Wine Reviews


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1992819927FranceMint and eucalypt aromas set the scene for a modern, polished wine, packed with wood tannins as well as ripe black fruits. Currently, the tannins are winning giving a wine that is dark, structured and dry. So give it at least five years.Sélection Vieilles Vignes8935BordeauxMontagne-Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Faizeau 2010 Sélection Vieilles Vignes (Montagne-Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Faizeau
1992919928FranceRich, concentrated wine, with generous fruits and soft tannins. It has super-ripe black plums, a touch of chocolate and spice from wood aging. Powerful, juicy, fruity, likely to age well over the medium-term, over the next 3–4 years.89125BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Larcis 2009 Saint-ÉmilionBordeaux-style Red BlendClos Larcis
1993019929USJust under five years in age, this wine's Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant profile shows through its full-bodied mouthfeel, dense tannins and cassis flavor. It's a big, new-oaky wine that's forward with concentrated fruit through the finish. A bit of a show-off now, it should benefit from 5–6 years in the cellar.Cuvée St. E8950CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2008 Cuvée St. E Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendJ. Lohr
1993119930USThis is a beautiful red wine to drink now for its rich, ripe flavors and overall balance. It's soft in acids and fine in tannins, offering heady waves of black cherries, currants and chocolate. Easy to find, with nearly 75,000 cases produced.Los Osos8915CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2010 Los Osos Merlot (Paso Robles)MerlotJ. Lohr
1993219931USSmooth, easy to enjoy and crisp in acidity, La Folia's Barbera tastes lighter than its 15.5% alcohol with a mocha kiss on the finish.8928CaliforniaSierra FoothillsSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneLa Folia Winery 2010 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)BarberaLa Folia Winery
1993319932USSourced from one of the older vineyards in the region, Mettler has stayed true to Lodi's larger Zinfandel style with Epicenter, a wine that's black as night with notes of dark berry, plum, tar and brick, as well as a hint of tobacco and dark chocolate. Layered and complex, it's full bodied, but retains enough acidity to taste balanced despite its oak and ample alcohol. Enjoy with hearty fare.Epicenter Old Vine8920CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneMettler Family Vineyards 2010 Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelMettler Family Vineyards
1993419933FranceExtra fruity, packed with strawberry and crisp red currants flavors, this is all freshness, richness and clean acidity. It has some weight but this just emphasizes the fruitiness.Château Beaulieu8916ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerGassier 2012 Château Beaulieu Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséGassier
1993519934USA little spare in concentration, yet elegantly constructed, with vibrant acidity and some firm tannins framing pomegranate, sour-cherry candy, mushroom, baking spice and toast flavors.Westside Road Neighbors8969CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaWilliams Selyem 2011 Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirWilliams Selyem
1992119920USVibrant and racy, this Chard's bright acidity boosts and brightens the lime, pineapple, Meyer lemon and vanilla flavors. Try with grilled salmon with a tropical fruit salsa topping.8522CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastClaiborne & Churchill 2006 Chardonnay (Edna Valley)ChardonnayClaiborne & Churchill
1992219921USSometimes all you need is a rustic bottle of good red wine and your favorite food to be happy. That's the kind of wine this Pinot Noir and Syrah blend is. It's dry and full-bodied and filled with berry flavors that don't take a lot of analysis to enjoy.Da Red8518CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastDomaine Alfred 2006 Da Red Red (Central Coast)Red BlendDomaine Alfred
1993619935USTrine, named for the three main partners at Pepper Bridge winery, is predominantly equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a final 12% of the blend divvied up among the other three Bordeaux red grapes. It shows good balance and complexity, phenolic ripeness, texture and herbal detail. But despite so many good traits, it has less concentration than most wines in its price category.Trine8960WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pepper Bridge 2009 Trine Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Bordeaux-style Red BlendPepper Bridge
1992319922SpainThis is a clean, fresh style of Garnacha with floral black cherry aromas offset by a minty note. The palate has a zingy feel and crisp, fresh plum, raspberry and dry herb flavors. As a whole it's focused and uncomplicated; this is very good Garnacha from one of the Valencia region's better producers.Soplo8916LevanteValenciaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Rafael Cambra 2010 Soplo Garnacha (Valencia)GarnachaBodegas Rafael Cambra
1993719936ItalyYou can recognize the Sagrantino grape instantly, even when it is present in small quantities. This Montefalco Rosso is comprised of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Colorino and shows a dark color with rich berry and spice aromas. The fresh acidity would pair with pasta with cheese or cream.8925Central ItalyMontefalco RossoPerticaia 2009 Montefalco RossoRed BlendPerticaia
1993819937FranceProduced by the winemaking team of Château Giscours in Margaux, this is impressive for a simple Bordeaux. It has weight, rich blackberry fruits, structure and concentration. It could even age.89BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerPetite Sirène 2010 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendPetite Sirène
1992419923SpainThis big, dark, rubbery smelling Ribera wine is rugged and pushy, with mild volatility on the nose along with a whiff of spent coffee grinds. A clampy, bullish palate with rock-hard tannins sets up rubbery black-fruit flavors in front of a rough and tumble finish. Overall this is very good but hard and tannic. Hold for a year then drink through 2020.Damana Crianza8935Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas y Viñedos Tábula 2009 Damana Crianza (Ribera del Duero)TempranilloBodegas y Viñedos Tábula
