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September 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals

September 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Italics 2014 Estate Grown Proprietary Red Wine Coombsville, Napa Valley
96 points
$65
Dark garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cinnamon, and cocoa powder with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , and vanilla pudding finish with well-integrated tannins. A supple, velvety Cabernet blend with a lingering finish.
Awards: 2017 Best Bordeaux Varietal Blend, 2017 Top 3 Best US Red Wine
San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$27
Dark garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, mint, and coffee with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long , bittersweet chocolate, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins. An elegant, refined yet complex and powerful Paso Cabernet.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Meyer 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$35
Dark color. Fruity, mature aromas of sweet red apples, dried date and coffee, leather, and cedar closet with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long marzipan, apple butter, maple syrup, and crepes with lemon custard finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A drink-it-now cabernet with juicy fruit flavors and sophisticated leather notes.
Falkner 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$39.95
Medium garnet black color. Inviting aromas of sun-baked dark fruit, tomato, pie crusts, and cola with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length roasted hazelnut, blackberry preserves, anise, and leather finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A satisfying big red from Temecula Valley.
94 points $39.95
Frisson 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$95
Violet color. Fruity, sweet, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate rice pudding and cinnamon roll with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long blueberry cobbler a la mode, creme brulee, olive tapenade, and pepper jelly finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully sumptuous and fruit-driven cabernet that is sure to please.
AvinoDos 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$100
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and sesame candy, pickled berries and cornichons, honey cream, and chive blossoms on a forest floor with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long spiced berries, candied violets, cedar, and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A powerfully delicious and well-structured cabernet with a palate-pleasing present and bright future ahead.
Italics 2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$125
Opaque deep purple color. Baked, complex, floral, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of highly extracted blackberry liqueur, fresh rose petals, cinnamon, and vanilla with a velvety, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with well-integrated, silky, soft tannins and moderate oak. Napa purists will love this highly extracted, rich, full-bodied Cabernet.
Chloe 2015 San Lucas Estate Vineyard Merlot
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby color. Fruity, medicinal, minty, herbal aromas of blackberry, black cherry, mint, and cola with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , dark chocolate, and licorice finish with well-integrated tannins. A flavorful, rich Merlot with pleasant herbaceous tones.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Proverbial 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$25
Dark garnet color. Herbal, fruity aromas of blackberry, nutmeg, baking spice, and creme brulee with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long , currant, and coffee finish with well-integrated tannins. A fruit-forward and well-balanced Cabernet dominated blend.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
93 points
$27
Black garnet color. Aromas of balsamic drizzled chocolate, overripe raspberry, and american coffee with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long raspberry compote, raisin, and roasted cashew finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smackingly tannic wine for juicy steaks.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Cabernet Franc
Forchini 2014 Proprietors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$36
Dark color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of cherry-cranberry crumble, red licorice, peppery salami, and cigar wrapper with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate-almond biscotti, rosemary, dark chocolate mouse, and leather belt and orange liqueur filled chocolate finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and decadent cabernet fit for any steak.
Bel Vino 2014 Tatria Red Blend California
93 points
$42.95
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cocoa nib, mint chocolate, blackberry, and baking spice with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long coffee bean, violet pastel, black currant, and smoked maple finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. Wonderfully integrated tannin and balanced fruit-forward acidity make this wine a winner.
93 points $42.95
Stave & Steel 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of roasted nuts, tanned leather, dried cherries and dates, and cocoa powder and watermelon and cherry soda with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long dried fig, vanilla gelato with chocolate swirl, red plum, and mocha latte finish with chewy, coating tannins and heavy oak. Keep this rich and poppin’’ Paso Robles cab flowing at your next dinner party.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Merlot
92 points
$21
Black ruby color. Aromas of raisin, fine oak, cedar closet, and tobacco field with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length blueberry pie, maple syrup, balsamic glazed strawberries, violet, and cinnamon tea finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An exquisitely oaked and matured merlot for as many occasions as possible.
Casa Larga NV Meritage Finger Lakes
92 points
$23.99
Ruby black color. Mature, minerally aromas of volcanic rock, cherry liqueur, and sweet basil with a supple, fruity medium body and a medium-length succulent cherries, ripe nectarine, and white pepper finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, fruit-forward red blend that is perfect on its own and complimentary of duck.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Red Meritage
92 points $23.99
Peachy Canyon 2014 Ms Behave Petit Verdot
92 points
$38
Violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, spicy berry pie, butter roasted nuts, and delicate mint and micro-herbs with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long pickled berries and beets, honey, and spiced watermelon finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A toothsome and wonderfully spicy petit verdot charmer.
