December 2014 - New Release Wines - October

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - October Wines
New Release Wines - October Reviews
208459
Hunnicutt
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of mocha cream, berry pie a la mode, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, long finish with shades of pistachio nougat, brown spices, cedar, and minerals with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, voluptuous, and elegant cabernet that is drinking brilliantly now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208694
Delgado Zuleta
NV Pedro Ximenez Sherry Jerez
Bronze brown color. Bright aromas and flavors of raisins, browns spices, and fruit cake with a satiny, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with accents of orange marmalade, honey, and spiced apples with silky tannins and light oak. A sensationally vibrant and balanced PX Sherry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208664
Silvestri
2012 Estate, "Red Ranger" Syrah
Violet black color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of toffee, berry pie crust, black raspberry jam, and mocha cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting notes of dried cherry, baking spices, and toasted nuts with silky tannins. A rich, super juicy syrah that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208662
Silvestri
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright medium ruby violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black cherries, caramel, tree bark, and buttered toast with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a mildly astringent, charming, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208404
Ahnfeldt
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet violet black color. Complex aromas and flavors of cassis jam, pickled melon rind, dark chocolate, and dried blueberries with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with notes of mocha, cedar, earth, and plum with firm tannins and heavy oak. A rich, brooding cabernet that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208693
Delgado Zuleta
NV Moscatel Sherry Jerez
Deep amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed peach, praline, and mocha with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length finish with impressions of cherry preserves, honey, and delicate spice with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious dessert Sherry.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208572
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2012 Estate Chardonnay
Bright pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted red delicious apples, coconut milk, bitter lemon, and pan grille with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208481
Mario Bazán
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced berries, chocolate mint, and hint of caramelized bacon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of vanilla cream, cherry, smoked nut, and baked apple with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely polished cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208330
Hayes Valley
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Lively aromas of chocolate raisins and cherry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy cedar, vanilla nuts, and blueberry pie finish. A tasty, mouthwatering cabernet.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208691
Delgado Zuleta
NV Medium Oloroso Sherry Jerez
Copper color. Rich aromas and flavors of orange and apricot marmalades, orange blossoms, and praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of chalk and nutskins with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious, fruity, and nicely balanced Sherry.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208420
Santa Isle
2012 Grand Reserve, Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish that shows touches of olive, roasted nuts, craisin, and cedar with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Chilean cabernet that is sure to please.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208663
Silvestri
2012 Estate Syrah
Violet black color. Rich, creamy aromas of creme brulee, cherry pie, vanilla gelato, and delicate pickling spices with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp smores, peppercorns, minerals, and pomegranate finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A zesty, chewy syrah that will cover a lot of bases at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208666
Silvestri
2012 Estate, "Bella Sandra" Chardonnay
Bright pale straw emerald color. Toasty aromas and flavors of old barrels, green apples, dried straw, and lemon pith with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and an astringent, refreshing finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208665
Silvestri
2012 Estate, "Rising Tide" Pinot Noir
Bright medium ruby violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of black cherries, caramel, tree bark, and buttered toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208688
Delgado Zuleta
NV Dry Amontillado Sherry Jerez
Golden amber color. Lively aromas of nougat, olive brine, herbs, and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length chalk, roasted nuts, and fleur de sel finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced amontillado Sherry.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208467
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Willard Vineyard Rouussanne
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pear custard tart and pineapple yogurt with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of citrus and delicate peppery spice with fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208634
Chime
2013 Chardonnay
Bright clear straw emerald color. Complex aromas and flavors of tutti frutti ice cream, honey crisp apples, light bread crust, and lemon sweet tart with a lively, fruity full body and a smooth, long finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A real fruit bomb of a wine, needs equally fruit driven cuisine.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208661
Silvestri
2012 Estate Chardonnay
Bright pale straw emerald color. Complex aromas and flavors of green apples, lime blossoms, bushel baskets, and limes with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, compelling finish with firm tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208480
RAMA
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of pickle, sautéed nuts, cherry tobacco, and berry chutney with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-length cedar, cassis, and vanilla finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Napa cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208568
PKNT
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet color. Bright aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, and cedar with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length blackberry pie and toast finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, juicy everyday red.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208685
Delgado Zuleta
NV "La Goya" D.O. Manzanilla
Straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of almonds, olive brine, delicate petrol, and dried lemon peel with a silky, crisp, dry medium body and a interesting, medium-length finish that shows impressions of chalk, nutskin, and peppery spice. A very tasty manzanilla Sherry.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208689
Delgado Zuleta
NV Medium Dry Amontillado Sherry Jerez
Deep amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of nut brittle, orange marmalade, and earth with a body and a warming, easy finish with suggestions of almond skin and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A nice piquant Sherry with refreshing acidity and fruitiness.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208692
Delgado Zuleta
NV Cream Sherry Jerez
Copper bronze color. Mild aromas and flavors of toffee, dried orange peels, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, off-dry body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of peach sorbet, pepper, and minerals with light oak. A nicely made cream Sherry.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208466
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium straw emerald color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, butter cream, bruised yellow apples, and turned earth with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a interesting finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208690
Delgado Zuleta
NV Dry Oloroso Sherry Jerez
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of dried peach, pepper, and roasted almonds with a supple, crisp, medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with elements of dried fruit, delicate brown spices, and straw with fine tannins and light oak. A very nice dry Sherry.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208687
Delgado Zuleta
NV Fino Sherry Jerez
Straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of dried citrus, almond nut brittle, and herbs with a silky, bright, dry medium body and an even, carefree finish. A rock solid fino Sherry that will cover a lot of bases.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208686
Delgado Zuleta
NV D.O. Manzanilla
Straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasted almonds, sea salt, and grassy herbs with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of chalk. A solid manzanilla.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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