June 2012 - New Release Wine (April)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (April) Wines
New Release Wine (April) Reviews
198435
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2009 Wetzel Family Estate Syrah
Deep garnet color. Aromas of mocha, blackberry pie, and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sour cherry, pomegranate, toasty oak, and earth accented finish. A rock solid syrah for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198249
Corbett Canyon
NV Moscato
Pale silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of orange, peach, and strawberry jams with a tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a juicy, mouthwatering finish. A very nice off-dry patio wine.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198640
Mapema
2010 Malbec
Purple black color. Smoky dark roasted nut, chocolate creme brulee, baked fruits, and espresso with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, nicely structured finish with delicate tannins. A great choice for roasted lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198436
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Chardonnay
Golden color. Aromas apple tart and pineapple cake with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a very tangy, peppery Meyer lemon, melon and delicate spice finish. A nice racy chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198515
Viña Decana
2008 Crianza Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas of spicy poached pear, berry compote, reeds and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pithy tannin finish. A nice food wine.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198518
Walker
2007 Red Wine Napa Valley
Ruby black color. Bright aromas of spicy sweet pickles, cassis jam, and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium body and a zippy, cherry and spice finish. A nice carefree sipper or table wine; will be great with gourmet burgers.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198235
Gorelli
2005 Grand Reserve Saperavi
Aromas of black raspberry tart and sour cherry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, spiced baked apple, raw cranberry and toasty cedar finish. A zesty, rustic table wine that will shine with boar and game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198517
Burlwood
2009 Merlot
Garnet color. Dusty plum, delicate spice, and cocoa with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, juicy cherry accented finish. Nice.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198514
Toca Diamonte
2011 Malbec
Aromas of berry pie a la mode and chocolate cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty cedar, cranberry and apple accented finish with chewy tannins. A nice sipper or table wine; try with lasagna.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198248
Corbett Canyon
NV Malbec
Toasty, spicy fruit cake, chocolate and gingerbread aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry and a juicy roasted berry, nut and spice finish. A nice everyday red.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198246
Corbett Canyon
NV Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Roasted nut and pineapple yogurt aromas with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, lemony finish. A nice quaffer.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198516
Burlwood
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of spiced apples and cherries and pound cake with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a cedar accented finish. A good burger wine.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198519
Memoir
NV Red Wine California
Garnet violet color. Floral aromas of mixed berries, spicy nougat, and chocolate with a supple, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crunchy apple, tart cherry and dusty earth finish. A nice tangy table wine.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198247
Corbett Canyon
NV Merlot
Aromas of chocolate covered berries and praline with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, cherry pit and reedy tannin finish. A good burger wine.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198250
Corbett Canyon
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas of candied lemon, grass, and melon with a fruity medium body and a quick, tart kiwi and chalk finish.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198252
Corbett Canyon
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Spicy cherry-berry jam and toffee aromas with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy tart berry finish with papery tannins. Serve with burgers.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198577
Garfield Estates
2009 Fume Blanc
yellow color. Woody roasted nut, rye, and baked peach aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, kiwi and delicate spice finish. An oaky fume for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198236
Gorelli
2007 Reserve, "Old Friends" Cabernet Sauvignon-Saperavi
Violet black color. Aromas of sour cherry compote and strawberry-prune pastry with tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart craisin, cocoa, and citrus rind accented finish with firm, dusty tannins. A nice wine for stewed and roasts.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198251
Corbett Canyon
NV Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherry pastry and chocolate with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk, melon, roasted berry and nut finish.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198513
Mezzante
NV Lambrusco Rosso Puglia IGT
Aromas of cherry butter and honeyed strawberry scone with a spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tart berry phosphate and chalk accented finish with chewy tannins.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198238
Gorelli
2007 Saperavi
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, peppercorns, blackberries, and tomato vine with a tart, dry medium body and a pencil shaving, reed, and tart apple finish with heavy coating tannins. Serve with fatty meats.
81 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198237
Gorelli
2005 Reserve, "Queen of Iberia" Saperavi
Purple black color. Aromas of stewed berries and green tomatoes, stemmy herbs and cedar bark with a dry medium body and a tart pomegranate seed and charred twig and leaf finish with sharp, clunky tannins. This lopsided wine requires a fatty steak.
80 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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