Wine Reviews

2979129790USAmazingly lush and delicious in blackberry and cherry pie, mocha and sweet new-oak flavors, this blend is also tannic to the point of being undrinkable at this time. You definitely want to give it until at least 2022 in the bottle.Right Bank9290CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCaldwell 2011 Right Bank Red (Napa Valley)Bordeaux-style Red BlendCaldwell
2979229791PortugalBig, ripe and bold, this powerful wine is dense with acidity and black fruits in equal measure. With its dark, tannic aftertaste, it's a wine to age further. Drink from 2015.Rol de Coisas Antigas9228BairradaRoger Voss@vossrogerCampolargo 2010 Rol de Coisas Antigas Red (Bairrada)Portuguese RedCampolargo
2979329792USThis young, high-density vineyard delivers the goods, with purple, plummy, spicy fruit and excellent concentration and texture. There is a pleasing graininess to the mouthfeel, and layers of complexity that are just beginning to open.Gran Moraine Vineyard9245OregonWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Raptor Ridge 2012 Gran Moraine Vineyard Pinot NoirPinot NoirRaptor Ridge
2979429793USThe Black Sears Vineyard has been source to some of Napa's most impressive Zinfandels over the years, for a number of wineries, including Sattui. With this 2011, they've outdone themselves. The wine is so succulent in black cherry, licorice and mocha flavors, it's hard to resist drinking it all right now. Yes, the alcohol is on the high side, but that's the price of such richness.Black Sears Vineyard9242CaliforniaHowell MountainNapaV. Sattui 2011 Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Howell Mountain)ZinfandelV. Sattui
2979529794USThis is the winery's second release of this 100% Syrah from the esteemed Stagecoach Vineyard. It's enormously rich and opulent in blackberry, black cherry jam, chocolate, anise and pepper flavors. There's plenty of new French oak, but the wine easily shoulders it. It's a delicious sipper.Stagecoach Vineyard Block I49254CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVenge 2011 Stagecoach Vineyard Block I4 Syrah (Napa Valley)SyrahVenge
2979629795GermanyZesty aromas of lemon and tangerine are accented by musky, exotic notes of saffron and pollen on this beautifully multifaceted spätlese. Brisk, citrusy acidity adds zip to honeyed orange and tea notes on the palate, lingering long on with hints of blossom and herb.Erbacher Michelmark Spätlese9232RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2010 Erbacher Michelmark Spätlese Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen
2979729796GermanyHints of honey lend warmth to zesty aromas of lemon, lime and tangerine on this dry, steely wine. The palate is delicate, with tart notes of yellow peach and quince, but textured with streaks of mineral. Honed lemon-lime acidity leads a long, bracing finish.Erbacher Michelmark Erste Lage9268RheingauAnna Lee C. IijimaBaron Knyphausen 2011 Erbacher Michelmark Erste Lage Riesling (Rheingau)RieslingBaron Knyphausen
2979829797AustraliaClassic Cabernet, from its mint and cassis aromas to its ample weight and long, plush finish. This is full and velvety, with hints of cedar and vanilla blending easily into the whole. Approachable now, it should age well through at least 2025.Dead Ringer9260South AustraliaMcLaren ValeJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzWirra Wirra 2010 Dead Ringer Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale)Cabernet SauvignonWirra Wirra
2979929798FranceThis is a rich wine that has aromas of ripe white fruits and touches of apricot. Intensely fruity and refreshing with wonderful acidity, it is also finely balanced wine with a density of texture. Drink now for its fresh fruitiness, but age until 2022 to let it show its true potentialCuvée Héliades Grand Cru Brut94ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLamiable 2009 Cuvée Héliades Grand Cru Brut (Champagne)Champagne BlendLamiable
2980029799PortugalMade in open lagars, this is a full, ripe and very fruity wine. To balance this opulence, there is a strong element of wood aging, spice, dark tannins and a dense texture. This impressive wine has weight, concentration and aging potential. Drink from 2016.9480DouroRoger Voss@vossrogerPoeira 2010 Red (Douro)Portuguese RedPoeira
2980129800USThis beautiful Cabernet has all the hallmarks of a wine that will go the distance. Tasted in late summer, 2013, at nearly four years of age, it's bright and fresh in black and red currants, mocha, licorice, baking spices and smoky sandalwood. But it's also quite tannic. The balance is superb, though, strongly suggesting further development through at least 2021. Expensive, yes, but it's right up there with Napa's best.Reserve94135CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaZD 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonZD
