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November 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Magnet" Grenache
95 points
Bright medium ruby black color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of cranberry-blueberry relish, cocoa, and hint of menthol mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity body and a silky, involved, long creme brulee and toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A fantastically supple and flavorful grenache.
Mr. Riggs 2014 John Riggs "The Truant" Shiraz
93 points
Indigo color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry custard, spice cake, and vanilla toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long chocolate mint mousse, tropical fruit salad, and honey menthol lozenge finish with moderate oak. A rich, juicy, spicy Shiraz treat that screams McLaren Vale.
La Marina 2014 Reserva Carmenere
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Opaque violet color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of pickled cucumbers and peppers, borscht, dried berries, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pomegranate chutney and crushed nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A complex, savory Chilean red with a very Old World character.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Replica 2014 "Just Right" Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy medium dusty garnet color. Attractive, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode, chocolate, toasted cedar and spices, and hint of floral incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length mocha creme brulee and toffee finish with light oak. A very smooth and juicy cabernet that is sure to please.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stolen Identity 2014  Pinot Noir
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright clear garnet color. Inviting, savory aromas and flavors of baked berries and cherries, roasted beets and tomatoes, and toasted herbs and peppercorns with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length honey roasted carrot and vanilla nuts finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak. A savory well poised pinot with nice fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2013 Grand Reserve Maule Valley
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of cornichon and pickled pepper, olive tapenade, and smoked berries and nuts with a velvety, vibrant , dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long cassis tart, spiced nuts, and pencil shavings finish with woody tannins. A complex nuanced red blend with a savory style and sumptuous.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Lenz Moser 2015 Prestige Beerenauslese Burgenland
93 points
$21.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey golden raisins, candied apricots, and orange blossoms with a fruity sweet medium body and a medium-long spiced apple and pear, peach cobbler, and vanilla buttercream on panettone finish. A vibrant flavor-packed dessert wine that is sure to be a hit.
93 points $21.99
Levendi 2014 "Charisma" Pinot Noir
93 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Pure aromas and flavors of chocolate covered graham cracker, ripe cherries, and floral honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long pickled beet relish, chocolate mint, roasted nuts and coconut, and mixed peppercorns finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and light oak. A graceful and instantly appealing pinot with precise fruit flavors and well integrated oak.
Lenz Moser 2015 Prestige Trockenbeerenauslese Burgenland
92 points
$26.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of mincemeat pie a la mode, sweet and peppery spices, and apricot marmalade with a sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-long fruitcake, spiced honey, and vanilla toffee finish. A unctuous sweet sticky dessert wine to conclude a fine meal.
92 points $26.99
Balduzzi 2011 "B" Maule Valley
92 points
$35.99
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Smoky, oaky aromas and flavors of singed berry pie, roasted peppers and coffee beans, melted dark chocolate, and toasted herbs with a soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a polished, brisk cherry and blueberry jellies, almond skin, and balsa finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A light, easy drinking cabernet.
92 points $35.99
Michael Gill Cellars 2015 "The Tenor" Tannat
92 points
$45
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of black berry custard tart, chocolate gelato, and praline with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long cranberry chutney and floral honey finish. A tangy mouth watering red with great structure for the table.
Levendi 2013 "Symphonia" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Bright dark indigo color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, berry pie a la mode, and chocolate rice bar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length dried cherries and toffee finish with fine tannins and light oak. A supple and attractive cabernet that will improve with time.
Levendi 2013 "Sweetwater" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate mint, caramel latte, berry pie, and toasty spicy oak with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long creme brulee, spiced cherries, clementine, and nuts finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A silky, well balanced cabernet with bright, refreshing acidity.
Mr. Riggs 2014 "Three Corner Jack" McLaren Vale
91 points
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berry pie crust, and schmaltz cookie with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length sour cherries, honeyed oranges, brown spices, and creme brulee finish. A robust, flavor-packed red blend that is a pleasure to drink.
Mr. Riggs 2014 "Piebald" Syrah
91 points
Opaque garnet black color. Fruity, floral, grassy, green aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, crystalized violets, green hay - planked oak, and mocha - crushed pepper with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, swift finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Rascal 2014  Pinot Noir
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright clear dark garnet color. Toasty, waxy aromas and flavors of berry pastry, nut brittle, and cherry pipe tobacco with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length creme brulee, spiced apples and cherries, and nutskin finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tasty, snappy pinot with bright fruit and fine chewy tannins.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Harbinger 2014  American
91 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted cherries and nuts and dried strawberry with a dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy craisins, sundried tomatoes, and peppercorns finish. A crisp and refreshing red that will be great at the table and is reminiscent of a Cru Beaujolais.
91 points $19.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Gaffer" Shiraz
90 points
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol mint, blueberry tart, and praline with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length spiced cherries and berries, orange and Meyer lemon, and nuts finish with light oak. A smooth and poised shiraz with great zesty acidity for the table.
