January 2015 - New Release Wines - November

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - November Wines
New Release Wines - November Reviews
209024
Pittacum
2009 Barrica Bierzo DO
Deep purple black color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of charred meat, mocha, toasted olive bread, and dried berries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful finish with accents of cherry skin, cedar, and sweet spices with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A powerfully delicious wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208924
Echeverria
2011 Founder's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of cranberry bread toast, olive, leather, and alpine mint with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish displaying overtones of sandalwood, clay, boysenberry, and eucalyptus honey with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vigorous and concentrated cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208875
Nederburg
2014 Foundation Chenin Blanc
Straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, dates, and roasted apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of lemon cream, grass, melon, and nectarine with fruit tannins and no oak. A spot on chenin with nice flavor and texture.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208932
Scala Dei
2013 Garnatxa Priorat DOQ
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha yogurt, toasted chocolate berry pastry, and sweet herbs and spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long pomegranate gelato and sour cherry sorbet finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, delicious, resonant, red that will cover a lot of bases.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208935
Terras Gauda
2013 Abadía de San Campio Rias Baixas
Bright golden yellow color. Delicate, complex aromas of spiced citrus and apples, mint cookie, and nectarine with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, complex, blood orange, melon rind, tart green apple, and fuel-like minerals finish with no oak. A sensational, earthy white wine to pair with spicy seafood dishes.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208936
Terras Gauda
2013 O Rosal Rias Baixas
Gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked apple, nougat, and sautéed peaches with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish that presents accents of earth, melon, green apple, and fleur de sel. A fine, very subtle and delicious Old World white wine with a great umami note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208933
Scala Dei
2012 Prior Priorat DOQ
Black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coconut cream, spiced berries and figs, and earth with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of chocolate mint, black raspberry jam, delicate peppery spices, and banana with crunchy tannins. A zesty, lively, zinfandel-like red that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207278
Echeverria
2013 Reserva Carmenere
Opaque ruby black color. Bright, complex aromas of spicy berry tart, olive tapenade, and sandalwood incense with a silky, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length eucalyptus, cherry sorbet, vanilla nuts, and earth finish. A deliciously layered and wonderfully balanced carmenere.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208921
Echeverria
2012 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut, cherry cobbler, and coconut custard with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of menthol mint, mocha nuts, pickled beet, and orange blossom honey with fine tannins and light oak. A sensational carmenere that is sure to please.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208934
Legaris
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero DO
Garnet violet black color. Lively, earthy aromas of chocolate mousse, berry nut pasty, and baking spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length sour cherries, nuts, and earth finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A vibrant, chewy Rioja with great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208723
Cabal
2012 Reserva Malbec
Violet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced berries and mint jelly on raisin toast with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant finish that shows notes of cherry, cedar, pepper spices, and praline with dusty tannins and light oak. A rock solid, well made, and highly enjoyable malbec that gets better with time.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208930
Quasar
2012 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of beeswax, olives, suede, and dried cassis with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish manifesting accents of menthol tobacco, chocolate mint, pomegranate, and nutskin with well-integrated tannins. A very tasty and appetizing cabernet.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208931
Vina Pomal
2009 Reserva Rioja DOCa
Garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of coconut custard, spiced cherries, dried apricot, and buttery nuts with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of chocolate craisin and vanilla toffee with chewy tannins. A lush, chewy, appetizing Rioja.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208727
Way Hip
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark ruby blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of candied violets, rich blackcurrants, sour black cherries, and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and a complex finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209018
Pessoa da Vinha
2010 Reserva Touriga Nacional
Opaque garnet violet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam, candied violets, cherry sauce, and menthol mint with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy finish that exhibits elements of honeyed toast and blood orange zest with crunchy tannins and light oak. A refreshing and appetizing red that will work great with lighter meat dishes.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208835
McIlroy
2013 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, caramel apple, and roasted pineapple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length finish revealing accents of vanilla cream and baking spices with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid oaky chardonnay.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208726
Hip
2013 "Cool" Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark ruby blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of candied violets, black currants, suede, and dried leaves with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207277
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Unwooded Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of honeyed apple, pineapple sauce, and lemon curd with a silky, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy finish with no oak. A nice zesty Chardonnay with a silky texture.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208923
Echeverria
NV Espumante Demi Sec Central Valley
Golden straw color. Bright aromas of honeyed citrus with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length lemon curd on biscuit, orange sorbet, and spiced apple finish. A very tasty, fruity sparkler.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208927
Quasar
2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pastry and chocolate roasted nuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of chocolate cherries, delicate spices, cedar, and eucalyptus honey with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid cabernet for all occasions.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208928
Quasar
2012 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright, inviting aromas and flavors of mocha, sour cherry tart, olive, and clay with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying notes of chocolate dried blueberries, spiced nut, and cocoa. A lovely red that offers pleasure and balance.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208725
Cabal
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark ruby blue color. Complex aromas and flavors of candied violets, ripe black currants, and green olives with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208926
Echeverria
