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October 2018 - New Release Wines

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

New Release Wines Reviews

Echeverria 2016 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$25
Brown brick red color. Fruity, earthy aromas of ripe plums, pomegranate, leather saddle, cream soda, banana bread, peony petals, blueberry pastry, and exotic tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, subtle, long charcoal, black licorice, and charred spices finish with earthy, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A hearty, complex stunner from Chile with gobs of smoky oak, sensuous earth, and ripe fruits.
Quasar 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cherry, scented marker, raspberry jam, and eucalyptus with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish imparting notes of dark chocolate and custard filled pastry with no oak flavor. A wide appealing red with ample fruit and a toasty, creamy center.
Quasar 2014 Perfecto Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$40
Black garnet color. Funky aromas of pico de gallo, watermelon, tapenade, black currant, and fresh sweet herbs with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length chocolate dipped raspberries, coriander, and anise finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty cabernet with a fruity style and a restrained and appealing approach to Chile’s vegetal flair.
Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine Chambourcin
91 points
$35.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of spiced orange peels, fruit punch, bergamot, sugared strawberries, honey, and rainbow sherbet with a syrupy, lively, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long pear cordial, bananas in whipped honey spread, and tart apple candy finish with silky tannins. A very pleasant ice wine with vibrant acidity and honeyed charm.
91 points $35.99
Quasar 2016 Limited Edition Syrah
90 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas of elvis sandwich, basil, mixed peppercorns, and steak seasoning with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long black walnut, charred marshmallow, dark chocolate with coconut, and dark toasted almonds finish with heavy oak flavor. A dark, toasty, spicy syrah with a mouthfilling style.
Echeverria 2014 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$50
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, dates, coconut cream, cedar, and pickling spice with a crisp, fruity medium-full body and a breezy finish with accents of walnut shell with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking, slightly spicy cabernet with lots a pairing applications.
Tonti Family Wines 2013 Artisan Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$69
Dark ruby color. Smoky aromas of mesquite, chocolate chunks, grilled peppers, and licorice with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length buttered dinner roll, blackberry jelly, clove, steamed carrots, and carob finish with light oak flavor. A complex, layered, savory zin that craves food.
Quasar 2017 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
89 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of graphite, fresh cut roses, raspberry, scorched earth, grilled cherries, caraway, and soy-glazed wood-grilled mushrooms with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree marinated pimento, cedar plank, lingonberry, and paprika finish. A slightly savory Pinot Noir for effortless pairings.
Tour des Fiefs 2017  Sancerre
88 points
$27.99
Straw color. Aromas of wheat grass, perfume, fresh green bell pepper, and marzipan creme with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length underripe gooseberry, crisp lemon-dressed kale, fennel, and fresh asparagus tips in white pepper sauce finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Sancerre with high toned fruit and a dusting of minerality.
88 points $27.99
Stina’s Cellars 2014  Merlot
88 points
$28
Dull nearly opaque black garnet color. Fruity, savory aromas of raisins and dried figs, peanut curry, cherry vinaigrette, and grilled fruit cake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sautéed almonds, tiramisu, chocolate mint, and caramel raisin bread pudding finish with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A voluptuous, almost late-harvest or fortified style of merlot with lot of chewy dried fruit flavors.
Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas of figs, pencil shavings, sourdough croutons, copa salami, and oolong tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grenadine, nutella, mocha latte, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. Chilean charm and chocolatey richness combine in this lovable Cabernet.
Unrestricted 2015 Cuvee No.7 Red Blend Michigan
88 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas of big league chew, sultanas, leather, pipe tobacco, espresso, and cola with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant cranberry, blueberry, chocolate cookie, carob, nutmeg, and ginger powder finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lighthearted red from a little known region with bright fruits and well-integrated oak.
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Petit Verdot
87 points
$45
Dusty indigo color. Savory, vinous aromas and flavors of raisins and blueberry waffles, fruit cake, fallen plum, and pencil eraser with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of sweet tobacco, chocolate cake with pomegranate-balsamic reduction, honeycrisp apple, and sherried almonds with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, dry almost Sherry like red that will make for interesting pairings.
Quasar 2016 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas of graphite, watermelon, and bergamot with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium violet, top soil, and mace finish with earthy, coarse tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dry and tannic cabernet best served with triple cream cheeses.
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Malbec
86 points
$38
Dull garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas of prunes, pickled watermelon rind, spiced tea, and chocolate pretzel with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-length French toast with blueberry compote, candied orange peel, marinated olives and peppers, and leather and ground nuts finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavor-packed Washington red with a port-like quality.
Unrestricted 2016 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of gravel, grilled green beans, chimichurri, salted vanilla caramel steamer, and pan-toasted brioche with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive Chardonnay from Michigan.
Unrestricted 2017 Ascension White Blend Michigan
83 points
$18
Yellow color. Sulfurous aromas of struck match, egg soufflé, applesauce, and petrol with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk fresh cotton, underripe pear, and fresh sweet herbs finish with no oak flavor. A zippy white with a throw caution to the wind personality; serve well chilled.
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