June 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
215166
Crane Family Vineyards
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dark bright violet color. Lively, spicy, attractive complex aromas and flavors of artisanal chocolate drizzled berries and coconut, roasted green pepper, olives, and spicy pickle with a soft, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long cassis tart, eucalyptus and herbs, roasted root vegetables, and menthol mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically complex combination of rich dark fruit, spicy oak, and rampant savoriness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215167
Crane Family Vineyards
2012 Cavaliere Red Napa Valley
Brown brick red color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of berry compote, dill pickles, and chocolate and vanilla graham crackers with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long cassis pie with pistachio gelato, olives, nut skins, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A super supple and flavor-packed red Bordeaux varietal blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215300
Alexandria Nicole
2015 "Crawford" Viognier
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of lime zest, lemongrass, lavender, and spiced peaches with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long lychee, citrus juice, and vanilla finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An impressively flavorful and distinctively floral viognier that is perfect for summer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215584
Handley Cellars
2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, buttery, creamy toasty aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, pineapple upside down cake, and lemon chiffon with a soft, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length caramel apple, kiwi relish, white toffee, and pickled melon finish with soft, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A very tropical marriage of oak and fruit with nice balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215185
SPENCE
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cassis compote, dried berries and cherries, toffee, and clay with an oily, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length roasted nuts, hint of meat, mixed peppercorns, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A dense, chewy Napa cab that will reward cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215627
Knob Hall
2013 Prestige Cumberland Valley
Dark garnet black color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled green peppers, chocolate nuts, honey roasted berries, and piney herbs with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long mocha, pickled cherries, spiced nuts and olives, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively red blend with lovely layers of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215282
Highwayman
2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend Sonoma County
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of craisins and prunes, cocoa, spiced nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long hint of meat and tomato, coconut husk, earth, and pepper finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A dark, brooding age-worthy red blend that will excel with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215351
Brecon Estate
2014 Mourvedre
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don’t, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215334
Cigar Box
2014 Reserve Malbec
Garnet black color. Bright, spicy, savory aromas and flavors of dill pickles and peppers, borscht, berry-cherry chutney, and nut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, charming, medium-long spiced root vegetables, herbed nuts, pomegranate, and cedar and hint of beef bouillon finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A fun, very savory malbec with tangy fruit and appetizing acidity and salinity.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215645
Wine Spots
2012 Cuvee 38 Red Blend Napa Valley
Bright dark nearly opaque dusty color. Bright, savory, fruity oaky aromas of raspberry toffee (Brach’s), black currants, damson plums, and sandalwood with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Precise, complex etches flavors come on nicely and seamlessly melt into one another. good balance and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215183
Macauley
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark bright opaque ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe black currants - mulberries, planked cedar, mocha, and turned earth with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a peppery, charming finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215647
Brass Tacks
2015 Moscato
Emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of yellow rose, lychee, and peach with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed apple and nutskin finish with no oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing off-dry white wine with nice purity and balance.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215323
Westport
2014 "Bordello Blonde" Yakima Valley
Pale light silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of roses and peony, honeyed peach, and delicate spices with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pear sauce, peach sorbet, honeydew, and minerals finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very aromatic and lively off-dry sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215324
Westport
2014 "Lighthouse White" Yakima Valley
Bright pale golden yellow color. Bold, fruity, floral aromas of lychees - linalool, rose petals, green apples, and key lime custard with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. Alluring restrained spicy nose with sleek Riesling flavors to support a very complex savory wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215302
Alexandria Nicole
2014 A:"Jet Black" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah
Opaque bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, peppery oaky buttery aromas of charred oak, blackberries, white pepper, and butter cream with a lively, bone-dry full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Ample rich flavors are lifted and jazzy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215606
Potro de Piedra
2013 Single Lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, cedar and earth, chocolate berries, and olives with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long spiced berries, sweet and peppery spices, and nutshells finish with papery, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, woody cabernet with age-worthy tannins.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215350
Brecon Estate
2014 Syrah
Opaque hazy dark color. Bold, fruity, spicy meaty peppery aromas of ripe blackberries, black olives, pressed red flowers, and planked oak - pepper with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. Big ripe "old school" flavors are nicely balanced. This new world "tweener" brings back memories of northern Rhone syrahs and Australian shiraz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215470
Four Sisters Ranch
2011 Serena's Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, chocolate berry and peach bon bons, olive tapenade, and honeyed herbs with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length citrus cream, nuts, pencil graphite, and slate finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy cabernet for everyday enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215184
Macauley
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast, baked pineapple, and vanilla yogurt with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, snappy spiced yellow apple and lightly salted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nicely balanced, well made chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215561
