March 2014 - New Release Wines - January

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - January Wines
New Release Wines - January Reviews
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Stina’s Cellars
NV Pomegranate Dessert Wine Washington
Minutely hazy bright crimson color. Aromas of honeycomb, cheese rind, and warm cranberry and pomegranate chutney with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and long, tangy, and pure pomegranate sorbet and earth finish. A uniquely flavorful dessert wine that is a great choice to pair with goat and blue cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205639
Jarvis
2012 Chardonnay
Golden color. Bold oaky aromas of toasted hazelnut brittle, vanilla cream and roasted pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spiced apple, nougat, and meringue finish. A delicious wood accented chardonnay that screams Napa. Pair with plank roasted fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205612
Shannon Ridge
2011 Terre Vermielle Vineyard Barbera
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, dark roasted nuts, leather, and blackberry jam on dark rye toast with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a supple, goji berry and sour cherry sorbet finish. Excellent flavor and structure for sipping or the table.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205784
Heliodoro
2011 Pinot Noir
Aromas of vanilla beeswax candle, plum, and boysenberry custard tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cocoa, earth and pomegranate accented finish with chewy tannins. Nice structure and varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205783
CULT X
2011 Pinot Noir
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas and flavors of coconut creme brulee, cherry compote, and berry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a toasted nut, vanilla and delicate spice accented finish. A full throttled pinot with plenty of oak and almost zinfandel-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205662
Blüfeld
2012 Riesling
Golden silver color. Aromas of grilled peaches, apple sauce, and lime curd with an off-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy clementine and honey finish with bright acidity. A nice off dry sipper or table wine for spicy Thai food.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205611
Shannon Ridge
2010 Caldwell Ranch Petite Sirah
Deep garnet violet color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried berries, toasted meringue, sassafras, and exotic spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, medium-to-full body and a creamy mocha and firm, coating tannin finish. Pleasant now with a well-marbled steak, but even better in the future
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205539
Taproot
2012 Moscato
Pale golden color. Aromas of honey cream, meringue, and peach cobbler with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sweet apple and pear accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $7.97 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205643
Stina’s Cellars
2012 Millennium Vineyards, Siegerrebe Washington
Golden amber color. Aromas of grilled apricots, waxy honeycomb, and marinated artichoke with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a pickle relish, apple butter and fall leaves accented finish. A rather exotic white table wine with pair with roasted game birds.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205775
Skinnygirl
2013 Moscato
Golden color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, peach pie, coconut and a whiff of latex glove with a tingling fruity medium body and an earth peach pit, grape skin, and straw finish. A nice rustic moscato for the table.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205471
Chateau le Sabley
2010 Bordeaux ABC
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chalk, cocoa and currants with a dryish medium body and a craisin, pencil shavings, and earth with firm tannins. Serve with food.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205773
Skinnygirl
2012 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color. Aromas of citrus, pear sauce, and nougat with a tangy light body and a melon and vanilla yogurt accented finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Skinnygirl
2012 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavor of baked wax paper and spiced apple baked in clay pot with a tart, fruity light body and an honeyed melon and canned pineapple slices finish.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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