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December 2013 - New Release Wines (October)

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

Hiatus Cellars 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$50
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.
Chime 2012  Pinot Noir
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Hiatus Cellars 2010 "Apex" Red Wine Napa Valley
94 points
$80
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2012  Chardonnay
93 points
$32
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.
Freedom Estate 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley
93 points
$74
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.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
92 points
$24
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.
Draxton 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$36
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.
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Merlot
90 points
$20
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010 "Tres Violet" Paso Robles
90 points
$38
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$38
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.
Insatiable 2012  Chardonnay
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Insatiable NV Red California
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 "Temptation" Zinfandel
89 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Syrah
89 points
$40
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.
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello 2012  Traminer Aromatico
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Chessman 2011  Zinfandel
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Draxton 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$28
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.
Tenuta Fernanda Cappello 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Chessman 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Belmondo 2011  Pinot Noir
85 points
$9.99
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
Belmondo 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
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
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