Wine Reviews

2547325472CyprusMade from Xynisteri, a white Cypriot variety, this fresh, fruity wine is both easydrinking and food friendly. The nose offers citrus, flowers and melon, with like flavors that are both light and balanced. A terrific warm weather sip.Alina Medium Dry White Wine8715CyprusSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaPanayia 2008 Alina Medium Dry White Wine White (Cyprus)White BlendPanayia
2547425473USDry and tannic, with black cherry, blackberry, leather, cedar and peppery spice flavors. A tough, gritty wine that needs serious decanting.Campfire Red8745CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPursuit 2006 Campfire Red Red (Napa Valley)Red BlendPursuit
2547525474USMade from Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro (Mourvèdre), this hearty wine currently is sweet and full in primary cherry, blackberry, plum and cedar flavors, with a touch of raisins in the finish. It should slowly develop over the next 4–6 years before heading inexorably downhill.Geyserville8735CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaRidge 2007 Geyserville Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendRidge
2547625475USVery delicious in flavor, with rich cherries, red currants, cola, caramelized oak, anise, cocoa and pepper, and the texture is as smooth as silk. But curiously soft, showing more elegance than depth. Drink now.Aubaine Vineyards8740CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCentral CoastStephen Ross 2006 Aubaine Vineyards Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)Pinot NoirStephen Ross
2547725476USVery rich and fruity, offering waves of ripe crushed pineapples, pears, vanilla bean, buttered popcorn and spices. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in sheer power.Stuhlmuller Vineyard INOX8732CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaThomas George 2008 Stuhlmuller Vineyard INOX Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)ChardonnayThomas George
2547825477USSoft, herbal and very fruity, with ripe blackberry, cherry and black raspberry flavors. The herbs show up as a background note of sage and dill. Polished and dry, with earthy tannins, and best now–2011.Cyrus8755CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaAlexander Valley Vineyards 2005 Cyrus Red (Alexander Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendAlexander Valley Vineyards
2547925478ArgentinaRound, melony and pleasant, with tropical/floral aromas. Flavorwise, it's all about medium-intensity melon and lychee, and as Torrontés goes this one is likable and well made. It covers the tropical fruit bases and adds in some peppery dryness on the finish.Classic8712OtherSaltaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlta Vista 2008 Classic Torrontés (Salta)TorrontésAlta Vista
2548025479USSometimes, you just want a white that's dry, crisp and mouth-cleansing, to wash down that chicken salad sandwich or drink with savory hors d'oeuvres. This Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay blend fills that need admirably. It's dry and rich in citrus fruits, with stimulating acidity. Sommeliers, buy this one up.Beachfront8718CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaBedarra 2008 Beachfront White (Dry Creek Valley)White BlendBedarra
2547125470USGood and smooth, with complex Napa tannins and flavors of black currants and cedar along with a firm earthy minerality that must come from the soil. A bit tannic and distant, though. Needs some time. Better after 2011, but not a longterm ager.Yverdon Vineyard Estate8870CaliforniaSpring Mountain DistrictNapaTerra Valentine 2006 Yverdon Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonTerra Valentine
2548125480FranceThis is the second wine of Vieille Cure, one of the leading Fronsac estates. It is aging well, moving from fruit to mature, secondary flavors, softening in the process. Wood aging has balanced the blackberry fruit with spice and made it ready to drink.Sacristie de la Vieille Cure8917BordeauxFronsacRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Vieille Cure 2012 Sacristie de la Vieille Cure (Fronsac)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau la Vieille Cure
2548225481FranceFrom a château that has vineyards in both Blaye and Bourg, this wine is redolent of black currant, both on the nose and on the palate. The wood and tannins lend support, giving plenty of space for the ripe fruitiness and juicy acidity. Drink from 2020.8921BordeauxBlaye Côtes de BordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Métairie Neuve 2015 Blaye Côtes de BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Métairie Neuve
2548325482FranceThis second wine from the estate offers spice and mushroom aromas that indicate it's now mature. Ripe and smooth, with attractive secondary flavors, it's spicy, meaty and ready to drink.L'Etendard de Château Valade8928BordeauxSaint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Valade 2012 L'Etendard de Château Valade (Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Valade
2548425483AustraliaFrom one of the region's leading producers and biodynamic rockstars, this wine stands out from the crowd. It offers apple tart, lemon rind and wild mint, with some floral soap notes. The acidity is present but not overpowering, balanced by some textural weight and an attractive citrus and spice finish.Ephraim Clarke8935Western AustraliaMargaret RiverCullen 2015 Ephraim Clarke Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Margaret River)Sauvignon Blanc-SemillonCullen
2548525484BulgariaAromas of mint, talcum powder and dried cherry lead you to a delightful palate of red and black plums and black raspberries. Soft tannins and a persistent finish make this a notable Bulgarian Merlot.Reserve8912Thracian ValleyJeff Jenssen@worldwineguysDomaine Boyar 2015 Reserve Merlot (Thracian Valley)MerlotDomaine Boyar
2548625485UruguayAn opaque color is appropriate for this fully extracted Tannat. Aromas of blackberry, sandalwood and exotic spices are a strong point, while the palate is primed with grating acidity. Full blackberry, cassis and herbal flavors finish cool and toasty but long due to the wine's full-force acidity.Domaine Castelar Vineyard8940CanelonesMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Deicas 2015 Domaine Castelar Vineyard Tannat (Canelones)TannatFamilia Deicas
