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March 2018 - US Bordeaux Varietals

March 2018 - US Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

AvinoDos 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$60
Black garnet color. Elegant aromas of ripe cassis, dark chocolate coated coconut, rose petals, caramel, and roasted nuts with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long ripe blueberries, hibiscus, pomegranate, and leather patina finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A knockout, endless Coombsville cab that is ready to drink or for a slumber in the cellar.
90+ Cellars 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark black ruby color. Aromas of watermelon candy, peony, dill salad, bamboo, rose hips, and raspberry cobbler with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, long dried cranberry, cocoa butter, cigar box, wintergreen, and black licorice finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A warming, spicy Cabernet that delights with rich flavors and bright, appetite-stimulating acidity.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Semillon
93 points
$24
Medium straw color. Aromas of rambutan, poached white pear, underripe apricot, lemon bar, honeysuckle, and dried grasses with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long walnut, white pepper, and coriander finish. A racy and precise Semillon with a bright future ahead.
Spangler 2014  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$28
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of ripe plums, spice cake, sweet pea blossom, buttercream frosting, soy sauce, and freshly stained wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long rich tobacco, beeswax, and cocoa powder finish with grippy tannins. A bold and serious cab franc to lay down for years to let its flavors integrate.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine Yorkville Highlands
93 points
$30
Light straw green color. Fruity, elegant aromas of ripe apricot, green papaya, coconut, and acacia with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long roasted pine nuts, lime zest, and tart passionfruit finish with leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A really nice California take on white Bordeaux; one to cellar with great anticipation.
Greyscale 2015  Merlot
93 points
$44
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of dried berries, rosewood, black pepper, and fertile earth with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, intricate, long raspberry tart, tea leaves, cinnamon, and fine cigarettes finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A big, bold, sophisticated Merlot to impress your guests with.
Ledson 2014 Cepage Sonoma Valley
93 points
$86
Medium black garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas of crushed raspberries with orange zest, ripe cassis, rose, espresso, and cinnamon with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, very long toasty oak, raisin bread, and licorice finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A streamlined, chewy Bordeaux Varietal Blend that is excellent now but will become exceptional with cellaring; incredible length.
90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve Series Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$22.99
Ruby color. Interesting aromas of juicy raspberry and blackberry, peach tea, and cranberry with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long potted geranium, gingerbread, fresh scone, and maple finish with firm, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A twisting and turning Alexander Valley Cab that offers new intrigue around each corner.
92 points $22.99
Freedom Run 2015 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$29.95
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plump blueberries, tomato leaf, earl grey tea, and smoke with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long crushed walnut and vanilla sugar finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A homerun Cabernet Franc from Niagara Escarpment; concentrated blueberry and spice flavors linger on the palate until the next delicious sip.
92 points $29.95
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé Malbec
92 points
$36
Brilliant steely pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, toffee, ripe strawberries, and lemon curd with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long roasted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sparkler with gobs of elegant fruit flavors to explore; both rich and light-on-its-feet.
Spangler 2014  Petit Verdot
92 points
$38
Black violet color. Aromas of polished wood, dried figs and dates, balsamic reduction, and no. 2 pencil with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, distinctive, long baked prunes, rich baking spices, fine leather furniture, oregano, and cured meats finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. A appetizing, brawny Petit Verdot for excellent rich meals.
Freedom Run 2014 Meritage Appassimento Niagara Escarpment
92 points
$44.95
Dark brick red color. Aromas of raisins, sandalwood-vanilla, salted caramel, cherry-mint lozenge, cigar box, and carob cookies with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-long tar, dried roses, aniseed, and dried cherry finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An outstanding mature red that puts Niagara Escarpment on the map: Italian wine lovers need apply.
92 points $44.95
Tertulia Cellars 2014 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenere
92 points
$48
Black violet color. Aromas of smoked vanilla bean, charred fajita veggies, and latex with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long violet blossoms, crushed blackberry, sun-scortched earth, black licorice, and peppercorn dry-rub finish with firm, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A savory Carmenère with exquisite oak that couldn’t be from anywhere but Horse Heaven Hills.
