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January 2014 - New Release Wines (November)

January 2014 - New Release Wines (November)
This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (November) Wines

New Release Wines (November) Reviews

Artesa 2010 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$45
Dark ruby black color. Enticing aromas of dried cherries, cassis vinaigrette, mocha, and suede with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, tangy craisin, spice, and vanilla nut brittle accented finish with fine tannins. A delicious and well balanced cabernet for all occasions.
Fratelli Saraceni 2010 Libero Toscana IGT
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of berry pie, chocolate nuts, twigs, and olive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy cranberry, herb, and earth accented finish. Pinpoint balance and restraint that will bode well at the table.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Artesa 2012  Chardonnay
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla custard, spiced apple, and pineapple with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy sweet citrus, praline, and creme Anglaise accented finish. A solid sophisticated chardonnay that artfully balances fruit and oak.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of pickled beets, vanilla yogurt covered berries, dried peach and suede with a a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, slick finish. Very nice balance of ripe fruity and savory flavors that will be great at the table.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2011 Grand Reserve Syrah
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Rich chocolate espresso bean, spiced blackberry, and faint bacon aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy berry, candied citrus, and coffee gelato finish. Great acidity and vibrancy for the table.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Fratelli Saraceni NV  Prosecco DOC, VSAQ
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color with a fine mousse. Inviting aromas of apple custard, lemon curd and nougat with a crisp, effervescent mineral and delicate spice accented finish. A very cleanly made and precise Prosecco.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 "Redemption" Zinfandel
91 points
$22
Garnet attractive aromas of chocolate coconut macaroons and raspberry pie a la mode with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin finish. Excellent flavor and balance in a classic Sonoma zin style.
Artesa 2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Ruby color. Bright aromas of spicy sour cherry pie, toasty chocolate granola and coffee beans, and grilled apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory beet, roasted nut, and blood orange accented finish. Very precise and chiseled flavors and acidity that will shine at the table.
Serena’s Vineyard 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate, candle wax, pomegranate, and smoked nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, blueberry, and chewy tannin finish. A fun, flavorful cabernet.
Santa Isle 2012 Reserve Merlot
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet purple color. Aromas of raspberry custard pie, dried lavender, chocolate, pound cake, and herbs with with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, wild strawberry and spice finish.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Elements 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, clay, olive, mocha, and berry pie crust with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tobacco, pencil shavings, and mineral accented finish. Quite elegant and graceful.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Höpler 2012  Pinot Blanc
90 points
$19
Pale silvery straw. Aromas of dried green apples and pears, honeycomb, and delicate smoky minerality with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a refreshing sweet Meyer lemon and earth accented finish. A delicious and vibrant pinot blanc.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Syrah
90 points
$20
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla yogurt, toffee, tar, and sandalwood incense with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy raspberry tart, smoked peppercorn, and green apple finish. A zesty table wine that will cover a lot of bases.
Axel 2009  Carmenere
90 points
$20
Garnet violet color. Aromas of cherry yogurt, peppercorns, and spicy gherkins with a chewy, dryish medium body and a menthol tobacco, cocoa, forest floor, and spicy honey baked apple accented finish with bright acidity and fine tannins. Nice complexity and finesse for sipping, but especially with food.
Artesa 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry compote, supple leather purse, and faint pickled beets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless blackberry and herb accented finish. A effortless sipper or table companion.
Santa Isle 2011 Grand Reserve, Fine Red Blend Maule Valley
90 points
$29.99
Opaque garnet violet color. Aromas of vanilla candle, spicy pickle, cassis custard, and menthol with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spiced pear, pomegranate, mocha, and mineral finish with chewy tannins. Very nice, try with venison.
90 points $29.99
Serena’s Vineyard 2010  Syrah
89 points
Garnet black color. Layered aromas of baked raspberries, vanilla nut brittle, and ham with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced sour cherry, pepper, and melon accented finish with dusty tannins.
Santa Isle 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet color. Aromas of cassis, spice, eucalyptus, vanilla, and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy cedar and charcoal accented finish. A great choice for bbq and Asian beef dishes.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2013 Reserve Carmenere
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas of vanilla nut brittle, raspberry compote, dried lime,pickling spices, and sandalwood incense with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy berry custard and toasty cedar finish. Tasty, especially with spicy meats.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2013  Moscato
