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July 2013 - New Release Wines (May)

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

New Release Wines (May) Reviews

Treleaven 2011 EIS Late Harvest Riesling
95 points
$34.99
Lustrous golden amber color. Aromas of dried peach, waxy honeycomb, and golden raisins with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a orange blossom honey, pepper and caramelized pear accented finish. A superb dessert wine.
95 points $34.99
La Croix Saint Jean 2009 "Lo Paire" Minervois AOP
95 points
$39.99
Garnet color. Rich perfume, ripe berries, spice, minerals, and mocha creme brulee aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a slate accented long, seamless finish. A beautiful, elegant example of Minervois.
95 points $39.99
Las Moras 2008 Finca Pedernal Malbec
94 points
$39.99
Dark garnet color. Deep nose of honeycomb, creme brulee, berry compote and spice with a rich, chewy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a concentrated olive and cedar accented finish with fine tannins. A superb, very serious malbec.
94 points $39.99
Licenciado 2008  Rioja DOC Reserva
94 points
$50
Garnet charcoal color. Aromas of olive, leather, honeyed apricot, and craisin with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, savory, highly polished finish. A delicious and appetizing Rioja that will shine with lamb or bison.
Tom Eddy 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$95
Mellow, mature aromas of dried berries, leather, carob bar, mint, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy sweet tobacco, honeyed nut, spice and earth driven finish. This wine eschews flash for class.
Treleaven 2012 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale salmon silver color. Enticing aromas and flavors of strawberries, cherries and whipped cream with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy kiwi, watermelon, and mineral kissed finish. Charming, delicious and balanced.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Morais 2012 Cherry Wine Virginia
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Ruby with a charcoal gray cast. Aromas of spicy cherry pie filling and blossoms, fruit leather, and delicate fresh herbs with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a floral honey and earth accented finish. A delicious, pure, and nicely complex fruit wine.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Magistrate 2010 "Restitution" Red Wine Blend Napa Valley
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dense aromas of lit candle, red clay, peppercorn, olives, and grilled mulberries with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory pomegranate-rhubarb chutney and smoky nutty, earth finish and fine tannins. A very stately Old World styled table wine that will excel with Italian beef dishes.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Storyteller 2011 Red Blend Sonoma County
93 points
$24.99
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of crusty berry pie, floral honeycomb, and creamy nougat with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, mocha, dried cherry and spice accented finish. Flavorful, smooth and well-crafted.
93 points $24.99
Magistrate 2011  Merlot
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of plum-cherry tart and toffee with a crisp dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy tropical citrus, delicate spice and earth finish. Very flavorful and balanced for sipping or the table.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Bodega Santa Cruz 2009 "Rupestre" Almansa DO
92 points
$30
Garnet violet color. Rich aromas of craisin, apple nut bran muffin, and prunes with a with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, praline and earth finish with sumptuous chewy tannins. An elegantly balanced and table friendly wine.
Terre D’Aione 2012  Fiano di Avellino DOCG
92 points
$30
Pale golden color. Aromas of dried apricot, fig, and honeyed date nut bread with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dash of hazelnut brittle, pineapple, and grassy earth on the the piquant finish. A very distinctive and attractive sipper; serve with seared scallops.
Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve, "Adam & Eve" Temecula Valley
92 points
$45
Complex and subtle, herbs, eucalyptus, mint, spice, chocolate mousse, berry tart chewy concentrated, peppery spice and earth. Very robust and supple.
Terre D’Aione 2009  Taurasi DOCG
92 points
$50
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, almond, cocoa, dolmades and earth with a dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, moderately tannic finish. Excellent structure for the table; serve with lamb.
Maldonado Vineyards 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$55
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate and cassis with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced cherry, nut brittle and mocha cream accented finish with chewy tannins. A delicious and elegantly balanced cabernet for sipping or the table.
Las Moras 2011 Reserve Malbec
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Coffee gelato, chocolate espresso bean aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body, and balanced berry pie and vanilla driven finish. Seamless and crowd pleasing.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Treleaven NV Apple Mystique New York State
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Attractively dimensional aromas of dried and honey baked apples with a silky fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, citrus, nut and earth accented finish. A very tasty and appetizing apple wine with great balance for sipping or the table.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Treleaven 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of ripe peaches and oranges with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a very crisp, lemon, green apple, and grassy earth accented finish. A precisely made and very refreshing riesling for all occasions.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Morais 2012  Touriga National
91 points
$20
Bright, complex aromas of sandalwood incense, perfume, honeycomb, gherkin, and roasted berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, savory toasted raisin nut bread and leafy earth finish. A fun, flavorful, somewhat rustic red that will pair well with spicy game and boar dishes.
Storyteller 2011 "Once Upon a Dream" Merlot
91 points
$24.99
Dark ruby color. Vibrant aromas of herbs, chocolate mint, menthol, and blueberry crumble with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty dried boysenberry and brown spice finish and chewy tannins. Nice spicy flavors here; serve with rich lamb.
