August 2013 - New Release Wines (June)

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (June) Wines
New Release Wines (June) Reviews
203114
D.R. Stephens Estate
2010 D.R. II Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mixed berry compotes, olive, chocolate and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, seamless, vanilla bean and fine tannin finish. Artfully crafted and elegantly styled cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202946
Monte De Oro
2008 Reserve, Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Complex, savory aromas of olive tapenade, grilled peppers, honeycomb, vanilla biscuit, and mulberries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, sumptuous cassis pie, spice, Belgian chocolate, and earth driven finish. A fantastically rich and rewarding cabernet that will triumph with the finest steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202893
Delicious
2012 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, and sweet gherkin with a silky, fruity medium body and a cedar, vanilla custard and berry jam on pound cake finish. A very tasty and crowd pleasing red for all occasions.
93 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202979
Pianetta
2010 Estate Bottled, "Bilancio" Monterey
Garnet violet black color. Rich aromas of anise, boysenberry jam, cocoa, dried meat, and peppercorn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, rich, tomato and vanilla kissed finish. A delicious, exotically flavorful red for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202981
Pianetta
2010 "Tuscan Nights" Central Coast
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of dried blueberries, olives, dark chocolate, chestnut brittle, and floral tea with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long chewy tannin finish with notes of orange and peach marmalades and spice. A richly flavorful and seamless red for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203037
Leyendas de Familia
2009 "Magia Negra" Maule Valley
Aromas of olives, cedar, cracked pepper, spice, cherry cobbler, and sundried tomato aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, cedar, olive, and earth accented finish. Very well balanced and appealing for sipping or the table.
93 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202997
Renteria
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Deep aromas of cassis, creme brulee, mocha, honeycomb, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, passionfruit, and lime curd accented finish. A zesty, vibrant cabernet that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203113
D.R. Stephens Estate
2009 D.R. II Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of coffee yogurt, roasted nuts, chocolate fudge, and dried cherries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy berry pie, peppery spice, and earth finish. A flavorful and well balanced cabernet with a mellow old school Napa style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203068
Echeverria
2012 Classic Collection Carmenère
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of sweet spiced cherries, sandalwood incense, ancho pepper, and pickling spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long pencil shaving, melon, vanilla cream, and mineral accented finish. Delicious and well balanced flavors and texture.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203077
Echeverria
2013 Moscato
Pale straw. Aromas of delicate perfume, peach, banana, and honey with a fruity, slightly petillant medium body and a long, mouthwatering honeyed green apple, orange and peach sherbet finish with a hint of floral talc. A classic moscato with nice complexity.
92 points $10.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203069
Echeverria
2011 Reserva Carmenère
Deep aromas of mocha custard, smoked berries, and pepper corns with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar, grilled apple, and spice driven finish with fine chewy tannins. A lovely sipper or table wine.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203075
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Syrah-Carmenère
Deep purple color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, clay, olive, sundried tomato and cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, herb, and earth accented finish. Great complexity and savory flavors.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203071
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Inviting aromas of berries, beeswax, grilled tomatoes and peppers, cocoa and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, toasty cedar, nut, olive, and grassy earth finish with fine chewy tannins. An excellent fruity and savory sipper or table with meats, especially steak au poivre.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202808
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Viognier
Golden silver color. Aromas of melon rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and citrus scone with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy peach, lime cream and mineral driven finish. Very sophisticated in style; will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203033
Casa Donoso
2011 "1810" Maule Valley
Aromas of olive tapenade, grilled green peppers, mocha, and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy dark berry, herb, incense, and cedar finish. A nice marriage of fruit and wood.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203032
Leyendas de Familia
2011 "Cachos de Oro" Maule Valley
Ruby black color. Aromas of sandalwood, olives, chocolate and cassis with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasty cedar and cracked pepper accented finish. A delicious and elegant red for grilled meats.
