December 2013 - New Release Wines (October)

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (October) Wines
New Release Wines (October) Reviews
204581
Hiatus Cellars
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of wet clay, olive, nut brittle, baker’s chocolate, and dried currants with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, savory, earthy finish with plush, chewy tannins. A fantastically expressive and terroir-driven Napa cabernet that is very reminiscent of a top Saint-Estèphe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204760
Chime
2012 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and baked cherries and beets with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, plush vanilla and pepper kissed finish. A pure, flavorful, and elegant pinot for sipping or the table.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204582
Hiatus Cellars
2010 "Apex" Red Wine Napa Valley
Dark garnet violet black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of creamy chocolate, pistachio nougat, cassis pie, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, nutty, peppery spice, vanilla cream, and earth accented finish. Very pure, balanced, and nicely restrained fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204512
Calcareous Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, hazelnut nougat, and spiced apples with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long tangy citrus, toasty meringue accented finish. A lush, flavorful chardonnay with excellent balance and vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204537
Freedom Estate
2009 Red Wine Napa Valley
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cashew nougat, spiced cherries, vanilla meringue, and toasty oak with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory roasted beet and nut, wintergreen, and earth driven finish with fine, chewy tannins. Quite lush and pure. Will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204763
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of toasted olive bread, vanilla, chocolate nuts, and blueberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, mossy oak, vanilla, and peppery spice accented finish. Very nice acidity and earthiness for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204712
Draxton
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas of cocoa, dried blueberries, and flower patch with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy dried currant, vanilla nut, and mossy earth finish with dusty tannins. A nicely restrained, rather old world styled cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204585
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Aromas of honeyed baked apples and peach cobbler with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon curd, kiwi pasty, grass, and smoky mineral accented finish. A mellow, elegantly styled sauvignon blanc that will be ideal for sipping.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204764
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 Estate Merlot
Dark ruby color. Aromas of beeswax, olive skin, and dried currants and meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy plum skin and cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Very nice balance, savoriness, and restraint.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204513
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 "Tres Violet" Paso Robles
Dark ruby color. Mild aromas of cocoa, dried berries and meats with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rounded, tangy craisin, spice, vanilla, and slate accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204514
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas of craisins, prunes, nut brittle, and chocolate with a supple, fruity medium body and a raspberry vinaigrette and warming peppery spice finish. A big, bold cabernet that needs hearty meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204758
Insatiable
2012 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of guava, spiced apple, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, delicately spicy finish. A lovely sipper or table wine.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204759
Insatiable
NV Red California
Dark ruby color. Aromas of mocha, sweet pickle, frosted pastry and pomegranate sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tangy, chocolate nut, light cider vinegar, and cedar accented finish. A tasty, lively sipper or table wine.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204516
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 "Temptation" Zinfandel
Aromas of pressed linen, flower petal, carob powder, craisin and peppery spice with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a zippy blood orange and sour cherry finish. Nice purity of fruit.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204511
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 Syrah
Deep garnet color. Aromas of dried berries, honeycomb, and vanilla cream have a whiff of latex. Silky and dry-yet-fruity medium body with a creamy chocolate, coconut macaroon and warming pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204586
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello
2012 Traminer Aromatico
Deep golden yellow color. Bright floral aromas of lychee, peaches, and coriander with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy orange and dried pear accented finish. A lovely floral sipper.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204761
Chessman
2011 Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts and tomatoes, dried cherry and cocoa with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, savory marinated beet and pepper and mineral accented finish. A fun, savory gourmet burger wine.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204713
Draxton
2012 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Aromas of candied lime, waxy honeycomb, and green pineapple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart Meyer lemon, melon rind, nut, and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204584
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Aromas of dried lemon, peach yogurt, and nutshells with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy nectarine, apple and mineral accented finish. A solid drier styled pinot grigio for the table.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204762
Chessman
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color Aromas of dark roasted nuts, dark cocoa, dried blueberries, and earth with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body ad a tangy plum skin, raisin, cedar, and earth accented finish. A solid, everyday table wine.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204715
Belmondo
2011 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Slightly earthy aromas of raspberry yogurt, overripe blueberries, and dried cherries and flowers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart dried orange, nutskin, and earth driven finish with crunchy tannins. A solid table pinot to serve with game poultry.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204714
Belmondo
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale platinum straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of lemon scone, apple skin, nutshell and nectarine pit with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a cream puff and lime accented finish. A dry pinot grigio for the table.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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