Wine Reviews

2529125290USBarbera topping 16% abv is a bit surprising, but despite this, the wine does not deliver much fruit power. It's chalky, hot and tannic, with the alcohol overpowering the simple red fruit.Elerding Vineyard8632WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Barking Frog 2010 Elerding Vineyard Barbera (Washington)BarberaBarking Frog
2529225291USBlackberries and cola are the flavors of this smooth, rather sweet Cabernet. It has brisk acidity, as befits a Central Coast red wine, and makes for polished drinking now.Estate Whitestone Vineyard8650CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastClos La Chance 2010 Estate Whitestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonClos La Chance
2529325292FranceA typical blend from Gascogne, the wine has both acidity and fresh, young fruitiness. Herbaceous and citrus-laced with gooseberries, the wine is bright and light without losing any of its intensity. Drink now and over the next year. Screwcap.8613Southwest FranceCôtes de GascogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Guillaman 2012 Colombard-Ugni Blanc (Côtes de Gascogne)Colombard-Ugni BlancDomaine Guillaman
2529425293FranceThis is a rather big, bulky Vacqueyras, but one that doesn't seem to have the flesh to completely carry its size. The modest cherry flavors blend with dark, earthy notes into a tangle of leather and dried fruit. If it fleshes out in another year or two, this rating may prove conservative. Drink now–2018.Domaine de Montbayon8625Rhône ValleyVacqueyrasJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzLouis Bernard 2010 Domaine de Montbayon Red (Vacqueyras)Rhône-style Red BlendLouis Bernard
2529525294USPretty scents of raspberry, baked strawberry, rose potpourri and exotic spice carry onto the lithe, open-knit palate. The dried herb and licorice flavors that extend onto the finish lend this Cabernet Franc a savory bent.Josie's Knoll8620VirginiaMonticelloLovingston 2011 Josie's Knoll Cabernet Franc (Monticello)Cabernet FrancLovingston
2529625295USThough no residual sugar is listed, this appears to have a hint of sweetness, along with light fruit flavors of strawberry and candied cherries.Rosé de8618WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Goose Ridge 2012 Rosé de Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley (WA))Pinot GrisGoose Ridge
2529725296ChileDark, crusty aromas of spice cherry, mint and black olive lead to a lively, zesty palate with strong acidity and oaky, minty berry flavors mixed with notes of carob and black pepper. Olive, herbs and blackberry flavors work the finish, which brings kick and mild heat.La Joya Gran Reserva8615Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Bisquertt 2011 La Joya Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonViña Bisquertt
2529825297ItalyBoasting both firm structure and smooth texture, this creamy white wine from the northeast of Italy can be paired with a long list of Mediterranean foods. Aromas include peach, white pear and almond blossom.8734Northeastern ItalyCollioVilla Russiz 2006 Pinot Bianco (Collio)Pinot BiancoVilla Russiz
2529925298ItalyVilla Russiz offers an elegant and delicately balanced Sauvignon that puts equal emphasis on bouquet and mouthfeel. You'll get aromas of passion fruit, cut grass, tomato leaf and the density and crispness necessary for keeping the palate refreshed.8734Northeastern ItalyCollioVilla Russiz 2006 Sauvignon (Collio)SauvignonVilla Russiz
2530025299ItalyThis vintage has shaped a bold and powerful expression of Friulano with deeply etched aromas of stone fruit and apricot and thick density in the mouth. This is an extremely food-friendly wine that would work well with elaborate dishes that include cheese or cream.8734Northeastern ItalyCollioVilla Russiz 2006 Tocai Friulano (Collio)Tocai FriulanoVilla Russiz
2530125300ItalyHere's a fresh and easygoing Friulano that counts consistency, persistency and texture as its strongest features. The wine is thick with glycerin and heft and although it offers straightforward aromas of honey and peach on the nose, its mouthfeel is actually very elegant.8734Northeastern ItalyCollioVilla Russiz 2007 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoVilla Russiz
2530225301ChileThis new brand from Santa Carolina is improving with each passing vintage. Nimbus SB is true to its Casablanca roots; it shows oily, green aromas, a spot of bell pepper and then prickly lemon-lime flavors. It's a good one for sushi and other seafoods, while the mouthfeel is racy and clean.Nimbus Estate Single Vineyard8712Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViña Casablanca 2008 Nimbus Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancViña Casablanca
2530325302USVineyard sources for this 100% varietal Syrah were mostly Yakima Valley growers; the cooperage was all French (22% new) and the alcohol levels were in proportion with the overall balance. It's a good wine, though not up to the standard of the exceptional Trust 2005 Syrah. Here you'll find light flavors of berry and tomato, fresh herbs and a little green edge to the tannins.8728WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trust 2006 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahTrust
2530425303ItalyA successful blend of Nero d'Avola and Shiraz, this velvety wine sees 12 months of oak aging for intense spice-driven aromas. Cedar, vanilla and toasted walnut come into play and the wine has a raw, succulent character in the mouth.TDG 65187Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaCalatrasi 2004 TDG 651 Red (Sicilia)Red BlendCalatrasi
2530525304ItalyThis “super Puglian” blend of Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot delivers simple but polished aromas of red cherry, blueberry, spice and toast. It has a solid, chewy finish and offers lush berry flavors on the palate.Varius8718Southern ItalySalentoCantele 2006 Varius Red (Salento)Red BlendCantele
