Wine Reviews

1754817547ItalyAromas of white spring flowers and ripe pear lead the way on this vibrant sparkler. The lively palate delivers crunchy green apple and citrus zest alongside persistent bubbles and bright acidity.8610VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGancia NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreGleraGancia
1754917548ItalyMade entirely with Pinot Noir, this opens with aromas of pressed rose, toast and a whiff dried exotic fruit. The palate offers notes of ripe red-apple skin and bread crust alongside crackling acidity and rather large bubbles that leave a brisk finish.Rosé de Noir Brut Metodo Classico8630Italy OtherVino SpumanteKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmbo Secco NV Rosé de Noir Brut Metodo Classico Pinot Nero (Vino Spumante)Pinot NeroAmbo Secco
1755017549SpainHorsey aromas of pine and juniper come with a blanket of oak that gives off lactic, plastic scents. Pinched, clamping and rubbery on the palate, this tannic blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Franc and Syrah tastes herbal, briny and saucy, with briary berry, salt and reprise of juniper on the finish.8630LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachAngosto 2013 Red (Valencia)Red BlendAngosto
1752117520ItalyCareful work has been done here to craft a creamy and smooth cool-climate Chardonnay with long aromatic staying power. You'll recognize fragrant tones of white rose, citrus blossom and almond flower.Formigar Cornell8939Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeColterenzio 2006 Formigar Cornell Chardonnay (Alto Adige)ChardonnayColterenzio
1752217521ItalyThere's a flashy, flirtatious edge to this Morellino Riserva that puts the spotlight on ripe, succulent aromas of black cherry, blueberry and sweet spice. The wine has polished tannins and a bright, fruit-driven finish.Riserva Massi di Mandorlaia89TuscanyMorellino di ScansanoConte Ferdinando Guicciardini 2005 Riserva Massi di Mandorlaia (Morellino di Scansano)SangioveseConte Ferdinando Guicciardini
1752317522New ZealandWho would have believed that one day we'd have Sauvignon Blancs paying tribute to 1980s pop groups? At least both share a New Zealand connection. The wine is a bit on the fuller side of things, but nicely balanced by mineral and grapefruit aromas and flavors, ending on notes of lime and cut grass. Drink up.8925MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzCrowded House 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancCrowded House
1752417523USInteresting to see that Washington State vineyards can ripen Sangio in a wide range of microclimates; this is true to the variety with tart acids, sharp flavors of berry, hints of pumpkin pie spice and tobacco, and just enough butterscotch barrel notes to fill in around the rough edges. This is good winemaking, with a tough grape.San Remo8926WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Des Voigne Cellars 2006 San Remo Sangiovese (Columbia Valley (WA))SangioveseDes Voigne Cellars
1752517524USThis is Pepper Bridge Merlot, and it beautifully expresses the vineyard trademarks: fresh fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry, spread out broadly across the palate, and backed with tart acids and light tannins. There is a strong streak of Asian spicebox as well, but overall the wineis very approachable, which makes it is a Merlot to enjoy with rich fish, such as salmon. It's bright and lightly spicy and not too heavy.The Emcee8928WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Des Voigne Cellars 2006 The Emcee Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotDes Voigne Cellars
1752617525GermanyHoney and pear aromas might tease you into thinking this is going to be a fruity wine, but the flavors say otherwise, offering strong heating-oil notes and finishing with mouthwatering balance and stony notes. The stunning minerality of the Doctor vineyard really comes through.Berncasteler Doctor Kabinett8939Mosel-Saar-RuwerJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Thanisch) 2007 Berncasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)RieslingDr. H. Thanisch (Erben Thanisch)
1752717526GermanyThe delicacy of the cool Saar valley comes through wonderfully in this off-dry kabinett. Crushed-stone aromas lead the way, followed by zesty, citrusy flavors that elegantly interweave with mineral notes before lingering gracefully on the finish.Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett8924Mosel-Saar-RuwerJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDr. Wagner 2007 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)RieslingDr. Wagner
1752817527AustriaClassic open, generously juicy St. Laurent. The flavors just burst into the mouth: red cherries touched by wood, sweet fruit zest and ripe stone fruits. The wine is underpinned by a layer of very dry tannin, and topped by beautifully fresh acidity.Schafleiten8947BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerJudith Beck 2006 Schafleiten St. Laurent (Burgenland)St. LaurentJudith Beck
1752917528USPure Syrah, this is the most limited of the Kamiakin wines (in terms of production), but in many respects the star of the show. Peppery, racy and concentrated, it's packed with blueberry, kirsch and cassis. The finish is laced with coffee liqueur flavors, suggesting a far more expensive, barrel-aged wine.8918WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kamiak 2005 Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahKamiak
1753017529ItalyLis Neris is a quality-minded producer in northeast Italy with a thick portfolio of delicious white wines. Among them is this crisp Pinot Grigio with immediate aromas of exotic fruit, peach and nectarine. The wine's creamy density makes it an excellent companion to pasta or rice salad.Gris89Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaLis Neris 2006 Gris Pinot Grigio (Venezia Giulia)Pinot GrigioLis Neris
1753117530USStiff, tannic, earthy and wrapped up tight. It's a big, bruiser of a wine, oaky, earthy and showing liquorous barrel flavors. Tasted three times over a four month period, it remains quite tight and hidden; the fruit is there but it's very difficult to get this wine to open up. In time, therating could significantly improve.Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard Red Wine8945WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2006 Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard Red Wine Red (Red Mountain)Red BlendMark Ryan
