September 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
220860
FINA
2014 Priorat
Bright deep purple color. Exotic aromas of rose water, ivory and black olives, black violet and overripe strawberries, and marzipan with a lightly tannic, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long mexican mole, silt, cassis and plum fruit leather, and hint of green pepper finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dark and mysterious Priorat with great aging potential; reminiscent of exotic perfume.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220862
1270 a vuit
2009 Priorat
Dark deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of wet leaves, apple cider, overripe strawberry, and stone pine with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length granite, grape candy and maraschino cherry, violet, and leather finish with chalky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A mineral-like textured Priorat with friendly fruit and floral nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220717
Chateau Moulin de la Rose
2014 St. Julien
Brown brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cassis and pomegranate, spiced nuts, cocoa, and sandalwood with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long cedar, earth, and olives finish with earthy, medium tannins and moderate oak. A stately red with treasure chest of flavor and terroir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220711
Enclos de Viaud
2014 Lalande de Pomerol
Garnet black color. Attractive, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, caramel buttercream, and crusty blueberry pie a la mode with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long toffee, spiced cherries, tobacco, and cedar mulch and earth finish with moderate oak. A vivacious, flavor-packed Pomerol with full-throated articulation of fruit, oak, and terroir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220977
Burgo Viejo
2013 Licenciado Reserva Rioja DOC
Black violet color. Aromas of balsamic drizzled fig, chopped dates, and chocolate covered cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate-coconut seven layer bar, cafe latte and vanilla cola, cherry pit, and leather finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A nicely concentrated Rioja with ashy tannins to complement beef.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221094
Carter Cellars
2014 Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla with a round, bright, dryish full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with gritty tannins and heavy oak. A giant Napa Cabernet to that will continue to develop with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220713
Chateau Segur de Cabanac
2014 St. Estèphe
Violet color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted berries, chocolate mint and graham crackers, praline, and fallen tree in a forest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length cassis tart a la mode, whole nuts, and earth finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory St. Estèphe with great poise and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220709
Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie
2014 Pomerol
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, toasty pistachio brittle, and berry tart with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long chocolate cherries and orange peels, cocoa powder, vanilla nuts, and delicate spices and cedar finish with silky, soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A supple and rewarding Pomerol that entices for another sip; will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220780
Chateau La Croix d’Arthus
2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of latte, dark roasted nuts, and toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, charming, long cherry-olive chutney, cedar, cocoa, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A compact, toothsome melange of lively fruit, oak, and earth that will evolve nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220762
Domaine du Grand Montmirail
2015 Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Gigondas
Dark dusty ruby color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of tart red cherries and strawberries, black raspberry, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon with a chewy, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long charcoal and rose petals finish with soft, silky, fruit, well-integrated tannins and light oak. An intensely herbal wine that is beautifully balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220706
Chateau Lagrave Paran
2011 Cuvée Geraldine Bordeaux Supèrieur
Ruby black color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated peppers and olives, dark chocolate toffee, and fresh herbs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long vanilla brittle and custard, fine minerals, and maple buttercream frosting on white cake finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A delicious, expressive and creamy Bordeaux red that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220710
Domaine des Mimosas
2015 Lalande de Pomerol
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, caramelized nuts, cola float, and castelvetrano olives with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long nut skin, cedar, pomegranate chutney, and leafy earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright, juicy and attractive French red with a playful interplay of fruit and savory tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220775
Chateau Haut-Meyreau
2016 Sec Bordeaux Blanc
Light yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, and lime with a soft, dry light body and a smooth, brisk lemon curd, orange peel, chamomile, and ginger finish with no oak. A wine made to be enjoyed outdoors on a hot summer day!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220767
L’Ange
2014 Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Bright garnet color. Baked, citrusy, clean, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, cooked black raspberry, fresh barnyard and leather, and vanilla and clove with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length cherry candies, orange liqueur with cinnamon, and exotic musk finish with soft, silky, fruit, medium, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A heavenly, fresh and fruit-forward style of Chateauneuf.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220746
Mercy
2014 Riverbed Chardonnay
Light medium golden yellow color. Fatty aromas of butterscotch, oak, browned butter, and ripe pineapple with a round, tangy, dry medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long butter, lemon meringue, and green apple finish with moderate oak. An ode to classic California Chardonnay; bring on the cheese, please!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220973
Chateau Maucoil
2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Blanc
Bright color. Elegant, minerally, fresh, floral aromas of green apple, lime, orange rind, and mineral with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long , and grapefruit rind finish. A terroir-driven, well-balanced white Rhone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221126
Italics
2014 Sixteen Barrels Produced White Blend Napa Valley
