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August 2013 - New Release Wines (June)

August 2013 - New Release Wines (June)
This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews (June) Wines

New Release Wines (June) Reviews

D.R. Stephens Estate 2010 D.R. II Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mixed berry compotes, olive, chocolate and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, seamless, vanilla bean and fine tannin finish. Artfully crafted and elegantly styled cabernet for the table.
Monte De Oro 2008 Reserve, Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$70
Dusty ruby color. Complex, savory aromas of olive tapenade, grilled peppers, honeycomb, vanilla biscuit, and mulberries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, sumptuous cassis pie, spice, Belgian chocolate, and earth driven finish. A fantastically rich and rewarding cabernet that will triumph with the finest steaks.
Delicious 2012  Merlot
93 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, and sweet gherkin with a silky, fruity medium body and a cedar, vanilla custard and berry jam on pound cake finish. A very tasty and crowd pleasing red for all occasions.
93 points $8.99 Best Buy
Pianetta 2010 Estate Bottled, "Bilancio" Monterey
93 points
$36
Garnet violet black color. Rich aromas of anise, boysenberry jam, cocoa, dried meat, and peppercorn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, rich, tomato and vanilla kissed finish. A delicious, exotically flavorful red for all occasions.
Pianetta 2010 "Tuscan Nights" Central Coast
93 points
$36
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of dried blueberries, olives, dark chocolate, chestnut brittle, and floral tea with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long chewy tannin finish with notes of orange and peach marmalades and spice. A richly flavorful and seamless red for sipping or the table.
Leyendas de Familia 2009 "Magia Negra" Maule Valley
93 points
$59.99
Aromas of olives, cedar, cracked pepper, spice, cherry cobbler, and sundried tomato aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, cedar, olive, and earth accented finish. Very well balanced and appealing for sipping or the table.
93 points $59.99
Renteria 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$60
Garnet violet color. Deep aromas of cassis, creme brulee, mocha, honeycomb, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, passionfruit, and lime curd accented finish. A zesty, vibrant cabernet that will shine at the table.
D.R. Stephens Estate 2009 D.R. II Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Aromas of coffee yogurt, roasted nuts, chocolate fudge, and dried cherries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy berry pie, peppery spice, and earth finish. A flavorful and well balanced cabernet with a mellow old school Napa style.
Echeverria 2012 Classic Collection Carmenere
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of sweet spiced cherries, sandalwood incense, ancho pepper, and pickling spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long pencil shaving, melon, vanilla cream, and mineral accented finish. Delicious and well balanced flavors and texture.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2013  Moscato
92 points
$10.90
Best Buy
Pale straw. Aromas of delicate perfume, peach, banana, and honey with a fruity, slightly petillant medium body and a long, mouthwatering honeyed green apple, orange and peach sherbet finish with a hint of floral talc. A classic moscato with nice complexity.
92 points $10.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2011 Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep aromas of mocha custard, smoked berries, and pepper corns with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar, grilled apple, and spice driven finish with fine chewy tannins. A lovely sipper or table wine.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2010 Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, clay, olive, sundried tomato and cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, herb, and earth accented finish. Great complexity and savory flavors.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby black color. Inviting aromas of berries, beeswax, grilled tomatoes and peppers, cocoa and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, toasty cedar, nut, olive, and grassy earth finish with fine chewy tannins. An excellent fruity and savory sipper or table with meats, especially steak au poivre.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Viognier
92 points
$22
Golden silver color. Aromas of melon rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and citrus scone with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy peach, lime cream and mineral driven finish. Very sophisticated in style; will be great at the table.
Casa Donoso 2011 "1810" Maule Valley
92 points
$39.99
Aromas of olive tapenade, grilled green peppers, mocha, and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy dark berry, herb, incense, and cedar finish. A nice marriage of fruit and wood.
92 points $39.99
Leyendas de Familia 2011 "Cachos de Oro" Maule Valley
92 points
$49.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of sandalwood, olives, chocolate and cassis with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasty cedar and cracked pepper accented finish. A delicious and elegant red for grilled meats.
92 points $49.99
Echeverria 2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby color. Rich aromas of toasty berry pie, vanilla, and grilled green pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, green apple, roasted nuts, and spice finish with fine tannins. A delicious and lively cabernet for sipping or the table.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2011 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis tart, dark roasted nuts and peppers, cedar, hung game, and mossy earth with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long mocha, baked apple, cedar and spice finish. Very flavorful and Old World in style. Pair with bison.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Château Hanteillan 2010  Haut-Médoc
91 points
$23
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and dark berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nicely integrated finish with nut, olive and earth accented finish. An excellent table wine that will improve with timing.
de Restia 2009 Crianza Ribera del Duero
91 points
$23
Garnet purple black color. Attractive aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, melon, and creme brulee accented finish with chewy tannins. A superb sipper or table wine.
