August 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
220289
Chateau Abelyce
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Dark deep purple color. Elegant, complex aromas of expensive cigar wrapper and sweet spearmint with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an involved, medium-long fine leather, dried red fruit, smoky earth and peppered vanilla, and cinnamon candy finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A wingback leather chair of a wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220430
2Hawk
2014 Limited Reserve Tempranillo
Black garnet color. Aromas of black licorice, cured meats, and tomato jam with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, very long Kalamata olive, smoked tomato, lapsang suchong, and ginger powder finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins. A smoky, savory wine that is both elegant and powerful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220607
Philippe Prie
NV Brut Tradition Champagne
Brilliant straw color. Minerally aromas of lemon oil, crushed stones, honey-nut brittle, and beeswax with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an involved, long Belgian beer, kiwi-lime, and limestone finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicately leesy champagne with striking minerality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220399
Alias
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Clean, citrusy aromas of white grapefruit liqueur, marsh grasses, wheat grass, and graham cracker with a supple, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length chalk and sage finish with fine, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp white with snappy flavors and precise balance.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220543
Chaumette
2015 Unoaked Chardonel
Gold color. Fruity, elegant aromas of lemon balm, polished tile, slate, and underripe mango with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long green olive, underripe peach and nutmeg, toasted brazil nut, and resin and white pepper finish with silky, fruit tannins. A lengthy, weighty, and precise Chardonel for gourmet pairing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220288
Andre Farjon
2015 Vinsobres
Bright garnet color. Fruity aromas of overripe cherries, wet earth, oyster mushrooms, and chocolate toffee with a gritty, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long black tea, rose jam, peppercorn muffin, and green pepper finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious Rhône blend with juicy appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220609
Bochet-Lemoine
NV Brut Champagne
Straw green color. Toasty aromas of brioche with lard, apple butter, caramelized pineapple, and candied almonds with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a sleek, nuanced, medium-length marzipan and lemon gelée, French toast with green apple syrup, crushed quartz, and artisan butter and Fontina cheese finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A crowd-pleasing, big and fruity Champagne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220611
Fabienne Prie
NV Brut Reserve Champagne
Brilliant straw color. Toasty, inviting aromas of wet stones, brioche, baked pear, and parsnip with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long lemon coulis, lime zest, and coconut taffy finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A bright Champagne with a hint of tropical sweetness and pleasing toasty notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220429
2Hawk
2015 Malbec
Deep purple color. Confected, fruity aromas of fresh mixed berry jam, candied violet petals, and spearmint jellies with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long chocolate crisp, fine leather, walnut creme, and graham cracker finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A fresh, fruity Malbec with a candy shop of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220652
Whitman Express
2012 The Conductor Red Blend Sonoma County
Dusty brick red color. Fruity, funky aromas of chocolate covered strawberry and habañero with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length iced latte and white pepper finish with soft, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun and juicy red blend for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220524
Kirkland Signature
2016 Pinot Grigio
Minutely hazy straw color. Fruity, fresh, floral, exotic aromas of wildflowers, honey, and grapefruit peel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a layered, medium-length salted sliced almonds, whipped cream, lemon zest and melon, and shallot finish with medium tannins. A complex Pinot Grigio with an expressive floral bouquet.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220582
Savory & James
NV Fine Ruby Porto Portugal
Ruby black color. Interesting, nutty aromas of caramelized peanuts, caramel covered popcorn, and blackberry jam with a slightly chewy, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length sweet tarragon and milk chocolate finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A complex and nutty ruby port that over-performs for the category.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220583
Savory & James
NV Fine Tawny Porto Portugal
Copper color. Spicy aromas of leather wallet, ripe forest berries, fresh foraged herbs, and spiced orange tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long bread pudding with caramel sauce, dried dates and figs, and eucalyptus finish with light oak. A lip-smacking, fruity tawny Porto for after dinner, cocktails, or cheese pairings.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220585
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Medium Amontillado Sherry Jerez
Mahogany brown color. Toasty, yeasty aromas of raisin, panettone, cocoa powder, and almond meal and fresh baked croissant with a satiny, racy, off-dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long dried figs and dates, chocolate batter, and anisette biscotti finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A rich and chocolatey Amontillado with singing acidity.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220575
Lenz Moser
2016 Prestige Grüner Veltliner
Pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and honeydew melon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a medium-length quartz and lime finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A zippy and fruity Grüner for hot summer nights and grilled fish dinners.
