January 2018 - New Release Wine

This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines
New Release Wine Reviews
222531
Falkner
2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend Temecula Valley
Murky dusty garnet color. Aromas of crushed roses, bittersweet chocolate, and terra cotta with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a layered, long rose hip water, stewed tomato, and clay oven bricks finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A stunning Sangiovese driven blend that captures the essence of Tuscany in a California bottle.
96 points $54.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222295
Santa Isle
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant ruby color. Elegant aromas of red cassis, prosciutto, leather, and oregano with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long cranberry, figs and dates, and tart berry relish finish with fine tannins and light oak. An elegant, steak-worthy cabernet with Chilean charm.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222464
Boomtown by Dusted Valley
2015 Merlot
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of cherry hand pie, peppered pastrami, blueberry compote, and magnolia blossom with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length leather, carob, black licorice, and firm plum finish with chewy tannins. A powerful, dry, chewy merlot for rich meals; great for Cab-drinkers.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222600
LangeTwins Winery
2013 Miller Vineyard Single Barrel Cabernet Franc
Murky ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry stems, dusty rose, and clay pottery with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length , and racquetball finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A luscious fruit forward Cab Franc that demands food worthy of it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222500
Chateau de Landiras
2015 Red Graves
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black cherries, vanilla, and earth with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a layered, medium-long finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fresh and fruit-forward style of Bordeaux, perfect for those just getting to explore the region!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222860
Santo
NV Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Emerald straw color. Sweet, floral aromas of honeycomb, honeysuckle, lilac, and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length apricot nectar, cantaloupe, tangerine sorbet, and golden raisin chutney finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very pleasant and elegant Moscato d’Asti perfect for celebrating before or after the meal.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222366
Chaddsford
NV Red Blend American
Dusty light ruby color. Rustic, fruity aromas of grape jam, cinnamon potpourri, and fruit stripes gum with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length pickled beets, compressed watermelon, and roasted nuts finish with silky, fruit tannins. A fun and versatile light-bodied red that displays true American wine in all every fruity, delicious sip.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222245
Taylors
2016 Shiraz
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherry, smoked tar, cracked pink peppercorn, and sweet berry gelato with a lively, dry full body and a complex, long vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A velvety red wine that is smoky and smooth.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222548
Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, cured meat, chocolate genache, and violet flowers with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a nuanced, medium-long bay leaf and thyme finish with earthy, dusty, medium tannins and moderate oak. A full body, powerful red wine that will compliment any grilled meats; a real knockout from Monticello.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222772
Mocine
2016 Santa Marta Toscana IGT
Black violet color. Rustic aromas of dried figs and dates, ink, pressed flowers, and tilled earth with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long leather and dried herbs finish with moderate oak. A big and sturdy wine to cellar; this should bloom into a great wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222655
William Wright
2016 Reserve Lot Pinot Noir
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry compote, chocolate nut bar, marinated beet relish, and fireplace wood smoke with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long nut brittle, tart rhubarb, dill pickles, and leather finish with silky, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely pinot noir with a great balance of fruity and savory flavors that makes it highly versatile and a great choice for the dinner table.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222567
Sola
2013 Meritage Alexander Valley
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of stewed red cherries, cedar, and tobacco with an soft, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A well structured wine that will compliment grilled meats.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222462
Boomtown by Dusted Valley
2015 Syrah
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of bright red cherries, black pepper, and pink peppercorn with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a complex, medium-long crushed blackberries and vanilla gelato finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A big, juicy Syrah that is sure to please.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222549
Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry skins, jasmine flowers, felt table, and oyster shells with an medium-full body and an interesting, breezy rose hip, chrysanthemum, smarties, and candy dust finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky and supple Cab Franc with floral layers and integrated tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222599
LangeTwins Winery
2013 The Eighty Vineyard Single Barrel Teroldego
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of rich black plum, blackberry-clove gelato, and cinnamon with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, rapid constant comment tea and wintergreen finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. An inky, exotic varietal for Zinfandel-lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222774
Tenuta Vitalonga
2013 Terra di Confine Umbria IGT
Bright black violet color. Rustic, fruity aromas and flavors of sour red cherries, fertile earth, and blackberry with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length minestrone, cinnamon, and bay leaf finish with chewy tannins. A fruity yet savory, chewy red for rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222793
Le Brun de Neuville
NV Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne
Medium golden straw color. Yeasty aromas of buttered brioche, labnah, lemon buttercream, and toasted hazelnuts with a round, vibrant, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy lemon curd, underripe peach, and za’atar finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A solid Champagne that sings all the notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222756
Chateau de Macard
2015 Reserve Bordeaux Supèrieur
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black and red cherries, rose petals, violets, and smoked pork with an crisp, dry medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A smoky Bordeaux for blackened steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222780
Easley
NV Reggae White
Brilliant white gold color. Aromas and flavors of underripe apricot, dandelion, and matchstick with a tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length peach nectar, dandelion stem, and lemon balm finish with no oak. A delightfully floral and fruity Muscat perfect for starting or ending a meal.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222293
Santa Isle
2015 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque deep purple color. Spicy, savory aromas of fried peppers and cajun spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length babaganoush, cherry mostarda, and grilled grape leaves finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory wine that will pair well with stews.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222688
Bad Brothers
2016 Tovio Torrontes-Viognier
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, melon, and white peach with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak. A full bodied white wine packed with rich flavors and a zippy acidity!
