Wine Reviews

2061120610FranceA soft style, this is ripe with attractive apple and crisp pear fruits. The wine is refreshing with its acidity lacing through the flinty texture. The wine will be ready to drink from 2018.Le Clos Chartier8725Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerJérôme Gueneau 2016 Le Clos Chartier (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancJérôme Gueneau
2061220611FranceLight, bright and packed with crisp fruit, this is a refreshing wine. Produced from Pinot Noir, it has red-cherry flavors along with a mineral texture and bright fruitiness. Drink now.Le Rabault8729Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerJoseph Mellot 2016 Le Rabault Rosé (Sancerre)RoséJoseph Mellot
2061320612FranceThis oddly named Cabernet Sauvignon is fine. It has light tannins, a juicy, stalky character, upfront black currant fruit and balanced acidity. Drink now.Romantic8710France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerL. Tramier & Fils 2015 Romantic Cabernet Sauvignon (Vin de France)Cabernet SauvignonL. Tramier & Fils
2061420613ItalyThis 100% Nero d'Avola has blue flower, black-skinned berry and Mediterranean scrub aromas. It's easygoing and juicy, offering black cherry and white pepper flavors alongside round tannins. Enjoy soon.8715Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarilena Barbera 2015 Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)Nero d'AvolaMarilena Barbera
2061520614FranceFrom the Sancerre vineyard of this Pouilly-Fumé producer, this is a ripe wine. Packed with apple and rich peppered-pear flavors, it is spicy, shot through with acidity and lightly mineral at the end. The wine is ready to drink.Domaine de la Croix-Canat La Vendangette8722Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Tinel-Blondelet 2015 Domaine de la Croix-Canat La Vendangette (Sancerre)Sauvignon BlancDomaine Tinel-Blondelet
2061620615FranceThis cool-climate Pinot Noir is soft and gentle. Its ripe tannins and cherry flavors are both lightly structured and juicy. Although still young, it's ready to drink.Alphonse Dolly Les Doigts d'Or de Dolly8714France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerEric Louis 2016 Alphonse Dolly Les Doigts d'Or de Dolly Pinot Noir (Vin de France)Pinot NoirEric Louis
2061720616ArgentinaClean, fresh, stony aromas are basic but good. A round palate benefits from citric kick, while this tastes of mixed tropical fruits backed by skins-based bitterness.Estate8710Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFinca El Origen 2015 Estate Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayFinca El Origen
2061820617PortugalThe three grapes (castas) are Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend makes a satisfyingly structured wine with some firm tannins as well as ripe fruitiness. Drink now.3 Castas8712TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerFiuza 2016 3 Castas Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedFiuza
2061920618FranceThis is a smooth, ripe and generous wine befitting southern Merlot. It has just the right amount of acidity, black currant fruitiness and a smoky aftertaste.8716France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerFlorent Descombe NV Merlot (Vin de France)MerlotFlorent Descombe
2062020619FranceThis spicy, strongly perfumed wine is full of fruit and juicy acidity. It's dry and structured, with a firm backdrop of tannins. It will be great for the winter.8716France OtherVin de FranceRoger Voss@vossrogerFlorent Descombe NV Syrah (Vin de France)SyrahFlorent Descombe
2062120620FranceThis is a soft, easygoing style from the Millets, now in their third generation in Sancerre. With attractive white stone fruits and a citrus streak, the wine has delicious refreshing acidity and a light bright aftertaste. Drink now.8730Loire ValleySancerreRoger Voss@vossrogerFrançois Millet 2016 SancerreSauvignon BlancFrançois Millet
2062220621ItalyMade from organically grown grapes, this Dolcetto has ripe black-skinned berry and nutmeg aromas. The palate evokes ripe black cherry and clove. It's straightforward, with rounded tannins, and should be drunk soon.Campo del Pero8714PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGiribaldi 2016 Campo del Pero (Dolcetto d'Alba)DolcettoGiribaldi
2062320622PortugalThe ripe, spicy strawberry and orange fruitiness of this wine is immediately attractive. It has lively acidity within a rich framework. Drink this refreshing wine now.Monte da Peceguina8723AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Malhadinha Nova 2016 Monte da Peceguina Rosé (Alentejano)RoséHerdade da Malhadinha Nova
2062420623USThis smooth and easy-drinking wine blends 60% Pinot Gris with equal amounts of Chardonnay and Riesling. It's light blush in color, with hints of honey on both the nose and palate. A good, all-purpose white, it should be consumed over the next year or two.Mingle8719OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2016 Mingle White (Chehalem Mountains)White BlendA Blooming Hill Vineyard
2062520624USFrom estate-grown grapes, this opens with sizable, grippy tannins and strong barrel-heavy aromas. It then settles down into layers of blackberry and blueberry, sprinkled with a hint of cinnamon. This wine will benefit from a decant or a few more years in bottle.35th Anniversary Reserve Mailbox Vineyard8864CaliforniaSpring Mountain DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneKeenan 2011 35th Anniversary Reserve Mailbox Vineyard Merlot (Spring Mountain District)MerlotKeenan
2062620625USSubtle aromas and flavors of crisp apple and cherry, a dry composition, fine texture and crisp finish make this rather reserved and well balanced. This reliable standby is the kind of bubbly to have on hand for spur-of-the-moment occasions.Brut8814CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsKorbel NV Brut Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendKorbel
