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May 2014 - New Release Wines - March

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

Envy Wines 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
98 points
$53
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.
Heitz 2009 Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
97 points
$225
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.
deLorimier 2011 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
94 points
$36
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.
Midsummer Cellars 2011 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$44
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.
Envy Wines 2011 Estate Petite Sirah
93 points
$49
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.
Heitz 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$49
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.
Jersey Moscato NV Moscato American
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Mathis 2010  Grenache
91 points
$30
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.
Envy Wines 2011 Estate, "Bee Bees Blend" Calistoga
91 points
$48
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.
Hooker 2011 "Old Boys" Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$48
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.
Parallel 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$72
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.
Belasco de Baquedano 2013 "Llama" Malbec
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 "Sin Zin" Zinfandel
90 points
$20
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.
Heitz 2010 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
90 points
$25.50
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
Parallel 2010 "Fortune Teller" Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$125
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.
Jersey Peach NV Peach Wine American
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
La Playa 2012 Block Selection, Red Blend Claret Colchagua Valley
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
PEJU NV "Tess" Napa Valley
89 points
$20
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.
Heritage 2012 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$25
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.
Jersey Apple NV Apple Wine American
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Jersey Red NV Semi-Sweet Red Wine Blend American
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
deLorimier 2011 "Als Red" Alexander Valley
88 points
$40
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.
Midsummer Cellars 2011 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$44
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.
Three Coins 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$55
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.
Jersey Blush NV Semi-Sweet Rosé Wine American
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Parallel 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$52
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.
Arizona Angel 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$12
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.
Borderland 2013 Wilson Vineyard Chardonnay
85 points
$22.64
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
Jersey Sugar Plum NV Sugar Plum Wine New Jersey
84 points
$10.99
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
Lulu B 2011  Chardonnay
83 points
$11
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.
Belasco de Baquedano 2013 ROSA Malbec Rosé Mendoza
83 points
$14
pink color. 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.
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