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September 2018 - New Release Wines

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

New Release Wines Reviews

Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$29.50
Dull violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry preserves and wild mint with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length blackberry jam, wildberry skittles, thyme, and mixed peppercorns finish with chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A true-to-form jammy Coonawarra Cab brimming with wild berry notes.
93 points $29.50
La Bella Sud 2013 Riserva Biferno Rosso Biferno DOC
93 points
$30
Black violet color. Baked aromas and flavors of blackberry, black tea, grenadine, and carnation with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, long dried mushrooms and cigars finish with firm tannins. A pleasingly chewy red with great structure and balance; pair away!
Voyager Point 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas of ripe grapefruit, guava flavored cotton candy, papaya and banana salad, and gooseberry with a satiny, crisp, light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon gummies, limestone, and white pepper finish with no oak. A juicy, tropical fruit salad of a Sauvignon Blanc; balanced and vivid.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cupcake 2016 Winemakers Blend Chardonnay
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe autumn apples, apricot nectar, dried pineapple, cream soda, toasted cloves and nutmeg, and creme Anglaise with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long toasted challah with orange marmalade, Amish butter, spice cake, blonde tobacco, coconut cream, dill, and butterhorn Danish finish with moderate oak. A complex and mouthwatering Chardonnay; a beautiful autumn day in a glass.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Monte Ferro 2015  Pinot Noir
92 points
$24.99
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry scone, strawberries in cream, lingonberry, dried cherry, leather, black licorice, and musk with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length orange marmalade, mulled cider, almond nougat, and cocoa powder finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. Authentic fruit and tantalizing spices shine is this spot-on pinot.
92 points $24.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blueberry pie a la mode and chocolate mint cookie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long orange marmalade on rye, cranberry chutney, eucalyptus honeycomb, and yams finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious, spicy, herbal shiraz with plenty of wow factor.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Merlot
91 points
$19
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of ivory, charcoal briquettes, eucalyptus, juniper, fine soap, and cracked pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long raspberry macaron, black cassis, allspice, and black mint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.
Hot Springs Hill 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Bright garnet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of cherry turnover, new leather, saddle soap, spiced nuts, olive, and paprika with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long cherry popsicle, allspice, and spearmint finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A spicy and bold Cabernet with cellar potential.
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge, blackberry sorbet, buttery phyllo pastry, and delicate spice with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long chocolate mint cookie and craisin finish. A juicy, crowd-pleasing red blend that is sure to please.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Chloe 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas of cranberry tart, sautéed mushrooms, fruit punch, and dried fennel seed with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long good n’ plenty candy, cherry mostarda, graphite, and marinated grape leaves finish with earthy tannins and light oak. A balanced Pinot Noir swimming with both fruity and savory flavors.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
La Bella Sud 2016  Aglianico
90 points
$25
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of sawdust, vanilla gelato, cherry stone liqueur, espresso, and chocolate taffy with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length black cherry and cassis, black pepper, and clove finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A fruity and chewy red that with great balance.
Highwayman 2016 Trailblazer Red Blend Sonoma County
90 points
$42
Murky deep purple color. Aromas of fresh toast, cinnamon, and newly charred oak with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long blueberry compote, singed cedar, and racquetball finish with fruit, medium tannins and moderate oak. A spicy & robust Zin blend for an equally aggressive chef pairing.
Notre Vue Estate 2014 Vineyard Blocks 40.7G.37.35E Red Blend Sonoma County
90 points
$49
Black violet color. Peppery aromas of blackberry tea, star anise, coarsely ground pepper, and summer sausage with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, long dark chocolate, dried cherry, geranium, and clove finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. A huge, inky syrah to bulldoze a steak dinner.
Campofiorito 2013  Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
$60
Dusty garnet color. Perfumed aromas of moss, ripe figs, amarena cherries, lilac, cardamom, and sautéed mushrooms with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long cherry coulis, aspen leaf, and tomato finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A very nice wine for the Italian table; pair this balanced Brunello with rich foods.
