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January 2013 - New Release Wine (November)

January 2013 - New Release Wine (November)
This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (November) Wines

New Release Wine (November) Reviews

Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2010  Shiraz
94 points
$29.95
Inky purple color. Rich aromas of menthol, eucalyptus honey, chocolate mint, and black raspberry pie with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a rich, spiced berry, root vegetable, herb and peppercorn driven finish. A big, delicious shiraz.
94 points $29.95
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$45
Deep garnet color. Dense aromas of cassis pie, cocoa, vanilla custard, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, layered finish with savory root vegetable, herbs, tomato, sandalwood incense and spiced nut notes lingering through fine tannins. A wonderful example of Alexander Valley cabernet.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Wetzel Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$22
Garnet violet color. Savory aromas of roasted pepper, dried currant and chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively, herbal, roasted root vegetable, mustard greens, pomegranate, and leather accented finish with chewy tannins. A great steak wine especially peppered steak or chimichurri.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 "Sin Zin" Zinfandel
91 points
$20
Garnet color. Decadent aromas of dried berries, cherries, spiced chai and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate jam, candied citrus, beet, and herb accented finish. A finely tuned zin that will be a great sipper or food companion.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 School Reserve, "Alluvia" Alexander Valley
91 points
$45
Plush aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, toffee, vanilla and peppered beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, pear and pomegranate accented finish. A lovely table wine; pair with veal.
Rambam NV Rosco Italy
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of jasmine tea and pomegranate sorbet with a petillant, tangy fruity sweet medium body and a refreshing green apple citrus and delicate spice finish. A delicious and refreshing off-dry sipper or pair with spicy Chinese meat dishes.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Wolfgang Puck 2011 Master Lot Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Vibrant aromas of grapefruit, passionfruit, and apple with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, mouthwatering citrus, melon and mineral accented finish. A delicious and a artfully balanced sipper or table wine.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 "Temptation" Zinfandel
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Rich enticing aromas of dried cherries, strawberries, and raspberries and cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy citrus, carrot and praline accented finish. A delicious, spot-on California zin for everyday pleasure.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Wetzel Family Estate Cabernet Franc
90 points
$24
Violet garnet color. Rich aromas of pickled okra, chocolate graham crackers, and blackberry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory herb cracker, spiced cranberry, shittake, and marinated root vegetable accented finish. A great choice for roasts or pheasant stew.
Rambam NV Joven Rose Italy
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby color with a tawny cast. Bright aromas of strawberry and cherry jams, sodas and blossoms with a lightly effervescent fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, citrus and acai sorbet finish. A zesty, refreshing semisweet summer sipper.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Gnarly Head 2011 San Bernabe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas of sliced green pepper, papaya, and honeyed grapefruit with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tropical custard accented finish. A flavorful, nicely balanced sauvignon blanc.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Biokult 2011  Grüner Veltliner
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of nectarine, cruciform vegetables, and pepper with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon and kiwi curd finish. A precisely balanced gruner for sipping or the table.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Wetzel Family Estate Syrah
89 points
$20
Violet color. Rich aromas of smoked nuts and cedar, chocolate, and grilled berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, black raspberry, singed herb and spice accented finish with grippy tannins. Pair with wild game.
Domino 2011  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of grilled lemon, peach and nougat with a silky dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a nice apple, pear, and delicate spice accented finish. A very tasty everyday wine.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Twisted 2011  Moscato
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Mild aromas of honeycomb, green apple and pear skins and dried flowers with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and honey, nectarine, and nougat finish. A tasty, fruity and very convivial sipper with good structure.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Rambam NV Joven White Italy
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of cashew brittle, lychee custard, and peach gelato with a sweet, tangy, slightly petillant medium body and a coconut cream, mineral, and spice accented finish. A refreshing semisweet sipper or dessert wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Rambam NV  Moscato Bianco
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden color. Floral aromas of honeyed peaches, plums, and lilacs with a fruity sweet, lightly effervescent light-to-medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and mineral accented finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Tarantas 2008 Crianza Utiel Requena DO
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Attractive aromas of spiced blueberries, and cherries vanilla cream and vegetable puree with a supple dryish medium body and a tomato, cedar and mineral finish with chewy tannins. A nice food wine o pair with lamb.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Domino 2010  Moscato
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of dried apricot, honeyed orange and flowers with a soft, fruity light-o-medium body and a spiced pear and citrus finish. A lovely odd-dry patio wine.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Vertvs 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of spiced berries and herb marinated beets with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, carrot, parsley, and craisin accented finish with dusty tannins. A nice dry food wine.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vertvs 2011  Tempranillo
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Mild aromas of beets, floral honeycomb, and craisin with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, root vegetable, apple, and citrus peel snap on the finish. Pair with lamb or goat.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bota Box 2011  Riesling
86 points
$19.99
Silvery gold color. Aromas of nougat, caramel apple, and peach custard with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, ripe peach and yellow apple finish. Tasty.
86 points $19.99
Bota Box 2011  Moscato
86 points
$19.99
Golden silver color. Aromas of dried peach, graham cracker, and honeyed citrus with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, apple sauce and mineral finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
86 points $19.99
Rambam NV Joven Red Italy
85 points
$8.99
Ruby with amber brown cast. Aromas of dried fruit, warm caramel, leather and nougat with a petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a tart cranberry sauce, almond skin, and forest floor finish.
85 points $8.99
Bota Box 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$19.99
Golden silver color. Aromas of peach and lemon tart with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tart, yellow apple finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
85 points $19.99
Gnarly Head 2011  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$11.99
Aromas of nut brittle and grilled peach with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tart green pear and kiwi finish.
84 points $11.99
Twisted 2011  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$7.99
Golden silver color. Aromas of overripe peach and lemon with a soft, dryish light body and a whole nut and honeyed pear finish.
83 points $7.99
Vertvs 2008 Crianza Utiel Requena DO
83 points
$12.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of stewed root vegetables and cabbage and dried berries with a flat, dry medium body and nutshell, tomato, turnip, and spiced dried apple notes and firm powdery tannins. Fully mature, drink now with food.
83 points $12.99
Point of the Bluff 2011 Semi Dry Riesling
83 points
$14.99
Golden silver color. Sulfury grilled lemon and nectarine aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed lime and green apple finish.
83 points $14.99
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