1753217531USHere's a rich, soft, gently approachable red wine for big beef stews and barbecue. Full-bodied and dry, it's power-packed in blackberries, currants, carob, violets and raisins, with a coat of sweet smoky oak. Drink now through 2010.Cépage8934CaliforniaLake CountyZina Hyde Cunningham 2004 Cépage Red (Lake County)Red BlendZina Hyde Cunningham
1753317532FranceThe name of wine indicates it was made with running juice off the grapes to give the color rather than adding red wine (more normal in rosé Champagne). The color is rich, the palate ripe and full in the mouth. The wine has a lively mousse, a soft rounded aftertaste and balanced acidity.Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru Brut8667ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBertrand-Delespierre NV Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendBertrand-Delespierre
1753417533PortugalFrom vineyards at 2000 feet elevation, this is a rich and spicy wine that has a pure streak of fruit freshness and a firmly tannic core. It is perfumed from Touriga Nacional in the blend, with red berry and black plum flavors coming through strongly along, balanced by acidity. It will be better from 2017.Barão de Figueira Reserva8610Beira InteriorRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2013 Barão de Figueira Reserva Red (Beira Interior)Portuguese RedCompanhia das Quintas
1753517534USApple and pear cider aromas mix with grapefruit peel, lime marmalade, peach blossoms and stone fruit on the nose of this rarely made varietal. The palate shows slightly sour, bitter apple peels and lemon skin.8617CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ Wilkes 2014 Pinot Blanc (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot BlancJ Wilkes
1753617535FranceThis wine is so pale in color, with bright fruitiness and a light pepper and spice touch. The wine is soft and tangy, with plenty of aromatic acidity at the end.Opaline86BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerLucien Lardy 2014 Opaline Rosé (Beaujolais-Villages)RoséLucien Lardy
1753717536USNeed a recommendation for a good house wine? This medium-bodied red has moderate fruit flavors, good structure from acidity and tannins, and a nice feeling of completeness. It is a catch-all blend of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and four other grape varieties.Navarrouge8616CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNavarro 2013 Navarrouge Red (Mendocino)Red BlendNavarro
1753817537SpainWoody, lightly oxidized aromas of Cream of Wheat and pool water give way to pure wood grain. This feels both resiny and briny, with unabsorbed, raw flavors of barrel oak, salt and sawdust. Lemony, tart notes enter on the finish, but overall this Viura-Malvasia-Garnacha Blanca blend is so woody it's like licking a fresh-cut plank.Organza8625Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Cantabria 2013 Organza White (Rioja)White BlendSierra Cantabria
1753917538USLemon and apple blossoms plus a tiny bit of honeydew meld for a pleasant nose on this widely available wine. The energetic palate offers fresh green apple and lemon salt flavors that make you salivate, though it packs almost too much punch.8617CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSlow Press 2013 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnaySlow Press
1754017539USRounded melon, grapefruit juice, lemon chiffon, gray slate and a bit of white pepper swirl into a distinctive nose on this wine by the San Luis Obispo-based producer. The palate is tight and bright, though a bit sour with apple-peel flavors.Sierra Madre Vineyard8620CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStephen Ross 2014 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Gris (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot GrisStephen Ross
1754117540FranceThis firm wine has smoky tannins and red-currant acidity. It is still young, its structure still dry and solid. Wait until the end of 2016 before drinking.Domaine des Quatre Vents8622BeaujolaisFleurieRoger Voss@vossrogerGeorges Duboeuf 2014 Domaine des Quatre Vents (Fleurie)GamayGeorges Duboeuf
1754217541FranceThis fresh and crisp raspberry-flavored wine is refreshing. It is all fruit with just a touch of tangy lemon zest to give extra freshness. The largest single plot of vines in Beaujolais and Burgundy, 244 acres in Bruilly cru, the estate has been in the same family since 1667 and is a historical monument.8629BeaujolaisBeaujolais RoséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de la Chaize 2014 Gamay (Beaujolais Rosé)GamayChâteau de la Chaize
1754317542SpainPowdery melon aromas are soft and easy. This is varietal Verdil, a white grape indigenous to the Valencia region, and it's standard in weight and acidity. Mild orange, melon and yeast flavors finish short as a whistle burst.8618LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachDaniel Belda 2014 Verdil (Valencia)VerdilDaniel Belda
1754417543AustraliaThis should have fairly widespread appeal for its bold cherry fruit aromas and balanced feel. Floral notes add interest on the nose, while the palate shows some savory mushroom and dusty earth character. The tannins are slightly astringent on the finish, so opt for red meat rather than a more delicate dish. Drink now.Regional Reserve8617VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2014 Regional Reserve Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)Pinot NoirDe Bortoli
1754517544FranceThis ripe and structured wine has a good balance between rich tannins and full, jammy red-berry fruits. It's attractive, with layers of fruit cut with acidity. Drink now.86BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Thulon 2014 Beaujolais-VillagesGamayDomaine de Thulon
1754617545FranceThis is a light, dancing wine, crisp and full of fruit. It has a fragrant, refreshing red currant and raspberry flavor with tight, lively acidity. Drink this crisp, fruity wine now.86BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Thulon 2014 Rosé (Beaujolais-Villages)RoséDomaine de Thulon
1754717546FranceFresh apples and ripe pears give this wine its fruity character. The acidity behind this fruit is already in balance. It's a young Chardonnay that needs a while to fill out. Drink from 2016.8620BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Nugues 2014 Beaujolais BlancChardonnayDomaine des Nugues

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