91 points $24.99
CADE 2009 Napa Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of nuts, leather, delicate Asian spice, and dried blueberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, blood orange, melon, and nut accented finish with grippy tannins. Give this a bit of time.
Concannon 2011 Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir
90 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry, chocolate, and buttery nut brittle with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and mouthwatering peach marmalade on toast accented finish. Very tasty and well made.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2012 "Rosso Convento" Veneto IGT
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Mocha, whipped cream, cherry, and craisin, pencil shaving, aromas and flavors. Supple and chewy with a solid core of fruit and fine tannins. Finishes with cocoa earth, spice, olive, and chalk. A very nice food wine or sipper.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Las Moras 2011 Black Label Malbec
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Toasted nuts, mocha, caramel, and pie crust aromas with a silky, juicy medium-to-full body and berry jam and raisin notes on the lively finish. Spot on malbec with a nice oak accent.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
F.J. Serra 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of spicy apple sauce and banana bread with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pear and spiced nut accented finish. A nicely balanced, flavorful chardonnay for sipping or the table.
90 points $19.99
Parker’s Estate 2012 Tolleson High Corniche Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$19.99
Bright grapefruit, sweet pepper, green tomato, and passionfruit aromas with a sleek, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, melon, lime, and mineral accented finish.
90 points $19.99
Treleaven 2011  Gewurztraminer
90 points
$21.99
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of dried rose, peach and apple core with a silky fruity medium body and a graceful, citrus and mineral accented finish.
90 points $21.99
Storyteller 2011 "Got Away" Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24.99
Aromas of berry pie a la mode and delicate eucalyptus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, poached apple and toasty praline accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced for sipping or the table.
90 points $24.99
Nitty Gritty 2011  Chardonnay
90 points
$29.99
Aromas of spicy apple pie with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus custard and nut brittle accented finish. Very zesty and richly flavorful. Pair with grilled and roasted chicken.
90 points $29.99
Nitty Gritty 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29.99
Aromas of cocoa, currant, spice, olive and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy dried berry, kiwi, and vanilla cream accented finish. A nicely restrained Napa cab that will be very versatile at the table.
90 points $29.99
Domaine Masson-Blondelet 2012  Pouilly-Fumé
90 points
$38
Golden yellow color. Bright aroma of white grapefruit, honey, cream with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp wheat grass, herb, and chalk accented finish. A very nice table wine; pair with mussels.
Maldonado Vineyards 2009 Proprietary Red Blend Napa Valley
90 points
$38
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of berries and delicate pickling spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, craisin and nut brittle finish with firm tannins. Give this some time.
Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve, Heritage Red Temecula Valley
90 points
$48
Ruby black color. Bright jammy aromas honeyed dried berries, chocolate, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, craisin and nut toast accented finish. A rich zinfandel claret like wine.
Magistrate 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas of milk chocolate bourbon bonbons and berry pie are attractive with silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, clementine, apple and fresh herb accented finish. A sturdy sipper or pair with gourmet burgers.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2012 "Stefany" Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of citrus tart and peach pie with supple fruity yet dry medium body and a long, mineral and apple kissed finish. Very tasty. Try with fried calamari.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Arrow Creek 2012 Meritage California
89 points
$17.99
Garnet color. Attractive nose of berry pie and toffee with a supple, ripe medium body and a concentrated and spicy, fruit-driven finish. A tasty, crowd pleasing red.
89 points $17.99
Storyteller 2011 "Summer Camp" Chardonnay
89 points
$24.99
Aromas of praline, melon, dried pineapple, and lime gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively spiced apple and mineral accented finish. Flavorful and stylish.
89 points $24.99
Nitty Gritty 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$29.99
Aromas of melon, straw, and crabapple with a crisp, dryish medium body and a chalky mineral and citrus zest accented finish. A tart, dry sauvignon for the table.
89 points $29.99
Concannon 2012 Selected Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Bold aromas of pickled peppers and tomatoes and guava with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a guava and kiwi accented finish. Tasty; try with goat cheese dishes.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Magistrate 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$16.99
Aromas of mulberries, sour cherries, and honey with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively orange gelato and nut accented finish. A tasty everyday sipper.
88 points $16.99
Ogio NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$16.99
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of banana taffy, bubblegum and citrus sorbet with a crisp, frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, nectarine, mineral kissed finish. Very tasty and a great foil for spicy foods and sparkling cocktails like bellinis.
88 points $16.99
Treleaven 2011 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$18.99
Aromas of goat’s milk caramel and apple tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pear, citrus cream, and mineral accented finish. A nice dry chardonnay for sipping or the table.