La Marina 2016 Reserva Chardonnay
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale light khaki orange color. Spicy, earthy aromas and flavors of nougat and spiced pineapple and coconut with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length lemon chiffon and apple custard finish with no oak. A bright, juicy chardonnay with pure fruit and tangy acidity.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2014 Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Jammy, savory aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, spiced chocolate and coffee, and dark berry compote with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sour cherry - rhubarb jam, nutskin, borscht, and pepper finish with chewy, woody tannins and light oak. A silky, round, and savory Chilean red with bright fruit and herb notes.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2016 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of guava, grapefruit, and yellow pepper with a crisp, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-long Meyer lemon, pickled melon, and fleur de sel finish with crunchy tannins. A vibrant, refreshing sauvignon blanc with a great mix of citrus and savory tones.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Replica 2015 "Misbehaved" Pinot Noir
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. toasty aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, chocolate cherries, and hint of caramelized bacon with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-long black raspberry chutney, salted nuts, and roasted beets finish with earthy tannins. A savory appetizing Pinot Noir.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Casa al Vento 2013 "FOHO" Chianti Classico Riserva
90 points
$40
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A vibrant, supple, mature tasting Chianti.
Leuta 2012 "Tau" Toscana IGT
90 points
$50
Garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, spiced blueberries, and brown butter with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a compelling, medium-length spice finish with fine tannins and light oak. A robust, chewy Italian red that will shine at the table.
Stolen Identity 2015  Pinot Gris
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Yeasty, earthy aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, straw, spiced melon, and nut brittle with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length apricot, spiced green apple, and earth finish with no oak. A vibrant, fruity and earthy pinot gris.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Wine Maine
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Fruity, fresh aromas and flavors of raspberry and honey with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, herbs, smoked nuts, and minerals finish. A tangy, lively raspberry wine with a pure, layered flavors.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Casa al Vento 2014 "Aria" Chianti Classico
89 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, dried tomato, and pistachio toffee with a supple, bright, dryish body and an interesting, medium-length spiced apple, earth, and nutskin finish with fine tannins and light oak. A round mellow Chianti with fine balance.
Mr. Riggs 2015 "Watervale" Riesling
88 points
Pale straw green color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled lemon and peach, and hint of rubber band with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, cheery spiced Meyer lemon and tart tropical fruit finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp and refreshing dry riesling.
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright straw green color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of wintergreen, Asian pear, honeydew, and bubblegum dust with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length spiced apple and citrus finish with no oak. A layered and lively Prosecco that is sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
La Marina 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe dark berries & plums, spiced oak, potters clay, and white pepper with a crisp, dry full body and an involved, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Savory threshold umami notes are nice.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of spiced blackberries, huckleberries, planked oak, and gravel and pepper with a racy, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Mr. Riggs 2014  Shiraz
87 points
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced berries and marinated olives with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed sour cherry, dried citrus peels, and earth finish with earthy, chewy tannins. A chewy, dry shiraz for everyday meals.
Rascal 2014  Pinot Gris
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of lemon rind, grass, and peach pit with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, snappy minerals, nectarine, yellow apple, and pepper finish with no oak. A dry, reserved pinot grigio.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV Blueberry Wine Maine
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas of baked blueberries and chocolate with a soft, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a buoyant vanilla nuts and pepper finish with dusty tannins. A pure tasty berry wine.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Replica 2014 "Embellish" Pinot Noir
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright clear garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, tapioca, and baking chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toffeed nuts finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bright refreshing pinot for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chessman 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.99
Ruby color. earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, cocoa, and pickled cherries and carrots with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish medium body and a medium-long toasted cedar, salty roasted nuts, and pepper finish with crunchy tannins. A dry savory Pinot Noir for the table.
87 points $19.99
Tom Grizzly NV House White California
87 points
$20
Bright gold color. Aromas of saltwater lemon taffy, peach, ruby grapefruit pith, and lime and coconut with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a brisk finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fairly good quality example.
Tripantu 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black currants, planked oak and mocha, green olive, and gravel with a tangy, dry full body and a complex, cheery finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2014 Reserva Merlot
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced black plums, pine cones, planked oak and gauze, and potters clay with a vibrant, bone-dry body and an intricate, brisk finish with earthy, woody, firm tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV "Black-N-Blue" Blackberry & Blueberry Wine Maine
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy blackberry and blueberry preserves and cherry pit with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick herbal honey and pepper finish. A mellow, tasty fruit wine that will pair nicely with cheese and desserts.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Lagniappe Peak 2015 "Jazzie" Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$30
Bright yellow straw color. Creamy, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of dusty straw, white chocolate toffee, latte, and dried citrus with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long lemon curd on toast, papaya, and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very nice citrusy sauvignon blanc with fun creamy overtones.
Anthony Lee’s NV Apple Wine Maine
84 points
$12
Light gold color. Fresh aromas and flavors of dried pear and apple with a soft, shy, fruity light body and an even, swift finish. A dry fruit wine that tastes like dried apples; serve with a good chill.
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Petit Verdot
83 points
$30
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of mud, straw, and cocoa powder with a dry medium body and a breezy mulberries and cedar finish. A dark earthy petit verdot for the table.
Balduzzi 2016 Reserva Chardonnay
82 points
$11.99
Pale light silvery pink gold color. Unusual aromas and flavors of baked apples, pine lumber, and verbena with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, brisk spiced pineapple and lime, nutskin, and cedar plank finish with leafy, cottony tannins and heavy oak. An unusual, oak chardonnay for the table.
82 points $11.99
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