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September 2018 - US Bordeaux Varietals

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

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Jason-Stephens Winery 2014  Merlot
94 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas of stewed berries and plums, pine, ink, roasted jalapeño, and coconut layer cake with toasted pecans with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, charming, medium-long toasted rosemary-olive bread, chocolate genache, and suede finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An ageable merlot with inky concentration and craveable fruit.
Frei Brothers 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$27
Murky indigo color. Aromas of lavender scone, sandalwood, and toasted marshmallow with a velvety, bright, bone-dry full body and a sleek, complex, long bacon wrapped dates, chocolate dipped cedar, and maitake mushroom finish with earthy, well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A beautiful layered Alexander Valley Cab expression teeming with flavors to be explored.
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Malbec
94 points
$28
Black violet color. Confected aromas of strawberries n’ cream taffy, peach melba desert, and raspberry leaf with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, amusing, long ripe blueberries, vanilla phosphate, coffee beans, and amaretto finish with moderate oak flavor. A voluptuous Malbec with distinctive fruity character and a great sense of place.
Dewitt Family 2015 Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$55
Black ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of wooden chest, tomato chutney, wood shavings, dusty violets, and tamarind with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with suggestions of charred meats, spiced berry fruit leather, toasty blueberry scone, and cinnamon danish with moderate oak flavor. An elegantly fruity Sonoma red; finely integrated and ready to drink.
Bryter Estates 2013 Inspired Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$125
Murky black ruby color. Aromas of smoked meat, bacon balsamic, and pencil lead with a satiny, vibrant, bone-dry full body and a warming, interesting, long pan seared dates, stewed cremini mushroom, pumice stone, and grenache finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Rutherford Cab with dimensions left to explore; will benefit from time in either the decanter or the cellar but is highly hedonic now.
Jason-Stephens Winery 2014  Malbec
93 points
$30
Black garnet color. Candied aromas and flavors of raspberry liqueur, dried cassis, elderflower, bergamot tea, and iced guava danish with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intricate, long finish evoking nuances of shishito peppers, cranberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and rose petals with moderate oak flavor. A super-vibrant Malbec with killer balance and a welcome peppery kick.
Notre Vue Estate 2014 Vineyard Blocks 37.35A.7G Red Blend Chalk Hill, Sonoma County
93 points
$59
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of blackberry coulis, blueberry pie, patent leather, polished fine furniture, and spiced red apple jelly with a velvety, bright, fruity full body and a polished, elegant, medium-long cured meats, rose petals in syrup, coconut flour, and grand marnier filled chocolates finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big and brooding red from Chalk Hill for rich steaks and great company.
Paradigm 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$84
Black garnet color. Aromas of crushed berries in chocolate genache, dried figs and dates, heather, and honey with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, long rosemary, orange zest, mulling spices, and black tea finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold and balanced, slightly herbal Cabernet Sauvignon for steaks now or after a cellaring.
RJV 2013 DAmbrosio Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$90
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Aromas of cherry cola, lacquered wood, latex, demerara, cinnamon-cardamom custard, and sticky date pudding with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla, anise, slate, cinnamon gelato with toasted coconut, and espresso finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dark and dense Coombsville cab that lives up to expectations.
Balius 2014 Reserve Block Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Dull garnet black color. Aromas of dried currant, geranium, and terra cotta dust with a velvety, bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, long roasted figs with chocolate glaze, hoisin sauce, and sandalwood finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely floral Rutherford Cab with a bountiful bouquet of fruits & spices.
Ledson 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$94
Black garnet color. Aromas of lemon oil, freshly shaved cedar, lingonberry preserve, and grilled berries with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, layered, very long cola, dark chocolate cookies, tiramisu, and caramel finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A densely concentrated Cabernet to drink now.
Edna Valley Vineyard 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$15
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of raspberry liqueur, cranberry, fine black tea, tangerine zest, and marjoram with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate genache and cherry-mint creme finish. A silky-smooth, juicy red with pure fruit flavors for gulping with or without food.
Bordeleau NV Meritage Maryland
91 points
$22
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, tomatoes on the vine, cranberry jam on pumpernickel, and borscht with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of almond skin, vanilla meringue, and dusty earth with fine, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive and balanced combination of fruity, earthy, and savory tones with a nice sense of place.
