Wine Reviews

2010120100USThis wine is pale peach in color. It starts with aromas of strawberry, herb and spice that lead to juicy, just-off-dry, well-balanced fruit flavors that provide a whole lot of appeal.Alder Ridge Vineyard Rosé8822WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportL'Ecole No. 41 2015 Alder Ridge Vineyard Rosé Grenache (Horse Heaven Hills)GrenacheL'Ecole No. 41
2010220101ChileChunky aromas of peach and melon are briny and pickled. With high acidity maintaining shape, there's pinch to the palate. Typical Elqui Valley flavors of mustard and briny apple finish full, viscous and muscular, with a pickled citrus aftertaste.1865 Single Vineyard8818Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSan Pedro 2015 1865 Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Elqui Valley)ChardonnaySan Pedro
2010320102USSpicy, minty aromas and rich flavors like dark chocolate and black cherries add up to a bold, full-bodied wine from the Lange Twins. It has a deep color, moderate tannins to add grip to the texture and a lingering finish.8812CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSand Point 2013 Merlot (Clarksburg)MerlotSand Point
2010420103USThis blends 51% Merlot with 29% Zinfandel, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Petite Sirah, combining nicely for a full-bodied expression of chocolate and dried dark cherry. On the palate, it becomes dusty and somewhat rustic, with an intensely juicy finish.Nicole Marie8822CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneSean Minor 2013 Nicole Marie Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendSean Minor
2010520104USA vein of burnt sugar threads curiously from nose to finish in this dry full-bodied Pinot Gris. Sunny tangerine, pineapple and apricot flavors flood the midpalate, brightened by streak of lime acidity. A graceful balance of brawn and restraint, it should drink well through 2021.Estate Bottled8816New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaSheldrake Point 2015 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisSheldrake Point
2010620105USDeep golden-yellow in the glass, this wine offers honeyed, candied aromas of mango, crystallized vanilla and golden raisin. It's thick and unctuous on the palate, with more honey, spun sugar, honeysuckle and fruit-nectar flavors that are delicious, but would be aided by a boost of acidity.R&V Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Late Harvest88CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannTalbott 2012 R&V Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Late Harvest Riesling (Santa Lucia Highlands)RieslingTalbott
2010720106USMineral, dried peach, lees and honeysuckle aromas lead to just off-dry flavors. Racy acidity frames it nicely.Evergreen Vineyard8818WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportTempus Cellars 2014 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling (Ancient Lakes)RieslingTempus Cellars
2010820107FranceLemony freshness meets earthy, textured glints on this slender Riesling characterized by its brightness and slender body. Underneath it all, plenty of tart, refreshing apple fruit leads to a clean, lively finish.Tradition8823AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoVieil Armand 2014 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingVieil Armand
2010920108ChileEarthy cherry and cassis aromas are backed by bacon and generic gritty scents. This Maule Malbec feels chunky, while salty plum and oaky flavors finish with notes of hickory, savory meat and controlled heat.Private Reserve8811Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña el Aromo 2012 Private Reserve Malbec (Maule Valley)MalbecViña el Aromo
2011020109FranceNotes of freshly peeled red apples are inviting and continue on the soft, rounded and generous palate. It has a lovely midpalate mouthfeel and drinks just off dry, with an accent of vanilla and the merest touch of cinnamon.Tradition8817AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoW. Gisselbrecht 2015 Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisW. Gisselbrecht
2011120110FranceSoft notes of honeysuckle adorn mandarin and clementine fruit. The off-dry palate is richer than the nose suggests and its residual sweetness boosts the full-fruited, peachy nature of the wine. It finishes warm, but zesty and citrus-flavored.8817AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWolfberger 2015 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerWolfberger
2011220111USBlack-cherry and currant flavors are concentrated but restrained in this full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend. Smoky, woody and a bit savory in style, it's abundantly oaky but should balance out neatly from 2020. Bold tannins and brisk acidity mark the finish.Fatalis Fatum8835New YorkLong IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2013 Fatalis Fatum Red (Long Island)Bordeaux-style Red BlendWölffer
2011320112FranceThis is a rich dense wine, full of blackberry fruits. With its firm tannins behind ripe fruitiness, it has fresh acidity and layers of wood to give extra density. The wine is still maturing and should be ready from 2018.Tour des Gendres8814Southwest FranceBergeracRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Tour des Gendres 2015 Tour des Gendres Red (Bergerac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Tour des Gendres
2011420113FranceProduced in clay amphoras from organically grown grapes, this is an almost honeyed wine even though it's dry. It is richly textured and ripe, with floral and bitter spice tones. Enjoy from 2017.K-Libre 10408827Southwest FranceCôtes du LotRoger Voss@vossrogerClos Troteligotte 2014 K-Libre 1040 Chenin Blanc (Côtes du Lot)Chenin BlancClos Troteligotte
2011520114USForward and fruity yet balanced and composed, this bold red blend is made from a kitchen's sink blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Luscious black-cherry and plum flavors are ripe but keep a shade short of jammy and are highlighted by a bright vein of acidity. Bold, dense tannins on the finish should meld nicely by 2020.Archeology8865New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaClovis Point 2013 Archeology Red (North Fork of Long Island)Red BlendClovis Point
