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March 2013 - New Release Wines (January)

March 2013 - New Release Wines (January)
This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (January) Wines

New Release Wines (January) Reviews

Midnight 2010 Estate Zinfandel
93 points
Bold black raspberries and dried sour cherry aromas and flavors with mineral notes come on in a big way and a hint of sweet vanilla. Big flavors follow with a lightly peppered finish with chewy coating tannins. An excellent example of fruity finesse with high alcohol.
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 "VS" Chenin Blanc
93 points
$24
Deep straw robe with emerald cast. Attractive aromas and flavors of nougat, nectarine, Meyer lemon, and melon with a tangy, fruit-yet-dry medium body and a long, mouthwatering finish. Deliciously vibrant and elegant.
Reynolds Family Winery 2010  Pinot Noir
93 points
$45
Deep garnet robe with a red brick rim. Vibrant nose reminiscent of cranberries, ripe cherries, geraniums and toffee. Supple texture and earthy flavors follow and the caramel note is amplified in the aftertaste. Ample fine tannins and sprinkle of pepper. A rich, meaty pinot noir for sipping and the table.
Midnight 2009 Estate Merlot
92 points
Nice lively nose of plum pudding and black currants. Later a hint of violets. rich attack good length and structure. Slight impression of sweetness wrapped up with fine tannins. A beautiful merlot.
Alec Spencer Cellars 2007 Sharps Hill Vineyards, "The College Fund Red" Paso Robles
91 points
Nice array of ripe black currants, eucalyptus, toffee and toasty oak. Rich tangy flavors follow with a chewy texture and large scaled lingering plum and oak spice flavors follow.
Marzocchi 2011  Ciliegiolo Maremma Toscana IGT
91 points
Garnet color. Very earthy aromas of clay, chocolate fig, craisins, bamboo shoot and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cinnamon apple tart and earth finish. A vibrant, earthy red for the table; pair with meat and mushroom dishes.
Tierras Guindas 2011  Ribera del Duero D.O.
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Inky violet purple color. Aromas of mocha, berry custard, and nuts with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a wonderfully structured, crunchy apple, boysenberry, spice, and earth accented finish with plush tannins. Impressive.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Kitzke 2009  Syrah
91 points
$24
Amethyst color. Deep resonant scents reminiscent of boysenberry jam and black olives. Rich supple flavors follow, supple mid-palate with a lingering peppery and lilac accented finish. Will improve with bottle age.
Kitzke 2009 "Monte Caramelle" Columbia Valley
91 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, chocolate nuts, and a hint of pine with a silky dryish medium body and a tangy craisin, apple, mint and earth accented finish. A zesty, refreshing red that will cut through rich foods like a knife.
Ermisch Family Cellars 2010 "Eréndira" Pinot Noir
91 points
$34.99
Deep ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry pie, roasted nuts, and dark caramel with a supple, fruity-yet-fry medium-to-full body and a long, herb, craisin and earth finish. Beautifully rich and stylish.
91 points $34.99
Sparkling Pointe 2007 Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
91 points
$42
Golden yellow green color with a fine bubbly rim. Bright aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, grilled lemon, and honeyed green apples with a crisp, well-carbonated fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, refreshing, lightly earthy finish.
Maroon Wines 2009 Reserve, Single Vineyard Zinfandel
91 points
$60
Warm nose reminiscent of a creamy mocha latté, herbs, and enticing blue fruits. Nice balanced flavors follow - not a zin that hits you over the head, but goes for and achieves subtlety. Some turned earth, raisin and a touch of pepper in the finish. Will be even better in a few years.
Tierras Guindas 2011  Toro D.O.
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Ripe, perfumed aromas of raspberry-blackberry pie and pistachio gelato with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and raspberry-lavender lozenge and blood orange accented finish. A very jazzy red that will be great with spicy pork and Asian beef dishes.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Waving Tree NV "The Works" Columbia Valley
90 points
$20
Red brick brown color. Aromas of Playdoh, praline and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, tangy caramelized almonds, suede, vanilla cream, and craisin finish. An interesting and engaging Old-World red like that will play well with food, especially veal chops and lamb.
Sparkling Pointe NV Brut North Fork of Long Island
90 points
$29
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon cream and apple tart with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty lime custard and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and lively.
