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Reviews for 2012

November 2012 - New Release Wine (September)

November 2012 - New Release Wine (September)
This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (September) Wines

New Release Wine (September) Reviews

Parmelee-Hill 2008 Estate Grown Syrah
94 points
$35
Ruby black color with a fading rim. Bold coffee, chocolate, peppercorn, and berry pie aromas have a savory character with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried cherry and salty buttered nut accented finish. A delicious and immensely table tuned syrah that will be great with lamb and pork roasts.
Parmelee-Hill 2009 Estate Grown Syrah
94 points
$37
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blackberries, dried flowers and bacon, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, savory, cranberry, tomato and toffee finish. A zesty syrah that will be great with spicy Middle Eastern lamb.
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis tart, nuts, plum custard, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, chewy tannin and dusty earth finish. An elegant table wine.
Batasiolo 2009 Sovrana Barbera dAlba DOC
93 points
$21.99
Aromas of melted chocolate on espresso beans and nuts and berry pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, highly polished finish with zesty grilled cranberry notes and chewy tannins playing together nicely. Pair with steak au poivre or lamb tagine.
93 points $21.99
Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
93 points
$22
Pale golden green color. Honeyed peach, baked apple and pineapple, beeswax and spice aromas and flavors with a plush fruity, medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried apricot and vanilla cream finish. Lovely flavor, texture and vibrancy.
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$25
Garnet black color. Complex aromas of black olive, leather, clay, and chocolate currant with a velvety dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, burnished cassis, chocolate nut, herb, and earth driven finish. Excellent sense of style and balance.
H/H Estates 2010 Reserve, "Robert Andrews Mourvedre" Horse Heaven Hills
93 points
$35
Garnet purple color. Aromas of raspberries, sour cherries, and chocolate mousse with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy spiced cherry and craisin finish with dusty tannins. A robust, concentrated mourvedre that will be great with duck and mutton.
No.1 Family Estate  Cuvée No.1
93 points
$39.99
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of peach and apple nut tarts and lemon yogurt with a tangy, highly effervescent medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering citrus, mineral and delicate spice finish. A lush Champagne-like sparkler that will be great with...everything!
93 points $39.99
Fincas Las Moras 2007 Finca Pedernal Malbec
93 points
$44.99
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate yogurt, peppery spices and herbs, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, layered and tangy, grilled tomato, nut and earth accented finish. Nice claret-like complexity and depth; will be great with steaks.
93 points $44.99
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2006 Reserve, "Miriam" Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
Garnet black with a red brick rim. Aromas of olive, sautéed pepper, clay, cedar, and dried berries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart craisin, spice and earth finish with fine chewy tannins. A lovely mature cabernet to savor with an aged porterhouse steak.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Sweet Louise" Horse Heaven Hills
92 points
$22
Golden color. Rich golden raisin, peach pie, nougat, and pepper aromas with a silky fruity sweet medium-full body and a long, tangy apricot and floral honey finish. A deliciously intense dessert wine that will be great with creamy cheeses.
H/H Estates 2010 Reserve, "G W Smith Malbec" Horse Heaven Hills
92 points
$35
Violet black color. Intriguing aromas of anise cookie, cocoa-dusted blackberry, pepper, sandalwood, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppercorn, violet, tomato, and dusty root vegetable accented finish. Exotic and complex; pair with grilled game.
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2005 Reserve, "Miriam" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$75
Ruby black with copper tint an orange brick rim. Aromas of ink, roasted nut, pickled pepper, olive, and herbs with a satiny dryish medium-to-full body and a gracefully smooth cassis tart, dusty root vegetable and fine chewy tannin finish. A fine, fully mature cabernet to pair with filet mignon.
Elke 2011  Riesling
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of limes and peach jam with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, tangy green apple, honey and mineral finish with crunchy fruit tannins. A spot on German riesling.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Tres Cruces" Horse Heaven Hills
91 points
$22
Deep garnet violet color. Rich spicy aromas of boysenberries, pomegranate, cedar, and peppercorns with a tangy medium-to-full body and a crisp, sandalwood, nut and apple accented finish. Excellent spicy vibrant flavor with a lot of complexity; pair with bison.
Contucci 2007 Riserva Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
91 points
$61.99
Aromas of dark roasted chestnuts, dried apple, and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, dried citrus, sour cherry, and green tomato accented finish with firm dusty tannins. A mature, Old World red that is made for the table; pair with braised meats.
91 points $61.99
Cabal 2011 Estate Malbec
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Violet black color. Aromas of blackberry, orange, pepper and clay with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy spiced cranberry, dried orange, carrot and earth accented finish. A very nice table wine.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Las Moras 2010 Reserve Malbec
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Violet black color. Aromas of black pepper, mulberries, tar, and grilled tomato with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory grilled carrot and apple and earth accented finish with firm tannins. Pair with pepper steak or pot roasts.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Darcie Kent 2011 Rava BlackJack Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of char-grilled green pepper, dried grapefruit, and kiwi with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and very smooth, pickled tomato and grassy earth accented finish. An interesting casting of the sauvignon grape, very tasty; pair with mushroom dishes.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Grenache
