Wine Reviews

2646126460ChileBlackberry and cola aromas are cool and collected. The palate has weight and texture to accompany berry, mint, herb and peppery flavors. Turns more herbal and roasted as it unwinds. Pepper and spice lead the finish.Alpha8824Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2009 Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahMontes
2646226461ItalyI Cantoni opens with an immediate bouquet of superripe fruit, candied cherry, spice and chocolate. It's a chewy, soft wine that could pair with piquant aged cheese.I Cantoni8830VenetoValpolicella Classico SuperioreNovaia 2008 I Cantoni (Valpolicella Classico Superiore)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraNovaia
2646326462ChileHerbal and scratchy up front, with spice, eucalyptus and raspberry aromas. The palate is concentrated and firm, with baked berry, olive and other warm, earthy flavors. Finishes toasty and tannic, with a chocolaty essence along with brown sugar. Made from Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot and Syrah in descending order.8840Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachPargua 2007 Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendPargua
2646426463ItalyThis Amarone seems a tad older than it really is thanks to slightly aged aromas of cured beef, cigar box, earth and used leather. But the freshness of the fruit does come through on the palate, promising many more drinking years ahead.Famiglia Pasqua8830VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaPasqua 2008 Famiglia Pasqua (Amarone della Valpolicella)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraPasqua
2646526464USVery, sweet, with molasses, oatmeal cookie, blackberry jam, chocolate, vanilla and spice flavors. Could be more concentrated for the sweetness. The blend is mainly Petite Sirah, with the balance comprised of traditional Port varieties.Noble Companion 10 Year Old Tawny8855CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaPrager NV Noble Companion 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Napa Valley)PortPrager
2646626465USAn acidic wine that doesn't offer much richness, but has other things going for it. It's low in alcohol and bone dry, with red cherry, tobacco, clove and pepper flavors. Grows on you for elegance. Drink with ahi tuna, steak tartare, ham, Chinese spare ribs.Vieilles Vignes8818CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastBirichino 2010 Vieilles Vignes Grenache (Central Coast)GrenacheBirichino
2646726466ItalyHere's an extremely floral and perfumed Amarone that is redolent of church incense and scented candle. You'll also get notes of pressed violets and spicy Indian curry on the thick, meaty finish.8846VenetoAmarone della ValpolicellaBrunelli 2008 Amarone della ValpolicellaCorvina, Rondinella, MolinaraBrunelli
2646826467USSolid and full-bodied, almost blocky, this big-boned Chardonnay wraps its banana and light tropical fruit flavors in a generous layer of toasty oak. The acidity keeps it fresh, but it's a drink-soon style.Dijon Clone 768827OregonChehalem MountainsWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Carabella 2008 Dijon Clone 76 Chardonnay (Chehalem Mountains)ChardonnayCarabella
2646926468FranceWhile it obviously has a relatively high dosage (added sweetness), this is still a fresh and balanced wine, with a mineral edge to go with the green apple flavors. The finish is ripe and soft.Blanc de Blancs Brut8840ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Bligny NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)ChardonnayChâteau de Bligny
2647026469ItalyFrom the far away 2002 vintage, this aged Amarone delivers tertiary aromas of polished mineral, ash, dried fruit, soy sauce and ginger chips. There's a pungent point of dried apple skin at the end. Drink now.XX Anni in Due Secoli8870VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoCorteforte 2002 XX Anni in Due Secoli (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraCorteforte
2647126470FranceWild strawberry flavors dominate this ultrafresh rosé. The wine, based on 90% Chardonnay and added Pinot Noir, is so fruity and ripe, while keeping a strict line in acidity.Rosé Brut8850ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerDe Sousa & Fils NV Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendDe Sousa & Fils
2647226471FranceDry Riesling from vineyards in Turckheim. It has a great steely core, and layers of perfume and intense acidity. It is crisp, concentrated while remaining poised and elegant.Terroir d'Alsace88AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Terroir d'Alsace Riesling (Alsace)RieslingDomaine Zind-Humbrecht
2647326472ChileLively and tangy, but refreshing as it captures the new Chilean style of racy Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is spritzy, with lime, orange peel and tart apple flavors. Cleansing on the finish. Good value and purity for the money.BrisAndes8811Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2011 BrisAndes Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)Sauvignon BlancDomaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
2647426473ItalyRipasso Le Quare shows very nice integration of bright fruit tones such as cherry and cassis set against smoky notes of spice and chocolate derived from careful oak aging. The wine also shows freshness with a pleasant, medium mouthfeel that is never over the top.Le Quare8819VenetoValpolicella Classico Superiore RipassoGamba 2008 Le Quare (Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso)Corvina, Rondinella, MolinaraGamba
2647526474USGrassy, this opens into pineapple and lemongrass flavors as well as lemon. It's got elysium (code for cat pee), too, but its racing minerality is worth seeking out, the wine simple, clean and balanced.8814CaliforniaLake CountyVirginie Boone@vbooneGuenoc 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)Sauvignon BlancGuenoc
