Wine Reviews

1722117220SpainApple and mineral aromas are solid and fresh but don't deliver much kick. This feels lively, with a mix of citrus flavors that are enhanced by grass and a pithy finish. It ends on a green note, with a hint of scallion and a cut of acidity.8612Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Hada 2011 Verdejo-Viura (Rueda)Verdejo-ViuraEl Hada
1722217221USSweet, ripe cherry pie and smoky oak flavors mark this wine, which also has some grippy mountain tannins. It's not an ager, but it's rich and complex enough to drink now with steak or lamb. Decant it for an hour or two.Estate8637CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastFernwood 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc (Santa Cruz Mountains)Cabernet FrancFernwood
1722317222USThis is a pretty nice Merlot, soft, smooth and rich in oak-accented cherry pie flavor. It finishes a little sweet; try pairing it with teriyaki chicken or pork.Director's Cut8621CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaFrancis Ford Coppola 2010 Director's Cut Merlot (Sonoma County)MerlotFrancis Ford Coppola
1722417223ItalyMade from Frappato, this opens with aromas of citrus and a yeasty note of bread crust. The palate offers apple, lemon zest, grapefruit and toast alongside vivacious bubbles and brisk acidity.Nutaru Metodo Classico8618Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAvide NV Nutaru Metodo Classico Frappato (Vino Spumante)FrappatoAvide
1722517224FranceThis is plush and velvety in feel, with superripe notes of chocolate and black cherries on the palate. Finishes a bit warm; drink now–2016.Réserve de Bonpas8612Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzBonpas 2012 Réserve de Bonpas Red (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style Red BlendBonpas
1722617225PortugalThis is a wood-aged Touriga Nacional that is smooth and rich. It shows some extraction offering dark chocolate flavors that cover the fruit, yet happen to provide a ripe, rounded feel. Drink from 2017.8622TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2012 Touriga Nacional (Tejo)Touriga NacionalCasa Cadaval
1722717226SpainWith seven years in bottle, this Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend is what it is. The nose is stewy and raisiny, with baked berry notes. Like the nose, it feels raisiny and heavy. Flavors of raisin, fig and chocolate keep the theme going, while the finish is herbal and earthy in flavor, with heat.Abat Domènech8649CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachCesca Vicent 2008 Abat Domènech Red (Priorat)Red BlendCesca Vicent
1722817227USTropical ripeness shows strong on the nose of this wine, which is made from the Musque clone out of the Carter Estate Vineyard. It shows aromas of Juicy Fruit gum, papaya-orange-guava juice and daffodils. The palate offers a honeyed red-apple flavor.Winemaker's Signature Collection8616CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSouth Coast 2014 Winemaker's Signature Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Temecula Valley)Sauvignon BlancSouth Coast
1722917228USLight and pleasant, this offers some punchy phenolics but rather limpid fruit. It spent eight months in one-third new French oak.OSU Woodhall III8625OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Spindrift Cellars 2013 OSU Woodhall III Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnaySpindrift Cellars
1723017229USThe nose is slow to emerge on this proprietary blend, with some berries, toasted cedar and hibiscus extract eventually arising. The palate blends smoked meats with blackberry juice, blueberries and a pine-like woodiness.Clone 3 Cuvée8640CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStill Waters 2010 Clone 3 Cuvée Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendStill Waters
1723117230FranceBright, fruity and with light tannins, this is a generous, open approach to Malbec. It has fruit more than structure, plus plenty of black plums and ripe berries sharpened by acidity. It's ready to drink.Purple by Lagrezette8614Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrézette 2012 Purple by Lagrezette Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Lagrézette
1723217231USA vanilla bean element leads the nose on this wine, with cherry, olallieberry and caramel syrup coming in as well. The palate isn't quite so delicious, with the vanilla flavors remaining alongside woody elements, purple fruits and black olives.Dreamer8640CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannClavo Cellars 2010 Dreamer Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahClavo Cellars
1723317232FranceThis attractively crisp wine is full of fruit with just a touch of caramel. Light, bright and very dry, it finishes with intense acidity.Le8617Southwest FranceCôtes du TarnRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine D'en Ségur 2014 Le Rosé (Côtes du Tarn)RoséDomaine D'en Ségur
1723417233FranceThis deliciously crisp estate-produced wine is full of the freshest strawberry fruits. It dances with its acidity and light touch of spice. From one of the largest private vineyards in France (2,300 acres), the wine is ready to drink.Rosé de Pressée8613Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Tariquet 2014 Rosé de Pressée Rosé (Côtes de Gascogne)RoséDomaine du Tariquet
1723517234FranceLight wood-aging has given this wine some rich structure while keeping its natural fruity character. Black currant fruitiness dominates the attractive juicy nature of the wine with its smooth texture and final acidity. Drink from 2016.8616Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Théron 2013 Malbec (Cahors)MalbecDomaine du Théron
