Wine Reviews

1968119680PortugalThis blend of Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon is soft and ripe, with a good sense of structure and fruitiness. Rounded and with acidity as a counterweight, the wine is ready. Drink now.Babu857TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2016 Babu Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedFiuza
1968219681FranceThis crisp red-currant-flavored wine is packed with acidity. It is tense and juicy with a light brushstroke of vanilla. But it is the intense acidity that sets the tone for this wine. Make this a food—not an apéritif—wine.Domaine des Côtes Blanches8525Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerFrançois Millet 2016 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Rosé (Sancerre)RoséFrançois Millet
1968319682FranceSyrah-like aromas make this an attractive, soft wine. Its red berry fruit and balanced acidity are well in place for warm-weather drinking.La Châsse Syrah8510France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerGabriel Meffre 2016 La Châsse Syrah Rosé (Vin de France)RoséGabriel Meffre
1968419683AustraliaBright, lean and vibrant, this is a medium-bodied rosé with gingery-citrusy notes that could go well with fish or poultry dishes.Home Vineyard Grenache8520South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHancock & Hancock 2016 Home Vineyard Grenache Rosé (McLaren Vale)RoséHancock & Hancock
1968519684PortugalThis wine is earthy, with a yeasty edge. It offers plenty of Touriga Nacional's perfumed fruit although this is masked by a barnyard character that needs to blow away. The wine requires another year to show its full potential, so drink from 2018.8516AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Rocim 2015 Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)Touriga NacionalHerdade do Rocim
1968619685USBlack cherry, tart plum skin and hints of vanilla, caramel and dill show on the nose of this bottling from southeastern Paso Robles. The palate is a tad thin, with black plum, oregano and nettle flavors.8530CaliforniaPaso Robles Highlands DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannJ. Wilkes 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles Highlands District)Cabernet SauvignonJ. Wilkes
1968719686FranceThis wine is fruity and soft, with hints of citrus and herbal flavors. Its acidity is bright and attractive. Drink now.Fleur de Carbonnel Sauvignon8415France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerM. & J-F Bertrand 2016 Fleur de Carbonnel Sauvignon Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)Sauvignon BlancM. & J-F Bertrand
1968819687FranceFrom a Loire Valley-based producer, this wine is crisp and cool. It has herbal touches and lively, citrusy acidity. Drink now.Loupart Le Petit84France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerVillebois 2016 Loupart Le Petit Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)Sauvignon BlancVillebois
1968919688FranceThis warm style of Sauvignon Blanc has easygoing acidity and gooseberry fruit flavors. It's lightly tangy, with a bright, crisp texture.Le Val8412France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerVinadeis 2016 Le Val Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)Sauvignon BlancVinadeis
1969019689FranceThis is a simple fruity wine that is just right for the summer. Light citrus and orange-zest flavors give the wine its lift and brightness. Drink now.8411Loire ValleyMuscadetRoger Voss@vossrogerBougrier 2016 MuscadetMelonBougrier
1969119690PortugalThis wine that includes 65% Antão Vaz conjures up a warm, ripe character from the Alentejo. With its yellow fruits and almond flavors, it's soft although finished with some attractive acidity. Drink now.Monte Cascas Colheita Branco8413AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2016 Monte Cascas Colheita Branco White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteCasca Wines
1969219691USShows the earthiness that often marks young Calera Pinot, which makes it less flashy but more elegant and food-friendly than many more expensive wines. The herb-infused cherry, raspberry and cola flavors are ripe and succulent, but acidity is a little deficient, so this may not be the most ageable wine.Reed Vineyard8850CaliforniaMount HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2004 Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mount Harlan)Pinot NoirCalera
1969319692USFruit stars in this dry, young Petite Sirah. It explodes with jammy flavors of blackberries, cassis, cherries, licorice and plums, with a generous dusting of cinnamon and cocoa. It's distinguished, while holding onto the variety's brawny rusticity.Spring Creek Vineyard8837CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaRutherford Grove 2005 Spring Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah (St. Helena)Petite SirahRutherford Grove
1969419693SpainAs long as the price keeps creeping up on this wine, we're happy to say that the quality seems better and the oak level lower than in past years. This version of Milmanda offers roasted corn, walnut and other smoky, barrel-based aromas. Throughout the fruit is shy but the mouthfeel and oak are smooth. Finishes with a blast of white pepper and toast.Milmanda8853CataloniaConca de BarberàMichael Schachner@wineschachTorres 2005 Milmanda Chardonnay (Conca de Barberà)ChardonnayTorres
1969519694USA very distinctive 100% Cab that some might even find controversial. It's ripe almost to the point of supermaturity, showing powerful currant and licorice flavors that are very well oaked. Finishes hard in tannins in its youth. Aims, with some success, at an extracted, modern or cult style.Perspective8856CaliforniaRutherfordNapaTres Sabores 2004 Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonTres Sabores
1969619695SpainSolid black cherry aromas distinguish this wine from the competition. It has poise for a Madrid wine, and the mix of Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a saturated palate with natural, full-bodied flavors that aren't too infused with oak. Concentrated and well made, with good size.8817Central SpainMadridMichael Schachner@wineschachVina Bosquera 2005 Red (Madrid)Red BlendVina Bosquera
