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New Wine Releases March 2012

New wine releases from around the world





Arroyo Grande Valley

2007 Brut Rosé; $28
13.5/20Composed of 68 per cent Chardonnay and 32 per cent Pinot Noir, this dry sparkling wine features floral aromas on the nose and strawberry, cherry and blueberry flavors in the mouth.

Monterey County

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
2010 Sofia Blanc de Blancs; $19 (750 ml) or $20 (4-187 ml cans)
13/20This off-dry sparkling wine composed of 86 per cent Pinot Blanc, 12 per cent Muscat and 2 per cent Riesling, features fresh fruit flavors of green apple, pear and pineapple.

J. Lohr Estates
2010 Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir; $17
13.5/20Featuring raspberry, cherry, vanilla and lilac aromas on the nose, it reveals soft tannins in the mouth that would pair well with smoked salmon or roast turkey.

Paso Robles

Justin Vineyards and Winery
2010 Sauvignon Blanc; $15
13/20Offering citrus and stone fruit aromas, this dry white wine displays lemon and peach flavors in the mouth and a crisp acidity.

Vampire Vineyards
2009 Chateau du Vampire Roussanne; $25
13.5/20The first Roussanne produced under the Chateau du Vampire label, this is a fruity and floral wine with a touch of sweetness.

Vina Robles
2008 Petite Sirah Jardine; $26
13.5/20This potent (15 per cent ABV), full-bodied red wine boasts blackberry, fig and spice aromas on the nose and rounded tannins in the mouth.

Santa Rita Hills

Sea Smoke
2008 Sea Spray Sparkling Wine; $80
15/20Made entirely from estate-grown Pinot Noir, this light and refreshing sparkler reveals violet, raspberry and ruby red grapefruit aromas that continue in the mouth, along with a hint of caramel.



Cantara Cellars
2008 Barbera; $32
14.5/20This fruit-forward red wine boasts plum and blueberry flavors with hints of spice and oak on the finish.



Gloria Ferrer
2008 Carneros Chardonnay; $18
13.5/20Offering pear, peach and honeysuckle aromas on the nose, this white wine reveals ripe apple flavors in the mouth and just enough oak on the finish.

Dry Creek Valley

Dashe Cellars
2010 Les Enfants Terribles Grenache; $24
14/20A light red wine, this young Grenache displays blackcurrant, black cherry and strawberry flavors and an earthy finish.

Wine Guerrilla
2009 Forchini Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel; $35
14.5/20Composed mainly of Old Vine Zinfandel with a small amount of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet, this concentrated and robust red wine boasts bold flavors and firm tannins.

Lake County

Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2006 Latigo; $45 (375 ml)
13/20Made from Cabernet Sauvignon fortified with 142-proof Germain-Robin brandy, this Port-style wine features rich, round flavors of black cherry, black currants and damson plum with a hint of chocolaty caramel.

Line 39
2009 Petite Sirah; $10
13/20Full-bodied and complex, with food-friendly flavors, this dark-colored red offers good value for the money.

Napa Valley

Clif Family Winery
2008 "Kit's Killer Cab" Cabernet Sauvignon; $38
14/20From the makers of the Clif Bar comes this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, boasting bright red fruit flavors, a tart acidity and chewy tannins.

Cliff Lede Vineyards
2008 Lonely Wizard Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District; $90
15.5/20Blended with traditional Bordeaux varietals, this full-bodied Cab is rich in dark berry flavors that carry earthy notes and a hint of spice, leading to a smooth and elegant finish.

Hill Family Estate
2009 "Carly's Cuvee" Chardonnay; $27
13.5/20This Chardonnay comes from a selection of both hillside and valley vineyards to produce a complex wine that is soft on the palate.

Rock Wall
2009 Petite Sirah Gamble Ranch; $30
13.5/20At 15 per cent alcohol by volume, this is a robust Petite Sirah boasting rich dark berry and chocolate flavors.

Vineyard 29
2009 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon; $54
14/20Blended with traditional Bordeaux varietals, this robust Cabernet displays complex berry and earthy flavors that would benefit from further aging.

Russian River Valley

Biltmore Estate
2007 Blanc de Blancs Brut; $25
13/20This sparkling Chardonnay is light and crisp, displaying floral aromas and fresh fruit flavors with yeasty notes.

Iron Horse
2006 Russian Cuvée; $38
13.5/20Composed of 75 per cent Pinot Noir and 25 per cent Chardonnay, this dry sparkling wine offers vibrant orange and custard flavors that would pair well with rich foods like foie gras.

Sonoma Coast

Cobb Wines
2008 Diane Cobb: Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir; $78
15/20This low-production Pinot Noir boasts complex aromas of raspberry, plum, cola and lavender on the nose and firm tannins in the mouth.

2008 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir; $40
14.5/20Featuring black cherry aromas on the nose, this rich red wine reveals boysenberry flavors in the mouth and a long, smooth finish.

Sonoma County

Foppiano Vineyards
2009 Lot 96 Petite Sirah; $13
14/20Blended with 10 per cent Carignane, 5.5 per cent Zinfandel and 4.5 per cent Grenache, this medium-bodied Petite Sirah is smooth and fruity, displaying damson plum, blueberry and cherry flavors.

Sonoma Mountain

La Follette
2010 Pinot Meunier Van Der Kamp Vineyard; $36
15/20More typically blended with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as a sparkling wine, this rare and delicate Pinot Meunier boasts pomegranate and cherry flavors, a tart acidity and light tannins.

Sonoma Valley

Envolve Winery
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $40
14.5/20Made by reality-TV heartthrob Ben Flajnik of ABC's "The Bachelor," this full-bodied red wine is thick and would benefit from further aging.

