May 2013 - New Release Wines (March)

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (March) Wines
New Release Wines (March) Reviews
202217
Mi Sueño
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Inky amethyst black color. Aromas of berry gelato, toffee, and creamy vanilla with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, chewy spice, nut and cedar nuanced finish with balanced, chewy tannins. A very flavorful and superbly structured cabernet that is certain to please a broad range of wine drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202215
Mi Sueño
2008 Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of butter praline, apple tart, and pineapple cake with with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, rich exotic tropical fruit, nut, and creamy vanilla finish. Excellent depth and balance in a sturdy oak frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202216
Mi Sueño
2009 Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apples, kiwi, and baked pineapples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, delicately spicy finish. A very nicely balanced chardonnay for sipping and the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202258
Table 5
2010 Red Blend Napa Valley
Dark violet black color. Rich aromas of dried berries, pickling spices, vanilla and beeswax candle with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy spiced berry and apple driven finish. Great fruit, structure and balance. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201687
Ricossa
2008 Barolo DOCG
Ruby black with a gray brick cast. Aromas of pomegranate, gherkin, spices and cedar with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory, herbal dried berry and roasted root vegetable accented finish with delicate tannins. A very nicely balanced Barolo that will shine at the table.
92 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202213
Mi Sueño
2009 Pugash Vineyard Chardonnay
Lustrous golden color. Rich creamy coconut, caramel apple, and pineapple aromas and flavors with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, baked apple and brown spice finish. A plush oak-aged chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201689
Ela
2012 Rosé Vinho Verde DOC
Pretty pale silvery fuchsia color. Aromas and flavors of fresh strawberries and cherries with a petillant, tangy medium body and a crisp blood orange and Meyer lemon accented finish. A fantastically refreshing aperitif or pair with salads and grilled tuna.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202096
Besitos
NV Red Wine California
Deep purple color. Aromas of tobacco, dried fruits, cedar, and clay with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry and craisin finish. A really tasty and fruity everyday sipper that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202237
Sojourn
2011 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of creamy vanilla nougat, pineapple cake, lemongrass and Asian spices with a silky, dryish medium body and a delicately minty, caramel apple and cream finish. A fresh, lively chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202212
Noemi
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep violet black color. Aromas of beeswax, vanilla yogurt-coated raisins, cassis jam, sandalwood, and pickling spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate and cedar finish with firm, powdery tannins. Give this a some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201688
Ela
2012 Vinho Verde DOC
Pale silver straw color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, green apple, and lemon with a petillant, tangy light-to-medium body and a tart, clean mineral accented finish. A refreshing, spot-on Vinho Verde.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202081
Diversion
NV Merlot
Rich aromas of creamy vanilla custard and frosted berry danish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity body and a spicy poached pear and mocha finish with nice chewy tannins. A very appealing sipper or pair with gourmet burgers to great effect.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202081
Diversion
NV Merlot
Rich aromas of creamy vanilla custard and frosted berry danish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity body and a spicy poached pear and mocha finish with nice chewy tannins. A very appealing sipper or pair with gourmet burgers to great effect.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202214
Mi Sueño
2009 Pinot Noir
Deep amethyst with a charcoal cast. Aromas of chocolate covered goji berry, blueberries, and roasted nuts with a silky dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery spice, praline, vanilla and pear accented finish. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202080
Diversion
NV "Majestic Red" Washington
Garnet black color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, nougat, and chocolate cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a toasty plum pastry finish. A pleasant sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202019
Jersey Red
NV Semi-Sweet Red Wine Blend New Jersey
Garnet color. Concord grape juice aroma with soft, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy cherry jam, cola, and spice accented finish. A nice fruity sweet red for picnics and cheeses.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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