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February 2018 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Alea Ludendo 2013  Elba Aleatico Passito
95 points
$147
Deep purple color. Fruity, floral aromas of sugared plums, pressed violet, honeycomb, sweet cigars, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, layered, long ginger, saffron, dried figs, mint creme, and molasses cookies finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delightful and nuanced Dessert Wine to finish an excellent meal; just lovely.
Awards: 2017 Best Dessert Wine
Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
93 points
$75
Black garnet color. Aromas of sweet nutmeg, ripe dark fruits, violet pastille coasted aniseed, maple, and rich fruitcake with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long earth, dried figs, dark, and smoky caramel finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A complex Bordeaux that will age with grace.
Domaine Paul Buisse 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fresh, tropical aromas of passionfruit custard, starfruit and grapefruit coulis, fresh snap pea, iris, and mango candies with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long wet stones, apricot stone, and aloe vera finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A cheerful, elegant sauvignon blanc with a great finish and ample finesse.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Caricature 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of polished wood furniture, cured meats, fresh berry jam, and imported cheese with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long red cassis, cinnamon, and black tea finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A super-satisfying and balanced cabernet for excellent dinners.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Famiglia Castellani 2012  Chianti Classico Riserva
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dusty dark garnet color. Earthy aromas of plump chocolate drizzled prunes, figs, bacon in cherry mostarda, and leather belt with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-long cherry skins, dried violet, cigar box, cedar, and allspice finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A drink-it-now Chianti with great integration and food-friendly spunk.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Taylors 2015 Jaraman Shiraz
92 points
$22.99
Garnet black color. Herbal, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of menthol-mint, chocolate mint cookie, blackberry chutney, and cherry cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long cassis preserves and exotic spices finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully herbal shiraz that will shine with spicy meat dishes.
92 points $22.99
Artiste 2015  Shiraz
92 points
$24
Garnet black color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, spicy berry pie, caramel buttercream, and pepper with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long eucalyptus honey, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cola float finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious spicy, minty shiraz that is sure to please.
Chateau de Reynaud 2014  Bordeaux Supèrieur
92 points
$29
Dark dusty garnet color. Funky aromas and flavors of raspberry lambic, pomegranate aril, and polished leather furniture with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length bramble finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A vibrant French wine for fans of lambic beers.
Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
92 points
$31
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, cherry-apple cider vinaigrette, crushed walnuts, and polished shoes with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a long fresh tart plum and graphite finish with light oak. A bright and tangy Blaye to complement rich foods.
Chateau Mille Roses 2011  Haut-Médoc
92 points
$78
Dark dusty ruby color. Elegant aromas of fennel, dried cassis, coconut, and fine leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black cherry, honey-menthol, rose, and coriander seed finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A delicious Bordeaux with subtle hints of herbal freshness; lovely terroir, concentration and length.
Les Hauts de Janeil 2016 Grenache-Sauvignon Pays dOc IGP
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas of underripe peaches, citron, passion fruit, rolled fondant, sea spray, and fresh grass with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length white pepper and banana leaf finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A light-on-its-feet French white that will be a lovely oyster wine.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Spoken Barrel 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$19.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of dates, cherries in porridge, black pepper, and creme de violette with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long vanilla gelato, berries in white chocolate, graphite, and black pepper finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A serious cab full of complexities.
91 points $19.99
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015  Zinfandel
91 points
$20
Deep purple color. Oaky aromas of smoked vanilla bean, toasty cigar box, and dried cherries and raspberries with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length kiwi relish, chocolate muffin, and cinnamon-honey finish with heavy oak. A yummy, velvety Zin that will easily win you over.
Dusted Valley 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$42
Ruby color. Aromas of dried figs and dates, curry powder, cured meats, and rose petals with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla fondant, shale, and dried raspberry finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A high quality Columbia Valley cabernet for great meals.
One Woman 2014 Dessert Wine Gruner Veltliner
91 points
$45
Bright amber color. Complex aromas of sweet apricot, orange marmalade, honey drizzle, and maraschino cherry pit with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-length cumin, coriander, and allspice finish. A fantastically delicious sweet and spicy Grüner oozing with complex charm.
Chateau les Anguilleys 2012 Cru Bourgeois Médoc
91 points
$49
Dark dusty garnet color. Elegant aromas of marasca cherry, dried peach, curry, orchard blossoms, and cured meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long cinnamon tisane, pomegranate, and thicket finish with coating, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright, elegantly fruity nose entices in this crowd-pleasing Bordeaux.
Alta Montagna 2013  Barolo DOCG
91 points
$85
Clear burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of berry-citrus relish, mint cream, marinated root vegetables, and piney herbs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long pomegranate and cedar mulch finish with moderate oak. A nice old world style Barolo with classic flavors and style.
