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November 2014 - New Release Wines - September

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

New Release Wines - September Reviews

Quady 2006 Starboard Vintage Port California
96 points
$35
Opaque garnet brick red color. Bright lively aromas and flavors of spiced prunes and cherries, vanilla bean, floral honey, and saffron and white pepper with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish with notes of fruit leather, craisins, spiced nuts, and cola with silky tannins and light oak. A superb, mature domestic port that has benefitted tremendously from extended bottle age.
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Port California
95 points
$24.99
Ruby brick red color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried berry compote, brown spices, toffee, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of sassafras, honeyed cherries, and peppery and sweet baking spices with silky tannins. A delicious and elegant port.
95 points $24.99
PB Hein 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$38
Opaque garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of cassis pie a la mode, honey cream, nougat, and dried cherry with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, long finish with impressions of nuts, vanilla, and sweet and peppery spices with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and seamless Napa cabernet that is sure to please.
Quady 2013 "Essensia" Orange Muscat
93 points
$24.99
Bright light golden yellow color. Complex aromas and flavors of orange sherbet, grapes, and violets with a chewy, bright, sweet full body and a warming, complex finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Would be nice with a with a buttery scone.
93 points $24.99
Parmelee-Hill 2011 Estate, "Darcy" Sonoma Valley
93 points
$30
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, coconut macaroon, peach custard pie, and mint with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length finish with notes of starfruit, citrus curd, and vanilla cream with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious and elegantly styled white Rhone blend
Worthy 2009 "Sophias Cuvee" Napa Valley
93 points
$32
Medium garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe black currants, cedar, light green olive note, and black cherry with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a mildly astringent, intricate, medium-long finish with moderate oak. A very nice cabernet.
Parmelee-Hill 2012 Estate Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Old gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla nougat, pineapple cake, and apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with notes of spiced melon, kiwi, and lemon tart with silky tannins and moderate oak. A rich and extravagantly styled chardonnay with very present, but judicious oak.
Axios 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$135
Garnet violet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and spice cake with a satiny, bright, fruity body and a silky, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of earth, cedar, and herbs with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, smooth and flavorful cabernet with nice poise and style.
Quady 2013 "Elysium" Black Muscat
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Medium ruby violet color. Complex confected aromas and flavors of small champagne grapes, blue flowers, and herbed honey with a supple, bright, sweet full body and a smooth, complex finish with fruit tannins and no oak. This would work nicely in a gin based cocktail.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Parmelee-Hill 2012 Estate, "Darcy" Sonoma Valley
92 points
$30
Golden silver color. Toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of apricot creme brulee, peach cobbler, and white toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pear and delicate pepper with fine tannins and light oak. A rich, delicious white Rhone blend with fine balance and a very soft texture.
Kalaris 2012  Chardonnay
92 points
$52
Golden straw color. Lively interesting aromas and flavors of cornichon, grilled pineapple, and roasted nut brittle with a supple, crisp, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with impressions of spiced apple and honeyed lemon with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, stylish chardonnay with distinctive aromatics and fine tuned balance.
Famiglia Zago 2012 Premium, Red Blend Maule Valley
91 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam, eucalyptus, chocolate mint, and cocoa butter with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish revealing notes of pomegranate, Asian spices, and green apple with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, smooth cabernet with great fruit and herbaceousness.
91 points $19.99
Parmelee-Hill 2011 Estate Syrah
91 points
$38
Medium violet ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of bread dough, blackberries, and white pepper with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, prodigious, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very fruit driven hedonic red wine.
Kalaris 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$59
Opaque color. Bright aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard, toffee, and sweet baking spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of cedar, nutskin, and vanilla cream with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple, tasty, nicely balanced spicy Napa cabernet with very good depth and structure for the table.
Truth 2012  Napa Valley
90 points
$25
Blue violet medium garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of roasted berries, bacon, sandalwood, and red flowers with a chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, elaborate, medium-length finish with suggestions of caramel with firm tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful red wine that exhibits restraint and harmony.
Wine Spots 2012  Merlot
90 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, toffee, and toasted meringue with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming finish with notes of plum, delicate spice, pepper, and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, juicy, spot-on merlot.
PB Hein 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$38
Opaque garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, pickling spices, and black raspberry torte with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing finish with overtones of vanilla gelato and nut brittle with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy Napa cab with nice balance.