92 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203072
Echeverria
2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color. Rich aromas of toasty berry pie, vanilla, and grilled green pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, green apple, roasted nuts, and spice finish with fine tannins. A delicious and lively cabernet for sipping or the table.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203073
Echeverria
2011 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis tart, dark roasted nuts and peppers, cedar, hung game, and mossy earth with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long mocha, baked apple, cedar and spice finish. Very flavorful and Old World in style. Pair with bison.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202824
Château Hanteillan
2010 Haut-Médoc
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and dark berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nicely integrated finish with nut, olive and earth accented finish. An excellent table wine that will improve with timing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203021
de Restia
2009 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Garnet purple black color. Attractive aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, melon, and creme brulee accented finish with chewy tannins. A superb sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202980
Pianetta
2010 Sangiovese
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted chestnut, cedar, and dried cherry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange marmalade on dark nut toast and delicate spice finish. Very balanced and deeply flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203025
Yorkville
2010 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry pie, violets, chocolate, and barnyard mud with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, cherry, praline, and peppered tomato accented finish. Very balanced and stylish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202803
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Lawrence Vineyard, Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby. Aromas of plum pie, pickled watermelon rind, and Black Forest cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet, cassis, pink peppercorn and sweet spice finish with powdery tannins. A vibrantly flavorful cabernet that will be a fine table companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202860
Sagebrush Annie’s
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of floral honey, sandalwood, buttery praline, and sweet spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, dried cherry and raspberry, peppercorn, incense ash, and blueberry creme brulee finish. Deliciously different and terroir driven.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203031
Las Casas de Vaquería
2011 "1692" Maule Valley
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of berry compote, toffeed nuts, pencil shavings, cigar wrapper, and herbs with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a spicy cassis, cherry pit, mint, peppercorn, and straw accented finish. A very nice table wine.
91 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202895
Delicious
2012 Malbec
Deep purple color. Aromas of cherry pastry, chocolate blueberries, pencil shavings and delicate spice with a fruity medium body and a chewy, nut and sweet spice accented finish. Deliciously fruity and balanced; sure to be a hit at parties.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203124
Mataó
2012 Garnacha
Purple color. Attractive aromas of black raspberry and cherry pies a la mode with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, toasty nut brittle, grassy earth and spice finish. A great sipper or table wine.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202972
Biokult
2012 Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of lemon, lime and white pepper with a very crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a long, tart nectarine skin and grassy earth finish. Great acidity and slightly reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203074
Quasar
2011 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Nicely meshed aromas and flavors of cassis, peppercorn, clay and creamy vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, apple, nut, and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. Nicely balanced in a dry Old World style. A great choice for empanadas.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203092
Leone Italian
2008 Pinot Grigio
Creamy meringue, coconut and nougat aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted apple, lemon gelato, melon, and delicate baking spices finish. A very nice oak aged pinot grigio that lets the fruit shine through.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202809
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate, Rosé Monticello
Salmon silver color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries cream pie, graham crackers, and watermelon with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy refreshing finish. An appetizing, flavorful rosé.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203022
Yorkville
2012 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, passionfruit, and mango with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, lemon-lime curd and grass finish. Deliciously flavorful and balanced.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202982
Pianetta
2010 Estate Bottled Syrah
Opaque amethyst color. Aromas of dark blueberry pie, cracked pepper and vanilla bean frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, well balanced finish with notes of cedar and nuts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202821
Windy Oaks
2011 Schultze Family Vineyard, Terra Narro Pinot Noir
Slight hazy ruby color. Aromas of cherries, tomato, clay, and corsage with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy white strawberry, mineral and baking spice nuanced finish. A charming, delicate pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202941
Monte De Oro
2009 Estate Grown Zinfandel
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried raspberries and cherries, leather, and clay with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus marmalade, peppery spice, and tomato accented finish. A velvet brick of a zinfandel in a serious, dry claret style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202937
Monte De Oro
2009 Estate Grown, "Synergy 65" Temecula Valley
Ruby black color. Rich dried berry, cocoa, tomato jelly, and peppery spice aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy sour cherry, blood orange, olive and earth nuanced finish. A big, flavorful red that commands attention.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202807
Pollak Vineyards
2010 Estate, Meritage Monticello
Inviting aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, pickling spices, sandalwood, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, cedar, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A fine table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202939
Monte De Oro
2010 Estate Grown Petite Sirah
Opaque garnet black color. Complex aromas of sundried tomato, olive, Italian spices, and leather with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy nut, herb and mineral accented finish with coating tannins. A nicely savory table wine, pair with lasagna.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203035
Casa Donoso
2009 "Perla Negra" Maule Valley
Aromas of cinnamon bark, white chocolate nuts, and boysenberry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cassis, elderberry, tangerine, spice and cedar finish. A rich, mouthwatering red that will shine with steaks.
