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July 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Lorenzi Estate 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
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.
Parmelee-Hill 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
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.
Lorenzi Estate 2012 "THE CATALYST" Temecula Valley
92 points
$75
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.
Lorenzi Estate 2012  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$65
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.
Fantini 2015 Cerasuolo dAbruzzo Rosé Abruzzo
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Lorenzi Estate 2012 "Brutus" Red Temecula Valley
90 points
$65
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.
Parmelee-Hill 2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
89 points
$32
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.
Costa Mediana 2012  Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
89 points
$69.99
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
30 Miles 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Lorenzi Estate 2014 Dijon Clone 76 Chardonnay
88 points
$45
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.
Schug 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
88 points
$45
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.
Ricossa 2014 Appasimento Barbera del Piemonte
87 points
$25.99
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
Costa Mediana 2013 Ripasso Valpolicella DOC
86 points
$27.99
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
L’Excentris 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$11.99
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
Litoral 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14.99
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
L’Excentris 2012 3 Cépages Red California
84 points
$11.99
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
Chloe 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$17
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.
Schug 2012 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$40
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.
Henri de Bricourt 2014  Bordeaux Rouge
82 points
$11.99
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
CK Mondavi 2015 Willow Springs Chardonnay
80 points
$6.99
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
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