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Reviews for 2014

March 2014 - New Release Wines - January

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

Stina’s Cellars NV Pomegranate Dessert Wine Washington
93 points
$27
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.
Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$115
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.
Shannon Ridge 2011 Terre Vermielle Vineyard Barbera
91 points
$24.99
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
Heliodoro 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
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.
CULT X 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$49
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.
Blüfeld 2012  Riesling
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Shannon Ridge 2010 Caldwell Ranch Petite Sirah
88 points
$24.99
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
Taproot 2012  Moscato
87 points
$7.97
Best Buy
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
Stina’s Cellars 2012 Millennium Vineyards, Siegerrebe Washington
86 points
$18
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.
Skinnygirl 2013  Moscato
85 points
$14.99
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
Chateau le Sabley 2010  Bordeaux ABC
84 points
$9.99
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
Skinnygirl 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$11.99
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
Skinnygirl 2012  Chardonnay
81 points
$11.99
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
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