Wine Reviews


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2514125140USTastes sharp in acidity and frankly sweet, with sugary blackberry and cherry jam flavors that finish in a swirl of baking spices. The blend is Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah.Cruvée Lot III8636CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherCinnabar NV Cruvée Lot III Red (California)Red BlendCinnabar
2514225141FranceBoizel is one of those enlightened producers that indicates the date of disgorgement—and therefore how fresh the wine is likely to be—on its nonvintage bottlings. This Brut, from an April 2014 disgorgement, is an attractively fruity wine with fresh acidity, ripe red apples and a light, bright aftertaste. Drink now.Brut Réserve8845ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBoizel NV Brut Réserve (Champagne)Champagne BlendBoizel
2514325142FranceParticularly rich, this is full of red fruit and offers a generous texture. The attractive pale pink color is followed by a crisp fruitiness and a floral character that gives an aromatic as well as full-bodied feeling. Balanced and fruity, it should stay in the bottle until 2016.Brut Rosé8852ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBoizel NV Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendBoizel
2514425143PortugalThis is full of bitter marmalade and maple syrup flavors while also showing considerable wood-aging flavors. It is structured, still showing some hints of fruit while also bringing out a strongly mature character.20-Years-Old Tawny8855PortRoger Voss@vossrogerBurmester NV 20-Years-Old Tawny (Port)PortBurmester
2514525144USSilky in high-toned flavors of red cherry, this is light and enjoyable. A memorable jolt of acidity on the finish nicely ties things up and gives the wine a mouthwatering quality.Burke Family Vineyard8845CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChurchill Cellars 2012 Burke Family Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirChurchill Cellars
2514625145USA pink-tinged copper color and a pleasing blend of flavors make this sparkling wine from Schramsberg easy to enjoy. The aromas suggest cherries and cinnamon, the flavor is like tart raspberry and the texture is smooth with fine bubbles.Brut Rose8828CaliforniaCaliforniaCalifornia OtherJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMirabelle NV Brut Rose Sparkling (California)Sparkling BlendMirabelle
2514725146FranceThis is a ripe, lightly pink-colored wine, full of red fruits as well as crisp acidity. It is soft, with a gentle creamy mousse that rounds out in the mouth. It's ready to drink, leaving a warm while fresh aftertaste.Impérial Brut Rosé8850ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerMoët & Chandon NV Impérial Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendMoët & Chandon
2514825147FranceSome firm tannins lie at the back of this dry, solid wine. It has dark plum fruits, juicy acidity and a fresher aftertaste. It's balanced and needs a little aging. Drink from 2017.88BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerNuiton-Beaunoy 2012 PommardPinot NoirNuiton-Beaunoy
2514925148USHarvested from six different vineyard sites, this wine employed 10% stems and 10% new oak for a brooding sense of blue and red berry, the acidity plenty zesty and tannins softly measured.8840CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRed Car 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirRed Car
2515025149ItalyMade entirely with Chardonnay, this delivers delicate aromas of stone fruit, citrus and white almond. The bright palate offers up mature yellow apple, vanilla and a hint of lemon pastry alongside a persistent perlage.Brut Saten8847LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRicci Curbastro 2009 Brut Saten Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayRicci Curbastro
2515125150PortugalA rich, spicy wood-aged wine, this has as much vanilla as fruit. That gives a strongly toasty character to the wine that needs to soften to bring out the green plum and melon flavors and the acidity. It's obviously a ripe wine, leaving a pepper character from the alcohol at the end.Reserva8815AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerRoquevale 2011 Reserva White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteRoquevale
2515225151USAn intriguing wine with notes of dried apricot, lees and honeycomb. The throttle is pulled back in terms of feel while it still possesses a lot of richness to the fruit flavors and an impressively long finish.Anna Maria8818OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportValley View 2012 Anna Maria Viognier (Rogue Valley)ViognierValley View
2515325152SpainDry, spicy, woody, earthy berry aromas are common for Rioja. This is bouncy and full of tomato-like acidity, while favors of tobacco, reedy berry fruits and spice are a touch green in the middle. On the finish, this is rough but true to the vintage, which was notoriously cold, wet and difficult.Javier San Pedro Reserva8824Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachVallobera 2008 Javier San Pedro Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloVallobera
2515425153PortugalThis is a rich style of Vinho Verde, smooth and ripe. Apricots and marmalade oranges dominate the flavor profile, while the citrus character pushes through strongly at the end. It's very fresh and could probably age until mid-2015.Colheita Seleccionada8812Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa de Vilacetinho 2013 Colheita Seleccionada Avesso (Vinho Verde)AvessoCasa de Vilacetinho
2515525154SpainBig, roasted, stalky berry aromas are more saucy than bright and focused. This is a bulky, thick warm-vintage wine without a lot of acidic cut. Flavors of loamy, baked berry and fig finish soft, spicy and baked. Drink now.8824Northern SpainRibera del DueroMichael Schachner@wineschachComenge 2009 Ribera del DueroTempranilloComenge
