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December 2018 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Modus Operandi Cellars 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$100
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas of rose petals, marinated mushrooms, crystalized blueberry, fine leather furniture, salumi, pickling spices, and dark chocolate with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, massive, very long anise, espresso, and pomegranate molasses finish with heavy oak flavor. An exceptionally dense cabernet that shows elegance over muscle; this wine will age well for decades.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$100
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of dried rose petals, asian pear, black olive, vanilla shortbread, strawberry preserves, and lime leaf with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish that presents nuances of gardenia, mocha, cocoa powder, and leather billfold with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent Napa cab that will develop into show-stopper.
Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve Petit Verdot
94 points
$35
Dusty black violet color. Attractive aromas of ripe blueberry, maple pastry, herbs de provence, cinnamon potpourri, and violet with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long ripe plums, salami, caramelized onion tart, and vanilla frosting finish with no oak flavor. An inky, fruit-forward Petit Verdot that offers a balanced and complex dinner pairing.
Porterhouse Winery 2015  Pinot Noir
94 points
$44
Burnt sienna color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry jelly, milk chocolate dessert shells, vanilla-caramel rum sauce, sautéed mushroom, and orange peel with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting overtones of cranberry sauce and cinnamon potpourri with moderate oak flavor. A robust Carneros Pinot Noir with bright acidity and fruity-sweet charm.
Corner 103 2016  Syrah
94 points
$50
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of peppermint chocolate bar, blue eucalyptus, menthol mint, and blueberry compote with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long finish with notes of exotic spices, damson plums with chive blossoms, and nutskin with well-integrated, crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intense, herbaceous, flavor-packed syrah for fans of Australian show style shiraz.
Red Thread 2016 Red Blend Howell Mountain
94 points
$65
Black ruby color. Inviting aromas of herbs de provence, mocha latte, leather, baking chocolate, vanilla scented tobacco, and boysenberry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, very long raspberry crumble, flourless chocolate cake, smoked almonds, and honey drizzled golden raisins finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense, complex red blend that will delight serious zinfandel connoisseurs.
Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, raspberry leaf, graphite, and fire-roasted bell peppers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long dark chocolate, pumpernickel, black cassis, jamón serrano, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold cabernet sauvignon with lots of spice and rich chocolate; worthy of a fine steak.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Corner 103 2015  Malbec
93 points
$50
Black violet color. Herbal aromas of menthol, raspberry creme, dark chocolate, douglas fir, and cola with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, epic, long ripe stone fruit, toffee, boysenberry, acai, dried shitake mushrooms, broiled figs and dates, and vanilla bean finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A alluring malbec that hits the nose with a heady potpourri and hits the palate with rich, memorable fruits.
Villarrica De Chile 2015 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of dill, fennel, blackberry coulis, coconut macaroon, and sweet pea blossom with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length peanut brittle, leather, and stewed tomato with capers finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy cabernet that offers hints of fresh herbs and rich stewed fruit.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
City Winery Nashville 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño rings, jasmine tea, sage, dark chocolate, and ripe plum with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of mulberry pie and fresh cherry with light oak flavor. Welcoming spice beacons for another sip; a gulpable Cab Franc with great purity.
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
92 points
$40
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, leather, dried pomegranate and meat, and brown butter with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of nuts, cedar, and delicate spiced beets and figs with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely, meaty red blend that will shine at the table.
Chocalan 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of salt-cured plum, fine furniture, black tea with violet, and marinated grape leaves with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, long cran-raspberry scone, cedar, chocolate covered strawberries, and licorice finish. A concentrated, steak-worthy wine with lots of stately character.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
91 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of lime rice candy and taffy, blackberry preserves, dark chocolate mousse, and old leather bound book with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of craisin, hint on braised meat and root vegetables, creamed honey, and copper and slate with chewy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A supple and bright red blend to savor and sip.
Alysian 2014 Rochioli Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$65
Dusty dark ruby-garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, compressed watermelon, orange blossom, fig, clove, walnut, and licorice with a round, fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with notes of tobacco and turmeric with moderate oak flavor. A restrained and food-friendly pinot noir with balanced oak and big fruit.
