June 2015 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
210445
Zonte’s Footstep
2014 "Doctoressa di Lago" Adelaide Hills
Silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of peaches, lemon verbena, and lime leaf with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, long nectarine, Meyer lemon sorbet, lime, and nougat finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A sensational flavorful and delicious pinot grigio.
95 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210830
Stina’s Cellars
2013 Ice Wine Semillon
Bright brilliant pale golden straw color. Rich, attractive, sweet aromas of honey baked peaches, delicate spiced apples, and golden raisins with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a sleek, complex, long buttercream, orange sorbet, and minerals finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A superbly balanced dessert wine with great acidity and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210439
Mr. Riggs
2013 "Yacca Paddock" Adelaide Hills
Violet color. Bold, sweet, spicy herbal aromas of honeyed blueberries, menthol-mint, and mocha toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long berry pie, spiced watermelon, vanilla nuts, and eucalyptus finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A spicy tempranillo treat that is uniquely Australian.
93 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210770
Brecon Estate
2013 Petite Sirah
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of ripe mulberries, plums, wood smoke, and white pepper with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with fruit, grippy tannins and moderate oak. Big juicy, jazzy red with vibrant innate acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210765
Mulvane
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black ruby color. Lively, oaky, fruity aromas of currant pastry, conditioned wood and leather, and vanilla toffee with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long chocolate buttercream, earth, forest herbs, and pepper finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A robust, yet nuanced oak accented Napa cabernet with an earthy Old World streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210722
Casas del Toqui
2014 Single Estate Carmenere
Bright dark medium brown brick color. Fruity, earthy aromas of black cherries, caramel, blue flowers, and dried twigs with a supple, bright, medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated earthy tannins and moderate oak. Textbook carmenere and lovely restrained flavors that are well balanced.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210774
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Baron Von Nemesis" Barossa Valley
Bright medium clear black garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral spicy aromas of dried fruits and soda bread pastry with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, medium-long tart berries, spiced roasted root vegetables, peppery spices, and nuts finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice structured shiraz with real aging potential.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210438
Mr. Riggs
2013 "The Magnet" McLaren Vale
Violet color. Fruity aromas of cranberry sauce, blueberries, and delicate spices and herbs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long roasted beets, menthol mint lozenge, nuts, and cornichon finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A complex and enticing grenache with lots of savory herbal character.
92 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210450
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Canto di Lago" Adelaide
Garnet black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of raisin, toffee, and spiced cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long marinated beets and cocoa mint finish with silky tannins and light oak. A chewy, savory red blend that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210651
Mi Sueño
2012 Chardonnay
Bright clear medium straw green color. Lively, fruity, creamy toasty nutty aromas of toasted hazelnuts, ripe yellow apples, butter cream, and delicate turned earth note with a supple, soft, dryish full body and a warming, long finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. Subtle balanced flavors come together nicely in an old world style (Meursault).
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210768
Brecon Estate
2013 Petit Verdot
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas of dark berry jam, vanilla yogurt, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long blackberry and toffee finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious an rich petit verdot with comforting warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210728
Rios de Chile
2013 Reserva Merlot
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, spicy herbal aromas of cracked pepper, cherries, and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted herbs, dark berries, spice, and oak finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fine, chewy merlot with lots of zesty character.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210471
Château Élan
2014 "Muscadry Pink" Muscadine
Bright pale light pink coral color. Lively, exotic, herbal fruity aromas of pickled watermelon and beets, cherry bubblegum, and red grape sorbet with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length nutskin and minerals finish with crunchy fruit tannins and no oak. A uniquely spicy, tangy, and fruity rose that will be fun to pair with.
