Wine Reviews

1779117790ChileHerbaceous aromas of black olive, tree bark and pickle brine lead to a chunky, grabby palate. Unfamiliar flavors of briny berries and citrus struggle to find their way, while this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot is highly herbal on the finish.Espiritu de Chile Winemaker's Collection Assemblage8514Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAresti 2013 Espiritu de Chile Winemaker's Collection Assemblage Red (Colchagua Valley)Red BlendAresti
1779217791AustraliaThe Cabernet accounts for just 10% of the blend, but presumably contributes the hints of dried marjoram that add interest to the vanilla and cassis aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied wine finishes dry, with softly dusty tannins. Ready to drink now.E Series8520South AustraliaSouth AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzElderton 2013 E Series Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)Shiraz-Cabernet SauvignonElderton
1779317792ChileSlightly green aromas of olive and horsehide shadow generic plum and berry notes. This feels lively but scratchy and tartaric. Toasty flavors of black coffee outweigh plum and blackberry, while this burns a bit across an acidic finish.Viña Macatero Estate8511Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachGrÿphus 2014 Viña Macatero Estate Carmenère (Maule Valley)CarmenèreGrÿphus
1779417793PortugalThis is a soft, tropical-fruit flavored wine. It has a tangy, mineral texture that cuts through the riper fruitiness to give a wine that is easy and very drinkable now.Loios859AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Loios White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteJ. Portugal Ramos
1779517794PortugalA ripe and soft blend of Portuguese grapes with a touch of Viognier, this is a smooth, creamy textured wine. The acidity is just right to give the wine its tight, steely aftertaste. Drink now.Marquês de Borba8515AlentejoRoger Voss@vossrogerJ. Portugal Ramos 2015 Marquês de Borba White (Alentejo)Portuguese WhiteJ. Portugal Ramos
1779617795USSmoky and oaky past the point of balance, this tastes of charred wood rather than fruit. The tannins are chewy and smoky. After considerable breathing time, blackberry fruit emerges. Aeration is highly recommended.8528OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Kriselle 2013 Malbec (Rogue Valley)MalbecKriselle
1779717796USThis popular blend of seven red grapes is dark and strongly flavored with a streak of vanilla. There's nothing fancy here, just big, vanilla-soaked flavors, at an affordable price.Rogue8510OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Valley View NV Rogue Red (Oregon)Red BlendValley View
1779817797ItalyThis opens with aromas that recall moist underbrush, grilled sage, menthol and a whiff of cellar floor. The brisk, diluted palate offers raw red cherry, oak and a hint of star anise alongside stinging acidity and astringent tannins that leave a raspy finish. It lacks fruit richness.Vigna Contessa Luisa Gran Selezione8560TuscanyChianti ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Calcinaia 2013 Vigna Contessa Luisa Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico)SangioveseVilla Calcinaia
1779917798USStrong tarry and asphalt notes show on the nose of this wine, with a touch of boysenberry. Similar elements play into the somewhat rough palate, where tarry tannins interplay with tart boysenberry, bolstered slightly by a touch of soy.Brakelight Reserve8545CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBalderdash 2012 Brakelight Reserve Syrah (Paso Robles)SyrahBalderdash
1780017799PortugalRustic, barnyard aromas give a wine that is tight with tannins and tough to handle. It is concentrated, very dry with only hints of rich black fruits. It will probably remain dense and tannic.Reserva Tinto8514AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Santa Vitória 2013 Reserva Tinto Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCasa Santa Vitória
1780117800PortugalThis is a wine that's ready to consume, with its ripe red fruits and spicy tannins. It is smooth with just a bite of structure along with considerable acidity. The wine is balanced and attractive in a summer barbecue style.Serradayres Reserva859TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas 2014 Serradayres Reserva Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedCaves Velhas
1780217801PortugalAlvarinho with a prickle is unusual, as is a Vinho Verde that has been aged an extra year before release. The wine doesn't quite work because it has lost its fruit and developed a strong pepper and spice character. The acidity at the end is the most characteristic part of the wine.8517Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerConde Villar 2014 Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)AlvarinhoConde Villar
1780317802PortugalThis is a ripe, fruit-forward wine. It has black currant and some attractive acidity. It seems to miss out on the structure and firm texture that would be expected from a Douro wine, so it is possible to drink now.Novo Mondo859DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerEnoport 2014 Novo Mondo Red (Douro)Portuguese RedEnoport
1780417803SpainHerbal red-berry, tomato and cocoa aromas are strained and wiry. This feels tannic as a box of nails, with scraping astringency. Dry, tomatoey red-fruit flavors come with a smear of chocolaty oak prior to a raw, rough finish.Gran Reserva 10 Years8415Central SpainValdepeñasMichael Schachner@wineschachAnciano 2004 Gran Reserva 10 Years Tempranillo (Valdepeñas)TempranilloAnciano
1780517804PortugalThe wine has a rustic, barnyard character that will maybe blow off. For now, the fruit is subdued and layered with dry tannins and acidity. It could develop, so wait until 2017.Chaminé8412AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCortes de Cima 2014 Chaminé Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedCortes de Cima
