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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

Pittacum 2009 Barrica Bierzo DO
94 points
$24
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.
Echeverria 2011 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$30
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.
Nederburg 2014 Foundation Chenin Blanc
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Scala Dei 2013 Garnatxa Priorat DOQ
93 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Terras Gauda 2013 Abadía de San Campio Rias Baixas
93 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Terras Gauda 2013 O Rosal Rias Baixas
93 points
$26
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.
Scala Dei 2012 Prior Priorat DOQ
93 points
$27
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.
Echeverria 2013 Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Echeverria 2012 Gran Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Legaris 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero DO
92 points
$27
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.
Cabal 2012 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Quasar 2012 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Vina Pomal 2009 Reserva Rioja DOCa
91 points
$21
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.
Way Hip 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Pessoa da Vinha 2010 Reserva Touriga Nacional
90 points
$13
Best Buy
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
McIlroy 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
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
Hip 2013 "Cool" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Echeverria 2014 Reserva Unwooded Chardonnay
89 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Echeverria NV Espumante Demi Sec Central Valley
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Quasar 2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Quasar 2012 Gran Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Cabal 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Echeverria 2012 Propuesta Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
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.
Sunshine Bay 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Cabal 2013 Estate Malbec
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Nederburg 2014 Foundation, "Lyric" Western Cape
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Insatiable 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2013  Dolcetto
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2013  Barbara dAsti DOCG
88 points
$16.99
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
Pittacum 2009 Aurea Bierzo DO
88 points
$52
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.
Cabal 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Echeverria NV Espumante Rosé Central Valley
87 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Trifula 2012  Piemonte Rosso DOC
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Quasar 2012 Limited Edition Syrah
87 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Echeverria 2012 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$30
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.
PKNT 2013 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Insatiable NV Red California
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Two Oceans 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Western Cape
85 points
$8.99
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
PKNT 2013 Reserve Merlot
85 points
$10.99
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
Insatiable 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$12.99
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
Two Oceans 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$8.99
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
Cable Car NV Red California
84 points
$9.99
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
Nederburg 2014 Winemasters Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$9.99
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
Chime 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12.99
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
Cable Car 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$12.99
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
Echeverria 2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$10
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.
Cabal 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
80 points
$9.99
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
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