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Reviews for 2017

May 2017 - New Release Wine

May 2017 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Tradition 2015 Cuvée Red Wine Napa Valley
96 points
$35
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of menthol mint, spiced blueberries, eucalyptus, and farm lands with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long finish with impressions of vanilla mint and cola, spiced chocolate toffee, and pepper jelly on biscuit with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, complex, satisfying red blend with great style and structure.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best US Red Wine
Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico Malbec
95 points
$37
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry custard, frosted apricot cobbler, and macadamia toffee and gelato with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, long finish displaying notes of super ripe peach, chocolate nuts, and hint of spiced tomato and citrus with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A fantastically fragrant and alluring Malbec that will be great for every occasion.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Malbec
Tradition 2014 Red Blend Napa Valley
95 points
$39
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, honeyed herbs and spices, and dark berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish with notes of cherry vanilla custard, orange spice cake, toffee, and menthol lozenge with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple, spicy, and vibrant red blend; very impressive.
Brutocao 2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches Chardonnay
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried apples in vanilla yogurt and toasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of graham cracker and pear tart with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A Chardonnay with great balance and charming fruitiness.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Chardonnay
94 points $18 Best Buy
Avinodos 2014  Malbec
94 points
$38
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of malted vanilla and milk chocolate, yeasty pastry, and sweet spiced berries with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, medium-long finish imparting shades of pickled citrus and pears, nuts, and dusty cedar with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy, mouthwatering Malbec with great table appeal.
Le Vigne 2014 Ame de la Vigne Paso Robles
94 points
$43
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, vanilla cola, cherry danish, and pickle relish with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, subtle, long finish manifesting notes of vanilla nut brittle, spicy apricot marmalade, and chocolate cherries and craisins with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, persistent red blend for all occasions and especially spicy meat dishes.
Smith Devereux 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha fudge, pencil shavings, and berry pie crust with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-long finish with nuances of berry creme brulee, nutskin, spiced toffee, and cola with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Napa Cabernet with everything in its proper place.
Reynolds Family Winery 2014 Estate Series 203 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
94 points
$59
Black garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of menthol, cedar closet, tallow, and dried berries with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, very complex, very long finish with notes of black licorice, violet scented chocolate cherry pudding, vegetable ash, and marinated beets with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant and brawny wine with deep layers of intriguing flavors; drink with the finest steaks.
Huge Bear 2011 Knights Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$75
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of olives and roasted peppers and root vegetables, toasty cedar, and berry compote with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long finish displaying suggestions of gherkin, spiced nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex, savory and elegantly balanced Cabernet.
Calla Lily 2013 Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$88
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Complex aromas and flavors of fresh leather, salami, spice drops, and cherry cola with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and an epic, very long finish that exhibits overtones of spiced raisins, pie crusts, anise and cedar, and cassis vinaigrette with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and bold Cab with grown-up structure that will really pop after a few years of cellaring.
Reynolds Family Winery 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$115
Bright black ruby color. Savory aromas of hen of the woods mushrooms, coffee rubbed smoked meats, and cassis with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a hot, complex, long sun dried berries, leather, cherry cola, and cherry scented tobacco finish with chewy, husky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A giant Cab full of sun dried fruit flavor.
Waikiwi Bay 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$6.96
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, wheat grass, green almond, and dried green apples with a round, racy, light body and an even, stimulating, long finish that presents suggestions of grapefruit curd, citrus pith, kiwi and kumquat relish, and lemon lime soda with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and cheerful NZ Sauvignon Blanc with a great finish.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best New Zealand White Wine
93 points $6.96 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2016  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Clean aromas of warm peaches, dusty grape skins, candied pineapple, and sicilian nougat with a round, soft, fruity medium body and an amusing, long tropical fruit glaze and passion fruit custard finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and pure Pinot Grigio fit for long dinners.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Pinot Grigio, 2017 Top 2 Best Italian White Wine
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Jip Jip Rocks 2016 Estate Grown Shiraz-Cabernet
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wet earth, blackberry jam, saddle, and smoked poblano pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of lavender, twigs and stems, and dried pomegranate with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. Well-integrated aromas and flavors along with a rustic yet refined edge make adventurous wine drinkers beg for another sip.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Acquesi NV  Brachetto Piemonte
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright light ruby color. Perfumed, fruity aromas and flavors of candied strawberries, juicy apple, and peach blossom with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish conveying accents of ripe red apples with fine, fruit, cottony tannins. A great aperitivo or post-dinner wine.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Italian Sparkling Wine
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
2Hawk 2015  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
Medium light garnet color. Inviting aromas of pickled okra, mixed berry pie, and rhubarb with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and an intricate, long cocoa dusted fresh raspberries, gunsmoke, schmaltz roasted almonds, and dried oranges finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious Pinot Noir that is both humble and elegant.
