September 2012 - New Release Wine (July)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (July) Wines
New Release Wine (July) Reviews
199049
Johnson Estate
2011 Freelings Creek Reserve Riesling
Pale golden color. Bright honeyed peach, apple, and almond aromas with a silky, fruity medium body and a plush, juicy ripe citrus and apple sauce finish. A deliciously appetizing off-dry riesling that hits all the high notes.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199418
Durigutti
2009 Bonarda
Bright blueberry cobbler aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla, smoked cherry and nut finish with plush tannins. Delicious and well balanced.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199241
Johnson Estate
2011 Freelings Creek Reserve, Dry Riesling
Pale golden color. Pure apple on the tree, peach tart and delicate spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lightly smoky nut, mineral, and quince finish. Nice complexity and style.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199010
Chanticleer
2010 Sangiovese
Garnet color. Bright aromas of marinated cherries, vanilla custard, peppery spices, herbs, and sassafras with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered nut, green apple and citrus accented finish. A zesty, flavorful sangiovese for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199558
Quasar
2011 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Bold spicy cherry and blueberry aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sundried tomato, craisin, herb, and spice finish. A vibrantly fruity and savory pinot for sipping or the table.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199566
Casa Nueva
2009 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of olive, clay and dried cherry with silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, savory, spicy finish. Excellent flavor and structure.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199424
Carlos Basso
2011 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of raspberry-cherry pie a la mode and chocolate with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, grilled apple, herb and nut accented finish. A very tasty and well structured red.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199560
Quasar
2010 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of dried cherries, spice, leather and mocha with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, apple, citrus marmalade, nut and earth accented finish. A zesty table wine.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199563
Casa Nueva
2010 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of clay, praline, wax, leather cassis and olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, juicy craisin and spiced cherry finish. Very nice; will be great at the table.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199011
Chanticleer
2011 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of nutty nougat, peach pie a la mode, and spiced apple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a citrus marmalade on toast accented finish. A rather robustly flavorful pinot grigio with nice balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199425
Carlos Basso
2011 Dos Fincas Torrontes
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apple, and floral pear with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, juicy citrus finish.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199419
Durigutti
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich berry pie, vanilla, and spiced chocolate aromas and flavors with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy finish with dusty tannins. Solid and will be better in a year.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199487
NADIA
2011 Highlands Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery gold color with a faint amber cast. Aromas of strawberry-kiwi custard tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a golden plum, yellow apple, and delicate spice finish. A nice, lightly oaked Fumé style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199556
Quasar
2010 Perfecto Carmenere
Aromas of dried berries, pickled okra, olive and cedar with silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate craisin, vanilla, and spice finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199245
Greyscale
2010 Cuvée Blanc Napa Valley
Bright aromas of exotic tropical fruit salad and pineapple upside down cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered lemon, spiced pear, and banana custard finish. Very flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199564
Casa Nueva
2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Raspberry sorbet and vanilla toffee aromas with a silky fruity medium body and a spiced cherry and cocoa finish. A tasty sipper.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199554
Echeverria
2012 Classic Collection Unwooded Chardonnay
gold color. Apple custard and pineapple pastry aromas and flavors with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lightly spicy finish. Very tasty.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199561
Casa Nueva
2010 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Aromas of roasted pepper, pickling spice, tomato, and vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory olive and sour cherry finish with powdery tannins.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199423
Carlos Basso
2011 Dos Fincas Malbec
Garnet violet color. Aromas of spicy boysenberry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grilled apple and cherry and pepper accented finish. A tasty all purpose sipper or table wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199050
Johnson Estate
2011 Freelings Creek Reserve Chardonnay
Aromas of roasted apple and almond, tarragon, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart Meyer lemon, nougat, and mineral finish. A nice, crisp drier styled table wine reminiscent of Chablis.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199559
Quasar
2010 Limited Edition Syrah
Deep purple garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry pie a la mode with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, baking spice, cedar and peppercorn accented finish with chewy tannins. A nicely textured food wine.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199279
Bizios
2008 Cabernet-Ariorgitiko
Deep garnet color. Smoky aromas of grilled plum, chocolate cherry, and marinated sweet pepper with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a graphite and apple accented finish with firm, powdery tannins. A nicely structured table wine that will be great with steaks.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199426
Carlos Basso
2010 Reserva, Viña Amalia Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of roasted potatoes and nuts, chocolate, pepper and dried berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a savory jicama, apple and citrus finish with chewy tannins.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199278
Bizios
2011 849 m Asprokambos Valley
Aromas of white nuts, dried lemon and nectarine, and grassy earth with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, lime, melon rind, mineral and pepper accented finish. A nice dry table wine with a good sense of place.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199555
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Merlot
Aromas of pickle, green pepper, and plum pudding with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and juicy dried pear and citrus accented finish with chewy tannins.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199417
Martino
2011 Old Vine Pedro Ximenez
Pale golden color. Bright lemon, pepper, and plantain aromas with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart lime, apple, and mineral finish. A nice dry sipper or shellfish wine.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199277
Bizios
2005 Agiorgitiko
Aromas of berry compote, apple pie, and praline aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy, white nut and mineral finish. A nice dry table wine.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199420
La Yunta
2011 Torrontes
Pale straw color. Lightly floral peach and honeycomb aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart nectarine, nougat, and citrus accented finish. Pleasantly balanced.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199553
Echeverria
2012 Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Smoky grilled citrus and pea, honey and grass aromas with a crisp, dryish light-o-medium body and tart orange and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199565
Casa Nueva
2010 Gran Reserva Merlot
Spiced plum and praline aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy apple, cocoa and floral spice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199421
Alberti 154
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of chocolate nut fudge and cherry pie with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy, lightly spiced apple finish.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199562
Casa Nueva
2011 Reserva Merlot
Plum, toast, and nut aromas and flavors with a tangy, dryish medium body and a tart apple and citrus finish with dusty tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199557
Quasar
2011 Reserva Carmenere
Aromas of stewed vegetables and cranberries with a supple dryish medium body and a smoked nut and apple core accented finish. A tangy, savory table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199422
Casa Marguery
2010 Malbec
Aromas of smoked berries and chocolate and pepper with a supple, dryish medium body and as tart sour cherry, craisin, cedar and charcoal finish with pithy tannins. A dry steak wine.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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