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Reviews for 2018

April 2018 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Tonti Family Wines 2016 Artisan Series Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$59
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry fruit leather, pear compote, dried raspberry, and fresh tomatillo with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a warming, medium-length cinnamon spiced figs finish with no oak. A raspberry bomb of a zin with instant appeal.
LaChance Vineyards 2015  Crimson Cabernet
92 points
$32
Violet color. Savory, toasty aromas and flavors of marinated mulberries and beets, chocolate nuts and cherries, vanilla yogurt, and lightly smoked nuts and pipe tobacco with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, long cedar, dried peach and pear, and lemon curd finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A remarkably vivacious, balanced, and mouthwatering red hybrid with great versatility and food affinity.
Tonti Family Wines 2016 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
92 points
$49
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of marinated blackberries, raspberry leaf, ink, latex, eucalyptus, and gardenia with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long balsamic glaze, pomegranate, and jasmine finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. An enormous, tantalizingly juicy Zin with fantastic concentration.
Daydream Wines 2015 Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$60
Ruby black color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, chocolate toffee, coconut creme brulee, and cedar incense with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long honeyed oranges and ruby grapefruit, roasted vanilla nuts, and hint of pepper jelly finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A super, supple, juicy red blend with great fruit and instant appeal.
Bryter Estates 2014 Fortunata Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$70
Rich black violet color. Aromas of mulberries, dried strawberry, dark plum, and cedar with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-long black cassis, pine wood, tar, and dried rose finish with coating, firm tannins and moderate oak. A Napa blend built for the long haul; cellar to discover its true potential.
Bryter Estates 2014 Inspired Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$125
Rich black violet color. Aroma and flavors of stewed plums with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length stewed figs, sandalwood, herbs, and lilac finish with grippy tannins. An vibrant, chewy, herbaceous cab to cellar for a few years.
Bryter Estates 2014 Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$165
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Complex, floral, fresh, inviting, interesting aromas and flavors of fine furniture, berry jam, ripe plums, lavender, espresso, and pencil shavings with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a hot, elegant, long vanilla scented tobacco, allspice, and clove finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward Napa Cab with balancing oak and spice; cellar.
LaChance Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Dore
91 points
$24
Brilliant golden straw color. Green, fruity aromas and flavors of papaya-melon relish, wintergreen, holly, and hint of bark with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, long spiced green apple and kiwi in sweet cream and Buddha’s hand citrus finish with no oak. A vibrant and appetizing white hybrid with exotic tropical flavors and great acidity.
Diamondback Vineyards 2014 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$65
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry soda, cherry wood, pomegranate molasses, charred rosemary, and sassafras with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length tea and strawberry-rhubarb finish with a suggestion of oak. Delicious flavors combine in this aromatic and friendly Pinot Noir.
Loma del Sol Vineyards 2008 Sonoma Mountain Red Sonoma Mountain
90 points
$58
Garnet black color. Meaty aromas and flavors of honeyed dried pomegranate, braised beef, herb focaccia, and chocolate yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long sour cherries, apple-apricot chutney, spiced nuts, and hint of pepper finish with chewy, soft tannins and light oak. An interesting super savory and meaty red blend that will excel with braised meat and game dishes.
Bryter Estates 2014 Cadeau Sunchase Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$60
Brick red color. Aromas of mushrooms, cola, wet leaves, garlic and herb focaccia, and dried cherry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length wild blueberry, allspice, and salumi finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. An earthy and distinctive Pinot Noir with ample nuance.
Bryter Estates 2015 Cadeau Sunchase Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$60
Dark dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon smoke, clove, cherry pastry, peppercorns, spiced plum, and cedar with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long soy sauce, licorice, and marinated strawberry finish with medium tannins and light oak. A toasty and intriguing pinot noir.
Bryter Estates 2013 Inspired Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$125
Rich garnet black color. Aromas of black cassis, grape leaves, black licorice, and hibiscus with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-length espresso crema, violet, menthol, and peppery spices finish with cottony tannins and heavy oak. A dark and brooding Napa Cab that hits all the right notes.