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222566
Sola
2012 Reserve Petite Sirah
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, sour red cherry, cigar smoke, and tar with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a distinctive, medium-long dark chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A enormous red wine that will stand up to any dinner.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222447
Zinfandelic
2016 Zinfandel
Bright black violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, polished furniture, patent leather, green bell pepper, and green peppercorn with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length dried mint finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak. A big, zesty Zinfandel; give this one some time to open up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222550
Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of leather, black cassis and blueberry preserve, sweet tobacco, and black licorice with a satiny, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a delightful, medium-length tangy cherry vinaigrette finish with silky tannins and light oak. A unique cellar selection with a beautiful nose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222164
Michael Gill Cellars
2016 Il Elione Zinfandel
Bright violet black color. Aromas of stewed mixed berries, raspberry leaf, chocolate taffy, and sandalwood with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy finish. A flavor-packed Zinfandel bursting with berry aromas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222494
Martellotto
2016 La Bomba Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of grape preserves and wilted violet with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. An approachable and food friendly red blend for all wine-lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222995
Serre dei Roveri
2013 Barolo DOCG
Dark brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried potted rose, sweet licorice, and earth with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium body and a breezy tar and violets finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid, earthy Barolo that delivers all the classic flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222651
VINI
2016 Rosé Thracian Valley
Dark pink coral color. Aromas of cherry skins, white flower petals, and grilled salmon with an bright, light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length strawberry water, geraniums, and stone fruit pits finish with no oak. A subtle yet elegant Rose both dry and fruity to please any palate.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222294
Santa Isle
2015 Grand Reserve Carmenere
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of spiced berry compote, green peppercorn, polished furniture, and peony with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long chocolate dipped berries finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A zesty Carmenère for steak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222463
Boomtown by Dusted Valley
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of blueberry pie, raspberry key lime pie, and mocha with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy chocolate covered berries and smoky leather finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, anytime Cabernet with wide appeal.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
223006
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2015 Estate Merlot
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of vanilla-blackberry custard and coconut with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate genache, polished furniture, black licorice, and curry spices finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A plush and oaky Merlot that will be very will make for a great glass by the fire.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222834
William Heritage Winery
2016 Coeur d'Est Outer Coastal Plain
Dusty dark rose color. Attractive aromas and flavors of raspberry vanilla tart, dusty cedar, sugar snap peas, and chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-long winter spices and roasted nuts finish with light oak. A juicy and effortlessly drinkable, light-bodied red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222777
Estratos
2016 Monastrell-Syrah
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, tart strawberry, licorice, and cream soda with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length raspberry jam finish with well-integrated, silky, soft tannins and light oak. A juicy and smooth easy drinking red!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221754
Heitz
2013 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of root beer, coffee cake, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy berry gastrique, dried strawberries, and cherry barbecue sauce finish with light oak. A craveable, tangy, juicy zin.
