November 2013 - New Release Wines

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (September) Wines
New Release Wines Reviews
204213
Summit Lake
2009 Estate, "Emily Kestrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby black color. Expressive aromas of spicy cherry chutney and vinaigrette, toffee, leather, and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, dried blueberry, anise, earth, blossoms, and mocha custard accented finish with fine, elegant tannins. Great concentration, complexity and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204455
Quasar
2013 Moscato Frizzante
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of golden raisin, peach custard and honeysuckle with a fruity sweet, effervescent medium body and a juicy sweet citrus sorbet, melon, apple, elderflower, and delicate spice accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced.
93 points $10.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204473
Casa Nueva
2012 Barrel Select Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chocolate, cherries, beets, and peppers with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dash of green eucalyptus, peppercorn, smoked nut, and grass. A very appetizing and juicy Carmenère with pinpoint balance.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204458
Quasar
2011 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby red color. Alluring aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, cassis custard, marinated tomatoes and peppers, and clay with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, blueberry cobbler, sour cherry, tart apple, and nut nuanced finish with fine, polished tannins. An elegantly flavorful and balanced cabernet for all occasions.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204380
Brecon Estate
2012 Albarino
Golden straw color . Attractive aromas of peach cobbler, lemon curd, and cream with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a honeyed apple, pineapple custard, and herb accented finish with balanced acidity. A delicious and juicy white wine for sipping and the table.
93 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204216
Summit Lake
2008 Estate, "Emily Kestrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet black color. Rich aromas of chocolate blueberries, currant paste, coconut, and vanilla nougat with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy berry pie, blood orange and earth driven finish. Delicious with great structure for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204453
Quasar
2009 Special Edition, "Perfecto" Central Valley
Ruby black color. Rich aromas of smoked nuts and meat and pickled cherries and melon with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering finish of craisin, cedar, dried apple, chocolate nuts, and spice with fine, earthy tannins. An elegant sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204347
Lost Vineyards
NV Rosso Italy
Evocative dusty attic scents lead and lightly spiced smoked fruits follow. On the palate, one gets tangy, tart cherries and a refreshing, uplifting citrus note. Good length and balance with a lingering finish; a great table wine.
91 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204452
Quasar
2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bold aromas of grapefruit, guava, green pepper, and passionfruit with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, honey and quince finish. Vibrantly flavorful and well balanced for sipping or food.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204469
Casa Nueva
2011 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of currant, marinated tomato, and barn clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pomegranate, pencil shaving, and grassy earth nuanced finish with chewy, powdery tannins. A nice earthy, Bordeaux-like cabernet for the table.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203980
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple color. Aromas of baked berries, roasted nuts and a hint of herbal,marinated meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced cassis and earth finish. A lively and flavor table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204468
Casa Nueva
2009 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque ruby black color. Attractive aromas of gherkins, cassis pie, and mocha cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy dark cherry, currant, vanilla and delicate baking spice finish with tangy acidity and fine tannins. Very tasty, appetizing, and sure to please in a variety of settings.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204464
Casa Nueva
2012 Family Reserva Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, menthol tobacco, and eucalyptus with a juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice blanket of chocolate from the judicious oak. Very tasty and balanced for all applications.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204166
Brown Box Wine
NV Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spicy apple pie, jackfruit, and pineapple yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy kiwi, nougat, bubblegum, and mineral accented finish. An interesting array of flavors for sipping.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204167
Brown Box Wine
NV Riesling
Light golden color. Aromas and flavors of toasty peach pie, honey yogurt, and golden raisins with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a long, tangy, ripe apple and orange finish. A tasty off-dry patio wine.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205124
Morais
2012 Select Red Virginia
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, pencil lead, vanilla and tomato on the vine with a dryish medium body and a tangy cocoa, cranberry, and leafy earth finish with fine tannins. A well balanced, Old World wine (very cru Beaujolais-like) that is a great choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203936
Portlandia
2011 Pinot Noir
ruby color. Aromas of spicy dill pickle, baked cherries, licorice, and wet clay with a dry medium body and a dried flower, blood orange, and earth accented finish. A rock solid pinot for the table, especially duck.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204454
Quasar
2012 Reserva Merlot
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, cranberry tart, herbs de Provence, and cherry gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted nut, vanilla bean, and cedar nuanced finish. Vibrant, flavorful and balanced.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204459
Quasar