2011620115FranceThis is an impressively rich wine for a simple Beaujolais. It has plenty of fruit, while it also has a good depth with ripe red-berry fruits and some well-integrated tannins.8811BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerCollin-Bourisset 2015 BeaujolaisGamayCollin-Bourisset
2011720116SpainBriny lemon-lime aromas come with a note of scrambled egg, which is not uncommon for Cava. Fresh and easy across the palate, this tastes of lettuce, dried apple, white pepper and salty brine. A dry, lightly salty finish maintains integrity.Cava Brut8813CataloniaCavaMichael Schachner@wineschachConde de Subirats NV Cava Brut Sparkling (Cava)Sparkling BlendConde de Subirats
2011820117USThis blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon offers fresh blackberries on cold slate and a light herbal character with dill, oregano and tarragon. A minty quality carries into the sip, where black plum, pepper dust and light tar show.Test Pilot8839CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannCooper-Garrod 2011 Test Pilot Red (Santa Cruz Mountains)Red BlendCooper-Garrod
2011920118PortugalThis is a ripe, smooth blend of Alvarinho and Chardonnay. The two complement each other well with yellow fruits touched by a more citrus edge and a rich character. It is fruity, full-bodied and ready to drink.Point West8810LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2015 Point West White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteDFJ Vinhos
2012020119PortugalNamed after the Portuguese word for the sommelier's tastevin, the wine is rich with juicy red fruits. It has a firm structure that emphasizes the wine's youth showing that it should develop. Densely textured at the end, the wine will be ready to drink from 2017.Scancio Reserva Touriga Nacional-Syrah8815LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerDFJ Vinhos 2015 Scancio Reserva Touriga Nacional-Syrah Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedDFJ Vinhos
2012120120FranceA structured and concentrated wine that is packed with tannins. It does have some black fruit under this dry structure although the wine misses out on richness. It will be ready to drink from 2017.Réserve Louis Leyre-Loup Le Regard de l'Ange8831BeaujolaisMorgonRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Leyre-Loup 2013 Réserve Louis Leyre-Loup Le Regard de l'Ange (Morgon)GamayDomaine de Leyre-Loup
2012220121FranceThere are some fine, dry tannins in this wine along the dark cherry fruit and acidity. It comes from a single vineyard part of the 61-acre estate of Jean-Paul Dubost. There is a ripe feeling here; drink this balanced wine now.Climat le Tracot8813BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Dubost 2015 Climat le Tracot (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayDomaine Dubost
2012320122USAt the time of tasting, the nose of this dry white was still quite closed, but its buoyant, almost tropical, expressions of mango, cantaloupe and stone fruit on the palate were already quite irresistible. Penetrating and juicy, it wraps up elegantly with a zesty mineral finish. Drink through 2018 to enjoy its fresh, fruity style.8820New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2015 Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)Pinot GrisDr. Konstantin Frank
2012420123ChileClean, reserved citrus and ocean-influenced aromas set up a zesty palate with a common mix of tangerine, lime and green-herb flavors. A lasting finish with peppery snap helps this along.Winemaker's Collection8812Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEspiritu de Chile 2015 Winemaker's Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancEspiritu de Chile
2012520124USAmidst layers of bramble, toast, cedar and herb, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors penetrate throughout this full-bodied Cab Franc. Equal parts fruity and savory, it suggests nuances of beet and soil without being earthy or vegetal. Sunny cranberry acidity and whispery tannins lend a soft, easy frame.8825New YorkHudson River RegionNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaFjord 2014 Cabernet Franc (Hudson River Region)Cabernet FrancFjord
2012620125USHoneycomb and a fruit basket of melon and berry ride a wave of medium acidity and mellowed sweetness, with a touch of green apple. This is a good call for morning Mimosas.Blanc de Blancs8855CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrank Family 2012 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay (Carneros)ChardonnayFrank Family
2012720126SpainCleanliness is a fleeting quality on this rosé, which smells compromised and artificial. A modest palate feel and dry, hollow, mostly fruitless flavors lead to a bland finish.8412Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachSierra Cantabria 2015 Rosé (Rioja)RoséSierra Cantabria
2012820127PortugalThis young, citrus flavored wine is crisp and still with its yeasty and fruity flavors. The wine is fresh and ready to drink.Lobo e Falcão (Wolf and Falcon)8410TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Casal Branco 2015 Lobo e Falcão (Wolf and Falcon) White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Casal Branco
2012920128PortugalThis is a rustic wine with very ripe fruit that gives a red jelly flavor. It is simple, with a dry edge and acidity, ready to drink now.Casa de Cambres Colheita8412DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerSolar de Cambres 2014 Casa de Cambres Colheita Red (Douro)Portuguese RedSolar de Cambres
2013020129USPerhaps made in a light-bodied style, this wine comes off as herbal and a touch green, with a dullness on the palate. Aged in 30% new French oak, it takes on a taste of coffee bean that intrigues.Las Madres Vineyard8436CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneApsara 2014 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah (Carneros)SyrahApsara

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