May 2013 - New Zealand - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is New Zealand - All Wines
New Zealand - All Wines Reviews
202100
Nautilus
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Vibrant aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit, and green tomato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a very tangy, mineral, plantain and grassy earth accented finish. A delicious and exotic sauvignon blanc.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202101
Nautilus
2010 Pinot Noir
Garnet violet color. Aromas of baked berries, honeyed toast, and delicate spices with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless cocoa, nut, and earth accented finish. Very elegant and flavorful.
92 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202165
Brancott Estate
2011 Letter Series "T" Pinot Noir
Rich aromas of chocolate toffee and buttercream, and berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and great concentration of tart berries, spice, kiwi, and dusty minerals. A fine representation of Marlborough pinot noir that will be sensational at the table.
91 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202166
Brancott Estate
2011 Letter Series "B" Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. More subtle aromas suggest papaya, wheatgrass, sour sop and lime with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tart citrus driven finish with a layer of chalk and grass underneath. A nicely refined and elegant NZ sauvignon blanc.
91 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202163
Brancott Estate
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Aromas of grapefruit custard, pickled green tomatoes, white chocolate and yellow pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very balanced citrus, melon, and nectarine skin accented finish. A rock solid NZ sauvignon blanc for all occasions.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202157
Stoneleigh
2011 Pinot Noir
Aromas of spiced cherries, chocolate halvah and vanilla bark with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich dried berry, honeycomb, and spiced nut finish. Very tasty and sure to please as a sipper or with lighter fare.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202164
Brancott Estate
2011 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Fleshy aromas of chocolate graham cracker and baked berries with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy cranberry, pencil shavings, and honeyed nut finish. Admirable balance and flavor make this a very appealing choice as a sipper or with food.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202039
Martin’s Rake
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bold aromas and flavors of guava, grapefruit, and green and jalapeno pepper with a crisp, tart medium-to-full body and a zesty, passionfruit, melon rind and lemon accented finish. Good vibrancy, balance and purity for sipping or with seafood.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202102
Palliser Estate
2008 Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Aromas of baked berries, cedar, and spicy fried pickles with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, Asian pear, dried raspberry, incense ash, and nutshell accented finish. A solid choice for the table.
87 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202156
Stoneleigh
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Platinum straw color. Lightly dusty green pepper, kumquat and gherkin aromas and flavors with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a nice flourish of melon and lime ice on the grippy fruit tannin finish.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201584
Selaks
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery gold color. Lightly smoky aromas suggest grilled grapefruit and kiwi with a hint of tall grass and melon rind with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a earthy, lemon and lime accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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