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Reviews for 2017

September 2017 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

FINA 2014  Priorat
96 points
$27
Bright deep purple color. Exotic aromas of rose water, ivory and black olives, black violet and overripe strawberries, and marzipan with a lightly tannic, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long mexican mole, silt, cassis and plum fruit leather, and hint of green pepper finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dark and mysterious Priorat with great aging potential; reminiscent of exotic perfume.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
1270 a vuit 2009  Priorat
96 points
$45
Dark deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of wet leaves, apple cider, overripe strawberry, and stone pine with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length granite, grape candy and maraschino cherry, violet, and leather finish with chalky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A mineral-like textured Priorat with friendly fruit and floral nuances.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014  St. Julien
96 points
$129
Brown brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cassis and pomegranate, spiced nuts, cocoa, and sandalwood with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long cedar, earth, and olives finish with earthy, medium tannins and moderate oak. A stately red with treasure chest of flavor and terroir.
Awards: 2017 Best Bordeaux Wine, 2017 Best French Red Wine
Enclos de Viaud 2014  Lalande de Pomerol
95 points
$71
Garnet black color. Attractive, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, caramel buttercream, and crusty blueberry pie a la mode with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long toffee, spiced cherries, tobacco, and cedar mulch and earth finish with moderate oak. A vivacious, flavor-packed Pomerol with full-throated articulation of fruit, oak, and terroir.
Burgo Viejo 2013 Licenciado Reserva Rioja DOC
94 points
$50
Black violet color. Aromas of balsamic drizzled fig, chopped dates, and chocolate covered cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate-coconut seven layer bar, cafe latte and vanilla cola, cherry pit, and leather finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A nicely concentrated Rioja with ashy tannins to complement beef.
Carter Cellars 2014 Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$95
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla with a round, bright, dryish full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with gritty tannins and heavy oak. A giant Napa Cabernet to that will continue to develop with age.
Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2014  St. Estèphe
94 points
$102
Violet color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted berries, chocolate mint and graham crackers, praline, and fallen tree in a forest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length cassis tart a la mode, whole nuts, and earth finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory St. Estèphe with great poise and structure.
Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie 2014  Pomerol
94 points
$123
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, toasty pistachio brittle, and berry tart with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long chocolate cherries and orange peels, cocoa powder, vanilla nuts, and delicate spices and cedar finish with silky, soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A supple and rewarding Pomerol that entices for another sip; will improve with time.
Chateau La Croix d’Arthus 2012  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
93 points
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of latte, dark roasted nuts, and toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, charming, long cherry-olive chutney, cedar, cocoa, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A compact, toothsome melange of lively fruit, oak, and earth that will evolve nicely.
Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2015 Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Gigondas
93 points
Dark dusty ruby color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of tart red cherries and strawberries, black raspberry, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon with a chewy, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long charcoal and rose petals finish with soft, silky, fruit, well-integrated tannins and light oak. An intensely herbal wine that is beautifully balanced.
Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine Bordeaux Supèrieur
93 points
$44
Ruby black color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated peppers and olives, dark chocolate toffee, and fresh herbs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long vanilla brittle and custard, fine minerals, and maple buttercream frosting on white cake finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A delicious, expressive and creamy Bordeaux red that is sure to please.
Domaine des Mimosas 2015  Lalande de Pomerol
93 points
$50
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, caramelized nuts, cola float, and castelvetrano olives with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long nut skin, cedar, pomegranate chutney, and leafy earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright, juicy and attractive French red with a playful interplay of fruit and savory tones.
Chateau Haut-Meyreau 2016 Sec Bordeaux Blanc
92 points
Light yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, and lime with a soft, dry light body and a smooth, brisk lemon curd, orange peel, chamomile, and ginger finish with no oak. A wine made to be enjoyed outdoors on a hot summer day!