Avinodos 2014  Zinfandel
93 points
$30
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisins, peaches, and strawberries, floral honey, and vanilla bean gelato with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish conveying notes of tangerine custard, spiced apples, ground nuts, and peppered tomatoes with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely, savory, claret-styled Zinfandel for sipping or the table.
Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico Grenache
93 points
$36
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas of stewed plums and cherries, lavender plants, apricot creme brulee, and coconut macaroon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy chocolate yogurt, rolled wafer cookies, figgy pudding, and peanuts finish with well-integrated tannins. A nice underlying juiciness begs for another sip.
Calla Lily 2014 Ultimate Red Pinot Noir
93 points
$38
Dark dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, candied orange peel, tar, and rose petals with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish displaying touches of fertile earth and cherry cola with well-integrated, medium, leafy tannins. A savory Napa Pinot Noir that nods to the old world.
Reynolds Family Winery 2012  Merlot
93 points
$48
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard pie, melted chocolate toffee, and dried cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish manifesting notes of vanilla mint, sweet and peppery spices, nuts, and sandalwood with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A seamless, flavorful Merlot with great depth and style.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
Reynolds Family Winery 2013  Merlot
93 points
$48
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries and pickled cucumbers with a bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of orange chiffon, honeyed plums and nuts, and cedar with chewy, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous Napa Merlot that is sure to please.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
Avinodos 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$58
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of berry custard tart, mocha toffee, floral tea and incense, and wet clay with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, long finish with notes of orange blossom honey drizzled nuts and cedar with chewy, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy Coombsville Cabernet that will reward cellaring.
Reynolds Family Winery 2014 Estate Series 201 Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$58
Opaque black ruby color. Savory, smoky aromas of smoky grilled vegetables, fresh cracked pepper, and dried blackberries with a gritty, lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-long blackberry jam, cedar box, cinnamon plum, and eucalyptus finish with gritty, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Tannins and oak dominate this big and fruity Napa Cabernet.
Audax 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$120
Dark black ruby color. Fruity aromas of fig bar, chocolate flavored candies, sweet herbs, and cedar incense with a lightly tannic, soft, dryish full body and a complex, medium-long chocolate bread pudding, dried figs, tobacco, and creme brulee finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big velvety Cabernet with spot-on structure and flavors.
Rascal 2015  Pinot Noir
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright dusty garnet color. Rustic, pure aromas and flavors of iron-rich soil, organic raisin, sugared dried mint leaves, and wild cherries with an lively, dryish light body and a complex, long finish with notes of earthy chocolate, black tea, and wild strawberry with dusty tannins and no oak flavor. A naturally lip-smacking and honest Pinot Noir with great earthy notes.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Cabal 2014 Reserva Malbec
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright deep purple color. Rustic aromas and flavors of dried blackberries, fine leather saddle, violet scented black tea, and hint of star anise with an tangy, dry medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of dark chocolate covered nut, arugula, cedar, and with gritty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intriguing savory Malbec with alluring waves of flavor.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Massimo Ronca 2015 Ulderico White Blend Custoza Superiore DOC
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Light yellow straw color. Elegant, earthy aromas and flavors of chopped hazelnuts, ripe olives, sliced nectarine and papaya, and garden fresh herbs and celery root with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish with impressions of caper berries, Italian lemon, slate, and baked apple with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fantastically integrated wine with great savory complexity and elegant, mouthwatering acidity.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Fore Family Vineyards 2012  Pinot Noir
92 points
$38
Medium dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of marinated beets and cherries, praline, and cherry cola with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of vanilla toffee with light oak flavor. A silky, fruity Pinot with fine balance.
Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries, planked sandalwood, potters clay, and dried hay and toasted yeast with an lively, dry full body and an intricate, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice intensity of fruit is in great balance with tannins in this Paso Robles Cab Franc.
Le Vigne 2014 Cuore della Vigna Paso Robles
92 points
$42
Ruby color. Spicy aromas of sweet tobacco, angostura bitters, incense, and crushed berries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long raisin bread, cinnamon black tea, and saffron finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A great spicy and exotic red blend.
Eleven Eleven 2012 Lakis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$100
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cashew toffee, creme brulee, and berry pie crust with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long finish displaying impressions of pickled oranges and blueberries, spiced nuts, cedar, and mocha cream with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, appetizing Cabernet that will shine at the table.