88 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222530
Falkner
2016 Chardonnay
Medium golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, mango lassi, golden raspberry, yuzu, cucumber salad, and maraschino liqueur with a velvety, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long almond creme, baking spices, bright meyer lemon, and pink peppercorns finish with light oak. A delicious, nuanced Chardonnay; elegant.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222493
Martellotto
2016 Il Capoccia Riserva Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, graham cracker crumbs, and leather jacket with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A plush Merlot driven blend packed with blue fruit notes; save it for dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222794
Le Brun de Neuville
NV Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Champagne
Medium golden yellow color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of golden apples, wool, and yeasty breads with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy green apple butter, poached pear, vanilla creme, and hint of smoke finish with fine tannins and light oak. A zingy everyday Champagne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221737
Aoyo Winery
2015 Mermaid Syrah-Merlot
Clear garnet black color. Aromas of fine leather, preserved fruits, fertile earth, vanilla taffy, and jalapeño pepper with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length stuffed bell pepper and bacon wrapped figs finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A meaty, intriguing Chilean red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222779
Easley
2016 Riesling
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of diesel and white peony with a round, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length beeswax, meyer lemon sorbet, and nougat with almonds finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A craveable riesling that will be a hit.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222652
VINI
2016 Chardonnay
Medium yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of fresh apple cobbler and cinnamon pastry with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length chamomile, graham cracker crust, and creme anglaise finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicious, soft and creamy Chardonnay packed with sweet spices and pure fruit.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222653
VINI
2016 Merlot
Dark black violet color. Attractive aromas of bramble, stewed black currants, dark plum, leather, and rosemary with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cocoa nibs and marinated strawberry finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy drinking merlot with a vibrant, brambly nose.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222654
VINI
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon poppyseed muffin, jasmine, lime coulis, wool, green pears, and apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk salt finish with soft tannins. An easy drinking Pinot Grigio with southeastern European charm.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221734
Aoyo Winery
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark dusty garnet color. Rustic aromas of vanilla-almond bark and ivory with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a cheery smoked chocolate genache, dried green pepper, dried forest berries, and mixed fruit confection finish with medium, silky tannins. A smoky, chocolatey cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222253
SomeWine
2012 Red Wine California
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of mole sauce, orange bell pepper, and black beans with an lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length dark chocolate bitters and blue tortilla chips finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A unique and complex blend, filled with south of the border flavors and nuance.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222767
Denada
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby garnet color. Smoky aromas of roasted green peppers, dark cherries, embers, and grilled stuffed mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length dried orange peel, persimmon, and toasty oak finish. A mouthwatering, juicy cab for rich beef.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222292
PKNT
2015 Gold Grand Reserve Carmenere
Dark dusty ruby color. Green, smoky aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, smoked green pepper, and charred cedar with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp anise and vanilla finish. A fun Chilean Carmenère with juicy acidity.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221966
Kin & Country
2016 Vista del Sol Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Clear dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, cracked black pepper, and pencil shaving with a crisp, dry medium body and a stimulating, cheery fondant finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lush, rich, and round red perfect for the backyard cook out.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222446
Zinfandelic
2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums and peaches, carob, whole peppercorns, and maple with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A gulpable Zinfandel for weeknight dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222547
Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Medium yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of phyllo dough, lemon supremes in syrup, orange zest, maple syrup, and thyme with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tart apples and slivered almonds finish. A bright Chardonnay with enticing citrus flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222776
Bodegas Campiña
2014 Viñas Centenarias Toro
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, black pepper, and cured meat with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, medium tannins and light oak. A perfect introduction to Spain! Full and fresh with fruit and just a touch of tannin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222067
Schug
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of bramble, raspberry lip balm, and black pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, breezy baking spices and chocolate taffy finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A solid Cabernet Blend for easy pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222450
Stella Rosa
NV Moscato d'Asti
Brilliant yellow straw color. Floral, sweet aromas of honeycomb, lemon cake, fresh peaches, honeysuckle blossom, and mango with a round, bright, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk ripe apricot, straw, and marzipan finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A friendly, crowd-pleasing moscato.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222181
Sofos
2015 Greek Red Wine Korinthos
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, spicy black plum, and pomegranate with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A light, fruity and easily enjoyable red wine!
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222551
Pollak Vineyards
2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Murky garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, green pepper, and sandalwood with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasant Cab Franc for spring and summer dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222781
Easley
NV Sweet Tulip Moscato
Emerald straw color. Aromas of clover flower and beeswax with a soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, cheery pineapple confection, honey drizzled pears, praline, and lemon balm finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy moscato for any sweet-wine lover.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222527
Falkner
2016 Luscious Lips White California
Straw color. Aromas of orange blossom, honey, sweet almond cookies, and lemon gel with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, scant Sweet Tart candies finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking lightly sweet wine for daytime sipping.