89 points $15.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220481
Resolute Wines
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright ruby black color. Peppery, elegant aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, red velvet cake, and black pepper with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a delightful, medium-length leather, thyme, fennel seed and bacon, and dried cranberry finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. An earthy and elegant Cabernet for rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220544
Chaumette
2015 Reserve Chambourcin
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, exotic aromas of forest berries, violet and gardenia, tomato vine, and polished wood and spiced bark with an thin body and an interesting, breezy fresh toast, black plum, cinnamon yogurt, and quince and persimmon finish with leafy tannins and light oak. An earthy Chambourcin that can stand up to hefty meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220446
Martin Berdugo
2014 Crianza Tempranillo
Garnet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of cherry cola, orgeat, and orange gummy with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a breezy allspice, cinnamon, and castelvetrano olives finish with chewy tannins. A delicious and elegantly balanced Ribera del Duero wine for all occasions.
89 points $29.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220436
Wild Sun Winery
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black ruby color. Smoky aromas and flavors of blueberry compote, fresh cigar, and volcanic ash with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy lavender, sweet licorice, mocha, and raspberry jam finish with coating, soft tannins. A plush Cab with a smoky edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220287
Cave de Ribeauvillé
2015 Vieilles Vignes Riesling
Light emerald straw color. Aromas of apple cinnamon pastry, kiwi, and ripe honeydew with a satiny, racy, dry medium body and a complex, medium-long fresh orchard fruit, Turkish delight, and tropical fruit tart finish with a suggestion of oak. A slightly tropical Riesling; restrained yet expressive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220614
Charles Mignon
NV Cuvee Comte de Marne Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Medium yellow straw color. Buttery aromas and flavors of toasted croissant, fresh butter, and spiced nuts with lime zest with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long lime leaf and vanilla yogurt finish. A lovely non-vintage champagne to share with friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220649
Valley of the Moon
2013 Pinot Noir
Dusty brick red color. Toasty aromas of clove, cinnamon tea, cherry vanilla gelato, and marinated mushrooms with a round, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk cranberry, cocoa nibs, and faint cigar smoke finish with silky, coating tannins and moderate oak. A gentle Carneros Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220650
Valley of the Moon
2012 Zinfandel
Dark garnet color. Aroma of basalt with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-length raisin, chocolate ganache, vanilla mocha, and kirsch finish with chewy tannins. A nicely concentrated zinfandel to stand up to rich dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220577
Lenz Moser
2016 Selection Grüner Veltliner
Pale straw green color. Aroma of underripe mango with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, carefree pineapple, crisp almond brittle, and bitter lemon soda finish with fine, fruit tannins. A Grüner Veltliner with great acidity and tropical fruit flavors.
88 points $10.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220443
Aoyo Winery
2014 Jemmy Button Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright black ruby color. Aromas of red cassis, black tea with rose petal, and cola with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length leather, clove, ginger, and wild strawberry finish with barky, medium tannins and moderate oak. A masculine Cab that can stand up to steak.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220447
Martin Berdugo
2016 Joven Ribera del Duero
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wild raspberry candy, shiso, peony, and clay and sassafras with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long meringue, leather, coriander, and glazed fruits and nuts finish with chewy tannins. Explosive aromas of ripe raspberries shine in this fresh-style Ribera del Duero.
88 points $14.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220879
The Great Oregon Wine Company
2016 Rose City Rose Willamette Valley
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of moss, cherries, and oregano with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length cherry almond tart, lemon Creamsicle, and smoked nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruity and sultry rosé.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220444
Bottero Capicúa
2013 Capicúa Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright color. Green, smoky aromas of cassis, green pepper, smoked oak, and plum with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a cheery sweet pea blossom and cherry pie finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A high acid Cab well suited to Latin steak dishes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220601
Harmonious
2015 Ambitious Red Blend Mendocino
Dusty garnet color. Sweet, fruity aromas of spiced plum, dried berries, sweet red and black licorice, and cigar wrapper with a velvety, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length scented tobacco, spicy oak, and ginger and allspice finish with soft, medium tannins and heavy oak. A voluptuous, toasty wine with a cigar box full of rich flavors.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220579
Lenz Moser
2015 Klosterkeller Siegendorf Rot Red Blend Niederösterreich
Garnet color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of fresh green pepper, green peppercorn, underripe cherry, and plum with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length heavily spiced jerky and roasted macadamia nut finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A savory, dry red that begs for a great meal.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220440
Aoyo Winery
2013 Pincoya Limited Edition Syrah
Dusty ruby color. Rustic, inviting aromas and flavors of tart cassis, stable floor, and chocolate covered nuts with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long green peppercorn, rose hip, and paprika finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A complex and juicy Syrah with zingy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220435
