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August 2016 - New Release Wine

August 2016 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Casas del Toqui 2015 Barrel Series Reserva Chardonnay
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of warm tapioca and baked apples and citrus with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of Meyer lemon sorbet, lime, quince, and nutskin with a suggestion of oak flavor. A wonderfully tangy and refreshing chardonnay with zesty citrus fruit and a delicate hint of oak.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Gran Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$27
Medium violet color. Fresh, roasted aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, coffee latte, and smoked bacon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, long finish with overtones of toffee and minerals with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush cabernet with enveloping pure flavors.
Knob Hall 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$32
Dark dusty ruby color. Creamy, fruity roasted aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee, roasted chestnuts, and minerals with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an even, appealing, medium-long finish that presents nuances of cedar, cocoa, and pickling spices with moderate oak flavor. A supple, savory, claret-like dry wine that will be fantastic at the table.
Casas del Toqui 2015 Single Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of apricot pie and pineapple upside down cake with a silky, lively, fruity full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of lemon curd, key lime gelato, apple, and praline with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sensationally fruity and delicious chardonnay with mouthwatering acidity.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Marina NV Espumante Alicante
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed peaches and apples, lychee, and honeysuckle with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of lime curd and hint of chalk with no oak flavor. A very fruity and refreshing off-dry sparkler that will be nice with spicy foods.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Coastal Mist Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$20
Bright light golden yellow color. Citrusy, savory aromas of meyer lemons, loam gravel, lemon head candy, and lemon beurre blanc with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, elegant, breezy finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins.
Casas del Toqui 2014 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Malbec
91 points
$20
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, caramelized yams, and hint of pepper jelly with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, breezy finish revealing notes of dried sour cherries, Bartlett pears in cream, almond skin, and minerals with crunchy, dusty tannins. A well structured and flavorful malbec with a very distinctive and intriguing pear note.
Laurel Lake 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$23.99
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of roasted pineapple, caramelized nuts, and spiced apple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length vanilla oil finish with silky, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A brilliantly balanced and graceful chardonnay with lovely fruit and oak notes.
91 points $23.99
Casas del Toqui 2013 Gran Toqui Syrah
91 points
$27
Bright opaque dark indigo color. Fruity, toasty spicy oaky aromas of dark berry compote, violets - turned earth, caramelized oak, and white peppercorns with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with earthy, firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor.
Casas del Toqui 2015 Barrel Series Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, creme brulee, and blueberry tart with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of toffee, huckleberry jam on raisin toast, and minerals with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty and poised carmenere that will be very versatile.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Syrah
90 points
$20
Opaque bright dark violet color. Fruity, toasty earthy peppery aromas of dark berry compote, saddle leather, planked cedar, and malabar peppercorns with a vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor.
Casas del Toqui 2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Pinot Noir
90 points
$20
Light garnet color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of morello cherries, cherry cobbler, cedar, and tree bark with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with barky, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor.
Chateau Rombeau 2014 "LEleve" Côtes du Roussillon Villages
90 points
$22
Dark violet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of black raspberry preserves, creme brulee, toffee, and wax and leather with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish conveying shades of cedar, ground nuts, minerals, and strawberries and melon with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich oak-accented red with good fruit and minerality; give this time to open up.
Ela 2015  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Fruity, citrusy spicy aromas and flavors of lemon greek yogurt, overripe nectarine and melon, marigold, and green pineapple with a supple, racy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of grassy earth and lime spritzed melon. A racy, earthy white wine that will excel with seafood.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Single Estate Carmenere
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, sweet pickled beets, and melted chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, breezy finish manifesting accents of pencil shavings and smoked nuts with light oak flavor. A tasty, spot-on carmenere with fine fruit and balanced oak.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Laudum 2015 Nature Tinto Alicante
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Fruity, toasty spicy aromas and flavors of spiced black cherries, planked cedar, black plums, and turned earth and tobacco with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a smooth, involved, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted peppers and sweet potatoes, dried berries, and whole nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish manifesting notes of delicate spices and boysenberry with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A stylish dry cabernet reminiscent of the old world.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Fruity, funky woody yeasty aromas and flavors of berry vinaigrette, berry tea, buttery roasted nuts, and hint of chocolate espresso beans with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long finish evoking nuances of dried currants, delicate spiced apple, cedar, and minty earth with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A well rounded cabernet with appealing fruit and structure.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2013 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy blackberry compote and toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, crisp finish displaying suggestions of nuts, coffee, and green olive with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely balanced, savory red that will cover a lot of bases.
