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November 2018 - Stellar Cellar Selection

November 2018 - Stellar Cellar Selection
This month's Wine feature is Stellar Cellar Selection Wines

Stellar Cellar Selection Reviews

Pieropan 2016  Soave Classico
94 points
$20.99
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of struck flint, dried apricot, dried pineapple, tangerine, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long honey comb, fresh berry, and hard cheeses finish. Precise balance and layers of textures make this a fine Soave to take seriously.
94 points $20.99
Louis M. Martini 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$38
Bright black garnet color. Fruity aromas of baked chocolate, dried blueberry, latte, and dried herbs with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, very long roasted yams, black licorice, tar, and black olives finish with moderate oak. A brooding cabernet with heady fruit, dark mystery, and velvety tannins.
Jarvis 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$165
Dusty dark black garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of prune, candied bacon, black olives, black licorice, and boysenberry cordial with an dryish full body and a warming, subtle, long cinnamon, allspice, violet liqueur, and incense finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rich, well-structured Cabernet that will delight fine diners.
Jermann 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with butter on toast, meyer lemon, lime leaf, and tomato vine with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long white grapefruit, ripe papaya, sea salt, magnolia, and lemon custard finish. A very concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with an outgoing personality.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, nuanced, medium-long fleur de sel and fresh sage finish with no oak. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Nordby Vineyards 2008 II Re Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$37
Dusty dark black ruby color. Aromas of broiled dates and cherries, pomegranate, dried lychee, fine furniture, and earth with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a graceful, complex, long blueberry pie with charred edges, grilled nuts, tobacco, and fresh mint finish with heavy oak. A complex cabernet that is at once fresh and sultry; serve with excellent meals.
Riboli Family Vineyard 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas of lingonberry, chess pie with blueberry topping, cumin, and cinnamon dusted plum with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and an effortless, layered, long suede, aniseed, smoky tobacco, and incense finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Lay this richly textured Cabernet down for a few years and discover its many layers of intrigue after its slumber.
Nordby Vineyards 2006 Re dei Re Vintners Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$90
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of black licorice, leather, raisin, pine, molasses, rose petal, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long kirsch, plum tart, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, and dried berries finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A decadent cabernet dripping with luxurious fruit and boasting superbly integrated tannins and spice; ready to drink.
Jarvis 2013 Estate Grown Merlot
93 points
$105
Dusty black violet color. Oaky aromas of black licorice, strawberry confection, eclair, dill, and leather with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long chocolate silk pie with nut brittle, rosemary, black olives, and fudge finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A dark and sultry merlot with great concentration and rich chocolatey style.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and chocolate mint cookie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, 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.
Opaque 2013  Malbec
92 points
$32
Black garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, ripe black cassis, sweet pea blossom, and fresh basil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long wild cherry soda and pipe tobacco finish. Sweet florals and flamboyant berry notes lead the way in this upstanding Paso Malbec.
Great Sage 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Black garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of mixed berry tart, bramble, elderflower, caramel latte, and cocoa-dusted plum with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long challah with butter and preserves and gingerbread finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A bold cabernet with bright fruit, well-integrated oak, and great style.
Villadoria 2013 Sori Paradiso Barolo DOCG
92 points
$69.99
Burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of rosebush, strawberry, ramps, orange peel, anise, charred graham cracker crust, and dusty parchment with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long black tea, caramel, and charred cherry pie filling finish with grippy tannins. A fruit-forward, balanced Barolo with wide-appeal.
92 points $69.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews Shiraz
92 points
$80
Black violet color. Aromas of spiced plum, sweet pea blossom, and carnation with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long red and black licorice, roasted peach cobbler, suede, and bacon wrapped dates finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. Racy, mouthwatering acidity keeps one heading back for another sip of this graceful Clare Valley Shiraz.
Jarvis 2013 Lake William Red Blend Estate Grown Napa Valley
92 points
$215
Black garnet color. Smoky aromas of chipotle, grilled berries and juniper, candied walnut, cedar, and toasted crumpet with lingonberry preserve with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long roasted root vegetables, pine, and India ink finish with leafy tannins and heavy oak. A spicy and complex red that brings heaps of distinctive smoky appeal.
Jarvis 2013 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$230
Garnet black color. Aromas of bouillon, carob, raspberry bush, marinated strawberry, tar, violets, and fire-roasted tomato ragu with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, long pepper sauce, ripe plum, cinnamon-chocolate, and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and savory merlot that will effortlessly complement a good meal; quite complex.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$20.99
