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April 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Vineyard {511} 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$140
Deep purple color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of dried and baked berries, bananas foster, vanilla frosted cake, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length berry yogurt, pencil shavings, sweet and peppery spices, and chalk finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A supple, elegant cabernet with great balance and pleasing warmth.
Casa Donoso 2013 "Sucesor Red" Carmenere
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Rich, complex aromas and flavors of berry tart, pencil shavings, chocolate nuts, and clay pot with a satiny, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, elegant, long dried berries, vanilla cream, and delicate pickling spices and herbs finish with moderate oak. A wonderfully plush and flavorful red blend.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Casa Donoso 2014 Bicentenario Gran Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, berry custard pie, and pickling spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long cranberry relish, cedar, herbs, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple and attractive cabernet with nice structure.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Le Vigne 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Straw color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and grapefruit marmalade on toast with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length sweet cream, nougat, and orange finish with no oak. A very pure, smooth and stylish sauvignon blanc sipper.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Chaumette 2014 Reserve Chardonel
91 points
$22
Emerald straw color. Toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of warm tapioca, hazelnut nougat and buttercream, and pound cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length clementine, kiwi custard, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty, zesty and lightly creamy chardonel.
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Tempranillo
91 points
$25
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Fruity, toasty savory aromas of dark fruits - black cherries, blonde tobacco - mint, dried herbs - Xmas pies not quite mince meat, and pine cones - cedar with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Lots of Gran Reserva Rioja-like character here.
Nelson Hill 2013  Pinot Noir
91 points
$46
Bright medium light garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced dark cherries, dried leaves, red licorice, and cedar with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, subtle, easy finish with chewy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
Casa Donoso 2015 Evolución Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bright, spicy, roasted aromas and flavors of gherkin, roasted nuts, and cocoa with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length menthol mint, spiced blueberries, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, spicy dry red wine that is sure to please.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Kiara Bella NV White Wine Paso Robles
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw green color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of banana custard, pear, and melon with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramel apple and pineapple-lime gelato finish with light oak. A fun zesty white wine blend.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Kiara Bella NV Red Wine Paso Robles
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of boysenberry and praline with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marinated beets, dried sour cherry, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity crowd-pleasing red wine.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Casa Donoso 2012 "Sucesor Blue" Maule Valley
90 points
$19.99
Ruby black color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of baked berries, chocolate nuts, herbs, and delicate spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length craisins, blood orange, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, earthy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice crunchy red for the table.
90 points $19.99
Chaumette 2014 Reserve Chambourcin
90 points
$22
Violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of blackberry compote, charred nuts, and mocha with a supple, tangy, dryish body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate tangerine, green apple skin, wet cedar, and minerals finish with crunchy, earthy tannins. A nice racy, tangy table friendly red that drinks like a ripe Cru Beaujolais.
Manzoni 2014 North Highlands Cuvée Pinot Gris
89 points
$23
Golden yellow color. Funky, buttery toasty aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, peach cobbler, rice pudding, and with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length nectarine, clementine, lime, and earth finish with no oak. A bright and refreshing pinot gris.
Stina’s Cellars 2011 Baco Noir Washington
88 points
$18
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, toasty, fruity peppery earthy aromas of campfire embers, baked berries - mulberries, tart black currants, and tart red cherries - white pepper with a tangy, dry full body and a polished, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, earthy, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Leyendas de Familia 2014 Gran Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Lively, savory, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, peppercorns, and wild berries with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy cedar pencil shavings, blueberry tart, and leather finish with papery tannins and light oak. A a nice dry, sturdy red for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stina’s Cellars 2014 Rebus Red Yakima Valley
85 points
$15
Light ruby color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of pomegranate jam, spiced cranberries, and lavender with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, buoyant sour cherry, lychee, honeyed nuts, and earth finish with no oak. A fun, floral off-dry red that will be great with BBQ.
Leyendas de Familia 2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$9.99
Dusty garnet color. Bright, smoky, earthy aromas and flavors of grilled berries, chocolate nuts, and roasted tomato with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree cedar plank finish with firm, earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for the table.
83 points $9.99
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