January 2013 - New Release Wine (November)

This month's Wine feature is OOS Wine (November) Wines
New Release Wine (November) Reviews
200911
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
2010 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200782
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2008 School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200788
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200786
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 "Sin Zin" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200783
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2009 School Reserve, "Alluvia" Alexander Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200759
Rambam
NV Rosco Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200541
Wolfgang Puck
2011 Master Lot Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200785
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 "Temptation" Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200787
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200760
Rambam
NV Joven Rose Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200533
Gnarly Head
2011 San Bernabe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200654
Biokult
2011 Grüner Veltliner
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200784
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200539
Domino
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200538
Twisted
2011 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200761
Rambam
NV Joven White Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200758
Rambam
NV Moscato Bianco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200657
Tarantas
2008 Crianza Utiel Requena DO
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200537
Domino
2010 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200656
Vertvs
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200658
Vertvs
2011 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200535
Bota Box
2011 Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200536
Bota Box
2011 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200762
Rambam
NV Joven Red Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200534
Bota Box
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200532
Gnarly Head
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200540
Twisted
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200655
Vertvs
2008 Crianza Utiel Requena DO
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200861
Point of the Bluff
2011 Semi Dry Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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