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Reviews for 2018

January 2018 - New Release Wine

January 2018 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Falkner 2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend Temecula Valley
96 points
$54.95
Murky dusty garnet color. Aromas of crushed roses, bittersweet chocolate, and terra cotta with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a layered, long rose hip water, stewed tomato, and clay oven bricks finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A stunning Sangiovese driven blend that captures the essence of Tuscany in a California bottle.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best US Red Wine
96 points $54.95
Santa Isle 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby color. Elegant aromas of red cassis, prosciutto, leather, and oregano with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long cranberry, figs and dates, and tart berry relish finish with fine tannins and light oak. An elegant, steak-worthy cabernet with Chilean charm.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2015  Merlot
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of cherry hand pie, peppered pastrami, blueberry compote, and magnolia blossom with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length leather, carob, black licorice, and firm plum finish with chewy tannins. A powerful, dry, chewy merlot for rich meals; great for Cab-drinkers.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
LangeTwins Winery 2013 Miller Vineyard Single Barrel Cabernet Franc
92 points
$50
Murky ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry stems, dusty rose, and clay pottery with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length , and racquetball finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A luscious fruit forward Cab Franc that demands food worthy of it.
Chateau de Landiras 2015 Red Graves
91 points
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black cherries, vanilla, and earth with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a layered, medium-long finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fresh and fruit-forward style of Bordeaux, perfect for those just getting to explore the region!
Santo NV  Moscato dAsti DOCG
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet, floral aromas of honeycomb, honeysuckle, lilac, and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length apricot nectar, cantaloupe, tangerine sorbet, and golden raisin chutney finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very pleasant and elegant Moscato d’Asti perfect for celebrating before or after the meal.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Moscato d'Asti
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Chaddsford NV Red Blend American
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty light ruby color. Rustic, fruity aromas of grape jam, cinnamon potpourri, and fruit stripes gum with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length pickled beets, compressed watermelon, and roasted nuts finish with silky, fruit tannins. A fun and versatile light-bodied red that displays true American wine in all every fruity, delicious sip.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Taylors 2016  Shiraz
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherry, smoked tar, cracked pink peppercorn, and sweet berry gelato with a lively, dry full body and a complex, long vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A velvety red wine that is smoky and smooth.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
91 points
$30
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, cured meat, chocolate genache, and violet flowers with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a nuanced, medium-long bay leaf and thyme finish with earthy, dusty, medium tannins and moderate oak. A full body, powerful red wine that will compliment any grilled meats; a real knockout from Monticello.
Mocine 2016 Santa Marta Toscana IGT
91 points
$38
Black violet color. Rustic aromas of dried figs and dates, ink, pressed flowers, and tilled earth with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long leather and dried herbs finish with moderate oak. A big and sturdy wine to cellar; this should bloom into a great wine.
William Wright 2016 Reserve Lot Pinot Noir
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry compote, chocolate nut bar, marinated beet relish, and fireplace wood smoke with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long nut brittle, tart rhubarb, dill pickles, and leather finish with silky, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely pinot noir with a great balance of fruity and savory flavors that makes it highly versatile and a great choice for the dinner table.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sola 2013 Meritage Alexander Valley
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of stewed red cherries, cedar, and tobacco with an soft, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A well structured wine that will compliment grilled meats.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2015  Syrah
90 points
$18.99
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of bright red cherries, black pepper, and pink peppercorn with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a complex, medium-long crushed blackberries and vanilla gelato finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A big, juicy Syrah that is sure to please.
90 points $18.99
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
90 points
$28
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry skins, jasmine flowers, felt table, and oyster shells with an medium-full body and an interesting, breezy rose hip, chrysanthemum, smarties, and candy dust finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky and supple Cab Franc with floral layers and integrated tannins.
LangeTwins Winery 2013 The Eighty Vineyard Single Barrel Teroldego
90 points
$50
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of rich black plum, blackberry-clove gelato, and cinnamon with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, rapid constant comment tea and wintergreen finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. An inky, exotic varietal for Zinfandel-lovers.
Tenuta Vitalonga 2013 Terra di Confine Umbria IGT
90 points
$65
Bright black violet color. Rustic, fruity aromas and flavors of sour red cherries, fertile earth, and blackberry with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length minestrone, cinnamon, and bay leaf finish with chewy tannins. A fruity yet savory, chewy red for rich meals.