90 points
$25
Garnet color. Aromas of blueberry pie and creamy praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a racy, plum, cocoa, and spiced pear accented finish with fine, earthy tannins. A delicious, vibrantly flavorful red to sip or pair with spicy lamb.
Three Coins 2008 Betsys Vineyard Petite Sirah
90 points
$28
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of pencil shavings, vanilla bean, and chocolate covered berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut and dusty tannin finish. A delicious petite sirah that is sure to please; pair with spicy Asian beef dishes.
Albino Armani NV Moscato Spumante Veneto
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color with a persistent fine mousse. Bright floral aromas of potpourri, wintermint, and honeyed peaches and lemons with a frothy fruity sweet medium body and a long, honeyed finish.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Albino Armani 2009 Ripasso Valpolicella DOC
89 points
$21.99
Ruby color. Spiced cherry, cranberry and Italian herb medley aromas and flavors with a chewy, tangy, medium body and a pleasant snappy citrus marmalade and herb accented finish. A on-the-money Valpolicella that will shine at the table with pasta.
89 points $21.99
H/H Estates 2010 Reserve, "Michael Andrews Red" Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$35
Garnet color. Aromas of olives, dark berries, cracked pepper, and spiced nuts with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a cedar, spiced apple and sandalwood incense finish with firm dusty tannins. This needs a little time.
Cabal NV  Sparkling Torrontes
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas of peach and citrus marmalades, petrol, and flowers with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy orange and apple sorbet finish. A refreshing, off-dry summer sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Las Moras 2010 Black Label Malbec
88 points
$16.99
Violet black color. Aromas of milk chocolate berry bar, nuts, and coffee gelato with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, black raspberry, cherry, and baking spice finish. A delicious, on-the-money malbec that is sure to please.
88 points $16.99
Batasiolo 2009  Nebbiolo
88 points
$18.99
Aromas of dried cherry, roses on the vine, currants, and lit incense with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cedar and grassy earth accented finish with firm tannins. A solid table wine, serve with osso bucco
88 points $18.99
Shooting Star   Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$26.99
Pale golden color. Bold grapefruit marmalade, honey, tomato, and sweet pepper aromas with a crisp, frothy fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tart tomato-lime custard and mineral finish. A fun, flavorful, fruit driven sparkler.
88 points $26.99
No.1 Family Estate  Cuvée No. 8
88 points
$32.99
Pale golden color. Toasty brioche, apple tart, and lemon curd aromas with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart lemon zest and chalk finish. A snappy, sparkler that will be great with seafood.
88 points $32.99
Las Moras 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas of baked berries, pepper spice, and cocoa with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, firmly tannic, nut, plum and raspberry tart driven finish.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
CalNaturale 2009 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, nuts, herbs, and dried berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, earthy, chewy tannin finish. A nice casual table wine; try with Philly steaks.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
NZED 2011 "Savvy White" Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw green color. Bright aromas of grapefruit and bell pepper with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and and tart citrus and grass finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Cabal 2010 Reserva Malbec
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate, boysenberry jam, and roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tannic, roasted root vegetable and earth accented finish. Needs food; serve with Latin flank steaks or pot roast.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Albino Armani NV  Prosecco DOC
87 points
$16.99
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of baked citrus and stone fruits with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honey spiced apple and citrus, pear skin and earth finish. A solid Prosecco for all occasions.
87 points $16.99
Vignerons de Caractere 2009 Grand Vin Eloquence Gigondas AOC
87 points
$19.99
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, chocolate nuts, clay, and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and firm, earthy tannin finish. A lovely table wine that will pair marvelously with braised beef.
87 points $19.99
Albino Armani 2011  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery gold color. Delicate earthy aromas of dried citrus and nuts with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a gentle, mineral driven finish. A nice traditional pinot grigio with table friendly structure.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cabal 2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins, pepper, and lit candle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, tannic pomegranate, apple core and mineral finish.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Fincas Las Moras 2009 "Mora Negra" San Juan
86 points
$32.99
Garnet violet color. Perfumed aromas of poached plum, dried apricot, pepper, and chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crunchy tannin finish with nut, apple and earth notes. Give this some time.
86 points $32.99
Contucci 2008 "Mulinvecchio" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
86 points
$46.99
Aromas of dried apples, olive skin, and clay with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chestnut, birch bark and dusty road like tannins on the finish. Give this some time and a fatty cut of beef.
86 points $46.99
Las Moras 2011 Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$10.99
Aromas of baked apples, pineapple cake, and honey with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, citrus rind and smoky mineral finish. A sturdy chardonnay for the table; pair with grilled chicken.
85 points $10.99
Cabal 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$9.99
Pale golden color with a copper cast. Mild aromas and flavors of grass and lemon rind with a soft, dry light body and a somewhat flabby, bitter greens and citrus oil finish.
81 points $9.99
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