2515625155SpainInitially this smells horsey and a bit green, but with airing it improves. In the mouth, hard tannins and aggressiveness rule the show. Flavors of baked, meaty, toasty berry fruits finish smoky, chocolaty and savory, with a pinch of green herbs.Crianza8820Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachDamalisco 2009 Crianza (Toro)Tinta de ToroDamalisco
2515725156ItalyAged in large Slavonian casks, this straightforward but robust wine features aromas of dried blue flowers, black currants, dried cherry and prune that carry over to the palate along with ground white pepper and cedar sensations. The warmth of alcohol appears on the midpalate.8845VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDomìni Veneti 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendDomìni Veneti
2515825157GermanySavory whiffs of ramps and pollen blow off with aeration to reveal fresh scents of tangerine and apple. On the palate, it's off dry with intensely concentrated flavors of pink grapefruit and white peach. Zesty lime acidity lingers on the finish.Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett8820MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Fischer 2012 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Fischer
2515925158GermanyA veritable kaleidoscope of scents, this off-dry Riesling transitions frenetically from a range of aromas—grassy and herbal, to stony and mineral, then suddenly ripe with stone fruit and honey. The palate is juicy and quaffable with sweet pink-grapefruit flavor accented by a brisk, lemon-lime finish.Wehlener Klosterberg8817MoselAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Pauly Bergweiler 2012 Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling (Mosel)RieslingDr. Pauly Bergweiler
2516025159SpainThere's a lot of funk and animal hide on the nose of this earthy Toro. The palate is so concentrated it's like syrup, while flavors of leafy, earthy berry fruits are accented by chocolate and pepper. This finishes toasty, oaky and spicy, but also heavy and sticky.8828Northern SpainToroMichael Schachner@wineschachElias Mora 2011 ToroTinta de ToroElias Mora
2516125160PortugalFull and rounded, the wine is rich and smooth, cut with acidity and a steely, mineral texture. With Arinto, Vital and Viosinho in the blend, pineapple and peach flavors are dominant and ripe. It's a full-bodied wine that is ready to drink.Vale de Mata Branco8821LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade do Rocim 2013 Vale de Mata Branco White (Lisboa)Portuguese WhiteHerdade do Rocim
2516225161USThis brings substantial density to the midpalate, mixing fresh flavors of strawberry, cherry cola and malted chocolate. It gains focus and grip as it breathes open. A slim frame of stem and earth sets up the finish.8828OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Joleté 2012 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirJoleté
2516325162ItalyThis frothy wine opens with floral aromas that recall acacia flower, dried chamomile and a whiff of honey. The palate offers yellow apple, peach and a hint of bread crust alongside brisk acidity. It ends on a note of bitter almond.Naturalis Extra Brut8834LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeLa Valle 2007 Naturalis Extra Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendLa Valle
2516425163FranceFresh and juicy, this is a soft and rounded wine. It has gentle tannins, along with stylish acidity and red fruit flavors. Already, it is becoming drinkable, so don't expect the wine to age over the long term. Drink from 2016.8880BurgundyChambolle-MusignyRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2011 Chambolle-MusignyPinot NoirManuel Olivier
2516525164USA 50-50 sparking blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes given more time in bottle, the DVX is light golden in color. Yeasty on the nose and dry on the palate, it offers a flurry of rich, full-bodied apple and wild berry layered atop a thick layer of minerality.DVX8860CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneMumm Napa 2007 DVX Sparkling (Napa Valley)Sparkling BlendMumm Napa
2516625165USFrom a limestone-laden vineyard 25 miles east of the cool Monterey Bay comes a solid wine redolent with notes of black cherry, toasted sage, cedar and cinnamon. It's big and tannic on the palate, with flavors of blackberry syrup, black licorice and espresso.Estate8818CaliforniaCienega ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannPietra Santa 2012 Estate Pinot Noir (Cienega Valley)Pinot NoirPietra Santa
2516725166FranceVery dry, this has almost no dosage, but it delivers great fruitiness, a crisp and steely structure and lively acidity. Red fruits dominate this fresh and lively wine that is ready to drink.Sauvage Brut Rosé8845ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPiper-Heidsieck NV Sauvage Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendPiper-Heidsieck
2516825167FranceCrisp, light, almost delicate, this is certainly sophisticated wine. With lively acidity, bright white fruits and a tangy minerality, it does everything this style of Champagne should do. Over the years, as the grapes in Champagne get riper, this cuvée has become drier, while remaining well balanced.Brut Royal8845ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerPommery NV Brut Royal (Champagne)Champagne BlendPommery
2516925168USRose petals and strawberries combine in the floral nose, then are underscored with bracing minerality. There's just a wisp of sweetness to leaven the acids.Rosé8817OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Redhawk 2013 Rosé Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirRedhawk
2517025169USA beguiling wine with notes of green apple, slate and botrytis. It drinks off dry with tart, mouthwatering acidity. The concentration isn't all there throughout but there is still much to enjoy.Prayer Rock Vineyards Engedi & Onyx Bloc8821OregonUmpqua ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportReustle 2011 Prayer Rock Vineyards Engedi & Onyx Bloc Riesling (Umpqua Valley)RieslingReustle

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