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Reviews for 2017

December 2017 - New Release Wine

December 2017 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Wakefield/Taylors 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Rustic, elegant aromas and flavors of fertile earth, grilled marinated red bell pepper, ripe black cassis, and blackberry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, layered, long finish with notes of fruit leather, fresh ginger, and black pepper with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant, powerful, concentrated Cabernet for now and the long haul.
93 points $18 Best Buy
AuburnJames 2010 Reverance Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Garnet black color. Mature aromas of dried peony, potpourri, flower bed, and vanilla taffy with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long green tea and tanned leather finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nose-catching, floral and mature Cab that’s ready to drink now.
Las Cepas 2016 Rebuzno Rioja DOC
92 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Savory, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of spicy apricot cobbler, floral honey, and vanilla toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish manifesting overtones of fig and cherry compote, cranberry-strawberry relish, nutskin, and minerals with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A remarkably fruit and juicy international styled Rioja with lovely floral tones.
Château Capet Duverger 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
92 points
$65
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas of cherry cola, lavender, leather patina, and violet with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long crushed ripe berries, soy sauce, mixed peppercorns, and fresh parsley finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A gracious Bordeaux that will be great tonight or after cellaring.
Inherit The Sheep 2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$80
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of balsamic braised figs, black cassis, squid ink, violet, eucalyptus, and anise candies with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. Fancy oak and elegant aromas collide in this highbrow cabernet.
Château Vieux Barrail 2015  Bordeaux Supèrieur
91 points
Dusty dark garnet color. Elegant, interesting aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, polished leather, dried herbs, and pomegranate with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish evoking shades of charcuterie and forest fruits with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Superieur for every table.
Pacificana 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty apple custard pie, honey roasted pineapple, and dark roasted nuts with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish with notes of spiced praline and creme brulee with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delightfully flavorful and attractive well-oaked chardonnay.
91 points $13 Best Buy
The Bluffer 2016  Valdiguie
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of warm spicy blueberry compote, vanilla frosted danish, and dark chocolate mousse with a full body and a long dried sour cherries and cranberries, chocolate lemon peels, and spiced nuts finish. A full flavor bomb exploding with fruit.
91 points $13 Best Buy
El Guardian 2011 Reserva Rioja DOC
91 points
$19.99
Clear dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of sundried plums, bright cherry, cinnamon, ripe red apple, leather, resin, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length ripe cherry, dusty earth, ground black pepper, and dried herbs finish with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A modern-syled introductory weeknight Rioja.
91 points $19.99
Vinha das Margaridas 2015  Douro
91 points
$23
Dusty ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of cocoa dusted dark roasted nuts, grilled apples and cherries, and charcoal with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of spiced berries and carrots, slate, and vanilla nuts with dusty, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A toasty, lively Portuguese red that will work well with rich and spicy dishes now and will improve with time.
Inherit The Sheep 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$80
Black garnet color. Exotic, floral aromas of black licorice, exotic violet, sweet pepper sauce, and prosciutto with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex, long blueberry compote, griddle cakes, vanilla-sandalwood, sea salt, and thicket finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wildly aromatic Cabernet with intense concentration and a pleasant hint of salinity.
Château Billerond 2015  St. Emilion
90 points
Deep purple color. Elegant aromas of fine furniture, dried grasses, and forest fruits with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grilled plum and green peppercorns finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lay down this St. Emilion to reveal its full potential in the years to come.
Château Ethyan 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
90 points
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of fine leather, silt, and purple fruit with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length finish with notes of cinnamon and sandalwood with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A cellar selection that will show its true colors in due time.
Chime 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and berries with a fruity medium body and moderate oak. A pleasant everyday red.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chaddsford NV Sunset Blush Pennsylvania
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright medium pink coral color. Fruity, rustic aromas and flavors of watermelon, cherry candies, grape jelly, and kiwi-banana compote with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish evoking nuances of dill with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A big, fruity, rich rose that makes excellent use of America’s hybrid grapes.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Replica 2015 Label Envy Pinot Noir
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of spiced cranberries, suede, marinated mushrooms, and fertile earth with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length finish with accents of cocoa powder, pomegranate, and dried fig with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A substantial pinot noir with heavy leather, earth and oak notes.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Vinha das Margaridas 2016 Red Blend Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal
90 points
$18
Ruby black color. Creamy, fresh, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted vanilla meringue, milk chocolate pudding, black raspberry tart, and hint of cherry pipe tobacco with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish with elements of cherry-rhubarb cobbler a la mode, spiced melon, chocolate nuts, and s’mores with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruity, go-to Portuguese red that is sure to please and will be very versatile.
1758 2013  Chianti Riserva DOCG
90 points
$28
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, pickling spices, dried cherries, and smoked nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of cranberry-orange chutney and gastrique, caramel green apple, nutskin, and earth with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tangy, appetizing Chianti that will shine at the table with bright, clear fruit and traditional style.