Pianetta 2010  Sangiovese
91 points
$29
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted chestnut, cedar, and dried cherry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange marmalade on dark nut toast and delicate spice finish. Very balanced and deeply flavorful.
Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
91 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry pie, violets, chocolate, and barnyard mud with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, cherry, praline, and peppered tomato accented finish. Very balanced and stylish.
Pend d’Oreille 2010 Lawrence Vineyard, Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$36
Dark ruby. Aromas of plum pie, pickled watermelon rind, and Black Forest cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet, cassis, pink peppercorn and sweet spice finish with powdery tannins. A vibrantly flavorful cabernet that will be a fine table companion.
Sagebrush Annie’s 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$48
Garnet color. Aromas of floral honey, sandalwood, buttery praline, and sweet spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, dried cherry and raspberry, peppercorn, incense ash, and blueberry creme brulee finish. Deliciously different and terroir driven.
Las Casas de Vaquería 2011 "1692" Maule Valley
91 points
$49.99
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of berry compote, toffeed nuts, pencil shavings, cigar wrapper, and herbs with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a spicy cassis, cherry pit, mint, peppercorn, and straw accented finish. A very nice table wine.
91 points $49.99
Delicious 2012  Malbec
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of cherry pastry, chocolate blueberries, pencil shavings and delicate spice with a fruity medium body and a chewy, nut and sweet spice accented finish. Deliciously fruity and balanced; sure to be a hit at parties.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Mataó 2012  Garnacha
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Purple color. Attractive aromas of black raspberry and cherry pies a la mode with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, toasty nut brittle, grassy earth and spice finish. A great sipper or table wine.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Biokult 2012  Grüner Veltliner
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas of lemon, lime and white pepper with a very crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a long, tart nectarine skin and grassy earth finish. Great acidity and slightly reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2011 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Nicely meshed aromas and flavors of cassis, peppercorn, clay and creamy vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, apple, nut, and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. Nicely balanced in a dry Old World style. A great choice for empanadas.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Leone Italian 2008  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Creamy meringue, coconut and nougat aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted apple, lemon gelato, melon, and delicate baking spices finish. A very nice oak aged pinot grigio that lets the fruit shine through.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate, Rosé Monticello
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Salmon silver color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries cream pie, graham crackers, and watermelon with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy refreshing finish. An appetizing, flavorful rosé.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Yorkville 2012 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, passionfruit, and mango with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, lemon-lime curd and grass finish. Deliciously flavorful and balanced.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Pianetta 2010 Estate Bottled Syrah
90 points
$25
Opaque amethyst color. Aromas of dark blueberry pie, cracked pepper and vanilla bean frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, well balanced finish with notes of cedar and nuts.
Windy Oaks 2011 Schultze Family Vineyard, Terra Narro Pinot Noir
90 points
$29
Slight hazy ruby color. Aromas of cherries, tomato, clay, and corsage with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy white strawberry, mineral and baking spice nuanced finish. A charming, delicate pinot.
Monte De Oro 2009 Estate Grown Zinfandel
90 points
$31
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried raspberries and cherries, leather, and clay with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus marmalade, peppery spice, and tomato accented finish. A velvet brick of a zinfandel in a serious, dry claret style.
Monte De Oro 2009 Estate Grown, "Synergy 65" Temecula Valley
90 points
$35
Ruby black color. Rich dried berry, cocoa, tomato jelly, and peppery spice aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy sour cherry, blood orange, olive and earth nuanced finish. A big, flavorful red that commands attention.
Pollak Vineyards 2010 Estate, Meritage Monticello
90 points
$35
Inviting aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, pickling spices, sandalwood, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, cedar, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A fine table wine.
Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown Petite Sirah
90 points
$36
Opaque garnet black color. Complex aromas of sundried tomato, olive, Italian spices, and leather with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy nut, herb and mineral accented finish with coating tannins. A nicely savory table wine, pair with lasagna.
Casa Donoso 2009 "Perla Negra" Maule Valley
90 points
$49.99
Aromas of cinnamon bark, white chocolate nuts, and boysenberry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cassis, elderberry, tangerine, spice and cedar finish. A rich, mouthwatering red that will shine with steaks.
