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November 2017 - New Release Wine

November 2017 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Maroon Wines 2013 Douaihy Family Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
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.
Chateau La Bastide 2016 White Blend Corbières
92 points
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.
Paluzzi 2016  Moscato dAsti
92 points
$7
Best Buy
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
Earth’s Harvest 2014 Lot Series 5 Reserve Malbec
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Brackenheim 2016 Trocken Riesling
92 points
$22
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.
Awards: 2017 Best German White Wine
Signum I 2014 Trocken Lemberger
92 points
$40
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.
Awards: 2017 Best German Red Wine
Bernard Remy NV Prestige Cuvée Brut Champagne
92 points
$55
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.
Chateau La Bastide 2015 Exuberance Vieilles Vignes Grenache Noir-Mourvedre
91 points
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.
Region 1 2016 Reserve Malbec
91 points
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.
Earth’s Harvest 2013 Lot Series 3 Grande Brut American
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
De Moya 2015 Sophia Valencia
91 points
$30
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.
Epos 2015 Trocken Spatburgunder
91 points
$30
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.
Maroon Wines 2013 Maroon Vineyard Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$120
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, peppermint, leather, and eucalyptus with a full body and a long finish. An elegant palate-coating Cabernet.
Domaine La Bastide 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
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.
Member’s Mark 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Rolling Mist 2016 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
De Moya 2016 Tibo Valencia
90 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Vintners Red Anne Arundel County Maryland
90 points
$45
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.
Maroon Wines 2013 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$80
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.
Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Powatinika Red Blend Reserve Anne Arundel County Maryland
89 points
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.
Bonaval 2015 Brut Cava DO
89 points
$7
Best Buy
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
Earth’s Harvest 2015 Lot Series 14 Old Vine Garnacha
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Sola 2013  Syrah
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Babylonstoren 2017  Chenin Blanc
89 points
$17.99
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
Babylonstoren 2015 Babel Red Blend South Africa
89 points
$19.99
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
Taylors 2016 Jaraman Pinot Noir
89 points
$22.99
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
Great Frogs NV Chesapeake Red Blend Maryland
89 points
$25
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.
Member’s Mark 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$29
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.
Great Frogs 2016 Tanyard Reserve Choptank River Vineyards Maryland
89 points
$35
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.
Sand Point 2015  Merlot
88 points
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.
Aoyo Winery 2016 Protector Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$7
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
ONE LEAF 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$25.99
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
Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Meritage Anne Arundel County Maryland
88 points
$45
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.
San Zenone 2014  Toscana Rosso IGT
87 points
$6
Best Buy
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
De Moya 2015 Justina Valencia
87 points
$13
Best Buy
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
De Moya 2015 Maria Valencia
87 points
$16
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.
San Zenone 2016 Bianco Delle Venezie IGT
86 points
$6
Best Buy
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
Earth’s Harvest 2015 Lot Series 12 Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
ONE LEAF 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Notable 2016 Fruity & Crisp Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
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
LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown Moscato
86 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Babylonstoren 2017 Rosé Mourvedre
86 points
$17.99
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
Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards EastPort Special Reserve Annapolis Maryland
86 points
$60
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.
Château Les Maurinières 2014  Côtes de Castillon
85 points
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.
Lucky Dogg 2016 Lucky 7s Clone 777 Pinot Noir
85 points
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.
Sand Point 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
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.
Great Frogs 2016 Vintners White Reserve Queen Annes County Maryland
85 points
$30
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.
Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards All Hands On Deck Anne Arundel County Maryland
85 points
$35
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.
Earth’s Harvest 2014 Lot Series 9 Reserve Merlot
84 points
$13.99
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
Chiare 2016 Blanc de Blanc Monterey County
84 points
$14.99
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
Slow Press 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$16.99
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
Great Frogs 2016 Chesapeake White Queen Annes County Maryland
80 points
$25
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.
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