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New Wine Releases September 2014

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New Wine Reviews - September 2014

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





Paso Robles

Andrew Murray Vineyards
2012 Terra Bella Vineyard Grenache; $30
14.5/20Composed of 97 percent Grenache and 3 percent Syrah, this light, floral wine displays aromas of flowers, mint and raspberry on the nose, and ripe red berry on the palate. 240 cases.


Alexander Valley

2010 Jackson Estate Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon; $55
15/20This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon boasts red currant flavors with a nice minerality and soft, chewy tannins. 656 cases.

Reichel Vineyards
2010 Respite Indulgence Cabernet Sauvignon; $75
15.5/20Made with 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 percent Malbec and 13 percent Cabernet Franc, this red blend displays aromas of cassis, plum and smoke, while flavors of chocolate and blueberry make their way across the palate.

Marin County

Dutton Goldfield
2013 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling; $30
14.5/20The bouquet boasts aromas of ripe fruit and rich caramel, while on the palate bright flavors of peach and grapefruit make this an easy to drink and enjoyable wine. 380 cases.

Napa Valley

Blackbird Vineyards
2011 Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend; $125
17/20Composed of 71 percent Cabernet Franc, 19 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this red blend boasts aromas of blackberry and blueberry, along with notes of tobacco. Flavors of creamy chocolate and dark fruit display across the well-balanced palate. 725 cases.

Duckhorn Vineyards
2010 Merlot; $90
16.5/20Made from 83 percent Merlot and 17 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied blend boasts flavors of sage, dark cherry and licorice. 570 cases.

Mueller Family Vineyards
2008 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon; $80
16/20Dark red in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon features aromas of black cherry and cassis with notes of wood, juicy fruit flavors and supple tannins. 201 cases.

Starfield Vineyards
2011 Cabernet-Merlot Blend; $20
14.5/20This well-balanced Meritage displays bright red fruit on the nose, with a palate of mint and black pepper.

2011 Reserve Proprietors Red Blend; $75
16/20A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this wine boasts aromas of blackberry, vanilla and plum. 175 cases.

Russian River Valley

Patz & Hall
2011 Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay; $60
15/20Energetic, yet well-balanced, this wine features aromas of sour apple and citrus, with a strong acidity on the palate. 324 cases.

2011 Singel Vineyard Beloni Zinfandel; $35
13.5/20This jammy, full-bodied wine has aromas of sweet blackberry, smoke and plum, with smooth silky tannins on the palate. 800 cases.

Sonoma Coast

Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs
2012 Pinot Noir; $35
14.5/20A bouquet of spice and cherry on the nose leads to flavors of blackberry and velvety tannins.



Stinson Vineyards
2011 Tannat; $32
13/20This rich Tannat hints of blueberry and smoky wood, with cracks of pepper on the palate. 100 cases.



Gramercy Cellars
2013 Olsen Vineyard Rosé; $25
13.5/20Riper and fuller than the average rosé, this wine offers flavors of cherry and melon with a hint of smoke. 265 cases.

Sycline Winery
2013 Rosé; $18
13.5/20A very pale pink in color, this rosé features aromas of melon and berry with a dry finish. 850 cases.



Western Cape

2010 Estate Red Blend; $60
13/20Composed of 48 percent Merlot, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Cabernet Franc and 7 percent Petit Verdot, this blend offers aromas of blackberry and rose, with flavors of cherry, vanilla and earth.




Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm
2009 Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling; $54 (375 ml)
15.5/20Aromas of peach, honey and pear display on the nose, while apple, tangerine and vanilla flavors move across the palate.



Hatzidakis Santorini Winery
2013 Assyrtiko; $17
13/20On the nose, soft citrus aromas show, while fresh acidity and good minerality play on the palate. 52,000 bottles.



Château La Rame
2013 Rosé; $13
12.5/20Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this rosé features fresh, crisp flavors.


Pierre Henri Gadais
2012 Saint Fiacre Muscadet; $13
12.5/20Displaying complex notes from its Loire-Atlantique terroir, this white blend manages fresh aromas of pear and citrus on the nose, with a lively palate. 840 cases.



NV Tropical Moscato; $18
13.5/20This fun, sweet wines displays flavors of passion fruit and pairs well with fruit and cheeses.


2009 Brunello DOCG; $60
15/20Powerful and vibrant, this Brunello boasts aromas of dark cherry and notes of spice, with dark, ripe fruit and silky tannins on the palate.



William & Humbert
Dry Sack Solera Especial Oloroso 15 Year Sherry; $27
15/20This blend of 78 percent Oloroso and 22 percent Pedro Ximenez is well-balanced and pairs perfectly with desserts.

Wisdom & Warter
Extra Amontillado Sherry; $12
13.5/20Orange gold in color, this sherry displays aromas of hazelnut and is dry on the palate, with a warm finish.

Ribera del Duero

O. Fournier
2006 Spiga Tempranillo; $33
13.5/20Aromas of sweet blackberry and smoke give way to flavors of chocolate and plum on the palate. 2,000 cases.




Rutini Wines
2012 Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon; $11
13/20Full and intense aromas of raspberry and plum display on the nose, while smooth tannins rush across the palate.

2011 Broquel Malbec; $15
13.5/20This full-bodied Malbec shows rich blackberry flavors, along with notes of earth and smoke.



McLaren Vale

2012 Clarendon Vineyard Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon; $75
16.5/20This smooth Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of dark cherry and chocolate, which give way to flavors of deep red fruits and a round mouthfeel with velvety tannins.

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