Agajanian Vineyards 2016  Pinot Noir
89 points
$25
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, fresh raspberry, dark chocolate, black tea, and spice cabinet with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length rosehip and cranberry finish with a suggestion of oak. A complex and expressive pinot noir that will make a nice dinner companion.
Loma del Sol Vineyards 2012 Sonoma Mountain Red Sonoma Mountain
89 points
$48
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, spiced nuts, chestnut honey, and hint of peppered jerky and licorice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long pomegranate and pepper finish with light oak. A warming, savory, and chewy red blend for the table now or a short rest in the cellar.
Bryter Estates 2012 Fortunata Napa Valley
89 points
$70
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of patent leather, grape candies, ripe red cherries, kalamata olives, and cured meats with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and a silky, cheery charred oak, spiced and sugared plums, sarsaparilla, and cedar finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready, chewy Bordeaux varietal blend.
Rascal 2017 Rosé Oregon
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, ripe cherries in cream, and strawberry-kiwi smoothie with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length pomegranate, tarragon and pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A hugely fruity rose that will be a porch-favorite.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Replica 2016 Pickpocket Red Blend California
88 points
$19.99
Black violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla ice cream, warm huckleberry compote, anise, and mint candies with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, cheery tobacco and baking spices finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A velvety, juicy-smooth red blend that will be a real crowd pleaser.
88 points $19.99
La Tour Melas 2015  Greece
88 points
$75
Dark dusty ruby color. Minerally aromas of wet earth, black currant, graphite, paprika, hibiscus, and dried blueberries with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy vanilla cream and dried orange peels finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A mineral-forward Bordeaux Varietal blend that will work wonders at the table.
Diamondback Vineyards 2012 Bella Forte Gold Vineyard Rogue Valley
87 points
$60
Black ruby color. Oaky aromas of peppercorns, latex, rosebush, rhubarb, serrano ham, dill, and blackberry jam with a coarse, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a hot, stimulating, medium-long raspberry liqueur and bacon jam finish with chalky tannins and heavy oak. A digestif-like port-style wine with intense oak and concentrated fruit.
Diamondback Vineyards 2012  Merlot
87 points
$75
Bright garnet black color. Fruity aromas of blistered berries, smoked game meats, and dried plum with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length almond skins, charcoal briquettes, suede, and cinnamon sticks finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy Merlot for the cellar with promising berry aromas.
Replica 2015 Just Right Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear medium brown brick red color. Boozy, clean, floral, fresh, jammy aromas and flavors of dried cherry and strawberry, cinnamon tea, and vanilla taffy with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length clove, licorice, compressed watermelon, and smoky tobacco finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. Juicy and fruity Cali Cab that will please the crowds without too much tannic bite
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Marmalade NV Off-Dry Moscato
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fresh, floral aromas of honeysuckle, dried apricots, orange blossom, bubblegum, and lemon buttercream with a satiny, bright, off-dry light body and an effortless, medium-length chalk and pineapple finish with no oak. A pleasing and vibrant dry Moscato.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Replica 2016 Label Envy Pinot Noir
86 points
$19.99
Light garnet color. Fruity aromas of sour cherry, suede, clove, and herbs de Provence with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed rum raisin cake and strawberry jam finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice everyday pinot noir.
86 points $19.99
Bryter Estates 2016 Jubile Rosé Potter Valley Pinot Noir
85 points
$32
Steely orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fallen apricot, peach blossom, cantaloupe, and sliced strawberry with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with no oak. A crisp and dry rose with a nice mild stonefruit presence.
Fresno Grizzlies NV Wild Pitch White California
83 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon soufflé, kumquat, apricot preserves, and diced apple with a supple, soft, dry light body and a graceful, brisk slate, chamomile, lime, and dill finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A clean and breezy white blend for effortless sipping.
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