November 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
221959
Maroon Wines
2013 Douaihy Family Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, strawberry, plum, and pomegranate with a full body and a long baking chocolate and iced coffee finish. A lush, soft, fruity Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221826
Chateau La Bastide
2016 White Blend Corbières
Golden straw color. Aromas of tropical fruit custard tart and honeysuckle with a full body and a long white peach, yellow apple, and meyer lemon cream finish. A lovely French white wine tailor made for a picnic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222327
Paluzzi
2016 Moscato d'Asti
Light straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach phosphate, golden raisin chutney, and honeysuckle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long honeyed dried apricot and wet limestone finish with no oak. A delicious and pure moscato d’Asti with excellent flavor, balance, and acidity.
92 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222424
Earth’s Harvest
2014 Lot Series 5 Reserve Malbec
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, compressed watermelon, sweet cream gelato, blackberry jam, and peppercorns with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length vanilla creme anglaise and white chocolate finish with silky, soft tannins and moderate oak. A creamy, decadent fruit bomb.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222221
Brackenheim
2016 Trocken Riesling
Golden straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of baby banana, nectarine, and pear with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a long spiced apple, almond skin, and hint of earth finish with fine, fruit tannins. A toothsome, mouthwatering riesling with bright fruit and table-friendly structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222220
Signum I
2014 Trocken Lemberger
Deep purple color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, dark berry chutney, chocolate espresso bean, and toasty pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, medium-long marinated plums and tomatoes, pencil shavings, nutskin, and slate finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully layered and expressive lemberger with an artful balance of savory fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222328
Bernard Remy
NV Prestige Cuvée Brut Champagne
Light gold color. Leesy, fruity aromas and flavors of white peach, honeycomb, key lime, allspice, and lemon curd on croissant with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length raw almonds, buttercream with nutmeg, caramelized root vegetables, and celery leaves finish with fine tannins and light oak. A flavor packed, must-try, NV Champagne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221825
Chateau La Bastide
2015 Exuberance Vieilles Vignes Grenache Noir-Mourvedre
Dusty ruby black color. Fruity aromas of ripe nectarine, red apple, and sweet plantains with a chunky, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length coriander, dark chocolate, blackened pie crusts, and mixed peppercorns finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222287
Region 1
2016 Reserve Malbec
Dark violet color. Creamy, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard pie and chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length caramel apple, meringue, horchata, and bacon finish with light oak. A sleek and sexy malbec with a creamy texture and fun fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222425
Earth’s Harvest
2013 Lot Series 3 Grande Brut American
Bright light gold color. Fruity aromas of apple pie filling, packaged brioche croutons, and lemon bar with a glycerous, crisp, finely carbonated, medium body and a smooth, easy honey nougat with almonds, honey nut cereal, apricot preserves, and underripe nectarine finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A crunchy and accessible American sparkler.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220756
De Moya
2015 Sophia Valencia
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe plums, ripe forest berries, sweet chocolate genache, pine, black pepper, and fine tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long marinated beets, forest floor, and juniper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A fantastic food-friendly, earthy, chewy, spicy red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222219
Epos
2015 Trocken Spatburgunder
Dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of dark berries, pencil shavings, chocolate orange peel, and marinated tomato with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long white chocolate brittle, dried sour cherry, beet root, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. An appetizing, flavorful and well-structured pinot noir that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221958
Maroon Wines
2013 Maroon Vineyard Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, peppermint, leather, and eucalyptus with a full body and a long finish. An elegant palate-coating Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221824
Domaine La Bastide
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas of ripe banana, caramelized pineapple, and coconut yogurt with a medium-full body and a medium-long poached apple, lemon cream, and nut brittle finish. An elegant, stylish chardonnay with nice fruit, length, and fine oak balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222157
Member’s Mark
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Elegant aromas of stewed berries, fine furniture, and fine tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long coffee dusted chocolate genache, Spanish moss, and constant comment tea finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured Cabernet with endless pairing possibilities.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222159
Rolling Mist
2016 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and baking spice with a medium-full body and a medium-long Vanilla Custard finish. An elegant, rich, entree-worthy Sauvignon Blanc.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220753
De Moya
2016 Tibo Valencia
Brilliant golden straw color. Floral, nutty aromas of lemon glaze, toasted sesame, fresh lily, and mountain path with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length almond cookie, orange blossom, apricot, and lime finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A charming Spanish white full of flowers and citrus.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221717
Great Frogs
2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Vintner's Red Anne Arundel County Maryland
Brown brick red color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cranberry spice scone, fruit punch, candied orange peel, and intense cherry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long honey roasted nuts, dried herbs, and smoky tobacco finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A intriguing wine that will appeal to fruity wine lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221957
Maroon Wines
2013 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, plum jam, leather, and dark roast coffee with a medium-full body and a medium-long pie crust, sweet plantain, furniture shop, and fine carpets finish. A full-bodied, in-your-face Napa Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221724
Great Frogs
2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Powatinika Red Blend Reserve Anne Arundel County Maryland
Brown brick red color. Fruity aromas of figs, saffron, peach creme, and cream soda with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length violet, anise, cherry scented tobacco, and rose buds finish with medium, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fascinating wine to offer your guests something unique.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222324
Bonaval
2015 Brut Cava DO
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apple and pear, hint of band-aid, and straw with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long lemon and tangerine curd, nectarine skin, and minerals finish with no oak. A rock solid cava with bright acidity and tangy fruit.
