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New Wine Releases January 2011

New wine releases from around the world


NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Paso Robles

J. Lohr Estates
2008 Los Osos Merlot; $15
13/20Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are complemented by an oak signature reminiscent of cedar and dark chocolate.


Steinbeck Vineyard
2008 Syrah; $21
14/20Spicy aromas of clove and cardamom fill the nose, while flavors of dried cranberries, bing cherry and tart plum linger on the palate with a hint of sweet toasted oak.


San Luis Obispo

Tower 15
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $15
13.5/20Classically structured and medium in body, this wine is ripe and balanced with notes of red-currant.


CENTRAL VALLEY

Ceres

Crane Lake Cellars
Brut Sparkling Wine; $8
12/20Clean and fruity aromas with lemon, green apple and pear flavors are followed by a lengthy finish with a touch of caramel.

NORTH COAST

Napa Valley

Ravenswood Winery
2008 Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel; $16
14/20Expressive with notes of warm spice and vanilla, this wine has powerful blackberry flavors and structured tannins.


Spring Mountain Vineyard
2005 Elivette; $150
16.5/20Darker flavors of cocoa and espresso intertwine with cherry and raspberry to add depth and complexity to this rich wine.


Russian River Valley

Healdsburg Ranches
2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20Aromas of stone fruit and honeydew melon lead to a palate of apricot, nutmeg and white peach.


J Vineyards and Winery
Brut Rose NV; $35
14/20The wine opens with flavors of cherry, blood orange and tropical fruit, ending with a lively and lingering finish.


Perception Winery
2007 Bacigalupi Zinfandel; $53
15/20The beautiful nose is dominated by blackberry jam, toffee and coca powder. The palate is elegant with harmonious layers of black cherry and dark chocolate, leading to a long and elegant finish.


Perception Winery
2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel; $38
14/20This complex wine starts with ripe dark fruits on the nose with flavors highlighting blackberry, cocoa and pepper.


Sonoma

Gloria Ferrer
2006 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir; $40
14.5/20Vibrant, pure fruit aromas are echoed in the cherry and raspberry flavors leading to a persistent, bright finish.


SIERRA FOOTHILLS

Amador County

Andis Wines
2008 Zinfandel; $23
13/20Big without being unwieldy, this well-structured zinfandel exhibits flavors of red ripe fruits with a hint of pepper.


MULTIPLE AVAs

Ghost Pines
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $23
14/20Aromas of dark fruit jam, sweet nuts and black pepper combine with dark berry fruit flavors for a dense palate.


Schramsberg
2007 Brut Rosé; $41
14/20The berry bouquet in this sparkler is complemented by flavors of mango and cantaloupe, leading to a long, lingering finish.


TEXAS

BRAZOS VALLEY

Messina Hof Winery
Gewürztraminer; $11
12.5/20This wine is spicy, floral and very aromatic with tantalizing ginger overtones.


WASHINGTON

COLUMBIA VALLEY

The Hogue Cellars
Genesis 2008 Syrah ; $15
13.5/20Aromas of grape, bramble and strawberry are followed by up-front flavors of black cherry and earthy oregano.

EUROPE

FRANCE

BORDEAUX

Le G de Chateau Guiraud

2009 Bordeaux Blanc Sec; $20
14.5/20
Ripe white fruit aromas on the nose are followed by peach and oak flavors, leading to a clean finish with good acidity.

BURGUNDY

Louis Bouillot

Perle de Vigne Grande Reserve Extra Dry; $19
12.5/20
Flavors of vanilla, almond and toasted bread are followed by a long finish touched by honey and gingerbread.

CHAMPAGNE


Champagne Lanson
1995 Noble Cuvée Brut; $19
16/20
Aromas of candied mandarin and white flowers give way to honey and citrus flavors in this full-bodied and complex wine.

LOIRE VALLEY

Charles de Fère

Cuvée Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut; $9
12/20
Bright and fruity, this wine exudes flavors of apples, apricots and a hint of honey, followed by a smooth, fruity finish.

Trocadero
Blanc de Blancs Brut; $10
13/20
This elegant wine has lots of fruit and floral aromas with mineral notes and a touch of toasted bread.

HUNGARY

TOKAJ

Demeter Zoltan

Szerelmi; $16
14.5/20
A green-gold wine with intense aromas of spice, pollen and elderflowers, this wine is dense and full-bodied.


ITALY

TRENTINO

Cavit

Lunetta Prosecco; $10
13/20
Fragrant with aromas of apple and peach, this sparkler is refreshing and dry with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

WESTERN CAPE

Vergelegen

2008 Vin de Florence; $15
14/20
This fragrant wine has grape, ginger spice and sultana sunshine aromas which are echoed on the palate.

AUSTRALIA

BAROSSA VALLEY

Penfolds

2005 Grange Shiraz; $500
17.5/20
This bottle displays fully ripe, intensely flavored and textured Shiraz grapes, resulting in a powerful expression of the Penfolds mixing philosophy.


MCLAREN VALE

Shingleback Winery

Sparkling Shiraz; $20
13.5/20
Black fruit aromas of plum and berries lead to a balance of fresh, tart and sweet in the mouth.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA

MENDOZA

Alamos

2006 Catena-Zapata; $15
16.5/20
Flavors of plum and blackberry dominate this wine, finishing with medium length and smooth tannins.

CHILE

CENTRAL VALLEY

Terrapura

2008 Merlot; $10
12.5/20
Intense on the nose with aromas of cherries and pepper, this wine is soft and silky on the palate with a long, pleasant finish.

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