May 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
219944
Tradition
2015 Cuvée Red Wine Napa Valley
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of menthol mint, spiced blueberries, eucalyptus, and farm lands with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long vanilla mint and cola, spiced chocolate toffee, and pepper jelly on biscuit finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, complex, satisfying red blend with great style and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219425
Le Vigne
2014 di Domenico Malbec
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry custard, frosted apricot cobbler, and macadamia toffee and gelato with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, long super ripe peach, chocolate nuts, and hint of spiced tomato and citrus finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A fantastically fragrant and alluring Malbec that will be great for every occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219899
Tradition
2014 Red Blend Napa Valley
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, honeyed herbs and spices, and dark berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long cherry vanilla custard, orange spice cake, toffee, and menthol lozenge finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A supple, spicy, and vibrant red blend; very impressive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219665
Brutocao
2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches Chardonnay
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried apples in vanilla yogurt and toasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long graham cracker and pear tart finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A Chardonnay with great balance and charming fruitiness.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219691
Avinodos
2014 Malbec
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of malted vanilla and milk chocolate, yeasty pastry, and sweet spiced berries with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, medium-long pickled citrus and pears, nuts, and dusty cedar finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy, mouthwatering Malbec with great table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219422
Le Vigne
2014 Ame de la Vigne Paso Robles
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, vanilla cola, cherry danish, and pickle relish with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, subtle, long vanilla nut brittle, spicy apricot marmalade, and chocolate cherries and craisins finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, persistent red blend for all occasions and especially spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219409
Smith Devereux
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha fudge, pencil shavings, and berry pie crust with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-long berry creme brulee, nutskin, spiced toffee, and cola finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spot-on Napa Cabernet with everything in its proper place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219657
Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Estate Series 203 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
Black garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of menthol, cedar closet, tallow, and dried berries with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, very complex, very long black licorice, violet scented chocolate cherry pudding, vegetable ash, and marinated beets finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and brawny wine with deep layers of intriguing flavors; drink with the finest steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219292
Huge Bear
2011 Knights Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of olives and roasted peppers and root vegetables, toasty cedar, and berry compote with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long gherkin, spiced nuts, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A complex, savory and elegantly balanced Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219275
Calla Lily
2013 Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Complex aromas and flavors of fresh leather, salami, spice drops, and cherry cola with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and an epic, very long spiced raisins, pie crusts, anise and cedar, and cassis vinaigrette finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big and bold Cab with grown-up structure that will really pop after a few years of cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219659
Reynolds Family Winery
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright black ruby color. Savory aromas of hen of the woods mushrooms, coffee rubbed smoked meats, and cassis with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a hot, subtle, long sun dried berries, leather, cherry cola, and cherry scented tobacco finish with chewy, husky tannins and heavy oak. A giant Cab full of sun dried fruit flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219808
Waikiwi Bay
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, wheat grass, green almond, and dried green apples with a round, racy, light body and a sleek, captivating, long grapefruit curd, citrus pith, kiwi and kumquat relish, and lemon lime soda finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and cheerful NZ sauvignon blanc with a great finish.