Bright straw green color. Baked, buttery, cheesy, citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, and mango and pineapple with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long sweet flowers and peach finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A bright and refreshing full-bodied white with hints of oak and tropical fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221095
Carter Cellars
2014 Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend Napa Valley
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, plum with raisins, boysenberry, and vanilla spices with a lightly tannic, racy, dry full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with leafy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and tasty Napa blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220718
Clos Larcis
2014 Grand Cru St. Emilion
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, olive baguette, and mocha mousse with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long vanilla cream, pomegranate sorbet, hibiscus tea, and smoked nuts finish with moderate oak. A wonderfully pure, fresh and evocative expression of merlot with a pretty oak frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220778
Chateau Chemin Royal
2014 Cru Bourgeois Moulis-en-Médoc
Dark garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of menthol, thyme, baking spices, and lush black fruit with a tannic, sharp, bone-dry medium body and a hot, medium-length finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak. Swoonable aromas shine in this Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220776
Chateau Haut-Meyreau
2016 Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
Bright yellow straw color. Green aromas of grass, passion fruit, sweet honey, and lemon rind with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, interesting, cheery lemon curd, chamomile, honey covered citrus rind, and gooseberry finish with no oak. A rock star white Bordeaux from start to finish!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220761
Domaine du Grand Montmirail
2015 Vacqueyras
Dark dusty garnet color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of fresh black and marasca cherry, leather, smoked porcini mushrooms with brie, and baking spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and light oak. A vibrant Vacqueyras in a clean and modern style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220765
Domaine Les Eschaffins
2015 Cairanne Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
Deep purple color. Aromas of fresh wild berry jam, freshly turned earth, and lavender with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long leather, root beer, dark chocolate muffin, and smoked ham finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big Cotes du Rhone with aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220747
Mercy
2015 Griva Vineyard Chardonnay
Medium golden yellow color. Candied aromas of pear, pineapple, brioche, and matchstick with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length lemon squares, buttered bread, and grilled pear finish with heavy oak. A fruity and buttery Chardonnay perfect for a barbecue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220971
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2016 Macon Villages Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Clean aromas of vanilla yogurt, salted almond, and cheese rind with a lean, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, snappy vanilla yogurt, lemon curd, and green apple finish with no oak. A crisp and clean Chardonnay ready for a night at your local Thai BYOB.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220998
Trambusti
2012 Brunello di Montalcino
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, berry tart, praline, and flower petals with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, long spiced cherries, floral honey, nuts, and minerals finish with earthy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully attractive and satisfying expression of sangiovese.
91 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220978
San Biagio
2013 Sorano Barolo
Brown brick red color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted and smoked nuts, singed herbs, chocolate espresso beans, and wild flowers and tar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long craisins, cedar plank, and grilled root vegetables finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, seriously structured and expressive Barolo that will age gracefully.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220781
Chateau Le Loup
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust, dark butter roasted nuts, and cappuccino with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate toffee, cassis chutney, and dusty earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A snappy, appetizing Bordeaux red with buoyant fruit a deft dash of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220772
Andre Farjon
2016 Côtes du Ventoux Blanc
Bright color. Fruity, fresh, floral, perfumed, tropical aromas of apricot, cantaloupe, grape, and lemon custard with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length , papaya, and honeydew finish. A delightfully fruity white Cotes du Rhone with backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220768
Andre Farjon
2015 Côtes du Ventoux Rouge
Garnet black color. Baked, floral, fresh, fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of freshly ripened blackberry, violets and rose petals, and black pepper with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A fresh, mouth-coating, fruit-forward red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220773
Chais du Batard
2015 Grande Reserve Gigondas
Dark brick red color. Baked, complex, dusty, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, strawberries, and black cherries, dusty leather and charcoal briquette, cracked black pepper, and dried rose petal with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long finish with fruit, silky, soft, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A fruity and delicious Gigondas that you can’t get enough of.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220774
Chais du Batard
2015 Grande Reserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Bright dark garnet color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of meaty black cherries, dried dusty earth, cracked black pepper, and red licorice and rose petals with a lightly tannic, tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long caramelized mushrooms, cola, and dark chocolate finish with fruit, soft, well-integrated, silky, medium tannins and moderate oak. A full and round wine; perfect for grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220779
Chateau Tour de Yon
2011 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Garnet black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed dried berries, cocoa-dusted nuts, hint of cornichon, and toasted rice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length craisin, nut skin, cedar shavings and slate, and tobacco finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, appetizing Saint Emilion with bright fruit and table-friendly acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220763