1780617805USAll five red Bordeaux varieties are represented here, the greater percentages being Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, in almost equal proportion. Barbecue smoke enters the picture first, with a substantial aroma and taste of char. It makes for a one-dimensional experience.Kristin Estate Grown Proprietary8485CaliforniaMoon Mountain District Sonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneKorbin Kameron 2012 Kristin Estate Grown Proprietary Red (Moon Mountain District Sonoma County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendKorbin Kameron
1780717806FranceThis blend of and Syrah is more ripe fruit than freshness. It is rounded and soft with caramel and spice flavors as well as rich strawberries. Drink now.La Saignée8418Southwest FranceFrontonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine le Roc 2015 La Saignée Rosé (Fronton)RoséDomaine le Roc
1780817807PortugalA soft wine that has ripe red fruits and gentle tannins. Ready to drink immediately, it is fruity with spice, black cherry and acidity all in balance.Penina847TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerEnoport 2014 Penina Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedEnoport
1780917808USSleepy and tannic, this wine is elusive in fruit both aromatically and on the palate, showing more green, herbal character than cherry or berry. Still, it is hugely full bodied and wrapped forcefully in oak, providing a dry finish.8475CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneV. Sattui 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonV. Sattui
1781017809SpainStalky, leathery berry aromas are a bit lacking in purity. This feels choppy, while stalky, lightly green berry flavors finish with herbal shadings and resiny oak.8414Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Eguía 2013 RiojaTempranilloViña Eguía
1781117810AustraliaThis medium-bodied red is a bit obvious and confected, but delivers ample cassis fruit without any obvious structure to support it. It's jammy and a bit sweet-tasting on the finish.Winemaker's8414Australia OtherAustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWildling 2013 Winemaker's Red (Australia)Red BlendWildling
1781217811SpainThis semisweet Cava is neutral on the nose except for notes of grass and yeasty vanilla. The mouthfeel is acceptable, while the flavor profile seems caught between sweet lime and lychee and bitterness.Selection Semi Seco8415CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachMont Paral NV Selection Semi Seco Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendMont Paral
1781317812PortugalThis is a fruity, soft wine with a light texture and plenty of citrus fruits. It is crisp, clean with a hint of perfumes and a herbal edge that comes from the Sauvignon Blanc in the blend. The wine is ready to drink.TalhãoI8410TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2015 TalhãoI White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Lagoalva de Cima
1781417813ChileTropical aromas of melon, pineapple juice and canned pears are friendly. A fresh palate with minimal depth and weight offers simple apple and white-grape flavors prior to a lean, melony tasting finish.Select Terroir Unoaked849Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2015 Select Terroir Unoaked Chardonnay (Maipo Valley)ChardonnaySanta Ema
1781517814USAlthough it's a fairly direct wine, this Pinot shows the Central Coast character that makes this cool-climate region so friendly to the variety. Translucent ruby in color, dry and silky in texture, it has crisp flavors of cherries, cola, licorice and Asian spices.8620CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMacMurray Ranch 2005 Pinot Noir (Central Coast)Pinot NoirMacMurray Ranch
1781617815ItalyMade in a late harvest, sweet style, this has good dimension and intensity with layers of stone fruit, honey and spring flowers. The wine is bursting with exotic fruit and is sweet and chewy in feel.Riesling8625Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaMarco Cecchini 2006 Riesling Riesling (Venezia Giulia)RieslingMarco Cecchini
1781717816ItalyOpulent and creamy, this well-made and well-priced blend delivers distinctive notes of banana, vanilla and almond backed by stone fruit and mature melon. It's cool and crisp and offers lingering flavors of exotic fruit.Modello delle Venezie8610Northeastern ItalyVenezieMasi 2006 Modello delle Venezie White (Venezie)White BlendMasi
1781817817USIn general, Eola Hills Pinots lean more to the peppery and herbal side of the line, compared with pricier AVAs in Yamhill county. This well-made wine shows good color and concentration, and it's ripe enough that the herbaceousness is a feature, if not entirely an asset. There's a nice lift to the midpalate, which leaves a residual impression that finishes a bit vinegary, as the wine winds down into flavors of black olive and herb.8625OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Methven Family Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirMethven Family Vineyards
1781917818USA fine, everyday Sauvignon, marked by the crisp, zesty acidity and citrus fruits that characterize the variety. The flavors of lemongrass, limes and grapefruits are made richer by layers of figs and sweet peppermint.8612CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMirassou 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (California)Sauvignon BlancMirassou
1782017819ItalyInstead of the characteristic citrus and stone fruit aromas you usually associate with a PG, this Italian white offers mature aromas of apricot, melon and even a spot of white peppercorn. It has a perky personality and ends with a crisp note of spice.Borgo Tesis86Northeastern ItalyFriuli GraveVigneti Fantinel 2006 Borgo Tesis Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave)Pinot GrigioVigneti Fantinel

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