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February 2019 - New Release Wine

February 2019 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$75
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and olives, dried berries and dates, chive blossoms, and roasted nuts with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, long finish with notes of cassis preserves, pumpernickel raisin toast, and spiced sultanas with chewy, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous, elegant, yet powerful and deeply flavorful cabernet that is singing right now.
Licenciado 2014 Riserva Tempranillo
94 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and prickly pears with caramel, leather bound book, cornichon, and cactus blossoms with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long finish displaying notes of black raspberry with cocoa, slate, and roasted beets and parsnips with light oak flavor. A complex and seductive Rioja that reveals the depth of its charm after patient aeration.
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blistered tomatoes, olives, saffron, and beets with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Ribera del Duero with an assertive, complex character.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2016  Chablis Premier Cru
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears and apricots, slate, dried white florals, and almond cookie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, long candied pineapple, toasted coconut, barley tea, and lemon-ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. Balance and nuance star in this pure, silky Chablis that is ready to drink or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Lorenzi Estate 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$75
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate silk pie, seared cedar, and figs and dried berries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, breezy finish imparting shades of caramelized smoked nuts, dried choke cherry, dried orange with baking chocolate, and hint of pepper with moderate oak flavor. A big and brawny cabernet with deep flavors; give this some time.
Kirkland Signature 2015 Estate Bottled & Cellared Toscana Rosso IGT
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of red candy and violet dust with a soft, dry medium body and a breezy sun dried tomato, pomegranate pip, and leather belt finish with dusty tannins. A delicious Tuscan red with lots of appeal; drink tonight!
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2013  Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
$26.99
Brick red color. Aromas of cacao nibs, violet petals, and cured meat with an bone-dry medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length stewed cranberry, baking spice, and capocollo finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An inviting Brunello that nails the style.
91 points $26.99
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Coteaux Bourguignons
91 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie, chocolate and vanilla wafers, and beet with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with touches of pencil shavings and blackberries with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and pure, gamay-led French red that is a pleasure to drink with or without food.
Parmelee-Hill 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
91 points
$45
Gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut and white chocolate espresso beans with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with impressions of apple bread pudding with cream and poached pear with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A round and silky chardonnay that effortlessly glides across the palate.
Parmelee-Hill 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of smoked plum, rustic cherry pie, and fennel seed with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length dark chocolate cookie finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, concentrated pinot noir that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Kirkland Signature NV  Asolo-Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apples, ripe melons, fondant, orange blossom, and chamomile tea with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-long marcona almond and ginger finish with no oak flavor. A balanced, delicate Prosecco with whispers of sweet fruit and fine herbal tea.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Night Cap 2016  Zinfandel
89 points
$24
Ruby black color. Aromas of boysenberry preserves, fruit leather, and graphite with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex, long blackberry jam, cocoa powder, leather jacket, and mesquite finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and layered zin with pleasure from start to finish.
Matire 2016  Barbera
89 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of white strawberry, cranberry chutney, and stewed plums with a vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy cranberry skin, raspberry thicket, and granite finish. A dense but juicy Barbera that doesn’t skimp on fruit.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Chablis
89 points
$45
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of bosc pear, sweet cream butter, and sea shell with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length apricots, cherry stone, dried orange wheels, and toast points finish with light oak flavor. A pure Chablis that offers a great introduction to the region; try cellaring.
Windrun 2016 Vintage Selection No.14 Pinot Noir
88 points
$33
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of red cassis, cocoa butter, and graham cracker with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length cherry cola, foraged mushrooms, blueberry pastry, and carob finish with moderate oak flavor. A dark and brooding Pinot Noir with an oak-driven style.
Dobson Family Wines 2015 Taurid Red Blend Napa Valley
88 points
$35
Dusty garnet color. Aroma of violets with a soft, dry medium-full body and a brisk blueberry preserve, forest floor, and dark chocolate mousse finish with fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A hypnotizingly aromatic red blend.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raw walnut, apple compote, and pastry dough with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, relaxed finish with accents of minerals and creme fraiche on peaches with light oak flavor. A restrained French Chardonnay for anytime enjoyment.
Cebada 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$39
Golden yellow color. Tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut, mango-kiwi relish, and apple-papaya jam with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, easy finish that presents nuances of green pineapple, lemon, and bark with crunchy, dusty, coating, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A racy, oaky chardonnay for fume blanc fans.
Cebada 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
87 points
$45
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry jam, spiced plums, raisin bran, Harvard beets, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long dark chocolate and raspberry syrup drizzled caramels finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, rich pinot noir with poignant fruit and style.
Good Measure 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$16.99
Straw green color. Toasty aromas and flavors of fresh caramel apple and praline custard with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying notes of roasted nuts with light oak flavor. A nice and tidy, well-balanced chardonnay that will compliment a meal nicely.
86 points $16.99
Matire 2016  Nebbiolo
85 points
$25
Brick red color. Aromas of spray roses, tomato vine, cedar, and ripe cherry with a vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice intro Nebbiolo for weeknight Italian fare.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Pinot Noir
85 points
$35
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of fallen violet and cranberry compote with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk winter strawberry, hard red candy, and licorice finish. A quaffable Pinot Noir for that will keep things light and easy.
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