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New Wine Releases June 2014

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New Wine Reviews - June 2014

Find tasting notes, prices and ratings for recent vintages in our selection of June 2014 new wine releases.

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Paso Robles

Calcareous Vineyard
2010 Lloyd Bordeaux Blend; $50
14/20Composed of 24 percent Malbec, 21 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Cabernet Franc, 19 percent Petit Verdot and 17 percent Merlot, this balanced blend features concentrated berry flavors and supple tannins. 520 cases.


HammerSky Vineyards
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; $73
14/20A thick, full-bodied red wine, it boasts 15.5 percent alcohol, rich fruity aromas, earthy flavors and sturdy tannins.


Santa Barbara County

Jaffurs
2011 Syrah; $27
14/20This spicy red wine displays an interesting mix of aromas and flavors derived from the many varietals that went into the blend. 1,421 cases.


CENTRAL VALLEY

Clarksburg

LangeTwins
2011 Reserve Chardonnay; $30
14.5/20A buttery Chardonnay, it features lemon and apple flavors with a touch of vanilla. 307 cases.


NORTH COAST

Napa Valley

Duckhorn Vineyards
2010 Atlas Peak Merlot; $70
15/20This well-oaked Merlot boasts concentrated flavors of cherry and red currant with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and cedar. 491 cases.


Freemark Abbey
2011 Napa Valley Merlot; $34
14/20Medium-bodied and juicy, it exhibits ripe berry flavors, velvety tannins and plenty of spice on the finish. 12,000 cases.


Irony
2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $15
13/20This relatively mild and easy-drinking red wine offers earthy blackberry flavors and supple tannins. 25,000 cases.


Pine Ridge Vineyards
2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $54
15/20Mixed with a little Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon displays black fruit aromas and red fruit flavors.


Russian River Valley

Dutton-Goldfield
2011 Dutton Ranch Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir; $58
14.5/20Aromatic on the nose and plush in the mouth, it features candied cherry and strawberry flavors complemented by a lively acidity. 383 cases.


Frei Brothers Reserve
2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; $22
13.5/20This full-bodied Pinot Noir offers ripe red fruit flavors with notes of lavender and vanilla. 18,600 cases.


Iron Horse
2008 Russian Cuvée; $40
14.5/20Composed of 72 percent Pinot Noir and 28 percent Chardonnay, it boasts crisp apple flavors with hints of orange zest and toasted hazelnut. 800 cases.


Sonoma Hills
2011 Chardonnay; $20
14/20This balanced, medium-bodied Chardonnay features apple, lemon and lime flavors with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. 6,000 cases.


Ten Acre
2011 Jenkins Vineyard Pinot Noir; $65
16/20A stunning and elegant wine, it displays intense raspberry and black cherry flavors with notes of candied spice and silky tannins. 180 cases.


Sonoma Coast

La Crema
2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; $23
13.5/20This crisp and fruit-forward white wine shows stone fruit flavors with citrus and spice notes.


Sonoma County

Cannonball
2012 Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20Buttery and creamy without overwhelming the wine's natural fruitiness and acidity, it offers crisp tropical and stone fruit flavors.


Chloe Wine Collection
2012 Chardonnay; $17
13.5/20This buttery Chardonnay exhibits apple, pear and vanilla flavors and a creamy mouthfeel.


SIERRA FOOTHILLS

El Dorado

Narrow Gate Vineyards
2008 Dunamis Estate; $32
13/20Composed of 58 percent Grenache, 33 percent Syrah and 9 percent Mourvèdre, this Rhône-style blend features earthy red fruit flavors and sturdy tannins.


SOUTH COAST

Temecula Valley

Oak Mountain Winery
2013 River Rhodes; $20
13.5/20Best served chilled, this light-bodied Syrah features refreshing strawberry and watermelon flavors.


Robert Renzoni
2011 Big Fred's Red; $26
14/20Half Zinfandel and half Sangiovese, this well-balanced blend boasts plenty of red fruit flavors and a bit of spice on the finish.


South Coast Winery
2009 Carter Estate Malbec; $38
14.5/20This full-bodied red wine displays concentrated black fruit flavors with herbal notes and supple tannins.


MULTIPLE AVAS

Carnivor
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; $12
13/20Blended with a little Petite Sirah and Merlot, this dry red wine displays black fruit flavors and firm tannins. 33,800 cases.


Healdsburg Ranches
2011 Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon; $13
12.5/20This mild red wine offers dark fruit flavors with herbal notes and light tannins.


LangeTwins
2011 Petite Sirah Petit Verdot; $16
13.5/20A blend of 79 percent Petite Sirah and 21 percent Petit Verdot, this bold red wine exhibits ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors and sturdy tannins.


Luna Vineyards
2012 aCrisp Chardonnay; $15
13/20This crisp, clean Chardonnay offers tropical fruit aromas and flavors with a touch of butterscotch.


NEW YORK

FINGER LAKES

Fox Run Vineyards
2012 Semi-Dry Riesling; $14
13.5/20Made in an off-dry style, this aromatic Riesling features bright stone fruit flavors and a good balance of sugar and acidity. 1,670 cases.