Chloe 2017 Rosé Central Coast
89 points
$16.99
Bright pale salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red raspberry, smoky tea, strawberry tart, and white peach with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long raspberry sorbet finish with no oak. Intense raspberry flavors abound in this lengthy and juicy rose pleaser.
89 points $16.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Pinot Gris
89 points
$19
Yellow color. Aromas of underripe peach, celery leaf, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length gooseberry jelly and lychee finish. A delicate and table-friendly Pinot Gris.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Shiraz
89 points
$19
Deep purple color. Aromas of wildberry, dark chocolate bar, ripe peach, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length buttery chocolate croissant, rosemary-blackberry jam, and menthol finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. Classic Australian Shiraz flavors reign in this vibrant go-to.
Comera 2017  Nero dAvola
89 points
$25
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black plum, blueberry, wool, sweet cinnamon, and granite with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with light oak. A solid Nero D’Avola with fruity flare.
Hot Springs Hill 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas of diced pineapple, lilac, papaya, sliced lemons, and pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a medium-long toasted baguette and ground baking spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A oaky Central Coast Chardonnay with plenty of food-friendly acidity.
Jason-Stephens Winery 2014 The Blend Red Santa Clara Valley
89 points
$36
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets and peppers, spicy cranberry relish, chestnut honey, and nut brittle with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long cassis, peppered nuts, cedar plank, and hint of pomegranate vinaigrette finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A lively peppery red blend that add a zing to a savory meat dish.
Barefoot NV Sangria California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of black raspberry, sweet pea blossom, peach melba, and black currant with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, breezy finish with leafy tannins and no oak. A vibrant fruity perfume leads to a well-structured sangria that is very party-friendly.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land Chardonnay
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of diced apples in creme, flint, banana, and guava curd with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, easy toasted challah, dill, yellow tomato, and asian pear finish. A solid Chardonnay that will hit the spot.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2016  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15.99
Dusty dark ruby color. Fruity aromas of dried strawberries and figs, cranberry, raspberry liqueur, and ivory with an crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length chocolate genache, salami, cherry pan sauce, and autumn leaves finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A tasty fruit-forward everyday Pinot Noir with a nice juiciness and interesting depth.
88 points $15.99
Insurrection 2016 Red Blend South-Eastern Australia
88 points
$16.99
Black ruby color. Herbal aromas of honey-menthol lozenge, bramble, anise candies, cola, and gravel with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long black pepper, dark chocolate, allspice, and leather finish with moderate oak. A tasty Australian red with a great balance of herb, spice, and fruit; drink up!
88 points $16.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Chardonnay
88 points
$19
Bright yellow straw color. Attractive, brash aromas of yogurt with caramel sauce, brown butter poached apples on charred toast, caramelized peach, cinnamon tea with lemon, and kettle corn with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long lemon bar finish with a suggestion of oak. A concentrated and poised Chardonnay with great style and balance.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016  Barbera
88 points
$25
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry preserves, charred candied yams, almond croissant, candied orange peel, ripe papaya, and saffron with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich, plush, slightly earthy Barbera packed with autumnal flavors.
Notre Vue Estate 2014 Vineyard Blocks 10D.45.34B White Blend Chardonnay
88 points
$39
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of sliced granny smith apples, tinned peaches and fruit salad, vanilla yogurt, and diced pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length pecan praline and suede finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasing oaked chardonnay that will hit the spot.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land Shiraz
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of dried berries, black tea with honey, toasty chocolate chip cookies, eucalyptus, and rose petals with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length peppercorns on cantaloupe and cassis preserve on grilled bread finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A smooth-sipping Shiraz to spice up a weeknight.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Columbia Winery 2016 Red Blend Columbia Valley
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of stewed blueberry, warm rubber, and shoe leather with a satiny, bright, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, fast plum spread, poppy seed, and sandalwood finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry yet approachable Washington red blend for a weekday dinner party.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release Shiraz
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Spicy aromas of cracked pepper, paprika, and violet with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, snappy buttered muffin, dried cherry, cola, and mocha latte finish with moderate oak. A peppery Shiraz that hits all the notes.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Golden straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of artisan marshmallow, yogurt with caramel, ripe apricot, spiced apples, graham cracker, and ghee with a supple, bright, medium body and a warming, relaxed sauteed sweet plantains finish with light oak. A buttery anytime chardonnay.