2980229801FranceFull bodied and rich with white- and yellow-fruits, this structured wine is still very fresh and fruity. There's a density of texture and concentrated flavors deep in the core of the wine that gives the palate weight and depth. Drink through 2022.Millésime Carte Or Brut Premier Cru94ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerHenriet-Bazin 2007 Millésime Carte Or Brut Premier Cru (Champagne)Champagne BlendHenriet-Bazin
2980329802FranceAlready impressive, this wine shows great fruit for the vintage as well as structure. Ripe with black cherries and berries, it has all of Pinot Noir's rich juiciness, but hints of smoke add complexity as well. Structured and a shade dark, it needs time to mature. Drink from 2017.94225BurgundyEchézeauxRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Boisset 2011 EchézeauxPinot NoirJean-Claude Boisset
2980429803FranceThe 2002 vintage Champagnes showcase a truly great year. This wine is no exception. It's very dry, but rich in character, with pristine citrus, apple and plum flavors balanced by hints of toast and maturity. It could improve with age, but it's good to drink now.Premier Cru Extra-Brut Millésime9458ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLelarge-Pugeot 2002 Premier Cru Extra-Brut Millésime (Champagne)Champagne BlendLelarge-Pugeot
2980529804FranceStill young and fruity, this is a wine with impressive potential. For now, enjoy the palest of rosé colors, bright red fruits, and crisp and lively acidity. In the next several years, this will deepen and mellow, so keep and don't drink until 2017.Brut Rosé9479ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLouis Roederer 2008 Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendLouis Roederer
2980629805USThe winery has hardly changed its winemaking formula over the decades. Gravelly Meadow remains toughly closed, dry and tannic in youth, despite its core of blackberry and cherry fruit. While the wine is flamboyantly forward by Diamond Creek standards, it would be a crime to drink it before 2020. It's so balanced and complex, it will easily age until then, and probably far longer.Gravelly Meadow94200CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaDiamond Creek 2010 Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonDiamond Creek
2980729806ItalyThis is a quintessential Franciacorta, featuring lovely aromas of pressed white flowers and citrus. The round, creamy palate boasts flavors of ripe pear and apple with hints of walnut. The nervous acidity will keep this youthful and fresh for several more years.Brut Riserva Casa delle Colonne Special Cru9460LombardyFranciacortaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeFratelli Berlucchi 2006 Brut Riserva Casa delle Colonne Special Cru Sparkling (Franciacorta)Sparkling BlendFratelli Berlucchi
2980829807USThe Ribbon Ridge estate delivers beautifully ripened fruit—so ripe, in fact, that the first impression is of sweet tree fruits, although the wine is actually quite dry. Peaches, citrus and nectarines are in the mix, and when the tangy acidity kicks in, a long, mineral-driven ride across the palate ensues. Luscious, long and detailed, this is a spectacular Riesling.Ribbon Ridge Estate Dry9424OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Trisaetum 2012 Ribbon Ridge Estate Dry Riesling (Ribbon Ridge)RieslingTrisaetum
2980929808FranceThis is a very fine, full and ripe wine. It's full of pure, dark red cherries touched with chocolate, but also quite structured. The palate is laced with acidity and a refreshing minerality. This is an impressive wine that needs aging. Drink from 2018.94215BurgundyClos de VougeotRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Claude Boisset 2011 Clos de VougeotPinot NoirJean-Claude Boisset
2981029809FranceThe palest pink in color, this is a mature, ripe Champagne. It certainly hints at the extra age (five years in the cellar) which gives it a glow of richness and toasty flavors. Fine lines of acidity cut through the full texture to give a wonderful, balanced wine that is ready to drink.Extra Age Brut Rosé94125ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLanson NV Extra Age Brut Rosé (Champagne)Champagne BlendLanson