Le Brun de Neuville NV Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne
90 points
$70
Medium golden straw color. Yeasty aromas of buttered brioche, labnah, lemon buttercream, and toasted hazelnuts with a round, vibrant, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy lemon curd, underripe peach, and za’atar finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A solid Champagne that sings all the notes.
Chateau de Macard 2015 Reserve Bordeaux Supèrieur
89 points
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black and red cherries, rose petals, violets, and smoked pork with an crisp, dry medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A smoky Bordeaux for blackened steak.
Easley NV Reggae White
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant white gold color. Aromas and flavors of underripe apricot, dandelion, and matchstick with a tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length peach nectar, dandelion stem, and lemon balm finish with no oak. A delightfully floral and fruity Muscat perfect for starting or ending a meal.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2015 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Opaque deep purple color. Spicy, savory aromas of fried peppers and cajun spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length babaganoush, cherry mostarda, and grilled grape leaves finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory wine that will pair well with stews.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bad Brothers 2016 Tovio Torrontes-Viognier
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, melon, and white peach with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak. A full bodied white wine packed with rich flavors and a zippy acidity!
89 points $16 Best Buy
Sola 2012 Reserve Petite Sirah
89 points
$17.99
Dark indigo color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, sour red cherry, cigar smoke, and tar with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a distinctive, medium-long dark chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A enormous red wine that will stand up to any dinner.
89 points $17.99
Zinfandelic 2016  Zinfandel
89 points
$19
Bright black violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, polished furniture, patent leather, green bell pepper, and green peppercorn with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length dried mint finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak. A big, zesty Zinfandel; give this one some time to open up.
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of leather, black cassis and blueberry preserve, sweet tobacco, and black licorice with a satiny, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a delightful, medium-length tangy cherry vinaigrette finish with silky tannins and light oak. A unique cellar selection with a beautiful nose.
Michael Gill Cellars 2016 Il Elione Zinfandel
89 points
$45
Bright violet black color. Aromas of stewed mixed berries, raspberry leaf, chocolate taffy, and sandalwood with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy finish. A flavor-packed Zinfandel bursting with berry aromas.
Martellotto 2016 La Bomba Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
89 points
$48
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of grape preserves and wilted violet with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. An approachable and food friendly red blend for all wine-lovers.
Serre dei Roveri 2013  Barolo DOCG
89 points
$90
Dark brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried potted rose, sweet licorice, and earth with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium body and a breezy tar and violets finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid, earthy Barolo that delivers all the classic flavors.
VINI 2016 Rosé Thracian Valley
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark pink coral color. Aromas of cherry skins, white flower petals, and grilled salmon with an bright, light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length strawberry water, geraniums, and stone fruit pits finish with no oak. A subtle yet elegant Rose both dry and fruity to please any palate.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Santa Isle 2015 Grand Reserve Carmenere
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of spiced berry compote, green peppercorn, polished furniture, and peony with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long chocolate dipped berries finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A zesty Carmenère for steak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18.99
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of blueberry pie, raspberry key lime pie, and mocha with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy chocolate covered berries and smoky leather finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, anytime Cabernet with wide appeal.
88 points $18.99
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Merlot
88 points
$20
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of vanilla-blackberry custard and coconut with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate genache, polished furniture, black licorice, and curry spices finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A plush and oaky Merlot that will be very will make for a great glass by the fire.
William Heritage Winery 2016 Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$21
Dusty dark rose color. Attractive aromas and flavors of raspberry vanilla tart, dusty cedar, sugar snap peas, and chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-long winter spices and roasted nuts finish with light oak. A juicy and effortlessly drinkable, light-bodied red blend.
Estratos 2016  Monastrell-Syrah
88 points
$22
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, tart strawberry, licorice, and cream soda with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length raspberry jam finish with well-integrated, silky, soft tannins and light oak. A juicy and smooth easy drinking red!
Heitz 2013 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
88 points
$27.50
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of root beer, coffee cake, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy berry gastrique, dried strawberries, and cherry barbecue sauce finish with light oak. A craveable, tangy, juicy zin.
88 points $27.50
Falkner 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$29.95
Medium golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, mango lassi, golden raspberry, yuzu, cucumber salad, and maraschino liqueur with a velvety, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long almond creme, baking spices, bright meyer lemon, and pink peppercorns finish with light oak. A delicious, nuanced Chardonnay; elegant.
88 points $29.95
Martellotto 2016 Il Capoccia Riserva Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
88 points
$60
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, graham cracker crumbs, and leather jacket with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A plush Merlot driven blend packed with blue fruit notes; save it for dessert.
