Wine Reviews

2001120010USPale in color with an orange rim, this transparent, very varietal wine offers aromas of strawberry, herb, cherry, sassafras and cola. The flavors are light and elegant but linger.8615OregonOregonOregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportCloudveil 2013 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirCloudveil
2001220011USFreshly roasted coffee, allspice and charred mixed berries shine on the nose of this Cabernet Franc which saw 24 months in Appalachian oak barrels. Silky and generous on the palate, Bing cherry and red plum meet additional warm spice and toasted oak characters.Franc8645ColoradoGrand ValleyAlexander PeartreeCreekside Cellars 2012 Franc Cabernet Franc (Grand Valley)Cabernet FrancCreekside Cellars
2001320012FranceFrom a property that is just below the Montée de Tonnerre Premier Cru vineyard, the 30-year-old vines give a round, easygoing wine. The tight texture is really lost in the fresh pear and apple flavors and general ripeness. Drink now.Tête d'Or86BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Billaud-Simon 2013 Tête d'Or (Chablis)ChardonnayDomaine Billaud-Simon
2001420013FranceThis soft, ripe perfumed wine has a fine, clean texture of apple skins. Orange zest and a citrus acidity come through strongly in this wine that is bright and fresh at the end. Drink now.86BurgundyPetit ChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Petit ChablisChardonnayDomaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin
2001520014ArgentinaNervy cranberry and grainy-oak aromas struggle to achieve cohesion on the nose. Flavors of buttery oak, green herbs and berry fruits finish with herbaceous notes and a flabby feel.Reserve8617Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca Sophenia 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato)Cabernet SauvignonFinca Sophenia
2001620015FranceTight, crisp and fruity, this is a refreshing and bright wine. Lively acidity cuts right through the lightly mineral texture. Full of fruit, fresh and lively, this should be drunk now.Domaine Lenoir8617BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Debeaune 2013 Domaine Lenoir (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayJean-Claude Debeaune
2001720016USVibrant, fruity aromas of red cherry concentrate and bubble gum powder ride over a sweet sawdust note on the nose. The palate shows a bit of depth and darkness, with tart black plum and grippy plum skin on a medium-bodied palate. Sandy, yet structured tannins support. A dusty vanilla finish rounds out this approachable red.8625VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeJefferson Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot (Virginia)Petit VerdotJefferson Vineyards
2001820017AustraliaThis blend of 55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied and rather tannic, with dark notes that run the gamut from leather and grilled meat to espresso and mocha. Fortunately, the texture turns velvety on the finish, allowing some mouthwatering elements to shine through. Drink now–2020.8619South AustraliaPadthawayJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJip Jip Rocks 2013 Shiraz-Cabernet (Padthaway)Shiraz-CabernetJip Jip Rocks
2001920018ArgentinaLeafy, herbal aromas of spicy berry fruits lean toward green. An edgy, acidic palate delivers herbal flavors of currant and plum, while the finish is spicy and herbal, much like a good tomato sauce.Coleccion8612OtherCalchaquí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMichel Torino 2014 Coleccion Cabernet Sauvignon (Calchaquí Valley)Cabernet SauvignonMichel Torino
2002020019USOak notes persist on the nose and palate of this Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec blend. Heavy roast coffee, burnt toast and charred black-fruit flavors mark the full-bodied palate, while a zip of red currant acidity tries to shine through.Yash-Vir8628VirginiaVirginiaAlexander PeartreeNarmada 2010 Yash-Vir Red (Virginia)Bordeaux-style Red BlendNarmada
2002120020USReduced blueberry sauce hovers around a spiced cherry core. A rich palate of tangy blueberry and blackberry feels thick, yet there's enough acidic kick to keep it in check. The grippy tannins give ample support.Estate Grown8626VirginiaMonticelloAlexander PeartreePollak 2012 Estate Grown Petit Verdot (Monticello)Petit VerdotPollak
2002220021ItalyThis offers aromas and flavors of roasted coffee bean, toasted oak, ground black pepper and prune steeped in spirits. The palate has raspy tannins and lacks fruit richness, giving it a hard edge.Canova86PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRessia 2012 Canova (Barbaresco)NebbioloRessia
2002320022ItalySawdust and toast aromas lead the nose. The palate offers oak extract, licorice and bitter powdered sage but not much fruit richness. Raspy tannins generate an astringent finish.Currà Riserva86PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSarotto 2010 Currà Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloSarotto
2002420023USThis new vintage of the Zena Crown seems already faded. Light, tart strawberry fruit lacks concentration and carries a bit of bitter herb flavor. Tannins are earthy and the finish abrupt.Zena Crown8640OregonEola-Amity HillsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Soléna 2013 Zena Crown Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills)Pinot NoirSoléna
2002520024FranceSoft, dainty scents of pressed sweet pea, white raspberry and cherry dance in the bouquet, while pithy citrus and cherry-skin flavors unfold on the palate. The midpalate shows a touch of roundness, but brisk acidity and a slight bitterness lifts the close. Drink now.Old Vines8612Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzVilla des Anges 2014 Old Vines Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséVilla des Anges
