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April 2015 - New Release Wine

April 2015 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Martellotto 2013 Dierberg Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$35
Medium dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of chocolate toffee, berry pie with a graham cracker crust, lavender, and thyme honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long creme brulee, nutskin, and minerals finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, juicy, easy drinking cabernet that is sure to be a hit.
Alexandria Nicole 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Wild One" Cabernet Franc
93 points
$42
Dark garnet color. Lively, interesting aromas of huckleberry custard and pickled carrot with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long praline and earth finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A vivaciously fruity and spicy cab franc that is sure to please.
Hill Family Estate 2012 "Like a Hawk" Napa Valley
93 points
$48
Medium bright garnet color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of berry chutney, chocolate nuts, and hint of bacon with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, layered, medium-long spiced watermelon, sandalwood, and nougat finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A seductively delicious red.
Hill Family Estate 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$55
Dark garnet color. Lively, interesting, spicy fruity aromas of mincemeat pie, caramelized bacon, toffee, and orange blossom honey with a creamy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long creamy vanilla and spiced nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A lively, delicious, and seamless cabernet that will be very versatile.
Canihan Family 2012 "Exuberance" Pinot Noir
93 points
$70
Ruby color. Aromas of gingerbread and berry pie filling with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long dried raspberries and cherries, baking spices, and pink pepper finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A rich powerhouse of a pinot.
Alexandria Nicole 2014 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Roussanne
92 points
$28
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, creamy aromas of kiwi custard and meringue with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length coconut cream and starfruit finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A very clean and elegantly styled rousanne.
Canihan Family 2012  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, chocolate, and creme brulee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long berry pie, delicate spice, beet, and nutskin finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A bold zesty, spice and fruit forward pinot.
Vine Cliff 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Ruby color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, huckleberry pie, and nougat with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long black raspberry chutney, brown spices, candied ginger, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A flavor packed fruit bomb, in the best sense of the phrase, that is sure to please.
Jeff Gordon Collection 2006 "Joie de Vivre" Napa Valley
92 points
$75
Ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, cocoa, and pickling spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length pomegranates, sundried tomato, peppery spices, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, oak accented red.
Jarvis 2012 "Will Jarvis Science Project" Napa Valley
92 points
$135
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of craisins and raisins, chocolate toffee, and delicate spices and herbs with a oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long roasted golden beet, honey baked apple, and dolmades finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A great cabernet franc with lush fruit and oak.
Alexandria Nicole 2014 "Crawford" Viognier
91 points
$20
Light straw color. Rich, fruity, floral aromas of exotic tropical citrus and pickled melon with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length banana cream, yellow apple, and nectarine finish with fine tannins and light oak. A lovely, spicy viognier that is sure to please.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2011  Norton
91 points
$31
Violet color. Aromas of red champagne grapes, maraschino cherry, and pistachio gelato with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length marzipan, blueberry compote, and spice rubbed meat finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fun, fruity, and refreshing flavor-packed Norton that will be a phenomenal bbq wine.
Renteria 2012  Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Bright light ruby color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of honeyed cherries, praline, and spiced melon with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length roasted nut, cranberries, and earth finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A nicely nuanced and flavorful pinot with an elegant balance.
Hill Family Estate 2012 "Origin" Napa Valley
91 points
$45
Dark garnet black color. Bold, fruity, toasty aromas of dried cherries, mulberries, and peppered chocolate with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long vanilla cream and delicate baking spices finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A robustly flavorful and sleek red blend.
Canihan Family 2011 "Exuberance" Syrah
91 points
$49
Dark opaque violet color. Bright, floral, fruity attractive aromas of baked cherries and boysenberries, waxy honeycomb, coconut cream, and pepper dust with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, roasted nuts, leather, and earth finish with earthy dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy syrah for the table; give this a bit of time.
Portlandia 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$24.99
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla cherry custard and baking spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length spiced berries, exotic peppercorns, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty pinot with nice balance and structure.
90 points $24.99
Renteria 2011  Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
Brilliant medium garnet color. Bright, toasty, creamy fruity aromas of watermelon, cherry, and lilies with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, brisk grilled beets, green herbs, smoked peppercorn, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicate and intriguingly smoky pinot that will be great with grilled foods.
Alexandria Nicole 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Members Only" Horse Heaven Hills
90 points
$42
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha, blueberry pastry, dried fruits, and hint of meat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length plum custard, blood orange, chocolate craisin, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
Hill Family Estate 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$68
Dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, sweet, toasty aromas of berry tart, sandalwood, and chestnut honey with a oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate mousse, nuts, oak barrel, and mocha finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak. A rich, full throttled cabernet with lots of tasty berry fruit and generous oak.
Pugilist 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$28
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, herbal earthy aromas of cranberry-orange bread, candied lavender, chocolate citrus peels, and thyme with a oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate creme brulee and flower patch finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy, crowd pleasing cabernet.
Pugilist 2013  Viognier
88 points
$23
Pale bright golden silver color. Mild, citrusy, floral aromas of lavender, lemon powder, and meringue with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, easy sweet cream finish with fruit crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice, creamy viognier that goes down easy.
Renteria 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$40
Light bright garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of buttery toffee, cherries, and geranium with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length marinated beet, toasted nut, and cedar finish with fine dusty grippy tannins and light oak. An appetizing pinot noir that will shine at the table.
De La Cruz NV  Syrah
86 points
Pale light ruby color. Lively, curious, savory aromas of agave, grilled cherries and nuts, mulberries, and floral pepper with a soft, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, breezy pomegranate, roasted nuts, and flower patch finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A decidedly different and fun syrah.
De La Cruz NV Cuvee New Mexico
85 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Medium bright garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of toffee and cranberry-orange relish with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, relaxed nuts, tangy tomato, pencil shavings, and blood orange finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A zesty red for the table.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Jeff Gordon Collection 2006  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$80
Ruby color. Aromas of huckleberry custard, dried blueberries, vanilla brittle, and clay with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length dried citrus, mint, nuts, and hint of meat finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious and appetizing cabernet.
Jeff Gordon Collection 2008  Pinot Noir
84 points
$58
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and raspberries and mocha with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, breezy delicate spices, plum custard, roasted nuts, and minerals finish with fine tannins and light oak. A lively, peppery pinot.
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