2012 Propuesta Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mincemeat pie, chocolate, and olive tapenade with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of cassis tart, vanilla cream, and nuts with firm tannins and moderate oak. A rich cabernet that could use a bit of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208856
Sunshine Bay
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Bold, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit and peppers and straw with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of grassy earth and melon rind. A very typical, zesty NZ sauvignon blanc that will be great with shellfish.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208722
Cabal
2013 Estate Malbec
Garnet color. Mild aromas and flavors of olives, pomegranate, chocolate toffee, and cedar with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish displaying accents of craisin, earth, toasty oak, and vanilla with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, savory, everyday red.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208874
Nederburg
2014 Foundation, "Lyric" Western Cape
Golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of cornichon and grilled citrus with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy finish with elements of quince, kiwi, straw, and smoky earth.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209014
Insatiable
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried apple and pineapple, beeswax, toasted nuts, and cedar with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a crisp finish with accents of citrus and vanilla nuts with light oak. A nice, everyday chardonnay sipper.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208732
Ricossa
2013 Dolcetto
Bright medium ruby blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of purple sweet tarts, dried straw, cream, and hint of bread toast with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208731
Ricossa
2013 Barbara d'Asti DOCG
Bright medium blue violet ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of plums, black berries, lovely salinity, and subtle bread crust note with a silky, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, prodigious, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209025
Pittacum
2009 Aurea Bierzo DO
Garnet black color. Mild aromas and flavors of berry yogurt, suede, clay, and tobacco with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish revealing accents of chocolate nuts, cedar, craisin, and tree bark with firm tannins and heavy oak. A good steak wine now, but needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208724
Cabal
2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis & dried flowers, lignated stems, scorched linen, and warm campfire earth with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with barky tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208922
Echeverria
NV Espumante Rosé Central Valley
Steel gray pink color. Aromas of strawberries in cream and watermelon ice with a silky, racy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy lemon spritzed strawberries finish. A very nice rose, sparkler.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208733
Trifula
2012 Piemonte Rosso DOC
Violet orange bright garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of subtle blackcurrants, dried red rose petals, faint tar, and toast with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, delightful, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208929
Quasar
2012 Limited Edition Syrah
Bright dark blue violet ruby color. Complex aromas and flavors of mulberries, blackberries, sour cherries, and petrol & white pepper with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, elegant, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208925
Echeverria
2012 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Mild aromas and flavors of clay, beeswax, and buttery toasted raisin bread with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery finish with shades of cedar, cocoa, tree bark, and tomato jelly with leafy tannins. A sturdy, yet lighter styled cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209011
PKNT
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Light golden silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of green apples, melon, and kiwi with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish revealing accents of clementine, nut, and limestone with no oak. A charming, easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209013
Insatiable
NV Red California
Ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and dark cherry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity body and a finish imparting suggestions of berry custard and cedar with light oak. A nice simple every day.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208877
Two Oceans
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Western Cape
Garnet color. Lively, smoky aromas and flavors of garlic pickles, smoked berries, and touch of tar with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, easy finish with notes of blackberry jam on toast and cedar incense with light oak. An interesting smoky red for grilled fare.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209010
PKNT
2013 Reserve Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and blueberries, cedar, and cherry tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with impressions of sour cherry, blood orange, cocoa, and nutshell with woody tannins and heavy oak. A zesty red for the table.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209010
PKNT
2013 Reserve Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and blueberries, cedar, and cherry tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with impressions of sour cherry, blood orange, cocoa, and nutshell with woody tannins and heavy oak. A zesty red for the table.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209012
Insatiable
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha, chocolate mousse, and frosted berry tart with a silky, off-dry body and a tingling, breezy watermelon sorbet, spiced cherry, and praline finish. A nice carefree sipper; serve with a slight chill.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208879
Two Oceans
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of ripe grapefruit, guava, and frosted lemon scone with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, quick finish that exhibits nuances of melon, grass, dried lemon, and spring water with fruit tannins. A refreshing sipper.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209017
Cable Car
NV Red California
Ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of chocolate chip cookies, cherry nut fudge, and toast with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and an easy finish evoking shades of vanilla and craisin. A nice zippy red for everyday enjoyment.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208876
Nederburg
2014 Winemaster's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of fruit pastry, pickled pepper, and grilled citrus with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with touches of lemongrass, melon, mesclun greens, and straw. A pleasant quaffer.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209015
Chime
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of bacon bits, mocha, and singed berry pie crust with a supple, fruity medium body and a breezy finish with notes of mint gum, cedar dust, and nutskin with moderate oak. A pleasant everyday red.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209016
Cable Car
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherry bonbons and mocha with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with accents of honeyed nuts and cedar. A super-fruity, bordering on sweet, red.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208920
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of lime, green apple, and potting soil with a supple, tart, fruity body and a brisk finish with notes of nectarine pit, dried lemon, and earth. A sturdy swine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208721
Cabal
2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Lively aromas of dried grapefruit and grass with a soft, puckering, light body and a tingling, short-lived lemon juice and fallen leaves finish.
80 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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