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
206644
Gustave Lorentz
2013 Reserve Gewurztraminer
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206642
Gustave Lorentz
2008 Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206727
La Playa
2013 Estate Series Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206640
Gustave Lorentz
2010 "BURG" Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206822
Curvare
2011 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206759
Giorgi
2008 Buttafuoco Vigna "Casa Del Corno" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206750
Revolver Wine Company
2011 "The Fury" Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206751
Fernz
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206641
Gustave Lorentz
2012 "Evidence" Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206758
Robledo
2012 The Seven Brothers Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206760
Giorgi
2011 "Tre Donne-Clilele" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206731
La Playa
2013 Block Selection Reserve Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206709
HD
2011 Clasico Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206645
Gustave Lorentz
NV AOC Cremant d'Alsace
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211044
Freedom Estate
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206762
Giorgi
2009 "Oltraja" Provincia di Pavia IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206729
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206899
Villa Toscano
2012 Barbera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206712
Testamento
2011 Otero Ramos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206823
Curvare
2011 Four Clone Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206763
Giorgi
2013 "Il Bandito" Oltrepo Pavese DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206730
La Playa
2012 Block Selection Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206898
Villa Toscano
2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206696
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206343
Wine Spots
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206643
Gustave Lorentz
2012 "Evidence" Pinot Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206711
NICE
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206757
Robledo
2012 The Seven Brothers Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206761
Giorgi
2012 Pinot Nero
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206728
La Playa
2013 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206701
Spasso
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206897
Villa Toscano
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206726
La Playa
2013 Estate Series Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206710
NICE
2010 Reserve Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206702
Casalini
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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