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New Wine Releases November 2012

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Find tasting notes, prices and ratings for recent vintages in our selection of November 2012 new wine releases.






{Noble Vines}
2011 446 Chardonnay; $12
13.5/20Named for Clone 4 in Block 46 of their San Bernabe Vineyard, this soft Chardonnay offers peach flavors with a touch of vanilla and spice.

Paso Robles

Viña Robles
2010 RED4; $17
13.5/20A blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, this medium-bodied wine boasts red fruit flavors and a pleasing finish.

Santa Barbara County

Wild Horse
2010 Unbridled Pinot Noir; $35
14/20This full-bodied red wine boasts enticing berry aromas with a hint of cola on the nose and rich fruit flavors in the mouth.

Santa Lucia Highlands

Gallo Signature Series
2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir; $35
14/20A complex and full-bodied wine, it displays fragrant aromas, black fruit flavors and soft tannins.

Santa Maria Valley

Bonny Doon Vineyard
2008 Bien Nacido X-Block Syrah; $42
15.5/20A roller coaster for the senses, the wine boasts aromas and flavors of citrus, smoke, tobacco, black currant, cranberry, licorice and game meats.


Anderson Valley

Navarro Vineyards
2011 Dry Gewürztraminer; $19
13.5/20Boasting intense floral aromas on the nose, it reveals bright citrus flavors and a dry finish in the mouth.


Isabel Mondavi
2009 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir; $35
13.5/20A medium-bodied Pinot Noir offering cherry flavors and a vibrant acidity, it would pair well with dishes like roast turkey, grilled salmon and duck confit.

Robert Mondavi
2010 Pinot Noir Reserve; $60
14.5/20Boasting aromas of black fruit and violet aromas on the nose, it reveals complex fruit flavors and silky tannins in the mouth.

Chalk Hill

2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon; $25
14.5/20Composed mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, this full-bodied red wine is well-balanced and offers great value for the price.

Dry Creek Valley

2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc; $25
14/20This aromatic white wine boasts stone fruit and citrus flavors and vibrant acidity.

Mendocino County

Castello di Amorosa
2011 "Dolcino" Gewürztraminer; $24
13.5/20A semi-sweet wine, it displays aromas of apricot, honeysuckle, hazelnut and rose petals and a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

Testa Vineyards
2009 Black "DUE"; $20
14.5/20A blend of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers a sophisticated array of bright, tart, dark brooding fruit flavors.

Truett Hurst
2011 Schucks Sauvignon Blanc; $12
12.5/20This beautifully wrapped bottle is more notable for its packaging than the rather sweet Sauvignon Blanc inside.

Napa Valley

Ackerman Family Vineyards
2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $75
15/20Made with certified-organic grapes, this full-bodied red wine features dark fruit flavors and sturdy tannins that bode well for cellaring.

2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc; $26
14/20At 14.2 per cent alcohol, this crisp and clean white wine is slightly too strong.

2010 Cervantes Mountain Cuvée; $32
14.5/20A blend of four Bordeaux varietals, this well-balanced meritage offers rich fruit flavors and a full-bodied mouthfeel.

Colgin Cellars
2003 Cariad; $600
16.5/20Meaning love in Welsh, the 2003 Cariad is an exquisitely crafted blend of 50 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 per cent Merlot, 5 per cent Cabernet Franc and 9 per cent Petit Verdot.

Conn Creek
2008 Napa Valley Anthology; $55
14.5/20This meritage composed mostly of Cabenernet Sauvignon features bright, red fruit flavors, supple tannins and a medley of spices on the finish.

2011 Napa Valley Rosé; $26
13.5/20Composed of 71 per cent Zinfandel and 29 per cent Merlot, it offers characteristic strawberry flavors and plenty of minerality and acidity, balanced by lovely floral accents.

2011 Reserve Chardonnay; $48
14.5/20This full-bodied white wine offers fresh flavors of apple, banana and fig marked by a soft acidity.

Robert John Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; $75
14.5/20A young and still relatively tight wine, its aromas are light but interesting with notes of black fruit, caramel, rose petal, tobacco and spice.

