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May 2019 - New Release Wine/OOS

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

New Release Wine/OOS Reviews

Jarvis 2015 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
96 points
$170
Medium ruby black color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of smuckers jam, sweet mint, raspberry, and January Christmas tree with a satiny, racy, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that presents notes of cranberry mostarda, black cherry, cedar smoke , sticky coffee pudding, cocoa powder, and blackberry with chewy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A decadent, silky-smooth Cabernet Franc in a plush, elegant style.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
95 points
$34
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas of black cassis, candied cherry, leather, acacia, and rose petal with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, very long ripe plum, limestone, toasty scone, ginger, cinnamon-chocolate, and black licorice finish with drying, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and serious Petit Verdot that will win over any lover of the varietal; drink now through 2035.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
95 points
$125
Dusty garnet color. Herbal, vegetal aromas and flavors of parsley stems, red plum, Palo Santo smoke, bergamot , and tobacco with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that presents notes of earl grey tea, cranberry, hazelnut, and roasted beets with well-integrated, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely restrained and well-concentrated Cabernet Franc with velvety texture; share and impress.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
94 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of crisp green pepper, ripe cherry, sugar snap peas, black tea, and chocolate tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long ripe plum and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and youthful Carmenère ready to drink now or cellar.
Jarvis 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$80
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar embers, sliced apple, dried mango, and yellow plum with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple core, granny smith , chai spice, crystallized honey, and caramel corn with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An instantly appealing Chardonnay with balanced fruit and oak.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
93 points
$32
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry tart, espresso, and peony blossom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish that shows notes of black tea and pomegranate with light oak flavor. A fresh, tender Merlot with bright fruit and cellarable style.
Tonti Family Wines 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$49
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grilled plum, raspberry coulis, tobacco, black pepper, coriander seed, and allspice with a silky, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of leather with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward Zin with attention-grabbing layers of smoke and spice.
Cornerstone Cellars 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$95
Black violet color. Aromas of succulent plum, dark chocolate, pie crusts, and chai tea with a velvety, vibrant, medium-full body and a warming, involved, long chocolate genache, raspberry coulis, cinnamon bread pudding, leather, and roasted nuts finish with heavy oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Napa Cabernet with gobs of dark fruit and spice deliciousness.
Maroon Wines 2014 Dry Farmed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, redwood, black tea, tobacco, and smoked vanilla with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish revealing suggestions of french silk pie, licorice, and spiced cherry chutney with silky, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. Velvety texture and creamy oak take center stage in this decadent Coombsville Cabernet.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$145
Golden straw color. Aromas of dry roasted nuts, honeycrisp apple, cantaloupe, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length caramel sauce and pineapple pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth and fruity Napa Chardonnay with flinty minerality, great structure and elegant texture.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Unfiltered Chardonnay
93 points
$160
Yellow straw color. Aromas of Hawaiian papaya, honeyed peach, and toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, prodigious, long chess pie and black tea with cream finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegant, layered Chardonnay with superb sophistication and integration.
Riverlore 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas of cat box, cannabis, musk, golden apple, and breadfruit with a crisp, dryish full body and a medium-long sweet lime, melon rind, and rambutan finish. A musky, seductive Sauvignon Blanc for those seeking distinctive style.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$36
Medium dusty ruby color. Herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, black olive, ripe, marinated cherries, and cinnamon with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of oven-dried strawberry, bell pepper ribs, white pepper , bay leaf, and black plum with silky, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice, spicy Cabernet Franc that offers a pure expression of the varietal.
Maroon Wines 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$120
Brown brick red color. Aromas of baked figs, leather, shitake mushroom, ginger, and sage with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long cocktail cherries, black peppercorn, chocolate cake, toffee, and dried herbs finish with moderate oak flavor. An herbal, instantly appealing Rutherford Cabernet with lots of nuance.
Contempo 2018 Inferno Red Blend Chile
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of grilled tropical fruit, tar, smoked banana leaf, mocha latte, tobacco, sesame oil, and garam masala with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length black olive and mortadella finish with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, chewy red for creative pairing.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Tonti Family Wines 2018 Rosé Zinfandel
91 points
$29
Pink color. Aromas of cassis tisane, raspberry, and rhubarb with a crisp, dry full body and a long lavender and white grapefruit zest finish. A refreshingly dry rose with great fruit, lasting finish, and completely inviting style.
Tonti Family Wines 2017 Artisan Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
91 points
$59
Ruby black color. Aromas of baked figs, blackberry, smoked applewood, cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, and pine with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long ripe plum, tobacco, and milk chocolate covered caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. An opulent Zinfandel that piles on notes of succulent fruit, luxurious tobacco, and thrilling smoke.
Maroon Wines 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$80