2647626475USA rich, full-bodied, oaky Chardonnay, with the pleasing texture of cream. It's spicy and very flavorful in pears, mangoes, vanilla custard and buttered toast. Could be a little livelier, though.Bien Nacido Vineyards8832CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastStephen Ross 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayStephen Ross
2647726476USFruity and front-loaded, with a tongue-tingling mouthfeel. The tasty black cherry fruit quickly fills the mouth with a burst of fresh fruit. The wine is designed for near-term enjoyment.Coast Range Estate8845OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trisaetum 2009 Coast Range Estate Pinot NoirPinot NoirTrisaetum
2647826477USToasty and tart, this lively wine is built upon wild-picked berry flavors. There is a streak of iron or metal running through the center of the palate; a flavor that some tasters will enjoy more than others.Rollins Estate8844OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Vista Hills 2009 Rollins Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirVista Hills
2647926478ChileSweet and tropical on the nose, with lychee and melon aromas that are like a nice air freshener. The palate has a good, clean feel to it and flush, sweet flavors of ripe nectarine, lychee and melon. Tame and not too thick, cloying or grabby on the finish.Late Harvest8813Limarí ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachVistamar 2010 Late Harvest Moscatel (Limarí Valley)MoscatelVistamar
2648026479ChileOpens like a full-bore barrel buster with heavy char and leather. With time it settles on coffee, toast, chocolate and fig aromas. The palate is big and chewy, with peppery, toasty blackberry fruit and then more toast and coffee on the finish. Seems as much about the barrel as the fruit.Reserva8814Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2009 Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)MalbecViu Manent
2648126480FranceStill young, this round and textured Champagne has great apple and citrus flavors. It is tightly drawn with a great line of acidity, some toast and the purest light final touch of fruit. Age for 4–5 years and more.Brut Cuvée Tradition8835ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerVollereaux 2005 Brut Cuvée Tradition (Champagne)Champagne BlendVollereaux
2648226481ItalyMade with Negroamaro, this zesty rosé opens with aromas of red berry and Mediterranean brush. It's bright and juicy, with Marasca cherry, raspberry and hint of crushed aromatic herb flavors.Metiusco8725Southern ItalySalentoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePalamà 2016 Metiusco Rosato (Salento)RosatoPalamà
2648326482ItalyA blend of organically cultivated Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese, this fun rosato offers aromas of red berry and an earthy note. Mirroring the fruity nose, the tangy palate offers Marasca cherry, crushed strawberry and raspberry. It closes crisp and clean.San'Emiliano Chiaretto8713LombardyValtènesiKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePratello 2016 San'Emiliano Chiaretto Rosato (Valtènesi)RosatoPratello
2648426483PortugalThis is a deliciously creamy wine with light white fruits and refreshing acidity. With its cool texture and minerality, it is crisp and zesty and ready to drink.Assobio Branco8714DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta dos Murças 2016 Assobio Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta dos Murças
2648526484PortugalThe wine, a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Siria, comes from Vidigueira, one of the cooler regions of the Alentejo. That gives the wine its crispness while also allowing it to have a ripe yellow-fruit character. With its spice and final crisp acidity, the wine is ready to drink.Pato Frio Selecção8710AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerRibafreixo 2016 Pato Frio Selecção White (Alentejano)Portuguese WhiteRibafreixo
2648626485This wine has aromas of black berry, dried red raspberry and blueberry. In the mouth there are flavors of blueberry juice and black plum. The finish is slightly jammy yet persistent.8713Jeff Jenssen@worldwineguysStone Castle 2013 ShirazShirazStone Castle
2648726486Aromas of green apple and white flowers prepare the palate for a wine that fills the mouth with soft fruit flavors, in particular apple, grapefruit and pineapple. The soft finish is marked by a note of Granny Smith apple.8714Mike DeSimone@worldwineguysTeliani Valley 2015 TsolikouriTsolikouriTeliani Valley
2648826487USBig, bold and oaky, this wine smells like buttered toast and wood smoke, tastes rich but dry, and brings out pear, marzipan and pineapple flavors. It's full bodied and has a thick mouthfeel and lingering, smoky finish.8718CaliforniaNorth CoastNorth CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTierra y Mar 2013 Chardonnay (North Coast)ChardonnayTierra y Mar
2648926488USLight, smoky aromas and juicy, fruity flavors make this medium-bodied wine easy to enjoy. From a breezy delta vineyard, it's neither big nor overtly oaky but well-balanced and smooth in texture.The Revitalist8712CaliforniaClarksburgCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsTortoise Creek 2014 The Revitalist Merlot (Clarksburg)MerlotTortoise Creek
2649026489Balanced aromas of green herbs and citrus zest are fresh and vital but not aggressive. A lemony twinge of acidity lends snap to the palate, while this tastes of pithy briny tangerine and other citrus fruits. Flavors of salt, lime and grapefruit share the finish. Drink now.Aliwen Reserva8712Michael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2016 Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon BlancSauvignon BlancUndurraga

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