Cape May 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
91 points
$24
Bright gold color. Aromas of baked apple, all-butter cookies, and cinnamon swirl yogurt with a lightly tannic, soft, dryish medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length toasted apple muffin, toasty oak, roasted Marcona almonds, and pear compote finish with cottony, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big, oaky Chardonnay packed with flavor.
Reynolds Family Winery 2013 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$55
Opaque violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, delicate floral spices, praline, and earth with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, nuanced, medium-long finish imparting notes of nutskin, cedar, marinated cherries, and lemon pepper with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy red blend with a long life ahead of it.
Midsummer Cellars 2014 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berries in chocolate, mocha, black peppercorn, and vanilla taffy with a tannic, soft, dry full body and a very complex, medium-long finish revealing accents of smoked chocolate, sweet paprika, and hazelnut creme with grippy, well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pastoral Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of character.
Midsummer Cellars 2014 Hall Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Medium color. Sweet, nutty aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, chocolate hazelnut spread, violets, and mocha with a tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a colossal, long finish that exhibits notes of dried mint, Greek yogurt, and zatar with well-integrated, crunchy, chewy tannins. A rich and fruity wine for Mediterranean fare.
Acquesi NV  Asti Spumante
90 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb and peach blossom with a creamy, bright, spritzy, off-dry light body and a easy finish with fine, fruit tannins. A playful and sweet daytime sipper.
90 points $19.99
Smith Devereux 2015 Hánaialii Chardonnay
90 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Spicy, toasty, oaky aromas of spiced yellow apples, soft marshmallow, bruised peaches, and warm candied nuts with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramel and ripe mango with tajin finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A lovely Napa Chardonnay with delightful little jolts of acidity that offers nice contrast to classic creamy cali chard.
Reynolds Family Winery 2014  Pinot Noir
90 points
$48
Dusty brown brick red color. Elegant, inviting aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried cherries, purple flowers, and vanilla bean gelato with an vibrant, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of bark and wild raspberries with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tannic Pinot Noir that will pair well with rich dishes.
Chloe 2014 Wine Collection Red No. 249 North Coast
89 points
$17.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty nougat, mocha mousse, berry tart, and hint of gum with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, long finish displaying notes of vanilla bean gelato, chocolate nuts and craisins, and cedar with crunchy, dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity, well-composed red blend that is sure to please.
89 points $17.99
Acquesi NV  Cortese
89 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Floral, fresh, sweet aromas and flavors of honey and honeysuckle, pear, candied lime, and beeswax with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of cantaloupe and green earth with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A honeyed sparkler that makes the mouth water for morsels.
89 points $19.99
Reynolds Family Winery 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$34
Medium gold color. Toasty aromas of buttered raisin bread, freshly made applesauce, pumpkin pie spices, and dark caramelized nuts with a slightly chewy, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long caramelized starfruit, oak, and apple creme brulee finish with medium, chewy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oaky Chardonnay with a tropical edge.
Smith Devereux 2015 Hánaialii Merlot
89 points
$35
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of crusty berry pie and chocolate nut fudge with a bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish conveying touches of creme brulee, spiced cherries and carrots, nutskin, and cedar with light oak flavor. A nice fruity, chewy Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
Pearmund Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
89 points
$44
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dusty attic rafters, sandalwood, raspberries, and clay with an crisp, dry full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lively innate acidity that plays nice with fine fruit tannins.
Le Vigne 2014 Nikiara Paso Robles
89 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, sweet pickle relish, and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying shades of chocolate nuts and buttery praline with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice supple red blend with pleasing fruit and fine tannins.
Smith Devereux 2015 Ibex Reserve Napa Valley
89 points
$65
Medium violet color. Fruity, jammy, herbal aromas and flavors of stewed berries, eucalyptus, and vanilla panna cotta with a lightly tannic, bright, fruity full body and a peppery, medium-to-long finish displaying accents of sugared plums, black licorice candy, white pepper, and cocoa dusted sour cherries with woody, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity and complex wine for big steak dinners.
Midsummer Cellars 2014 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$75
Dark dusty ruby color. Inviting, jammy aromas of blackberry syrup, pie crust, and forest floor with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and an appealing, medium-long mixed berry fruit leather, smoky leather, and vanilla cigarillo finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big Napa Cab with a smoky edge.
Northleaf Winery NV Park Place Duet Pinot Noir
88 points
$16
Medium burnt sienna color. Aromas of stewed plums, cranberries, lilac honey, and vintage leather with a satiny, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-to-long buttered cranberry scone, pomegranate with clove, chocolate covered nuts, and yogurt covered dried blueberries finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A charming California Pinot Noir with luscious fruit flavors.
