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September 2019 - New Release Wine/OOS

September 2019 - New Release Wine/OOS
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine/OOS Reviews

Podere Montale 2015 Cinque Vigne Sangiovese
93 points
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas of baked cherries, roasted beets, rhubarb, spiced tea, and oregano with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length focaccia and cured meats finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A table-tuned Tuscan Sangiovese with complexity, interest and balance.
93 points Best Buy
Podere Montale 2016 La Casetta Riserva Sangiovese
93 points
Black ruby color. Aromas of plum, thyme, fruity olives, caramel, and violet with a crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length spiced nuts and tobacco finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A food-friendly Sangiovese to complement the meal.
Podere Montale 2015 Montecucco Sangiovese Sangiovese
92 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, dried leaves, marjoram, and cola with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, long caramelized mushrooms, cacao nibs, licorice, and vanilla finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lovely nuance and palate-pleasing style, this wine will surely elevate the meal.
Jip Jip Rocks 2018  Shiraz
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries, carob, earth, juniper, and eucalyptus with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with suggestions of vanilla gelato, rosehips, raspberry coulis, and roasted nuts. A delicious and satisfying Shiraz that will enhance grilled meats.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Hagafen 2018 Montington Vineyard Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
92 points
$39
Clear dusty ruby color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of dried cherries, beets, and honey with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish imparting overtones of pomegranate, slate, roasted root vegetable, and cedar with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A concentrated and robust Pinot Noir with great table-friendly acidity and balance.
Hamilton Family Wines 2017  Pinot Noir
92 points
$55
Bright dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and clementines, nut brittle, chai, and fruit cake with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of black raspberry strudel and vanilla cream with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delightfully lively and refreshing Pinot Noir that is sure to please.
Podere Montale 2016 Peposo Red Blend Sangiovese
90 points
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted brazil nuts and mocha latte with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with accents of craisin, marinated roasted beets, dolmades, and cedar with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely composed Tuscan red with bright fruit and long, well-balanced finish.
90 points Best Buy
Robert Eden Collection 2018 Organic No Sulfite Added Red Blend France
90 points
$24.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, bouquet garni, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long clay and forest fruits finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rich fruit and lipsmacking notes of cocoa make this a no-brainier when selecting a wine that will appeal to a wide variety of palates.
90 points $24.99
Lucky Dogg 2017 Vernas Vineyard Rosé Pinot Noir
90 points
$27
Steely pink coral color. Aromas of wild strawberry, rainier cherry, turmeric, and hint of earthy mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, involved, long summer peach, lime, and hint of allspice finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A dry but fruit-forward rose with heaps of Pinot Noir varietal character; lengthy, concentrated, and super stylish.
Jip Jip Rocks NV Sparkling Shiraz
89 points
$19
Black garnet color. Aromas of eucalyptus and sweet blackberry with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate biscuit, mint cream, and starfruit finish. A juicy, silky sparkling shiraz that offers ripe berry notes and hallmark eucalyptus herbaceousness.
Podere Montale 2018 I Maremmani Bianco Toscano IGT
88 points
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, dried apricot, honey, chamomile, and pears with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits overtones of biscotti with no oak flavor. A pleasant Chardonnay with soft fruit aromas and a silky smooth palate.
88 points Best Buy
Podere Montale 2016 Super Red Blend Rosso Toscano IGT
88 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, honeyed soda bread, and brandied cherries with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, snappy finish that shows suggestions of red berries, cedar, cream, and earth with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A balanced and restrained Tuscan red that will pair nicely.
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2016  Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of roasted espresso bean, black cassis, blackberry jam, and pine with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, breezy dark toasted spices, charred nuts, and dried leaves finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A roasty, chewy Bordeaux that will pair well with autumnal dishes.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Robert Eden Collection 2018 Organic Chardonnay
88 points
$24.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, phyllo pastry, buttercream, dried pineapple, and dried sage with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant vanilla cream finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Chardonnay with toasty notes of pastry and baked apple.
88 points $24.99
Hamilton Family Wines 2018 Rosé Sonoma Coast
88 points
$28
Amber beige color. Aromas of strawberry-rhubarb tart and jam on toast with a velvety, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp underripe cherry, lemon meringue, and bruleed banana finish with dusty tannins. A lively rose for hot weather refreshment.
Lawer Estates 2016 Betsys Vineyard Petite Sirah
88 points
$30
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of plum tart, acacia, spiced pineapple, and coconut with a tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long peach melba, black cassis jam, black tea, and ginger finish with light oak flavor. An addition of Viognier in the blend creates a wine with a sweet floral note that uplifts Petite Sirah’s weight.
The Real House Wines of New Jersey NV Vino Vixen Red Blend American
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of rose hips, rhubarb compote, sweet paprika, basil, and ripe tomato with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, carefree vanilla sauce and chocolate-covered raspberry finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, easy-drinking red that will play really well at the table.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2017 Haut Medoc Bordeaux Rouge
87 points
$18
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of carob, dried raspberry, cinnamon, bouquet garni, clove, and charred green pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of rooibos tea with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Bordeaux rouge with lots of attractive earthy aromatics.
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Syrah
87 points
$42
Garnet color. Aromas of sticky date pudding, blackberry cobbler, and ripe strawberry with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length licorice and toasted sourdough finish with light oak flavor. A jammy, voluptuous Syrah with big fruit and wide-appealing style.
Korbin Kameron 2013 Moon Mountain District Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas of patent leather and citronella candle, mocha, walnut pastry, and olive tapenade with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pomegranate and cassis, spiced almonds, and cedar plank finish with firm tannins. A mouthwatering dry cabernet that will shine at the meat lovers table.
Aviary Vineyards 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Creamy aromas of dulce de leche, whipped cream, cafe latte, candied pineapple, and toasted hawaiian roll with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, intricate, medium-long rye crisp bread, spiced pears, dried apricots, and vanilla yogurt finish with heavy oak flavor. A voluptuous, velvety Chardonnay for lovers of oaky styles.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Robert Eden Collection 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$24.99
Dark ruby color. Sweet aromas of creme de cassis, kirsch, orange zest, and magnolia with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length herbal tea finish with light oak flavor. A pure and simple cabernet sauvignon with sweet aromatics and a lightly herbal palate.
86 points $24.99
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