September 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
216467
Racines de Lauriga
2015 Côtes Catalanes IGP
Garnet black color. Inviting, interesting aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, berry chutney, and caramelized apricots with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length black cherry and raspberry, marinated beets, roasted nuts and cedar, and melon finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A lively, savory red with excellent structure and layers of flavor.
95 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216306
Dom Brial
2015 L'Etreinte Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Bright burnt sienna color. Fruity, earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of dried strawberries, boysenberries, gravel, and garrigue - malabar pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, refreshing, brisk finish with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216308
LangeTwins Winery
2015 Estate Moscato
Light yellow straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and overripe nectarine with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honey baked peaches and apples and hint of spice finish. A tasty, nicely balanced muscat with a lovely floral note and crisp acidity.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216462
Château Paul Mas
2014 Clos de Savignac Languedoc AOP
Nearly opaque violet color. Fresh, toasty aromas and flavors of huckleberry preserves, praline, chocolate mint, and mocha with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, distinctive, spicy caramelized carrots, dark roasted chestnuts, pencil shavings, and earth finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy red that will sing at the table.
92 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216555
Heritage Vineyards
2013 Syrah
Garnet black color. Earthy, meaty aromas and flavors of herb rubbed jerky, chocolate coffee beans, and dark berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long marinated beets, tomatoes and olives, cocoa powder, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A savory, stylish syrah with a real sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216466
Château Crès Ricards Stécia
2015 Terrasses du Larzac AOP
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee and orange blossom honey on raisin toast with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long creme Anglaise, delicate cinnamon and brown spices, and nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A silky, finely tuned red for all occasions.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216478
Ravishing Raven
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of Luxardo cherries, cranberries, red licorice - star anise, and dried leaves - potters clay with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a tingling, elegant, brisk finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Fun flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216262
Chateau Paradis
2011 "Terre des Anges" Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, dark berries, cashew brittle, and spiced melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long chocolate craisins, cedar bark, edible flowers, and earth finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A broad shouldered, very and tannic French red that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216304
Dom Brial
2014 Les Mirades Rouge Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Bright brick red color. Funky, peppery, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted dark fruits - huckleberries, planked cedar, violets - toasted yeast, and cracked black pepper with a slightly chewy, bright, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, crisp finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Old world charm, a delicate floral note and deft use of nice oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216541
Jersey Peach
NV Peach Wine American
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, citrusy, creamy aromas of ripe nectarines - peaches, soft citric back note, and cream with a round, lively, fruity sweet medium-full body and a sleek, delightful, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak. This is a real easy trumpet note.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216418
Jewelry Box
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker and gingerbread, spicy fruitcake, and chocolate mint with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, carefree cedar, vanilla custard, and touch of menthol finish with light oak. A super fruity and smooth crowd pleasing cab.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216485
Chateau Haut Beyzac
2014 Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh tobacco leaf, black raspberry, nougat, and spice with a silky, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long roasted beets and root vegetables, nutskin, cedar bark, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich savory red blend that will perform well under the spotlight at the dinner table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216263
Chateau Tertre de Viaud
2012 Cotes de Bourg
Medium dark garnet color. Aromas of red berries, toffee, date sesame candy, and vanilla nougat with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length marinated beets, pencil shavings, and earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A well balanced, savory red with a very good depth and texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216261
Enclos de Viaud
2010 Lalande de Pomerol
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of clay, brown butter, roasted nuts, and dried mulberries and rhubarb with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length spiced plums, cocoa, cedar, and tea leaf finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A robust and seductive merlot-based French red, tailor made for a fine steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216542
Jersey Apple
NV Apple Wine American
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced Bartlett pear, pectin, and lemon pith with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Nice purity of fruit here.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216312
Caricature
2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
Opaque garnet black color. Fruity, toasty, minerally aromas and flavors of red raspberries, terra cotta, bramble - planked oak, and peppered plum jam with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Opulent, rich and juicy with a subtle old vine spice.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216464
Château Paul Mas
2014 Clos des Mûres Languedoc AOP
