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
202643
Treleaven
2011 EIS Late Harvest Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202788
La Croix Saint Jean
2009 "Lo Paire" Minervois AOP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202690
Las Moras
2008 Finca Pedernal Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202789
Licenciado
2008 Rioja DOC Reserva
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202659
Tom Eddy
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202640
Treleaven
2012 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202648
Morais
2012 Cherry Wine Virginia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202590
Magistrate
2010 "Restitution" Red Wine Blend Napa Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202606
Storyteller
2011 Red Blend Sonoma County
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202591
Magistrate
2011 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202785
Bodega Santa Cruz
2009 "Rupestre" Almansa DO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202786
Terre D’Aione
2012 Fiano di Avellino DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202800
Lorenzi Estate
2009 Reserve, "Adam & Eve" Temecula Valley
Complex and subtle, herbs, eucalyptus, mint, spice, chocolate mousse, berry tart chewy concentrated, peppery spice and earth. Very robust and supple.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202787
Terre D’Aione
2009 Taurasi DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202615
Maldonado Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202689
Las Moras
2011 Reserve Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202642
Treleaven
NV Apple Mystique New York State
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202641
Treleaven
2011 Semi-Dry Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202645
Morais
2012 Touriga National
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202605
Storyteller
2011 "Once Upon a Dream" Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202780
CADE
2009 Napa Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202684
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202555
Pizzolato
2012 "Rosso Convento" Veneto IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202686
Las Moras
2011 Black Label Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202585
F.J. Serra
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202602
Parker’s Estate
2012 Tolleson High Corniche Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202644
Treleaven
2011 Gewurztraminer
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202604
Storyteller
2011 "Got Away" Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202594
Nitty Gritty
2011 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202595
Nitty Gritty
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202790
Domaine Masson-Blondelet
2012 Pouilly-Fumé
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202616
Maldonado Vineyards
2009 Proprietary Red Blend Napa Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202801
Lorenzi Estate
2009 Reserve, Heritage Red Temecula Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202592
Magistrate
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202557
Pizzolato
2012 "Stefany" Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202584
Arrow Creek
2012 Meritage California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202607
Storyteller
2011 "Summer Camp" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202593
Nitty Gritty
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202685
Concannon
2012 Selected Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202588
Magistrate
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202599
Ogio
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202768
Treleaven
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202583
Acronym
2011 White Wine Blend California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202596
Nitty Gritty
2011 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202687
Las Moras
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202551
Pizzolato
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202598
Ogio
2011 Tuscan Red Toscana Rosso IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202601
Parker’s Estate
2011 Riverside Crossing Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202597
Nitty Gritty
2011 Red Blend Napa Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202767
Treleaven
2011 Vintner's Cuvée Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202603
Pinetti Notte
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202688
Las Moras
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202553
Pizzolato
2012 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202554
Pizzolato Fields
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202646
Morais
2012 Moscatel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202683
Concannon
2012 Selected Vineyards Pinot Grigio
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202600
Ogio
2011 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202769
Treleaven
2011 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202647
Morais
2012 "Sam's Jeropiga" Virginia
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202634
Road i
NV Red California
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202586
H & G
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202625
Capay Valley Vineyards
2012 Sparkling Viognier
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202552
Pizzolato
2012 NSA Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202589
Magistrate
2011 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202587
Hawkstone
2012 Barney's Heritage Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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