Wine Reviews

2148121480ChileOily, slightly sweaty aromas of orange and citrus peel lead to a chunky, melony palate. This tastes yeasty and of basic white fruits, while a bready tasting, slightly flat finish is low on acidity.Desafio8715Maule ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Manutara 2016 Desafio Chardonnay (Maule Valley)ChardonnayBodegas Manutara
2148221481USVanilla, herb, pencil box and spice aromas are followed by sweet cherry flavors in this wine. Lightly tacky tannins provide support.Chateau Puryear Vineyard8715WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportBonair 2014 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Merlot (Rattlesnake Hills)MerlotBonair
2148321482SpainSavory, spicy, herbal berry aromas lead to a sinewy palate that's full of acidity and chop. Oaky plum flavors are woody and a bit muddled, while this wine tastes of oaky red fruits on a fiery finish.Crianza8714Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachValdelacierva 2014 Crianza (Rioja)TempranilloValdelacierva
2148421483FranceThis is an open delicious wine, full of red-cherry and red-currant fruit with a touch of minerality to add texture. Some wood aging has smoothed out the crisp fruit and added vanilla to the mix. Drink this ripe wine from 2018.Buissonnier8720BurgundyCôte ChalonnaiseRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buxy 2015 Buissonnier (Côte Chalonnaise)Pinot NoirVignerons de Buxy
2148521484ItalyThis Barbera's black cherry, blackberry and clove aromas segue to its simple palate. Supple tannins and brisk acidity lend support. Drink through 2019.I Tre Vescovi8719PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVinchio-Vaglio Serra 2015 I Tre Vescovi (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaVinchio-Vaglio Serra
2148621485USThis wine offers lively citrus and moderate acidity—a simple dry expression of the variety that refreshes. Stainless-steel fermented, it's been aged in both stainless and neutral Burgundy oak, adding complexity around the seasonings of lemongrass and ginger.Las Trancas Vineyard8730CaliforniaOak Knoll DistrictNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWonderment Wines 2015 Las Trancas Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Oak Knoll District)Sauvignon BlancWonderment Wines
2148721486FranceOne in a range of wines under the Xavier Flouret brand, this wine is made by Domaine Hamelin in Chablis. It is deliciously refreshing, with just the right edge of crispness to give it a lift. At the same time, its ripe, creamy texture blends with spiced-apple fruitiness. Drink the wine now.Marly8723BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerXavier Flouret 2015 Marly (Chablis)ChardonnayXavier Flouret
2148821487ItalyOrchard fruit, Mediterranean scrub, violet and wild berry aromas take center stage in this fragrant wine. The fresh, enjoyable palate doles out Marasca cherry and juicy raspberry flavors alongside zesty acidity.8718Central ItalyCerasuolo d'AbruzzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Feuduccio Di S. Maria D'Orni 2016 Cerasuolo d'AbruzzoRosatoIl Feuduccio Di S. Maria D'Orni
2148921488FranceThis soft, ripe wine has good apricot and peach flavors alongside the crisper citrus acidity. It is spicy, fruity and ready to drink.Vignes Blances8750BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Beauregard 2015 Vignes Blances (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayChâteau de Beauregard
2149021489FranceBeaujolais Blanc is effectively Burgundy-type Chardonnay but from the southern neighbor Beaujolais region. This wine, with its ripe and creamy texture, has the same rich character as a Mâcon wine. It is smooth and soft from a warm vintage for white wines. Drink this wine now.Les Vignes de la Roche8723BeaujolaisBeaujolais BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Lavernette 2015 Les Vignes de la Roche (Beaujolais Blanc)ChardonnayChâteau de Lavernette
2149121490FranceThe ripe fruit of this vintage is right up front in this strawberry and spice-flavored wine. With a texture that adds a touch of tannin to the fruitiness, it is smooth and round. Drink this aromatic wine from 2018.Sélection8716BeaujolaisBeaujolais-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Loges 2015 Sélection (Beaujolais-Villages)GamayChâteau des Loges
2149221491ItalyThis leads with wild berry, citrus and herbaceous tomato leaf aromas. It's vibrant and easygoing, with pink grapefruit, sour cherry and dried herb flavors. Zesty acidity gives it a bright, clean finish.Donna Ernestina87Central ItalyColline PescaresiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCiavolich 2016 Donna Ernestina Rosato (Colline Pescaresi)RosatoCiavolich
2149321492ItalyThis opens with delicate aromas of baking spice and black-skinned fruit. The simple palate offers black cherry jam, vanilla and white pepper hints while smooth tannins lend supple support. Drink through 2019.La Fiù8720PiedmontBarbera d'Asti SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDaniele Reale 2013 La Fiù (Barbera d'Asti Superiore)BarberaDaniele Reale
2149421493USThis blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot is very approachable on the nose with blackberry and black-pepper aromas. The palate also offers the black fruit with a touch of purple flowers, but it is somewhat simple and weak, especially compared to this winery's other bottlings.Implico8734CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDerby 2013 Implico Red (Paso Robles)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDerby
2149521494FranceThe wine is juicy with intense acidity. Its red-currant flavor is consistent with this acidity. Tannins are firm and will soften. The juicy aftertaste gives the wine crispness.Aux Serpentières Premier Cru8765BurgundySavigny-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Pierre Guillemot 2015 Aux Serpentières Premier Cru (Savigny-lès-Beaune)Pinot NoirDomaine Pierre Guillemot
