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May 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Jarvis 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$260
Nearly opaque dark brown brick color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of purple hard candy - blackberry, toasted coconut, mulberry cobbler, and spiced berries - cedar with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length finish with chewy, crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Burgo Viejo 2012 "Licenciado" Reserva Rioja
95 points
$60
Bright nearly opaque medium violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart a la mode and mocha gelato with an vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length spiced cherries, toffee, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically flavorful, supple, and vibrant Rioja.
Poggio Stella 2011  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
94 points
$30
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Lively, fruity, herbal toasty nutty aromas of morello cherries, toasted chestnuts, dried herbs - straw, and gravel with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated, earthy, fine tannins and light oak. A classic example of Vino Nobile with great earthiness and balance.
Le Vigne 2013 Di Domenico Sangiovese
94 points
$31
Dark garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of praline, spicy berry compote, dried cherry, and hint of licorice with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long chocolate caramel bar and nutskins finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A superb domestic sangiovese with rich fruit and structured tannins comparable to a very ripe Brunello.
Envy Wines 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$54
Dusty violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, cassis pie, and praline with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, involved, long vanilla gelato, spiced nougat, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A superbly balanced and flavorful Napa cab that will improve with age.
Midsummer Cellars 2013 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$55
Opaque medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of mocha - raisinettes, creme de cassis, boysenberries, and buttery cedar - violets with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Freedom Estate 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$100
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of oak embers, spiced nuts, cocoa, and berry compote with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long leather, pencil shavings, and vanilla finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A superbly flavorful and balanced Napa cabernet.
Jarvis 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$150
Bright dark medium brick red color. Bright, rubbery aromas and flavors of reductive notes - kerosine, tangy cassis, cranberries, and cedar - dried canvas with a lightly tannic, full body and a peppery, short finish with firm, grippy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
Jarvis 2012 Reserve Merlot
94 points
$200
Deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, chocolate toffee and figs, creme brulee, and baking spices with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long black raspberry jam and spice cake finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An amazingly, smooth, silky and elegant merlot that is drinking beautifully now.
Ricossa 2015  Moscato dAsti DOCG
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright pale light straw green color. Aromas and flavors of spiced green pears, peach skin, white flowers, and hint of lemon pith with an lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, elegant, medium-length finish with soft tannins and no oak.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Paskua Land 2013 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright dark nearly opaque deep color. Bright, spicy aromas of pickling spices, eucalyptus leaf, and roasted cherries and beets with a supple, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-length cedar incense and spiced pomegranates finish with woody, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice spicy cabernet.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Castelgreve 2011  Chianti Classico Riserva
93 points
$30
Bright medium nearly opaque deep color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, mocha, faint dried cherries, and asphalt with an even, tart, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long black raspberries, beets, cedar, and minty earth finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and light oak. A delightfully savory and nuanced Chianti that will pair brilliantly with foods.
St. Mary’s 2013  Shiraz
93 points
$35
Medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty funky aromas of tart blackberry, red cherry, leather, and toasted yeast with a tart, dry full body and a peppery, intriguing, swift finish with earthy, chewy tannins and light oak.
Highwayman 2012 Reserve Trailblazer Sonoma County
93 points
$42
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry chutney, spicy nougat, and chocolate muffin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long blueberry cobbler a la mode, chocolate mint, and creme brulee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A big, silky fruit bomb with lots of hedonistic zinfandel character.
Castelli del Grevepesa 2010 Clemente VII Rosso di Toscano IGT
93 points
$50
Bright medium dark brown brick color. Bright, fruity, herbal peppery aromas of dark fruits - cherry, plum pits, dried mint - menthol, and white pepper with a satiny, lively, dry full body and a peppery, layered, medium-length finish with well-integrated, fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. Wonderfully rich, nuanced and deep.
Midsummer Cellars 2013 Katz Family Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$55
Nearly opaque dark garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of mocha - milk chocolate, ripe rich black currants, spiced black cherries, and planked cedar with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak.
Lobo 2013 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$58
Violet color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of olives, dried berries, vanilla, and lilacs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long spiced nuts and forest floor finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant,well structured and balanced Napa cabernet that screams for meat.
Ricossa 2011  Barolo DOCG
93 points
$59.99
Medium bright light ruby color. Bright, earthy, fruity spicy floral aromas of spiced black fruits, pressed rose petals, tar - gravel, and black pepper with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
93 points $59.99
Midsummer Cellars 2013 Cañon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
Dark opaque dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, brash toasty aromas and flavors of gravel yard, dried blackberries, buttery - planked cedar, and creme de cassis with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with chewy, crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak.