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry compote, roasted nut brittle, cocoa, and dried violet with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length roasted beets, spiced nougat, earth, and sandalwood finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A supple and appetizing red that will shine at the table.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216468
Château Lauriga
2013 Cuvée Bastien Côtes du Roussillon
Dark deep purple color. Toasty, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of creme brulee, boysenberry pie a la mode, and caramel toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length berries in cream and touch of cedar finish with silky, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very smooth and creamy red that is sure to please.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216492
Stonehedge
2014 Reserve Zinfandel
Ruby color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry cobbler, creme brulee, and sweet spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant toffee, sour cherries, and pepper finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, warming zinfandel sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216477
Hungry Blonde
2013 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Fruity, buttery, toasty aromas of buttery diacetyl notes dominate, spiced yellow apples, toast, and planked oak with a supple, tangy, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Rich and balanced, an easy drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216471
Arrogant Frog
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of soap, lilacs, and almonds with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart apples, butter, and hazelnuts finish. A crisp, medium bodied chardonnay with some creamy, buttery notes.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216408
Chandelier
NV Sparkling Italy
Bright pale yellow straw color. Earthy, piney, smoky, toasty aromas of apples, hay, and wood with a satiny, tangy, medium body and a ripe granny smith apples and vanilla finish. Refreshing acidity with rich, balanced grace.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216543
Jersey
NV Blueberry Wine American
Bright light garnet color. Fruity, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced blueberries, lemon pith, candied violets, and turned earth with a slightly chewy, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, fast finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216410
D’Orsay
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Clear silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries, licorice, and sesame oil with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length strawberry yogurt, hazelnut tart crust, and lemon tart finish. Very well balanced between sweet and savory notes, will be great with food.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216544
Jersey Sugar Plum
NV Sugar Plum Wine American
Bright siam color. Fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of spiced cranberries, yellow cherries, clarified butter, and pressed linen with a creamy, tangy, off-dry full body and a warming, amusing, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216240
Del Rio
2014 Chardonnay
Bright light straw green color. Aromas of flowers, butter, and hazelnut with a medium body and a lemon, brie, and macintosh apples finish. A soft, round chardonnay with an oaky backbone and creamy buttery notes
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216309
LangeTwins Winery
2013 Estate Zinfandel
Nearly opaque violet color. Jammy, fruity, oaky, minerally aromas and flavors of bubbling blue fruits, bitumen (tar), black raspberries, and tellicherry pepper with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry fat body and a peppery, delightful, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Rich juicy berry flavors are nicely integrated.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216472
Soleil
2015 Blanc de Lauriga Côtes du Roussillon
Bright old gold color. Fruity, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of delicate fruit scents - dried strawberries, nectarines, lemon pith, and dried canvas - gravel with a lightly tannic, tart, dry full body and a warming, layered, carefree finish with firm, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216479
Davis Estates
2013 Viognier
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach and apple and Meyer lemon with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy vanilla tapioca, salted nut brittle, and delicate spice finish with no oak. A plush, warming viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216303
Château Les Pins
2012 Rouge Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Bright dusty ruby color. Earthy, fruity, peppery, toasty aromas and flavors of subtle dark fruits - black berries, green herbs, wine gums - red gummy bears, and white peppercorns - leather with a slightly chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, brisk finish with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak. Nice subtle flavors and aftertastes; this wine has a sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216428
100 Percent
2015 Moscato
Light straw green color. Earthy, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of carnation and elderflower, lychee, nectarine skin, and nuts with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, buoyant green apple, clementine, mango, and grassy earth finish. A tangy, mouthwatering fruity white that will go nicely with shellfish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216307
Whiskers
2014 Red Blend High Valley
Bright brick red color. Smoky, fruity, toasty aromas of wine gums (purple ju ju beads), black raspberries, huckleberries - leather, and planked oak - wood putty with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, subtle, breezy finish with woody, firm tannins and moderate oak. Nice, balanced mix of complex flavors with a nice mid palate.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216332
Mackinaw Trail Winery
2015 "Unrestricted" Crowd-Sourced Riesling
Straw green color. Earthy aromas and flavors of melon, peach pit, and almond skin with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, easy kiwi, green apple, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, light, dryish riesling that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216260
Chateau Bizard
2014 "Le Fornas" Grignan Les Adhemar
Medium ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toffee, baked berries, peppercorns, and mossy cedar bark with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk dark roasted almonds and earth finish with firm, dusty, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice dry red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216537
Jersey Red
