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June 2013 - New Release Wines (April)

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

New Release Wines (April) Reviews

Jarvis 2010 Reserve, Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Merlot
96 points
$140
Garnet violet black color. Elegant aromas of dark berries, chocolate toffee, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, mocha, apple and mineral nuanced finished with perfected integrated tannins. A remarkably flavorful and polished merlot that will be great with filet mignon.
Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Merlot
94 points
$95
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of vanilla cream, root beer, toasty toffee, and plum pie with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mocha, nut, and baking spice driven finish with finely polished tannins. Rich, concentrated, and refined.
Chacewater 2010  Zinfandel
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of buttery cashew brittle and spicy blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, creamy vanilla and chocolate nougat bar finish with fine, satiny tannins. Very tasty.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Miller Wine Works 2012 Union of Four, "Harvest Blanc" El Dorado County
93 points
$24
Golden yellow color. Toasty peach pie and quince jam aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy lemon meringue and toasty almond praline finish. A very well polished and flavorful white Rhone blend.
Miller Wine Works 2007 Kimberlys Selection, "The Works" Napa Valley
93 points
$39
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas of dried cherries and strawberries, pickling spices, nut brittle, and whipped cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, nicely balanced and savory finish with plush tannins. Great on its own or with food; try with pot roasts.
White Rock 2006  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$45
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of berry yogurt, marinated beets, cocoa, and pepper with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a savory pickling spice, vanilla and menthol tobacco accented finish with firm brooding tannins. Give this some time, it will improve.
Ruby Kurant 2009 "The Archer" California
92 points
$28
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, berries, and baking spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy orange sorbet and earth accented finish with plump balanced tannins. A delicious grenache for sipping or the table.
Chacewater 2010  Petite Sirah
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep purple dark color. Dense black raspberry, cracked pepper, chocolate, spice,and slate aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla cream accented finish with firm, chewy tannins. Brawny flavor packed petite sirah that will be great with steaks.
91 points $18 Best Buy
White Rock 2008 Claret Napa Valley
91 points
$40
Violet black color. Earthy aromas of clay, black olive, chocolate graham cracker and currant with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, blackberry, cherry, earth, and peppery spice finish with firm, chewy tannins. A nice table with to serve with prime rib.
Trifula 2011  Piemonte Rosso DOC
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of berry creme brulee, rhubarb preserves, and chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cedar, herbal, and olive accented finish with chewy, powdery tannins. This is a very fine table wine at a great price.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Chacewater 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate maple fudge, creme brulee, and cherry pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried berry, nut, and earth accented finish with powdery tannins. A nice well rounded cabernet with lots of ripe fruit.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
White Rock 2010  Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, coconut, and toasty apple pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy nut brittle and spice accented finish. A rich, flavorful and zesty chardonnay.
Blackbird 2010 "Arise" Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley
90 points
$50
Deep violet black color. Aromas of mocha, boysenberry jam, nuts, and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, oak and earth finish with firm tannins. Give this some time or serve with a well-marbled steak.
Chacewater 2012 Rosé Wine Sierra Foothills
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pretty scarlet pink color. Aromas of ripe cherry, watermelon, and strawberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, red apple, peppery spice and mineral finish. Flavorful nicely balanced rosé for sipping or the table.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chacewater 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Golden color. Creamy aromas of apple tart, white chocolate and yogurt nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pineapple and peppery spice finish. Very tasty.
Chacewater 2011  Syrah
88 points
$17.99
Inky purple color. Aromas of spicy berry pie, mulberry, nougat, and mint with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery finish with coating tannins. A solid syrah for the table.
88 points $17.99
Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Franc
88 points
$95
Deep purple garnet color. Aromas of honeyed cherries, mulberries and nuts with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, earthy tannin finish. This needs a little time.
flipflop NV  Merlot
87 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Coffee candy, cherry jam, and pickling spice aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity medium body and a toasty, oak spice driven finish. A very nice fruity everyday sipper.
87 points $5.99 Best Buy
Recuerdo 2012  Torrontes
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Floral, peach and yellow rose aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body, lively acidity, apple notes, and a bit of warmth on the finish. A very nice summer sipper.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chacewater 2012  Riesling
87 points
$15.99
Golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, lemon curd, and woodsy dried apples with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed apple finish. A nice off-dry sipper.
87 points $15.99
Viña Decana 2009 Crianza Tempranillo
86 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Savory aromas dried cherries, lime powder, Kalamata olive, and horse blanket with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nut, rawhide, and earth finish with chewy tannins. A funky, wild and wooly red that will be great with game.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
flipflop NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Bright spicy pickle, sauerkraut, peppercorn, and chocolate cherry aromas with a tangy, fruity medium body and a cedar, praline, and earth accented finish. A nice spicy sipper with will go great with bbq.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Miller Wine Works 2012 Le Colline des Pommes, "Ruddy Bloom" El Dorado County
86 points
$21
Distinctive orange pink color. Aromas of cherry custard pie a la mode and strawberries and cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange and apple finish. A nice drier styled rose for the table.
Massimo 2010  Rioja
85 points
$12.99
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, dried cherry, licorice, olive, and sautéed vegetable with a supple, dryish medium body and a pistachio and earth accented finish. A nice savory table wine.
85 points $12.99
Chacewater 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$13.99
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon meringue pie and peach compote with a dry-yet fruity, light-to-medium body and a tart, drying grassy earth driven finish. A nice dry sauvignon blanc for the table.
85 points $13.99
flipflop NV  Pinot Noir
82 points
$5.99
Dark ruby color. Chocolate cherry aroma with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a brisk, tangy, toasty nut and peppery spice finish.
82 points $5.99
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