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October 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Malbec
95 points
$29
Dark deep purple color. Complex, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries and meats, caramelized yams, vanilla toffee, and rice pudding with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long cherry chutney, nutskins, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A wonderfully spicy and savory malbec that will be great at the table.
Villa Pinciana 2011 Terraria Maremma Toscana DOC
94 points
$50
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Exotic, herbal, complex, earthy aromas and flavors of clay, eucalyptus, herbal honeycomb, and dried berries and olives with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long spiced blueberries and currants, nuts, earth, and wet cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fabulous, richly layered, exotically spicy Super Tuscan that will be a blast for pairings.
Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend Maipo Valley
94 points
$57
Violet color. Baked aromas and flavors of raisins, stewed berries, and chocolate peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long goji berries, spiced olives, cedar, and dusty earth finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, mature, brooding red blend that will reward cellaring.
EPITOME 2014 Single Vineyard Malbec
93 points
$23
Nearly opaque violet color. Complex, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberries, spiced apricots, nougat, and herb marinated beets with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long sandalwood, peppercorns, dark cherry, and green tea finish with well-integrated, crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious, complex malbec with great fruit, savoriness, and bright acidity.
Clemente VII 2012  Chianti Classico
93 points
$25
Dark garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of clay and putty, berry compote, and nougat with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, long nuts, earth, and sage finish with well-integrated, soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A tasty and well balanced Chianti that will shine brightly at the table.
Cascina Amalia 2015  Barbera dAlba
93 points
$28
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Dusty aromas of pistachio nougat, cocoa, baked berries and cherries, and pressed violets and clay with a body and a tingling, brisk cranberry, nutskin, dusty gravel, and tobacco finish with a suggestion of oak. A chewy, earthy red with a solid core of berry fruit.
Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend Maipo Valley
93 points
$29
Dark nearly opaque violet color. Roasted, minerally aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, rhubarb, and berries, dark roasted nuts, lime blossoms and powder, and marinated meat with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long craisins and sundried tomato, chocolate, nutskin, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins. A bright and lively red with fine minerality and poise.
Villa Pinciana 2012 Tilaria Toscana IGT
93 points
$40
Opaque black ruby color. Nutty, earthy aromas and flavors of salty roasted nuts, cassis tart, and earth with a satiny, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long spicy cranberry custard, nutskins, and grassy earth finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, silky Italian red blend that is sure to please.
Chateau Haut Gravet 2013 "Grand Chemin" Grand Cru St. Emilion
93 points
$49
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, floral incense, chocolate nuts and berries, and granite with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length craisins, cedar, hint of leafy herbs and tobacco, and earth finish. An appetizing French red with vibrant acidity reminiscent of a Super Tuscan.
Burgo Viejo 2011 "Licenciado" Reserva Rioja DOC
93 points
$50
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried and baked berries, pistachio nougat, spice cake, and cherry cola with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long chocolate mint and almonds, menthol tobacco, caramelized lime and tomato, and dusty earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and herbal Rioja with a great range of flavors.
Clemente VII 2011 "Gran Selezione" Chianti Classico
93 points
$50
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of dark berries, herb marinated beets and yams, clay, and toasted cedar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long delicately spiced nuts, oven-dried tomato, and old cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A delicious, rich, and spot-on Chianti Classico
Cascina Amalia 2011 Le Coste Barolo
93 points
$63
Bright burnt sienna color. Earthy, nutty aromas and flavors of dried tomatoes and berries, char-roasted nuts, delicate spices, and flowers and aloe with a satiny, tangy, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-long earth, bark, polished wood, and charcoal finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, chewy Barolo for now or later.
Bodegas Soledad 2015 Solmayor Uclés DO
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Toasty, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, huckleberry pie, and coffee gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long spiced apple and nectarine, nutskin, cedar shavings, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively, fruity, well structured tempranillo for now or later.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Chateau de Macard 2014  Bordeaux Supèrieur
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of olive tapenade, leather, dried currants, and leafy earth and barn hay with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long spiced green apple and craisin, cedar mulch, and praline finish with moderate oak. A savory, smooth yet firmly structured Bordeaux red that will shine at the table and reward mid-term cellaring.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Replica 2014 Pickpocket California
92 points
$24.99
Violet color. Fruity, complex aromas and flavors of berry jam, caramelized bacon, vanilla toffee, and delicate spices and incense with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long creme brulee, cherry-cranberry relish, and toasty cedar finish with light oak. A plush, purple, pleasure-producing red blend.
92 points $24.99
Carmine 2014  Monastrell
92 points
$25
Ruby color. Pure, fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, dried choke cherry, and clover honey with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length pomegranate chutney and prune finish with well-integrated, crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, chewy Spanish red that will be great at the table.
Chateau Hyot 2014 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache cake, chestnut nougat, honey roasted berries, and potting soil with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length grilled apple, pencil shaving, nutskins, and tree bark finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tightly wound Bordeaux red with lots of aging potential.