Jarvis 2010 "Lake William" Napa Valley
93 points
$170
Garnet black color. Lively, fruity, savory complex aromas and flavors of dried cassis, spiced nuts, vanilla and mocha buttercream, and tobacco with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long chocolate berries and apples, nutskin, and toasty cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively, crunchy, well-oaked red that will shine at the table.
Mercy 2013 Riverbed Pinot Noir
92 points
$28
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry gelato, spiced pomegranate, and toffee with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, long marinated beets, roasted nuts, and spicy orange chiffon finish with light oak. A delightfully savory, smooth and well balanced pinot noir that will be very versatile.
St. Mary’s 2013 House Block Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Medium bright dark garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of creme de cassis, underripe blackberries, cedar, and dusty cranberries with an tangy, dryish full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Baron Albert 2009 "La Preference" Champagne
92 points
$75
Bright straw green color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of citrus marmalade on toast and sweet cream with a soft, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon-lime curd, kiwi tart, and nuts finish with firm tannins and no oak. A wonderfully vibrant and refreshing Champagne with great acidity for the table.
Lobo 2013 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$80
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Delicate, savory aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, roasted nuts, and leather and beeswax with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length boysenberry custard pie, delicate spice, and cedar finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A powerful, brooding, dry cabernet that will improve with age.
Jarvis 2012  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$105
Medium dark brick red color. Bright, toasty, fruity rubbery creamy aromas and flavors of eraser heads, black raspberries, sandalwood, and scorched cream with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, fleeting finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Andis Wines 2012 "Painted Fields" Red Amador County
91 points
$18.99
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard, delicate spices, and chocolate toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length Neapolitan gelato, craisin, sweet and peppery spice, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple, chewy red blend with structure that will shine at the table.
91 points $18.99
Highway 12 2014 Sonoma Red Blend Sonoma County
91 points
$24
Violet color. Delicate, fruity, roasted confected aromas and flavors of dried berries, waxy honeycomb, smoked peppers and olives, and charcoal with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length berry custard, chocolate mint, menthol, and sandalwood finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A dense, concentrated wine that could use some time to open up, but will be great now with rich meat dishes.
Ricossa 2012  Barbaresco DOCG
91 points
$29.99
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, funky, toasty earthy aromas of dark fruits - mulberries, cherry licorice, cedar - gravel- tar, and dried flowers with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $29.99
Kiara 2014 Private Reserve Merlot
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of black forest cake and spiced praline with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, breezy creme brulee and berry jam on raisin toast finish with light oak. A very juicy, plush, fruity forward red blend that will be a crowd pleaser.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Bodegas Murtia 2013 "Carmine" Monastrell
90 points
$30
Medium dark bright nearly opaque color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty grainy aromas of spiced ripe mulberries, wine gums (red gummy bears), roasted grains, and cedar - gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length finish with earthy, chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Midsummer Cellars 2013 Clark-Claudon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$65
Bright opaque ruby black color. Bright, funky, fruity toasty oaky aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, buttery planked cedar, spiced berries, and dried canvas with a tannic, puckering, dry full body and a peppery, sparse finish with cottony, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Jarvis 2010  Petit Verdot
90 points
$120
Dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam, dark roasted nuts, caramelized peach, and leather bound book with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length blackberries, pickled golden beets, and cedar finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A bright and tangy petit verdot with great structure for aging.
Tarantas 2014 Sparkling Rosé Valencia
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright medium light ruby color. Bright, fresh, fruity toasty savory aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and nougat with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length blood orange, lime custard, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and no oak. A fine, zesty rose sparkler with appealing ripe fruit.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Mill River Winery NV Unoaked Chardonnay
89 points
$18.95
Light straw green color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and nut brittle with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed citrus and green apples and delicate spice finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and attractive lighter-styled chardonnay.
89 points $18.95
Andis Wines 2012 Estate Zinfandel
89 points
$23.99
Dusty ruby color. Bright, meaty, interesting aromas and flavors of smoked bacon, baked mulberries, and chocolate yogurt with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy blackberry, nut skin and shell, and cedar finish with chewy, coarse, woody tannins. A chewy, meaty zin that will improve with age.
89 points $23.99
Jarvis 2013 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
89 points
$140
Bright dark brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, creamy funky aromas and flavors of under ripe fruit - raspberries, green plums, sandalwood, and planked cedar with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, interesting, short finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Trifula 2014  Piemonte Rosso DOC
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright medium light garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy minerally aromas of cherry - dark berry, saddle sweat, cherry lik-a-maid, and gravel - tar with an tangy, dry full body and a warming, elegant finish with earthy tannins.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Trifula 2015 Bianco Piemonte
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light medium golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, minerally aromas and flavors of Bosc pears, green apples, salinity, and lemon pith with an tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ricossa 2015 Brachetto Piedmont DOC
88 points
$16.99
Bright medium garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberries, green straw, gravel, and key lime custard with a lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, brisk finish with soft tannins and no oak.