OREGON

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Soléna
2011 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir; $50
14.5/20This medium-bodied Pinot Noir boasts earthy red fruit flavors with floral and spice notes. 175 cases.


VIRGINIA

MONTICELLO

Trump Winery
2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $16
13.5/20Composed of 85 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 15 percent Semillon, this crisp white wine features vibrant citrus and mineral flavors with a hint of smokiness.


ROCKY KNOB

Château Morrisette
2011 Petit Verdot; $20
13.5/20An earthy and aromatic red wine, it displays dried cherry, raspberry and raisin flavors and sturdy tannins.


WASHINGTON

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Browne Family Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay; $30
14/20This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts creamy lemon, honey and vanilla flavors and a rounded mouthfeel. 462 cases.

MEXICO

BAJA CALIFORNIA

Guadalupe Valley

Dominó
2011 Rosado; $25
13/20Made from Cinsault grapes, this dry rosé displays crisp red fruit and mineral flavors.

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

Stellenbosch

Villiera
2012 Chenin Blanc; $13
13/20Medium-bodied and aromatic, it exhibits tropical fruit and citrus flavors that finish cleanly.


Western Cape

DeMorgenzon
2013 DMZ Cabernet Rosé; $12
12.5/20Made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon, this dry, fruity rosé features crisp strawberry, pomegranate and watermelon flavors. 7,500 cases imported.

EUROPE

FRANCE

Bordeaux

Château Laribotte
2008 Sauternes; $18 (375 ml)
14/20This rich dessert wine boasts candied apricot and honey flavors with a hint of spice on the finish.


Burgundy

Matrot
2011 Bourgogne Rouge; $24
13.5/20An earthy and food-friendly Pinot Noir, it exhibits ripe red fruit flavors and soft tannins.


Vincent et Sophie Morey
2012 Saint-Aubin Les Charmois Premier Cru; $47
14.5/20This complex and balanced Chardonnay boasts ripe apricot flavors with honey and mineral notes.


South West France

Mas de Périé
2011 Cahors Les Escures; $16
13/20Full-bodied and moderately tannic, it offers plum and black currant flavors with earthier notes of smoke and licorice.


ITALY

Alto Adige

Elena Walch
2012 Pinot Grigio Selezione; $17
13.5/20This crisp and aromatic white wine displays ripe pear flavors with peppery and herbal notes.


Emilia-Romagna

Da Luca
2011 Sangiovese Romagna Superiore DOC; $13
13/20Medium-bodied and fruit-forward, it exhibits ripe black cherry and plum flavors with a touch of mocha and medium tannins.


Sicily

Stemmari
Moscato; $9
13/20Light in alcohol (8.5 percent) and sweet to taste, it offers floral aromas and citrus flavors. 5,000 cases.


Tuscany

Podere Le Boncie
2009 Le Trame Chianti Classico; $36
14/20This well-structured Sangiovese features bright red fruit flavors with hints of rose petal and silky tannins.


Veneto

Zyme
2012 Il Bianco "from black to white"; $25
14/20Composed of 60 percent Rondinella White, 15 percent Gold Traminer, 15 percent Kerner and 10 percent Incrocio Manzoni, this unusual white wine boasts citrus and herbal flavors and an expansive finish.


SPAIN

Castilla y León

Leda
2008 Viñas Viejas; $38
14/20Made from old vine Tempranillo, this potent red wine boasts concentrated red fruit and spice flavors and supple tannins.


La Mancha

Opera Prima
Mimosa; $8
12.5/20This sweet sparkling wine made from Airen grapes is balanced by the addition of fresh orange juice.


Priorat

Vall Llach
2011 Embruix; $25
14/20Composed of 28 percent Cariñena, 23 percent Garnacha, 18 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 17 percent Merlot and 15 percent Syrah, this rich and rounded wine features complex flavors and firm tannins.


Rioja

Cune
2013 Rosado; $8
12/20This rosé of Tempranillo offers mild strawberry flavors and a soft mouthfeel.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA

Mendoza

Luminis
2012 Luján de Cuyo Malbec; $15
12.5/20Made from high altitude, estate-grown fruit, this robust Malbec displays ripe black fruit flavors and sturdy tannins. 2,414 cases.


CHILE

Casablanca Valley

Root: 1
2012 Pinot Noir; $12
13.5/20This medium-bodied red wine displays juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors with notes of vanilla and spice.


San Antonio Valley

Leyda
2013 Classic Chardonnay; $11
13/20A crisp, clean Chardonnay, it features tropical fruit aromas and citrus flavors with honey and mineral notes. 10,500 cases.

AUSTRALASIA

AUSTRALIA

Barossa Valley

3 Rings
2006 Reserve Shiraz; $42
14.5/20This complex and full-bodied Shiraz boasts 15.9 percent alcohol, intense black fruit flavors with earthy and spice notes and supple tannins. 400 cases.


Riverland

Paringa
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; $11
12.5/20Inky-colored and thick, it reveals blueberry, black currant and mulberry flavors with herbal and spice notes. 4,000 cases.


NEW ZEALAND

Central Otago

Quartz Reef
2011 Pinot Noir; $45
14.5/20This biodynamic wine boasts sour cherry, pomegranate and cranberry flavors with a hint of lavender.

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