Wine Reviews

2202122020PortugalThis is a fruity wine with a off-dry character that is balanced by lime and lemon fruitiness. The acidity and the tangy herbal character give the wine an attractive bite. Drink now.Lagosta868Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCaves Velhas NV Lagosta White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCaves Velhas
2202222021FranceThe spice of this wine shows most. Add that to its good acidity and lively texture, and the wine will be delicious and rounded in a few months time. Drink from late 2017.8616BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Arras 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau des Arras
2202322022FranceThis wine is soft and rounded. It does have plenty of acidity but that is only a part of a ripe, smooth whole. The lemon fruitiness and touch of spice give the aftertaste a great lift.8615BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lauduc 2016 Bordeaux BlancBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau Lauduc
2202422023SpainThis pink Garnacha feels good and plump yet lacks the concentration of a great rosé. It has cherry Lifesaver, vitamin and cheese-like aromas and yeasty citrus flavors that are mild through the finish.Edición Rosa8618Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachPríncipe de Viana 2016 Edición Rosa Rosado (Navarra)RosadoPríncipe de Viana
2202522024ChileHerbal plum and olive aromas come with dry spicy oak notes. All in all, this holds up well on the palate, which offers herbal spicy plum flavors. A minty finish with a black-olive character doesn't hinder this easy drinker.Reserva Estate Bottled8610Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Alicia 2016 Reserva Estate Bottled Carmenère (Maipo Valley)CarmenèreSanta Alicia
2202622025USRather grapey, front-loaded flavors move quickly into a subdued midpalate, with muted notes of ash and licorice. The wine seems a bit thin given its fairly high alcohol.8630OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonPaul Gregutt@paulgwine South Stage 2012 Syrah (Rogue Valley)SyrahSouth Stage
2202722026ChileHerbal briny aromas of black olive and roasted black fruits lead to a choppy raw palate. This tastes of herbal berry fruits and olive, with a touch of eucalyptus. Rubbery dry tannins result in scratchiness on the finish.Reserve8610Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachTres Palacios 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)Cabernet SauvignonTres Palacios
2202822027HungaryThis red blend from Hungary is garnet in color with aromas of cranberry and black cherry. Flavors suggest tart cherry and pomegranate juice, with grippy tannins and an acidic finish.Egri Bikavér8619EgerJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysVincze Béla 2014 Egri Bikavér Red (Eger)Red BlendVincze Béla
2202922028PortugalIn the spirit that Tejo can grow anything on its fertile soil, this wine is a rounded tropical-fruit-flavored Sauvignon Blanc. It has acidity enough as well as a warm smooth character. It is certainly ready to drink.Companhia das Lezirias Tyto Alba8623TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2016 Companhia das Lezirias Tyto Alba Sauvignon Blanc (Tejo)Sauvignon BlancWines & Winemakers
2203022029PortugalThis is an unusual view of the red Castelão grape, here vinified as a white wine with no skin color at all. Some wood aging adds spice and roundness to what is a smooth, while toasty, wine. Its white fruit and acidity are joined by some tannins. So this wine needs a few more months. Drink from early 2018.Pegos Claros Branco8630Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2016 Pegos Claros Branco Castelão (Península de Setúbal)CastelãoWines & Winemakers
2203122030ItalySubdued aromas of yellow flower, orchard fruit and a whiff of nut lift out of the glass. The palate seems rather evolved, offering suggestions dried citrus zest and a hint of baked yellow apple. It closes on a bitter almond note.8622Northeastern ItalyFriuli IsonzoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Boatina 2015 Pinot Grigio (Friuli Isonzo)Pinot GrigioLa Boatina
2203222031USProminent oak and butter aromas and flavors give this medium-bodied wine a sweet impression, and its mouthfeel is smooth and soft. It smells like caramel and tastes like pears.8613CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMuddy Boot 2014 Chardonnay (California)ChardonnayMuddy Boot
2203322032USTartness and moderate tannins lend plenty of mouth-puckering grip to this medium-bodied wine, and that tartness comes off as a touch of raspberry vinegar on the palate. It has an appealing earthy, iron-like quality and a definite textural bite.8639CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsDomenico 2012 Primitivo (Amador County)PrimitivoDomenico
2203422033GeorgiaA fresh nose of green apple leads to flavors of Seville orange, white peach and tart white cherry. Soft on the palate, this wine may be a little tart for some tastes, but it is truly refreshing, with a burst of floral brightness on the finish.8615GeorgiaMike DeSimone@worldwineguysDoqi 2015 Mtsvane (Georgia)MtsvaneDoqi
2203522034FranceTaut and with its youthful acidity still up front, this wine has good potential. Its crisp acidity and lively, bright character all promise well. Drink from late 2017.La Grande Cuvée8612BordeauxBordeaux BlancRoger Voss@vossrogerDourthe 2016 La Grande Cuvée (Bordeaux Blanc)Sauvignon BlancDourthe