Sand Point 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
Black ruby color. Aromas of suede, black tea, and chocolate genache with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length toasted hazelnut, cinnamon creme, clove, and vanilla taffy finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A leathery Cab with aging potential.
Kirkland Signature 2011 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Interesting aromas of grape leaves, beets, charcoal, vanilla, and orange peels with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, breezy dry rub, fennel fronds, and black pepper finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A slightly savory wine with big structure for rich meals.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2014 Phantom Red California
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length toffee and baking spices finish with no oak. A nice chewy red blend that will be very versatile.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Dominio de Taurum 2016  Tempranillo
90 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas of peppered grilled berries and seven layer bar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long mouthwatering tart raspberry and coconut creme finish with cottony tannins. A fresh a fruity style of Tempranillo with great structure and acidity.
Amarama 2015  Primitivo
90 points
$45
Bright black garnet color. Creamy, minty aromas and flavors of berries in mint cream, nougat, mincemeat, and herbs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long cherry compote and acacia honey finish. A very ripe and fruity primitivo for sipping or the table.
Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2016 Valdiserre Moscato dAsti DOCG
90 points
$45
Emerald straw color. Funky aromas of ripe pineapple, apricot, candied peach, orange flower water, and iced tea with lemon with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a captivating, brisk beeswax finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A summery, complex Moscato that will have you asking for a second glass.
One Woman 2014 Dessert Wine Gewurztraminer
90 points
$48
Bright light amber color. Floral aromas and flavors of lychee preserve, glazed apricot, honey, allspice, sweet pea blossom, and cherry blossom with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length golden kiwi finish with silky tannins. A decadent dessert wine that will be excellent after a good meal.
Vignano 2015 Matrio Malbec
90 points
$52
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas of black raspberry, tomato, basil, and patent leather with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a hot, cheery cherry soda, nutskins, and baking spices finish with moderate oak. A tasty Tuscan red for delicious pairings.
Angeli Dorati 2013  Barolo DOCG
89 points
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of sesame, nuts and berries, dusty wood, and fine herbs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long pomegranate, craisin, and earth finish with moderate oak. A spot on Barolo with classic style and mouthwatering acidity.
William Wright 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Creamy aromas of ghee, lemon curd on yogurt, vanilla wafer, cinnamon dusted dried apple slices, white peppercorns, and matchstick with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a rapid sweet and sour mix, graham cracker, toasted marshmallow, and grilled pineapple finish with soft tannins and light oak. A robustly fruity and balanced chardonnay with bright acidity and a crowd pleasing style.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2016  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of almond peach cake, white flowers, fresh tangerine zest, and pastry cream with a round, bright, light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length green apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh and charming pinot grigio with elegant flavors.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon-Nero dAvola
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of cherry preserves with mango, cola, chocolate cake, and dill cucumber salad with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy carob chips and black licorice finish with medium tannins and light oak. A delightfully fruity and engaging Italian red blend that is sure to satisfy.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Famiglia Castellani 2016  Vermentino
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of waxy ripe fruit, lavender, lemon scone, and rubber plant leaf with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length tangerine, lemon bar, and wet slate finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant, crisp, clean wine with exceptional minerality.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Frey 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16.50
Violet color. Aromas of smoked tomatoes, black pepper, and jambon de Paris with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a layered, medium-long dried figs, prune, and silt finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big, smoky, peppery Cab.
89 points $16.50
Spoken Barrel 2015 Meritage Columbia Valley
89 points
$19.99
Black violet color. Oaky, fruity aromas of cigar wrapper, blueberries in cream, freshly baked muffins, and nutmeg with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length coriander and vanilla gelato finish with a suggestion of oak. A voluptuous and smooth wine that will bring a layer of sensuality to dinner.
89 points $19.99
Vignano 2015 Merlino Merlot Toscana IGT
89 points
$23
Black violet color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry jam, rosemary, flaky pie crust, and vanilla bean with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy violet petals and nutmeg finish with light oak. An appealing, bright and fruity Merlot for anytime sipping.
Riva Leone 2014  Barbaresco DOCG
89 points
$24.99
Dusty dark violet color. Aromas of sesame candy, spray roses, persimmon, papery onion skins, and sweet anise with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a crisp dry earth, silt, dates, salted milk chocolate, and berry tart finish with papery tannins and light oak. A dry and earthy Barbaresco for rich meals.
89 points $24.99
Riva Leone 2013  Barolo DOCG
89 points
$34.99
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tar, dried cherries, lemon herb soap, dark roasted nuts, eucalyptus leaf, and peony petals in syrup with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp persimmon, artisan parchment and ink, toffee, and mineral powder finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A youthful barolo that will benefit from a long slumber in the cellar.