89 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222427
Earth’s Harvest
2015 Lot Series 14 Old Vine Garnacha
Medium deep purple color. Aromas of sundried strawberry, new shoes, cherry doughnut, and roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length grilled prunes, blueberry confit with yogurt, strawberry leaf, and graphite finish with silky, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly and elegantly fruity grenache with great minerality.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222257
Sola
2013 Syrah
Black garnet color. Smoky aromas of pressed violets, hickory smoked bacon, ripe red apples, and mixed smoked nuts with a round, crisp, dry medium-full body and a graceful, involved, medium-long sumac, plum sauce, black pepper rub, maple, and coriander finish with moderate oak. A dry, ultra savory smoky syrah for next-level pairings.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221809
Babylonstoren
2017 Chenin Blanc
Silver color. Fresh aromas of pears, pineapple, wet stone, and wildflowers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long meyer lemon and starfruit finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, clean, and lengthy Chenin Blanc.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221811
Babylonstoren
2015 Babel Red Blend South Africa
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of resin, pressed flowers, black cassis, and stewed figs and dates with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length fine leather and prosciutto finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An inky food-friendly red that will shine in any season.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220620
Taylors
2016 Jaraman Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Herbal aromas of cloves, cinnamon dusted dried cranberries, pomegranate, and eucalyptus with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, charming, easy lavender finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A wonderfully unique and herbal pinot noir.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221725
Great Frogs
NV Chesapeake Red Blend Maryland
Brick red color. Interesting aromas of ginger peach tea and apricot rose jam with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length anise, black pepper, and fruit punch finish with silky tannins. A distinctive wine for a distinctive meal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222156
Member’s Mark
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, sour plum, vanilla custard, and coffee with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long sawdust and iced mocha finish. A tasty, easy-drinking yet full-bodied Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221721
Great Frogs
2016 Tanyard Reserve Choptank River Vineyards Maryland
Dusty ruby color. Tropical aromas of tropical rooibos tea, lychee, and kiwi with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length grilled fruit and polished furniture finish with medium, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A serious hybrid blend with heaps of fruit and sophistication.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221732
Sand Point
2015 Merlot
Ruby color. Woody aromas of pinewood, charcoal, tree sap, and bramble with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an appealing, medium-long toast, vanilla-bourbon glaze, nougat, and char roasted nuts finish with woody tannins. A boldly woody merlot that will appeal to whiskey drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221733
Aoyo Winery
2016 Protector Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Creamy, fruity, spicy aromas of berry custard pie, toffee, pickled cucumber relish, and mocha with an medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length spiced apple, cocoa, vanilla nuts, and wood smoke finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, creamy, lightly smoky red that will be great for dinner.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222218
PKNT
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of green pepper, currant, and sandalwood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length nuts and vanilla cream finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory cabernet that will be versatile.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221823
ONE LEAF
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Aromas of bread pudding with plum sauce, fine furniture, fine leather, and allspice and cinnamon with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length roasted nuts in chocolate and roasted carrots finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. An inky Napa Cabernet with aging potential.
