November 2012 - New Release Wine (September)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (September) Wines
New Release Wine (September) Reviews
200253
Parmelee-Hill
2008 Estate Grown Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200252
Parmelee-Hill
2009 Estate Grown Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200517
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200329
Batasiolo
2009 Sovrana Barbera d'Alba DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200195
Coyote Canyon Winery
2011 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200516
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200204
H/H Estates
2010 Reserve, "Robert Andrews Mourvedre" Horse Heaven Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200182
No.1 Family Estate
NV Cuvée No.1 Marlborough
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199515
Fincas Las Moras
2007 Finca Pedernal Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200518
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2006 Reserve, "Miriam" Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200198
Coyote Canyon Winery
2011 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Sweet Louise" Horse Heaven Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200203
H/H Estates
2010 Reserve, "G W Smith Malbec" Horse Heaven Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200632
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2005 Reserve, "Miriam" Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200706
Elke
2011 Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200199
Coyote Canyon Winery
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Tres Cruces" Horse Heaven Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200184
Contucci
2007 Riserva Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200350
Cabal
2011 Estate Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199513
Las Moras
2010 Reserve Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200417
Darcie Kent
2011 Rava BlackJack Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200202
Coyote Canyon Winery
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Grenache
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200254
Three Coins
2008 Betsy's Vineyard Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199524
Albino Armani
NV Moscato Spumante Veneto
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199525
Albino Armani
2009 Ripasso Valpolicella DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200205
H/H Estates
2010 Reserve, "Michael Andrews Red" Horse Heaven Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200348
Cabal
NV Sparkling Torrontes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199518
Las Moras
2010 Black Label Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200328
Batasiolo
2009 Nebbiolo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200180
Shooting Star
NV Méthode Traditionelle Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200181
No.1 Family Estate
NV Cuvée No. 8 Marlborough
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199516
Las Moras
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200477
CalNaturale
2009 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200179
NZED
2011 "Savvy White" Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200349
Cabal
2010 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199523
Albino Armani
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200185
Vignerons de Caractere
2009 Grand Vin Eloquence Gigondas AOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199522
Albino Armani
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200347
Cabal
2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199514
Fincas Las Moras
2009 "Mora Negra" San Juan
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200183
Contucci
2008 "Mulinvecchio" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199517
Las Moras
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200346
Cabal
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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