Wine Reviews

17411740ItalyThis full-bodied red manages to be concentrated and weightless at the same time. It opens with aromas of blue flower, wild berry and a whiff of espresso. The smooth, almost creamy palate delivers a black cherry core while notes of graphite, clove, ground pepper and cake spice add depth. It's impeccably balanced, with velvety tannins and just the right amount of freshness. Drink through 2017.Le Serre Nuove9275TuscanyBolgheriKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeOrnellaia 2012 Le Serre Nuove (Bolgheri)Red BlendOrnellaia
17421741USThis is an extremely rare beast—a single-vineyard, single-varietal (Pinot Noir), single-vintage sparkling wine. Aged sur lie for 42 months, it draws you into the glass with notes of smoke, raspberry, mineral and nutty spices. The flavors are light and lively with tart, racy acidity and a long, lingering finish.Atavus Vineyard Blanc de Noir9256WashingtonColumbia Gorge (WA)Washington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAnalemma 2010 Atavus Vineyard Blanc de Noir Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge (WA))Pinot NoirAnalemma
17431742USA deep, dark color, unusually ripe and exotic aromas, and intense flavors recalling boysenberry syrup make this a monster Zin. It's not very tannic or astringent, but the body is so rich and the alcohol relatively high that it oozes power and concentration. This will be great after a meal with cheese or chocolate.Block 109245CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsBella 2012 Block 10 Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)ZinfandelBella
17441743ItalyAromas of menthol, dried flower, ripe berry, leather and savory herb lead the nose. The rich palate delivers crushed wild cherry, stewed plum, cinnamon, anise and a hint of vanilla alongside round tannins. Despite its big, friendly structure, it also boasts finesse. Drink through 2022.Poggiotondo9245TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCentolani 2010 Poggiotondo (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseCentolani
17451744FranceMeaty and spicy, this wine is in an early stage of development. It has dark tannins that have an extracted, tough character. However, the weight of ripe fruit is all there, promising a rich and concentrated wine for the future. Drink from 2020.92BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Bouscaut 2012 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Bouscaut
17461745FranceNew-wood spice dominates the aroma of this wine, given weight by the rich black plum fruits and concentrated acidity. With its big structure and equally big fruits, this is an impressive wine for long aging. Drink from 2022.92BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Couhins 2012 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Couhins
17471746FranceThis wine has yeasty aromas and a light character that brings out springy acidity before the dry botrytis. It is still forming itself around the dry core, waiting to become generous and rich. Drink from 2019.92BordeauxSauternesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Arche 2011 SauternesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau d'Arche
17481747FranceOne of the few great values from Pauillac, this 10-acre estate has produced an attractive perfumed wine that expresses both ripe black fruit and great structure. It's not a wine for long aging with its already-fragrant acidity. It has sweet tannins, delicious fruitiness and a lengthy aftertaste. Drink from 2019.9249BordeauxPauillacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Gaudin 2011 PauillacBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Gaudin
17491748FranceAs is often the case with Phélan Ségur, there is an excess of wood in this wine. Sometimes it works, as here, because the big, bold fruits are powerful enough to match the toastiness. That suggests a future as a ripe, black-fruited and structured wine with room for juicy acidity. Drink from 2019.92BordeauxSaint-EstèpheRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Phélan-Ségur 2012 Saint-EstèpheBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Phélan-Ségur
17501749USThis barrel-fermented wine has opulent aromas of nougat, butterscotch and pear tart. Equally interesting flavors stress the spice and pastry notes rather than straightforward fruitiness. It is attractively rich in mouth feel, dry, full-bodied and grand in style.De Mayo Block9230CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDarcie Kent Vineyards 2012 De Mayo Block Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)ChardonnayDarcie Kent Vineyards
17511750FranceForward red fruits give a good beginning to this light and fruity blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is crisp with red currant flavors and layers of acidity. Drink now.Château Les Vergnes8413BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerUnivitis 2013 Château Les Vergnes (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendUnivitis
17521751SpainBriny lemon-lime aromas are simplistic. This blend of Moscatel and Merseguera is foamy, while good acidity keeps it on a level plane. Ripe, sweet flavors of lychee, honeydew and mango are pure Moscato, while acidity from the Mersequera helps this along.Tarima8412LevanteAlicanteMichael Schachner@wineschachVolver 2014 Tarima Sparkling (Alicante)Sparkling BlendVolver
17531752USThis is a straightforward quaffer. Aromas of herbs, jasmine and stone fruit lead to sugary-sweet fruit flavors.Late Harvest8410WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWashington Hills 2014 Late Harvest Riesling (Washington)RieslingWashington Hills
