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May 2015 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Point of the Bluff 2012 Ice Wine Riesling
95 points
$64.99
Bright gold color. Lively, interesting aromas of golden raisins, honey baked peaches, and melon with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long minerals, nutskin, and diesel finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A light and lively dessert wine with complex minerality like a German auslese.
95 points $64.99
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$24
Bright golden straw color. Bright, attractive, exotic fruity aromas of tropical fruit salad, orange blossoms, and melon balls with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, long pineapple, caramel apple, and toasted nuts finish with crunchy fruit tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically flavorful and refreshing chardonnay with exquisite balanced and style.
Heritage 2012  Chambourcin
94 points
$25
Opaque garnet color. Rich, toasty, buttery aromas of toasted tomato focaccia and baked cherries with a even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long marinated beets and delicate herbs finish with silky tannins and light oak. A superbly savory red that will shine at the table.
Heritage 2012 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
94 points
$35
Medium clear minutely hazy rubbed color. Funky aromas of light barnyard (but in a good way) with a bright, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length nuts and raisin finish with fine tannins and light oak. A great funky red for cheeses and rustic fare.
Summit Lake 2010 "Emily Kestrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$60
Opaque garnet color. Bright, interesting aromas of chocolate nuts, spiced berries, and mocha with a oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-long blackberry tart, honey roasted nuts, cedar, and minerals finish with firm leafy tannins and moderate oak. A seriously structured cabernet built for the long haul.
Muga 2011 Reserva Rioja
93 points
$24.99
Medium dull bronze color. Earthy, floral aromas of baked dark berries with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, mint and dark chocolate finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Nice bright fruit with fine tannins, well integrated oak, and classic Rioja style.
93 points $24.99
Vine Cliff 2008 "Rock Block" Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$48
Opaque garnet color. Delicate, toasty aromas of chocolate nut fudge, dried berries, and light brown spices with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long cassis pie, cedar, hazelnut nutskin, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A powerful, fruit-driven yet slightly brooding cabernet that will reward patience.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Late Harvest Riesling
93 points
$49.99
Brilliant golden straw color. Classic, fruity sweet aromas of golden raisins and honeyed apricots with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long tangerine sorbet and minerals finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, juicy dessert with lovely acidity.
93 points $49.99
Bodegas Borsao 2011 Berola Campo de Borja
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Opaque violet color. Bright, attractive aromas of pound cake with berry frosting and chocolate cherries with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, snappy vanilla cream, roasted nuts, and minerals finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious and crowd pleasing red that is sure to be a hit at parties or the table.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting, citrusy aromas of powdered lemon, dark mulberries, and cracked pepper with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length pencil shavings, nuts, black raspberry jam, and green peppercorn finish with fine tannins and light oak. A stylish and lively red that is sure to please.
92 points $14 Best Buy
The Divining Rod 2013  Chardonnay
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, exotic, citrusy aromas of tropical fruits and strawberry shortcake with a soft, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pineapple and papaya cream finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, charming, silky chardonnay.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Syrah
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark hazy black ruby color. Muted, herbal aromas of new mown hay with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length blackberry finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Nice tight tannins and dark fruit.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2014 Terroir Selection Coastal Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive, alliaceous aromas of yellow pepper, grapefruit, and vidalia onion marmalade with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon and grass finish with no oak. A spot on sauvignon blanc with great vibrancy and mouthwatering acidity.
92 points $20 Best Buy
24 Brix 2012 Winemakers Blend California
92 points
$24
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of dried blackberries, chocolate nuts, and candied orange peels with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length sour cherry jam, herbal honey, craisins, and green apples finish with chewy crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A great chewy red with bright fruit, zesty acidity, and crunchy tannins.
Leyenda del Toqui 2010 Premium Icon Cachapoal Valley
92 points
$80
Bright dark violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of cream de cassis, damson plums, ripe cherries, and spiced sandalwood with a supple, bright, dry medium-full body and a seamless, medium-long finish with well integrated firm fruit tannins and light oak. A lovely layering of complex flavors.