NV Semi-Sweet Red American
Bright light garnet color. Fruity, creamy, spicy, buttery aromas of welches grape juice, spiced berries, clarified butter, and pressed linen with a round, lively, off-dry medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with cottony tannins and no oak. Fun, juicy and nicely balanced.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216241
Rock Point
2013 Pinot Noir
Medium clear ruby garnet color. Aromas of thyme, yunnan tea, and violets with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a sour cherry, rosemary, and licorice finish. A full bodied, earthy pinot with strong herbal overtones.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216465
Mas des Tannes
2014 Réserve Rouge Pays d'Oc IGP
Violet color. Tropical, earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, flowers in a clay pot, caramel yogurt, and moss with a supple, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast nut skin and shell, dusty beets, cedar bark, and potting soil finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A firm, dry, earthy red for the table.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216239
Del Rio
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Medium clear light garnet color. Vinegary, oaky, meaty, earthy, fruity aromas of cherries, tobacco, and cough syrup with a medium body and a raspberries, oregano, and eucalyptus finish. Fairly complex pinot with strong earthy notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216470
Château Martinolles
2015 Blanc Vielles Vignes Limoux
Light golden yellow color. Toasty, nutty aromas and flavors of nut brittle and baked caramel apples with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, sweet cream, kiwi, touch of pepper, and spiced nuts and apples finish with light oak. A robust, well-oaked chardonnay-based French white that will pair nicely with rich poultry and fish dishes.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216265
Giovanna Tantini
2012 Bardolino DOC
Bright dark ruby color. Earthy, dusty, fruity, nutty aromas of dusty dark berries - mulberries, dried canvas, almond, and gravel with a slightly chewy, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, swift finish with dusty, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. Precise nose, nice attack and an easy mid palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216480
Davis Estates
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden amber color. Fruity, citrusy, toasty aromas and flavors of green apples, butter cream, spiced lemons, and tree bark - buttered toast with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, charming, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Lovely summer fruit scents.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216469
Arrogant Frog
2015 Cabernet Merlot
Violet color. Attractive, smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, berry pie, and sandalwood incense with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy nutskin, grape pulp and pips, and apple finish. A crisp, refreshing red blend for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216264
Giovanna Tantini
2011 Bardolino
Bright ruby garnet color. Dusty, fruity, toasty aromas of dusty spiced berries, turned earth - gravel, dried canvas, and almond nut skin with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. Soft fruit, pleasant easy and refreshing, could take a slight chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216553
Heritage Vineyards
2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Bright clear yellow straw color. Fruity, funky, toasty aromas and flavors of bruised green apples, pressed linen, lemon curd, and potters clay with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, brisk finish with cottony tannins and light oak. Nice refreshing acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216539
Jersey Blush
NV Semi-Sweet Rose Wine American
Bright steely pink color. Yeasty, perfumed, fruity aromas of cherry creamsicle and rosemary with a glycerous, soft, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long cotton candy and strawberry bubblegum finish with fruit tannins and no oak. For those looking for a full on fruit explosion
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216538
Jersey White
NV Semi-Sweet White American
Medium gold color. Fruity, overripe, earthy aromas of lime marmalade, ripe peaches, lemon cream, and gravel with a slightly chewy, bright, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy finish with chewy, earthy tannins and no oak.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216552
Heritage Vineyards
2015 Limited Release Chenin Blanc
Brilliant straw color. Earthy, green, fruity aromas and flavors of gooseberry, waxy honeycomb, and baked nectarines with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk nutskin, citrus, melon rind, and gravel finish with fruit tannins. A crisp, earthy, dry white for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216589
Mossback
2014 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of restrained stone fruit - peaches, lemon flavored mineral water, baked parchment, and touch of salinity with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, interesting finish with earthy, papery tannins and light oak. Delicate subtle nose is enticing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216305
Dom Brial
2015 Les Mirades Blanc Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Bright old gold color. Fruity, vegetal, earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of root vegetables, lemon pith, turned earth - minerality, and white flowers with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, intriguing, short finish with firm, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216560
James Mitchell
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Herbal, minerally, vegetal aromas of earth, vegetal, and wool blanket with a satiny, medium body and a lemon custard and creamy finish. Zesty and citrusy with creamy notes.
82 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216286
Northleaf Winery
NV Roundabout Red Malbec
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, confected, floral aromas and flavors of pink cotton candy, candied red cherries huckleberries, leather, and sweet oak and candied violets with a round, tart, off-dry full body and a polished, intriguing, breezy finish with soft tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216540
Jersey
NV Shiraz American
Bright dark garnet color. Funky, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of black cherries, toasted yeast, older barrels, and hint of pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak.
82 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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