1993919938USThis is a sweetly gentle, attractive wine for drinking now with steak, lamb chops or any meat with a smoky, charred edge. It shows delicious cherry pie, moo shu plum sauce and spice flavors, with a silky texture. Made from 100% Grenache, it's balanced by fine acidity. The oak influence is rich but subtle.8940CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastScratch 2011 Grenache (Arroyo Seco)GrenacheScratch
1992519924USThis wine is sensationally rich and ripe with wild cherry, mocha, anise and tobacco flavors, with a long, spicy finish. It really impresses for sheer deliciousness. The blend is Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. It's easy to find, with production an incredible 125,000 cases.Essential8911CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherBogle 2010 Essential Red (California)Red BlendBogle
1994019939USSourced from the Dineen vineyard in the heart of the Yakima valley, this cool site in a cool vintage puts the emphasis on botanical aromatics and a vivid, penetrating palate of citrus skin and flesh.StevensDivio8921WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Stevens 2011 StevensDivio Viognier (Yakima Valley)ViognierStevens
1992619925USSourced from old vines at Windrow and the less-well-known (but excellent) Tokar vineyard, this pure Cabernet Sauvignon shows a tight mix of plum, cassis, olive and earth, underscored by sharp acidity. It's young and substantial, with some heat in a finish marked by slightly bitter phenolics.8942WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bunchgrass 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonBunchgrass
1994119940USAn aromatic explosion with notes of white pepper, menthol, black cherry, and vanilla. It's medium bodied with citrusy acidity and firm tannins with oak notes fleshing out the finish. A delightful bottle that deserves a place at the dinner table.Northridge Vineyard8936WashingtonWahluke SlopeColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBunnell 2008 Northridge Vineyard Mourvèdre (Wahluke Slope)MourvèdreBunnell
1992719926ChileThis relatively snappy SB reflects coastal Chile in a good, true way via minerally and citrusy aromas that include jalapeño notes. The palate is friendly but exact, with passion fruit, grapefruit and lime flavors. The minerally finish is sweeter and less acidic than in years past.Gran Reserva Estate Bottled8916Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachCasas del Bosque 2012 Gran Reserva Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancCasas del Bosque
1994219941FranceProduced at Château Haut-Bailly, this concentrated red show the attractive fruit of 2011. It's tannins are relatively gentle, a fine counter-point to the red berry and currant fruits. It's a wine for medium-term aging over the next 4–6 years.89100BordeauxPessac-LéognanRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Pape 2011 Pessac-LéognanBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau le Pape
1994319942FranceRich and smooth, this is a good example of the sumptuous 2009 vintage. It is soft, ripe with blackberry and red plum fruits. It is already developing well. It's a medium-term wine, already juicy and drinkable.8955BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau le Temple 2009 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau le Temple
1994419943FranceComplex and powerful, this wood-aged red has both elegance and density. Its black plum and blackberry fruits are spiced with an herbal character that gives an edge to the acidity in the aftertaste. Keep for 4–5 years.Les Forts de Léoube8932ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Léoube 2010 Les Forts de Léoube Red (Côtes de Provence)Rhône-style Red BlendChâteau Léoube
1994519944USIt's no disrespect to say this is a great family restaurant-style Merlot. Tens of millions of Americans dig into beef at the neighborhood joint, and they want a good red to drink alongside it. At this price, this is that wine. It's soft and rich with blackberries, blueberries and chocolate, with a finish of sweet, toasty oak.8917CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaChelsea Goldschmidt 2011 Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotChelsea Goldschmidt
1994619945ItalyAntrum is a hugely bold and masculine wine that won't appeal to everyone. The appearance is inky black and the bouquet shows prune, toasted spice and leather. The tannins are sharp and slightly astringent despite the many years of bottle aging that have already occurred.Antrum8953Central ItalyMontepulciano d'AbruzzoCiavolich Giuseppe 2006 Antrum (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)MontepulcianoCiavolich Giuseppe
1994719946ItalyBeautifully fragrant and breezy with summer aromas of white flower, green herb and exotic fruit, here is the perfect summer sipping wine. Pair this Sauvignon with spaghetti with vongole and freshly chopped parsley.Prail8922Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeColterenzio 2011 Prail Sauvignon (Alto Adige)SauvignonColterenzio
1994819947FranceLively, crisp wine from an estate founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. It is full of delicious red fruits, light acidity and a nervy, mineral aftertaste.8919ProvenceCoteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerCommanderie de la Bargemone 2012 Rosé (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence)RoséCommanderie de la Bargemone
1994919948USA dated but not outdated blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese that brings notes of herbs, green beans, and floral notes. It's rich and sweet with plump fruit flavors and dry tannins.Marie's View Wallula Vineyard8980WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDen Hoed 2004 Marie's View Wallula Vineyard Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Red BlendDen Hoed
1995019949SpainFor Toro, this is earthy and slightly herbal as opposed to ripe and jammy. Aromas of mulch, leather and herbal berry lead into a firm, rocky palate with rooty flavors of burnt leaves, black fruits and oregano. A tight, compact finish with moderate flavors is a bit closed and hard.8928Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachElias Mora 2010 ToroTinta de ToroElias Mora

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