Wine Reviews


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1672816727USThis opens with juicy cranberry and cherry fruit, remaining concentrated through the core palate. Good as it is, the wine fades more quickly than its reserve siblings, which would suggest drinking this one first while the others gain further time in bottle.Tallulah's Run Reserve9065OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Coeur de Terre 2014 Tallulah's Run Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirCoeur de Terre
1672916728PortugalThis blend of local Douro white grapes with, unusually, Chenin Blanc, is delicious. With its wood-aged touch and rich creamy texture, the wine is generous and full. It has attractive acidity as well, emphasizing the apple and grapefruit fruit. The wine will be even better from 2018.Reserva Branco9029DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerColinas do Douro 2015 Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteColinas do Douro
1673016729USThis blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot with a bit of Norman Beko's estate Syrah shows concentrated blueberry, tobacco, dried dill, leather and sweet cedar aromas on the nose, in accordance with its age. There are elegant purple flower, caramelized fruit and mocha spice flavors on the palate, which is holding up well but should be enjoyed now.Synergy Classic9068CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCottonwood Canyon 2006 Synergy Classic Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendCottonwood Canyon
1673116730FranceThe nose is shy but the palate is full of generous ripe pear fruit that's wonderfully countered by equally ample freshness. This interplay between opposite poles creates a friendly and appetizing wine. The finish is clean and just off dry.9023AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Charles Baur 2015 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Charles Baur
1673216731FranceThe nose gives little away. The palate, however, is full-fruited and zesty: yellow mirabelle plum and juicy peach are intensified by lemon freshness. A touch of residual sweetness makes the flavors even juicier and fuller. This is off dry, intensely fruity but very balanced and refreshing.Bergheim9028AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Fernand Engel 2015 Bergheim Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Fernand Engel
1673316732FranceLovely red apple, ripe pear and mirabelle plum create an appetizing nose. These fruit notes are even more intense on the palate, boosted by a dollop of residual sweetness and framed by tangy textured phenolics. This is refreshing, intense and moreish.Cuvée Engel9022AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Fernand Engel 2015 Cuvée Engel Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Fernand Engel
1673416733FranceA touch of narcissus precedes the full-fruited notes of peach on the nose. The palate has the same generous peach but also a slightly bitter tangy edge that gives structure to the rich wine. This is intense, rich and medium sweet, with a lasting rich finish.Cuvée Mégane9030AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine G. Metz 2014 Cuvée Mégane Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine G. Metz
1673516734FranceHoney, honeysuckle and peach on the nose create a most inviting aroma. These flavors are even more clearly apparent on the medium-dry palate where they are brightened and intensified by lemon freshness. This is intense and fluid, rounded and soft, and yet it manages to remain fresh and appetizing. Drink soon.Cuvée Carole9033AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Jean Sipp 2015 Cuvée Carole Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerDomaine Jean Sipp
1671116710AustriaA rounded style of Sauvignon Blanc, but one that doesn't lose sight of its herbaceous element. So there is crispness, a vivacious acidity, but also flavors of creamy apple and ripe pear. To drink this year.Klausen8827BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerHans Moser 2008 Klausen Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancHans Moser
1673616735FrancePure notes of russet pear rise from the glass with their wonderful combination of juicy ripeness and moreish freshness. The palate does these aromas justice and follows with fruit-driven full freshness of pear and lemon. The body is slender and zippy, the finish is clean and dry.Tradition9028AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Vincent Stoeffler 2015 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Vincent Stoeffler
1671216711ArgentinaA chunky, deep-fruited Malbec that is all about blackberry fruit. There's no funk or odd, floral, overcropped aromas here; instead, it's focused on roasted blackberry flavors, a natural herbal character, and coffee and mocha on the finish. Emphasizes size and friendliness.8814Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachKaiken 2008 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecKaiken
1673716736BulgariaThis wine has aromas of cherry, cherry pie, pomegranate juice and dark chocolate. In the mouth there are flavors of cranberry, cherry cola and a touch of dried oregano. It is well balanced with soft tannins and a splash of tart cherry juice before the persistent finish.EM9016Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysEdoardo Miroglio 2012 EM Mavrud (Thracian Valley)MavrudEdoardo Miroglio
1671316712FranceAn intensely wooded wine that is dominated by dark tannins. The red berry fruit is buried under the dry spice and toast character, although at the end there is a more juicy element.Les Molesmes Château de Rully Premier Cru8840BurgundyRullyRoger Voss@vossrogerAntonin Rodet 2007 Les Molesmes Château de Rully Premier Cru (Rully)Pinot NoirAntonin Rodet
1673816737USThis creamy, lush wine expresses orange and tangerine fruit mostly, with slight cherry and strawberry accents. High-toned acidity lifts the riper, plush mouthfeel.Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Grown Rosé of9028CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEtude 2016 Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Grown Rosé of Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirEtude
1671416713ItalyAdènzia is a Chardonnay-based wine with 13% Grillo grown in white, chalky Sicilian soils that offers a drying mineral note behind fresh aromas of spring flowers and exotic fruit. The wine is crisp and pristine but also has the natural heft to pair with delicious fish dishes.Adènzia8818Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaBaglio del Cristo di Campobello 2008 Adènzia Chardonnay (Sicilia)ChardonnayBaglio del Cristo di Campobello