91 points $15.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210567
Wine Spots
2014 Chardonnay
Bright clear medium straw green color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of roasted pineapple, honeycrisp apples, delicate green herb - menthol, and spearmint gum dust and a bit of toast with a supple, bright, dryish medium-full body and a polished, long finish with well integrated fruit tannins and light oak. Delicate subtle balanced flavors keep coming at you, a nice hedonic persistence.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210771
Brecon Estate
2013 Mourvedre
Deep purple color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of berry pastry and creme brulee with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length berry compote, mocha toffee, and delicate spices finish with well integrated tannins. A rich and mouthwatering red that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210448
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Z Force" McLaren Vale
Nearly opaque black violet color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of toffee and black raspberry torte with a silky, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long spiced nuts, herb roasted root vegetables, pomegranate, and bacon finish with well integrated tannins. A supple, enticingly dry red blend that will pair well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210861
Eighth Wonder
2013 Lively Grove Stellenbosch
Black ruby color. Delicate, fruity, herbal aromas of baked berries, honey, and pickling spices with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts, blackberry pie, cedar, and minerals finish with well integrated chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid red with a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210727
El Toqui
2014 Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium straw green color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of Meyer lemons, grilled bread, lemon grass, and potters clay with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a sleek, medium-long finish with fruit firm well-integrated tannins and light oak. Seamless flavors - good length and balance.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210809
Eagle Canyon
2013 Chardonnay
Straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of pineapple and praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length apple and citrus accented finish. A tasty and well balanced chardonnay with bright fruit and balanced oak.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210580
Ponte Da Boga
2012 Mencia
Brilliant medium brick red color. Fruity, savory toasty buttery aromas of black plums, clarified butter, heather, and sandalwood with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A very enticing complex wine with everything in balance.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210737
Rios de Chile
2013 Limited Edition Malbec
Dark bright brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black currants, leather, mulberries, and toasted oak with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a seamless, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Black as the night smooth and juicy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210433
Mr. Riggs
2013 "Piebald" Syrah
Bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, toasty peppery aromas of black currants, black plums, cedar and potters clay, and white pepper with a supple, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Big wine with nicely integrated flavors, youthful.
90 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210451
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Lake Doctor" Langhorne Creek
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas of blueberry cobbler, vanilla gelato, and orange blossoms with a glycerous, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length roasted marinated carrots, peppery spices, and earth finish with crunchy earthy tannins and light oak. A delicious and satisfying shiraz with nice length and warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210740
Rios de Chile
2013 Gran Reserva Syrah
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Delicate, toasty aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and crispy bacon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy vanilla praline, mocha, delicate spice, and marinated carrots finish with well integrated chewy tannins and light oak. A fine silky Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210766
Mulvane
2012 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
Opaque violet color. Rich, inviting aromas of coffee gelato, toasty berry pie, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long craisin and pepper finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome, spicy and meaty syrah with lots character and pizzazz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210772
Brecon Estate
2013 Cabernet/Syrah
Deep purple color. Bright aromas of boysenberry pie, floral honey, and earthy nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length spiced apple, toffee, nutskin, and mineral finish with silky tannins and light oak. A tasty, juicy zin that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210741
Rios de Chile
2012 Kayen "The Lonely River" Cachapoal Valley
Garnet black color. Lively, fruity aromas of mixed berry compote, honeycomb, and delicate spiced nuts with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length berry pie a la mode, cedar, earth, and olive finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lively red blend with good aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210769
Brecon Estate
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of berry compote, toffee, and cinnamon rolls with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cassis sorbet, chocolate, and spiced nuts finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A stylish and appealing cabernet that is round and easy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210863
Eighth Wonder
2011 Silver Tree Reserve Stellenbosch
Garnet black color. Bright, smoky aromas of spiced pomegranate, salted toffee, and delicate smoky embers with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-length craisin, spiced citrus, whole nuts, and cedar finish with well integrated crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and engaging red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210434
Mr. Riggs
2013 "Three Corner Jack" McLaren Vale
Dark bright deep purple color. Bright, fruity, toasty peppery earthy aromas of black currants, mocha cream, cedar and potters clay, and white pepper with a supple, lively, dry full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with well integrated fruit tannins and moderate oak. Nice flavors not fruity enough to balance out the tannins.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210735
Rios de Chile
2012 Limited Edition Syrah
Nearly opaque black violet color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of baked berries, orange blossoms, pickled melon, and mulling spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blueberries, chocolate mint, nuts, and roasted root vegetables finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice spicy, chewy syrah that will be great with Mediterranean cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210447
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Chocolate Factory" McLaren Vale
Bright dark clear black garnet color. Rich, fruity, creamy aromas of black raspberry custard, toffee, peppery pickling spices, and menthol mint with a silky, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length nuts and caramelized carrot finish with medium chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, chewy, dry shiraz that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210652
Mi Sueño
