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November 2015 - Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge

November 2015 - Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Eco-Friendly Challenge Wines

Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Reviews

Amizetta Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$125
Opaque black violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity nutty aromas of cassis pie a la mode, toffee, creme brulee, and nuts and leather with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, very long spicy meringue, nougat, and fine oak finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A remarkably plush, inky, and thoroughly delicious and balanced cabernet.
Amizetta Vineyards 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$75
Opaque black violet color. Lively, complex aromas of vanilla toffee, cassis tart, fancy olives, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long spiced cherries, honeyed citrus, earth, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A voluptuous and delectable cabernet sauvignon.
Candoni 2014 Organic Pinot Grigio
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Mild, interesting aromas of rice cake, honeyed peaches and apples, and toasted nut brittle with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long clementine, pickled melon, apple, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A superbly appetizing and nuanced pinot grigio.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Yealands Estate 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$34.99
Minutely hazy dark garnet color. Delicate, fruity, oaky earthy aromas of lingonberry, wild raspberry, vanilla, and plum jam with a bright, dry medium body and a sleek, involved, medium-length plum, raspberry compote, vanilla, and shiitake finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. Fruit forward style with pretty raspberry, cherry and lingonberry aromas and flavors, silky tannins, generous, but balanced oak and a touch of shiitake mushrooms.
93 points $34.99
Bee d’Vine 2013 Demi Sec Mead
93 points
$43
Straw green color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of spiced apples and pears, melon gelato, and mint with a silky, off-dry medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long spiced nuts and wintergreen finish. A delicious, robustly flavorful mead.
Quasar 2011 "Signo 1" Special Selection Syrah
93 points
$80
Bright dark garnet black color. Delicate, interesting aromas of dried berries, cornichon, cocoa, and sandalwood with a glycerous, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long pomegranate, honeyed nuts, and marinated tomatoes finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, yet highly polished syrah.
Alta Luna 2012 Phases Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright medium deep purple color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of spiced berries and cashew brittle with a soft, bright, dry full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate raisins, spiced cherries, mocha, and nutskin finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, refreshing Italian red.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Peter Yealands 2014  Pinot Noir
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet color. Fruity, earthy jammy oaky aromas of blackberries, spiced cherry jam, black licorice, and smoky oak with a body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length dried raspberry, toasty oak, wood grilled portabello, and strawberry compote finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Big and juicy style with generous dark, smoky, charred oak for a bold and masculine expression of pinot noir.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Yealands Estate 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$24.99
Silvery straw color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit, green pepper, and passionfruit with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long salted lime, kiwi, and grassy earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp and mouthwatering sauvignon blanc.
92 points $24.99
Echeveria 2013 "Elementos" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$29.90
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively, fruity, creamy floral toasty aromas of blackberries, blueberries, red floral notes, and cedar with a lively, dry full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
92 points $29.90
Heavenly Hills 2011 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$40
Dark dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of dried berries, chocolate, marinated olives, and clay with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length peppery spices and berry custard pie finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A supple and inviting Napa cabernet.
Echeverria 2011 "Signatura 1" Special Selection Syrah
92 points
$80
Bright dark deep purple color. Bright, savory aromas of baked berries, gherkin, and lit candle with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-length chocolate and spiced nuts finish with firm, fine tannins and light oak. A silky, refined, smoky oaked syrah.
Atam Winery 2013 Estate Bottled Barbera
91 points
$17.95
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Lively, sweet, creamy fruity aromas of berry custard and jam, honeyed cranberry toast, and coconut cream with a silky, racy, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length lime juice, pomegranate, spiced nuts, and conditioned wood finish with crunchy, grippy tannins and light oak. A unique, very tangy and zesty red that will be a great aperitif or table wine.
91 points $17.95 Best Buy
Quasar 2013 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$19.90
Garnet black color. Aromas of olives, roasted green pepper, and baked black fruits with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length mocha, tobacco, and blood orange finish with fine tannins and light oak. A delightfully savory and appetizing cabernet.