Idyll 2015 Oak Aged Shiraz
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty black violet color. Interesting, herbal aromas of eucalyptus, cherry blossom, aromatic barks, rose petal, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long flourless chocolate cake, charred peppers, orange marmalade, cassis, and cola finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and juicy shiraz that will shine with grilled meats.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Fresh, fruity aromas of apple-rhubarb pie, pink grapefruit, poached peach, toasted meringue, and jicama with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length key lime, banana custard, and candied pineapple finish with no oak flavor. A fragrant sauvignon blanc packed with bright fruit and zippy acidity.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Pereira 2017 Red Blend Vinho Regional Lisboa
89 points
$5
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Herbal aromas of stewed plums, mulberry, worn leather, and sweet gum tree with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, medium-length licorice and bay leaf finish with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely Portuguese red with bright fruit, balancing tannins, and lots of table appeal.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Tripantu 2016 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of boysenberry, rose, leather, stewed peppers, opera cake, and menthol with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length vanilla gelato and cafe latte finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and structured cabernet that offers oaky vanilla notes and earthy Chilean terroir.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carletto NV Ricco Dolce Sweet Red Italy
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of candied raspberry, apple, mint, and strawberry confection with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length sweet pea blossom, chocolate with crystalized violet petals, and rooibos tea finish. A juicy, slightly floral sparkler that will be delicious with chocolate cake.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Single Vineyard 2017 Rosé Languedoc AOP
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of wild lemon, wild strawberry, thyme, and bubblegum with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-long underripe raspberry, cherry gelee, slate, and sweet herbs finish with no oak flavor. A deliciously pure rose that needs no excuse to sip.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Single Vineyard 2017  Merlot
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of plum tart with vanilla meringue, latte, menthol, and raspberry with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy dark chocolate with almonds, black licorice, and black tea finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid merlot that will round out a meal.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2015 Elviana Red Blend Veneto IGP
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of smoked brisket, black currant, beet salad in walnut vinaigrette, blackberry relish, and minestrone with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish evoking impressions of black licorice with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rustic old-world red that will be a perfect companion to Italian night.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva Syrah
89 points
$18
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of coffee sorbet, honeyed dried peach, and blackberry pastry with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of huckleberry custard, chocolate nuts, and cedar mulch with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An appetizing red with nice layers of flavor.
Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend Maipo Valley
89 points
$27
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of charred meats, tomato chutney, banana custard on blackened pie crust, and honey-roasted peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy finish evoking touches of water crackers and twine with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A creamy Chilean red that will be a nice weeknight wine for the table.
Great Frogs 2017 Vintners Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend Maryland
89 points
$40
Dusty violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of black cassis, bacon, basil, violet petals, dark chocolate, and carob with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting elements of black pepper and toasted artisan baguette with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A substantial and complex Maryland red that will be great with steaks.
Great Frogs 2016 Powatnika Harness Creek Vineyard Anne Arundel County
89 points
$50
Garnet black color. Aromas of grilled plum, smoking leaves, dill, cola, and orange flesh with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, snappy plum tart, chocolate cookies, peach pie, and parsley stem finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruit-packed red that will be a hit at the table.
Phipps Family Cellars 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$100
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of leather, baked plum, cherry cobbler, fine tobacco, and good n’ plenty candies with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long stewed figs, balsamic reduction on roasted nuts, allspice and bay leaf, blueberry compote, and soy glaze finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock-solid, nicely polished Napa Cab; silky and stately.
Famiglia Zaeli 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas of spiced plum tart, dried mushrooms with dill, wet soil, and curry with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, engaging, medium-length dried black cassis, chocolate genache, leather, and toasted nuts finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lip-smacking Chilean Cabernet.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Holly Hill Farms NV Egg Nogg Germany
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Opaque creamy golden yellow color. Confected aromas and flavors of egg tart, ground nutmeg, vanilla bean gelato, and lemon yogurt with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of orange pekoe tea, spiced pears, sugar cookies, animal crackers, and gingersnaps. A creamy festive treat to brighten the holidays.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Valentin V 2017  Malbec
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of red and black cassis, red and black licorice, raspberry soufflé, and blackberry cobbler with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length lavender and chocolate bon bon finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking malbec with big fruit and a balancing herbaceousness.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2016  Merlot
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, salami, chai latte, and smoked chocolate with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of marinated strawberries and preserved cherry with a suggestion of oak flavor. A slightly savory, juicy merlot with charming fruit and a hint of smoke; an everyday pleasure.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Candoni 2017  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of diced apple, pineapple tart, cherry stone, beeswax, and wildflower with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying notes of mixed melons and white strawberry with no oak flavor. A gulpable pinot grigio with palate-opening acidity.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas of raspberry leaf, baked cranberry tart, roasted parsnip, pine, and charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length baking chocolate and graphite finish. Flavor runs deep in this minerally Chilean red that will be a great match for casual Latin fare.
