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February 2017 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

La Croix Saint Jean 2014 du Pere Michel Minervois
93 points
Garnet color. Fruity, minerally, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, delicate spice, cedar pencil shavings, and sundried tomato with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long roasted nuts and beets and light minerals finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A round, savory, and elegant balanced dry French red that will be very versatile.
First Timer 2015 Repeat Offender Pinot Noir
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled cherries, yams, warm berry-orange compote in a clay pot, and hint of bacon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length spiced praline, blood orange, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lively, refreshing pinot that is sure to please.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Clone 7 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20.99
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie with graham cracker crust, spiced cherries and beets, and buttery nut brittle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cedar and craisin finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A flavorful, well balanced Napa cabernet.
93 points $20.99
Kirkland Signature 2015  Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Dusty aromas and flavors of chocolate and vanilla nuts, spiced cherries and blueberries, baklava, and lemon-lavender relish with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pencil shavings and cranberry relish finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice supple French red for everyday pleasure.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Stella Cadente 2015  Falanghina del Sannio DOC
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of nectarine and apple tarts, toasted meringue, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long mango and pineapple, nutskin, and nutskin finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A ripe, vivacious, lightly toasty Italian white that will appeal to Chardonnay drinkers.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Clone 7 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$20.99
Opaque garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled berries and spicy pie crust with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length reduced orange, nuts, and cedar finish with soft, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, table friendly cabernet with chewy tannins.
92 points $20.99
Janisson & Fils NV Brut Tradition Champagne
92 points
$34.99
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple and lemon puff pastry and nougat with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long honeyed citrus, green apple, and dried apricot finish with soft, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, zesty Champagne that is very palate stimulating.
92 points $34.99
Red Thread 2014 Estate Bottled & Grown Howell Mountain
92 points
$65
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cassis pie a la mode, melted toffee, red clay, and maple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long cassis jam on toast, delicate spices, vanilla roasted nuts, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very supple and elegantly styled Howell Mountain cabernet.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2013 Captain Bubba Napa Valley
92 points
$72
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mincemeat pie, toffee, chocolate, and floral honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, delicate spices and creme brulee finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A silky smooth sipper.
Kirkland Signature 2013 Meritage Napa Valley
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Toasty, minerally aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, dark chocolate, and crusty berry tart with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, stimulating, long butter roasted nuts and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A deliciously flavorful, supple, and elegantly balanced red Meritage with an Old World flair.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Famiglia Castellani 2015 Annata Chianti Colli Senesi
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherry cobbler, roasted chestnuts, dried flowers, and planked oak and pressed linen with a lively, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Lovely integrated acidity pops the delicate flavors.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Zironda 2012  Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
91 points
$39.99
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and black fig, dried mushrooms and twigs, scorched linen, and crushed gravel and molasses with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Nice arc of complex flavors unfolded as the wine aired out in the glass.
91 points $39.99
Barone Montalto 2014  Terra Siciliane IGT
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright brick red color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, dried herbs and mint, wet cement and toast, and dried flowers and malabar pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, swift finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Complex, lifted flavors are nicely balanced - very precocious.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
El Tractor 2015  Malbec
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of fresh cut woods and a lumberyard, salinity and dried flowers, dried blackberries, and leather with an tangy, dry full body and a delightful, short finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Riva Leone 2015  Gavi DOCG
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Toasty, fruity, minerally aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and limestone with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lime granita and pickled melon and carrot finish with no oak. A very nice dry, savory, mouthwatering Gavi that will shine at the table.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014 Mountain Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$18.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee, mocha, and spiced cherries with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, craisin, spiced nuts, and vanilla cola finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, very appealing cabernet with pleasing fruit and structure.
90 points $18.99
Kirkland Signature 2014 Meritage Rutherford, Napa Valley
90 points
$19.99
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas of mocha, spiced berries, and nut brittle with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blood orange, cocoa, cedar, and herbs and pepper finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful, even and nicely tangy red Meritage that will be quite versatile.
