December 2017 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
222247
Taylors
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Rustic, elegant aromas and flavors of fertile earth, grilled marinated red bell pepper, ripe black cassis, and blackberry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, layered, long fruit leather, fresh ginger, and black pepper finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, powerful, concentrated Cabernet for now and the long haul.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222595
AuburnJames
2010 Reverance Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Mature aromas of dried peony, potpourri, flower bed, and vanilla taffy with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long green tea and tanned leather finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak. A nose-catching, floral and mature Cab that’s ready to drink now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221708
Château Capet Duverger
2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas of cherry cola, lavender, leather patina, and violet with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long crushed ripe berries, soy sauce, mixed peppercorns, and fresh parsley finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A gracious Bordeaux that will be great tonight or after cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222476
Las Cepas
2016 Rebuzno Rioja DOC
Dusty ruby color. Savory, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of spicy apricot cobbler, floral honey, and vanilla toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long fig and cherry compote, cranberry-strawberry relish, nutskin, and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A remarkably fruit and juicy international styled Rioja with lovely floral tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222685
Inherit The Sheep
2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of balsamic braised figs, black cassis, squid ink, violet, eucalyptus, and anise candies with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. Fancy oak and elegant aromas collide in this highbrow cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221705
Château Vieux Barrail
2015 Bordeaux Supèrieur
Dusty dark garnet color. Elegant, interesting aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, polished leather, dried herbs, and pomegranate with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long charcuterie and forest fruits finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely Superieur for every table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221965
Pacificana
2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty apple custard pie, honey roasted pineapple, and dark roasted nuts with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long spiced praline and creme brulee finish with fine tannins and light oak. A delightfully flavorful and attractive well-oaked chardonnay.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221967
The Bluffer
2016 Valdiguie
Dark garnet color. Aromas of warm spicy blueberry compote, vanilla frosted Danish, and dark chocolate mousse with a full body and a long dried sour cherries and cranberries, chocolate lemon peels, and spiced nuts finish. A full flavor bomb exploding with fruit.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222367
El Guardian
2011 Reserva Rioja DOC
Clear dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of sundried plums, bright cherry, cinnamon, ripe red apple, leather, resin, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length ripe cherry, dusty earth, ground black pepper, and dried herbs finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A modern-syled introductory weeknight Rioja.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222473
Vinha das Margaridas
2015 Douro
Dusty ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of cocoa dusted dark roasted nuts, grilled apples and cherries, and charcoal with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long spiced berries and carrots, slate, and vanilla nuts finish with dusty, chewy tannins and light oak. A toasty, lively Portuguese red that will work well with rich and spicy dishes now and will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222686
Inherit The Sheep
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Exotic, floral aromas of black licorice, exotic violet, sweet pepper sauce, and prosciutto with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex, long blueberry compote, griddle cakes, vanilla-sandalwood, sea salt, and thicket finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. A wildly aromatic Cabernet with intense concentration and a pleasant hint of salinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221707
Château Billerond
2015 St. Emilion
Deep purple color. Elegant aromas of fine furniture, dried grasses, and forest fruits with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grilled plum and green peppercorns finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. Lay down this St. Emilion to reveal its full potential in the years to come.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221709
Château Ethyan
2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of fine leather, silt, and purple fruit with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length cinnamon and sandalwood finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A cellar selection that will show its true colors in due time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222408
Chime
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and berries with a fruity medium body and moderate oak. A pleasant everyday red.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222365
Chaddsford
NV Sunset Blush Pennsylvania
Bright medium pink coral color. Fruity, rustic aromas and flavors of watermelon, cherry candies, grape jelly, and kiwi-banana compote with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length dill finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A big, fruity, rich rose that makes excellent use of America’s hybrid grapes.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222409
Replica
2015 Label Envy Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of spiced cranberries, suede, marinated mushrooms, and fertile earth with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length cocoa powder, pomegranate, and dried fig finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A substantial pinot noir with heavy leather, earth and oak notes.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222472
Vinha das Margaridas
2016 Red Blend Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal
Ruby black color. Creamy, fresh, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted vanilla meringue, milk chocolate pudding, black raspberry tart, and hint of cherry pipe tobacco with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long cherry-rhubarb cobbler a la mode, spiced melon, chocolate nuts, and s’mores finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, fruity, go-to Portuguese red that is sure to please and will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222478
1758
2013 Chianti Riserva DOCG
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, pickling spices, dried cherries, and smoked nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long cranberry-orange chutney and gastrique, caramel green apple, nutskin, and earth finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing Chianti that will shine at the table with bright, clear fruit and traditional style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222475
Las Cepas
2016 Costalarbol Rioja
