July 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
220350
Cielo
2013 Cent'anni Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Dusty garnet black color. Floral, elegant, mature aromas of Christmas pudding and sweet black cherry, orange blossom and violet candy, new leather, and chocolate cookie with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a thought-provoking, endless dried forest berries, salted caramel chocolate truffle, polished wood, and dusted jerked meats finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. Life’s puzzle pieces finally come together when drinking this wine.
97 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220376
Augustale
2012 Nero di Troia Riserva Castel del Monte DOCG
Bright dusty garnet color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of red licorice and ripe cassis, star anise and rose petal, freshly turned earth, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a prodigious, very long dried basil and caper berries, sun dried berries, red velvet cake, and bay leaf and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressive, earthy wine to delight your guests with.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220405
Cordon
2015 Les Jumeaux Pinot Noir
Bright ruby garnet color. Complex aromas of porcini mushroom, fennel seeds, lingonberry, and cardamom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a distinctive, long dark red fruit leather, fresh tobacco leaf, and dark chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nuanced and satisfying Pinot Noir for special dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220349
Cielo
2015 Appassionatamente Red Wine Veneto IGP
Bright violet garnet color. Vegetal, rustic aromas and flavors of forest floor, sweet peppers, patent leather, and graphite with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy bramble, violet, and chocolate ganache finish with medium tannins and light oak. A rustic and fruity wine that will shine at the table.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220394
Burning Tree Cellars
2013 The Duke Margarita Vineyard Red Blend Paso Robles
Dark violet color. Earthy, elegant aromas and flavors of dried violet, pinecone, ripe cassis, and forest mushroom with a velvety, lively, fruity full body and a warming, thought-provoking, long black licorice and rose petals, preserved lemon vinaigrette, sweet nougat, and bay leaf and coriander finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins. A gorgeous new world interpretation of Bordeaux; cellarable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219719
NV Splendido Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of caramel apples, white flowers, roasted nut brittle, and mango yogurt with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long green apple tart and maple sap finish with soft, fruit tannins and light oak. A lovely, elegant and round Chardonnay.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220449
Jip Jip Rocks
2016 Shiraz
Dark indigo color. Earthy aromas of forest mushrooms, melted chocolate mint, honey, and heavily toasted marshmallow with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, complex, medium-long ripe plum, spice cake, and smoked beets finish with well-integrated, chewy, earthy tannins. A wild yet elegant Shiraz for earthy fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220219
Elodian
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of leather saddle, cedar smoke, night-blooming jasmine, and cassis preserve and mocha with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity full body and an intriguing, medium-length fine cigar, wet earth, rose petal, and vanilla and dill finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A calculated Napa Cabernet with a portfolio of rich flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220218
Elodian
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Aromas of stewed plums, allspice, cassis preserve, and ground coffee with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length pickled beets, fresh dill, vanilla taffy and flan, and bay leaf finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy and lip-smacking Cabernet for weeknight steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220513
Asio Otus
NV Bianco Italy
Medium emerald straw color. Attractive, minerally aromas and flavors of orange blossom and acacia blossom, marzipan, lemon bar and lime peel, and sea shell with a round, racy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, delightful, breezy salted pretzel stick and rice candy finish with silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious everyday wine with oscillating creaminess and minerally acidity.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220348
Cielo
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
Pale silvery straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of sweet fruit melange, orgeat, and fresh cut sweet herbs with a round, lively, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, medium-length pineapple candy, mixed melon, mineral, and quince finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A rock solid Prosecco with pure fruit, great structure and a nice sense of place.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220206
Europa Village
2014 Vienza Estate Wine Montepulciano
Garnet color. Aromas of cranberry, strawberry preserve, and mocha with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-long mineral, thyme, and spice cake finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A simple but delicious wine that has a great backbone of minerality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220380
Honoré de Berticot
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Citrusy, sweet aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit candy, maraschino cherry pit, marzipan, and apricot and guava with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length starfruit, shiso, and canary melon finish with fine, silky tannins. A refreshing fruit basket of a white blend.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219717
2015 Glissando Red Blend
Dusty ruby garnet color. Smoky aromas of cedar and forest berries with a supple, crisp, medium-to-full body and a brisk vanilla lip balm and dill finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An everyday red for the table.