2548725486ItalyA blend of organically cultivated Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone, this has enticing aromas of red berry and fragrant blue flower. The juicy palate offers red cherry, red currant and a hint of green pepper alongside smooth tannins and fresh acidity. Enjoy soon.La Corte del Pozzo8928VenetoValpolicellaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGino Fasoli 2016 La Corte del Pozzo (Valpolicella)Red BlendGino Fasoli
2547225471ItalyHere's an evolved and sophisticated oak-aged white wine from Italy's Lake Garda that shows its six years in the bottle nicely. The wine is thick and dense with aromas of honey, nut and butter. Drink now.Argillaia I Fondatori8819LombardyLuganaFabiano 2003 Argillaia I Fondatori (Lugana)White BlendFabiano
2548825487PortugalThe wine is soft, smooth and full of rich berry fruits. The blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet gives a warm southern feel: ripe wine, sunshine and soft tannins. Wood aging has smoothed the bold fruits and created a full generous aftertaste. Drink now.Private Selection8925Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade da Comporta 2014 Private Selection Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedHerdade da Comporta
2548925488USFully ripe fruit flavors are accented by light toast and spice notes in this full-bodied and extremely smooth-textured wine. Dense ripe blackberry and dark chocolate flavors seem to coat the palate, and moderate tannins provide good grip.Shirtail Ranches8919CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsHess 2015 Shirtail Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast)Cabernet SauvignonHess
2549025489PortugalA generous blend of Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Syrah, this is firm with tannins and packed with ripe blackberry fruits. Six months in wood added a toasty character enhancing the complexity and depth of the wine. Drink from 2019.Superior8915AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerMonte da Ravasqueira 2016 Superior Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedMonte da Ravasqueira
2549125490USFresh aromas of dark violets, sweet lavender, elderberry and a light teriyaki glaze show on the nose of this extra barrel-aged bottling. It's medium bodied on the palate, where dark fruits meet with elderflower and more purple flowers. It's still a bit reserved.Watch Hill Vineyard EBA8940CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMontemar Wines 2012 Watch Hill Vineyard EBA Syrah (Santa Barbara County)SyrahMontemar Wines
2549225491MoroccoThis dark-ruby wine offers a bouquet of black cherry and violet. There is a nice balance of bright fruit and silky tannins amid flavors of cherry, cola, cranberry and mocha, with the slightest hint of green pepper. The long-lasting finish is marked by a fruity brightness.Médallion8918ZenataMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOuled Thaleb 2014 Médallion Red (Zenata)Cabernet BlendOuled Thaleb
2549325492USExuberantly fruity, this full-bodied wine smells and tastes like black-cherry juice, and is nicely dry on the palate. Good fruit acidity and moderate tannins balance all the fruit concentration and high alcohol level.Shake Ridge Ranch8945CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsPortalupi 2015 Shake Ridge Ranch Barbera (Amador County)BarberaPortalupi
2549425493PortugalProduced by the winemaking team of Casa Santos Lima in Lisboa, this wine has rich black fruits and a soft texture. Its depth, concentration and richness are finely integrated—full and fruity with a core of firmer tannins. Drink now.Sete Vales8918DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Porrais 2015 Sete Vales Red (Douro)Portuguese RedQuinta de Porrais
2549525494ChileBriary, minty berry aromas are highly herbal and straight from the traditional Chilean recipe. This is saturated and full-bodied, with scratchy tannins that do nothing to tame the mouthfeel. Heavily blackened and toasted berry flavors are spicy like pepper, while a chocolaty, dry finish is made firm by arid tannins. Drink through 2025.Private8933Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachValle Secreto 2013 Private Cabernet Franc (Cachapoal Valley)Cabernet FrancValle Secreto
2549625495ItalyAfter a few swirls of the glass, this reveals mouthwatering aromas of wild berry, dark culinary spice and a light balsamic note. It's soft, smooth and totally accessible, with juicy black cherry, licorice and black pepper flavors framed in polished tannins.Vigna Morlongo8919VenetoBardolino ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVillabella 2015 Vigna Morlongo (Bardolino Classico)Red BlendVillabella
2549725496PortugalA four-way blend creates ripe fruit and generous tannins in an easy smooth wine. Ripe berry fruits are balanced by the acidity with touches of wood and spice giving a complete wine that is ready to drink.Dory Tinto8812LisboaRoger Voss@vossrogerAdega Mãe 2015 Dory Tinto Red (Lisboa)Portuguese RedAdega Mãe
2549825497UruguayThis Tannat (with 15% Viognier) is full and oaky up front, with vanilla notes accenting berry aromas. Astringent tannins make for a rubbery palate. Lightly stewed flavors of plum and mixed spices finish long, with a note of herbal tomato.Reserve Tannat-Viognier8819UruguayMichael Schachner@wineschachAlto de la Ballena 2011 Reserve Tannat-Viognier Red (Uruguay)Red BlendAlto de la Ballena
2549925498ItalyAromas of prune, raisin and baking spice lead the nose. The youthfully austere, primary palate shows raisin and ground pepper alongside bracing tannins that clench the finish. Give the tannins another couple of years then drink to capture the remaining fruit.Collepiano8850Central ItalyMontefalco SagrantinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeArnaldo Caprai 2013 Collepiano (Montefalco Sagrantino)SagrantinoArnaldo Caprai
2550025499PortugalA short eight months in small barrels (Portuguese meia-pipa) has given this ripe blend of Castelão and Syrah its rich texture and fine balance. Poised between rich blackberry fruits and firm tannins, it is balanced and with the potential to age further. It will be best from late 2018.Meia Pipa Private Selection Castelão-Syrah88Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerBacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2014 Meia Pipa Private Selection Castelão-Syrah Red (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese RedBacalhôa Wines of Portugal

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