88 points $16.99
Spangler 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay
88 points
$21
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of unbaked apple pie, melon, and macadamia nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy green apple and minerals finish with no oak. A nice oak-free expression of chardonnay.
Mercy 2013 Riverbed Chardonnay
88 points
$24
Golden yellow color. Rich, creamy, buttery aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length baked apple, delicate spiced nuts, and bark finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, oaky chardonnay.
Bodegas Marta & Mate 2013 "Pixide" Tempranillo
88 points
$25
Bright medium violet color. Bright, interesting, floral aromas and flavors of dried flowers and citrus, roasted nuts, and mocha with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy creme brulee and earth finish with chewy, earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured tempranillo that will improve with age.
Hidden Vines 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$25
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Lively, earthy, fruity rustic toasty aromas of subtle red berries, pan grillet - lightly toasted French baguette, red licorice, and mild pepper with a bright, full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length finish with well-integrated, fine, earthy tannins and light oak.
Nacido del Quorum 2011 "Seleccion" Monastrell
88 points
$30
Bright medium dark brick red color. Bright, jammy, funky toasty aromas of dark fruits - mulberries, spiced dark cherries, gravel, and toasted cedar with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, elegant, brisk finish with earthy, grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Tarantas 2012 Organically Grown Grapes Tempranillo
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dark brown brick color. Bright, fruity, toasty minerally aromas of spiced mulberries, wine gums (purple gummy bears), blond tobacco - dried twigs, and anise - gravel with a lively, dry full body and an intricate, breezy finish with fine, well-integrated, earthy tannins.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Tarantas 2014 Brut Cava
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced and dried apples and pears, white toffee, and meringue with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length mineral, smoked nuts, baked plantain, and minerals finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice appetizing cava.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Bodegas Magdalena 2013 "Sueño" Tempranillo
87 points
$20
Bright nearly opaque dark medium color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy minerally aromas of wild mazzard cherries, blond tobacco, seared gauze, and gravel - minerals with a crisp, dry full body and a subtle, medium-length finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak.
Bodegas Navarrsotillo 2011 "Magister Bibendi" Crianza Grenache
87 points
$40
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, oaky toasty aromas and flavors of red licorice, ripe huckleberries, sultana raisins, and pickle juice with an tangy, dry full body and a warming, intriguing, short finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Hidden Vines NV Reserve Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
86 points
$20
Light medium bright dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of dried herbs - garrigue, huckleberries, gravel - canvas, and white pepper with an lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, captivating, breezy finish with earthy, cottony tannins and light oak.
Andis Wines 2013  Grenache
86 points
$21.99
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Bright, fruity, jammy toasty aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, burning - dried leaves (leaf smoke), planked cedar, and pink sweet tarts with a chewy, tart, dryish full body and a warming, delightful, rapid finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak.
86 points $21.99
Two an a Half Glasses 2012  Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
86 points
$30
Medium dark bright burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty roasted peppery aromas of blackberry liqueur, sultana raisins, dried straw, and lemon pepper with a chewy, puckering, full body and a peppery, subtle, brisk finish with firm, grippy, barky tannins and moderate oak.
Andis Wines 2012  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$23.99
Garnet black color. Lively, attractive, fruity floral aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, pistachio nougat, and hibiscus with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length dolmades, cedar bark, and nutskin finish with firm, woody, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A firm, dry red that needs time.
85 points $23.99
GEN 7 2013 Vintners Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$36
Golden straw color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy apple pie, crystallized ginger, and dried pineapple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy praline finish with no oak. A nice carefree sipper.
Jarvis 2013  Tempranillo
85 points
$85
Bright medium dark violet color. Bright, savory, smoky aromas and flavors of pickling spices, baked berries, and cedar with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk cranberry, chocolate nuts, and bark and mulch finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tight, very oaky tempranillo for the the cellar.
Wagner Vineyards 2015 Unoaked, Estate Grown & Bottled Chardonnay
84 points
$11.99
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of sliced apples and peaches in cream and white nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery citrus spritzed melon and dried tropical fruits finish with no oak. A very crisp, almost sauvignon- blanc-like chardonnay.
84 points $11.99
Andis Wines 2012 Meritage Reserve Sierra Foothills
82 points
$23.99
Garnet black color. Mild, waxy aromas and flavors of dried berries, cocoa, beeswax, and chalk with a tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, momentary cherry and lime powder candies, nutshells, and baby aspirin finish with firm, clunky tannins and heavy oak. A very firm and somewhat angular red for the table.
82 points $23.99
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