2012 Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, sandalwood, and spicy cranberry chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy dark cherry, tomato, white nut, and mineral driven finish. Elegant and stylish.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204163
Girly Girl
2011 Riesling
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon balm and oil, yellow apple, and earth with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy honeyed melon, clementine, white blossom, and lime curd driven finish. A very tasty off-dry wine that is sure to please.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204483
Mosca
NV MoscaPesca Italy
Pink orange color with floating particles. Vibrant floral peach and honey aromas and flavors with a crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a tangy, apple and bubblegum accented finish. Pure fun and dangerously drinkable,
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204462
Casa Nueva
2011 Family Reserva Syrah
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry compote, dried sour cherry, vanilla mint cookie, and jerky with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, juicy, roasted beet and citrus accented finish with fine chewy tannins.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203937
Portlandia
2012 Pinot Gris
Golden silver color. Aromas of lemon, earth and green nectarine with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, quince, mineral and lime finish with light fruity tannins. A bright, racy pinot gris that will be great with scallops.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204236
Treleaven
2011 Merlot
Ruby gem color. Aromas of chocolate custard, leaves, gherkin, incense, and baked plum with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy black cherry, okra, salty nut, blood orange, and earth accented finish. A savory merlot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204345
Lost Vineyards
NV Tempranillo
Subtle, shy nose of red cherries, raspberries and a bit of earth and toast. Fine tannins are present throughout and they support good depth of flavor. This wine has the structure and balance to improve with bottle age.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204350
Lost Vineyards
NV Spumante
Bright golden color with a hint of bubbles. Aromas and flavors of apple chutney, peach sorbet, and golden raisins with a crisply effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, green apple phosphate and chalk accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204461
Quasar
2013 Reserva Chardonnay
Attractive aromas of honeyed, spiced apples and pineapple custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, green apple, and mineral finish. A nice sipper or table wine with crab cakes and fish dishes.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204165
Silver Lake
2012 Roza Riesling Rattlesnake Hills
Aromas of spicy poached nectarine, apple and nougat with a spry, fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed apple and peach finish and fine fruit tannins. Very pleasant.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204414
Toki
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of sour cherry chutney, currant, vinaigrette and honeycomb with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy vanilla cream, nut, menthol mint, and chewy tannin finish. A nice everyday sipper or table wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204415
Toki
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Aromas of toffee, berry pie a la mode, mocha, and delicate sweet herbs and spices with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy sour cherry, spiced apple, and sandalwood finish. Very attractive and juicy.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204466
Casa Nueva
2012 Barrel Select Reserva Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of citrus powder, dried lavender, thyme and berry custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, nut, pepper dust and cedar accented finish. Tasty with an interesting herbal character.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204471
Casa Nueva
2012 Barrel Select Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of cassis tart, herb marinated root vegetables, creme fraiche, and tomato are intriguing with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, cocoa, butter roasted nut and earth accented finish with soft tannins. A nice savory sipper of table wine to pair with marinated pork.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204472
Casa Nueva
2011 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Aromas of craisin, sundried tomato, and savory herbs with a supple, dryish medium body and a zesty black raspberry, honeyed apple, pencil shavings, delicate spice, and earth finish. Dry, savory, and nicely balanced.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204463
Casa Nueva
2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silver straw color. Aromas grass, grapefruit yogurt, and yellow apple with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and piquant, chalk inflected finish. A nice choice for grilled fish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204189
Cable Car
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of yellow apple and pineapple breakfast bread with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, peach, toasted nut and lemon curd accented finish. Tasty and crowd pleasing.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204186
Chime
2012 Pinot Noir
Smoky roasted nut, licorice, and mulberry aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a pickled beet, cocoa, and molasses cookie accented finish with fine coating tannins. Serve with Asian pork dishes.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204482
Mosca
NV MoscaMango Italy
Cloud yellow color with floating particles. Forward aroma of mango and peach sorbets and sodas with crisp, frothy, fruity sweet medium body and a floral peach blossom, orange and honeycomb finish. A flavorful and fun fruity sparkler.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204346
Lost Vineyards
NV Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
Very aromatic nose: crushed mint, brandied cherries and grape stems. Tart, yet rich flavors follow with good length suffer from a heavy tannic framework. Grilled meats are a necessity here.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204457
Quasar
2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Inviting aromas of cassis pie, herbed rubbed meats, cherry vinaigrette, and roasted pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, cedar bark, and cocoa-dusted nut accented finish with chewy tannins. An appetizing cabernet for the table.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204460
