July 2015 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
210886
Parmelee-Hill
2012 Estate Zinfandel
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Lively, attractive, creamy aromas of chocolate toffee, creme brulee, and delicate spices with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long raspberry jam and dried cherries finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A textbook example of juicy, sensual zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210821
Vine Cliff
2013 "Proprietress Reserve" Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Rich, oaky, fruity aromas of honey crisp apples, butter cream, vanilla bean, and toasted oak with an tangy, medium-full body and a warming, interesting, swift pineapple cake finish with woody, firm tannins and heavy oak. A sensationally smooth and flavorful chardonnay that drinks like a Chassagne Montrachet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210885
Parmelee-Hill
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, waxy aromas of cherries, roasted nuts, and lightly polished wood with a silky, racy, dryish body and a complex, medium-length craisin, reduced lemon, marinated beets, and nuts finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A racy, mouthwatering pinot that will be like a laser at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210940
Hooker
2012 "RFC" Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Lively, funky aromas of black raspberry jam and vanilla nougat with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, layered, medium-long dried blueberry, baking spices, pepper, and cedar finish with dusty, soft tannins and light oak. A textbook example of Napa cabernet with great fruit and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211062
Brancott Estate
2014 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Rich, citrusy, herbal aromas of grapefruit and green pepper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-long sea salt and minerals finish with no oak. A great, zesty sauvignon blanc with loads of New Zealand character.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210820
Vine Cliff
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Delicate, oaky, fruity aromas of yellow apples, pan grillee, tree bark, and turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, charming, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A robustly flavorful chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211012
Maroon Wines
2010 Reserve Zinfandel
Dark ruby black color. Lively, piney, confected aromas of caramelized bacon, roasted nuts and berries, and herbal honey with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long vanilla, dried cherries and blueberries, beets, and orange finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory zinfandel that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211011
Maroon Wines
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Rich, savory aromas of dried currant an citrus, olive tapenade, and polished wood with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long craisin and pickling spice finish with silky tannins and light oak. A supple and savory cabernet with lots of table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211047
Laurel Lake
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Bright, tropical aromas of ripe pineapple, papaya, spiced nuts, and tree bark with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nougat, dried mango, and custard finish with light oak. A well balanced fruit and oak forward chardonnay with a great creamy texture.
91 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211017
Eagle Eye
2012 "Voluptuous" Blend
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate mint, cranberry chutney, and mountain herbs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an elegant, medium-long eucalyptus incense and peppery spices finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, spicy red that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211067
Kenwood
2011 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Fruity, attractive woody aromas of cream de cassis, eucalyptus, baked spices, and cedar with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, brisk finish with hard, firm tannins and heavy oak.
91 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210884
Parmelee-Hill
2013 Estate Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Mild, fruity, inviting oaky aromas of bruised granny smith apples, toasted oak, and pineapple yogurt with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, relaxed finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced and stylish chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210870
Ela
2014 Rose Vinho Verde
Pale ruby garnet color. Rich, complex, fruity earthy aromas of mulberries, spiced cherries, smoky minerals, and chestnut honey with a glycerous, racy, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, refreshing, breezy pomegranate, cranberry, and grilled blood orange finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A racy combination of tart berry fruit and smoky earthiness that will be great with bbq.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211060
Jacob’s Creek
2013 Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, attractive, fruity floral aromas of blackcurrants, butter cream, and cedar with an bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210962
Williamsburg Winery
2014 Dry Rose Virginia
Pink coral color. Bold, fruity, floral aromas of honeysuckle, apple sauce, lime sorbet, and coconut cream with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lychee finish with no oak. A fun floral rose that will be great with picnics.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211177
Lucas & Lewellen
2013 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of lilacs, pineapples and oranges, and lemon cookie with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length spiced apples and peaches, nuts, and lychee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A well rounded and attractive chardonnay with a nice floral character.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211178
Lucas & Lewellen
2012 Estate Vineyards Merlot
Brilliant medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, nutty aromas of blackberries, potters clay, and nut skin with a chewy, puckering, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A chewy and stylish merlot with a great texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211178
Lucas & Lewellen
2012 Estate Vineyards Merlot
Brilliant medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, nutty aromas of blackberries, potters clay, and nut skin with a chewy, puckering, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A chewy and stylish merlot with a great texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211072
Renteria
2012 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Aromas of red cherry, cranberry cream, spiced nuts, and dried leaves with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with well, integrated, fruit tannins and light oak. Wonderfully balanced, integrated flavors in an old world "Cote de Beaune" style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211016
Eagle Eye
2012 AlphaWOLF Ranch Cabernet Franc
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of chocolate covered berries, pistachio brittle, and earth with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, sour cherries, cedar, pepper, and dried flowers finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A rich and rewarding cabernet franc with nice depth of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210965
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Adagio" Virginia
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherry, cocoa, and earth with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length craisin, earth, cedar bark, and exotic watermelon finish with fine tannins and light oak. An elegant and exotically flavorful red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210869
Ela
2014 Vinho Verde
Clear straw color. Delicate, sweet, inviting aromas of fallen apple, geranium, dried lemon, and melon rind with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length tropical fruit salad, clementine, green apple, and earth finish with soft tannins and no oak. A refreshing and well balanced wine with a lively acidity and a strong core of fruit.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211069