91 points $19.90
Woodstock Winery 2014 Standing Stone Vineyard Merlot
91 points
$30
Black garnet color. Bright, toasty aromas of cedar, olives, and roasted peppers and berries with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length chocolate nuts, dried berries, cedar, and earth finish with fine, chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A lush, very old world styled merlot with a savory table appeal.
Bee d’Vine 2013 Brut Mead
91 points
$43
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, interesting aromas of Asian pear and honeyed baked cheese with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, elegant, breezy spiced green apple, edible flowers, melon, and wintermint finish. An intricately nuanced mead.
Balduzzi 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas of green pepper, chocolate nuts, olives, and berries with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length toasted herbs, creme brulee, and tobacco finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A refreshing combination of fruit and green herbal notes that will shine at the table.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright light brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of wild cherries, pencil shavings, vanilla cream, and gardenia with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length nuts, roasted beets, and earth finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak. A wonderfully balanced dry pinot with light oak and great minerality.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Deshora NV Brut Cava
90 points
$21.99
Bright medium golden yellow color. Mild, creamy, fruity citrusy earthy aromas of green apple, lemon curd, grapefruit zest, and bread toast with a lean, crisp, effervescent, dry full body and a warming, complex, quick finish with fruit tannins.
90 points $21.99
Amizetta Vineyards 2012 "Complexity" Napa Valley
90 points
$65
Bright dark deep purple color. Aromas of ripe black currants, damsom plums, chocolate covered raspberries, and sandalwood with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Tarantas 2012  Monastrell
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, woody earthy aromas of wine gums (grape gummy bears), ripe black cherries, dried violets, and blond tobacco with an crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, earthy, fine tannins and light oak.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2014  Bordeaux Rouge
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Rich, fruity, earthy savory aromas of black currant, pencil shaving, cigar box, and roasted cashews with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black currant, cherry toffee, toasted nuts, and coffee finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Layers of coffee, cigar box and rich earth balance with classic Bordeaux pencil shavings and currants, all wrapped up with lightly chewy and well-integrated tannins.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Peter Yealands 2014  Pinot Gris
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas of honey peach, guava, and yellow apple with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length lemon cream and nougat finish with no oak. A delicious and delicate , fruity pinot gris.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Atam Winery 2013 Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer
89 points
$16.95
Bright medium old gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of lychees, rose, and ruby grapefruit with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing, quick finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
89 points $16.95
Pend d’Oreille 2012 Bistro Rouge Red Table Wine Washington
89 points
$27
Violet color. Delicate aromas of chocolate berries, smoked nuts, and brown spices with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, relaxed black raspberries, cherries, cola, and pepper finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured red for the table.
Alma Rosa 2013 Barrel Select Pinot Noir
89 points
$50
Light ruby color. Fruity, oaky aromas of cherry, crushed plum, toasty vanilla, and mushroom with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length raspberry, button mushrooms, cherry, and toasty vanilla finish with silky tannins and light oak. Juicy cherry and raspberry flavors are framed with generously toasted oak, a pleasing mushroom note and silky tannins.
Cottonwood Creek 2014 White Wine California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of lemon blossoms and peach cobbler with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, ripe apple, orange cream, and nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious very fruit and lightly floral treat.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Muted aromas of tropical fruit salad and creamy nougat with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, breezy honeyed citrus finish with fine tannins and no oak. A zesty sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2014 Organic Merlot
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of spicy berry chutney and waxy honeycomb with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length black raspberry, pomegranate sorbet, nutskin, and pencil shavings finish. A lively, zesty merlot that will shine with food.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2013  Chianti DOCG
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bold, jammy, fruity roasted savory aromas of dark cherry, eucalyptus, black raspberry, and lightly smoky tea box with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long grilled blood orange, cherry compote, vanilla soaked plums, and roasted cherries finish with chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak. Delicious and generous cherry-plum-berry flavors and generous toasty vanilla oak are perfect for drinking now, but the excellent balance and chewy tannins will hold this together and reward the imbiber with proper cellaring.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright pale yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of cape gooseberries, lemon zest, gravel, and cats pee with a vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Primosole 2013  Sangiovese
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of dark berry compote and raisin cake with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, breezy blueberry, honeyed citrus peel, cedar, and earth finish with light oak. An appetizing Italian red with bright acidity for the table.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Rare Earth 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15.99
Deep purple color. Bright, toasty aromas of toffee, berry tart, and mocha cream with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, carefree chocolate orange peels, spiced cherries, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice toasty, juicy everyday cabernet.
