June 2014 - New Release Wines - April

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - April Wines
New Release Wines - April Reviews
206583
Salt of the Earth
2013 Flore de Moscato California
Pale golden color. Aromas of apricots, suede, blossoms, and roasted almonds with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a zesty raspberry jam and peach soda finish. Delicious, try with cheeses or mincemeat pie.
95 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206584
Salt of the Earth
2013 Moscato Rubino California
Bright violet garnet color. Aromas of cranberry chutney, white potpourri, and raspberry sorbet with a spritzy, sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy tangerine marmalade accented, spiced golden raisin, suede, almond, and dried apricot finish. Great purity and depth of flavor.
94 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206573
Gemtree
2010 "Obsidian" Shiraz
Opaque violet garnet color. Dense aromas of spiced cherries, cola, nougat, and eucalyptus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy pomegranate, golden beet, and blood orange finish with firm tannins. Great depth of flavor. Impressive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206581
Quady
2013 "Electra" California
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of peach cobbler and soda and apple sauce with a spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a zesty, candied orange accented finish. Very tasty and balanced.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206619
Ricossa
2013 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Pale straw silver color. Aromas and flavors of peony, honeyed apricot and golden raisin with a silky, frothy fruity sweet medium body and a tangy candied orange and peach finish. Delicious dessert wine.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206622
Ricossa
2010 Barolo DOCG
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of roasted cherries and berries, tar, roast beef, and burnt brown sugar with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a blood orange, candied violet, and chestnut brittle accented finish with firm, chewy tannins. A nicely balanced and versatile Barolo.
93 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206576
Gemstone
2013 Merlot
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and toffee with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long juicy, chocolate mint and honeyed cinnamon raisin toast finish. A deliciously fruity and spicy crowd pleaser.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206576
Gemstone
2013 Merlot
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and toffee with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long juicy, chocolate mint and honeyed cinnamon raisin toast finish. A deliciously fruity and spicy crowd pleaser.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206620
Ricossa
2013 Brachetto Piemonte DOC
Bright light garnet color. Aromas of orange blossoms and sorbet and honey with a fruity sweet, effervescent medium body and a tangy golden raisin, peach soda, and tangerine finish. Deliciously refreshing.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206572
Gemtree
2012 "Uncut" Shiraz
Inky purple color. Aromas of dried cherries, melon sorbet, and chocolate pound cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a menthol mint, nut brittle, and earth accented finish. Nice complexity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206886
Highway 12
2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of herbs, honeycomb, mixed berry compote, and peppercorns with a silky, dryish medium body and a supple, dryish medium body and a chocolate mint and borscht accented finish. A great choice for sauerbraten and Beijing duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206485
Aldonza
2007 "Navamarín"Estate Reserve Tierra de Castilla
Dark garnet black color. Dense aromas of roasted carrots and pork, cinnamon, and plums with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus spritzed melon, cocoa, and spice accented finish. A refreshing and polished red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206571
Gemtree
2012 "Bloodstone" Shiraz
Inky purple color. Dense aromas of blackberry jam, toasted coconut, mocha, and Fig Newton with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nice spicy vanilla custard accented finish. Tasty.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206887
Highway 12
2012 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries and beets and peppered jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, roasted nut, and mineral accented finish. A delicious and mouthwatering pinot for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206486
Aldonza
2007 "Seleccion" Tierra de Castilla
ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and malted toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mocha, nut, mineral and spice nuanced finish. A classy sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206551
Baldacci Family Vineyards
2010 IV Sons, "Fraternity" Napa Valley
Opaque garnet black color. Resonant aromas of currant jam and honey butter on toast and light menthol tobacco with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, brown spice, earth, and nutskin accented finish with chewy tannins. A serious table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206617
Ela
2013 Rosé Vinho Verde DOC
Pale garnet fuchsia color. Aromas of cranberries and lemon sorbet with a crisp, almost spritzy fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy strawberry, orange mineral water, and melon finish. A very refreshing and lively rosé for sipping or seafood.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206618
Ela
2013 Vinho Verde DOC
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apples, lemon, nutskin, and minerals with a spritzy dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with racy acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206488
Aldonza
2013 "Albo" Tierra de Castilla
Straw color. Interesting aromas of dusty peppercorn, lemon, nougat, and herbs de Provence with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, cream and clay accented finish. A nice dry white wine that will be great with seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206579
Gemtree
2013 "Cinnabar", GSM McLaren Vale