Russian River Valley

Iron Horse
2007 Classic Vintage Brut; $38
14/20Composed of 75 per cent Pinot Noir and 25 per cent Chardonnay, it boasts flavors of apple and pear with yeasty notes on the finish.

Joseph Jewell
2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; $33
14/20This medium-bodied red wine features earthy aromas on the nose and red fruit flavors with a hint of sweetness in the mouth.

2010 Envoy Chardonnay; $49
15/20A crisp Chardonnay, it boasts tropical and citrus fruit flavors and a clean finish.

Sonoma Coast

2009 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay; $35
14/20This full-bodied white wine offers pineapple, pear and mineral flavors of pineapple and a long, smooth finish.

Sonoma County

Ancient Oak Cellars
2011 Sonoma County Chardonnay; $20
13.5/20An unoaked Chardonnay, it displays fresh fruit flavors with plenty of acidity and minerality.

Huge Bear
2010 Chardonnay; $40
14.5/20This rich, full-bodied white wine features crisp apple and lemon flavors that would pair well with roast chicken or freshwater salmon.

Louis M. Martini
2010 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon; $18
13.5/20A fruit-forward red wine, it offers rich dark fruit flavors with hints of mocha and caramel.


Temecula Valley

2011 Roussane; $19
13/20On the nose, this lovely white wine offers wildflower and honey aromas with pear and apple fruit.


Barefoot Cellars
California Sauvignon Blanc; $6
12.5/20This light, bargain-priced wine displays fragrant aromas and crisp fruit flavors.

Francis Coppola Winery
2010 Diamond Red Blend; $18
13.5/20A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this well-balanced red wine offers rich, spicy fruit flavors and sturdy tannins.

Gnarly Head
2011 Pinot Grigio; $9
12.5/20This crisp white wine offers fragrant aromas of citrus, peach and honeysuckle followed by lush melon flavors in the mouth.

2011 Late Harvest Orange Muscat; $20
13.5/20A sweet dessert wine, it boasts rich aromas and mouth-filling flavors of orange and apricot with tropical fruit notes.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
2011 Chardonnay; $7
13/20A dry white wine displaying soft apple flavors, it would pair well with seafood, roast turkey or crunchy salads.



Ste Chapelle
2010 Special Harvest Riesling; $11
12.5/20This sweet Riesling features citrus aromas, pineapple and peach flavors and a touch of acidity.



Bowers Harbor Vineyards
2011 Rosé, Pinot Noir; $15
13/20A dry, food-friendly wine, it offers a mélange of strawberry, cranberry and melon flavors with a hint of pepper on the finish.



Shaw Vineyard
2010 Li Bella Pinot Grigio; $15
14/20This aromatic white wine boasts bright citrus flavors with a touch of sweetness.



2011 Pinot Blanc; $22
13.5/20This dry white wine displays tangy citrus flavors and a lively acidity on the palate.


Soter Vineyards
North Valley 2009 Pinot Noir; $30
14/20A medium-bodied red wine, it boasts lush flavors of black cherry and raspberry with hints of spice on the long, silky finish.



Long Trout Winery
Berried in Chocolate; $16
13/20This sweet dessert wine made with chocolate can be enjoyed on its own or paired with more chocolate.



Ingleside Vineyards
2008 Petit Verdot; $20
14.5/20This dry red wine blended with some Merlot features dark fruit flavors and firm tannins.


Chrysalis Vineyards
2010 Viognier; $29
15/20A full-bodied and fragrant white wine, it boasts heady aromas of pear, tropical and citrus fruits.

Cross Keys Vineyards
2009 Ali d'Oro; $30 (375 ml)
13/20Made from late harvest Traminette, a hybrid varietal based on Gewürztraminer, Ali d'Oro boasts fragrant aromas and rich apricot and honey flavors.



2011 SBS; $23
13.5/20A Bordeaux-style blend of 76 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and 24 per cent Semillon, it reveals crisp stone fruit flavors, a cool minerality and a crisp acidity in the mouth.