88 points $15.99
Bles 2012 Crianza Valencia
88 points
$17.99
Bright medium brick red color. Fruity, spicy toasty aromas of spiced dark cherries, wine gums (cherry gummy bears), blond tobacco, and mulberries with an crisp, dryish full body and a warming, subtle, easy finish with chewy, firm, fine tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $17.99
Koo Loo Loo 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$28
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of creme di cassis, baked parchment, and plums with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, brisk finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Stellar Organics 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas of mulberries, black currants, lightly smoked peat, and gauze with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Tarantas 2014 Sparkling White Valencia
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Bright, yeasty, earthy aromas of citrus cream, melon rind, and garden patch with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp green apple and lemon finish with no oak. A well made and refreshing sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 "Unwooded" Reserva Chardonnay
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright medium gray amber color. Bright, fruity, grassy earthy aromas of green apples, lemon head candy, cut grass, and turned earth with an bright, dry full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and light oak.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 Frizzante Moscato
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, floral minerally aromas of ripe peaches, white flowers, lime wedge off of a salted rim, and well water with a lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, short finish with fruit tannins.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Giol 2014 Italian Organic Merlot
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity, woody aromas of pencil shavings, sandalwood, dark spices, and bright red berries with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, easy cranberry and roasted nuts finish with light oak. A scrumptious, zesty red wine that will shine at the table.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Terra Viva 2014  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright light straw green color. Fruity, toasty savory aromas of ripe peaches, lemon curd, and green apple skin with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
TreeHugger NV Bianco Italy
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Lively, attractive, nutty baked aromas of almond toffee, vanilla salt water taffy, and caramel cookie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy honey baked citrus and minerals finish with light oak. A nice toasty, dry white wine.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
TreeHugger NV Rosso Italy
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, jammy pure confected aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote, vanilla, and spice cake with a creamy, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long black cherry jam, boysenberry, vanilla, and plum compote finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Laser sharp cherry aromas turn into lush flavors with chewy, well-integrated tannins, juicy plum, sweet vanilla and a most pleasant tanginess.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Zeroincondotta 2014  Barbera
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, rustic aromas of ripe blackberries, red flowers geraniums, boysenberries, and potters clay with a tangy, dry body and a tingling, interesting, brisk finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Bles 2014 Tinto Utiel Requena
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright medium brown brick red color. Funky, fruity vinous peppery aromas of dried fruits, creme di cassis, molten plastic, and chocolate with an tart, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with firm, clunky tannins and light oak.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Naked Earth 2013 Red Blend Vin de Pays dOc
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, nutty toasty aromas of black plums, blackberry cobbler, nutskin, and spicy oak with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, easy finish with grippy, firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Bonfire NV Ignite White Blend California
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot sorbet, and apple sauce with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a captivating, breezy finish with no oak. A fun, fruity, off-dry white that is sure to please.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Atam Winery 2013 Estate Bottled Riesling
87 points
$16.95
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas of honeyed peach and green apple with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy lemonade and apple skin finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A very tart and apple-ly riesling.
87 points $16.95
Green Truck 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$17.99
Bright dark black garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty jammy aromas of cedar, baked berries, butter roasted nuts, and marinated cucumber with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk cranberry and cedar pencil finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, zesty oaky cabernet.