90 points $19.99
Ancien 2013 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$58
Bright light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pits, nutskin, cocoa, and peat moss with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length marinated beets, spiced blood oranges, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nuanced, lively, and earthy pinot that will be very versatile.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2013 Dangers Napa Valley
90 points
$85
Hazy garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla cream, peanut nougat, and berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long chocolate mousse, nutskin, and mineral finish with silky tannins and light oak. A soft, plush Napa red that is sure to please.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2013 GBH Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$95
Dark dull dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla mint, overripe berries, chestnut honey, and clay with a supple, body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length cedar pencil shavings, craisins, and nutskin finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A dry, very even cabernet for the table.
Kirkland Signature 2016 Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of gherkin, reduced lemon, and grassy flower patch with a silky, racy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long grapefruit and lemon, green apple, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very racy and savory sauvignon blanc.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014  Pinot Noir
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Spicy, inviting aromas and flavors of caramelized bacon, spiced cherries, and hint of eucalyptus with a satiny, vibrant, body and a smooth, interesting, pickled beets and apples, nuts, spice, and chalk finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A delightfully savory and spicy pinot pleaser.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sand Point 2015  Pinot Noir
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry bonbon and chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy nougat and cherry jam on nut toast finish with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice fruity jammy, crowd pleasing pinot.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, roasted nuts, and dried berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length nutskin and slate finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, attractive Napa cabernet that is sure to please.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark straw green color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, tropical fruit salad, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long spiced pineapple and nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nicely restrained Russian River chardonnay that will shine at the table.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chain Gang 2013  North Coast
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, fresh aromas of floral honey, berry liqueur, roasted nuts, and dark chocolate with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a breezy nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A nice everyday red.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chain Gang 2014 Pitch Black Monterey County
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, mocha, and berry pie crust with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long honeyed sour cherries and raspberries, delicate spiced nuts, and coconut yogurt finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun zippy red that will be a crowd pleaser.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Famiglia Castellani 2011  Chianti Classico Riserva
89 points
$19.99
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark spiced cherries, dried mushrooms, planked oak, and dry roasted nuts with a lively, dry full body and an involved, rapid finish with earthy, woody tannins and light oak. A solid Chianti.
89 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19.99
Opaque dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, waxy honeycomb, and nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length pencil shavings, cassis jam on toast, and apples finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely rounded cabernet with nice structure for the table or aging.
89 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19.99
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, buttery toffee, and honeyed herbs with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length nuts, spice, and minerals finish with fine tannins and light oak. A straightforward Napa cab.
89 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature NV Brut Champagne
89 points
$19.99
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana-strawberry custard, honeyed apple and peach tart, and limestone with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length lemon curd and kiwi finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid Champagne that will cover a lot of bases.
89 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature 2014 Cuvée de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
89 points
$19.99
Bright dusty ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced craisin, herb roasted tomato, and clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length pomegranate, pencil shavings, dusty minerals, and nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A brooding, dry, savory wine that will shine at the table.
89 points $19.99
Zironda 2013 Ripasso Valpolicella DOC
89 points
$19.99
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mulberries, dark cherries, turned earth, and bread crust with an lively, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, snappy finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. Refreshingly fruity and zesty.
89 points $19.99
Cuvée A’Dair 2014  Chablis
89 points
$24.99
Clear straw color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of roasted lemon and mango, fallen apple, and limestone with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a silky, captivating, medium-long lemon spritzed melon, quince, minerals, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious, racy Chablis that will be great at the table.
89 points $24.99
Ancien 2013 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$52
Pale golden straw color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge and apple custard pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy kiwi and lemon, green pineapple, and nuts finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice zesty Napa chardonnay.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2013 Lappas Red Napa Valley
89 points
$55
Cloudy garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted peppers, chocolate dried berries, green herbs and spices, and orange pekoe tea with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length craisin and dried blueberry, marinated beets and honeyed yams, baking spices, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A finely balanced and flavor Napa red blend.