2149621495FranceThis fruity wine is full of bright acidity. Crisp and clean, it shows yellow fruits and a shot of citrus. The aftertaste is lively and bright. Drink now.Clos de la Bressande8719BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Sangouard-Guyot 2016 Clos de la Bressande (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine Sangouard-Guyot
2149721496FranceBright and fruity, this delicious wine is crisp, clean and refreshing. With yellow fruits followed by zesty acidity, it's both open and textured. Drink now.8715BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Touzot 2016 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayDomaine Touzot
2149821497FranceFrom vines in the vineyards behind the Côtes de Nuits, this wine is warm, smooth and ripe. It offers yellow fruits as well as rich apple and enough acidity to give a crisp edge. It's attractive and will be ready to drink from 2018.Domaine des Perdrix8738BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaines Devillard 2015 Domaine des Perdrix (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits)ChardonnayDomaines Devillard
2149921498USQuite mellow on the nose, this blend of 58% Grenache Blanc, 38% Roussanne and 4% Viognier offers very light marzipan and fresh white-peach aromas. It's a very easy to quaff wine on the sip, with lemon-peel and apricot flavors.Côtes-du-Robles Blanc8724CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannEberle 2016 Côtes-du-Robles Blanc White (Paso Robles)Rhône-style White BlendEberle
2150021499SpainThis combination of Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon is so heavily oaked that it smells almost entirely of clove. A grabby palate delivers flavors of blueberry, blackberry and clove in front of a finish that's woody and tannic. Time will tell if the oak will subside; at this moment it's dominant.Infinitio8775LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachEgo Bodegas 2014 Infinitio Red (Jumilla)Red BlendEgo Bodegas
2150121500ChileRoasted berry and spent coffee aromas blend with leathery notes that suggest animal. This wine feels solid but rough and grabby. Savory plum and berry flavors finish with a note of baking spices.Max Reserva8720Aconcagua CostaMichael Schachner@wineschachErrazuriz 2015 Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Aconcagua Costa)Cabernet SauvignonErrazuriz
2150221501FranceWhite peach, cherry and cranberry fruits are coupled with attractive scents of white tea, talc and peony on the nose of this wine. There's a subtle texture to the lightweight palate, thanks to notes of lime pith and bitter melon rind. It's well balanced and easy to like.Grande Courtade L'Instant87Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzFamille Fabre 2016 Grande Courtade L'Instant Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséFamille Fabre
2150321502SpainAromas of white flowers and oily melon set up an agile palate with racy citric acidity. Pithy citrus and green-herb flavors are a touch salty. The wine is fresh with an herbal flavor on the finish.8720GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachFillaboa 2016 Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoFillaboa
2150421503USSlightly candied peach and honeydew flavors are indeed juicy and sweet in this spry, sweet-tart Riesling. It's forward and fruity but balanced keenly in acidity. Enjoy now.Juicy Sweet Estate8714New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaFulkerson 2016 Juicy Sweet Estate Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingFulkerson
2150521504FranceA pale pink color, this starts with dainty, delicate aromas of white cherry and strawberry hull. The palate is similarly light in intensity, with a clean, mouthwatering finish that's immensely refreshing. Drink now.Gris Blanc8717Languedoc-RoussillonPays d'OcLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzGérard Bertrand 2016 Gris Blanc Rosé (Pays d'Oc)RoséGérard Bertrand
2150621505USJasmine, lychee and tea leaf notes perfume this light-footed, slightly off-dry Gewürztraminer. Fresh citrus and stone fruit flavors are crisp and easy going, finishing on a more herbaceous tone. Drink now through 2018.8715New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaGlenora 2016 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerGlenora
2150721506SpainA yellow color and yeasty aromas announce a mature wine that's still holding onto a flowery essence. A plump body is balanced by citric acidity, while this tastes of tangerine and sea brine. A citric finish is lively, but this wine needs to be drunk soon.Castell de Raimat8712CataloniaCosters del SegreMichael Schachner@wineschachRaimat 2015 Castell de Raimat Albariño (Costers del Segre)AlbariñoRaimat
2150821507USFresh tangerine, green melon and lime abound in this fruit-forward dry white. This shows light-footed refreshment without a lot of complication. The finish is brisk and pristinely citrusy.Lonesome Stony Estate Reserve8712New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaThree Brothers 2016 Lonesome Stony Estate Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes)Grüner VeltlinerThree Brothers
2150921508FranceA touch of wood aging gives this wine richness, aided by the ripe fruit of the vintage. The wine is full with citrus, crisp apple and ripe pear. With its nervy texture and acidity, it needs to age a bit more. Drink from 2018.Buissonnier8719BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buxy 2015 Buissonnier (Bourgogne)ChardonnayVignerons de Buxy
2151021509USThis dry light-bodied wine smells very fresh—even green—and tastes like tart green apples, white pepper and fresh parsley. It has very crisp acidity and a mouth-puckering texture that will make it a good pairing with raw oysters.8726CaliforniaShenandoah Valley (CA)Sierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsWilderotter 2016 Vermentino (Shenandoah Valley (CA))VermentinoWilderotter

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