85 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222553
Pollak Vineyards
2014 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
Brilliant deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, cured meat, and sawdust with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a breezy plum tart finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A well balanced and fruit forward red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222154
Broken Clouds
2016 Chardonnay
Medium golden straw color. Elegant aromas of marshmallow, vanilla almond nougat, wedding cake, oak dust, and white tea with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana creme anglaise and white pepper finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A plush wine for true California Chardonnay fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222601
Sand Point
2015 Chardonnay
Medium golden straw color. Aromas of vanilla taffy, corn flakes in cream, french vanilla, and apple tart with a soft, crisp, fruity thin body and a brisk toasty oak finish with light oak. A creamy and mild Chardonnay for easy sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222182
Sofos
2016 Greek White Wine Peloponnese
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, yellow peaches, and butterscotch with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich and round, easily enjoyable white!
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221994
Northleaf Winery
NV Milton Historic District Deep Roots Red Zinfandel
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of cream soda, cherry cola, blackberry gelato, and mochacino with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple-cinnamon, pencil eraser, pecan praline, and clove cigarettes finish with moderate oak. An intensely fruity zin for crowd-pleasing and unique pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222419
Stella Rosa
NV Moscato Orange Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of honeydew melon and straw with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, rapid clove candies and rose petal finish with soft tannins and no oak. A spicy-sweet and mellow dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222461
Boomtown by Dusted Valley
2016 Chardonnay
Medium golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of omelet, lemon curd, and apple cinnamon compote with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp finish. A solid Chardonnay for easy pairings; aerate.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222773
Tenuta Vitalonga
2014 Elcione Umbria IGT
Garnet black color. Meaty, savory aromas of crushed wild berries, smoked meats, and bell peppers with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy roasted beet, braised greens, and leather finish with chewy tannins. A savory, earthy red for the table
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222778
Easley
2016 Traminette
Straw green color. Floral aromas of wild grape, peach blossom, gardenia body powder, crushed pineapple, and guanabana with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk ripe peaches finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An old-school, foxy Traminette that will be great on the porch or with homestyle meals.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222449
Stella Rosa
NV Berry Semi-Sweet Sparkling Italy
Brilliant pink coral color. Candied aromas and flavors of raspberry candy, green apple spree, purple pixie sticks, and cotton candy with a glycerous, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brief finish with chalky tannins and no oak. A candied sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222296
Santa Isle
2016 Reserve Carmenere
Medium violet color. Sulfurous aromas of green leaves, sweet gum tree, egg salad, and grilled bacon fat with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a cheery cherry skins and warm spices finish. A gulpable red for large parties.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222374
90+ Cellars
NV Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé Italy
Clear silvery pink color. Funky aromas of fishing net, fallen stone fruit, and brie cheese rind with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry light body and a brisk citrus and underripe white peach finish with no oak. A bubbly quaffer for anytime sipping.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222346
PKNT
2016 Reserve Carmenere
Dark violet color. Aromas of dried leaves, parchment, green bell pepper, and charred rosemary with a slightly chewy, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy blackberry finish with papery tannins and light oak. A crushable red.
81 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222528
Falkner
2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato California
Brilliant pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry gummy and red licorice with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk strawberry daiquiri, candy shells, and preserves finish with no oak. A fruity and easy drinking rose; serve it with hors d’ouevres at your next baby shower.
81 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222775
Phiculle
2013 Phiculle Umbria IGT
Deep garnet color. Meaty aromas of minestrone soup, picked beets, and kidney beans with a watery body and a swift finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222526
Falkner
2013 Luscious Lips Red California
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, smoked cherries, and jalapeño with a crisp, off-dry medium body and a brisk finish with soft, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fresh and fruit forward red with just a touch of sweetness.
80 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222363
Chaddsford
2015 Artisan Series Traminette
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of chicago-style hot dog relish, smoky tomato paste, pickled sport peppers, and apple butter with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, relaxed matchstick and saline finish. A very distinctive Traminette for adventure seekers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222137
Spangler
2013 Tempranillo
Medium burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of freshly picked cranberries, cinnamon, and smoke with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a easy fruit punch and plump sultanas finish with papery, leafy tannins and light oak. A food friendly wine for the BBQ.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222525
Mira Winery
2016 Chardonnay
Medium yellow straw color. Sulfurous aromas of tamago, wet rag, and key lime yogurt with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length salted microgreens, diced apple, and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak. A Napa Chardonnay that will benefit greatly from aeration.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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