2530625305FranceThis is certainly a rich wine, the yellow peach flavors ripe and concentrated. But there is also a hard core where the botrytis dominates and makes for a tight character. It is missing charm.87BordeauxSauternesRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Arche 2006 SauternesBordeaux-style White BlendChâteau d'Arche
2530725306FranceThe fresh, soft fruit is already drinkable and the tannins are light, as is the texture of the wine. The red berry flavors are attractively integrated, leaving simple freshness.87BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChateau Desmirail 2006 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChateau Desmirail
2530825307FranceThis austere wine broods on its black fruits and comes up with a dry character. The structure is the main element, tied into minerality, black plum skins, only showing freshness and juicy fruits on the vivid finish.87BordeauxMargauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Gurgue 2006 MargauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Gurgue
2530925308FranceA structured wine that gives pleasure from its ripe blackberry fruits as well as from its firm, food-friendly, spicy tannins. It has vibrant, vivid acidity that lifts the dense structure and gives an elegant feel to the close.8720BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lacombe Noaillac 2006 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Lacombe Noaillac
2531025309FranceStrong aromas of new wood are confirmed by the palate, where wood flavors dominate. This is a structured wine, showing fruit acidity under the wood and sufficient weight of red berry fruits to come through in another six months.8719BordeauxMédocRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Leboscq 2006 MédocBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Leboscq
2531125310ItalyAmerican wine lovers should definitely make an effort to seek and taste Pinot Bianco, a white wine from northern Italy. The variety has excellent structure and softness for easy food pairing and offers measured tones of peach and melon that won't interfere with delicate seafood dishes.Weisshaus8719Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeColterenzio 2007 Weisshaus Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige)Pinot BiancoColterenzio
2531225311USPacific Rim is a Riesling specialist, but makes a limited amount of Chenin Blanc; clearly a labor of love. Rare attention is given to this sadly degraded tasting room grape; here it has a chance to express more of its thrilling complexity. Bone dry and loaded with lemon, grapefruit and melon fruit, this adds floral hints and sweet hay in the nose, while balancing its young, leesy flavors with bright acids.8711WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Pacific Rim 2007 Chenin Blanc (Washington)Chenin BlancPacific Rim
2531325312South AfricaThe nose on this Sauvignon ranges from tropical fruit to green grass, and on the palate, a classy balance of acid and fruit, with a minerally backbone and a dry, crisp finish. Drink now and enjoy with fresh seafood.8713Western CapeSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPorcupine Ridge 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)Sauvignon BlancPorcupine Ridge
2531425313USShows fine Siduri character, a silky, dry wine with pleasant Pinot Noir flavors of cherries, currants, mocha and cola. Doesn't have the weight or density of the winery's single-vineyard wines, but the price is right.8720CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaSiduri 2007 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)Pinot NoirSiduri
2531525314USHere's a nice Merlot for drinking now. It's full-bodied and tannic, showing cherry and red currant flavors grounded with dried herbs. Gains a point for balance and elegance.8719CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaSouverain 2006 Merlot (Alexander Valley)MerlotSouverain
2531625315New ZealandAre fans of this 1970s rock group really big Sauvignon Blanc drinkers? Regardless of the answer to that question, the wine in the bottle is pretty good, offering smoky, slightly fumé-like notes, green hay and citrus aromas, grassy, grapefruity flavors and a moderately long, easy-to-like finish. Drink now; like the group, its best days may be behind it.Waihopai Ridge Clayfork Vineyard8722MarlboroughJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSteely Dan 2007 Waihopai Ridge Clayfork Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)Sauvignon BlancSteely Dan
2531725316ItalyThis white wine from Basilicata delivers sweet fruit aromas of passion fruit, green melon, papaya and peach. But there are also drying mineral tones that give it a clean and polished feel.Re Manfredi8722Southern ItalyBasilicataTerre degli Svevi 2007 Re Manfredi White (Basilicata)White BlendTerre degli Svevi
2531825317AustriaThis lightly sweet wine offers apples and cream and ripe apricot flavors. It is rich, but not obvious, the acidity and freshness just as important as the sweet fruit. It is clean, with a soft, ripe aftertaste.Guttenberg8718BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerHöpler 2006 Guttenberg Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland)Grüner VeltlinerHöpler
2531925318AustriaSoft, sweet, with the flavors of currants and dried sultanas, this is a relatively delicate wine, not intensely rich. It has an edge of botrytis along with a noticeable mineral character, giving a fresh acidity to finish.Beerenauslese8729BurgenlandRoger Voss@vossrogerHöpler NV Beerenauslese White (Burgenland)White BlendHöpler
2532025319USThis Rhône blend is based on Syrah. It's a typically soft, lush and slightly sweet Paso Robles red wine, with easy flavors of red currants, raspberries, cherries, chocolate, beef jerky and pepper.Hell's Kitchen8748CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastJada Vineyard & Winery 2006 Hell's Kitchen Red (Paso Robles)Rhône-style Red BlendJada Vineyard & Winery

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