88 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221718
Great Frogs
2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Meritage Anne Arundel County Maryland
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of hibiscus tea, horchata, and mangonada with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pomegranate, cherry punch, and cream soda finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A unique and fruity red blend for unexpected pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222326
San Zenone
2014 Toscana Rosso IGT
Medium light garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of barnyard earth, dried tomatoes and berries, and marjoram with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length marinated beets and root vegetables, cherry reduction, nutskin, and grassy earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lightly rustic, Old World styled red with nice table affinity.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220754
De Moya
2015 Justina Valencia
Garnet black color. Jammy, earthy, rustic aromas of stewed berries, fertile earth, roasted cashew, and lemon peel with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, relaxed peppercorn sauce finish with light oak. A spicy, inky red for rich meals.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220755
De Moya
2015 Maria Valencia
Ruby black color. Earthy, fruity aromas of ripe cassis and smoky leaves with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length spiced cherries, leather, and tobacco finish with earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy red that will be a great addition to the autumn table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222325
San Zenone
2016 Bianco Delle Venezie IGT
Bright golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked peach, nougat, kiwi and melon rind, and grass with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lemon spritzed melon, apple, mandarin orange, and apricot pit and cantaloupe finish with no oak. A light and juicy Italian white with tasty ripe fruit and an easy sipping style.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222423
Earth’s Harvest
2015 Lot Series 12 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium garnet black color. Aromas of stewed figs, cinnamon spice tea, and burnt sugar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, relaxed chocolate drizzled dried figs, caramelized bacon, cedar, chocolate pudding, and spearmint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, juicy Cab for versatile pairing.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221822
ONE LEAF
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red plums, cassis, vanilla ice cream with berry topping, and leather and spice with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An anytime cab with crowd appeal.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221827
Notable
2016 Fruity & Crisp Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Sweet aromas of taffy, whipped cream, cotton candy, and vanilla candle with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy apples in caramel, toasty griddle cakes, and fresh cut crass finish with coating tannins and light oak. A effortless quaffer that will be a crowd pleaser.
86 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221384
LangeTwins Winery
2016 Estate Grown Moscato
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of kiwi and apricot, overripe honeydew melon, petrol, and fallen lemon with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length California hops, almond skin, pear fruit leather, and grapefruit peel finish with silky tannins and no oak. A full bodied and distinctive white moscato reminiscent of mature riesling.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221810
Babylonstoren
2017 Rosé Mourvedre
Pink coral color. Aromas of cherry syrup and creme with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree peach gelato and mixed melon salad finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking and fruity rose with no strings attached.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221728
Great Frogs
2016 Harness Creek Vineyards EastPort Special Reserve Annapolis Maryland
Garnet color. Aromas of sarsaparilla and cherry cola, rum spice cake, pickled cherries, and polished wood with a medium body and a medium raisin and fig puree, prune pit, caramelized pistachios, and apple brandy and pepper finish. A somewhat rambunctious fortified wine that will be interesting to experiment with both desserts and cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222073
Château Les Maurinières
2014 Côtes de Castillon
Dusty dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry candies, fruit punch, sweet dill, and rose petals in syrup with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a easy leather and wet straw finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An easy-drinking Bordeaux that will shine with rich cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221837
Lucky Dogg
2016 Lucky 7s Clone 777 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby garnet color. Baked aromas of raisin bread, port, root beer, and fruitcake with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a hot, medium-length finish with woody tannins. A port like wine with loads of dried fruit character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221731
Sand Point
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of marinated artichokes, nectarine, grapefruit, and overripe pineapple with a medium body and a medium fresh cut grass and pickled green apple finish. A table-ready sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221723
Great Frogs
2016 Vintner's White Reserve Queen Anne's County Maryland
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peony flower and stem, peach jam, apple cobbler, and pickled melon with a medium body and a medium fruit salad and coconut water finish. A pleasant, lightly floral sipper or salad wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221727
Great Frogs
2016 Harness Creek Vineyards All Hands On Deck Anne Arundel County Maryland
Brick red color. Aromas of prunes, chocolate chewy candies, and croissant with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a hot, quick spiced cherry jam and liqueur filled chocolates finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A spirituous, boozy wine for all-stops-pulled nights.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222426
Earth’s Harvest
2014 Lot Series 9 Reserve Merlot
Medium black garnet color. Aromas of dried black fruit, cinnamon rose potpourri, and fallen cherries in grass with a slightly chewy, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length plum skins and coarsely ground black pepper finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A tannic wine for juicy burgers.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222160
Chiare
2016 Blanc de Blanc Monterey County
Yellow color. Fresh, floral aromas of orange blossom, wild grapes, kiwi, and gooseberry with a glycerous, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, easy orange Pez finish with soft tannins and no oak. A bright sparkler for daytime fun.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220933
Slow Press
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of melted plastic and wax, over roasted nuts, and singed pie crust with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, eccentric, quick pencil eraser and ink finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A smoky, earthy red for the table.
82 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221720
Great Frogs
2016 Chesapeake White Queen Anne's County Maryland
Golden straw color. Aromas of grilled peaches and apples, pickled gooseberries, goat’s milk custard, and twigs and moss with a watery body and a swift nut oil, cream, melon, and pressed flowers finish. A savory, earthy, round white wine sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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