2002620025USInviting floral notes open the aromatics of this wine. These evolve into a thick palate of melon and citrus, the finish light and high in acidity. Straightforward and balanced, it's a quaffer.8619CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneWattle Creek 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancWattle Creek
2002720026USThis wine is a bit reluctant on the nose at first, eventually showing focused notes of honeysuckle, fresh-squeezed lime and kiwi. The palate is delicate and light, with apple cider and cut-pear flavors.Ipso Facto8621CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannWorkman Ayer 2014 Ipso Facto Viognier (Central Coast)ViognierWorkman Ayer
2002820027USCampfire smoke punctuates the opening of this intensely dense wine. It veers into jammy, syrupy territory, red and black berry fruit exploding at its juicy core.Gamba Estate Vineyard Old Vine8645CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneGamba 2013 Gamba Estate Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelGamba
2002920028FranceRipe and juicy, this wine comes mainly from vines in the Mâcon region. Attractive yellow fruit flavors are filled out with spice and almond, accented by refreshing acidity. Drink now.86BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Pizay 2014 BourgogneChardonnayChâteau de Pizay
2003020029PortugalNamed after the impressive 10-mile long Vasco da Gama bridge that spans the Tagus estuary, this wine is soft, rounded and fruity. It has delicious, ready-to-drink flavors of ripe cherries and juicy plums. The fruit is sustained by the dry tannins and fresh acidity. Drink now.10 Mile Bridge86Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes 2014 10 Mile Bridge Castelão (Península de Setúbal)CastelãoCooperativa Agricola de Santo Isidro de Pegoes
2003120030USOff dry and fruity, this simple wine tastes like peach juice, with a bit of citrus. It's pleasant but one-dimensional.Aromatique8615OregonOregonOregon OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Cuckoo's Nest 2014 Aromatique Viognier-Gewürztraminer (Oregon)Viognier-GewürztraminerCuckoo's Nest
2003220031ItalyThis opens with aromas of toasted oak, coffee, ripe berry, sage and a whiff of citrus zest. On the palate, white pepper and coconut back up the core of dried cherry alongside astringent tannins, but it lacks fruit richness.Bricco di Neive Riserva8678PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDante Rivetti 2010 Bricco di Neive Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloDante Rivetti
2003320032USThis wine comes from the original, own-rooted, 1965 plantings. It would be interesting to trace the ancestry of these vines, as such things were far less understood 50 years ago. Soft, round and fruity, this offers pleasant flavors of melon and apple. A dash of vanilla cookie coming through as it finishes.Estate8622OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine David Hill 2014 Estate Pinot Blanc (Willamette Valley)Pinot BlancDavid Hill
2003420033FranceSoft and creamy, this wine has a line of acidity that gives it great lift. Lime and ripe apples go with green plums to give both freshness and a tangy character. It's a wine to age a few months; drink from 2016.86BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Perraud 2013 Saint-VéranChardonnayDomaine Perraud
2003520034USHere is a friendly, fruity, medium-bodied wine with light apple and pear aromas. Off-dry flavors are more melony and floral, and the wine has a relatively soft texture. Made from old vines and fermented in stainless steel, it offers subtle charms.Chileno Valley Vineyards8630CaliforniaMarin CountyNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDutton-Goldfield 2014 Chileno Valley Vineyards Riesling (Marin County)RieslingDutton-Goldfield
2003620035USDamp forest and dried cherry with cranberry combine on the nose and palate in this wine, sourced predominantly from Monterey County. Soft and silky it risks veering off balance once the oak begins to unwrap, becoming quite burly on the finish.Winemaker's Blend8623CaliforniaSonoma County-Monterey CountyCalifornia OtherVirginie Boone@vbooneGhost Pines 2013 Winemaker's Blend Pinot Noir (Sonoma County-Monterey County)Pinot NoirGhost Pines
2003720036FranceThis perfumed and wood-aged wine is so stylish. It is smooth in texture, paced with acidity and shows well-balanced red fruits. The wine finishes with fine acidity and delicious fruitiness. Drink now.Tradition9140Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Bernard Fleuriet et Fils 2015 Tradition (Sancerre)Pinot NoirDomaine Bernard Fleuriet et Fils
2003820037FranceRich, full of citrus and ripe apple flavors, this is a sophisticated wine. The mineral texture and the dense fruit flavors offer a delicious take on Sauvignon Blanc, giving complexity and ripeness. Drink this wine from 2018.La Terre des Anges9125Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Laporte 2016 La Terre des Anges (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Laporte
2003920038ItalyThis structured blend of Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah and a small percentage of other grape varieties offers cassis, mocha and underbrush aromas. The dense palate doles out prune, carob, licorice and pipe tobacco notes alongside velvety tannins. Enjoy through 2023.Mille e una Notte9180Sicily & SardiniaTerre SicilianeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDonnafugata 2012 Mille e una Notte Red (Terre Siciliane)Red BlendDonnafugata
2004020039USMore orange or lightly blush than straw-hued, this is a fine single-vineyard wine. It's bone-dry, complex and sophisticated, with persistent pear and peach skin flavors, offering more detail and less obvious fruit than most Oregon Pinot Gris.Hylo Vineyard9124OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Duck Pond 2016 Hylo Vineyard Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)Pinot GrisDuck Pond

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