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August 2018 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Summit Lake 2014 Emily Kestrel Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$85
Nearly opaque indigo color. Aromas of black cassis, charred pine cone, sandalwood, star anise, fine cigarettes, and smoked sausages with a satiny, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long tar, chinese 5 spice, and pink peppercorns finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A silky, mysterious Howell Mountain that will come alive with cellar time.
Summit Lake 2014 Estate Bottled Zinfandel
93 points
$36
Ruby color. Aromas of tannery, tomatillo, clove cigarettes, plum, and cantaloupe with a supple, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long chocolate truffle, raspberry jam, rose petals, and bomboloni finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. A serious and cellarable zin with huge atypical character.
Château Élan 2015 Les Petits Finger Red Blend American
93 points
$49.95
Dark black violet color. Aromas of chocolate genache, raspberry liqueur, latte, patent leather, fruit punch, and graphite with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long maple bacon, balsamic reduction, blackberry jam, and blueberry pie finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A big, juicy blend in a crowd-pleasing style; you’ll want a second glass.
93 points $49.95
Summit Lake 2013 Sophia Lynn Petite Sirah
93 points
$55
Murky deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry pastry, latex, magnolia and carnation, and lavender with a lightly tannic, lively, full body and an elegant, long pomegranate, watermelon, freshly tanned leather, and black thorn plum finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A luxury leather glove of a Petite Sirah with acid built for the long haul.
Martin Ulisse 2015 Signature Collection Montepulciano dAbruzzo
92 points
$18.99
Garnet black color. Floral, inviting aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, rose petals, gardenia, root beer, and vanilla mousse with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and an intricate, long clove, blueberry sorbet, blood orange, and pomegranate finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious Montepulciano with lush fruits and heady florals.
92 points $18.99
Chateau Gemeillan 2014  Médoc Cru Bourgeois
92 points
$52
Dark dusty garnet color. Meaty aromas of liver pate, cherry mostarda, char-grilled bread with butter, and cedar plank with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long lingonberry, salted herbs, and coriander finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and savory Medoc to write home about.
pureCoz 2013 Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$65
Medium ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dried berries, grilled plum, embers, salted caramel, honey-roasted peanuts, rosewater, eucalyptus, and molasses with a velvety, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A luscious, ultra-pleasing Napa blend that will bring steak dinners to new heights.
Chateau Chantelune 2015  Margaux
92 points
$123
Dark violet color. Inviting aromas of peony petals, dark chocolate, menthol, and sugared plums with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cranberry, spearmint, salty prosciutto, ginger, and rootbeer finish with medium tannins and no oak. A delicious Bordeaux that highlights fruit and spice.
Chateau Gemeillan 2012  Médoc Cru Bourgeois
91 points
$51
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of carob, cherry pie filling, baking spices, freshly pulled espresso, salami, moss and damp earth, and dried roses with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, long candied carrot, ivory, cedar-charred peppers, black coffee, and dark roasted almonds finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dark and brooding Medoc with old-world complexity that craves an excellent meal.
Chateau du Moulin 2015  Haut-Médoc
91 points
$80
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of patent leather, lacquered wood, lilac, and animale with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long raspberry liqueur, latte, and licorice gum drops finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid Bordeaux that will blossom with time.
Bianco Nobile NV alla Vaniglia Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Curious aromas of marshmallow, cotton candy, circus peanut, candied apple, and boston creme pie with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree lemon meringue cookies finish. A sweet wine with fun flavors.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nero Nobile NV allEspresso Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark brick red color. Aromas of salted caramel latte, caramel corn, and frappucino with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a medium-length coffee Nips candy finish with soft tannins. Coffee lovers will joyfully imbibe this crushable, roasty treat.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Rosso Nobile NV al Cioccolata Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate genache, custard, and donuts with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, breezy blackberries, prune, brownie batter, and caramel frosting finish with soft tannins. A pastry-like flavored wine; sweet and delicious.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Chateau Gemeillan 2015  Médoc Cru Bourgeois
90 points
$53
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled blackberry, anise, chocolate bar, patent leather, and sweet pea blossom with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an elegant, long roasted cashew, fennel, and pomegranate molasses finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very cellarable Medoc with great roasty flavors.