La Grand Comtadine
2015 Yves Cheron Vieilles Vignes Vacqueyras
Dark garnet black color. Baked, clean, floral, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh dark blackberry, dusty earth, anise, and mushroom pierogi with kraut with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Vacqueyras with an old-school mentality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220851
Domaine des Deux
2016 Viognier
Bright golden straw color. Citrusy, clean, complex, creamy, floral aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, mango, pineapple, and roasted cashews with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A fresh and fruity fuller-bodied white wine perfect for raw or grilled seafood.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220714
Chateau Tertre de Viaud
2014 Cotes de Bourg
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, and dolmades and olive with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length nuts, cedar, earth, and beets finish with light oak. A satisfying, savory red that will pair brilliantly with beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220707
Domaine du Plantey
2015 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Dark ruby black color. Green aromas of forest floor, bell pepper, unripe plum, and grilled currant with a crisp, bone-dry medium body and a hot, breezy blackberry, tobacco leaf, and eucalyptus finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An entry-level Bordeaux good for beginner vinophiles; food is a must.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220996
Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli
2013 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, flower patch earth, and spiced chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long roasted nuts, cedar, cranberry, and earth finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A serious, dry Chianti with bright fruit and great structure.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220972
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2014 Coteaux Bourguignons
Bright ruby garnet color. Artificial, fruity aromas and flavors of mocha latte, cherry 7-layer bar, cherry blossom, and musk and wild mushroom with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long lime peel, starfruit, and sour peach finish with silky, well-integrated, medium tannins and no oak. A luscious, can’t-get-enough Gamay that will be best with a slight chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220745
Mercy
2013 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay
Medium golden straw color. Buttery, oaky aromas of oak, asian pear, butter, and brioche with a round, shy, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length butter, grilled pineapple, and brioche finish with heavy oak. An unadulterated Chardonnay with tons of oak influence and lengthy grilled pineapple notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220705
Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie
2011 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Medium brown brick red color. Grassy aromas of forest fruits, violet, smoke, and peony with a velvety, soft, dry medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length peony, ripe, huckleberry, and boysenberry finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. An extremely well-balanced and fruit forward Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220975
Clemente VII
2013 Settimo Rosso di Toscano IGT
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, chocolate toffee, and cherry preserves with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts, craisin, chocolate orange peels, and cedar finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, nicely structured Super Tuscan built for the long haul and the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220715
Chateau Mille Roses
2012 Haut-Médoc
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of gravel, musty black fruit, menthol, and thyme with a lightly tannic, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length wet stone, black currant, bell pepper, and brett finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Bordeaux good for the serious inquirer of the region; drink or hold for the next three years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220770
Andre Farjon
2014 Cairanne Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
Dark dusty ruby color. Baked, floral, fresh, fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, fresh black raspberry, fresh violets, and black pepper with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length finish with fruit, silky, soft tannins and light oak. A spicy, fruit-driven wine that is crowd pleasing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220771
Andre Farjon
2015 Plan de Dieu Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
Black violet color. Baked, clean, elegant, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of freshly picked black cherries, dark chocolate mocha, cinnamon, and vanilla with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and light oak. A dry and savory Côtes du Rhone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220764
Domaine de la Reverie
2015 Hesperia Ventoux Rouge
Deep purple color. Baked, complex, fruity, jammy, peppery aromas and flavors of dark blackberry pie, clove, nutmeg, and black pepper and pink peppercorn with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length musk and vanilla coconut creme with toasted nuts finish with soft, silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A wild and uninhibited Rhone wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220958
Ricossa
2015 Appassimento Barbera
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of spiced berries and limes, chocolate hazelnuts, and sourdough toast with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-long blueberry cobbler and black cherry and raspberry jam on raisin nut toast finish with fine, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice jammy, crowd-friendly Barbera that drinks a bit like a primitivo or zinfandel.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220708
Chateau Lalande Villeneuve
2014 Médoc
Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, spearmint, and tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry watery body and a tingling, momentary green vegetables, wet tobacco leaf, and watery red fruit finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak. A food-friendly, intro-Medoc for the everyday table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220970
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2015 Chardonnay
Dark golden yellow color. Creamy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, vanilla spice, toasted brioche, and candied ginger with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, breezy finish with a suggestion of oak. A crisp and refreshing Chardonnay that can be had on its own or with your favorite shrimp dish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220748
Mercy
2013 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium light garnet color. Sweet aromas of red cherry, violet, and ripe plum with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery chai spice, maraschino cherry, black licorice, and burnt cola finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A fruity pinot noir with lively acidity and wonderful balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220750