Deadhead Red 2016  Petit Verdot
91 points
$30
Deep purple color. Meaty, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted meat and root vegetables, dark chocolate orange peels, roasted chestnuts, and dried flowers and clay with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of blueberry preserves, vanilla tapioca, floral honey, and cashew butter with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A complex, bright and engaging Washington red with a distinctive and very appealing flavor.
Bel Vino 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$39.95
Brown brick red color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of roasted berries, sweet potatoes, and peppers, spiced roasted pumpkin seeds, and nut brittle with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying overtones of chocolate caramel rice bar, honeyed craisins, and candied violets with silky, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A deliciously layered, spicy and savory cabernet that is sure to please.
91 points $39.95
Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Merlot
91 points
$42
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry shrub, chocolate sauce, cigars, and sesame candy with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish conveying accents of dry earth, graphite, and clove with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full bodied Merlot with grippy, table-friendly tannins; give it some cellar time.
Schug 2014 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of figs, dates and dried orange, dried flowers in a clay case, vanilla roasted sesame nut bar, and aloe with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length finish evoking notes of cassis, spiced nuts, marinated beets, and edible flowers with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and invigorating red blend that will compliment a variety of spicy meat dishes.
William Hill 2015 Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried berries, honey roasted green pepper, and fancy vanilla candle with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish that presents shades of cherry custard, praline, hint of bubblegum, and spiced pomegranate and figs with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A jammy, concentrated Napa cabernet that needs a bit of time to open up.
Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$72
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried cassis, cranberry, spiced plums, chinotto soda, and sweet tobacco with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length suede, star anise, and coffee cherry tea finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A roasty red with acid to spare.
Paradigm 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$84
Black ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered nuts, fresh chrysanthemum, black cassis, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long mint tea, ginger-lemon scone, and cacao nibs finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A well-structured Cabernet with a wide range of dark and mysterious flavors.
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
90 points
$29
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of caper berries and dill, dolmades, goji berry, and hint of tomato vine with an dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a delightful, medium-long pickled green tomato and spiced black cherries finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctively savory, off-the-beaten path, terroir-driven cabernet franc that displays the earthy, somewhat rustic nature of the grape.
Schug 2014  Merlot
90 points
$30
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry nectar, blackberry leaf, charcoal briquettes, cocoa-cedar, and white chocolate truffle with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree chocolate shavings and graphite finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A softly-styled merlot that hits the palate gently.
Jason-Stephens Winery 2014  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$32
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickling spices, marinated beets and swiss chard, and boysenberry tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of pomegranate, herb rub, nutskin, and cedar with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pure and refreshing cabernet franc with spot-on typicity and appealing acidity for the table.
Narmada Winery 2016  Petit Verdot
90 points
$35
Black violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of thai iced coffee, pork gyoza, peanut sauce, and dark chocolate with bacon pieces with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of orange zest with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A unique, completely craveable wine with great roasty character.
Mastermind 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$45
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate caramel bar, cappuccino gelato with meringue cookie, and pickled berries with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length finish with impressions of vanilla yogurt nuts, honeyed cranberry orange nut bread toast, and cedar with soft, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright and nutty cabernet that will be very versatile.
Falkner 2015 Estate Grown Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$79.95
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of fresh wild black berries, thicket, raspberry pie, and nougat with roasted nuts with a creamy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length carob, milk chocolate, sea salt on creme brulee, molasses in espresso, allspice, and lime finish with silky, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A creamy, berry tinged treat.
90 points $79.95
RJV 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$90
Dark dusty ruby black color. Fruity aromas of sweet cherries in syrup, vanilla custard, warm cherry wood shavings, coconut cream pie, and fine furniture with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long baked berry melange, crystalized violet, hibiscus, and watermelon granita finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A mouthwatering Coombsville cabernet that favors flavor over brawn.
Freedom Estate 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$100
Dusty black garnet color. Fruity aromas of plastic covered vanilla taffy, nuts in vanilla yogurt, grenadine, cherry cola, dark chocolate shavings on flan, and suede with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long tobacco, charcoal, blueberry-maple syrup, and coconut jelly beans finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking big red with approachable tannins and lots of fruity flare.