1673916738USFreshness and lively acidity balance out the ripe apple and pear flavors in this medium-bodied, well-rounded wine from Mendocino County's cool, coastal Anderson Valley. It's a breath of fresh air compared to many overly sweet, buttery oak bombs.9032CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFEL 2015 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)ChardonnayFEL
1674016739FranceGentle hints of tangerine and lemon zest rise from the glass. These continue to charm on the broad palate. There is an earthy, pithy dimension to the midpalate flavors and ample freshness. The dry finish has a slightly bitter tang.Réserve Spéciale9020AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoFrédéric Mallo 2014 Réserve Spéciale Riesling (Alsace)RieslingFrédéric Mallo
1671516714FranceA smooth, perfumed wine, with an initial barnyard character that then softens into red fruits and soft tannins. Relatively light, going more for juiciness than weight.Beaune du Château Premier Cru8835BurgundyBeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Père & Fils 2007 Beaune du Château Premier Cru (Beaune)Pinot NoirBouchard Père & Fils
1671616715ChileSweet and ripe in aromatics, with notes of maple and inky black fruit scents. The palate is rock-solid and thick, with a good texture, tannic grip and flavors of cassis, berry and leather. Composed and medium-long on the sturdy finish. A mix of 85% Cab and 15% Syrah.Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada8814Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachConcha y Toro 2007 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Maipo Valley)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahConcha y Toro
1671716716USDry, elegant and nicely reserved, this light-bodied wine is refreshing and intriguing. Subtlety works its magic in the bosc pear aromas and white peach flavors, and the crisp texture whets the appetite.Belle Blanc9026CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAcquiesce 2015 Belle Blanc White (Lodi)White BlendAcquiesce
1671816717USButtery vanilla, cherry and plum notes give this wine a plush backdrop of fruit and rich, round texture. With small percentages of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it reveals additional cedar and graphite components before unleashing a lasting chocolate flavor on the finish.Beringer Estates Selection9036CaliforniaKnights ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneBeringer 2014 Beringer Estates Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBeringer
1671916718USCrisply fruity, this shows some carbonic brightness, pushing cranberry and raspberry fruit ahead of lighter flavors of cherry Popsicle. It's a lightweight, yet delightful, summertime red.Pelos Sandberg Vineyard9048OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Big Table Farm 2015 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirBig Table Farm
1672016719USThis Bordelais blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon is named for Fred Brander's son and offers a richer fragrance than his straight Sauvignon Blancs. Lemon, Gala apple and rounded key lime flavors make it approachable for many palates, yet buoyant acidity and wet cement and apple skin flavors bring added complexity.Cuvée Nicolas9030CaliforniaCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBrander 2015 Cuvée Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonSauvignon Blanc-SemillonBrander
1672116720SpainThis wine's ripe plum and berry aromas feature an oaky note of bacon. On the palate, it's choppy and aggressive with tannic bite. Dark fruit flavors are bolstered by oaky spice, tobacco and chocolate hints that persist long on the finish. A texbook Toro wine.Flor de Vetus Vino de Finca9017Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachVetus 2014 Flor de Vetus Vino de Finca (Toro)Tinta de ToroVetus
1672216721PortugalThis is a richly structured wine. With its juicy red fruits and generous structure, it is delicious now. Berry flavors and acidity go with the mineral edge of the texture to create a wine that is packed with acidity, tannins and fruit. Drink now.Tinto9015DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa da Passarella 2014 Tinto Red (Dão)Portuguese RedCasa da Passarella
1672316722ItalyGrapefruit, crushed tomato vine, exotic fruit and aromatic herb are some of the aromas you'll find on this fragrant white. The elegant medium-bodied palate delivers green melon, citrus and white peach alongside a vibrant saline note that energizes the finish.9020Northeastern ItalyKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCastelvecchio 2015 SauvignonSauvignonCastelvecchio
1672416723FranceStill very young, this is a Maison Bouey wine with good potential. It offers hints of the ripe yellow fruits and richness that will come as it develops. The touch of perfumed spice means it is also a wine to savor as an apéritif.9015BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lestruelle 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Lestruelle
1672516724USFlavors roll from cranberry to sweet red cherry in a red-fruit riot. It was aged in 52% new and 24% one-year-old oak, but it's unobtrusive and not especially toasty. The barrel time has begun to smooth out any bumps and rough edges, though a touch of phenolic bite remains. Drink from 2018 to 2022.Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve9070OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2014 Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirChehalem
1672616725USPlump black raspberry and blackberry notes mix with vanilla and baked licorice on the fruit-driven nose of this blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah. The tannic tension and strong acidity of the palate overwhelms the flavors at first, eventually revealing dark purple fruit and a vanilla-laced finish.The Assassin9065CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCloak & Dagger 2013 The Assassin Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Paso Robles)Cabernet Sauvignon-SyrahCloak & Dagger
1672716726USMade in a full-bodied and fleshy style, this comes from an estate vineyard long owned by the producer. Cloudy, with a distinct fresh cherry aroma, it opens with leathery tannins and pronounced oak notes before its bright, citrus-like acidity settles in.Gran Val Vineyard Estate9060CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneClos du Val 2015 Gran Val Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirClos du Val

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