Col Solare
2008 Red Wine; $75
15/20A full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, it displays an excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins.

2008 Columbia Valley Merlot; $41
13.5/20This well-balanced red wine features dark fruit flavors with a touch of spice and soft tannins.




2009 Red; $15
13/20Blended from Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, this food-friendly wine offers rounded red fruit flavors and medium tannins.


2010 Rosé; $13
13.5/20A dry rosé made from the native Blauer Zweigelt varietal, the wine boasts tart strawberry, kiwi and melon flavors with a touch of minerality.



Château Côte Montpezat
2009 Cuvée Compostelle; $15
14/20Offering blueberry and raspberry on the nose, this full-bodied red wine reveals luscious fruit flavors and soft tannins in the mouth.

La Fleur Morange Mathilde
2010 Saint-Emilion; $18
12.5/20A dry red wine, it displays cooked fruit flavors with plenty of earthy notes and firm tannins.

Les Hauts de Lagarde
2010 Rouge; $13
14/20Composed of 65 per cent Merlot, 25 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied wine boasts warm black fruit flavors and smooth, rounded tannins.


Georges Duboeuf
2012 Beaujolais Nouveau; $10
12.5/20This celebrated young wine boasts fresh fruit flavors and soft tannins, but lacks depth and complexity.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay; $13
13/20Crisp and medium-bodied, this sparkling blend of Burgundian varietals works well as an aperitif.


Domaine La Tour Vielle
2006 Banyuls Rimage Mise Tardive; $32
14/20Composed of 90 per cent Grenache and 10 per cent Carignan, this elegant dessert wine is true to type.

Les Petits Grain
Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois; $12
13.5/20This fortified dessert wine boasts sweet apricot, orange and honey flavors and a thick mouthfeel.

Loire Valley

François Pinon
2009 Vouvray Cuvée Silex Noir; $20
14/20An organic wine made from Chenin Blanc, it offers citrus and mineral flavors with floral notes.


Alto Adige

Nals Margreid
2011 Lagrein aus Gries; $19
13/20A young wine, it offers fresh red fruit flavors with hints of chocolate and violet and supple tannins.


Feudo Principi di Butera
2010 Nero d'Avola; $17
13.5/20Dry and full-bodied, this rich red wine boasts spicy aromas on the nose and cherry flavors in the mouth.


2011 Soave Daniele; $16
14/20This well-balanced white wine displays floral and stone fruit aromas on the nose and citrus flavors on the palate.

Rocca Sveva
2010 Soave Classico DOC; $10
13/20A fresh and fruity wine, it would pair well with fish and seafood, grilled chicken and garden salads.


Casal Garcia
2010 Vinho Tinto; $7
13/20This blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz is light, fruity and food-friendly.


Rías Baixas

Santiago Ruiz
2011 White Blend; $20
13/20A blend of Albariño, Loureiro, Caiño white, Treixadura and Godello, this dry white wine is crisp and well-balanced.


2008 Red Wine; $60
14.5/20Made entirely of Tinta de Toro grapes, this robust, full-bodied wine boasts complex flavors of dark fruit and spice complemented by sturdy tannins.




Mountain Door
2011 Malbec; $9
13/20A reasonably-priced Malbec offering generous red fruit flavors, it would pair well with a grilled steak or spicy pizza.

Sparkling Rosé of Malbec; $16
13/20This brightly colored sparkler displays crisp strawberry and rhubarb flavors and a dry finish.



South Eastern Australia

2011 Pinot Grigio; $7
12.5/20Aromatic and light-bodied, this crisp white wine offers peach and tropical fruit flavors with a touch of sweetness.



Kim Crawford
2011 Sauvignon Blanc; $18
14/20Crisp and clean, this acidic white wine displays tropical and stone fruit flavors with vegetal notes.

2011 Sauvignon Blanc; $13
13.5/20This aromatic white wine features pineapple and passionfruit flavors and a crisp mouthfeel.

Villa Maria Estate
2011 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc; $22
13.5/20This food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc boasts a bright acidity and crisp tropical and citrus flavors that would pair well with seafood and grilled vegetables.

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