Bruignac
1596615965FranceWhile the tannins here are dry, this wine has enough fruit to show its potential. Blackberry flavors are ripe, cut with acidity and a juicy texture. The wine needs time, so drink from 2017. Enologist Sebastien and vineyard manager Nicolas are the latest generation managing the Carreau family estates.Grand Réserve8515BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Croix Saint-Pierre 2012 Grand Réserve (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Croix Saint-Pierre
1596715966FranceJuicy red berry fruits and bright acidity are the hallmarks of this wine, from an 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc blend. The tannic background is still there and does need to soften, so give the wine until 2017. This estate, one of six, has been in the Aubert family since before the French Revolution.85BordeauxCastillon Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Labesse 2012 Castillon Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Labesse
1596815967FranceThis wine is bright and fruity, with acidity and some fresh red berry fruits. The background tannins do have a dryness but will soften over the next few months. Drink from 2017. This property, east of Saint-Émilion, is run by Florent Dubard.Bois Meyney du Château Nardou8514BordeauxCôtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Nardou 2013 Bois Meyney du Château Nardou (Côtes de Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Nardou
1596915968FranceThis light, fruity and fragrant white has a strong herbaceous character that is recognizably Sauvignon Blanc. It is crisp, clean, fresh and ready to drink.8512BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Nicot 2014 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Nicot
1597015969FranceStill young, this wine has a tight character that needs to open up. Since there is plenty of fruit along with perfumed acidity, it will happen. Tannins and a bitter edge need to be softened, so wait until late 2016 for this wine's potential to really show.8520Loire ValleyMenetou-SalonRoger Voss@vossrogerChavet Fils 2014 Menetou-SalonPinot NoirChavet Fils
1597115970USA dense, bombshell of a blend, this is comprised of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. This tannic beast is somewhat reduced and chewy, committed entirely to meat, tobacco and leathery flavor.Proprietor's Blend8532CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneCosa Obra 2012 Proprietor's Blend Red (Sonoma County)Rhône-style Red BlendCosa Obra
1597215971FrancePacked with acidity as much as fruit, this is a tight, intensely fresh wine. There are some hints of tannins from the Pinot Noir as well as raspberry fruits, although the crisp acidity shows most strongly.Rosé Brut8533France OtherCrémant de JuraRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Savagny NV Rosé Brut Pinot Noir (Crémant de Jura)Pinot NoirDomaine de Savagny
1597315972USThis is subtle and almost neutral in flavor, but does have enough crisp mouthfeel to make it taste appetizing. It delivers slight apple-skin aromas and cucumber flavors, light body and a short finish.Estate Bottled Organic Grapes8515CaliforniaPotter ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMcFadden 2014 Estate Bottled Organic Grapes Pinot Gris (Potter Valley)Pinot GrisMcFadden
1597415973USFruit bowl aromas, then flavors like apple, pear and banana define this soft and medium-bodied wine made from a Spanish grape variety. It is a dry wine but the flavors are so fresh it seems almost sweet.8519CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOak Farm 2014 Albariño (Lodi)AlbariñoOak Farm
1597515974FranceThis wine is laced with wood and spice. It is ripe and fruity, also having a strong pepper and toast character and a light sprinkling of tannin. Juicy cherries give a lift at the end. Drink now.Le Grand Caillou8514France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerPatient Cottat 2013 Le Grand Caillou Pinot Noir (Vin de France)Pinot NoirPatient Cottat
1597615975FranceFrom vines on the slopes above the River Cher, this steely wine has a tight texture that is restraining the natural fruitiness. It will open up, with its ripe yellow and green fruit flavors. Drink from 2016.Domaine Paul Buisse8513Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerPaul Buisse 2014 Domaine Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancPaul Buisse
1597715976USAromas of citrus, tropical fruit and herb lead to just off-dry flavors with a lightly creamy feel.8512WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportPurple Star 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Ancient Lakes)Sauvignon BlancPurple Star