Summit Lake 2013 Emily Kestree Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$75
Opaque black garnet color. Oaky aromas of black currant, latex, clean saddle, and soap stone with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a peppery, complex, very long carob, chocolate fudge, rose, and cedar incense finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A heavily oaked Cab with a style that will appeal to port-style zin drinkers; a must-try.
Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve Merlot
91 points
$24.95
Dusty ruby black color. Savory aromas of fig jam, quince paste, smoked meats, and cherry mostarda with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, medium-long paprika, chocolate dipped berries, toasty sandalwood, and vanilla finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, nuanced Merlot with savory spice and intriguing fruit; old-world flair abounds in this East coast charmer.
91 points $24.95
City Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$38
Black ruby color. Spicy aromas of sweet cigarillos, mustard greens, marinated kiwi, leather, and dried cherries with a round, lively, dryish medium-full body and a compelling, medium-long mixed peppercorns, blackberry coulis, and mocha finish with moderate oak. A juicy Cabernet with a spicy kick and terrific acidity; drink now or cellar.
Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Blend Reserve Sonoma County
91 points
$48
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry gastrique, red raspberries, plum coulis, aniseed, and balsamic vinaigrette with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long miso glaze, thyme, roasted carrot, cedar, and dried rose petal finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated red blend for fans of Port-style Zinfandels or Amarone.
Spangler 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$50
Black violet color. Aromas of dried plum, violet candies, orange, clove, toasted vanilla frosted brioche, dark chocolate genache, and roasted cashew with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long baking spice, fine leather, and coconut flakes finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A dense and velvety Cab with approachable tannins.
San Simeon 2014 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Paso Robles
91 points
$70
Dark black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raisin, dried cassis, sage, ink, cinnamon crumble, and cola with a chewy, vibrant, full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long clove, allspice, Darjeeling tea, dried Seville orange peels, and leather finish with dusty, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A brooding, inky red blend with great structure and concentration.
Sunstone 2015 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$75
Black ruby color. Elegant aromas of chocolate, chervil, paprika, cigars, and rose tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, complex, long vanilla yogurt with roasted nuts, butter drizzled grilled berries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cola finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A seamless Cabernet with sophisticated flavor and instant appeal.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$20
Bright straw green color. Green, citrusy aromas of white grapefruit flesh, lush green leaves, grilled jicama, and sweet and spicy ginger with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, layered, medium-long underripe stone fruit, chamomile, wet stones, almond tea cakes, and sweet tangerine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A flirty, nuanced and serious sauvignon blanc for expert pairings and contemplative sipping.
Del Rio 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$28
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of box of raisins, grilled melons, and cured meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced dates, roasted nuts, chocolate covered caramels, and paprika finish with moderate oak. A nice Rogue Valley cab packed with notes of dried fruits.
Spangler 2015  Carmenere
90 points
$28
Dark deep purple color. Earthy aromas of juicy raspberries, vanilla bean gelato, mulberry preserves, and fertile earth with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long sandalwood, roasted sweet potato, pomegranate molasses, and roasted pecan finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A plush and fruity Carmenère with a great sense of place; this will serve as a gentle introduction to the variety.
Spangler 2014 Claret Southern Oregon
90 points
$28
Black garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of spiced plums, caramel, sweet black cherry, and cola with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long cinnamon and allspice, cigar box, leather, and sweet vanilla finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious red blend from Southern Oregon with instant appeal.
Spangler 2014  Merlot
90 points
$28
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry compote, potpourri, flan, rosewood, and strawberry shortcake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, layered, medium-long apple cider, violets, and forest floor finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, floral and intriguing merlot; a must-try.
Freedom Run 2013 Meritage Estate Niagara Escarpment
90 points
$34.95
Dark garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, charred meats, blistered blueberries, and coriander with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length ripe plum finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A terrific expression from Niagara Escarpment; an excellent steak wine to lay down if you can resist.
90 points $34.95
Bogle 2015  Merlot
89 points
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of grilled berries, roasted red pepper, vanilla fondant, and steak rub with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length blueberry cobbler, dill, and toasted coconut finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A loveable juicy merlot with a spicy kick.
