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New Wine Releases May 2014

Brown Estate 2012 Zinfandel as tasted at Napa Valley in 80 Sips

New Wine Reviews - May 2014

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





Clos LaChance
2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc; $11
13/20Composed of 87 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 13 percent Semillon, this fresh-flavored white wine offers crisp citrus flavors and a lively acidity. 1,917 cases.

MacMurray Ranch
2011 Pinot Noir; $23
13.5/20This fragrant, medium-bodied red wine displays cherry and pomegranate flavors with hints of cola and vanilla. 28,400 cases.

Smith & Hook
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30
14/20Made with a little Malbec, this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon features rich blackberry flavors and sturdy tannins.

Paso Robles

B & E Vineyard
2008 Red Rhythm; $30
14/20Composed of 46 percent Merlot, 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 14 percent Cabernet Franc, this fruit-forward Bordeaux blend boasts ripe blackberry and black cherry flavors. 727 cases.

Parrish Family Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; $50
14.5/20Full-bodied and concentrated, this impressive Cabernet Sauvignon features a good balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. 225 cases.

Santa Cruz Mountains

2010 Cabernet Franc; $29
14/20Made from estate-grown, certified organic grapes, this fragrant red wine features raspberry, pomegranate and cherry flavors with hints of baking spice. 288 cases.

The Mountain Winery
2010 Estate Chardonnay; $41
14.5/20This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts crisp citrus and mineral flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. 400 cases.

Santa Lucia Highlands

Ten Acre
2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay; $28
14/20Showcasing fragrant floral aromas, this crisp Chardonnay shows green apple and tropical fruit flavors with a touch of minerality. 190 cases.

Santa Ynez Valley

2012 Vin Blanc; $33
14/20Composed of 45 percent Marsanne and 55 percent Viognier, this fragrant blend displays apple and pear flavors with almond and mineral notes.



Gnarly Head
2011 Authentic Red; $12
13/20A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Syrah, this dry red wine offers dark fruit flavors and firm tannins. 70,000 cases.

2010 Zinfandel; $15
13.5/20Exhibiting fragrant berry aromas on the nose, it reveals ripe black fruit flavors with plenty of spice in the mouth. 3,348 cases.


Alexander Valley

2011 All In Claret; $24
13/20Composed of 42 percent Merlot, 29 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 29 percent Petit Verdot, this easy-drinking Bordeaux blend pairs best with steak and ribs.

Bennett Valley

Matanzas Creek Winery
2012 Bennett Valley Sauvignon Blanc; $32
14/20This crisp Sauvignon Blanc boasts exotic aromas and flavors, including basil, lime, lychee and pair.


Patz & Hall
2011 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir; $65
15/20Elegant and brimming with character, this silky Pinot Noir displays luscious raspberry and damson plum flavors with nutmeg, clove and lavender notes. 628 cases.

Napa Valley

Black Stallion
2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay; $19
13.5/20This buttery Chardonnay offers citrus and pear flavors and a plush, creamy mouthfeel.

Castello di Amorosa
2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay; $28
14/20A well-balanced white wine, it features citrus and mineral flavors with hints of vanilla, oak and almond. 1,424 cases.

Grgich Hills Estate
2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $60
15/20This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon made from biodynamically-farmed fruit boasts bright red fruit flavors and supple tannins. 14,290 cases.

Robert John Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $30
14/20Displaying tropical fruit and floral aromas on the nose, it reveals stone fruit flavors and a lively acidity in the mouth.

William Hill Estate
2010 Napa Valley Merlot; $30
13.5/20This fruity red wine shows plum, cherry and blueberry flavors and soft tannins. 5,000 cases.

Russian River Valley

2011 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir; $72
16/20Boasting bright, concentrated raspberry and candied blackberry flavors with hints of brown sugar and spice, this is an exquisite and memorable Pinot Noir. 503 cases.

Lawer Family Wines
2011 Hooker "Breakaway" Chardonnay; $24
14/20This crisp white wine displays tangy citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. 320 cases.

Iron Horse
2008 Ocean Reserve; $45
14.5/20Made entirely from Chardonnay, this well-structured sparkling wine features citrus flavors and hints of toasted almond. 516 cases.