Cielo’s 2014 Casa Defra Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
88 points
$34.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of honey on dried figs, mesquite, tobacco, roasted strawberry, and prosciutto with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sweet woodruff and caramel covered berries finish with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated and instantly appealing Amarone.
88 points $34.99
Great Frogs 2017 Cold Blooded Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend Maryland
88 points
$45
Dusty dull deep purple color. Herbal aromas of dill pickles, marinated strawberries, and tobacco with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pickled berries, parsley, rosemary focaccia, and pink peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A savory and appetite stimulating east-coast red that will offer a balancing brightness at the table.
San Zenone 2015  Toscana Rosso IGT
87 points
$6
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of dried cherry, tar, tobacco, and tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length dried raspberry, suede, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A pairable Tuscan red for Italian night.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Buscado 2016  Grenache
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Jammy aromas of wild strawberry, cran-raspberry jam, sarsaparilla, celery leaf, and peach tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length carob and rose petal jam finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, jammy grenache with wide-appealing style.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carletto 2017 Red Blend Marche IGP
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of mixed berry pie, candied hazelnut, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium chocolate, leather, graphite, and anise finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, anytime red with rich dark fruits and a silky kiss of sweetness.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Valentin V 2017  Syrah
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of berry and cherry yogurts, granola, and medicated swab with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium finish that presents overtones of nuts and edible flowers with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid syrah with nice fruit and balance.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Warawara 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Herbal, sweet aromas of eucalyptus, vanilla fondant, cherry cordials, licorice, and library with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length baking spices, cured meats, ripe plum, and cocoa powder finish with moderate oak flavor. A vanilla-kissed herbal Cab from Australia that will suit most any meal.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2016  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of jalapeño in honey, chives, coriander spiced plums, black olives, cedar, boysenberry, and mocha latte with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length dried cranberry and bay laurel finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy merlot for rustic pairings.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Luisi 2016  Barbera dAsti
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, black tea with cream, coffee beans, rose petal jam, and chamomile with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of tobacco and sage with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Barbera that is a great light-bodied choice for the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chocalan 2018 Reserva Chardonnay
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd on toasted crumpet, delicate marshmallow, sliced apples, and bananas with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with overtones of spritz of lime with no oak flavor. A soft and creamy chardonnay with a balancing spritz of acidity.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Chocalan 2017 Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of granite, scorched earth, raspberry, and red cassis with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with accents of cherry tart and nutmeg with moderate oak flavor. A mineral-forward Carmenère with a great sense of place.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Luisi 2017  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$17.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apricot stone, lemon blossom, savory herbs, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length melon, twine, lemon zest, and antipasti finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A slightly savory Pinot Grigio packed with Italian terroir.
87 points $17.99
City Winery Nashville 2017 Scopus Vineyards Chardonnay
87 points
$22
Straw green color. Aromas of egg custard tart, pineapples in cream, apple confection, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length lime sorbet, agave, orgeat, and roasted peach finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicate and restrained chardonnay with lip-smacking acidity; pair with fish.
Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve Merlot
87 points
$50
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of spiced apple butter, cranberry scone, allspice, vanilla bean, and rum cake with a velvety, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length ripe plum, sweet tobacco, green pepper, and espresso finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward merlot that hits toasty, oaky notes with grace.
Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend Maipo Valley
87 points
$65
Black ruby color. Rustic aromas and flavors of smoked gooseberry, grilled bell pepper, dr. pepper, gherkins, and spiced plums with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish manifesting suggestions of charcoal and char-roasted cocoa beans with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy Chilean red with lots of savory, smoky pairability.
