March 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
218652
Lucky Dogg
2015 Brady's Blend Syrah
Garnet color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of halva, floury berry tart, chocolate nuts, and rattan with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long pickled beets, tomatoes and cherries, honeyed peppercorns, and coconut finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, expressive syrah to pair with the richest of dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218591
Toccata
2013 Mission Red Blend Santa Barbara County
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and citrus and dusty spices with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long vanilla nuts, delicate flowers, hint of bouillon, and cocoa finish with silky, dusty tannins and light oak. An elegant, artfully poised red wine with a bright future and pleasing present.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218540
D.R. Stephens Estate
2015 Estate Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir
Violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed dried cherries and huckleberries, toffee, and creme brulee with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long spiced orange and lime, nuts, cherry cola, and delicate spices finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich, fruit driven pinot with enticing waves of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218651
Lucky Dogg
2014 Hair of the Dogg Reserve Syrah
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced fig and prune, pencil eraser, bouillon cube, and olives and peppers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced berries and nuts, caramelized back bacon, smoked peppercorns, and coconut finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun, meaty syrah with lots going on.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218705
Chasing Venus
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit and guava, grassy herbs, and white peppercorn with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length green apple skin, yellow pepper, and mango finish with chewy, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A luscious, tropical fruit driven sauvignon blanc with a fun peppery note.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218592
Toccata
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale light silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed peach and watermelon and lemon soufflé with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long spiced nuts and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A very flavorful and appealing pinot grigio with a beautiful color too.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218704
Mossback
2014 Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Sourish aromas and flavors of spice cake and nut brittle with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long dried sour cherries and craisins, delicate minted melon, and chocolate finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak. A superbly vibrant and flavorful pinot noir that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218596
Lorenzi Estate
2013 Estate Grown Syrah
Opaque dusty ruby color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate bacon bar, fig Newton, and dried boysenberries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long coconut custard, cherry-orange chiffon, peppered nuts, and cedar finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, chewy, spicy syrah and demands big flavors at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218823
Radovanovic
2013 Sumadija
Brown brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted green peppers and mushrooms, soy, cocoa berries, and clay with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long bouillon, craisin, nutskin, and pepper finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A dry, savory earthy red blend reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux Superior.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218825
Radovanovic
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity, complex aromas of berry pie, spiced almonds, and clay with a supple, bright, medium-to-full body and an effortless, captivating, long chocolate mint and earth finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A nicely refined cabernet with a pleasing, earthy terroir and great acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218521
Youngberg Hill
2014 Cuvee Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Sulfurous, fruity aromas and flavors of baking spices, chocolate, and cherry compote and cola with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length sour cherry and nectarine, ground nuts, beets, and sassafras finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A nice, nuanced pinot noir with a good sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218827
Radovanovic
2015 Classique Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Creamy, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, berry custard pie, exotic spiced nuts, and clay and olive skin with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length white chocolate mint, cedar, and earth finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A bright, finely balanced cabernet with great appeal and a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218522
Youngberg Hill
2014 Natasha Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of pickled beet relish, roasted berries and citrus, young coconut, and pomegranate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cedar incense, spiced nuts, earth, and peppercorns finish with crunchy, woody tannins and light oak. A tangy, weighty, savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218826
Radovanovic
2013 Selekcija Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple custard and nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed lemon, minerals, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice creamy, mouthwatering chardonnay for all applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218824
Radovanovic
2015 Classique Chardonnay
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus and apple and vanilla nut with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long pineapple, minerals, and nutskin finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice crisp, crunchy chardonnay with vibrant acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218614
Robert Hall Winery
2016 Margaret's Vineyard Orange Muscat
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, creme Anglaise, spiced apples, and pressed flowers with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long honeyed pears and clementine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A round, creamy, very fruit off-dry white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218444
Black Box
2015 Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon and nut brittle with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant honeyed nectarine, delicate spice, and rice cake finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice crisp, fruity, pinot grigio.
88 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218439
Black Box
2014 Shiraz
Light dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, butter roasted nuts, and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree buttery caramel candy and aged gouda finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very nice, crowd pleasing, porch pounding red wine.
88 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218597
Lorenzi Estate
2013 Rainbow Gap Vineyard Grenache
Dusty ruby garnet color. Buttery, nutty aromas and flavors of nut brittle, white chocolate covered berries and figs, and hint of fruit punch with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length toffee, spiced nuts, hint of caramelized carrot drizzled in white balsamic, and berry tea finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice lightly chewy, table friendly grenache.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218874
Kingman Estates
2015 Marv'lous Red Blend Grand Valley
Ruby garnet color. Funky, spicy aromas and flavors of roasted berries and tomatoes, brown spices, and hint of rubber sap with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy salted nuts, dusty cedar, and hint of pepper finish with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An oaky savory sipper.
86 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218442
Black Box
2015 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of apple pie, lemon tart, and banana muffin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a easy vanilla cream and kiwi finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218443
Black Box
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, cherry chocolate bar, and wafer cookie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, breezy sweet beet relish finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak. A nice tasty pinot pounder.
86 points $24.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218910
Picayune Cellars
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of dark cherries, raspberries, light toasted oak, and dried leaves with a dry body and an engaging, brisk finish with leafy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218520
Youngberg Hill
2014 Bailey Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of polish cedar, gherkin, cocoa dusted berries, and exotic herbs and spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with crunchy, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy, woody pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218523
Youngberg Hill
2014 Jordan Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, baked, roasted aromas and flavors of stewed berries, cedar incense, vanilla toffee, and pickle with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nuts, cedar, earth, and reduced lemon finish with barky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, concentrated, earthy pinot noir that will improve with cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218653
Lucky Dogg
2015 Lucky Cougar Chardonnay
Pale bright gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of fruit custard tart, caramelized mangos and pineapples, coconut, and sautéed nuts with a supple, racy, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, buoyant lemon spritzed apple, kiwi and lime, nuts, and oak finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A broad, oaky chardonnay with snappy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218524
Youngberg Hill
2015 Pinot Blanc
Straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried fruits, vanilla Greek yogurt, and mossy earth with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, relaxed lemon curd finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. An earthy white for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218743
Danenberger Family Vineyards
2015 AuraAria AngelMoon Gewurztraminer
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried apricot and pit, spicy carrot cake, and flower patch earth with a supple, flat, fruity medium body and a tingling, brief mealy apple, peach skin, and limestone finish. A funky, earthy gewurztraminer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218441
Black Box
2015 Riesling
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of peaches, yellow apples, dried canvas, and gum dust with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a brisk finish with papery, cottony tannins and no oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
82 points $24.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218822
Radovanovic
2014 Rizling Rajnski Riesling
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches, yellow apple, dried canvas, and volcanic dust with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a short finish with papery, cottony tannins and no oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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