Cascina Amalia 2012  Barolo
92 points
$55
Bright garnet color. Earthy, minerally aromas and flavors of wet clay, candle wax, dried red berries, and citrus with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, pomegranate, nutskins, and minerals finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, lively Barolo with great acidity and rich fruit.
Quara 2015 Estate Malbec
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Opaque garnet black color. Earthy, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of espresso, dark berries - mulberries, olives, and leather - turned earth with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with earthy, woody, firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Chocalan 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Opaque dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, purple Pez, dried violets, and hint of peach with a lightly tannic, lively, dry body and a peppery, layered, brisk finish with earthy, firm, barky tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Robledo 2013 Seven Brothers Chardonnay
90 points
$25
Brilliant golden yellow color. Buttery aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and pear and toasted meringue with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long nougat bar, pineapple sorbet and gastrique, and spiced coconut and mango finish with soft, fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich, buttery tropical chardonnay treat with finely balanced oak.
Teorema 2014 Garnacha Calatayud
90 points
$25
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry compote, vanilla nougat bar, and spiced apple and craisin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length marinated cherry and beets, smoked nuts, and pencil shavings finish with light oak. A very even and snappy Spanish red that will be versatile.
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Peacocks Fan" Grenache
90 points
$25
Minutely hazy medium dusty garnet color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie a la mode, sour cherry gelato, chocolate mint cookie, and hint of eucalyptus lozenge with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long spiced toffee, pomegranate and watermelon, and cedar paper finish with light oak. A nice spicy grenache with fine balance and vibrancy.
Chateau Haut Gravet 2012 "Grand Chemin" Grand Cru St. Emilion
90 points
$49
Nearly opaque indigo color. Aromas of chocolate covered berries, delicate spices and herbs, olive tapenade, and cedar with a supple, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-long nuts, sandalwood, and tomato finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich and supple St. Emilion.
Intermingle 2014 Red Blend California
89 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Opaque dusty ruby color. Fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of dried berries, plums, creme brulee, and chocolate mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length toffee gelato and delicate spices finish with silky tannins and light oak. A supple, vibrant red blend that brings a lot of flavor to the table.
89 points $5.99 Best Buy
William Wright 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apples and nuts and spiced white chocolate with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a medium-length pineapple and lime curd finish with no oak. A crisp, refreshing, mouthwatering chardonnay.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Quara 2015 Estate Torrontes
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Floral, green aromas and flavors of pressed roses, lychee, peach compote, and aloe with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy spiced nectarine, white cranberry, and hint of medicinal herbs finish with no oak. A distinctively spicy torrontes with an elegant appeal.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Black’s Station 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Opaque garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, peppers and coffee beans, toasted herbs, and dried berries with a satiny, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy chocolate cherries and nougat finish with light oak. A nice juicy cabernet pleaser.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Black’s Station 2014  Malbec
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Opaque deep purple color. Minerally aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, graham crackers, suede - plums, and gravel - dried violets with a supple, bright, dry full body and a smooth, complex finish with earthy tannins and light oak.
89 points $12 Best Buy
The Arsonist 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$22
Brilliant light gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, caramel apple, and kettlecorn with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long roasted nuts, coconut cream, and lemon torte finish with light oak. A creamy, well oaked chardonnay with nice persistence of fruit.
Vallons de Provence 2015  Côtes de Provence
89 points
$25
Brilliant silvery pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced strawberries, key lime pie, and kiwi with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length melon, peaches in cream, and minerals finish with no oak. A supple, effortlessly drinkable rose that is sure to please.
Chocalan 2015 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Green, vegetal aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, guava yogurt, grass, and asparagus with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length grilled ruby grapefruit and passionfruit finish with no oak. A nicely proportioned sauvignon blanc with good varietal character and a hint of smoke.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Region 1 2014 Reserve Malbec
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright ruby black color. Jammy aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, chocolate roasted nuts, and sour cherry yogurt with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy cedar finish with chewy, firm tannins and light oak. A nice chewy malbec.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$16
Opaque dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty, green aromas of mulberries, black currants, planked oak, and turned earth with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with earthy, firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva Syrah
88 points
$16
Opaque garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas of ripe huckleberries, planked cedar, blackberries - gravel, and crushed fresh pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, subtle, quick finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Good depth and shows potential.