88 points $18.99
Acronym 2011 White Wine Blend California
88 points
$19.99
Silvery straw color. Bold barnyard hay, dried apricot, and honeyed yam aromas and flavors with a fruity medium body and a tangy baked caramel apple and pineapple accented finish. A fruity sipper with an interesting earthy streak.
88 points $19.99
Nitty Gritty 2011  Merlot
88 points
$29.99
Aromas of mocha, berry yogurt, and nougat with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy poached plum, cherry compote and nutshell finish with coating tannins.
88 points $29.99
Las Moras 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet. Aromas and flavors of berries, apples, toast, and caramel nuts. Supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a crisp finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of olives, leather, apricot and cassis. Supple texture, dryish medium bodied with tangy blood orange apple and earth notes and gripping tannins on the finish. A good food wine.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Ogio 2011 Tuscan Red Toscana Rosso IGT
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of coffee, sour cherry, and creme brulee with a silky dryish medium body and roasted nuts, apple and grassy earth accents on the finish. A pleasant sipper or table wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Parker’s Estate 2011 Riverside Crossing Syrah
87 points
$19.99
Aromas of roasted nuts, spicy blackberry tart, and cocoa with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart pear, salted tomato, and mineral finish. A nicely rounded table wine.
87 points $19.99
Nitty Gritty 2011 Red Blend Napa Valley
87 points
$29.99
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry vanilla bark, blueberry basket, and spicy nougat with a silk, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, roasted nut, and creme brulee finish. Tasty.
87 points $29.99
Treleaven 2011 Vintners Cuvée Chardonnay
87 points
$29.99
Golden straw color. Yeasty pineapple cake and caramel yogurt aromas with a soft, dryish medium body and an apple, nutskin, and earth accented finish. A nice oaky chardonnay for the table.
87 points $29.99
Pinetti Notte 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Silver straw color. Aromas of nougat and ripe peach stone with a soft dry light body and a kiwi, melon rind, and mineral accented finish. A nicely balanced and restrained pinot grigio.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Las Moras 2011 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Aromas of roasted apple and pineapple tart with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi, praline, and Meyer lemon accented finish. A nice toasty, everyday sipper.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2012  Merlot
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas lightly floral plum and green fig. Dry and medium bodied with an interesting, tangy note of lime. Finishes with dried leaves and earthy tannins.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato Fields NV Brut Prosecco DOC
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Aromas of earthy, peanut brittle and citrus with a crisp, dryish medium body and a nice core of tangy stone fruit and lime with minerals in support.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Morais 2012  Moscatel
86 points
$22
Pale golden amber color with a bronze cast. Bold aromas of suede, saddle soap, sultanas, and poached apple with a silky, sweet medium body and a raisin, nut, lemon pepper, and lychee notes on the finish with dusty tannins. An interesting, lightly oxidized dessert wine.
Concannon 2012 Selected Vineyards Pinot Grigio
85 points
$10
Silver straw color. Aromas of baked peach and nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a starfruit and underbrush accented finish. A nice tidy pinot grigio.
Ogio 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$12.99
Straw color. Aromas of banana pudding and peach compote with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, lean, lemon, starfruit, and earth finish.
85 points $12.99
Treleaven 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$14.99
Lightly smoky aromas of praline, herbs, and grilled apples and lemon curd with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pineapple, melon, and grass accented finish. A solid choice for grilled fish.
85 points $14.99
Morais 2012 "Sams Jeropiga" Virginia
85 points
$17
Reddish brown color. Earthy aromas of leather, prunes, artichoke, and olives with soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a toasted almond brittle, chestnut honey and earth accented finish.
Road i NV Red California
84 points
$10
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry cookie, blossoms and pickled okra with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory cocoa and salted plum finish.
H & G 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12.99
Dull garnet gray color. Aromas of marinated beets, olives, artichokes, and baked wild strawberries with a supple, dryish medium body and a dried sour cherry vinaigrette, nut and earth driven finish with dusty tannins. An earthy, rustic cabernet.
84 points $12.99
Capay Valley Vineyards 2012  Sparkling Viognier
84 points
$13.99
Golden silver color. Lots of sulfury matches in the nose with grilled peaches underneath. Crisp and tangy on the medium bodied palate with grilled citrus, honey, eggs,and smoke rounding out the finish. Too much sulfur here.
84 points $13.99
Pizzolato 2012 NSA Prosecco DOC
84 points
$13.99
Pale golden color with an amber cast. Aromas of lavender soap, beeswax, and peach compote with a crisp, petillant light body and a banana-kiwi-lime custard tart and chalk accented finish.
84 points $13.99
Magistrate 2011  Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Deep golden color with an amber cast. Aromas of baked apples and pineapples and pepper with a soft, dryish medium body and brisk papaya, pear, nutshell and grassy earth accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Hawkstone 2012 Barneys Heritage Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$24.99
Aromas of baked citrus, gooseberry, nougat and linen with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart starfruit, kiwi, and grassy accented finish.
84 points $24.99
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