2062720626ItalyThis savory red features aromas and flavors of violet, juicy blueberry, blackberry, plum and a whiff of cake spice. Firm but fine-grained tannins give support. While it's full-bodied, it's also easy to drink. A licorice note signals the close.Sasseo8816Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMasseria Altemura 2012 Sasseo Primitivo (Salento)PrimitivoMasseria Altemura
2062820627South AfricaThe bouquet of this wine takes time to fully open, but eventually reveals a lush mélange of pineapple, honeydew, yellow apple, buttered popcorn and orange creamsicle. Ample acidity keeps the mouthfeel fresh and the palate lifted, giving levity to the ripe fruit flavors. A hint of flintiness lingers on the close. Drink now.8823StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzMeerlust 2011 Chardonnay (Stellenbosch)ChardonnayMeerlust
2062920628CanadaThis has an edge, a frame of herb and skin flavors that tightens the mouthfeel. Green pineapple, cilantro, cucumber and lemon verbena are in play, with a penetrating attack and a pleasantly soft finish. The wine has a density that somehow recalls extra-virgin olive oil.Meyer8820British ColumbiaOkanagan ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 Meyer Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley)ChardonnayMeyer Family Vineyards
2063020629ItalyAromas of scorched earth, underbrush, spicy plum, allspice and graphite lead the nose. On the palate, notes of cracked pepper and clove accent the mature blackberry, raspberry and fig flavors. It's balanced with well-integrated tannins and finishes on a note of bitter almond. Drink through 2016.Curtirussi8840Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMocavero 2010 Curtirussi Negroamaro (Salento)NegroamaroMocavero
2063120630ChileForesty blackberry aromas come with a whiff of mint and herbs. This has a lively, moderately tannic palate that's home to raspberry, plum and vanilla flavors. It's a basic, steady, satisfying blend of Cab Franc, Syrah and Merlot.Urban Maule8814Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachO. Fournier 2012 Urban Maule Red (Maule Valley)Red BlendO. Fournier
2063220631ItalyA blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera, this straightforward, savory wine leads with aromas of spicy plum, black cherry and freshly ground pepper that carry over to the palate. Fresh acidity and polished tannins balance the juicy fruit flavors.Arcangelo8815Southern ItalySalice SalentinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePalamà 2012 Arcangelo Red (Salice Salentino)Red BlendPalamà
2063320632USA jammy, big-boned Pinot that's soft in blackberry and raspberry on the palate and hearty enough to enjoy on its own. Fans of bigger styles of wine will be pleased.8840CaliforniaCarnerosNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRam's Gate 2012 Pinot Noir (Carneros)Pinot NoirRam's Gate
2063420633ChileThis opens with funky, earthy notes of blueberry, juniper and animal hide. The palate is chunky and jammy, which is welcome given 2011's cold conditions. Flavors of herbal blackberry, baked plum and spice finish with a note of green and heat as well as with acidic freshness.Reserva8815Maipo Valley-Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachEcheverria 2011 Reserva Syrah (Maipo Valley-Colchagua Valley)SyrahEcheverria
2063520634ItalyThis straightforward Barolo opens with aromas of rose, leather and menthol. The palate doles out sour cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins. There's not much complexity but it's savory and already enjoyable. Drink through 2019.La Fenice8845PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenimenti Famiglia Cavallero 2009 La Fenice (Barolo)NebbioloTenimenti Famiglia Cavallero
2063620635ItalyLeafy underbrush, dried sage, rose, grilled herb and leather aromas lead the nose. The straightforward palate delivers sour cherry and ground white pepper alongside firm but rather fleeting tannins. Drink through 2019.Cannubi8899PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeTenuta Carretta 2009 Cannubi (Barolo)NebbioloTenuta Carretta
2063720636FranceWith a rich, dense texture, this is an opulent, generous and ready-to-drink wine packed with black fruits. Tannins are now well integrated into the fruit and a touch of wood aging smoothes it all out. It's a bountiful wine, ready to drink now.Torus88Southwest FranceMadiranRoger Voss@vossrogerAlain Brumont 2010 Torus Tannat-Cabernet (Madiran)Tannat-CabernetAlain Brumont
2063820637ItalyAromas of mature black berries, prune toast and tilled earth lead the nose on this savory wine. The succulent, easygoing palate doles out crushed blackberry, Morello cherry, dried plum and clove alongside supple tannins. It closes on a note of bitter almond.8818Southern ItalyPugliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAmastuola 2011 Primitivo (Puglia)PrimitivoAmastuola
2063920638USBright, tangy, lean and appetizing, this light-bodied wine has mouth-cleansing acidity, lemon and green apple flavors, a zingy balance and clean, dry finish. Time to bring on the oysters or goat cheese.Bill Dillian Vineyard8820CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsAndis 2013 Bill Dillian Vineyard Semillon (Amador County)SémillonAndis
2064020639USA slick of wax and lanolin lends a mineral tone to bright apple cider and honey notes in this sprightly semisweet Riesling. Spine-tingling with acidity, it's an elegant, classically styled wine with a pristine, fruit-focused finish.Martini Reinhardt Selection8845New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAnthony Road 2012 Martini Reinhardt Selection Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingAnthony Road

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