L’Ange 2014 Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
92 points
Bright garnet color. Baked, citrusy, clean, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, cooked black raspberry, fresh barnyard and leather, and vanilla and clove with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length cherry candies, orange liqueur with cinnamon, and exotic musk finish with soft, silky, fruit, medium, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A heavenly, fresh and fruit-forward style of Chateauneuf.
Mercy 2014 Riverbed Chardonnay
92 points
$28
Light medium golden yellow color. Fatty aromas of butterscotch, oak, browned butter, and ripe pineapple with a round, tangy, dry medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long butter, lemon meringue, and green apple finish with moderate oak. An ode to classic California Chardonnay; bring on the cheese, please!
Chateau Maucoil 2016  Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Blanc
92 points
$30
Bright color. Elegant, minerally, fresh, floral aromas of green apple, lime, orange rind, and mineral with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long , and grapefruit rind finish. A terroir-driven, well-balanced white Rhone.
Italics 2014 Sixteen Barrels Produced White Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$48
Bright straw green color. Baked, buttery, cheesy, citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, and mango and pineapple with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long sweet flowers and peach finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A bright and refreshing full-bodied white with hints of oak and tropical fruit.
Carter Cellars 2014 Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$95
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, plum with raisins, boysenberry, and vanilla spices with a lightly tannic, racy, dry full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with leafy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and tasty Napa blend.
Clos Larcis 2014 Grand Cru St. Emilion
92 points
$143
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, olive baguette, and mocha mousse with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long vanilla cream, pomegranate sorbet, hibiscus tea, and smoked nuts finish with moderate oak. A wonderfully pure, fresh and evocative expression of merlot with a pretty oak frame.
Chateau Chemin Royal 2014 Cru Bourgeois Moulis-en-Médoc
91 points
Dark garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of menthol, thyme, baking spices, and lush black fruit with a tannic, sharp, bone-dry medium body and a hot, medium-length finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak. Swoonable aromas shine in this Bordeaux.
Chateau Haut-Meyreau 2016  Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
91 points
Bright yellow straw color. Green aromas of grass, passion fruit, sweet honey, and lemon rind with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, interesting, cheery lemon curd, chamomile, honey covered citrus rind, and gooseberry finish with no oak. A rock star white Bordeaux from start to finish!
Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2015  Vacqueyras
91 points
Dark dusty garnet color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of fresh black and marasca cherry, leather, smoked porcini mushrooms with brie, and baking spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and light oak. A vibrant Vacqueyras in a clean and modern style.
Domaine Les Eschaffins 2015 Cairanne Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
91 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of fresh wild berry jam, freshly turned earth, and lavender with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long leather, root beer, dark chocolate muffin, and smoked ham finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big Cotes du Rhone with aging potential.
Mercy 2015 Griva Vineyard Chardonnay
91 points
$34
Medium golden yellow color. Candied aromas of pear, pineapple, brioche, and matchstick with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length lemon squares, buttered bread, and grilled pear finish with heavy oak. A fruity and buttery Chardonnay perfect for a barbecue.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2016 Macon Villages Chardonnay
91 points
$35
Golden straw color. Clean aromas of vanilla yogurt, salted almond, and cheese rind with a lean, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, snappy vanilla yogurt, lemon curd, and green apple finish with no oak. A crisp and clean Chardonnay ready for a night at your local Thai BYOB.
Trambusti 2012  Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
$49.99
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, berry tart, praline, and flower petals with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, long spiced cherries, floral honey, nuts, and minerals finish with earthy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully attractive and satisfying expression of sangiovese.
91 points $49.99
San Biagio 2013 Sorano Barolo
91 points
$65
Brown brick red color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted and smoked nuts, singed herbs, chocolate espresso beans, and wild flowers and tar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long craisins, cedar plank, and grilled root vegetables finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, seriously structured and expressive Barolo that will age gracefully.