Le Brun de Neuville NV Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Champagne
88 points
$70
Medium golden yellow color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of golden apples, wool, and yeasty breads with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy green apple butter, poached pear, vanilla creme, and hint of smoke finish with fine tannins and light oak. A zingy everyday Champagne.
Aoyo Winery 2015 Mermaid Syrah-Merlot
87 points
$8
Clear garnet black color. Aromas of fine leather, preserved fruits, fertile earth, vanilla taffy, and jalapeño pepper with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length stuffed bell pepper and bacon wrapped figs finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A meaty, intriguing Chilean red.
Easley 2016  Riesling
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of diesel and white peony with a round, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length beeswax, meyer lemon sorbet, and nougat with almonds finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A craveable riesling that will be a hit.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of fresh apple cobbler and cinnamon pastry with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length chamomile, graham cracker crust, and creme anglaise finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicious, soft and creamy Chardonnay packed with sweet spices and pure fruit.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Merlot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark black violet color. Attractive aromas of bramble, stewed black currants, dark plum, leather, and rosemary with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cocoa nibs and marinated strawberry finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy drinking merlot with a vibrant, brambly nose.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VINI 2016  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon poppyseed muffin, jasmine, lime coulis, wool, green pears, and apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk salt finish with soft tannins. An easy drinking Pinot Grigio with southeastern European charm.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Aoyo Winery 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10
Dark dusty garnet color. Rustic aromas of vanilla-almond bark and ivory with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a cheery smoked chocolate genache, dried green pepper, dried forest berries, and mixed fruit confection finish with medium, silky tannins. A smoky, chocolatey cab.
SomeWine 2012 Red Wine California
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of mole sauce, orange bell pepper, and black beans with an lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length dark chocolate bitters and blue tortilla chips finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A unique and complex blend, filled with south of the border flavors and nuance.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Denada 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby garnet color. Smoky aromas of roasted green peppers, dark cherries, embers, and grilled stuffed mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length dried orange peel, persimmon, and toasty oak finish. A mouthwatering, juicy cab for rich beef.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2015 Gold Grand Reserve Carmenere
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Green, smoky aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, smoked green pepper, and charred cedar with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp anise and vanilla finish. A fun Chilean Carmenère with juicy acidity.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kin & Country 2016 Vista del Sol Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Clear dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, cracked black pepper, and pencil shaving with a crisp, dry medium body and a stimulating, cheery fondant finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lush, rich, and round red perfect for the backyard cook out.
Zinfandelic 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
87 points
$19
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums and peaches, carob, whole peppercorns, and maple with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A gulpable Zinfandel for weeknight dinners.
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$26
Medium yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of phyllo dough, lemon supremes in syrup, orange zest, maple syrup, and thyme with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tart apples and slivered almonds finish. A bright Chardonnay with enticing citrus flavors.
Bodegas Campiña 2014 Viñas Centenarias Toro
87 points
$28
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black cherries, black pepper, and cured meat with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, medium tannins and light oak. A perfect introduction to Spain! Full and fresh with fruit and just a touch of tannin.
Schug 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of bramble, raspberry lip balm, and black pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, breezy baking spices and chocolate taffy finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A solid Cabernet Blend for easy pairings.
Stella Rosa NV  Moscato dAsti
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Floral, sweet aromas of honeycomb, lemon cake, fresh peaches, honeysuckle blossom, and mango with a round, bright, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk ripe apricot, straw, and marzipan finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A friendly, crowd-pleasing moscato.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Sofos 2015 Greek Red Wine Korinthos
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, spicy black plum, and pomegranate with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A light, fruity and easily enjoyable red wine!
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
86 points
$50
Murky garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, green pepper, and sandalwood with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasant Cab Franc for spring and summer dishes.
Easley NV Sweet Tulip Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of clover flower and beeswax with a soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, cheery pineapple confection, honey drizzled pears, praline, and lemon balm finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy moscato for any sweet-wine lover.
85 points $6.99
Falkner 2016 Luscious Lips White California
85 points
$17.95
Straw color. Aromas of orange blossom, honey, sweet almond cookies, and lemon gel with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, scant Sweet Tart candies finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking lightly sweet wine for daytime sipping.
85 points $17.95
Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
85 points
$35
Brilliant deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, cured meat, and sawdust with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a breezy plum tart finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A well balanced and fruit forward red blend.
