July 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
215787
Lorenzi Estate
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of ripe honeydew melon, white mulberries, and delicate spice with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length huckleberry gelato, spicy pistachio nougat, and cedar finish with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious and very distinctive cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215698
Parmelee-Hill
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of sour cherry, beets, buttery spiced nuts, and coconut custard with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length marinated root vegetables, balsamic on strawberries, and nut brittle finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and no oak. A delightfully savory and mouthwatering pinot pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215788
Lorenzi Estate
2012 "THE CATALYST" Temecula Valley
Bright dark brick red color. Bright, fruity, spicy earthy aromas and flavors of dried cherry and raisins, gherkin, and waxy honeycomb with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long coconut brittle, mulberry gastrique, putty, and dried meat finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An earthy savory red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215786
Lorenzi Estate
2012 Cabernet Franc
Clear garnet black color. Muted, toasty aromas and flavors of pencil shavings and berry custard tart with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy roasted cherries and carrots, nuts, cocoa, and leafy earth finish with fine tannins and no oak. A seamless, supple cabernet franc that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215981
Fantini
2015 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Rosé Abruzzo
Bright light sunburst amber color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, white clay, and toasted chestnut with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy nectarine skin and lime finish with firm tannins and no oak. A lively and refreshing rose with a nice sense of place.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215785
Lorenzi Estate
2012 "Brutus" Red Temecula Valley
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas of chocolate cherries, pickled tomatoes, blood orange rind, and roasted pepper with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed plum, cocoa, nuts, and earth finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A lively savory, table-friendly red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215697
Parmelee-Hill
2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
Dusty ruby black color. Delicate, mature, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, sourdough toast, cocoa, and wicker with a glycerous, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, charming, breezy cherry vinaigrette, craisins, and salty roasted nuts finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A savory, mature tasting zinfandel with plenty of promise for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215139
Costa Mediana
2012 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Bright medium dark brown brick color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of mocha nuts, singed cherry tart, clay forest floor, and olive skin with an even, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length toasty cedar and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid Amarone with nice table appeal.
89 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216320
30 Miles
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark deep purple color. Fruity, confected creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, berry ice cream, and chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an even, medium-length dried Montmorency cherries, blueberry cobbler, roasted nuts and coffee beans, and cola finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A bright, very fruity cabernet that will go well with spicy beef dishes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215789
Lorenzi Estate
2014 Dijon Clone 76 Chardonnay
Bright medium dark light gold color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled apples, and honeyed herbs and spices with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, breezy Greek lemon yogurt, vanilla cream, and oak finish with soft, fruit tannins and light oak. A pleasant toasty chardonnay with a hefty oak accent.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215904
Schug
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Delicate, roasted, woody aromas and flavors of buttery dark roasted nuts, mocha, cocoa-dusted berries, and toasty cedar planks with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, compelling, cheery dried sour cherry, pickled beets and carrots, and bark finish with crunchy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory oaky pinot sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215135
Ricossa
2014 Appasimento Barbera del Piemonte
Dusty garnet color. Delicate aromas of dried cherries, nuts, and earth with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy plum skin, cocoa, cedar mulch, and iron ore finish with dusty, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A firm, nicely structured barbera for the table.
87 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215138
Costa Mediana
2013 Ripasso Valpolicella DOC
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas and flavors of dried cherries, pepper dust, and incense with an even, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, carefree chocolate craisin, clover honey, nutskin, and earth finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy, understated Italian red for the table.
86 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215669
L’Excentris
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Clear garnet black color. Lively, fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, dark berry pie crust, and roasted green pepper with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length cherry pie filling and honeyed nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice, easy quaffer.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215774
Litoral
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale light straw green color. Bold, citrusy, earthy fruity aromas and flavors of char-roasted pepper, fried pickle, and olive brine with an even, racy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, brisk grilled grapefruit, grass, and lemon finish with earthy, dusty, papery tannins and no oak. A very earthy and savory sauvignon blanc for the table.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215670
L’Excentris
2012 3 Cépages Red California
Clear dusty ruby color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry custard pie, creamy vanilla meringue, and toasted cedar with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, buoyant nuts and cedar planks finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A soft, juicy, and toasty red blend crowd-pleaser.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215775
Chloe
2014 Chardonnay
Bright light medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity, toasty citrusy earthy aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and nuts with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy lemon spirtzed apple and nut oil finish with earthy, dusty tannins and no oak. A bright, zesty chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215905
Schug
2012 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Medium bright garnet color. Mild aromas and flavors of peppered cherries and beets and hint of waxed wood with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy pomegranate, nut skin and shell, mocha, and oak staves finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A firm oaky pinot that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215671
Henri de Bricourt
2014 Bordeaux Rouge
Bright dark nearly opaque deep color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, cocoa, stewed fruits, and moss and clay with a glycerous, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, brisk canvas, nutshell, birch bark, and dust finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very dry, dusty and earthy red for the table.
82 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215900
CK Mondavi
2015 Willow Springs Chardonnay
Brilliant golden yellow color. Delicate, brash, sulfurous smoky aromas and flavors of lit match and char-grilled apples with an even, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk bruised peach and melon, apple butter on sourdough, and lemon yogurt finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A smoky, funky sweet chardonnay.
80 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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