El Progreso 2016 Seleccion Tierra de Castilla
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Hazy black ruby color. Inviting aromas of grilled blueberries, french toast, cinnamon, wild berry, bruised rose petal, and vanilla with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length raisin swirl toast finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Engaging juicy blue fruits entice for another sip.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vertvs 2017  Cabernet-Tempranillo
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear violet color. Fruity aromas of creme de cassis, lingonberry, pine, violet, and bee pollen with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length cedar, graphite, dried blueberry, and spice cabinet finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Fruit and oak are harmoniously balanced in this gulpable red for the table.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Sea Salt 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of diced jalapeño, grilled peach, and strawberry leaf with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long tomatillo, underripe mango, and kiwi chutney finish. A bright sparkling Sauvignon Blanc with intense, juicy flavors.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Vertvs 2014 Crianza Tempranillo
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of rose petals, tobacco, dried figs, almond joy bar, and sesame with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery roasted almonds and saffron finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A floral, chewy wine that will be a nice fit with North African fare.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2015  St. Estèphe
89 points
$99.45
Dark black ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered raspberries, blackberry leaf, latex, and autumn leaves with a slightly chewy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length black pepper, dark chocolate, ginger, and tomato stem finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A balanced Bordeaux for the long haul.
89 points $99.45
Clos du Bois 2017 Rosé California
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear pink coral color. Aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberry creme, thyme, and grapefruit zest with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length raspberry leaf, clover, and honey drizzled berries finish. A juicy, fruity rose for patio pounding.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Rhône to the Bone 2017 White Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe peach, honeydew melon, graham cracker, and white miso with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length lemon sorbet and wildflowers finish with fine tannins and no oak. A deliciously balanced white Cotes-du-Rhone for beautiful pairings.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Verum 2012  Tierra de Castilla
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of almond flour, caramelized raspberry, raisins, and jasmine tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length juicy currants, biscuit, leather, and cigar box finish with moderate oak. A bright red for heavier dishes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar 2017  Tempranillo
87 points
$9.90
Best Buy
Bright deep purple color. Candied aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, boysenberry preserve, vanilla bean panna cotta, peach melba, and sweet basil on honeydew with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a buoyant graphite finish with moderate oak. A plush and fruity Tempranillo with table-ready tannins.
87 points $9.90 Best Buy
Laessiger 2017  Gruner Veltliner
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas of butter sauce with lime zest, ripe pear, hydrangea, and slate with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, carefree lemon tisane finish. A zippy and refreshing gruner.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Clos du Bois 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of struck match, cream soda, apple handpie, and earthy green tea leaves with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, relaxed sweet apple cinnamon yogurt finish with a suggestion of oak. A smooth and easy chardonnay for weeknight pairings and effortless sipping.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo
87 points
$19.90
Black garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries, leather, orange blossom water, green tomatoes, and sweet gum tree with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length rye and basalt finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak. A bold tannic red for the table.
87 points $19.90
Retief 2016 Reserve Cape Red Blend South Africa
87 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Smoky aromas of bacon and blueberry jam, sautéed mushrooms, moss, basalt, and creme de cassis with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length candied orange peel, black tea, dry rub, and brown sugar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smoky, meaty blend that will make a great grilling partner.
87 points $19.99
Chateau Graves de Pez 2014  St. Estèphe
87 points
$66
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of beets, watermelon rind, powdery florals, mint, and coffee candies with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, brisk leather, cocoa powder, and cranberry finish with moderate oak. A youthful Bordeaux that needs time.