Chateau Le Loup 2014  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
91 points
$68
Garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust, dark butter roasted nuts, and cappuccino with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate toffee, cassis chutney, and dusty earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A snappy, appetizing Bordeaux red with buoyant fruit a deft dash of oak.
Andre Farjon 2016  Côtes du Ventoux Blanc
90 points
Bright color. Fruity, fresh, floral, perfumed, tropical aromas of apricot, cantaloupe, grape, and lemon custard with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length , papaya, and honeydew finish. A delightfully fruity white Cotes du Rhone with backbone.
Andre Farjon 2015  Côtes du Ventoux Rouge
90 points
Garnet black color. Baked, floral, fresh, fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of freshly ripened blackberry, violets and rose petals, and black pepper with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A fresh, mouth-coating, fruit-forward red wine.
Chais du Batard 2015 Grande Reserve Gigondas
90 points
Dark brick red color. Baked, complex, dusty, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, strawberries, and black cherries, dusty leather and charcoal briquette, cracked black pepper, and dried rose petal with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long finish with fruit, silky, soft, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A fruity and delicious Gigondas that you can’t get enough of.
Chais du Batard 2015 Grande Reserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
90 points
Bright dark garnet color. Baked, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of meaty black cherries, dried dusty earth, cracked black pepper, and red licorice and rose petals with a lightly tannic, tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long caramelized mushrooms, cola, and dark chocolate finish with fruit, soft, well-integrated, silky, medium tannins and moderate oak. A full and round wine; perfect for grilled meats.
Chateau Tour de Yon 2011  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
90 points
Garnet black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed dried berries, cocoa-dusted nuts, hint of cornichon, and toasted rice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length craisin, nut skin, cedar shavings and slate, and tobacco finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, appetizing Saint Emilion with bright fruit and table-friendly acidity.
La Grand Comtadine 2015 Yves Cheron Vieilles Vignes Vacqueyras
90 points
Dark garnet black color. Baked, clean, floral, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh dark blackberry, dusty earth, anise, and mushroom pierogi with kraut with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Vacqueyras with an old-school mentality.
Domaine des Deux 2016  Viognier
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Citrusy, clean, complex, creamy, floral aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, mango, pineapple, and roasted cashews with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A fresh and fruity fuller-bodied white wine perfect for raw or grilled seafood.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chateau Tertre de Viaud 2014  Cotes de Bourg
90 points
$25
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, and dolmades and olive with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length nuts, cedar, earth, and beets finish with light oak. A satisfying, savory red that will pair brilliantly with beef dishes.
Domaine du Plantey 2015 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
90 points
$27
Dark ruby black color. Green aromas of forest floor, bell pepper, unripe plum, and grilled currant with a crisp, bone-dry medium body and a hot, breezy blackberry, tobacco leaf, and eucalyptus finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An entry-level Bordeaux good for beginner vinophiles; food is a must.
Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli 2013 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico
90 points
$29.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, flower patch earth, and spiced chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long roasted nuts, cedar, cranberry, and earth finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A serious, dry Chianti with bright fruit and great structure.
90 points $29.99
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2014  Coteaux Bourguignons
90 points
$30
Bright ruby garnet color. Artificial, fruity aromas and flavors of mocha latte, cherry 7-layer bar, cherry blossom, and musk and wild mushroom with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long lime peel, starfruit, and sour peach finish with silky, well-integrated, medium tannins and no oak. A luscious, can’t-get-enough Gamay that will be best with a slight chill.
Mercy 2013 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Medium golden straw color. Buttery, oaky aromas of oak, asian pear, butter, and brioche with a round, shy, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length butter, grilled pineapple, and brioche finish with heavy oak. An unadulterated Chardonnay with tons of oak influence and lengthy grilled pineapple notes.
Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
90 points
$32
Medium brown brick red color. Grassy aromas of forest fruits, violet, smoke, and peony with a velvety, soft, dry medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length peony, ripe, huckleberry, and boysenberry finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. An extremely well-balanced and fruit forward Bordeaux.
