Wine Reviews

2343123430ArgentinaVaguely floral aromas precede a sweet, cloying palate that tastes candied.818Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachRegion 1 2013 Moscato (Mendoza)MoscatoRegion 1
2343223431USKiwi, mint and green apple notes mark the nose. Medium in weight, it features seemingly underripe acids that give the palate a discernible nerviness.8115VirginiaVirginiaPrince Michel NV Viognier (Virginia)ViognierPrince Michel
2343323432ArgentinaSoapy, funky aromas feel unfocused, with bland flavors of melon and not much else. It finishes soft.8113Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTres Exilios 2013 Torrontés (Mendoza)TorrontésTres Exilios
2343423433FranceIn this unbalanced, medium-dry wine, the fruit, the acidity and the sweetness don't seem to want to hang together. At the end, the acidity wins, while the rest of the wine is left behind.V Douce France8114Loire ValleyVouvrayRoger Voss@vossrogerBougrier 2013 V Douce France (Vouvray)Chenin BlancBougrier
2343523434USA Grenache-based rosé, this features broad aromas of tart red fruits and an edgy, medium-bodied palate.Rosa Dia Estate8118North CarolinaYadkin ValleyJones von Drehle 2012 Rosa Dia Estate Rosé (Yadkin Valley)RoséJones von Drehle
2343623435USThe color of castor oil, this sweet table wine offers clove and root beer flavors that cling to the finish.Noche Sweet Table Wine8017VirginiaVirginiaCooper Vineyards NV Noche Sweet Table Wine Red (Virginia)Red BlendCooper Vineyards
2343723436ArgentinaTropical, soapy aromas are yeasty and flat. Flavors of lychee and melon have no follow-through and finish mealy.8013Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTres Exilios 2013 Chardonnay (Mendoza)ChardonnayTres Exilios
2343823437ArgentinaCandied plum and red berry aromas smell like red licorice. Flavors are raisiny, with sourness and astringency.Estate Bottled805Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachTerrenal 2013 Estate Bottled Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecTerrenal
2345123450USDry, soft and simple, with pleasant flavors of grilled cherries, raspberries, cola, red licorice, red currants and smoky oak. The texture is nice and silky. Drink now.8632CaliforniaYork MountainCentral CoastCalcareous 2007 Pinot Noir (York Mountain)Pinot NoirCalcareous
2345223451USBlack cherry, mocha and pepper lead on this easy-drinking red from Chaddsford. On the palate, soft cherry fruit, cedar spice and chocolate give the wine a luscious edge. Pair with Mexican mole, spiced ribs or pasta.8619PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaChaddsford 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Pennsylvania)Cabernet SauvignonChaddsford
2343923438FranceThis is full of fruit and weighty tannins. Coming from one of the finest vineyards in Burgundy, it is going to have great power and an opulent nature. This wine also has elegance, its black fruits controlled and with a mineral edge. That doesn't take away the power, it enhances the stylishness of this grand wine. Drink from 2020.96240BurgundyChambertinRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Rossignol-Trapet 2011 ChambertinPinot NoirDomaine Rossignol-Trapet
2345323452USUngainly, with stiff, puckery tannins giving a hard astringency, and unintegrated oak sticking out. Somewhere inbetween are modest cherry, anise and herb flavors. Pretty good, but not likely to go anywhere, so drink now.Estate Grown8635CaliforniaOakvilleNapaTurnbull 2006 Estate Grown Merlot (Oakville)MerlotTurnbull
2345423453USA dry, tannic and severe Syrah. It's tart and sandpapery in the mouth, with a scoury mouthfeel, and although you'll find some cherries and currants, there's not enough richness to counterbalance the toughness.Paradise Road8630CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastJalama 2006 Paradise Road Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahJalama
2345523454SpainGrassy and pungent, with lime, citrus and white pepper on the nose. Tangy and simple across the palate, with basic pineapple and passion fruit flavors. Good but thins out on the finish, leaving leftover acidity.8615Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachMania 2008 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoMania
2344023439FranceInitially, this is a richly ripe wine with tropical fruit flavors. It also has an immense sense of structure that supports the fruit impressively. It's dense, concentrated, exuding power and solidity, while always keeping a sense of elegance. Drink from 2018.96315BurgundyChevalier-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Père & Fils 2011 Chevalier-MontrachetChardonnayBouchard Père & Fils
2345623455ItalyThis Moscato is a great value, a perfect opening for a big party. Made in a subtle, lightly sweet style, with sophisticated gardenia and white flower scents on the nose. A jazzy midpalate mineral note contributes some edge, while the elegant finish trails off into intriguing notes of fresh ginger and roasted pineapple. Drink up, no reason to age.Pitulé8613PiedmontMoscato d'AstiNeirano 2008 Pitulé (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoNeirano
2345723456ItalyFontanafredda's Moscato d'Asti is a cut above its competitors, with intense orange, grape and pear aromas that lead into a palate of white grapes and ground cherries. The medium finish is intensely sweet but an underlying freshness saves it from being cloying. Drink with a plate of mixed fruit.Moncucco8613PiedmontMoscato d'AstiFontanafredda 2007 Moncucco (Moscato d'Asti)MoscatoFontanafredda