1969719696SpainTempranillo and Cabernet Franc aren't often thrown together, but here the marriage works. The nose offers herbal, leafy aromas from the CF, while berry fruit and oak carry the rest of the show. The palate is slightly crisp and racy, but its lightweight character is welcome. This is yet another well-made, interesting wine from one of our favorite obscure Spanish labels.Abadal8813CataloniaPla de BagesMichael Schachner@wineschachMasies d'Avinyo 2004 Abadal Red (Pla de Bages)Red BlendMasies d'Avinyo
1969819697SpainAlways one of Catalonia's more elevated cavas, this version opens with spiced dried apple aromas and a bit of yeast and dough. The palate is both sweet and tangy, with tangerine as the lead fruit. And the finish is consistent and moderately deep. A handsome wine with character. Imported by Freixenet USA.Reserva Heredad Brut8820CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachSegura Viudas NV Reserva Heredad Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendSegura Viudas
1969919698SpainSavory mint and herbal aromas accent leafy, classic red fruit on the bouquet, while plum, berry, mineral, black olive and herbs work the palate. The wine transitions from one stage to the next without much trouble, and within the folds there are some complexities. A measurable step up from the bargain barrel milieu.Cune Crianza8815Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachCVNE 2004 Cune Crianza (Rioja)Tempranillo BlendCVNE
1970019699PortugalPerfumed, soft, easy wine, showing the juicy, fresh side of the two grapes. The fruits are more red than black, open and ripe, but still with youthful exuberance and great freshness.Touriga Nacional e Touriga Franca88EstremaduraRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2005 Touriga Nacional e Touriga Franca Red (Estremadura)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
1970119700FranceHoney and fresh orange zest aromas and flavors drive this nicely balanced fortified Muscat. There's a pleasing weightiness to it on the palate, and a slightly creamy texture to go with the pristine flavors. Try with blue cheeses or foie gras.Vigne Lo Clavell8816Languedoc-RoussillonMuscat de RivesaltesJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzEy 2003 Vigne Lo Clavell (Muscat de Rivesaltes)Muscat d'AlexandrieEy
1970219701USTasted in a flight of other '04 Rutherford Cabs, this one was a little leaner and greener. There's a pepperminty sharpness alongside the cherry and cedar flavors. Best now and for a few years.8875CaliforniaRutherfordNapaFrog's Leap 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)Cabernet SauvignonFrog's Leap
1970319702AustraliaThis widely available, bargain-priced tawny remains an Australian classic, offering toffee and walnut aromas and flavors along with dust-covered leather and just a hint of fresh fruit. It's lighter in weight than you might expect from a Port-inspired New World wine, but offers a tasty drop on a wintry evening. Imported by Pacific Wine Partners.Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny8813Australia OtherSouth Eastern AustraliaJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzHardys NV Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny Port (South Eastern Australia)PortHardys
1970419703FranceA big, burly rich wine, dominated by Syrah and by wood tannins. It is fruity, full of black plums and boysenberries, low in acidity, but structured with some good tannins. It's a wine to drink now.8817Languedoc-RoussillonMinervoisRoger Voss@vossrogerHecht & Bannier 2004 Red (Minervois)Rhône-style Red BlendHecht & Bannier
1970519704ItalyHere's an intriguing wine with many interesting contrasts: It offers mineral dryness on the nose and sweet fruit in the mouth; and a lean tonic feel against opulent texture. This organic sparkler has a fine, chiseled quality and a pretty ensemble of flavors.Col di Manza8816VenetoProsecco di ValdobbiadenePerlage NV Col di Manza (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)ProseccoPerlage
1970619705USA very good wine, rich and packed with flavor. A dry and softly tannic, it floods the mouth with cassis, red currant, blueberry, plum, cocoa and smoky oak flavors.Perry's Blend8865CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJuslyn Vineyards 2003 Perry's Blend Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJuslyn Vineyards
1970719706ItalyThere's a nutty, smoky quality to this Cartizze Prosecco that adds depth and dimension beyond the wine's more characteristic floral and fresh fruit notes. This is a well-balanced wine thanks to a playful harmony between delicate sweetness and spicy crispness on the finish.Cartizze8836VenetoProsecco Superiore di CartizzeCol Vetoraz Spumanti NV Cartizze (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)ProseccoCol Vetoraz Spumanti
1970819707USGive this lush young wine a year or two to come around. That should give all the elements time to meld. It's a juicy, ripe wine, bursting with jammy cherry and cassis flavors, with a strong note of white pepper and clove that dissolves into a tannic finish.Las Madres Vineyard8835CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaEno 2005 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah (Carneros)SyrahEno
1970919708FranceBright and fruity with touches of wood, this is a complex wine with good acidity, a crisp texture and a strong mineral strain. It is rich and will age well. Drink from 2017.Hors Classe Les Ménétrières9265BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Ferret 2014 Hors Classe Les Ménétrières (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayDomaine Ferret
1971019709USGolden caramel in color, this wine opens in a decadence of creme brûlée, a richness that subsides on the lighter style on the palate, marked by a saltiness of wet stone, pineapple and vanilla oak. Together, the light and heavy balance one another and the wine tastes complete.Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch9240CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDutton Estate 2014 Kyndall's Reserve Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayDutton Estate

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