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June 2014 - New Release Wines - April

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

Salt of the Earth 2013 Flore de Moscato California
95 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Salt of the Earth 2013 Moscato Rubino California
94 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Gemtree 2010 "Obsidian" Shiraz
94 points
$70
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.
Quady 2013 "Electra" California
93 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2013  Moscato dAsti DOCG
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2010  Barolo DOCG
93 points
$59.99
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
Gemstone 2013  Merlot
92 points
$16
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2013  Brachetto Piemonte DOC
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Gemtree 2012 "Uncut" Shiraz
92 points
$25
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.
Highway 12 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$38
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.
Aldonza 2007 "Navamarín"Estate Reserve Tierra de Castilla
92 points
$59
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.
Gemtree 2012 "Bloodstone" Shiraz
91 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Highway 12 2012  Pinot Noir
91 points
$22
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.
Aldonza 2007 "Seleccion" Tierra de Castilla
91 points
$40
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.
Baldacci Family Vineyards 2010 IV Sons, "Fraternity" Napa Valley
91 points
$40
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.
Ela 2013 Rosé Vinho Verde DOC
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Ela 2013  Vinho Verde DOC
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Aldonza 2013 "Albo" Tierra de Castilla
90 points
$20
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.
Gemtree 2013 "Cinnabar", GSM McLaren Vale
90 points
$20
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.
Aldonza 2007 Clasico Tierra de Castilla
90 points
$30
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.
Gemtree 2013 "Masterpiece" Shiraz
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Quady 2013 "Red Electra" California
89 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Brass Tacks 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2013  Gavi DOCG
89 points
$16.99
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
Bivio Italia NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$18.99
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
Highway 12 2012 "Sonoma Highway" Pinot Noir
89 points
$24.99
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
Bella Sera 2012  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Piccini NV "Memoro Rosato" Italy
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Terramia 2012  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2012  Dolcetto
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Piccini 2013  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Brass Tacks 2012  Merlot
87 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Gemstone 2013  Shiraz
87 points
$16
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.
Piccini NV "Memoro Bianco" Italy
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Bella Sera 2011  Pinot Noir
85 points
$8.99
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
Bivio Italia 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$13.99
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
Gemstone 2013  Chardonnay
85 points
$16
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.
Brass Tacks 2012  Riesling
84 points
$15
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.
Tatty Road 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15
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.
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