Wine Reviews

16511650PortugalLisboa, with its cool climate, lends itself to crisp rosés like this. This lively fruity wine is touched by hints of vanilla and layers of red-fruit flavors. It is light and ready to drink.Pinta Negra859LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mãe 2015 Pinta Negra Rosé (Lisboa)RoséAdega Mãe
16521651ArgentinaDry earthy herbal aromas of tomato, red-berry fruits and oak set up a full palate with pounding tannins. This tastes roasted and herbal, with notes of bell pepper, tomato and creamy oak. A hard-tannin finish confirms that this Merlot skipped charm school.006 Riverside Estate8520OtherPatagoniaMichael Schachner@wineschachAniello 2015 006 Riverside Estate Merlot (Patagonia)MerlotAniello
16531652USThis is a neutral, papery white wine, with a flat, rather than lively mouthfeel. The apple flavored fruit is there, along with a touch of licorice, but the freshness seems to have been lost along the way.Cloud Rest Vineyard8518OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Oak Knoll 2014 Cloud Rest Vineyard Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisOak Knoll
16541653PortugalMula Velha, “the old donkey,” is a younger wine than its name suggests. Brisk and fruity, it offers firm tannins and layers of blackberry fruit. With a touch of oak aging, the wine is developing well and will be ready to drink from late 2017.Mula Velha Reserva8510LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Wines 2015 Mula Velha Reserva Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedParras Wines
16551654PortugalThis wine is ripe, full of black fruits and soft tannins. With plenty of acidity to keep it crisp, the wine has a cool, flavorful character topped off by berry fruits. It's ready to drink.Terra Grande8510AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerParras Wines 2015 Terra Grande Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedParras Wines
16561655PortugalThis wine is light in tannins and ripe in fruit, with a delicious red-berry character. Drink this attractive wine from 2019.Lote 1388511DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta dos Avidagos 2015 Lote 138 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta dos Avidagos
16571656FranceThis is a soft, ripe and fruity wine. It has gentle tannins and attractive red-berry fruits. There is just a touch of dryness that gives this easygoing wine its structure. Drink from early 2017.8513BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lanscade 2015 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lanscade
16581657FranceHigh-toast aromas are followed on the palate by flavors that are more about wood than fruit. That gives the wine a tough, extracted character that probably will not go away.8520BordeauxHaut-MédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Troupian 2014 Haut-MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Troupian
16591658FranceThis is a crisp and fruity wine that's perfumed and full of citrus and green fruits. It has a lively character that is filled out with the ripe fruitiness of the vintage. The aftertaste, bright and fresh, suggests it will benefit from another few months. Drink from summer 2016.8513BordeauxEntre-Deux-MersRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Vrai Caillou 2015 Entre-Deux-MersBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Vrai Caillou
16601659USRoughly equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot go into this tannic blend. It may be a little too far along the aging curve, at least for showing much fruit. It's drying out—displaying a touch of leather—and should be consumed as soon as possible.Sams Valley Vineyard8525OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cliff Creek 2011 Sams Valley Vineyard Claret (Southern Oregon)ClaretCliff Creek
16611660USThe Claret benefits from an additional year of bottle age, integrating the components (60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% each Cab Franc and Malbec). Tart red-berry fruit is accented with light toast from barrel aging. There's a slight hint of burnt rubber that will blow off with decanting.8535OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Del Rio 2013 Claret (Rogue Valley)ClaretDel Rio
16621661USThis is a light simple red, without particular varietal character. It's much like an inexpensive California Merlot—fine for every day drinking, generic and unassuming.8528OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Delfino 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Umpqua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDelfino
16631662ItalyThis inky-colored zesty wine offers aromas of sour cherry, leather and a hint of dried herb. The extremely simple, easygoing palate shows red plum and a hint of clove alongside loose knit tannins.8510Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGru 2015 Montepulciano d'AbruzzoMontepulcianoGru
16641663PortugalThis wine is smooth and soft, with an attractive creamy texture and light acidity. Yellow fruits and stewed pears are lifted by a mineral texture. The wine is named after the vineyard rather than after the literal Portuguese meaning of “scantily dressed.” Drink now.Pouca Roupa Branco8513AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Pouca Roupa Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteJ. Portugal Ramos
16651664USLight cinnamon and sugar aromas, and fresh, fruity and lightly sweet flavors make this wine easy on the palate. The texture is soft.8510CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsFirst & Local 2015 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayFirst & Local