1597815977ChileEarthy, rustic aromas of tree bark and herbal berry fruits set up a fresh, fairly aggressive palate. Simple berry flavors are backed by chocolate and oaky char, while the finish is peppery and feels a bit hot.Reserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled8512Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2014 Reserva Espiritu de Los Andes Estate Bottled Malbec (Maipo Valley)MalbecSanta Alicia
1597915978USBlack plum, boysenberry and fig flavors fill this soft and generous wine. It has a medium-red color, medium body and very fruity aromas. A relaxed, broad texture makes it easy to drink.Three Stags8515CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsScott Harvey 2012 Three Stags Red (California)Red BlendScott Harvey
1598015979USThe oak is at the fore on this wine, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, dill and baking spices in front of cherry and green pepper. The aromas give a sense of some oxygen exposure.A Day's Work Estate Grown Thomas Cyle Mathison8526WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportStemilt Creek 2011 A Day's Work Estate Grown Thomas Cyle Mathison Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonStemilt Creek
1598115980USThis nonvintage blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc has pleasing aromas of rose petals, pink grapefruit and spice. It drinks sweet with a fleshy feel.Sweet Adelaide8513WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportStemilt Creek NV Sweet Adelaide White (Columbia Valley (WA))White BlendStemilt Creek
1598215981PortugalCrisp and fruity, this is a bright wine with plenty of citrus flavors and a touch of saltiness from the ocean close to the vineyards. It has a fine tang, zesty orange and lemon and forward acidity. Drink now.Meia Pipa Private Selection Verdelho-Viosinho86Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerBacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2016 Meia Pipa Private Selection Verdelho-Viosinho White (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese WhiteBacalhôa Wines of Portugal
1598315982AustraliaRipe black cherry and a lick of herbs are wrapped up in a solid structure of balanced acidity and tannins, with a slightly savory finish. The oak is prominent, as is the ripe fruit, but for the price, this is the kind of bargain Shiraz Australia once built its Stateside reputation on.868Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaBanrock Station 2015 Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)ShirazBanrock Station
1598415983USRichly fruity, this wine has a smooth texture and well-concentrated black-plum flavors along with a lightly spicy, bread dough accent that adds interest. It's a touch sweet and supported by light tannins.Ben's Select8620CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBen Ish NV Ben's Select Red (California)Red BlendBen Ish
1598515984USLight fresh aromas and flavors along with decent balance make this wine a versatile drink. The flavors are faint but clean, so it makes a good palate cleanser and should work well for a crowd.Founders' Estate8610CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBeringer 2016 Founders' Estate Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioBeringer
1598615985PortugalThis light wine is gently fruity and with the minimum of tannins. It is juicy with acidity and red-berry fruits. The partial wood aging has smoothed out the ripe blend of most of the major grapes of the Douro. Drink now.Lello867DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerBorges 2015 Lello Red (Douro)Portuguese RedBorges
1598715986UruguayRich peach and floral tones on the nose have a slight struck-match quality to them. This warm-climate Albariño is ripe and round, with notably low acidity. Sweet honeyed flavors of melon and mango finish heady and chunky. Drink immediately.8625MontevideoMichael Schachner@wineschachBouza 2016 Albariño (Montevideo)AlbariñoBouza
1598815987USThere's a crushed nut aroma on the nose of this bottling, along with sour tangerine and chamomile. Dried lemons and lime peels show on the sip, which is bitter with pithy flavors and framed with a bit of acidic zip.8675CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCa' Del Grevino 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayCa' Del Grevino
1598915988USThis Port-style dessert wine is lush in aromas and flavors of kirsch, fig, cooked plum, clove and coffee. A nice expression of the Norton grape, this is viscous and smooth, yet the finish brings a bite at the end.The Full Nelson8630VirginiaMiddleburgCarrie DykesCasanel NV The Full Nelson Norton (Middleburg)NortonCasanel
1599015989BrazilAromas of lemon-lime and lemon-scented household cleaner precede an easy palate with soft bubbles. Lime and lychee flavors are textbook for Moscatel, while this feels pretty good and not cloying on the finish.Cave Amadeu8625Pinto BandeiraMichael Schachner@wineschachCave Geisse NV Cave Amadeu Moscatel (Pinto Bandeira)MoscatelCave Geisse

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