90 points $49.99
Biokult 2012  Zweigelt Rosé
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale silver scarlet color. Mild aromas of berries and pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium an a a tangy cranberry, mineral, and lemon rind finish. A racy, rose with laser-like acidity for the table; pair with salads.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2011 Limited Edition Syrah
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet purple color. Toasty aromas of roasted nuts, baked sour cherries, herbs and vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dark berry, spice, and earth accented finish. Very nice flavor and balance.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2011 Estate, Durant White Monticello
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of spicy apple pie and peach cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy poached pear and lemon accented finish with a pleasing minerality.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Golden yellow straw color. Aromas of caramelized pineapples, apples, and creme brulee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and green apple finish. A very tasty sipper or table wine.
Pend d’Oreille 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker and cranberry-banana bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar, vanilla custard, nutshell, and marinated olive accented finish with chewy coating tannins. A lovely table wine.
Windy Oaks 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$21
Golden color. Rich guava, gooseberry jam, and grass aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus custard and mineral accented finish. Nice structure for the table.
Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
89 points
$25
Dense aromas of berry compote, pickled beets, chocolate, and baking spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy boysenberry preserves, candied violet, green apple, cedar and graphite finish. Flavorful and well balanced.
de Restia 2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
89 points
$30
Garnet black color. Dense aromas of pickled tomato, honeyed baked cherries, and nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry on toasty angel’s food cake and chocolate nut finish with meshed tannins. Nicely integrated flavors.
Renteria 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32
Aromas of chocolate toffee, eucalyptus honey, and berry mint gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, blood orange, nutshells, and baking spices accented finish with chewy tannins.
Sagebrush Annie’s 2010  Merlot
89 points
$32
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of talc, toasted marshmallows and dried bananas and berries with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, vanilla cream, and graphite powder finish with firm tannins. Nice now, but will be better in a couple of years.
Casa Donoso 2009 "D" Maule Valley
89 points
$59.99
Deep garnet black color. Interesting aromas of berries, pepper, floral tea, roasted nuts, and poultry skin with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, pomegranate, sweet potato and cedar finish with dusty tannins. Give this a little time.
89 points $59.99
Monte De Oro 2008 Reserve, Estate Grown Syrah
89 points
$70
Ruby black color. Chocolate covered berries and nuts, dried flowers, and pepper-tomato jelly with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a frosted banana cake and peppercorn accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Big and tasty.
Delicious 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Aromas of clay, clove and anise, dried berries and cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, vanilla, and nut brittle accented finish. Tasty and sure to please.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2013 Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Rich green pepper, grapefruit, and guava aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a kiwi, lemon ice, and mineral accented finish. Very nice and refreshing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2012 Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of dark berries, sundried tomato, and delicate pepper spice with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, pencil shaving and nut brittle accented finish with earth tannins. A rock solid cabernet.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Las Casas de Vaquería 2012 Reserve, Corral A18 Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of cedar, apple, blueberry, vanilla and herbs with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy nut accented finish. A nice all purpose cabernet.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2012 Reserva Chardonnay
88 points
$10.07
Best Buy
Pale golden silver. Aromas of roasted apples and pineapple and lemon curd with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely balanced fine mineral accented finish. A very pleasant combination of old and new world character.
88 points $10.07 Best Buy
Echeverria 2011 Reserva Syrah
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherries, coffee, and dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mocha-vanilla cream, chalk, apple, and cedar driven finish with powdery tannins. A nice savory syrah for the table.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2012 Reserva Pinot Noir
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Effusive aromas and flavors of spicy pickled berries, eucalyptus, and beet root slaw with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, nut, and earth finish. Fun, flavorful, and very different. Pair with Peking duck.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Girly Girl 2012  Moscato
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas of nougat, grape and honey with a supple fruity light-to-medium body and a a tangy peach and orange sorbet finish. Tasty.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2010 "Bistro Rouge" Washington
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Rich berry pie, custard, black walnuts, and zesty herb aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, cherry, melon and mineral accented finish. Nicely structured.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Windy Oaks 2012 Meador Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$16
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lime curd, papaya, and earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, mouthwatering finish.
Monte De Oro 2012 "Synergy 65" Rosé Temecula Valley
88 points
$20
Brilliant scarlet color. Aromas of cherries, apples, and mint with a fruity medium body and a watermelon ice and pepper jelly accented finish. A fun, vibrant fruity rosé.
Pollak Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Franc
88 points
$22
Ruby charcoal color. Mellow aromas of roasted tomatoes, nougat, cocoa, spice, and cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy craisin, cedar, vanilla,and dried leaf finish. Nice now with a well marbled steak or cellar for a few years.
Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown, "Nostimo" Temecula Valley
88 points
$23
Floral aromas of figs, blossom, pickled watermelon, peaches and oranges with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium and a nut brittle, apple, and honey finish. Pleasant and different.
Monte De Oro 2009 Cuvée de Oro Temecula Valley
88 points
$26
Garnet. Aromas of baked berries, mocha, and spiced Mexican chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy roasted apple and citrus, nut, pepper and earth nuanced finish.
Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
88 points
$28
Interesting aromas of sour cherry and candle wax with a supple, dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate juice, sweet tangerine, coconut, and spiced nut finish with powdery tannins. A lively wine to serve with lamb.
Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Garnet black color. Chocolate cherry, grape soda, and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a nutty, firm tannin finish.
Canyon Wind 2012 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
87 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Pretty pink silver color. Mild aromas of strawberries and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi and lime accented finish. A tasty, all purpose rose with great acidity.
87 points $12.95 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown Muscat Canelli
87 points
$23
Aromas of pressed flower and honeycomb with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed nectarine, pear and grape finish. A light and easy summer sipper.
Pollak Vineyards 2010 Estate Merlot
87 points
$28
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate espresso beans, herbs, and toasty berry pie with a tangy, medium body and a dark berry, toast, and roasted nut finish with firm tannins.
Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown Tempranillo
87 points
$34
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, berry bush, nutshell, clay and olive with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a firm tannin and tomato driven finish. Needs time.
Windy Oaks 2010 Schultze Family Vineyard, Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
87 points
$39
Aromas baked cherries, tomatoes, pencil shavings and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a tangy, craisin, mineral and chewy tannin finish.
Silver Lake 2010  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Complex melange of fruit aromas include cantaloupe, mango, gooseberry and yellow pepper with a hint of anise seed with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, melon rind and grass finish.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Mataó 2012  Tempranillo
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Aromas of dried lavender, thyme, lemon pepper, and mulberries with supple, dryish medium body and a toasty pencil shaving and apple core accented finish with firm tannins. A nice steak wine.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vertvs 2009  Tempranillo Crianza
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas of dried cherries, honeyed raisin toast, and peppery spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy mulberry, cedar, nut, and earth accented finish with coating tannins. A rock solid table wine.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2012 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Aromas of cherries, beeswax, herbs, and roasted nuts with a dryish medium body and a cedar, beet, tomato, sea salt, and earth finish. A savory pinot for the table; pair with pork stews.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Windy Oaks 2012 Meador Vineyard Pinot Gris
86 points
$16
Golden color. Toasty aromas of pound cake, praline, and dried fruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium and a tangy, citrus and apple kissed finish.
Windy Oaks 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$21
Golden yellow color. Bright toasty pineapple cake, caramelized nuts, and overripe apple aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty vanilla yogurt, white chocolate strawberry, and lemon ice finish. Vibrant acidity for the table.
Silver Lake 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$8.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of baked pineapples, limes, and kiwis with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon and grassy earth accented finish. A nice dry chardonnay for food.
85 points $8.99
Mataó 2012  Macabeo
85 points
$9.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spicy poached apple, kiwi and melon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus and grassy earth finish.
85 points $9.99
Tarantas NV Sparkling Rosé Spain
85 points
$9.99
Bright scarlet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry tart and kettle corn with a supple, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy blood orange, cocoa, mineral and plum accented finish. Different and fun.
85 points $9.99
La Cantina Pizzolato 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$10.99
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas of fleur de sal, minerals, dried lemon and peach stone with a soft, dryish light body and a breezy melon and citrus rind finish.
84 points $10.99
Yorkville 2011 Hi-Rollr Red Mendocino County
84 points
$18
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, toast, and cherry-berry sauce with a dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, apple core, and dusty road like tannin finish. Give this a little time.
American Dream NV Réserve, Red Wine California
83 points
$10
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, spice, sandalwood incense, and honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy chocolate craisin and plum skin finish.
Le Petit de Lagarde 2012  AOC Bordeaux
82 points
$14.99
Inky deep purple black color. Aromas of charred nuts, baker’s chocolate, and cherry pie crust with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dryish leafy, coffee grounds, and dusty tannin finish.
82 points $14.99
Silver Lake 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$11.99
Ruby color. Very woody aromas of lit candle, nutshells, toasty cedar, and baked berries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, vanilla cream, and straw finish. A bit out of balance--too woody.
81 points $11.99
Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown Viognier
80 points
$23
Golden silver color. Aroma of peanut brittle, overripe watermelon and peach pit with a very dry light-to-medium body and a stingy, brown grass accented finish. Very dried out and hollow.
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