93 points $6.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219807
Art of Earth
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Clean aromas of warm peaches, dusty grape skins, candied pineapple, and Sicilian nougat with a round, soft, fruity medium body and a stimulating, long tropical fruit glaze and passion fruit custard finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and pure Pinot Grigio fit for long dinners.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219770
Jip Jip Rocks
2016 Estate Grown Shiraz-Cabernet
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wet earth, blackberry jam, saddle, and smoked poblano pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long lavender, twigs and stems, and dried pomegranate finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Well-integrated aromas and flavors along with a rustic yet refined edge make wine drinkers seeking adventure beg for another sip.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219684
Acquesi
NV Brachetto Piemonte
Bright light ruby color. Perfumed, fruity aromas and flavors of candied strawberries, juicy apple, and peach blossom with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length ripe red apples finish with fine, fruit, cottony tannins. A great aperitivo or post-dinner wine.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219417
2Hawk
2015 Pinot Noir
Medium light garnet color. Inviting aromas of pickled okra, mixed berry pie, and rhubarb with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and an intricate, long cocoa dusted fresh raspberries, gunsmoke, schmaltz roasted almonds, and dried oranges finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak. A delicious Pinot Noir that is both humble and elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219692
Avinodos
2014 Zinfandel
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisins, peaches, and strawberries, floral honey, and vanilla bean gelato with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long tangerine custard, spiced apples, ground nuts, and peppered tomatoes finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A lovely, savory, claret-styled Zinfandel for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219424
Le Vigne
2014 di Domenico Grenache
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas of stewed plums and cherries, lavender plants, apricot creme brulee, and coconut macaroon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy chocolate yogurt, rolled wafer cookies, figgy pudding, and peanuts finish with well-integrated tannins. A nice underlying juiciness begs for another sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219274
Calla Lily
2014 Ultimate Red Pinot Noir
Dark dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, candied orange peel, tar, and rose petals with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length fertile earth and cherry cola finish with well-integrated, medium, leafy tannins. A savory Napa Pinot Noir that nods to the old world.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219305
Reynolds Family Winery
2012 Merlot
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard pie, melted chocolate toffee, and dried cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, delightful, medium-long vanilla mint, sweet and peppery spices, nuts, and sandalwood finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A seamless, flavorful merlot with great depth and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219656
Reynolds Family Winery
2013 Merlot
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries and pickled cucumbers with a bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length orange chiffon, honeyed plums and nuts, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A sumptuous Napa Merlot that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219690
Avinodos
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of berry custard tart, mocha toffee, floral tea and incense, and wet clay with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, long orange blossom honey drizzled nuts and cedar finish with chewy, coating tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy Coombsville Cabernet that will reward cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219658
Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Estate Series 201 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque black ruby color. Savory, smoky aromas of smoky grilled vegetables, fresh cracked pepper, and dried blackberries with a gritty, lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-long blackberry jam, cedar box, cinnamon plum, and eucalyptus finish with gritty, woody tannins and moderate oak. Tannins and oak dominate this big and fruity Napa Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219276
Audax
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black ruby color. Fruity aromas of fig bar, chocolate flavored candies, sweet herbs, and cedar incense with a lightly tannic, soft, dryish full body and a complex, medium-long chocolate bread pudding, dried figs, tobacco, and creme brulee finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A big velvety Cabernet with spot-on structure and flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219231
Rascal
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Rustic, pure aromas and flavors of iron-rich soil, organic raisin, sugared dried mint leaves, and wild cherries with an lively, dryish light body and a complex, long earthy chocolate, black tea, and wild strawberry finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A naturally lip-smacking and honest Pinot Noir with great earthy notes.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219389
Cabal
2014 Reserva Malbec
Bright deep purple color. Rustic aromas and flavors of dried blackberries, fine leather saddle, violet scented black tea, and hint of star anise with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long dark chocolate covered nut, arugula, cedar, and finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing savory Malbec with alluring waves of flavor.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219539
Massimo Ronca
2015 Ulderico White Blend Custoza Superiore DOC
Light yellow straw color. Elegant, earthy aromas and flavors of chopped hazelnuts, ripe olives, sliced nectarine and papaya, and garden fresh herbs and celery root with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long caper berries, Italian lemon, slate, and baked apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fantastically integrated wine with great savory complexity and elegant, mouthwatering acidity.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219294
Fore Family Vineyards
2012 Pinot Noir
Medium dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of marinated beets and cherries, praline, and cherry cola with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla toffee finish with light oak. A silky, fruity pinot with fine balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219418
Le Vigne
2014 di Ranchita Vista Cabernet Franc
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries, planked sandalwood, potters clay, and dried hay and toasted yeast with an lively, dry full body and an intricate, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice intensity of fruit is in great balance with tannins in this Paso Robles Cab Franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219420
Le Vigne
