Wine Reviews

2853128530FranceCrisp and fragrant, this wine is light in texture, with plenty of citrus flavors. It has lively lemon and apple skin fruitiness with a steely edge that comes from a mineral texture. Drink from 2015.Orfèvre en Arôme Signature85AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerRobert Klingenfus 2013 Orfèvre en Arôme Signature Riesling (Alsace)RieslingRobert Klingenfus
2853228531ChileDeep purple in color, spicy berry aromas open on the nose of this mint-laden Merlot. Lush, core flavors of blackberry and plum show a saucy green pepper quality on the finish.Select Terroir8510Cachapoal ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Ema 2012 Select Terroir Merlot (Cachapoal Valley)MerlotSanta Ema
2853328532FranceThe wine is crisp, lightly fruity with good acidity and a bright, tight texture. Apple and lime juice fruit flavors give a fresh, crisp aftertaste. Drink from 2015.8517AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerHelfrich 2013 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingHelfrich
2853428533ChileRestrained on the nose at first, this opens to a mix of mint and red berry aromas. The mouthfeel is plump and fresh, with berry flavors that hang on the finish.Estate Series858Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachLa Playa 2013 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)Cabernet SauvignonLa Playa
2853528534USA dark, smoky wine generous in both tannins and ripe, concentrated fruit. Small percentages of Petite Sirah and Merlot were blended in, the Petite Sirah perhaps for color and structure; the Merlot to soften things down a touch.8520CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneLouis M. Martini 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)Cabernet SauvignonLouis M. Martini
2853628535FranceSoft, creamy and fruity, this is instantly attractive. Apples and bright acidity work well together to give a lively wine that's fresh and a great apéritif style.Anne de K8517AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg 2013 Anne de K Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancCave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg
2853728536FranceFirmly tannic, this wine is solid, firm and traditional in its dry structure. Black currant fruitiness shows briefly before the tannins and dark extract take over. It's a tough wine at this stage and could well remain hard. Try drinking from 2017.Cuvée Tradition8522BordeauxLussac Saint-ÉmilionRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau des Landes 2011 Cuvée Tradition (Lussac Saint-Émilion)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau des Landes
2853828537USRipe, rich notes of blueberry and grape jelly lend a slightly confected tone to pristine cherry and berry flavors. It's lush and soft on the palate, with dense, grippy tannins that add structure to the finish.Moffett Block8538New YorkSeneca LakeFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaAtwater 2012 Moffett Block Blaufränkisch (Seneca Lake)BlaufränkischAtwater
2853928538PortugalFrom a single vineyard in Estremoz, this structured and dense wine houses notes of bitter chocolate and tart berry. It's full of tannins and needs time to soften. Drink from 2016.Dom Martinho8511AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerBacalhôa Wines of Portugal 2011 Dom Martinho Red (Alentejano)Portuguese RedBacalhôa Wines of Portugal
2854028539USRuddy, primary red cherry and berry notes persist from nose to finish on this blend of Baco Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Ripe black-fruit flavors are fleshy and ripe on the palate, but demure in concentration and length.Empire Reserve8525New YorkNew YorkNew York OtherAnna Lee C. IijimaHudson-Chatham 2011 Empire Reserve Red (New York)Red BlendHudson-Chatham
2854128540USShades of lanolin, blossom and white peach are fragrant on the nose of this dry, delicately structured Riesling. White grapefruit flavors are thin in concentration, but it's brisk and refreshing with a crisp, easy finish.Estate Bottled Dry8514New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaLamoreaux Landing 2013 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingLamoreaux Landing
2854228541FranceThis is all about classic spicy Gewurztraminer. It's full and rounded, with candied flavors, great spice and a medium-sweet character. It's not subtle, but it is all there.8519AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerWunsch & Mann 2012 Gewurztraminer (Alsace)GewürztraminerWunsch & Mann
2854328542USA curious streak of sarsaparilla marks this wine aromatically, followed by sparse, soft layers of black fruit and hidden black pepper.8534CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePortalupi 2012 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelPortalupi
2854428543PortugalThis wine shows juicy, ripe fruit without much structure. Full of red fruit, smoke tones and considerable acidity, this is a drink-now sipper.Vila Jardim8512TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Vale do Armo 2010 Vila Jardim Red (Tejo)Touriga Nacional BlendQuinta Vale do Armo
2854528544PortugalThis wine shows shows characters of berry fruits and soft tannins, matched by juicy acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives the structure while Trincadeira and Aragonez provide the smooth fruits. Drink now.Valle Zangão8510TejoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta Vale do Armo 2011 Valle Zangão Red (Tejo)Portuguese RedQuinta Vale do Armo