10Span
2014 Vineyards Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple, nut brittle, and coconut flakes with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, mango tart, and sweet cornichon finish with woody, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy, spicy, chardonnay with rich tropical fruit.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215642
Carletto
2015 Ricco Bianco Veneto IGP
Brilliant white gold color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, pear, melon, and flower patch earth with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy nectarine, citrus spritzed apple, and nutskin finish. A pleasing, nicely floral summer white wine sipper.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215303
Alexandria Nicole
2013 "Quarry Butte" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
Nearly opaque bright dark color. Lively, inviting, fruity toasty aromas of ripe black currants, sandalwood, leather, and heather with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Nice depth of flavors and the wine tells you ’just wait till I get a couple years under my cork’.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215299
Alexandria Nicole
2013 "A Squared" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie, vanilla, spice, and honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long cocoa and nutskin finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy cabernet with dusty tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215344
Byington
2013 Reichel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright opaque dark deep purple color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of chocolate craisins and blueberries, buttercream, and orange creme brulee with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, crisp cassis jam on raisin toast, nougat, sweet spices, and citrus finish with woody, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity cabernet that is sure to be a hit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215471
Four Sisters Ranch
2011 Serena's Private Reserve Syrah
Opaque dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy toasty minerally aromas of turned earth, blackberries, pressed flowers - violets, and delicate white pepper with a chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, layered, brisk finish with earthy, grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215641
Candoni
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright light medium yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of cling peaches, lemon bread, honeysuckle, and pressed linen with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Really enjoyed the easy balanced drinkability of this wine, either on its own or with light appetizers.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215333
Cigar Box
2015 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque color. Bright, fruity, toasty rubbery aromas of creme di cassis, bit of petrol, planked cedar, and pressed linen - turned earth with a crisp, dry full body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish with earthy, firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Very "old world French" liked the integrated subtle flavors.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215640
Candoni
2015 Merlot
Light garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, smoked nuts, chocolate, and hint of charcoal with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, breezy pomegranate, nutskin, earth, and cedar mulch finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty merlot with bright red berry fruity and a sassy, earthy finish.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215180
Diversion
2014 Majestic Red Washington
Violet color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of dried cherries and raspberries and chocolate with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length nuts, earth, and cedar plank finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firm, nicely structured red blend for the table.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215635
Laudum
2015 Roble Alicante
Deep purple color. Lively aromas and flavors of grilled sweet peppers, roasted cherries, and hint of charcoal with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, relaxed pencil shavings and slate finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice smoky Spanish red for grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215301
Alexandria Nicole
2013 "Wild One" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Opaque dark bright dusty ruby color. Bright aromas of black raspberry cobbler, sandal wood, delicate dried flowers - heather, and gravel & lemon curd with a lively, dry full body and a warming, medium-length finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. Subtle, complex flavors unfold and reveal themselves harmoniously; nice potential with rich underlying flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215349
Brecon Estate
2014 Petit Verdot
Opaque dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy toasty minerally aromas of black currants, pomegranate, oriental spices - cardamom, and planked oak with a chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, quick finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Some very exotic scents, flavors should round out with bottle age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215165
Crane Family Vineyards
2012 Reserve Merlot
Nearly opaque bright dark ruby color. Lively aromas of candied violets, green plums, fruit cake, and dried leaves with a tannic, dry full body and a warming, captivating, finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215643
Tenuta Polvaro
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright light gold color. Bright, fruity, citrusy clean toasty aromas of green nectarine, lemon taffy, well water, and lemon zest with a crisp, dry body and a warming, complex finish with medium tannins and no oak.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215256
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2014 Haiku Ranch Chardonnay
Bright light medium bright gold color. Lively, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of apple butter, toasted coconuts, roasted nuts, and Meyer lemon with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with woody, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215322
Westport
2015 "Capt Gray" Gewurztraminer
Pale silvery straw color. Rich, floral aromas and flavors of peony and fruit salad with a soft, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, complex, breezy spiced peaches and pears finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rock solid, floral summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215343
Byington
2013 "Alliage" Santa Cruz Mountains
Opaque bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, toasty aromas of tangy black currants, fruit cake, sandalwood, and gravel with a chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with grippy, chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215562
10Span
2014 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and spicy nut brittle with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length apple and Meyer lemon finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak. A nice toasty, appetizing chardonnay.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215565
Ancient Roots
2013 Dark Red Blend California
Violet color. Delicate, fresh aromas and flavors of blueberry tart, toffee, and spiced cherries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy vanilla nuts and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fruit, tangy, easy drinking red blend.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215636
