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July 2014 - New Release Wines - May
This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - May Wines

New Release Wines - May Reviews

Gustave Lorentz 2013 Reserve Gewurztraminer
94 points
$22
Pale golden yellow color. Floral aromas of peony, lychee, and peach with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a finely balanced citrus, apple, and earth accented finish. Superb, flavor, balance and sense of place; a benchmark gewurztraminer.
Gustave Lorentz 2008 Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru Riesling
94 points
$55
Golden color. Bright aromas of apples, nougat, and lemon curd with a crisp fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lovely tropical citrus, delicate spice, and lightly smoky mineral finish. A fantastically rich and flavorful riesling for all occasions.
La Playa 2013 Estate Series Carmenere
93 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla peppermint toffee, cassis, eucalyptus, and chocolate peanut butter fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory marinated root vegetable, spiced apple, and mineral finish. Fantastic complexity and balance and a steal at this price.
93 points $8 Best Buy
Gustave Lorentz 2010 "BURG" Riesling
93 points
$35
Golden color. Aromas of apple tart, nougat, and banana skin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy tangerine and green apple finish with fine, fuel-like minerality. An opulent, classical styled riesling that will be quite versatile at the table.
Curvare 2011  Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, cocoa, and pickled beets with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful dried cherry, herb toast, and mineral nuanced finish. A flavor-packed yet poised pinot for sipping or the table.
Giorgi 2008 Buttafuoco Vigna "Casa Del Corno" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
92 points
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins and nuts, cherry cider, and orange blossoms with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy candied orange, apple, mocha, and craisin finish with chewy tannins. A delicious, vibrant, and versatile table wine; try with osso bucco.
Revolver Wine Company 2011 "The Fury" Cabernet Franc
92 points
$50
Garnet color. Lush aromas of toffee, mocha frosting, and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sour cherry, roasted nut, and chocolate spiced pear accented finish. A delicious oaky sipper or table wine.
Fernz 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Bold aromas of grapefruit, guava, and green pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant grass, passionfruit, lime, and mineral driven finish. Pure Marlborough; try with Thai food.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Gustave Lorentz 2012 "Evidence" Riesling
91 points
$29
Golden silver color. Aromas of yellow apple, crushed nuts, and lemon with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart lime, starfruit, and gravel accented finish. A dry and mineral focused riesling that will shine with seafood.
Robledo 2012 The Seven Brothers Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas of cherry butter on toast and marinated beets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chocolate cream, pink pepper and mint accented finish. A nice combination of fruit and savory notes that will compliment a wide range of foods.
Giorgi 2011 "Tre Donne-Clilele" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
90 points
Dark ruby color. Intricate aromas of cherry, almond pastry, beef tartare, and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, pomegranate, and nut skin finish with earthy tannins. A very serious table wine to pair with roasted meats.
La Playa 2013 Block Selection Reserve Carmenere
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Interesting aromas of raspberry compote and pickled beets with a supple, dryish medium body and a sour cherry, spiced nut, and cocoa accented finish. A rock, solid, savory red wine for the table; pair with marinated pork loins.
90 points $12 Best Buy
HD 2011 Clasico Malbec
90 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of dried blueberries, graham cracker, and pepper with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and nice cocoa, beet, cedar, and spice accented finish with chewy tannins. A nicely balanced oak aged malbec.
Gustave Lorentz NV  AOC Cremant dAlsace
90 points
$24
Pale straw color. Aromas of lime custard, spice dust, and melon with an effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mouth watering kiwi, tart apple, and nougat accented finish. A delicious and well balanced sparkler for all occasions.
Freedom Estate 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$90
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Mild, fruity, oaky aromas of chocolate berries, sandalwood, and spicy pumpkin tart with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length vanilla nuts, earth, gherkin, and cedar finish with crunchy, coating tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured, well-balanced Napa cab that will cover a lot of bases.
Giorgi 2009 "Oltraja" Provincia di Pavia IGT
89 points
Red brick color with a brown black cast. Mature aromas of raisins, cocoa, and pencil shavings with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, ground nut, dried cherry, and mincemeat accented finish with dusty tannins. A solid table wine for veal dishes.
Vino de Eyzaguirre 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet vilet color. Aromas of mocha, cassis pie, and eucalyptus with supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, sour cherry, beet, graphite, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A nice wine for steak fajitas.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Villa Toscano 2012  Barbera
89 points
$17.99
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry sauce and toffee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a round, well balanced finish. A nice US barbera that is fine sipper or table wine.
89 points $17.99
Testamento 2011 Otero Ramos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$22
Garnet. Aromas of mocha, creme brulee and berry tart with a supple, tangy medium-to-full body and pomegranate sorbet, spice, and roasted nut finish. A nicely styled sipper or table wine.
Curvare 2011 Four Clone Pinot Noir
89 points
$28
Deep ruby with a brick cast. Concentrated savory aromas of balsamic roasted beets and cherries, caramelized nuts, and and dill pickle with a supple, dryish medium body and a long tangy blood orange, craisin, and beef bouillon accented finish. A hearty pinot that will shine with braised beef and pot roasts.
Giorgi 2013 "Il Bandito" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
88 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of tart green apple and lemon with a tangy, light-to-medium body and a very crisp, mineral and nutshell accented finish. A nice dry riesling for shellfish.
La Playa 2012 Block Selection Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and dried cassis with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp finish. A pleasant sipper or burger wine.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Villa Toscano 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of craisin, cocoa, flowers, and prune with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed raspberry finish. Tasty.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$24
Purple black color. Aromas of dark roasted espresso beans, clay, and dried berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart pomegranate, nutshell and earth accented finish. A seriously dry and earthy table wine that’s a bit closed right now.
Wine Spots 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, spiced apple and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, toasted lemon tart finish. Very clean and balanced.
Gustave Lorentz 2012 "Evidence" Pinot Blanc
88 points
$27
Golden silver color. Mellow aromas of tilled earth, melon, and cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an oily yellow apple and lime accented finish. A pleasant sipper or pair with baked fish and chicken dishes.
NICE 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$22
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of graham cracker, lemon chiffon, and apple with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a green apple skin, grass, and lime accented finish. Refreshing.
Robledo 2012 The Seven Brothers Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$22
Pale straw color. Aromas of nougat, citrus, and earth with a pillowy, dryish light-to-medium body and a melon, green apple, lime, and dusty mineral finish. A nice drier styled sauvignon blanc.
Giorgi 2012  Pinot Nero
86 points
Bright ruby color. Aromas of stewed cherries and root vegetables and licorice with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy cranberry sauce and blood orange peel accented finish. Drinks like a rich rosé; try with mushroom quiche.
La Playa 2013 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler and toffee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy tannin and spice finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Spasso 2013  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of lemon scone and and ground almond with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart nectarine skin, lime, and earth finish. A solid table wine for fish.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Villa Toscano 2013  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Toasty baked apple and bread pudding aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, clementine and nut brittle accented finish. A nice easy sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
La Playa 2013 Estate Series Merlot
85 points
$8
Garnet color. Smoky aromas of toffee, dark roasted nuts, and grilled berries with a supple, dry medium body and a melon, nut shell, and apple accented finish.
NICE 2010 Reserve Malbec
84 points
$33
Red brick color. Slightly oxidized aromas of olives, craisins, dried meat, and prunes with a soft, dryish medium body and a baked apple and berry finish with grainy tannins. A bit tired.
Casalini 2013  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$9.99
White gold color. Aromas of baking soda, dried lemon, and peach pit with a crisp, dryish light body and a tart citrus and grassy earth finish.
83 points $9.99
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