2981129810FranceMade from 50-year-old vines, this is a fine wine with a steely minerality. Partial fermentation in oak gives it complexity without detracting from it's elegant fruitiness. Floral notes and white and yellow fruits are balanced by a hint of toast. It's ready to drink now, but will improve over the next few years.Quintessence Premier Cru Brut Millésime9450ChampagneChampagneRoger Voss@vossrogerLelarge-Pugeot 2004 Quintessence Premier Cru Brut Millésime (Champagne)Champagne BlendLelarge-Pugeot
2981229811PortugalA superbly ripe wine that is selected from old vines, this is very rich and solidly structured. It has weight and ripe black-fruit notes that are laced with fresh acidity and a jammy plum flavor. It's dark, dense, full of great depth of flavor and worthy of serious aging. Drink from 2017.O Oenólgo Vinhas Velhas9434DãoRoger Voss@vossrogerCasa da Passarella 2009 O Oenólgo Vinhas Velhas Red (Dão)Portuguese RedCasa da Passarella
2981329812USSo delicious now, you can drink it, but the hard tannins strongly suggest aging this beauty. Beyond the astringency are complex flavors of blackberries and olives, with sweet toasty oak playing a starring role. Harder to describe is the overall balance, so rich and sweet, yet dry and elusive. Give it until 2020 to begin to come around.Volcanic Hill94200CaliforniaDiamond Mountain DistrictNapaDiamond Creek 2010 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District)Cabernet SauvignonDiamond Creek
2981429813GermanyDried orange zest and lanolin lend a spicy earthen tone to lush pink-grapefruit flavor in this powerfully structured dry Riesling. It's unabashedly bold on the palate, with a delicious sleek minerality that's cut with intense lemon-lime acidity.Westhofen Kirchspiel GG Trocken94115RheinhessenAnna Lee C. IijimaWittmann 2011 Westhofen Kirchspiel GG Trocken Riesling (Rheinhessen)RieslingWittmann
2981529814USVeteran vintner Bill Smith delivers solid and often ageworthy Pinot Noirs. With this bottling, he's succeeded again. The well-known Marimar Estate Vineyard has given him superb fruit to work with, and the resulting wine is dry, full bodied and fairly tannic, with deep, brooding cherry, cola, white chocolate and anise flavors. While it's drinkable now, it should gain bottle notes after 2018.Marimar Estate Vineyard9448CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaW.H. Smith 2010 Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirW.H. Smith
2981629815FranceElegant and stylish, this wine showcases texture as much as fruit. Wood aging, ripe apple and apricot flavors, and fine acidity all come together in a balanced whole. The use of the wood is exemplary, accenting the wine's mineral texture, fruit and acidity. Age this fine wine and drink from 2017.Les Levrons94BurgundyPuligny-MontrachetRoger Voss@vossrogerPatrick Javillier 2011 Les Levrons (Puligny-Montrachet)ChardonnayPatrick Javillier
2981729816USThis is a tight, dry, tannic wine, showing all the hallmarks of ageabiity. Winemaker Philippe Melka has done a good job of blending fruit from Yountville, Atlas Peak and St. Helena to produce a seamlessly integrated Cabernet. The mouthfeel is soft, yet with fierce tannins that frame superb blackberry, cocoa, herb, mineral and cedar flavors. This continues a string of successful Cabernets that have been modestly priced, by Napa standards. Hold until 2018, at the very least.9360CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaParallel 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonParallel
2981829817USGorgeous foam leads this wine, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Golden peach in color with a dry, savory strawberry richness and smooth texture, it is buoyed by solid acidity. Estate-grown, this is a stellar California sparkler, incredibly well-priced and versatile.Brut Rosé9328CaliforniaAnderson ValleyVirginie Boone@vbooneRoederer Estate NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Anderson Valley)Sparkling BlendRoederer Estate
2981929818USThey held this Cab back for nearly four years, but it's still pretty closed and tannic. Give it another six in the cellar, to let it begin to throw some sediment, which will let the blackberries and cherries drink sweet and pure.9349CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaCastello di Amorosa 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonCastello di Amorosa
2982029819USPerhaps a bit more time in barrel differentiates this from the equally-good Reserve. This is a smooth, supple, deeply-fruited wine, loaded with layers of black cherry, cola and sandalwood. Milk chocolatey tannins roll through the finish, smooth as silk, lingering and luscious.RR Ridgecrest Vineyards9369OregonRibbon RidgeWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Chehalem 2010 RR Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)Pinot NoirChehalem

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