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March 2017 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Lucky Dogg 2015 Bradys Blend Syrah
94 points
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 finish with notes of pickled beets, tomatoes and cherries, honeyed peppercorns, and coconut with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, expressive syrah to pair with the richest of dishes.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Syrah
Toccata 2013 Mission Red Blend Santa Barbara County
94 points
$34
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 finish with notes of vanilla nuts, delicate flowers, hint of bouillon, and cocoa with silky, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, artfully poised red wine with a bright future and pleasing present.
D.R. Stephens Estate 2015 Estate Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$75
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 finish displaying notes of spiced orange and lime, nuts, cherry cola, and delicate spices with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, fruit driven pinot with enticing waves of flavor.
Lucky Dogg 2014 Hair of the Dogg Reserve Syrah
93 points
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 finish that shows impressions of spiced berries and nuts, caramelized back bacon, smoked peppercorns, and coconut with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fun, meaty syrah with lots going on.
Chasing Venus 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$16
Best Buy
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 finish that shows accents of green apple skin, yellow pepper, and mango with chewy, silky, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A luscious, tropical fruit driven sauvignon blanc with a fun peppery note.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best New Zealand White Wine
93 points $16 Best Buy
Toccata 2013  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$20
Best Buy
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 finish imparting suggestions of spiced nuts and earth with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very flavorful and appealing pinot grigio with a beautiful color too.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Mossback 2014  Pinot Noir
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Sourish aromas and flavors of spice cake and nut brittle with a satiny, tangy, fruity full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish that shows notes of dried sour cherries and craisins, delicate minted melon, and chocolate with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A superbly vibrant and flavorful pinot noir that is sure to please.
Lorenzi Estate 2013 Estate Grown Syrah
92 points
$45
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 finish with suggestions of coconut custard, cherry-orange chiffon, peppered nuts, and cedar with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, chewy, spicy syrah and demands big flavors at the table.
Radovanovic 2013  Sumadija
91 points
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 finish that presents elements of bouillon, craisin, nutskin, and pepper with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A dry, savory earthy red blend reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux Superior.
Radovanovic 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
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.
Youngberg Hill 2014 Cuvee Pinot Noir
91 points
$35
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 finish with notes of sour cherry and nectarine, ground nuts, beets, and sassafras with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice, nuanced pinot noir with a good sense of place.
Radovanovic 2015 Classique Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
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 medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying shades of white chocolate mint, cedar, and earth with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A bright, finely balanced cabernet with great appeal and a nice sense of place.
Youngberg Hill 2014 Natasha Pinot Noir
90 points
$50
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 finish with notes of cedar incense, spiced nuts, earth, and peppercorns with crunchy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A tangy, weighty, savory pinot for the table.
Radovanovic 2013 Selekcija Chardonnay
89 points
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple custard and nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking touches of honeyed lemon, minerals, and nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice creamy, mouthwatering chardonnay for all applications.
Radovanovic 2015 Classique Chardonnay
88 points
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 finish that shows notes of pineapple, minerals, and nutskin with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice crisp, crunchy chardonnay with vibrant acidity for the table.
Robert Hall Winery 2016 Margarets Vineyard Orange Muscat
88 points
$16
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, creme anglaise, spiced apples, and pressed flowers with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of honeyed pears and clementine with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A round, creamy, very fruit off-dry white.
Black Box 2015  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$20.09
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, breezy finish with nuances of honeyed nectarine, delicate spice, and rice cake with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice crisp, fruity, pinot grigio.
88 points $20.09
Black Box 2014  Shiraz
88 points
$20.09
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, breezy finish with notes of buttery caramel candy and aged gouda with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very nice, crowd pleasing, porch pounding red wine.
88 points $20.09
Lorenzi Estate 2013 Rainbow Gap Vineyard Grenache
88 points
$35
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 finish that exhibits shades of toffee, spiced nuts, hint of caramelized carrot drizzled in white balsamic, and berry tea with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice lightly chewy, table friendly grenache.
Kingman Estates 2015 Marvlous Red Blend Grand Valley
86 points
$19.50
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 finish that exhibits suggestions of salted nuts, dusty cedar, and hint of pepper with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky savory sipper.
86 points $19.50
Black Box 2015  Chardonnay
86 points
$20.09
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 crisp finish evoking shades of vanilla cream and kiwi with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $20.09
Black Box 2015  Pinot Noir
86 points
$24.49
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 finish that presents touches of sweet beet relish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A nice tasty pinot pounder.
86 points $24.49
Picayune Cellars 2015  Pinot Noir
86 points
$29
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of dark cherries, raspberries, light toasted oak, and dried leaves with a dry medium body and an engaging, brisk finish with leafy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
Youngberg Hill 2014 Bailey Pinot Noir
86 points
$40
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 flavor. A rich, spicy, woody pinot.
Youngberg Hill 2014 Jordan Pinot Noir
86 points
$50
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 finish with touches of nuts, cedar, earth, and reduced lemon with barky, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, concentrated, earthy pinot noir that will improve with cellaring.
Lucky Dogg 2015 Lucky Cougar Chardonnay
83 points
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, breezy finish with accents of lemon spritzed apple, kiwi and lime, nuts, and oak with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A broad, oaky chardonnay with snappy acidity.
Youngberg Hill 2015  Pinot Blanc
83 points
$25
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, breezy finish that exhibits accents of lemon curd with crunchy, fruit tannins. An earthy white for the table.
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2015 AuraAria AngelMoon Gewurztraminer
82 points
$22
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, short finish evoking notes of mealy apple, peach skin, and limestone. A funky, earthy gewurztraminer for the table.
Black Box 2015  Riesling
82 points
$24.49
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 flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
82 points $24.49
Radovanovic 2014 Rizling Rajnski Riesling
81 points
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 brief finish with papery, cottony tannins and no oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
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