April 2014 - New Release Wines - February

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - February Wines
New Release Wines - February Reviews
205534
Forchini
2010 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet violet color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried currants, blackberry pie, almond brittle, and tonka bean with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spicy, nutty, chewy tannin finish. A delicious table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205535
Forchini
2011 "BeauSierra" Dry Creek Valley
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of olives, peppers, roasted nuts, wild strawberries and sour cherries have a savory bretty note with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, craisin, cedar, and earth accented finish. A delicious and intricate old world styled Bordeaux blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206122
Jarvis
2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, vanilla, spicy nougat, and dried cherries and tomatoes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy plum tart, baking spices and herb bread accented finish. A finesseful and savory merlot that will sing at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206080
RiverStar
2010 Syrah
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas of raspberry jam on raisin toast, menthol mint, spicy and sweet pickles, and chocolate cherries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy, eucalyptus and pepper accented finish. A delicious sipper or pair with spicy, pork loins.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206081
RiverStar
2011 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Attractive aromas of buttery nut brittle, dried apricots and cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy black raspberry preserves, nuts, and spice finish with round tannins. A delicious tempranillo that drinks a bit like a claret style zin.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206095
RoxyAnn
2010 Estate, Claret Rogue Valley
Garnet color. Aromas of blackberry custard, sandalwood, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, apple, black walnut, and cream accented finish with fine tannins. A stand out table wine with excellent fruitiness, balance, and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205970
Cidrerie St. Nicolas
Crémant Sparkling Cider
Pale straw color. Pleasantly spicy and yeasty green apple aromas with a crisp, petillant fruity medium body and a refreshing lemony snap on the finish. A clean, delicious, effortlessly drinkable cider that is a dead ringer for a Normandy cider.
90 points $11.05 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206065
Car Men Air
2011 Reserve Carmenere
Dark crimson color. Perfumed aromas of dried berries and flowers, varnished wood, and caramelized nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a savory chocolate mousse, marinated beet, and eucalyptus accented finish. An appetizing red.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205886
Bonfire
NV "IGNITE" White Blend California
Pale golden silver color. Bright, floral aromas of peach cobbler, lychee, grape, and white potpourri with a silky fruity medium body and an exotic medley of tropical citrus on the finish. A lovely, carefree summer sipper.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205887
Bonfire
NV "Ember" Red Blend California
Ruby color. Vibrantly expressive aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, chocolate blueberries, and dried apricots with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy, smooth, soft fruit tannin finish. A very attractive and easy drinking fruit driven red wine.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205860
Silver Lake
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, black pepper, green olive, and currants with a supple, dryish medium body and a menthol tobacco and cedar accented finish. A sturdy table wine.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206082
RiverStar
2012 Zinfandel
Aromas of berry scented lipstick and toffee with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cherry craisin, pencil, and chewy tannin finish. A nice claret-style zin for the table.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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