Clemente VII 2013 Settimo Rosso di Toscano IGT
90 points
$50
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, chocolate toffee, and cherry preserves with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts, craisin, chocolate orange peels, and cedar finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, nicely structured Super Tuscan built for the long haul and the table.
Chateau Mille Roses 2012  Haut-Médoc
90 points
$77
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of gravel, musty black fruit, menthol, and thyme with a lightly tannic, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length wet stone, black currant, bell pepper, and brett finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Bordeaux good for the serious inquirer of the region; drink or hold for the next three years.
Andre Farjon 2014 Cairanne Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
89 points
Dark dusty ruby color. Baked, floral, fresh, fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of tart red cherries, fresh black raspberry, fresh violets, and black pepper with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length finish with fruit, silky, soft tannins and light oak. A spicy, fruit-driven wine that is crowd pleasing.
Andre Farjon 2015 Plan de Dieu Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
89 points
Black violet color. Baked, clean, elegant, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of freshly picked black cherries, dark chocolate mocha, cinnamon, and vanilla with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and light oak. A dry and savory Côtes du Rhone.
Domaine de la Reverie 2015 Hesperia Ventoux Rouge
89 points
Deep purple color. Baked, complex, fruity, jammy, peppery aromas and flavors of dark blackberry pie, clove, nutmeg, and black pepper and pink peppercorn with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length musk and vanilla coconut creme with toasted nuts finish with soft, silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A wild and uninhibited Rhone wine.
Ricossa 2015 Appassimento Barbera
89 points
$16.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of spiced berries and limes, chocolate hazelnuts, and sourdough toast with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-long blueberry cobbler and black cherry and raspberry jam on raisin nut toast finish with fine, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice jammy, crowd-friendly Barbera that drinks a bit like a primitivo or zinfandel.
89 points $16.99
Chateau Lalande Villeneuve 2014  Médoc
89 points
$35
Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, spearmint, and tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry watery body and a tingling, momentary green vegetables, wet tobacco leaf, and watery red fruit finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak. A food-friendly, intro-Medoc for the everyday table.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Dark golden yellow color. Creamy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, vanilla spice, toasted brioche, and candied ginger with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, breezy finish with a suggestion of oak. A crisp and refreshing Chardonnay that can be had on its own or with your favorite shrimp dish.
Mercy 2013 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$38
Medium light garnet color. Sweet aromas of red cherry, violet, and ripe plum with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery chai spice, maraschino cherry, black licorice, and burnt cola finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A fruity pinot noir with lively acidity and wonderful balance.
Mercy 2014 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$42
Medium dark garnet color. Peppery aromas of cola nut, licorice, and ripe blue fruit with a lean, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, engaging, medium-long raspberry, ripe red cherry, nag champa, and sandalwood finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty Pinot Noir that is very food friendly.
Chateau Arnaud 2014  St. Estèphe
89 points
$66
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried citrus and wild berries, toasted sage and herbs, hint of pine and saddle soap, and vanilla with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cranberry preserves, nuts, and oak and earth finish with light oak. A bright, lightly herbal, and appetizing red that will be versatile.
Chateau Terre de Grand 2012  Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and cherries, mocha mousse, and damp earth with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length craisins, nut skin, tomato, and toasty cedar finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, savory red that will shine at the table.
Domaine de l’Espigouette 2015  Vacqueyras
88 points
Brick red color. Baked, boozy, clean, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of dusty tart red cherries, and ripe blackberries, green pepper, mint, and pink peppercorns with a silky, tart, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length cedar plank finish with fruit, soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A fresh, fruit-forward style of red wine with a spicy finish and firm tannins.
Opal Creek 2011  Syrah
88 points
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of licorice, violet candy, membrillo, and summer orchard with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length strawberry gummy candy, milk chocolate, thyme, and leather tobacco pouch finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A plush, charming and ripe Syrah for the table.
