May 2014 - New Release Wines - March

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - March Wines
New Release Wines - March Reviews
206183
Envy Wines
2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of olive and chocolate covered cherries and graham crackers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cassis sorbet, mocha cream, and super fine tannin finish. A seamless, hedonistic, world class cabernet for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206114
Heitz
2009 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Robust aromas of chocolate mint, eucalyptus and spicy cassis chutney with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, evolving cascade of sweet spices, ripe berries, menthol mint, and minerals with fine tannins. Superb flavor, structure and style make this an exquisite cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206116
deLorimier
2011 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of herbs, cocoa, almond torte, and sugared cherries with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty cherry-cranberry sorbet, pickled beet, and a chocolate mint finish. A delicious, zesty zin for sipping and especially the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206163
Midsummer Cellars
2011 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Exotically complex aromas of roasted pepper, chocolate, menthol mint, nougat, currant, and pink peppercorns with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, herb, spice, nut, and chewy fine tannin finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206184
Envy Wines
2011 Estate Petite Sirah
Garnet purple color. Aromas of boysenberry pie, vanilla, and smoked nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, blueberry, beet, and blood orange finish with supportive tannins. Nice vibrancy and depth of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206113
Heitz
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet. Aromas of cassis and lime sorbets, creamy vanilla, green olive, clay, and pickling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, blackberry cobbler, nutskin and earth finish. Great structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206356
Jersey Moscato
NV Moscato American
Pale golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of peach and blueberry cobblers a la mode with a fruity sweet medium body and a vibrant lemon curd finish. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206111
Mathis
2010 Grenache
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe dark berries, chocolate, and honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty blood orange, sour cherry, pear, mineral, and peppery spice finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. Pair with Latin spiced flank steak and buffalo burgers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206182
Envy Wines
2011 Estate, "Bee Bee's Blend" Calistoga
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha toffee, berry tart, and peppered jerky with a supple, dryish medium body and a graceful, savory finish with fine spicy, oak tannins. A very flavorful and balanced red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206102
Hooker
2011 "Old Boys" Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of raspberry tart and schmaltz chocolate mint cookie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pomegranate, sweet tobacco, and spiced nut finish. Flavorful, fun, and versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206378
Parallel
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet color. Dense aromas of dried berries, cedar sauna, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy currant, vanilla brittle, and forest floor accented finish with broad tannins. A great steak wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206369
Belasco de Baquedano
2013 "Llama" Malbec
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of ripe cherries, smoky gherkin, and chocolate salted caramel with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, savory chocolate, melon, and mineral accented finish. A very nice table wine.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206178
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2012 "Sin Zin" Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate berries and pickling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange, apple, nut, and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206112
Heitz
2010 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, honeycomb, and berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a plush, tangy, savory finish. Classically styled Napa zinfandel that is sure to please.
90 points $25.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206377
Parallel
2010 "Fortune Teller" Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet color. Aromas of exotic tropical fruits, cassis pie, nut brittle, and sweet pickle relish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spice and sandalwood incense accented finish with firm tannins. Will be better with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206357
Jersey Peach
NV Peach Wine American
Golden amber color. Vibrantly funky aromas and flavors of baked peaches and clotted cream will a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, lemon spritzed finish. Great purity of flavor, will be excellent with artisan cheese or in Champagne cocktails.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206368
La Playa
2012 Block Selection, Red Blend Claret Colchagua Valley
Dark ruby color. Aromas of baked berries, rhubarb creme brulee, and dark roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry and peppery spice finish. A tasty wine to serve with grilled meats.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206268
PEJU
NV "Tess" Napa Valley
Deep ruby color. Dusty aromas of cranberries, beets, and salty nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus, melon, and spiced cherry finish. A soft, clean, fruity red for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206286
Heritage
2012 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Aromas of apple tart, nougat, and pineapples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon, tangerine, mineral and vanilla praline accented finish. Very stylish, tasty and Macon like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206359
Jersey Apple
NV Apple Wine American
Golden color. Aromas of spiced apples, honey, and caramel with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and golden raisin and delicate earth notes on the finish. Try with cheddar cheeses, cocktails, and apple pie a la mode.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206355
Jersey Red
NV Semi-Sweet Red Wine Blend American
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grape sherbet and chocolate nougat candy bar with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and tangy orange sherbet, grape-cherry juice finish. A fun off-dry red sipper or pair with spicy bbq. Serve with a slight chill.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206117
deLorimier
2011 "Al's Red" Alexander Valley
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice spiced cherry and nut finish with chewy, food friendly tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206162
Midsummer Cellars
2011 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Interesting aromas of dried cassis and limes, nut brittle, olive, and delicate spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy vanilla, pepper, and cedar accented finish with thick tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206103
Three Coins
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Dense aromas of spiced berries, nougat, and creamy vanilla with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and parchment like tannins on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206354
Jersey Blush
NV Semi-Sweet Rosé Wine American
Pale copper pink color. Aromas of toasted nut pastry, cherries, and mocha cream with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, clementine and baking spice accented finish. A tasty, fruity sipper.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206376
Parallel
2012 Chardonnay
Aromas and flavors of baked apples, dried pineapple, and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mellow vanilla cream and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205905
Arizona Angel
2012 Chardonnay
Golden color. Attractive aromas of apple custard pie, mango-pineapple cake, and coconut macaroon with a silky, dryish medium body and a tart Meyer lemon gelato and nutshell finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206202
Borderland
2013 Wilson Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Aromas of cinnamon danish, grilled apple, grape cluster, and fried pickle with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy salted nut accented finish.
85 points $22.64
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206358
Jersey Sugar Plum
NV Sugar Plum Wine New Jersey
Brassy pink color. Aromas of cranberry soda and tropical fruit punch with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, waxy candy finish. Pleasant, if a little confected and Shirley Temple like.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205982
Lulu B
2011 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of apples, lemon and wood plank with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a drying oak tannin and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206370
Belasco de Baquedano
2013 ROSA Malbec Rosé Mendoza
Aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, strawberry and rhubarb with a soft, dryish light-to medium body and a somewhat dilute melon rind, balsa, and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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