Wine Reviews

28812880USShows Petite Sirah's tremendous power, with full-bodied blackberry jam, black currant, dark chocolate and pepper flavors, and there's a wonderful meatiness suggesting charred beef fat. The alcohol is high, yet the wine is measured, with firm, ripe tannins. Really a fine expression of Petite Sirah, Paso-style.Rosewynn Vineyard9136CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMCV 2011 Rosewynn Vineyard Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)Petite SirahMCV
28822881USFrom rocky estate soils, Terre Rouge's Viognier opens with delicious aromas of honeysuckle, mango and guava, lightly put together with a jolt of wet stone. Rich in mouthfeel, the finish is woodsy, like the finest herb garden.9125CaliforniaFiddletownSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneTerre Rouge 2011 Viognier (Fiddletown)ViognierTerre Rouge
28832882USThe winery pulled out all the stops on this Cabernet-based Bordeaux blend, yet the wine is so tannic and sharp now. Shows massively extracted black currant and oak flavors that run deep and long in the finish. Who knows what this wine might do in 10–15 years, but it's a roll of the dice.Paradiso9175CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaV. Sattui 2009 Paradiso Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendV. Sattui
28842883USGive this brisk, young Pinot 5–6 years in the cellar to mellow. It's clearly a very fine wine, clean and elegantly constructed, with rich tannins and a bright squirt of acidity framing ripe cherry, currant and licorice flavors.9145CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastWesterly 2010 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirWesterly
28852884USGive this lovely Pinot Noir a few hours in the decanter and serve now with your best lamb and steak entrées. It's dry, refined in the acid-tannin balance and deliciously complex, with waves of raspberries and cherries, pie crust, baking spices and toasted oak.Pence Ranch9135CaliforniaSanta Ynez ValleyCentral CoastWhitcraft 2011 Pence Ranch Pinot Noir (Santa Ynez Valley)Pinot NoirWhitcraft
28862885USThis wine is frankly high in alcohol, clocking in at 16% by volume. But it's also incredibly delicious, offering soft waves of milk chocolate, black cherry jam, red currants, bacon and black pepper. Drink this wine at night, with rich stews or barbecue, but be careful about driving.Euphoric La Vista Vineyard9148CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastNicora 2010 Euphoric La Vista Vineyard Grenache-Syrah (Paso Robles)Grenache-SyrahNicora
28872886USSoftly tannic, rich and enormously enjoyable, this Rhône-style blend offers lush flavors of raspberries, cherries, milk chocolate, crispy bacon, black pepper and sandalwood. The alcohol is heady, but balanced with fine acidity. Drink over the next two years for freshness.9148CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastNicora 2010 G-S-M (Paso Robles)G-S-MNicora
28882887USA block of vines set literally near a grove of Redwood trees, the 2010 Redwood's Edge is structured and slightly austere and elusive, a concentrated rendering of deep, dark red fruit, lavender and woody undertones that's incredibly delicious.Redwood's Edge9155CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneBlack Kite 2010 Redwood's Edge Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirBlack Kite
28892888USSpicy and floral, with pretty cherry fruit concentrated at the core, this inviting Grenache combines grace and power. The flavors are complex and concentrated, with hints of green tea, cut tobacco, and a finishing streak of espresso and cocoa.9134WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Bunnell 2009 Grenache (Columbia Valley (WA))GrenacheBunnell
28902889FranceA super-rich wine, almost over the top in its honeyed intensity. It is opulent, generous, packed with ripe yellow fruits, mango and pineapple. The wine is so rich that it is hard to find the acidity, but it is there in the orange marmalade flavor right at the end.Les Melleresses9155Loire ValleyBonnezeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau la Varière 2009 Les Melleresses (Bonnezeaux)Chenin BlancChâteau la Varière
28912890FranceThis wine from Château Lagrézette is powerful and dense in its own right. It has black, juicy, tar-like flavors with tannins concentrated into a dry, dark core. Blended with a small proportion of Merlot, there is just a touch of softness which will allow the wine to mature in the next 2–3 years.Château Chevaliers Lagrézette9130Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Lagrézette 2010 Château Chevaliers Lagrézette Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Lagrézette
28922891FranceA dark, brooding wine, packed with firm tannins and solid plum-skin and licorice flavors. The wine is dense and complex—a powerful evocation of Malbec—allowing the juicy fruits to merge with the young structure that needs agng for at least 4–5 years.Prieuré de Cénac9124Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Saint-Didier-Parnac 2011 Prieuré de Cénac Malbec (Cahors)MalbecChâteau Saint-Didier-Parnac
28932892ItalyThis edition of Dosaggio Zero shows delicate harmony and complexity with layers of stone fruit, citrus, almond and white flower. Zesty perlage is enhanced by more stone fruit flavors on the silky finish.Zero91LombardyFranciacortaContadi Castaldi 2008 Zero Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendContadi Castaldi
28942893FranceThe top wine from Domaine de Cause, it's huge, very dense and concentrated. There is a sense of extraction, showcased by the licorice and dark chocolate flavors. This needs to calm down to give the rich fruits a chance to shine. Give this wine 6–7 years.Notre Dame de Champs9148Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de Cause 2009 Notre Dame de Champs Malbec (Cahors)MalbecDomaine de Cause