Laurel Lake 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25.99
Dark garnet color. Earthy, green savory aromas of olive pit, leafy tomatoes on the vine, chocolate fondue, and cedar with an medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length craisins and dried cassis, spiced mulberries, and nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A crisp, earthy cabernet that will shine at the table.
89 points $25.99
Ela 2015 Rose Vinho Verde DOC
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby garnet color. Fruity, sour minerally aromas and flavors of ripe red berries, sour spiced cherries, granitic gravel, and lemon curd and salinity with a slightly chewy, tart, dryish full body and a peppery, nuanced, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, citrusy funky aromas of dusty basket of lemons, gravel, pressed linen, and grapefruit pith with a lean, crisp, dry medium-full body and a peppery, brisk finish with grippy, firm tannins and no oak flavor.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Château Planeres 2014 Chantail Red Côtes du Roussillon
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, blueberry cobbler, and hint of coconut with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting accents of dried strawberry, beet relish, and pencil shavings with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A smooth and balanced red for all occasions.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown Traminette
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, perfumed aromas and flavors of lychee, peony, and fruit cocktail with an oily, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, amusing, relaxed finish with no oak flavor. A delightfully floral and relaxing fruity sipper.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Marina 2015 Alta Alicante
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of peony, spiced nectarine and apple, cream cheese, and moss with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree finish with touches of green apple and pear, lime juice, and minerals with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice appetizing white wine to enjoy with seafood.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Marina NV Espumante Rosado Alicante
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant siam color. Toasty aromas and flavors of strawberry tart and praline with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish that shows impressions of sour cherry sorbet and watermelon jolly rancher with no oak flavor. A very attractive off-dry sparkling wine that’s loaded with boatloads of honeyed fruit.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Marina NV Espumante Brut Alicante
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Light silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of honeycomb and overripe peaches and pineapples with a silky, lively, effervescent, fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of coconut custard, guanabana, and passionfruit with no oak flavor. A fun, fruity tropical bubbly with appealing flavors.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Barrel Series Reserva Pinot Noir
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Medium bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of dried black cherries, planked cedar, blond tobacco, and dried leaves with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, complex, relaxed finish with leafy, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Barrel Series Reserva Merlot
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Toasty aromas and flavors of coffee beans and honeyed berries and plums with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish revealing suggestions of black raspberry jam on buttered nut toast and dark chocolate with soft, fine tannins. A round and tasty merlot pleaser.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Chateau Rombeau 2013 "Cuvee Elise" Vielle Vignes Côtes du Roussillon Villages
88 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dark chocolate, dried berries, and mocha with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of earth with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy drinking red with a nice balance of fruit and earth.
Laurel Lake 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$29.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tomato on the vine, red cherry, and pickled beet with a silky, tangy, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing shades of vanilla yogurt nuts, mulberries, birch bark, and earth with soft, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice dry pinot with a savory table-friendly core and lively acidity.
88 points $29.99
Knob Hall 2013  Petit Verdot
88 points
$42
Bright brown brick red color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of dark ripe mulberries, black plums, planked cedar, and gravel with a slightly chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, layered, relaxed finish with woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor.
