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New Wine Releases August 2013

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Find tasting notes, prices and ratings for recent vintages in our selection of August 2013 new wine releases.

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Chamisal Vineyards
2012 Stainless Chardonnay; $18
13/20An aromatic wine, it boasts tropical fruit and apple flavors with floral notes and a crisp, clean finish. 29,000 cases.


Paso Robles

Crooked Path
2011 Zinfandel; $25
14/20A good, solid Zinfandel, it offers a full-bodied mouthfeel, dense dark berry flavors and supple tannins.


Santa Barbara County

Margerum
2011 Mourvèdre; $32
14/20Blended with a bit of Syrah and Grenache, this delicate wine features earthy, red fruit flavors and fine tannins. 150 cases.


Santa Ynez Valley

Kalyra
NV Concordia Blend; $30
14/20Composed of 52 percent Sangiovese and 48 percent Barbera, this unusual blend is well-balanced and agreeable as its name suggests. 207 cases.


NORTH COAST

Carneros

Stomping Girl Wines
2011 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay; $40
13.5/20A crisp, balanced Chardonnay, it offers lemon and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of marzipan. 150 cases.


Mendocino

Navarro Vineyards
2011 Chardonnay; $13
13/20Fairly light and food-friendly, this white wine displays apple and lime flavors and plenty of acidity.


Napa Valley

Abreu
2007 Madrona Ranch; $525
17/20A finely-structured Meritage, this impressive cult wine boasts bold red fruit flavors on entry that hold strong all the way to the lingering finish.


Domaine Chandon
2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $35
14/20This dense red wine displays harsh tannins now, but should mellow out with age. 4,489 cases.


Melka
2008 Métisse, Jumping Goat Vineyard; $155
16/20Composed 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Merlot and 7 percent Petit Verdot, this well-balanced red wine features complex layers of blackberry, blueberry and licorice on the palate. 325 cases.


Napa Cellars
2011 Zinfandel; $22
13.5/20Blended with some Petite Sirah, this robust Zinfandel offers red fruit flavors with notes of black tea and baking spice. 11,500 cases.


Sonoma Coast

MacPhail Family Wines
2010 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir; $49
14/20A medium-bodied red wine, it shows black cherry and raspberry flavors with a hint of brown sugar. 775 cases.


Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek Winery
2010 Chardonnay; $26
14.5/20This full-bodied Chardonnay features lemon and tropical fruit flavors with a pronounced minerality and creamy mouthfeel.


Yountville

Rocca Family Vineyards
2009 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; $80
15.5/20Blended with 10 percent Merlot, this classic Napa Cab displays complex flavors of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry with earthy and mineral notes. 469 cases.


SIERRA FOOTHILLS

Amador County

Scott Harvey
2009 Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel; $45
14.5/20Made from Zinfandel grown on 140 year old vines, this rather dry and balanced wine exhibits complex black fruit flavors and soft tannins. 222 cases.


MULTIPLE AVAS

Biltmore
NV Century Red American; $16
12.5/20A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Zinfandel from the 2011 vintage, this peculiar bottling is rather heavy and lacking in complexity.


NEW YORK

FINGER LAKES

Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
2010 Pinot Noir; $20
13.5/20This medium-bodied Pinot Noir features fine red fruit flavors with hints of cola and clove and a soft tannins.


OREGON

YAMHILL-CARLTON

Ghost Hill Cellars
2009 Bayliss-Bower Pinot Noir; $42
13.5/20Offering a bright and impressive entry, this earthy Pinot Noir is fairly full-bodied and boasts good structure and supple tannins. 245 cases.


WASHINGTON

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Januik
2010 Columbia Valley Merlot; $25
14.5/20This medium-bodied Merlot offers juicy raspberry and cherry flavors with a touch of vanilla and a silky texture. 486 cases.

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

Western Cape

The Beachhouse
2012 White; $10
12/20Composed of 80 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 20 percent Semillon, this light white wine shows crisp citrus flavors and a clean finish.

EUROPE

GERMANY

Mosel

Dr. Pauly Bergweiler
2011 Welhener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett; $25
14/20At just 8 percent alcohol, this light and food-friendly wine offers sweet stone fruit flavors balanced by high acidity.


Rheinhessen

Georg Albrecht Schneider
2009 Niersteiner Dornfelder Trocken; $14
13/20This dry red wine displays dark fruit flavors with floral notes and well-structured tannins.


ITALY

Puglia

Tormaresca
2010 Torcicoda; $22
14/20An estate-grown Primitivo, it offers almond, fig and plum aromas, a full-bodied mouthfeel and firm tannins.


Umbria

Scacciadiavoli
2007 Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG; $39
14.5/20A balanced, robust wine, this well-aged Sagrantino boasts concentrated red fruit flavors with earthy notes and firm tannins.


Veneto

Tommasi
2010 Arele Parziale Appassimento; $25
14/20A blend of partially dried Corvina, Oseleta, Rondinella and Merlot grapes, this bold red wine boasts intense, spicy black fruit flavors. 9,000 cases.


PORTUGAL

Vinho Verde

Arca Nova
2012 Rosé; $10
11.5/20Made from Espadeiro grapes, this light rosé offers strawberry and cherry flavors with a touch of sweetness.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA

Mendoza

Bodega Norton
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon; $18
14/20This full-bodied red wine features bright red fruit flavors with a touch of chocolate mint and sturdy tannins.


Layer Cake
2011 Malbec; $16
13.5/20A bold, big-bodied wine, it displays earthy black fruit flavors.

AUSTRALASIA

AUSTRALIA

Coonawarra

Wynn's Coonawarra Estate
2010 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon; $45
14/20A thick, concentrated wine, it boasts bold black fruit flavors and firm tannins that should benefit from cellaring. 1,500 cases imported.


South Australia

Penfolds
2009 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon; $48
14.5/20This well-balanced, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon features earthy, dark fruit flavors and supple tannins.


NEW ZEALAND

Marlborough

Matua
2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $13
13/20A straightforward Sauvignon Blanc, it displays crisp tropical fruit flavors and a clean finish. 100,000 cases imported.

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