28952894SpainReduced, floral and plummy on the nose, this is a simple, blocky, tannic young wine. Medicinal berry flavors finish loud and grapy, with a grabby, tacky feel. Fruit outweighs finesse.El Pájaro Rojo8618Northern SpainBierzoMichael Schachner@wineschachLosada 2013 El Pájaro Rojo Mencía (Bierzo)MencíaLosada
28962895FranceIn this case, Vieilles Vignes (old vines) only means vines over 20 years. The wine is soft, rounded and full of red cherry fruitiness. Judicious wood aging has rounded the wine out while leaving all its fruit intact. It can be drunk now, but will be better from 2016.Vieilles Vignes8630BurgundyBourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerManuel Olivier 2012 Vieilles Vignes (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits)Pinot NoirManuel Olivier
28972896USAromatically appealing, it features notes of allspice, herbs, cola and cherry. The palate is lighter in style with a scrape-y feel, not fully delivering on all that the aromas have to offer.8615OregonOregonOregon OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWindy Bay 2012 Pinot Noir (Oregon)Pinot NoirWindy Bay
28982897FranceThis light-colored wine has a spicy character that points up the tannins as well as the red berry fruits. It has a light feeling, with refreshing acidity that shows strongly at the end. It's ready to drink.Buissonnier8626BurgundyMercureyRoger Voss@vossrogerVignerons de Buxy 2012 Buissonnier (Mercurey)Pinot NoirVignerons de Buxy
28992898ItalyAromas of tobacco leaf, wet soil, mature plum, resin and a whiff of barnyard lead the nose on this full-bodied wine. The palate offers dried prune layered with notes of chocolate and grilled sage. The fleeting finish closes on a rather bitter note.8665VenetoAmarone della Valpolicella ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Girardi 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella ClassicoRed BlendVilla Girardi
29002899PortugalYellow fruits and apple juice combine in this fresh, mineral-driven wine. It's tangy, tight with acidity while allowing room for pineapple and tropical flavors at the end. It's ready to drink but will be better in 2016.Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Album8612AlentejanoRoger Voss@vossrogerWines & Winemakers 2013 Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Album Antão Vaz (Alentejano)Antão VazWines & Winemakers
29012900USA faint hint of pink shines on this sparkler named after the winery owners' dog. Aromas of fresh melon and slight peach lead to a faint cherry note upon sipping and creamy mouthfeel, followed by plum skin tartness and a yeasty, sour bitterness.Amber's Cuvee8640CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannClos La Chance 2010 Amber's Cuvee Sparkling (Santa Cruz Mountains)Sparkling BlendClos La Chance
29022901SpainWiry cherry aromas are a touch cheesy and also medicinal. This is pinched and astringent, with a choppy mix of buttery red-berry flavors and vanilla. Like most 2008s, this finishes hard and abrupt, with staunch tannins.Arnegui Reserva8620Northern SpainRiojaMichael Schachner@wineschachPagos del Rey 2008 Arnegui Reserva (Rioja)TempranilloPagos del Rey
29032902PortugalMade principally from Touriga Nacional, this is a rich wine with attractive acidity and strawberry fruitiness. It is ripe, touched with caramel and finished with wild raspberry flavors.Covela8616MinhoRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta de Covela 2013 Covela Rosé (Minho)RoséQuinta de Covela
29042903ItalySubdued aromas recall white flower and stone fruit. The muted palate reveals mature yellow apple skin, lemon zest and notes of nut butter alongside sharp bubbles. It has a tangy but fleeting finish.Extra Brut8647LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRicci Curbastro 2009 Extra Brut Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendRicci Curbastro
29052904FranceThis is fresh, not quite dry and a fine apéritif wine. With its soft texture, apple fruits and light mousse, it's both fruity and crisp, with a rounded, fragrant aftertaste.Signature Brut8615AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerRuhlmann NV Signature Brut Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendRuhlmann
29062905FranceCrisp and textured, this offers plenty of fresh apple and red fruit flavors. It's a light, bright wine that's poised and stylish, in a fine apéritif style.Brut Rosé8618AlsaceCrémant d'AlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerDopff & Irion NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant d'Alsace)Sparkling BlendDopff & Irion
29072906USVibrantly fruity, it offers aromas of currant, raspberry, celery stalk and spice. The palate has tart cranberry flavors, finishing a bit short.Maple Ranch Estate8635OregonRogue ValleySouthern OregonSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportForis 2012 Maple Ranch Estate Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley)Pinot NoirForis
29082907SpainThis Garnacha is heavily oaked.Smoky, woody aromas come with dusty berry notes, while the palate is heavy, with cheek-smacking tannins. Flavors of hickory and roasted blackberry finish with another creamy, woody dose of oak.El Chaparral Old Vines8615Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachVega Sindoa 2012 El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha (Navarra)GarnachaVega Sindoa
29092908ItalyThis toasty bottling shows some evident maturity in terms of fruit richness. It offers toasted walnut, espresso, vanilla and yellow apple-skin flavors alongside large, brisk bubbles and crisp acidity.Brut Satèn8641LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeIl Mosnel 2010 Brut Satèn Chardonnay (Franciacorta)ChardonnayIl Mosnel
29102909FranceOne of the lesser-known of the many Mâcon appellations, Péronne is close to Clessé. The wine is smooth, ripe and fruity, with a creamed pear and lightly lemon flavor. With a hint of minerality, it could age until 2016.Les Villages de Jaffelin8620BurgundyMâcon-PéronneRoger Voss@vossrogerJaffelin 2013 Les Villages de Jaffelin (Mâcon-Péronne)ChardonnayJaffelin

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