Awards: 2017 Best Petit Verdot
Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
92 points
$42
Medium color. Fruity aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, cola, and cherry with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , blueberry, and pie crust finish with well-integrated tannins. A rich, palate-coating, powerful Merlot.
Falkner 2014 Meritage Temecula Valley
92 points
$54.95
Dark garnet black color. Inviting aromas of caramelized mushrooms, leather, diced cherries, and cinnamon and menthol with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cranberry sauce, yogurt covered blueberry, prosciutto, and honey drizzled walnut finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A friendly new world interpretation of Bordeaux with ample fruit.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Red Meritage
92 points $54.95
Peachy Canyon 2014 Para Siempre Paso Robles
92 points
$55
Dark ruby color. Herbal, fruity, floral, peppery aromas of strawberry, black cherry, black pepper, and leather with a soft, dry medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long , tobacco, and prune finish with well-integrated tannins. A complex, savory Malbec-dominated red blend with a delicious, fruity finish.
Trueblood 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$65
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of olives, herbs, and spiced fruits and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long craisin, chestnut honey, and cedar finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, silky, savory Napa cabernet with nicely balanced oak.
Frisson 2013 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$70
Dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of malted chocolate and vanilla, cassis pie a la mode, caramel fudge, and cigar box and lit cigar with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long buttery praline, spicy blueberry cobbler, cedar, and nut skin finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A plush fruity cabernet with ample oak and delicate spice.
Ledson 2014 Moon Mountain Estate Vineyard Merlot
92 points
$72
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, leather box, and red and black licorice with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, captivating, medium-long sage, dried cherry studded sesame candy, carnation, and lavender and tar finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish and grown-up Merlot for excellent meals.
Ledson 2014 Bellisimo Red Blend Sonoma Valley
92 points
$86
Dark ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, plum, milk chocolate, and candied cherry with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long , and caramel finish with well-integrated tannins. An unabashedly fruity but well-balanced and elegant Merlot with hints of chocolate and caramel.
Sixteen Appellations 2012 Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$95
Bright deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red cherry, polished fine furniture, blueberry jam, and peony with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, long raisin, green peppercorn, and sweet woodruff finish with silky tannins and light oak. A fresh, fruity, elegant and stylish Napa blend with a luxurious, silky texture.
Opaque 2012 Irick Vineyard Malbec
91 points
$30
Dark deep purple color. Pungent aromas of cola, white peppercorn, pine, and plum with a round, soft, dryish full body and an even, interesting, long vanilla bean, cola nut, rich dark fruit, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A great example of the most underrated varietal in Paso Robles; drink now-2020.
Bel Vino 2014 Long Valley Red California
91 points
$49.95
Dark ruby black color. Overripe aromas of plum, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and ripe red fruit with a supple, soft, dryish medium-full body and a hot, medium-long candied raspberry, black cherry cola, vanilla spice, and oak finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A silky red blend perfect for any warm night.
91 points $49.95
Frisson 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Ruby color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, orange zest, ginger, and cocoa dusted fig with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, engaging, breezy chocolate syrup, roasted nuts, chocolate muffin with dried cassis, and root beer finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A luscious wine with aging potential.
Sixteen Appellations 2013 Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$75
Garnet black color. Aromas of fresh ripe plum, balsamic reduction, espresso bean, and orange peel with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long ripe red cassis, cranberry, almond gelato, and ginseng finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A classy, soft spoken Bordeaux varietal blend that should bloom with time.
Italics 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$95
Opaque deep purple color. Baked, clean, complex, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh black plum, smoke and cracked pepper, dark chocolate, and and mocha with a round, tart, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long pepper finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A big, bold, round red blend from Napa; soft and round, with a fruity finish.
Ledson 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$100
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry, strawberry, allspice, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long , cooked tomato, and bacon finish with chewy tannins. A savory, earthy, slightly smoky Cabernet with a complex finish.
Save Me, San Francisco 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Attractive, savory, herbal aromas and flavors of chocolate covered nuts, floral incense, spiced beets and melon, and cedar and pine with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cherry bon bons and nut skin finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A round, savory cabernet for all occasions.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Vampire 2015  Merlot
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Medium color. Fruity, jammy aromas of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and strawberry with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length , and vanilla custard finish with soft tannins. A classic Napa Merlot; soft, supple, elegant.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Deadhead Red 2015  Petit Verdot
90 points
$30
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted vanilla nuts, spiced melon, grilled berries, and charcoal and earth with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate blueberries, cedar incense, and creme brulee finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A seamless, lightly smoky and earthy petit verdot that will shine at the table.
Opaque 2012  Petit Verdot
90 points
$30
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of melted butterfinger bar, berry pie a la mode, earth, and sage and bay leaf with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chocolate orange peels, root beer float, and nut skin finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An rich, concentrated red that will excel with spicy meat dishes.