16661665ArgentinaOily aromas of citrus peel and lychee set up a lemony palate with pyrazine-influenced citrus flavors. Lychee is the lead flavor on a finish that's mildly bitter.Esperanza Por Un Milagro8512OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAmalaya 2015 Esperanza Por Un Milagro White (Salta)White BlendAmalaya
16671666AustraliaWet stone and graphite scents up front give way to hints of honey and Earl Grey tea (bergamot). It's medium bodied and fades quickly on the finish, but it's a solid buy for under $10.859Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHalf Mile Creek 2014 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (South Eastern Australia)Semillon-Sauvignon BlancHalf Mile Creek
16681667USThis good, basic wine offers herb and cherry aromas, mostly crisp fruit flavors and a firm, tannic texture.8512CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCalifornia Republic 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia Republic
16691668ItalyAromas of dark-skinned berry, plum and blue flower come together on this. The simple palate offers morello cherry and a hint of clove alongside soft, not very persistent tannins.Capostrano8519Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Valle Tritana 2014 Capostrano (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoCantina Valle Tritana
16701669FranceThis is a light and fruity wine that is ready to drink. It has spice and a layer of dry tannins that are acting as a support to the red fruits and acidity.8520BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Doms 2014 GravesBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Doms
16711670FranceThis is a seriously wood-aged wine. Its burnt toast character doesn't chime with the light fruitiness of the vintage and so gives a wine that is bitter and extracted. Less overworking would have produced a better wine.8528BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Pindefleurs 2013 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Pindefleurs
16721671USThis wine seems overtaken with scents and flavors of tree tar and resin. The impression of pine resin cuts out the fruit, leaving some woody flavors in the finish.Sams Valley Vineyard8525OregonSouthern OregonSouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cliff Creek 2012 Sams Valley Vineyard Merlot (Southern Oregon)MerlotCliff Creek
16731672USQuady North's Flagship is what the owners consider the best lot of wine of the year. Generously slathered in toasty new oak, this very limited (two barrel) reserve from the estate's Frank's Vineyard is not the blockbuster of the previous vintage, but shows exceptional winemaking skills. Black cherry fruit is wrapped in woody tannins, a yin-yang combination that works by dissonance rather than harmony.Flagship9065OregonApplegate ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Quady North 2007 Flagship Syrah (Applegate Valley)SyrahQuady North
16741673USA huge, ripe, opulent wine, rich in orange, butter, peach, honey and spice flavors. Shows great depth and power, yet finishes thoroughly dry and crisp. Should develop bottle complexities over the next six years. Blended with 15% Roussanne.9020CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastQupé 2010 Marsanne (Santa Ynez Valley)MarsanneQupé
16751674FranceNot a big, overwhelming blockbuster, this harmonious blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc features ripe citrus and pineapple flavors, with a hint of melon thrown in for good measure. It's pleasantly medium bodied and creamy in the mouth, with a reasonably long finish. Drink it over the next 12–18 months.9040Rhône ValleyChâteauneuf-du-PapeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRéserve des Oliviers 2009 White (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)Rhône-style White BlendRéserve des Oliviers
16761675FranceLike many of the '07 Hermitages, this isn't a huge wine, but instead shows a nice sense of proportion, marrying hickory smoke with touches of cracked peppercorns, cedar and roasted beef. Drink now–2020.90126Rhône ValleyHermitageJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTardieu-Laurent 2007 HermitageSyrahTardieu-Laurent
16771676ItalyLibatio shows nice integration with smooth tones of cassis, blueberry, white almond and dried spice. The results deliver balance and elegance and make this a food-friendly option for meat or hearty pasta dishes.Libatio90TuscanyToscanaSant Agnese dei F.lli Gigli 2006 Libatio Red (Toscana)Red BlendSant Agnese dei F.lli Gigli
16781677USFlamboyantly rich in cherries, raspberries and cranberries that are a bit tart, yet enriched with sweet oak. Firm acidity brings everything to a clean, bright finish. A pretty wine, showing elegance and finesse.Julia's Vineyard9050CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastBonaccorsi 2008 Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirBonaccorsi
16791678USGavin Chanin makes this distinctive, interesting Chardonnay. Shows a ino Sherry-like yeastiness, and is minerally and streamlined. Zesty flavors of limes, kiwis and grapefruits round out the finish.Bien Nacido Vineyard9030CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastChanin 2008 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayChanin
16801679USAnother Livermore Valley producer to watch, Cuda Ridge has fashioned a varietally textbook Cab Franc here, with an intensely woody, herbal nose. Medium-bodied, with tannins that are integrated and ready to soften, this Cab Franc, barrel-aged for 18 months, is really, really good, and ready to age another 3–5 years.9028CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastVirginie Boone@vbooneCuda Ridge Wines 2008 Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley)Cabernet FrancCuda Ridge Wines

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