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March 2018 - New Release Wine

March 2018 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

PONO 2014 Mana Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$98
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas of honeyed cassis, chocolate lava cake, vanilla gelato, and toasted nuts and wood with a velvety, bright, fruity full body and a tingling, refreshing, long dried pear and sour cherries, apple and melon balls, sweet and peppery spices, and pipe tobacco finish with chewy, soft tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, seamless and fruity Napa cabernet that is drinking brilliantly now.
Parmelee-Hill 2013 Block B Estate Grown Syrah
93 points
$38
Black garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of peppered jerky, creme Anglaise, vanilla frosted frosted long john donuts, and nutmeg and allspice with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, elegant, long dark chocolate and rose tea finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A palate clobbering Syrah with powerful pepper notes and a lengthy finish.
Summit Lake 2012 Sophia Lynn Petite Sirah
93 points
$55
Black violet color. Elegant aromas of polished fine furniture, tobacco, maraschino liqueur, and maitake mushroom with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, long vanilla, dill, white pepper, miso, and chocolate covered strawberry finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A bold Petite Sirah that hits the Howell Mountain nail on the head.
Mirror 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$85
Opaque black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, violet, carob, vanilla, and fine tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length juicy plums, cinnamon pastry, and black currant finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated wine of decadence; a true Napa cab.
Parmelee-Hill 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas of cherry jam, maraschino liqueur, coriander, and black pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy cranberry fruit leather, toasted marshmallow, cocoa butter, and roasted nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lush satisfying Sonoma Pinot with ripe fruits and a toasty finish.
Fog & Wind 2015  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of cherry candies, candle wax, moss, and Dutch cocoa with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cinnamon, red apples, dried orange peel, black pepper, and baking spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A spicy and attractive Pinot Noir with a fruity, juicy, smooth appeal.
Bogle 2015 Old Vine Essential Red California
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Rich black violet color. Exotic, confected aromas of clove cigarettes, berry coulis, vanilla, and grenadine with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long milk chocolate, rose petals, and blueberry pie finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and concentrated wine that sings of California fruit and flowers.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Dewitt Family 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$45
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of berry tart, worn leather, coriander, and Turkish delight with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length sugared plums, carrot cake, roasted pine nuts, and nutmeg finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy Cabernet that will make a lovely steak companion.
Jacob’s Creek 2017 Classic Chardonnay
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Toasty aromas of buttered nuts and toasted croissant with apricot preserve with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juicy pear, crushed pineapple, walnut loaf, and cantaloupe finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A complex and pleasing chardonnay with toasty baked flavors.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2016  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Citrusy aromas of white grapefruit, kiwi, and fruit cup with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, easy wheat grass finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pinot grigio that drinks like a toned-down Sauvignon Blanc with supple texture and easy-going acidity.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Fog & Wind 2015  Pinot Noir
89 points
$50
Dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of baked red apple, cherry cobbler, thyme, red and black licorice, watermelon, and ripe cranberry with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla, roasted almond, toasty oak, and cardamom finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A bright and concentrated pinot noir with aging potential.
Jacob’s Creek 2015 Classic Pinot Grigio
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of matchstick, lime pie with meringue, and orange segments with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk minerals finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A crushable citrusy wine for anytime sipping.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Jacob’s Creek 2016 Classic Merlot
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of blackberry, sesame oil, sweet dried oranges, and eucalyptus with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. An appetizing merlot with a great balance of fruit and spice.
88 points $8 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of dandelion, Hungarian wax pepper, lacquered wood, cinnamon, and baked plum with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted oak, forest fruit jam, nutskins, and potting soil finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A crowd-pleasing jammy, zin-like cabernet.
88 points $9.99
Bogle 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Opaque deep purple color. Jammy, spicy aromas of ripe plums, cinnamon, cola, allspice, cumin, and nutmeg with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length chocolate croissant, blackberry jam, rosewood, and leather finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully fruity and spicy zin that is sure to satisfy.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Bogle 2016 Phantom Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pecan shortbread, lemon cream pie, and caramel cheesecake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length caramelized pineapple, vanilla gelato, and asian pear finish with soft tannins and heavy oak. Creamy chardonnay fans with be greatly satisfied by this decadent Clarksburg example.