17541753SpainFrom the beginning, this crianza from a very good vintage is lacking. The nose is mulchy and cheesy, with almost no fruit character. The palate is edgy in feel, while leafy, stalky red-fruit flavors are salty and taste of vanilla and caramel.Crianza8425Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca La Pica 2011 Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendFinca La Pica
17551754FranceJammy fruits conflict with a firm tannic structure. This wine is not yet balanced and needs a lighter touch. Producer is Jean Paul Barre.8420BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Urban 2013 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Saint-Urban
17561755SpainAromas of rhubarb, herbs and strawberry mark the nose. This feels solid and mostly fresh, while flavors of pickled rhubarb and briny plum come with sugary sweetness in front of a salty finish.Brut Rose8413CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Subirats NV Brut Rose Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendConde de Subirats
17571756USThis wine is a field blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache from Bishop's vineyard. Aromas of herbs, berry, cumin and wet copper penny are followed by smooth-feeling dark berry flavors with a tart, mesquite-filled finish.Bishop's Block8429WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCrayelle Cellars 2013 Bishop's Block Red (Ancient Lakes)Rhône-style Red BlendCrayelle Cellars
17581757FranceLemon and spice make this a fruity while textured wine. It tastes like the chalk soil from which it comes, very mineral and flinty. This wine is all fruit now and will broaden out from 2016.Les Grenettes8415Loire ValleyTouraineRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Beausejour 2014 Les Grenettes Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Beausejour
17591758FranceThis is just recognizably Pinot Noir, full of tannins with a tight edge. Bitter cherry flavors and very fresh acidity give a mineral flavor that is only just showing juiciness. Drink from 2016.8419France OtherVin de SavoieRoger Voss@vossrogerLes Rocailles 2014 Pinot Noir (Vin de Savoie)Pinot NoirLes Rocailles
17601759SpainCharred, blackened aromas of mint, licorice and burnt tire overshadow the wine's black-fruit components. This feels thick and dense, with chewy weight. Medicinal, herbal flavors of black fruits are peppery and a bit green, while mint and cough drop notes control the finish of this 85% Garnacha Tintorera and 15% Monastrell blend.8410Central SpainAlmansaMichael Schachner@wineschachNiel Santofimia 2013 Red (Almansa)Red BlendNiel Santofimia
17611760FranceWhile this wine has a strong tannic structure, it also offers plenty of ripe fruit. Acidity is kept in its place, giving freshness allied to warm berries. Drink this attractive wine from 2016.Mission St. Vincent8412BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerProducta Vignobles 2013 Mission St. Vincent (Bordeaux)Bordeaux-style Red BlendProducta Vignobles
17621761USApple and pear notes have a slightly savory tone in this brisk, lemony dry Riesling. Throughout a tasting of two samples, there are lingering tones of rubber and struck matches that blow off gradually with aeration.Randolph O'Neill Vineyard8425New YorkCayuga LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSilver Thread 2014 Randolph O'Neill Vineyard Riesling (Cayuga Lake)RieslingSilver Thread
17631762USThis juicy red wine offers thick layers of black pepper and blueberry around sturdy oak. However, its opulent beginnings start to thin on the midpalate, veering into sour flavors and a touch of heat.8437CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2012 Malbec (Napa Valley)MalbecV. Sattui
17641763USSweet green apple, lemon and lime notes meld in this off-dry Riesling, somewhat evocative of green Jolly Rancher's candy. Whiffs of smoke and nuts add a savory dimension to this brisk, easy drinking wine. Drink now.8420New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaVentosa 2013 Riesling (Seneca Lake)RieslingVentosa
17651764SpainPickled, briny aromas of citrus and berry fruits are modest. On the palate, this is soft and low on acidity. Flavors of raspberry, cherry and red currant are mild, with a touch of bitterness.Brut Rose8414CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachBiutiful NV Brut Rose Garnacha (Cava)GarnachaBiutiful
17661765FranceThis crisp, fruity wine is fresh with citrus, grapefruit and an attractive zesty texture. Aromatic and bright, it is ready to drink now, clean and fragrant.8412BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerCap Royal 2014 Bordeaux BlancSauvignon BlancCap Royal
17671766USAll Merlot, this pale-pink wine offers aromas of herbs, grass and cherry. Though the label suggests otherwise, it drinks off dry, with pit-fruit flavors.Dry8418WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCave B 2014 Dry Rosé (Ancient Lakes)RoséCave B
17681767FranceToo much extraction has given this wine a dry character. It does have juicy red fruits underneath and these should come out as the wine ages. It is likely, though, always to be a dry wine.8425BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Barreyre 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Barreyre
17691768FranceThis firm, smoky wine with fine tannins and ripe fruit is developing well, allowing the berry fruits to come through the structure. Give this wine until late 2016.8425BordeauxBordeaux SupérieurRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Laronde Désormes 2013 Bordeaux SupérieurBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Laronde Désormes
17701769ChileFlat boysenberry and plum aromas are jammy and a bit floral. This feels clipped and rugged, with reedy plum and raspberry flavors that finish short.Grand Reserve8415Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChâteau Los Boldos 2013 Grand Reserve Syrah (Cachapoal Valley)SyrahChâteau Los Boldos

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