Bú NV  Viura-Airen-Verdejo
86 points
$6
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fresh, fruity aromas of forelle pear, pineapple, white grapefruit marmalade, honeycomb, tangerine zest, and petrol with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a breezy limestone, lime pith, and gravel finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and mineral-forward white that calls for shellfish pairings.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Buscado 2017  Tempranillo
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright deep purple color. Fruity aromas of blueberry muffin, smoked vanilla custard, raspberry confection, and chocolate chunks with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length pickled blackberries, brown sugar crumble, cigar box, and cinnamon-sugar toast finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A richly fruity tempranillo kissed with hints of vanilla and toast.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Famiglia Zaeli 2016 Grand Reserva Carmenere
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Indigo color. Fruity aromas of blackberry, blackberry leaf, ricola lozenge, and leather with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length cranberry, orange peel, carob, and cream soda finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Carmenère that will play well with food.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2016 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend Ozark Mountain
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Sweet aromas and flavors of sugared plums, spiced peaches, frosted cinnamon rolls, old fashioned donut, banana pudding, and cherry cola with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, relaxed finish manifesting suggestions of bubble gum with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crowd-pleasing fruit-bomb that will a great match for spicy fare.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carletto 2017  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sliced pear, bechamel, white flowers, and egg whites with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a seamless, buoyant marinated mushrooms and spritz of lime finish with no oak flavor. A silky pinot grigio with limitless pairing opportunities.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of fennel sausage, polish mustard, and balsam with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length cranberry coffee cake, chocolate soft serve, Chinese 5 spice, nougat, marinated red pepper, and orange marmalade finish with moderate oak flavor. A savory and food-friendly Cabernet for the table and the inquisitive.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Chocalan 2018 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Green aromas and flavors of green pepper relish, passion fruit, yuzu, and peach tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that shows accents of sweet plantain with no oak flavor. A juicy and outgoing Sauvignon Blanc.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2016 Nero Red Blend Venezia DOC
86 points
$16
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dill, marinated beets, peony blossom, and morello cherry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length dark chocolate and dried blueberry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Interesting aromas charm in this earthy, table-friendly red.
Luisi 2015  Chianti Riserva DOCG
86 points
$17.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted dried goji berries, ink, fall leaves, and hint of pomegranate vinaigrette with a bright, dryish medium body and a breezy finish revealing notes of nutskin, sour cherry skin, and bark with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice earthy and tangy Chianti.
86 points $17.99
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc
86 points
$50
Garnet color. Aromas of dried figs in genache, compressed watermelon relish, fruit punch, and tiramisu with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length vanilla scented tobacco, cinnamon-sugar toast, spiced cherries, and caramel finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky cabernet franc that offers lots of vanilla-caramel richness.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2014 Vicarious Red Blend California
86 points
$55
Black violet color. Jammy aromas of stewed plum, fruit cake, and cheese danish with mixed berry topping with a chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk number 2 pencils, bing cherry pit, and cracked pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A powerful dinner companion.
Giretto 2017  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$5.49
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of earthy pear soufflé, slivered almonds, plantain, and fishing net with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a seamless, brisk apple tisane and celery leaf finish with no oak flavor. An easy drinking pinot grigio that will pair with most anything.
85 points $5.49 Best Buy
RH Phillips 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$7
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla marshmallow, graham crackers in milk, and lemon-honey vinaigrette with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk poached pear finish. An easy-drinking chardonnay.
Villarrica De Chile 2016 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of plum jam, barnyard, and chocolate dipped dried mango with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length macerated strawberry, cheese rind, tea, and spice cabinet finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A table-ready cabernet sauvignon with spicy oak.
85 points $9.99
Valentin V 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$11.99
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry fruit leather, roasted nuts, pizza dough, rhubarb compote, vanilla nougat, and cranberry cobbler with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, rapid finish with notes of cinnamon-apple pastry with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid offering for crowd-pleasing.
85 points $11.99
7 Moons 2017 Dark Side Red Blend California
85 points
$12.99
Deep ruby-garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate genache, buttercream frosted spice cake, bread pudding with plums, and vanilla-scented tobacco with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, brisk finish manifesting notes of balsa with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. An off-dry voluptuous red with heady notes tobacco and vanilla.
85 points $12.99
Polvaro Tenuta 2017  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$16
Straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of juniper, lemon pepper, pistachio gelato, rambutan, and apple confection with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length finish displaying accents of candied lemon, pear fruit leather, and capers with no oak flavor. A very Italian pinot grigio that offers an authentic expression.
Great Frogs 2017 Atomic 29 Artisan Collection Red Blend Maryland
85 points
$75
Dusty brick red color. Aromas and flavors of marinated beets, raspberry vinaigrette, black pepper, violet, and clove with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a warming, medium finish displaying overtones of white beans with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A rustic red that will be a very interesting dinner partner.
Bú NV  Tempranillo
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of butterscotch pudding, dried fruit, minestrone, cigarettes, and sweet coffee with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an effortless, rapid chocolate genache, strawberry Twizzlers, and earth finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A quaffable red for the table and beyond.
