October 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
221093
Weinwurm’s
2015 Ausbruch Weissburgunder
Golden straw color. Candied, perfumed aromas of golden honey, dried apricot, honeysuckle, and beeswax with a syrupy, lively, very sweet full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length peach blossom, fresh apple, fluffy almond nougat, and brown spices finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sweet and honeyed wine that would be delightful with Italian cookies.
93 points $20.60
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221171
Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault
2016 Les Belles Côtes Sancerre
Straw green color. Citrusy aromas of fresh grapefruit zest and fresh summer peaches, toasted macadamia nut, lime blossom, and sweet grass with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long passionfruit, brazil nut, jasmine, and limestone and sea-breeze finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An enormously fruit-focused Sancerre balanced by zingy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221032
Cebada
2014 Cuvée Pinot Noir
Bright minutely hazy ruby garnet color. Fruity, rustic aromas and flavors of cranberry, red apple, chocolate chip cookie, and summer-ripe tomato with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length juicy raspberry and fresh beets, pomegranate seeds, dark chocolate chunk, and shortbread crust finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak. An ultra-juicy pinot with an all-natural appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222076
Reynolds Family Winery
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of stewed black fruit, dried figs, stable, and fine leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, long balsamic reduction on overripe strawberry, chicken fat, roasted vegetables, lavender, allspice, and and anise finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. An elegant and brawny Cabernet that will satisfy the needs of any excellent steak dinner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221183
Mirror
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pecans and good and plenty with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, medium-long spiced rum raisin, blueberry fruit leather, cornichon relish, and cinnamon chocolate pudding finish with well-integrated, medium, firm tannins and moderate oak. A sophisticated and luxurious wine from Howell Mountain.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221108
Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of plum, cassis, and morello cherry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long oaky vanilla, blueberry candy, chocolate creme, and spice cake finish with silky, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A cabernet that serves as a study in silky tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221819
Jazz Cellars
2015 Shenandoah Mine Ranch Barbera
Bright brick red color. Aromas of wild mushrooms, moss, ripe raspberry, mocha, chalkboard and licorice candy with a full body and a long vanilla taffy, lemon pepper, and tangy apple relish finish with silky tannins. A juicy Barbera bursting with fresh raspberry flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221091
Weinwurm’s
2012 Reserve Zweigelt
Bright ruby color. Earthy, peppery aromas of underripe cherries, forest floor, jalapeño pepper, and whole black peppercorns with a velvety, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length raspberry leaf, meringue, raw macadamia nut, and bay leaf and wet stones finish with fine, coating tannins and no oak. A purely gulpable Zweigelt.
90 points $13.70 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221379
La Casa
2015 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Green aromas of green pepper and smoky cedar with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long berry jam and hard chocolate candies, nori, cracked black pepper, and olive focaccia finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A snappy, smoky, and spicy Cabernet with a healthy dose a green pepper.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221924
Lorenzi Estate
2013 Barrels 12,13,14 Petite Sirah
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dusty earth, cherry pits, and cinnamon dusted almond bark with a medium-full body and a medium-long red licorice, juicy plum, chocolate ganache, and dried violet finish with medium tannins. A pleasingly earthy petite sirah that will shine with pork.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221768
Mario Bazán
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Spicy, floral aromas of rose petal, polished wood, and cinnamon potpourri with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, charming, medium-long cranberry sauce with orange zest, stewed plum, chocolate sauce on toasted nuts, and dill and fresh fennel finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A highly cellarable wine; huge fruit flavors in a velvety package.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221106
Brutocao
2014 Contento Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant ruby black color. Aromas of cranberry, tart cherry, and pomegranate with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long pecan skin, red and black licorice, and root beer finish with medium, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A juicy cab with a satisfying layer of spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221174
Cave de Ribeauvillé
2014 Terroirs Pinot Gris
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, pear flesh, anise, and peony with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, carefree finish with fine, silky tannins and no oak. A poignant pinot gris for any occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221182
Mirror
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of tobacco, blackberry, chocolate graham crust, and dried berry blend with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk ground espresso, lemon pepper, and balsamic vinegar finish with medium, coating tannins and moderate oak. A solid, welcoming Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221105
Brutocao
2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine Mendocino
Ruby color. Aromas of rich red fruits, musk, cedar box, and cigar wrapper with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long blackberry pie, blueberry compote, apple cobbler, and aromatic spices and barks finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A hugely fruity Bordeaux Varietal Blend for lip-smacking pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221800
Chateau Castel des Maures
2016 Cuvée Jeanne Rosé Côtes de Provence
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of underripe cherry, thyme, and watermelon candy with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long cool whip, pickled watermelon rind, and candied lemon rind finish with silky, fruit tannins. An airy rose for Sunday afternoon.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221175
Cave d’Aze