Kinsella Estates 2015 Heirloom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$130
Deep purple color. Aromas of cranberry relish, vanilla, toasty croissant, polished furniture, and menthol with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long coconut cream, cherry cordials, and dill finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big boy Cabernet with stately oak; bring on the steaks.
Columbia Winery 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of mocha nut toffee, flan, berry gelato, and grilled peppers and smoked peppercorns with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, breezy finish revealing suggestions of creme brulee and toffee with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A flavorful, well balanced red blend that will excel with Mediterranean dishes.
Maddalena 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Black ruby color. Aromas of dried figs and dates, coconut granola, and grilled apple with a velvety, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long cranberry, lime zest, raspberry curd, allspice, and chocolate dipped macaroons finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting Cabernet to dive into.
Franciscan 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$22.99
Pale deep purple color. Aromas of salumi, cedar strips, and graphite with a supple, bright, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length black currant spread, cigar box, and dusty gravel finish with chewy, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold but dry Napa Cab for the table, the decanter, and possibly the cellar.
89 points $22.99
San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$28
Violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spicy berry tart, pickled cucumber salad, hint of clay and honeycomb, and fruitcake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish evoking notes of chocolate rice bar, black raspberry, coffee yogurt, and dark roasted nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid nicely layered cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
White Pine 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc
89 points
$28.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of floral honeycomb, dried cherry, and cranberry cocktail with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with elements of craisin, blood orange, nuts, and earth with crunchy, earthy, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A pure and persuasive cabernet franc that will illuminate at the table.
89 points $28.99
Louis M. Martini 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$34
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums with vanilla creme, nutmeg, allspice, beet relish, and toasted coconut and almonds with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish conveying suggestions of fresh baked cookies and aniseed with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold Cabernet for classic steak dinners.
Bydand 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$75
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla-mint, honey-thyme lemonade, strawberry ice cream with hot fudge, and cedar with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, long chocolate gelato, graham cracker crust, whipped creme with nutmeg, cigar wrapper, and dulce de leche finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky-smooth Napa treat packed with creamy-delicious flavors.
RJV 2014 DAmbrosio Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$90
Black garnet color. Aromas of carob, latex, vanilla candle, and parchment with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long dark mole with chocolate, prune, rose hot chocolate, worn leather, cinnamon, and cardamom finish with cottony tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dry and inky Coombsville cabernet blend.
Columbia Winery 2016  Merlot
88 points
$16
Dark violet color. Aromas of huckleberry, vanilla yogurt, charred autumn leaves, and cinnamon dusted plums with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, medium-length charcoal, jamocha almond fudge ice cream, and salumi with agridulce finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry Washington red for mouthwatering pairings.
Four Vines 2016 The Kinker Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18
Black garnet color. Aromas of dried strawberry, anise, thicket, red cassis, and alpine herbs with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an appealing, medium-long lacquered wood and dark chocolate caramel finish with coarse tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bracingly chewy Paso Cab with potential; drink now or mellow in the cellar.
William Hill 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry danish and caramelized bacon with a bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of chocolate orange peel, spiced nuts, and cedar with crunchy, soft tannins and no oak flavor. A rock solid sipper with a nice blend of fruity and meaty tones.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$25
Ruby black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked ham, clove, espresso beans, poached apricot, and chocolate shavings with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish imparting elements of dried raspberry and raisined red apple with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky cabernet for unique pairings.
White Pine 2016 Serendipity Red Blend Reserve Lake Michigan Shore
88 points
$26.99
Ruby garnet color. Attractive aromas of cherry hard candies, pomegranate glaze, leather, soy sauce, grilled beets, and toasted nuts with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long tomatillo, red plum, steak seasoning, maple, and baked berry compote finish with soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lake Michigan Shore’s successful take on Bordeaux varietals.
88 points $26.99
Schug 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$35
Brick red color. Savory, herbal aromas and flavors of honeyed roasted root vegetables and baklava with figs and berries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length finish revealing overtones of spiced pomegranates and nuts, cassis tart with creme anglaise, pickled beets, and cedar with silky, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tangy and spry red blend that will be a good foil for braised meats.
Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend Virginia
88 points
$38
Black ruby color. Roasted aromas of chocolate-covered espresso bean and dried goji berry and cashews with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length watermelon taffy, tiramisu, pomegranate, and green peppercorn finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and roasty Bordeaux varietal blend with table appeal.
