Wine Reviews

2718127180PortugalA wood-aged wine, with ripe yellow fruits, spice and a smooth, creamy character, kept firmly in place by apple skin texture and a flinty edge.Branco90DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de la Rosa 2009 Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta de la Rosa
2718227181PortugalA lightly wood aged wine, deliciously fresh and creamy, hinting at smooth Chardonnay-like textures. A light perfume from Malvasia adds piquancy to this attractive, textured wine.Reserva Branco9016DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Filoco 2008 Reserva Branco White (Douro)Portuguese WhiteQuinta do Filoco
2718327182USMalbec is probably the most under-rated Washington red, but a wine such as this may change that. It's beautifully styled, tight in the midpalate, but with a broadly fruity entry that mixes berry and plum, cassis and chocolate, with a vein of mint. Winemaker Chuck Reininger has a masterful touch with tannins, and as with the rest of his reds, this is smooth and seductive, without harsh edges but with firmness and flesh. Young and primary, it looks to be a wine that can age for up to a decade.Pepper Bridge Vineyard9045WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Reininger 2006 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Malbec (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MalbecReininger
2718427183ItalyRive Alte is a beautiful blend of white grapes that offers loads of aromatic intensity backed by creamy structure and fruity succulence. This wine is refined and elegant with an impressively complex bouquet.Rive Alte9034Northeastern ItalyIsonzo del FriuliRonco del Gelso 2008 Rive Alte White (Isonzo del Friuli)White BlendRonco del Gelso
2718527184SpainGrassy aromas along with capsicum, nettle and green fruit aromas are pungent and exciting. The palate is spritzy and lively, while the flavor profile balances sweet, candied green fruit flavors with more driving, intense tastes of lime and green melon. Forward, fun and elevated; drink now for ultimate freshness.9018Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachBlanco Nieva 2009 Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoBlanco Nieva
2718627185PortugalWood-aged wine, smooth and rich. Spice and toast combine with elegant soft tannins, sweet stone fruits and tight acidity. It feels rich, not heavy, its velvet texture gliding over the palate.Vinha Grande9020DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa Ferreirinha 2007 Vinha Grande Red (Douro)Portuguese RedCasa Ferreirinha
2718727186FranceWell structured wine with plenty of ripe fruit. The freshness of fruit is replaced by spice and peach flavors.Le Clos9057BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Fuissé 2008 Le Clos (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayChâteau de Fuissé
2718827187ItalyThis excellent blend of Chardonnay and Friulano offers a rich and reassuring feel in the mouth that would stand up to creamy artichoke risotto or white meat. Its beautiful aromas include melon, pear, apricot and a touch of butterscotch.Bianco9041Northeastern ItalyVenezia GiuliaMario Schiopetto 2006 Bianco White (Venezia Giulia)White BlendMario Schiopetto
2718927188USThis Mourvèdre/Syrah blend has loads of wild berry and black cherry, spiced up with tarragon and other herbs. The Syrah fills in the middle with juicy berry and peppery spice. The tannins are balanced and firm, barky but not overpowering.Crazy Mary Ciel du Cheval9048WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Mark Ryan 2007 Crazy Mary Ciel du Cheval Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))MourvèdreMark Ryan
2719027189AustraliaA terrific value if you like the style, this is an impressively concentrated, slightly syrupy Shiraz imbued with potent cassis fruit and framed with vanilla oak. Surprisingly long on the finish. Drink now.9012South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzRazor's Edge 2008 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)ShirazRazor's Edge
2719127190PortugalThe second wine produced by the Roquette family of Quinta do Crasto and the Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages. It is rich, hugely spiced, with violet aromas and black currant fruits, a leathery edge to the texture. The alcohol leaves a slight burn, which blows off.90DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerRoquette e Cazes 2006 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedRoquette e Cazes
2719227191South AfricaThere's a dark and moody feel to this wine, with moderately intense aromas of black plum, blackberry, violet and black licorice. The mouth is robust and fairly full with a creamy texture and concentrated black fruit flavors accented by notes of pepper and tea leaves. The tannins are firmly structured yet approachable, with the impression of roasted cocoa nibs lingering on the finish. Drink now–2012.Private Collection9025StellenboschLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzSaxenburg Estate 2007 Private Collection Merlot (Stellenbosch)MerlotSaxenburg Estate
2719327192FranceFlavors are followed by intense crisp citrus fruit. This is a lively style, very fresh with a delicious tang of orange zest, light caramel and vibrant acidity.Madame Noly90BurgundySaint-VéranRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Chapelle 2008 Madame Noly (Saint-Véran)ChardonnayDomaine de la Chapelle
2719427193FranceSpice and fresh fruit give flavors of baked apples, a creamy texture and bright acidity. Well balanced, the aftertaste shows toast and honey flavors.Sécret Minéral90BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Denis Jeandeau 2008 Sécret Minéral (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayDomaine Denis Jeandeau
2719527194FranceRipe fruit in the mouth, with a fine layer of green plums, apricots and balancing acidity. An open wine, generous in texture and weight, ready to drink in the next few months.Mâcon Buissières Le Monsard90BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine des Comtes Lafon 2008 Mâcon Buissières Le Monsard (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine des Comtes Lafon