90 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202973
Biokult
2012 Zweigelt Rosé
Pale silver scarlet color. Mild aromas of berries and pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium an a a tangy cranberry, mineral, and lemon rind finish. A racy, rose with laser-like acidity for the table; pair with salads.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203078
Quasar
2011 Limited Edition Syrah
Garnet purple color. Toasty aromas of roasted nuts, baked sour cherries, herbs and vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dark berry, spice, and earth accented finish. Very nice flavor and balance.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202810
Pollak Vineyards
2011 Estate, Durant White Monticello
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of spicy apple pie and peach cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy poached pear and lemon accented finish with a pleasing minerality.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202846
Pend d’Oreille
2011 Chardonnay
Golden yellow straw color. Aromas of caramelized pineapples, apples, and creme brulee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and green apple finish. A very tasty sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202802
Pend d’Oreille
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker and cranberry-banana bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar, vanilla custard, nutshell, and marinated olive accented finish with chewy coating tannins. A lovely table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202816
Windy Oaks
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden color. Rich guava, gooseberry jam, and grass aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus custard and mineral accented finish. Nice structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203023
Yorkville
2010 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
Dense aromas of berry compote, pickled beets, chocolate, and baking spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy boysenberry preserves, candied violet, green apple, cedar and graphite finish. Flavorful and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203020
de Restia
2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Garnet black color. Dense aromas of pickled tomato, honeyed baked cherries, and nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry on toasty angel’s food cake and chocolate nut finish with meshed tannins. Nicely integrated flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202998
Renteria
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of chocolate toffee, eucalyptus honey, and berry mint gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, blood orange, nutshells, and baking spices accented finish with chewy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202861
Sagebrush Annie’s
2010 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of talc, toasted marshmallows and dried bananas and berries with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, vanilla cream, and graphite powder finish with firm tannins. Nice now, but will be better in a couple of years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203034
Casa Donoso
2009 "D" Maule Valley
Deep garnet black color. Interesting aromas of berries, pepper, floral tea, roasted nuts, and poultry skin with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, pomegranate, sweet potato and cedar finish with dusty tannins. Give this a little time.
89 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202947
Monte De Oro
2008 Reserve, Estate Grown Syrah
Ruby black color. Chocolate covered berries and nuts, dried flowers, and pepper-tomato jelly with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a frosted banana cake and peppercorn accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Big and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202894
Delicious
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of clay, clove and anise, dried berries and cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, vanilla, and nut brittle accented finish. Tasty and sure to please.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203065
Echeverria
2013 Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Rich green pepper, grapefruit, and guava aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a kiwi, lemon ice, and mineral accented finish. Very nice and refreshing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203070
Echeverria
2012 Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of dark berries, sundried tomato, and delicate pepper spice with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, pencil shaving and nut brittle accented finish with earth tannins. A rock solid cabernet.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203036
Las Casas de Vaquería
2012 Reserve, Corral A18 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of cedar, apple, blueberry, vanilla and herbs with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy nut accented finish. A nice all purpose cabernet.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203067
Echeverria
2012 Reserva Chardonnay
Pale golden silver. Aromas of roasted apples and pineapple and lemon curd with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely balanced fine mineral accented finish. A very pleasant combination of old and new world character.
88 points $10.07 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203066
Echeverria
2011 Reserva Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherries, coffee, and dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mocha-vanilla cream, chalk, apple, and cedar driven finish with powdery tannins. A nice savory syrah for the table.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203076
Echeverria
2012 Reserva Pinot Noir
Effusive aromas and flavors of spicy pickled berries, eucalyptus, and beet root slaw with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, nut, and earth finish. Fun, flavorful, and very different. Pair with Peking duck.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203091
Girly Girl
2012 Moscato
Aromas of nougat, grape and honey with a supple fruity light-to-medium body and a a tangy peach and orange sorbet finish. Tasty.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202804
Pend d’Oreille
2010 "Bistro Rouge" Washington
Rich berry pie, custard, black walnuts, and zesty herb aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, cherry, melon and mineral accented finish. Nicely structured.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202817
Windy Oaks
2012 Meador Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lime curd, papaya, and earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, mouthwatering finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202945
Monte De Oro
2012 "Synergy 65" Rosé Temecula Valley
Brilliant scarlet color. Aromas of cherries, apples, and mint with a fruity medium body and a watermelon ice and pepper jelly accented finish. A fun, vibrant fruity rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202805
Pollak Vineyards
2010 Estate Cabernet Franc
Ruby charcoal color. Mellow aromas of roasted tomatoes, nougat, cocoa, spice, and cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy craisin, cedar, vanilla,and dried leaf finish. Nice now with a well marbled steak or cellar for a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202942
Monte De Oro
2012 Estate Grown, "Nostimo" Temecula Valley
Floral aromas of figs, blossom, pickled watermelon, peaches and oranges with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium and a nut brittle, apple, and honey finish. Pleasant and different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202940
Monte De Oro
2009 Cuvée de Oro Temecula Valley
Garnet. Aromas of baked berries, mocha, and spiced Mexican chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy roasted apple and citrus, nut, pepper and earth nuanced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203026
Yorkville
2010 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Interesting aromas of sour cherry and candle wax with a supple, dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate juice, sweet tangerine, coconut, and spiced nut finish with powdery tannins. A lively wine to serve with lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203024
Yorkville
2010 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Chocolate cherry, grape soda, and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a nutty, firm tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203013
Canyon Wind
2012 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
Pretty pink silver color. Mild aromas of strawberries and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi and lime accented finish. A tasty, all purpose rose with great acidity.