Mercy
2014 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium dark garnet color. Peppery aromas of cola nut, licorice, and ripe blue fruit with a lean, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, engaging, medium-long raspberry, ripe red cherry, nag champa, and sandalwood finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty Pinot Noir that is very food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220716
Chateau Arnaud
2014 St. Estèphe
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried citrus and wild berries, toasted sage and herbs, hint of pine and saddle soap, and vanilla with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cranberry preserves, nuts, and oak and earth finish with light oak. A bright, lightly herbal, and appetizing red that will be versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220777
Chateau Terre de Grand
2012 Bordeaux Supèrieur
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and cherries, mocha mousse, and damp earth with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length craisins, nut skin, tomato, and toasty cedar finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, savory red that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220766
Domaine de l’Espigouette
2015 Vacqueyras
Brick red color. Baked, boozy, clean, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of dusty tart red cherries, and ripe blackberries, green pepper, mint, and pink peppercorns with a silky, tart, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length cedar plank finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A fresh, fruit-forward style of red wine with a spicy finish and firm tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221238
Opal Creek
2011 Syrah
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of licorice, violet candy, membrillo, and summer orchard with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length strawberry gummy candy, milk chocolate, thyme, and leather tobacco pouch finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A plush, charming and ripe Syrah for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221239
Opal Creek
2015 Chardonnay
Gold color. Tropical aromas of poached apple with vanilla and cinnamon and lychee with a round, crisp, medium-full body and a polished, engaging, medium-length cinnamon honey, caramel sauce, caramelized mango, and cashew butter finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A big, fruity Chardonnay with layers of vanilla and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220991
Benedetto
2016 Chianti Classico
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry compote, melted toffee, and smoked nut with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long nuts, plum, apple, and cedar bark finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A pure, spot on, fruit-driven Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221256
PKNT
2017 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas of gooseberries, sweet grasses, grapefruit gummies, and sliced jalapeño and chopped brazil nut with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length bay leaf and crushed mixed peppercorns finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A savory and peppery Sauvignon blanc that will be brilliant with grilled seafood.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221254
Valley of the Moon
2015 Bright Side of the Moon Pinot Blanc-Viognier
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla, greenhouse, and mixed melon salad with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length firm pear, fruit cup, chopped nuts, and granny smith apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A plush pinot blanc for sipping upon a chaise.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220735
Wine Spots
2016 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Fruity, sweet aromas of apple cinnamon compote, roasted banana, caramel, and grapefruit candy with a velvety, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, easy apple pie with a buttery crust, allspice, lime, and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely chardonnay whose fruit is complimented by subtle pepperiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220993
Bichat
NV Brut Rose Champagne
Pink coral color. Aromas of shale, chalk, and honeysuckle with a round, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length buttered crepes with strawberries, pickled watermelon rind, salted marzipan with cocoa nib, and toasted coconut flakes finish with soft, coating tannins and moderate oak. A pretty rose Champagne to complement a dessert spread.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220976
Ardal
2013 Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero
Dark indigo color. Jammy aromas and flavors of ground espresso, fresh plum and roosted nuts, blueberry compote, and vanilla gelato and tomato leaf with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length cocoa powder and cedar, red velvet cake, slate, and licorice and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich Tempranillo with persistent minerality that will please both old and new world wine drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220974
Chateau Maucoil
2014 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
Garnet black color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of menthol, cherry and raspberry jam, country road, and blueberry compote with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length gravel, stewed peach, and black tea finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smacking Côtes du Rhone for every occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220870
Domaine Carneros
2014 Pinot Noir
Light brick red color. Peppery aromas of black cherry, cola nut, and baking spices with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, black pepper, rustic cedarwood, and red currant finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A perfect daily-drinker Pinot Noir that is extremely food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220969
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2016 Chardonnay
Clear golden yellow color. Elegant aromas of vanilla bean, yogurt, custard, and lemon curd with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, short lemon rind, blanched almond, and tart green apple finish with a suggestion of oak. A great introduction to the Saint-Véran region; a must with blue fish pâtés.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220783
Domaine des Millarges
2014 Blanc Chinon
Pale yellow straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of brie cheese, underripe peach, sweet grasses and wool, and struck match with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a silky, delightful, medium-long apricot and candied ginger, apricot pit and underripe pineapple, lemon curd, and sauerkraut and fresh white flowers finish. An ethereal food-wine with shining acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220946
Contempo
