January 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
213777
Refuge & Prospect
2010 "Into the Void" Columbia Valley
Dark dusty ruby color. Bright, baked, savory aromas and flavors of tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, dried berries, and cooked meat with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced nuts, creme brulee, and cedar finish with crunchy, coating, fine tannins and moderate oak. A fun, meaty savory red that will excel with Italian dishes.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213526
El Guardian
2007 Gran Reserva Rioja DOC
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, woody aromas of cedar, waxy honeycomb, marinated dried cherries and olives, and peppered nuts with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length nuts, earth, and oak finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very nice mature Rioja.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213636
Arabella
2014 Shiraz
Bright dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, savory, smoky meaty aromas and flavors of caramelized bacon, berry tart, and praline with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long blueberry pie a la mode, nuts, and delicate sweet spices finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, easy drinking shiraz that is sure to please.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213528
Riva Leone
2014 Gavi DOCG
Bright medium emerald straw color. Bright, minerally aromas and flavors of limestone, dried citrus, and grass with an even, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, intricate, medium-length melon rind, lemon, gherkin, and gravel finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice dry, minerally white for the table.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213533
Vollmer
2014 Medium Dry Riesling
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, elegant, fruity minerally aromas and flavors of apple tart, nectarine, smoked nut brittle, and honeysuckle with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-length clementine, brined melon, and lemon pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, refreshing and artfully balanced riesling.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213530
Riva Leone
2012 Barbaresco DOCG
Dusty brick red color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of sundried tomatoes, dried berries, olives, and wax and roasted leaves with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length cranberries, cedar, and earth finish with firm, earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, appetizing, savory Italian red that is very table friendly.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213531
Riva Leone
2010 Barolo DOCG
Dark burnt sienna color. Bright, savory, complex rustic aromas and flavors of honey roasted tomatoes, dried cherries and olives, waxy honeycomb, and hint of tar and ink with a creamy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long pomegranate, cedar dust, minerals, and toffee finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, toothsome Barolo with nice balance.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213529
Riva Leone
2013 Barbera
Bright medium violet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of waffle cone, cherry-cranberry sorbet, and honey vanilla gelato with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length pomegranate, blackberry, nuts, and earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A pleasant, nicely made barbera.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213775
Diversion
2013 Majestic Red Columbia Valley
Nearly opaque bright dark deep color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry custard, candied yams, spiced cherries, and herb buttered muffin with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long graphite, dried flowers, and earth finish with chewy, firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, layered red that is a pleasure to drink.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213525
El Guardian
2010 Reserva Rioja DOC
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, savory aromas and flavors of marinated cherries, olives and beets, chocolate nuts, sandalwood, and sautéed mushroom with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, blood orange soufflé, roasted sweet potato and beet, nutskins, and minerals finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A savory, appetizing Rioja.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213563
Chanticleer
2014 Pinot Grigio
Yellow straw color. Delicate, toasty, interesting aromas of baked nectarine and pineapple, hazelnut nougat, white chocolate mint, and white peppercorn muffin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy yellow apples and pears in cream finish with fine, fruit tannins. A smooth and nuanced oak aged pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213535
Zironda
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee, smoked nuts, baked berries, and pickling spices with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length cherries, pencil shavings, and chocolate covered raisins finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, appetizing, flexible red wine.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213593
Heron Hill Winery
2013 "Eclipse" Finger Lakes
Dull dusty garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity savory aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, tomatoes on the vine, dolmades and olives, and clay with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spiced nuts, vanilla berry yogurt, and dried herbs finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy, herbal, savory red with a nice core of fruit.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213843
Lucky Dogg
2014 "Lucky 7s Clone 777" Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Delicate, savory, spicy aromas and flavors of tomato and beet relish, cherry vinaigrette, and rhubarb tart with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long borscht, spiced vanilla nuts, reduced lemon, and cola and nutmeg finish with fine, silky tannins and no oak. A racy, savory pinot noir with great acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213778
Refuge & Prospect
2012 "Dark Arts" Columbia Valley
Bright dark violet color. Bright, spicy, fruity floral aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, candied plums and violets, orange blossom honey, and exotic spices with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long peach and green apple skins, blood orange and pomegranate gastrique, nuts, and incense finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and lively red blend with layers of mouthwatering flavors.