84 points $6 Best Buy
San Zenone 2017 Bianco Tre Venezie IGT
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, fishing net, minerals, and lemon peel with a supple, bright, fruity light body and an even, brisk finish imparting notes of granny smith apple and dried fruit with no oak flavor. A solid Italian White for the table.
84 points $6 Best Buy
CK Mondavi 2017  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of overripe apples and pickled melon rinds with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with elements of quince and persimmon, apple core, honeycomb, and orange zest with chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A soft and dry chardonnay for the table.
84 points $6.99
Tripantu 2017 Reserve Carmenere
84 points
$6.99
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, dried dates, burned leather, and roasted peppers with a slightly chewy, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium earthy cherry, graphite, dried mushroom, ratatouille, and graphite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Carmenère for the table.
84 points $6.99
Tripantu 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$6.99
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas of fallen raspberry, fertile earth, smoked peppers, clove studded ham, and black pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy walnut shell and ash finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy red with smoky Chilean charm.
84 points $6.99
Villarrica De Chile 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$6.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of plum tart, roasted root vegetables, parsley and dill, and smoky leather with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk dry-roasted hazelnut finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A solid Chilean red with a nice balance of fruit and earth.
84 points $6.99
Denada 2016 Red Blend Maule Valley
84 points
$7.99
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla scented candle, blackberry jam, fruitcake, banana bread pudding, and raisin-studded brioche with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, breezy finish with accents of hot cocoa mix with moderate oak flavor. A voluptuous red that is a nice choice for the winter table.
84 points $7.99
Tripantu 2016 Grand Reserve Carmenere
84 points
$9.99
Dark ruby black color. Smoky aromas of tootsie roll, wet wood, bay leaf, dried figs, and charred granola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a silky, brisk ink finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A woody Carmenère with table-friendly acidity.
84 points $9.99
Carletto NV Peach Moscato Italy
84 points
$10
Silvery pink color. Aromas of peach gummies and strawberry yogurt with a supple, crisp, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk peach tea finish with no oak flavor. A fun, candied drink for theme parties.
Candoni 2016  Chianti DOCG
84 points
$12
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate caramel brownie, dried blueberries, and india ink and oak with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a rapid finish manifesting shades of honeyed berries and earth with light oak flavor. A bright and earthy Chianti for the table.
Currency 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of gooey fruit compote and straw with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a carefree finish manifesting elements of baked nectarine and brazil nut brittle with soft, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A soft, lightly toasty chardonnay sipper.
Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered spinach, water chestnuts, smoked honey, apple, and smoked meats with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk chipotle cream sauce and sawdust finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory, creamy wine that will be an interesting companion to spicy fare.
Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
84 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream of wheat in milk, dried pear, cinnamon pastry, and tamago with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, brisk finish that shows nuances of underripe nectarine and tinned pear. A creamy, ethereal chardonnay.
Great Freogs 2017 Tanyard Choptank River Vineyards Red Maryland
84 points
$35
Light siam color. Aromas of plum vinegar, cranberry scented candle, red apple shrub, kraut, water chestnuts, banana peel, and mouse with a supple, shrill, dryish thin body and a tingling, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An unusual and savory option for the hunter’s table.
Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards Meritage Anne Arundel County
84 points
$50
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of smoked beets in vinaigrette, white bean, sugared plums, caponata, and mole with a crisp, light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick vanilla candle and caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A rustic red with a savory edge.
Carletto NV Mango Moscato Italy
83 points
$10
Bright gold color. Aromas of apricot mango yogurt, banana candies, and mango lassi with a satiny, crisp, petillant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, short sliced banana and tropical fruit salad finish with no oak flavor. A fruit bomb sparkler for fun mimosa twists.
Currency 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$12
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pimentos, no. 2 pencil, olive, red licorice, and milk chocolate with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brief finish with woody tannins and light oak flavor. An easy-drinking red for crowd-pleasing.
Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva Pinot Noir
83 points
$18
Siam color. Aromas of cranberry, musk, charred nuts, and fennel with a coarse, puckering, bitter light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length bittersharp apples and charcoal finish with heavy oak flavor. A rough-riding pinot noir for campfire meals.
Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Rose
80 points
$24
Pink coral color. Aromas of butterscotch, cannabis, freshly lit charcoal, and animale with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, short dried strawberry, strawberry leaf, and marinated red pepper finish. A rustic rose for countryside cookouts.
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