Garnet black color. Enticing aromas of spicy blueberry and raspberry cobblers and chocolate mint cookie with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body a menthol lozenge, watermelon sorbet, and spicy apple accented finish. A juicy, flavorful red for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206487
Aldonza
2007 Clasico Tierra de Castilla
Dark ruby color. Aromas of floral beeswax, dried berries and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy sour cherry, apple and kale accented finish and chewy tannins. A tasty and refreshing table wine; needs 10-15 minutes of aeration prior to serving.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206574
Gemtree
2013 "Masterpiece" Shiraz
Garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of mocha gelato, honey roasted pecans, and chocolate pomegranate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty citrus accented finish. Tasty.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206582
Quady
2013 "Red Electra" California
Garnet color. Aromas of marinated cherries and beets with a petillant, sweet medium body and a crisp, apple and peach soda accented finish. A lively dessert wine.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206346
Brass Tacks
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered craisins, mint, and spice cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy sour cherry and dark roasted nut finish. A nicely balanced sipper or table wine.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206698
Ricossa
2013 Gavi DOCG
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon phosphate, lime peel, and ripe apples on the tree with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, nutshell and chalky mineral finish. A nice dry white for shellfish.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206679
Bivio Italia
NV Prosecco DOC
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of toasted herb muffin, lemon granita and yogurt with a effervescent dryish, light-to-medium body and a crisp, nougat, vanilla cream and chalk accented finish. Tasty and well balanced for sipping or the table.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206888
Highway 12
2012 "Sonoma Highway" Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of peppercorns, dried meat, and marinated beets with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a chocolate, plum and mineral accented finish. A very nice savory table wine.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206519
Bella Sera
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden color. Aromas of peach custard tart and tropical fruit gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice balanced apple, lemon, and nut accented finish. A delicious and refreshing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206616
Piccini
NV "Memoro Rosato" Italy
Pale ruby color. Aromas of strawberry shortbread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy cherry and cream accented finish. A very tasty rosé for all applications. Try with bouillabaisse.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206680
Terramia
2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Ruby color. Mild aromas of mulberries, honeydew, and honeysuckle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, nutskin, and earth accented finish with dusty tannins.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206621
Ricossa
2012 Dolcetto
Rich garnet color. Aromas of sour cherries, dried flowers and leaves with dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, melon sorbet and craisin accented finish with powdery tannins. Very different for a dolcetto; a nice choice for duck dishes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206614
Piccini
2013 Pinot Grigio
yellow color. Aromas of toasted almond, dried peach, and apple pie crust with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon and earth accented finish. A rock solid pinot grigio.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206345
Brass Tacks
2012 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Aromas of grilled herbed chicken skin, chocolate and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum pie and creme brulee accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206345
Brass Tacks
2012 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Aromas of grilled herbed chicken skin, chocolate and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum pie and creme brulee accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206577
Gemstone
2013 Shiraz
Deep violet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, spice, and Key lime yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lime sorbet, tobacco, and nutshell accented finish with firm tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206615
Piccini
NV "Memoro Bianco" Italy
Deep golden color. Quince, apples, and latex aromas with a crisp dry medium body with a nutshell, yellow plum skin, and rubber band accented finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206520
Bella Sera
2011 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Aroma of strawberry cream pie, mint, syrup and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy craisin, nutshell and leafy earth accented finish. A sturdy pinot for the table.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206678
Bivio Italia
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of dried papaya, toasty orange molasses cake, and lemon yogurt with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and crisp, tart green apple and grass finish. A touch rustic, but interesting, especially with food.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206578
Gemstone
2013 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of pineapple cake, passionfruit, and apple pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lemon sorbet and nut finish. A solid sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206344
Brass Tacks
2012 Riesling
Golden yellow color. Aromas of glued paper, nutshells, and honeyed pears with an off-dry light-to-medium body and a cling peach and limeade finish. A bit odd on the nose, but finishes nicely. Drink up cold.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206575
Tatty Road
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of mixed peppercorns, spicy cassis chutney, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and nut finish with leafy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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