Wine Reviews

1755117550USGrape fruit leather, dense violets, black slate and a hint of barnyard aromas make for an interesting, purple-leaning nose on this wine. The palate is quite herbal, tinged with dried oregano as well as a berry-juice ripeness.8634CaliforniaCarmel ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJoullian 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Carmel Valley)Cabernet SauvignonJoullian
1755217551USThis rocky appellation delivers aromas of wet cement, lemon-lime ice, light mint and a tiny bit of asphalt on the nose. The palate shows cut apples, lemon peels and citrus-laced pear cider flavors.8616CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMercy 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Arroyo Seco)Sauvignon BlancMercy
1755317552ArgentinaBlack cherry and blackberry aromas are ripe, with a touch of prune weighing in. In the mouth, punchy acidity sticks out. Wiry raspberry and plum flavors are surprisingly tart and underdeveloped, while lactic oak notes and choppy acidity make for a jumbled finish.Expresión8614Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachMi Terruño 2012 Expresión Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecMi Terruño
1755417553USFruity in a grapy, plummy way, this is a substantial wine with deceptively sweet undertones that finishes dry and with a slight tang of black tea.8617CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMinistry of the Vinterior 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirMinistry of the Vinterior
1755517554USLight red in color and smelling like raspberries, this wine adds earthy, spicy flavors while rounding out with red cherry notes and firm tannins that tend to bolster an otherwise relaxed texture. It has good balance and will be versatile with food.Estate8629CaliforniaMendocinoJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRivino 2012 Estate Sangiovese (Mendocino)SangioveseRivino
1755617555USQuite fruity and fairly rich, this medium-bodied wine has plenty of apple, lime and dried herb flavors, and a fairly crisp but smooth texture. More than just a thirst-quencher, it brings some heft to the table.8618CaliforniaLake CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsRock Wall 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancRock Wall
1755717556USA curious mix of 77% Pinot Gris and 33% Chardonnay from a sought-after vineyard site, Buddy's is oaky, salty and thick, with a floral bouquet that lightens its load and represents the Pinot Gris component well. It may need more time to harmonize.Richard Dinner Vineyard Buddy's Blend8624CaliforniaSonoma MountainSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRocky Hill 2013 Richard Dinner Vineyard Buddy's Blend White (Sonoma Mountain)White BlendRocky Hill
1755817557FranceThe citrus flavors of the nose acquire a bitter edge on the palate but remain very refreshing. The earthiness of autolysis lends some body and counters the freshness. The finish is dry and rounded.8620AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoRuhlmann NV Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendRuhlmann
1755917558USAlmost 100% varietal, with tiny splashes of Viognier and Sémillon, this is a refreshing wine with medium acidity. It offers a plumpness of lemon and apricot on the palate, finishing dry and clean.8614CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSimi 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancSimi
1756017559FranceThis off-dry wine has a firm, tannic structure. The ripe strawberry flavors are soft and rounded, while the aftertaste is firm and structured by vibrant acidity.Dry Collection Privée Rosé86ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerCollet NV Dry Collection Privée Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendCollet
1756117560PortugalThis blend of Arinto and Chardonnay is crisp and fresh, showing the cool, ocean climate of the Lisboa region in its light, bright texture. It is juicy with peach and pineapple flavors cut by lime-juice acidity. Drink now.Quinta de Pancas Branco8615LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerCompanhia das Quintas 2014 Quinta de Pancas Branco White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteCompanhia das Quintas
1756217561ItalyThis frothy, straightforward wine offers citrus zest, yellow apple and canned pears packed in syrup. Zesty acidity gives it a bright finish.Dry8615VenetoValdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Riva dei Frati NV Dry (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraLa Riva dei Frati
1756317562PortugalA blend that includes Merlot, this wine is ripe while also structured. The tannins go along with the black fruits and acidity. It has a crisp, juicy finish that makes it ready to drink now.Vinha do Putto8712BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCampolargo 2013 Vinha do Putto Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedCampolargo
1756417563PortugalThis wine is deliciously fruity and crisp, with perfumed red fruit and lively acidity. Bone dry, and full of bright fruitiness, it makes a classic, easy to drink apéritif wine.São Matias8716DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa S.M. de Tourais 2015 São Matias Rosé (Dão)RoséCasa S.M. de Tourais
1756517564ChileMelony fruit aromas with a heavy dose of sulfur and match stick are gritty. This is juicy and bright in feel, with flavors of briny citrus fruits and green melon. A heavily briny and lasting finish closes it out.Barrel Series Reserva8714Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasas del Toqui 2015 Barrel Series Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancCasas del Toqui