William Hill 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$45
Black garnet color. Aromas of prunes, tar, apple-walnut, angelica root, and oregano with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, charming, medium-length dark chocolate genache, pomegranate seeds, cracked black pepper, and tobacco finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and bold Napa Cab for simple steak pairings.
Ledson 2014  Malbec
88 points
$48
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry, chocolate coated toffee, and pomegranate with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing accents of tobacco and allspice with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple but well-balanced Malbec with great versatility.
Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$54
Clear deep purple color. Aromas of crushed lilac, black currant jam, and graham cracker with a velvety, bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length plum compote, pencil shavings, and cigar box finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Napa Cab that checks all the boxes for a weekday dinner out.
Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage California
88 points
$59.95
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, baker’s chocolate, and hint of beeswax candle with a bright, fruity medium body and a relaxed finish conveying notes of chocolate orange peel and nuts, boysenberry tart, vanilla salt water taffy, and cedar spice cabinet with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A somewhat demure yet juicy red blend that will benefit from moderate cellaring.
88 points $59.95
Prix 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$80
Brilliant violet color. Aromas of plum preserves, fruit mostarda, and wet stone with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, carefree fig preserves, wet tobacco leaf, and thyme finish with dusty tannins. A savory Napa Valley Cab for a casual weekend dinner party.
Dark Horse NV Big Red Blend California
87 points
Black ruby color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry syrup, cherry cola, watermelon, currants, and black pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows notes of chocolate salt water taffy and caramel latte with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layers of juicy red fruits star in this blend for fans of Zinfandel.
Clos du Bois 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of sawdust, ink, and dried cassis with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate dipped black plum and cracked pepper finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A solid Cab that hits all the notes.
87 points $10.99
Sand Point 2016  Merlot
87 points
$10.99
Dark ruby garnet color. Smoky, spicy aromas of baked blackberry, darkly browned pie crusts, walnut brittle, cinnamon sticks, and geranium with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long leather, demi glace pan sauce, blistered raspberry, tobacco, and super dark chocolate finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A velvety, craveable merlot with a killer finish and gobs of attractive oak.
87 points $10.99
Carnivor 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Black violet color. Toasty aromas of warm berry cobbler, nutmeg spiced plums, and black licorice with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-length dark chocolate, star anise, and cigar box finish with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An inky cab that brings the goods; toasty, fruity, spicy darkness in a glass.
Maddalena 2014  Merlot
87 points
$18
Black garnet color. Baked aromas of baked blueberry cobbler, fig bar, rose hip jam, and tea bags with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length pepper jelly, spiced nuts, and polished wood finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Merlot that hits all the notes.
Narmada Winery 2015  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$29
Ruby garnet color. Inviting aromas of salumi, cranberry sauce, and toasted english muffin with forest fruit preserves with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy melon rind, kabocha squash, latte, apple turkish delight, and smoked caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Cabernet Franc for the table with delicately smoky nuances.
Narmada Winery 2016  Merlot
87 points
$35
Bright dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, vanilla-nutmeg creme, nutella, buttered berry muffin, and salami with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A tantalizing merlot with a plush, slightly smoky appeal; highly pairable.
Dark Horse 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
Dull violet color. Aromas and flavors of grape jolly rancher and chopped mint with a supple, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, fast finish revealing nuances of violet candy, cherry stems, and black currant with a suggestion of oak flavor. A food-friendly Cab for a variety of meals in your wheel house.
Edna Valley Vineyard 2016  Merlot
86 points
$15
Garnet black color. Aromas of grenadine, black and white cookie, sugar snap peas, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, easy dr. pepper, blackberry pie, and dandelion finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A table-ready merlot with an oak-forward style.
White Pine 2016 Reserve Merlot
86 points
$25.99
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry, toffee, and mossy earth with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium finish manifesting notes of nut, lemon zest, cranberry, and tomato skin with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright and zesty merlot that will stimulate the palate.
86 points $25.99
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2016 Straight To You Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$26
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of balsam, baby’s breath, tobacco, and cinchona bark with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish with notes of huckleberry pie, earl grey tea, flourless chocolate cake, and tapenade with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fascinating, resinous Cab unlike any other.
