March 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
214387
deLorimier
2013 River Lane Primitivo
Black garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, toasty blueberry tart, sandalwood, and dried meat with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long spicy raspberry custard, smoked nuts, cedar, and grilled carrot finish with fine, well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully layered, silky and juicy zin with intriguing meatiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214388
deLorimier
2013 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
Medium dark bright burnt sienna color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of black raspberries, bramble, black pepper, and potters clay with an tangy, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, breezy finish with firm, earthy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214386
deLorimier
2013 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
Garnet black color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raspberries and creme brulee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length toffee, spiced tangerines, pepper, and cedar finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious and mouthwatering zinfandel pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214352
Heibel Ranch Vineyards
2012 "Lappa's" Napa Valley Red Napa Valley
Nearly opaque bright dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty peppery aromas of blackberries, raspberries, sandalwood & mocha, and wood smoke & pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, cheery finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214212
Barton & Guestier
NV "290th Heritage" Rhone Blend Duche d'Uzes
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty peppery aromas of ripe mulberries, red licorice, dried strawberries, and pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214391
deLorimier
2013 Al's Red Alexander Valley
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, spicy, fruity toasty aromas of spicy morello cherries, suede, charred cedar, and black pepper with a vibrant, dry body and a peppery, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214184
Plagido’s Winery
2013 Coeur d'Est Estate Grown Outer Coastal Plain
Ruby black color. Bright, roasted, earthy aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, tomatoes on the vine, flan, and floral incense with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream, cedar dust, spiced nuts, and flower patch earth finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive and attractive red that will excel with game.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214285
Westport
2013 "Jetty Cat" Columbia Valley
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of ripe black currants - plump raisins, raspberries, lightly charred cedar, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214165
Intermingle
2013 Red Blend California
Ruby black color. Bright, baked, interesting aromas and flavors of pickled garlic and tomatoes and cherry preserves on rye with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length strawberries in cream, nuts, and pencil shavings finish with light oak. A pleasant, juicy, fruity, lightly oak quaffer.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214314
Jewelry Box
2014 Red Blend California
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty citrusy aromas of ripe plums, red gummy bears, lemon curd, and planked cedar with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, breezy finish with firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214377
Lucky Dogg
2014 "Lucky Bubbles" Chardonnay
Bright medium old gold color. Lively, fruity, citrusy toasty aromas of lemon zest, melba toast, pressed linen, and gravel with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, quick finish with firm tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214315
Big House Wine Co.
2014 Red Blend California
Violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherry jam on toast with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk berry pie, whipped cream, and nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice easy quaffer.
86 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214316
Big House Wine Co.
2014 White Blend California
Straw green color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of peony, lychee, and baked peach with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a spiced apples and nectarines and light citrus finish with no oak. A nice floral quaffer.
86 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214307
Danenberger Family Vineyards
NV Desagace Papillon Noir American
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dill pickles, pomegranate chutney, and cocoa with an even, lively, moderately sweet medium-full body and a warming, captivating, brisk craisin, cherry vinegar, nuts, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, herbal and very savory red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213570
The View
2014 "Distraction" Frizzante Okanagan Valley
Salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of watermelon candy and sorbet and cherries with a supple, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, blood orange, cranberry, and pepper finish with fine tannins and no oak. A dry, tart and earth sparkler for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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