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March 2016 - New Release Wine

March 2016 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

deLorimier 2013 River Lane Primitivo
93 points
$36
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.
deLorimier 2013 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$36
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.
deLorimier 2013 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
92 points
$38
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.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2012 "Lappas" Napa Valley Red Napa Valley
92 points
$55
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.
Barton & Guestier NV "290th Heritage" Rhone Blend Duche dUzes
91 points
$19.99
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
deLorimier 2013 Als Red Alexander Valley
91 points
$42
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.
Plagido’s Winery 2013 Coeur dEst Estate Grown Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$29.99
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
Westport 2013 "Jetty Cat" Columbia Valley
89 points
$29
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.
Intermingle 2013 Red Blend California
87 points
$8
Best Buy
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
Jewelry Box 2014 Red Blend California
87 points
$18.99
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
Lucky Dogg 2014 "Lucky Bubbles" Chardonnay
86 points
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.
Big House Wine Co. 2014 Red Blend California
86 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Big House Wine Co. 2014 White Blend California
86 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Danenberger Family Vineyards NV Desagace Papillon Noir American
85 points
$23
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.
The View 2014 "Distraction" Frizzante Okanagan Valley
84 points
$20
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.
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