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of tapioca, honeyed apricot, and pear pasty with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy candied orange and apple finish. A clean and refreshing off-dry sipper.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of cassis compote, toasty cedar, blossoms, fresh herbs, and lemon pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, juicy, cocoa accented finish. A very crowd pleasing cabernet with fruit stuffing.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Fratelli Saraceni NV "Splendia" Italy
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Deep crimson color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves and watermelon sorbet with an effervescent fruity sweet medium body and a frothy, tangy, citrus and mineral accented finish. Very tasty, purely flavored, and refreshing, if a bit candied in sweetness.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Fratelli Saraceni 2012 Libero Chianti DOCG
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of smoked cherries, honeycomb, chestnut brittle, and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried lavender, apple skin, lime, and earth nuanced finish. A rock solid Chianti that covers all the bases.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Artesa 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pineapple, coconut, and green apple with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nutty oak, vanilla, Meyer lemon, and chestnut honey accented finish. A nice oaky chardonnay.
Red Hat 2010 Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
Bright ruby color. Aromas of pickled beets, violets, and strawberry pastry with a supple, fruity-yet-dry and a tangy craisin and earth accented finish. Very tasty.
Don Rodolfo 2013  Torrontes
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden color. Aromas of peach skin, white flowers, lychee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly earthy finish with nice acidity. Very tasty and balanced.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2010 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Bright aromas of eucalyptus, spiced cherries, and honeyed cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate jam and nut accented finish. A nice herbal pinot for sipping or the table.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Concannon 2011 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of cassis pie, olive tapenade, and pickling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, gentle cream chocolate and spice finish. A nice sipper.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Höpler 2012  Grüner Veltliner
88 points
$17
Pale straw green color. Aromas of pepper cracker, apple and baked pear with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tart nectarine and mineral driven finish. Quite a dry, serious gruner that will be good with scallops.
Elements 2010 Red Wine Sonoma County
88 points
$18
Dark ruby color. Aromas of spiced berries, floral honeycomb, tobacco leaf, and vanilla cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, creamy, kiwi and baked apple accented finish. A stylish, restrained table wine.
Don Rodolfo 2013  Malbec
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of mulberry, yogurt, marinated cucumber, and sandalwood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced melon, cedar, carob, and herb accented finish with powdery tannins. Interesting.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$10
Best Buy
ruby black color. Aromas of smoked peppercorns, gherkin, chocolate toffee and grilled cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted nut, herb, and baking spice accented finish. An appetizing table wine for burgers and lighter fare.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Diversion 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of raspberry parfait and bacon bits with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a sweet cream, watermelon, and earth accented finish.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Red Hat 2010 Winemakers Reserve, Four Sisters Ranch Syrah
86 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of smoked ham, raspberry preserves and chocolate nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, peppery spice, and leafy earth accented finish. A solid, dry table wine.
Foodies 2012  Merlot
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla yogurt nuts, berry lip balm, and chocolate fondue with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a ripe, honeyed berry, spice, dried lemon, and chalk accented finish. A very pleasant sipper or pizza wine.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
10SPAN 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of lipstick, dried cherries, and honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced plum and vanilla yogurt accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Foodies 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$7.99
Bright garnet color. Aromas of watermelon sorbet, marinated cucumber, and chocolate bar with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed bing cherry and cedar finish with powdery tannins. A simple, fruity crowd pleaser.
85 points $7.99
Red Hat 2012 Four Sisters Ranch Chardonnay
84 points
Aromas of honeyed apple, vanilla and mossy earth with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon sorbet, pepper, cherry custard, and a kiwi skin finish.
Foodies 2012  Chardonnay
83 points
$7.99
Gold silver color. Aromas of apple yogurt and cream pastry with a soft, fruity light-to-full body and a pear custard and ambrosia fruit salad finish.
83 points $7.99
Santa Isle 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
83 points
$9.99
Pale golden color. Aromas of pear yogurt, melon rind, and flower patch soil with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grassy, starfruit and toasted whole nut accented finish. Interesting and rustic.
83 points $9.99
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