Jarvis 2013 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$115
Medium bright golden straw color. Bright, toasty, buttery fruity attractive aromas of roasted nuts, baked apples, and brown butter with a supple, bright, dry medium-full body and a seamless, medium-long praline and baked pineapple finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A tasty and balanced oak accented Napa chardonnay.
Rios de Chile 2014  Carmenere
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Bright, spicy, interesting aromas of fruit compote, prickly pear juice, and aloe with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long huckleberry custard, spicy nut brittle, and pencil shavings finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and finely structured carmenere with a nice sense of the land.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Rios de Chile 2014  Merlot
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Delicate, exotic, complex aromas of malted chocolate cereal, graham cracker cherry pie, dried peach, and leather and whisky barrel with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long clay, pencil shavings, and pomegranate custard finish with silky tannins and light oak. A flavor packed merlot with an exotic flair.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Chloe 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of pineapple cake and spiced apples with a silky, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long vanilla cream and praline finish with fine tannins and light oak. A deliciously satisfying, lightly oaked chardonnay with a rich core of fruit.
91 points $17 Best Buy
El Pistolero 2014 Cold Steel Chardonnay
91 points
$34
Light golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of melon rind, beeswax, and yellow apple with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long pineapple custard and citrus sorbet finish with silky tannins and light oak. An appetizing, fruit forward chardonnay with vibrant acidity and balanced oak.
Bodegas Volver 2012 "Triga" Alicante
91 points
$44.99
Dark dusty black garnet color. Mild, oaky, smoky aromas of wood with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length red raspberry and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Easy drinking for an alicante, nicely made.
91 points $44.99
Codigo del Toqui 2012 Premium Cachapoal Valley
91 points
$50
Dark violet color. Rich, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, powdered black cherries, vanilla butter cream, and fresh green cardamom with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated tannins and light oak. Well made blend with nicely integrated flavors.
Barefoot NV "Refresh", Perfectly Pink California
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Clear pale silver pink color. Mild, fruity aromas of spiced berries, dried flowers, and melon with a even, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, breezy watermelon sorbet and clementine finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice zesty off-dry wine that will be great with bbq and cheeses.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced apples and nougat with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length lemon, pineapple, and cream finish with light oak. An appetizing well made chardonnay.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Rios de Chile 2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Bright aromas of roasted yellow pepper and grapefruit custard tart with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length green apple, passion fruit, and earth finish with fine fruit tannins. A rock solid, well balanced sauvignon blanc that hits all the right notes.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Heritage NV Cuvèe Rouge 3rd Edition Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of blackberry tart and peppercorn muffin with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length sour cherry, marinated beets, tomato, and nut shell finish with soft earthy tannins and light oak. A very nice and savory red blend.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Heritage 2012  Merlot
90 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Bright, interesting, toasty aromas of chocolate espresso beans, cherry fudge, and pickled tomatoes with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, breezy vanilla cream and nougat finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A savory and exotically flavorful merlot with a real sense of place.
Riverain Vineyards 2012 Cardiac Hill Vineyard Syrah
90 points
$45
Dark bright rubbed bronze color. Aromas of mulberries, strawberry powder, toasted wheat, and white pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Big, bold interesting flavors that are youthful and tasty.
Bodegas Borsao 2014 Rosado Campo de Borja
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright pale silver pink color. Lively, fruity aromas of tropical citrus punch, strawberry, and delicate flowers with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, breezy watermelon and minerals finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A light and lively rose with sassy acidity.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Merlot
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Bright, smoky aromas of roasted nuts, mocha, baked berries, and cedar plank with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy cherry tart and earth finish with moderate oak. A nice fruity and savory merlot for the table.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Concannon 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Bright light gold color. Lively, toasty, buttery aromas of buttercream and apple pie with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, breezy roasted nuts, toasted oak, and tangy pineapple finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, well oaked chardonnay.
Cape May 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of honey roasted pineapple, spiced candied nuts, apple pie, and figs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-length earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
Casas del Toqui 2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Malbec
89 points
$20
Opaque violet color. Complex, herbal aromas of dried lavender and lemon and cherry-orange custard with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length boysenberry jam on toast, roasted apple, and honeyed nuts finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A flavorful malbec that will pair well with spicy Latin beef dishes.