PKNT
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of huckleberries, cranberries, light oak, and gravel with a bright, dry full body and a sleek, delightful, cheery finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and light oak.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215609
Puerto Viejo
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Lively, spicy, toasty complex aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, blueberry cobbler, and spiced chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an appealing, breezy dried cherry, melon, cedar mulch, and charcoal finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. An aromatic, oaky pinot noir.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215634
Laudum
2015 Organic Chardonnay
Medium bright golden amber color. Lively, fruity, citrusy earthy minerally aromas of green apples, lemon flavored gum, chalky minerality, and dried straw with a lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215633
Senorio de Benidorm
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw with an amber color. Mild aromas and flavors of sliced peaches, apples, and bananas and granola with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a snappy pineapple and kiwi, toasted nut bread, and lemon cream finish with no oak. A nice, understated, easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215639
Candoni
2015 Buongiorno Primitivo Syrah Puglia IGP
Brilliant violet color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberries, vanilla mint cookie, delicate spices, and paved road with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk pomegranate, cedar bark, and limestone finish with coating, firm tannins and moderate oak. A firm, juicy beef wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215567
Cupcake
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright light bright gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of dried fruits - peaches, potters clay, honeysuckle - lemon curd, and pressed linen with a lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, fast finish with cottony, earthy tannins and no oak.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215179
Diversion
2014 Merlot
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of blackberries, planked cedar, plums, and walnut skins with an lively, dry full body and a warming, delightful, swift finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215283
Highway 12
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale light silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of apple, grapefruit, and yellow pepper with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy lemon cream and hint of earth finish with no oak. A pleasant sauvignon blanc sipper.
86 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215298
Alexandria Nicole
2015 "A Squared" Pinot Gris
Pale bright yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, savory creamy aromas of peaches & cream, lemon custard, salinity, and gravel with an lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with dusty tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215632
Senorio de Benidorm
2015 Roble Alicante
Dark dusty ruby color. Confected, fruity spicy peppery aromas of ripe mulberries, grape gummy bears, star anise and charred cedar, and white pepper with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, easy finish with earthy, crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215321
Westport
2014 "Elk River" Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of nectarine, apple skin, coconut, and hint of balloon with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, cheery green apple and lemon-kiwi sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice delicate riesling for summer sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215607
Toro de Piedra
2015 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Green, fruity spicy aromas of spiced green apples, grilled pineapple, lemon butter, and turned earth with a tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, fast finish with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215280
Carneros Highway
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, woody aromas and flavors of wet wood, dried apple and coconut, honey, and hint of wax with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick gherkin, green pineapple, and cedar finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant, savory, oaky chardonnay.
85 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215284
Highway 12
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dark color. Mild, fruity, toasty earthy oaky aromas of dark plums, ripe black currants, planked cedar, and gauze with a chewy, crisp, dry body and a peppery, appealing, brisk finish with earthy, firm, hard tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215556
Ledson
2012 Carignane
Nearly opaque bright dark ruby color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of huckleberries, pressed linen, planked oak, and green olive with an lively, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish with earthy, cottony tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215472
Four Sisters Ranch
2013 Merlot
Bright dark medium burnt sienna color. Bright, earthy, fruity oaky aromas of plums, blackberries, planked oak, and mocha with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, appealing, brisk finish with woody, barky, hard tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215335
Cigar Box
2015 Old Vine Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh raspberry tart, spiced chocolate, sarsaparilla, and cedar with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy roasted beets, fleur de sel, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice, chewy oaky pinot noir.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215566
Cupcake
2014 "Black Forest" Decadent Red California
Bright opaque dark dusty garnet color. Bright, toasty, funky aromas of rich ripe black mulberries and toasty oak with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, scant finish with woody tannins.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215345
Byington
2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Merlot
Nearly opaque dark bright garnet color. Lively, fruity, floral oaky aromas of green blackberries, dark plums, planked oak, and pressed flowers - violets with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, delightful, fleeting finish with chewy, woody, hard tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215563
10Span
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of black currants, dried violets, planked oak, and pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, fleeting finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215178
Diversion
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Mild, fruity, woody confected aromas of black currants, purple Pez, planked wood, and mineral water and clay with a chewy, bright, full body and a warming, rapid finish with crunchy, firm tannins and light oak.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215255
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2014 Ferrington Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Pale straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, peach granita, and lemon leaves with an even, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, brisk apple core and lemon pepper finish with cottony tannins. A subdued gewurztraminer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215363
Castrucci
2014 Estate Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Lively, musty aromas and flavors of lemon, caramelized apple, and gravel with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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