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque deep purple color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of berry creme brulee, sweet pickling spices, chestnut honey, and bouillon with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, craisin, spice, and earth finish with crunchy tannins. A fruity Napa cab that drinks like a Napa zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210720
Casas del Toqui
2014 Single Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, creamy aromas of creme de cassis, butter cream, tree bark, and saddle leather with a bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Restrained, yet well-balanced.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210721
Casas del Toqui
2014 Single Estate Merlot
Dark violet color. Delicate, attractive aromas of pistachio cookie, black raspberry pie, and praline with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a appealing, medium-length marinated carrot and dried berries finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big, well structured merlot that could use a bit of time.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210730
Rios de Chile
2013 Reserva Chardonnay
Pale straw green color. Bright, citrusy aromas of pineapple and apple tart with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a interesting, medium-length lemon gelato, green apple, nuts, and minerals finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A crisp and lively, mouthwatering chardonnay.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210731
Rios de Chile
2013 Reserva Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Delicate, floral, savory aromas of honeyed cherries and sweet marinated bets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, cheery bark finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A smooth and stylish pinot that is sure to please.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210738
Rios de Chile
2014 Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light straw green color. Buttery, fruity aromas of lemon grass, gooseberries, lemon lik-a-maid, and toasted yeast and cream with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and light oak. Lots going on and all flavors are in check and in balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210739
Rios de Chile
2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, oaky aromas of black currant, mulberry, wood putty, and violets with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and light oak. A very pleasant dry red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210566
Wine Spots
2013 Merlot
Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, savory, creamy aromas of berry creme brulee, pickled tomatoes, and roasted nuts with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length wet slate and dried sour cherries finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced merlot that has a dry, minerally Old World character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210464
Château Élan
2013 "Scarlet" Reserve American
Violet color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas of cherry custard pie, watermelon sorbet, and caramelized bacon with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, easy orange sherbet, sweet cream, and roasted nuts finish with soft tannins and light oak. A carefree fruity zin.
88 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210463
Château Élan
2013 "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet color. Creamy, fruity aromas of black raspberry buttercream, praline, and delicate herbs and spices with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long cassis, honey, nuts, and earth finish with dusty coating tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, flavor-packed cabernet that is sure to please.
88 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210860
Eighth Wonder
2012 Good Hope Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Lively, toasty, creamy fruity aromas of toasted coconut, mocha, and pineapple tart with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, relaxed pickled lemon rind, baked apple, and nut skin finish with light oak. A pleasant and savory oak accented Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210724
Casas del Toqui
2014 Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light straw green color. Fruity aromas of key limes, yellow juicy fruit, dried lemon grass, and turned earth with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. Very complex.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210732
Rios de Chile
2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale straw color. Bold, fruity, spicy aromas of green melons, gooseberries, lemon grass, and cats pee with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Vibrant and complex.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210579
Ponte Da Boga
2013 Godello
Bright medium straw green color. Fruity, earthy creamy aromas of granny smith apples, Meyer lemon, gravel, and key lime pith with a lively, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and light oak. Cleanly made good structure would like this wine at the table.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210733
Rios de Chile
2012 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Delicate, fruity, nutty toasty aromas of black berries, black walnut skin, meaty - hung game, and potters clay with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Enticing warm flavors in an "old world" style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210736
Rios de Chile
2012 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of blueberry cobbler and carrot cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree blood orange, beets, nuts, and earth finish with crunchy dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy pinot that will do well with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210862
Eighth Wonder
2012 Silver Tree Reserve Stellenbosch
Indigo color. Interesting aromas of cornichon, olives, and baked mulberries with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy green apple skin, nutshell, bark, and earth finish with firm grippy tannins and moderate oak. A structured, tannic red that will need time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210725
El Toqui
2013 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, oaky toasty aromas of creme de cassis, dried straw, melba toast, and lightly toasted oak with a crisp, dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy finish with fruit firm crunchy tannins and light oak. A pleasant quaffer.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210726
Rios de Chile
2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark brown brick color. Bright, fruity, grainy aromas of black cherries, creme de cassis, roasted grains, and saddle sweat with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Flavors are nice.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210729
Rios de Chile
2013 Reserva Carmenere
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, oaky confected aromas of cherry sweet tarts, spiced Hawaiian punch, vanillin, and turned earth with a tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with fruit firm tannins and moderate oak. Fun wine with many candy land flavors.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210444
Zonte’s Footstep
2014 "Excalibur" Adelaide Hills
Bright clear pale emerald straw color. Mild aromas of Meyer lemon, lemon grass, and clay with a lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210734
Rios de Chile
2013 Limited Edition Carmenere
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, earthy aromas of huckleberries, summer cherries, green wood, and turned earth with a chewy, tangy, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with fruit firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210465
Château Élan
2013 "Reserve" Malbec
Opaque violet color. Bold, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie, cherry gelato, grape skin, and dill pickle with a soft, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length blackberry, craisin, nutskin, and cedar finish with silky tannins and light oak. An interesting combination of bright tangy berry fruit, spicy, savory oak.