Jacob’s Creek 2017 Classic Moscato
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peaches, honeysuckle, and pear drops with a round, crisp, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length mango taffy and licorice finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy-sweet Moscato for anytime pleasure.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Bogle 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of crisp yellow apples, cinnamon yogurt, and ripe stone fruit with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, snappy buttered nuts, nutmeg, and nougat finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A buttery Chardonnay that will be an easy crowd pleaser.
87 points $9 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of matchstick, meringue pastry, kiwi in cream, and honey with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick river stones and white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A charming Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2015  Pinot Noir
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, maraschino cherry liqueur, marinated grape leaves, and cranberry sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length honey roasted nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An attractive and juicy Pinot Noir with ample California influence.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Jacob’s Creek 2015 Classic Cabernet-Merlot
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Minty aromas of carob chip, menthol, bromine, and underripe blackberry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, cheery toffee coated blueberries, savory herbs and peppery spices, and black licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A balanced Cab-Merlot blend with nice herbal notes and fruity style.
87 points $11 Best Buy
7 Moons 2016 Red Blend California
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright black violet color. Aromas and flavors of red and black licorice, muddled berries, chocolate taffy, and kiwi with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, carefree vanilla fondant and cedar finish with woody, clunky tannins and moderate oak. A yummy red blend for juicy beef.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Parmelee-Hill 2015 Clubhouse Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$45
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of oak, dried pineapple, and honeyed coffee cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length mixed peppercorns, red bell pepper, ancho chile, and lemon custard finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A peppery and oaky chardonnay that may develop beautifully with cellaring.
Bogle 2015  Petite Sirah
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of fine leather, boysenberry, and plum with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length peppermint and pound cake finish with coarse tannins and heavy oak. A hugely tannic wine that needs a long rest in the cellar.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2016  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, underripe cherries, sautéed gourmet mushrooms, and grilled eucalyptus with a vibrant, light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length plum butter and cranberry finish with a suggestion of oak. A rustic pinot noir that offers bright acidity and earthy aromas.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Jolee NV Rouge Blend Oregon
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty brick red color. Aromas of tobacco, allspice, red licorice, coconut yogurt, smoky autumn leaves, and pencil eraser with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant strawberry coulis and toasted naan finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A fruity and spicy lighter-bodied red blend with silky-smooth style.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Miya Ray 2016  Malbec
86 points
$14.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of blackberry, raspberry leaf, pencil eraser, cedar, and cocoa powder with a satiny, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk scorched earth and prunes finish with light oak. A nice savory and smooth South American sipper.
86 points $14.99
Le Vigne 2015  Petite Sirah
86 points
$25
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of wild berries, creme de cassis, and cheddar with a velvety, crisp, fruity full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length clove, blackberry jam on toasted crumpet, and sandalwood finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A tight Petit Sirah worthy of a good cellar.
Bogle 2014 Phantom Red Blend California
85 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, black peppercorn, raspberry coulis, red bell pepper, and star anise with a coarse, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length ash and dr. pepper finish with chalky, coarse tannins and heavy oak. A tight and spicy wine that should blossom with cellaring.
Lake Sonoma 2014  Zinfandel
85 points
$32
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tart raspberries, bramble, and vanilla-scented tobacco with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, buoyant cracked black pepper finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A dry zin for hearty meals.
The Ox 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley
85 points
$35
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty brioche, dried fruits, fancy tobacco, roasted marcona almonds, and orange tea cakes with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a hot, complex, medium-long plums and black peppercorns finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A huge, inky, concentrated, Petite Sirah blend with a bit of an interesting sherry character; decant.
No Opposition NV Red Blend
84 points
$9.99
Garnet color. Fruity aromas of creme de cassis, dried cherry, cranberry, dried mint, and charred popcorn with nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, swift plum tart and clove finish with silky tannins and light oak. An effortlessly crushable red blend.
84 points $9.99
Summit Lake 2013  Zinfandel
83 points
$75
Opaque indigo color. Aroma of sour cherries with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, crisp black pepper, plum jam, and leather finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid zinfandel.
Miya Ray 2016  Chardonnay
80 points
$14.99
Gold color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of dusty green apple and lychee, tinned pineapple, faint peach gummies, and egg with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a peppery, brisk Sichuan peppercorns and apple-mint jelly finish with no oak. A solid everyday sipper; serve with a good chill.
80 points $14.99
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