Ruby color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry jam, anise, allspice, and pickled ginger finish with moderate oak. A spicy, lively Aussie Cabernet with a silky mouthfeel.
91 points $20.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Merlot
91 points
$20.99
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 smooth, refreshing, 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.
91 points $20.99
Raeburn 2016  Pinot Noir
91 points
$24.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, dried figs, toasted coconut, aniseed, and spiced blood orange with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long cocoa dusted raspberry, roasted delicata squash, and mushroom stem finish with moderate oak. An attractive, well-constructed wine to leave a place for at the table.
91 points $24.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman Shiraz
91 points
$30
Violet color. Herbal, spicy aromas of raspberry and raspberry leaf, vanilla creme Anglaise, ripe plum, and herbal tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long hoisin sauce and leather finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A craveable Clare Valley red; balanced, juicy, with savory herbaceous edge.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of almond biscotti, candied pear and apricot, and lemon cream pie with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long toasted crumpet, spiced apple butter, and candied pecan finish with light oak. A bright and cheerful wine; a great warm-weather chardonnay.
Villadoria 2014 Serralunga dAlba Barolo DOCG
90 points
$49.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas of dried roses, green apple, leather, black pepper, and tomato jam with a lightly tannic, lively, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length black tea and straw finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins. A true-to-form Barolo with grippy texture and floral allure.
90 points $49.99
Jarvis 2014 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
90 points
$150
Brown brick red color. Aromas of baked plum, candied jalapeño coins, cinnamon confection, and fine roasted coffee with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long chocolate genache, baked raspberry cobbler, and balsamic drizzled dates finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A seamless Napa Cab Franc with a velvety style.
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
89 points
$20.99
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry cobbler, creme Anglaise, cinnamon-nutmeg crumble, and raspberry liqueur with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length fertile earth and chocolate dipped strawberry finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, fruit-forward Malbec ready for steak.
89 points $20.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Shiraz
89 points
$20.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of wildberry, dark chocolate bar, ripe peach, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, 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.
89 points $20.99
William Hill 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$27
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon chiffon cake, granny smith apples, cinnamon granola, and marigold with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length riverbed, fleur de sel, and lemon Danish finish with a suggestion of oak. An interesting sipper with table-friendly flavors.
Opaque 2015 Darkness Red Blend Paso Robles
89 points
$32
Ruby color. Attractive, interesting aromas of cranberry sauce, dark cherry, licorice, and pepper jelly with a velvety, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length chocolate genache, marinated strawberry, sweet tobacco, and bread pudding finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy red with instant appeal.
Portola Vineyards 2013 Los Trancos Creek Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir
89 points
$38
Dark dusty burnt sienna color. Herbal aromas of beets in vinaigrette, dill and mint on fresh blood orange, violet, licorice, and marinated grape leaves with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long coriander, ripe fig, and cocoa butter finish with moderate oak. A herbal and savory Pinot Noir that may continue to develop intrigue with time.
Whitehaven 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$20.99
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, passionfruit, cilantro, lilac, arugula, and greenhouse with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy tangerine slices and white pepper finish with no oak. A ripe and juicy Sauvignon Blanc that nails the Marlborough style.
88 points $20.99
Jermann 2016  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas of underripe strawberry, smoked sea buckthorn, birch, and yellow apple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length celery root, apricot chutney, and green beans finish with no oak. An intriguing pinot grigio with earthy appeal and unique style; pair with care.
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$80
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, prune, black cassis, and black tea with mint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length vanilla tea cakes, cherry coulis, and leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An herbal and spicy Cabernet with a nice sense of place.
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release Shiraz
87 points
$20.99
Black violet color. Spicy aromas of cracked pepper, paprika, and violet with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, snappy buttered muffin, dried cherry, cola, and mocha latte finish with moderate oak. A peppery Shiraz that hits all the notes.
87 points $20.99
Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
85 points
$155
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of cigar wrapper, vanilla pastry, milk chocolate, sweet yogurt, and green peppercorn with a lively, fruity medium-full body and a polished, breezy elderberry finish with heavy oak. A toasty, creamy Petit Verdot.
Forgotten Fire NV Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Franc
84 points
$23
Brown brick red color. Curious aromas and flavors of nut brittle, fruit punch, alfalfa sprouts, grapefruit marmalade, cherry taffy, and fruitcake with candied orange peel and clove with a satiny, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, somewhat odd, breezy chocolate sauce finish with a suggestion of oak. An atypical Cab Franc with a touch of sweetness; good for rustic meals.
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