Quasar
2011 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of herbs, hay, charcoal, dried cranberries, pickled okra and heirloom tomatoes with a supple, dryish medium body and a cedar and fine tannin finish. A savory table wine.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204162
Girly Girl
2011 Pinot Gris
Golden straw color. Aromas of lime, peach pie, nut brittle, and chalk eraser with a very crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart baked peach, lemon, and praline accented finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204187
Posh
NV Red California
Dark roasted nut, smoked back bacon, olive, and dried cherry aromas are interesting with a fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed apple and melon accented finish. Different, try with creative hamburger combos: mushroom, blue cheese, bacon, etc.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204071
Lick Creek
2012 Chambourcin Rosé
Pale steely ruby color. Interesting aromas of green strawberry, baked cherries and cranberries, nougat, and carrot cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon rind, clementine, and smoky roasted nut accented finish. A lively and engaging rosé for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204349
Lost Vineyards
NV Malbec
Ripe black currants, turned earth, embers and a hint of molten plastic. Big tart flavors follow on a medium body with a grippy tannic finish.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204416
Toki
2012 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of overripe apple, yeast pineapple pasty, and beeswax with a supple, dry medium body and a interesting lemon-mint sauce and brown spice nuanced finish. Serve with paella.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204465
Casa Nueva
2013 Moscato Frizzante
Platinum straw color. Aromas of peach gelato, honeysuckle, and spiced nuts and pears with a crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus sorbet and delicate herb accented finish.
86 points $10.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204413
PKNT
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, and spicy berry pie are attractive with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, cocoa, and slate finish. A simple and very pleasant sipper or burger wine.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204184
Chime
2012 Red California
Ruby color. Aromas of waxy apples and cherries and nougat with silky, fruity medium body and a tangy apple, orange, blueberry. and melon accented finish. A nice carefree sipper or burger wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204470
Casa Nueva
2011 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of mocha gelato, toffee, cherry custard tart, and a hint of menthol tobacco with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, spiced pear, cedar and nutshell accented finish with firm, parchment-like tannins. This needs a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204474
Casa Nueva
2013 Reserva Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Bright aromas of banana custard pie, coconut cream, and pineapple cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nutty vanilla toffee, caramel apple, and tart kiwi accented finish. An attractive oaky chardonnay for sipping.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204456
Quasar
2011 Gran Reserva Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted nuts, baked tomato, chocolate, and spiced plum with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, apple, and melon accented finish with chewy, firm oak tannins. Serve with short ribs.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204164
Silver Lake
2010 Roza Rosé Rattlesnake Hills
Pale ruby color. Aromas of strawberry-tomato jam with a off-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, sweet watermelon and buttered gingerbread finish. A pleasant off-dry sipper or bbq wine.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204190
Insatiable
2012 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Aromas of honeyed cherries, roasted nuts, and pickling spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a beet, carrot, melon and citrus accented finish with powdery tannins.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204417
Toki
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of overripe lemon, barn hay, and sour cream with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart gooseberry and red grapefruit finish with dusty fruit tannins.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204188
Cable Car
NV Red California
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of honeyed cherries and wrapped pralines with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, roasted apple and orange sorbet accented finish.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204185
Chime
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas of apple, nut, and rain water with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and tangy citrus and earth accented finish. A smooth, dry chardonnay for the table.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204183
Chime
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of malted chocolate, herbs, earth and currants with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry, nut, and pencil shaving finish with coating tannins.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204161
Girly Girl
2011 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of overripe pineapples and apples and nuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lime sorbet and mineral accented finish.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204348
Lost Vineyards
NV Bianco Italy
Gravel scents dominate the nose. Artificial citrus flavors lead with a nice turned earth flavor peeking through. Tart upturned finish.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204467
Casa Nueva
2010 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of charcoal, baked berries, and roasted nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart pomegranate and melon accented finish with firm, chewy tannins.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205104
Lick Creek
2012 Seyval Blanc
Pale golden color. Aromas of grape leaves, dried wild flowers, honeyed pear and peach pit with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart melon rind, toasty lemon tart, pepper, and mossy earth finish. A dry, earthy white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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