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August 2014 - New Release Wines - June

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

Amizetta Vineyards 2011 "Complexity" Napa Valley
94 points
$55
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier
92 points
$22
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Sangiovese
92 points
$25
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.
Amizetta Vineyards 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$65
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.
Maroon Wines 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$80
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.
Treleaven 2013 "Wobbly Rock" Riesling
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Maroon Wines 2012 Signature Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$45
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Life is Rosé" Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$18
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
89 points
$22
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo
89 points
$25
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.
Wise Villa 2011  Zinfandel
89 points
$29.27
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
Hooker 2011  Merlot
89 points
$32
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.
Maroon Wines 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$60
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.
Martin Berdugo 2013 Rosado Ribera del Duero
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Treleaven 2012  Gewurztraminer
88 points
$16.99
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
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albarino
88 points
$22
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.
Biberius 2012 Joven Ribera del Duero
87 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Wise Villa 2011  Pinot Noir
87 points
$34.47
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
Martin Berdugo 2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
86 points
$19.99
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
Comenge 2010  Ribera del Duero
86 points
$24.99
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
Fiddletown Cellars 2011 Reserve Barbera
86 points
$26.99
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
Don Miguel Comenge 2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
86 points
$55
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.
Treleaven 2013 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
84 points
$13.99
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
Treleaven 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$23.99
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
Amizetta Vineyards 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$24
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.
Calla Lily 2011 Ultimate Red Napa Valley
84 points
$80
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.
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