Wine Reviews

2473424733USThe wine feels overworked, with oak used to make it richer. The result is dry, tart and thin, except for all that buttered toast.Estate8550CaliforniaRutherfordNapaD.R. Stephens 2012 Estate Chardonnay (Rutherford)ChardonnayD.R. Stephens
2473524734ItalyIt starts with aromas of yellow flower and a hint of exotic fruit. The fruity palate offers sweet peach, banana and a hint of bitter almond. Pair this with light first courses like pasta topped with vegetables.Corte Giacobbe8512VenetoSoaveKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe 2012 Corte Giacobbe (Soave)GarganegaDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe
2473624735ItalyAged in large casks, this opens with aromas of toast, oak, and espresso. The palate offers fleeting Golden Delicous apple and citrus along with more persistent toasted oak sensations. Overall it lacks the fruit richness needed to support the evident wood influence.Vigneto Runcata8529VenetoSoave SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe 2012 Vigneto Runcata (Soave Superiore)GarganegaDal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe
2473724736PortugalThis is a typically light, fruity and off dry Vinho Verde. It has an attractive, refreshing prickle on the tongue followed by crisp apples and citrus flavors. Clean, fresh and ready to drink.Xadrez85Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerDão Sul 2013 Xadrez White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteDão Sul
2473824737FranceThis Gaillac-like blend of Braucol, Duras and Syrah gives rich fruitiness and soft tannins. The wine is juicy, full of red berry and spice and an attractive light touch. It's ready to drink.Le Rouge8516Southwest FranceCôtes du TarnRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine D'en Ségur 2010 Le Rouge Red (Côtes du Tarn)Red BlendDomaine D'en Ségur
2473924738FranceA fruity, very young wine, it has red berry fruits balanced by a dry texture. While it is full of fruits, it does need to broaden out and bring in some balanced structure. Give it until 2015.Déese Méditrina8516Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine du Théron 2012 Déese Méditrina Malbec (Cahors)MalbecDomaine du Théron
2474024739USThis wine, even at the age of four-plus years, remains dry, tannic and acidic. It has modest raspberry and cherry jam fruit, but isn't going anywhere.La Encantada Vineyard8543CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastDue Cani 2009 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirDue Cani
2472124720USThis inky-black Bordeaux blend is based on Cabernet Sauvignon. It's bone dry, tremendously hard in tannins and also quite acidic, giving the overall impression of tough rusticity. However, there's a tremendous core of blackberries and cassis. Decant and drink now.Claret8622CaliforniaPaicinesCentral CoastDonati 2011 Claret Red (Paicines)Bordeaux-style Red BlendDonati
2474124740USThe winery specializes in Zinfandel. While the Maboroshi Vineyard has produced great Pinots for other wineries, this one is tough in tannins. Give it a good, long decant and drink up.Maborishi Reserve8542CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaDutcher Crossing 2012 Maborishi Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirDutcher Crossing
2474224741ItalyPretty fragrances include white flowers and green apple. The fresh, linear palate offers pear and Granny Smith apple with a hint of lemon zest. Pair with light pasta dishes or sip as an apéritif.Torrediluna8513Northeastern ItalyVenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2012 Torrediluna Pinot Grigio (Venezie)Pinot GrigioLechthaler
2472224721USPerhaps because of the cold vintage, the wine is unsatsifyingly dry, tannic and acidic, showing only hints of sour cherry candy, cola and green mint tea. Not an ager, so drink up.Doctor's Vineyard8648CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastDue Cani 2011 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirDue Cani
2474324742USDry, tannic and severe, this Merlot has modest blackberry and cherry flavors. It's tough to appreciate right out of the bottle, and won't age, so give it an hour or two in a decanter.Flood Family Vineyards8520CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastRancho Sisquoc 2011 Flood Family Vineyards Merlot (Santa Barbara County)MerlotRancho Sisquoc
2472324722ChileMore than four years after this wine was bottled, it is mildly oxidized and waxy on the nose, with apricot and baked apple aromas. The mouthfeel is soft and resiny, while flavors of nutty white fruits finish creamy. This smells and tastes past its prime.Sol de Sol8535MallecoMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Aquitania 2009 Sol de Sol Chardonnay (Malleco)ChardonnayViña Aquitania
2474424743USExcessive tartness is the chief fault of this wine. The tannins are faultlessly beautiful, and the flavors, of crushed summer blackberries, teriaki beef, green tea and black pepper, are complex. But that cut of acidity is severe.Flood Family Vineyards8525CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastRancho Sisquoc 2011 Flood Family Vineyards Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahRancho Sisquoc
2472424723PortugalSoft, smooth and fruity, this polished wine is full of red berry fruits and a touch of licorice. The juicy, ripe, immediately attractive aftertaste comes from the local Castelão grapes in the blend. Drink now.Monte da Baía8511Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2012 Monte da Baía Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedWines & Winemakers
