Wine Reviews

1602116020SpainA bit scratchy, leathery and herbal on the bouquet, but there's also a stony character and raspberry aromas. It feels crisp and a bit sheering, with flavors of zesty red fruit, citrus and vanilla filling in the gaps. The finish is long and lightly oaky.Heredad Candela8825LevanteYeclaMichael Schachner@wineschachBarahonda 2008 Heredad Candela Monastrell (Yecla)MonastrellBarahonda
1602216021SpainLightly spiced up front, with cinnamon and nutmeg aromas adding complex sweetness to cherry and cassis scents. It feels juicy and sincere, with a mix of berry, plum, herb, spice and licorice flavors. This turns toward vanilla on the finish. A traditional wine that's ready now.Rioja Bordón Gran Reserva Tempranillo8822Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Franco-Españolas 2005 Rioja Bordón Gran Reserva Tempranillo (Rioja)TempranilloBodegas Franco-Españolas
1602316022SpainEarthy, meaty berry aromas are solid and sturdy. It feels fresh and lifted by lasting acidity, with flavors of raspberry, strawberry and vanilla that are easy to like. A wine to drink now without too much contemplation, this finishes steady and smooth.Señorío del Águila Reserva8818Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Virgen del Águila 2004 Señorío del Águila Reserva Red (Cariñena)Red BlendBodegas Virgen del Águila
1602416023USElégance is a five-grape Bordeaux-style blend, sourced from a single vineyard. Sweet oak scents waft up from the glass, a lush melding of various toasts, over pretty raspberry flavors. The wine is sensuous and elegant, already quite drinkable, and seems to slip away gently before you are quite ready for it to leave.Elégance Meek Family Vineyard8838WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Camaraderie 2009 Elégance Meek Family Vineyard Red (Yakima Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCamaraderie
1602516024ItalyThis cool-climate expression shows exceptionally-beautiful tones of peach, melon and pear. A tiny percentage of the wine is aged in French barrel. This is a fantastic white wine to pair with fish, white meat or vegetables..Dellago8822Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeCantina Produttori Bolzano S. Maddalena/Gries 2010 Dellago Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige)Pinot BiancoCantina Produttori Bolzano S. Maddalena/Gries
1602616025ItalyThe thick, oily texture is backed by aroflavors of stone fruit, honeysuckle and passion fruit. This is a generous and bold wine.Sanct Valentin8838Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2010 Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer (Alto Adige)GewürztraminerCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
1602716026SpainDamp earth, subtle berry, plum and smoke notes define the nose. It feels typically tannic and clampy for Ribera del Duero, with leathery, roasted flavors of blackberry, rubber and herbs. Long, meaty and dense on the back side, with chewy tannins and sweet lasting flavors.Reserva8829Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Vilano 2005 Reserva (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloViña Vilano
1602816027FranceFull-bodied, broad and a bit oily in texture, this concentrated old-vine Marsanne seems a bit evolved, with open aromas of honeyed fruit and truffle backed by citrusy fruit and a hint of anise. Long and intense on the finish. Drink now.Au Coeur des Siècles8860Rhône ValleyHermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCave de Tain 2009 Au Coeur des Siècles Marsanne (Hermitage)MarsanneCave de Tain
1602916028USA Meritage that's 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, this wine is all leathery pouch—still chewy but with lots of well-intentioned structure and big blackberry flavor.8840CaliforniaMendocinoVirginie Boone@vbooneDogwood 2007 Meritage (Mendocino)MeritageDogwood
1603016029FranceThis is a round, silky Châteauneuf-du-Pape that's an appealing, early-drinking rendering. Cherry and leather notes aren't particularly complex beyond a certain horsiness, but the wine fills the mouth and the flavors do linger.Secret de Nos Vignes8837Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine de Châteaumar 2009 Secret de Nos Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style Red BlendDomaine de Châteaumar
1603116030FranceThe blend in this cuvée is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, aged in second-use oak. The oak provides hints of baking spices on the nose and some cedary notes on the palate, nicely accenting the bright black-cherry fruit in this medium-bodied wine. Soft tannins combine with mouthwatering acids on the finish. Drink now–2016.Cuvée Romanaise8822Rhône ValleyCôtes du Rhône VillagesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDomaine Fond Croze 2009 Cuvée Romanaise Grenache-Syrah (Côtes du Rhône Villages)Grenache-SyrahDomaine Fond Croze
1603216031SpainMature, earthy and soft on the nose, with roasted, spicy, integrated berry aromas. Full but baked feeling, with maturity and monotone flavors of sweet berries that don't vary. It remains roasted and warm on the finish. Drink soon.Gran Reserva8822Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca del Marquesado 2003 Gran Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendFinca del Marquesado
1603316032ItalyTazzelenghe is a fascinating red varietal from northeast Italy that almost faced extinction before it was rediscovered just a few years ago. It offers density and richness that is enhanced by red cherry and blackberry spice.Tazzelenghe8824Northeastern ItalyColli Orientali del FriuliJacùss 2007 Tazzelenghe Red (Colli Orientali del Friuli)Red BlendJacùss
1603416033ItalyWhite almond, pressed rose, natural rubber, exotic fruit and tangy spice characterize this Grüner Veltliner. It's thickly textured, with tangy freshness on the close.88Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKuenhof 2010 Grüner Veltliner (Alto Adige)Grüner VeltlinerKuenhof