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas of peaches, fresh sweet cream, fresh cut grass grapefruit zest, and vanilla custard with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy marshmallow, toasted almond, lemon meringue, and honey graham finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A plush white Burgundy for daytime sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221923
Lorenzi Estate
2013 Old Vine, De Ambrogio Block Zinfandel
Light garnet color. Aromas of ripe mulberry and dried rose with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long sweet tea, root beer, and blackberry pie with cinnamon gelato finish with medium tannins. An ultra-juicy and brambly wine with great drinkability; may get even better with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221767
RAMA
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of cedar box and toffee, mixed berry fruit leather, dried fig, and muesli with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, medium-length roasted cashew, fudge, candied cherry, menthol, cigarettes and white balsamic glaze finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A velvety cab with generous fruit and ample spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222272
Runik
NV Red Blend California
Dark dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and peaches, fruit salad, toasted meringue, and ripe plum and creamy raspberry with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy cherry tart, strawberry, raspberry, cassis, ground nuts, and cocoa finish with a suggestion of oak. A juicy California blend calling for a ribeye.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221986
William Wright
2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque deep purple color. Vegetal aromas of blackberry bush, black cassis and mocha, green pepper and tomato leaf, and silt and dried figs with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, crisp blueberry, pancake syrup, popovers, and vanilla almond bark finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An herbal cabernet with an appealingly silky mouthfeel.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221987
William Wright
2015 Reserve Red Blend Monterey
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of ground espresso and cocoa powder, black cherry, cola, and green tea with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, snappy sour cherry jam on buttered raisin toast, plum tart, chocolate mouse with berry sauce, and candied orange peel finish with medium, coating tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant gulpable red blend that will be very versatile.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221061
Bieler Pere & Fils
2016 Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Pale pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon granita, pink grapefruit, and starfruit with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, carefree honey roasted macadamia nut and roasted red pepper finish with silky tannins and no oak. A plush, blush, no-fuss crusher.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221092
Weinwurm’s
2015 Reserve Weissburgunder
Yellow color. Aromas of fortune cookie, lychees in syrup, and ground peanuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, crisp lime leaf and galangal finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A Thai noodle shop of a wine.
87 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221184
Mirror
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, pecans, nougat, and vanilla-caramel with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, fast cola finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A big cab for sturdy meals; consider cellaring this one.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221985
William Wright
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Clear light gold color. Nutty, fruity aromas of mixed dry roasted nuts, baked apple and pear, lemon bar, and overripe pineapple with a round, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length tinned pears, marshmallow fluff and honey, Pillsbury’s grand biscuits, and buttermilk finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A serviceable chardonnay for sipping or the table; serve with a good chill.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221141
Carneros Highway
2016 Nueva Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of toasted Hawaiian bread, roasted nuts, and lemon glaze with a round, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long caramelized pineapple, butterscotch dipped marshmallow, slate, and nutmeg finish with coating tannins. A comforting chardonnay with hints of warm spices.
86 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221172
Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault
2014 Vieilles Vignes Sancerre
Straw green color. Green aromas of gooseberry, fresh-cut grass, diced green pepper, and pico de gallo with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length underripe pineapple, fresh jalapeño, white pepper, and flint finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp and herbal and slightly smoky Sancerre.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221176
Chateau Tourans
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of espresso beans, freshly turned earth, ripe cherry, and pencil eraser with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length cherry preserves, geranium and lavender, iron rich soil, and new leather seat finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Cellar this Bordeaux for several years to uncover its huge potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221107
Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
Bright ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry mostarda, raspberry jam, plum tart, and toasted graham with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy smoked almonds and espresso- chocolate genache finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An approachable and crowd-pleasing merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221222
Fritz de Katz
2016 Riesling
White gold color. Floral aromas of lilac, honeysuckle, beeswax, and fruit cup with a supple, vibrant, light body and a smooth, medium-length underripe apricot, nougat, and clementine zest finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. An ethereal Riesling for summer pairings.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221060
Charles & Charles
2016 Rose Columbia Valley
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of watermelon rind, strawberry frosting, and blood orange with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy underripe strawberry, pancake batter, and tomato cream sauce finish with soft tannins and no oak. A pink quaffer for hot days.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221173
Cherrier Freres
2016 Les 7 Hommes Sancerre
Straw color. Aromas of very ripe pear and citrus salad with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy lemon pith, green apple skins, and underripe cherry finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice everyday white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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