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June 2018 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Chateau Haut Bernones 2015  Haut-Médoc
94 points
Brilliant garnet black color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry relish, chocolate figs and cherries, wildflower honey on buttered cranberry nut toast, and toasted meringue with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, long chocolate orange peels, caramelized nuts, and fine minerals finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. A juicy and fruit-forward Bordeaux red that charms and delights the senses.
Porterhouse Winery 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$60
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, gherkin and castelvetrano olives, and toasty pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, long creme brulee crust, nut skin and brittle, and dusty earth finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A satiny, finely integrated cabernet with an elegant posture.
FYI 2017 Red Blend Spain
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate nuts and cake, French toast with maple, and sandalwood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length chocolate cherry bonbons, watermelon vanilla gelato, peppered nuts, and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright and fruity Spanish red that drinks effortlessly.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Lawer Estates 2016 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
92 points
$28
Straw color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried apricot and spicy banana tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, long vanilla cream, spiced caramelized pear, and orange finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious, flavorful and stylish Viognier that has great varietal character.
Domènech Vidal 2015 Cultivare Xarello
92 points
$35
Light gold color. Fruity, elegant aromas of dried pineapple and apricots, white tea with meyer lemon, chamomile, orange wheels, and nectarine with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long toasted croissant with vanilla creme and porcelain finish with a suggestion of oak. A beautifully balanced wine that offers elegant fruit, zippy acidity, and a long finish; pair with excellent cheese or Moroccan tagine.
Bel Vino NV Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39.95
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of berry tart, chocolate cherry bonbon, and honeyed herbs with a supple, bright, fruity full body and a smooth, appealing, long creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney, and spicy nougat finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. An attractive and flavor-packed cabernet franc with delicious interplay of fruit and oak.
92 points $39.95
Chateau Des Merles 2015  Haut-Médoc
91 points
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, warm berry compote, and dried herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, long creme brulee, polished wood, singed citrus peels, and mossy earth finish with soft, earthy tannins and light oak. A vibrant and savory French red that whets the appetite for another bite.
Chateau Lagrave Cissan 2015  Haut-Médoc
91 points
Black ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans and dark berry tart with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, refreshing, long toasted herbs and nuts, blackberry jam on toast, and slate finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and vibrant Haut-Medoc that will be very versatile.
Lawer Estates 2015 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry preserves, dried cacao, and graphite with a medium-to-full body and a long boysenberry jam, birch bark, and cedar box finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A robust and flavorful Knights Valley Syrah for a special occasion and richer fare to match it.
Chateau Haut Bernones 2014  Haut-Médoc
90 points
Dusty garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and roasted nuts, cornichon, and hint of orange blossoms and mossy earth with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cranberry relish, cocoa dusted sour cherries, and fine mulch finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A delicate and appetizing French red that has a table friendly savory nuances.
Cavit 2017 Oak Zero Chardonnay
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh aromas of juicy pear, apple butter, carnation, and honeysuckle with an vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sliced lemon, chalk, and sea salt finish with no oak. A cheerful and bright un-oaked chardonnay with a lengthy, delicious finish.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Chalkboard 2016  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, nectarine, and butter baked apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length melon, orange cream, and almond nougat finish. A pretty and precisely balanced pinot grigio pleaser.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Domènech Vidal 2017 Freyé Penedes
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe peach, honeysuckle, lime blossom, and toasted meringue with a round, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length starfruit, yuzu, and melon finish. A light and fruity wine with a creamy mouthfeel.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Dusted Valley 2016 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$36
Golden straw color. Buttery aromas of caramel corn, candy coated nuts, and brown butter with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length cinnamon-sugar toast, bruleed lemons, and graphite finish with moderate oak. An oaky number from Yakima Valley that no lover of buttery chardonnay would turn down.
Domènech Vidal 2014 Cultivare Sumoll Samsó Penedes
90 points
$40
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-scented tobacco, cigar box, smoked meats with sweet tomato jam, wedding cake, leather, and pomegranate molasses with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-full body and a compelling, medium-length graphite and pencil shavings finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A lovely red for aged steaks with a generous crowd-pleaser factor.
Chateau Lagrave Cissan 2014  Haut-Médoc
89 points
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted dark berries, dark chocolate nuts, and delicate spice with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long mocha, roasted root vegetables, dried cherries, and minerals finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory Bordeaux red for the table, especially braised meats.
Croix De Lagorce 2014  Moulis-en-Médoc
89 points
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of grilled tomatillo, huckleberry preserve, mesquite, bay seasoning, and musk with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long sandalwood, dry earth, geranium, and cacao nibs with orange zest finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An earth-driven wine that’s sure to please.
