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January 2017 - New Release Wine

January 2017 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Château Élan NV Port Reserve American
95 points
$36.95
Opaque garnet black color. Baked, fruity aromas and flavors of berry-peach compote, spices, cocoa, and brown butter with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that shows shades of caramelized nuts, prunes and fruit leather, sweet and peppery spices, and cedar and earth. A remarkable domestic recreation of a fine, well-aged vintage Oporto.
95 points $36.95
Maroon Wines 2012 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$80
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote, nougat, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of cassis yogurt, cedar, forest floor, and olives with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous and nuanced cabernet with a very Old World like elegance and style.
La Croix Saint Jean 2014 Lo Paire Minervois
93 points
Dark garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of melted toffee and buttery bubbly berry pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, long finish that shows elements of marinated beets and yams and vanilla nut brittle with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. An artfully crafted red wine with rich fruity and savory flavors and super fine tannins.
La Croix Saint Jean 2014 Lo Mainatge Minervois
93 points
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee, roasted nuts, and pressed flowers with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish displaying notes of cherry custard and blood orange chutney with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A seductively silky and savory red that is sure to satisfy.
Rubus 2014  Shiraz
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Dark nearly opaque violet color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, menthol mint, and blueberry chutney with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with impressions of chocolate drizzled berries and cherries and toffee with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant, spicy Shiraz with balance.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Château Élan 2014 "Zyrah" American
93 points
$49.95
Violet color. Spicy, herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, blueberry-cranberry relish, and spiced nuts with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, long finish conveying notes of vanilla-tangerine custard, menthol-mint, and sandalwood with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy, fruity red blend that is sure to please.
93 points $49.95
Publix Premium 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$34.99
Nearly opaque violet color. Complex, inviting aromas and flavors of roasted cashews, mocha, spiced cassis, and hint of leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of huckleberry pie a la mode, nutskins, and minerals with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy cabernet with firm age worthy tannins.
92 points $34.99
Château Élan 2014 "Mameli" Signature American
92 points
$49.95
Ruby black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, clay, and nougat with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with overtones of spiced dried cherries and blueberries, chocolate orange peels, nutskin, and cedar with silky, crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruity red that will be very versatile.
92 points $49.95
Domaine Chabbert 2014 La Livinière Minervois
91 points
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of delicate potpourri, black raspberry torte, corn relish, and caramelized bacon with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking accents of vanilla nuts and pencil shavings with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, seamless red that will be very versatile.
Domaine Chabbert 2015  Minervois
91 points
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of berry granola, toffeed nuts, and pressed flowers with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that shows notes of spiced apples and oranges, cedar, ground almonds, and vanilla cream with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, chewy Southern French red that will shine at the table.
Château Élan 2015 "Scarlet" Reserve American
91 points
$26.95
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, creme brulee, and berry jam on toast with a supple, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-long finish with accents of watermelon, sweet spices, and cedar with fruit, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A bright juicy red blend that drinks a bit like a ripe Italian red.
91 points $26.95
Maroon Wines 2013 Single Vineyard Reserve Merlot
91 points
$60
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries and pickled tomatoes and vanilla nut brittle with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of honeyed sour cherries with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A bright, lively merlot with a nice spicy fruity core of flavor.
Martín Códax 2015  Albarino
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach, lemon chiffon, grass, and rice with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying accents of green apple skin, limestone, and roasted chestnut with no oak flavor. An excellent, crisp and refreshing albariño with great varietal character.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Bocelli 2015 Tenor Red Toscana IGT
90 points
$20
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe dark fruits and black currants, dark plums, nice minerality and salinity, and planked cedar and chest nuts with a lively, dry full body and an epic, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Subtle integration of flavors and the wine revealed more complexity as it saw more time in the glass.
Abarbanel 2015 Lemminade Gewurztraminer
90 points
$21
Straw green color. Fruity, floral, earthy aromas and flavors of lychee, honeysuckle and geranium patch, and clementine with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with overtones of apple and pear and hint of potpourri with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp, lightly floral and earthy gewurztraminer that pair nicely.
Wine Spots 2013 Cuvee 38 Red Wine Napa Valley
90 points
$25
Garnet black color. Toasty, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of dark berry pie a la mode, buttery nut brittle, and cocoa with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with nuances of spiced apple and pomegranate, creme brulee, and cedar with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, nicely layered red blend with chewy oak.
Château Élan 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$34.95
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries and sultanas, plum pie, chocolate, and marinated grape leaves with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of raspberry jam on scone, vanilla nuts, and mocha with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A bright, tasty, very fruit forward cabernet that drinks like zinfandel and is sure to please.
90 points $34.95
Rubus 2013 The Terraces Collection Pinot Noir
90 points
$36.95
Medium dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, chocolate yogurt, and dried cherries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of vanilla nut brittle, delicate spices, and cherry cola with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and superbly refreshing pinot noir.
90 points $36.95
Maroon Wines 2013 Single Vineyard Reserve Malbec
90 points
$60
Bright garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pencil savings, berry pie, and chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of vanilla toffee, spiced cherries, and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A big chewy malbec pleaser with rich fruit and structure.
