December 2016 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
217602
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Avalon Tree" Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, chocolate nuts and mint, and cherry cola with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, long chocolate lemon and orange peels, menthol mint lozenge, and craisin trail mix finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, chewy cabernet that will be great with Latin or Asian beef dishes.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217542
JAX
2015 Y3 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Complex aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lychee, peach-tangerine marmalade, pickled melon rind, and yellow pepper with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long green apple and pink grapefruit finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, layered, sauvignon with great flavors and balance.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217599
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Lake Doctor" Shiraz
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, blueberry cobbler, and toffee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length chocolate orange peels, delicate spices, and pepper finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, delectable, spicy shiraz.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217549
Bogle
2014 Petite Sirah
Deep purple color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of blueberry and cherry pies a la mode and toffee with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long spiced oranges and apples, vanilla toffee, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A silky, vibrantly fruity, crowd-pleasing red
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217550
Phantom
2013 Dark Red Blend California
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried fruits, crayon and clay, and carob with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts and stone fruits, cedar, and minerals finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A crisp, vibrant, fruity red with nice balance and style.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217547
JAX
2014 Y3 Taureau Red Blend Napa Valley
Opaque violet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy berry pie, chocolate rice bar, mocha gelato, and forest floor with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried cherries, brown and peppery spices, cedar, and nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, chewy, versatile red with delicate oak and earthiness.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217698
Kestrel
2012 The Dance Red Blend Yakima Valley
Violet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of roasted apricots and cherries, olives, and chestnut brittle with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long vanilla toffee, delicate spice, and orange chiffon finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A bright, fruit-driven, mouthwatering red with a nice layer of toasty oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217598
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Chocolate Factory" Shiraz
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted cranberry orange bread, chocolate and vanilla toffee, and cherry-blueberry tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cedar, minted berries, and chocolate lemon peels finish with silky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely chocolatey shiraz sipper that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217603
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Violet Beaureguard" Malbec
Opaque violet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie, brown spices, white chocolate mint toffee, and citrus Pez candy with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long menthol tobacco, pomegranate-plum chutney, and spiced nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A spicy, juicy malbec that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217605
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Love Symbol" Grenache
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate blueberries and cherries, chocolate mint, and alpine herbs and honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-long cherry custard pie and toffee finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious and satisfying fruity red wine for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217693
Kestrel
2015 Estate Chardonnay
Bright bright gold color. Aromas of yellow apple, banana skin and pineapple, salt water taffy, and light toasted yeast and gravel with a lively, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy, cottony tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217696
Kestrel
2015 Rosé Yakima Valley
Brilliant pink coral color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, tapioca, yellow apple, and tree leaves and bark with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long rainier cherry, citrus, and melon finish with no oak. A tangy, savory, appetizing dry rose that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217697
Kestrel
NV Lady in Red 10th Edition Yakima Valley
Dusty garnet black color. Roasted, spicy aromas and flavors of gherkin, olive tapenade, roasted berries, and cocoa with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length apple and citrus and vanilla nuts finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A supple, savory, slightly smoky red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217819
Carneros Highway
2015 "Nueva" Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apples, roasted pineapples, pressed linen and clay, and lemon pith with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A very good example.
89 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217790
Vidigal
2014 Reserva Vinho Regional Lisboa
Cloudy dusty garnet color. Funky aromas and flavors of mulberries, pencil shavings, and cocoa with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sour cherries, melon, spice, and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A rock solid , juicy Portuguese red for sipping or the table.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217548
Bogle
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and berry, green notes and pine, mocha, and baked oak with an bright, bone-dry full body and an interesting, short finish with earthy, leafy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217564
Bogle
2014 Essential Red California
Garnet black color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of melted chocolate mint, menthol, blueberry cobbler, and roasted nuts with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, breezy toasty cedar finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity red blend with a toasty, crunchy oak.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217566
Cloud Chaser
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Brilliant khaki orange color. Toasty, yeasty aromas of strawberry-banana yogurt, sourdough lemon muffin, hint of rubber sap, and toasted rice green tea with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length white strawberry, lemon spritzed melon rind, and wet grass and bamboo shoot finish with fine, crunchy, soft tannins and no oak. A nice dry, earthy rose.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218185
Villanella
NV Pinot Grigio
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of nectarine skin, yeasty bread dough, roasted chestnuts, and flower patch earth with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, breezy lime granita and grass finish. A nice, dry pinot grigio quaffer.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217543
JAX
2014 Y3 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of green apples, toast and gravel, clarified butter, and pressed linen with a crisp, dry full body and a subtle, swift finish with earthy, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217792
Copperwood
2015 Merlot
Nearly opaque violet color. Oaky, fruity aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, toasty oak, dried berries, and chocolate bon bon with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A nice juicy, fruity, everyday merlot with toasty oak.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217791
Vidigal
2015 Vinho Verde DOC
Light emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of overripe apple, melon, and lemon, wet balsa and nuts, white peppercorn, and honeysuckle with a supple, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp lime, melon rind, and mineral water finish with no oak. A crisp, dry, lightly spritzy white for the table.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217695
Kestrel
2015 Estate Pinot Grigio
Clear white gold color. Aromas and flavors of overripe peach and lemon, young coconut and plantain, and hint of Elmer’s glue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, instant nectarine and clementine finish with silky tannins. A light, crisp refreshing pinot grigio sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217604
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Canto di Lago Fleurieu Peninsula
Medium dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of berry chutney, spiced nuts, and cocoa powder with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate mint and ground nuts, cedar shavings, menthol tobacco, and minerals finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, well balanced red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217694
Kestrel
2015 Estate Viognier
Pale straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of white peach, peach blossoms, hint of orange spice cake, and canned pineapple with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy nectarine, apple bobbing water, and clementine finish with no oak. A mellow viognier sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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