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
90 points
$46
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, minty aromas and flavors of cherry fruit leather and cola, praline, and chocolate mint with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cranberry relish, nuts, and pomegranate sorbet finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A very tangy, mouthwatering red that will be quite versatile.
Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard Merlot
90 points
$68
Black garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, leather satchel, blistered blueberries, and tarragon with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long licorice and baking spice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A neat and tidy merlot.
Frey 2016 Organic Merlot
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Medium color. Jammy, fruity aromas of strawberry, plum, vanilla custard, and chocolate with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length , watermelon, and marzipan finish with well-integrated tannins. A fruity, nuanced Merlot with an interesting flavor profile.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Wine Spots 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$25
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, tropical melon, lime, and grapefruit with a soft, dry medium body and a polished, refreshing, easy finish with no oak. An elegant Sauvignon Blanc with a surprising burst of tropical fruit.
Peachy Canyon 2014 Ms Behave Malbec
89 points
$38
Dark violet color. Sweet aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, tobacco, and chocolate with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, refreshing, long blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, and plum finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. As juicy as Malbec can get, a truly hedonistic wine.
Midnight Cellars 2014 Nebula Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$44
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, oregano, and lilac with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long , soy sauce, and candied watermelon finish with well-integrated tannins. A pleasingly tangy, well-balanced Cabernet.
Forgotten Barrel 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$85
Indigo color. Savory aromas of sweet currant, vanilla spice, and blackberry with a round, soft, dryish full body and a warming, medium-long vanilla, violet, blackberry, and black currant finish with soft tannins and heavy oak. Silky-smooth Napa Cabernet bound to please all!
Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$90
Medium black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of clay, distant plum, and chevre with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, short blackberry jam on toast and foie gras finish with coarse tannins and heavy oak. A tight cabernet that will develop beautifully with age.
AVA Grace 2015  Merlot
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby color. Fruity, jammy aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum, and baking spice with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length , sour cherry, and fig finish with well-integrated tannins. Blackberry Pie in a glass.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards 2015 Red Blend California
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Sweet aromas of red fruits, black currant, and vanilla with a thick, bright, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, long cherry cobbler, vanilla spice, jam, and date finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A wonderfully approachable, new age inspired red California blend with a faint sweetness.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2015 Folie À Deux Red Blend California
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of charred chives, cocoa dusted ripe cherry, and habeñero pepper with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long fruit punch and watermelon candy, vanilla taffy, chocolate syrup, and blueberry compote with rooibos finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy red blend for weeknight meals.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2015 Midnight Dark Blend California
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Savory aromas of plum, green pepper, mole, and slate with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, breezy vanilla yogurt with mixed berry compote, chocolate covered espresso bean, butter poached dark fruits, and button mushrooms and rhubarb relish finish with medium, silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy red blend for every occasion.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2015 Silk Soft Red Blend California
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Exotic aromas and flavors of cinnamon orange tisane, bramble, and cherry licorice with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sundried tomato, pickled red pepper, juicy red fruits, and mocha latte finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A light, plush and easy-drinking red blend.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
MYKA Cellars 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, gherkin, cracked black pepper, and black raspberry with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length craisins, nut skin, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp and inviting cabernet that is sure to please.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$21
Dark black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, jolly rancher, maple syrup, and coconut milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy yogurt covered raisin, hot chocolate, sweet herbs, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cabernet with giant fruit.
The Arsonist 2014 Red Blend California
88 points
$22
Dark black ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, and huckleberry with a silky, soft, dryish full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long blackberry custard, vanilla, and raspberry compote finish with silky tannins and heavy oak. This blend is silky-smooth and ready-to-drink.
1850 Wine Cellars 2014 Red Meritage Santa Clara Valley
88 points
$28
Medium ruby black color. Candied, tropical aromas and flavors of peach mango gummies, scented tobacco, dried red fruits, and kiwi and eucalyptus with a round, lively, off-dry medium body and a seamless, breezy celery salt finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, tropical, almost-off-dry red blend to drink on its own; very uniquely fruity.
Forchini 2014 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley
88 points
$28
Medium color. Earthy, fruity aromas of strawberry, cherry, burnt sugar, and espresso with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long , white pepper, and baking spice finish with well-integrated tannins. A earthy, structured, yet finesseful red blend.
Working Dog Winery 2014 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
87 points
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard tart and toffee with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long roasted berries and tomatoes, dolmades, vanilla and cocoa, and tangerine finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, earthy red for the table.
1850 Wine Cellars 2014  Malbec
87 points
$28
Deep purple color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe persimmon, fresh tomato, sweet melon, and apricot and orange blossom with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree candied brazil nut, moist raisin, and overripe orange finish with medium tannins and light oak. An intriguingly fruity Malbec; a nice summer red.