2719627195FranceThis 16–acre estate is run biodynamically, producing intensely flavored, honeyed, ripe wines. This is succulent from ripe fruit, with the acidity bright and vivid, finishing with sweet pineapple and apricot flavors.Quintaine9033BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Guillemot-Michel 2008 Quintaine (Mâcon-Villages)ChardonnayDomaine Guillemot-Michel
2719727196USAn appealing Cab Franc, among the better versions of the variety. Shows the weight and structure of a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, except the flavors veer toward red cherries and red cherry liqueur. Drink now, with honey-baked ham.9040CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaGirard 2007 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancGirard
2719827197GermanyThis wine shows the honeyed notes of a top vintage, spiked with clove and petrol. At 13% alcohol, the additional weight shows in the mouth, where there's also just a hint of residual sugar on the lingering finish.Johannisberg Hölle Erstes Gewachs90RheingauJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzJohannishof 2007 Johannisberg Hölle Erstes Gewachs Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingJohannishof
2719927198USMade in a Chablis style, this Chardonnay is bone dry and crisp in acidity. The pineapple and peach flavors are integrated with stony minerals. It's not a complex wine, but is super-clean and zesty, a nice complement to shellfish, mushroom risotto or a perfectly roasted chicken.9017CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaBearboat 2008 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)ChardonnayBearboat
2720027199USA very pretty wine, dry and delicious in cherry pie filling, cocoa, spice and sandalwood flavors. The tannins are just perfect, rich and soft, providing a velvety texture to the richness. Cabernet Sauvignon constitutes 11% of the blend, but the wine still shows that Cabernet Franc, by itself or almost nearly, needs something more to give it extra oomph.9065CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaJarvis 2006 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)Cabernet FrancJarvis
2720127200FranceWell-balanced wine, ripe fruit, touches of wood, light spice, ginger and sweet apples. Structured, held well together by wood.Vieilles Vignes9028BurgundyMâcon-CharnayRoger Voss@vossrogerJean Manciat 2008 Vieilles Vignes (Mâcon-Charnay)ChardonnayJean Manciat
2720227201South AfricaHere's an intense and brooding Shiraz with fantastic depth and character. Aromas of whole bacon slab, kirsch, black berry and cigar tobacco prime the palate for the full flavor experience. The creamy mouthfeel is loaded with black fruit flavors integrated with sweet woody spice throughout. The finish is long and the impression strong. Pair with an equally flavorful dish to avoid the wine being overwhelming.Cathedral Cellar9017Coastal RegionLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzKWV 2006 Cathedral Cellar Shiraz (Coastal Region)ShirazKWV
2720327202FranceThis wine is soft, with a light fruitiness and earthy flavors typical of some Pinot Noir. The tannic element gives a dry core to this simple, fruity wine. Drink now.8328BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2012 BourgognePinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
2720427203ChileThis opens like an exploding hand grenade filled with pyrazines and jalapeño extract. The narrow, acidic palate is lacking in depth, but at least it's fresh. Briny, green flavors of jalapeño and bell peppers never let go, while the finish is tart and green, with a lasting note of bell pepper.Single Vineyard8313Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachChono 2015 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancChono
2720527204USFresh strawberries laced with geraniums and talcum powder mark the aromas of this Aglianico-Montepulciano blend. Tart red-currant and herbal bramble-berry flavors show bitter undertones, with gritty tannins giving support to the medium-bodied palate.Progression8342TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeDuchman Family NV Progression Red (Texas)Red BlendDuchman Family
2720627205USThere's a reduced quality to this wine and much ado about oak, in which it spent time (30% new French). Founder and winemaker Mark Lyon owns the 122-acre site where the Sauvignon Blanc blocks date back to 1973. A hit of jalapeño dominates on the finish.Barrel Fermented Old Vine8322CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEco Terreno 2014 Barrel Fermented Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley)Sauvignon BlancEco Terreno
2720727206USThis wine is half Viognier with the balance a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay. Aromas display a considerable amount of reduction that detracts from notes of peach and almond. It's dry and broad in feel, showing some bitterness on the finish.White on White83WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportFoundry Vineyards 2014 White on White White (Walla Walla Valley (WA))White BlendFoundry Vineyards
2720827207ChileAromas of orange and tangerine are oily on the nose. Melon, papaya and almond-skin flavors end with creamy lees notes that give way to bitterness on a dilute finish.Reserva839Elqui ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachFalernia 2014 Reserva Pedro Ximénez (Elqui Valley)Pedro XiménezFalernia
2720927208USDespite ruddy, ripe raspberry and strawberry flavors, there's a leanness to this tart, savory dry rosé. Savory layers of bramble and herb are prominent on the midpalate.Wobbly Rock8314New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaTreleaven 2014 Wobbly Rock Rosé (Finger Lakes)RoséTreleaven
2721027209USFaint strawberry and raspberry on the nose turns to a shock of sour cherry on the palate. The acids are alive and kicking in this 100% Frontenac sparkling wine.Dollface Rosé8332IllinoisIllinoisAlexander PeartreeIllinois Sparkling Co. NV Dollface Rosé Sparkling (Illinois)Sparkling BlendIllinois Sparkling Co.

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