Wild Sun Winery
2015 Norton
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of rich black plum, bramble, forest floor, and leather and cedar with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tart mulberry, green leaves, and stewed tomato finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy wine evocative of a dense spring forest; this must be Snow White’s wine of choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220744
Dilecta
2015 The Tiller Central Coast
Dark dusty ruby color. Sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate pudding, mixed berry jam, dried fig, and tree bark with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length nutmeg, allspice, blueberries in vanilla yogurt, and violet finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. An aromatic Grenache with nice balance of fruit, spice, and floral notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220438
Wild Sun Winery
2014 Tempestuous Red Blend Columbia Valley
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of tart wild raspberry pie and licorice with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long raspberry coulis, chocolate ganache, mojito, and almond tea cake finish with grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A friendly and explosively juicy wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219337
Arosa
NV Sparkling Moscato Rosé
Brilliant pink coral color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of glazed dried peach and strawberry yogurt, pressed linen, hint of apple cider vinegar, and dried flowers with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy caramelized apples and kiwi and honey butter finish with fine tannins and no oak. A smooth, relaxing sweet sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220285
Cave d’Aze
2015 Chardonnay
Medium golden yellow color. Fresh aromas and flavors of fresh heirloom apple, country highway, toasted puff pastry, and pineapple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length pecan finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasant white Burgundy for weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220610
Fabienne Prie
NV Cuvee Ecriture Brut Champagne
Light yellow straw color. Toasty, nutty aroma of buttered croissant with a round, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-long peanut brittle, banana, and tropical fruit salad finish with silky, medium tannins and moderate oak. A full bodied Champagne with fun tropical notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220647
Lake Sonoma
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Aroma of champagne cola with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp sweet basil, amarena cherry, vanilla and clove, and black tea finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A versatile Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220648
Valley of the Moon
2013 Pinot Blanc
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of hay, kiwi, and honey-almond nougat with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length dried pineapple, banana chip, and manzanilla sherry finish with soft tannins. A delicate and plush Pinot Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219715
L’Excentris
2015 3 Cépages Rouge California
Dusty black ruby color. Rustic, peppery aromas of smoked peppercorns and cardamom, stable floor, and dried plum with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an engaging, medium-long molasses, peppered jerky, and cream cheese frosting finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A savory and smoky red blend for delicious pairings.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220586
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Dry Fino Sherry Jerez
Golden straw color. Attractive, savory aromas of Marcona almonds with sea salt, dense bread, and salt preserved lemon with a round, racy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long fallen apple, burre blanc, cinnamon stick, and coconut flesh finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nicely salty Fino for hors d’ouevres.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220584
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Quality Cream Sherry Jerez
Clear chocolate brown color. Attractive, yeasty aromas of fresh baked bread and chocolate covered dried fruits with a syrupy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a tingling, carefree candied pecan, bran muffin, dried apricot and castelvetrano olive, and rum soaked raisin finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A satisfyingly sweet cream sherry for cocktails and desserts; try it over gelato or creme caramel.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220526
Kirkland Signature
2015 Red Blend Columbia Valley
Bright color. Creamy aroma of mocha mousse with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length dried cherry, pomegranate, Italian herbs, and sweet yogurt finish with grippy tannins. Great structure and divine creamy flavors make this wine a keeper.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220290
Chateau Grand Tayac
2014 Margaux
Dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy aromas of ripe juicy plum, hibiscus, red cassis, and peach skin and anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long eucalyptus, cigar box, cinnamon incense, and seared ancho chile finish with medium, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A sturdy Margaux for everyday or cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220612
Philippe Herard
NV Blanc de Blancs Brut France
Light golden yellow color. Floral aromas of Turkish delight, orange blossom, orange peel, and linen with a glycerous, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon candy, lavender, and yellow pear finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A floral sparkler for everyday celebrations.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220608
Philippe Prie
NV Brut Rosé Champagne
Pale salmon orange color. Floral, fruity aromas of raspberry sorbet and sourdough with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length pomegranate, French bread crusts, lemon curd, and cheesecake finish with silky tannins. A crisp and festive sparkler that balances fruity and toasty notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220615
Veuve Doussot
2013 Cuvee Ernestine Brut Champagne