Jip Jip Rocks 2016 Estate Grown Shiraz
88 points
$19
Black violet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of stable, blackberry, wild blueberries, and eucalyptus honeycomb with a coarse, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish that shows notes of lavender, green peppercorn, and black raspberry chutney with clunky tannins. An adventurous Aussie Shiraz with nice balance and impact.
Heitz 2016 Rosé Grignolino
88 points
$24
Bright pink coral color. Fruity aromas of ripe watermelon, juicy nectarine, and fresh mint with an tart, fruity medium body and a refreshing, breezy tart cherry, lime zest, fresh mint, and watermelon Gazpacho finish with fine, fruit, crunchy tannins. A tart sipper for summer.
Kiara Bella 2016 Rose Paso Robles
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale tomato bisque color. Earthy, fruity, savory aromas of summer berries and garden carrot with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a medium-length chamomile and boysenberry coulis finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A fun wine full of both juicy and savory flavors.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of phosphate soda, granny smith apples, lemon pez, and dried canvas and volcanic dust with a vibrant, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy, cottony tannins and no oak flavor. The lively refreshing acidity of this wine makes it a wonderful foil for fish sautéed in butter.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Massimo Ronca 2016 Vignaiolo In Sommacampagna White Blend Custoza DOC
87 points
$15.99
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of white peach bellini, passion fruit gelee, and wintergreen with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a captivating, medium-long citrus zest, quartz, and fresh herb salad finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and satisfying white wine for many occasions.
87 points $15.99
Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$38
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black currants, planked cedar, spiced green olives, and potters clay with a tangy, dry full body and a distinctive, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Big bold scents and flavors in an "old-school" new-world Cabernet.
Huge Bear 2013  Chardonnay
87 points
$40
Medium straw green color. Buttery aromas and flavors of butter sauce and cedar with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with overtones of poached bosc pear, corn kernel, sweet cream gelato, and clove spiced apples with coating tannins and no oak flavor. An intensely buttery Chardonnay.
AVA Grace NV Red Blend
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby black color. Aromas of blackberries, mocha, caper berries, and planked oak and clay with an crisp, dry full body and an appealing, swift finish with woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rich aromas seamlessly translate to the palate in this red wine.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Acquesi NV Rosato Brut Rosé Piemonte DOC
86 points
$19.99
Pale pink coral color. Funky aromas of fishing net, quince, rock salt, and cheddar with a crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length cranberry and Greek yogurt finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty and easy drinking sparkler.
86 points $19.99
Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista Petite Sirah
86 points
$41
Black violet color. Aromas of vanilla, frozen raspberry, and wet fresh leaves with a chewy, dryish medium body and a refreshing, medium-long chocolate, rum, and butterscotch finish with coating, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky Petite Sirah with a lovely unexpected rum-like character.
Vinos de los Muertos NV Blanco Dulce Sweet White Wine
85 points
$11
Light color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, and nougat with a soft, sweet medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice dessert wine chock-full of fruit and nut flavors.
Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Light gold color. Baked aroma of apple handpie with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla creme, apple compote, and pear icing finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An easygoing Chardonnay with mild flavors.
Northleaf Winery NV Milton Temperance Cellars Volstead Red California
85 points
$14
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberries, purple pez, red flowers and violets, and planked oak and light pepper with a crisp, dryish full body and a refreshing, quick finish with woody tannins and light oak flavor. An approachable California red.
Le Vigne 2016 Rose Paso Robles
85 points
$18
Bright tomato bisque color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and forest floor with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a cheery finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A simple rose to serve with or without food.
The Naked Grape NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$19
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apples, subtle toasted coconut, lemon curd, and hint of planked oak with an crisp, dryish full body and an interesting, brisk finish with woody tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy non-confrontational white with clean delineated flavors.
Vinos de los Muertos NV Rojo Dulce Sweet Red Wine
84 points
$11
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with an sweet medium body and an interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A cleanly made sweet red to serve with chocolate or on its own.
Hacienda Carmen Adela NV  La Mancha
84 points
$12
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, tobacco and planked oak, crushed gravel, and lemon pith with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a rapid finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A classic old-world Tempranillo.
Henry Estate 2016 Veraison American
84 points
$15
Bright pink color. Aromas and flavors of red berry, cherry, and toasted nuts with a vibrant, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a swift finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A clean rosé with a hint of spritz.
Effingham 2014 Meritage Virginia
84 points
$25
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, tree bark and planked oak, turned earth, and hint of oriental seven spice with a lively, dry full body and an engaging, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice Meritage blend with delicate nose.
Hacienda Carmen Adela NV  Chardonnay-Verdejo
82 points
$12
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, cling peach syrup, crushed gravel, and dried twigs with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a short finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A refreshing spring wine.
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