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December 2012 - New Release Wine (October)

December 2012 - New Release Wine (October)
This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (October) Wines

New Release Wine (October) Reviews

Canihan Family 2008 Reserve, Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Pinot Noir
96 points
$50
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.
Battaglio 2009  Nebbiolo dAlba DOC
94 points
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.
Canihan Family 2008 Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Syrah
93 points
$49
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.
Canihan Family 2009 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$50
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.
Battaglio 2009  Barbera dAlba DOC
92 points
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.
Marques del Nevado 2009 Reserva Syrah
92 points
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.
Marques del Nevado 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
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.
Battaglio 2011 "Funtana" Nebbiolo
91 points
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.
Marques del Nevado 2010 Reserva Carmenere
91 points
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.
Vieja Bodega 2009 Reserve Malbec
91 points
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.
Chime 2010  Chardonnay
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Chime 2011  Chardonnay
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Wetzel Family Estate Merlot
91 points
$20
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.
Sea Mist 2010  Pinot Noir
91 points
$21.99
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
Battaglio 2011  Arneis
90 points
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.
La Playa 2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauivgon
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Stina’s Cellars 2009 Millennium Vineyards Baco Noir
90 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Baravalle 2009  Barbara dAsti DOCG
89 points
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.
Battaglio 2011 "Ribota" Dolcetto
89 points
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.
Battaglio 2011  Arneis
89 points
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.
Marques del Nevado 2011 Reserva Malbec
89 points
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.
Sea Mist 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$17.99
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
Chime 2010  Pinot Noir
89 points
$19.99
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
Magness 2010  Merlot
89 points
$21.99
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
Baravalle 2010  Dolcetto dAsti DOC
88 points
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.
Baravalle 2007 Superiore Nizza Barbara dAsti DOC
88 points
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.
Baravalle 2011  Cortese Alto Monferrato DOC
88 points
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.
Vieja Bodega 2010  Cabernet Sauvingon
88 points
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.
Vieja Bodega NV  Malbec-Sangiovese
88 points
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.
Sea Mist 2010  Chardonnay
88 points
$17.99
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
Magness 2011  Chardonnay
88 points
$19.99
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
Stina’s Cellars 2008  Sangiovese
88 points
$20
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.
Vieja Bodega 2010  Malbec
87 points
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.
Vieja Bodega NV  Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
87 points
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.
Stina’s Cellars 2011 Millennium Vineyards Siegerrebe
87 points
$16
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.
Marques del Nevado 2010 Reserva Merlot
85 points
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.
Battaglio 2011  Dolceto dAlba DOC
84 points
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.
La Playa 2011 Estate Bottled Merlot
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Chime 2011  Pinot Noir
84 points
$11.99
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
Stina’s Cellars 2011  Roussanne
84 points
$16
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.
La Playa 2012 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
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