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New Wine Releases May 2013

A selection of wines from Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars in New York's Finger Lakes region

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

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Santa Maria Valley

Gary Farrell
2010 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir; $55
15/20An elegant wine from one of the Central Coast's most famous vineyards, it boasts bright red fruit flavors, notes of baking spice and velvety tannins. 483 cases.


Santa Rita Hills

Transcendence
2011 Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay; $34
13.5/20This aromatic white wine features crisp pear and pineapple flavors with a hint of minerality. 125 cases.


CENTRAL VALLEY

Clarksburg

LangeTwins
2010 Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20Rich and creamy in the mouth, it displays tropical fruit aromas and flavors and a clean finish.


NORTH COAST

Domaine Chandon
Reserve Brut; $30
14/20Composed of 80 percent Pinot Noir and 20 percent Chardonnay, this dry sparkling wine offers soft apple flavors with yeasty notes. 2,046 cases.


Kendric Vineyards
2009 Marin County Pinot Noir; $36
14.5/20This medium-bodied Pinot Noir features bright cherry and raspberry flavors with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. 580 cases.


Carneros

Schug
2010 Carneros Pinot Noir; $30
12.5/20A rather unimpressive wine, it offers the usual cherry flavors with spicy notes on the finish. 7,050 cases.


Mendocino

Navarro Vineyards
2009 Shiraz; $17
14.5/20Made in an Australian style, this robust red wine is thick and chewy, offering bold black fruit flavors. 362 cases.


Napa Valley

Educated Guess
2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay; $17
13/20This aromatic white wine is not overly oaked, but displays lush tropical fruit flavors and a crisp acidity. 4,650 cases.


Lawer Family Wines
2009 Three Coins Cabernet Sauvignon; $42
14/20Potent and full-bodied, this richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon features intense black fruit flavors and supple tannins. 89 cases.


Russian River Valley

EnRoute
2011 Pinot Noir; $58
16.5/20This elegant Pinot Noir displays cherry, raspberry and brown sugar aromas on the nose and reveals soft tannins and a mouthwatering acidity in the mouth.


Laguna
2010 Laguna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay; $35
14.5/20A full-bodied Chardonnay, it boasts flavors of apple, pear and tangerine and a creamy mouthfeel. 13,000 cases.


Sonoma Coast

Jenner
2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; $18
13/20This light white wine displays orange and pineapple flavors with toasted almond notes on the finish. 1,000 cases.


SIERRA FOOTHILLS

Fair Play

Stark Wine
2009 Cuvée Julian, Stoney Creek Vineyard; $36
15/20Thick and full in the mouth, this Rhône-style Syrah with a touch of Viognier features bright red fruit flavors and smooth tannins. 60 cases.


SOUTH COAST

Sierra Pelona Valley

Reyes Winery
2009 Signature Syrah; $22
12.5/20Offering blueberry and jasmine aromas, this dry red wine reveals peppery notes on the finish.


MULTIPLE AVAS

Mirassou
2011 California Sunset Red Blend; $12
12.5/20A curious of blend of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Merlot, it is a fruit-forward wine with a soft mouthfeel. 66,500 cases.


Unruly
2011 California Red Wine; $12
12/20This blend of unknown composition offers dark fruit flavors and a dry mouthfeel.


CONNECTICUT

SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND

Chamard
2003 Estate Reserve Chardonnay; $20
13.5/20Made in a Burgundian style, this crisp white wine offers plenty of acidity, minerality and a clean finish.


NEW YORK

FINGER LAKES

Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
2011 Dry Riesling; $15
13.5/20Bone dry and light in alcohol, this crisp Riesling features lemon and apple flavors that would pair well with seafood.


OREGON

YAMHILL-CARLTON

Kramer Vineyards
2010 Brut; $26
13/20This light sparkling wine blended from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir offers crisp apple and citrus flavors with yeasty notes.


WASHINGTON

RED MOUNTAIN

Terra Blanca
2007 Signature Series Merlot; $36
15/20Boasting intense black cherry and plum flavors with hints of spice, this mouthfilling Merlot shows excellent balance and structure. 393 cases.

MEXICO

BAJA CALIFORNIA

Guadalupe Valley

Baron Balche
2009 Red Blend; $30
13/20Composed of 60 percent Malbec, 20 percent Cabernet Franc, 10 percent Carignan and 10 percent Grenache, this dry red wine is rather rough and tannic.

EUROPE

FRANCE

Charles de Fère
Tradition Chardonnay Brut; $13
12.5/20Offering aromas of baked apple and custard, this sparkling wine is crisp and refreshing. 10,000 cases.


Languedoc-Roussillon

Gérard Bertrand
2009 Corbières; $15
13.5/20A Rhône blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this well-balanced red wine features ripe fruit flavors and a juicy mouthfeel.


GERMANY

Mosel

Dr. H. Thanisch
2010 Bernkasteler Riesling Classic; $20
14.5/20This drier-styled Riesling displays appled, peach and persimmon flavors with hints of spice and a long, clean finish.


GREECE

Santorini

Gaia Wines
2010 Assyrtiko Wild Ferment; $25
13/20An unusual white wine, it offers nutty aromas and dried fruit flavors that open up with aeration.


ITALY

Alto Adige

Kris
2010 Heart Rosso; $14
13/20Composed of 50 percent Merlot, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 25 percent Montepulciano, this silky red blend displays blackberry flavors with earthy notes.


Veneto

Attems
2011 Pinot Grigio; $19
13.5/20This aromatic white wine boasts crisp apple and pear flavors marked by a lively acidity.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA

Mendoza

Kaiken
2007 Mai; $85
16/20At 15 percent alcohol, this is a big, hearty wine boasting intense black fruit flavors and sturdy tannins. 2,000 cases.


CHILE

San Antonio Valley


Matetic Vineyards
2010 EQ Pinot Noir; $40
14/20Made from certified organic grapes, this medium- to full-bodied Pinot Noir features bright cherry and plum flavors with more complex herbal and spice notes.

AUSTRALASIA

AUSTRALIA

Jacob's Creek
NV Sparkling Moscato; $12
12.5/20This light sparkling wine offers sweet tropical fruit flavors and would work well as an aperitif.


NEW ZEALAND

Marlborough


Makara
2011 Sauvignon Blanc; $13
13.5/20Crisp and aromatic, it displays tangy citrus and sweet tropical fruit flavors followed by a clean finish.

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