Quara 2013 Special Selection Malbec
88 points
$16
Violet color. Toasty aromas of roasted nuts, baked berries, charcoal, and clay with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length berry tart, toffee, herbs, and earth finish with moderate oak. A bright, well-rounded malbec that is sure to please.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Doctoressa di Lago" Pinot Grigio
88 points
$18
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas of dried peaches, salinity, lemon pith, and gravel with a slightly chewy, lively, medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, momentary finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
Sawbuck 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, cashew nougat, and creamy vanilla with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, snappy lemon-mango chiffon, delicate spice, and delicate spice finish with a suggestion of oak. A nicely composed chardonnay with ripe fruit and creamy oak.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Black’s Station 2014 Red Blend Yolo County
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Jammy aromas and flavors of brown butter roasted nuts, blueberry pie, chocolate rice bar, and tobacco with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length huckleberry jam on toast, marinated beets and peppers, and peppercorn finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An interesting, spicy red blend with very pure berry flavors.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chocalan 2016 Reserva Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and spiced apples and pears with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length lime sorbet finish with no oak. A crisp, refreshing chardonnay with nice tropical fruit and zesty acidity.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chocalan 2014 Reserva Merlot
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, brown butter, toffee, and nutshell with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, crisp mulberries, hint of vanilla and spice, and cedar finish with dusty tannins. A nice chewy merlot.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chocalan 2014 Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of baked fruits and nuts, minty herbs, and dark caramelized nuts with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length boysenberry preserves, smoked tea and tobacco, and cedar and earth finish with silky tannins and light oak. A nice combination of fruit, smoke, and earth here.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Quara 2014 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Bright ruby black color. Funky, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of barnyard, campfire, overripe berries, and dark roasted meat with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long chocolate berries and nuts, cedar incense, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A funky, smoky old world styled red blend for the table.
Chateau Messile-Aubert 2012  Montagne St. Emilion
87 points
$35
Dusty ruby black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of olive, dried berries, roasted chestnuts, and pressed flowers with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-long nutskin, plum skin, dusty cedar, and cocoa finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very plush, very dry French red for the table.
Region 1 2015  Malbec
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, leather, turned earth, and dried fruits -plums with a tannic, tangy, full body and a peppery, stimulating, rapid finish with earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva Carmenere
86 points
$16
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, charred nuts, dried leaves and herbs, and smoked peppercorns with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length menthol mint and sandalwood finish with fine tannins and light oak. A complex, spicy Chilean red that will be fun to pair with.
O’Terra 2014  Bordeaux Rouge
86 points
$20
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and cocoa with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, crisp apple-berry tart, pomegranate, cedar, and earth finish with light oak. A supple and even Bordeaux sipper.
Cascina Amalia 2014  Dolcetto dAlba
86 points
$24
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, leather, green plums, and smoky oak with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, appealing, brisk finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak.
Robledo 2013 Seven Brothers Pinot Noir
86 points
$30
Dusty burnt sienna color. Herbal aromas and flavors of piney herbs, pickled cherries and peppers, and toasty praline with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long marinated beets, yams, cherry gastrique, and nuts finish with light oak. A very savory and herbal pinot noir.
Skinnygirl 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$11.99
Opaque violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry cobbler and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a fast dried cherries and hint of spice finish with fine, chewy tannins. A nice easy quaffer.
85 points $11.99
Skinnygirl 2013  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$11.99
Bright light golden yellow color. Funky, rubbery, fruity aromas and flavors of cling peach juice, petrol, lemon curd, and clay with a supple, crisp, full body and a silky, subtle, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
85 points $11.99
Black’s Station 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
85 points
$12
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and vanilla yogurt nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy honeyed pear finish with light oak. A simple, but very smooth and tasty chardonnay.
Cascina Amalia 2012 Le Coste Barolo
85 points
$63
Bright burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of gravel and chestnuts with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, brisk mulberries, grass, and potting soil and mulch finish with hard, harsh tannins. A very firm and tannic Barolo that needs time.
Region 1 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$9
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and apricots, pistachio nougat, lilacs and floral tea, and graham crackers with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, rapid craisin and nut finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice, juicy cabernet quaffer.
Quara 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy, smoky aromas and flavors of lit match and Vaseline, buttery roasted nuts, jerky, and currant tart with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, fast cherry pit, vanilla yogurt, and nuts finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A smoky, slightly funky cabernet.
BECAUSE 2015 Rosé Uco Valley
84 points
$19
Brilliant salmon orange color. Earthy, sulfurous aromas and flavors of cooked rice, matchstick, and baked red berries with a supple, crisp, light body and a graceful, brisk white strawberry, honeyed kiwi, and hint of spice finish with fine tannins. A dry, chewy rose for the table.
Chateau de Ribebon 2014  Bordeaux Supèrieur
84 points
$20
Ruby black color. Smoky, roasted, earthy aromas of dark roasted coffee beans and peppers, bonfire in mud, black olives, and chocolate with an crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length matchstick and lit candle, dried berries, and scorched earth finish. A very smoky and earthy red to enjoy with grilled meats.
Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva Pinot Noir
83 points
$16
Brilliant garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, singed berry pie crust, chocolate, and toasted herbs with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk melon, grilled apple, and brown grass finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruity, smoky pinot that is a good choice for bbq.
Bota Box NV "RedVolution" California
82 points
$22.99
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of mulberries and roasted nuts with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk spiced cranberries and limes, nut flour, and grass and mulch finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A light, pithy red quaffer.
82 points $22.99
Robledo 2014 Seven Brothers Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$20
Bright straw green color. Dusty, yeasty aromas and flavors of baked peaches and lemons, praline, sourdough, and herbal soap with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk starfruit, lime curd, and grass finish with no oak. A dry, very earthy sauvignon blanc for the table.
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