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New Wine Releases October 2014

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New Wine Reviews - October 2014

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





Edna Valley

Edna Valley Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay; $15
13/20Displaying aromas of peach, citrus and vanilla on the nose and flavors of apricot, spice and oak on the palate, this medium-bodied Chardonnay is both bright and well-balanced with a long finish.

Santa Maria Valley

Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards
2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir; $45
15/20This bold Pinot Noir boasts aromas of raspberry and wild cherry, with subtle notes of earth, while flavors of oak, ripe strawberry and licorice display across the palate. 128 cases.



Ironstone Vineyards
2013 Cabernet Franc; $12
12/20This young Cabernet Franc shows red berries and spice on its bouquet, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and oak displaying on the palate. 2,500 cases.

Capay Valley

Casey Flat Ranch
2013 Rosé; $18
13.5/20Offering aromas of strawberry, citrus and a bit of spice, this elegantly pink rosé is energetic on the palate with good acidity and fruit flavors. 205 cases.


Alexander Valley

Reichel Vineyards
2011 Antics Cabernet Sauvignon; $26
14/20A deep red in color, this Cabernet boasts aromas of raspberry, currants and chocolate, with jammy flavors of plum, blackberry, coffee and smoke dominating the palate. 112 cases.

Anderson Valley

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs
2012 Pinot Noir; $35
14.5/20Aromas of dark red berries, licorice and rose burst from the bouquet of energetic Pinot Noir, while flavors of vanilla and blackberry lead to silky tannins and a long, graceful finish.

Napa Valley

J. Davies
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; $90
15/20Luxurious and fruit-forward, this Cabernet boasts aromas of plum, tobacco and cream, with notes of blackberry and chocolate displaying across the palate followed by a long, silky finish. 1,750 cases.

Russian River Valley

Truett Hurst
2012 Swallowtail Chardonnay; $27
14/20This sweeter Chardonnay exhibits aromas of caramel, vanilla and apple, with honeysuckle and apricot flavors displaying across the palate. 700 cases.


El Dorado

2010 Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon; $26
14/20Made from a blend of 82 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 percent Petit Verdot, 5 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Merlot, this wine displays aromas of black cherry and herbs, with vanilla cherry fruit and earth displaying on the palate. 322 cases.


Malibu Coast

Colcanyon Estate Wines
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $39
14/20This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc boasts aromas of blackberry and dark cherry, with robust flavors of sweet dark fruit and licorice on the palate. 73 cases.



2010 Willamette Valley Riesling; $18
13/20Rich aromas of lemon and pear lead to lush flavors of peach and apple, which rush across the palate and produce a crisp, full finish. 750 cases.

J.K. Carriere Wines

2013 Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir; $24
14.5/20Made of 100 percent Pinot Noir, this rosé bursts with aromas of lemon, melon and honeysuckle on the nose, with flavors of peach, lychee and honey displaying across the palate. 628 cases.




2011 AOC Sauternes Sweet White; $20
15/20This sweet dessert white wine is a blend of Muscadelle, Sauvignon and Sémillon that boasts aromas of honey and citrus, with flavors of orange marmalade and fig dancing across the palate.



Olivi 2012 Coreno boasts rich fruit and floral aromas

Olivi Le Buche
2012 Coreno; $27
14/20A blend of 80 percent Trebbiano and 20 percent Malvasia, the 2012 Coreno displays rich fruit and floral aromas on the nose, intense minerality on the palate and a long, elegant finish.


Ribera del Duero

Emilio Moro
2010 Malleolus Tempranillo; $27
13.5/20Aromas of rich dark fruit enhanced by notes of tobacco and balsamic are offered on the nose of this rich Tinto Fino, with flavors of vanilla and plum apparent on the palate. 100,000 bottles.




Recuerdo Wines
2013 Malbec; $16
13.5/20This Argentine Malbec hails from the Uco Valley and displays aromas of blackberry and plum on the nose, with flavors of raspberry and spice on the palate. 385 barrels.



Casas del Bosque
2013 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc; $18
13/20Offering a bouquet of grapefruit and herbs, this Sauvignon Blanc displays flavors of citrus and pear and a lively, crisp finish.

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