89 points $34.99
deLorimier 2014 Warm Springs Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$38
Black garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of oak, sundried tomato, baked bell pepper, and warm red fruits with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a captivating, medium-long leather and black licorice finish with chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak. A dry red fit for juicy steaks.
Zironda 2013  Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
89 points
$39.99
Black garnet color. Rustic aromas of sautéed peppers and mushrooms, smoked berries, grilled vanilla beans, stewed greens, and raisin cake with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long molasses, Worcestershire sauce, tobacco, and coriander finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lengthy, chewy, mouth-filling Amarone for carnivorous pairings.
89 points $39.99
deLorimier 2014 Artisan Meritage Alexander Valley
89 points
$70
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate wafers, dark purple fruits in cream, and clove with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length allspice, oak, and vanilla bean finish with medium tannins and heavy oak. A fruity wine with a huge backbone of oak; oak heads should happily drink now, others should cellar.
Art of Earth 2016  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated blackberry leaf, fountain pen ink, herbs de Provence, and green peppercorn with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate milkshake and pomegranate finish. A juicy gulper for anytime sipping or upscale pizza pairings.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cline 2015  Syrah
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Roasted, earthy aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts, mulberry preserves, peppery spice, and mossy earth with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length sour cherry chutney, creme brulee, and cedar bark finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice tangy, earthy syrah that will shine at the table.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Pierre Dupond La Renjardière 2015  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Rustic aromas of ripe sour cherries, strawberry, green peppercorn, and leather with a chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a medium-length quercus finish with medium, barky tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready red for weeknight meals.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Zironda 2014  Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
88 points
$19.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of pickled sundried tomatoes, candle wax, smoked ham, mustard vinaigrette, olive tapenade, and sweet tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length ink soaked leather, dried cherries, raisin paste, and caramelized carrots finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very interesting Valpolicella with great earthy flavors, well-tempered acidity, and fine balance.
88 points $19.99
Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition Fronsac
88 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, roasted sweet potatoes with cumin, green pepper, and celery with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a stimulating, medium-long dark chocolate finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A great choice for the cellar.
Vall Por 2006  Priorat
88 points
$39
Ruby color. Earthy aromas of stewed greens, berry vinaigrette, white cabbage, and prunes with a slightly chewy, dry medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length carrot, cherry candy, sun crisped earth, and cedar plank finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, terroir-driven Priorat to drink ASAP.
deLorimier 2014 Preston Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$42
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of dried dark fruit, cedar, kiwi relish, and leather patina with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, breezy magnolia finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A solid cab for big wine lovers; cellar.
Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
$45
Dark dusty garnet color. Rustic aromas of leather saddle, hay barn, beets, kalamata olive, dried cherries, peach scone, and autumn leaves with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length dried fig, black pepper, and chocolate raspberry fudge finish with crunchy tannins. A tasty and crowd-pleasing Bordeaux for any time.
Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
$49
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of cherry preserves, black licorice, cheese rind, and white pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length plum butter, cinnamon puff pastry, ink, and cumin finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A versatile Bordeaux Supèrieur that hits all the right notes.
Albano Carrisi 2011 Plantone Rosso Salento IGP
88 points
$59
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Woody aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, bacon, peppercorn and dried tomato, and cedar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long dried cherries, nuts, and pumice finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious old world style primitivo with harmony and a nice sense of place.
Miya Ray 2016  Malbec
87 points
Bright ruby black color. Fruity aromas of raspberry and blackberry cobbler, blackberry leaf, and dried orange peel with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium finish. A juicy, fruity Malbec that will please Chilean and Argentinean wine lovers alike.
Sargent Canyon 2016 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of berry-vanilla compote with dark chocolate shavings, damp forest, wet leaves, and fresh diced green pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy berry fruit leather, rum raisin, charred oak, and nutskin finish with moderate oak. A fruity cab for effortless pairings.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2016  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of nougat, ocean fresh kelp, white grape gummies, and orange soda with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk sliced lemons, fresh linen, and green pear finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A white wine crusher for hot days and pre-meal quaffing.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vignano 2015 Il Primo Superiore Chianti Superiore DOCG
87 points
$35
Opaque ruby black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and berries, banana nut muffin, grilled pomegranate, and honeycomb with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long chocolate orange peel and meringue finish with light oak. A bright, satisfying Chianti with ample fruit and nice integration of flavors.
Chateau La Gregoire 2014  St. Emilion
87 points
$49
Dusty garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, smoky leather, green pepper, and ginkgo with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length country earth and pencil shaving finish with moderate oak. A tasty St. Emilion full of earthy intrigue.
Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2014 Classico Superiore Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
87 points
$65
Medium brushed amber color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced bananas foster, toasty berry tart, wax, and salt water taffy with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, long dried cherries, delicate spices, and vanilla cream finish with light oak. A charming, fruit driven Italian red.
Tenuta Ripalte 2015  Costa Toscana IGT
87 points
$72
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of olive and pepper tapenade, pomegranate relish peppercorn, and pencil shavings with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long chocolate cranberries, exotic spiced nuts, and citrus custard finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. An amazingly rich and exotic roller coaster of flavors.
Le Calende 2013  Barolo DOCG
86 points
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of marinated berries and tomatoes, orange blossoms, and hint of mint and spice with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long sour cherries and creme Anglaise finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright, mouthwatering Barolo that will compliment a fine meal.
Les Hauts de Janeil 2015 Syrah-Grenache Pays dOc IGP
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blueberries, violets, earth, stewed peppers with tomatoes, and sweet tobacco with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy vanilla nougat finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy drinking, fruit-forward red for the table.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ceste 2014  Barbera
86 points
$36
Opaque black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, berry scone, and pistachio gelato with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long cherry compote, toffee, and cocoa finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruit forward Barbera that is sure to please.
Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2013 Bricco del Falco Pinot Nero
86 points
$142
Pale dark garnet color. Tropical, interesting aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, banana taffy and muffin, and pencil shavings with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long nuts, sour cherry, and delicate spice finish with light oak. A lovely delicately tropical Italian red with a distinctive personality.
Finke’s Widow 2016 Field Blend Blanc de Blanc Sparkling California
85 points
$13
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of lemon bar, wool, poached apple, and plantain with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp sparkler for cheese and hors d’ouevres.
Green Truck 2014  Petite Sirah
85 points
$13.99
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of white peppercorn, mint cream, spicy berry compote, and pencil shavings with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length vanilla gelato and root beer finish with light oak. A fun, flavorful petite sirah with snappy spiciness.
85 points $13.99
Santi Nobile 2015 Night Harvest Red Blend Terre Siciliane IGP
85 points
$30
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of melted wax, berry compote, and chocolate pistachio brittle with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length coconut creme brulee, cherry preserves on raisin toast, and nougat finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A super ripe, fruit-driven Sicilian red that will cover a lot of bases.
Les Esperons 2016  Chardonnay
85 points
$34
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of butter poached apple, dried pineapple, and cantaloupe with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy roasted and glazed nuts, caramelized delicata squash, and star anise finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A new world styled Chardonnay from France.
Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2011  Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
85 points
$138
Opaque ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, salt water taffy, and craisins with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-long chocolate mint, spice, and cedar finish with light oak. A juicy, fruity Amarone.
Angelo 2013  Barolo DOCG
84 points
Medium brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of nuts, pomegranate vinegar, and dried tomato with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, long cream and honeyed nuts finish. A racy Barolo for the table.
Vignano 2015 Senio Chianti DOCG
84 points
$17
Bright brown brick red color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, vanilla scone, chocolate toffee, and banana chips with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, breezy rice pudding, hint of mint and eucalyptus, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A solid Chianti that will be versatile.
Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
84 points
$27
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas of egg salad, lime spritz, pickling spices, fresh hide, fennel, and India ink with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk sun dried tomato and sawdust finish with moderate oak. A food-friendly Blaye for weeknight meals.
Albano Carrisi 2013 Taras Primitivo
84 points
$29
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pencil eraser, dark berry pie, chocolate fondue, and sage with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a carefree vanilla yogurt nuts and singed cedar finish. A very smoky, savory red for grilled meats.
Les Hauts de Janeil 2016 Rosé de Syrah Pays dOc IGP
83 points
$12.99
Pink coral color. Aroma of wild strawberry with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, brisk dill pickle relish, watermelon, cherry stone, and ripe plantain finish with no oak. A pink quaffer for channeling the south of France.
83 points $12.99
Green Truck 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$13.99
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fresh broccoli, clove, wood chips, and menthol with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A funky cab for the table.
83 points $13.99
Kirkland Signature 2015  Chablis Premier Cru
81 points
$14.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butterscotch syrup, pear vinaigrette, and salt with a glycerous, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, cheery finish with soft tannins and no oak. A tangy white worthy of a good quaffing session.
81 points $14.99
Kirkland Signature 2012  Brunello di Montalcino
80 points
$24.99
Dusty Siam color. Funky, vegetal aromas and flavors of borscht, brown butter roasted nuts, well foraged forest floor, and wax and tar with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peculiar, medium-length pomegranate and nutskin finish with moderate oak. A very rustic Brunello for game.
80 points $24.99
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