Kirkland Signature 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked apple, spiced nuts, and banana blossoms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, breezy lemon curd, pineapple cake, and vanilla toffee finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice crunchy chardonnay with appealing oak and fruit.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014  Columbia Valley
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of nutskin, pressed flowers, and chocolate and honey drizzled berries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length dried sour cherry and hint of vanilla and oak finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A super solid everyday red blend.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, hint of raspberry vinaigrette, chocolate nougat, and menthol tobacco with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, nuts, and cedar finish with no oak. A solid zinfandel sipper.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, baked citrus, and green pepper and herbs with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length grapefruit, tangerine, and hint of grassy earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice savory, refreshing sauvignon blanc with nice fruit and balance.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Replica 2015 Knockoff Chardonnay
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale light gold color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of grilled apple, citrus, and scallion, dark roasted nuts, and spicy carrot cake with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon and lime custard, mango, and almond skin finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice example of well oaked, ripe California chardonnay.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Clone 7 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright brick red color. Fruity, artificial aromas and flavors of berry pie and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length nuts and craisin finish with light oak. A nice juicy, chewy cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Cuvée A’Dair 2014 Les Chanvrières Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$17.99
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of nettles, green hay, cape gooseberries and lemon pith, and sweaty saddle and cumin with a lively, dry full body and an interesting, swift finish with dusty tannins and no oak. Complex scents here.
88 points $17.99
Kirkland Signature 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried cassis, and toasted graham cracker with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy spiced apple and melon and cedar finish with dusty, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A solid tangy cabernet with a firm layer of oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Geaux Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Light golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apples and pears, nut brittle, and oak spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length clementine finish with fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A snappy, well rounded chardonnay sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Geaux Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and nut brittle with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length craisin, sour cherry, nuts, and hint of molasses finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A rock solid cabernet with nice tangy fruit and balanced oak.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2015  Pinot Noir
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry bonbon, pencil and eraser, and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, brisk grilled beets, cedar, nuts, and earth finish with fine tannins. A crisp, nutty pinot.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Telegraph Hill 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries, spiced pistachios, chocolate toffee, and hint of olive with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice easy drinking cabernet.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2015  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach custard, fruit punch, and dreamsicle with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, honeyed apple and lime Pez finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, fruity pinot grigio quaffer.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
First Timer 2014 Red Wine California
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright violet color. Fruity, curious aromas and flavors of berry custard tart, nougat, and dark chocolate with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, relaxed spiced apples and earth finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice easy drinking everyday red that is sure to please.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Procrastinate 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried citrus and apples, muddy earth, rice, and green herb and chive with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy Meyer lemon finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nice mellow sauvignon blanc sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Telegraph Hill 2013 Red Wine Sonoma County
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and strawberry marmalade with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fruit, firm tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy to drink red with strawberry jam flavors, mild tannins, and good acidity.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2014  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
85 points
$9.99
Bright brick red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, tree bark, dried canvas, and toasted nuts with an lively, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with earthy, barky, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. Subtle old world earthiness prevails, nice innate acidity.
85 points $9.99
Sand Point 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$12
Pale garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, grilled peppers and berries, and dark chocolate with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, breezy spiced nuts, cassis jam, and toasty oak finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A oaky cabernet sipper.
Kirkland Signature 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$7.99
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, buttery nut brittle, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An easy everyday cab.
84 points $7.99
PKNT 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$9.99
Bright dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and cherries and warm raspberry compote with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant dark roasted nuts and cocoa finish with moderate oak. A sturdy, smoky pinot noir for the table.
84 points $9.99
LangeTwins Winery 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$16
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and prunes with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy cassis jam on toast, cedar, and spiced nuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy cabernet for the table.
Clone 7 2014 Reserve Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$16.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized berries and bacon and nut brittle with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and an effortless, captivating, carefree nutskin and cocoa finish with moderate oak. A pleasant easy drinking cab with a fun meaty note.
84 points $16.99
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