Wine Reviews

2775027749SpainPure blackberry aromas are friendly, however the palate is scratchy and sharp, with acidity that creates angularity and tartness. That's offset by generic black-fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. This is good Monastrell although the acidity is piercing.Viña Honda8514LevanteJumillaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Silvano Garcia 2011 Viña Honda Monastrell (Jumilla)MonastrellBodegas Silvano Garcia
2772127720USAn easy to drink white wine, of a style increasingly popular. It's unoaked, allowing pure citrus, honey and spice flavors to star. Brisk Edna Valley acids and minerals make the mouthfeel lively.Paragon Vineyard8717CaliforniaEdna ValleyCentral CoastTangent 2010 Paragon Vineyard Albariño (Edna Valley)AlbariñoTangent
2772227721USDensely fruited and full in body, this Pinot offers a whopping mouthful of rich, preserved plum flavor flecked with hints of burnt sugar and dried herbs. Bright acidity and soft, smooth tannins add finesse and elegance.8720New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaChateau Lafayette Reneau 2007 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)Pinot NoirChateau Lafayette Reneau
2772327722FranceThere is some weight on this young tasting wine. The tannins are beginning to allow the red berry and damson fruits to open up. Touches of wood round it out for aging.La Brigardière Vieilles Vignes8724BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Philippe-le-Hardi 2009 La Brigardière Vieilles Vignes (Mercurey)Pinot NoirChâteau Philippe-le-Hardi
2772427723USMarked by extreme ripeness, this Pinot is a blast of red cherry pie filling, red licorice and cola flavors, with a smoky note of bacon fat. Delicious, but a bit soft and simple in texture.8748CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaCULT 2009 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirCULT
2772527724USGood and easy to like, but too oaky by half, with smoky char flavors dominating. Underneath that is a crisply dry, minerally Chardonnay, with fine orange and Meyer lemon flavors. It would be nice to try this as an unoaked wine.8725CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastFalcone 2010 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayFalcone
2772627725ArgentinaWoody on the nose, with aromas of tree bark, pepper, cola and black fruit. The palate is tight but under control, with spiced black plum and herbal berry flavors. Toasty and healthy on the finish, but also slightly bitter tasting, with zesty lasting acidity.Obra Prima Reserva8721Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFamilia Cassone 2008 Obra Prima Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFamilia Cassone
2772727726FranceTight acidity, fresh fruit, with lightness and poise. It shows flavors of apple, lemon and herbs with a crisp seafood-friendly aftertaste.Les Clissages d'Or Sur Lie87Loire ValleyMuscadet Sèvre et MaineRoger Voss@vossrogerGuy Saget 2010 Les Clissages d'Or Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine)MelonGuy Saget
2772827727ItalyPackaged in a temperature-controlling double layered glass bottle, this Prosecco can easily be carried to picnics or outdoor garden lunches. It offers fresh aromas of white flower, dried grass and stone fruit.Claxa Brut87VenetoConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreVilla Sandi NV Claxa Brut (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)GleraVilla Sandi
2772927728ChileDark and heavy from the beginning, with thick berry, smoked meat, olive and earthy aromas. Concentrated and stout in the mouth, with blackberry, blueberry and chocolate flavors mixed with herbs and big tannins. Sweet berry and mocha flavors control the finish.Secreto8714Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachViu Manent 2010 Secreto Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahViu Manent
2773027729ItalyPasserina is an indigenous native grape found in central Italy and this Brut expression represents one of the only sparkling versions of the wine available in the U.S. It's simple and clean but also floral and fragrant with a spicy touch of citrus zest on the close. Give this unique bubble a try.Brut87Central ItalyMarcheVelenosi 2010 Brut Passerina (Marche)PasserinaVelenosi
2773127730USHot in high alcohol, which gives a burn that accentuates the pepper spice and makes it fierce. Yet it's fully dry and rich in blackberry, blueberry, anise and tobacco flavors. Defines the California superripe Zinfandel style.Old Vines8722CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaBallentine 2009 Old Vines Zinfandel (Napa Valley)ZinfandelBallentine
2773227731FrancePerfumed raspberry flavors dominate this soft wine. It has an edge of crisp citrus, with orange zest to go with the acidity. The wine's main character is gentle, fresh and light.Grand Rosé Brut8745ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerBeaumont des Crayères NV Grand Rosé Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendBeaumont des Crayères
2773327732USRich, ripe blackberry preserves, vanilla and toasted coconut flavors make this full bodied Cab Franc feel deliciously warm and generous in style. A sharp whiff of graphite and lean acidity on the midpalate add structure and balance on the finish.8725New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaBelhurst 2009 Cabernet Franc (New York)Cabernet FrancBelhurst
2773427733USToo strong and extracted in blackberry and cherry fruit, almost like pure jam, a sweet, candied impression that the caramel of new oak compounds. Feels like the winemaker tried too hard to make it flashy. Pretty good, but could use restraint and finesse.Estate8748CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaBlue Rock 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)Cabernet SauvignonBlue Rock