2015 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint wafer, blueberries, and hint of menthol lozenge with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length roasted pecans, cocoa, cedar mulch, and tomato finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, chewy Montepulciano that will shine at the table.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220928
Braveheart
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of black cherry soda and persimmon, mink coat, fine leather, and vanilla-mint with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a snappy mixed berry compote, pizzelle, almond paste, and black pepper and black tea finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cab with a high-fashion state of mind.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220940
13 Celsius
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Citrusy, complex, elegant, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, lemongrass, and jalapeño with a lean, bright, dry light body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy lemon and asparagus finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, easy drinking style of Sauvignon Blanc that is perfect for the patio on a hot summer day.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220995
Trambusti
2014 Sentimento Super Tuscan Toscana IGT
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, clay, and ground nuts with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy roasted apple, nut skin, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy Tuscan red for artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220957
Ricossa
2015 Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Dark brown brick red color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate lemon peels, and vanilla toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long nuts, pomegranate, and dusty earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice bright Barbera with zesty fruit and chewy oak.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220749
Mercy
2014 Riverbed Pinot Noir
Medium dark garnet color. Herbal aromas of earl grey tea, sweet red cherry, and chai spice with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long red cherry, vanilla raspberry, Christmas spice, and bergamot tea finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A wine that expresses its home; a wonderful expression of well-integrated tannin and balanced acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220994
Bichat
NV Brut Champagne
Golden straw color. Buttery aromas of bear claw pastry, apple compote, dried apricot, and crisp linen with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery parker rolls, lime blossom, honeycomb cereal, and lemon loaf finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A toasty sparkler for a crowd.
86 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220869
Domaine Carneros
NV Cuvée de la Pompadour Sparkling Rosé Carneros
Pale salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of strawberry creme, plum, banana, and fresh pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp buttercream, lemon glaze, marzipan and cotton blossom, and raspberry jelly finish with medium tannins. A fruit basket of a wine; perfect for celebrating.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220782
Chateau Grand Bireau
2016 Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
Pale bright gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of almond, lemon, clover honey, and sleepytime tea with a soft, dryish thin body and a polished, short finish with no oak. A fine example of entry-level Bordeaux Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220850
Domaine des Deux Ruisseaux
2015 Merlot
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of fertile earth, overripe plum, and oregano with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a relaxed cranberry sauce with orange peel and potato skins finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for weeknight meals.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220712
Chateau le Manoir
2014 Cuvee les Graves Lalande de Pomerol
Dusty ruby color. Odd aromas and flavors of melted rubber, singed nuts and cocoa, and honeyed dried fruits with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long grilled green apple, mossy earth, and toasty oak finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing red to pair with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221255
PKNT
2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty brick red color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, dusty sour cherries, ivory, and cherry cola with a coarse, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, easy orange peel, chocolate chip muffin, and baking spice finish with dusty, leafy tannins and light oak. A tangy and earthy pinot noir for the table.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221257
PKNT
2016 Reserve Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Smoky aromas of smoked meats, sweet barbecue sauce, and raspberry liqueur with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a smooth, breezy rose petal jam, raspberry leaf, dried mint and coffee balsamic glaze, and sunflower seed spread finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy merlot for weeknight meals.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221006
Brass Tacks
2016 Pink Moscato
Light pink coral color. Sweet aromas of honeysuckle, cotton candy, and pineapple with a soft, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, fast conversation hearts, sugared raspberry, and strawberry cupcake finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet and tropical quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221007
Brass Tacks
2016 Moscato
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pear flesh, jicama, green apple candy, and marshmallow with a soft, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, cheery pine nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty sweet sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220997
Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli
2012 Chianti Classico Riserva
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of leather, dried cherries, and wet clay with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, crisp grilled apple, nut skin, and dusty earth finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tannic Chianti for meat dishes.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220769
Andre Farjon
2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Ruby black color. Herbal aroma of mountain herbs with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length sour cherry preserve, blackberries, sage, and chocolate yogurt finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An herbal Cotes du Rhone for weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221237
Opal Creek
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry cola and leather wallet with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, snappy dark chocolate covered espresso bean, chocolate covered cherry, and fresh mint finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A Cabernet quaffer for weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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