87 points $17.99
Green Truck 2013  Petite Sirah
87 points
$17.99
Dark indigo color. Bold, fruity, jammy aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, toasty vanilla, and black pepper with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, black cherry, vanilla bean, pepper crusted berry compote, and brisket finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. Big and juicy with satisfying tannins, a spicy black pepper note and jammy berry fruit that is long and satisfying.
87 points $17.99
Echeverria 2013 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$20.90
Bright dark black ruby color. Bright, fruity, funky minerally aromas of coffee, pickled root vegetables, and smoked nuts with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, delightful, relaxed craisins and mulberries, cedar, and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice smoky, well oaked cabernet.
87 points $20.90
Koo Loo Loo 2012  Chardonnay
87 points
$23
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of pineapple yogurt and buttery praline with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed lemon curd and butter roasted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice tangy chardonnay.
Von Holt 2014 Terra Alta Viognier
87 points
$25
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, funky aromas of quince, musky peach, lemon butter cream, and tree bark with a chewy, racy, dryish full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins.
Alma Rosa 2012 El Jabali Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$28
Bright medium light gold color. Lively, fruity, complex aromas of green apples, lemon zest, vanillin tinged oak, and turned earth with an tangy, dryish full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Arenal 2014  Carmenere
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity, jammy roasted rustic aromas of black plum, rich garden soil, toasty vanilla, and black licorice with a tangy, dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length dried raspberry, tar, roasted cherry, and black licorice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Dark and chewy style with black licorice, chewy cherry and tar notes that give a bold and rich tasting experience yearning for bold, bbq flavors for dinner.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2015 Frizzante Moscato
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Delicate, citrusy, floral aromas of honeyed pineapple and peaches and orange blossoms with a silky, crisp, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, easy clementine and minerals finish with no oak. A nice off-dry sparkler.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Spartico 2014  Tempranillo
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright violet color. Bold, fruity, savory exotic aromas of shiitake mushroom, cherry nut pumpernickel, curried papaya, and vanilla with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long mushroom, dried cherry, vanilla spice bread, and plum jam finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Exotic and a touch funky with loads of dark, chewy fruit, mushrooms, mocha and spice with a well-balanced framework and toothsome, well-integrated tannins.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Cottonwood Creek 2013  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of chocolate covered berries and roasted beets with a creamy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, breezy dried cherries, dark roasted nuts, and earth finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice crisp, everyday pinot.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2014  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright light pale straw color. Bright, fruity, funky savory aromas of peach pits, lemon saltwater taffy, minerality, and baked parchment with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Primosole 2014  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas of nectarine skin, yellow plums, and pickled melon with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, carefree roasted lemon, minerals, and nougat finish with no oak.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Peter Yealands 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light yellow straw color. Bold, grassy, fruity citrusy aromas of gooseberries, lemon grass, tomato leaf, and grapefruit zest with a tangy, dry full body and a tingling, elegant, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Green Truck 2013  Zinfandel
86 points
$17.99
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, creamy vinous herbal aromas of baked berries, marinated root vegetables, and clay pot with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, cheery dried berries, chocolate nuts, and cedar finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured zin that will be very versatile.
86 points $17.99
Chacewater 2013  Merlot
86 points
$22
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of raisins in cream and toffee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree pomegranate, blackberry skin, earth, and olive-pepper relish finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A firmly structured merlot that needs some time or a well marbled steak.
Chacewater 2013  Syrah
86 points
$22
Black garnet color. Delicate, interesting aromas of cocoa, floury pastry, and dried berries with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy spiced blackberries, cedar, and earth finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A pleasant everyday syrah sipper.