Violet color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced black raspberries and peaches, toffee, and floral honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, amusing, medium-long creme brulee, nuts, and hint of mulch finish with light oak. A very, juicy fruit-forward international styled Rioja sipper that will appeal to malbec fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222471
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2016 Coteaux Bourguignons
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate graham crackers and berries, cherry tart, and toasted meringue with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length spiced apples, kiwi, and nectarine and honeyed nuts finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy, satisfying French red with attractive fruit and creamy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222474
Vinha das Margaridas
2014 Reserva Douro
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of mulberry compote, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and coffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, long craisin and dried cherries, toasty cedar, vanilla bean, and sweet and peppery spice finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A bright and fruity red that will effortlessly liven up a meal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222470
Maison Deux-Fleurs
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas of meyer lemon, icing, and navel oranges with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length crushed minerals, white flowers, and white pepper finish with silky, fruit tannins. A vibrant and peppery white Burgundy with a lovely finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221706
Château Rouzerol
2015 Côtes de Castillon
Dusty deep purple color. Earthy, rustic aromas and flavors of fertile earth, bramble, and dried apricot with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length plum skin, allspice, nutmeg, and roasted carrot finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. An intriguingly earthy, dry Bordeaux for braised meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222460
Boomtown by Dusted Valley
2016 Pinot Gris
Golden straw color. Aromas of nutshells, apricot, and marmalade with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length brook stones finish with fine, fruit tannins. A clean and cool Pinot Gris with ample minerality.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222353
Exquisite Collection
2016 Malbec
Clear deep purple color. Fruity aromas of crushed blackberries, raspberry confection, and allspice leaf with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy fresh herbs, citrus spritz, and cinnamon and clove finish with soft tannins. A gulpable fruity and bright malbec for anytime sipping.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222351
Rasgon
2016 Macabeo
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, minerally aromas of lemon zest, limestone, and spun sugar with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, breezy buttercream and toasted pine nuts finish with fruit tannins. A light and breezy white for anytime sipping.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222352
Rasgon
2016 Tempranillo
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of fruit punch and cranberry sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length orange peel, toasted pine nuts, and paprika finish with medium tannins. A juicy fruity Spanish red for new world wine drinkers.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222350
L’Amore di Giulietta
2016 Vino Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of house preserved cherries, ripe cassis, ripe red apple, and dark chocolate croissant with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed dried thyme finish. Big juicy fruit flavors make this a very versatile cab.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222477
1758
2016 Chianti DOCG
Garnet black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled cherries and berries, chestnut honeycomb, and spiced nuts with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy honey roasted green apple, nutskin, cranberry relish, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Savory, lightly smoky Chianti for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222368
El Guardian
2014 Crianza Rioja DOC
Clear dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry-hibiscus tea, fertile earth, dried figs and dates, and smoky grilled meats with a supple, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift minerals and rhubarb finish with earthy tannins and light oak. An everyday rioja.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222323
Snowbirds Vintners
2016 Rosé Columbia Valley
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine skins, underripe plum, wild strawberry, pickled tomato, and lime glaze with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length fresh red pepper finish with silky tannins. A zingy rose with a nice balance of fruit and savoriness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222594
AuburnJames
2014 Tondre Vineyard Pinot Noir
Brick red color. Spicy aromas of coriander, pickled beets with mustard seed, bay leaf, and fruit punch with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length candied orange peel and cassis finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, light-bodied wine that offers a unique take on Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222538
Sienna Glen
2016 Chardonnay
Brilliant yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of buttered croissant, pineapple with bananas, kiwi, apple-walnut turnover, and peach blossom with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, short lime creamsicle, pineapple-coconut, and cedar finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruity, gulpable chardonnay with a welcoming nose.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221968
Ruza Cans
2016 Dry Rosé Lodi
Bright coral color. Aromas of strawberry candy, peach, orange rind, and flowers with a medium body and a medium cola and raisin finish. A lively, floral, fruity Rosé.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222322
Snowbirds Vintners
2013 Merlot
Dark brick red color. Jammy aromas of strawberry preserves on toast and gooseberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raspberry jam, dried leaves, peach chutney, and black radish finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward merlot for any season.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222349
L’Amore di Giulietta
2016 Vino Bianco Chardonnay
Clear light gold color. Fruity aromas of diced yellow apples and pineapple juice reduction with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, swift whipped creme and pineapple jello finish with soft, fruit tannins. A friendly and fruity chardonnay for lunchtime pairings.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222354
90 Novantaceppi
2016 Appassimento Puglia IGP
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dark forest berries, violets, blueberry, chocolate dusted dried figs, and tropical tea with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, buoyant fresh plum and gingerbread cookies finish with medium tannins. An inky, very fruity wine with endless pairing options.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222321
Snowbirds Vintners
2015 Gruner Veltliner
Straw green color. Aromas of lemon, savory custard, and roasted peanut with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk minerals and buttered rice with lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp white quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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