Brian Arden 2009 Burton Ranch Vineyards Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Bright notes of boysenberry compote, a touch of mocha, cream and minerality. Flavors are a tangy and chewy with firm tannins on the finish. Nice structure and fruit for the table. Pair with pork loins.
Marzocchi 2011  Rosso Maremma Toscana IGT
89 points
Deep ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, earth, nuts and Provence herbs with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively, dried flower accented finish.
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010  Chenin Blanc
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Silvery pale straw color. Lively aromas of peach, green apple, watermelon, and Meyer lemon with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering finish. A vibrant sipper or pair with light seafood dishes.
89 points $16 Best Buy
RoxyAnn 2010  Viognier
89 points
$20
Pale golden color. Aromas of peaches, apricots, and apple pie with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, sweet cream, and delicate spice finish with crunchy fruit and oak tannins. A nice lively viognier that will be great at the table with seafood lasagna.
Goyette 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$24.99
Garnet color. Aromas of menthol, herbs, coriander and lingonberry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, smoky cedar,cherry and pink peppercorn accented finish with leafy tannins.
89 points $24.99
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010  Petite Sirah
89 points
$26
Inky purple color. Lots of chocolate, roasted nuts and dark fruits. Later potters clay and mulberries come to mind. Rich attack, good length and a grippy tannin finish.
Sparkling Pointe 2003 "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$60
Pure golden color. Aromas of creme brulee, candied dried citrus and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried pear, apple, cream and mineral accented finish. A nice mature sparkler that will be great with roasted chicken and cream sauces.
Sharp’s Hill 2009 Estate Grown Chardonnay
88 points
Creamy toasty scents lead and with air a nice spiced applesauce note. Rounded easy flavors follow with creme brulee and pineapple flavors in the finish. A lovely sipper.
Tierras Guindas 2011  Rueda D.O.
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of honeycomb, apple, and spiced nuts and earth with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and clean, citrus accented finish. A very nice lighter styled sipper or table wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010  Chenin Blanc-Viognier
88 points
$16
Silvery straw green color. Aromas and flavors of Key lime tart and green apple with a very crisp and fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a snappy, nectarine accented finish. A very refreshing sipper or pair with salads.
Kitzke 2009  Sangiovese
88 points
$24
Deep ruby color. Mild aromas of honeycomb, roasted nuts, latté, and dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, green apple and chocolate cherry accented finish. A solid table wine.
Waving Tree 2008  Nebbiolo
88 points
$25
Ruby bronze color. Amontillado-like aromas of almond brittle, chocolate, fig-prune paste and suede with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy raisin, praline, apple butter, and peppery spice accented finish. Very interesting oxidized tertiary flavors make this seem like long-aged Barolo. Very interesting, but not for everyone. Pair with osso bucco.
Arso di Sole 2011  Nero dAvola
87 points
garnet color. Aromas of graham cracker, berry pie and vanilla with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, honeyed apple, cranberry, nut and grassy earth accented finish. A refreshing sipper or table wine.
Midnight 2007 Reserve, "Gemini" Paso Robles
87 points
Black fruits and brambly earth notes lead. Rich supple entry and tangy fruit and cedar flavors follow. Grippy finish.
Alta 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$18
Toasty aromas of grilled lemon and pineapples with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a nice touch of earth on the finish.
Sharp’s Hill 2008 "Mon Petite" Petite Sirah
86 points
violet color. Aromas of chocolate mousse, olive, and boysenberry creme brulee with a medium body and a tangy, tightly wound flavors of whole nuts, vanilla yogurt, and dusty tannins. Give this some time.
Marzocchi 2011  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
84 points
Aromas coffee bean, chocolate, and toasty fruit cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy mushroom and apple accented finish. A charming sipper.
Marzocchi 2011  Sangiovese di Toscana IGT
83 points
Ruby color. Somewhat oxidized aromas of honeycomb, forest floor and brambly berries with a soft, tangy medium body and an earthy cherry pit, parchment and peppery spice finish.
Marzocchi 2011  Vermentino di Toscana IGT
83 points
Golden color. Aromas of chestnut honeycomb, dusty mushroom, and apple-mango chutney on brioche with a soft, dryish medium body and a delicate honeyed kiwi and starfruit and balsa finish. A rustic white for the table.
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