February 2016 - Special Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
Special Release Wine Reviews
214419
El Tractor
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, umami aromas and flavors of dried cherries, bacon bits, and picked melon rind with a soft, vibrant, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length bouillon, roasted beets, roasted cocoa-dusted nuts, and pepper finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A great, dry, savory, meaty cabernet.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214417
Barone Montalto
2015 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, peach, and nuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length apricots and clementines in cream, honeycrisp apple, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously fruity and refreshing pinot grigio that is sure to please.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214418
Barone Montalto
2013 Nero d'Avola-Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins and craisins, chocolate nuts, peppery spices, and cedar with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length vanilla berry torte, earth, and pencil shavings finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid red for the table.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214424
Mosketto
NV Frizzante Piedmont
Bright medium silvery pink coral color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of fruit salad and punch, spiced apples, and dried lavender with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy orange sorbet and soda, cling peaches, spiced raisins, and candied lemons finish with fine tannins and no oak. A zesty, refreshing, nicely layered sparkling dessert wine.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214421
Duca del Valentino
NV Bianco Secco Italy
Bright light silvery emerald straw color. Bright, tropical, toasty interesting spicy aromas and flavors of mango creme brulee, lemon cream puff, herbal honey, and pink pepper with an even, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, cheery spiced pear and lemon marmalade finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, very fruity and slightly spicy sparkler.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214423
Mosketto
NV Frizzante Moscato Piedmont
Bright light silvery emerald straw color. Lively, fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of lychee, peach soda, and peach pit with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy orange vanilla custard, lemon curd, and fruit salad finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An attractive fruity sweet sipper.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214422
Mosketto
NV Frizzante Brachetto Piedmont
Brilliant ruby color. Lively, baked, sourish savory aromas of prunes, sundried tomato, and fruit leather with a tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy cherry vinaigrette on mixed greens, reduced lemon, and pomegranate molasses finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A funky, sweet bubbly.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213960
El Tractor
2015 Malbec
Bright dark garnet black color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spicy berry pie and caramelized bacon with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, cheery craisin, sweet and peppery spices, smoked nuts, and cedar finish with firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak. A zesty, meaty, and peppery malbec.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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