Broken Clouds 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Medium golden straw color. Elegant aromas of marshmallow, vanilla almond nougat, wedding cake, oak dust, and white tea with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana creme anglaise and white pepper finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A plush wine for true California Chardonnay fans.
Sand Point 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Medium golden straw color. Aromas of vanilla taffy, corn flakes in cream, french vanilla, and apple tart with a soft, crisp, fruity thin body and a brisk toasty oak finish with light oak. A creamy and mild Chardonnay for easy sipping.
Sofos 2016 Greek White Wine Peloponnese
84 points
$12.99
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, yellow peaches, and butterscotch with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich and round, easily enjoyable white!
84 points $12.99
Northleaf Winery NV Milton Historic District Deep Roots Red Zinfandel
84 points
$14
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of cream soda, cherry cola, blackberry gelato, and mochacino with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple-cinnamon, pencil eraser, pecan praline, and clove cigarettes finish with moderate oak. An intensely fruity zin for crowd-pleasing and unique pairings.
Stella Rosa NV Moscato Orange Fior dArancio Colli Euganei DOCG
84 points
$15
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of honeydew melon and straw with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, rapid clove candies and rose petal finish with soft tannins and no oak. A spicy-sweet and mellow dessert wine.
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$18.99
Medium golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of omelet, lemon curd, and apple cinnamon compote with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp finish. A solid Chardonnay for easy pairings; aerate.
84 points $18.99
Tenuta Vitalonga 2014 Elcione Umbria IGT
84 points
$30
Garnet black color. Meaty, savory aromas of crushed wild berries, smoked meats, and bell peppers with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy roasted beet, braised greens, and leather finish with chewy tannins. A savory, earthy red for the table.
Easley 2016  Traminette
83 points
$8.99
Straw green color. Floral aromas of wild grape, peach blossom, gardenia body powder, crushed pineapple, and guanabana with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk ripe peaches finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An old-school, foxy Traminette that will be great on the porch or with homestyle meals.
83 points $8.99
Stella Rosa NV Berry Semi-Sweet Sparkling Italy
83 points
$9
Brilliant pink coral color. Candied aromas and flavors of raspberry candy, green apple spree, purple pixie sticks, and cotton candy with a glycerous, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brief finish with chalky tannins and no oak. A candied sparkler.
Santa Isle 2016 Reserve Carmenere
83 points
$9.99
Medium violet color. Sulfurous aromas of green leaves, sweet gum tree, egg salad, and grilled bacon fat with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a cheery cherry skins and warm spices finish. A gulpable red for large parties.
83 points $9.99
90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé Italy
83 points
$11.99
Clear silvery pink color. Funky aromas of fishing net, fallen stone fruit, and brie cheese rind with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry light body and a brisk citrus and underripe white peach finish with no oak. A bubbly quaffer for anytime sipping.
83 points $11.99
PKNT 2016 Reserve Carmenere
81 points
$9.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of dried leaves, parchment, green bell pepper, and charred rosemary with a slightly chewy, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy blackberry finish with papery tannins and light oak. A crushable red.
81 points $9.99
Falkner 2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato California
81 points
$17.95
Brilliant pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry gummy and red licorice with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk strawberry daiquiri, candy shells, and preserves finish with no oak. A fruity and easy drinking rose; serve it with hors d’ouevres at your next baby shower.
81 points $17.95
Phiculle 2013 Phiculle Umbria IGT
81 points
$65
Deep garnet color. Meaty aromas of minestrone soup, picked beets, and kidney beans with a watery body and a swift finish.
Falkner 2013 Luscious Lips Red California
80 points
$17.95
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, smoked cherries, and jalapeño with a crisp, off-dry medium body and a brisk finish with soft, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fresh and fruit forward red with just a touch of sweetness.
80 points $17.95
Chaddsford 2015 Artisan Series Traminette
80 points
$20
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of chicago-style hot dog relish, smoky tomato paste, pickled sport peppers, and apple butter with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, relaxed matchstick and saline finish. A very distinctive Traminette for adventure seekers.
Spangler 2013  Tempranillo
80 points
$28
Medium burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of freshly picked cranberries, cinnamon, and smoke with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a easy fruit punch and plump sultanas finish with papery, leafy tannins and light oak. A food friendly wine for the BBQ.
Mira Winery 2016  Chardonnay
80 points
$33
Medium yellow straw color. Sulfurous aromas of tamago, wet rag, and key lime yogurt with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length salted microgreens, diced apple, and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak. A Napa Chardonnay that will benefit greatly from aeration.
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