89 points Best Buy
Bogle 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Tropical aromas of passion fruit sorbet, fresh cilantro, fresh citrus salad with roasted pepitas, and apple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, medium-length lush grasses, nasturtium leaf, and pickled ginger finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean and green Sauvignon Blanc with crisp acidity and tropical charm.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Sean Minor 2016 Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Grassy, tropical aromas and flavors of passionfruit, grapefruit jellies, creamy sweet yogurt, and fresh cilantro with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length roasted sunflower seeds, green papaya, crushed coriander, and cucumber-lime finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright yet creamy sauvignon blanc with nice length and concentration; hits the nail on the head.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sean Minor 2016 Four Bears Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Medium black violet color. Green aromas of roasted green pepper, Chinese 5 spice, mocha, and pie crust with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish full body and an effortless, cheery graphite, fruit and nut bar, and burnt sugar finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak. A chewy cab that will stand up to rich steaks.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Merlot
89 points
$19.99
Bright black garnet color. Aromas of ink, dusty berries, graphite, and duck fat with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-length raspberry jam, multigrain toast, and peppermint jelly finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An interesting and delicate Merlot with attractive minerality.
89 points $19.99
San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve Merlot
89 points
$20
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of dried dark fruit, baklava, black pepper sauce, and sweet corn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, charming, medium-long raspberry cobbler, grilled vanilla bean, leather, and soy sauce finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A tasty and serious Merlot with instant satisfaction.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2014 Meritage Reserve Niagara Escarpment
89 points
$24.95
Garnet black color. Aromas of roast beef, oven roasted aliums, and banana baby food with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy beets with sautéed spinach, rice wine vinegar, and sweet papaya finish with light oak. A savory wine for the hunter’s table.
89 points $24.95
Sean Minor 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$24.99
Dark black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cured meats, creme de violette, sweet cassis, and sweet soy sauce with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a delightful, medium-to-long plum vanilla pudding, cola, and milk chocolate finish. A tasty and rich Napa with a lovely floral nuance.
89 points $24.99
90+ Cellars 2016 Collectors Series Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$27.99
Black violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of ripe berry melange, red apples, vanilla fondant, and sugared violets with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long black tea with cream, sweet cigarillo, allspice leaf, and sweet ginger finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, fruity Napa Cab with intoxicating aromas and a silky touch of sweetness.
89 points $27.99
LUXX 2016 Sculpterra Vineyard Merlot
89 points
$29.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño, pomegranate molasses, smoked dates, vanilla, and black pepper with a chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy plum, iced tea, and tarragon finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy merlot for weeknight steak.
89 points $29.99
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
89 points
$34
Dusty ruby black color. Spicy aromas of roasted red pepper, dried cassis, cedar, bacon, and cherry blossom with a slightly chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla taffy, red apple skins, and cherries in syrup finish with chewy, medium tannins and moderate oak. An easy drinking Cab Franc; try with pork chops.
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$36
Garnet black color. Oaky aromas of latex, pine, lilac, and coconut with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long creme de cassis, marigold, sweet peppermint, and chamomile finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive, herbal Yorkville Cab that is a must-try.
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
89 points
$38
Dusty dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of green peppercorn, pesto, blackberry coulis, and mulberry jam with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length toasted cinnamon finish with cottony tannins and light oak. A youthful and fruit-forward expression of Carmenère that is definitely worth seeking out; Zin-lovers need apply!
Tertulia Cellars 2013 Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$45
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas of toasty tobacco, raisin toast, and wooden pipe with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long slate and dried blueberries finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. An oaky number from Horse Heaven HIlls with zippy acidity for cellarability.
Sunstone 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Merlot
89 points
$65
Dark black garnet color. Oaky aromas of leather, prunes, latex, and raspberry leaf with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-full body and a peppery, medium-length oak and black pepper finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A bold American oak bomb for the richest dishes.
90+ Cellars 2016  Merlot
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of mixed berries and vanilla pound cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length leather, tobacco, and black pepper finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A plush, fruity merlot that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Highway 12 2015  Merlot
88 points
$24
Dark black garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of berry coulis, marinated strawberries, vanilla, and kiwi relish with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length watermelon and tobacco finish. A crowd-pleasing, versatile merlot with nice layers and structure.
Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of lemon pickle, dolmas, sea salt, sun dried tomato, and dill with a velvety, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length aniseed finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated, savory and tangy wine; cellar to reveal its full potential.
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
88 points
$30
Medium ruby black color. Spicy aromas of peppercorns, blackberry sauce, cumin, and roasted poblanos with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-length dark chocolate, espresso, and pecan finish with medium, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured Merlot for the table.
Tarara 2015  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$32
Dusty dark garnet color. Interesting aromas of fruit punch, iced tea, red apple compote, green banana, and paprika with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length ripe red tomatoes and shaved beets finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rustic and charming Cabernet Franc that will be an excellent addition to the table; Italian wine lovers need apply.
Portola Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$38
Dark dusty ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fine leather, cinnamon-dusted dried figs and dates, lemon custard, and blue fruit with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length dark chocolate, pomegranate, and peppermint finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A youthful, cheerful and bright Cabernet with endless pairing possibilities.
Le Vigne 2015 di Acquarello Merlot
88 points
$39
Dark dusty dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated beets with dill with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant blackberry, raspberry leaf, and black licorice finish with chewy, leafy tannins and heavy oak. A savory and sturdy merlot for the table.
Tarara 2015 Bethany Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$40
Dusty garnet black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill, polished wood, pickling spices, watermelon, and cranberry mostarda with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate covered toffee finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and balanced cab with a nice herbal streak.
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Citrusy aromas of aloe, peppermint, and fresh lemons with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy underripe mango, wheat grass, and meyer lemon finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry and crisp white for raw oysters.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Merlot
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe purple fruits, savory herbs, vanilla bean, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length black peppercorns and grenadine finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A voluptuous merlot that entices with silky tannins and explosive fruit.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Glenbrook 2015  Merlot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of blackberry leaf, green olive, black pepper on raspberry sauce, and crushed coriander with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, easy tobacco and cherry mostarda finish with medium tannins and light oak. An herbal merlot with plenty of balancing fruit.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Rock Point NV River Red Blend Oregon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty brick red color. Fresh aromas of cranberry scone, plum compote, autumn spices, and vanilla taffy with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length strawberry-rhubarb tart and black licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A lighter bodied Bordeaux varietal blend with fantastic acidity.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
I THINK NV Red Blend
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla gelato with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy cranberry sorbet, dried cherry, and minerals finish with earthy, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy and light-bodied Bordeaux varietal blend for pinot noir lovers.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 7 Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of mocha creme, creme brulee, and caramel latte with a silky, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length dried raspberry and chocolate shavings finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A creamy and decadent Cabernet that will stand on its own.
Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
87 points
$32
Black ruby color. Aromas of heady prune, nutmeg, and pear tart with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate croissant finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A mouthfilling petit verdot; cellar for a bit.
Magic Door 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$39.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried figs and dates, chopped pecan, fresh leather, barrel-aged hot peppers, and pencil eraser with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate, sanguine, and wafer cookies finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A structured Napa cab that may take well to the cellar.
87 points $39.99
Tertulia Cellars 2015 Elevation Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
87 points
$45
Black violet color. Aromas of smoked blueberries, serrano ham, flint, and latex with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, delightful, medium-long vanilla, dill, and spice cabinet finish with chewy tannins. A very oaky cab franc that has fruity appeal now but should gracefully evolve with cellaring.
Sunstone 2015 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
87 points
$75
Dark dusty ruby color. Oaky aromas of tobacco, leather, bay leaf, and thyme with a slightly chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and an even, breezy berry fruit leather and maple syrup finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A solid Cab Franc for casual dinners.
