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October 2018 - New Release Wines

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

New Release Wines Reviews

Echeverria 2016 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$25
Brown brick red color. Fruity, earthy aromas of ripe plums, pomegranate, leather saddle, cream soda, banana bread, peony petals, blueberry pastry, and exotic tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, subtle, long charcoal, black licorice, and charred spices finish with earthy, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A hearty, complex stunner from Chile with gobs of smoky oak, sensuous earth, and ripe fruits.
Quasar 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cherry, scented marker, raspberry jam, and eucalyptus with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate and custard filled pastry finish with no oak. A wide appealing red with ample fruit and a toasty, creamy center.
Quasar 2014 Perfecto Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$40
Black garnet color. Funky aromas of pico de gallo, watermelon, tapenade, black currant, and fresh sweet herbs with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length chocolate dipped raspberries, coriander, and anise finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty cabernet with a fruity style and a restrained and appealing approach to Chile’s vegetal flair.
Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine Chambourcin
91 points
$35.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of spiced orange peels, fruit punch, bergamot, sugared strawberries, honey, and rainbow sherbet with a syrupy, lively, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long pear cordial, bananas in whipped honey spread, and tart apple candy finish with silky tannins. A very pleasant ice wine with vibrant acidity and honeyed charm.
91 points $35.99
Quasar 2016 Limited Edition Syrah
90 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas of Elvis sandwich, basil, mixed peppercorns, and steak seasoning with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long black walnut, charred marshmallow, dark chocolate with coconut, and dark toasted almonds finish with heavy oak. A dark, toasty, spicy syrah with a mouthfilling style.
Echeverria 2014 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$50
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, dates, coconut cream, cedar, and pickling spice with a crisp, fruity medium-full body and a breezy walnut shell finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An easy-drinking, slightly spicy cabernet with lots a pairing applications.
Tonti Family Wines 2013 Artisan Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$69
Dark ruby color. Smoky aromas of mesquite, chocolate chunks, grilled peppers, and licorice with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length buttered dinner roll, blackberry jelly, clove, steamed carrots, and carob finish with light oak. A complex, layered, savory zin that craves food.
Quasar 2017 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
89 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of graphite, fresh cut roses, raspberry, scorched earth, grilled cherries, caraway, and soy-glazed wood-grilled mushrooms with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree marinated pimento, cedar plank, lingonberry, and paprika finish. A slightly savory Pinot Noir for effortless pairings.
Tour des Fiefs 2017  Sancerre
88 points
$27.99
Straw color. Aromas of wheat grass, perfume, fresh green bell pepper, and marzipan creme with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length underripe gooseberry, crisp lemon-dressed kale, fennel, and fresh asparagus tips in white pepper sauce finish with no oak. A crisp and clean Sancerre with high toned fruit and a dusting of minerality.
88 points $27.99
Stina’s Cellars 2014  Merlot
88 points
$28
Dull nearly opaque black garnet color. Fruity, savory aromas of raisins and dried figs, peanut curry, cherry vinaigrette, and grilled fruit cake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sautéed almonds, tiramisu, chocolate mint, and caramel raisin bread pudding finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A voluptuous, almost late-harvest or fortified style of merlot with lot of chewy dried fruit flavors.
Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas of figs, pencil shavings, sourdough croutons, Copa salami, and oolong tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grenadine, nutella, mocha latte, and licorice finish with moderate oak. Chilean charm and chocolatey richness combine in this lovable Cabernet.
Unrestricted 2015 Cuvee No.7 Red Blend Michigan
88 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas of big league chew, sultanas, leather, pipe tobacco, espresso, and cola with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant cranberry, blueberry, chocolate cookie, carob, nutmeg, and ginger powder finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A lighthearted red from a little known region with bright fruits and well-integrated oak.
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Petit Verdot
87 points
$45
Dusty indigo color. Savory, vinous aromas of raisins and blueberry waffles, fruit cake, fallen plum, and pencil eraser with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length sweet tobacco, chocolate cake with pomegranate-balsamic reduction, honeycrisp apple, and sherried almonds finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, dry almost Sherry like red that will make for interesting pairings.
Quasar 2016 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas of graphite, watermelon, and bergamot with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium violet, top soil, and mace finish with earthy, coarse tannins and heavy oak. A dry and tannic cabernet best served with triple cream cheeses.
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Malbec
86 points
$38
Dull garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas of prunes, pickled watermelon rind, spiced tea, and chocolate pretzel with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-length French toast with blueberry compote, candied orange peel, marinated olives and peppers, and leather and ground nuts finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A flavor-packed Washington red with a port-like quality.
Unrestricted 2016 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of gravel, grilled green beans, chimichurri, salted vanilla caramel steamer, and pan-toasted brioche with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak. A distinctive Chardonnay from Michigan.
Unrestricted 2017 Ascension White Blend Michigan
83 points
$18
Yellow color. Sulfurous aromas of struck match, egg soufflé, applesauce, and petrol with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk fresh cotton, underripe pear, and fresh sweet herbs finish with no oak. A zippy white with a throw caution to the wind personality; serve well chilled.
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