August 2014 - New Release Wines - June

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - June Wines
New Release Wines - June Reviews
206894
Amizetta Vineyards
2011 "Complexity" Napa Valley
Dark garnet color. Refined aromas of cassis, vanilla nuts, eucalyptus, and delicate spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate mint, menthol tobacco, nut, and earth nuanced finish. A delicious and elegant wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206904
Coyote Canyon Winery
2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasty peach cream pie and lemon ice with a crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced melon, Meyer lemon, and limestone finish. A great sipper or table choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206905
Coyote Canyon Winery
2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Sangiovese
Dark ruby with a brick rim. Old world like aromas of leather, dried cherries, peppercorn, and dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a salty roasted beet and vanilla accented finish. A wonderful savory table wine; try with pot roasts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206895
Amizetta Vineyards
2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of berry compote, toffee and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, marinated root vegetable, and cherry accented finish with supple tannins. A stylish, balanced Napa cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206929
Maroon Wines
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Bright aromas of sour cherry, butter roasted nuts, and grilled bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus marmalade, berry, and spice accented finish with pleasant woody tannins. A versatile, lively cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207056
Treleaven
2013 "Wobbly Rock" Riesling
Straw color. Aromas of lemon bread, melon, peach pit with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy sweet citrus, green apple, and mineral driven finish. A spot on riesling that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206931
Maroon Wines
2012 Signature Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of toffee and berry pie a la mode with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively citrus gelato and delicate spice accented finish. A zesty, well balanced sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206903
Coyote Canyon Winery
2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Life is Rosé" Horse Heaven Hills
Rich scarlet fuchsia color. Aromas of strawberry shortcake and praline with fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy melon, strawberry and orange jam finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206901
Coyote Canyon Winery
2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
Pale golden straw color. Mellow aromas and flavors of nectarine custard pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced pear and sweet cream accented finish. A tidy sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206906
Coyote Canyon Winery
2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo
Dark ruby color. Layered and lightly floral aromas and flavors of cherries, pickles, chocolate brownie, and apricot jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruit medium-to-full body and a tangy herb and earth accented finish. A sturdy wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206465
Wise Villa
2011 Zinfandel
Dark ruby color. Aromas of blackberry jam and pepper with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy blood orange and apple accented finish with dusty, nutty tannins. A solid all purpose zin.
89 points $29.27
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206907
Hooker
2011 Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted beets, praline, and cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy berry, chocolate, olive, and spice accented finish. A nicely polished merlot for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206907
Hooker
2011 Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted beets, praline, and cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy berry, chocolate, olive, and spice accented finish. A nicely polished merlot for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206930
Maroon Wines
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors roasted coffee and currant tart with a supple, dryish medium body and a round, blackberry and earth finish with firm, coating tannins. Nice now for the table, will be better in a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206940
Martin Berdugo
2013 Rosado Ribera del Duero
Lustrous pale ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry tart and citrus sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, mineral kissed finish. A nice dry, adult rose for the table.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207053
Treleaven
2012 Gewurztraminer
Pale silvery straw color. Bold aromas of roses and lychees with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a very floral and oily nectarine and peony finish. Great varietal character, but could use more acidity.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206900
Coyote Canyon Winery
2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albarino
Straw color. Aromas of peaches and cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an oily melon and Meyer lemon accented finish. A tasty versatile sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206938
Biberius
2012 Joven Ribera del Duero
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate espresso beans, matches, and grilled berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a plum skin, nut, tobacco, and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. Serve with steaks.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206466
Wise Villa
2011 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of spiced cherries, berries, and toffee with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a candied violet and black raspberry finish with chewy tannins. A nice dry, savory pinot for goose and duck dishes.
87 points $34.47
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206939
Martin Berdugo
2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry pie and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy apple, nut and earth finish with firm powdery tannins. Needs time.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206936
Comenge
2010 Ribera del Duero
Violet black color. Aromas of roasted meat, figs, cherry, and chocolate nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and mocha, pomegranate, cotton, and pepper accented finish with hard, clinging tannins. Tight now, this needs time.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207108
Fiddletown Cellars
2011 Reserve Barbera
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, tobacco, chocolate graham crackers, and dried blueberries with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy, juicy pomegranate and earth accented finish.
86 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206937
Don Miguel Comenge
2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Dark violet black color. Aromas of baked berries and coffee beans with a supple, dry medium body and a whole nut, bark, and earth accented finish. A sturdy dry red for the table; this is very young, give it 3-6 years in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207055
Treleaven
2013 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
Silvery salmon color. Aromas of matches, grilled rhubarb and vines with a supple, dryish medium body and a cherry pit, roasted nut, and earth accented finish. A dry rose for grilled fish.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207054
Treleaven
2012 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries, roasted nuts and beets with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, cranberry and earth finish. A nice dry pinot for the table.
84 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206896
Amizetta Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of citrus and grass with a dryish light-to-medium body and a terse, dusty straw-like finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206890
Calla Lily
2011 Ultimate Red Napa Valley
Ruby black color. Aroma of singed berry pie crust and burnt coffee beans with a tart, dryish medium body and a roasted nut, grilled apple, and dark coffee finish with firm tannins. Too tannic, give this some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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