Barefoot NV  Malbec
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Opaque violet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry candies, vanilla creme, and peony blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk fruit punch, chocolate soda, and dried plums finish with medium tannins and light oak. A satiny, fruity crusher.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Silver Creek 2016  Merlot
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby color. Hot aromas of roasted jalapeño seeds, blackberry coulis, and clove with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, brisk raspberry candies, chocolate taffy, and currants finish with silky tannins and light oak. An herbal merlot for easy dinner pairings.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty dark violet color. Toasty aromas of vanilla, pipe tobacco, toasty oak, and cinnamon rolls with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, rapid caramel macchiato, leather, and dried blueberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A warming oaky, toasty Cab.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2014 Arrowhead Red Niagara Escarpment
86 points
$17.95
Light garnet color. Vegetal aromas of tinned minestrone, white bean spread, creamy tomato soup, and borscht with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, snappy crushed nuts, Indian mango pickle, and cranberry trifle finish with light oak. A funky rustic wine for game pairings.
86 points $17.95
Gallo Family Vineyards NV  Merlot
85 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of ripe raspberries, warm baking spices, raspberry leaf, and bay leaf with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, rapid grilled cherries and cocoa powder finish with moderate oak. An ethereal merlot with charming fruit.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$6.99
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape big league chew gum, black cherry soda, and raspberry sorbet with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, breezy dark chocolate finish with silky tannins. A boldly fruity sipper that is delicious on its own.
85 points $6.99
Glenbrook 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9.99
Brilliant garnet color. Inviting, fruity aromas of cranberry muffin, green papaya, and cranberry soufflé with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, brisk chocolate covered nuts and allspice leaf finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruity, anytime Cabernet Sauvignon.
85 points $9.99
Silver Creek 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9.99
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry-scented tobacco, fresh mint, espresso crema, and graphite with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy no. 2 pencil finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fruity Cab crusher that will be a hit at the banquet hall.
85 points $9.99
The Naked Grape NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$19.99
Black garnet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raisin, pomegranate candies, black cherry fruit leather, and fruit punch with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk leather and steak seasoning finish with silky tannins and light oak. A berry bomb of a Cabernet for effortless sipping.
85 points $19.99
Boneyard 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$25
Dusty brick red color. Herbal aromas of fresh dill and cocoa dusted espresso beans with a satiny, tart, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long garlic pickle, freeze-dried raspberry, and dried strawberry finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A quirky and herbal Cabernet from Virginia that brings the pickling spices.
Del Rio 2014 Estate Grown Claret Rogue Valley
85 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of char roasted espresso, grilled berries, toasted vanilla bean, and baked plum with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy sapling and underripe blueberry finish with cottony tannins and light oak. A tart and dry blend from Rogue Valley that should pair well with pastas.
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2015 Desagacé Carmin Grand Vin Cabernet Franc
85 points
$40
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fallen plum, leather, prosciutto, and almond oil with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy hoisin finish with medium tannins and light oak. A distinctive cab franc with eastern flavors.
AvinoDos 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$28
Bright emerald straw color. Floral aromas of sweet almond oil soap, vanilla sandalwood, key lime pie, breadfruit, and whipped linden honey with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a medium-length vanilla nougat and sweet yogurt finish with soft tannins. An atypical sauvignon blanc that is super creamy and plush with just a hint of sweetness.
Highwayman 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$55
Black garnet color. Exotic aromas of salted caramel pot de creme, bamboo shoots, smoked green tea, and star anise with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length watermelon, sweet, ripe summer tomatoes, black pepper sauce with ginger, and roasted red pepper finish with moderate oak. A interesting melange of flavors makes this a one-of-a-kind Cabernet.
Chateau Niagara 2013 Trinity Red New York State
83 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Aromas of tar, dried roses, ripe plums, fresh leather, and cinnamon with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length dill, pickled garlic, and soy sauce finish with light oak. A tangy, funky Bordeaux Varietal Blend for the table.
83 points $19.99
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2015 Desagacé Carmin Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
83 points
$32
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, fruit cake with peach, soy sauce, and sesame oil with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy roasted hazelnut finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Cab Franc for a bit of local charm.
AvinoDos 2015  Malbec
83 points
$42
Opaque indigo color. Vaporous aroma of sour cherry with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a buoyant warhead candies, chocolate covered strawberries, boysenberry, and diesel finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An atypical style of malbec from an esteemed appellation.
No Opposition 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$9.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of pepperoni and graphite with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed cranberry, fudge, and honey candies finish with light oak. A breezy red quaffer for anytime sipping.
82 points $9.99
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