1723617235FranceThis fresh, young and fruity wine is made to be drunk young. It has soft tannins and intense acidity, mitigated by the ripe, red fruits and smoky aftertaste.Esquisse8618Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rotier 2013 Esquisse Red (Gaillac)Red BlendDomaine Rotier
1723717236SpainDusty peach, nectarine and chewing gum aromas are clean and standard. A lively palate shows bright but controlled acidity and citrusy notes. Stone-fruit and red-plum flavors finish mild. Drink this year.8612Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachEl Coto 2014 Rosé (Rioja)RoséEl Coto
1723817237USDespite the famed vineyard on the label, this seems a bit gauzy, chalky and stripped. There are light suggestions of berry and cherry, and hints of the nice details of earth and mineral that old vines can often bring. The finish is dilute and slightly metallic.Maresh Vineyard8648OregonDundee HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Et Fille 2012 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)Pinot NoirEt Fille
1723917238SpainThis mature Tempranillo shows aromas of fig and sherry vinegar along with raisin. A ripe yet pinched feeling palate deals aged flavors of raisin, caramel and toffee, while a chocolaty finish is low on vital fruit. This gran reserva exhibits multiple sherry-like characteristics.Gran Reserva8611Central SpainValdepeñasMichael Schachner@wineschachPata Negra 2005 Gran Reserva Tempranillo (Valdepeñas)TempranilloPata Negra
1724017239SpainCherry, raspberry and spicy oak aromas open this chunky, standard Rioja. Roasted plum and currant flavors turn more oaky on the back side, while the finish feels fresh and tastes lightly spicy.Gran Selección8615Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPata Negra 2011 Gran Selección (Rioja)TempranilloPata Negra
1724117240ChileSnappy aromas of spring peas and fresh herbs come with punchy citrus scents. This is a full-volume, summertime wine that's in good shape. Loud citrus flavors, particularly grapefruit, turn chunky before falling off on the finish. Drink now.U Estate Grown8610Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2014 U Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Maipo Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
1724217241FranceAn attractively perfumed wine that adds Muscadelle to the blend. That gives a spicy, bright character as well as fragrant acidity to accompany the lime and peppered pear fruitiness. Drink now.Château Loustalet8616Southwest FranceBuzetRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buzet 2013 Château Loustalet White (Buzet)Bordeaux-style White BlendVignerons de Buzet
1724317242ItalyFresh and fruity, this simple red doles out wild cherry, crushed raspberry and strawberry alongside tang acidity and smooth tannins. This would match well with pizza or light pasta dishes. Drink now.Citto8613TuscanyToscanaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVolpaia 2013 Citto Red (Toscana)Red BlendVolpaia
1724417243GreeceGrapefruit, flowers and peach aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this distinctive white. The wine offers clean fruit flavors and a soft finish. Good with seafood and fruit salads.Malagouzia8516DramaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaManolesaki 2012 Malagouzia Malagousia (Drama)MalagousiaManolesaki
1724517244SpainSoft, low-intensity aromas of raisin, marzipan and cedar announce a wine that's not in the best of shape. This feels jammy and lacking in foundation. Flavors of loamy berry, prune and raisin finish with a note of licorice.Reserva8524Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSeñorio de Valdiestro 2008 Reserva (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendSeñorio de Valdiestro
1724617245USThis bright, light wine shows floral aromas, lightly herbal flavors, crisp acidity and a lively mouthfeel. It will make a good, refreshing pour at lunch or before dinner.8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsInsatiable 2013 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayInsatiable
1724717246SpainDusty, leesy aromas of lime and vanilla come with hints of peach pit and white flowers. This feels juicy, lean and scouring, while lemon is key on a one-note flavor profile. A long, minerally, citric finish leaves tang and clarity.8512CataloniaTerra AltaMichael Schachner@wineschachLas Colinas Del Ebro 2014 Garnacha Blanca (Terra Alta)Garnacha BlancaLas Colinas Del Ebro
1724817247FranceThis totally young, herbaceous wine is packed with fruitiness. Crisp lemon and a dash of grapefruit accent this local blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. It's bright, ready to drink now.Colombelle L'Original85Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerProducteurs Plaimont 2014 Colombelle L'Original White (Côtes de Gascogne)White BlendProducteurs Plaimont
1724917248PortugalNamed after the Knights Templar who were headquartered in the Tejo region of Portugal in the Middle Ages, this estate has produced a fruity, soft and rounded white wine. It has an attractively aromatic character from the inclusion of Riesling and Moscatel in the blend. Wait until the end of 2015 before drinking.Herdade dos Templários Branco8514TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Cavalinho 2014 Herdade dos Templários Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Cavalinho
1725017249SpainPickled and leesy on the nose, this kosher Cava runs low on verve and bubbles. Scallion, green herb and green banana flavors finish similarly, with herbal notes leading the way. 100% Macabeo.Excelencia8518CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachFreixenet NV Excelencia Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendFreixenet

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