91 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213637
Arabella
2014 Merlot
Violet color. Bright, interesting, smoky savory aromas of caramelized bacon, singed berry tart, and smoked nuts with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honeyed berries and charcoal finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A great smoky merlot that will excel with grilled meats.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213617
Marquis de Brim
NV Petit Louis Red Grande Reserve France
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, cedar pencil shavings, candied lime, and nuts with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-length cornichon and earth finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, dry red for the table.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213524
El Guardian
2011 Crianza Rioja DOC
Dusty ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of cocoa roasted nuts, cedar, olive skin, and clay pot with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length dried berries, leather, nutskins, and earth finish with moderate oak. A nice dry, Rioja with pleasing mature notes.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213561
Fabio Viviani
NV Signature Blend Red Wine California
Bright medium garnet black color. Lively, smoky aromas of smoky oak and cedar, chocolate, and spiced berries with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long juicy berries and delicate spice finish with firm, earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky red blend.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213742
Heliodoro
2013 Dos Sobrinos Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and apples, chocolate roasted nuts, and hint of Indian spices with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cedar and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A rich, satiny pinot pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213608
Marquis de Brim
2010 Beaune 1er Cru
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, cocoa, floral honeycomb, and clay with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length cranberry, pomegranate, and cedar shavings finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A dry, tangy red with dusty tannins that will shine at the table; make sure to aerate or decant.
90 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213642
Arabella
2015 Viognier
Pale straw green color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach pie, honeyed raisin toast, and spiced apples with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy nut brittle, Meyer lemon sorbet, and edible flowers finish. A rock solid tasty viognier.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213643
Arabella
2014 Sweet Red Western Cape
Dark violet color. Mild, interesting aromas and flavors of warm milk and honey, vanilla mint bark, dried berries and cherries, and tulip with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length orange gelato, honeyed nuts, and sweet spices finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, off-dry, carefree red sipper.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213645
Arabella
2014 Sweet Rosé Western Cape
Bright medium salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed baked fruits, strawberry custard tart, and grilled peaches with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length peach and apple sauces and raisin toast finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very fruity rose crowd pleaser.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213844
Lucky Dogg
2014 Reserve "Clone 828" Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Bright, toasty, oaky aromas of chocolate mint cookie, root beer float, and blackberry strudel with an oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length marinated beets and cherries, nutskins, cedar bark and sarsaparilla, and dusty brown spices finish with dusty, woody tannins and light oak. A nicely structured pinot that nice nice now and will improve with a little cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213644
Arabella
2014 Sweet White Western Cape
Bright medium emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of apple and pear tarts and nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length honeyed fruits and baked peach finish with fruit tannins. A sweet fruity white wine pleaser.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213635
Arabella
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet black color. Lively, roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie, smoked nuts, chocolate, and dried fish with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length grilled tangerines and blackberries finish with firm, well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice balance of fruit and savory smoke.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213638
Arabella
2014 Pinotage
Nearly opaque bright dark black color. Lively, creamy, fresh aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, caramel fudge, and berry tart with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length cherry compote and spiced nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A very smooth and fruity red that is sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213521
Art of Earth
2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Nearly opaque dusty ruby black color. Lively, fruity, toasty sweet aromas and flavors of baked mulberries, dark roasted nuts, raisins, and leather with an even, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pomegranate, praline, bark, and dried beef and beets finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A dry, earthy, tart and savory table wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213670
Via Castello
2014 "19" Lazio Rosso IGT
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Lively, fruity, spicy interesting aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb, spiced cherry jam, cocoa, and jerky with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, buoyant craisins, minerals, and praline finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very good, zesty, everyday red that will shine at the table.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213605
Marquis de Brim
2014 Grande Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of berry pie a la mode, toffee, and toasty spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, easy grilled cherries and beets, nuts, delicate herbs, and earth finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A clean, precise, well made dry pinot that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213615
Wild Goat
2014 Special Selections Bonarda
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, baked berries and cherries, creme brulee, and saddle soaped leather with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, crisp roasted beets, smoky cedar, and earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy, savory red wine that will play nicely at the table.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213534
Luna Argenta
2013 Appassite Puglia IGT
Bright medium violet color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of buttery caramelized nuts and grilled cherries and beets with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, brisk cranberry, cedar, and nutshell finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, appetizing red.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213776
Portlandia
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of roasted cherries and beets, geranium patch earth, and brown spices with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy cedar mulch, cocoa nuts, and creme brulee finish with medium, firm tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced pinot with an earthy underbelly.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213741
Heliodoro
2012 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Delicate aromas of baked apples, pineapple yogurt, and roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, crisp spiced tropical fruits, pepper, tart apples, and earth finish. A solid Russian river chardonnay with nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213842
Marquis de Brim
2011 Lalande de Pomerol
Dull garnet black color. Bright, savory, meaty aromas of dry rubbed meat, olive tapenade, roasted root vegetables, and leather with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, relaxed beets, dried orange, creme brulee, and minerals finish with medium, woody tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213640
Arabella