2014 Cuore della Vigna Paso Robles
Ruby color. Spicy aromas of sweet tobacco, angostura bitters, incense, and crushed berries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long raisin bread, cinnamon black tea, and saffron finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A great spicy and exotic red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219674
Eleven Eleven
2012 Laki's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cashew toffee, creme brulee, and berry pie crust with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long pickled oranges and blueberries, spiced nuts, cedar, and mocha cream finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, appetizing Cabernet that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219526
Cape May
2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of baked apple, all-butter cookies, and cinnamon swirl yogurt with a lightly tannic, soft, dryish medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length toasted apple muffin, toasty oak, roasted Marcona almonds, and pear compote finish with cottony, coating tannins and heavy oak. A big, oaky Chardonnay packed with flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219306
Reynolds Family Winery
2013 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
Opaque violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, delicate floral spices, praline, and earth with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nutskin, cedar, marinated cherries, and lemon pepper finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy red blend with a long life ahead of it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219228
Midsummer Cellars
2014 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berries in chocolate, mocha, black peppercorn, and vanilla taffy with a tannic, soft, dry full body and a very complex, medium-long smoked chocolate, sweet paprika, and hazelnut creme finish with grippy, well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A pastoral Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219229
Midsummer Cellars
2014 Hall Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium color. Sweet, nutty aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, chocolate hazelnut spread, violets, and mocha with a tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a colossal, long dried mint, Greek yogurt, and zatar finish with well-integrated, crunchy, chewy tannins. A rich and fruity wine for Mediterranean fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219683
Acquesi
NV Asti Spumante
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb and peach blossom with a creamy, bright, spritzy, off-dry light body and a cheery finish with fine, fruit tannins. A playful and sweet, daytime sipper.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219411
Smith Devereux
2015 Hánaiali'i Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Spicy, toasty, oaky aromas of spiced yellow apples, soft marshmallow, bruised peaches, and warm candied nuts with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramel and ripe mango with tajin finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A lovely Napa Chardonnay with delightful little jolts of acidity that offers nice contrast to classic creamy cali chard.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219655
Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty brown brick red color. Elegant, inviting aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried cherries, purple flowers, and vanilla bean gelato with an vibrant, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length bark and wild raspberries finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A tannic Pinot Noir that will pair well with rich dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219620
Chloe
2014 Wine Collection Red No. 249 North Coast
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty nougat, mocha mousse, berry tart, and hint of gum with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, long vanilla bean gelato, chocolate nuts and craisins, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, well-composed red blend that is sure to please.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219685
Acquesi
NV Cortese
Pale straw color. Floral, fresh, sweet aromas and flavors of honey and honeysuckle, pear, candied lime, and beeswax with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length cantaloupe and green earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A honeyed sparkler that makes the mouth water for morsels.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219654
Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Chardonnay
Medium gold color. Toasty aromas of buttered raisin bread, freshly made applesauce, pumpkin pie spices, and dark caramelized nuts with a slightly chewy, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long caramelized starfruit, oak, and apple creme brulee finish with medium, chewy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. An oaky Chardonnay with a tropical edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219410
Smith Devereux
2015 Hánaiali'i Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of crusty berry pie and chocolate nut fudge with a bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length creme brulee, spiced cherries and carrots, nutskin, and cedar finish with light oak. A nice fruity, chewy Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219669
Pearmund Cellars
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dusty attic rafters, sandalwood, raspberries, and clay with an crisp, dry full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Lively innate acidity that plays nice with fine fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219421
Le Vigne
2014 Nikiara Paso Robles
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, sweet pickle relish, and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate nuts and buttery praline finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice supple red blend with pleasing fruit and fine tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219408
Smith Devereux
2015 Ibex Reserve Napa Valley
Medium violet color. Fruity, jammy, herbal aromas and flavors of stewed berries, eucalyptus, and vanilla panna cotta with a lightly tannic, bright, fruity full body and a peppery, medium-to-long sugared plums, black licorice candy, white pepper, and cocoa dusted sour cherries finish with woody, coating tannins and moderate oak. A fruity and complex wine for big steak dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219227
Midsummer Cellars
2014 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark dusty ruby color. Inviting, jammy aromas of blackberry syrup, pie crust, and forest floor with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and an appealing, medium-long mixed berry fruit leather, smoky leather, and vanilla cigarillo finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A big Napa Cab with a smoky edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219446
Northleaf Winery
NV Park Place Duet Pinot Noir
Medium burnt sienna color. Aromas of stewed plums, cranberries, lilac honey, and vintage leather with a satiny, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-to-long buttered cranberry scone, pomegranate with clove, chocolate covered nuts, and yogurt covered dried blueberries finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A charming California Pinot Noir with luscious fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219769