87 points $15.99
Tailor Made 2016 Creamy Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Attractive, creamy aromas of toasted almonds, artisan marshmallow, grapefruit candies, apple compote, and vanilla candle with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length toasted cinnamon Danish finish with moderate oak. A silky-smooth Chardonnay with instantly appealing toasty-sweet aromas.
87 points $15.99
D’Orsay 2017 Rosé Côtes de Provence
87 points
$17.99
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of ripe papaya, strawberry-sage jam, berries in cream, carrot cake, and tart apple with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, buoyant red chard and raspberry-vanilla steamer finish with no oak. A new-world inspired Provencal rose.
87 points $17.99
La Bella Sud 2016  Nero dAvola
87 points
$25
Brilliant dark dark garnet color. Candied aromas of bubblegum, pear drops, thyme, and honey-vanilla-almond frozen yogurt with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed cocoa powder and char-roasted nuts finish with moderate oak. An everyday Nero d’Avola with a hugely fruity style; zinfandel fans need apply.
Insurrection 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$16.99
Brilliant ruby black color. Aromas of blackberry patch and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length huckleberry preserves, dried mint, and chalkboard finish with chalky, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A dry and gripping Cab for balancing out a rich and creamy beef entree.
86 points $16.99
Plummy 2016  Pinot Noir
86 points
$16.99
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, violet, raspberry liqueur filled chocolates, and milky way bar with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, cheery finish with light oak. Purple fruits reign in this juicy, jammy California Pinot Noir that will delight the casual drinker.
86 points $16.99
Slow Churn 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$16.99
Golden yellow color. Sweet, candied aromas of rice crispies treats and bananas foster with a soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, rapid apple butter, flaky pastry, allspice, and clove finish with light oak. A sweetly aromatic Chardonnay that will satisfy the casual sipper.
86 points $16.99
Domaine Bolchet 2016  Costières de Nimes
85 points
$11.99
Pale violet color. Aromas of white pepper and spring cherry with a silky, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length black cherry pit, blue flowers, and forest floor finish with a suggestion of oak. A pleasing Southern Rhone blend for a wide variety of palates and dishes.
85 points $11.99
Jason-Stephens Winery 2017 Pixelated Rosé Central Coast
85 points
$18
Light Siam color. Aromas of fruit punch juice box, corkboard, apple juice, and watermelon rind with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, breezy sea salt finish with silky tannins and no oak. A full-bodied rose for the dinner table.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$19
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime leaf, underripe kiwi, and marsh grasses with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, fast finish with no oak. A green and clean Sauvignon Blanc.
Monte Ferro 2014 Dion Vineyard Pinot Noir
85 points
$24.99
Light garnet color. Aromas of hardware store, epoxied cedar, tomato leaf, juniper, anise, and fruitcake with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, easy kalamata olive, orange zest, caramel, and pomegranate molasses finish with moderate oak. A distinctive wine that won’t be mistaken.
85 points $24.99
Fat Baron 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$20
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of tannery, caulk, powdered berry drink mix, walnut muffin, dried figs and dates, and sea foam with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-length Thai iced tea with coconut and sea salt finish with clunky tannins and heavy oak. A tannin dominated Cabernet.
Voyager Point 2016 Red Blend California
83 points
$9.99
Garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, crusty berry tart, and buttery rice pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, rapid honey roasted nuts and pencil finish with soft, chewy tannins. A solid, easy drinking quaffer.
83 points $9.99
La Torita NV Sangria Spain
82 points
$8
Bright Siam color. Aromas and flavors of potpourri, faux florals, fruit punch, and orange fanta with a soft, fruity light body and a smooth, momentary orange liqueur and cherry popsicle finish with no oak. A berry refresher to serve on ice or try as a spritz.
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