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New Wine Releases January 2016

Wineries may not be producing in the winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy their current releases

Find tasting notes, prices and ratings for recent vintages in GAYOT's selection of January 2016 new wine releases.




Napa Valley

The Debate
2012 Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; $450 for a 3-pack of wine
14/20Displaying a deep ruby hue, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red currant, tobacco, dark chocolate and cassis. On the palate, it offers firm tannin structure and flavors of black cherry jam and maple syrup.

Frank Family Vineyards
2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $50
15/20This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Frank to reveal a deep purple color and aromas of cocoa powder, vanilla and blackberry. In the mouth, flavors of juicy cherry and roasted fig leave a lingering, velvety finish.

2012 Marsanne; $38
14/20With only 235 cases produced, you'll want to hurry to get a bottle of this Marsanne. Boasting aromas of creamy caramel and honeysuckle, this wine offers a rich palate with flavors of maple and almond melded with stonefruit, leaving a refreshing finish.

Merryvale Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; $70
15.5/20Aromas of black currant, ripe berries and baking spices are abundant in this rich Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, notes of black cherry, sage and a hint of dark chocolate leave a lingering finish.

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; $165
16.5/20Sourced from Spottswoode's organically farmed estate vineyard, this Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels. It bursts on the palate with ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry, followed by hints of creamy yogurt, chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Starmont Winery & Vineyards
2013 Stanly Ranch Estate Chardonnay; $45
15/20This 100 percent Chardonnay is sourced from the Stanly Ranch Estate situated at the crossroads of Carneros and Napa Valley. This Chardonnay displays aromas of lemon, cardamom and fresh-baked pastry that reveal a sweet palate featuring flavors of ripe mango and papaya.

Russian River Valley

Fritz Winery
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; $30
14/20This wine displays a burgundy color with aromas of black fruit and hints of baking spices. On the palate, it expresses flavors of cherry, plum, black currant and savory spices with a lingering finish of cherry and cocoa powder.

Gallo Family Vineyards
Signature Series 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; $34
14.5/20Established in 1933, Gallo Family Vineyards has been making wines for three generations. The Signature Series Chardonnay opens with aromas of vanilla and sweetly baked bread that lead to a fresh palate with flavors of crisp apple, lemon meringue and ginger.

Dry Creek Valley

2011 Dry Creek Valley Red Rooster Zinfandel; $31
14/20Composed of 100 percent Zinfandel, this wine offers subtle hints of cracked pepper spice with fruit forward characteristics of boysenberry and fresh blackberry.


Paso Robles

Halter Ranch
2012 Paso Robles Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon; $32
14/20Displaying aromas of black and red fruits with a touch of apple, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers a palate of sweet fruit flavors with silky tannins that lead to a smoky finish.

Record Family Wines
2012 Paso Robles Reserve Syrah; $34
15/20On the nose, this Syrah presents earthy aromas and dark fruit notes. It has a rich palate dominated by black cherry flavor with hints of spicy smoked meats and ample chewy tannins.

2012 BDX; $16
14/20This Bordeaux style blend is a mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. It offers a silky texture with rich flavors of blackberry and blueberry.

Arroyo Grande Valley

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
2013 La Colline Pinot Noir; $60
15/20With only 410 cases produced, this single vineyard Pinot Noir won't last long. It boasts rich raspberry aromas with notes of white pepper and rose petal.

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery
2013 Les Galets Pinot Noir; $60
15/20This single vineyard Pinot Noir features a rich mineral-driven palate with aromas of black cherry and earthen truffle. It offers a velvety texture and pairs well with salmon and roasted shiitake mushrooms.

Wrath Wines
2012 Swan/828 Pinot Noir; $35
14/20Using sustainable farming practices, Wrath Wines estate consists of 72 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina grapes. The Swan/828 Pinot Noir features red cherry and floral notes on the nose, and a palate of rich cherry and earthy flavors.


2013 Pinot Noir; $25
14.5/20This Pinot Noir is sourced from three of Oregon's premiere growing regions: Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley. It displays a ruby red color and aromas of cranberry, cinnamon and cherry. On the palate, firm acidity accentuates flavors of red plum, hibiscus and a hint of sweet tobacco.



Chateau Maris
2010 Les Planels; $19
14/20This 100 percent Syrah is an organic wine that is aged for 12 months in oak barrels. The palate offers flavors of black currant, prune and licorice with lingering smoky notes.


2012 Malvasia Delle Lipari DOC; $41
14/20This rich dessert wine displays a golden emerald color and a bouquet of apricot and fig. The palate is intensely sweet with flavors of apricot, fig, lavender and almond.

2013 Prosecco, Trevio Extra Dry; $17
13.5/20This small, family-owned winery has roots in the Prosecco tradition for nearly a century. This bubbly is fresh and fragrant with hints of pear, apple and honeysuckle.



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