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
205065
Artesa
2010 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205041
Fratelli Saraceni
2010 Libero Toscana IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205069
Artesa
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205096
Santa Isle
2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205097
Santa Isle
2011 Grand Reserve Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205044
Fratelli Saraceni
NV Prosecco DOC, VSAQ
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205056
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 "Redemption" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205066
Artesa
2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205039
Serena’s Vineyard
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205094
Santa Isle
2012 Reserve Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205094
Santa Isle
2012 Reserve Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205063
Elements
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204970
Höpler
2012 Pinot Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205057
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 Estate Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205050
Axel
2009 Carmenere
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205067
Artesa
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205099
Santa Isle
2011 Grand Reserve, Fine Red Blend Maule Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205038
Serena’s Vineyard
2010 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205092
Santa Isle
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205093
Santa Isle
2013 Reserve Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205051
Don Rodolfo
2013 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205053
Don Rodolfo
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205042
Fratelli Saraceni
NV "Splendia" Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205040
Fratelli Saraceni
2012 Libero Chianti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205068
Artesa
2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205035
Red Hat
2010 Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205052
Don Rodolfo
2013 Torrontes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205098
Santa Isle
2010 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204992
Concannon
2011 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204969
Höpler
2012 Grüner Veltliner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205064
Elements
2010 Red Wine Sonoma County
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205054
Don Rodolfo
2013 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205055
Don Rodolfo
2013 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205122
Diversion
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205036
Red Hat
2010 Winemaker's Reserve, Four Sister's Ranch Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205061
Foodies
2012 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205061
Foodies
2012 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204991
10SPAN
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205059
Foodies
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205037
Red Hat
2012 Four Sister's Ranch Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205060
Foodies
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205095
Santa Isle
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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