87 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202944
Monte De Oro
2012 Estate Grown Muscat Canelli
Aromas of pressed flower and honeycomb with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed nectarine, pear and grape finish. A light and easy summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202806
Pollak Vineyards
2010 Estate Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate espresso beans, herbs, and toasty berry pie with a tangy, medium body and a dark berry, toast, and roasted nut finish with firm tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202938
Monte De Oro
2010 Estate Grown Tempranillo
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, berry bush, nutshell, clay and olive with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a firm tannin and tomato driven finish. Needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202820
Windy Oaks
2010 Schultze Family Vineyard, Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
Aromas baked cherries, tomatoes, pencil shavings and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a tangy, craisin, mineral and chewy tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203093
Silver Lake
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Complex melange of fruit aromas include cantaloupe, mango, gooseberry and yellow pepper with a hint of anise seed with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, melon rind and grass finish.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203123
Mataó
2012 Tempranillo
Aromas of dried lavender, thyme, lemon pepper, and mulberries with supple, dryish medium body and a toasty pencil shaving and apple core accented finish with firm tannins. A nice steak wine.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202975
Vertvs
2009 Tempranillo Crianza
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas of dried cherries, honeyed raisin toast, and peppery spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy mulberry, cedar, nut, and earth accented finish with coating tannins. A rock solid table wine.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203079
Quasar
2012 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherries, beeswax, herbs, and roasted nuts with a dryish medium body and a cedar, beet, tomato, sea salt, and earth finish. A savory pinot for the table; pair with pork stews.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202818
Windy Oaks
2012 Meador Vineyard Pinot Gris
Golden color. Toasty aromas of pound cake, praline, and dried fruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium and a tangy, citrus and apple kissed finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202819
Windy Oaks
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright toasty pineapple cake, caramelized nuts, and overripe apple aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty vanilla yogurt, white chocolate strawberry, and lemon ice finish. Vibrant acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203094
Silver Lake
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of baked pineapples, limes, and kiwis with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon and grassy earth accented finish. A nice dry chardonnay for food.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203125
Mataó
2012 Macabeo
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spicy poached apple, kiwi and melon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus and grassy earth finish.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202974
Tarantas
NV Sparkling Rosé Spain
Bright scarlet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry tart and kettle corn with a supple, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy blood orange, cocoa, mineral and plum accented finish. Different and fun.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202977
La Cantina Pizzolato
2012 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas of fleur de sal, minerals, dried lemon and peach stone with a soft, dryish light body and a breezy melon and citrus rind finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203027
Yorkville
2011 Hi-Rollr Red Mendocino County
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, toast, and cherry-berry sauce with a dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, apple core, and dusty road like tannin finish. Give this a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202999
American Dream
NV Réserve, Red Wine California
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, spice, sandalwood incense, and honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy chocolate craisin and plum skin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202976
Le Petit de Lagarde
2012 AOC Bordeaux
Inky deep purple black color. Aromas of charred nuts, baker’s chocolate, and cherry pie crust with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dryish leafy, coffee grounds, and dusty tannin finish.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203095
Silver Lake
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Very woody aromas of lit candle, nutshells, toasty cedar, and baked berries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, vanilla cream, and straw finish. A bit out of balance--too woody.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202943
Monte De Oro
2012 Estate Grown Viognier
Golden silver color. Aroma of peanut brittle, overripe watermelon and peach pit with a very dry light-to-medium body and a stingy, brown grass accented finish. Very dried out and hollow.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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