2773527734ItalyHere's a soft, musky Moscato d'Asti that delivers foamy mousse and fragrant aromas of peach blossom, lemon cream and honeysuckle. The sweet wine offers impressive heft and staying power as well.8718PiedmontMoscato d'AstiBosio 2010 Moscato d'AstiMoscatoBosio
2773627735FrancePerfumed dry rosé with a touch of smokiness to go with the full and ripe red berry fruit. It is well balanced, with attractive acidity and a light final touch of caramel.Réserve des Vignerons87Loire ValleySaumurRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Saumur 2010 Réserve des Vignerons Rosé (Saumur)RoséCave de Saumur
2773727736USThis vintage's blend is 50% Syrah, 25% Cinsault and smaller percentages of other varieties. It's an oaky, cedar-tinged, gamy red that's big in the mouth, dense and tannic with Michael David's smoky signature.8718CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneIncognito 2009 Red (Lodi)Red BlendIncognito
2773827737USWhile soft on the nose with a generous dose of cooked black fruit, Jamesport's Bloc E is surprisingly crisp and lean on the palate. Pristine red fruit shines amidst layers of mocha, spice and forest floor, finishing on a grippy, darkly toasted wood note.Bloc E8725New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaJamesport 2005 Bloc E Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotJamesport
2773927738USThis is a moderately aromatic Viognier, with notes of white peach, yellow apple, and flowers. It's medium bodied and clean, with a textured feel but doesn't quite have the fruit concentration to match.Williamson Vineyard8515IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKoenig Vineyards 2011 Williamson Vineyard ViognierViognierKoenig Vineyards
2774027739ArgentinaThe nose on this choppy Cabernet deals red-fruit, tomato and pepperoni-like aromas. The palate is full of life and tight acidity, while the flavor profile is gritty and includes baked plum and saltiness. A BBQ'd, oaky finish carries plenty of the wine's racy acidity, leaving mild tartness.Single Vineyard8515Mendoza ProvinceAgreloMichael Schachner@wineschachLamadrid 2011 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Agrelo)Cabernet SauvignonLamadrid
2774127740USBroad scents of honeydew, candied lemon and orchard fruit mark the nose, with an underpinning of toasted nut. The palate is medium bodied, with balanced acidity and apple flavor.8518VirginiaMonticelloWhite Hall 2011 Viognier (Monticello)ViognierWhite Hall
2774227741USThe aromas are light and elusive, with the palate bringing broad, medium-bodied, fresh cranberry flavors. It's cleanly made, if a bit innocuous.8518IdahoSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWilliamson Vineyard 2009 SangioveseSangioveseWilliamson Vineyard
2774327742FranceThere's a kick of dry tannin behind this otherwise ripe wine. Raspberry flavors, red plum skins and a some bitterness add fruit and structure. It needs a year to soften out.85BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Poulleau Père et Fils 2011 BourgognePinot NoirDomaine Poulleau Père et Fils
2774427743PortugalAragonez, aka Tempranillo, here produces a ripe, juicy, red-fruit laden wine. Hedgerow fruits add a more stalky character to the palate. The whole wine is generously suffused with fresh acidity. Screwcap.Ciconia8510AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerHerdade de São Miguel 2011 Ciconia Aragonez (Alentejano)AragonezHerdade de São Miguel
2774527744ArgentinaBlack-fruit aromas are ripe and a little earthy. This is a thick yet jumpy wine with some aggression to the palate. Flavors of sweet, ripe berry fruits are basic and finish hot and toasty, with a coffee note.8513Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachAlamos 2011 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecAlamos
2774627745PortugalOne of the most popular Vinho Verdes, this is in a light, medium-sweet style. Very fresh and crisp, with some attractive citrus acidity, and ready to drink now. Screwcap.Casal Garcia Branco858Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerAveleda 2012 Casal Garcia Branco White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteAveleda
2774727746PortugalBlending Castelão and Arinto from the high elevation Quinta dos Loridos, this is a tight, bright wine, with an edge of almond bitterness, as well as citrus fruits. It's a crisp, bone-dry wine with no dosage.Loridos Vintage Extra-Bruto8520Vinho Espumante de QualidadeRoger Voss@vossrogerBacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2008 Loridos Vintage Extra-Bruto Sparkling (Vinho Espumante de Qualidade)Portuguese SparklingBacalhôa Wines of Portugal
2774827747PortugalThis is a very perfumed wine, with the addition of Moscatel in the blend, adding the lychee flavor. It's textured with a crisp edge that allows the wine to retain its fresh character. This is a wine to be drunk young.JP Azeitão Branco859Península de SetúbalRoger Voss@vossrogerBacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2012 JP Azeitão Branco White (Península de Setúbal)Portuguese WhiteBacalhôa Wines of Portugal
2774927748ArgentinaAfter nothing but busts in the past, this Sémillon is in good shape but won't stay fresh for long. Aromas of hay and stalky fruits are a bit strained. In the mouth, it's got good feel and flavors of nectarine and grapefruit. Bitter almond skin flavors control the finish on this textured, warm wine.Estate Bottled8515Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Carmine Granata 2012 Estate Bottled Semillon (Mendoza)SémillonBodega Carmine Granata

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