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December 2016 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Avalon Tree" Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20
Best Buy
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
JAX 2015 Y3 Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Lake Doctor" Shiraz
92 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Bogle 2014  Petite Sirah
91 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Phantom 2013 Dark Red Blend California
91 points
$18
Best Buy
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
JAX 2014 Y3 Taureau Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$19.99
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
Kestrel 2012 The Dance Red Blend Yakima Valley
90 points
$20
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Chocolate Factory" Shiraz
90 points
$20
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Violet Beaureguard" Malbec
90 points
$20
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Love Symbol" Grenache
90 points
$20
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.
Kestrel 2015 Estate Chardonnay
90 points
$21
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.
Kestrel 2015 Rosé Yakima Valley
89 points
$17
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.
Kestrel NV Lady in Red 10th Edition Yakima Valley
89 points
$18
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.
Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva" Chardonnay
89 points
$19.50
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
Vidigal 2014 Reserva Vinho Regional Lisboa
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Bogle 2014  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Bogle 2014 Essential Red California
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Cloud Chaser 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
88 points
$24.99
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
Villanella NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
JAX 2014 Y3 Chardonnay
87 points
$19.99
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
Copperwood 2015  Merlot
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
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
Vidigal 2015  Vinho Verde DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Kestrel 2015 Estate Pinot Grigio
86 points
$17
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Canto di Lago Fleurieu Peninsula
86 points
$20
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.
Kestrel 2015 Estate Viognier
82 points
$21
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.
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