December 2012 - New Release Wine (October)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (October) Wines
New Release Wine (October) Reviews
200592
Canihan Family
2008 Reserve, Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Very bright and fruity aromas of spiced cherries, eucalyptus jelly, and melted toffee with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a long, juicy herb, melon,nougat, and citrus accented finish. A sensational vibrant and flavorful pinot for sipping or pair with spicy salmon teriyaki.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200557
Battaglio
2009 Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC
Deep garnet color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, clay, spice, and honeyed berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium boy and a tangy cherry-berry pie, watermelon sorbet, olive, and spiced apple finish. A delicious, complex, fruit forward nebbiolo for all occasions. Serve with a slight chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200594
Canihan Family
2008 Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Syrah
Garnet color. Vibrant huckleberry pie, chocolate mousse, menthol-mint, and vanilla aromas and flavors with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a savory sautéed root vegetable, spice, herb, and cedar nuanced finish. A flashy and delicious syrah for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200593
Canihan Family
2009 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas of chocolate cherry tart, menthol-mint tobacco and herbs and spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy nut, creamy vanilla, and wood spice accented finish. A brooding age-worthy pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200559
Battaglio
2009 Barbera d'Alba DOC
Deep garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and berries, brown spices, nougat and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate craisin and spice finish with fine tannins. A great table wine or sipper; pair with lasagna.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200556
Marques del Nevado
2009 Reserva Syrah
Violet black color. Aromas of dark chocolate yogurt, pickled carrots and Brussels sprouts, and dried cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy chocolate citrus and earth accented finish. A refreshing sipper or pair with sauerbraten, rouladen, and German beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200554
Marques del Nevado
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep violet color. Aromas of mocha cream, praline, spice and cassis cobbler a la mode with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, herb, and oak accented finish. Very stylish and flavorful; pair with flank steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200562
Battaglio
2011 "Funtana" Nebbiolo
Lightly floral aromas of wild strawberries, clay, toffee, and pork rind with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy nicely balanced slate-like finish. A spot on nebbiolo for enjoying on its own or with food. Pair with marinated veal or pork loins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200555
Marques del Nevado
2010 Reserva Carmenere
Rich garnet color. Aromas of vanilla-peppermint bark, eucalyptus, roasted nuts, and spicy boysenberry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body a zesty, nicely balanced spiced apple accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200549
Vieja Bodega
2009 Reserve Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha nut fudge, vanilla custard, olive, and suede with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, meaty, dried berry, pepper, and coffee bean finish. A nicely concentrated and flavorful malbec for all applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200571
Chime
2010 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Rich pineapple cake, guava and caramel apple aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and dried apple, smoked nut and buttercream accented finish. A nicely nuanced, oak-influenced chardonnay.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200574
Chime
2011 Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Bold roasted nut and baked apple aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasty, fruit bread and tropical citrus finish. A rock solid oak-driven chardonnay that will be great with roasted turkey.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200781
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Layered aromas of plum tart, vanilla scented candle, and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy cranberry sauce, carrot, cedar, and nut accented finish. A zesty merlot for the table; pair with a red sauce meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200568
Sea Mist
2010 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Smoky aromas of grilled cherries and peppers, roasted chestnuts, and dried meat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an opulent, tangy cherry, tomato and spice finish. A great choice for duck.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200561
Battaglio
2011 Arneis
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of toasted almond nougat, baked peach and chalk with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty lime, melon and earthy mineral driven finish. Lovely balance and varietal purity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200646
La Playa
2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauivgon
Dee garnet color. Aroma of currant, sautéed pepper, nougat and clay with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, watermelon, vanilla, and honey spiced nut accented finish. Tasty and sure to please. A great everyday sipper.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200586
Stina’s Cellars
2009 Millennium Vineyards Baco Noir
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pickled beets and carrots, chocolate raisins, and toffee with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart savory pomegranate, nut and borscht finish. An appetizing food wine; try with pheasant stew and elk.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200564
Baravalle
2009 Barbara d'Asti DOCG
Aromas of honeycomb, cherry salt water taffy, dried flowers, and chocolate strawberry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, graham cracker and mineral finish. A nice choice for meat and pasta dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200563
Battaglio
2011 "Ribota" Dolcetto
Bright cranberry sauce, nougat and clay aromas and flavors with a tangy, fruity light-o-medium body and a gentle, juicy cranberry, spicy dolmades and chewy tannin finish. A spot of dolcetto with nice structure for the table; pair with bbq pork.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200560
Battaglio
2011 Arneis