Casas del Toqui 2015 Single Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of baked cherries and berries, roasted nuts, and earth with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, cheery finish with notes of pickled beets and honeyed nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice juicy cabernet quaffer.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2015 Single Estate Merlot
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry compote, spiced plums, and toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, snappy finish with suggestions of vanilla nuts and delicate brown spices with light oak flavor. A pleasant, well made merlot that is an easy choice for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $10 Best Buy
La Catrina 2015 La Catrina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet black color. Earthy, jammy aromas of clay, dried goji berries and cranberries, and melted chocolate with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a captivating, cheery plum skin, cedar dust, and parchment finish with soft, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy red wine with an easy drinking appeal.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
La Catrina 2015 Red Blend Sonoma County
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, praline, brown spices, and sandalwood with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a silky, brisk finish conveying notes of sweet cherry-cranberry relish and nutskin. A nice tangy, red that will work with a wide range of food.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Castillo de Alicante 2014 Tinto Alicante
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark brown brick red color. Fruity, complex spicy toasty aromas and flavors of candied black cherries violets, blond tobacco and dried plums, spiced wine gums, and planked oak and turned earth with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, involved, brisk finish with earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lots of delicate flavors are deftly integrated.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
ONE LEAF 2013  Pinot Noir
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, chocolate nuts, and roasted beets with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of toasty cedar plank and nutskins with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A well made, nicely balanced wine that delivers everything you would expect from a California pinot.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Marina NV Espumante Tinto Alicante
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and delicate spice with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, swift finish imparting notes of blackberry pie and sorbet with no oak flavor. A pleasant dark berry like sparkler.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Château Planeres 2013 La Romanie Côtes du Roussillon
86 points
$24.99
Violet color. Fruity, rustic aromas and flavors of freshly picked dark berries, chocolate espresso beans, and green olive with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of sour cherry, spiced nuts, rhubarb, and earth with dusty, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice dry earthy offering for the table; give this some time.
86 points $24.99
Chateau Rombeau 2015 Cotes Catalanes France
85 points
Medium garnet color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas and flavors of dark cherry berry, turned earth, dried twigs, and candied violets with a lightly tannic, tart, dry medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor.
La Catrina 2015 La Catrina Vineyard Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted apples and nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, carefree finish displaying nuances of whole pineapple with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A pleasant, easy chardonnay sipper with nutty oak.
85 points $11.99
La Catrina 2015 La Catrina Vineyard Pinot Grigio
84 points
$11.99
Medium gold color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of musky peaches, peach syrup, tree bark, and green straw with a creamy, tart, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with barky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor.
84 points $11.99
Johnson Estate NV May Wine Vidal Blanc
84 points
$14.99
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of poached apple and pear, fruit tree branches, grass, and pressed flowers with a silky, crisp, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing suggestions of lime, vanilla-coated peach, melon rind, and earth. A pleasant, earthy off-dry frizzante wine that will go great with cheeses and spicy foods.
84 points $14.99
Laurel Lake 2015  Pinot Gris
84 points
$21.99
Light golden yellow color. Fruity, funky grassy green aromas and flavors of dried peaches, gravel, lemon grass, and cumin with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, appealing, quick finish with earthy tannins and no oak flavor.
84 points $21.99
La Catrina 2015 La Catrina Vineyard Moscato
83 points
$11.99
Straw color. Baked aromas and flavors of roasted peaches and apples, pistachio oil, lanolin lotion, and eraser with a satiny, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy finish conveying touches of apple sauce, orange spritzed melon, and edible flowers with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A soft and fruity off-dry summer time sipper.
83 points $11.99
Laurel Lake 2012  Cabernet Franc
83 points
$19.99
Burnt sienna color. Green, earthy aromas and flavors of stewed berries, roasted nuts and branches, plantain, and tomato on the vine with a silky, soft, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with light oak flavor. A rustic, earthy, dry table wine.
83 points $19.99
Laurel Lake 2012  Merlot
82 points
$19.99
Dark brick red color. Oily, savory smoky aromas and flavors of olive pit, tar, and grilled tomatoes and cherries with a satiny, tart, petillant, dryish medium body and a quirky, breezy finish displaying notes of cranberries, pine needle, and gravel and leaves with dusty tannins. A very earthy and savory red for the table.
82 points $19.99
Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown Dry Riesling
81 points
$12.99
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple, brazil nut, and leaves with a lean, shy, bone-dry thin body and a short finish with suggestions of lemon and apple bobbing water, fruit pith, and apple core with leafy, cottony tannins and no oak flavor. A very dry, light and austere wine for oysters.
81 points $12.99
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