2203622035PortugalThe wine is attractive with its ripe apple flavors and shot of lemon. It is off dry, with a fruity character that makes it a great apéritif wine. Drink now.Vinhas Altas86Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerEnoport 2016 Vinhas Altas White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteEnoport
2203722036ChileSaline aromas, celery notes and mild citrus scents make up the nose on this slightly round SB. Herbal green-fruit flavors finish with controlled pyrazinic bitterness.Araucano Reserva Made With Organic Grapes8613Lolol ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFrançois Lurton 2016 Araucano Reserva Made With Organic Grapes Sauvignon Blanc (Lolol Valley)Sauvignon BlancFrançois Lurton
2203822037USChocolate-covered strawberry meets rich brown sugar and cola notes in this medium-bodied wine that's moderately structured and round. It finishes in a plume of subtle smoky oak.Reserve8627CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFrei Brothers 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonFrei Brothers
2203922038USCandied apple, cantaloupe, plumeria and bubblegum touches show on the nose of this ripe blend of 39% Marsanne, 38% Roussanne and 23% Grenache Blanc. There are strong tropical notes on the palate, including guava, coconut oil and tuberose flavors.Enchantress8639CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAscension Cellars 2016 Enchantress White (Paso Robles)Rhône-style White BlendAscension Cellars
2204022039ItalyDelicate scents of white spring flower and orchard fruit lead the nose while the fresh light-bodied palate offers suggestions of yellow peach and apple. It closes crisp and clean.8621Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAttems 2016 Ribolla Gialla (Venezia Giulia)Ribolla GiallaAttems
2204122040USCedar and resin notes rise to the fore in this full-bodied wine that's basic and hearty, with blackberry and dried herb flavors.Estate St. Helena Highway8670CaliforniaSt. HelenaNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneBenessere 2014 Estate St. Helena Highway Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena)Cabernet SauvignonBenessere
2204222041PortugalThis is a rounded smooth wine. It does have a crisp edge of red currants and acidity but the main flavor comes from the ripe red-berry fruits and touch of caramel. Drink the wine now.Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada8615AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Agricola Alexandre Relvas 2016 Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada Rosé (Alentejano)RoséCasa Agricola Alexandre Relvas
2204322042PortugalThere is a crisp spring in this wine— light and bright with great acidity and a touch of sweetness. It has a light prickle on the tongue that adds to the liveliness of this attractive wine.Bote Branco8610Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasca Wines 2016 Bote Branco White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteCasca Wines
2204422043FranceFresh easy notes of pear drop rise from the glass. The very slender palate has lemony freshness but also residual sweetness and a pithy phenolic edge. This is fresh, off dry and just balanced. Drink soon.Collection8620AlsaceAlsaceAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoCave de Ribeauvillé 2016 Collection Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisCave de Ribeauvillé
2204522044FranceThis unusual blend, occasionally found in Alsace, gives a wine that is full and perfumed. It offers almond and spice flavors along with a tight texture. The wine, with its warm acidity, is ready to drink.Saveurs de Lyre8517BurgundyRoger Voss@vossrogerSimonnet-Febvre 2014 Saveurs de Lyre Chardonnay-Pinot GrisSimonnet-Febvre
2204622045ItalyWeedy underbrush and scorched soil aromas lead the way along with a smoked note. The bitter palate offers a green note of powdered sage and hazelnut but it lacks fruit. Clenching tannins grip the finish.Bussia Riserva85100PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeStroppiana 2010 Bussia Riserva (Barolo)NebbioloStroppiana
2204722046PortugalA blend of Arinto and Fernão Pires, this is light and crisply refreshing. There are some yellow fruit flavors that contrast with the lime acidity. It is ready to drink now.Pinta Negra Branco859LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mãe 2015 Pinta Negra Branco White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteAdega Mãe
2204822047ArgentinaFresh, fruity cherry, citrus and rose aromas are light and airy. This feels a bit raw and scratchy, while currant, red plum and brown sugar flavors finish juicy, snappy and uncushioned. This has all the requirements of a good picnic Pinot Noir.Fincas8515Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlfredo Roca 2015 Fincas Pinot Noir (Mendoza)Pinot NoirAlfredo Roca
2204922048ArgentinaPowdery, soapy aromas are exotic but not fully convincing. Fresh but nothing more than wet and basic on the palate, this shows briny flavors of orange rind through the finish.8515OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAnko 2015 Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésAnko
2205022049USThis bottling's extreme grapefruit pithiness meets with rainy cement and a touch of rubber on the nose. The flavors are quite reductive, with tar and sour crab apple touches.8522CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannHoyt Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Grigio (California)Pinot GrigioHoyt Family Vineyards

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