February 2015 - New Release Wines - December

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - December Wines
New Release Wines - December Reviews
209479
Castelgreve
2009 Riserva Chianti Classico
Garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried cherries, hay, marinated tomatoes, and clay with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish that shows impressions of nuts, pomegranate, grassy earth, and minerals. A spot on dry Chianti with precise balance for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209476
Burgo Viejo
2009 Reserva, Licenciado Rioja
Garnet black color. Rich, attractive aromas of blueberry chutney, blackberry danish, and eucalyptus honey with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long pomegranate, delicate herbs, and nuts finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully lively and engaging Spanish red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209480
Clemente VII
2011 Classico Chianti DOCG
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of baked cherries, herbs, spiced nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of tomato and earth with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An appetizing Chianti that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209081
Nelson Hill
2010 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark ruby steel gray color. Bright aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, boysenberry cobbler, delicate spices, and praline with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish imparting elements of pickled beets, toffee, and blood orange with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, well balanced pinot that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209478
Ardal
2008 Seleccion Especial, Reserva Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of suede, toasty praline, plum pie crust, and mocha with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long apple skin, vanilla nuts, cranberry, and cedar finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An earthy. vibrant and well balanced red; give this time to open.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209477
Burgo Viejo
2010 Reserva, Licenciado Rioja
Ruby color. Toasty, inviting aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, melted toffee, and honeycomb with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-length finish with notes of pomegranate, tomato, cedar, and nutskins with woody tannins. A vibrant, refreshing red that will shine at the table now, or cellar for a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209076
Place in the Sun
2014 Fair Trade Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lime, yellow pepper, and honey with a tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, charming, medium-length finish with no oak. A juicy, delicious sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209093
Hill Family Estate
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasty praline, cassis tart, and hint of bacon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish evoking overtones of berry compote, citrus marmalade, smoked nuts, and peppered beets with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice, flavor compacted cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209475
Corona de Castilla
2010 Prestigio Ribera del Duero
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas of berry tart, smoked bacon, and sautéed nuts with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long cranberry, cedar, gravel, and straw finish with cottony tannins and heavy oak. A serious, reserved Ribera that is nice now and will improve in a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209078
Plaisir de Merle
2011 Simondium, Paarl Western Cape
Bright medium garnet blue violet color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of cassis, mince meat, pine cones, and potters clay with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of eucalyptus, blueberry, and menthol with firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209481
Sueño
2012 Tempranillo
Opaque garnet violet black color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of boysenberry, cherries, and floral honey with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing finish manifesting suggestions of coconut, nuts, cedar, and berry vinaigrette with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid tempranillo that is drinking well now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209092
Hill Family Estate
2011 "Origin" Napa Valley
Garnet violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of butter sautéed nuts and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length finish that shows touches of creme brulee, currants, mocha, and cedar with chewy tannins. A nice steak cab; give this some time and it will improve.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209080
Nelson Hill
2009 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby brick red color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked berries and plums, peppery spices, pickled melon, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, cheery finish imparting touches of cedar, beets, earth, and orange blossom honey with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice appetizing mature pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209091
Hill Family Estate
2012 The Barrel Blend Napa Valley
Ruby color. Delicate aromas of vanilla custard, chocolate mint, and berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, pomegranate and tree bark finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A firm, gutsy steak wine; make sure to decant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209241
Groupon Wines
2013 "Jazzy Cat" Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, toffee, and berry pie with a bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy finish that shows impressions of dried cherry and honey. A pleasant toasty pinot noir for sipping or with food.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209243
Groupon Wines
2013 "Top Cat" Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam, cedar, and cocoa with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, breezy finish that shows impressions of nuts, earth, and dried orange with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice zesty, chewy merlot that work with food.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209077
Place in the Sun
2013 Fair Trade Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium garnet blue violet color. Oaky, bright aromas and flavors of cassis, turned earth, gauze, and potters clay with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and an astringent, brisk finish with firm tannins and light oak.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209242
Groupon Wines
2013 "Chatty Cat" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of toasted berry nut danish with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a easy cherry, cedar, and vanilla powder finish with soft tannins and light oak. A fruity, easy drinking, everyday red.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209244
Groupon Wines
2013 "Snazzy Cat" Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of waxy apple, dried citrus, and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp finish with notes of pineapple, melon, delicate spices, and tea with light oak. A pleasant easy drinking sipper.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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