2474524744USThis tasty but ultimately simple Pinot is soft and sweetly forward in raspberry jam, cola, brown sugar and oak flavors. Drink up.8524CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastSanta Barbara Winery 2012 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirSanta Barbara Winery
2472524724USOaky flavors of caramel, honey and butterscotch dominate. It's dry and crisp in acidity, with suggestions of limes and mangoes.Reserve8525CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaBalverne 2012 Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBalverne
2474624745ChileSharp aromas of prickly red fruits and barrel scents are lively, while a dry palate comes with a resiny coating of oak. Flavors of earthy berry, pepper and herbs finish minty in flavor, with unresolved tomato-like acidity.Ona Special Reserve8519Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachAnakena 2011 Ona Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAnakena
2474724746FranceA fresh, juicy wine that does everything a Beaujolais should. With its cherry fruit and bright acidity, it would be great with turkey. Enjoy it now.Cuvée Rochebonne8517BeaujolaisBeaujolaisRoger Voss@vossrogerTrenel Fils 2011 Cuvée Rochebonne (Beaujolais)GamayTrenel Fils
2474824747PortugalAn herbaceous, youthful wine that can be drunk immediately for its fresh, crisp fruits. It's light and bright.Vinha Padre Pedro Branco8510TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Cadaval 2013 Vinha Padre Pedro Branco White (Tejo)Portuguese WhiteCasa Cadaval
2472624725USThis coastal Chardonnay is ripe and forward in apricots, orange and mangoes, bright in acidity and strong in oaky flavors of buttered toast.8524CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastBernardus 2012 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayBernardus
2474924748ChileThis block-selection Syrah is a kissing cousin of Polkura's more basic yet excellent Syrah from Marchigue in western Colchagua. It shows plenty of oak, vanilla and black-fruit ripeness, but on the palate it's nicely balanced and runs a mile deep. Toasty, smoky blackberry flavors end with mocha notes and oomph. Drink through 2019.Block g+i9340MarchigueMichael Schachner@wineschachPolkura 2012 Block g+i Syrah (Marchigue)SyrahPolkura
2472724726FranceA soft and gently fruity wine that has simple apple flavors and an attractive level of acidity. The wine, with its warm fruit, is ready to drink.8516BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerTrenel Fils 2012 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayTrenel Fils
2475024749USA new top-end series from Iris Rideau and winemaker Adrienne St. John, this bottling, named after Iris's mother who turned 98 recently, shows roasted beef, lavender, blackberry coulis and a touch of black gravel on the nose. The palate offers mole-like flavors of chocolate and dried fruit, with blueberry skin and espresso notes proving quite interesting and elegant.Daliet Reserve9370CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRideau 2013 Daliet Reserve Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)SyrahRideau
2472824727USJammy in orange, apricot and pineapple fruits, this Chard has an overlay of oak that brings notes of sweet buttered toast and vanilla. It's a simple wine, but has fine acidity.8529CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastKessler-Haak 2012 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)ChardonnayKessler-Haak
2472924728ItalyThis well-priced wine shows Cabernet's lighter side. It offers bright sensations of red currant, hints of cedar wood and baking spices along fresh acidity and supple tannins. It's is made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.Torrediluna8513Northeastern ItalyVenezieKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLechthaler 2011 Torrediluna Cabernet (Venezie)CabernetLechthaler
2473024729USIt's rich in blackberry jam, with heady notes of cassis liqueur and sweet oak. At this price, it's a great everyday wine.8513CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherLeese-Fitch 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)Cabernet SauvignonLeese-Fitch
2473124730ItalyAromas include toasted wood, smoky mineral and yellow apples. The palate offers oak, a hint of lemon zest and a medicinal sensation alongside racy acidity. There's not enough fruit richness to support the oak or the acidity. It ends on a bitter note.Madonna della Scoperta8531LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePerla del Garda 2010 Madonna della Scoperta (Lugana)TurbianaPerla del Garda
2473224731FranceThis is a lightly creamy, fruity wine. With touches of citrus, bitter orange and a good burst of acidity, it is balanced, ripe and ready to drink.8535BordeauxGravesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Janicon 2011 GravesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau de Janicon
2473324732FranceBold and juicy, this is a ripe, forward wine. With red berry fruits prominent, it conveys attractive fruitiness. Tannins in the background suggest medium-term aging. Drink from 2016.8515BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Mazails 2011 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Mazails

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