2344123440FranceThis is powerful and rich, allowing just a note of freshness to creep into the firm structure. Dark tannins, black fruits and smoky wood flavors combine harmoniously, lending a sense of great power and long-term aging potential. Drink from 2019.Le Corton96115BurgundyCortonRoger Voss@vossrogerBouchard Père & Fils 2011 Le Corton (Corton)Pinot NoirBouchard Père & Fils
2345823457USCurrant, cola, spice and cherry lead this layered Cab from Delfosse. It's an approachable style but with added character: cinnamon spice, tobacco and black cherry on the palate is integrated and smooth. An elegant wine with ageable chops.8624VirginiaMonticelloSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaDelfosse 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Monticello)Cabernet SauvignonDelfosse
2345923458ItalyThis is a plush and upfront wine that offers succulent aromas of cherry, black fruit and plum. It glides clean down the palate thanks to its thick density and soft, smooth texture. The wine has the pulp and density to pair with most winter foods.8614PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaPelassa 2005 Barbera d'AlbaBarberaPelassa
2346023459USMade in the California style, with very ripe pineapple and apple fruit, elaborated by French oak barrels, malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging. The result will appeal to many, even if it's a bit obvious and direct.October Night Vineyard8625CaliforniaArroyo SecoCentral CoastJ. Lohr 2006 October Night Vineyard Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)ChardonnayJ. Lohr
2344223441SpainThis could be the best Astrales to date. Alluring scents of plum, blueberry and spice are backed by balsam dust and briary pipe-tobacco aromas. Deep and tannic on the palate, then packed with mocha, chocolate, toasted marshmallow, cassis and cherry cough drop flavors, this is fixed and firm now, with a staunch, intense, nervy finish. Drink from 2015–2028.9690Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachAstrales 2010 Ribera del DueroTinto FinoAstrales
2344323442ItalyLight-bodied and lacking in tannin, this is a more traditional Barbera, with attractive mixed berry fruit on the nose, followed by forest floor and graham cracker flavors in the mouth. Drink now.8615PiedmontBarbera d'Alba SuperioreVeglio 2007 Barbera d'Alba SuperioreBarberaVeglio
2344423443ArgentinaFor everyday consumption, this is good Cabernet with rousing fruit, body and pulse. The nose has smoke, rubber, pepper and cured meat to go with berry and cassis aromas, and the palate is very fruity, driving and loaded with flavorful cherry, raspberry and plum fruit. Not refined but good and honest.8611OtherSan JuanMichael Schachner@wineschachTour 52 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (San Juan)Cabernet SauvignonTour 52
2344523444ItalyThis wine seems to have a bit of everything. Lovely aromas of fresh cut grass mix with pear and melon on the nose while the palate offers some nice minerality and ends on a lingering peach note. Drink now to two years.Cortese di Gavi8621PiedmontCortese di GaviPio Cesare 2008 Cortese di Gavi (Cortese di Gavi)CortesePio Cesare
2344623445USFeels a bit one-dimensional now, showing fruit and oak sweetness and ripe, forward cherry pie and spice flavors. Could age, but the simple structure suggests otherwise. Drink this southern Rhône-style blend now.The Pick8640CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastTerry Hoage 2007 The Pick Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendTerry Hoage
2344723446ItalyAn unfussy nose of rapberries and grape jam leads to a crisp, juicy palate that finishes with appealing blackberry flavors. The lack of tannin makes this smooth example a good choice for pasta in a tomato sauce.Quattro Fratelli8625PiedmontBarbera d'AlbaBoroli 2006 Quattro Fratelli (Barbera d'Alba)BarberaBoroli
2344823447ItalyMuscular tannins nearly mask raspberry and cherry notes in this structured red. The juicy palate leads to a fairly long, earthy finish. Drink with pepperoni and sausage pizza.Pian Balbo8618PiedmontDolcetto d'AlbaPoderi Colla 2006 Pian Balbo (Dolcetto d'Alba)DolcettoPoderi Colla
2344923448USThe delicate nose on this reserve Chard offers citrus and flowers with a touch of nutty spice. On the palate, it's a straightforward white with elements of lemon citrus, grapefruit and hazelnut. An easy-drinking Chardonnay with class.Estate Bottled Reserve8620New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLamoreaux Landing 2007 Estate Bottled Reserve Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)ChardonnayLamoreaux Landing
2345023449ArgentinaInviting raspberry and cherry aromas have a tiny level of volatility, while the palate is chunky, bold and edgy, with big berry flavors leading the way. Full on the finish, with some oak and vanilla to give it padding. Lively, full-bodied Cabernet that's pretty good in the long run.Finca La Florencia8614Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Cassone 2007 Finca La Florencia Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)Cabernet SauvignonFamilia Cassone

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