July 2012 - New Release Wine (May)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (May) Wines
New Release Wine (May) Reviews
198734
Macauley
2005 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
Dull ruby black color with a red brick rim. Aromas of dried currant, nut brittle, dill pickle and black olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well meshed chocolate, blackberry, and mineral accented finish. A graceful, mellow, well-aged red that will shine at the table with veal chops and elk steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198891
Toolbox
2008 Reserve, "Thirst" J.T. Snow Cabernet Sauvignon
Interesting aromas of Black Forest Cake, incense, marinated meat and garlic pickle with a vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tangy, spiced cherry and berry, toffee and citrus marmalade accented finish. A deliciously racy wine for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198735
Macauley
2006 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam, menthol tobacco, chocolate graham cracker and eucalyptus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively, chewy, baked apple, nut and dusty earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198736
Macauley
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, chocolate mousses and cassis pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lively red and black berry medley on the finish with a hint of licorice, cedar and wrapped nicely with dusty, tannins. A great choice for prime rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198812
PB Hein
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brownish red brick color. Aromas of pickled okra, olive tapenade, dried cherries and roasted green peppers with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy blackberry, mocha cream, and apple accented finish with powdery tannins. A savory table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198718
Glen Ellen
2010 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Grigio
Lovely aromas and flavors of peach, nougat, and cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, citrus kissed finish. Very nice.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198716
Concannon
2010 Glen Ellen Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas of waxy apple and vanilla taffy with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pineapple, lemon custard and caramel apple accented finish. A tasty, tidy little sipper.
87 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198713
Concannon
2010 Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, raspberry-rhubarb sauce and a burst of cedar with a silky fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, apple sauce and cherry accented finish. A tasty everyday burger wine.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198715
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Bright aromas of grapefruit, green pepper, and lemongrass with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a melon, nut skin, and grassy earth accented finish.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198717
Glen Ellen
2010 Proprietor's Reserve Merlot
Garnet purple color. Grape jam and plum pie aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a simple toffee, strawberry smoothie, and cedar finish.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198714
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Pinot Grigio
Aromas of overripe apple and pear and nut brittle with a soft, dryish light body and a terse, nectarine pit and citrus pith accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198811
PB Hein
2009 Chardonnay
Deep old gold color. Lightly oxidized aromas and flavors of sautéed apples and peanuts have a fino Sherry quality with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a baked citrus, golden plum, and chalk accented finish. Flawed and over-the-hill, but interesting if you treat it like a Sherry.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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