86 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210859
Eighth Wonder
2012 Cape Cauldron Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, roasted smoky aromas of black cherry and berries, wood smoke, band aid box, and BBQ pit with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, brisk finish with earthy firm woody tannins and heavy oak. Subtle fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210808
Eagle Canyon
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Mild, fruity aromas of chocolate cherries and spicy praline with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed nuts and vanilla finish with medium tannins and light oak. A fruity, easy drinking everyday red.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210568
Brass Tacks
2013 Riesling
Pale light bright straw green color. Delicate, tropical aromas of mango, pineapple, and lime custard with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy peach cream and spiced green apple finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A solid, easy drinking off-dry riesling that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210446
Zonte’s Footstep
2014 "Scarlet Ladybird" Rose
Bright brilliant medium light ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of strawberry, tart red cherries, rhubarb, and clay with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with fruit well-integrated tannins and no oak. A refreshing Summer rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210435
Mr. Riggs
2014 "Watervale" Clare Valley
Brilliant silvery straw color. Bright, fruity, tropical aromas of tropical fruit salad, peach, and delicate spice with a soft, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length Meyer lemon, chalk, and yellow apple finish with chewy fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, very dry riesling that will be great with shellfish.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210578
Ponte Da Boga
2013 Albarino
Bright light straw green color. Bright, fruity, earthy creamy aromas of ripe granny smith apples, butter cream, parchment, and potters clay with a lean, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. The creamy mid-palate is impressive.
85 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210436
Mr. Riggs
2013 "Cold Chalk" Adelaide Hills
Bright clear medium emerald straw color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of bruised green apples, dried twigs, pineapple cream, and roasted mixed nuts with a lightly tannic, tart, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, brisk finish with fruit firm tannins and moderate oak. Interesting flavors pull up a bit short.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210449
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Violet Beauregard" Langhorne Creek
Bright clear dark deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of lilacs, citrus powder, choke cherries, and pickled carrots with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length sweet cream, melon, and chalk finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A nice everyday sipper or table companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210469
Château Élan
2014 "Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light medium emerald straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of tutti frutti, bubble gum dust, and lemon salt water taffy with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210460
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light clear emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas of Meyer lemon, crenshaw melon, crushed rock, and bitter lemon with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210437
Mr. Riggs
NV "Battle Axe" Sparkling Shiraz
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Lively, herbal, spicy aromas of craisin, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus with a soft, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy pomegranate, clementine, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid, spicy red sparkler.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210467
Château Élan
2014 "Reserve" Chardonnay
Bright light pale straw color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe golden delicious apples, light toasted coconuts, lemon cream, and bit of turned earth with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. Simple delicate flavors all pull up a bit short.
84 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210466
Château Élan
2013 "Les Petits" Reserve American
Opaque black violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of dark raisin bread and spicy berry tart with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast dried cherries, nutshells, dusty earth, and orange zest finish with hard husky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, feisty zin.
84 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210723
Casas del Toqui
2014 Single Estate Chardonnay
Emerald straw color. Delicate, curious aromas of ironed linen, starfruit, and apple skin with a soft, puckering, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift lemon, grass, and apple sauce finish. A tart light table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210470
Château Élan
2014 "Muscadry" Muscadine
Straw green color. Floral, sweet fruity spicy aromas of grapes, ripe apples, parchment, and canning wax with a crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, momentary finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Flavors are a bit truncated.
80 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2015-06-18-New-Release-Wine.aspx