Kenwood
2013 Chardonnay
Straw color. Bright aromas of roasted pineapple and apple and vanilla cream with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length tropical citrus, delicate spice, and nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A vibrant chardonnay with attractive well framed oak.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211013
Eagle Eye
2010 "Infatuation" Blend
Ruby color. Aromas of mulberry pastry, pomegranate vinaigrette, and toffee with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length marinated beets, cedar, and minerals finish with light oak. A tasty, supple red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210964
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Summer Wind Red" Virginia
Ruby color. Aromas of chestnut honey, pomegranate compote, and dried honeysuckle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted nuts, cedar, peppercorns, and orange zest finish with fine tannins and light oak. A supple, herbal oak-accented red that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211063
Brancott Estate
2014 Flight Song Pinot Grigio
Bright pale clear emerald straw color. Bold, fruity, floral inviting aromas of ripe peaches, key lime cream, green papaya, and clay with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211070
Kenwood
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, oaky nutty aromas of creme de cassis, walnuts, and cherries with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with fine tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211068
Kenwood
2012 Pinot Noir
Bright medium clear garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity attractive aromas of black cherry, cranberry, melba toast, and dried leaves with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210963
Williamsburg Winery
2014 "A Midsummer Night's White" Virginia
Yellow color. Aromas of orange blossoms and tropical fruit salad with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, easy spiced pear and citrus spritzed melon finish with no oak. A lovely fruity sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211077
Canyon Wind
2014 "Eight & Sand" Cabernet Franc Late Harvest
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berry pie, chocolate nuts, and delicate spice with a vibrant, off-dry medium body and a seamless, breezy honey and berry custard finish with no oak. A pleasant sweet red.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210868
Arrojo
2013 Tinto Douro
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Delicate, earthy, floral aromas of orchid, clementine, cedar, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length beets, chocolate, and earth finish with soft tannins and light oak. A solid dry sipper or table wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210867
Trifula
2013 Rosso Piemonte
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Delicate, floral, fruity aromas of pomegranate, earth, and dried strawberry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy dried cherry and earth finish with grippy, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, chewy Barbera driven red.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210856
Fagote
2013 Reserva White Douro
Bright straw green color. Bold, interesting, savory floral aromas of dried kiwi and apricot, honeysuckle, and spiced apple with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, cheery lychee, mango, and chalk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A refreshing, dry white with nice light flower notes and minerality.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210857
Fagote
2012 Reserva Red Douro
Nearly opaque violet color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas of mocha, berry pie, and mossy earth with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length beets, pencil shavings, dried cherries, and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely framed red with a nice combination of fruit and savoriness.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211049
Laurel Lake
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
Ruby black color. Delicate, earthy aromas of toffee, chestnut honey, and twig and leaves with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, crisp dried sour cherry, orange peel, borscht, and nutskin finish with light oak. A tangy, earthy cab franc that will shine at the table.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211045
Laurel Lake
2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Bright clear straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of dried lemon peal, lemon curd, key lime cream, and lignated stems with a chewy, bright, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, breezy finish with fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211046
Laurel Lake
2014 Estate Pinot Gris
Bright pale light straw color. Delicate, fruity, exotic aromas of fruit cocktail, peach nectar, and bread toast with a supple, lively, dry body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211050
Laurel Lake
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity, woody aromas of creme de cassis, cedar, potter’s clay, and raspberries with a crisp, dry medium body and a warming, distinctive finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211014
Eagle Eye
2012 AlphaWOLF Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of berry tart, cashew nougat, and floral spices with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length vanilla cream, peppery spices, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A big, brawny yet silky cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211015
Eagle Eye
2012 AlphaWOLF Ranch Petit Verdot
Dark garnet black color. Delicate, buttery aromas of baked berries, spice, and glued wood with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy craisins, spiced nuts and apples, chalk, and cracked pepper finish with grippy, coating tannins and moderate oak. A solid petit verdot with a savory streak for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211073
Renteria
2012 Griffin's Lair Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of red raspberry, saddle leather, cherry, and tree bark with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211059
Jacob’s Creek
2014 Two Lands Chardonnay
Brilliant straw green color. Interesting aromas of overripe papaya, tapioca, and pineapple husk with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, breezy mango lemon sorbet, nutskins, and earth finish with moderate oak. An intriguing oak accented chardonnay with an exotic tropicality.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210960
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Wessex Hundred" Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity aromas of red plums, blackcurrants, fruitcake, and dried leaves with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A tangy youthful red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210960
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Wessex Hundred" Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity aromas of red plums, blackcurrants, fruitcake, and dried leaves with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A tangy youthful red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211061
Jacob’s Creek
2014 Two Lands Pinot Grigio
Bright pale straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of nectarine, honeysuckle, and parchment with a soft, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, sparse finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211048
Laurel Lake
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Curious, earthy aromas of marinated beets and root vegetables, cherry compote, nuts, and forest floor with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, peculiar, buoyant cranberry, cacao nib, and grassy earth finish with crunchy tannins. An earthy, rustic pinot to serve with game.
83 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210961
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Wessex Hundred" Petit Verdot
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Bright, earthy aromas of tree bark, ink, and cocoa with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy roasted beets, leaves, and nutshells finish with firm, papery tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, tannic red that needs a good steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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