2854628545ChileRed berry aromas with touches of earth and cola form the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend. The linear, chalky palate is textured, while flavors of berry fruit, coffee and cola lead to a short finish.Secret Reserve8512Maipo ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachSanta Rita 2013 Secret Reserve Red (Maipo Valley)Red BlendSanta Rita
2854728546FranceLively and crisp, this is a bright style of Pinot Blanc, fruity with apples and melon and shot through with acidity. It's already delicious to drink.8514AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCave Freudenreich 2013 Pinot Blanc (Alsace)Pinot BlancCave Freudenreich
2854828547FranceThis lime-flavored wine has a hint of steeliness to emphasize the structure. It's crisp and fruity, racy and edgy at the end with a dry, tight finish.Tradition8517AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerCharles Sparr 2012 Tradition Riesling (Alsace)RieslingCharles Sparr
2854928548USRipe sweet tropical pineapple and guava mark this wine as does a sway of wild grass, the wine otherwise perfectly crisp and clean.8516CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneChasing Venus 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)Sauvignon BlancChasing Venus
2855028549FranceBlack currant fruits dominate this ripe, stalky wine that has young tannins and a smoky cedar character that comes from light wood aging. It's dry, firm and ready to drink.8512BordeauxBordeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Briot 2011 BordeauxBordeaux-style Red BlendChâteau Briot
2855128550USWith an over-oaked taste and sugary flavors of peach, pineapple and apricot jam, this Chard is more like a dessert wine.Reserve8232CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastRiverbench 2006 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)ChardonnayRiverbench
2855228551USThis Cabernet Franc has a slightly watery, sweet fruit element that lacks the cheerful vibrancy and pluckiness of the variety. On the nose, it offers soft red fruit and some spice, but the flavors feel weak. Not a bad wine overall, but needs some muscle.8217New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaSheldrake Point 2006 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)Cabernet FrancSheldrake Point
2855328552FranceA wine so soft it could almost have been sweetened, tasting of candies and fruit bonbons. There is just some acidity, giving it the possibility of being a pleasant apéritif wine. Screwcap.82BurgundyMâcon-VillagesRoger Voss@vossrogerMichel Picard 2006 Mâcon-VillagesChardonnayMichel Picard
2855428553USCinnamon and spiced berry—a seductive combination—lead this Cab from the Finger Lakes, but on the palate, cherry, pepper and spice flavors fall a bit flat. The wine wants more complexity and dimension, but offers approachable red berry flavors that will pair well with lamb or steak.8219New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes)Cabernet SauvignonHazlitt 1852 Vineyards
2855528554SpainA lesson in contrasts: the nose is both weedy and sweet, with green strawberry aromas mixing with caramel. The palate is also green and slightly bitter, but that's offset by some jammy berry sweetness. Medium in terms of weight, but with burdensome sugars and a clumsy finish.Vertus Crianza8215LevanteUtiel-RequenaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodegas Iranzo 2004 Vertus Crianza Tempranillo (Utiel-Requena)TempranilloBodegas Iranzo
2855628555USSoft and one-dimensional, this red Rhône blend has flavors of cherries, blackberry jam, blueberry pie, chocolate and pepper. There's some bitterness throughout that detracts.Heritage Cuvée8218CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastCurtis 2005 Heritage Cuvée Red (Santa Barbara County)Rhône-style Red BlendCurtis
2855728556ItalyThis dark Primitivo has an awkward nose that recalls tomato soup topped by a generous serving of milled white pepper. It's slightly bitter, with plenty of those thorny, peppercorn flavors in the mouth.8250Southern ItalyGioia del ColleTerra Jovia 2004 Primitivo (Gioia del Colle)PrimitivoTerra Jovia
2855828557AustraliaThis innovative blend of 60% Sémillon and 40% Marsanne doesn't show the hoped-for synergies. Hints of tar and rubber refuse to blow off completely, and the modest green apple and citrus flavors come across as lean and emaciated on the palate.The Turk Semillon + Marsanne8114South AustraliaBarossa ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzTurkey Flat 2005 The Turk Semillon + Marsanne White (Barossa Valley)White BlendTurkey Flat
2855928558USThe winery has had more success with their Amador County Zinfandel than this one from Lodi. Like its predecessors, it's dry and a bit harsh, with burnt fruit and pepper flavors and a sugary finish.Agnes' Vineyard Old Vine8116CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyZ-52 2005 Agnes' Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)ZinfandelZ-52
2856028559USA spicy, candied fruitcake nose leads into slightly tart cherry flavors in this New Mexico Cab. The structure is good but the wine needs a bit more balance and depth. Still, it has potential.Reserve8132New MexicoNew MexicoSusan Kostrzewa@suskostrzewaLa Chiripada 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (New Mexico)Cabernet SauvignonLa Chiripada

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