Clos du Bois 2017  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Light white gold color. Fruity aromas of ripe pineapple and sweet oranges with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed pear and lemon spritz finish. A juicy Pinot Grigio that is effortlessly drinkable.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Verum 2014 Roble Tierra de Castilla
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty black garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of marinated raspberry, forest floor, almond biscotti, and flower bed with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, breezy finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready red for weeknight steaks.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
El Tractor 2017  Malbec
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry mostarda, quince membrillo, smoked meats, buttered toast, and almond cookie with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length marinated strawberry and cinnamon finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A chewy malbec for weeknight steak.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Rhône to the Bone 2017  Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Light silvery amber color. Aromas of underripe strawberry and straw with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a polished, snappy blood orange zest, stones, and dried herbs finish. A solid Cotes-du-Rhone rose with a nice sense of place.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Pinot Grigio
86 points
$23.95
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of underripe white peach, concord grape, underripe mango, lemon marmalade, iodine, and flint with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a tingling, brisk pineapple Lifesavers candy finish. A solid anytime Pinot Grigio.
86 points $23.95
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$23.95
Pale yellow straw color. Sweet aromas of pears in syrup, spiced cider, snickerdoodle cookie, and flaky croissant with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length toasty oak and grilled pineapple finish with moderate oak. An oaky pleaser.
86 points $23.95
Chateau Lamartine 2016  Merlot
86 points
$37
Ruby color. Green aromas and flavors of lacquered wood, grilled fennel, green bell pepper, and ground black pepper with a chewy, dry medium-full body and a brisk ink finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A youthful and very dry Cotes de Bordeaux that needs food.
El Progreso 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$8.99
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas of unripe apple, vanilla scented candle, candied ginger, cream of wheat, and orange juice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree tart apple and sliced lemons finish with a suggestion of oak. A not-too-oaky chardonnay with a refreshing style.
85 points $8.99
Vertvs 2017  Tempranillo
85 points
$12.99
Ruby garnet color. Sweet aromas of blueberry gelato, vanilla pound cake, and artisan floral candle with a slightly chewy, soft, fruity medium body and a warming, relaxed underripe blackberry, black tea, peppercorns, and kung pao with peanuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, curvy tempranillo for the table.
85 points $12.99
Rhône to the Bone 2016 Red Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
85 points
$15.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of green mulberry, plum, black currant, graphite, flint, and leather seats with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk finish with moderate oak. An approachable Côtes-du-Rhône for the table.
85 points $15.99
Château Élan 2015 TNT Tannat
85 points
$69.95
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of overripe blackberry, dark chocolate, peony, and flan with a tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, carefree finish with light oak. A juicy berry bomb for cheese; fans of Zinfandel need apply!
85 points $69.95
Château Élan 2014 El Tempranillo Tempranillo
85 points
$69.95
Dusty black ruby color. Fruity aromas of ripe strawberries and licorice with a tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk graphite, baked figs, black tea, ink, and charred toast finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak. An assertively chewy red with enticing berry aromas.
85 points $69.95
Château Élan 2016 Scarlet Reserve Red Blend American
84 points
$23.95
Deep purple color. Aromas of plum jam, ripe tomato, and watermelon candies with a tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, buoyant black peppercorns, toast, and cascara finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A jammy, versatile red.
84 points $23.95
Chateau Desarnaud 2014  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
84 points
$31
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of nutmeg, aniseed, and strawberry confiture with a lean, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy root beer finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A lean and unintimidating Bordeaux.
Abarbanel 2016 Les Chemins de Favarelle Chardonnay
83 points
$12.99
Pale old gold color. Aromas of tinned pineapple, fallen peach, and lemon tisane with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, fleeting chalk and sawdust finish. A possible base for a wine spritzer.
83 points $12.99
Abarbanel 2016 Les Dolmens Rouges Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$12.99
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of mixed berry jelly, ripe red apple, pencil shavings, and charred leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a brisk veneer finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A solid oaky cab for a crowd.
82 points $12.99
Château Élan 2016 Nancy White Blend American
81 points
$28.95
Golden straw color. Funky aromas of hay, lime yogurt, fallen stone fruit, ghee, and rice with an oily, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, easy charred marshmallow finish with moderate oak. A buttery blend for emergency pairings.
81 points $28.95
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