Bel Vino NV  Merlot
86 points
$32.95
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry turnover, leather, tangerine zest, sweet tobacco, and pomegranate molasses with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing elements of carob with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lighter-bodied, crushable merlot with nice crowd-appeal.
86 points $32.95
Bel Vino NV  Cabernet Franc
86 points
$35.95
Light garnet color. Aromas of wild cherry, duck bacon, and honey-herb lozenge with a round, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy cardamom, rose petal, toast, and peppers in adobo finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An everyday Cabernet Franc that will pair effortlessly.
86 points $35.95
Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Grown Merlot
86 points
$43
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of polished oak, black plum, dried strawberries, steak seasoning, and baby’s breath with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish conveying accents of pomegranate vinaigrette, wood chips, menthol, cedar, and chocolate toffee with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice everyday merlot with satisfyingly chewy tannins.
Dark Horse 2016  Merlot
85 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry jam and toasted berry muffin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy rosehip jam, charcoal briquettes, and licorice finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid merlot with satisfying doses of fruit and oak.
Barefoot NV  Merlot
85 points
$6.99
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and berry pie crust with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with silky, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A jammy, juicy crowd pleasing merlot crusher that will be natural for burgers.
85 points $6.99
Mirassou Sun 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$12
Black violet color. Aromas of blueberry pancake syrup, espresso beans, molasses, and cinnamon french toast with a silky, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, breezy black pepper and cured meats finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity, toasty red with kisses of sweetness.
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$29
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of beets with dill, menthol, lemon pepper, basil, and lemongrass with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish conveying shades of dark chocolate chunks, mulberry, raspberry coulis, toast, and dark coffee with light oak flavor. A very earthy, rustic, and savory cabernet for the hunter’s table.
Jason-Stephens Winery 2013 Swing Vineyard Carmenere
85 points
$38
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard tart, toffee, and spiced roasted carrots with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a medium-length finish that shows elements of cranberry, dark roasted nuts, and roasted beet with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice savory red for the table.
Louis M. Martini 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$38
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry fruit and leaf tea, blackberry, poached red apples, and green pepper with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk pomegranate, graphite, tobacco, and menthol finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking cabernet.
The Naked Grape NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$4.99
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry sorbet and pie crusts with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery milk chocolate finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lighter-bodied red with simple, juicy fruits.
84 points $4.99
Vin Vault NV  Merlot
84 points
$4.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of maple nut fudge and chocolate custard with waffle cone with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a easy finish with accents of caramel apple and spiced nuts with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid everyday quaffer.
84 points $4.99
Voyager Point 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$9.99
Dusty ruby color. Confected aromas of violet perfume and purple candy with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, short grape jelly, purple big league chew, and pedialyte finish. An approachable summer Cab full of purple fruit flavors.
84 points $9.99
Gallo Family Vineyards 2016  Merlot
84 points
$12
Violet color. Fruity aromas of juicy berry melange, raspberry macaron, cocoa butter, spearmint, and black tea with vanilla with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, breezy finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruity wine with a kiss of sweetness.
Tailor Made 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15.99
Dull dusty ruby color. Aromas of red currant and fig paste with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, cheery currant spread, blackberry jam, and medjool date finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. An easy-drinking California Cab perfect for a picnic in the city.
84 points $15.99
William Hill 2016  Merlot
84 points
$17
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of dark chocolate-raspberry truffle, black cherry soda, polished wood, and lemon oil with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a easy buttered crumpet, allspice and nutmeg, and leather finish with clunky tannins. A chewy merlot based blend with heaps of oaky leather and spice.
Pend d’Oreille 2016  Merlot
84 points
$18
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of bagged washington cherries, sundried tomato, stuffed peppers, and mossy earth with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, buoyant finish with accents of cherry pit, nutshell, and pepper dust with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A meaty, earthy red for the table.
Apothic 2016 Winemakers Red Blend California
84 points
$35
Deep purple color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of buttery berry pie, floral honey, and chocolate toffee and orange peels with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that presents accents of cherry jam on nut toast and hint of sweet pickle relish with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice, very fruity every day red.
Vin Vault NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$4.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of graham cracker berry pie crust, chocolate brownie, and wicker cherry basket with a crisp, fruity light body and a quick finish with touches of whipped cream and wet balsa with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy, breezy deck red.
83 points $4.99
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