Golden silver color. Aromas of honeyed nectarine, lemon, gooseberry and fig with a supple, fruity medium body and a crisp, orange, melon and mineral finish. Quite fruity and approachable, will be great with buttery sautéed scallops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200553
Marques del Nevado
2011 Reserva Malbec
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha gelato, smoked nuts and berry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, berry and earth finish with chewy tannins. Will pair well with Latin steak dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200570
Sea Mist
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Interesting aromas and flavors, of exotic tropical fruits, pickled pepper, and floral honey with a fruity medium body and a tangy orange honeydew, marinated nopales, and earth accented finish. Very tasty and crowd pleasing.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200573
Chime
2010 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of smoky grilled cherries and pepper, black pepper, and herbs with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy berry, citrus and dusty mineral finish. A very nice mouthwatering pinot for sipping or the table. Pair with Asian tuna steaks.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200576
Magness
2010 Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of mocha toffee, boysenberry pie, orange marmalade and spiced meringue with a supple and lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty plum and wild strawberry sorbet finish with plenty of earth and structure. Give this a couple years, or pair with veal chops now.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200565
Baravalle
2010 Dolcetto d'Asti DOC
Attractive aromas of lilac, nougat, banana, lime leaf, and red berry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-o-medium body and a tart pomegranate ice, flower patch earth, and nutskin finish. A nice sipper or table wine; pair with spicy pork loins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200566
Baravalle
2007 Superiore Nizza Barbara d'Asti DOC
Garnet color. Bright banana taffy, tree bark, and toasted cherry-berry pie aromas with a silky, fruit-yet-dry medium body and a racy, nougat and spice driven finish. A nice zippy sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200567
Baravalle
2011 Cortese Alto Monferrato DOC
Pale silver straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi sorbet, banana bread, and honeyed pear with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a very crisp, lemon and chalky mineral driven finish. Very dry and traditional; serve with shrimp scampi.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200548
Vieja Bodega
2010 Cabernet Sauvingon
Ruby black color. Aromas of perfumed lotion, roasted nuts, and baked berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a balanced spiced apple and nougat nuanced finish. Very well balanced and flavorful. A fine sipper or pair with meatloaf.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200551
Vieja Bodega
NV Malbec-Sangiovese
Dark ruby color. Aromas of roasted cherries, coffee, and cocoa with a supple, dryish medium body and a sundried tomato, pepper, nut, and mineral finish. A very nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200569
Sea Mist
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Deep honey baked pineapple, coconut water, and banana cake aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, spiced pear, nougat and Meyer lemon finish. Pair with Hawaiian roasted pork and chicken dishes.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200575
Magness
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of roasted nuts, mocha, and baked pineapples and apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeycomb, green apple, lemon, melon rind, and earth accented finish. A nice choice for crisp roasted chicken.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200588
Stina’s Cellars
2008 Sangiovese
Aromas of Morello cherry chutney, chocolate yogurt,and almond nougat with a tangy dryish medium body and tart pomegranate, dolmades, and cider vinegar accented finish. A distinctively flavorful and very zesty sangiovese for the table; serve with meat and pasta dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200547
Vieja Bodega
2010 Malbec
Aromas of smoked nuts, herbs, tobacco, and spiced berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, juicy melon, vanilla and earth accented finish. Very tasty and appetizing malbec.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200550
Vieja Bodega
NV Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
Ruby color. Aromas of salty smoked nuts, grilled berries, and cocoa with a tart, dryish medium body and a tangy, tropical fruit, spice, and cedar accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200587
Stina’s Cellars
2011 Millennium Vineyards Siegerrebe
Exotic topaz golden orange color. Interesting aromas of spicy sweet gherkins, apple sauce, and cloudberry jam with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy, apple and peach tart and chalk finish. Different and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200552
Marques del Nevado
2010 Reserva Merlot
Violet black color. Interesting smoky aromas of grilled peppers, pickled okra, chocolate nuts, and fruit leather with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory cedar, cherry, and black pepper finish. A savory, smoky table wine; pair with grilled lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200558
Battaglio
2011 Dolceto d'Alba DOC
Garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and raspberries, nuts and leather with a supple, dryish medium body and a earthy forest floor and craisin finish with firm, chewy tannins. A bit young, give this a year or two.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200647
La Playa
2011 Estate Bottled Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted tomatoes and herbs, dried cherry, and peppery spice with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart grilled cranberry and dusty earth finish with powdery tannins.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200572
Chime
2011 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry and strawberry preserves with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy nut and mineral accented finish. A crisp table wine; pair with pork and lamb chops.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200585
Stina’s Cellars
2011 Roussanne
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy poached peaches, sautéed almond, and melon rind with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and dusty nut accented finish. A rather fino sherry-like roussanne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200645
La Playa
2012 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon, thyme, and dried lavender with dry-yet-fruity medium body and a terse, stone fruit and mineral accented finish.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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