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December 2014 - New Release Wines - October

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

Hunnicutt 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$50
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.
Delgado Zuleta NV Pedro Ximenez Sherry Jerez
93 points
$22
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.
Silvestri 2012 Estate, "Red Ranger" Syrah
93 points
$45
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.
Silvestri 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
92 points
$32
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.
Ahnfeldt 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$115
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.
Delgado Zuleta NV Moscatel Sherry Jerez
91 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$38
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.
Mario Bazán 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
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.
Hayes Valley 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV Medium Oloroso Sherry Jerez
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Santa Isle 2012 Grand Reserve, Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$19.99
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
Silvestri 2012 Estate Syrah
90 points
$28
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.
Silvestri 2012 Estate, "Bella Sandra" Chardonnay
90 points
$30
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.
Silvestri 2012 Estate, "Rising Tide" Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
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.
Delgado Zuleta NV Dry Amontillado Sherry Jerez
89 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Pend d’Oreille 2013 Willard Vineyard Rouussanne
89 points
$18
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.
Chime 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$18.99
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
Silvestri 2012 Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$25
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.
RAMA 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$35
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.
PKNT 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV "La Goya" D.O. Manzanilla
88 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV Medium Dry Amontillado Sherry Jerez
88 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV Cream Sherry Jerez
88 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Pend d’Oreille 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
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.
Delgado Zuleta NV Dry Oloroso Sherry Jerez
87 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV Fino Sherry Jerez
87 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Delgado Zuleta NV  D.O. Manzanilla
86 points
$14
Best Buy
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
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