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New Wine Releases May 2011

New wine releases from around the world


NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Arroyo Grande Valley

Conway Family Wines
Deep Sea 2009 Sea Flower Rosé; $28
13/20
Fresh cherry and peach aromas are followed by bright berry and citrus flavors.

La Maison de Vertuze
NV Rosé; $30
14/20
Floral and woodsy notes dominate on the nose, opening to flavors of strawberry and tangerine.

Monterey County

Bridlewood Estate Winery
2008 Monterey County Pinot Noir; $20
13.5/20
Dark fruit flavors of dark cherry and raspberry are framed by hints of caramel and black pepper, leading to a smooth, lingering finish.

Radog Wines
2007 Santa Lucia Highlands Evie's Blend Riesling; $10
12.5/20
Sweet aromas of pear and gardenia lead to floral and spice notes on the palate.


Santa Lucia Highlands

Talbott Vineyards
2009 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Logan Chardonnay; $22
14/20
The Logan is a beautiful balance of fruit and oak, with layers of apple, pear and vanilla flavors.


Santa Ynez Valley

Brander
2004 Sauvignon Blanc; $12
14/20
The fruity and floral bouquet features lightly sweet flavor, crisp acidity and a clean finish.

Zaca Mesa
2007 Syrah; $24
14/20
This wine showcases the signature Zaca Mesa sage spice aromas and flavors, along with rich blackberry fruit and espresso undertones.


CENTRAL VALLEY

Lodi

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
2009 Pinot Grigio; $6
12.5/20
Flavors of lime and citrus dominate in this refreshing wine, culminating in a bright, lemony finish.


Modesto

The Naked Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon; $9
12/20
This full-bodied wine displays rich aromas of dark black fruit and flavors of blackberry.


NORTH COAST

Napa Valley

Clif Family Winery
The Climber Pouch California Chardonnay; $16
13/20
This crisp and unoaked Chardonnay displays aromas and flavors of grapefruit, apple and melon for a juicy finish.


Nicolette Christopher
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon; $50
15/20
Silky flavors of Montmorency cherries and blackberries are accompanied by undertones of cola and truffles for a long, balanced finish.

Robert Mondavi
2008 Chardonnay; $20
14/20
Aromas of ripe apples and pears are touched by exotic spices, opening to a persistent palate of stone fruit and pear.


Sonoma County

Bella Vineyards
2008 Maple Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel; $38
14.5/20
A floral bouquet of jasmine and rhubarb lead to flavors of strawberry and cinnamon with touches of spice.


Clos du Bois
2007 Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; $22
13/20
Seductive scents of plum and blackberry are echoed in the deep and luscious palate, intermingling with hints of toasted oak, espresso and mocha.


Frei Brothers
2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; $20
13.5/20
Flavors of orange and green apple are complemented by toasty and buttery notes in the nutty and rich wine.


Gloria Ferrer
Sonoma Brut; $20
13/20
Aromas of pear and toasted almond lead to flavors of citrus and toast overlaid with persistent effervescence.


Iron Horse
2009 Heritage Clone Chardonnay; $48
15/20
A powerful nose of lychee and honey leads to flavors of mandarin orange and lime with mineral undertones.


J Vineyards & Winery
2010 Hoot Owl Vineyard Viognier; $30
14/20
The 2010 Viognier is bright and crisp with floral aromas opening to flavors of white peach and apricot.


Korbin Kameron
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; $40
15/20
Well-integrated scents of cedar, mint and dark cherry open to a rich palate of black currant touched by spice and chocolate.

Ravenswood
2008 Old Vine Zinfandel; $16
13.5/20
Ripe red berry aromas morph into flavors of blackberry with hints of cinnamon.


MULTIPLE AVAS

Schramsberg
2009 Pinot Grigio; $6
12.5/20
Aromas of fresh peach and guava give way to flavors of cherry, orange and watermelon, leading to a long, lingering finish.


GEORGIA

Dawsonville

Crimson 'n Scarlett's Vineyard
Peach Wine; $12
12/20
This sweet and smooth white wine displays the flavors of juicy Georgia peaches in liquid form.


MICHIGAN

Old Mission Peninsula

Chateau Grand Traverse
2008 Dry Riesling; $13
13.5/20
Green and red apple flavors open to undertones of lime and minerals for a long, lingering finish.

Leelanau Peninsula

L. Mawby
Blanc de Blancs; $20
14/20
Aromas of crisp spiced apple and baked peach follow through to fresh and lively flavors of ginger and grapefruit.


NEW YORK

Finger Lakes

Shaw Vineyard
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon; $35
13.5/20
On the nose, this wine offers raspberry aromas with hints of chocolate and espresso. Its raspberry and tart cherry flavors lead to a caramel finish.


WASHINGTON

Columbia Valley

Hogue Cellars
2008 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $12
13/20
Big, bold flavors of cassis and currant are soft and smooth on the palate with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

CHILE

Casablanca Valley

Veramonte

2009 Reserva Pinot Noir; $13
13/20
This Pinot Noir displays a round texture with complex flavors of spice and red berry fruit.


Colchagua Valley

Casa Silva

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $12
13/20
Delicate on the nose with notes of black fruit, this wine is powerful on the palate with firm tannins and blackberry flavor.

CHINA

Shanxi

Grace Vineyards

2008 Chairman's Reserve; $130
14.5/20
This well balanced wine has flavors of ripe red berries with a touch of smokiness, leading to a long, lingering finish.

EUROPE

AUSTRIA

Burgenland

Kracher

2008 Cuvée Beerenauslese; $28
14.5/20
Aromas of peaches and apricots are echoed on the tongue with a hint of caramel.

FRANCE


Champagne

Champagne Collet

Brut Blanc de Blancs; $50
15/20
Sweet floral aromas on the nose lead to flavors of citrus fruit and acacia blossom on the palate, culminating in a balanced finish.

Champagne Ruinart
Blanc de Blancs; $65
14.5/20
Fine bubbles and intense citrus aromas reveal a fine mousse with hints of toast and brioche to accompany the lime and ginger flavors.


Loire Valley

Bouvet

Brut Rose Excellence; $16
13/20
Fine bubbles and raspberry aromas lead to a crisp palate of red fruit flavor and subtle earthy notes.


GERMANY

Landwein Rhein

R. Müller

2009 Medium Sweet Riesling; $24 for 3L
13/20
A nose of stone fruit opens to flavors of peaches and pears, leading to a crisp finish.


SPAIN

Toro

Fariña

2009 Dama de Toro Malvasia; $11
13/20
This Malvasia has a lively acidity that is balanced by flavors of green apples, peaches and minerals.

SOUTH AFRICA

Stellenbosch

Simonsig Family Vineyards

Chenin Blanc; $10
12.5/20
Aromas of ripe pear and apricots are followed by intense flavors of ripe Chenin Blanc grapes, leading to a fresh and lingering finish.

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