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of roasted beets, smoked cherry, black licorice, and pickling spices with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and an intriguing, medium-long saspirilla, onion jam, black pepper, and clove finish with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. Layers of savory spice weave with velvety tannins in this table-ready Coombsville cab.
Domaine Dame Guilherme 2018 Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages
90 points
Light brown brick red color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of cherry mint compote, dried sage , damp rose petal, black olive salt, and rosemary with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting elements of vanilla almond, cinnamon, ripe plum, India ink, tomato stem, and black olive flesh with crunchy, chewy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. Complex and savory example suited for fine meals and contemplation
Francois de la Roche 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
Straw color. Aromas of snipped chives, citron, key lime curd, and snapdragon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length nectarine and thyme finish with no oak flavor. An instantly satisfying Sauvignon Blanc with classic herbal nuance and lip smacking acidity; drink now.
Santa Isle 2016 Selected Vineyard Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of baked red fruit, caramel, grilled blood orange, and roasted red pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long dried figs, roasted pecans, and dark chocolate finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, smoke-accented Cabernet with stately structure; dark and mysterious.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
90 points
$48
Garnet black color. Aromas of black currant cordial, cracked black pepper and fresh bell pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long red cassis, thyme, tobacco, and rosemary finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A well-structured red blend that will be a great partner to steaks; drink now or cellar.
Francois de la Roche 2018 La Coulée Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
Clear golden straw color. Elegant aromas and flavors of green apple, white floral, and flinty with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and a seamless, medium-long finish with accents of unripe pear, pineapple core, and sugar snap peas with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fresh and lively sauvignon blanc that fills the mouth with essence of spring.
Chateau Pipeau 2016  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
89 points
$35
Black violet color. Woody aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, black raspberry, dry roasted nuts, hen of the woods mushroom, and rose with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of black toast with nutella with moderate oak flavor. A roasty Bordeaux to pair with the richest steaks.
Yorkville Cellars 2015 M-PV Same Vine Malbec-Petit Verdot
89 points
$42
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of foraged mushrooms, blueberry tart, vanilla, and clove with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, intriguing, medium-length finish that exhibits shades of cherry tart and black pepper with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, refined red to delight the table.
La Casa de Terra 2016 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pimento, ash, fresh mushrooms, red cassis, and juniper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of cherry mostarda and roasted turnip with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A well-structured Chilean Cabernet that will be a great fit at the table.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Castillo 2018 Red Blend La Mancha
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry, dried figs, cocoa powder, peach cobbler, and chai latte with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of roasted almonds with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. This is a perfectly classic dry, old world red that shows balanced fruit, dusty tannin, and acidity, and should make for an affordable bottle that would please any lover of western European wine.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Santo NV  Brachetto Piemonte
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light ruby garnet color. Fruity, floral, interesting, phenolic aromas and flavors of cranberry candle, sweet basil, lavender, mylar, rock candy, and dried raspberry with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an even, captivating, medium-long finish with suggestions of strawberry fruit leather, graphite, spicy apple sauce, clementine, and fruit punch with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fruity-sweet Brachetto for festive toasts.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Maroon Wines 2014 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$140
Ruby color. Aromas of red cassis, leather, and peach skins with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long marinated strawberry, dry rub, licorice, and espresso finish with moderate oak flavor. A sprightly Coombsville Cab with lively, table-tuned acidity.
Baron-Jacques 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, cut, parched grass, and chalk with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with impressions of white daisy stem, lemon, and tarragon with fruit tannins. A solid Sauvignon Blanc sipper with refreshing acidity.
Baron-Jacques 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of wheat grass, jicama, sugar snap peas, and candied banana with a crisp, dryish medium body and a breezy finish with notes of wildflowers, guanabana, and birch bark. A dry and mellow Sauvignon Blanc to complement spring meals.
Chateau Joinin 2016  Bordeaux Rouge AOC
85 points
$15
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry, acai, and chocolate buttercream with a coarse, prickly, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Bordeaux rouge that will liven up weeknight beef.
Château Séraphin 2017 Signargues Côtes du Rhône Villages
84 points
Ruby color. Interesting, nutty aromas and flavors of sesame and honey bar, soy sauce, red plum, and boiled Spanish peanut with a slightly chewy, vibrant, bone-dry full body and a warming, delightful, long finish with suggestions of black plum skin, peppered pancetta, and kale with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An atypically nutty Cotes Du Rhone that offers interesting pairing possibilities.
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2017  Pinot Noir
84 points
$14
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of chocolate taffy and dried figs with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk plum, raspberry tart, black tea, licorice, and charred oak finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An oaky Pinot Noir to complement the meal.
XOXO NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio-Chardonnay
83 points
$11.75
Yellow color. Aromas of stuck match, peach candy, fallen apple, bread crusts, and orange zest with a prickly, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk baby aspirin and chalk finish. A solid sparkler to serve with a good chill.
83 points $11.75
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