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
201511
Midnight
2010 Estate Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201398
Clarksburg Wine Company
2010 "VS" Chenin Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201409
Reynolds Family Winery
2010 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201510
Midnight
2009 Estate Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201510
Midnight
2009 Estate Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201512
Alec Spencer Cellars
2007 Sharp's Hill Vineyards, "The College Fund Red" Paso Robles
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201503
Marzocchi
2011 Ciliegiolo Maremma Toscana IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201625
Tierras Guindas
2011 Ribera del Duero D.O.
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201346
Kitzke
2009 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201345
Kitzke
2009 "Monte Caramelle" Columbia Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201622
Ermisch Family Cellars
2010 "Eréndira" Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201577
Sparkling Pointe
2007 Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201865
Maroon Wines
2009 Reserve, Single Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201623
Tierras Guindas
2011 Toro D.O.
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201327
Waving Tree
NV "The Works" Columbia Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201576
Sparkling Pointe
NV Brut North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201553
Brian Arden
2009 Burton Ranch Vineyards Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201505
Marzocchi
2011 Rosso Maremma Toscana IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201397
Clarksburg Wine Company
2010 Chenin Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201406
RoxyAnn
2010 Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201446
Goyette
2011 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201400
Clarksburg Wine Company
2010 Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201578
Sparkling Pointe
2003 "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201513
Sharp’s Hill
2009 Estate Grown Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201624
Tierras Guindas
2011 Rueda D.O.
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201399
Clarksburg Wine Company
2010 Chenin Blanc-Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201347
Kitzke
2009 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201326
Waving Tree
2008 Nebbiolo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201504
Arso di Sole
2011 Nero dAvola
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201509
Midnight
2007 Reserve, "Gemini" Paso Robles
Black fruits and brambly earth notes lead. Rich supple entry and tangy fruit and cedar flavors follow. Grippy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201339
Alta
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Toasty aromas of grilled lemon and pineapples with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a nice touch of earth on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201514
Sharp’s Hill
2008 "Mon Petite" Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201506
Marzocchi
2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201507
Marzocchi
2011 Sangiovese di Toscana IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201508
Marzocchi
2011 Vermentino di Toscana IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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