88 points $9.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220248
Art of Earth
2015 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Medium deep purple color. Rustic aromas of boysenberry, bramble, sweet tobacco, and basil and oregano with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length honey, leather, fresh mint, and creme finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak. A tight wine with big aging potential.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220514
Asio Otus
NV Rosso Italy
Bright deep purple color. Fruity aromas of mixed berry compote and plum with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length chocolate tart, mint sorbet, chopped hazelnut, and game finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A yummy, jammy red blend for spicy foods or enjoying on its own.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220450
Mt. Monster
2016 Shiraz
Dark black ruby color. Earthy, umami aromas of shitake mushroom, soy sauce, plum, and eucalyptus with a coarse, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an elegant, medium-length plum sauce, preserved asian fruits, mocha, and smoky pie crust finish with chunky tannins and moderate oak. An umami Shiraz begging for East Asian cuisine.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219713
L’Excentris
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of cassis and rum raisin, menthol mint, fresh tobacco, and toasted cinnamon pastry with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a buoyant milk chocolate, leather wallet, and dried dill finish with barky, coating tannins and moderate oak. A red crusher that can stand on its own.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220381
Château du Marquet
2014 Cuvée Tradition Côtes de Duras
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of black pepper, baking spice, and tobacco with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk bell pepper, unripe red cherry, and slate finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice weeknight wine.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220451
Mt. Monster
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruit, fresh cigarette, and strawberry jam with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a brisk orange zest, chocolate covered raisin, and charred nuts finish with chunky tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, lightly smoky cabernet for everyday meals.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220410
Ashokawna
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright bright ruby color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, winter spices, vanilla creme, and blistered cherry with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-length lavender and mint finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A yummy Pinot Noir to sip alone or with dinner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220393
Burning Tree Cellars
2013 The Abbott Margarita Vineyard Red Blend Paso Robles
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Fruity, complex aromas of stewed currant, menthol, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long juicy red fruits, cocoa butter and leather, marinated beets, and grilled green pepper finish with chewy tannins. A great red blend for rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220409
7 Moons
2015 Red Blend California
Dark black violet color. Aromas of velum, violet, grilled concord grapes, and black cherry cola with a velvety, bright, fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-length sun dried tomato, sweet blueberry, roasted nuts, and almond creme finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A velvety wine with big fruit and dark mystery.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220207
Bolero Cellars
2014 Bolero Estate Wine Garnacha
Bright garnet color. Fresh, floral aromas of red licorice, orchard blossom, and pinecone with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long chocolate candy, candied flowers, white pepper and black olive, and key lime pie finish with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious confluence of floral and candied notes; a beautiful wine for pairing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220347
Cielo
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, salty shoreline, and fresh lemon rind with a supple, bright, fruity thin body and a short finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy-drinking Pinot Grigio for a crowd.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219718
2015 Vivere Red Blend Italy
Dark ruby color. Confected aromas of stewed cherry, vanilla, and raspberry liqueur with a silky, crisp, medium body and a breezy red bell pepper finish with silky tannins. A straightforward silky, fruity crusher.
84 points $9.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220208
Bolero Cellars
2015 Bolero Estate Wine Garnacha Rosa
Dusty light ruby color. Fruity, candied aromas of cherry vanilla pie, rhubarb compote, red delicious apple, and creme brulee with a thick, soft, fruity medium body and a sleek, brisk brandied cherry, white chocolate, and nut shells finish with silky, medium tannins and moderate oak. A rich and fruity Rosé for Pinot Noir lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220116
Ledson
2016 Pinot Rosé Russian River Valley
Pink color. Candied aromas and flavors of watermelon candy, white grapefruit candy, and orange blossom with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed peach gummies, bamboo shoots, parchment, and grape jelly finish with silky tannins. A breezy and easy-drinking rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220205
Europa Village
2014 Vienza Estate Wine Barbera
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity aroma of forest berry with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length espresso bean studded chocolate bar, raspberry preserve, and chocolate gelato finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A plush Barbera, distinctly Californian in style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220053
D’Orsay
2016 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of pureed apples and bananas, peach skins and marinated grape leaf, linoleum, and slate and moss with a soft, dryish light body and a smooth, sparse underripe cassis finish with soft tannins and no oak. A mild rosé for casual occasions.
82 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220606
Macauley
2015 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Funky aromas of sweet mascarpone, apple butter, and struck match with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a hot, breezy popcorn butter and poached apricot finish with soft tannins and light oak. An interesting and funky Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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