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of walnut studded bread, fresh blini with creme fraiche, caviar, and nutmeg with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length dried chamomile, dried apple, and white pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice vintage Champagne with pleasing salinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220635
Johnson Estate
2015 Founders' Red Freelings Creek Reserve New York State
Bright deep purple color. Jammy, fruity, clean aromas and flavors of plums, ripe peaches, cinnamon scone, and chocolate espresso bean with a soft, fruity thin body and an interesting, medium basil and pine nuts finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy Chancellor for sipping and pairing.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220445
Bottero Capicúa
2013 Capicúa Gran Reserva Syrah
Dusty garnet color. Rustic aromas of smoked and marinated grape leaves, clay, wild berries, and olives with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, breezy sweet red pepper, hot chile pepper, cilantro, and tart strawberry finish with crunchy tannins. A rustic and intriguingly savory red for game pairings.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220600
Harmonious
2016 Ambitious White Blend Mendocino
Light gold color. Oaky aromas of moist tobacco, vanilla cigar wrapper, dried white flowers, and lemon custard on ripe pear with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium pixie sticks, cola nut, black pepper, and mineral finish. A nutty, spicy and intriguing white blend.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220578
Lenz Moser
2015 Prestige Reserve Blauer Zweigelt
Ruby black color. Dusty aromas of earth, black cassis, mulling spices, and grilled bread with black pepper with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy soft plum skin, dried fig, pinecone, and overripe strawberry finish with coating, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A winter-ready wine full of spiced fruit flavors.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220286
Cave d’Aze
2015 Chardonnay
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of toast crusts, apple butter, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a hot, brisk straw, organic apples in yogurt, and green almond finish with moderate oak. An easy drinking white Burgundy with a nice balance between oak and fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220651
Whitman Express
2014 Pinot Blanc
Bright yellow straw color. Nutty, tropical aromas and flavors of fruit cocktail, sweet plantain, and peanut butter with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy papaya finish with soft tannins. A tropical trail mix of a Pinot Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220525
Kirkland Signature
2015 Malbec
Medium brick red color. Aromas and flavors of box of pencils, blackberry candy, spiced cherries, and pickled beets with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a carefree cherry jam and mustard greens finish with leafy tannins. A savory Malbec for the table.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220576
Lenz Moser
2016 Grüner Veltliner
Pale yellow straw color. Leesy aromas of walnut liqueur and doughy bread with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-length lemon zest, Marcona almond, underripe apricot, and vanilla and nutmeg finish with silky tannins. A nutty Grüner for poultry.
85 points $10.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220603
Ravage
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black violet color. Jammy, sweet aromas and flavors of blueberry compote, cinnamon-sugar toast, creme de cassis, and vanilla pudding with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a cheery blueberry yogurt and thyme finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, fruity Cabernet.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220377
Abarbanel
2015 Lemminade Old Vines Riesling
Light straw color. Aromas of marshmallow, brioche, preserved lemon, and jasmine and orange blossom with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length almond skins, slate and quartz, micro greens, and distant gooseberry finish with silky tannins. A bracingly dry and minerally Riesling with great weight and cheery acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220613
Philippe Herard
NV Exception France
Medium golden yellow color. Aromas of cinnamon poached pear, marzipan, brioche French toast, and lemon cake with a gritty, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy lemon curd on croissant, sea shell-like minerality, and vanilla almond creme finish with gritty, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A toasty sparkler for popcorn and movies.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219712
Henri de Bricourt
2015 Red Blend Bordeaux AOC
Dark garnet color. Aromas of spiced plum, cherry, menthol, and whole wheat scone with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a cheery dark chocolate covered berry, chocolate licorice, and tomato leaf finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A nice entry-level Bordeaux.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220559
Sentero
2015 Tinto Tempranillo
Deep purple color. Jammy, rustic aromas of bramble, dusty road, and fruit loops with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a cheery peanut butter and jelly sandwich, tar, earthy oregano, and pixie sticks finish with earthy, chewy tannins. A tangy, fruity and chewy Tempranillo for steaks.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220441
Aoyo Winery
2014 Pincoya Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet black color. Fruity, smoky aroma of grape jelly with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, short-to-medium peony, jalepeno, and blackberry jam finish. A distinctive and intriguing Cabernet Sauvignon; try with antipasti.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220442
Aoyo Winery
2013 Isla Chiloe Reserva Malbec
Dark garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dusty road, smoked turkey, and coffee grounds with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy overripe strawberries, crayon, and cedar bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A light and breezy red quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220880
Replica
2015 Label Envy Pinot Noir
Clear brick red color. Aromas of hard-boiled egg, burning pencil shavings, and match with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a quick pencil eraser, cherry candy, dried thyme, and bacon finish with soft tannins. A cherry-tinged quaffer for the table.
80 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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