Chime 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of toffee coated nuts, brown butter, potpourri, and diced green apples with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length candy corn, poached pears, and ripe pineapple finish with light oak. An oaky Cali Chardonnay that hits all the notes.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
The Recipient 2016  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach skin, hint of olive, pickled lemon, and grass with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length apple and citrus relish and honeyed peach finish with no oak. A round and savory pinot that will shine at the table.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Domaine de l’Olivier 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of underripe apricot, bananas on toasted challah, jasmine, honey butter, and meyer lemon with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length crushed minerals finish. A delicious Muscadet with crisp minerality and plenty of toasty, leesy notes.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Finger Lakes Wine Co. 2016 Sweet Riesling Finger Lakes
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of honey covered lignonberries and golden raspberry with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pears in syrup, golden kiwi, and beeswax finish with no oak. A rich and juicy-sweet Finger Lakes Riesling.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Finger Lakes Wine Co. 2016 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity, elegant aromas of honeycomb, sweet basil, white strawberry, and nectarine with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length slate, lily, and underripe pineapple finish with no oak. A bright and fruity dry riesling with an elegant finish.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bottega Vinaia 2016 Estate Bottled Pinot Grigio
89 points
$17.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, cashew nougat, and buttery spiced apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree clementine and bibb lettuce finish. A soft and satisfying pinot grigio with fine delicacy.
89 points $17.99
Dusted Valley 2014 Stained Tooth Syrah
89 points
$36
Deep purple color. Aromas of dark chocolate, raw coconut, and chalk dust with a dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length toasted coconut and blackberry pastry finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak. A plush and chocolatey Yakima Syrah for a richer fare; lay it down if you can resist.
Croix De Lagorce 2015  Moulis-en-Médoc
88 points
Dusty garnet black color. Earthy aromas of foraged mushrooms, savory herbs, pomegranate, mint, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long espresso bean, Portabello mushrooms, white balsamic, and black pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A superbly dry and earthy Bordeaux that’s ready to drink but will age into something wonderful.
Cavit 2017  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach in cream and spiced melon with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy almond skin finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and easy pinot grigio that is sure to please.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Pulpo 2016  Albarino
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter poached apples, caramelized fruit, nutmeg, and pickle pineapple with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length meyer lemon, honeycomb, fresh pressed apple, and sea salt finish with a suggestion of oak. A buttery Albarino for California Chardonnay fans.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Finger Lakes Wine Co. 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of underripe mango, soft papaya, wool, and starfruit with a velvety, lively, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length magnolia, honey, allspice, and white pepper finish with no oak. A tasty and tropical off-dry riesling.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Corner 103 2016  Viognier
88 points
$25
Straw color. Interesting, tropical aromas and flavors of grilled nectarines, peach keffir, tropical blossoms, and pickled melon rind with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length tapioca pudding and crushed yellow apple and pear finish. A silky, savory Viognier that will pair nicely.
Corner 103 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$40
Bright gold color. Aromas of warm crushed pineapple, grilled lime, and toasted pound cake with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a polished, medium-length baked apple, drawn butter, and grilled bread finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, dry Chardonnay gushing with buttery goodness.
Porterhouse Winery 2014 Williams Reserve Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
88 points
$45
Dark dusty garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of mixed peppercorn, herb marinated berries, leather bound book, and charred barrel with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long craisin, spice, and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A nicely reserved, herbal Rhone red blend.
Domaine des Amoureaux 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon cordial, Belgian waffle, and ripe apricot with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a smooth, easy lime curd, fresh Greek yogurt, tangerine peel, and sea salt finish. A bright and citrusy Muscadet that will pair with most anything.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Viña Albali 2010 Gran Reserva Seleccion Privada Tempranillo
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cacao, black raspberry, and chalkboard with a vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a relaxed stewed cherry and green banana finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A diverse and funky Tempranillo which might benefit from a little time in the cellar.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau Des Merles 2014  Listrac-Médoc
86 points
Dusty garnet black color. Toasty aromas of baked plum, warm spices, toasted fennel seed, and cardamom latte with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length sloe berry liqueur, plum tart, smoky tobacco, and cacao nibs finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A toasty Bordeaux perfect for beef.
La Fleur Bayron 2015  Listrac-Médoc
86 points
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of dill, pickled watermelon rind, black pepper, dried fruits, walnut, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long grilled nopales, graphite, smoked tomato, and pomegranate molasses finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A steak-enhancing, table-ready Bordeaux.
Viña Albali 2016 Gran Seleccion Tempranillo
85 points
$10
Violet color. Aromas of boysenberry preserve and dandelion with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery blackberry jam and thyme finish with a suggestion of oak. An easy drinking Spanish red for everyday consumption and weekday family meals.
La Fleur Bayron 2014  Listrac-Médoc
84 points
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of grilled berries, graphite, cedar, and clove with a satiny, racy, dryish medium body and a snappy smoked meats, tart cassis, tiramisu, and tart oranges finish with moderate oak. A smoky, perky Bordeaux for the table.
Viña Albali 2012 Reserva Tempranillo
84 points
$11
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of fig and dill with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a fast medjool date and sage finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice dry Spanish red for weekday dinner.
Replica 2015 Just Right Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12.99
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, dried cherries, vanilla cola, cigar box, chocolate genache, and hazelnut creme with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, swift patchouli finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A solid California Cabernet that hits all the notes.
84 points $12.99
Bel Vino NV Dolce Semi-Sweet Red Blend California
84 points
$24.95
Dark dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of tootsie roll, strawberry pop tart, and cake frosting with a round, soft, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, brisk forest berry tea finish. A plush and easy-drinking slightly sweet red; try serving chilled with spicy barbecue.
84 points $24.95
Bel Vino NV DiVino Grand Reserve Semi-Sweet Red Blend California
83 points
$24.95
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of dried figs and dates, vanilla icing, coconut shavings, and graham cracker crust with a supple, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, short finish. A red gulper.
83 points $24.95
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