Sonoma Coast

Guarachi Family Wines
2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; $65
15/20Impressive on entry, it displays fresh berry flavors, mineral notes and soft, smooth tannins. 1,293 cases.


El Dorado

Cedarville Vineyard
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; $29
13/20This earthy Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark fruit flavors with hints of oak, chocolate and mint supported by firm tannins. 245 cases.


Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards
2011 Chardonnay; $39
13.5/20Both crisp and creamy, this balanced Chardonnay features pear and apple flavors with a touch of custard. 230 cases.


Barefoot Bubbly
Red Moscato; $11
12.5/20This red version of sweet sparkling Moscato offers refreshing cherry, pomegranate and blueberry flavors.

Healdsburg Ranches
2011 Coastal Series Merlot; $13
13/20An easy-drinking red wine, it exhibits smoky red fruit flavors with a pronounced peppery finish.

2012 Avant Chardonnay; $17
13/20This fruit-forward Chardonnay offers apple, lemon and pear flavors with floral and mineral notes.

{Noble Vines}
2012 24 Sauvignon Blanc; $12
13/20From peach, melon and lemongrass aromas on the nose to tropical fruit flavors in the mouth, this crisp white makes a refreshing summer wine. 19,000 cases.

Red Rock Winery
2011 Winemaker's Blend; $14
13/20A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel, this full-bodied red wine features ripe red fruit flavors and sturdy tannins. 28,300 cases.



Sutcliffe Vineyards
2012 Signature Chardonnay; $38
13.5/20This refreshing Chardonnay displays lemon, pear and pineapple flavors with mineral notes. 102 cases.



2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir; $25
14.5/20Featuring bright cherry aromas on the nose, it reveals raspberry, cranberry and rhubarb flavors and silky tannins in the mouth. 4,068 cases.



Dunham Cellars
2012 Three Legged Red; $19
13/20This balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah boasts ripe berry flavors with spicy notes and supple tannins.




Ouled Thaleb
2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $16
13/20Crisp and refreshing, it displays tropical fruit flavors with notes of green pepper and jalapeño. 50 cases imported.




Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
2011 Volnay Fremiet; $82
15/20This earthy Pinot Noir boasts classic raspberry and pomegranate flavors with a touch of cola and soft, luxurious tannins.

Isabelle et Denis Pommier
2011 Chablis Côte de Léchet; $23
13.5/20An organic Chardonnay, it features crisp citrus flavors with marked mineral and floral notes.

South West France

Château Tirecul la Gravière
2011 Monbazillac Les Pins; $24 (500 ml)
13.5/20This dessert wine made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon shows juicy peach, candied apricot and honeysuckle flavors.



Red; $12
13/20A fifty-fifty blend of Agiorgitiko and Cabernet Sauvignon, this organic red wine offers black fruit flavors and a peppery finish.



Vino dei Fratelli
Brachetto; $13
12/20A sweet sparkling red wine, Brachetto is very low in alcohol at 4.5 percent and displays juicy strawberry and raspberry flavors. 1,750 cases.


Marchesi de' Frescobaldi
2010 Remole; $10
13/20Composed of 85 percent Sangiovese and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied red wine shows ripe fruit flavors and sturdy tannins.


2011 Neprica; $12
13/20This dry red composed of 40 percent Negroamara, 30 percent Primitivo and 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon features bright red fruit flavors and medium tannins.


2007 Oseleta; $60
14/20An indigenous Veronese varietal, it displays cherry and raspberry flavors with floral notes of rose and violet.


Rías Baixas

Marquès de Vizhoja
2011 Señor da Folla Verde; $30
13.5/20Composed of 70 percent Albariño, 15 percent Treixadura and 15 percent Loureira, this crisp white boasts ripe apple and pear flavors with interesting herbal notes.




2011 Malbec; $16
13/20This big-bodied Malbec shows ripe, concentrated berry flavors with hints of anise, mocha and pepper. 3,000 cases.

2012 Lujan de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon; $15
13/20Complex for the price, this bold dry wine offers dark fruit flavors with earthy and spicy notes. 1,093 cases.



Hunter Valley

Hope Estate
2011 Basalt Block Shiraz; $15
13/20This medium-bodied Shiraz displays earthy black fruit flavors, firm tannins and a spicy finish.

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