Maroon Wines 2013 Douaihy Family Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$100
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cassis chutney, spicy boysenberry pie, and toffee with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of roasted nuts, cedar, and earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy, cellar-worthy cabernet that will be even better in time.
Rubus 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$26.99
Bright ruby black color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate nuts, mud and meat, and sandalwood with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that presents notes of creme brulee and pencil shavings with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice easy drinking Napa cabernet.
89 points $26.99
Witching Hour 2014 Red Blend California
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mulberry jam, minted cucumber, and delicate sweet spices with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, easy finish displaying notes of vanilla nuts and cedar with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, spicy, very attractive fruity sipper.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
OPTA 2015  Dao
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lilac, apple, lychee, and tapioca with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of lemon granita, kiwi, and melon. An attractive fruity, lightly floral white wine sipper that is sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Château Élan 2014 "Meritage" American
88 points
$49.95
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raisin chutney, toasted cranberry bread, and hint of crayon with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-to-long finish that presents elements of craisin, nutshell, and cedar with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bright, oaky red blend.
88 points $49.95
Domaine Chabbert 2015  Minervois Blanc
87 points
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked citrus, overripe nectarine, mossy earth, and carnation with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish imparting notes of melon rind, green apple, straw, and minerals with no oak flavor. A pleasant, crisp, minerally white for the table.
Duncan Creek NV Duncan Creek Red Muscadine
87 points
$11.95
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of grape reduction, spiced nuts, and dolmades with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of grape popsicle stick, floral spice and honey, and nutskin with dusty, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting sweet and savory, grapey dessert wine well suited for cheeses, dessert, or sangria.
87 points $11.95 Best Buy
Rubus 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$16.99
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit-mango relish, and grass with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with notes of nectarine skin and lemon cream with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice crisp, sauvignon blanc.
87 points $16.99
Rubus 2014 Old Vines Zinfandel
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas of dried straw, black raspberries, raisins and turned earth, and malabar pepper with an crisp, dry full body and an interesting, rapid finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Big jazzy fruit flavors need a bit of time to meld.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Abarbanel 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of bubble gum dust, green apple, pineapple gravel, and dried canvas with an tangy, dry medium-full body and an interesting, brisk finish with cottony, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Witching Hour 2014 Deep Red Blend California
85 points
$9.99
Brown brick red color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled berries, bbq woods, and olives with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits notes of blackberries, nougat, and cedar with barky, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A crispy, tangy, oaky red quaffer.
85 points $9.99
Rubus 2014 Proprietary Reserve Red Australia
85 points
$12.99
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberries and nougat with a silky, fruity light body and a sleek, cheery finish conveying notes of melon, apple, spice, and root beer with a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice fruity red.
85 points $12.99
Rubus 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$14.99
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of green apple, clay, dried canvas, and lemon pith with a lively, dry full body and a fast finish with cottony, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
85 points $14.99
Abarbanel 2015 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13
Ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, espresso, and cocoa with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish evoking notes of grilled cherries and apples and bark with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, oaky cabernet quaffer.
Rubus 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15.99
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, roasted peanuts, and toasty cedar with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish evoking overtones of flan and oak with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, fruity sipper.
84 points $15.99
Bella Mente 2015  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$16.99
Pale straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of bison grass, spiced lemon and apricot, and creamy almond nougat with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, cheery finish with suggestions of green apple, lime, and chalk with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A nice easy drinking pinot grigio quaffer.
84 points $16.99
Rubus 2014 "Icon" Malbec
84 points
$19.99
Opaque violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of pickled peaches and berries, cocoa, peppercorns, and polished wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, carefree finish revealing accents of olive tapenade, dried sour cherries, and nutskin with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice juicy, lightly savory malbec.
84 points $19.99
Falkner 2014 Vintners Reserve Sangiovese
84 points
$59.95
Medium garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, espresso beans, dried berries and vine tomatoes, and bbq woods with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium finish with suggestions of grilled beets, roasted root vegetables and greens, walnuts, and cedar with crunchy, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A dusty, savory sangiovese for the table.
84 points $59.95
Brass Tacks 2013  Merlot
83 points
$15
Dark garnet color. Aromas of roasted berries and nuts and mossy earth with a light body and an effortless, brisk honeyed cherries, nutskin, and cedar paper finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A dry, light merlot quaffer.
Love Noir 2014 "Satin Red" California
83 points
$15.99
Dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of berry jam, roasted nuts, vanilla cherry pastry, and latte with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish displaying suggestions of honeyed apple and oak and cedar with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A light, oaky red blend sipper.
83 points $15.99
Rubus 2015 White Blend France
82 points
$9.99
Brilliant light yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe peach and apple, grass, and rice with a soft, tart, dry light body and a seamless, swift finish with nuances of lemon rind, nettles, and twigs with no oak flavor. A dry, lean, very earthy white for shellfish.
82 points $9.99
Frey NV Rosé Redwood Valley
80 points
$9
Dark tomato bisque color. Curious, interesting aromas and flavors of roasted berries, toasted cedar plank, gherkin, and brown brown with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish evoking accents of buttered toasted baguette and pomegranate and craisin with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. An interesting toasty rose.
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