Opal Creek 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
Gold color. Tropical aromas of poached apple with vanilla and cinnamon and lychee with a round, crisp, medium-full body and a polished, engaging, medium-length cinnamon honey, caramel sauce, caramelized mango, and cashew butter finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A big, fruity Chardonnay with layers of vanilla and spice.
Benedetto 2016  Chianti Classico
88 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry compote, melted toffee, and smoked nut with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long nuts, plum, apple, and cedar bark finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A pure, spot on, fruit-driven Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2017 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of gooseberries, sweet grasses, grapefruit gummies, and sliced jalapeño and chopped brazil nut with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length bay leaf and crushed mixed peppercorns finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A savory and peppery Sauvignon blanc that will be brilliant with grilled seafood.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Valley of the Moon 2015 Bright Side of the Moon Pinot Blanc-Viognier
88 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla, greenhouse, and mixed melon salad with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length firm pear, fruit cup, chopped nuts, and granny smith apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A plush pinot blanc for sipping upon a chaise.
Wine Spots 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Fruity, sweet aromas of apple cinnamon compote, roasted banana, caramel, and grapefruit candy with a velvety, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, easy apple pie with a buttery crust, allspice, lime, and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely chardonnay whose fruit is complimented by subtle pepperiness.
Bichat NV Brut Rose Champagne
88 points
$29.99
Pink coral color. Aromas of shale, chalk, and honeysuckle with a round, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length buttered crepes with strawberries, pickled watermelon rind, salted marzipan with cocoa nib, and toasted coconut flakes finish with soft, coating tannins and moderate oak. A pretty rose Champagne to complement a dessert spread.
88 points $29.99
Ardal 2013 Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero
88 points
$30
Dark indigo color. Jammy aromas and flavors of ground espresso, fresh plum and roosted nuts, blueberry compote, and vanilla gelato and tomato leaf with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length cocoa powder and cedar, red velvet cake, slate, and licorice and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich Tempranillo with persistent minerality that will please both old and new world wine drinkers.
Chateau Maucoil 2014  Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
88 points
$30
Garnet black color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of menthol, cherry and raspberry jam, country road, and blueberry compote with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length gravel, stewed peach, and black tea finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smacking Côtes du Rhone for every occasion.
Domaine Carneros 2014  Pinot Noir
88 points
$39
Light brick red color. Peppery aromas of black cherry, cola nut, and baking spices with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, black pepper, rustic cedarwood, and red currant finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A perfect daily-drinker Pinot Noir that is extremely food friendly.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$45
Clear golden yellow color. Elegant aromas of vanilla bean, yogurt, custard, and lemon curd with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, short lemon rind, blanched almond, and tart green apple finish with a suggestion of oak. A great introduction to the Saint-Véran region; a must with blue fish pâtés.
Domaine des Millarges 2014 Blanc Chinon
87 points
Pale yellow straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of brie cheese, underripe peach, sweet grasses and wool, and struck match with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a silky, delightful, medium-long apricot and candied ginger, apricot pit and underripe pineapple, lemon curd, and sauerkraut and fresh white flowers finish. An ethereal food-wine with shining acidity.
Contempo 2015  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint wafer, blueberries, and hint of menthol lozenge with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length roasted pecans, cocoa, cedar mulch, and tomato finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, chewy Montepulciano that will shine at the table.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Braveheart 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of black cherry soda and persimmon, mink coat, fine leather, and vanilla-mint with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a snappy mixed berry compote, pizzelle, almond paste, and black pepper and black tea finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cab with a high-fashion state of mind.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
13 Celsius 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Citrusy, complex, elegant, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, lemongrass, and jalapeño with a lean, bright, dry light body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy lemon and asparagus finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, easy drinking style of Sauvignon Blanc that is perfect for the patio on a hot summer day.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Trambusti 2014 Sentimento Super Tuscan Toscana IGT
87 points
$15.99
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, clay, and ground nuts with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy roasted apple, nut skin, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy Tuscan red for artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
87 points $15.99
Ricossa 2015  Barbera dAsti DOCG
87 points
$16.99
Dark brown brick red color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate lemon peels, and vanilla toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long nuts, pomegranate, and dusty earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice bright Barbera with zesty fruit and chewy oak.
