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June 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Crane Family Vineyards 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$65
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.
Crane Family Vineyards 2012 Cavaliere Red Napa Valley
95 points
$75
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.
Alexandria Nicole 2015 "Crawford" Viognier
94 points
$24
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.
Handley Cellars 2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$25
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.
SPENCE 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
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.
Knob Hall 2013 Prestige Cumberland Valley
92 points
$38
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.
Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend Sonoma County
92 points
$48
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.
Brecon Estate 2014  Mourvedre
92 points
$49
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.
Cigar Box 2014 Reserve Malbec
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Wine Spots 2012 Cuvee 38 Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$29
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.
Macauley 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
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.
Brass Tacks 2015  Moscato
90 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Westport 2014 "Bordello Blonde" Yakima Valley
90 points
$26
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.
Westport 2014 "Lighthouse White" Yakima Valley
90 points
$26
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.
Alexandria Nicole 2014 A:"Jet Black" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah
90 points
$28
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.
Potro de Piedra 2013 Single Lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29.99
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
Brecon Estate 2014  Syrah
90 points
$48
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.
Four Sisters Ranch 2011 Serenas Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
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.
Macauley 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
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.
10Span 2014 Vineyards Chardonnay
89 points
$8
Best Buy
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
Carletto 2015 Ricco Bianco Veneto IGP
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Alexandria Nicole 2013 "Quarry Butte" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$25
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’.
Alexandria Nicole 2013 "A Squared" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
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.
Byington 2013 Reichel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$55
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.
Four Sisters Ranch 2011 Serenas Private Reserve Syrah
88 points
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.
Candoni 2015  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Cigar Box 2015 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2015  Merlot
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Diversion 2014 Majestic Red Washington
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Laudum 2015 Roble Alicante
88 points
$18
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.
Alexandria Nicole 2013 "Wild One" Destiny Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc
88 points
$45
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.
Brecon Estate 2014  Petit Verdot
88 points
$48
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.
Crane Family Vineyards 2012 Reserve Merlot
88 points
$49
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.
Tenuta Polvaro 2015  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2014 Haiku Ranch Chardonnay
87 points
$19
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.
Westport 2015 "Capt Gray" Gewurztraminer
87 points
$26
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.
Byington 2013 "Alliage" Santa Cruz Mountains
87 points
$33
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.
10Span 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$7
Best Buy
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
Ancient Roots 2013 Dark Red Blend California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Puerto Viejo 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Laudum 2015 Organic Chardonnay
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Senorio de Benidorm 2015  Chardonnay
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2015 Buongiorno Primitivo Syrah Puglia IGP
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Cupcake 2014  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Diversion 2014  Merlot
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Highway 12 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$15.50
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
Alexandria Nicole 2015 "A Squared" Pinot Gris
86 points
$16
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.
Senorio de Benidorm 2015 Roble Alicante
86 points
$18
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.
Westport 2014 "Elk River" Riesling
86 points
$26
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.
Toro de Piedra 2015 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$14.99
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
Carneros Highway 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$19.50
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
Highway 12 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$24
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.
Ledson 2012  Carignane
85 points
$36
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.
Four Sisters Ranch 2013  Merlot
84 points
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.
Cigar Box 2015 Old Vine Pinot Noir
84 points
$11.99
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
Cupcake 2014 "Black Forest" Decadent Red California
84 points
$13.99
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
Byington 2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Merlot
84 points
$30
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.
10Span 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$7
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.
Diversion 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$14.99
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
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2014 Ferrington Vineyard Gewurztraminer
83 points
$19
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.
Castrucci 2014 Estate Chardonnay
82 points
$32
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.
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