Kalaris 2011  Pinot Noir
90 points
$52
Dark ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of baked cherries, banana nut muffin, and delicate pickling spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of chestnut, minerals, cashew butter, and rhubarb with silky tannins and light oak. An elegant and polished pinot for the table.
Famiglia Zago 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet violet black color. Aromas of buttercream and berry tart with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a delightful, relaxed cedar and honeyed nuts finish. A nice juicy cabernet that is sure to please.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Worthy 2011 "Five Clones" Napa Valley
89 points
$19
Yellow color. Bright aromas and flavors of roasted grapefruit, grilled pepper, grassy herbs, and passionfruit with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, snappy finish with suggestions of grassy earth and melon rind. A solid, mellow sauvignon blanc with nice aromatics.
Villa 46 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
Ruby color. Toasty aromas of buttery nut brittle, berry muffin, and clay with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length mocha cream, smoked nuts, dried cherry, and peppery spice finish with silky tannins and light oak. A very smooth and tasty cabernet.
Worthy 2013 Kalaris Family Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$32
Pale golden silver color. Rich toasty aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, spicy apple pie, and pineapple bread with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of peppery spices, meringue, and melon with fine tannins and light oak. A tasty, toasty chardonnay with a very nice oak accent.
Alder Springs 2009 Estate, "13 Tasks" Mendocino
89 points
$39
Bright garnet blue violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of damson plums, planked baked wood, sandalwood, and Japanese seven spice mix with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Good weight and balanced flavors.
Alder Springs 2009 Estate Syrah
89 points
$39
Opaque garnet dark violet color. Savory inviting aromas and flavors of dark fruits, black walnuts, faint meatiness, and mocha toffee with a chewy, crisp, full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A youthful red that needs full flavored fare.
Kalaris 2013 Kalaris Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$26
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas and flavors of lemon custard, kiwi, yellow pepper, and soda bread with a supple, bright, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with nuances of grapefruit sorbet, grassy earth, and honeyed melon. A pleasant, easy drinking sauvignon blanc.
Great Frogs 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$30
Light gold color. Rich oaky aromas and flavors of roasted nut brittle, singed apple pie, grilled pineapple, and tree bark with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery finish with nuances of lemon spritzed apple and melon with fine tannins and light oak. A nice oaky chardonnay.
Great Frogs 2013 "White Squall" Maryland
88 points
$30
Medium golden straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of buttery apples and bread toast with a supple, soft, dryish full body and a smooth, complex finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A seamless, easy drinking, well balanced white.
Great Frogs 2013 "Full Sail" Maryland
88 points
$30
Bright old gold copper color. Curious aromas and flavors of green figs, lychees, and green apples with a coarse, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex finish with chewy tannins and no oak. Use as a digestif at the end of a meal.
Famiglia Zago 2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, cassis pie, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy finish imparting accents of herbs, cedar, and apple with soft tannins and light oak. A nice easy drinking cabernet for everyday meals.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chessman 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$16
Dark ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, nougat, and pressed flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buoyant finish with overtones of roasted beet, delicate peppery spices, and roasted chestnuts with soft tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced sipper.
Chessman 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Dark violet black color. Delicate fruity aromas of black raspberry tart, cherry powder, and tapioca with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant cedar, honey cream, and lime curd finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A solid sipper or table wine.
Worthy 2010 "Five Clones" Napa Valley
87 points
$19
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of kiwi, white strawberry, and creme fraiche with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit, earth, and pepper. A nice tangy white blend with nice layers of citrus fruit.
87 points $19 Best Buy
Great Frogs 2013 "Quiet Waters Rosé" Maryland
86 points
$25
Medium salmon color. Bright aromas and flavors of red berries, hint of red licorice, turned earth, and buttery with a soft, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, quick finish with earthy tannins. An easy rose that work work at the table.
Famiglia Zago 2012 Gran Reserva Carmenere
85 points
$14.99
Garnet black color. Smoky aromas of smoked nuts and berries and herbs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, easy pomegranate and peppery spice finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice smoky red for grilled meats.
85 points $14.99
Rogue Ales  Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Mead
82 points
$6.75
Bright golden yellow color. Rich floral aromas of honeysuckle, Asian pear, floral soap, and yuzu with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length citrus oil, lanolin, lilac water, and chalk eraser finish. A decidedly different sparkling mead that could use a touch more residual sugar to balance.
82 points $6.75
Vin A-Mira NV Exotic Wine Democratic Republic of the Congo
80 points
$2.50
Pink ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit punch and spiced melon and apple with a soft, soft, off-dry light body and a tingling, rapid finish that shows notes of coconut water, banana leaf, nutskin, and pepper with cottony tannins. A light, fruity wine that tastes a lot like spiked Hawaiian Punch.
80 points $2.50
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