Chacewater 2013  Zinfandel
86 points
$22
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Minerally, fruity earthy floral aromas of black raspberries, red flowers - geranium, turned earth, and loess with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Yealands Estate 2014 Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$29.99
Bright pale yellow straw color. Bold, citrusy, fruity grassy aromas of grapefruit, lemon grass, ripe lemons, and gravel with a tart, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, brisk finish with fruit, fine tannins.
86 points $29.99
Green Fin 2014  Grenache Rose
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright medium reddish amber color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of cherry-berry, dried wild strawberries, dusty oak, and lemon zest with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Green Fin 2014 Red Table Wine California
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, meaty aromas of chocolate berries and crispy bacon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed buttery praline and apple sauce finish with fine tannins and light oak. A light and juicy everyday sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Green Fin 2014 White Table Wine California
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Interesting, nutty aromas of hazelnut and cashew brittles and caramel apples and lemon peels with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp melon and delicate spice finish with leafy tannins and light oak. An interesting nutty white quaffer.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Cottonwood Creek 2014 Red Wine California
85 points
$9.99
Garnet black color. Delicate, meaty aromas of cherry tart and caramelized bacon with a soft, bright, off-dry light body and an even, cheery vanilla toffee, spiced apple, raisins, and nuts finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A nice and zesty easy drinking comfort wine.
85 points $9.99
Cottonwood Creek 2013  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$11.99
Emerald straw color. Delicate, interesting, nutty aromas of hazelnut and cashew brittles and caramel apples and lemon peels with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, relaxed melon and delicate spice finish with light oak. An interesting nutty white quaffer.
85 points $11.99
Bonfire NV Ember Red Blend California
85 points
$14.99
Garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry cake and vanilla toffee with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cherries, honey, spiced nuts, and cedar finish with light oak. A light and easy drinking everyday red.
85 points $14.99
Chacewater 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$22
Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, meaty aromas of raisins, pot roast, and chocolate cherries with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, crisp baked berries and apples, dark roasted smoked nuts, earth, and green coffee bean finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A fruity and meaty cabernet for the table.
Arcania 2014  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$11.99
Bright medium amber beige color. Fruity, savory aromas of peach yogurt, lemon salt water taffy, salinity, and baked parchment with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $11.99
Woodstock Winery 2012 Apple Honey Wine American
84 points
$25
Hazy golden amber color. Fruity, citrusy medicinal aromas of spiced apple - pine apple husk, ripe lemons, cardamom, gauze, and sultana raisins with a crisp, moderately sweet full body and a warming, charming, brisk finish with firm, papery tannins and no oak.
Pend d’Oreille 2014 Bistro Blanc White Table Wine Washington
84 points
$27
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of peach lemon tart and nougat with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, medium-length pineapple cake and grape leaves finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A pleasant white wine quaffer.
Woodstock Winery 2014 Standing Stone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$30
Bright dark black garnet color. Lively, curious aromas of baked berries, pickled vegetables, chocolate coffee beans, and waxy honeycomb with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, cheery meat, nutskins, earth, and glued wood finish with barky, firm tannins and moderate oak. An interesting, spicy, and somewhat rustic cabernet.
Green Fin 2014  Merlot
83 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Bright, roasted aromas of dark nuts, mocha, vanilla nuts, and berry tart with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy cedar and toffee finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firm, very fruity red for pub grub.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2013 Buongiorno Organic Red Blend Primitivo Syrah Italy
83 points
$12.99
Black ruby color. Mild, spicy, earthy aromas of spiced berries and clay with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk earth and cinnamon finish with dusty, coating tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, earthy red for the table.
83 points $12.99
Green Truck 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$15.99
Emerald straw color. Toasty aromas of citrus pastry and praline with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fleeting lemon and chalk finish with no oak. A soft, pillowy sauvignon blanc sipper.
83 points $15.99
Stellar Organics 2015  Chenin Blanc
80 points
$9.99
Bright medium old gold color. Lively, funky, fruity sulfurous aromas of firecracker, yellow apple, under ripe peach ski, and honey suckle with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, short-lived finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
80 points $9.99
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