2009 Cabernet Franc; $48
15/20This bold red wine boasts black fruit flavors with a note of violet and rose petal and more earthy notes at the back of the palate.

Lasseter Family Winery
2008 Paysage; $40
14.5/20This Bordeaux-style red blend is full-bodied and fruity, making it an ideal complement to grilled meats and spicy stews.


Temecula Valley

Wilson Creek
2009 Estate Late Harvest Chardonnay; $19 (375 ml)
13/20This sweet dessert wine displays delicious apricot, peach and pear flavors and a smooth, mouth-filling finish.


Bogle Vineyards
2009 Petite Sirah; $11
13/20Blended from grapes grown in Clarksburg and Lodi, this full-bodied and jammy red wine displays dark plum and blackberry flavors.

McManis Family Vineyards
2010 Merlot; $11
13.5/20This full-bodied red wine displays concentrated red fruit flavors with a hint of chocolate.

Turning Leaf
2009 California Chardonnay; $17 (3 L)
13/20This light and fruity white wine offers peach and pear flavors with a hint of oak on the finish.



2 Lads Winery
2009 Cabernet Franc Merlot; $25
13.5/20Composed of 70 per cent Cabernet Franc and 30 per cent Merlot, this red blend features black cherry and red plum flavors with a hint of vanilla on the finish.



NV Sauvage Blanc de Blancs; $17
13.5/20This dry sparkling wine displays crisp green apple and lemon flavors with soft mineral notes.



Arcachon Cellars
2008 Pinot Noir; $12
13/20Despite containing less than 13 per cent alcohol by volume, this Pinot Noir is rather thick in the mouth and reveals harsh tannins that could benefit from further aging.

Oak Knoll
2009 Pinot Gris; $14
13/20Somewhat on the sweet side, this aromatic white wine offers bright fruit flavors and a smooth finish.

Soter Vineyards
2006 Brut Rosé; $58
14.5/20This well-balanced sparkling rosé offers strawberry and mineral flavors with subtle floral notes.



Buty Winery
2008 Columbia Rediviva; $50
14/20A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this full-bodied red wine boasts black fruit flavors and chewy tannins that hint at its ageability.

Domaine Ste. Michelle
Brut Rosé; $12
13/20This sparkling rosé is made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes, giving it soft strawberry flavors and a crisp acidity.

NxNW (North by Northwest)
2010 Horse Heaven Hills Riesling; $12
13/20Featuring lovely banana, pineapple and floral aromas on the nose, this dry white wine offers further fruit flavors in the mouth complemented by a crisp minerality.




Joseph Drouhin
2009 Chablis Premier Cru; $38
14/20This clean, crisp Chardonnay offers intense fruity aromas that continue on the palate.


Pascal Jolivet
2010 Sancerre Rosé; $19
13/20Made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes, this light-bodied rosé offers fresh strawberry and cherry flavors.



2008 Pinot Noir; $12
14/20This light, medium-bodied red wine offers ripe red fruit flavors with a touch of smoke.


2008 "Jean-Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett; $15
14/20This off-dry white Riesling is an excellent example of a Rhine wine, displaying luscious stone fruit flavors and strong mineral notes.


Delle Venezie

2010 Rosato delle Venezie IGT; $17
13/20This pink Moscato is very sweet and low in alcohol content, offering fresh fruit flavors of peach and strawberry with a hint of rose blossom.


2010 "Zuccole" Sauvignon IGT; $13
13.5/20Made by a former professional basketball player, this light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc would pair well with dishes like prosciutto and melon, oysters or pasta primavera.


2010 Moscato d'Asti DOCG; $15
13.5/20Offering pungent peach aromas, this sweet white wine displays warm honey flavors in the mouth that are balanced by a crisp acidity.


Dom Bertiol
Prosecco DOC; $14
13/20This semi-dry sparkling wine features a floral bouquet and crisp fruit flavors.

Prosecco Veneto DOC; $13
13/20Refreshingly dry and crisp, this sparkling white wine displays delicate mineral notes and stone fruit flavors.



Monte Velho
2009 Red; $10
12.5/20A blend of Aragones, Trincadeira and Castelao grapes, this food-friendly red wine displays ripe red berry flavors and supple tannins.



2004 Rioja Reserva; $25
14.5/20Made from Tempranillo grapes, this nicely-aged red wine boasts complex fruit flavors with hints of vanilla and smoke and soft tannins.

Marqués de Riscal
2006 Reserva Red; $16
14/20Composed of 90 per cent Tempranillo and 10 per cent Graciano and Mazuelo, this full-bodied red wine features aromas of black cherry, balsamic and hints of toast.




2009 Selección Malbec; $20
13.5/20A robust red wine, this Malbec offers black currant, black cherry and blackberry flavors with peppery notes.

Redwood Creek
2009 Malbec; $8
12/20This red table wine offers black cherry, blueberry and blackberry flavors with hints of spice.

Santa Julia
Rosé NV; $13
13/20Bright pink in color, this sparkling rosé made from Pinot Noir features lush red fruit flavors.


Colchagua Valley

Casa Silva
2010 Pinot Noir Reserva; $12
13/20This medium-bodied red wine reveals red berry flavors and strong tannins that would benefit from further aging.

Limarí Valley

Viña Tabalí
2009 Reserva Especial Chardonnay; $17
13.5/20This full-bodied white wine offers fresh fruit flavors, mineral notes and a touch of oak on the finish.



Central Otago

Felton Road
2009 Pinot Noir Bannockburn; $45
15/20This delicate red wine features floral and spice aromas on the nose and reveals berry flavors and mineral notes in the mouth.

Hawkes Bay

Alpha Domus
2010 Barrique Fermented Chardonnay; $20
14/20Crisp and clean, this well-balanced white wine offers a fragrant bouquet of citrus and melon leading to mineral notes on the palate.

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