May 2015 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
210197
Point of the Bluff
2012 Ice Wine Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210219
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210097
Heritage
2012 Chambourcin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210096
Heritage
2012 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210387
Summit Lake
2010 "Emily Kestrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210422
Muga
2011 Reserva Rioja
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210338
Vine Cliff
2008 "Rock Block" Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210162
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2013 Late Harvest Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210421
Bodegas Borsao
2011 Berola Campo de Borja
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210132
Casas del Toqui
2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210277
The Divining Rod
2013 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210137
Casas del Toqui
2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210140
Casas del Toqui
2014 Terroir Selection Coastal Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210032
24 Brix
2012 Winemaker's Blend California
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210144
Leyenda del Toqui
2010 Premium Icon Cachapoal Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210352
Jarvis
2013 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210125
Rios de Chile
2014 Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210126
Rios de Chile
2014 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210344
Chloe
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210221
El Pistolero
2014 Cold Steel Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210423
Bodegas Volver
2012 "Triga" Alicante
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210143
Codigo del Toqui
2012 Premium Cachapoal Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210102
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Perfectly Pink California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210133
Casas del Toqui
2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210129
Rios de Chile
2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210093
Heritage
NV Cuvèe Rouge 3rd Edition Outer Coastal Plain
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210098
Heritage
2012 Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210347
Riverain Vineyards
2012 Cardiac Hill Vineyard Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210420
Bodegas Borsao
2014 Rosado Campo de Borja
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210131
Casas del Toqui
2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210343
Concannon
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210381
Cape May
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210139
Casas del Toqui
2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210094
Heritage
2012 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210095
Heritage
2013 Estate Reserve, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210353
Jarvis
2013 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210130
Casas del Toqui
2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210378
Stina’s Cellars
2010 Millennium Vineyards Baco Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210136
Casas del Toqui
2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Carmenere
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210142
Casas del Toqui
2012 Gran Toqui Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210101
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Sweet White California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210128
Rios de Chile
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210138
Casas del Toqui
2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210141
Casas del Toqui
2011 Gran Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210308
Shenandoah Vineyards
2014 Nocturne Traminette
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210127
Rios de Chile
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210278
CK Mondavi
2013 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210124
Rios de Chile
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210135
Casas del Toqui
2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210258
Casa Larga
NV "Vineyard Hill" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210134
Casas del Toqui
2013 Barrel Series, Reserva Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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