Sutter Home NV Red Blend California
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of bark, mixed berry jelly, crushed nuts, and raisin with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a brisk star anise finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A fruity wine for the table.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 116 Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry and tart red cherries, rosemary and thyme, green bell peppers, and and dried tobacco with a lightly tannic, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A soft, round, easy drinking and approachable style of Cabernet Sauvignon.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2015  Merlot
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Minerally aromas of basalt and clay and fresh fig with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marcona almonds, cinnamon dusted blueberries, membrillo, balsamic glazed roasted carrot, and chocolate covered dried cherry finish with earthy, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A red wine for dinners in the countryside.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Narmada Winery 2012 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend Virginia
86 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Green aromas and flavors of tomato vines, nettles, and herbal honeycomb with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced craisins, pickled root vegetables, nuts, and borscht finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very distinctive earthy, rustic red that will be great with game.
Forgotten Barrel 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$42
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of cinnamon and bay leaf, bouillon, wet oak, and cinnamon with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk freeze dried blueberry, chocolate syrup, tea leaf, and sweet rhubarb finish with clunky tannins and light oak. A easy-drinking, punchy quaffer for the table.
Ledson 2014  Malbec
86 points
$56
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa nib, and tobacco with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length raspberry, cherry, and pine finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy Malbec.
Greyscale 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$65
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry preserves, molasses, roasted nuts, and toasted oak with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy cedar bark and vanilla yogurt finish with hard, coating tannins and heavy oak. A big, very oaky, Napa cab that probably needs some time.
Working Dog Winery 2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
85 points
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries, chewing tobacco, dark chocolate, and tomato with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted nuts and pecan praline finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A super-yummy merlot blend out of New Jersey; steak-worthy.
Blacklist 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$12.99
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cranberry sauce and stewed prune with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk tobacco, orchard fruit, yogurt, and black tea finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready cabernet.
85 points $12.99
Cedar Creek Winery 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$17
Dark color. Perfumed aromas of sweet violet, musk, cocoa butter, and root beer and corn silk with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, delightful, breezy blueberry pie, sugared plum, bechamel, and soy sauce finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A perfumey, purple-fruit-focused wine.
Greyscale 2015 Cuvée Blanc Rutherford, Napa Valley
85 points
$24
Bright color. Aromas and flavors of cooked apple, lemon, alcohol, and white grape with a soft, puckering, dry medium body and a hot, unusual, medium-long finish. A boozy and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc; somewhat sherry-like.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$35
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Attractive, baked, boozy, clean, complex aromas and flavors of baked blackberry, baked black raspberry, graphite and cedar, green peppers, and and jalapeño with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with dusty, well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A fresh, fruit-forward style of Dry Creek Cabernet with firm yet forgiving tannins.
Ménage à Trois 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$14
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry jolly rancher with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long spiced cherries and basil, Italian leather, candied lemon peel, and frosted spice cake finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. Enjoy a palate of juicy red fruit flavors in this hugely chewy wine.
Coast 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$10
Medium dark garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled pickle, cranberry yogurt, and fireplace log with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, quick sour cherry jam on toast, praline, and pomegranate sorbet finish with light oak. A nice, lightly spicy cabernet for everyday enjoyment.
Bel Vino 2013  Cabernet Franc
82 points
$24.95
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of green apple sucker, cherry candy, prune, and bark with a coarse, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, relaxed finish with coarse, barky tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready Cab Franc.
82 points $24.95
Black Box 2015  Merlot
82 points
$25
Medium ruby color. Fruity, grassy, herbal, medicinal aromas of blueberry, grass, green pepper, and coffee with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , bitter chocolate, and cherry cola finish with grippy tannins. A full-bodied, intense, and herbaceous Merlot.
Cupcake 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$12.99
Ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, char-roasted nuts, berry preserves on pumpernickel toast, and cedar plank with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy creamed honey on roasted apple and cedar finish with chewy, woody, fine tannins and moderate oak. A solid cabernet to unwind the daily grind.
81 points $12.99
Casa Larga NV Cab-Merlot Finger Lakes
81 points
$13.99
Garnet color. Roasted aromas of smoked nuts, toasted cedar, melted chocolate on cherries, and pickle with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish with moderate oak. A nice oaky everyday dinner wine.
81 points $13.99
Iron Side 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
80 points
$14.99
Dark garnet color. Woody aromas of leather, moss, cedar closet, and wet leaves with a watery body and a smooth, relaxed cranberry muffin, lemon pound cake with juniper, chocolate chew with raisins, and honeycomb cereal finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A leafy cabernet.
80 points $14.99
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