Jip Jip Rocks
2016 Estate Grown Shiraz
Black violet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of stable, blackberry, wild blueberries, and eucalyptus honeycomb with a coarse, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length lavender, green peppercorn, and black raspberry chutney finish with clunky tannins. An adventurous Aussie Shiraz with nice balance and impact.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219239
Heitz
2016 Rosé Grignolino
Bright pink coral color. Fruity aromas of ripe watermelon, juicy nectarine, and fresh mint with an tart, fruity medium body and a refreshing, breezy tart cherry, lime zest, fresh mint, and watermelon Gazpacho finish with fine, fruit, crunchy tannins. A tart sipper for summer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219428
Kiara Bella
2016 Rose Paso Robles
Pale tomato bisque color. Earthy, fruity, savory aromas of summer berries and garden carrot with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a medium-length chamomile and boysenberry coulis finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A fun wine full of both juicy and savory flavors.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219355
Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of phosphate soda, granny smith apples, lemon pez, and dried canvas and volcanic dust with a vibrant, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy, cottony tannins and no oak. The lively refreshing acidity of this wine makes it a wonderful foil for fish sautéed in butter.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219541
Massimo Ronca
2016 Vignaiolo In Sommacampagna White Blend Custoza DOC
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of white peach bellini, passion fruit gelee, and wintergreen with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a captivating, medium-long citrus zest, quartz, and fresh herb salad finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and satisfying white wine for many occasions.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219423
Le Vigne
2014 di Domenico Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black currants, planked cedar, spiced green olives, and potters clay with a tangy, dry full body and a distinctive, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Big bold scents and flavors in an "old-school" new-world Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219293
Huge Bear
2013 Chardonnay
Medium straw green color. Buttery aromas and flavors of butter sauce and cedar with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length poached bosc pear, corn kernel, sweet cream gelato, and clove spiced apples finish with coating tannins and no oak. An intensely buttery Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219619
AVA Grace
NV Red Blend
Bright ruby black color. Aromas of blackberries, mocha, caper berries, and planked oak and clay with an crisp, dry full body and an appealing, swift finish with woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Rich aromas seamlessly translate to the palate in this red wine.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219686
Acquesi
NV Rosato Brut Rosé Piemonte DOC
Pale pink coral color. Funky aromas of fishing net, quince, rock salt, and cheddar with a crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length cranberry and Greek yogurt finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty and easy drinking sparkler.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219419
Le Vigne
2014 di Ranchita Vista Petite Sirah
Black violet color. Aromas of vanilla, frozen raspberry, and wet fresh leaves with a chewy, dryish medium body and a refreshing, medium-long chocolate, rum, and butterscotch finish with coating, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An inky Petite Sirah with a lovely unexpected rum-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219544
Vinos de los Muertos
NV Blanco Dulce Sweet White Wine
Light color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, and nougat with a soft, sweet medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dessert wine chock-full of fruit and nut flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219664
Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
Light gold color. Baked aroma of apple handpie with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla creme, apple compote, and pear icing finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easygoing Chardonnay with mild flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219447
Northleaf Winery
NV Milton Temperance Cellars Volstead Red California
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberries, purple pez, red flowers and violets, and planked oak and light pepper with a crisp, dryish full body and a refreshing, quick finish with woody tannins and light oak. An approachable California red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219427
Le Vigne
2016 Rose Paso Robles
Bright tomato bisque color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and forest floor with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a cheery finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A simple rose to serve with or without food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219583
The Naked Grape
NV Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apples, subtle toasted coconut, lemon curd, and hint of planked oak with an crisp, dryish full body and an interesting, brisk finish with woody tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy non-confrontational white with clean delineated flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219545
Vinos de los Muertos
NV Rojo Dulce Sweet Red Wine
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with an sweet medium body and an interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A cleanly made sweet red to serve with chocolate or on its own.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219642
Hacienda Carmen Adela
NV La Mancha
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, tobacco and planked oak, crushed gravel, and lemon pith with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a rapid finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak. A classic old-world Tempranillo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219678
Henry Estate
2016 Veraison American
Bright pink color. Aromas and flavors of red berry, cherry, and toasted nuts with a vibrant, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a swift finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A clean rosé with a hint of spritz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219630
Effingham
2014 Meritage Virginia
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, tree bark and planked oak, turned earth, and hint of oriental seven spice with a lively, dry full body and an engaging, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice Meritage blend with delicate nose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219643
Hacienda Carmen Adela
NV Chardonnay-Verdejo
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, cling peach syrup, crushed gravel, and dried twigs with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a short finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A refreshing spring wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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