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Lively, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of caramelized green apples, pineapple vinaigrette, pickled fruits, and spicy praline with an even, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length reduced lemon and salted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A nice mouthwatering chardonnay that will be great with grilled poultry.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213527
Los Andicos
2015 Seleccion Especial Malbec
Bright dark deep purple color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie and toffee with a soft, tangy, petillant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, easy dried cherries, delicate spice, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice tangy, chewy malbec that will play nicely with steaks.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213641
Arabella
2015 Chenin Blanc
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of lemon chiffon, yellow apple, and delicate spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy lime, kiwi, and nougat finish with no oak. A pleasant, easy drinking chenin with good varietal character.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213523
El Guardian
2014 Rioja Rioja DOC
Dark garnet color. Bright, fresh, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and berries, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cedar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length beets, nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A tasty Rioja that drinks like a ripe pinot noir.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213633
Leatherwood
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Bright, smoky, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled apples and pineapples, smoked nuts, and rubber sap and leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, buoyant lemon curd, cream, and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice, lightly smoky chardonnay with a good sense of place.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213698
Pillar Heights
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Delicate, savory aromas of olive skin, roasted pepper, dried berries, and peppercorns with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy vanilla cream, nutskin, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice, fruity, savory everyday cabernet.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213604
Marquis de Brim
2012 Bordeaux Rouge
Deep purple color. Delicate, interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of fruit cake, toffee, and vanilla flan with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, buoyant berry compote, cherry tart, roasted nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid red with pleasing oak and fruit.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213616
Wild Goat
2013 Tri-Varietal Mendoza
Bright medium violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and geraniums, spiced nuts, vanilla nut brittle, and fried pickle with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, engaging, breezy cocoa, cedar, and blood orange finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory, toasty red.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213562
Chanticleer
2013 Pinot Grigio
Golden yellow color. Delicate, baked, spicy aromas of peaches and grapes, delicate spices, and almond pastry with a satiny, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, snappy plain custard, nutskin, and cedar finish. A lightly oak, rather mature pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213671
Morand
2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Bright dark garnet black color. Bright, rustic, waxy aromas and flavors of olives, roasted beets, berries and meat, and candle drippings with an oily, racy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, snappy pomegranate, birch bark, and pencil shavings finish with barky, coating tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, woody red for the table.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213706
PB Hein
2012 "Trailblazer" Proprietary Red Wine North Coast
Opaque bright dark violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate mousse, and dried sour cherries with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, amusing, buoyant spicy berry-orange relish, vanilla nuts, cedar, and earth finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213824
Helderberg Meadworks
"Feral" Wild Yeast Mead
Minutely hazy gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of wild flowers, beehive, over-steeped chamomile tea, and Band-Aid with a glycerous, soft, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, crisp wintergreen, Buddha’s hand citrus, orange blossom water, and apple core finish. A rambunctious and rather wild mead with lots of twists and turns.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213618
Marquis de Brim
NV Petit Louis White Grande Reserve France
Silvery straw color. Bright, minty aromas of wintergreen, exotic tropical citrus, and damp earth with a soft, tart, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, weird, brief lemon zest, melon rind, and lemongrass finish with no oak. A tart, lemony white wine with an interesting mint note.
84 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213560
Fabio Viviani
NV Signature Blend White Wine California
Yellow straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of fallen apples, peach skin, and pressed flowers with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a fruit salad finish with dusty tannins. A sturdy floral white for the table.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213599
Eaglestone
2013 California Red Napa Valley
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, smoky aromas of olive, tobacco, roasted berries and tomatoes, and charred nuts with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cedar dust and cherry pits finish with fine tannins and light oak. A pleasant, oaky everyday cab.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213639
Arabella
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy, savory aromas of green pepper, grapefruit, fresh grass, and melon with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk nutskin and earth finish with no oak. A nice, dry quaffer with a hint of pepper.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213522
Barone Montalto
2013 Pinot Grigio
Golden yellow color. Delicate, interesting, exotic earthy aromas of dried citrus and apple, wax, and dried flowers and grass with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk finish with no oak. A dry, very earthy pinot grigio.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213697
Pillar Heights
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dried apple and citrus, nuts, grassy earth, and matchstick with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast overripe pear and apple bobbing water finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A pleasant everyday chardonnay.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213779
Big Claw
2013 White Wine Santa Barbara
Bright light emerald straw color. Lively, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of dried apricot, pineapple tart, and creme brulee with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, quick yellow apples and lemon-orange water finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant tangy white.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213613
Wild Goat
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark deep purple color. Lively, smoky, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry butter, waxy honeycomb, olive tapenade, and crayon with an even, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, brisk green melon, glycerin, and dried flowers and straw finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
83 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213614
Wild Goat
2014 Semi-sweet Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, confected aromas and flavors of brandy cherry bon bon and coconut macaroon with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length tomato-pepper jelly, smoked nuts, and cedar finish with chewy, firm tannins and light oak. A fruity red quaffer.
83 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213672
Calavianca
2014 Nero d'Avola
Bright medium dark garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of tomatoes on the vine, musty leaves, peppered berries, and brittle with an even, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, brisk bark and pepper finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
80 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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