Las Cepas 2016 Costalarbol Rioja
90 points
$30
Violet color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced black raspberries and peaches, toffee, and floral honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, amusing, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of creme brulee, nuts, and hint of mulch with light oak flavor. A very, juicy fruit-forward international styled Rioja sipper that will appeal to malbec fans.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2016  Coteaux Bourguignons
90 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate graham crackers and berries, cherry tart, and toasted meringue with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish revealing accents of spiced apples, kiwi, and nectarine and honeyed nuts with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, satisfying French red with attractive fruit and creamy oak.
Vinha das Margaridas 2014 Reserva Douro
89 points
$30
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of mulberry compote, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and coffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, long finish with overtones of craisin and dried cherries, toasty cedar, vanilla bean, and sweet and peppery spice with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and fruity red that will effortlessly liven up a meal.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas of meyer lemon, icing, and navel oranges with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length crushed minerals, white flowers, and white pepper finish with silky, fruit tannins. A vibrant and peppery white Burgundy with a lovely finish.
Château Rouzerol 2015  Côtes de Castillon
88 points
Dusty deep purple color. Earthy, rustic aromas and flavors of fertile earth, bramble, and dried apricot with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length finish manifesting notes of plum skin, allspice, nutmeg, and roasted carrot with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intriguingly earthy, dry Bordeaux for braised meats.
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2016  Pinot Gris
88 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of nutshells, apricot, and marmalade with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length brook stones finish with fine, fruit tannins. A clean and cool Pinot Gris with ample minerality.
88 points $18.99
Exquisite Collection 2016  Malbec
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Clear deep purple color. Fruity aromas of crushed blackberries, raspberry confection, and allspice leaf with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy fresh herbs, citrus spritz, and cinnamon and clove finish with soft tannins. A gulpable fruity and bright malbec for anytime sipping.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Rasgon 2016  Macabeo
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, minerally aromas of lemon zest, limestone, and spun sugar with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, breezy buttercream and toasted pine nuts finish with fruit tannins. A light and breezy white for anytime sipping.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Rasgon 2016  Tempranillo
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of fruit punch and cranberry sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length orange peel, toasted pine nuts, and paprika finish with medium tannins. A juicy fruity Spanish red for new world wine drinkers.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
L’Amore di Giulietta 2016 Vino Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of house preserved cherries, ripe cassis, ripe red apple, and dark chocolate croissant with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed dried thyme finish. Big juicy fruit flavors make this a very versatile cab.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
1758 2016  Chianti DOCG
87 points
$14
Garnet black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled cherries and berries, chestnut honeycomb, and spiced nuts with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with touches of honey roasted green apple, nutskin, cranberry relish, and minerals with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Savory, lightly smoky Chianti for the table.
El Guardian 2014 Crianza Rioja DOC
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry-hibiscus tea, fertile earth, dried figs and dates, and smoky grilled meats with a supple, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift finish manifesting notes of minerals and rhubarb with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. An everyday rioja.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Snowbirds Vintners 2016 Rosé Columbia Valley
87 points
$18
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine skins, underripe plum, wild strawberry, pickled tomato, and lime glaze with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish imparting notes of fresh red pepper with silky tannins. A zingy rose with a nice balance of fruit and savoriness.
AuburnJames 2014 Tondre Vineyard Pinot Noir
87 points
$48
Brick red color. Spicy aromas of coriander, pickled beets with mustard seed, bay leaf, and fruit punch with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length candied orange peel and cassis finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, light-bodied wine that offers a unique take on Pinot Noir.
Sienna Glen 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Buttery, fruity aromas of buttered croissant, pineapple with bananas, kiwi, apple-walnut turnover, and peach blossom with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, short lime creamsicle, pineapple-coconut, and cedar finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity, gulpable chardonnay with a welcoming nose.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Ruza Cans 2016 Dry Rosé Lodi
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright coral color. Aromas of strawberry candy, peach, orange rind, and flowers with a medium body and a medium cola and raisin finish. A lively, floral, fruity Rosé.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Snowbirds Vintners 2013  Merlot
85 points
$18
Dark brick red color. Jammy aromas of strawberry preserves on toast and gooseberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raspberry jam, dried leaves, peach chutney, and black radish finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward merlot for any season.
L’Amore di Giulietta 2016 Vino Bianco Chardonnay
84 points
$9.99
Clear light gold color. Fruity aromas of diced yellow apples and pineapple juice reduction with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, swift whipped creme and pineapple jello finish with soft, fruit tannins. A friendly and fruity chardonnay for lunchtime pairings.
84 points $9.99
90 Novantaceppi 2016 Appassimento Puglia IGP
84 points
$12.99
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dark forest berries, violets, blueberry, chocolate dusted dried figs, and tropical tea with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, buoyant finish with nuances of fresh plum and gingerbread cookies with medium tannins. An inky, very fruity wine with endless pairing options.
84 points $12.99
Snowbirds Vintners 2015  Gruner Veltliner
82 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas of lemon, savory custard, and roasted peanut with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk minerals and buttered rice with lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp white quaffer.
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