Heritage 2012  Syrah
89 points
$25
Nearly opaque dark minutely hazy color. Classic, fruity spicy aromas of berry jam with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift cassis finish with medium tannins and light oak. A nice tannic syrah.
Heritage 2013 Estate Reserve, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Bright golden yellow color. Rich, toasty, fruity oaky aromas of caramel apples and lemon meringue pie with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long praline, earth, and smoked nuts finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky chardonnay.
Jarvis 2013 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$130
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, buttery, fruity aromas of baked apple, spice, and cream with a even, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. A nice oaky Napa chardonnay.
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of dark berry tart, chestnut brittle, and hint of bouillon with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, cheery salted roasted nuts finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A very nice savory cabernet with great table appeal.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Stina’s Cellars 2010 Millennium Vineyards Baco Noir
88 points
$18
Minutely hazy garnet black color. Bright, oaky, earthy aromas of tomatoes on the vine, dark mulberries, clay, and lumberyard with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length pomegranate, reduced lemon, and polished wood finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A mature, earthy red for rustic fare.
Casas del Toqui 2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$20
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting aromas of mulberries, smoked pepper, buttered pear, and dill pickle with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length spiced meat, beets, and earth finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice savory red that will be great at the table.
Casas del Toqui 2012 Gran Toqui Syrah
88 points
$25
Bright rubbed bronze color. Bold, fruity, peppery earthy dank aromas of ripe black currants, tree bark, turned earth, and white pepper with a bright, dry medium-full body and a finish. A big red that will benefit from bottle age and savory food.
Barefoot NV "Refresh", Sweet White California
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Bright light straw color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of lilacs, peaches, and golden raisins with a soft, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, quick tangerine, pear, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An attractive, easy-drinking off-dry wine.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Rios de Chile 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Delicate aromas of nougat, white chocolate mint, and kiwi with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy lime curd, mineral, and nutskin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon sipper.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Syrah
87 points
$20
Brilliant medium light garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of black cherry skin, tree bark, tobacco leaf, and roasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well integrated earthy tannins and light oak. Clean, precise yet rustic flavors come through nicely.
Casas del Toqui 2011 Gran Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$25
Indigo color. Delicate, toasty aromas of brown butter and roasted nuts and berries with a supple, crisp, fruity body and a tingling, breezy plum, sour cherry, melon rind, and pickling spices finish with crunchy medium tannins and light oak. A sturdy cabernet for the table.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2014 Nocturne Traminette
87 points
$35
Golden straw color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas of peony, dried apricot, lemon marmalade, and earth with a bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, snappy golden raisin, spiced nuts, apple custard pie, and potting soil finish with light oak. A nice rustic dessert wine that will excel with cheeses.
Rios de Chile 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate aromas of tropical fruit and apple custard with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy lemon finish with light oak. A clean, nicely made chardonnay.
86 points $10 Best Buy
CK Mondavi 2013  Chardonnay
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of caramel buttercream, roasted apples and pineapples, whole nuts, and mint cookie with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy vanilla cream finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice everyday chardonnay sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Rios de Chile 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$10
Deep purple color. Mild, fruity aromas of currants, cornichon, and dried lavender and orange with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk nutskin and shell, pickled beets, and cedar plank finish with leafy cottony tannins and moderate oak. A toasty cabernet for the table.
Casas del Toqui 2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$20
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Bright aromas of berry pie, dill pickle, and buttery nut brittle with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy currant, roasted nuts, and earth finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A pleasant, easy-drinking cabernet that will pair with a wide variety of meats.
Casa Larga NV "Vineyard Hill" Chardonnay
84 points
$8.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, exotic aromas of tropical fruit tart and warm tapioca with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk citrus, melon, earth, and nutshell finish. A solid chardonnay sipper.
84 points $8.99
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Pinot Noir
84 points
$14
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry tart, candied spice nuts, and beets with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk potting soil, blood orange rind, melon rind, and nutshell finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A soft dry pinot for the table.
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