1603516034SpainFor a 60,000-case Toro, this is very good and well recommended. It smells full, leathery and slightly cheesy, with baked berry aromas. The palate is smooth, with minty, spicy, black fruit flavors. A hint of young oak rises up on the finish.Joven Tinto8810Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachMuruve 2009 Joven Tinto (Toro)Tinta de ToroMuruve
1603616035USThe Reveler is Revelry's mainstay blend, a mix of roughly equal parts of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Floral and powdered sugar scents lead into a light and pretty palate, showcasing red berry flavors and a touch of minerality.The Reveler8820WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Revelry 2009 The Reveler Red (Columbia Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendRevelry
1603716036USA little tough, a little refined, this is a town-and-country wine for drinking now. It has ripe cherry, red currant, bacon and sandalwood flavors, spiced with pepper and wrapped into firm tannins.Sigma Syrache8828CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastAmpelos 2008 Sigma Syrache Syrah-Grenache (Santa Barbara County)Syrah-GrenacheAmpelos
1603816037USApricot jam and late-harvest botrytis flavors are often characteristic of this vineyard. This is bone dry, with brisk acidity and stony minerality. It will gradually lose fruit over the years.Sleepy Hollow Vineyard8845CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastArcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)ChardonnayArcadian
1603916038ItalySlightly oxidized aromas of butterscotch, caramel and candied fruit mark this elaborate wine. The mouthfeel is pungent and slightly spicy.8845Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaBressan 2007 Verduzzo (Venezia Giulia)VerduzzoBressan
1604016039ItalyThis has aromas and flavors of yellow apple, citrus zest, bread crust and a buttery note. Small vigorous bubbles provide the backdrop while a bitter walnut flavor marks the finish.Il Cascinone Alasia Brut Metodo Classico8725PiedmontAlta LangaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAraldica 2008 Il Cascinone Alasia Brut Metodo Classico Sparkling (Alta Langa)Sparkling BlendAraldica
1604116040USFrom an estate-farmed vineyard, this medium-bodied wine is earthy and aromatic in baked bread, with soft, moderate acidity. With length and breadth, it shows a tartness of black tea and stems, finishing in oak.Rodgers Creek Vineyard8736CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGarnet Vineyards 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirGarnet Vineyards
1604216041ItalyAromas of red berry, apple and a whiff of bread dough lead the nose. The lively palate offers sour cherry, nectarine and bread crust alongside firm acidity and a vivacious perlage.Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé Metodo Classico87Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeBorgo Maragliano 2012 Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Sparkling (Vino Spumante)Sparkling BlendBorgo Maragliano
1604316042PortugalDelicately perfumed, yellow and tropical-fruit flavored, this is bright and very fruity. The citrus edge adds a further lift to this refreshing, ready-to-drink wine.Vinha Padre Pedro Branco879TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2015 Vinha Padre Pedro Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteCasa Cadaval
1604416043PortugalA pale-colored wine that has an attractive yeasty character that matches well with the crisp red fruits. It has a hint of tannin as well as red berries. The wine is fruity and ready to drink.Vértice Rosé Bruto8719DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Transmontanas 2013 Vértice Rosé Bruto Sparkling (Douro)Portuguese SparklingCaves Transmontanas
1604516044PortugalThis wine may not have much of Syrah's typical character but it certainly does have rich black fruits and a ripe texture. It is full and very ripe with its tannic structure well integrated into the full-bodied fruitiness. Drink now.Adega de Pegões87Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2013 Adega de Pegões Syrah (Península de Setúbal)SyrahCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
1604616045PortugalA creamy textured, citrus-flavored wine that is ripe and smooth. It has a crisp fresh character with its lemon and ripe melon fruit and bright acidity. The aftertaste continues the crisp, fruity theme.Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada87Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2015 Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada White (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese WhiteCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
1604716046PortugalThis is a smooth, clean, attractive wine that is bright and crisp. Lemon and pink grapefruit give the fine fruitiness while the acidity and lightly mineral texture add the structure. Drink now.Terra d'Alter Síria-Arinto-Viognier8710AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerTerras de Alter 2015 Terra d'Alter Síria-Arinto-Viognier White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteTerras de Alter
1604816047PortugalA blend of Syrah, Castelão and Aragonez, this is a ripe, full wine that has fine soft fruit. The tannins give just the right edge to the red fruits and final acidity. Drink now.Bote878LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2015 Bote Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedCasca Wines
1604916048FranceSituated on the Côte des Bar, this estate has produced a soft, full blend of half and half Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It treads a fine line of a balanced dosage with the white fruits and final citrus acidity. Drink now.Grande Réserve Brut8760ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bligny NV Grande Réserve Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendChâteau de Bligny
1605016049PortugalSurprisingly soft for a Cabernet, this is a rich, generous wine with very ripe black fruits and a minimum of tannins. It is dense and ready to drink.Quinto Elemento Reserva8718TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Arrobe 2014 Quinto Elemento Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Tejo)Cabernet SauvignonQuinta do Arrobe

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