1756617565FranceDominated by the local star grape Mourvèdre, the wine is ripe, spicy and packed with fresh red-currant and strawberry fruit. It has spice, crisp acidity as well as a full rich aftertaste. Drink now.Bastide d'Azur8718ProvenceVarRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Azur 2015 Bastide d'Azur Rosé (Var)RoséChâteau d'Azur
1756717566FranceOwned by the Wine Museum of Paris, this estate has 172-acres of vines. This wine is rich, spicy and with mature tannins and red fruits. It is all fruit, ripe and ready to drink.8713Southwest FranceGaillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Labastidié 2010 Red (Gaillac)Red BlendChâteau Labastidié
1756817567ChileSpicy, peppery, herbal aromas are meaty, a bit leafy and blackened. Prickly, lively acidity creates tension and tightness on the palate, while blackened plum and berry flavors end dry, dark and toasty.8711Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCousiño-Macul 2014 Syrah (Maipo Valley)SyrahCousiño-Macul
1756917568SpainFloral plum and black cherry aromas are nice and fruity. A bright, juicy, simple palate holds flavors of plum, blackberry and chocolate. While nothing sticks out on the finish, this Garnacha ends nicely and overdelivers.El Circo Acróbato878Northern SpainCariñenaMichael Schachner@wineschachGrandes Vinos y Viñedos 2015 El Circo Acróbato Garnacha (Cariñena)GarnachaGrandes Vinos y Viñedos
1757017569USAn attractive oaky theme runs through this medium-bodied and appropriately tannic wine. It smells like toasted bread, cinnamon and vanilla, and tastes both fruity and full of oak spices.Lot 68711CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsGrayson 2014 Lot 6 Merlot (California)MerlotGrayson
1757117570USFresh-pressed blackberry juice meets with thyme and pencil lead on the nose of this very decent wine for the price. The blend of 44% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot offers flavors of herb-laced berries and a touch of roasted coffee, proving light, fresh and complex if a tad thin.87CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHayes Valley 2014 Meritage (Central Coast)MeritageHayes Valley
1757217571FranceA creamy, almost hazelnutty aroma hovers over juicy, fresh peach fruit. This wine is lively and fresh, with enough citrus verve to balance the fruit. It's simple but appetizing.8715AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHelfrich 2015 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerHelfrich
1757317572USWhile lean in style, this semi-sweet Riesling juxtaposes sunny tangerine acidity against a core of juicy apple and pear flavors. It's not a deeply complex wine but enjoyable for its fresh and fruity exuberance and delicate honey finish. Drink now through 2019.Semi-Sweet8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHeron Hill 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingHeron Hill
1757417573FranceThis pretty Muscat leads with slightly lifted scents of candied orange peel, dried apricot, fresh honeycomb and a touch of straw. The rounded palate offers ripe fruit flavors that transition seamlessly into toasted nut and peach-skin flavors on the medium-length finish.Les Saintes8728Languedoc-RoussillonMuscat de RivesaltesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzJean-Luc Colombo 2012 Les Saintes (Muscat de Rivesaltes)MuscatJean-Luc Colombo
1757517574FranceFriendly, juicy notes of peach on the nose are intensified on the off-dry palate, where the full juiciness of the fruit becomes apparent. The rather warm base is punctuated by hints of zesty, pithy freshness. Drink soon.8720AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoJoseph Fritsch 2015 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerJoseph Fritsch
1757617575ItalyA blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Colorino, this has aromas of black plum and baking spice. On the brisk palate, racy acidity and rounded tannins support sour cherry, clove and herb. Enjoy soon.8718TuscanyRosso di MontepulcianoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLe Bertille 2014 Rosso di MontepulcianoRed BlendLe Bertille
1757717576USThis medium-bodied wine is a great value and strikes a good balance between pure fruitiness and more complexity. It has friendly cherry and berry aromas and fairly rich flavors. A smooth, lightly tannic texture adds the right bite.8712CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsLeese-Fitch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonLeese-Fitch
1757817577ChileAromas of bitter greens and citrus feed into a full chunky palate. This Sauvignon Gris is quite salty in flavor, which makes it oceanic in every way, shape and form. A recurrence of heavy saltiness on the finish renders this one-dimensional.Single Vineyard Kadún8722Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLeyda 2014 Single Vineyard Kadún Sauvignon Gris (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon GrisLeyda
1757917578FranceAn earthy, subdued nose leads to a clean palate of pear freshness. Rounded but dry, the body has a pleasantly bitter texture at its core. This finish is slightly warm but the pithy notes last with a touch of earthiness.8723AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomaine Charles Baur 2015 Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisDomaine Charles Baur
1758017579FranceThis is a textured wine from a six-acre vineyard. It has fine tannins as well as red-plum skin and red-berry fruits. It is balanced and fruity although the texture does give it a tangy edge that should soften out from 2017.Quatre Saisons8723BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Chasselay 2015 Quatre Saisons (Beaujolais)GamayDomaine Chasselay

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