87 points $16.99
Mercy 2014 Riverbed Pinot Noir
87 points
$32
Medium dark garnet color. Herbal aromas of earl grey tea, sweet red cherry, and chai spice with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long red cherry, vanilla raspberry, Christmas spice, and bergamot tea finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A wine that expresses its home; a wonderful expression of well-integrated tannin and balanced acidity.
Bichat NV Brut Champagne
86 points
$29.99
Golden straw color. Buttery aromas of bear claw pastry, apple compote, dried apricot, and crisp linen with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery parker rolls, lime blossom, honeycomb cereal, and lemon loaf finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A toasty sparkler for a crowd.
86 points $29.99
Domaine Carneros NV Cuvée de la Pompadour Sparkling Rosé Carneros
86 points
$37
Pale salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of strawberry creme, plum, banana, and fresh pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp buttercream, lemon glaze, marzipan and cotton blossom, and raspberry jelly finish with medium tannins. A fruit basket of a wine; perfect for celebrating.
Chateau Grand Bireau 2016  Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
85 points
Pale bright gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of almond, lemon, clover honey, and sleepytime tea with a soft, dryish thin body and a polished, short finish with no oak. A fine example of entry-level Bordeaux Blanc.
Domaine des Deux Ruisseaux 2015  Merlot
85 points
$14.99
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of fertile earth, overripe plum, and oregano with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a relaxed cranberry sauce with orange peel and potato skins finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for weeknight meals.
85 points $14.99
Chateau le Manoir 2014 Cuvee les Graves Lalande de Pomerol
85 points
$59
Dusty ruby color. Odd aromas and flavors of melted rubber, singed nuts and cocoa, and honeyed dried fruits with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long grilled green apple, mossy earth, and toasty oak finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing red to pair with spicy meat dishes.
PKNT 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$9.99
Dusty brick red color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, dusty sour cherries, ivory, and cherry cola with a coarse, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, easy orange peel, chocolate chip muffin, and baking spice finish with dusty, leafy tannins and light oak. A tangy and earthy pinot noir for the table.
84 points $9.99
PKNT 2016 Reserve Merlot
84 points
$9.99
Dusty garnet color. Smoky aromas of smoked meats, sweet barbecue sauce, and raspberry liqueur with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a smooth, breezy rose petal jam, raspberry leaf, dried mint and coffee balsamic glaze, and sunflower seed spread finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy merlot for weeknight meals.
84 points $9.99
Brass Tacks 2016  Pink Moscato
84 points
$15
Light pink coral color. Sweet aromas of honeysuckle, cotton candy, and pineapple with a soft, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, fast conversation hearts, sugared raspberry, and strawberry cupcake finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet and tropical quaffer.
Brass Tacks 2016  Moscato
84 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pear flesh, jicama, green apple candy, and marshmallow with a soft, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, cheery pine nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty sweet sipper.
Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli 2012  Chianti Classico Riserva
84 points
$24.99
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of leather, dried cherries, and wet clay with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, crisp grilled apple, nut skin, and dusty earth finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tannic Chianti for meat dishes.
84 points $24.99
Andre Farjon 2016  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
83 points
Ruby black color. Herbal aroma of mountain herbs with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length sour cherry preserve, blackberries, sage, and chocolate yogurt finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An herbal Cotes du Rhone for weeknight meals.
Opal Creek 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry cola and leather wallet with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, snappy dark chocolate covered espresso bean, chocolate covered cherry, and fresh mint finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A Cabernet quaffer for weeknight meals.
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